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Jewish students go global during winter break

By Nicole Wohlberg For Mitzpeh @mitzpeh   As winter break approaches, students are scrounging for activities over the long six-week vacation. Hillel provides alternative break trips every year over winter and spring break for Jewish students. These trips are geared for students who observe Sabbath and keep kosher. Over the ...

Three Jewish denominations “C.O.N.N.E.C.T.” through Torah scripture

By Haleigh Whisted For Mitzpeh @HaleighWhisted   To celebrate Hanukkah, three of the most active minyanim on campus organized and held C.O.N.N.E.C.T., an event where students of all Jewish denominations can study and learn the Torah’s sacred text together, Thursday evening. “We’re Jews, and our connection to our past is ...

Observant Jewish students struggle as finals week approaches

By Hallie Kay For Mitzpeh @TheHallieKay   Finals are just around the corner, and students all over this university are beginning to prepare: making study guides, going to office hours and hunkering down for the weeks ahead. For observant Jewish students, this time may be difficult. Many observant Jewish students at this ...

Ultimate Frisbee player Jesse Vaknin shares his love for the game and his team

By Annie Archer For Mitzpeh @anniearcher98   Jesse Vaknin has been playing ultimate Frisbee since freshman year of high school, but he’s not doing it just to polish his skills. Vaknin, a sophomore government and politics major, is a player on this university’s B team for the ultimate disc club. He first discovered his ...

Let the Hanukkah festivities begin!

By Nicole Wohlberg For Mitzpeh @Mitzpeh   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 ...

New program, Challah and Chassidut, takes Thursday nights by storm

By Lexi Sugar For Mitzpeh @lexisugarmedia   Avital Hirschhorn, one of Maryland Hillel’s OU-JLIC Torah educators, struggled to find a way to create a weekly event that is both fun and educational. After extensive brainstorming, Hirschhorn discovered that the best way to incorporate both elements was to set up a weekly event called ...

Does a professor’s Jewish faith affect their students?

By Haleigh Whisted For Mitzpeh @HaleighWhisted   With about 25 percent of this university’s student population practicing Judaism, it is no surprise that there are Jewish professors too. Religion is a significant part of many lives, and could affect the way people act in their classroom. “I don’t tell students I am Jewish...

Professor discusses intricacies, patterns of oldest complete Torah scroll

By Hallie Kay For Mitzpeh @TheHallieKay   An acclaimed professor and expert on the transmission of the Hebrew Bible, Jordan S. Penkower, came to College Park Tuesday to discuss the one-of-a-kind intricacies of the oldest complete Torah scroll. Penkower, a published author who has done extensive work on the intricacies of the ...

Is there a Jewish way to celebrate Thanksgiving?

By Hallie Kay For Mitzpeh @TheHallieKay   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 ...

The clash of values, at home and abroad

By Brogan Gerhart Copy editor @BroganGerhart   “Everyone has multifaceted, complex identities,” said Dr. Shibley Telhami, a professor and distinguished scholar-teacher lecturer at this university. “Every day we decide which identity we put first.” With these words, Telhami delved into modern America’s conception of ...