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Jewish Aggie of the Week Presents Max Maldonado

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Meet Max Maldonado from San Antonio, Texas

Max is a Environmental Geosciences major. "I chose to pursue this major, because I love the outdoors and nature and I wanted to learn more about it and how I can help preserve it."

"I chose Texas A&M because there wasn't anywhere else I really wanted to go. I have never met anybody who was unhappy that they went to A&M."

Max has been to Israel twice. The first time was with Chabad's Mayanot Birthright and the second time was with Chabad's Mayanot Onward Summer Internship. "The most moving an inspirational experience was just getting the opportunity to wake up everyday in one of the central hubs of Jerusalem and walking to the Western Wall."

Max is graduating this week and we will miss having him at Chabad and in Aggieland! 

 

Jewish Aggie of the Week Presents Josh Hirsh

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Meet Joshua Daniel Hirsh from El Paso, Texas.

Josh has an older brother, Michael age 24, who is in law school at Texas Tech. Josh also has an older sister, Alexus age 26, who is a practicing attorney in Phoenix, Arizona. She is recently married to an Attorney.

"If I had one super power it would be super intelligence. Super intelligence would allow me to artificially create the other super powers for myself. Why limit myself to one when I have the ability to create them all for myself. Furthermore, knowledge is power, knowledge is wit, and why not give myself the opportunity to tell better jokes."

Josh is the former President of Sigma Alpha Mu - aka The "Sammys" and also the President of the Chabad Jewish Student Board. Josh has been active in Chabad since his freshman year. Josh is also a fellow of the Sinai Scholar Society

Plans after Graduation?: "Ever since I was in the second grade I have dreamt of becoming a surgeon. Ideally I will attend medical school immediately after graduation. If I am unable to attend medical school, I am planning on working towards a master’s degree in microbiology, followed by another attempt at getting into medical school."

We wish Josh much success as he graduates Texas A&M University this December.


 

Jewish Aggie of the Week Presents Alex Caplan

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Meet Alexander Jay Caplan. Alex was born was born in Houston, Texas.

Alex was born into the Aggie family. "I am a third generation Aggie. My grandfather, father, sister and brother have all attended and graduated from A&M. The traditions and the overall friendliness of the campus make it that much sweeter attending Texas A&M"

Alex is AgBusiness Major. "I really like economics and also like business. My major focuses on both and can lead to many different career paths."

"My favorite food? My favorite food is pizza. I love pizza."

 

Jewish Aggie of the Week Presents Stephanie Tsyss

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What is your name?
Stephanie Tsyss

Where are you from?
Austin, Texas

Where did you go to high school?
Anderson High School

Why did you choose Texas A&M?
I enjoyed the friendly people, the great engineering program, and the awesome Jewish community.

What was your major and why did you decide to pursue such a degree?
Biological and Agricultural Engineering. Texas A&M has one of the best programs in the country. I get to use engineering principles to help people in a very practical and tangible way- clean water, clean energy sources, better food processing and storage.

What is your favorite book?
Harry Potter!

What do you look forward to when coming to Chabad?
Catching up with friends, eating yummy kosher food, learning about Judaism, seeing Rabbi Yossi and Manya and the kids

What do you love about Jewish life on campus?
I love how friendly and supportive everyone has been. I have met some of my best friends at Chabad.

Why do you think it is important to be involved in Jewish life?
It’s important to give to yourself by learning about your own identity, which only empower you to be a better and more well rounded individual

If you had a dream list for Chabad, what would be on it?
The new kitchen, new addition, complete with study rooms and a mikvah and an apartment for Shlomie.

Do you plan on going to graduate school at A&M?
Currently that is not the plan.

Do you have any siblings?
Two sisters, I'm in the middle

What is your favorite Jewish food?
Manya’s chicken soup

What is your favorite food?
Burgers or any grilled kosher meat

What is your favorite Chabad experience until now?
Kosher cooking club with my friends

Have you ever traveled outside of the United States?
I've been to canada, mexico, and to Israel. My favorite was definitely israel.

Have you ever been to Israel? If so, what was the most inspirational experience you had?  
Yes I’ve been there twice. So many moving experiences. Going to the Kotel on Shavuot with thousands of other Jewish people is at the top.

If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go?
Anywhere as long as I’m with people I care about.

What is your favorite vacation spot?
I like hiking and swimming in the Texas Hill Country

How do you enjoy spending your free time?
I enjoy cooking, helping out at chabad, photography, driving, hiking, and playing with animals.

What is at the top of your bucket list?
Visit the national parks in the American and Canadian rockies

If you could start university again what would you do differently?
If I changed anything I doubt I would be the same person I am today.

Do you have any animals? What is their best trick?
My family in austin has 2 cats and 1 chicken. The chicken is good at laying eggs. The cats are good at chasing the red laser and catching mice.

