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  • At UCLA, the power of negative emotions

    By David Suissa

    5 days ago

    For several years now, a nasty anti-Israel group called Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) has bludgeoned Israel’s image on college campuses. They take no prisoners. They have little interest in polite and civil debate. They are lethal at manipulating the college bureaucracy...

  • UCLA Jewish groups condemn David Horowitz for creating #JewHaters posters

    By Jared Sichel

    5 days ago

    On Tuesday, Feb. 24, conservative activist David Horowitz told the Jewish Journal in an interview that he and his organization, the David Horowitz Freedom Center,  were responsible for posting on campuses nationwide posters inscribed with the words #JewHaters. The posters linked...

  • Auschwitz’s volunteer prisoner

    By Avishay Artsy

    6 days ago

    The long-lost story of Capt. Witold Pilecki and his heroic actions during World War II is finally coming to light. Pilecki, a Polish army officer, volunteered to enter Auschwitz as a prisoner to gather information about life inside the concentration camp. He wrote the first...

  • Conservative group lists 10 colleges with ‘worst anti-Semitic activity’

    1 week ago

    Ivy League schools Columbia and Cornell were among the American college campuses with the “worst anti-Semitic activity” in 2014, according to a list prepared by a conservative think tank.

    The David Horowitz Freedom Center based in Southern California launched a campaign to combat...

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  • Conservative activist admits responsibility for #JewHaters posters at UCLA

    By Jared Sichel

    1 week ago

    In an interview with the Journal two days after the appearance at UCLA of a spate of posters inscribed with the words #JewHaters that link the campus group Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) with the terrorist group Hamas, David Horowitz — a well-known right-wing activist and...

  • UCLA judicial board nom questioned for Jewish background

    By Jared Sichel

    1 week ago

    At a Feb. 10 hearing of UCLA’s student government, four of nine representatives raised concerns that the Jewish background of Judicial Board candidate Rachel Beyda could present a conflict of interest and make her unfit to serve impartially as a judge in the student government’s...

  • A statement from UCLA’s chancellor on recent incidents of bias

    1 week ago

    To the Campus Community:

    I have been troubled by recent incidents of bias on campuses across our nation. Sadly, UCLA is not immune to these occurrences.

    At a recent Undergraduate Students Association Council meeting, a few council members unfairly questioned the fitness of a...

  • #JewHaters posters at UCLA liken pro-Palestinian student group to Hamas executioners

    By Jared Sichel

    1 week ago

    Posters linking the campus group Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) with Hamas – the Islamist terror group that controls the Gaza Strip – were spotted Sunday at several locations around UCLA. The posters also appeared at other campuses nationally. At UCLA, campus police and...

  • Bikur Cholim in L.A.: A blessing for my family

    By Jared Sichel

    3 weeks ago

    Four months ago I wrote a story that, no doubt, caused problems for Bikur Cholim in Los Angeles, a group that provides invaluable resources and assistance to Jewish individuals and families who are in the area (as residents or visitors) for medical treatment. The story was fair,...

  • UCLA’S Center for Near Eastern Studies: A response to a groundless attack

    January 12, 2015 | 10:35 am

    Recently, the Jewish Journal published an opinion piece by Tammi Rossman-Benjamin and Leila Beckwith, who have spent the better part of four years bashing the Center for Near Eastern Studies (CNES) at UCLA.  Their goal?  To make an example of CNES to pressure Congress to abolish...

  • Programmers at CNES saw no reason to counter Israel criticism

    December 29, 2014 | 11:52 am

    After the holidays, when Congress prepares to reauthorize Title VI of the Higher Education Act, legislators should take a cold, hard look at the case of UCLA’s Center for Near East Studies (CNES), a recipient of millions of dollars of federal funding under Title VI, and ask if such...

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

    December 10, 2014 | 11:05 am

    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...

  • 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...

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