Avirah rises above the pandemic’s challenges
By Angel Gingras
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
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 ...
Challah For Hunger addresses food insecurity stigma
Challah for Hunger, an international non-profit that has a chapter at this university, hosted a Zoom conversation addressing the stigma that surrounds food insecurity and hunger on Oct. 22 at 5 p.m.
Two guest speakers at the event spoke about food insecurity amongst college students.
A socially-distanced SHABBAM brings Jewish students together
By Nira Dayanim
On Friday night, almost 800 students got together at over 80 different Shabbat dinners across campus. Also known as "SHABBAM" or "Shabbat Across Maryland," this Hillel-hosted event has brought students from different backgrounds together for a Shabbat meal each fall for the past ten years.
Students celebrate a socially distant Sukkot
By: Sarah Dilworth
Students and campus groups at this university found inventive ways to continue celebratory traditions despite the limits on in-person campus events.
Sukkot celebrates the gathering of the harvest and commemorates the protection God provided for Jews in the desert when they left Egypt. Part ...
High quality High Holidays at UMD, courtesy of Hillel and Chabad
By Laina S. Miller
Student life this year is different in a way that has never been dealt with before -- and the Jewish organizations at this university have stepped up to support students in need.
So much about Jewish student life is normally in person, from prayer services to kosher meals to holiday events. ...
Kedma gets students moving through the fall semester
By: Angel Gingras
On Sep. 7, Kedma hosted a virtual Zumba event to bring the community together and support a local charity.
As the fall semester kicks off, classes are not the only thing to move online since the recent COVID-19 pandemic. Many organizations around campus are working to get staff and students ...
Hillel adjusts prayer service options amid university coronavirus regulations
By Char Freedberg
With the coronavirus lingering and changing this university in many ways, this university’s Hillel still grapples with the question that students are asking themselves: how will Jewish prayer services be handled this year?
The High Holidays are rapidly approaching, so this question seems ...
Jew You Should Know: Meira Goldfischer
By Lisa Woolfson
Sophomore Meira Goldfischer says that school has always been her first priority. But as president of Hamsa UMD and a cabinet member of Terps for Israel, no one can accuse her of not being involved in extracurriculars. Hamsa is the only Jewish LGBTQ+ group on campus and anyone who is part of that ...