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ELM 2014

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S: KU Hillel's European Leadership Mission - January 2014

BC: A little for one is a lot for another.

FC: KU Hillel's European Leadership Mission January 2014

2: "I don't want to just survive... I want to live" - Mimi Karamfilova, age 19 Sofia, Bulgaria

3: L | Right after our plane landed we rode a bus into the city. Looking at my surroundings, I definitely felt like a stranger in a strange land. I had no idea where the journey was headed, but I was excited to find out. - Tori Luecking, class of 2016

4: I'd never seen any place like Sofia before with its historic architecture and eclectic culture. Touring it on the first day, I remember feeling incredibly eager to explore the city and learn more about everything we were seeing. - Nikki Multer, class of 2015

6: I have seen the beautiful synagogues of Israel, Prague and Poland. The architecture in those synagogues were well done, but nothing compares to the magnificent style, detail and beauty that is instilled in the Sofia Synagogue. - Jeremy Gutovitz, class of 2016

8: It was incredible to see how Jewish music and dancing could bridge people from different countries and generations, and create an unforgettable experience. - Evan Traylor, class of 2016

13: Visiting the Parents Home in Sofia and meeting Sophie was one of the highlights of the trip. Her story truly touched my heart. - Brent Wagner, class of 2015

14: I loved hanging out, playing foosball and learning about Jewish life in Bulgaria with our new friends in the JCC bar in Sofia. - Shira Levine, class of 2015

15: It was such an inspiration to see young Jewish adults engaging their peers in Jewish life at Moise House in Sofia. - Jay Lewis, KU Hillel Executive Director

16: It was a cool experience learning how to bake traditional Bulgarian recipes. After the baked goods were finished, we took them with us to our elderly home visits. You could tell that the small token meant a lot to them. - Ellie Stropes class of 2014

17: My experience during the home visit in Sofia was unlike anything else I have ever experienced. The kindness and graciousness we were met with made me realize that even though the community is struggling in many ways, a positive outlook on life can have a significant impact on the well-being of a person. - Leah Swartz, class of 2014

19: We had so much fun meeting our Bulgarian peers; we learned a lot about their culture and they helped us develop a new appreciation for being Jewish. - Samantha Levine, class of 2014

20: Getting to experience a different country with my Bulgarian peers at night was not only a great opportunity, but it was also something I will never forget. - Austin Ruben, class of 2016

23: Interacting with the students at the Jewish day school in Sofia was inspiring. Their academic standards were so impressive and it was clear that education is an important value to the community. - Allison Kohn, class of 2014

25: I really enjoyed spending time with the preschool kids at the Jewish Community Center. One of the boys was supposedly the shyest of all the kids, but he was all smiles when we played cops and robbers. - Jason Finkelstein, class of 2016

28: I was moved by the enthusiasm and joy the elderly at the Rosen Old Age Home showed us. We were welcomed with open arms. - Stephanie Pollack, class of 2014

30: Bucharest was a beautiful city with architecture that has intricate details and beautiful colors unlike anything we have in the U.S. - Bailey Goldstein, class of 2015

31: The beautiful Holocaust memorial in Bucharest showed me that the government cares about the Jewish population and knows the importance of remembering what happened. - Ben Davis, class of 2015

33: We spent a memorable Shabbat in Bucharest, Romania, starting with services in a breath-taking synagogue, followed by Shabbat dinner with the community, and ending with an introduction to our Romanian peers. Definitely a Shabbat we will always remember! - Stacy Bernstein, class of 2016

35: When we arrived at the second largest building in the world, it looked like a scene right out of a movie! We had so much fun taking pictures and acting like true tourists; I will always have a special memory of this moment in Bucharest. - Alex Null class of 2013

37: Visiting the Dimitrie Guti National Village Museum was a really great opportunity to be outside in Bucharest and learn about how people in Romania lived their lives centuries ago.Especially captivating was learning about the King of Romania and getting to see where he lived. - Seth Miller, class of 2014

38: I liked seeing the parallels between the synagogue in Brasov and my synagogue at home. It is amazing to be able to travel thousands of miles away and still feel such a strong connection through music. - Pearl Sonnenschein, class of 2016

39: To be able to sit before a survivor in an area where her life was literally stripped away was nothing shy of a miracle, a moment I will never forget. - Jennifer Berman, JDC Program Assistant

41: Although we didn't make it inside... seeing Dracula's castle from the mountains was really cool because it represents a piece of history that has become so popular in today's culture. - Lyndsey Havens, class of 2015

43: Spending time in the Jewish communities of Sofia and Bucharest have made me realize how vibrant Jewish life is outside of the United States and Israel and how important it is to continue to support these communities. - Carly Stein, KU Hillel Director of Development

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