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Meet Leora: Jewston's Mensch of the month!


Carly: Who are you? Where are you from? What do you do for a living?

Leora: My name is Leora Woll, and I am from The Woodlands, Texas. I am a dietetic intern at the University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston! I studied nutrition at Texas Tech University, and I moved to Houston for graduate school. My goal is to be a clinical dietitian once I graduate in 2024.

Carly: What was your 'Jewish experience' like in college?

Leora: There are not many Jews in Lubbock, Texas, so I did not have much of a Jewish experience in college. I attended services at the local synagogue on high-holy days and took a trip with Birthright during my sophomore year of college, but that is about it. I was very excited to move to Houston because of the large Jewish community.



Carly: What do you enjoy most about Jewston events?

Leora: I enjoy the community. I always meet someone new, and everyone is so welcoming. My favorite events are the Shabbat dinners. The food is always really good and it’s a nice tradition to celebrate Shabbat once a month with Jewston.


Carly: How has your time in Houston been?

Leora: It has definitely been a learning experience! Taking the metro, navigating one-way streets, finding my favorite study spots, and making new friends are just a few things I’ve learned. I did not know anyone when I moved to Houston, so attending Jewston events and involving myself in the Jewish community in Houston helped me make new friends.


Carly: What has been the biggest surprise about living in Houston?

Leora: The biggest surprise about living in Houston is the number of walking/ running areas. Hermann Park and Buffalo Bayou are two of my favorites. Everyone talks about the traffic or humidity (which are both not fun), but I never knew how many beautiful parks there are in Houston.


Carly: Is there anything else you want the Jewston community to know?

Leora: There are so many opportunities to meet new people, and I look forward to making friends at Jewston events in the new year!



Email Carly (carly@houstonhillel.org) to nominate your friend to be our next Jewston Mensch of the month!

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