Jewish Owl of the Week

Eli Rickles

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Name: Eli Rickles  

Jewish Name: Eliyahu Chaim

Hometown: Alpharetta

Graduation Year: Spring 2022  

Major: Band Music Education


Who is currently your biggest role model?

No one person. Plenty of people inspire me in different ways. Maybe even you if you are reading this :). 


Can you share 5 fun facts about yourself? 


Classical Trumpet Player

Was a redhead with freckles as a kid

I toured a Kibbutz in my sleep, including somehow taking the stairs

I was involved in the Macy’s Parade my senior year of high school. Marched in the parade.


Are you named after someone? If so, who? 

I’m named after my great-grandmother, Eva. 


What is your favorite thing about KSU?    

The community, relaxed vibe. Love the commons, and the modern facilities. 


Can you tell us something that others would be surprised to learn about you?

I am self-taught in Modern Hebrew!


If you could start college all over again, what would you do differently?

I would probably look for better ways to solve conflict. Another thing is that I would not compare myself to others. 


One thing you would change at Kennesaw? Why?

More parking spaces for students. If you’re a student with a car on campus, you know why. 


What advice can you share with the freshmen?

Don’t take on more than you can handle and choose your friends wisely. Don’t do anything you’ll regret in the future. 


What has been your proudest achievement to date at KSU?.

No one achievement stands out, mainly just all the performing I’ve gotten to do. 


What does a day in your everyday life look like?

Wake up at 7 or 7:30am, get some practice in on my trumpet, go to class, eat, practice more, go to class and at around 6pm I go home and relax. 


What does Chabad on Campus mean to you?      

It’s kinship, tradition, a common heritage, a group of people I can rely on, and a place where I can feel comfortable expressing my Jewish identity.


Why should Jewish students get involved with Chabad?  

To connect with their fellow Jews and Judaism. I would not be the same person I am now without Chabad on campus. I am a more spiritual and optimistic person because of it.       


Best Chabad memory? Why?  

Some of my favorite memories are of spending Saturdays with the Rabbi Zalman, Nechami and the kids, they share their personal family time and make me feel part of their family. We have great discussions and I get to better understand what being a Jew means.


What's your proudest Jewish moment?  Why?

Wrapping Tefillin every morning. It has helped me connect with my Judaism in a way that is hard to describe. Thank you to the Chabad on Campus International Tefillin Bank for helping me obtain a my Tefillin.


Most meaningful thing you’ve ever done?

Going to Israel as a child. Although at 10 years old I didn’t fully appreciate it, as I have gotten older I have realized the positive effect it has had on my life. 


Favorite Jewish food?   

Tie between lox and babka, also shawarma


Sarah Koplin

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Full Name: Sarah Koplin
Hometown: Macon GA
Class Year: Sophomore
Major: International Business

What are 5 words you would use to describe yourself?

Loud, Social, Positive, Friendly, Energetic


Can you share an interesting fact about yourself that would surprise your friends?

I love watching documentaries.


If you could start college all over again, what would you do differently? 

I would have started getting to know my professors and classmates earlier. Having a good relationship with teachers and classmates is so important, especially in a big lecture-based class.


What is your favorite childhood memory? 

I think it would be going to camp each summer and gaining so much from it each year.


When you’re not studying or on campus, what can you be found doing?

I enjoy hiking and being with my friends.


What is your favorite thing about KSU?

My favorite thing about Kennesaw is the small-campus feel this school has. I enjoy seeing familiar faces on campus each day.


Where is your favorite place that you have traveled to, and why?

South Africa because there are so many beautiful aspects to the country and I love how welcoming the locals are.


Best Chabad memory? Why

Shabbat 100 is my favorite memory so far because the energy at the event was unmatched. I loved seeing everyone get so excited for the events and reach out to their friends and family to bring over 100 people together for a wonderful night.


What advice do you have for the freshmen?

Get involved early– don’t wait for someone to reach out to you about taking a leadership role, ask how you can help.


What is one of your favorite Jewish traditions or holidays? 

Spending Rosh Hashanah with my family each year.


How would you describe Chabad in 1 sentence? 

Chabad is an ever-changing family that will welcome anyone in with open arms.


What do you expect to be doing ten years from now? 

Hopefully doing a job I love.


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