• Jewish a cappella groups leave audition season empty-handed

      By Ella Sherman For Mitzpeh @umdmitzpeh As the audition process comes to a close, the three Jewish a cappella groups at this university have decided to hold off on recruiting new members until next fall. However, February auditions were still held virtually, as Mezumenet, Kol Sasson and Rak Shalom each used Google Forms, Zoom, ...
  • NSO Group continues to profit off nefarious activity; Israeli democracy does not

    By Aaron Arnstein Opinion columnist @AaronArnstein Throughout its 72-year history, Israel’s groundbreaking technological developments have been well-documented. Firewall software, the USB flash disk and the GPS system Waze would not exist without the help of Israeli technological gurus. One revolutionary company, however, is challe...
  • Kedma uncertain about hosting in-person events during the pandemic

    By Erin Harper For Mitzpeh @umdmitzpeh As this university wraps up another semester of mostly virtual classes, Kedma, the Orthodox Jewish group on campus, is hesitant to host limited in-person events and services. Founded in 1997, Kedma has operated as one of the largest Orthodox college communities at this university, working to host ...
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  • Community comes together to combat COVID-19

    By Nira Dayanim For Mitzpeh @umdmitzpeh Over the past few weeks, a combination of cold weather and the return to campus after time away has led to a spike in COVID-19 cases among students at this university. The Jewish response? Fight it together. Last semester, Kedma, the Orthodox group on campus, created a WhatsApp group to keep ...
  • Hillel connects students despite the pandemic

    By Erin Harper @umdmitzpeh For Mitzpeh Despite the COVID-19 pandemic reshaping how each semester looks for college students, this university’s Hillel has continued to host a series of virtual freshmen events and Shabbat to-go dinners to keep the Jewish student body connected. Shabbat dinners, which are available to all students, ...
  • Ossoff elected as Georgia’s first Jewish senator amid rampant anti-Semitism

    By Courtney Cohn Features Editor @courtney_cohn Democratic Sen. Jon Ossoff defeated former Sen. David Perdue in a close, highly-contested race in the Georgia Senate runoff election on Jan. 6, making history in his own right as the first Jewish senator in the state. “He's really proud of who he is. He really kind of encapsulates ...
  • Ph.D. student Annie Rappeport seeks international peace through education

    Kirstin Nichols @kirstin_nichols For Mitzpeh As a child in Hebrew school, Annie Rappeport, a Ph.D. candidate in International Education Policy at this university, learned the phrase “never again.” The saying refers to the Holocaust, meaning that mass genocide should never again occur on such a large scale. Rappeport believed this ...
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  • Shabbat Crew serves meals despite pandemic

    Ben Baruch For Mitzpeh @Ben_J_Baruch  The "Shabbat Crew" is serving Shabbat dinner and lunch again now that Maryland Hillel is allowed to host outdoor or socially distant indoor meals. Hillel is the only place students at this university can get kosher food during the week, and one of only a few on Shabbat and holidays. The Shabbat ...
  • Jewish teens lack influence on social media

    Meera Sunil For Mitzpeh @meerasunil With the rise of new social media apps and content comes the rise of influencers. However, one missing aspect of these influences is preventing some from idolizing and following them: representation. The majority of young people reaching fame through social media tend to lack ethnic, racial and ...
  • The swordfish debate: Is it kosher?

    By Emilia Hofman For Mitzpeh @Mitzpeh Despite being Jewish, my family and I have never been concerned with keeping kosher. Truthfully, a week ago, if someone had asked me if I knew of the debate occurring in the Jewish community in regard to whether or not swordfish is kosher, I would have said no. I was taught the basics of kashrut (keeping ...