Jew You Should Know: Yael Nagar
By Jamie Weissman
It’s not everyday you meet someone who’s traveled around Africa. But for junior economics and government & politics major Yael Nagar, living in Africa was just her fall semester.
Nagar, a Potomac resident, always knew she wanted to study abroad, but it was just a matter of where. However, upon learning she ...
UMD “MEOR” Wins Big
By Matthew Beinart
The University of Maryland chapter of MEOR, a non-profit Jewish educational organization, received the “Educators of the Year” honor at the foundation’s annual awards ceremony April 6 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
The organization recognized the leaders of the Maryland chapter, who have worked ...
“Noah” Causes Controversy
By Matthew Beinart
Darren Aronofsky’s latest film, Noah, a portrayal of the Biblical Genesis story starring Russell Crowe, has been met with controversy from Christian and Muslim leaders despite grossing over $292 million worldwide.
The film, released in late March, is now banned in Pakistan, Malaysia and Indonesia for violating ...
Popular artists reference Judaism in music
By Nora Tarabishi
You would never guess that some of your favorite artists or bands come from Jewish backgrounds, but they do.
Many are surprised to find out that artists like P!nk, Adam Levine from Maroon 5, and Ezra Koenig, the lead singer and songwriter of Vampire Weekend, are all Jewish.
Vampire Weekend, a four-man rock band from ...
Jewish Greeks take over Ritchie for Passover Seder
By Jacob Schaperow
Ask Jewish students what Passover on campus means to them, and they will tell you about the stress that comes with having to get homework done, prepare for exams, and catch up on studying with up to four days out of their schedule due to the holiday. Though it can be a struggle to observe Passover while keeping up with ...
UMD Hillel hosts panel on homelessness
By Eli Davis
Whether caused by a mental or physical disease, drug or alcohol addiction or family issues, homelessness does not care for a reason.
During the event, which was presented by Hillel and the Jews in Greek Life Fellowship, eight University of Maryland students met with a panel of three representatives from the National Coalit...
Hillel Israel Week begins April 30th
By Joe Atmonavage
The University of Maryland will be hosting its annual Maryland Hillel Israel Week starting April 29 as a way for Jewish students to better understand the nation of Israel.
The event, which will be held at Maryland Hillel, will have events all week long to allow students to better connect with Israel.
“Hillel puts this ...
First UMD SermonSlam to be held next month
By Jamie Weissman
The University of Maryland’s Maryland Jewish Beacon will host their first SermonSlam next month, the first event of its kind on campus.
On May 4, more than six student performers will come together for SermonSlam, an event in which performers will read original sermons in the form of slam poetry. The event, accompanied by ...
Students to celebrate Israel Remembrance Day and Israel Independence Day on campus
By Elana Dure
Maryland Hillel staff members collaborate with university students to plan a commemoration ceremony and celebratory event in honor of the two consecutive Israeli holidays, Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha’Atzmaut.
Yom Hazikaron, also known as Israel Remembrance Day, and Yom Ha’Atzmaut, Israel Independence Day, will take place on ...
Jewish Studies department encourages students to apply for scholarships
By Leo Traub
After a few semesters of seeing low numbers of applicants, the Jewish studies department is encouraging students interested in studying abroad in Israel or on qualifying academic programs to apply for scholarship funds.
Every year, the Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Studies offers academic scholarships to students who are planning ...