Building Community Together
Working With Student Gang Members Changed Me
By Danielle Neuwirth, THE CONSPIRACY, newvoices.org
In the spring semester of my junior year, Jose* started hanging out with my friend group. The problem was he also hung out with local gang members.
Jose was from south of Worcester, Massachusetts. As a fellow Puerto Rican, he came to me for assistance when he was kicked out of his home, hoping to change course. And as a Worcester State University student, he knew my school offers help to college students struggling with gangs. Jose tried to get help from my professors, but he was too far into gang life to make his way out. While trying to help Jose, I met his friend Pablo*, who wanted assistance, as well. This is how I began working with students involved in gang activity – and embarked on hopefully a lifelong career of social work.
This year, Israel celebrates its 70th year of independence, where everyone who is somewhat touched by Israel’s culture, history, or religiosity can come together and share their own personal reflections and experiences with Israel.
My own experience of Israel, started in a small town called Ramat Sharet, in Jeruselam, where I was born and raised for 5 years, along with my sister. When I turned 5, Jerusalem resembled a battlefield, where Israeli citizens feared for their lives, on what I later found out was referred to as the period of the second Intefada, or the second Palestinian uprising.
Why I Made Aliyah as a 24-Year-Old American
By Anya Friedman-Hutter for Hadassah Magazine
“Why are you here?”
It was my fourth day in Israel as a new immigrant and my first day on the job as an educator for one of Israel’s largest youth movements—and I was startled to be asked such a direct question.
Americans Are A Lonely Lot, And Young People Bear The Heaviest Burden
RHITU CHATTERJEE on NPR
Loneliness isn't just a fleeting feeling, leaving us sad for a few hours to a few days. Research in recent years suggests that for many people, loneliness is more like a chronic ache, affecting their daily lives and sense of well-being.