Meet the Mitzpeh Staff

Max Breene
Editor-in-chief

Max Breene is a junior government and politics major.  This is his first year as editor-in-chief.  Before taking over as editor-in-chief, he served one year as sports editor and another as news editor for Mitzpeh.  His interests include politics and watching his favorite Boston sports teams.  Max is excited to contribute toward Mitzpeh’s future and can’t wait to work with some great writers and editors this year.

Kira Cohen
Features editor

Yakira Cohen is a sophomore from New Rochelle, New York. She is an undecided student because she has too many passions. Writing and Judaism, just two of these passions, are what prompted her to join Mitzpeh this semester. She is also interested in psychology, and keeps a satirical blog about her interactions as an orthodox Jew on a secular college campus. Yakira values her community and believes in the important of giving back. She serves on the charity committee for Maryland Hillel. She is excited to join the Mitzpeh staff as features editor!

Clara Longo de Freitas Social media editor

Clara Longo de Freitas is a freshman journalism major. Born in Brazil, she came to the United States in 2016 and has her heart divided between the two countries. She is thrilled to join the Mitzpeh staff as the social media editor, and hopes to become a novelist one day. Besides writing, Clara loves to read, to learn languages and to be with her loved ones. This summer, she did exactly those four things, ate really good food and traveled to Canada, Mexico and Brazil.

Ross Tanenbaum
Arts editor

Ross Tanenbaum is a junior 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. 

Jesse Nash
Copy editor

Jesse Nash is a senior multimedia journalism major from Baltimore, Maryland. Not Jewish in his faith, he first became aware of and interested in the Jewish community through Aaron Kraiman. Now he is happy to be a staff writer for Mitzpeh, where he can get to know others in the Jewish community and write about the culture that comes with the religion. When not writing, Jesse loves to workout in the mornings, strike up conversations with just about anyone and work as a lifeguard at Eppley Recreation center. He is a student, photographer, drummer and future marine officer.

Deborah Brown
Copy editor

Deborah Brown is a freshman operations management and business analytics 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. When she’s not writing, she can be found volunteering around campus or dancing in Avirah. Deborah is looking forward to being a copy editor this year!