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  • California Assembly calls on U.C. schools to condemn anti-Semitism

    3 weeks ago

    The California State Assembly unanimously approved a resolution calling on University of California campuses to condemn all forms of anti-Semitism.

    The bipartisan resolution, sponsored by State Sen. Jeff Stone, a Republican, passed the Assembly on Monday. The...

  • Should the UC define anti-Semitism? No, protect free speech

    June 24, 2015 | 3:44 pm

    Should a major university system have a particular definition of anti-Semitism?

    That’s what is being asked of the University of California’s Board of Regents. Two dozen groups, led by the AMCHA Initiative, want the regents to adopt the definition used by the U.S Department of...

  • Should the UC define anti-Semitism? Yes, adopt the State Dept. version

    June 24, 2015 | 3:27 pm

    Dear Honorable Members of the University of California Board of Regents:

    We are 32 organizations representing hundreds of thousands of supporters who are deeply concerned about the safety and well-being of Jewish students at the University of California. In light of the alarming...

  • The University of California should stand for free speech

    June 24, 2015 | 12:36 pm

    On the surface, the UC system adopting a definition of anti-Semitism seems like a no-brainer. After all, the University should oppose all forms of racism and discrimination, and have meaningful definitions to guide its policies of enforcement. However, the definition of...

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  • Concern for UC Jewish students: An open letter to the Regents

    June 22, 2015 | 12:13 pm

    Dear Honorable Members of the University of California Board of Regents,

    We are 32 organizations representing hundreds of thousands of supporters who are deeply concerned about the safety and well-being of Jewish students at the University of California. In light of the...
  • Five killed, at least eight injured in Berkeley balcony collapse

    June 16, 2015 | 9:01 am

    Five young Irish citizens were killed and at least eight other people were injured when an apartment balcony collapsed early on Tuesday in the Californian city of Berkeley, Ireland's foreign minister said.

    Earlier, Berkeley Police Department spokeswoman Jennifer Coats said the...

  • Campus Anti-Semitism at UC and Stanford

    May 26, 2015 | 10:28 am

    So far as we are concerned, Berkeley’s Golden Bears have already won the Stanford Axe, the trophy in their annual “Big Game” with the Cardinals, despite the fact that college football season is still months away.

    Our reason: the contrast between recent actions of the presidents...

  • UC President Janet Napolitano wants UC to regard some anti-Israel views as anti-Semitic

    By Jared Sichel

    May 21, 2015 | 12:11 pm

    On the final day of a meeting in San Francisco among the University of California’s Board of Regents, UC President Janet Napolitano said in a radio interview with 90.9 WBUR in Boston that her “personal view” is that the UC should adopt the State Department’s definition of...

  • Univ. of California alumni call for steps to curb campus anti-Semitism

    May 21, 2015 | 11:40 am

    More than 500 alumni of the University of California called on the system’s president and Board of Regents to address the “rising tide of anti-Jewish bigotry at the UC.”

    The alumni wrote in the open letter published Wednesday in the Daily Bruin, the student newspaper of the...

  • U.C. Santa Barbara student senate votes down Israel divestment resolution

    April 16, 2015 | 3:03 pm

    The University of California, Santa Barbara, student senate narrowly voted down an Israel divestment resolution.

    Following an eight-hour debate, the resolution was defeated early Thursday morning in a vote of 13 against and 12 in favor, with one abstention. The Associated...

  • 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...

  • Rally against anti-Semitism held in Sacramento

    March 10, 2015 | 10:15 am

    Hundreds gathered in Sacramento on the steps of the California state capitol for a rally against anti-Semitism.

    Monday’s rally, organized by the Jewish Federation of the Sacramento region, attracted Jewish community leaders and members, politicians and others, the local...

  • Reward offered in search for U.C. Davis swastika vandals

    February 4, 2015 | 2:33 pm

    The Anti-Defamation League has offered a $2,500 reward for assistance in catching whoever spray-painted swastikas at a Jewish fraternity house at the University of California, Davis.

    The reward, which was announced by Davis police on Tuesday and reported by the Sacramento Bee, is...

  • Finding the silver lining in another BDS loss

    By Jared Sichel

    December 18, 2014 | 10:19 am

    Although pro-Israel groups roundly condemned the most recent passage of an Israel divestment resolution in California — this time by UAW 2865, a union that represents 13,000 University of California graduate students — the actual results may depict a student body that tends less...

  • UC grad students endorse Israel divestment by 30 point margin

    By Jared Sichel

    December 10, 2014 | 5:02 pm

    Another domino has fallen in California for the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement with the passage of a divestment resolution sponsored by UAW 2865, a union that represents more than 13,000 of University of California's approximately 50,000 graduate and...

  • Student committee votes 10-0 to delay confirmation of Jewish UCLA student to Board of Regents

    By Jared Sichel

    July 4, 2014 | 12:48 am

    A group that represents the University of California’s student body further highlighted how this state has become the flashpoint for the Israeli-Palestinian debate on American campuses when it requested that the powerful UC Board of Regents delay its confirmation of Avi Oved, a...

  • U. of Calif. student board to discuss allegations against Jewish regent-designate

    July 1, 2014 | 11:56 am

    The University of California Student Association will hold a meeting to discuss allegations against a Jewish student nominated to serve as a regent for the statewide university system.

    UCSA’s board agreed Saturday to hold an emergency meeting to look into the allegations against...

  • Halls of Ivy

    By Steve Greenberg

    June 5, 2014 | 5:23 pm

  • Anti-Israel campaign at UCLA echoes of McCarthyism

    May 20, 2014 | 1:10 pm

    UCLA has some proud moments in the history of civil liberties.

    After World War II, UCLA and the University of California, Berkeley, were the hotbeds of opposition to an anti-communist loyalty oath that California tried to impose on academics. Ultimately the professors won in...

  • U. of Calif. leaders condemn student effort to limit Israel trips

    May 19, 2014 | 4:33 pm

    The heads of UCLA and the University of California system criticized a student-led pledge that urged candidates for student government to refuse trips to Israel sponsored by certain pro-Israel groups.

    In a statement emailed Friday to students, staff and faculty, UCLA Chancellor...

  • UC and CSU campuses are more diverse than ever

    April 30, 2014 | 11:51 am

    Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Michigan voter initiative that banned the use of racial and ethnic preferences in admissions to public higher education (Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action). The Michigan initiative was patterned after...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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