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  • 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...

  • Kobe practices at the JCC

    November 29, 2011 | 10:26 am

    Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant reportedly held a private training session at a Jewish Community Center in Irvine, Ca.

    Bryant, according to the TMZ website, brought a trainer to the J to work on shooting drills and cardio training as spectators looked on.

    Last month, the Miami...

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  • 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...

  • ‘Irvine 11’ attorneys appeal conviction

    October 20, 2011 | 4:20 pm

    Attorneys for 10 Muslim students convicted of disrupting a speech given by Israeli ambassador at UC Irvine last year, filed a notice of appeal Wednesday, arguing that the law used to convict the students was “vague and unconstitutional.”

    The students — three from UC Riverside...

  • Opinion: Avoid zero-sum thinking

    By  David A. Lehrer

    September 27, 2011 | 7:20 pm

    The journalist Robert Wright argues in his book “Nonzero” that communication, cooperation and trust increase the likelihood that humans can avoid that favored term of game theorists: the zero-sum game. Whereas greater complexity and nuance allow us to avoid the zero-sum trap, the...

  • ‘Irvine 11’ students found guilty [UPDATE: SENTENCING]

    September 23, 2011 | 5:10 pm

    [UPDATED: 3:00 p.m.]  This story has been updated to add the recent sentencing of the convicted students.

    After two days of deliberation, the jury in the “Irvine 11” case returned a verdict. An Orange County jury on Friday found 10 Muslim students guilty of two misdemeanors,...

  • Verdict reached in 'Irvine 11' case [UPDATE]

    September 23, 2011 | 1:45 pm

    UPDATE [11:45 a.m.] All 10 students found guilty on two misdemeanor counts of conspiring to and then disrupting a speech given by Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren at the University of California, Irvine on Feb. 8, 2010. Sentencing will follow later today.

    Wednesday, Sept. 21.
    After...

  • Mosques organize prayer for 'Irvine 11'

    August 29, 2011 | 10:59 am

    Mosques in Southern California sponsored prayer services in support of 10 students going on trial for interrupting a university speech last year by Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren.

    The students from the University of California, Irvine and the University of California,...

  • Irvine Chabad House hit by potted plant

    June 2, 2011 | 12:44 pm

    A potted plant was thrown through the front window of the Chabad House at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) on Tuesday, May 31.  The building is the site of regular Friday night and holiday dinners for UCI students and serves as the residence of UCI Chabad co-directors,...

  • UCI hate week features Jewish speakers

    May 17, 2011 | 5:49 pm

    Read more on UCI hate week here.

    Matan Cohen, an Israeli activist with Anarchists Against the Wall (AATW), addressed a lunchtime crowd at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), on May 11 as part of an annual program of anti-Israel activity sponsored by the university’s...

  • UC Irvine students met with Hamas leader

    March 31, 2011 | 8:36 am

    Students from the University of California, Irvine met with a Hamas leader during a student trip to Israel.

    The Institute for Jewish and Community Research said it learned recently that the university’s branch of the Olive Tree Initiative, an Israeli-Palestinian peace organization,...

  • Orthodox students fighting to keep presence at UCLA

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    February 24, 2011 | 4:41 pm

    A program that is credited with creating a vibrant Orthodox community at UCLA needs to prove by the end of March that it can raise $80,000 annually to ensure its future on the Westwood campus.

    The Orthodox Union (OU) has paid the salaries for two professionals who founded and have...

  • UC Berkeley Gets Institute for Jewish Law and Israel

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    February 24, 2011 | 7:24 am

    Less than a year after the student government at the University of California, Berkeley fell one vote short of pushing through a bill to divest from American companies providing materials to the Israeli military, UC Berkeley’s School of Law on Thursday, Feb. 24, announced the...

  • Notes from LimmudLA 2011 [VIDEO]

    February 22, 2011 | 6:53 pm

    If it was a bit easier than usual to find a seat or a parking spot at your synagogue over Presidents’ Day weekend, you may be able to thank the organizers of the LimmudLA conference. More than 500 Jews from Los Angeles and beyond traveled to the Hilton in Costa Mesa for the fourth...

  • Grads of JVS program banking on a brighter future

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    February 16, 2011 | 11:41 am

    Sandra Vasquez has a longer job history than many 28-year-olds. When she was 10, she began working with her father, a contractor who didn’t speak much English. She served as his translator and all-around assistant. Vasquez is the first member of her family to graduate from high...

