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Israel Fest 2019 draws crowds as SJP holds simultaneous protest demonstration

By Colleen Crowley For Mitzpeh @ColleenCrowle20 Camel rides, henna tattoos and the promise of falafel drew crowds of students to McKeldin Mall for this year’s Israel Fest, hosted by the UMD Jewish Student Union and Maryland Hillel on Thursday. This year’s event fell on Yom Ha'atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day,  and highlighted ...

From tzitzis to swag: The convergence of Jewish Orthodoxy and Greek life

By Yakira Cohen Features editor @CohenYakira When Andrew Schwartz opens his drawers each morning, stacks of Alpha Epsilon Pi sweatshirts and rows of kippas make him hesitate. The sophomore management major has a choice: to broadcast his fraternity, to label himself a religious Jew or to try to straddle both. Of the roughly 30,000 undergr...

Hillel hosts Red Cross blood drive to give back to those in need

By Jenna Pierson Staff writer @jenna_pierson Maryland Hillel hosted its biannual blood drive in the Multi-Purpose room at the Rosenbloom Center Friday afternoon. From 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., 25 members of the Hillel community were able to donate blood through the Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Region American Red Cross. Many Jewish ...

SGA legislators vote against divestment bill after hours of debate

By Elana Morris For Mitzpeh @Mitzpeh This university’s Student Government Association voted against a bill to divest from certain Israeli companies in a 9-25 vote with two abstentions Wednesday night. Though the bill did not explicitly align itself with the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign, it advocated to disassoci...

Maryland Hillel hosts Passover Seder highlighting issues with immigrant, refugee rights

By Nick Albicocco For Mitzpeh @Mitzpeh   Maryland Hillel hosted a “Freedom Seder” Tuesday night, which served as a unique seder that allowed students to discuss immigrants’ and refugees’ rights and how these modern-day issues relate to the events that led to Passover. While the event was sparse in attendance, with ...

Students gathered at Hillel workshop to discuss BDS bill, prepare statements for SGA meeting

By Jason Glazer For Mitzpeh @Mitzpeh Maryland Hillel hosted a writing workshop Tuesday night for students and faculty who want to speak against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) bill at the SGA meeting on Wednesday, April 24. The workshop began with discussions about each of the attendee’s opinions on the bill and allowed ...

Jew You Should Know: David Stein

By Yakira Cohen Features editor @CohenYakira   3...2...1 The energy is contagious. Fans are cheering, players are sweating, and the Xfinity Center is bursting with energy as the bright yellow numbers tick down. This is no ordinary Maryland basketball game. It’s not even a university-sanctioned event. It’s the National ...

Months after security scare, Hillel center to be accessible only by swipe

By Deborah Brown Copy editor @Mitzpeh Maryland Hillel posted signs on Thursday announcing that students would be required to swipe in with their university IDs to enter the Rosenbloom Hillel Center beginning Monday, April 8. This security update goes into effect exactly two months after the center was confronted with a potentially unsafe ...

Students sprung by Kedma spring movie series

By Yakira Cohen Features editor @CohenYakira   Some students spend their Saturday nights at the bars. Others choose to study or go to the mall. On three Saturday nights this semester, the Orthodox Jews at this university are cozying up to movies at Hillel with fellow community members. As the days grow longer during the spring, ...

Rabbi visits Hillel for discussion about courage, leadership

By Nick Albicocco For Mitzpeh @Mitzpeh   Maryland Hillel received a visit on Feb. 25 from Rabbi Dr. Yossi Kastan, who spent an hour empowering students with a discussion about courage and leadership, overcoming fear and perfectionism and acting yourself. The event marked Kastan’s first speaking appearance at a university, and ...