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Ruach’s Social Justice Series tackles racial injustice

By Derek Ohringer For Mitzpeh @ohringahh Ruach, the Reform Judaism student group at this university’s Hillel, is focusing on racism in America during their Social Justice Series by learning about, discussing and planning ways to act on racial injustice. The idea started this summer when Abigail Landesman, a junior government and ...

A socially-distanced SHABBAM brings Jewish students together

By Nira Dayanim Staff writer @Mitzpeh On Friday night, almost 800 students got together at over 80 different Shabbat dinners across campus. Also known as "SHABBAM" or "Shabbat Across Maryland," this Hillel-hosted event has brought students from different backgrounds together for a Shabbat meal each fall for the past ten years. “Th...

Hillel brings a taste of Israel to students’ homes

  By: Paige Maizes @MaizesPaige For Mitzpeh This university’s Hillel Israel Fellow Sapir Frieman, 28, led an Israeli Zoom cooking class on Wednesday, Oct. 8 at 8 p.m., as part of Hillel International's weekly virtual cooking sessions. During the event, titled "UshpiZoom," she taught participants how to make shakshuka and ...

Kedma WhatsApp group tracks COVID-19 cases

By Nira Dayanim  Staff writer @Mitzpeh When COVID-19 cases began to rise at this university, many groups were affected, including the Jewish community. The Kedma board (the leadership of the Orthodox community on campus) quickly realized there wasn’t an effective communication method in place for pandemic-related news. During the ...

Rogen rolls over the fine line between comedy and antisemitism

By Mitzpeh staff @Mitzpeh There are two types of people who share identities of both “actor” and “Jewish”: Those who are “actors who happen to be Jewish” and “Jewish actors.” Seth Rogen, a clear example of the latter, has milked his Jewish identity in the entertainment industry. Playing many Jewish characters throughout ...

Students celebrate a socially distant Sukkot

By: Sarah Dilworth @worthsomedills For Mitzpeh Students and campus groups at this university found inventive ways to continue celebratory traditions despite the limits on in-person campus events. Sukkot celebrates the gathering of the harvest and commemorates the protection God provided for Jews in the desert when they left Egypt. Part ...

“She’s feeding hatred”: Colleges must stop welcoming anti-Israel speakers

By Aaron Arnstein For Mitzpeh @AaronArnstein We’ve seen plenty of well-known individuals speak to college students over Zoom during the past six months: actors, sports stars, political figures and musical artists, to name a few. Add Palestinian terrorist Leila Khaled to the list. Wait, what? That’s right, San Francisco State ...

The widow, the orphan, the socially distant

By Noah Fine For Mitzpeh @Mitzpeh In the Torah reading of Parshat Ki Tavo (the Torah reading of the week when I wrote this article), we find a reference to the orphan, widow and stranger. The Torah states: “Cursed be he who subverts the rights of the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow.—And all the people shall say, Amen” ...

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 ...

Challah for Hunger and Food Recovery Network teach about food insecurity

By Laina S. Miller @LainaSMiller For Mitzpeh Over 100 people gathered on Zoom on Sep. 24 to attend “The Food Talk: A Conversation About Food Insecurity and Food Waste.” Held by the Challah for Hunger UMD chapter and the Food Recovery Network, “The Food Talk” focused on food insecurity, particularly in college student populatio...