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Notable Jewish athlete was UMD walk-on basketball player

By Jackie Budko For Mitzpeh @JackieBudko Alvin Lann is a high school track star who grew up in Washington, D.C. and graduated from McKinley High School in 1945. His successful high school athletic career began when he placed second in the long jump at the D.C. Inter-High Track Championship as a freshman. His sophomore and junior year, he ...

A look back at Michael Herson’s baseball career as a Terp

By Jackie Budko For Mitzpeh @JackieBudko Michael Herson started playing baseball in 1964 at Northwood High School in nearby Silver Spring. He received a scholarship to play baseball at this university as a pitcher for the freshman team in 1966. He also played at the varsity level for the 1967 and 1968 seasons. His 1968 season was his ...

Hamsa provides sense of community for LGBT Jews

By Jackie Budko For Mitzpeh @JackieBudko For LGBT students, finding a place to fit in on this university’s campus can be hard, which is why Hamsa was created for this sector of the Jewish community. “Coming in as a freshman, I had a lot of friends in the organization who were juniors and seniors and helped me fit into the community,...

Rak Shalom sends off group president after final performance of semester

By Mollie Higgins For Mitzpeh @Molliehigginss Rak Shalom, a Jewish a cappella group at this university, performed its winter concert Saturday in the Stamp Student Union to a crowd of nearly 80 people. Founded in 2005, Rak Shalom has continued to spread its enthusiasm for singing through its diverse repertoire consisting of a mix of ...

Peaceful protests in Middle East inspire advocacy at UMD

By Katherine Brzozowski For Mitzpeh @katbrzoz29 J Street UMD presented “Budrus: It Takes a Village to Unite the Most Divided People on Earth,” a documentary about conflict in a Palestinian village, at the Stamp Student Union Monday night. J Street showed the film to start a conversation about the power of nonviolent protest. J Street ...

International conference educates audience about end of Jewish life in Arab lands

By Kaitlyn Hopkins For Mitzpeh @khopkins31 "The Ancient Jewish Community of Yemen and its Emigration" was just one of the lectures that was given at the End of Jewish Communal Life in the Arab Lands International Conference Tuesday. The conference, held in Prince George's Room in the Adele H. Stamp Student Union, attracted a diverse crowd ...

Kol Sasson closes semester with winter concert

By Mollie Higgins For Mitzpeh @Molliehigginss This university’s premier Jewish a cappella group, Kol Sasson, put on its final performance of the semester Sunday at Tawes in the Ulrich Recital Hall to nearly 50 students, friends, family and alumni. The talented group of 10 managed to make themselves sound like a much larger group ...

Nima Omidvar says job at Jewish Day School was influential career starter

By Miller Friedman Staff writer @miller_friedman Nima Omidvar still keeps an award from his coaching days at Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in his office. “Some of my best memories are my two years at Jewish Day School,” Omidvar said. “I poured my heart and soul into this team that gave me their heart and soul back. It was just ...

Oxfam’s interactive hunger banquet facilitates discussion about food insecurity, social injustice

By Mollie Higgins For Mitzpeh @Molliehigginss In an effort to educate and inspire students at this university, the Oxfam UMD chapter held a hunger banquet and discussion at Hillel to strike conversation on the social injustices facing refugees and food insecurity issues around the world Thursday night. Senior American studies major Autumn ...

Students voice concerns about BDS, bill fails to reach vote by SGA

By Nicole Weinstein For Mitzpeh @Mitzpeh The Student Government Association voted against a bill proposed by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions organization Wednesday night that “calls on our university to divest from any companies that do business with Israel.” After three hours of debate in the Stamp Grand Ballroom, the SGA ...