The Hillel for All

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Sydney Delin, vice president of social action for the Jewish Student Organization, poses for a photo in the Mizzou Hillel chapel, Wednesday, March 1, 2017, in Columbia. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Quinn)

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MU junior Nathan Ker stands behind the library in the Mizzou Hillel, Wednesday, March 1, 2017, in Columbia. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Quinn)

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Senior Engagement Intern Gabe Raskin makes a silly face in front of the Mizzou Hillel, Wednesday, March 1, 2017, in Columbia. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Quinn)

 

While emotions continue to rise after anti-Semitic acts occur around the nation, one incident affected MU and its students.

The Mizzou Hillel is a place for MU students to come together as a community. Hillel holds programs and socials such as bagels every Tuesday or dinner every Friday. Many students come to the Hillel between classes for a support system or to be a “social Jew” as Sydney Delin, vice president of social action for the Jewish Student Organization, put it.

However, sentiments have changed recently due to the rise in anti-Semitic actions. Two MU students were arrested after oral and written anti-Semitic comments were made.

“Whoever is doing [these acts] is a bully and does not respect Jews as a whole,” said Senior Engagement Intern Game Raskin.

These actions hit close to home for one student in particular. Nathan Ker’s grandparents are resting in the St. Louis cemetery that was recently vandalized. Ker said that these attacks and threats have always been prevalent, but feelings change when it is personal.

Delin and Ker hope these events are isolated. Due to these occurrences, Mizzou Hillel has increased security and kept doors locked.

Through it all, the laughter and community at the Hillel have not stopped.

Delin, Ker and Raskin want students to know Mizzou Hillel and its community is open to anyone who is confused, needs someone to talk to or is interested in learning more.

 

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