Hillel Ditches Polystyrene Dishes In Favor of Compostables, Recyclables
By Senaya Savir, staff writer, @SenayaSavir
Following the trend of the eco-friendly initiative at this university, Maryland Hillel switched from polystyrene plates to more environmentally safe plates and cups this semester.
Even though these recyclables won’t necessarily be recycled, Allison Buchman, director of operations at Hillel, ...
Alcohol, food sales should include kosher products
University and Jewish students could both benefit from new options
By Jake Baum
For the Mitzpeh
When I stepped onto the University of Maryland campus about a year ago, I felt like a legacy. After all, three of my siblings attended UMD and received their undergraduate degrees here, and I was ready to do the same. Even though ...
Excessive holiday drinking not in spirit
Intoxication at festival events detracts from community
By Jacob Schaperow
A few days in advance of Simchat Torah each year, students affiliated with either the Orthodox or Conservative student groups at this university receive the following communication from Ari Israel, executive director of Maryland Hillel, ...
Mitzpeh Matchmaker: Danielle Leopold and Kevin Rychik
By Michele Amira Pinczuk, staff writer, @nicejewishswag
Seniors Danielle Leopold and Kevin Rychik set off on a pumpkin carving adventure in the Maryland Hillel sukkah Sept. 20. After all, the seasons are changing and what says autumn time more than carving pumpkins?
Leopold, a communications and government and politics double major, and ...
SHAZAM changes its name to MIC
Advocacy group plans to focus on educating student body about Israel
By Daniel Chavkin, staff writer, @dchav96
The Maryland Israel Coalition isn’t a new organization at the University of Maryland, although it may seem that way. Formerly known as SHAZAM, or Shalom Zionists at University of Maryland, MIC has gone through a total rebrand...
Maryland Hillel welcomes 4 new staff members
By Madelyn Schaeffer, for Mitzpeh, @mschaef3
This year, Maryland Hillel welcomed four new staff members to its professional crew. These staff members carry a variety of responsibilities and are bringing new programs to Hillel as well as continuing old ones. They come from different backgrounds, but are “committed to and excited to work ...
Hillel’s fellowship encourages Greek involvement
By Jessica Fischberg, for the Mitzpeh, @jfischberg
This year, Talia Orencel, the new director of engagement and social justices at Maryland Hillel, will run the Jews in Greek Life fellowship created three years ago to continue the strong relationship between Hillel and Greek life on campus, according to Maiya Chard-Yaron, the assistant ...
Better religious accommodations needed
Every year, there’s a plethora of Jewish holidays all squished together during the fall season. From Rosh Hashanah to Simchat Torah, Jews are busy observing the holidays by attending shul, fasting on Yom Kippur and more. Many Jewish students miss an excessive amount of classes because the Torah prohibits work on these holy days. The University ...