After year off, Chabad menorah lighting returns at new location
By Eugene Nash
Chabad’s menorah lighting program kicked off the first night of Hanukkah at its new location on McKeldin Mall Tuesday night.
The program is now in its 21st year at this university, and was previously held at Hornbake Mall. The event was hosted by Rabbi Eli Backman, university President Wallace Loh and ...
23 years after his death, “The Rebbe” still impacts Chabad movement
By Jackie Budko
Affectionately known as “the Rebbe,” Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson led a Hasidic in the mid-twentieth century movement known as Chabad.
According to the Chabad website, the movement has thousands of followers and is the largest Hasidic movement of the Orthodox Jewish religion.
Chabad raises record total in 24-hour donation campaign
By Mollie Higgins
Chabad held a 24-hour-long donation campaign that began Wednesday at 1 p.m. in the hopes of raising $50,000. The group surpassed the goal by raising a total of $60,070.
Chabad applied for and received a grant from the Slomo and Cindy Silvian Foundation, Inc.,which matched every $1 donated with ...
Campus organizations offer students variety of ways to celebrate Hanukkah
Editor's note: In the interest of transparency, it is important to note that Miller is an AEPi member.
By Miller Friedman
Hanukkah is a holiday that was started to celebrate a miracle.
While the Maccabees’ unlikely defeat of Antiochus and the miracle of the oil is still at the forefront of Jewish minds ...
Mezuzah program provides students with sense of home, identity
By Erin Garry
Jewish students across campus can receive discounted or even free mezuzahs for their dorms, apartments, and houses thanks to a special fund that supports purchasing a mezuzah from Chabad at this university.
The Mezuzah Fund is sponsored by the Helfgott family in honor of Jack Helfgott. Yonatan Helfgott, ...
Chabad gives Sukkot a mobile twist
By Anastasia Marks
For more than twenty years, Chabad’s mobile sukkah has traveled from fraternity row to North Campus assisting students in celebrating the holiday. This year, the sukkah began its rounds Sunday, October 8 and ended Wednesday, October 11.
Built for the holiday Sukkot, the sukkah, a small, ...
Chabad kicks off semester with Chinese Shabbat dinner
By Angela Roberts
On Friday night, Rabbi Eli Backman and his family opened their home for Jewish students to enjoy a free Shabbat dinner. Although the Backman family hosts Shabbat dinners weekly, their house was particularly crowded this past week.
Chinese cuisine may not be considered exactly typical fare for a ...
Students, alumni gather to make sushi, see friends on Labor Day
By Jacqueline Hyman
When most people think ‘Jewish event,’ the thought isn’t followed by ‘sushi.’ But for UMD Chabad, sushi is an annual tradition that allows students to get to know the organization in the first week of classes.
Chabad hosted its annual Labor Day fair Monday from 1 to 3 p.m. on La Plata ...
Backman’s Corner: Why do we count days during the Omer?
By Eli Backman
For the Mitzpeh
A friend told me this time period is called ‘Sefirah’ and we count the days. Please explain?
To know when school will be out!
Sefirah, which means “count” in Hebrew, refers to the counting of days between Passover and the holiday of Shavuot. Passover was the time the Jews left Egypt, and Shavuot ...
Volunteers help special needs visitors make cards for Israeli soldiers
By Tom Hart
Students from this university socialized Sunday afternoon with visitors from Baltimore Yachad while making cards for Israeli soldiers in the Hillel multipurpose room.
Yachad is an international organization that promotes the inclusion of special needs individuals into Jewish life, whether at the synagogue, at ...