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Mishelanu’s Zoom Israeli paint night is smashing success

By Mark Choy For Mitzpeh @MarkChoy3 Holding events in-person has been difficult for many clubs, but this university’s Israeli American Council Mishelanu group for Israeli-American students has had greater success. On March 1, Mishel...

Backman’s Corner: The most important one-line belief in Judaism

By Rabbi Eli Backman For Mitzpeh @Mitzpeh I asked this question the other day on Facebook and received a lot of good responses. Here are some of them. From the human-G-d relationship category: “Shema (a prayer stating belief in ...

Jew You Should Know: Natalie Leinbach

By Angel Gingras For Mitzpeh @GingrasAngel After spending two years on her high school mock trial team, developing a flair for public speaking, Natalie Leinbach came to college with her sights set on a degree that would lead her to law ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Orthodox community maintains campus eruv

By Paige Maizes @MaizesPaige For Mitzpeh  An eruv [air-oov, er-; Sephardic Hebrew e-roov; Ashkenazic Hebrew ey-roov] is an important aspect of Shabbat that the Orthodox community protects and preserves each week.  Co-head of maintain...

The case for rejoining the Iran Nuclear Deal

By Leila Riazi For Mitzpeh @mitzpeh  President-elect Joe Biden will face significant challenges, both foreign and domestic, upon entering office. One of these is certainly going to be Iran policy. During a Democratic primary debate, ...

Kedma poker night raises money and fun

By James Hartner For Mitzpeh @jhartner_umd On Sat. Dec. 12, Kedma hosted a virtual Texas Hold'em poker tournament to help raise money for charity.  This tournament consisted of 14 participants, each with a $15 buy-in. With the stockpile ...

Mother-Daughter cooking show “Because I Said So” caters to college students

  By Nira Dayanim For Mitzpeh @umdmitzpeh  From starting an exercise regimen to becoming a sourdough aficionado, people have been managing life during the pandemic in different ways. Mother-daughter duo, Rachel and Leah Packer, ...