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FSU Hosts Program on Israeli-Palestinian Hopes for Future

Frostburg State University will host a program on "Israeli-Palestinian Relationships and Hopes for the Future" on Wednesday, April 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Lane University Center's Atkinson Room 201.

The educational discussion about key issues surrounding the Middle East crisis will feature speakers Rabbi Stephen Sniderman of Cumberland's B'er Chayim Temple and Imam Yahya Hendi, spiritual leader of the Islamic Society of Frederick, Md. Dr. Stephen Hartlaub of the FSU Political Science Department will moderate the discussion. There will be an opportunity to ask questions during the program.

The event is sponsored by United Campus Ministry, Catholic Campus Ministry, the Hillel Club and the Political Science Department. It is free and open to the public.

Hendi is the Muslim chaplain at Georgetown University, the first American University to hire a full-time Muslim chaplain. Hendi is also the Muslim chaplain at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., and he serves as a member and the spokesperson of the Islamic Jurisprudence Council of North America.

Hendi was one of the Muslim leaders who met with the President of the United States in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 tragedy, and he serves on the national and the international interfaith councils. In May 2002, Hendi was chosen by Hartford Seminary to receive its annual “James Gettemy Significant Ministry Award” for his dedication to his Ministry and for his work to promote peace building between people of different religions.

Sniderman has been rabbi of B'er Chayim Congregation in Cumberland, Md., since January 2003. He previously served congregations in Sharon, Pa., and Rockford, Ill. Before that he was the rabbi of the Hillel Foundation at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.

He was born in Toronto, Canada. He was educated at York University, the Johns Hopkins University and the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, where he was ordained in 1975.

For more information, contact Larry Neumark at (301) 687-7490.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call (301) 687-4102, TDD (301) 687-7955.

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