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  • Moving and shaking

    By Ryan Torok

    1 week ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    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

    3 weeks ago

    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...

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  • 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

    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...

  • Jewish, pro-Israel student nominated for UC Board of Regents

    May 22, 2014 | 10:12 am

    Abraham (Avi) Oved, a UCLA economics major, has been nominated to become the 2015-16 student regent on the University of California Board of Regents, the University of Califoria announced on May 22. The Board of Regents will vote on the recommendation at its July meeting, and if...

  • UCLA student judicial board defeats SJP complaint, rules that sponsored Israel trips do not constitute conflict

    By Jared Sichel

    May 21, 2014 | 6:18 pm

    UCLA’s undergraduate judicial board — the student government’s equivalent of the Supreme Court — ruled Wednesday in a 4-0 vote that student government officers may take sponsored trips to Israel without it constituting a conflict of interest. Two of the judges abstained.

    The...

  • BDS is backfiring at UCLA

    May 20, 2014 | 2:53 pm

    Over the past year, the global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement has turned the UCLA campus into an intense battleground over Israel’s legitimacy and public image. The local chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), an active supporter of BDS, has waged an...

  • Anti-Israel campaign at UCLA echoes of McCarthyism

    May 20, 2014 | 1:10 pm

    UCLA has some proud moments in the history of civil liberties.

    After World War II, UCLA and the University of California, Berkeley, were the hotbeds of opposition to an anti-communist loyalty oath that California tried to impose on academics. Ultimately the professors won in...

  • U. of Calif. leaders condemn student effort to limit Israel trips

    May 19, 2014 | 4:33 pm

    The heads of UCLA and the University of California system criticized a student-led pledge that urged candidates for student government to refuse trips to Israel sponsored by certain pro-Israel groups.

    In a statement emailed Friday to students, staff and faculty, UCLA Chancellor...

  • UCLA student court hears case against students who accepted Israel trips

    By Jared Sichel

    May 15, 2014 | 11:04 pm

    The Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) campaign against UCLA’s pro-Israel movement became even more heated last week as the school’s undergraduate judicial board heard arguments in a case brought by SJP against two members of UCLA’s student government who had taken sponsored...

  • UCLA pro-Palestine groups gain ground with pledge signings

    By Jared Sichel

    May 14, 2014 | 10:38 am

    The pro-Palestine campus movement flexed its muscles again last week as 18 of 30 candidates for positions in UCLA’s student government signed a pledge to not take trips to Israel that are sponsored by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the Anti-Defamation League...

  • It’s time to clean up L.A. garment industry’s dirty secret

    April 30, 2014 | 12:06 pm

    Last year’s disastrous Rana Plaza collapse and a series of deadly factory fires resulted in much ink being spilled about how to improve conditions in Bangladesh’s garment industry. But, much closer to home, we have our own dirty garment secret.

    There are some 5,000 garment...

  • Should we fear BDS?

    April 30, 2014 | 10:40 am

    The movement to promote Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS), is both old and new, simple and complex, effective and a failure, a danger and an opportunity. 

    While various Arab-led initiatives to boycott Israel go back decades, BDS was born 13 years ago, in the summer of 2001....

  • UCLA conference aims to preserve and revitalize Ladino

    By Roberto Loiederman

    March 19, 2014 | 5:01 pm

    During a keynote lecture at a UCLA conference charting the history of Ladino and the ways in which Judeo-Spanish is being studied in the academic world, Eliezer Papo asked rhetorically: “Is Ladino dead?” 

    As answer, Papo told a joke: “Two friends run into each other on the...

  • Strategies that work for employers, employees

    March 12, 2014 | 3:56 pm

    It’s not unusual for managers to take reports submitted by their employees and immediately assign a new one without ever engaging in constructive conversations regarding the work their employees do. 

    Big mistake, according to Beverly Kaye, co-author of “Help Them Grow or Watch...

  • UCLA student council rejects Israel divestment resolution

    By Ryan Torok

    February 26, 2014 | 10:05 am

    On Thursday, Feb. 26, in a decision that represents a victory for those who oppose any kind of boycott against Israel, the UCLA undergraduate student government voted 7-5 to strike down a proposed “Resolution to Divest from Companies that Violate Palestinian Human Rights.”

    A...

  • Ari Shavit: The promised man

    By Rob Eshman

    February 20, 2014 | 1:41 pm

    If you want to see what prophecy looks like among Jews in the early part of the 21st century, follow Ari Shavit around Los Angeles.

    In Jerusalem, the prophets roam the streets in sack cloths and shaggy hair, screaming passages of Ezekiel at passersby. In L.A., we call those...

  • Jews without Harvard

    By Rob Eshman

    February 12, 2014 | 11:39 am

    This is the time of year when the Golden Children of our tribe are being anointed by the nation’s finest colleges and universities. These kids have traveled a long road to glory — GPA, SAT, AP, interviews, essays, common apps.

    For a full year, the only question they’ve heard from...

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