Kedma election fills five board positions, including president, vice president
By Jacqueline Chase
Kedma, the Orthodox Jewish community on campus, elected executive board members and officers for five of its eleven positions this week.
Liana Chesir was elected vice president of Kedma, taking over for Aryeh Roberts, the new president. Miriam Charnoff was elected to join the executive board as ...
From Jew-ish to Jew: How Jewish students connect to faith at UMD
By Ndeye Aminata Ndiaye
There is a big difference between being born Jewish and choosing to be Jewish. Although born into Jewish families, some students were largely uninvolved with their religious identities until they found the Jewish community on this campus.
One of them is sophomore computer science and finance ...
Bonding warms Kedma community at TerpZone
By Yakira Cohen
Members of Kedma, the Orthodox community at this university, trekked through the cold to kick off the semester at TerpZone Thursday night. Over 100 participants showed up to TerpZone Takeover, which proved to be more than just a catchy name on the Kedma Facebook group.
Three Jewish denominations “C.O.N.N.E.C.T.” through Torah scripture
By Haleigh Whisted
To celebrate Hanukkah, three of the most active minyanim on campus organized and held C.O.N.N.E.C.T., an event where students of all Jewish denominations can study and learn the Torah’s sacred text together, Thursday evening.
“We’re Jews, and our connection to our past is ...
Maryland Hillel plans alternate graduation for second year in a row
By Ben Cooper
Maryland Hillel will hold its second-ever alternate graduation on May 17 to give Jewish students an option to attend a commencement not occurring on Shabbat or Shavuot.
This university’s main commencement ceremony will take place Sunday, May 20, with individual college and school ceremonies taking ...
Jew You Should Know: Elisha Galler
By Lily Rozenstauch
“Elisha is a natural born leader,” said Chad Simon, a sophomore bioengineering major. Simon is a close friend of Elisha Galler’s as well as the vice president of Kedma.
Galler is a junior economics major who dedicates most of his time to his role as president of Kedma, where he oversees ...
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 ...
23 years after his death, “The Rebbe” still impacts Chabad movement
By Jackie Budko
Affectionately known as “the Rebbe,” Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson led a Hasidic in the mid-twentieth century movement known as Chabad.
According to the Chabad website, the movement has thousands of followers and is the largest Hasidic movement of the Orthodox Jewish religion.
CTC: campus’ quickest minyan
By Mollie Higgins
For the Mitzpeh
One of the upstairs minyanim at Hillel, better known as CTC, is a place for people to come together on Friday nights specifically attracting those who like to do minimal singing.
For Noam Weintraub, the president of Congregation of Tired Curmudgeons, the decision to attend CTC was fairly simple. ...
Keva V’Kevana provides inclusivity to all sects of Jewish community
By Morgan Caplan
For the Mitzpeh
Keva V’Kevana (KVK) Partnership Minyan strives to provide this university’s Jewish community an inclusive prayer opportunity by combining aspects of both the conservative and orthodox minyan.
The group, which meets once a month in Maryland Hillel, promotes maximum participation of females and ...