Meet the Mitzpeh Staff

Max Breene

Max Breene is a senior government and politics major. Before taking over as editor-in-chief, he served one year as sports editor and another as news editor for Mitzpeh. His interests include American politics and watching his Boston sports teams win. Max is returning for his second year as editor-in-chief and is excited to work with some great writers and editors this year!

Yakira Cohen
Features editor

Yakira Cohen is a junior journalism and psychology major from New Rochelle, New York. In addition to writing and editing as features editor for Mitzpeh, Yakira keeps a satirical blog about her interactions as an orthodox Jew on a secular college campus. Yakira also teaches HONR100, writes for the Child Mind Institute, works in a psychology lab and is a member of TAMID, a business-consulting club. She is excited for another great year at Mitzpeh! 

Ross Tanenbaum
Arts editor

Ross Tanenbaum is a senior film studies and English major from Potomac, Maryland. Ross grew up in a large Jewish community in Potomac and came to the University of Maryland to continue this experience. Outside of Mitzpeh, Ross can be found diving into the latest pop culture or watching D.C. sports. Ross is excited to be arts editor for Mitzpeh. 

Char Freedberg
News editor

Char Freedberg is from Gaithersburg, Maryland and is a transfer student from Montgomery College Rockville. At MC, she worked as a staff writer for the student newspaper, the MC Advocate. She also worked as an intern at the college’s TV station for all four semesters that she attended MC. Freedberg is majoring in TV journalism and minoring in Spanish. She hopes to be a news anchor. In her free time, she likes to watch anime, voice act for some YouTube channels, sleep, sing, dance, act and watch TV (American Ninja Warrior for the WIN).

Spencer Friedman
Sports editor

Spencer Friedman is a sophomore journalism major from Marlboro, New Jersey. This is his first semester serving as the sports editor for Mitzpeh, and he is excited to get started. Spencer is easy to contact at, so please reach out to him with any questions or story ideas. He usually responds pretty promptly. Go terps!

Deborah Brown
Copy editor

Deborah Brown is a sophomore supply chain management major. She came to UMD from Houston, Texas, because of the Jewish community here, and Mitzpeh is a great way to combine her love of writing with her passion for Judaism. She is involved in Hillel, the business school, Israel advocacy on campus and Avirah – UMD’s Israeli dance company. She is excited to be a copy editor for her second year at Mitzpeh!

Logan Heller
Staff columnist

Logan Heller is a sophomore government and politics major with minors in International Development and Global Terrorism. From Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Logan is proud to be from a diverse, large Jewish population. When he is not biking from class to class, Logan finds peace in working out at Eppley, frequenting the D.C. museums, and reading the latest cover of The Economist. Logan cannot be more excited to be joining Mitzpeh this year!

Lisa Woolfson
Staff writer

Lisa Woolfson is a senior broadcast journalism and government and politics major. She is from New Jersey and is interested in politics and photography. She is on the Ruach board for Maryland Hillel. This is her first year as a staff writer and she can’t wait to work with everyone and cover some great Jewish events!