April 05, 2006


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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Rabbi Serena Fujita, the Jewish chaplain at Bucknell University, has been elected by the National Association of College and University Chaplains as a special representative to the planning committee for the Global Chaplains Conference to be held in Finland in 2008.

Fujita has been invited by the Conference of European University Chaplains to join with them in their conference from June 6-11, 2006, in Bavaria, Germany, and the Global Chaplains Conference planning meeting to follow.

Fujita is the first-ever Jewish representative, according to Ian Oliver, Bucknell University chaplain, who says, "This is a unique honor. There have been a small number of global chaplains' conferences, but they have been exclusively Christian.

"Serena was the person the international planning group chose to advise them on opening up this global gathering of college and university chaplains to other religious traditions," he said.

Fujita joined the Bucknell community in 2000 as Bucknell's first Jewish chaplain to serve full-time. During her five years of rabbinical training, she served internships in Israel and with the Woodlands Community Temple in White Plains, N.Y., and Temple Beit Shalom in East Liverpool, Ohio.

Prior to her rabbinical study, she was a Montessori teacher and social worker. She holds a bachelor's degree in history and philosophy from Queens College and a master's degree in Hebrew literature from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.

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Story posted April 4, 2006

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