Hillel Garden to Encourage Interfaith Dialogue

September 30, 2009

Author: Dana Cetrone

Source: The Diamondback


While President Barack Obama conducts talks over a beer, Jesse Yurow, the Student Government Association’s agricultural legislator, is trying to start interfaith dialogue over a garden.

Yurow, a senior environmental science and policy major, began a garden at the Hillel Center about two weeks ago because he believed agriculture could be a way to build relations between different religious centers on campus, while simultaneously raising environmental awareness.

“I believe that the food system is broken and that people don’t realize where their food comes from,” Yurow said.

But his ultimate vision, he said, is for there to be gardens at all the faith-based institutions on campus and to use them to facilitate interfaith connections.