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  • Hyperbole and reality

    By  David A. Lehrer

    June 23, 2013 | 3:32 pm

    Last month, this blog wrote about the impending United States Supreme Court decision in the case of Fisher v the University of Texas. The case revolves around the issue of  race based university admissions policies. When the decision comes down next week there will be analyses and...

  • Bay Area group to build largest urban Jewish farm in U.S.

    May 30, 2013 | 9:01 am

    A northern California Jewish non-profit signed an agreement to purchase land for what it says is the largest urban Jewish farm in the United States.

    Urban Adamah, an organic Jewish farm and educational organization, announced the purchase of the 2.2-acre parcel in a news release...

  • BDS: Frustration, but with hope

    May 29, 2013 | 3:43 pm

    Senate Bill 160, which calls for targeted divestment from companies that profit off of human rights abuses in the Palestinian territories, passed this last week in the University of California, Berkeley, student senate. The debate it sparked left us both frustrated with the broken...

  • The Berkeley Boycott Exchange, Part 1: Berkeley Showed BDS the Door

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 7, 2013 | 4:53 am

    Last week, associate professor of political science Ron Hassner of Berkeley University published an article about Berkeley's ASUC Senate vote to divest from companies affiliated with Israel’s military. Hassner believes that this was "a momentous resolution". The resolution and its...

  • BDS campaign spreads with little effect

    By Tom Tugend

    April 24, 2013 | 4:59 pm

    The multinational boycott campaign targeting Israel, aimed at stopping the country’s perceived injustices against Palestinians, has a venerable history, but the movement showed a new spurt of activism this month.

    Most of the attention has focused on the University of California...

  • Berkeley students vote to divest from Israel latest in a UC string

    By Tom Tugend

    April 18, 2013 | 4:11 pm

    UC Berkeley student senators approved a bill on Thursday calling for the University of California system to divest of stock in American companies that provide technological and weapon support used by the Israeli military in the Palestinian territories.

    After an emotional...

  • Cal-Berkeley student senate passes divestment measure

    April 18, 2013 | 4:02 pm

    A student senate at the University of California, Berkeley narrowly passed a measure calling on the school to divest from three companies with dealings in the West Bank.

    Following 10 hours of sometimes heated debate, the Associated Students of the University of California senate...

  • Mark Yudof on Jews, Israel and his UC presidency

    By Tom Tugend

    April 18, 2013 | 11:57 am

    When Mark G. Yudof arrived at University of California headquarters in Oakland in 2008 to take over as president of the 10-campus system, among the problems awaiting him were charges that administrators on the Irvine campus were not protecting Jewish students against hate speech...

  • The off-campus Yudof

    By Tom Tugend

    April 18, 2013 | 11:43 am

    Mark Yudof, the soon-to-retire president of the University of California system, was born in Philadelphia, the son of an electrician, and during a distinguished career as head of the Universities of Minnesota, Texas and California multicampus systems, has never quite lost his taste...

  • Berkeley student senate passes divestment bill SB 160 11-9

    April 18, 2013 | 11:36 am

    In a dramatic vote that was emotional for all sides, the ASUC Senate voted 11-9 to divest from companies affiliated with Israel’s military early Thursday morning.

    The heated debate began Wednesday evening and carried on for 10 hours, continuing into Thursday. Anna Head Alumnae...

  • UC Riverside rescinds BDS call

    April 10, 2013 | 12:47 pm

    The student senate at the University of California, Riverside, has reversed itself, rescinding a resolution it passed a few weeks earlier that had targeted companies doing business with Israel in the West Bank. 

    Inspired by the broader BDS movement — which aims to isolate Israel...

  • U.C. Riverside student govt. rescinds Israel divestment resolution

    April 4, 2013 | 3:21 pm

    The student government of the University of California, Riverside, rescinded a decision to divest from Israel.

    The Associated Student Government's Student Senate on Wednesday voted 10-2 to cancel the March 6 resolution that called on the school to withdraw funds from companies...

  • Three UC student governments endorse BDS

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    March 20, 2013 | 10:46 am

    In the first two weeks of March, student governments at two University of California campuses — UC Riverside and UC San Diego (UCSD) — voted to approve resolutions urging their campus administrations and the University of California as a whole to divest from companies doing...

  • For California mountain man, road to God runs through kosher wine

    February 1, 2013 | 9:48 am

    Producing wine atop a tranquil mountain in a remote area of northern California is quite a way to make a living. For Benyamin Cantz, whose one-man operation in the hills of Santa Cruz produces kosher wine from organic grapes, it's also a calling.

    “This is my livelihood but I...

  • Group Claims Protesters Abused Jewish Students

    January 30, 2013 | 4:46 pm

    The pro-Israel group AMCHA Initiative claimed that Jewish students at the University of California, Davis, were abused and threatened at a pro-Palestinian protest on campus.

    In a letter sent Jan. 28 to UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi, AMCHA Initiative co-founders Leila Beckwith...

