Hillel hosts November Shabbat-a-thon
By Ryan Connors
Maryland Hillel hosted a “Shabbat-a-thon” every Friday night through Thanksgiving weekend this November. Each Shabbat dinner had a different event or theme, and according to Hillel, these meals attracted more people than their weekly Shabbat dinners usually do.
Shabbat-a-thon replaced Shabbat Across Maryland ...
Meyerhoff: 40 years and the future
By Brittany Britto
Members of the Jewish community from across the country gathered in Tawes Hall last month for a daylong conference celebrating 40 years of Jewish studies at this university.
“Jewish Studies in America: Past, Present and Future,” a series of roundtable discussions, brought together faculty, alumni and other ...
Hillel holds genetic disease awareness week
By Jamie Weissman
Shira Neuman said she learned about the importance of genetic screening when she was in high school. The Maryland Hillel JLIC Orthodox educator used the practice to confirm if she and her future husband were carriers for genetic diseases they could potentially pass on to their children.
Now, the same opportunity ...
UMD’s J Street U hosts peace panel
By Adam Barry
As the Israeli-Palestinian conflict remains in the news, J Street U, one of several Israel advocacy groups on campus, hosted an event yesterday featuring perspectives from both sides.
The “Peace Partners” event at Hillel featured a moderated discussion on the approach to a two-state solution between Israel and Palestine, ...
Israel’s new conversion statute strikes controversy
By Maya Pottiger
Israel passed a law Nov. 2 that makes it easier for non-Jewish Israeli citizens to convert to Judaism.
The original statute only recognized conversions made by the Chief Rabbinate. This slowed the conversion process, and it caused some Israeli immigrants whose Jewish religion came into question after immigrating to ...
Hillel’s Rabbi Lott leaves Maryland
By Jason Dobkin
Rabbi Jessica Lott, Maryland Hillel’s associate director for Jewish life and learning, left this university for a position at Hillel International.
“I didn’t start the year [at Maryland] intending to leave partway through, but when the opportunity came up, I took it,” Lott said.
Lott left Hillel on Oct. 24 when ...
SermonSlam comes to Maryland
By Jason Dobkin
Jewish students displayed their take on the theme “Chosen?” through visual artwork and spoken word poetry at the second biannual SermonSlam on Nov. 23 in Stamp Student Union.
SermonSlam is a nationwide movement where Jews can gather and perform art based on a theme that interests them in Judaism, said Jonah Potasznik, ...
Mitzpeh Matchmaker: Andrew Podob and Tova Rosenthal
Andrew Podob: Senior/government and politics
Tova Rosenthal: Freshman/psychology
Describe how you were feeling before the date:
Andrew: I wouldn’t say I was nervous, but I was obviously unsure who I was going to meet. I had a fear that I was going to already know the person. But I hadn’t even seen her at ...