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Community comes together to combat COVID-19

By Nira Dayanim For Mitzpeh @umdmitzpeh Over the past few weeks, a combination of cold weather and the return to campus after time away has led to a spike in COVID-19 cases among students at this university. The Jewish response? Fight it together. Last semester, Kedma, the Orthodox group on campus, created a WhatsApp group to keep ...

Orthodox community maintains campus eruv

By Paige Maizes @MaizesPaige For Mitzpeh  An eruv [air-oov, er-; Sephardic Hebrew e-roov; Ashkenazic Hebrew ey-roov] is an important aspect of Shabbat that the Orthodox community protects and preserves each week.  Co-head of maintaining the eruv at this university, Judah Lesser, a junior computer engineering major, explained how ...

Kedma poker night raises money and fun

By James Hartner For Mitzpeh @jhartner_umd On Sat. Dec. 12, Kedma hosted a virtual Texas Hold'em poker tournament to help raise money for charity.  This tournament consisted of 14 participants, each with a $15 buy-in. With the stockpile of money, 50% of the money was distributed to the top three participants and 50% went to a charity ...

KOR brings Jewish students together against cruelty

By Ileana Lozano @IleanaIRL Arts Editor At KOR Craft Night on Nov. 4, students made dog chew toys for The Anti-Cruelty Society, an animal welfare organization and animal shelter.  A day after the U.S. election, students were relieved to spend some time away from the tense political climate and take advantage of the opportunity to ...

Kedma pulls off Orthodox in-person services during High Holidays

By Ben Baruch For Mitzpeh @Mitzpeh Although the coronavirus pandemic’s restrictions made celebrating the Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur difficult, members of this university’s Orthodox Jewish community made sure that social distancing wouldn’t get in the way of a meaningful holiday. Sophomore chemistry major Scott Sandor is the ...

Hillel adjusts prayer service options amid university coronavirus regulations

By Char Freedberg News editor @CfreeOfficial With the coronavirus lingering and changing this university in many ways, this university’s Hillel still grapples with the question that students are asking themselves: how will Jewish prayer services be handled this year? The High Holidays are rapidly approaching, so this question seems ...

Students who keep kosher lack options for dining out in College Park. Here are some ideas to fix that

By Mitzpeh staff @Mitzpeh Route 1 sees a constant flux of eateries opening and closing, trying to appeal to students by offering a wide variety of specialties like pizza, cafes, ramen, smoothies and more. But one key cuisine for many Jewish students is lacking: kosher. Many of the roughly 500 Orthodox students who keep strict kosher are ...

Kedma’s ‘TerpZone Takeover’ brings Orthodox Jewish community together

By Krissy Harris For Mitzpeh @KrissyPrances21 The weekend’s chilly temperatures didn’t stop Kedma students from coming out for the TerpZone Takeover on Saturday night. Over 100 students showed up for the event to enjoy social time with their Jewish community through bowling, pool, air hockey and ice cream. Kedma is the Orthodox ...

Kedma election fills five board positions, including president, vice president

By Jacqueline Chase Staff writer @Mitzpeh 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 For Mitzpeh @aminableu10 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 ...