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Joey Tarab

Monday, 11 February, 2019 - 12:58 pm

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Full Name: Joseph Chaim Tarab

Hometown: Sandy Springs, GA

Class Year: 2018

Major: Psychology

Since starting at KSU last semester, what has been your favorite part of college so far? Wow, starting off tough! I would say that my favorite part of college so far is all the new, wonderful people I have met. Coming to Kennesaw, I knew almost nobody (excluding a few from high school), but now I’ve got some really awesome people in my life who I have shared some special moments with, and hopefully many more!

What are some of your favorite spots to hangout or study on campus? “Hangout” can be taken out of that question because I seriously only study. Nonetheless, I love going to Prillaman Hall or the quiet floor of the library when it comes to where I like to study. When it’s warm outside, there is this nice, semi-quiet spot in Kennesaw Hall where I go sometimes to read a book or just continue to study.

Tell us about your experience as a Chabad Board member. What inspired you to join? Getting involved with Chabad early and putting myself out there was one of the best decisions I have made since coming to Kennesaw, so to become even more involved as an active board member is something that I cherish dearly.  

When you aren’t in class, what are you doing? When I’m not in class, I’m probably studying (my friends can back that up). That being said, I’ve recently started going to the gym which is something I have made part of my routine. Almost 100% of the time you can find me in the Commons after a workout, eating my heart away. I also do a lot with the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity where I am a brother, as well as stay active in the Chabad organization.

You have attended Shabbat almost every week since coming to KSU. What keeps you coming back? You would think that as a board member, it’s my obligation to attend Shabbat. However, I go back every week not because I’m obligated to, but because I want to. I enjoy the experience immensely every single time. From the food, to the songs, to the people I get to meet, Friday nights are a special experience I love being a part of.

What advice would you give to other Jewish students who want to get involved? My advice would be to just go to one event. Just one. At Chabad, people are friendly and are always down to make a new friend. If you go to one event, I guarantee you’ll make one new friend and probably even more. Life is about going out and doing things you aren’t normally comfortable doing. That’s the only way to meet new people and more importantly, grow as a person. That’s what happened for me, so I don’t see why it can’t happen for you.

What is one of your favorite Jewish traditions/holidays? I’m going to go with Shabbat. Although it is a holiday that occurs every week, it never loses its significance. As long as I’m around, you know I’ll be at Shabbat dinner. 

Favorite Jewish Food? Okay, this is easily the hardest question. I haven’t had it in a while, but my dad makes some killer Shakshuka, so I’d definitely have to say that. That’s not to say that Shawarma isn’t good either. Also, Pita Grille in Sandy Springs makes a pretty darn good Laffa.

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