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  • Should the UC define anti-Semitism? Yes, adopt the State Dept. version

    1 week ago

    Dear Honorable Members of the University of California Board of Regents:

    We are 32 organizations representing hundreds of thousands of supporters who are deeply concerned about the safety and well-being of Jewish students at the University of California. In light of the alarming...

  • A Father’s Day gift of justice

    By David Suissa

    2 weeks ago

    If you ever visit the Vienna campus of Wirtschafts University Wien (WU), one of Europe’s most prestigious universities, you will see a translucent metal sculpture in the shape of a globe, which prominently features the names of 150 Jews. I got to hear the story of that dramatic...

  • An artist with heart

    By Tess Cutler

    3 weeks ago

    Alexandra Kugler, 18
    Palisades Charter High School
    Going to: Tulane University

    Alexandra Kugler hasn’t missed a single day of school in 13 years (that includes kindergarten). She has a perfect attendance record on her 4.0 GPA transcript. Once, in seventh grade, she fainted...

  • A (future) doctor in the house

    3 weeks ago

    Natalie Yakobia, 18
    New Community Jewish High School
    Going to: UCLA

    Natalie Yakobian is only 18, but she’s already seen someone’s heart being restarted and witnessed the birth of a child while on an ambulance ride-along, part of her Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) class at...

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  • Letters to the Editor: Dennis Prager, UCLA and Shavuot

    June 3, 2015 | 4:41 pm

    Prager vs. Presner

    We read with concern Dennis Prager’s attack on the UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies and its director, professor Todd Presner (“The UCLA Center for Jewish Studies,” May 22). As members of the center’s faculty advisory committee, we would like to offer...

  • L.A. Times lets UCLA professor incriminate self again

    June 3, 2015 | 2:01 pm

    The Los Angeles Times has done it again, handing UCLA professor Saree Makdisi space on its commentary pages for another virtually fact-free, anti-Israel column. The third this year (and at least 10th in the Times since 2004), Makdisi’s “Wrongfully treating academic debates as...

  • Why I support SCR 35: An open letter to state Sen. Jeff Stone

    June 3, 2015 | 1:51 pm

    Much of the campus climate at UCLA revolves around identities and identity politics. Students champion their identities and their communities in a way that the rest of the world should strive to emulate. This reality, while it adds to the tapestry that is the UCLA community,...

  • The L.A. Times lets Saree Makdisi incriminate himself, again

    June 1, 2015 | 1:28 pm

    The Los Angeles Times has done it again, handing U.C.L.A. Prof. Saree Makdisi space on its commentary pages for another virtually fact-free, anti-Israel column. The third this year (and at least tenth in The Times since 2004), Makdisi’s “Wrongfully treating academic debates as...

  • In a war against wage theft

    May 27, 2015 | 2:13 pm

    “At his day thou shalt give him his hire, neither shall the sun go down upon it, for he is poor and his life depends on it. …” – Deuteronomy 24:15

    Last week, Los Angeles’ City Council voted to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2020. The decision was greeted with...

  • Car accident puts inventor on his life’s path

    By Ayala Or-el

    May 21, 2015 | 4:18 pm

    Josh (Yehoshua) Shachar’s resume is impressive: more than 160 patents on innovations he has helped develop, founder of more than 10 high-tech companies and author of countless research papers. A typical day for him could mean working on multimillion-dollar aircraft and missiles for...

  • UC President Janet Napolitano wants UC to regard some anti-Israel views as anti-Semitic

    By Jared Sichel

    May 21, 2015 | 12:11 pm

    On the final day of a meeting in San Francisco among the University of California’s Board of Regents, UC President Janet Napolitano said in a radio interview with 90.9 WBUR in Boston that her “personal view” is that the UC should adopt the State Department’s definition of...

  • The UCLA Center for Jewish Studies, Judea Pearl and Cornel West

    By Dennis Prager

    May 20, 2015 | 3:51 pm

    Last month, the Jewish Journal published a plea from Judea Pearl, Chancellor’s Professor of Computer Science and Statistics at UCLA and president of the Daniel Pearl Foundation. Daniel Pearl was the writer for the Wall Street Journal who was murdered by Islamists in Pakistan. Judea...

  • Tribute outshines controversy at UCLA Heschel conference

    By Jared Sichel

    May 5, 2015 | 5:03 pm

    During the two weeks leading up to a major conference at UCLA to honor the late rabbi and civil rights leader Abraham Joshua Heschel, controversy swirled around one of the event’s two keynote speakers — Cornel West — an outspoken academic who severely criticized Israel during its...

  • Is Anti-Semitism losing its meaning (and are we to blame)

    April 28, 2015 | 1:30 pm

    As turbulence mounts regarding Cornel West’s speaking at UCLA’s Center for Jewish Studies on May 3rd and 4th, a lot is being written about the ex-Princeton professor, now at the Union Theological Seminary. 

    Much is being made of his support of the BDS campaign against Israel, and...

  • Why did we invite Cornel West?

    April 22, 2015 | 5:34 pm

    The UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies, together with Hillel at UCLA, the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA, the UCLA Center for the Study of Religion, and the UCLA departments of History and English, invited Dr. Cornel West (Professor of...