Did you prefer living on campus or off campus? What would you recommend to freshmen?
I have only lived off campus. I would recommend living off campus close to where most of your classes are.

If you could have one wish for anything in the world what would it be?
I wish everyone could have access to clean water and a steady food source and the world has an endless supply of sustainable energy.

Do you have a message for future A&M students?
Focus on school, study hard, learn about yourself and challenge yourself.

What has been your most enjoyable class?
I took Tai Chi for my Kinesiology class, it was something new and different.

If you were able to have one superpower what would it be?
It would be cool to somehow travel faster from one place to another.

What would enhance Jewish life on campus?
Friends bringing friends to Jewish events.

How did you get involved with Chabad?
I met the Lazaroff family when I was in High School and I visited college station with my family when Chabad received a new torah and had a big party to celebrate. I fell in love with Chabad and College Station that day.

Do you have plans for after graduation?
I need to find a job and I would really like to travel more.

 

Jewish Aggie of the Week Presents Elad Dermer

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What is your name?
Elad Dermer

Where are you from?
I was born in Carbondale, Illinois and grew up in Kiryat Bialik, Israel

Why did you choose Texas A&M?
Looking into the Aerospace engineering program in few universities in the states I found out A&M is in a high spot on the list

What was your major and why did you decide to pursue such a degree
Space is cool!  

What do you love about Jewish life on campus?
Coming from Israel I wasn’t sure how much of a Jewish life there is in campus and to my surprise it is a pretty big and kicking community. It makes me feel home and more connected to who I am.

Do you have any siblings?
A younger brother named Shavit (comet in Hebrew). Great guitar and other string instruments player!

What is your favorite food?
Most of the Israeli/middle eastern food is great but nothing can beat shawarma.
Oh and of course the cliché. Hummus!

What is your favorite Chabad experience until now?
The New York Shabaton/Jewfest.. It was great meeting so many people on such a short time and feel connected with everyone immediately

Have you ever traveled outside of the United States?
Netherland, France, Belgium, England, Croatia, Monte-Negro….Mexico, India and Nepal.
Nepal and India were my favorite – climbing on the Himalayas was a unique experience both mentally and physically.

 

What is your favorite vacation spot?
The beach

How do you enjoy spending your free time?
Working out at the Gym, reading, Netflix and Chabad ( ;) )

If you were able to have one superpower what would it be?
Read minds 

How did you get involved with Chabad?
On my first days in College Station I was looking for somewhere to eat and while taking the wrong turn I noticed a sign in Hebrew that got me curios. It said Chabad and Friday was coming so I figured that would be a great place to go for Friday night and walked in to introduce myself.

 

Jewish Aggie of the Week Presents Bari Beilinson

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What is your name?
Bari Beilinson

Where are you from?
I grew up in Austin, but I was born in Champaign, Illinois.

Where did you go to high school?
I went to High School in Austin.

Why did you choose Texas A&M?
Because I grew up in Austin, I wanted to get out of Austin and see what it was like to live somewhere else.  Something about A&M always intrigued me, so I decided to go here.

What was your major and why did you decide to pursue such a degree?
I am a marketing Major. I knew I wanted to be a business major but I didn’t know which major I wanted to do. I chose marketing through process of elimination, but I am so glad I’m chose marketing because I think it is so interesting now.

What is your favorite book? Why?
Well, I really dislike reading. However I have read some interesting books for school. I cant remember the name of the book, but it was about Africa written by an African and she talked about how America and the rest of the world giving Africa money, clothes, food etc is actually enabling Africa to stay a third world country. I thought this book was fascinating and explained what the world is really like despite what we might think is true.

What do you look forward to when coming to Chabad?
I love having a place that is open to me all hours of the day where I know I will always have friends to talk to. It is my happy place.

What do you love about Jewish life on campus?
I love being apart of such an amazing Jewish community, it makes me proud to be Jewish.

Why do you think it is important to be involved in Jewish life?
I think it’s important to be involved in Jewish life on campus so that you have friends who understand you. It can be hard going to school at a very Christian school and feeling like you don’t fit it. But being a part of Jewish life reminds me everyday how lucky I am to be Jewish. Having Jewish friends who get me without me having to explain a million things is also a big plus.

If you had a dream list for Chabad, what would be on it?
Can this Chabad move with me when I graduate?

Do you plan on going to graduate school at A&M?
I hope to go to grad school some day and get my MBA, but probably not at A&M.

Do you have any siblings?
Yes, I have a brother who is 19 and his name is Harry. I also have a sister, Sophie, who is 16.

What is your favorite Jewish food?
Cholent, for sure. More specifically kishka. I love kishka, even though I barely ever eat it.

What is your favorite food?
I LOVE TACOS. Tacos are for sure my favorite food. Ill never get sick of them.

