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February 22, 2013  RSS feed
Schools

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Elie Wiesel chats with Bay area Hillel students at Eckerd College


Students gather around Nobel Peace Prize recipient Elie Wiesel at an informal get together at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg. Students gather around Nobel Peace Prize recipient Elie Wiesel at an informal get together at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg. A group of Eckerd College Hillel students and several student leaders from all of the other Suncoast Hillel campuses had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have a “fireside” chat this month with Nobel Laureate/ Eckerd guest professor Elie Wiesel at Eckerd College.

The students sat on the floor and listened as Wiesel addressed their questions about the current state of the Jewish world, their role in the future of the Jewish people, Israel, and making a difference in the world.

Along with Eckerd College, students from University of South Florida, University of Tampa and New College were represented. About 27 students, along with Rabbi Ed Rosenthal, director of the Suncoast Hillels, participated.

Wiesel teaches a class each winter at the St. Petersburg college.

The 84-yar-old Wiesel became famous for his impassioned writings about his experiences in the Holocaust and his continued commitment to speaking out against repression and genocide worldwide. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986.

“Life is not made up of years, but of moments,” Wiesel told the students.

Everyone present knew that the moments they spent with Wiesel were ones they would remember for the rest of their lives.


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