On Wednesday as the voting for the two Chief Rabbis of Israel began, a group of students from Bar Ilan University held a protest. The Bar Ilan University Students Association called the race for chief rabbi divisive and filled with political spin. "In recent months we have been exposed to a reality TV show," said the chairman of the Student Union. They called for the election for chief rabbi to be changed in order to avoid who they saw as "unnecessary dirty politics." The protest was held outside the Leonardo Plaza Hotel in Jerusalem where a body of 150 voters will choose the next leaders of the Rabbinate. The protesters held signs that read "Rabbinate does not equal politics" and "Judaism with love."