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Hillel Launches at Catholic John Carroll University

by Anonymous |Jul 08, 2011|Comments
John Carroll University students.

By MARGI HERWALD ZITELLI
Cleveland Jewish News City Editor

Published: Friday, July 8, 2011 1:08 AM EDT

Hillel at a Catholic school? Really?

For John Carroll University (JCU) sophomore David Markovich, the answer is a resounding yes. Really.

"I'd like to see Jewish students at John Carroll be able to relate to each other, to use each other as a means of support, and to have fun," said Markovich, 19. "There's a good amount of Jews here. I don't want people to come in and think they're the only Jew here. Because I did. (They're) not alone."

During the previous school year, Markovich teamed with The Cleveland Hillel Foundation and supportive faculty and friends to establish an official Hillel branch at JCU. The Catholic and Jesuit university of 3,700 students has some 25 students who officially list themselves as Jewish, although there may be as many as 25 more among those who do not list a religion.

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