"It sounded good in theory, but when you add in the issues that normally come with women living together with what I see as two pretty extreme opposing sides, we knew it would either go really well or really badly," said Danielle Gougon, director of Douglass's Global Village program, which runs several issue-focused dorms.
"It's been fantastic."
The students in the house not only live together, they take a weekly class that focuses on the Middle East conflict.
"They disagree vehemently about different issues, especially the Zionist viewpoint, but they've agreed to live together as friends," Gougon
said."As they say, it's really hard to see someone as different when you have to stand next to them in front of the mirror brushing your teeth at 7 a.m."Senior Sara Elnakib said growing up the daughter of a Paterson imam and attending the Muslim Alghazaly School in Teaneck, she never had any Jewish friends.
"Before this house, I always thought of Israel as the symbolic Jewish state and thought everyone was Orthodox.When I found out most of the people were not even religious, that was really surprising to me," she