Jewish studies program sees redesign as student engagement declines
By Vanessa Reis
The Jewish studies major at this university is being redesigned after numbers in the program dropped significantly, said Hayim Lapin, director of The Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Studies.
Lapin said the Jewish studies program has between five and 10 students currently enrolled. Just five or six years ...
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 ...
New faculty, staff panel addresses issues of race, discrimination at UMD
By Jenna Pierson
EmbraceRace @ UMD, a new initiative that was pioneered by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and began at the beginning of this semester, met for their fourth session on Tuesday in the Edward St. John Learning and Teaching Center.
The initiative meets every other Tuesday and ...
London Kollel creates community for Torah study
By Jacqueline Chase
Many students take a gap year before college to study Judaism in Israel. When they begin their first semester, they realize that finding time to continue Torah study can be difficult. London Kollel is working to change that.
London Kollel was founded in memory of Rabbi Yitchak London, ...
Students balance school work at home, service overseas
By Alexander Tuerk
Jesse Berman wakes up at 6 a.m. almost every morning. He trudges over to Ritchie Coliseum, where he lifts weights, runs on the treadmill, or practices his new discipline—yoga. From there, he moves to his coursework: statistics and economics. Although he is a senior majoring in economics, Berman spends ...
Students gather to hear solutions to Israel-Palestine conflict
By Thomas Hindle
The conflict between Israel and Palestine is long-lasting, and has formed divides all over the globe. To college students, it’s an issue from afar, but an organization named Roots is aiming to change that. The group, founded in 2014, brings Palestinians and Israelis together to ...
Israeli veteran and activist breaks the silence on Israeli occupation
By Haemee Lee
A former Israeli soldier, who served in the occupied Palestinian territories, spoke on campus about the moral price of her service Monday night.
Frima “Merphie” Bubis, 24, is participating in a month-long Breaking the Silence campus tour with J Street U chapters “to bring the reality ...
“Hard to beat”: Students pleased with Hillel dining at UMD
By Samantha Hawkins
Many Jewish students chose this university for its thriving Jewish community and accommodating resources. Hillel meal plans—just one of those assets—allow students to eat three kosher meals daily, in addition to Shabbat and other religious holidays.
Hillel’s dining hall offers full meal ...
Mezumenet’s new album opening on high note with music video release
By Morgan Politzer
Mezumenet certainly isn’t “mezzin’ around” as the university’s all-female Jewish a cappella group prepares for the launch of its new album, Mezcellaneous.
Mezcellaneous is the group’s third studio album and will be released on Spotify on April 17. The album has a total of 11 songs and ...
The roots of UMD’s Israeli dance troupe and plans for its future
By Haemee Lee
The sounds of upbeat Israeli music, someone counting steps, and laughter fill a hallway of the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center as Avirah, this university’s Israeli dance troupe, rehearses.
Avirah members are on crunch time. They recently returned from Boston’s Israel Folkdance Festival on March ...