UMD seniors host Hometown Throwdown meal for 160 students
A recent Shabbat dinner hosted by Maryland Hillel was no ordinary sit-down meal. Instead of just simply enjoying their dinner, students stood on chairs, cheering on their hometowns and mocking others.
Opinion: A response to anti-Semitism in wake of rising hate crimes
In the wake of Donald Trump’s election to the highest office in this country, there have been an increased number of hate crimes against many marginalized communities. These acts of hate range from a white teacher calling her black students the n-word in a classroom in Baltimore, to a swastika drawn on a wall at American University.
Mezumenet holds its fall concert for alumni, students Saturday night
The all-female Jewish a capella group Mezumenet held its fall concert in Memorial Chapel on Saturday night.
Chief Rabbi of Israel David Lau speaks to UMD students
Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel David Lau spoke to students Sunday afternoon at Maryland Hillel.
Human rights advocate Jacqueline Isaac speaks to UMD students on problems facing Middle Eastern Jewish community
On Nov. 17, human rights advocate Jacqueline Isaac visited Van Munching Hall to discuss a nonprofit organization she co-founded, as well as her input on the current refugee crisis and her own personal experiences visiting minority communities in the Middle East.
UMD students create journaling app
A new app created in February by two students at this university will help users capture daily memories in a digital journal directly on their smartphones.
Opinion: Despite backlash, there is no Starbucks cup controversy
Now that December is almost upon us, ‘tis the season for another round of conservatives stirring up outrage over a Starbucks cup. This time, however, the alt-right has taken the bait that Starbucks somehow manages to put out every year.
Jew You Should Know: Melissa Robinson
As someone who didn’t grow up “super religious,” senior neurophysiology and psychology major Melissa Robinson contributed three years of her college career to running Hillel on the Shabbos Crew, and one year as Shabbos Crew manager.
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UMD seniors host Hometown Throwdown meal for 160 students

UMD students participated in the apple bobbing challenge at the Hometown Throwdown. Carly Taylor/Mitzpeh.
Carly Taylor/Mitzpeh.

Carly Taylor

A recent Shabbat dinner hosted by Maryland Hillel was no ordinary sit-down meal. Instead of just simply enjoying their dinner, students stood on chairs, cheering on their hometowns and mocking others. Read more

Hillel provides opportunity to watch NBA’s first Israeli player

Ben Cooper

With the National Basketball Association season now well underway, Maryland Hillel students attended the Washington Wizards game versus the Sacramento Kings on Nov. 28. Read more

Mezumenet holds its fall concert for alumni, students Saturday night

Mezumenet performing at an earlier concert on Nov. 5, during Hillel Family Weekend. Dovid Fisher/Mitzpeh.
Dovid Fisher/Mitzpeh

Alyson Kay

The all-female Jewish a capella group Mezumenet held its fall concert in Memorial Chapel on Saturday night. Read more

Chief Rabbi of Israel David Lau speaks to UMD students

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Dovid Fisher/Mitzpeh

Dovid Fisher

Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel David Lau spoke to students Sunday afternoon at Maryland Hillel. Read more

Features

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

UMD students create journaling app

Calendar screenshot from Line a Day app.
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Nicole Kirkner
A new app created in February by two students at this university will help users capture daily memories in a digital journal directly on their smartphones. Read more

Jew You Should Know: Melissa Robinson

Uyen Nguyen/Mitzpeh
Uyen Nguyen/Mitzpeh

Uyen Nguyen

As someone who didn’t grow up “super religious,” senior neurophysiology and psychology major Melissa Robinson contributed three years of her college career to running Hillel on the Shabbos Crew, and one year as Shabbos Crew manager. Read more

Opinions

A response to anti-Semitism in wake of rising hate crimes

An anti-Trump protest in Chicago on March 11, 2016 (Photo Credit:Wikipedia)
Photo Credit: Wikipedia

Mitzpeh Staff

In the wake of Donald Trump’s election to the highest office in this country, there have been an increased number of hate crimes against many marginalized communities. These acts of hate range from a white teacher calling her black students the n-word in a classroom in Baltimore, to a swastika drawn on a wall at American University. Read more

Despite backlash, there is no Starbucks cup controversy

Photo Credit: Jake Baum
Photo Credit: Jake Baum

Jake Baum

Now that December is almost upon us, ‘tis the season for another round of conservatives stirring up outrage over a Starbucks cup. This time, however, the alt-right has taken the bait that Starbucks somehow manages to put out every year. 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