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 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 Opinion 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 opinion 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.

Brogan Gerhart
Copy editor

Brogan Gerhart is a sophomore journalism major from Bel Air, Maryland. When she’s not attending classes or reviewing articles, Brogan can be found reading in Knight Hall or practicing her handstands around campus. With a passion for yoga, she hopes to become a certified yoga instructor as well as an accomplished journalist in a variety of fields. Brogan is also an RA in Centreville Hall, a member of Club Gymnastics and a volunteer for Terps Against Hunger. Nothing makes her happier than spending time with her peers, teammates and community.

Kaitlyn Hopkins          Copy editor

Kaitlyn Hopkins is a senior journalism major with a professional writing minor from New Rochelle, New York. Her passions include decorating for holidays, stalking dogs on Instagram and writing in her planner. When she’s not editing for Mitzpeh, Kaitlyn can be found editing for two other campus publications, Unwind Magazine and The Campus Trainer.  

Magdalene Cramer      Social media editor

Magdalene Cramer is a senior literature and languages major. She likes reading news, novels and going for walks in the forest. She is an avid biker, and is trying to learn Spanish. Working as the social media editor for Mitzpeh is something she considers a prestigious and highly creative opportunity. 

Jesse Nash
Staff writer

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!