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The Detroit Jewish News, 2011-09-08

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cemetery, when our work was
completed, I and three other par-
ticipants would gather to recite
Kaddish; the Jewish prayer for the
dead. It was our simple way of
paying our respects in the only way
that we knew how.
My experience at Auschwitz
was also quite different. While I
watched horror and sadness fill
the eyes of my peers, I was over-
come with loneliness and loss. I
spent the time questioning my
Albion students helped beautify the
right and freedom to live as Jew,
Jewish cemetery in Wroclaw, Poland.
when so many where not granted
such a privilege. I ached so deeply for those who were murdered and could not come to
terms with why their destinies lead them to such atrocity, while fate was so kind to me. I
mourned for the stolen lives and innocence of my nation.
It was only when I encountered a group of Israelis, singing Israel's national anthem
Hatikvah, that I was able to get a hold of myself. Then, in joining with them in song, I felt
more at home then I could have ever imagined. I stood there, amongst my fellow Jews,
mourning yet also celebrating our history and our people. Then, in that cold, awful place, I
felt warmth, love and comfort, knowing that the Jewish people will always live on. @

Tsiporah Davis of Macomb is a sophomore at Albion College.

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Felix Shoihat, MSU Hillel Israel fellow; Ignacio Andrade, aB super-
visor from MSU's Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives;
Robyn Berkowitz, ABQ supervisor and MSU Hillel director of
engagement; sophomore Dani Gittleman of Bloomfield Hills; sopho-
more Lauren Blazofsky of West Bloomfield; sophomore Joanna Kukla
of Grosse Ile; sophomore Jeff Goodman of Cincinnati; junior Mamie
Beals of West Bloomfield; and senior Paris Wilson of Detroit.

pioneer this program on our campus. One of the most rewarding parts of this initiative has
been that of our five ABQ fellows, two are not Jewish, along with one non-Jewish supervisor.
Although the ABQ initiative is run through Hillel, we are being given an opportunity to work
together, Jewish and non-Jewish, to achieve a common goal.
It doesn't matter the color of our skin or the religion we practice, what it's about is opening
ourselves up to honest discussion and creating relationships with people who may have differ-
ent views. The beauty of ABQ is that with every person you engage with, you learn something

new.
In pioneering this initiative at MSU, we have a great responsibility to not only get ABQ off
the ground, but also to make an impact on every single participant's life. We want our fellow
peers to learn how to share their opinions openly in a safe and non-judgmental environment.
Following training, what really stuck with me the most is that we are not tying to fix a
problem. As ABQ fellows, we are not telling others that they are doing something wrong and
that they need to change their lives. As ABQ fellows, we are telling our peers that it's OK to
discuss uncomfortable topics because there is a good chance the person sitting next to you is

uncomfortable, too.
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Lauren Blazofsky of West Bloomfield is a sophomore at Michigan State University.

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