US abstention on UN settlement vote harms relationship with Israel, UN
When the Obama administration declined to vote on U.N. Security Council Resolution 2334, it may have not only entrenched settlements as a policy of the Israeli government, but also harmed the United States’ relationship with the U.N. for the next four years. Photo: commons.wikimedia.org
Opinion: Holiday commercialization great for all
Every year on the day after Thanksgiving, after people finish their Black Friday shopping, the snowflakes, string lights and Christmas trees immediately go up. “Jingle Bells” starts blaring in every grocery store, shopping mall and public venue you can imagine. (Photo Credit: commons.wikimedia.org)
Opinion: Christmas, Hanukkah overlap allows for unique holiday perspective
A few years ago, Hanukkah, an eight-day holiday, overlapped with Thanksgiving. It was an interesting experience, having latkes along with a big turkey and stuffing. But this year, the first night of Hanukkah falls on Christmas Eve, and the last night is on New Year’s Day.
Jewish a cappella group Kol Sasson hosts annual winter concert
This university’s premier Jewish a cappella group, Kol Sasson, rocked the Ulrich Concert Hall in Tawes Hall Saturday during its annual winter concert.
Members of UMD Jewish community attend “Jewish formal” in D.C.
Close to 200 people from this university’s Jewish community attended the first annual J-Dated event at Ultrabar in D.C. Thursday night.
UMD soccer player stays close to Jewish roots
Having a strong work ethic makes balancing academics, sports and Jewish studies all possible for Maryland Men’s Soccer defender Aaron Franco.
Hillel’s Winter Fest successful despite late Hanukkah this year
Even though Hanukkah does not start for another two-and-a-half weeks, students found time to celebrate the Festival of Lights together before the end of the semester.
Christmas decorations on campus receive mixed views from Jewish students
At this university’s School of Public Policy in Van Munching Hall, a large green Christmas tree sits lit up and adorned with round ornaments near a framed picture of Testudo next to the main entrance.
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Jewish a cappella group Kol Sasson hosts annual winter concert

The whole group singing in Ulrich Concert Hall in Tawes Hall Saturday night. Dovid Fisher/Mitzpeh.
Dovid Fisher/Mitzpeh.

Benjamin Weiner

This university’s premier Jewish a cappella group, Kol Sasson, rocked the Ulrich Concert Hall in Tawes Hall Saturday during its annual winter concert. Read more

Members of UMD Jewish community attend “Jewish formal” in D.C.

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Photo courtesy of Rashel Maikhor

Nicole Kirkner

Close to 200 people from this university’s Jewish community attended the first annual J-Dated event at Ultrabar in D.C. Thursday night. Read more

Kedma election results for spring 2017 executive board have come in

Nicole Kirkner

The results are in for the spring 2017 Kedma board, and unlike some elections, the popular vote always decides who will take control over the Orthodox Jewish group of this university. Read more

Hillel’s Winter Fest successful despite late Hanukkah this year

Casey Tomchek/Mitzpeh.
Casey Tomchek/Mitzpeh

Jack Wisniewski

Even though Hanukkah does not start for another two-and-a-half weeks, students found time to celebrate the Festival of Lights together before the end of the semester. Read more

Features

New, easy way to plan Shabbat meal arrives on your phone

Johnny Moseman

When Daniel Reidler and Josh Nehrer were in college, they thought it should be a lot easier to plan a Shabbat meal. A lot goes into planning one of these potluck-style meals.  It would always take a long time to coordinate who is bringing what and everyone is not normally on the same page. Read more

UMD soccer player stays close to Jewish roots

Aaron Franco
Photo courtesy of Aaron Franco

Ben Weiner

Having a strong work ethic makes balancing academics, sports and Jewish studies all possible for Maryland Men’s Soccer defender Aaron Franco. Read more

Terrapin Row makes Shabbat accommodations for Jewish students

Nicole Kirkner

Almost every year a new apartment complex is built, giving students fresh options for housing in the coming school year. But with many of the new buildings, like Terrapin Row, implementing electronic keys, a number of Jewish students faced an obstacle finding a place to live. Read more

Students express mixed views on Fantastic Beasts movie

Photo taken from the public domain, through Vimeo.
Photo taken from the public domain, through Vimeo.

Casey Noenickx

J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter prequel Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hit theaters on Nov. 18, just in time to watch the fantasy over winter break. Read more

As votes come in, look inside Kedma’s election process

Nicole Kirkner

Six positions of this university’s Kedma Board will be elected today, with nine hopeful candidates looking to secure votes by addressing the community and answering any final questions Saturday during Kiddush. Read more

Opinions

US abstention on UN settlement vote harms relationship with Israel, UN

(Photo: commons.wikimedia.org)
commons.wikimedia.org

Mitzpeh Staff

When the Obama administration declined to vote on U.N. Security Council Resolution 2334, it may have not only entrenched settlements as a policy of the Israeli government, but also harmed the United States’ relationship with the U.N. for the next four years. Read more

Holiday commercialization great for all

Photo Credit: commons.wikimedia.org
commons.wikimedia.org

Jake Baum

Every year on  the day after Thanksgiving, after people finish their Black Friday shopping, the snowflakes, string lights and Christmas trees immediately go up. “Jingle Bells” starts blaring in every grocery store, shopping mall and public venue you can imagine. Read more

Christmas, Hanukkah overlap allows for unique holiday perspective

Image: Wikimedia Commons
Wikimedia Commons

Jacqueline Hyman

A few years ago, Hanukkah, an eight-day holiday, overlapped with Thanksgiving. It was an interesting experience, having latkes along with a big turkey and stuffing. But this year, the first night of Hanukkah falls on Christmas Eve, and the last night is on New Year’s Day. Read more

Russian figure skating routine offensive to Holocaust

The famous Russian ice-skating pair, Tatiana Navka and Andrei Burkovsky, is raising eyebrows worldwide after their Holocaust-themed performance on reality television show, “Ice Age.” Read more

From The Archives

From the Archives: Illumination and Dedication (Dec. 1989)

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Rabbi Laurence Glestein

One of the most widely celebrated holidays on the Jewish calendar is the festival of Chanukah, which will be observed this year from the evening of December 22 until sundown December 30. What is the meaning of this festival? Read more

Resident Life creates Hebrew cluster chaos (Sept. 1994)

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Lisa Fine

St. Mary’s Hall residents who went through a stringent application process to be placed in the Hebrew language cluster are incensed about their new neighbor. Read more

Free Trip to Israel Sparks Student Interest (Sept. 15, 1999)

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Alan Brody

An exciting program being planned as a celebration of the millennium will allow 80 campus students to visit Israel during winter break at no cost. Read more