  • The defendant: Moses

    November 28, 2012 | 3:13 pm

    Add another feather to Erwin Chemerinsky’s cap. On Nov. 18, the great legal mind — founding dean of the University of California, Irvine, School of Law and former commentator for the O.J. Simpson trial — got Moses off on two counts: murder and flight to avoid prosecution.


  • Tel Aviv University, UC Irvine collaborate

    By  Tom Tugend

    October 11, 2012 | 11:06 am

    In 2025, more than 8 billion people are projected to inhabit our globe, linked by advanced communication devices and techniques.

    Israeli and American electrical engineers and computer scientists from Tel Aviv University (TAU), the University of California, Irvine (UCI) and...

  • U.S. civil rights office probing claims of anti-Semitism at UC Berkeley

    October 8, 2012 | 10:01 am

    The civil rights office of the U.S. Department of Education opened an investigation into allegations of anti-Semitism at the University of California, Berkeley.

    Two recent graduates of the university filed a complaint charging that campus officials allowed a hostile campus...

  • Univ. of California student group raps moves to censure boycott efforts

    September 19, 2012 | 1:31 pm

    The University of California Student Association voted to condemn attempts to censure boycott and divestment efforts by Palestinian human rights activists.

    The unanimous resolution passed Sept. 15 also demands that the university stop profiting from what it termed Israel’s human...

  • For Shavuot, Bay Area Jews head to the wilderness

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    May 23, 2012 | 11:30 am

    Most Jews around the world observe Shavuot in the relative comfort of their synagogues and homes. Not so for Wilderness Torah, a Berkeley-based nonprofit.

    On May 25, for the fifth consecutive year, the group will celebrate the commemoration of God’s giving the Torah to the...

  • Browns pick Schwartz in NFL draft

    May 2, 2012 | 12:06 pm

    The second round of the NFL draft was not 30 minutes old when the phone rang in the Schwartz home on the afternoon of April 27.

    The family recognized the Cleveland area code. Mitchell Schwartz, the Cal offensive lineman who was expecting to be drafted, picked up the phone. Then he...

  • Israeli/Palestinian issue heats up on UCSD campus

    March 29, 2012 | 2:44 pm

    It’s nasty and getting nastier.

    That’s what people on both sides of the Israeli/Palestinian debate on college campuses are saying following an emotional seven-hour hearing on Feb. 29 at UC San Diego, called to discuss divestment from companies doing business with the Israeli...

  • Univ. of California president defends Farrakhan appearance on campus

    March 12, 2012 | 12:17 am

    University of California President Mark Yudof defended Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan’s right to speak at the university’s Berkeley campus.

    Farrakhan’s speech Saturday was billed as being about black empowerment, but was also peppered with anti-Semitic and hate speech,...

  • The truth about UC Campuses

    March 8, 2012 | 11:02 am

    Feb. 3 was a historic day for the University of California and its Hillels. On that day, UC President Mark Yudof met with all of the UC Hillel directors in his office in Oakland to discuss our observations regarding how Israel is faring on campus, how the Jewish community perceives...

  • Inflammatory Charges…and Reality

    By  David A. Lehrer

    February 16, 2012 | 5:29 pm

    Rarely do two events juxtapose themselves so perfectly so that the contrast between the right path and error is transparently clear.

    Last week, news media reported on studies that found a growing education gap between rich and poor. Dramatic data indicate that

    the gap in achievement...
  • Anti-Semitic harassment suit at UC Berkeley is dismissed

    December 26, 2011 | 11:47 am

    A federal court dismissed a lawsuit filed by two Jewish students against the University of California, Berkeley, alleging that the school did not protect them from anti-Semitic attacks.

    U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg ruled late last week that there was no evidence that...

  • Berkeley Hillel leaders urge students to reconsider J Street rejection

    December 12, 2011 | 3:16 pm

    Hillel leaders at the University of California, Berkeley, are urging the Jewish Student Union on campus to reconsider its rejection of J Street’s campus affiliate.

    The Jewish Student Union, an umbrella body for UC Berkeley Jewish student groups, voted last month to deny membership...

  • Berkeley’s Jewish student union says ‘no’ to J Street U

    December 7, 2011 | 6:06 pm

    U.C. Berkeley’s Jewish Student Union includes groups such as Challah for Hunger, Bears for Israel and the Jewish Business Association.

    J Street U will not be joining them.

    At a Nov. 16 general meeting, the union voted to deny membership to the Berkeley chapter of J Street U, the...

  • UC Davis investigates pepper spray incident

    November 21, 2011 | 11:49 am

    Two University of California, Davis police officers have been placed on leave while the school investigates the apparent use by campus police of pepper spray against seated student protesters, the university said Sunday.

    Video footage of a policeman in riot gear using pepper spray...

  • Colleges reminded of legal duty to prevent harassment

    September 8, 2011 | 3:49 pm

    An Israeli civil rights group has sent letters to 150 U.S. college presidents reminding them of their legal obligations to prevent the harassment of Jewish students on their campuses.

    In its letter dated Sept. 8, the Shurat Din-Israel Law Center in Tel Aviv also reminded the...

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