Mary Baldwin Senior To Talk About Internship in Israel

December 19, 2002

Mary Baldwin University senior Holly Moskowitz will give a free public lecture Wednesday, January 8, about her semester in Israel interning with the national Israeli ambulance squad. She will speak at 7:30 p.m. in Francis Auditorium in the Pearce Science Center at Frederick and Coalter streets, Staunton. The event is sponsored by Quest, a Mary Baldwin program funded by the Carpenter Foundation.

Moskowitz, from Richmond, Virginia, and safety lieutenant in the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership, is double majoring in religion and philosophy and in Asian studies. She is pursuing a minor in leadership studies. She is a member of Quest, Omicron Delta Kappa (national leadership honor society), and Alpha Lambda Delta (a national society that honors academic excellence during a student’s first year in college).

“After 9/11,” said Moskowitz of her decision to go to Israel, “I realized how important freedom is, and while I was saddened by the day’s events, I saw them as an opportunity for America to feel first hand the terror and destruction of hate – the same terror Israelis live with on a daily basis. I felt a calling to support Israel, the Jewish people, and my heritage by fully participating in Israeli life.” While in Israel, she interned for Magen David Adom, Israel’s national emergency medical service, which provides emergency ambulance and coronary rescue service to all Israel hospitals.

Quest is a unique program that helps students integrate religious commitments, intellectual development, and service. The program entails two years of spiritual direction, academic courses, and enrichment activities that support an individual’s efforts to make sense of life, learning, and faith. Quest honors each student’s religious experience, faith tradition, and personal values. At the same time, it challenges her to learn from other students whose beliefs and commitments she does not share. Students are required to participate in a worshiping community of their choice, but at the same time they are learning to live in a world of religious diversity.

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