Does great Jewish power imply great Jewish responsibility?
By Mitzpeh staff
Last month, as the country welcomed the Biden administration to the White House, the Jews welcomed new Jewish representation to the political sphere. Although president-elect Joe Biden and vice president-elect Kamala Harris are not Jewish themselves, both are closely connected to the religion through their ...
Ossoff elected as Georgia’s first Jewish senator amid rampant anti-Semitism
By Courtney Cohn
Democratic Sen. Jon Ossoff defeated former Sen. David Perdue in a close, highly-contested race in the Georgia Senate runoff election on Jan. 6, making history in his own right as the first Jewish senator in the state.
“He's really proud of who he is. He really kind of encapsulates ...
Why I stopped wearing a Jewish star
By Lisa Woolfson
One of my gifts for my bat mitzvah was an ornate pink jewelry box decorated with Jewish symbols. I opened the box to reveal my first and only Jewish star necklace, a red star hanging on a delicate silver chain. I thought it was beautiful, but only wore it a few times before college, usually only ...
German official is wrong. Giving in to hate is not the answer to rising anti-Semitism
By Max Breene
Felix Klein, a federal official in Germany responsible for combating anti-Semitism, warned German Jews against wearing kippas everywhere in public last week after a government report showed a 20% increase in anti-Semitic crimes since 2018. Klein has since clarified that his comments were meant to ...
New faculty, staff panel addresses issues of race, discrimination at UMD
By Jenna Pierson
EmbraceRace @ UMD, a new initiative that was pioneered by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and began at the beginning of this semester, met for their fourth session on Tuesday in the Edward St. John Learning and Teaching Center.
The initiative meets every other Tuesday and ...
Omar’s anti-Semitic tweets deleted, but sentiment remains
By Mitzpeh staff
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN05) deleted tweets Tuesday that played into anti-Semitic tropes, after apologizing two weeks earlier after condemnation from fellow lawmakers.
The Democratic congresswoman tweeted, “It's all about the Benjamins baby,” on February 10, suggesting that American politicians’ support for ...
Prejudice is a dangerous thing. But so is the rhetoric that emboldens it
By Jacqueline Hyman
I’m not going to delve deeply into my personal feelings about Saturday’s shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania that killed 11 people. All I will say is that I was overwhelmingly emotional while ruminating on this tragedy, an attack against my people. Not only ...