To welcome old and new faces, the University of Maryland Hillel hosted its first bagel brunch of the fall semester on Aug. 25. Students came to College Park to ring in the school year and enjoy a classic Jewish treat with their peers.

UMD Holds Alternative Graduation Ceremony for Sabbath-Observant Students

For the first time ever, the University of Maryland, College Park hosted an alternative graduation ceremony on Sunday, May 21 to accommodate 22 observant Jewish students who were unable to attend ceremonies on Saturday due to Shabbat. While the main campuswide graduation ceremony was held on May 21 as well, the individual commencement ceremonies for… Read More

New Director, New Direction at UMBC Hillel

Jeremy Fierstien, 33, originally pursued rabbinical school for selfish reasons — he wanted to affirm his own Judaism. But about halfway through his tenure at Hebrew College in Massachusetts, he decided he could use the rabbinate as a vehicle to make sure more Jews grew up with positive Jewish experiences that Fierstien felt were lacking… Read More

Alternative Break in Kiryat Gat: Aryeh’s Story

University of Maryland sophomore Aryeh Kalender from Fairfax, VA, blogged after spending a week in Israel on an Alternative Break trip with Maryland Hillel and Yahel. While there, students worked with the Ethiopian Israeli community to build community centers, gardens and more. Students stayed with Ethiopian host families as part of the experience. The Day… Read More

Hillel Taps Eric Fingerhut, Former Congressman, As CEO And President

Eric Fingerhut, a former U.S. congressman and leader of Ohio’s system of public universities and colleges, has been tapped to serve as the next president and CEO of Hillel. Fingerhut’s hiring was approved Sunday in a unanimous vote by Hillel’s board of directors during a meeting in New York. He comes to the international campus… Read More