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  • Shedding light on World War II’s Red Army Soviet Jews

    By Tom Teicholz

    June 11, 2014 | 9:48 am

    At the University of Southern California (USC), in the lobby of the Doheny Library, a giant story of Jewish history has been writ large in a small exhibition titled “Lives of the Great Patriotic War: The Untold Story of Soviet Jewish Soldiers in the Red Army during WWII.” On...

  • Spielberg announces new genocide research center

    By Ryan Torok

    April 25, 2014 | 5:25 pm

    A new Center for Advanced Genocide Research at the USC Shoah Foundation — announced today during a press conference at the University of Southern California — represents a milestone for the 20-year-old organization, according to filmmaker Steven Spielberg.

    Spielberg, who...

  • USC Shoah Foundation announces center for genocide research

    By Tom Tugend

    April 25, 2014 | 1:01 pm

    Establishment of a Center for Advanced Genocide Research at the University of Southern California (USC) was announced on April 25 by filmmaker Steven Spielberg, founder of the USC Shoah Foundation, and USC President C.L. Max Nikias, according to a press release.

    The center’s...

  • Moving and Shaking: Bet Tzedek gala, USHM LA dinner, Project Chicken Soup celebrates

    By Ryan Torok

    March 12, 2014 | 4:09 pm

    The Bet Tzedek Legal Services annual gala drew a capacity crowd of 1,500 guests to the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza hotel ballroom March 5 to celebrate its 40th anniversary and honor attorneys Bruce Ramer, Stanley Gold, five past Bet Tzedek leaders and other lawyers. 

    The...

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  • Strategies that work for employers, employees

    March 12, 2014 | 3:56 pm

    It’s not unusual for managers to take reports submitted by their employees and immediately assign a new one without ever engaging in constructive conversations regarding the work their employees do. 

    Big mistake, according to Beverly Kaye, co-author of “Help Them Grow or Watch...

  • 1950s ‘Cool,’ with a side of loss

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    February 21, 2014 | 3:37 pm

    Leo Braudy is a distinguished scholar at USC whose work focuses on the entertainment industry and other artifacts of popular culture.  His previous books range from “The Frenzy of Renown: Fame and Its History” to “The Hollywood Sign: Fantasy and Reality of an American Icon.” But...

  • Jews without Harvard

    By Rob Eshman

    February 12, 2014 | 11:39 am

    This is the time of year when the Golden Children of our tribe are being anointed by the nation’s finest colleges and universities. These kids have traveled a long road to glory — GPA, SAT, AP, interviews, essays, common apps.

    For a full year, the only question they’ve heard from...

  • Israel trip inspires art

    February 5, 2014 | 2:07 pm

    In organizing a 12-day trip to Israel with a group of friends last May, USC Professor Ruth Weisberg made certain that her itinerary included historic sites, cultural events and meals in the homes of friends. She also blocked out at least four hours daily for her fellow travelers to...

  • USC’s Jews, Muslims unite in quest for meat

    By Jared Sichel

    January 10, 2014 | 1:27 pm

    A common quest to answer the question “Where’s the beef?” has brought together Jews and Muslims at the University of Southern California (USC).

    Until recently, junior Mushfiqur Chowdhury was forced to rely on Muslim Student Union (MSU) events or rides from friends to off-campus...

  • Food trucks: Have kosher, will travel

    By Jared Sichel

    November 20, 2013 | 3:43 pm

    Finding space to move inside the tiny kitchen of The Kosher Palate food truck is tough, but that hasn’t stopped owner Michele Grant from using it to cook up plenty of creative meals for her menu.

    “Who doesn’t like tater tots?” asked Grant recently, as she showed off one of her...

  • Sharing the next gen: How Chabad is changing Hillel — and reshaping campus life

    By Jared Sichel

    October 24, 2013 | 3:31 pm

    Shabbat dinner tells one part of the story.

    When Alon Kashanian, a UCLA senior, wants a “very big social atmosphere” on erev Shabbat, he goes to Hillel’s grand, Jerusalem-stone-adorned, 25,000-square-foot Yitzhak Rabin Hillel Center for Jewish Life on Hilgard Avenue in Westwood....

  • USC-Shoah head named to genocide education chair

    By Ryan Torok

    October 16, 2013 | 10:39 am

    As the executive director of the USC Shoah Foundation-The Institute for Visual History and Education, Stephen Smith is known for his work preserving the memory of the Holocaust.

    Now, the USC adjunct professor of religion is being given a platform to promote education about crimes...

