Jenna Ferman

Abington, Pennsylvania

Major: Hebrew Bible and Its Interpretation and English  

Interests: I am an avid runner, and love to go running around the reservoir in Central Park. In my down time, I watch food documentaries; I'm fascinated by nutrition, and am thinking about pursuing a career in the field.

Extracurricular/Cocurricular Activities: I am a mentor and quasi-college guidance counselor for a high school senior through Mentoring Youth in New York City; a member of the sorority Alpha Chi Omega and the Columbia University cheerleading team; a dancer in Columbia/Barnard Hillel's Israeli dancing troupe, Shalhevet; and the food coordinator for Koach, the Conservative community at Hillel.  

Favorite Things About List College: The small classes give you the opportunity to get to know your professors and classmates in a deeper way than you could experience in a traditional lecture hall. The community at JTS is incredibly welcoming and unparalleled, full of people with diverse interests and unique personalities, yet with core Jewish values that make us all similar.  

Three Favorite Things About Living in New York City: The museums, the fast pace, and SoHo. My favorite museum is the Met, and I try to go often. The fast pace of New York is something I thought I would hate, feeling rushed and getting annoyed with people's impatience. I found the opposite: I love the energizing pace. Finally, I really like SoHo: the shops, the adorable hole-in-the-wall restaurants, and the vibe.  

Best Class at List College: The first-year seminar On Holiness with Dr. Amy Kalmanofsky. That class really helped me understand holiness, which I'd always struggled to define, with respect to places, people, and G-d through study of biblical texts. My favorite part was making a presentation about three holy places; it encouraged me to visit different synagogues around the city. I absolutely recommend that seminar.  

One day I want to: Live in Israel, somewhere in the North. Also, I want to have three dogs.