What is your favorite Jewish childhood memory?
Probably, being with my family in Atlanta on Pesach and celebrating the Seder and searching for the Afikomen, because my grandfather would always give us gold dollars. At the time I thought gold dollars were the coolest thing.

What is your favorite Chabad experience until now?
I would say just being at Chabad on a Friday night, and enjoying Shabbat with other Jewish Aggies.

Have you ever traveled outside of the United States?
I have actually been lucky to travel all over. I’ve been to Canada, Mexico, Jamaica, Australia, and Israel. In Europe I’ve been to Germany, Sweden, Italy, France, and Holland.

Which place was your favorite?
Well Israel of course, because Israel is just amazing. It’s beautiful, historical and its home. Other than Israel I really loved Sweden, it was just a beautiful country and the people were so friendly.

Have you ever been to Israel? If so, what was the most moving experience you had? 
The most moving experience I had in Israel was seeing some of my fellow Aggies get Bar/Bat mitzvah at the Kotel. My sister never had a Bat Mitzvah so the whole time I was thinking how neat would it be for my sister to have her Bat Mitzvah at the Kotel.

If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go?
I have a list going, and my top three choices right now are Greece, Ireland, and China.

What is your favorite vacation spot?
I love the mountains, and hiking. So any where with a combination of those two things.

How do you enjoy spending your free time?
I love hiking and teaching swimming. However, hiking is really hard to do in College Station because it is completely flat. I also am too busy to teach swimming lessons during the school year, but I still teach swimming during the summer.

What is at the top of your bucket list?
Getting my scuba license. I really want to go scuba diving someday.

If you could start university again what would you do differently?
I would try to enjoy school and learning more than I didn’t at the beginning. As time has gone by I have noticed how much I love learning and how much fun it really is.

Did you prefer living on campus or off campus? What would you recommend to freshmen?
Well I have never lived on campus, so I would have to say living off campus is pretty great. My advice to freshman would be that it is difficult to live with people, and try to understand where your roommates are coming from.

If you could have one wish for anything in the world what would it be?
If I could have one wish, It would be going to outer space but just for the day. This way I can see what its like, but I don’t need to spend anymore time there.

What has been your most enjoyable class?
My most enjoyable class would have to be CSR or Consumer Social Responsibility. This class we discussed when a business is profiting off a specific area what is their responsibility to give back to that area and the people in that area because they are making a profit off of it.

What has been your best job on campus?
I currently work as a marketing intern for Willies Ice House and Grill as their marketing Intern. They have given me some pretty interesting assignments. Right now I am doing a comparative sales project where I compare daily sales today to daily sales in 2015 and 2014 to see how the restaurant overall is doing.

If you were able to have one superpower what would it be?
I would say reading minds just because I think it would be neat to read minds. However, I think it could get me into sticky situations pretty fast.

What would enhance Jewish life on campus?
It is perfect the way it is :)

How did you get involved with Chabad?
I went to the Chabad freshman BBQ, it took me a month or so to get involved in Chabad. But then I started going to Kosher Cooking Club and Shabbat and the rest is history.

Do you have plans for after graduation?
My plan as of now is to find a full time job and hopefully a few years after that go and get my MBA somewhere.

Jewish Aggie of the Week Presents Bradley Tomes

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What is your name?
Bradley Tomes

Where are you from?
San Antonio

Why did you choose Texas A&M?
I chose Texas A&M because of the high quality of its engineering program and major sense of community on campus.

What was your major and why did you decide to pursue such a degree?
My major is chemical engineering. I chose this due to my love for chemistry and wanting to use that love to benefit society.

What do you look forward to when coming to Chabad?
I look forward to seeing all of my friends and enjoying some delicious food.

Do you have any siblings?
Yes two older sisters and a younger brother.

What is your favorite Jewish food?
Kugel

What is your favorite Jewish childhood memory?
My Bar Mitzvah

Have you ever traveled outside of the United States?
I went to Mexico on a cruise and visited both Progresso and Cozumel. In Progresso we visited ancient Mayan ruins and even got to climb a Mayan pyramid.

How do you enjoy spending your free time?
I compete in triathlons for the Texas A&M triathlon team.

Do you have a message for future A&M students?
Don’t be afraid to try new things, because they may become your new hobbies.

Do you have plans for after graduation?
I plan to get a job as a process engineer at a chemical plant.

Jewish Aggie of the Week Presents Sarah Guccione

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What is your name?
Sarah Guccione

Where are you from?
Austin, TX

Where did you go to high school?
Anderson High School

Why did you choose Texas A&M?
When looking at schools, I fell in love with with Economics program that Texas A&M offers.

