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J-Aggie of the WEEK!

J-Aggie of the Week Presents Naomi Heller!

 JEWISH AGGIE OF THE WEEK

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What is your name?

Naomi Heller

Where are you from?

Dallas, TX

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

Animal science, love to be outside and work with large animals

Why did you choose Texas A&M?

It is one of the best animal science departments in country, warm weather, friendly people, driving distance to home, in-state tuition.

Do you have any older or younger siblings?

One older sister, Ilana.

Where do they live?

LA, CA

Do you have any animals and do they have any tricks?

Cockatiel named Menchy – has birth defect, not very bright. I also have a horse named Lucy – can jump obstacles larger than herself!

What is your favorite book? Why?

Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingslover, just obsessed with the story.

Where did you go to high school?

Yavneh Academy of Dallas

What is your favorite Jewish food?

GEFILTE FISH

What is your favorite food?

GEFILTE FISH

Favorite Jewish childhood memory.

First night Pesach at my house every single year since the dawn of time - dad marks flow through the hagaddah with a bang of the gong…

What has been your favorite Chabad experience until now?

FLOUR FIGHT IN MANYAS KITCHEN/LIVING ROOM

Have you ever traveled outside of the United States? If so, where?

Israel, South Africa, Canada, Italy, various South American countries.

Have you ever been to Israel? If so, what was your most significant significance there? (emotional, spiritual, inspiring, funny)

Summer after sophomore year, first time I drank…ended up peeing off a roof.

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

Australia and Ireland are next on my list.

If you could pick one superpower what would it be? Why?

I want to own a horned Pegasus/winged unicorn.

What was the most thrilling experience in your life?

You can’t handle that…

What was the best job you held while here on campus?

PRESIDENT OF TEXAS A&M CHABAD

What is your favorite color (think the whole Crayola color scheme)?

PURPLE

In your spare time what do you like to do?

Horseback riding, improv comedy, cook, be outside, hang out with Jews, eat sushi.

Did you prefer living on campus or off campus?

Offffffffffff campuuuuussssssssss

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

 I have what I have.

Where do you work right now?

Equest Therapeutic Horsemanship in Wylie, TX.

What do you love most about your job?

Being on my feet, outside, utilizing my degree/life’s work, ever-present opportunity for growth and learning, training/conditioning horses, sharing my knowledge.

Where do you hope to be in your career 5 years from now?

Who the freak knows!

How is the Jewish life in Dallas for Former Students? Any good opportunities to mingle?

Dallas has the most well organized Young Jewish Adult community in Texas.  There are countless organizations directly for young Jewish professionals/singles/etc.  There is at least one social opportunity every night of the week; often 2 or 3 options. Every Monday and Thursday I go to classes at Intown Chabad I really enjoy learning with Rabbi Chanan Rose. I really appreciate Rabbi Tzvi Drizin’s and Rabbi Chanan Rose’s commitment to building a Jewish community in Uptown.

What do you love most about Jewish life on campus?

Rabbi Yossi and Manya Lazaroff, kosher cooking club, uniting Jews, triplets, and sushi salad.  The notion of university life in America is very self-centered and plutonic; Rabbi and Manya are able to add in much needed depth.

J-Aggie of the Week Presents Sara Leisten!

 

 JEWISH AGGIE OF THE WEEK

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SARA LEISTEN 

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What is your name?

Sarah Leisten

 

Where are you from?

Houston, Texas

 

What is your major?

Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Sciences

 

Where are you studying abroad right now?

Florence, Italy

 

How are you liking it so far? Favorite place?

It’s the best time of my life. It took some time getting used to the environment. Yes, I did get super homesick like the second week here and wanted to come home.

 

I know you’ve been to a Chabad since you got to Italy. Which one? How was? (I mean nothing beats TAMU Chabad but still…). What do you miss the most about TAMU Chabad? (aside from Jackie Subar)

Chabad Jewish Student Experience – Florence. They are very welcoming and made sure I wasn’t homesick at all. Embarrassing, I have only been once. But I am going for PASSOVER!!

