Initiation By Fire

For Rabbi Ari and Shira Neuman, new Torah educators for the University of Maryland’s Heshe and Harriet Seif Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus, the past couple of months have been a whirlwind. In July, Shira gave birth to their first son, Moshe, and in August they moved from New Jersey to College Park to begin… Read More

Judaism Behind Bars

Elsa Newman was an extremely dedicated Jew before her incarceration. She kept kosher, considered herself knowledgeable about rituals and holidays and made sure her two sons received a Jewish education at Congregation Beth El in Bethesda. She once worked on a kibbutz in Israel and spent many summers at Camp Ramah, a Jewish summer camp… Read More

Changing With The Times

“I ate my meals there.” That phrase, or some version of it, is usually the first thing that comes to mind when past generations of University of Maryland students conjure up memories of their experiences at the school’s Hillel. Still, eating kosher food is not all Hillel provided. For decades, the Jewish campus hub has… Read More