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  • Finding the silver lining in another BDS loss

    By Jared Sichel

    17 hours ago

    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

    1 week ago

    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...

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  • 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...

  • 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...

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