I miss the three munchkins! And getting to talk to Manya and Rabbi about anything.

 

Did connections to TAMU Chabad help you in establishing a connection in Italy? Did the shluchim (Chabad Rabbi and Rebbetzin) in Italy know Manya and Rabbi? ;)

Is that even a question? Everyone knows Manya!

 

Where do you hope to go next? Either during your time in Europe or after.

After being abroad. I wanna go to TEXAS! But after getting all the things I miss from home…  I hope to travel to Greece, Croatia, and Israel… I know I haven’t been to Israel yet.

 

Do you have any older or younger siblings?

I have a older sister and a younger sister! MIDDLE CHILD!

 

Do you have any animals and do they have any tricks?

I have a dog at home. I wish she did tricks But all she really goes is eat, poop, and sleep.

 

What are you thinking about right now?

How tired I am because I went out last night…. Yes, me the old grandma that never goes out… actually went out on a school night… lets just say NEVER again.  And How much I miss Mexican food  ( I think about queso literally all the time. Food here is amazing but nothing compares to Chuys queso)

 

What is your favorite book? Why?

Harry Potter Series. Ever since I picked up the first book, I could never put it down. Sometimes I wish I went to a school like Hogwarts.

 

Where did you go to high school?

Bellaire High School! Go Cardinals!

 

What is your favorite Jewish food?

Matzo Ball Soup… but Manya’s challah is pretty amazing too!

 

What is your favorite food?

Chips and Queso

 

 

Favorite Jewish childhood memory.

I don’t know if you consider the past three years still my childhood. But I loved when my rabbis from my own synagogue took the time and drove through Houston rush hour traffic to College Station just to take the Jewish college kids from Houston out for a meal. I will always remember that and how it was nice to see people from home.

 

What has been your favorite Chabad experience until now?

Sinai Scholars. I wasn’t really sure if it was going to be my “thing” because I was never very involved in high school with the Jewish community but after the first class, I knew I was going to enjoy it. It taught me so much about being Jewish really means and helped me figure out where I stand in the Jewish community. I could never thank Manya enough for convincing me to join the class and she is the best teacher.

 

Have you ever been to Israel?

No! :(

 

If you were and animal which animal would best describe you?

Bear, I love going into hibernation some days. Sometimes after a long week or stressful test. I love to just go to my room and stay in bed all day.

 

What was the most thrilling experience in your life?

The opportunity of studying abroad is the most thrilling experience. I get to meet students from all over the United States and also get to embrace someone’s culture for four months. I go to school for four days of the week and than travel the rest of the world on the weekends. I get to see something new every week and it’s amazing.

 

If you had a message for freshmen what would it be?

Enjoy every minute of the four ( Sometimes five years) you have. It’s the best years of your life. One thing I would change if I could is making decisions off of what other people would think of me. Do what you want to do and do not care what other people think. If it makes you happy, than go for it. No one should ever stop you from doing anything you wanna do. Or make you do something you don’t wanna do.

 

What do you love most about being an Aggie (I mean you’re always an Aggie)? WHOOP!

The traditions. We ( Aggies) have something to live by and we are proud to say we go to A&M. I know being abroad and people asking where I go to school, I am really proud to say that I am an Aggie. And of Course I love football!

 

What is your favorite color (think the whole Crayola color scheme)?

Robin Egg Blue and Orange sunset

 

In your spare time what do you like to do?

Netflix, sleep, hang out with friends…. think about working out but never get around to it…haha ( that will hopefully change)

 

Did you prefer living on campus or off campus?

Off- Campus… actually never lived on campus so I couldn’t tell you the difference.

 

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

That’s a hard question… I would wish that doctors over the country would be able to cure all illnesses. From family and friends having different types cancer and diseases that have the world have medicine has not been able to cure it 100%.

 

What do you love most about Jewish life on campus?

