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‘Peace in the Middle East’ event unites organizations, promotes diversity
Campus Life, News, Religious Life

‘Peace in the Middle East’ event unites organizations, promotes diversity

Middle Eastern cultures coalesced in a celebration of diversity and peace Thursday on the Foote Green as students celebrated the event called Peace in the Middle East. Hillel, Emet Israel, Muslim Students at the University of Miami, the Saudi Students Association and the Armenian Students Association presented Middle Eastern music and dancing, sports competitions, an inflatable castle…

Harvard law school professor Alan Dershowitz discusses Israel affairs at Hillel
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Harvard law school professor Alan Dershowitz discusses Israel affairs at Hillel

Famed lawyer and political commentator Alan Dershowitz lectured about the broad range of issues surrounding Israel at the University of Miami Hillel on Wednesday night. Dershowitz, who famously served as appellate advisor for the successful defense of O.J. Simpson in his murder trial and also previously defended Mike Tyson, spoke as a self-proclaimed voice of…

‘American Idol’ finalist Bret Loewenstern takes stage at Hillel’s Open-Mic Night
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‘American Idol’ finalist Bret Loewenstern takes stage at Hillel’s Open-Mic Night

Singers, songwriters and comedians stepped up to the mic at the Braman Miller Center for Jewish Life on Wednesday for Open-Mic Night on the rooftop patio. Strewn about the illuminated open balcony were pianos, guitars and microphones that any eager attendee could grab to perform, as well as countless snacks and beverages. Brett Loewenstern, a…

Sukkah Design Build fuses Jewish holiday Sukkot with engineering, architecture
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Sukkah Design Build fuses Jewish holiday Sukkot with engineering, architecture

The start of the Jewish holiday Sukkot on Sunday marked the fifth annual Sukkah Design Build Competition on the Foote Green. Six teams of architecture and engineering students spent weeks designing and building their Sukkah: small, temporary structures to celebrate the week-long Jewish holiday of Sukkot. The teams followed the biblical specifications for the building…

Hillel renovations to add resources
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Hillel renovations to add resources

In early 2014, the Braman and Miller families joined forces in a philanthropic effort to transform the Jewish community at the University of Miami with a $2.5 million gift designated to UM Hillel. More than a year later, Hillel announced that the Braman Miller Center for Jewish Life, which is currently undergoing construction and renovation, will…

Religious holidays share weekend
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Religious holidays share weekend

Campus was left quieter this weekend as students dispersed to observe Passover and celebrate Easter. For some, these holidays mean returning home to see their families but for others, Easter and Passover are spent with friends on campus. Senior Elena Tayem went home to Boca Raton for Easter weekend. As a devout Catholic, she says…

Religious garbs strengthen spirituality
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Religious garbs strengthen spirituality

Freshman Rowanne Ali began wearing the hijab, a veil worn by Muslim women, her sophomore year of high school. Raised Muslim by Egyptian parents, she made the decision to wear the hijab when she was 13, after growing up seeing her mother wear it. “My parents always told me what it was about, and that…

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