Bridging the Gap Ensuring Jewish continuity one step at a time

Among the sea of teenagers donning army uniforms, Zoe Eisenberg stood clutching her replica M4 rifle at the gravesite of former Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion. The clan sang “Hatikvah” as it celebrated its completion of Marva, a two-month training session designed to give Diaspora Jews a taste of Israeli military life. For the Pikesville… Read More

MOVE-IN DAY

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.

Hopkins President Shares Family Refugee Story in Letter Opposing Immigration Ban

The executive order signed by President Donald Trump on Jan. 27, which implemented a 120-day travel ban from seven majority Muslim countries, sparked numerous protests (including at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport) and legal challenges. One such challenge resulted in a nationwide hold on the ban by a federal judge last week. The 9th Circuit… Read More

Baltimore Bagels Goes Bottoms Up! New bagel pop-up has Jewish roots

Although Joan Kanner grew up under the veil of 12 years of Catholic school, she still lays a claim to her own “Jewy center,” as she put it. The New Jersey-born Kanner, a Baltimorean since 2005, has chosen a particularly apt  description here, considering she is the co-founder of the fresh-out-of-the-oven pop-up Bottoms Up Bagels…. 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

Latkes With A Side Of The Lord

University of Maryland, College Park students received unexpected Chanukah presents this year in the form of free latkes and sufganyot outside of the student union. But these treats came with a side order of Jesus. The table, erected last week, was being run by Chosen People Ministries, a group of messianic Jews and gentiles that… Read More

Meor Maryland Celebrates

More than 300 people gathered at 4607 Knox Road in College Park to celebrate the grand opening of Meor Maryland’s new home on Monday, Sept. 2. Formally known as the Maryland Jewish Experience, Meor Maryland is part of Meor National, an emerging educational movement that has spread to more than 20 campuses nationwide. Complete with… 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

My Experience Leading My Peers On A Taglit-Birthright Israel Trip

Being an active participant in my fraternity has been one of the highlights of my college experience, and will be one of my fondest memories when I graduate. Aside from the social benefits, being part of AEPi has helped me to enrich my Jewish identity through educational, inspiring, and meaningful interaction with fraternity members that… Read More