All the activities that Chabad offers from Shabbat, kosher cooking club, or just walking in to talk (My favorite thing to do)

 

Safe and Happy Travels! Can’t wait to see you when you get back!!!

A zissen pesach sameach!

 

 

J-Aggie of the Week Presents Jackie Ettinger!

 JEWISH AGGIE OF THE WEEK

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What is your name?

Jaclyn Ettinger

Where are you from?

Katy, Texas

What is your current area of study? Why the decision to pursue that field?

Master of Health Administration. I enjoyed learning about the enactment of the Affordable Care Act and how the United States was going to provide 44 million underinsured and uninsured individuals with health care services.

What do you hope to do after you graduate?

I hope to be working in Houston for a large hospital system. Although I work for a small physician practice, I see myself in a large hospital setting.

Why did you choose Texas A&M?

A&M was very close to home yet far enough so my parents couldn’t do the usual “pop in” unannounced.

Do you have any older or younger siblings?

I do! I have 2 older siblings, Kyle and Lexie.

Do you have any animals and do they have any tricks?

I have a precious puppy named Daisy. You have probably seen her from the millions of photos I post on Facebook of her. She loves the water and likes to surf in the summer. Surfing for her entails sitting on a boogie board in the pool while we splash and make some waves. Regardless, its cool. 

What is your favorite book? Why?

My favorite book by far is To Kill a Mockingbird. I read it in 7th grade and it stuck with me ever since. The message behind it is incredible and I haven’t read another book like it!

Where did you go to high school?

James E. Taylor

What is your favorite Jewish food?

Challah…but it has to be Manyas. Other Challah just cannot compare.

What is your favorite food?

Veggie Lasagna. Seriously, can’t go wrong. Speaking of Veggie Lasagna, why haven’t we ever made this at Chabad?

Why is Jackie Subar your favorite person in the world?

Is this seriously a question? Well I guess I have to answer it. Jax Subar is my favorite person because she always can make me laugh, if I drop anything on the floor I know she will retrieve it, and she is always so spunky. Jax is the kind of gal that you meet and you feel like you have known her for years. This is why I love her!

Favorite Jewish childhood memory.

Going to camp! I loved meeting people from all over the world and building relationships with my counselors. I became a counselor at camp when I was eligible and still communicate with my campers to this day. It was a great learning experience and a way to meet incredible Jewish students!

What has been your favorite Chabad experience until now?

Building relationships with Rabbi, Manya, and the kids! They all have such incredible personalities and I am so lucky to have them here during my time at A&M.

Have you ever traveled outside of the United States? If so, where?

I have. I have been to Israel, Spain, and Mexico.

Have you ever been to Israel? If so, what was your most significant significance there? (emotional, spiritual, inspiring, funny)

I have. It was the most incredible experience of my life yet to date, other than the wedding in November that will occur. I really enjoyed traveling to the Western Wall and praying. It was such an emotional and spiritual experience for me as a Jewish woman.

What are you thinking about right now?

I am thinking about how I am going to finish my Law Exam due Friday.

If you were and animal which animal would best describe you?

Probably a golden retriever. If you know me, you know I am obsessed with them. They are the best animals and nothing can compare. But really, they are loveable, funny, and silly!

If you had a message for freshmen what would it be?

Enjoy your years in college. They truly go by so quickly and I wish I could relive those early days of my college life. Although school is important and the reason why we are here, make friends, go to Aggie sports events, and make memories while you are here.

What do you love most about being an Aggie (I mean you’re always an Aggie)? WHOOP!

The traditions and the network. Everyone recognizes the Aggie ring and I love that sense of pride here at A&M.

What has been your most enjoyable class at university thus far?

Political Science- Soviet Union. I took it with Alexander Pacek and it was the most interesting and learning filled class I have ever taken. We did not read straight from a textbook the whole time. It was an interactive class.

What was the best job you held while here on campus?

I was a residence hall advisor. I lived on campus and had the most incredible roommate Mckenzie. She truly made my experience worthwhile!

What is your favorite color (think the whole Crayola color scheme)?

