December 2014 19 results

Mixed-heritage Jews possess equal claim to religious identity

By Jacqueline Hyman, opinion editor, @jacqbh58 In light of the recent changes to conversion laws in Israel which allow municipal rabbis to perform conversions recognized by the government, I’d like to offer my perspective on what qualifies ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

Mitzpeh Matchmaker: Andrew Podob and Tova Rosenthal

  Year/ Major: 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 ...