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  • 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...

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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...

  • 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,...

  • 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...

  • 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,...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • New UC president keeps kosher, loves Israel

    By Tom Tugend

    July 1, 2008 | 3:43 pm

    The new president of the University of California's 10 campuses and 220,000 students keeps a kosher home, lectures on Maimonides' "Guide for the Perplexed" as intellectual stimulation and spends Yom Kippur at the synagogue.

    It might not be enough.

    "The higher I rise in the...

  • New UC president Yudof is part of a dynamic duo

    By Tom Tugend

    March 23, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Wedged among the usual academic honors and awards in the official biography of Mark G. Yudof, unanimously chosen last week by a search committee as the next president of the massive University of California system, are entries that Yudof and his wife, Judy, are co-recipients of a...
  • ‘Jewish Studies’ in vogue on California campuses

    By Tom Tugend

    March 8, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    "These are boom times for Jewish studies on campuses," said professor Sara R. Horowitz.

    "Israel is now a hot topic for scholars," observed professor David N. Myers.

    These are strong, if now downright exuberant, words for normally cautious academicians like Horowitz, president of the...

  • Transcendence—a true story for Yom Kippur

    By Julie G Fax

    September 20, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Phil and Laura both look a lot like their mom, in different ways," remarks Abby Leibman, Philip and Laura Donney's legal guardian.

    Abby was trying to explain that for her, Phil and Laura evoke the presence of her twin sister, Nina Leibman, who 11 years ago was murdered by her...

  • Briefs: City Council approves Weiss Iran divestment bill; UC puts Jewish High Holidays on calendar

    June 28, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Weiss' Iran Divestment Measure Approved

    The Los Angeles City Council this week directed the city's pension fund to stop investing in foreign companies involved in Iran's defense, energy and nuclear industries. The measure, introduced by Councilman Jack Weiss, is part of a rolling...
  • Briefs: Spielberg to press Hu Jintao on Darfur; U of California vs. Shabbat; Weiss recall effort kicks off

    May 24, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Spielberg Ready to Meet With Chinese President

    Steven Spielberg has notified Chinese President Hu Jintao that he is ready to meet with him in Beijing within the next 30 days to urge that China use its influence with the Sudanese government to halt the genocide in Darfur.

    The...
  • Organic Experience

    By Sue Fishkoff

    October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Bruce Cantz grew up in the San Fernando Valley, where he had a good Conservative upbringing and was bar mitzvahed at Valley Beth Shalom in Encino.

    Now a baal teshuvah (returned to Judaism) who goes by his Hebrew name of Benyamin, Cantz, 54, lives on top of a remote mountain in Santa...

  • UC Suspends Israel Program

    By Tom Tugend

    April 11, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The University of California has suspended its junior year abroad program in Israel and is recalling its 27 remaining students there, though not all are heeding the call.

    Citing "dramatically escalating violence" in the region, UC made the recall official on Thursday, April 11 for...

  • A Place to Call Home

    By  Orit Arfa

    October 25, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    On his first day of work in 1985 as executive director of the Hillel Foundation at the University of California at Santa Barbara, Rabbi Stephen Cohen received a telling welcome.

    Cohen, a former New Yorker, stepped off the plane and took a cab straight to the University Religion...

  • The Hart of the Matter

    By Beverly Gray

    May 20, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The subject arose over dinner in a neighborhood restaurant. Have you heard, asked a friend who's generally up on current affairs, that the new governor wants to open the University of California system to the top 4 percent of every high school graduating class? The implications...
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