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  • Letters to the editor: Israel’s nation-state bill, BDS, Chabad, strawberry sufganiyot and more

    2 weeks ago

    Not-So-Blurred Lines

    Until now, I had not paid much attention to the proposed nation-state identity bill, figuring that it stated the obvious but was being done for emphasis (“Red Lines,” Dec. 5). But in reading this article, I discover that part of the bill is to discontinue...

  • Reframing the BDS debate at UCLA

    November 25, 2014 | 11:58 am

    We, the pro-Israel and Jewish student leaders of UCLA are extremely proud of our Jewish and pro-Israel student community. We stand strongly in support of Israel and against the BDS movement that is trying to delegitimize the Jewish state.

    Over the past few weeks a small group of...

  • Israel needs a bigger message

    By David Suissa

    November 25, 2014 | 8:54 am

    I’m repulsed by these anti-Israel groups on college campuses that pretend to care about oppressed people in the Middle East. They don’t. What they really care about is undermining Israel. Groups like Students for Justice in Palestine, for example, have no interest in engaging in a...

  • With pro-Israel groups all but absent, UCLA student government endorses divestment

    By Jared Sichel

    November 19, 2014 | 4:15 am

    UPDATE, 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 19: UCLA Chancellor Gene Block released a statement, which reads in part: "UCLA and the UCLA Foundation share the Board of Regents conviction that divestment decisions should not hold any one organization or country to a different standard than...

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  • Waxman honored at UCLA Hillel

    November 12, 2014 | 3:07 pm

    Dignitaries, students and Jewish community members gathered on Nov. 10 at Hillel at UCLA to celebrate the legacy of U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Los Angeles) and the 40 years he has spent representing the area.

    “Why do we here all love Congressman Henry Waxman?” his successor,...

  • School-board member battles women’s rights activist for District 26

    October 30, 2014 | 11:30 am

    They’re both young. They’re both Democrats. They’re both up-and-comers on the political scene. 

    In fact, judging by their black-and-crimson outfits at a recent debate in Santa Monica, Sandra Fluke and Ben Allen — the two candidates vying to represent California’s 26th Senate...

  • Controversies roil UCLA, Berkeley campuses

    By  Tom Tugend

    October 30, 2014 | 9:41 am

    “Leaked emails reveal partnership between Hillel, PR firm,” read the headline on a story that made the front page of Wednesday’s Daily Bruin, the lively UCLA student newspaper.

    The plotline for this story may seem a bit arcane for those not up-to-date on campus politics, but the...

  • Batsheva Dance Company celebrates 50th birthday

    By Avishay Artsy

    October 29, 2014 | 12:08 pm

    Los Angeles may be known as one of the world’s entertainment capitals, but when it comes to dance, the city has lagged behind the likes of New York, San Francisco, Paris, Moscow — and even Tel Aviv.

    That’s slowly starting to change, thanks to Benjamin Millepied’s L.A. Dance...

  • Doctors strike back after anti-Israel letter in Lancet, pressure publisher Elsevier

    By Jared Sichel

    October 15, 2014 | 5:08 pm

    Angered by a controversial, anti-Israel letter published in late July by the respected medical journal The Lancet, doctors in North America and Europe are calling on academic publishing giant Reed Elsevier to reform its editorial policy. The question is whether Elsevier will...

  • Routing out anti-Israel bias on campus

    By Judea Pearl

    October 14, 2014 | 1:09 pm

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  • Should campus racism be discussed?

    By Judea Pearl

    October 13, 2014 | 9:20 am

    In early October, a number of prominent Jewish studies professors signed a letter stating their opposition to the AMCHA Initiative, a group with the mission of monitoring anti-Semitism at institutions of higher education in America. A study just released by AMCHA indicates,...
  • Is anti-Israel bias at UCLA breaking federal law? One study says yes.

    By Jared Sichel

    September 23, 2014 | 12:00 pm

    A study released Sept. 17 by the pro-Israel campus watchdog AMCHA Initiative found that not only has UCLA’s Center for Near Eastern Studies (CNES) hosted an overwhelming proportion of its events that are critical and hostile toward Israel — as campus pro-Israel advocates long have...

  • Young Americans and Israel

    By Rob Eshman

    September 3, 2014 | 6:15 pm

    The new concern in the American-Jewish community is the number 25. According to a Gallup poll conducted in the midst of the Gaza war, 42 percent of all Americans supported Israel’s action. Among people aged 18 to 29, that number was 25 percent.

    This set off all the usual alarm...

  • Pro-Israel campus groups actively stand up for Israel

    By Kylie Jane Wakefield

    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...

  • Moving and shaking

    By Ryan Torok

    August 20, 2014 | 2:33 pm

    Jewish education organization ORT America has appointed Igal Zaidenstein, an attorney, veteran fundraising executive and resident of Los Angeles, as the director of its West Coast region. 

    “I am excited to be taking the helm of this extraordinary organization with its long...

  • Mark Kligman fills new Mickey Katz chair at UCLA

    By Jonathan Maseng

    August 13, 2014 | 12:01 pm

    Mickey Katz is a name not well known to most young Americans, or even young American Jews, but his influence on popular culture has been significant. The father of Joel Grey and grandfather of Jennifer Grey was a man ahead of his time, a comedian and musician who eschewed...

