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  • UC Berkeley to open Center for Jewish Studies

    By Tom Tugend

    October 16, 2013 | 11:39 am

    The Berkeley campus of the University of California announced on Oct. 16 the launch of a Center for Jewish Studies, enhancing the state’s reputation as a magnet for scholars and students in the field.

    UC Berkeley has committed $1 million for the new center, and Chancellor...

  • $500,000 gift boosts Jewish studies at UC Santa Cruz

    By Tom Tugend

    September 23, 2013 | 1:33 pm

    The Santa Cruz campus of the University of California has announced a $500,000 gift to further enhance its reputation as a leading center for Jewish and Holocaust studies in northern California.

    The gift by the Helen Diller Family will go toward the establishment of the Murray...

  • UC Berkeley institute for Jewish law gets $2.85 million grant

    September 17, 2013 | 10:08 am

    University of California, Berkeley institute focused on Jewish law and Israel received a $2.85 million grant from four Bay Area Jewish foundations.

    The grant for the Institute for Jewish Law and Israeli Law, Economy and Society will be distributed over the next three to five...

  • UC Berkeley, Santa Cruz anti-Semitism complaints dismissed

    By Ryan E. Smith

    August 27, 2013 | 4:58 pm

    The U.S. Department of Education has dismissed complaints against the University of California at Berkeley and Santa Cruz that had accused the universities of allowing a hostile environment for Jewish students to exist on campus.

    In a letter dated Aug. 19 and released Aug. 27 by...

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  • Student leader in BDS movement up for regent post in Calif. system

    July 16, 2013 | 1:07 pm

    A student leader in the anti-Israel divestment campaign at the University of California, Berkeley, is a candidate for student regent in the University of California system.

    Sadia Saifuddin, a student senator at Berkeley, is up against two other students for a regents post in...

  • Tight-knit Camp Towanga community mourns tragedy

    July 9, 2013 | 3:08 pm

    When a massive oak tree toppled over on a stage where five counselors were having breakfast at Camp Tawonga, killing one and severely injuring two others, news of the tragedy quickly rippled across the Bay Area Jewish community.

    Founded in the 1920s, the camp located near...

  • Divining the Supremes

    By  David A. Lehrer

    June 24, 2013 | 1:23 pm

    This morning the US Supreme Court handed down its decision in the long-anticipated case of Fisher v University of Texas. The pundits are already opining up a storm with many of the analyses reflecting the author’s predilections more than the justices’ messages. In fact, there seems...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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.

    Yes,...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Waving the Zionist flag at Santa Cruz

    By Ben Harris

    November 16, 2011 | 4:46 pm

    On the third floor of the Baskin Engineering building at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Tammi Rossman-Benjamin is going over points of Hebrew grammar.

    Her 25 students in first-level Hebrew — a panoply of African-Americans, Latinos, Asians and whites — call out the...

  • 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,...

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