• Historic D.C. synagogue offers entertainment and services

    By Jeremy Snow When visiting the 6th & I Historic Synagogue, named for its address in downtown Washington, D.C., one may first notice the enormous sanctuary where some pray or have a quick discussion with the rabbi. However, stay longer and experience a surprise when the sanctuary turns into a rock venue for some of the most popular ...
  • Creating an All-Greek Birthright Trip

    By Alex Stoller Young Judaea, a Taglit-Birthright Israel trip organization, is taking action to the idea of an All Greek-Life birthright trip for those who are eligible. One is eligible for a classic Birthright trip to Israel if he or she is between the ages of 18 and 26, can be recognized as Jewish by his or her local Jewish community, and has ...
  • Jew You Should Know: Danielle Leopold

    By Zachary Mellen She had mono her freshman year, but that didn’t stop sophomore Dani Leopold from getting heavily involved in the Jewish community on campus. Leopold is an active member of Koach, the Conservative Judaism organization on campus, and said she is “really involved” in its weekly services.  She also spent part of winter ...
  • Jewish Students Demand More Study Abroad Options

    By Alicia McElhaney For senior government and politics major Jordan Heiliczer, studying abroad in Tel Aviv was like coming home. “Being in Israel and Jewish, and having everyone around you who is in the same cultural mindset is great. You feel like you’re home, which is so weird as opposed to going anywhere else,” Heiliczer said. ...
  • Jewish Feminist Student Group Surges in Popularity

    By Alicia McElhaney When senior Reby Silverman and recent graduate Rebecca Krevat first created JFEM, this university’s only Jewish feminist organization, they set out to fill a void felt by students in the Jewish community. “We felt there wasn’t a place in Hillel where we could explore what it means to be a feminist and a Jew,” said ...
  • Maryland Hillel Wins Prestigious Award

    By Amanda Eisenberg The University of Maryland Hillel is one of five Hillels across the country to receive an award for its leadership model and commitment to enriching Jewish life on college campuses. “Maryland Hillel won [the Joseph Meyerhoff Award] for embracing new ideas and transforming Hillel's culture into one that values personal ...
  • From the Ambulance to the Army: Gap Years in Israel Teach Important Lessons to Students

    By Talia Richman Alexandra Lewyn rushed through the cloud of smoke coming from an overturned bus and ran towards the dozens of screaming people who lay injured in the wreckage. Once she moved the victims into the ambulance, she took a moment to thank G-d this was just a drill. Lewyn, a freshman Jewish Studies major, spent a gap year in ...
  • Syrian Unrest Hits Close to Home

    By Jamie Weissman At times, it can seem impossible to listen to the news and not hear about death and destruction throughout the world, as exemplified by recent controversy about Syrian President Bashar al-Assad using chemical weapons against his own people and igniting unrest in the Middle East in the process. In March 2011, two protests ...
  • Putting a Religious Spin on Family Weekend

    By Gabriel Weintraub The University of Maryland Hillel is already one of the most thriving Hillels in the country, home to over 6,500 Jewish students on campus, including an average of 500 celebrating Shabbat each week.  When you add in parents and siblings, Hillel was sure to be one of the most popular spots to visit over Family Weekend, which ...
  • Justice For Juniors Holds Justice Forum at Maryland

    By Amanda Eisenberg Justice for Juniors is an interfaith organization that connects students from George Washington University and the University of Maryland to tutor and mentor juveniles in the system. The organization sends 20-plus students into D.C. every Monday and Tuesday, says Amy Weiss, director for Hillel’s service-learning initiative...