  • UC Irvine faculty to DA: drop criminal charges

    February 16, 2011 | 7:49 am

    One hundred faculty members at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), have called on Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas to drop criminal charges against 11 current and former students arrested in February 2010 for disrupting a public speech by Michael Oren,...

  • Not a Ralphs fan in the least

    By Julia Bendis

    December 27, 2010 | 12:09 pm

    Being a wife, a mother and a woman in general, you find yourself at a grocery store quite a bit.  I also find myself quite a bit pissed off when I am there.  I really thought that America was all about business, and customer service, and giving really good customer service.  I guess...

  • UC President says Muslim student groups’ anti-Semitism can’t be censored

    November 10, 2010 | 10:10 am

    Addressing the tension between free speech and hate speech on University of California campuses at a forum in Orange County, UC President Mark Yudof told a Jewish group that university administrators cannot censor anti-Semitism propagated by Muslim student groups, even while he...

  • UCI upholds sanction on Muslim Student Union

    September 7, 2010 | 1:02 pm

    The University of California, Irvine (UCI) has upheld its decision to sanction its Muslim Student Union (MSU), though it cut short the group’s yearlong suspension to four months. The group may not officially use university facilities during the fall 2010 quarter, recruit new...

  • Pro-Israel Voices Get Their Turn at UC Irvine

    June 1, 2010 | 6:37 pm

    The main student thoroughfare at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), was transformed into a Middle Eastern street festival last week as hundreds of students from diverse backgrounds gathered for iFest, a celebration of Israel organized by Anteaters for Israel, the campus’...

  • E-mails allege Muslim students orchestrated Irvine disruption

    April 7, 2010 | 10:54 am

    The Muslim Student Union at the University of California, Irvine, orchestrated the disruption of a Feb. 8 speech by Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren, leaked e-mails indicate.

    Muslim Student Union representatives repeatedly had claimed that the disruption, which made national...

  • Denounce Muslim group, UC Irvine chancellor urged

    May 12, 2009 | 10:51 pm

    Nearly 2,700 people have signed an online petition encouraging a California university chancellor to publicly condemn an annual Muslim student event.

    The document urges University of California, Irvine’s Michael Drake to denounce the Muslim Student Union’s “Israel: The Politics of...

  • Gaza conflict means local anti-Semitism, JFS gets new logo

    January 8, 2009 | 6:21 pm

    L.A. Day School Executive Part of Richardson Probe

    A Los Angeles Jewish day school official is at the center of an investigation that forced Bill Richardson to withdraw from consideration for a Cabinet post.

    David Rubin, board chairman of the Orthodox Yavneh Hebrew Academy in Hancock...

  • Hamas hate at two Irvine synagogues, picketers on Wilshire [VIDEO]

    By Tom Tugend

    January 2, 2009 | 2:42 pm

    Police in Irvine are investigating as hate crimes the posting of anti-Israel and pro-Hamas posters at two synagogues.

    Three letter-sized, hand-written signs were discovered Tuesday (12/30) at Beth Jacob, an Orthodox congregation. One poster proclaimed “Gaza—The
    New Shoah” and a...

  • UC to reopen study in Israel; Brandeis offers summer prep program

    December 3, 2008 | 9:34 pm

    UC to Reopen Study in Israel

    Officials at the University of California are talking with their counterparts at Hebrew University of Jerusalem about reopening the UC's study abroad program there for Fall 2009.

    The program was suspended in 2002 after Israel made the U.S. State...

  • $10 million in scholarships helps day school flourish

    October 31, 2008 | 6:07 pm

    The start of the new academic year at Irvine's Tarbut V'Torah Community Day School (TVT) ushered in what could be a new era in its outreach to Orange County's Jewish community. This fall, administrators began disbursing the first installment of a $10 million gift from an anonymous...
  • Quiet war on campus: Israel remains under attack despite fewer public protests

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    August 21, 2008 | 1:28 am

    The Anteaters for Israel began setup at 7 a.m., long before most students at University of California Irvine (UCI -- home of the Anteaters) had even crawled out of bed. Midterms be damned; the 60th anniversary of the modern Jewish state was a day away, and they wanted to celebrate....
  • Jason Lezak earns first individual medal

    August 14, 2008 | 11:33 pm

    BEIJING (JTA)—Jewish Olympic swimmer Jason Lezak followed up his relay heroics with a bronze medal in the 100-meter men’s freestyle.

    Lezak, whose late dash in the 4 x 100-meter men’s freestyle relay propelled the U.S. team to the gold medal and a world record, finished in a time of...

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