Navigating the new normal: Jewish freshman life during COVID-19
By Nira Dayanim
An already challenging transition to life on campus has been further complicated by the coronavirus pandemic for freshmen this fall. From reduced dorm capacity to take out meals and online/blended classes, campus life looks very different.
The spirited and active Hillel community has always been a ...
Condemning responses to arson at University of Delaware Chabad
By Mitzpeh staff
A few weeks ago, we read the terrible news that fire had been set, intentionally, to the Chabad Center at the University of Delaware. The building, known affectionately as the “little blue house” by students, was completely destroyed and approximately $200,000 in damages were caused. Thankfully, nobody was ...
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.
Professor from Israel leads discussion of “The Rabbi and the Sufi Sheikh”
By Laina Sara Miller
A Sephardic law and ethics professor from Bar-Ilan University came to this university last Monday to discuss his discovery and translation of an 18th-century story about a Rabbi and a Sheikh, transcribed by Rabbi Yitzchak Farhi of Jerusalem in his 19th-century text, “Sweeter than Honey.”
It’s that time of year again…. Friendsgiving season
By Hannah Davidson
At Maryland Hillel’s second annual Friendsgiving Holiday Fundraiser, there were three large trays of pasta, a panini-making station and salads of every kind along one wall. Along the opposite side was a table covered with every sweet imaginable—pies, cookies, candy, whipped cream and hot chocolate...
Despite the cold, JFarm blooms into winter
By Ben Curtis
Although winter is approaching, a JFarm garden outside of the Maryland Hillel building is still blooming in more ways than one.
The JFarm garden, supported by the Hillel club since 2009, is part of a mission to strengthen the Jewish community on campus by planting crops and hosting events and ...
With “Adopt-a-Bubbie,” students assist the elderly, but make new friends as well
By Madison Burinsky
It's no secret that college students have a wide array of interests, ranging from art to music, and for some, maybe even playing bingo.
For members of the Adopt-a-Bubbie program at the University of Maryland, playing bingo is just one of the many activities they enjoy while spending quality ...
HRCT party brings Jewish students together around food, friends
By Mohan Xu
Hillel’s Reshaping Community Togetherness initiative (HRCT), a Jewish organization founded last semester by students Talya Gordon and Jesse Vaknin, held its debut party of the semester last Saturday night in Terrapin Row.
HRCT, which is under the umbrella of Maryland Hillel but also operates indepen...
Students highlight good, bad of teaching Hebrew school, why it’s worth it
By Tori Bergel
For most students, the weekend offers a much-needed break from the stress of class. Some, however, spend their time not in bed, but molding the minds of children, teaching them the basics of the Jewish tradition while making extra cash on the side.
From about 9 a.m. to just after noon every ...