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  • Why did we invite Cornel West?

    3 days ago

    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

    3 days ago

    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.

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

    3 days ago

    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

    4 days ago

    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...

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  • Diminishing Heschel

    4 days ago

    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

    4 days ago

    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

    5 days ago

    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

    1 week ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    "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...

  • The Jewish Question at UCLA: another perspective

    March 12, 2015 | 12:02 pm

    Over the past month, college campuses nationwide – from UCLA and the University of Chicago to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to the University of Oklahoma – have been roiled by anti-Semitism, racism, and bigotry. The treatment of Rachel Beyda, a UCLA undergraduate...

  • UCLA investigating activist David Horowitz over #JewHaters posters

    By Jared Sichel

    March 12, 2015 | 10:51 am

    A UCLA spokesman said campus police are investigating conservative activist David Horowitz after his admission to the Journal on Feb. 24 that he was behind the appearance on campuses nationwide of posters that drew comparisons between the terrorist group Hamas and the student group...

  • UCLA Jews: Stop fighting and start winning

    By David Suissa

    March 11, 2015 | 4:55 pm

    When someone punches you in the face, there are three ways you can fight back: One, you can punch him back. Two, you can complain to authorities. Three, you can drive him crazy.

    Unfortunately, pro-Israel groups on U.S. campuses are very good at complaining, but very bad at...

  • UCLA student government passes resolution condemning anti-Semitism

    By Jared Sichel

    March 11, 2015 | 4:29 pm

    On Tuesday evening, UCLA’s student government’s legislative body unanimously passed a resolution condemning anti-Semitism on campus.

    The move came exactly one month after members of the student government — also known as the Undergraduate Students Association Council (USAC) —...

  • Yes, a Jewish student can be unbiased

    March 11, 2015 | 2:27 pm

    Like many across the country, I was stunned to read reports concerning the February 10th meeting of the UCLA Undergraduate Students Association Council. At that meeting, several Council members explicitly stated reservations against confirming a candidate to the UCLA Judicial Board...

  • UCLA student government passes resolution condemning anti-Semitism

    March 11, 2015 | 10:17 am

    The undergraduate student government of UCLA unanimously passed a resolution condemning anti-Semitism.

    On Tuesday night, the Undergraduate Students Association Council voted 12-0 for the measure after more than 100 students spoke in support of it, The Daily Bruin student...

  • UCLA must take action to address anti-Semitism

    March 10, 2015 | 5:47 pm

    A foul odor is in the air. Lest we have any doubt about it, The New York Times has caught a whiff of it, reporting in its March 6 edition on the Rachel Beyda case at UCLA. Simply put, we are in the throes of another version of the infamous Jewish Question here on campus. 

    From...

  • Jews, Muslims, UCLA

    By Rob Eshman

    March 10, 2015 | 4:59 pm

    Two weeks before it was a twinkle in the eye of The New York Times, the story of Rachel Beyda appeared on jewishjournal.com and in the pages of our newspaper. Following a tip from a colleague and a report in the Daily Bruin, our reporter Jared Sichel investigated how a routine...

  • At UCLA, the power of negative emotions

    By David Suissa

    February 26, 2015 | 4:28 pm

    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

    February 26, 2015 | 12:50 pm

    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

    February 25, 2015 | 11:34 am

    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’

    February 24, 2015 | 6:54 pm

    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...

  • Conservative activist admits responsibility for #JewHaters posters at UCLA

    By Jared Sichel

    February 24, 2015 | 5:36 pm

    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

    February 24, 2015 | 3:31 pm

    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...

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