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Jewish studies program sees redesign as student engagement declines

By Vanessa Reis For Mitzpeh @Mitzpeh The Jewish studies major at this university is being redesigned after numbers in the program dropped significantly, said Hayim Lapin, director of The Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Studies. Lapin said ...

Mitzpeh Matchmaker: Tamara Soleymani and Daniel Ben-Or

By Yakira Cohen Features editor @CohenYakira When junior government and politics and psychology major Tamara Soleymani arrived at the Maryland Dairy Tuesday afternoon for her blind date, she was surprised to meet not a new person, but a ...

From tzitzis to swag: The convergence of Jewish Orthodoxy and Greek life

By Yakira Cohen Features editor @CohenYakira When Andrew Schwartz opens his drawers each morning, stacks of Alpha Epsilon Pi sweatshirts and rows of kippas make him hesitate. The sophomore management major has a choice: to broadcast his ...

Jew You Should Know: David Stein

By Yakira Cohen Features editor @CohenYakira   3...2...1 The energy is contagious. Fans are cheering, players are sweating, and the Xfinity Center is bursting with energy as the bright yellow numbers tick down. This is no ...

From Jew-ish to Jew: How Jewish students connect to faith at UMD

By Ndeye Aminata Ndiaye For Mitzpeh @aminableu10 There is a big difference between being born Jewish and choosing to be Jewish. Although born into Jewish families, some students were largely uninvolved with their religious identities until they ...

Purim falls over break, but spirit doesn’t break

By Yakira Cohen Features editor @CohenYakira Last year, junior philosophy major Mikey Pollack paraded around campus in a red cowboy hat and an army t-shirt to celebrate Purim. This year, he isn’t even sure if he will dress up. Although ...

London Kollel creates community for Torah study

By Jacqueline Chase Staff writer @Mitzpeh   Many students take a gap year before college to study Judaism in Israel. When they begin their first semester, they realize that finding time to continue Torah study can be difficult. ...

Students balance school work at home, service overseas

By Alexander Tuerk For Mitzpeh @Mitzpeh Jesse Berman wakes up at 6 a.m. almost every morning. He trudges over to Ritchie Coliseum, where he lifts weights, runs on the treadmill, or practices his new discipline—yoga. From there, he moves to ...

Almost a year after opening, Holy Chow! is alive and well

By Jenna Pierson Staff writer @jenna_pierson   Holy Chow!, the kosher Chinese restaurant in Silver Spring, Maryland that opened last March, has had an incredibly successful first year of business, according to its owners. “My ...

Mitzpeh Matchmaker: Maya Greenbaum and Ezra Trost

By Yakira Cohen Features editor @cohenyakira   Freshman engineering major Ezra Trost sat in the back of Rudy’s Cafe Monday evening with a blindfold on his face, at first for a minute—and then four more. When he finally heard someone ...