Interfaith panel uses food to discuss relationships between Passover, Easter
By Ambriah Underwood
The cultural intersection between Passover and Easter came to a head at an interfaith panel Wednesday, when the topic of food was on everyone’s mind.
Three faith-based leaders—Rabbi Aderet Drucker, Lisa Lytwyn and Jessica Senasack—were panelists who spoke at the Multicultural and Interfaith ...
Students receive treats and gear through Maryland Hillel nosh box program
By Daniel Oyefusi
Just weeks before Passover, Veronica Leifer made her way to the Queen Anne’s Hall front desk to receive a package. She was met with a box of items and treats, including matzah, chocolate, and other kosher items for the Passover holiday.
“I was super excited to receive my nosh box and I’m ...
Mishelanu, Maryland Hillel conclude Pesach with UMD’s first Mimouna festival
By Samantha Caruso
Maryland Hillel and Israeli American Council Mishelanu hosted this university’s first Mimouna, a traditional Moroccan Jewish festival celebrating the end of Passover, at the Rosenbloom Hillel Center Sunday night.
Mishelanu is a pro-Israel organization with active chapters on 96 college campuses ...
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 ...
Hillel makes pizza on Passover a reality with “Lotsa Matzah Pizza” event
By Jazmin Conner
Maryland Hillel invited students to come and make their own matzah pizzas at La Plata Hall Wednesday night at its event, “Lotsa Matzah Pizza.”
“Having this event kind of just gives you another outlet to feel like you can still celebrate the holiday even if you’re not at home,” said Nicole ...
Backman’s Corner: Why do we count days during the Omer?
By Eli Backman
Why do we count the days?
To know when school will be out!
Sefirah refers to the counting of days between Passover and the holiday of Shavuot. Passover was the time the Jews left Egypt and Shavuot is the time they received the Torah from G-d at Mount Sinai. The time between is seen as a time they ...
Many ways to celebrate Passover on campus, including a chocolate Seder
By Haleigh Whisted
This university’s Jewish community is hosting many events during the eight days of Passover this year, from March 30 through April 7.
Passover is a Jewish holiday that commemorates the freedom of Israelites in Egypt during the ancient times. The name of the holiday comes from the “pass...
When people ask me what I love about Judaism, I point to Passover.
By Jacqueline Hyman
Views expressed in opinion columns are the author’s own.
I grew up surrounded by and educated in two religions: Catholicism and Judaism, one from each parent. My friends and I often get into chats about religion and what it means to us. We have some similar views and different insights ...
Backman’s Corner: What is Shmurah Matzah and other Passover questions
By Eli Backman
Here are a few insights into Passover and the Seder.
Q: How did Passover get its name?
A: Because G-d passed over the Jewish houses during the plague of the first born.
2) Since the Seder table is usually made larger, people can't reach for the items on the table and invariably ask others: ...
Keeping Hillel kitchen kosher comes with many responsibilities
By Yelin Jung
For the Mitzpeh
A man with rectangle-shaped glasses removed vegetables from a basin and poured the excess water through a thin white cloth. He examined the sheet over a light box using a magnifying glass. “It’s alive,” he said.
Rachamim Fakheri, a mashgiach in Maryland Hillel kitchen, checks vegetables for ...