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Hamsa Club Unveils Set of Events for Spring Semester

By Nene Narh-Mensah For Mitzpeh @Nene_NarhMensah Hamsa, the Jewish LGBTQ+ and allies student group at this university, announced new events for the spring semester, including a new round of Nice Jewish Queer discussions, a game night, a movie night and an arts & crafts event, all held virtually. Meira Goldfischer, a junior criminol...

Kedma uncertain about hosting in-person events during the pandemic

By Erin Harper For Mitzpeh @umdmitzpeh As this university wraps up another semester of mostly virtual classes, Kedma, the Orthodox Jewish group on campus, is hesitant to host limited in-person events and services. Founded in 1997, Kedma has operated as one of the largest Orthodox college communities at this university, working to host ...

Community comes together to combat COVID-19

By Nira Dayanim For Mitzpeh @umdmitzpeh Over the past few weeks, a combination of cold weather and the return to campus after time away has led to a spike in COVID-19 cases among students at this university. The Jewish response? Fight it together. Last semester, Kedma, the Orthodox group on campus, created a WhatsApp group to keep ...

Hillel connects students despite the pandemic

By Erin Harper @umdmitzpeh For Mitzpeh Despite the COVID-19 pandemic reshaping how each semester looks for college students, this university’s Hillel has continued to host a series of virtual freshmen events and Shabbat to-go dinners to keep the Jewish student body connected. Shabbat dinners, which are available to all students, ...

Shabbat Crew serves meals despite pandemic

Ben Baruch For Mitzpeh @Ben_J_Baruch  The "Shabbat Crew" is serving Shabbat dinner and lunch again now that Maryland Hillel is allowed to host outdoor or socially distant indoor meals. Hillel is the only place students at this university can get kosher food during the week, and one of only a few on Shabbat and holidays. The Shabbat ...

Kedma welcomes new board for spring semester

By Max Boyarsky For Mitzpeh @BoyarskyMax   Although some clubs and organizations at this university are having a difficult time planning events this semester, others are trudging through the obstacles.  Kedma, this university’s Orthodox community, announced the winners of their board elections on Dec. 13. New members ele...

Maryland Hillel helps students de-stress during finals

By Adonijah Bourne For Mitzpeh @umdmitzpeh This university’s Hillel continued its Hanukkah celebration on Wednesday with a de-stress event for students to take a break from finals and reflect on the miracle of the oil that burned for eight days.  The event began with a guided meditation led by Hillel social justice fellow Olivia ...

Sacha Baron Cohen makes political strides

Jade Barton @Jadecbarton7 For Mitzpeh Sacha Baron Cohen has spent the last two decades of his career in character, but it wasn’t until last November at the Anti-Defamation League’s 2019 Never is Now Summit on Anti-Semitism and Hate that Cohen spoke for the first time as the man behind the characters: himself. The ADL’s ...

Avirah rises above the pandemic’s challenges

By Angel Gingras @GingrasAngel For Mitzpeh Avirah, the Israeli Dance Company at this university, is dancing to the beat of a new rhythm this semester: COVID-19 restrictions. Since being revived in 2013, Avirah is one of the university’s most prominent performance groups that stages diverse dances both on and off campus. It is ...

Moti’s initiative brings much-needed kosher products to Hillel

  By James Hartner For Mitzpeh @jhartner_umd Kosher dining runs dry around College Park. While the only place to grab a real kosher meal is the Hillel dining hall at this university, there are still attempts to branch out. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Maryland Hillel has changed its methods of gathering and distributing ...