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Jewish student-led event explores “What’s In Your Genes”

By Elizabeth Tabbouche @Mitzpeh For Mitzpeh What we cannot see often dictates our future.  On Sunday, Nov. 15, a virtual panel of genetic counselors presented to over fifty students about the importance of genetic testing and counseling in an event that spread awareness and educated the Jewish community and people of all ...

“She’s feeding hatred”: Colleges must stop welcoming anti-Israel speakers

By Aaron Arnstein For Mitzpeh @AaronArnstein We’ve seen plenty of well-known individuals speak to college students over Zoom during the past six months: actors, sports stars, political figures and musical artists, to name a few. Add Palestinian terrorist Leila Khaled to the list. Wait, what? That’s right, San Francisco State ...

The widow, the orphan, the socially distant

By Noah Fine For Mitzpeh @Mitzpeh In the Torah reading of Parshat Ki Tavo (the Torah reading of the week when I wrote this article), we find a reference to the orphan, widow and stranger. The Torah states: “Cursed be he who subverts the rights of the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow.—And all the people shall say, Amen” ...

Navigating the new normal: Jewish freshman life during COVID-19

By Nira Dayanim  For Mitzpeh @Mitzpeh 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 @Mitzpeh 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 Staff writer @BergelTori 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.  ...

Coffee Language House unites students of different cultures through food, foreign languages

By Nicole D’Costa For Mitzpeh @ndcosta622 Every Monday, members of the Language House have coffee conversations where they gather to speak their representative languages and enjoy snacks from different cultures. Each week, a different culture has the spotlight on it with food from that particular culture like Mexican, Italian, Arabic and ...

Professor from Israel leads discussion of “The Rabbi and the Sufi Sheikh”

By Laina Sara Miller For Mitzpeh @Mitzpeh 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.” Dr. ...

It’s that time of year again…. Friendsgiving season

By Hannah Davidson For Mitzpeh @Mitzpeh 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 For Mitzpeh @ben_curtis12 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 ...