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  • $500,000 gift boosts Jewish studies at UC Santa Cruz

    By Tom Tugend

    September 23, 2013 | 1:33 pm

    The Santa Cruz campus of the University of California has announced a $500,000 gift to further enhance its reputation as a leading center for Jewish and Holocaust studies in northern California.

    The gift by the Helen Diller Family will go toward the establishment of the Murray...

  • You breathed it into me

    May 8, 2013 | 11:23 am

    I fail. Every morning shade drawn,

    hair brushed, swaying, I can’t

    fasten to the words, Hebrew letters

    breathe, young sparrows in my palm.

    Yes, calm stands up in the coolness

    of morning, light pushes, falls

    from under the shade’s edges.

    A skittering stops me at each...

  • 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...

  • Israeli visual culture classes at Skirball

    March 20, 2013 | 8:56 am

    It would be easy to assume that Israel’s cultural and artistic identities are inextricably linked with the nation’s turbulent political history. Certainly there is no ignoring the influence that statehood and the Holocaust had upon the nation’s visual artistic landscape. 

    ...
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  • Posen Foundation launching new Jewish studies fellowships

    October 23, 2012 | 11:29 am

    The Posen Foundation will launch a fellowship for six Jewish studies scholars and two fiction writers.

    The international fellowship will aim to support emerging Jewish academics and authors while they embark on their studies, according to Advisory Committee chair David Biale....

  • Budget cuts to community colleges could impact Jewish Studies

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    April 5, 2011 | 6:48 pm

    As reported in the Los Angeles Times on March 31, the failure of Democratic and Republican lawmakers in Sacramento to agree on a budget could mean cutting the spending on the state’s 112 community colleges by $800 million.

    In addition to an already-planned hike in student fees of...

  • Alperts endow Jewish studies at CSULB, ADL en Espanol

    August 21, 2008 | 12:26 am

    Alperts Endow Jewish Studies Chair at Cal State Long Beach

    Ten years after its creation, the Jewish studies program at Cal State Long Beach has received a $1 million endowment for a chaired professor.

    Barbara and Ray Alpert, whose name is on the Long Beach Jewish Community Center...

  • ‘Jewish Studies’ in vogue on California campuses

    By Tom Tugend

    March 8, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    "These are boom times for Jewish studies on campuses," said professor Sara R. Horowitz.

    "Israel is now a hot topic for scholars," observed professor David N. Myers.

    These are strong, if now downright exuberant, words for normally cautious academicians like Horowitz, president of the...

  • Lessons I learned from ‘Mein Kampf’

    By Tammy Shel

    January 31, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Reading "Mein Kampf" was no simple task for me. Growing up in Tel Aviv, I learned from a young age that the book was taboo. More than that, it felt like forbidden fruit; as if bringing it home would have contaminated my apartment. Even checking out the book from the library was no...
  • Torah that moves

    By David Suissa

    December 20, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Jews debate everything. This is especially true for Jews who study biblical texts. Over the millennia, Jews have never stopped dissecting and debating the multiple layers of meanings of the written and oral Torah to arrive at deeper truths. The vision of a chevruta -- two Jews,...
  • 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...

  • Adult Education

    By Julie G Fax

    January 6, 2005 | 6:59 pm

     

    Upcoming Teachers Seminar Features Top Holocaust Experts

    The city's top names in Holocaust education have teamed up to sponsor a four-part seminar on "The Relevance of Teaching the Holocaust in the 21st Century," aimed at moving Holocaust education into an era when relying on...

  • Religion Blossoms for Bialik

    By Michele Goldman

    October 10, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Mayim Bialik's nickname on campus is "Super Jew." The down-to-earth 26-year-old who starred for five years in the hit sitcom "Blossom" has ceased acting, focusing her attention instead on Judaism.

    She is currently studying neuroscience for her graduate degree at a prestigious...

  • UCLA Wins Grant

    By Tom Tugend

    October 25, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The Center for Jewish Studies at UCLA, only seven years old, has received one of academe's highest recognitions, a $500,000 challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for the study of Jewish Civilizations. It is the only one this year awarded for Jewish...

  • Left Hanging

    By Tom Tugend

    April 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Sharon Kupferman, a junior at Cal State Northridge, was one of 11 students left "hanging in the air" last fall, when the statewide university system abruptly canceled its overseas study program in Israel.

    She is 20 years old, majoring in child development, with a minor in Jewish...