What was your major and why did you decide to pursue such a degree?
I am currently pursuing a degree in economics. I love how there is always changing opinions and thoughts on our economy, and it is interesting to see how these opposing ideas play a role in our everyday life.

What has been your most enjoyable class?
My favorite class at Texas A&M would have to be ECON 311, which is Money and Banking.

How did you get involved with Chabad?
My first week here at Texas A&M Delaney took my to Chabad and I instantly fell in love with the warm welcoming atmosphere at Chabad.

What do you look forward to when coming to Chabad?
The real question is when am I not looking forward to come to Chabad. Chabad has truly become my home away from home, and no matter when I walk in, there is always something going on, and I am always welcomed in. From the food to the friends to the activities, Chabad really does have everything that makes Aggieland feel like home to me.

What do you love about Jewish life on campus?
I love that on campus the Jewish community is so closely tied. Whenever I am on campus if I see someone else who is Jewish, we always say hi and stop and talk. It’s nice to know at a campus so large that there is a smaller community that is always there for me.

Why do you think it is important to be involved in Jewish life?
I believe being involved in Jewish life is very important especially at Texas A&M. The Jewish population is so small, and sometimes it’s hard to feel like there are people like you when you aren’t involved in Jewish life at Texas A&M. Jewish life here gives you a home away from home, and lets you find your place at Texas A&M.

Do you plan on going to graduate school at A&M?
Yes! I am hoping to receive my Master’s in Economics here!

Do you have any siblings?
I have one younger brother!

What is your favorite Jewish food?
Kugel for sure

What is your favorite food?
I love sushi and chocolate

Have you ever traveled outside of the United States?
I have travel outside of the United States a few times. One of my favorite places would for sure have to be Sicily, where my family lives.

Have you ever been to Israel?
I went to Israel this summer with Birthright and it was honestly the most amazing experience. One of the most inspirational experience I had was going to the Western Wall during Shabbat and being a part of that experience. It was so unique to be in such a holy place celebrating shabbat.

If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go?
I would love to travel to New Zealand! I’ve always heard how beautiful and amazing it is, and it’s a totally different part of the world I have never been to.

If you could start university again what would you do differently?
I would have been more outgoing at first in college. I wasn’t as outgoing

Did you prefer living on campus or off campus? What would you recommend to freshmen?
I’ve always lived off campus and loved it. However, as a freshman I think living on campus would had been very beneficial and nice.

Do you have a message for future A&M students?
Make sure you get involved with Jewish life as soon as you can! It honestly makes Texas A&M feel like a much smaller school and really helps you find your home.

Jewish Aggie of the Week Presents Eric Garfinkle

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What is your name?

Eric Garfinkle

Where are you from?

Bellaire Texas

 

Where did you go to high school?

Bellaire High School

 

Why did you choose Texas A&M?

Heard it was a good engineering school so I went for my undergrad. Stayed for PhD

 

What was your major and why did you decide to pursue such a degree?

Computer Engineering. I picked it because it sounded like a halfway point for electrical engineering and computer science, but it’s definitely not like that at all. Ended up loving it so I stuck with it.

 

What is your favorite book? Why?

Don’t really have a favorite, but I read “The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business” recently, which was an incredibly interesting book on the science behind habits. Helped me understand how to form good habits and how to change bad ones.

 

What do you look forward to when coming to Chabad?

Food of course, but also saying hi to everyone. Whenever I show up there always is something interesting to learn about or talk about.

 

What do you love about Jewish life on campus?

A lot of the jews are involved, even those that aren’t observant. There is always a community and a place to go regardless of how “Jewish” you are.

 

Why do you think it is important to be involved in Jewish life?

It’s good to learn about judaism, since many people you meet at a&m aren’t familiar with it, or have never met a jew in their life. From spending time with chabad, it's much easier to articulate my beliefs and help other people understand jewish traditions.

 

If you had a dream list for Chabad, what would be on it?

Real Kitchen knifes for kosher cooking club. Other than that things seem good.

 

Do you plan on going to graduate school at A&M?

Already on that.

 

Do you have any siblings?

One twin brother, he went to the other texas school

 

What is your favorite Jewish food?

Matzah balls

 

What is your favorite food?

Real Texas brisket

 

What is your favorite Jewish childhood memory?

Lighting shabbat candles with my parents

 

What is your favorite Chabad experience until now?

I don't really have a number one favorite thing, I just enjoy shabbat and sukkot.

 

Have you ever traveled outside of the United States? If so, where? Which place was your favorite? For what reason?

I’ve been to Israel, the Netherlands, and England. My favorite was Israel because of how different the day to day life was compared to America.

 

Have you ever been to Israel? If so, what was the most moving/amazing/inspirational experience you had?

I have been. The most amazing experience I had was staying a day in Jerusalem after the trip. I had gotten barely any sleep and wandered the city seeing sights and eating food. But the amazing part was seeing all of the people younger than me, patrolling the streets with plenty of firepower.