  • Moving and Shaking: University Synagogue hires new cantor, Rabbi Michy Rav-Noy’s half marathon

    By Ryan Torok

    August 6, 2014 | 12:25 pm

    University Synagogue recently hired Cantor Kerith Spencer-Shapiro as its new cantor. 

    Spencer-Shapiro, who succeeds Cantor Jay Frailich, has big shoes to fill. Frailich served 40 years at the Brentwood Reform synagogue before retiring in June.

    Spencer-Shapiro, 44, said she has...

  • Avi Oved confirmed as UC student regent-designate

    By Ryan Torok

    July 16, 2014 | 4:30 pm

    The University of California Board of Regents July 16 approved pro-Israel UCLA student Avi Oved as its student regent-designate, a non-voting position.

    As a result of the vote, Oved will serve as student regent in 2015-2016. In that capacity, he will hold “a student vote on the...

  • UC Regents plan to confirm pro-Israel UCLA student

    By Jared Sichel

    July 10, 2014 | 2:45 pm

    The University of California’s Board of Regents announced on July 9 that it will move forward with its confirmation of Jewish pro-Israel student Avi Oved as student regent-designate, even as the student association that previously supported him recently voted 10-0 to delay Oved’s...

  • Student committee votes 10-0 to delay confirmation of Jewish UCLA student to Board of Regents

    By Jared Sichel

    July 4, 2014 | 12:48 am

    A group that represents the University of California’s student body further highlighted how this state has become the flashpoint for the Israeli-Palestinian debate on American campuses when it requested that the powerful UC Board of Regents delay its confirmation of Avi Oved, a...

  • Tensions flare on UC campuses amid allegations against Jewish, pro-Israel student

    By Jared Sichel

    July 2, 2014 | 3:56 pm

    The University of California Student Association (UCSA) held an emergency public teleconference on July 1 to consider allegations by the former leader of a pro-Palestinian student group that call into question the relationship between a pro-Israel UCLA student, who was recently...

  • U. of Calif. student board to discuss allegations against Jewish regent-designate

    July 1, 2014 | 11:56 am

    The University of California Student Association will hold a meeting to discuss allegations against a Jewish student nominated to serve as a regent for the statewide university system.

    UCSA’s board agreed Saturday to hold an emergency meeting to look into the allegations against...

  • Letters to the editor: Father’s Day, Theodore Bikel, the ethics of keeping kosher and more

    June 18, 2014 | 9:01 am

    You Can’t Spell ‘Father’ Without ‘Her’

    This is one of the most thoughtful and touching columns to appear in recent memory (“From Dad’s Art Studio to the Rabbi’s Bimah,” June 13). How lucky for Rabbi Zoe Klein to be his daughter, and how lucky for him to be her father. And thank...

  • Letters to the editor: Climate change, veterans, SJP and more

    June 11, 2014 | 8:53 am

    A Climactic Discussion

    It is essential that the Jewish community play a leading role in efforts to avert a climate catastrophe (“Judaism in the Time of Climate change,” June 6). The scientific consensus that we may be on the brink of a tipping point when climate change will spin...

  • David Geffen graduates with top honor from UCLA—sort of

    By Danielle Berrin

    June 4, 2014 | 1:23 pm

    Philanthropist and entertainment mogul David Geffen was awarded the UCLA Medal, the university’s highest honor, during the Hippocratic Oath Ceremony for Geffen School of Medicine graduates on May 30.

    Presented by UCLA Chancellor Gene Block, who described the prize as...

  • Charlie Chaplin’s funniest film to be accompanied by orchestra

    By Rick Schultz

    June 4, 2014 | 10:56 am

    Imagine being 23 years old and summoned to Hollywood by Charlie Chaplin to work on his 1936 comedy classic, “Modern Times” — then being fired by the legendary star/director/writer after a week and a half. And then rehired. 

    That’s what happened to the great American film composer...

  • Avi Oved: A new Jewish student leader

    By Avishay Artsy

    May 28, 2014 | 4:50 pm

    Abraham “Avi” Oved, a Jewish student at UCLA, has been nominated to become the 2015-2016 student regent on the University of California Board of Regents.

    If the nomination is approved — the Board of Regents will vote at its July meeting — Oved will work alongside the first Muslim...

  • Battleground California

    By Jared Sichel

    May 28, 2014 | 4:42 pm

    If only Lauren Rogers had known what she was getting herself into when she signed up to go to Israel.

    During UCLA’s winter break in December 2013, the rising senior and outgoing financial supports commissioner for UCLA’s Undergraduate Students Association (USAC) took an...

  • The little chorale that could

    By Jonathan Maseng

    May 28, 2014 | 11:25 am

    Very few things have been constant within the Angel City Chorale during its 21 years of existence. Singers have come and gone, rehearsal and performance spaces have changed with regularity, and the repertoire is ever-changing and expanding, but behind it all, Sue Fink, Angel City’s...

  • UCLA and the anti-Israel students, should we be worried?

    May 23, 2014 | 1:31 pm

    As I sat waiting to testify at Sunny Singh’s hearing before the University of California, Los Angeles’ (UCLA) undergraduate student judicial board on May 15, it occurred to me that on college campuses today, students seem to want to hear only from people with whom they agree. And I...

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