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For these Jews, Halloween is celebrated as a simply American holiday

By Hannah Davidson For Mitzpeh @hhannahdavidson Despite its religious background, Halloween is widely celebrated among Jews, including students at this university. It is believed that Halloween originated from Celtic culture, and was a part of their religious ceremonies and traditions, according to History.com. But over time it has ...

Students dance around campus to celebrate Simchat Torah

By Sara Cohen For Mitzpeh @SaraEmilyyy Although sometimes one of the lesser-known holidays, Simchat Torah is a joyous and exciting holiday for Jews. This year, the holiday began on Sunday, October 20 (the 22nd of the Hebrew month Tishrei) and ended Tuesday evening. Simchat Torah celebrates the completion of the year-long cycle of reading ...

For Jewish students, holiday season brings together family, tradition and stress of missing classes

By Mohan Xu For Mitzpeh @XuMohan1 It is the Jewish holiday season, and Jews around the world, including students at this university, are celebrating a series of holidays.  According to Maryland Hillel, there are 6,500 Jewish students on campus, which certainly qualifies as a big Jewish community.   The six students interviewed for ...

MEOR Maryland’s newest educators foster environment of growth, connection to Judaism

By Caroline X. Adkins For Mitzpeh @Mitzpeh Rabbi Moshe and Rebbetzin Esti Schonbrun are the newest educators to join MEOR Maryland, a campus-based organization committed to extending learning opportunities to all types of Jewish students through fellowships, classes, Shabbat and holiday meals, trips abroad and more. The Schonbruns came to ...

A ∙ C ∙ H ∙ I ∙ M: Maryland Hillel’s “big brother” program helps transition freshmen into campus life

By Tori Bergel For Mitzpeh @BergelTori Adjusting to a new environment is difficult for anyone. But for a freshman living independently for the first time, it can be completely overwhelming. In comes Achim, a Hillel program that pairs new Jewish students with returning student “big brothers” and “big sisters” to help them ...

Mitzpeh Matchmaker: Jacob Nelson and Adina Arnet

By Yakira Cohen Features editor @CohenYakira When sophomore Letters and Sciences student Adina Arnet rolled into TerpZone bowling Thursday night, she was met by none other than a prior acquaintance, junior finance and information systems major Jacob Nelson. The date took its first unexpected twist when the pair apparently decided that ...

Jew You Should Know: Emma Weisbaum

By Lauren Hamilton For Mitzpeh @laurenhjour Although Emma Weisbaum originally thought pursuing art in college would be a waste of time, she is now one of less than 20 seniors hand-picked for this university’s honors studio art program. “Why wouldn’t I take advantage of the fact that I could actually study art if I wanted to?” ...

SAFRA makes strides on campus with Sephardic students

By Dylan Spilko For Mitzpeh @DylanSpilko The Jewish community at this university continues to expand with an on-campus group that is revamping their organization for the semester. SAFRA, otherwise known as the Sephardic Association for Festive and Religious Activities, is a relatively new organization that aims to help Sephardic ...

Students share stories of 10-day journey to last a lifetime

By Matt Levine For Mitzpeh @_MattSLevine Spencer Dobkin, a junior journalism major, has dreamed of going on Birthright Israel ever since he heard about the program at a young age. “Who doesn’t want to go on a free trip to see meaningful places, meet new people, and learn things about Israel,” he said. Birthright, a free 10-day ...

Jewish studies program sees redesign as student engagement declines

By Vanessa Reis For Mitzpeh @Mitzpeh The Jewish studies major at this university is being redesigned after numbers in the program dropped significantly, said Hayim Lapin, director of The Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Studies. Lapin said the Jewish studies program has between five and 10 students currently enrolled. Just five or six years ...