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  • After top-down transformation, Hillel 818 shows signs of growth

    By Jared Sichel

    February 11, 2016 | 8:50 am

    When David Katz, the new executive director of Hillel 818 — the organization that serves Jewish students on three San Fernando Valley campuses — was being courted away last year from his position leading Hillel at the University of Pittsburgh, he wasn’t exactly given the most...

  • New director for Hillel 818

    August 27, 2015 | 12:30 pm

    Hillel 818 has undergone a major facelift in the past year, culminating in the April arrival of executive director David Katz, who trekked across the country from Pittsburgh with the hope of bringing a fresh start to Jewish life on three Valley college campuses. 

    Hillel 818 works...

  • Child Holocaust survivors share their stories

    April 1, 2015 | 1:39 pm

    Everyone knows about the 6 million. Beth Cohen, a religious-studies lecturer at CSUN, wanted to focus on a different number as she convened a March 26 panel discussion on campus with three child survivors of the Holocaust.

    “Perhaps what is lesser known is that 1.5 million...

  • Oscars Ballot Contest 2015

    February 18, 2015 | 2:20 pm

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    This ballot will be open until Feb. 22 at 12 p.m. PST.

    For official...

  • Hillel 818 starts anew following Federation-led transformation

    By Jared Sichel

    January 28, 2015 | 5:43 pm

    On Sept. 3, 2014, Jay Sanderson, president and CEO of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, met with the board of Hillel 818 at the home of a Hillel board member and gave an ultimatum:

    Fire yourselves and allow Federation and Hillel International to help select new board...

  • Saba Soomekh discusses the hybrid identity of Iranian Jews in L.A.

    December 11, 2014 | 12:55 pm

    Saba Soomekh held up her book, “From the Shahs to Los Angeles: Three Generations of Iranian Jewish Women Between Religion and Culture,” revealing the image of a child bride on the cover. 

    It was her then-10-year-old great-grandmother on her wedding day.

    Speaking to a group of...

  • Pro-Israel campus groups actively stand up for Israel

    By Kylie Ora Lobell

    September 3, 2014 | 11:41 am

    From last year’s boycott of Israeli academic institutions by the American Studies Association to protests at campuses across the country, it’s apparent that colleges are not the friendliest places for pro-Israeli students and advocates these days. 

    Even before this summer’s...

  • Studying abroad in Israel: Safe and life-changing

    August 6, 2014 | 2:26 pm

    When Ariel Brotman studied abroad in Israel two years ago, her most memorable lessons didn’t take place in the classroom.  

    Brotman, who graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, this spring, attended Hebrew University of Jerusalem from September 2012 to January...

  • CSUN Hillel became temporary classroom following Northridge earthquake

    January 15, 2014 | 3:02 pm

    In the months after the Northridge earthquake, the Hillel House at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) became a makeshift classroom facility for hundreds of students as many university buildings had been damaged.

    “It was an unusual experience for us,” said Rabbi...

  • Sharing the next gen: How Chabad is changing Hillel — and reshaping campus life

    By Jared Sichel

    October 24, 2013 | 3:31 pm

    Shabbat dinner tells one part of the story.

    When Alon Kashanian, a UCLA senior, wants a “very big social atmosphere” on erev Shabbat, he goes to Hillel’s grand, Jerusalem-stone-adorned, 25,000-square-foot Yitzhak Rabin Hillel Center for Jewish Life on Hilgard Avenue in Westwood....

  • Two academicians challenge anti-Israel professor from CSUN

    By Tom Tugend

    October 9, 2013 | 11:58 am

    Tammi Rossman-Benjamin stood before the board of trustees, the highest governing authority of the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system, and in her allotted two minutes stated her case against a professor who levels consistently hostile charges against Israel on his...

  • Getting the lay of the land

    By Tom Tugend

    March 20, 2013 | 10:36 am

    When Jennifer Thompson left her academic position in Iowa to join the Jewish Studies faculty at California State University, Northridge (CSUN), she encountered two problems.

    Despite the huge number of Jews living in the San Fernando Valley, it was difficult for her to get a...

  • Independence for teens with special needs

    May 2, 2012 | 11:57 am

    Most freshmen feel overwhelmed during their first year at college. But for Sarah Selinger, a 19-year-old woman from West Los Angeles, her first semester at California State University, Northridge (CSUN), was almost unbearable.

    “In the beginning of the school year, I didn’t know...

  • An evening with professor Ilan Pappe and others like him

    February 24, 2012 | 12:38 pm

    On the surface, the anti-Israel lecture that CSUN sponsored on President’s Day was fairly typical of other, similar events that are becoming more common on American campuses.  Always delighted to showcase anti-Israel Jews, especially if they are Israeli, the sponsoring groups...

  • Why can’t California students go to Israel?

    By Tom Tugend

    June 1, 2011 | 10:15 am

    How do you nudge the largest four-year college system in the United States to change its mind and greenlight its students for study at Israeli universities?

    Answer: It takes the combined voices of politicians, student activists, a raft of Jewish organizations, influential citizens,...

  • Unearthing China’s hidden Jewish past

    March 8, 2011 | 6:22 pm

    When Shi Lei finished a presentation about China’s hidden Jewish past recently, his California State University, Northridge (CSUN), audience was full of questions.

    They wanted to know more about the former synagogue in Shi’s hometown of Kaifeng and about his Jewish ancestors who...

  • CSUN exemplifies the changing face of ‘Jewish Studies’

    By Tom Tugend

    August 16, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish studies programs at American colleges keep growing, but the enrollment curve of Jewish students in such programs remains largely flat or is drooping.

    The explanation for this seeming paradox is that more and more non-Jews are signing up and, to continue this trend,...

  • A Major Reason to Study at CSUN

    By Julie G Fax

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Jewish students who want to extend their college experience beyond Friday night dinners at Hillel and into the lecture hall are in luck at area universities this fall.

    Two new entries for Jewish studies can be found at Cal State Northridge (CSUN) and UCLA. CSUN has introduced a...

  • A War of Words

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    November 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Students, faculty and staff members at CSUN were up in arms last week regarding an exhibit sponsored by the university's Muslim Student Association (MSA). The "Museum of Intolerance" exhibit, part of planned activities for the campus' Islam Awareness Week (Oct. 21-27), showed...

  • Allegations at CSUN

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 6, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Jacquelyn Barnette received the news during a recent meeting with Cal State Northridge officials: A CSUN administrative review had concluded that she was not fired from her student health center job because of anti-Semitism or retaliation.

    Earlier this year, the medical records...

  • Anti-Semitism at CSUN?

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 20, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Last week, Jacquelyn Barnette, an African-American and a Jew, received some encouraging news from Aaron Levinson, director of the Valley office of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL): The interim president of Cal State Northridge, Dr. Louanne Kennedy, had appointed an administrative...