Jewish Woman Finds New Sibling In College

This piece first appeared in The Times of Israel.

Mikayla Stern-Ellis (right) discovered that her fellow Tulane University student and new friend Emily Nappi share the same sperm donor, making them half-sisters and one another's only biological sibling. (photo credit: Claire Brown/ The Tulane Hullabaloo)

Mikayla Stern-Ellis (right) discovered that her fellow Tulane University student and new friend Emily Nappi share the same sperm donor, making them half-sisters and one another’s only biological sibling. (photo credit: Claire Brown/ The Tulane Hullabaloo)

Mikayla Stern-Ellis expected to learn a lot of new things about herself during her freshman year at Tulane University in New Orleans. But she never expected that she would discover a half-sister she had not even known existed.

Stern-Ellis, 19, called the discovery that she and her college friend Emily Nappi, 18, share the same Colombian sperm donor father “bashert” (preordained).

“I’m more of a cultural Jew than a religious one, but this has to mean something,” she told The Times of Israel. “I definitely now believe in fate. How could I not?”

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© 2014 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

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