A socially-distanced SHABBAM brings Jewish students together
By Nira Dayanim
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.
Rak Shalom shines with Broadway actor Adam Kantor
Rak Shalom, a Jewish, co-ed a cappella group at this university, Kol Nidre background vocals for Adam Kantor, a Jewish Broadway actor, at Hillel International’s virtual High Holiday program.
Rak Shalom booked the gig through a connection with member Sara Heckelman, a senior marketing and ...
Hillel brings a taste of Israel to students’ homes
By: Paige Maizes
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
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
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
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 ...
Kedma pulls off Orthodox in-person services during High Holidays
By Ben Baruch
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
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...
High quality High Holidays at UMD, courtesy of Hillel and Chabad
By Laina S. Miller
Student life this year is different in a way that has never been dealt with before -- and the Jewish organizations at this university have stepped up to support students in need.
So much about Jewish student life is normally in person, from prayer services to kosher meals to holiday events. ...
Kedma gets students moving through the fall semester
By: Angel Gingras
On Sep. 7, Kedma hosted a virtual Zumba event to bring the community together and support a local charity.
As the fall semester kicks off, classes are not the only thing to move online since the recent COVID-19 pandemic. Many organizations around campus are working to get staff and students ...