Jewish students celebrate second pandemic Passover
By Nira Dayanim
What makes Passover this year different from all other years? For Jewish students at this university, observing Passover during the pandemic for the second time brings unique challenges and new meaning to the holiday.
Passover, or Pesach in Hebrew, is typically a time to gather with family ...
Gymkana troupe members stay performance-ready through Passover
By Alexander Tuerk
Jason Nekritz, a senior general biology major, performed in Gymkana’s show on April 27 as part of the annual Maryland Day festivities. A stunning feat of acrobatics and flexibility, the show was not for the faint of heart.
It also provided a challenge for those members of the troupe who had gone a ...
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 ...