Jew You Should Know: Avital Hirschhorn
By Tori Bergel
The low hum of conversation fills this university's Hillel. A group of girls sits off to the side, hunched over a round table, speaking animatedly to one another. Sometimes they laugh, sometimes they’re serious, but always the discussion centers on the words of the woman with honey-colored hair.
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 ...
Students love Shabbat meals hosted by OU-JLIC families
By Nicole Wohlberg
Anyone who walks into the Hillel at this university is usually approached by four friendly faces. They belong to the OU-JLIC couples, the Schwartzes and the Hirschhorns, who routinely host meals for students on Shabbat.
This university is the only campus in America to have two OU-JLIC couples ...
Schwartz family opens home and grill for students to celebrate last days of Passover
By Brogan Gerhart
Rabbi Elie and Miriam Schwartz opened their home Friday afternoon to Jewish students who were on campus for the last few days of Passover for a holiday-friendly barbecue.
The event was run through the Orthodox Union-Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus at Maryland, which is partnered with Hillel ...
New JLIC couple makes its way into Hillel for fall
By Alex Pacinda
For the Mitzpeh
Rabbi Elie Schwartz and his wife, Miriam, will arrive at Maryland Hillel this August to serve as the new Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus couple, but they won’t be alone – baby Schwartz No. 1 will be with them, too.
After news that one of the JLIC couples, Alex and Ahuva Tsykin, would ...
A non-Jew walks into a room, has no idea how to get out
By James Whitlow
Humility can be seen as a through-line in the Torah – a consistent theme throughout – and if I had even a cursory understanding of the book, I might have been better prepared for Kedma’s Jewish-themed escape the room challenge. But on the overcast evening of April 22, I was not.
I am categorically, ...
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 ...
JLIC couple set to leave after first year at UMD Hillel
By Jack Wisniewski
For the Mitzpeh
With the news that Maryland Hillel will be losing a Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus couple at the end of the semester, they face the task of finding a replacement for the 2017 fall semester.
JLIC is a partnership program that Hillel shares with the Orthodox Union in which young Orthodox ...
Who are the two new JLIC families at UMD?
By Amanda Engel
Two new couples recently joined this university’s Jewish community. The Tsykins and the Hirschhorns were hired over the summer to be the two new Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus (JLIC) couples.
JLIC is an Orthodox Union program (OU), that matches campuses with Orthodox educator couples who ...