The Jewish, Muslim and Arab communities at the University of Pennsylvania made history Tuesday night. With the launch of a new collaborative initiative called Bridging the Gap, these communities took a step toward building long-lasting working relationships within the Penn community. Through dialogue and cultural events, this program hopes to foster a sense of mutual understanding that “is often lacking in the world today,” said Mariam Ezz, Wharton senior and president of Penn Arab Student Society.
“While there will always be a place for partisan events on campus, an initiative like Bridging the Gap will expose Jewish, Arab and Muslim students to a way of thinking that will foster compassion and mutual understanding,” added Ezz.
“I found it ironic that we hope people in places like Israel will make peace when there is no effort to even engage with each other in our own backyards,” said College sophomore Sam Adelsberg, co-chairman of Hillel’s Israel Dialogue sector.
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