NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) – Peace and understanding is the goal for about a dozen women students living together at Rutgers University.
The new Middle East Coexistence House was created for students to spend enough time together to bridge their differences. The group includes some Muslims and some Jews.
Says senior Danielle Josephs: “When you’re brushing your teeth next to someone every morning, you just can’t hate them.”
The 21-year-old Josephs has an Israeli father and a Jewish-American mother. She proposed a conflict-resolution living area to a school dean two years ago.
She wanted to help curb the hostility she witnessed on campus between Jews and Muslims.
The coexistence house has eleven women residents — five Jews, three Muslims, one Hindu, one Christian and an agnostic.
Students in the dorm say they spend a lot of time together. And they gather once a week in the residence hall for a conflict resolution class.
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