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  • Hillel’s triple art exhibition is a celebration through creation

    1 week ago

    The start of the new school year inevitably means a series of artistic journeys for visitors to Hillel at UCLA. So it goes for the fall quarter, when Hillel’s annual Triple Art Exhibition takes visitors inside the mind and around the world.

    At locations throughout Hillel’s...

  • NBC investigation reopens contamination question at SoCal Jewish camp

    2 weeks ago

    For years, Victoria Tashman didn’t think much of the sonic booms coming from the Santa Susana Field Lab, just uphill from a storied Jewish retreat and campus not far from her Woodland Hills home.

    “It was just part of growing up,” she said.

    But in 2004, when she was diagnosed...

  • The UC’s new dilemma: to name or not to name

    By Judea Pearl

    3 weeks ago

    Dozens of speakers representing a variety of views testified last week at UCLA before a university committee tasked with crafting a University of California systemwide policy to combat anti-Semitism on campuses.

    Many of the speakers favored adoption of the U.S. State Department’s...

  • UC holds forum on statement against intolerance

    By Jared Sichel

    October 28, 2015 | 3:32 pm

    Five weeks after the University of California’s Board of Regents rejected the “Statement of Principles Against Intolerance” drafted by UC President Janet Napolitano’s office, a UC-appointed “working group” held a forum Oct. 26 at UCLA, where the public was free to comment on the...

  • Two short of a Minyan—The 1951 UCLA football team

    October 15, 2015 | 2:36 pm

    This football season, UCLA’s Jewish quarterback, Josh Rosen, is the talk of the chosen, especially considering he was named the Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame Male High School Athlete of the year for 2015. But forgotten today is that, in 1951, UCLA’s football team...

  • Moving and shaking: Rosh Hashanah at City Hall, ‘Understanding the Iran nuclear deal’ and more

    By Ryan Torok

    September 24, 2015 | 2:09 pm

    A Sept. 18 Rosh Hashanah celebration filled Los Angeles City Hall with the sounds of the shofar. “Tekiah gedolah,” said Rabbi Joshua Hoffman of Valley Beth Shalom, before delivering a long — and loud — blast on the ram’s horn.

    As part of the event, The Jewish Federation of...

  • UC regents reject much-hyped ‘principles of intolerance.’ Napolitano: ‘More work needs to be done’

    By Jared Sichel

    September 17, 2015 | 5:40 pm

    After months of anticipation over whether the University of California’s Board of Regents would adopt a definition of anti-Semitism in the wake of several anti-Israel and anti-Jewish incidents across its campuses, the UC’s governing arm rejected a “Statement of Principles Against...

  • Death makes life matter: Thoughts on my brother’s passing

    By Jared Sichel

    September 16, 2015 | 10:55 am

    Last February, I joined a club. It wasn’t my choice. It’s one of the worst clubs around, and if you’re not already in it, I hope you don’t become a member. If I could quit, I would. But the bylaws forbid it.

    Like all clubs, this one has its benefits, too. It provides a community...

  • Smooth sax player Dave Koz on a career that just ... happened

    By Jared Sichel

    August 19, 2015 | 11:41 am

    When jazz saxophonist Dave Koz’s “dream” car was stolen in 1997 after he stopped for five minutes to pick up a sandwich at a restaurant in the San Fernando Valley, it was perhaps the lowest point of his life.

    Yes, his second album, “Lucky Man,” had already gone gold and, still in...

  • Theodore Bikel, actor, singer and activist, 91

    By Tom Tugend

    July 21, 2015 | 2:55 pm

    Theodore Bikel, folk singer, actor, liberal activist, Zionist and multilinguist, died of natural causes July 21 at the UCLA Medical Center. He was 91.

    Nicknamed Theo, Bikel was born in 1924 in Vienna and, as a 14-year-old in 1938, watched as Nazi troops march into his hometown...

  • To defeat BDS, enlist Israeli Americans

    July 15, 2015 | 12:09 pm

    American Jewry has witnessed a tsunami of hate on college campuses and across our communities. In the past year, resolutions calling for a divestment and boycott of Israel have been considered or passed by 30 student governments across the U.S. Israel haters have charged Jewish...

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

    June 24, 2015 | 3:27 pm

    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

    June 18, 2015 | 5:24 pm

    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

    June 10, 2015 | 3:01 pm

    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

    June 10, 2015 | 1:53 pm

    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...

  • 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 &...

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