Student Vigil Honors Rabin At Homewood, 23 hours after Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated, the Jewish Student Association held an early evening candlelight vigil to honor the slain leader. More than 200 students, faculty, administrators and neighbors--Jew and non-Jew alike--gathered at the steps of Homewood House. The 15-minute memorial service included the mourner's kaddish, a prayer for Israel, a poem for peace, the singing of "Hatikva"--a song of hope and peace for Israel--and brief remarks by JSA president Sarah Watson, a senior in the Department of Chemical Engineering, who expressed her hope that the Middle East peace process would not end. The JSA has no official position on the peace process, but Watson believes most people favor peace, if they differ on specifics. "I think the peace process will keep moving forward even though Rabin was the spearhead," she said. "There's just too much momentum." Although hastily arranged by the JSA, the turnout pleased and surprised Watson, who expected perhaps 50 to 100 participants. "This reminded everyone that there is a community here that cares and that we can lean on," she said. The JSA plans to discuss what programs or activities it might undertake in the aftermath of the assassination.
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