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Israel’s new conversion statute strikes controversy

By Maya Pottiger   Israel passed a law Nov. 2 that makes it easier for non-Jewish Israeli citizens to convert to Judaism. The original statute only recognized conversions made by the Chief Rabbinate. This slowed the conversion process, ...

Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer to speak at UMD tonight

By Jacqueline Hyman Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer will speak at the Seventh Annual Dubin Lecture at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in the Gildenhorn Recital Hall tonight at 6:30 p.m. The Dubin Lecture, which has been an annual event ...

Open Hillel Policy seeks change in Hillel International policy

By Eli Davis Although it may not be as prevalent on this campus compared to others around the country, the Open Hillel policy is a controversy that is impacting the University of Maryland along with a number of other colleges and universities. ...

Israeli law strikes controversy between the secular and religious community

By Elana Dure Although some students disagree as to whether ultra-Orthodox Jews should fight in the Israeli army or not, they agree that the recent law forcing the Haredi community into the draft will only cause more backlash in Israeli society...

UMD Alumni Train for the Olympics

By Jamie Weissman When Bradley Chalupski graduated from this university in 2006, he had a plan. He wanted to go to the Olympics and decided on his ticket there: skeleton. Skeleton is an Olympic sport in which the athlete slides head-first on ...

Syrian Unrest Hits Close to Home

By Jamie Weissman At times, it can seem impossible to listen to the news and not hear about death and destruction throughout the world, as exemplified by recent controversy about Syrian President Bashar al-Assad using chemical weapons against his ...

Israeli Politics

By Nkongho Beteck The 2013 Israel election allowed Israelis to exercise their democratic right to vote, producing a large voter turnout and focusing on more domestic issues moving forward. The Los Angeles Times reported results from the ...

Ten Days in Ethiopia

By Erin Serpico While many students retreated home or went away on vacation for winter break this year, 20 brave students flew to Ethiopia for 10 days to embark on an alternative break serving the needy and connecting with their faith. Through ...