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Jewish a cappella groups leave audition season empty-handed

  By Ella Sherman For Mitzpeh @umdmitzpeh As the audition process comes to a close, the three Jewish a cappella groups at this university have decided to hold off on recruiting new members until next fall. However, February auditions were still held virtually, as Mezumenet, Kol Sasson and Rak Shalom each used Google Forms, Zoom, ...

Continued Israeli presence in Sinai Peninsula saves lives

  By Aaron Arnstein Opinion Columnist @AaronArnstein Since the country’s inception, Israel has been under constant threat by its neighbors. Hezbollah-backed Lebanon in the North. The Assad dictatorship in the Northeast. The concern of an Intifada out of the West Bank. The presence of Hamas in the Gaza Strip.  Add a fifth ...

From Tel Aviv to D.C.: Israeli basketball phenom Deni Avdija takes his talents to the NBA

By Aaron Arnstein Staff Writer @AaronArnstein   NBA fans heard many familiar names called during the first round of last week’s draft. International sensation LaMelo Ball, freshman phenom James Wiseman and high-flying Obi Toppin, to name a few.  But one name caught the average fan off-guard: Deni Avdija.   In Israel, ...

Mitzpeh Matchmaker: Tammy Soleymani and Daniel Ben-Or

By Yakira Cohen Features editor @CohenYakira When junior government and politics and psychology major Tammy Soleymani arrived at the Maryland Dairy Tuesday afternoon for her blind date, she was surprised to meet not a new person, but a familiar face. Daniel Ben-Or, a freshman finance and computer science major, instantly recognized her from ...

Mitzpeh Matchmaker: Maya Greenbaum and Ezra Trost

By Yakira Cohen Features editor @cohenyakira   Freshman engineering major Ezra Trost sat in the back of Rudy’s Cafe Monday evening with a blindfold on his face, at first for a minute—and then four more. When he finally heard someone say “hi” and removed the mask, Trost found himself face-to-face with his Mitzpeh Matchmaker ...

Mitzpeh Matchmaker: Mikey Pollack and Alyse Messafi

By Kira Cohen Features editor @Mitzpeh Junior philosophy major Mikey Pollack and sophomore public health science major Alyse Messafi met up at Dunkin' Donuts under Terrapin Row on Nov. 5. Their date was originally set for Nov. 2 at 7-Eleven, but when Pollack and Messafi went to two different 7-Eleven establishments, they were unable to ...

For Jewish students who struggle to balance religious observances with school, September is a month of constant catch-up

By Chinonso Maduforo For Mitzpeh @Mitzpeh   For the many Orthodox Jews at this university, September is not just holiday time: It’s also an intense game of catch-up. “It’s a ripple effect. You fall behind one day and then another day because the chagim all collapse into one month,” said Eleanna Weissman, a sophomore ...

A farewell to the UMD and Mitzpeh community

By Jacqueline Hyman Editor-in-chief @jacqbh58 Two years ago, I wrote my first column as editor-in-chief of Mitzpeh about the direction we were headed -- an all-online publication with more social media and multimedia. I think we’ve done a good job of transitioning to a paper with no paper, and I’m proud of the website and content ...

Mitzpeh Matchmaker: Nathan Fredman and Devorah Savitsky

By Kira Cohen Features editor @Mitzpeh Junior sociology major Devorah Savitsky and senior physics major Nathan Fredman met up at Cold Stone Creamery on Route 1 April 26. Both Savitsky and Fredman are Honors Humanities alumni. Although Mitzpeh Matchmaker dates are typically “blind,” the two were surprised to find that they actually ...

Non-Jewish Mitzpeh members

By Daniel Ofman Staff writer @OfmanDaniel What are some characteristics that one would look for in the editor-in-chief of a Jewish newspaper? At Mitzpeh, being Jewish hasn’t necessarily been one of those characteristics. This publication has had many students in leadership positions who were not Jewish and who initially knew little ...