 

If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go?

Honestly anywhere in California or Seattle. I want to try the most innovative and tasty beer in the world, and I’m very positive it’s in the US. Germany and Belgium hold to tradition, so it's hard to find something really creative from those countries.

 

What is your favorite vacation spot?

Austin. Good food, easy to get to, very fun.

 

How do you enjoy spending your free time?

Reading, playing games, making beer

 

If you could start university again what would you do differently?

Spend more time doing extracurriculars and also working harder in classes.

 

Do you have any animals? What is their best trick?

I have a cat named Horatio. His best trick is complaining and sleeping, with occasional belly rubs.

 

Did you prefer living on campus or off campus? What would you recommend to freshmen?

On campus is great, I recommend spending at least one year in the dorms, then move to an apartment or house close enough to walk to campus.

 

If you could have one wish for anything in the world what would it be?

More research funding

 

What has been your most thrilling experience in your life?

Cliff jumping into a very small lake.

 

Do you have a message for future A&M students?

Have a great time here, and meet tons of people. Also go to chabad on occasion.

 

What has been your most enjoyable class?

Computer Architecture. After taking that class I learned a ton about how computers are designed and it helped motivate me towards doing my PhD.

 

What has been your best job on campus?

On campus I worked as a student researcher, helped me get great internships and work opportunities and meet amazing people.

 

If you were able to have one superpower what would it be?

Flight, think how nice it would be to just fly places, cheaper and faster than an Uber

 

What would enhance Jewish life on campus?

More Jews.

 

How did you get involved with Chabad?

I was in boy scouts with people who were in Sammy, and they went to chabad, so of course I went.

 

Do you have plans for after graduation?

Definitely get a job. Maybe travel some before I get too serious about my career.

 

Jewish Aggie of the Week Presents Carly Pappert

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What is your name?
Carly Pappert

Where are you from?
Austin, Texas

Where did you go to high school?
Anderson High School

Why did you choose Texas A&M?
I love all the traditions it had to offer and just a place that I really felt like I was at home. It also had an amazing Jewish life and I really was looking for that in my college to help my Judaism grow.

What was your major and why did you decide to pursue such a degree?
I am majoring in Special Education. I decided to major in this degree because I truly love getting to see the smile you can bring someone just by doing the smallest things. I have always loved helping others and this is something that I can see the progress grow.

What is your favorite book? Why?
Yes Please by Amy Poehler because it is always gives me a great laugh.

What do you look forward to when coming to Chabad?
I look forward to all the loving people that just welcome me with warming hugs. Once, I get there it is hard to leave. I also love getting pied in the face from the kids with their toys.

What do you love about Jewish life on campus?
Even though it is small I absolutely love how everyone is so close and how close-knit it is. Honestly it is like a big family that helps you get through everything.

Do you plan on going to graduate school at A&M?
Sadly no they do not have a Speech Pathology program.

Do you have any siblings?
Yes, one older brother

What is your favorite Jewish food?
Oooo! That is hard. Either koogle or challah.

What is your favorite food?
Anything I can eatJ

What is your favorite Jewish childhood memory?
Getting all my family together on the holidays and having just everyone be around while I got to see my cousins. Also, getting to eat my grandmother’s food.

If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go?
Israel

What is at the top of your bucket list?
Parasailing, graduate college, and skydiving

Did you prefer living on campus or off campus? What would you recommend to freshmen?
I have only lived on campus so, but freshman live on campus but don’t do random dorm.

If you could have one wish for anything in the world what would it be?
To wish everyone good health and happiness!

If you were able to have one superpower what would it be?
Read minds!

How did you get involved with Chabad?
My bother he always would talk about it and then when I came to visit him and Zoe took me and I met everyone and instantly fell in love.

Do you have plans for after graduation?
Yes to become a speech pathologist and have my own business for kids. But I also want to personally work at an old age home with stoke victims to help them.

Jewish Aggie of the Week Presents Coby Moscowitz

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What is your name?
Coby Joseph Moscowitz

 

Where are you from?
Birmingham, Michigan

 

Where did you go to high school?
Seaholm High School

 

Why did you choose Texas A&M?
For the Archery Team

 

What was your major and why did you decide to pursue such a degree?
Supply Chain Management because there is a need for it in the archery business

 

What do you look forward to when coming to Chabad?
The Great atmosphere

 

Do you plan on going to graduate school at A&M?
What is Graduate School that sounds like more work

 

Do you have any siblings?
Yes Three Sisters and One Brother

 

What is your favorite Jewish food?
Gefilte Fish

 

What is your favorite food?
Steak

 

What is your favorite Jewish childhood memory?
Getting a Big Stuffed Pikachu for Hanukkah

