ELON, N.C. — Two students on Elon University’s campus say they are proud to be Jewish.
What You Need To Know
Corrine Brager and Madeline Fayne invite others to ask questions about Judaism
They feel there can be a lot of inaccurate representations of their religion
The two are deeply connected to Judaism beyond the religion
Madeline Fayne and Corrine Brager are juniors at Elon University. The two like to spend their free time playing games at Hillel, a center on campus for Jewish students. It’s also where they meet to celebrate holidays, study and meet other Jewish students.
Brager is from Virginia and Fayne is from California. While being away from home, Hillel is a place where they can come and still feel like they’re surrounded by family.
“There’s a really strong Jewish community here, so it definitely helped make my experience at Elon even better,” Brager said.
“I’ve been involved at Hillel since my first day pretty much at Elon, and it’s been amazing coming from a really strong Jewish community at home,” Faye added.
The Jewish community on campus includes over 10% of the total student population. That’s very small compared to other groups on campus, so they feel there are a lot of people who overlook Judaism. They want people to be open in asking questions they have about their religion.
“Judaism is all about questioning and so if you ever have questions about Judaism like you can ask any person that observes Judaism, and they’ll be more than happy to answer, but it might be a different answer you get from the next Jewish person,” Brager said.
“In general, there can be very accurate representations and really inaccurate representations, and I think that you just have to those representations with the Jewish people you know,” Faye added.
They feel sometimes people can make jokes about Judaism not realizing the impact it has.
“Holocaust jokes in general, definitely insensitive things that typically come from people who are not super educated on Judaism,” Brager said.
The two love being part of the Jewish faith. It’s so much more than a religion, it’s culture and family.
“My entire life I’ve been Jewish, and I genuinely feel like it’s something that, not that I’ve taken for granted, but something I feel so lucky to have been raised with, and I truly can’t imagine my life in any way differently,” Faye said.