Lilac. I think it’s beautiful. I love it.

In your spare time what do you like to do?

I like to run, read, cook, spend time with family and friends, and watch my favorite tv shows/movies. I am a little embarrassed by what I watch so I will not list those shows here.

Did you prefer living on campus or off campus?

Off campus!

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

For my grandma, Helen, to be able to attend my wedding. She was truly my best friend. I spent countless weekends with her and she always was so warm and nurturing. I wish more than anything she could physically be there on November 8th, but I know that she will be there in spirit with us.

Jackie, I know that you are graduating soon, what are you most looking forward to after graduating? What are you going to miss the most?

I am looking forward to being near my family and living in the same city as my fiancé. Ever since we started dating over 4 years ago, we have never lived in the same city. This will be an exciting and new change for the both of us!

Do you have any post-graduation plans come May?

I graduate on May 17th and will be moving to Clear Lake with my fiancé. I hope to be working in Houston shortly after Graduation and then I get married in November! 

J-Aggie of the Week Presents Evy Brown!

   Jewish Aggie of the WEEK

Presents...

EVY BOWN!!!

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What is your name?

Evy Brown

Where are you from?

Houston, TX

What is your major?

Civil engineering

What year are you? What wildcat noise is that?

Senior, A-WHOOP

Why did you choose Texas A&M?

I wanted to go to a university with a great engineering program and many extra-curricular clubs and activities available to join.

Evy, I know you had your Ring Dunk this semester. How was it?

It is the best experience that I am very happy to never have to experience again.

What are you involved in here at A&M? I mean besides hanging out at CHABAD!

Aggie SWAMP Club (ScreenWriting Acting and Movie Production….it’s the film club), Texas Independent Film Festival, and I used to be in the Freudian Slip Improvisational Comedy Troupe but sadly had to drop out of that.

Do you have any older or younger siblings?

Yes. One older brother (Alex)

Do you have any animals and do they have any tricks?

Yes. One dog named Frisky. She can manipulate people with her cuteness.

What are you thinking about right now?

Are hipsters real people?

What is your favorite book?

Hunger Games (for now)

Where did you go to high school?

Bellaire High School

What is your favorite Jewish food?

I WILL EAT ALL THE CHALLAH AND YOU CAN’T STOP ME

What is your favorite food?

Salad. Fruit salad specifically. Ok, mainly grapes. All grapes. It’s wine.

Favorite Jewish childhood memory.

My Bat Mitzvah for sure.

What has been your favorite Chabad experience until now?

Every single midnight breakfast ever. Those study breaks are priceless.

What is one thing that would enhance Jewish life on campus?

I think it would be great if they had study break goodie bags for students during insane exam times (something similar to matzo ball soup for students who are sick)

(JAggie: they do!!! Yay!!!---look for one in your mail around exam time or swing on by Chabad!)

What do you currently have in your pocket?

My keys, my phone, and the world’s smallest violin.

If you had a million dollars right now, what would you do with it?

Pay off my loans, throw a party for paying off my loans, travel, and make a movie.

If you had a message for freshmen what would it be?

Get involved, make mistakes, and ask for forgiveness rather than permission. Yes, college is about learning, but my greatest lessons were all taught outside the classroom.

What do you love most about being an Aggie (I mean you’re always an Aggie)? WHOOP!

The tradition, the sense of family, and the aggie network, yo.

What has been your most enjoyable class at university thus far?

Scenic painting, because art.

What is your favorite color (think the whole Crayola color scheme)?

Aquamarine.

In your spare time what do you like to do?

Sleep, read, write, photography/film, shenanigans, contemplate my life choices.

Did you prefer living on campus or off campus?

Poplar (off campus) all day, everyday.

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

A time machine, not to fix my mistakes, but to take the chances that I once didn’t.

What do you love most about Jewish life on campus?

I love how comfortable it is, and I’m not just talking about the couches. Manya and Rabbi are always there to give me advice and a cup of coffee for the stressful times. I truly appreciate all that they do. 

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