 

What is your favorite Chabad experience until now?
Fresh-Min to win it

 

Have you ever traveled outside of the United States?
My favorite place was Turks and Cagios

 

How do you enjoy spending your free time?
Archery

 

Do you have any animals? What is their best trick?
Two dogs and to climb trees

 

Did you prefer living on campus or off campus?
Well if you are late waking up on is very nice

 

What would you recommend to freshmen?
To get involved in Jewish Life it's a blast

 

What has been your most enjoyable class?
Texas History but I don't remember anything I learned about Texas besides the Alamo

 

If you were able to have one superpower what would it be?
To know everything

 

How did you get involved with Chabad?
Josh Hirsh

 

Do you have plans for after graduation?
To get a job

Jewish Aggie of the Week Presents Hannah Prutchi

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What is your name?
Hannah Ma’ayan Prutchi

Where are you from?
I was born in Lake Jackson,TX, but my family moved to Voorhees, NJ when I was 2.

Where did you go to high school?
I went to Eastern Regional High School in Voorhees, NJ.

Why did you choose Texas A&M?
I chose Texas A&M because I absolutely fell in love with it the moment I stepped on campus. I visited a lot of colleges and none compared.

What was your major and why did you decide to pursue such a degree?
My major is Animal Science because I want to be a vet.

What do you look forward to when coming to Chabad?
I always look forward to seeing all the people. I love how welcoming and friendly everyone is! Manya’s cooking is always a plus!

What do you love about Jewish life on campus?I love all the events and how there is always something going on!

Do you have any siblings?
I have two sisters, Shanni and Abigail.

What is your favorite Jewish food?
My favorite Jewish food is matzah ball soup, it’s my dinner every day during Passover.

What is your favorite food?
My favorite food has to be Mac & Cheese, even though it is one of the only things I’ve been eating for the past month.

What is your favorite Jewish childhood memory?
My favorite Jewish childhood memory is going to kid’s services at synagogue and singing all the fun Shabbat songs.

What is your favorite Chabad experience until now?
My favorite Chabad experience until now is definitely Café Chabad and Dessert and Discussion!

Have you ever traveled outside of the United States?
Yes, I’ve been to Israel, Ecuador, the Amazon Jungle, the Galapagos Islands, Canada, Mexico, and England. My favorite place will always be Israel because I have so much family there and it is my home. 

Have you ever been to Israel?
I have been to Israel, my mom is from there and most of my family lives there. I think the most amazing experience that I’ve had is when I had my Bat Mitzvah in Israel. I had it there so I could be with all of my family because it was important for me to be with them for such a special occasion.

If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go?
I would love to go to Australia!

What is your favorite vacation spot?
I absolutely love going to Israel, but Disney is one of my absolute favorite places to go to. I went there twice this year! 

How do you enjoy spending your free time?
I love horseback riding, reading, singing, and watching TV when I have free time. 

What is at the top of your bucket list?
I really want to do an epic Disney trip. I would start by going on the cruises, then make my way to all the parks around the world: Disneyland Paris, Disneyland in California, Tokyo Disney Resort, Hong Kong Disneyland, Shanghai Disney, and of course Disney World in Orlando.

Do you have any animals? What is their best trick?
I have two dogs, a Westie named Schrodi and a Mini Schnauzer named Ninja. I also have two hedgehogs, Robbie and Henry. The dogs’ best trick is dancing while the hedgehogs are just so cute!

What has been your most thrilling experience in your life?
When I was in the Galapagos with my dad and we saw a white-tipped shark while we were deep-sea snorkeling. It was so close I could touch it!

What has been your most enjoyable class?
I really like my animal science lab. Today we got to play with some sheep!

If you were able to have one superpower what would it be?
I would love to have telekinesis.

What would enhance Jewish life on campus?
I think it would be awesome if we could get a Kosher meal plan on campus. 

How did you get involved with Chabad?
I met Rabbi and Manya at Gefilte Fish camp and then I came to Chabad for Kosher Cooking Club and I loved it!

 Do you have plans for after graduation?
I hope to go to vet school after I graduate!

Jewish Aggie of the Week Presents Dan Rosenfield

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What is your name? 
Dan Rosenfield

Where are you from?
Plano, Texas

Where did you go to high school?
Plano West Senior High

Why did you choose Texas A&M?
I wanted to make an impact on Aggie Jewish life and challenge myself in the Corps of Cadets!

What was your major and why did you decide to pursue such a degree?
Communication – I wanted to learn how to connect an organization’s message to change in society!

What is your favorite book? Why?
Freakanomics; it challenged my beliefs and channeled my inner-cynic

What do you look forward to when coming to Chabad?
The desserts – the best surprise of any Chabad meal!

