8? for Abby Shulman

 

Abby is a Rice University sophomore. She's picture on the right, with Daniel Cohen

and Leah Sherman at a Rice Hillel weekly lunch.

Why did you choose to attend Rice?

I wanted to go to a school with developed science programs and good research

opportunities, but I also liked the idea of a smaller school with more intimate classes.

As a result, Rice was the perfect fit! I also came to visit and found that the people

here were smart and sincere.

 

What is your favorite Jewish Holiday and why?

My favorite holiday is probably Pesach because that’s when I get to see most of

my extended family. We’ve celebrated Passover in Israel three times now,

which makes it even more special.   

 

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

It’s been really wonderful to meet people from other residential colleges and majors.

Having a community that’s separate from my Lovett College community has been important in my Rice experience.

How do you spend your spare time?

I really appreciate being able to sit down and read. Beyond that, I cook, go to ~hip~ coffeeshops, and visit museums near campus.

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

I tell most people that I’m pre-medicine, but who knows for sure. I’ll let you know when it happens.

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

My Sabta makes an amazing matzo ball soup. It reminds me of Shabbat and family and home.

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

I’m a plain-challah kind of person.

Why “do Jewish” in college?

It’s a good opportunity to meet people, above all.  Moreover, any opportunity to connect with people that remind you of home is a good one.

8? for Tatiana Uklist

 

Why did you choose to attend the University of Houston?

I chose UH because it’s close to home and is just a great school to go to. It also has 

a top three program for my major.

 

What is your favorite Jewish Holiday and why?

I think it’s a tie between Passover and Hanukkah because for each holiday my

family gets together at my uncle’s house and we just have a great time.

 

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

The aspect that has been most enjoyable this semester is Hillel’s Student Lounge

in the A.D. Bruce Religion Center. It’s great to have a place to hang out with my friends

when we’re not in class.

 

How do you spend your spare time?

I spend my spare time watching Netflix and hanging out in the Hillel Lounge.

 

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

I’m kind of at a crossroads right now. I’ll either work for a pro-Israel advocacy group, end up going straight to grad school for geology, or go to law school. It’s all up in the air right now.

 

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

My absolute favorite food is Hamentashen because I just remember always making them with grandma.

 

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

Ummmm – cinnamon, chocolate chips, and raisins.

 

Why “do Jewish” in college?

I grew up with a very minimal Jewish community and when I started at UH, my cousins urged me to check out Houston Hillel and the Jewish life on campus. And honestly without it, I wouldn’t have the friends I have today. It’s just a great way to meet people, and have a place to hang out.

 
8? for Isabel Deakins

 

Why did you choose to attend Rice?

Rice was the first college campus I ever set foot on. It was my junior year of high school, and I

wanted to get super far out of my hometown of Houston. However, that tour really stuck with me

and I ended up applying to just two schools, Rice being one of them.

 

What is your favorite Jewish Holiday and why?

My favorite holiday is Passover. My family always does Passover at our house and we invite all of

our family and friends over. It’s super exciting for me because I’m an only child and this is the one

time a year that my house is full of people.

 

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

I’ve really enjoyed attending Shabbat services, especially at the end when we go around and

introduce ourselves. I especially loved the Sushi Shabbat and Rabbi Amy Weiss’ heavenly miso soup.

 

How do you spend your spare time?

I like to sing in my room REALLY loudly with my roommate, make food with my friends, go out to eat with my friends, and then frantically rush to do all my homework starting around 8 pm most weekdays.

 

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

Hopefully, when I graduate I will attend optometry school, with the eventual goal of owning an optometry practice and spending some time with Doctors Without Borders or a similar institution as an optometrist.

 

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

My grandma lives in New York City, and of course there is a classic New York bagel shop right around the corner from her apartment. One day in the summer, we were sitting outside the shop with our bagels (everything with lox and shmear) and my good friend from Greene Family Camp walks right by on the street with his family. The Jews of Houston ended up having a lovely brunch together in NYC!

 

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

Olive oil, parmesan cheese, and garlic!!!

 

Why “do Jewish” in college?

Everyone I’ve met at Houston Hillel is so nice, and I feel like I have a special little connection with the Jews I know at Rice. At my public high school, I was the president of the Chai Club, which had about 10 members and maybe 3 of them were Jewish. It’s nice to finally be at a school that’s so accepting of different cultures, and to be part of a group that makes me feel like I have a family when I’m not at home.

 

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