Israel’s run in World Baseball Classic allows for cultural unity among Jews
The Israeli national baseball team’s historic run in the World Baseball Classic came to an end on Wednesday, March 15. The inspirational success has been dubbed a “Cinderella Story.” Israel was the last to qualify and was ranked 41st before it went on to defeat third ranked South Korea, fourth ranked Taiwan, and ninth ranked the Netherlands. (Photo: flickr.com/U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv)
National Hillel Basketball Tournament scores student involvement
The Terps may have been booted out of March Madness, but that’s not the end of all things basketball this season at this university; the National Hillel Basketball Tournament is just around the corner. (Photo: hilleltournament.com)
Students choose to dedicate breaks to service through Maryland Hillel Alternative Break
Spring break is upon us, and some students are either catching up on some well-deserved sleep, bingeing the newest show on Netflix, working on class assignments trying to get ahead, or going abroad to explore someplace new.
Editorial: Anti-Semitic posters denounced by campus-wide community, now face judgment
In 1644, John Milton made the case for a “Marketplace of Ideas” in his poem “Areopagitica,” and hundreds of years later, we still struggle to put it into practice. (Photo courtesy of Osvaldo Gutierrez)
Opinion: David Friedman: ally or threat?
In the hyper-nuanced, ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine, peace should always be the endgame. If we want to justify American interventionism, we must be in pursuit of the values that define us – democracy, peace, and justice.
UT passes Jewish support resolution, UMD students discuss pros, cons
The University of Texas student government unanimously passed a resolution to declare support for their Jewish student body March 7. Should this university consider doing the same? (Photo by Larry D. Moore)
JLIC couple set to leave after first year at UMD Hillel
With the news that Maryland Hillel will be losing a Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus couple at the end of the semester, they face the task of finding a replacement for the 2017 fall semester.
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News

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Asia Hester

A shared interest in two distinct cultures brought this university’s Terps for Israel and the Upsilon Chapter of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. (LTA) together Wednesday to discuss the history of the Jewish faith in Latin America. Read more

JLIC’s first Food for Thought of the semester explores religion, the state of Israel

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Nicole Reisinger/Mitzpeh

Nicole Reisinger

Rabbi Elli Fischer spoke to six students at Maryland Hillel Monday night about the relationship between religion and the state of Israel. Read more

MEOR leads hamantaschen baking, talks in women’s empowerment at annual “Shake and Bake”

MEOR Assistant Director Devora Jaye demonstrates how to roll the dough. Jacqueline Hyman/Mitzpeh.
Jacqueline Hyman/Mitzpeh.

Jacqueline Hyman

A group of 12 girls gathered Tuesday night for MEOR’s annual “Shake and Bake,” ready to create all different kinds of hamantaschen during this pre-Purim women-only event. Read more

Ahuva Tsykin speaks about journey from Catholicism to Orthodox Judaism

OU-JLIC Torah Educator Ahuva Tsykin speaks to a crowd about her journey from Catholicism to Judaism. Alyson Kay/Mitzpeh.
Alyson Kay/Mitzpeh.

Alyson Kay

Rebbetzin Ahuva Tsykin, who grew up Catholic in Puerto Rico and converted to Orthodox Judaism, spoke about her experiences to about 100 people Sunday night. The event, hosted at the Rosenbloom Hillel Center, included a free taco dinner and a question and answer session. Read more

Features

Students choose to dedicate breaks to service through Maryland Hillel Alternative Break

Photo courtesy of Benjamin Bryer

Nicole Reisinger

Spring break is upon us, and some students are either catching up on some well-deserved sleep, bingeing the newest show on Netflix, working on class assignments trying to get ahead, or going abroad to explore someplace new. Read now

UT passes Jewish support resolution, UMD students discuss pros, cons

Photo by Larry D. Moore
Photo by Larry D. Moore

Abigail Bentz

The University of Texas student government unanimously passed a resolution to declare support for their Jewish student body March 7. Should this university consider doing the same? Read more

Some graduation ceremonies will fall on Shabbat, students disappointed

Jon Orbach

A number of observant students will be left out on graduation, as some schools’ commencement ceremonies fall on Shabbat, according to this university’s official commencement website. Read more

JLIC couple set to leave after first year at UMD Hillel

Dovid Fisher/Mitzpeh files
Dovid Fisher/Mitzpeh files

Jack Wisniewski

With the news that Maryland Hillel will be losing a Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus couple at the end of the semester, they face the task of finding a replacement for the 2017 fall semester. Read more

Opinions

Anti-Semitic posters denounced by campus-wide community, now face judgment

Photo: Osvaldo Gutierrez
Photo: Osvaldo Gutierrez

Mitzpeh Staff

In 1644, John Milton made the case for a  “Marketplace of Ideas” in his poem “Areopagitica,” and hundreds of years later, we still struggle to put it into practice. Read more

David Friedman: ally or threat?

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Jake Baum

In the hyper-nuanced, ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine, peace should always be the endgame. If we want to justify American interventionism, we must be in pursuit of the values that define us – democracy, peace, and justice. Read more

Relaxation, self-care important during spring break

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Jacqueline Hyman

Now that Purim is over, we have another “holiday” to look forward to: spring break. The problem is, most people don’t treat this as an actual break — and trust me, I understand why. Read more

Video: How well do you know the Jewish holiday Purim?

Tom Hart

With Purim coming up, we asked members of the University community what they knew about the holiday and why it may not be as well-known as others. 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