What do you love about Jewish life on campus?
No one is a number; everyone is needed to make an impact

Why do you think it is important to be involved in Jewish life?
We are a people who rely on one another to be successful. It is up to each one of us to take a stand for the Jewish people and demonstrate our commitment to Jewish life on campus, so that it will continue to be strong for many years to come.

If you had a dream list for Chabad, what would be on it?
An automatic kosher-er; you can walk into Chabad with any kind of food, and the machine automatically replaces non-kosher food with a substitute that is made up the same biologically

Do you plan on going to graduate school at A&M?
As much as I bleed maroon, I think I’ll move on

Do you have any siblings?
2 older brothers

What is your favorite Jewish food?
Matzoh ball soup

What is your favorite food?
You can never go wrong with authentic (kosher) Chinese!

What is your favorite Jewish childhood memory?
Being the lead in a preschool Purim spiel – Hollywood was jealous

Have you ever traveled outside of the United States? If so, where? Which place was your favorite?
Israel three times for different Jewish and Israel-related trips, Nicaragua for spring break, Germany and Poland for a Corps Excursion

Have you ever been to Israel? If so, what was the most moving experience you had? 
On an AIPAC trip, we had the opportunity to visit a community of Black Hebrews and learn what connects them to the state of Israel.

What is your favorite Chabad experience until now? 
IsraeLinks – learning Torah in the Holy Land!

If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go?
I would love to experience South Africa or Australia for a few days!

What is your favorite vacation spot?
Does the Dixie Chicken count?

How do you enjoy spending your free time?
Thriftily – catching up on late night always helps clear the brain!

What is at the top of your bucket list?
Host my own reality television show

If you could start university again what would you do differently?
Skip freshman year

Do you have any animals? What is their best trick?
Nope!

If you could have one wish for anything in the world what would it be?
Open borders so people of any nation could experience a culture other than their own without the red tape

What has been your most thrilling experience in your life?
Even though I am not an adrenaline junkie by any means, I climbed mountains in New Mexico at the Philmont Scout Ranch during high school.

Did you prefer living on campus or off campus? What would you recommend to freshmen? 
I have only lived on campus, which has provided less of an excuse to play hooky!

Do you have a message for future A&M students?
How you define involvement is up to you – join organizations and participate in the community in a way that is meaningful to you!

What has been your most enjoyable class?
Communication Case Studies

What has been your best job on campus?
I loved being a leader in the Jewish community as president of Hillel!

If you were able to have one superpower what would it be?
Knowing others’ opinions of me

What would enhance Jewish life on campus?
A Jewish studies major!

How did you get involved with Chabad?
It was the only place in town with a comfortable couch, delicious food, and the feel of an authentic Jewish home. My freshman year was crazy, but I found Chabad during my high school visit to campus, and I was hooked on the Chabad experience!

Do you have plans for after graduation?
I plan on commissioning as a public affairs officer in the U.S. Air Force, finding a nice, Jewish girl, and retiring by age 35.

Jewish Aggie of the Week Presents Zoe Kampf

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What is your Name?
Zoe Kampf
Where are you from?

Houston, TX
Where did you go to high school?
Bellaire High School
Why did you choose Texas A&M?
Because it’s one of the best universities in the state and close to home!
What is your major and why did you decide to pursue such a degree?
Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences, I’m interested in event planning but also youth development and both are in this major!
What is your favorite book?
The Fault in Our Stars because it’s a great love story
What do you look forward to when coming to Chabad?
Seeing Manya and Rabbi Yossi and the kids, they always give me the best greeting!
What do you love about Jewish life on campus?
I love having other friends that are Jewish and it makes A&M feel more like home.
Why do you think it is important to be involved in Jewish life?
So you can have other Jewish Aggie friends who you relate to on a religious level.
If you had a dream list for Chabad, what would be on it?
Chabad is perfect the way it is ;)
Do you plan on graduating at A&M?
Yes!
Do you have any siblings?
 Yes, an older brother, Zack, who’s my best friend!
What is your favorite Jewish food?
Matzah ball soup

What is your favorite food?
Pizza and sushi
What is your favorite Jewish childhood memory?
Getting together with my family for every holiday
What is your favorite Chabad experience until now?
Sinai Scholars, it was a really interesting class and I recommend to every Jewish Aggie!
Have you ever traveled outside of the United States?
No I actually don't even have a passport yet!
Have you ever been to Israel?
No but I am so excited for birthright when the time comes
If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go?
Bora Bora
What is your favorite vacation spot?
Charlevoix, Michigan
How do you enjoy spending your free time?
With friends or watching Netflix
What is at the top of your bucket list?
Bungee jumping and parasailing
If you could start at the university again what would you do differently?
Probably get out there more and meet new people
Do you have any animals?
No but I want a puppy

