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 By Shana Medel    News    May 6, 2016

Maccabeats take center stage in Orlando

Using only the human voice as their instrument, the Maccabeats brought their eclectic array of vocal arrangements to Orlando on the afternoon of Sunday, April 10. Their sold-out performance at the...

 
 By Shana Medel    News    April 22, 2016

Die-in sparks discourse on Arab-Israeli conflict at UCF

Students for Justice in Palestine held its first die-in protest at the University of Central Florida on Wednesday, April 6. Shortly after noon, UCF students bearing handmade signs laid on a grassy...

 
 By Shana Medel    News    March 4, 2016

Former IDF soldiers speak to UCF students

Using personal anecdotes as their guide, two Israeli reserve soldiers spoke to nearly 20 University of Central Florida students the afternoon of Feb. 25. Shir, 25, and Isaac, 27, (only first names were given to protect their identity) are the feature...

 
 By Shana Medel    News    January 29, 2016

UCF student is shining a light on the Middle East

It's a highly contested and complicated region, one where the entanglement of history, religion and politics causes most students to shy away from learning more about it. But University of Central Flo...

 

Hank Katzen central in building 'the hometeam' at Central Florida Hillel

Most Jewish students attending the University of Central Florida don't know him by face or by name. But real estate developer and Jewish philanthropist Hank Katzen is one of the masterminds behind...

 
 By Shana Medel    News    July 31, 2015

Women of the Wall service leads to detainment and physical encounter

Jewish women representing and supporting the pluralistic prayer group Women of the Wall gathered at the Kotel on Rosh Chodesh Friday morning, July 17. However, cries of disapproval from the religious...

 
 By Shana Medel    News    April 10, 2015

UCF Hillel volunteers go to camp for Spring Break

"I wanted to do something different this Spring Break," said Daniela Weisz, a 20-year-old UCF junior and marketing major. And that is exactly what she and eight other students did: They traded in...

 
 By Shana Medel    News    February 27, 2015

UCF Hillel gets its first taste of 'Birthflight'

If you looked to the skies between 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Feb. 4, you would have seen a banner plane over UCF displaying the message: "Free Israel Trip #UCFHillel ISRL@GOHILLEL.ORG." This latest piece...

 

Students for Justice in Palestine arrives on UCF campus

Anti-Semitism is rising at an alarming rate across the United States, especially on college campuses. A group such as Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) is not interested in engaging in civil conversations with pro-Israel students. They would...

 
 By Shana Medel    News    September 12, 2014

Candlelight vigil for fallen UCF Knight Steven Sotloff

On Sep. 3, over 300 UCF Knights solemnly gathered around the heart of campus to mourn and honor Steven Joel Sotloff-a freelance journalist who was murdered in cold-blood by the extremist group ISIS....

 

Israel's operation ends in a cease-fire

With the collapse of peace negotiations in Cairo on Aug. 19, Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip resumed rocket attacks on the state of Israel. Many believed that Operation Protective Edge—rightfully launched by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF)...

 

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