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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...

  • For California mountain man, road to God runs through kosher wine

    February 1, 2013 | 9:48 am

    Producing wine atop a tranquil mountain in a remote area of northern California is quite a way to make a living. For Benyamin Cantz, whose one-man operation in the hills of Santa Cruz produces kosher wine from organic grapes, it's also a calling.

    “This is my livelihood but I...

  • Waving the Zionist flag at Santa Cruz

    By Ben Harris

    November 16, 2011 | 4:46 pm

    On the third floor of the Baskin Engineering building at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Tammi Rossman-Benjamin is going over points of Hebrew grammar.

    Her 25 students in first-level Hebrew — a panoply of African-Americans, Latinos, Asians and whites — call out the...

  • Grads of JVS program banking on a brighter future

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    February 16, 2011 | 11:41 am

    Sandra Vasquez has a longer job history than many 28-year-olds. When she was 10, she began working with her father, a contractor who didn’t speak much English. She served as his translator and all-around assistant. Vasquez is the first member of her family to graduate from high...

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  • Transcendence—a true story for Yom Kippur

    By Julie G Fax

    September 20, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Phil and Laura both look a lot like their mom, in different ways," remarks Abby Leibman, Philip and Laura Donney's legal guardian.

    Abby was trying to explain that for her, Phil and Laura evoke the presence of her twin sister, Nina Leibman, who 11 years ago was murdered by her...

  • Organic Experience

    By Sue Fishkoff

    October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Bruce Cantz grew up in the San Fernando Valley, where he had a good Conservative upbringing and was bar mitzvahed at Valley Beth Shalom in Encino.

    Now a baal teshuvah (returned to Judaism) who goes by his Hebrew name of Benyamin, Cantz, 54, lives on top of a remote mountain in Santa...

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