  • An Urgent Call to Rescind Cornel West’s Invitation to Speak in memory of Rabbi Heschel

    April 22, 2015 | 4:56 pm

    The Center for Jewish Studies at UCLA recently announced that Cornel West will be the keynote speaker at a conference honoring the late Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel. This appointment is both reprehensible and an affront to the memory of Rabbi Heschel, who was a proud Zionist.

    ...
  • Resolutions Alone Won’t Protect Jewish Students From Campus Anti-Semitism

    April 22, 2015 | 2:27 pm

    Breaking news from Palo Alto: Stanford undergraduate Molly Horwitz, a candidate for the Student Senate, was vetted by the Students of Color Coalition about her fitness for office. According to Horowitz, she was asked: “Given your strong Jewish identity, how would you vote on...

  • UCLA Jewish Studies head stands behind keynote invitation to Cornel West for Heschel conference

    By Jared Sichel

    April 21, 2015 | 7:16 pm

    Amidst objections from some leading Jewish voices at UCLA to an invitation to Cornel West—an author, academic and an outspoken critic of Israel—to serve as the keynote speaker at an upcoming UCLA conference to honor the late Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, Todd Presner, director of...

  • Diminishing Heschel

    April 21, 2015 | 6:49 pm

    Today we received an email from UCLA’s Center for Jewish Studies.The mailing reported on the impressive array of programs that the Center seems to be constantly sponsoring. One program, however, caught our eye, a conference on Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel---"Moral Grandeur &...

  • An open letter to Cornel West

    By Judea Pearl

    April 21, 2015 | 3:13 pm

    Judea Pearl is Chancellor’s Professor of Computer Science and Statistics at UCLA and president of the Daniel Pearl Foundation.

    Dear Professor West,

    This is a humble request sent to you from a rank-and-file Jewish professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, where you...

  • Boyarsky takes on Riordan at the Los Angeles book fest

    By Bill Boyarsky

    April 20, 2015 | 6:34 pm

    We Jews like to be called “People of the Book.”  Although I didn’t take a census or a poll, I imagine there were many of us in the big crowds on the University of Southern California campus for the 20th annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books last weekend.

    I ran into many I...

  • Conductor Joshua Weilerstein to debut with Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra

    By Rick Schultz

    April 15, 2015 | 3:41 pm

    In the old days, the conductor was king. Fritz Reiner, George Szell and Arturo Toscanini, for example, were leaders in the style of the film “Whiplash,” notorious for abusing musicians who didn’t meet their demands. But Joshua Weilerstein is one of a new breed of gentler, kinder...

  • Israel trip aims to broaden minds of UCLA student leaders

    By Simone Wilson

    April 9, 2015 | 10:07 am

    "In some senses, you’re more on the front lines than I am,” a seasoned Israeli peace negotiator told a roomful of UCLA student leaders. “I have a lot of sympathy for your position.”

    Tal Becker, who has weathered decades of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks — beginning in the 1970s...

  • Hebrew University-UCLA exchange program aims to expand med students’ horizons

    March 31, 2015 | 10:54 am

    For the past three months, a trio of sixth-year students from the Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School in Jerusalem saw patients at UCLA and participated in grand rounds, during which they reviewed each patient’s status with the attending physician, residents and other medical...

  • UCLA donors and alumni —  concerned and upset, but mostly supportive

    By Jared Sichel

    March 25, 2015 | 11:40 am

    Loren Witkin remembers the days when his two sons, Matthew and Brandon, were decked out in UCLA gear as newborns. As toddlers, they knew UCLA’s fight song — the Eight Clap — and as they grew older they attended Bruins’ sporting events with their parents, both UCLA grads from an era...

  • Moving and shaking: USHMM’s annual Los Angeles dinner, Sally Drucker turns 100 and more

    By Ryan Torok

    March 18, 2015 | 4:22 pm

    Commemorating the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s (USHMM) annual Los Angeles dinner was themed “What You Do Matters.” 

    Actor Gary Sinese honored the liberators and survivors present at the March 16...

  • At UCLA, Zionophobia trumps anti-Semitism

    By Judea Pearl

    March 18, 2015 | 3:36 pm

    Portions of this article originally appeared in Haaretz.

    In what should rightly be considered a major victory for Jewish students at UCLA, the undergraduate student government at its March 10 meeting unanimously passed “A Resolution Condemning Anti-Semitism,” which specifically...

  • UCLA Chancellor Gene Block: BDS ‘isn’t going to be sustained on this campus’

    By Jared Sichel

    March 18, 2015 | 1:38 pm

    Evidence of the concern within UCLA’s Jewish community stemming from recent events on campus could be seen on March 16 by UCLA Chancellor Gene Block’s visitors that day.

    Just before an interview with the Jewish Journal that morning, Block met with Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller,...

  • Letters to the editor: The UCLA controversy and more

    March 18, 2015 | 11:19 am

    How to Train Your Bruin

    I must respectfully disagree with the approach proposed by my good friend David Suissa in his column on UCLA: “Stop Fighting and Start Winning” (March 11, jewishjournal.com). 

    Actually his column is all about “fighting to win.” This form of fighting is...

  • Anti-Semitism at UCLA – Let’s make it a truly teachable moment

    March 13, 2015 | 9:03 am

    The recent anti-Semitic incident on the UCLA campus is as outrageous as it is troubling:

    The Judicial Board of UCLA's Undergraduate Students Association Council, which reviews cases of actions taken among the officers and commissioners to ensure compliance with the governing body...

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