Did you prefer living on campus or off campus? What would you recommend to freshmen?
Off! I’ve always lived off campus but living on campus seems like a better living situation for freshmen
If you could have one wish for anything in the world what would it be?
For everyone to be happy!
What has been your most thrilling experience in your life?
Going on every rollercoaster I ever have the opportunity to ride
Do you have a message for future A&M students?
Be yourself, everyone is so welcoming
What has been your most enjoyable class?
My RPTS tourism class
If you were able to have one superpower what would it be?
To be invisible
What would enhance Jewish life on campus?
Making it more known to the student body
How did you get involved with Chabad?
My friend Sarah Leisten brought me one day before freshman year and I immediately loved it!
Do you have plans for after graduation?
Hopefully start teaching/event planning 

Jewish Aggie of the Week Presents Kenny Abitbol

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What is your name?
Kenny Abitbol

Where are you from?
Houston, TX. G-d bless TEXAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Where did you go to high school?
Robert M. Beren Academy

Why did you choose Texas A&M?
I chose Texas A&M for its fantastic engineering school and the Corps of Cadets (WHOOP!) 

What was your major and why did you decide to pursue such a degree?
I study Nuclear Engineering with minors in Theatre Arts and Math. I wanted to study something difficult and yet practical…. And being a Nuke sounded pretty cool.

What is your favorite book? Why?
Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. Yeah, it’s a long read but totally worth it. The philosophical struggle is enlightening, and in my case continues to push me to limits I never thought I’d reach. 

What do you look forward to when coming to Chabad?
I know I can always count on a relaxing scene at Chabad. Whether it’s a stylin’ event or Shabbat services, the Rabbi and Rebbetzin always welcome members of the community with open arms.

What do you love about Jewish life on campus?
As I’ve been here for six years, I find the community thriving and beautiful. I also love the fact that I know I have two Jewish centers to fall back on in Chabad and Hillel. When I joined the Corps of Cadets, they never had experienced the complications of an orthodox Jew. By staying disciplined and explaining religious restrictions to my superiors, I hoped to create a precedent in which any future observant Jew could join the Corps. This is what I love about this university. There are so many areas on campus that need a Jewish presence and with the Aggie spirit I know we can be seen!

Why do you think it is important to be involved in Jewish life?
Knowing your heritage and religious beliefs empowers you beyond your imagination. Us Jews are a tight-knit group and we are always willing to help another. Get involved and grow tremendously! That’s what I say.

 Do you plan on going to graduate school at A&M?
Nah. I’d recommend it though if you were interested! 

Do you have any siblings?
I have a younger brother, Jonny, and a younger sister, Rachelle.

What is your favorite Jewish food?
Moroccan Fish and Challah.

What is your favorite food?
Homemade Mac’ n Cheese.

Have you ever traveled outside of the United States?
I’ve been to Mexico, Belize, Honduras, and Israel. Traveling to other countries and seeing their society, architecture, and culture truly opens one’s eyes to the awesome world Hashem in which placed us.

Have you ever been to Israel? If so, what was the most moving/amazing/inspirational experience you had? 
I went once with my senior trip in high school. Obviously it was mesmerizing, and I would have to say seeing the Kotel for the first time was one of the most inspirational experiences I’ve ever had.

 If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go?
I would go to Northern Europe. The history and nature (fjords I’m looking at you) are fascinating.

What is your favorite vacation spot?
Roatan, Honduras. The water and people are amazing. 

How do you enjoy spending your free time?
Reading, working out, intramurals, and Smicha (rabbinical ordination).

If you could start university again what would you do differently?
Nothing. No Regrets. 

Do you have any animals? What is their best trick?
I have two cats – Lola Mew and Luna Blue. The best trick is to raise them with love and care!

Did you prefer living on campus or off campus? What would you recommend to freshmen?
While nothing can replicate my time in the Corps dorms, off-campus life is pretty sweet. I would definitely recommend freshmen to live on-campus and indoctrinate themselves in the university’s traditions.

If you could have one wish for anything in the world what would it be?
Peace, health, and wealth for everyone.

 Do you have a message for future A&M students?
Stay true to what you believe in. You will be tested mentally and physically, but you will always have Chabad to back you up.

How did you get involved with Chabad?
When deciding which college to go to, a major factor was the Jewish life on campus. I wanted to be able to continue keeping Kosher and staying Shomer Shabbat – Chabad was there for me. Yossi and Manya showed me how beautiful it is here and what a Kiddush Hashem it would be to come to A&M.

 Do you have plans for after graduation?
Once I graduate I will receive an officer’s commission in the United States Navy. While in the Navy I will be stationed as a Nuclear Power Instructor in Charleston, SC, and I hope to pursue an MBA during my tenure there and potentially law school thereafter. Religiously, I hope to complete my Smicha within my first two years in Charleston.

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