At her private Jewish high school in the affluent suburbs of Baltimore, Emory sophomore Jen Levine was considered a rebel. More than one-third of her high school's graduating class went to college in Israel. But entering her senior year of high school, Levine wasn't looking to leave the country. Rather, Levine was looking for a school with strong academics, good weather and, most importantly, a strong Jewish community. In other words, Levine was looking for Emory.
Emory has a larger percentage of Jews than any other school in the South - about one-third of Emory's student body identifies itself as Jewish. "Most people think that Duke has a significant Jewish community at 11 percent," Levine says. "But to me, that's not that much."
Jewish life at Emory has never been stronger. The percentage of Jewish students at Emory is the highest it has ever been, and Emory's chapter of the Jewish student group Hillel is the strongest in the South. This fall, Hillel plans to break ground on an $8 million Jewish Life Center to provide a new venue for Jewish events on campus.
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