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A University of Maryland student has won an excellence award from the Jewish Federations of North American General Assembly.

Aaron Czinn, a member of the University of Maryland Jewish campus life group Hillel, received the 2012 Phillip H. and Susan Rudd Cohen Student Exemplar of Excellence Award and Campus of Excellence Award. Five students and two Hillel groups from around the country have been recognized with the awards this year, according to a release from the University of Maryland Hillel.

Czinn serves as president of the UM Hillel’s committee for religious life. He has also been a leader in the Alternative Break program through Hillel and was also involved in the Food Recovery Network, an on-campus student-run organization that recovers unused food from campus and delivers it to food banks around the region.

“Maryland Hillel inspires Jewish leaders such as Aaron to reach their potential,” said Cindy Goldstein, a UM Hillel board member, in a statement. “I could not be prouder of the meaningful work that Maryland Hillel does in providing opportunities to students to find their ‘Jewish place,’ encouraging them to immerse themselves in Jewish life and leadership on the campus in whatever way they find comfortable.”

The awards were based on students who demonstrate outstanding Jewish leadership skills on their college campus.

djgross@gazette.net