MOSCOW, Feb. 10 (JTA) — When Marina Drouz was taking a college entry exam a few years ago, she found herself sitting next to a girl who she thought could be Jewish. Not sure how to satisfy her curiosity, Drouz asked if the girl had ever been to the local Hillel.
"I haven't, but I could have," the girl responded.
"I thought the word 'Hillel' would be a convenient test word for finding out if the person was Jewish," explains Drouz, a 20-year-old economics student from St. Petersburg. "I just realized that someone my age would have known the word had she been Jewish — even if she never goes there."
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