Hillel Arts Showcase celebrates Jewish community through music, dance
By Krissy Harris
The Hoff Theater at STAMP Student Union was filled with excitement on Saturday night. It was Maryland Hillel’s Arts Showcase, celebrating the Jewish community at this university.
Lively chatter echoed through the theater, as an audience of about 300 people from this university's Jewish ...
Hamsa drag show brings packed crowd in a “first” for Hillel
By Maya Rosenberg
It had all the elements of a drag show: flashing lights, a skintight catsuit, thumping pop music and most importantly, a queer, Jewish drag queen.
Hamsa, this university’s Jewish LGBTQ and Allies student organization, hosted a drag show at Hillel. While Hamsa has hosted ice cream socials ...
Avirah teaches, shares Israeli dance with local community
By Matt Levine
Avirah, this university's Israeli Dance Company, performs and teaches Israeli dance all across the East Coast.
The group returned to campus in 2013 after a hiatus and has been performing and teaching for the last six years.
Avirah performs at cultural events on campus and also at the annual ...
Avirah welcomes students for open dance session
By Benjamin Curtis
Margot Hu, a student studying abroad from China, and several other students at this university participated in an open dance session Wednesday held by Avirah, this university’s Israeli dance company.
Held in the Margaret Brent Room of the Stamp Student Union, the night saw Avirah members ...
Israeli dance troupe spends weekend dancing in Philadelphia
By Jacqueline Chase
Avirah, this university's Israeli dance troupe, attended an Israeli dance workshop in Philadelphia on Feb. 16 and 17.
The weekend included a workshop where students learned Harkada, a type of dance where songs are assigned choreography that is learned throughout the Israeli dance community.
Dance troupe leads free Israeli dance sessions for students
By Brogan Gerhart
Avirah, this university’s Israeli dance troupe, offers free Israeli dance sessions to students at Hillel every month.
The sessions are held in the Hillel multipurpose room and participants are encouraged to jump into the dances throughout the sessions that are all taught and led ...
Avirah’s Krispy Kreme fundraiser brings them one step closer to Boston
By Annie Archer
This university’s Israeli dance troupe, Avirah, held a Krispy Kreme fundraiser from Oct. 8 to Oct. 19 to support their participation in the Israel Folkdance Festival of Boston.
Avirah co-President Jessica Morris, a senior English major, said the troupe aims to bring Israeli dance ...
The roots of UMD’s Israeli dance troupe and plans for its future
By Haemee Lee
The sounds of upbeat Israeli music, someone counting steps, and laughter fill a hallway of the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center as Avirah, this university’s Israeli dance troupe, rehearses.
Avirah members are on crunch time. They recently returned from Boston’s Israel Folkdance Festival on March ...
Jewish a cappella groups celebrate history, community through music
By Mackenzie Roche
Students, families, faculty and members of the Jewish community gathered Saturday night in Memorial Chapel to celebrate their heritage through a cappella performances.
Student a cappella groups Kol Sasson, Mezumenet and Rak Shalom took turns performing a variety of songs ranging from “Warr...