Jewish students celebrate second pandemic Passover
By Nira Dayanim
What makes Passover this year different from all other years? For Jewish students at this university, observing Passover during the pandemic for the second time brings unique challenges and new meaning to the holiday.
Passover, or Pesach in Hebrew, is typically a time to gather with family ...
Despite lack of tradition, students describe Purim party at Stamp as huge success
By Char Freedberg
This university’s Purim celebration was filled with the usual things one would find at a Purim celebration: food, noisemakers, an upbeat mood and costumes galore.
The holiday celebrates one of many instances in Jewish history when someone tried to kill Jews but did not succeed. The STAMP ...
Purim falls over break, but spirit doesn’t break
By Yakira Cohen
Last year, junior philosophy major Mikey Pollack paraded around campus in a red cowboy hat and an army t-shirt to celebrate Purim. This year, he isn’t even sure if he will dress up.
Although the holiday usually unites students in celebration, Purim will fall on the Thursday of spring break ...
Let the Hanukkah festivities begin!
By Nicole Wohlberg
Tonight marks the first night of Hanukkah. Many programs are taking place to celebrate the holiday, such as the annual menorah lighting ceremony hosted by Chabad at Maryland in front of McKeldin Library. President Loh will be present at the event as well as SGA President Jonathan Allen, who ...
Is there a Jewish way to celebrate Thanksgiving?
By Hallie Kay
Thanksgiving, like other holidays, has traditions dating back many years. Jewish holidays typically have some sort of family or togetherness component, whether it be breaking the fast with family on Yom Kippur, or having a large family seder meal on Passover.
Many Jewish students celebrate ...
Yom HaZikaron highlights differences between American, Israeli military culture
By Rachel Kalusin
For the Mitzpeh
Yom HaZikaron is the day of remembrance for the fallen soldiers and the victims of terror in Israel. This year the holiday is commemorated on the evening of April 30 through sundown tonight, May 1. Memorial Day serves the same purpose in the U.S., but the two holidays have more differences than ...
Over 25 students contribute to OU-JLIC UMD haggadah for Passover
By Asia Hester
For the Mitzpeh
The Orthodox Union’s Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus’s second installment of this university’s haggadah, released Friday, features writings of UMD students that reflect and offer guidance as Passover begins on the evening of April 10.
The idea for the Maryland haggadah originated from ...
Students juggle religious, scholastic commitments for Passover
By Tom Hart
An exodus is coming -- one lesser in scope and stress than the one Jewish students will be remembering on April 10, but the pressure is still on for some.
Senior bioengineering major Ben Kaplan will be going back home to Baltimore for Passover at the start of the holiday.
“It won’t be such a far ...
Hillel, Chabad offer Passover celebrations on campus
By Jamie Kerner
For the Mitzpeh
Passover is an eight-day period filled with matzah and other flourless food. Families travel short and long distances to celebrate and eat at the seder table together. Because Passover starts during the school week this year, many students will not be returning home to their families for the holiday. ...