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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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