I am a senior majoring in Music Composition and pursuing a certificate in Middle Eastern Studies. I was born and raised in Milwaukee and attended religious Jewish schools for 12 years, where I learned all of the usual subjects in addition to Judaic Studies. Until coming to UW, I took my daily immersion in Jewish community for granted, but when I arrived on campus I truly began to appreciate the work that goes in to creating and sustaining a healthy and welcoming community. With each passing year, the importance of strengthening the bonds between the desperate sub-communities in our country, and in the world at large, become increasingly apparent to me, and the need to make the world a better, safer place becomes increasingly urgent. After being active in the Jewish community for years, I have turned to the Interfaith Fellowship Program as an exciting way of learning to connect my community to those of my neighbors.