Meet the Mitzpeh Staff


Yakira Cohen

Yakira Cohen is a senior journalism and psychology major from New Rochelle, New York. Beyond Mitzpeh, Yakira keeps a satirical blog about her life as an orthodox Jew on a secular college campus, writes for the Child Mind Institute, works in a psychology lab and is a member of TAMID, a business-consulting club. This summer, she interned for the Baltimore Jewish Times and revived the Hillel garden. When she isn’t writing, Yakira can be found running or cooking, or better yet, writing about cooking while running. Yakira has been part of Mitzpeh staff as features editor since her freshman year, and is excited to be the editor in chief this year! Check out her portfolio here


Char Freedberg News Editor


Char Freedberg is from Gaithersburg, Maryland. Last year at UMD, she worked at the Big Ten Network and at the Capital News Service as a student intern. Freedberg is majoring in TV journalism and minoring in Spanish. She hopes to be a news anchor. In her free time, Freedberg likes to watch anime, voice act for some YouTube channels, sleep, sing, dance, act and watch TV. 


Courtney Cohen Features Editor


Courtney Cohn is a sophomore journalism and government & politics major from Rockville, Maryland. She enjoys getting involved with Hillel and Jewish organizations on campus, so Mitzpeh combines her passion for writing and judaism. Outside of Mitzpeh, she is a staff writer for The Campus Trainer, and is in Alpha Delta Pi, a sorority on campus. This is her first semester on Mitzpeh’s staff and she is excited to be the Features Editor. 

Deborah Brown
Copy Editor


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



Logan Heller
Opinion Editor


Logan Heller is a junior government and politics major with minors in International Development and Global Terrorism Studies. He spent last summer serving as a legislative intern with Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Currently, Logan is interning with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration He is very interested in foreign policy, with an emphasis on security issues in the Middle East and Northern Africa. Logan cannot be more excited to continue working with Mitzpeh this year! 



Ileana Lozano
Arts Editor

Ileana Lozano is a junior English major from Maryland. Outside of Mitzpeh, you’ll find her celebrating 20th century women, films, and mental wellness on her blog VigilantVintage, writing for other publications on campus, and cozying up to a good book.

Aaron Arnstein Staff Writer


Aaron Arnstein is a freshman on the Mitzpeh staff as an opinion columnist. He is a journalism major at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism. He is a sports fanatic and loves the baseball team, the Oakland Athletics. He constantly dreams of the day they win the World Series.