8? for Sam Raphaelson

 

Sam is a Rice University freshman from Boston. He's pictured with his Shabag - a

Shabbat bag with everything needed to welcome Shabbat.

Why did you choose to attend Rice?

I chose Rice for its great breadth of academic programs and access

to Houston and its opportunities.

 

What is your favorite Jewish Holiday and why?

Purim because I love the costumes and games.

 

What aspect of Houston Hillel has been most enjoyable this semester?

I have really enjoyed the Shabbat services and Shabbat pickup meals.

How do you spend your spare time?

I enjoy running, watching tv, and throwing ceramics (when I’m at home)

What do you say when you’re asked the most annoying question of all: “What will you do when you graduate?”

I’m not sure right now, but I might consider graduate school.

What Jewish food brings up a nice memory? What is the memory?If you could bake your ideal challah, what would you put in it?

I make latkes every Hanukkah with my dad, and then we see how many we can each eat. My record is definitely over 10 in one sitting.

If you could bake your "ideal challah," what would you put in it?

Chocolate chips.

Why “do Jewish” in college?

I really appreciate having a community I have immediately felt comfortable with.

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8? for Avery Lucas

 

Avery is a sophomore from Houston, majoring in education. She's pictured on the right with Ellie Rips,

at the UH Sukkah.

Why did you choose to attend the University of Houston?

I chose to go to the University of Houston because it’s close to home and I love how

UH embraces diversity.

 

What is your favorite Jewish Holiday and why?

Purim! I think it's so much fun.

 

What aspect of Houston Hillel has been most enjoyable this semester?

Hanging out with my friends.

 

How do you spend your spare time?

Watching movies, photography, and video games.

What do you say when you’re asked the most annoying question of all: “What will you do when you graduate?”

Teach elementary school! (Hopefully second grade)

 

What Jewish food brings up a nice memory? What is the memory?

Challah reminds me of all the Hillel Shabbats!

 

If you could bake your ideal challah, what would you put in it?

Nutella and peanut butter.

 

Why “do Jewish” in college?

It provides me with a sense of community.

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8? for Lauren Schwartz

 

A Fairfax, Virginia native, Lauren recently moved to Houston from Beaumont, Texas.

She is excited to explore the Bayou City and try every (vegetarian) taco the city has to offer.
 

What draws you to Jewston events?

I love going to Jewston events to meet new people while doing something fun and connecting to Judaism!

The delicious food at most of the events is also a pretty big draw.

 

What is your favorite Jewish Holiday and why?

My favorite Jewish holiday is Passover. I love getting together with family and friends and singing and

eating together. I am also the family Afikomen champion (always a kid at heart haha). 

 

What aspect of Jewston has been most enjoyable this semester?

I really like having Zoom Shabbats. It was nice to virtually get together to light candles and say the

Shabbat prayers at the end of the week with everyone.

 

How do you spend your spare time?

Since Covid, I have enjoyed exploring local parks and spending time outdoors in Houston. Pre-Covid (and I look forward to again) I enjoyed going to musical theatre and other fine arts performances!

 

What do you do professionally?

I work at ExxonMobil as a Global Process and Planning Advisor for the Lubricants business. I help improve our supply chain processes and technologies at our plants around the world.

 

What Jewish food brings up a nice memory? What is the memory?

I love a sweet Noodle Kugel. My mom would make it once a year for the High Holy Days and it was always a treat. 

 

If you could bake your ideal challah, what would you put in it?

I have yet to meet a challah that I did not like. My ideal challah would have sprinkles or nutella. 

 

Why “do Jewish” as a young adult?

Being Jewish has always been important to me. The Jewston community gives me the opportunity to intertwine Jewish learning, culture, celebrations and activities into my everyday life as I begin adulting in Houston.

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8? for Geena May

 

Geena is a second year medical student at McGovern Medical School. She is originally from

Northern Virginia, but moved to Austin for undergrad and have been a Texan and Longhorn ever since!

Why did you choose to attend UT McGovern Medical School?

McGovern Medical School provided a unique opportunity to study medicine in the largest medical center

in the world. Not only that, but the community at McGovern celebrates diversity and teamwork.

Everyone here is so supportive of each other and I can't imagine myself at any other school.

 

What is your favorite Jewish Holiday and why?

Passover because it's basically Thanksgiving, but you get two family dinners out of it, and I usually

get to see even more family than I would on Thanksgiving! My mom makes the best matzah ball soup,

and I also can't get enough of her farfel!

 

What aspect of Jewston has been most enjoyable this semester?

With COVID it is hard to stay connected to the many communities that I have become a part of since

moving to Houston. Jewston has done an amazing job of reaching out and trying to stay as connected as possible during these unprecedented times!

Last semester my favorite event what hamantaschen baking! I had never made gluten free hamantaschen before and they were amazing!

 

How do you spend your spare time?

What spare time? Just kidding. I like to play board games and watch movies with my friends, I have been expanding my garden, and I love to paint!

 

What area of medicine most interests you?

I really want to work with the pediatric population. I am not sure if I want to specialize further, but I definitely want to work with kids!

 

What Jewish food brings up a nice memory? What is the memory?

As mentioned in the holiday question, my mom makes the best matzah ball soup! Growing up (and still today if I am home) she will make chicken noodle matzah ball soup whenever I'm sick, and it always makes me feel so much better! Of course, if it is Passover she will leave out the noodles.

 

If you could bake your ideal challah, what would you put in it?

I love traditional challah that's super moist. Unfortunately I have not had challah in probably 7 years since I became gluten free, and I'm hesitant to try to make my own gluten free challah because I am afraid it won't live up to the challah that I grew up loving.

 

Why “do Jewish” as a grad student?

Being a grad student has proven to be super stressful, but Jewston has offered me many avenues to relieve some of that stress and form connections with people in ways I would otherwise not be able to. 

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