Jenna Austin


Where are you from:

Flagstaff, AZ



BS in Environmental and Sustainability Studies


Dream job:

Working on an organic, Jewish farm!

Favorite quarantine activity:

Taking my dog to the forest for fresh air and sunshine.

What you will miss most about Chabad at NAU:

Shabbat dinners, Yael’s amazing kugel, and Rabbi Shmulik’s endless support.


What are you looking forward to after graduation:

Reading more for enjoyment, investing more in my Judaism, and growing my very own garden!

Advice for Jewish NAU Freshmen:

Take time to practice things that make you happy. Find joy in the little things amidst the challenging transition to online school. Also, know that your Judaism is what you hold true to yourself and never compare your personal path and growth to others. Chabad has taught me that Judaism looks different to every single individual and that there is always room to learn and grow. The support Chabad has provided me over the last four years is special and rare, so don’t shy away from building a connection.

Favorite class and least favorite class:

My favorite class at NAU was a first-year seminar that focused on immigrant justice and partnered with No More Deaths in Tucson, AZ. My least favorite class has to be calculus, which I failed out of and soon after changed my major from Environmental Engineering to Studies.

My least favorite class was definitely my Audiology course. I had a very difficult and rude professor, not to mention I just don’t like learning about Audiology. 

Fun fact about you:

I’m currently teaching myself how to play the banjo. 


If you had $10,000 to donate to Chabad, what would you like it to go towards?

I would want really thoughtful gifts made and given to all of the donors who made the new Chabad Jewish Community Center development possible.


What do you want to say to the donors, Rabbis, Rebbetzins and to all those who support Chabad at NAU:

I want to say thank you, as you each have provided me with the tools and resources to find my own meaning of Judaism, to feel more connected to my Jewish community, and to feel more motivated in continuing my Jewish journey.


What makes you proud about being Jewish:

I feel proud to be Jewish because my ancestors are resilient and have passed down important values and sacred rituals that I practice today.