Holocaust survivor tells tales of pain, optimism to packed room
By Laina Miller
Minnie Osher, a Holocaust survivor and determined optimist, spoke to over 200 students, parents and relatives at this university on Friday about her life before, during and after the Holocaust. The event was hosted by Maryland Hillel as part of its Family Weekend programming.
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Hillel’s “Pink Shabbat” brings students together for night of support
By Tori Bergel
Pink streamers and decorations aligned the walls.
Pamphlets were strewn across the tables.
Dresses and polo shirts in various rosey tones were worn by students scattered throughout the room.
The Pink Shabbat Dinner was the first of a two-part series of events put on by Hillel for breast ...
Hillel brings students together as community to break fast, celebrate new year
By David Blumberg
Yom Kippur is a time to reflect. It is a time to consider the past year, mistakes we’ve made and our goals for the new year.
But for many Jewish students, there is something else on their minds on Yom Kippur: hunger.
As the sun set Wednesday night, Maryland Hillel held its annual Break ...
SHABBAM unites students around friends, creative themes
By Clara Longo de Freitas
Students all over this university hosted Shabbat dinners, reaching over 1,000 students in more than 100 locations across campus on Friday, September 19, said Maryland Hillel. The meals had a wide variety of themes, including Hippie Shabbat, an “Area 51 raid” dinner, an IHOP dinner and ...
SHABBAM brings students together for a night of challah baking and braiding
By Julia Rosier
Maryland Hillel hosted a “Mega Challah Bake” as part of the Shabbat Across Maryland program Thursday night at the Hillel Center. Students decorated challahs with cinnamon, sugar, bagel seeds and chocolate chips for their guests.
SHABBAM is an annual program that allows students to host ...
Israel Fest 2019 draws crowds as SJP holds simultaneous protest demonstration
By Colleen Crowley
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
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
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
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...