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Yeshiva University Graduate to Participate in Fellowship at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics

Avi Narrow-Tilonsky, ’06YC, ’11R, is one of 50 students selected by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE) to participate in a two week program in New York, Berlin and Poland for law, medical, journalism and seminary school students. Twelve to 14 students were chosen from each field. The FASPE programs instruct students on the contemporary ethical issues facing their professions—using the Holocaust and the conduct of their professions in Nazi Germany as a framework for study.

Avi Narrow-Tilonsky“I hope that by participating in this fellowship, I will gain greater insight into the role of religious leadership during the Holocaust and also refine my thinking about how those lessons impact on our world today,” said Narrow-Tilonsky, of Cherry Hill, NJ. “By applying my personal experiences and Jewish learning on this program I hope to deepen my understanding of one of the major events in Jewish history and its impact on today’s world.”

FASPE’s goal is to provide tomorrow’s professional leaders with opportunities to increase their awareness and preparedness for the ethical issues they will confront as professionals. By educating students about the causes of the Holocaust and promoting their awareness of contemporary related issues, FASPE seeks to prevent future collaboration by professional and religious leaders in genocide, racism, anti-Semitism and xenophobia.

“I am constantly searching for ways to understand history,” added Narrow-Tilonsky, who serves as a Rabbinic Fellow at Congregation Agudath Shalom in Stamford, Connecticut. “I hope that the program will provide me with new ways of thinking about the role of religious leadership in building the types of community that advance humanity and protect its moral fiber.”

The Fellows will begin orientation at the Museum of Jewish Heritage-A Living Memorial to the Holocaust on June 26. Orientation will include visiting the Museum’s exhibits, meeting with Holocaust survivors, and working with FASPE staff and guest scholars to study background on the Holocaust. The first leg of the European portion is in Berlin, where the Fellows focus on exactly what their profession did during the Holocaust. The Fellows then travel to Poland to visit Krakow and Oświęcim, the town the Germans called Auschwitz, where they will tour Auschwitz-Birkenau, and discuss contemporary ethics.