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Purim celebrations undimmed despite growing COVID-19 concerns

By Laina S. Miller For Mitzpeh @LainaSMiller Purim, celebrated this year on Monday evening and Tuesday, arrived in the midst of the growing international COVID-19 outbreak. Traditional celebrations, including parties, gatherings for the reading of the Book of Esther and sharing of gifts, triggered confusion and fear in the face of ...

Despite lack of tradition, students describe Purim party at Stamp as huge success

By Char Freedberg News editor @CfreeOfficial This university’s Purim celebration was filled with the usual things one would find at a Purim celebration: food, noisemakers, an upbeat mood and costumes galore. The holiday celebrates one of many instances in Jewish history when someone tried to kill Jews but did not succeed. The STAMP ...

Cupcake Wars: Competing for a cause

By Lisa Woolfson Staff writer @Mitzpeh If you had walked through the doors of Hillel at lunchtime last Sunday, you would have passed through a sea of white sweatshirts with cupcakes printed on them. If you walked further into the building, you would have seen tables full of plain cupcakes and different colored frostings and toppings just ...

African refugee to Israel shares experiences at Terps for Israel event

By Mohan Xu @XuMohan1 Staff writer Mutasim A. Ali talked about his own experiences in Israel being an African refugee and about asylum seekers and refugee policy in Israel on Tuesday evening, Feb. 25, in Tydings Hall. “One of the reasons why so many other people have to leave Sudan and other countries in Africa is primarily for genocide ...

JHacks teaches computer science skills through education-themed competition

By Mohan Xu @XuMohan1 For Mitzpeh JHacks, a 24-hour hackathon, was held in the Brendan Iribe Center for Computer Science and Engineering for the first time on February 15 and 16. Ayelet Senderowicz, a junior chemical engineering major and president of JHacks, said that 191 people registered this year and 104 people checked in. “Histo...

College basketball’s only permanent kosher food stand thrives at Xfinity Center

By Elie Kern For Mitzpeh @ElieKern In any college basketball stadium, traditional food stands sell food such as hot dogs, pretzels and popcorn. At the Xfinity Center, one stand sells all of these items and more, with one noteworthy distinction: an entirely kosher menu. Testudo’s Kosher Korner was founded by Rabbi Eli Backman, this ...

Mitzpeh Matchmaker: Danielle Galitzer and Ben Yehuda

By Yakira Cohen Features editor @CohenYakira On Sunday afternoon, senior special education major Danielle Galitzer walked into Dunkin’ sporting a hat and sunglasses. Following the instructions on a cryptic email she received last week, she sat down at a table and waited: half-blind from the getup and fully blind about the events that would ...

Save a Child’s Heart volunteers ask students to share the love on Valentine’s Day

By Elie Kern For Mitzpeh @Mitzpeh   Stationed outside of Stamp Student Union on Valentine’s Day morning, sophomore public policy and communications major Atara Kahn could be heard asking two questions that are hard to say no to: “Who wants to save a child’s heart?” and “Who wants a donut?” The first question was ...

America’s Border Conflict Part 2: Why many feel comparison between migrant detention centers, concentration camps is inappropriate

By Tori Bergel Staff writer @BergelTori This story is a continuation from part 1: “Analyzing claims that U.S. detention centers are modern-day concentration camps.” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., sparked controversy this summer when she equated United States migrant detention centers to the concentration camps of World War ...

Hate-Bias Response panel traces origins of Islamophobia in America

By Laina Sara Miller For Mitzpeh @Mitzpeh The Hate-Bias Response Program finished their semester of panels about racism on Thursday, Nov. 14, with “Deconstructing Islamophobia.” Co-sponsored by the Muslim Alliance for Social Change, this panel did not only focus on the more obvious forms of hatred and racism directed at Muslims in ...