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“Hard to beat”: Students pleased with Hillel dining at UMD

By Samantha Hawkins For Mitzpeh @Mitzpeh 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 For Mitzpeh @Mitzpeh 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 For Mitzpeh @Haeitsmee 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 ...

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 ...