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    • from NY
    • 09.06.10 | 12:39 (IDT)

    At our campus, we have a Hillel, and last year when I started my Master's degree, it was one of the first places on the campus I visited. Of course I did not like what Israel is doing to Palestinians, but still I had always thought that somehow Jews are closer to us more than Americans, Indians or Chinese, and when you are away from your country, you just look for people like you. I went to Hillel like 9 times. People were so cool to me, they did not even bother to say hello. I asked a guy who was like an organizer there to teach me Hebrew. They were teaching Hebrew to American Jews anyways, and I am really interested in foreign languages. I never got a response. I left my mail like 3 times, every time he promised to let me know, but nothing came out of it. After so many stupid attempts to be friends with people I just gave up. Ironically this organizer guy is a birth-right officer too. Finally I came to believe that I am not wanted in Hillel. Also I heard that when a Turkish student had a community service, he chose to clean Hillel for that work. I am sure he had the same experience with me. I do not know if Jews accept Turks as friends or not. But sincerely I do not think so. At least I tried and failed miserably.

    from the article: What a missed opportunity
    First published 01:43 09.06.10 | Last updated 01:43 09.06.10
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