J-Aggie of the Week Presents Naomi Heller!

Monday, 28 April, 2014 - 11:28 am



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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?


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?


What is your favorite food?


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?


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?


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


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.

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