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, and it caused some Israeli immigrants whose Jewish religion came into question after immigrating to ...
Hillel’s Rabbi Lott leaves Maryland
By Jason Dobkin
Rabbi Jessica Lott, Maryland Hillel’s associate director for Jewish life and learning, left this university for a position at Hillel International.
“I didn’t start the year [at Maryland] intending to leave partway through, but when the opportunity came up, I took it,” Lott said.
Lott left Hillel on Oct. 24 when ...
How the U.S. could be involved in the Israel-Gaza conflict
By Mojan Najmabadi
To say that the summer of 2014 has been a season of political unrest worldwide is an understatement. As Israeli forces invaded Gaza and the world witnessed the exchange of air strikes and rocket fire taking place, the American public found itself standing on the sidelines with quite a dilemma on its door steps.
In the ...