  • Ron Diskin: Mapping defenses against HIV

    By Simone Wilson

    October 9, 2013 | 1:38 pm

    The race to find a cure for AIDS, one of Earth’s most pressing epidemics for more than three decades now, is often more of a chaotic relay. Thousands of international scientists must constantly revise their own projects to keep up with findings from across all scientific...

  • Gina Nahai sues USC for discrimination

    By Danielle Berrin

    October 8, 2013 | 3:07 pm

    Gina Nahai, the distinguished Iranian-American author, has filed a workplace discrimination and harassment lawsuit against the University of Southern California and one of its employees, Brighde Mullins, an award-winning playwright and poet who serves as director of the USC...

  • How campus rabbis sermonize

    By Jared Sichel

    September 3, 2013 | 10:31 am

    Jonathan Gordon didn’t grow up particularly observant. Until his bar mitzvah, he attended High Holy Days services with his parents, but once he turned 13 he stopped going — he felt unengaged.

    That is until he started his undergraduate education at the University of Southern...

  • A Sunday call on same-sex marriage

    By Gina Nahai

    August 7, 2013 | 11:15 am

    I was talking with a young woman last Sunday afternoon. She had called me because she read the column I wrote here last month, about Sinai Temple’s decision to perform same-sex weddings. She said she’s gay and came out to her family a year ago. They’re Iranian Jews who care a great...

  • Israel’s arts, humanities: At USC, it’s academic

    By Tom Tugend

    July 10, 2013 | 1:47 pm

    About a year ago, it struck Ruth Weisberg, a professor of fine arts at USC, that not a single American university program focuses on Israel’s contributions in the arts and humanities.

    “By contrast, there are some 17 centers at major U.S. academic institutions examining the...

  • Practical app-lications

    June 19, 2013 | 1:23 pm

    Apps entertain, make life easier, provide a way for us to stay up to date on current events and much more. Some are vital, others less so, but the best are the ones that strike that balance between simplicity and innovation and leave us asking, “How did I ever get by without this?”...

  • Priest discusses Holocaust documentation efforts

    By Ryan Torok

    June 6, 2013 | 1:48 pm

    The Rev. Patrick Desbois, secretary to the French Conference of Bishops for relations with Judaism and adviser to the Vatican on the Jewish religion, appeared at Wilshire Boulevard Temple on May 22 to discuss his effort to locate the mass graves of the approximately 1.5 million...

  • USC student Samuel Levine dies tragically

    By Ryan Torok

    March 21, 2013 | 5:24 pm

    University of Southern California student Samuel Levine has died in an accident while on spring break in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico  He was 22.

    "Our deepest sympathies are with Sam’s parents and family members," said Steve A. Kay, dean of the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and...

  • Anne Frank’s stepsister speaks at USC and CSUN

    January 25, 2013 | 12:45 pm

    Her modesty, gracefulness and soft voice don’t suggest it, but Eva Schloss’ encounter with darkness has instilled in her a determination to tell the world her story.

    A childhood friend and, posthumously, a stepsister of Anne Frank, Schloss, now 84, recounted her Holocaust...

  • Israeli economics 101

    January 23, 2013 | 4:18 pm

    Ofek Lavian has two passions: business and Israel, his native land.

    What he felt that he was missing when he went to college at the University of Southern California was an opportunity to learn about his home country while interacting with people who shared his same interests in...

  • Jan 19–25, 2013

    By Ryan Torok

    January 16, 2013 | 1:39 pm

    SAT JAN 19

    YUVAL RON ENSEMBLE

    Oscar-winning composer Yuval Ron leads “Mystical Music and Dance of the Middle East.” Uniting Arabic, Jewish and Christian performers, the concert, part of the World City series at downtown’s Music Center, features songs of Sufi origin from Turkey,...

  • Women praying to be heard at the Western Wall

    By Rabbi Laura Geller

    December 19, 2012 | 10:23 am

    We approached the entrance to the Kotel Plaza a little before 7 a.m. on Rosh Hodesh Tevet. In my bag was my tallit, the beautiful purple-and-blue one that was hand woven as a gift from the students and faculty at USC more than 20 years ago, when I completed my time there as the...

  • The Carmen Warschaw way

    By Rob Eshman

    November 14, 2012 | 2:04 pm

    My most telling Carmen Warschaw memory is this: I greeted her at a fancy, crowded event at The Beverly Hills Hotel celebrating Israel’s 60th birthday. Soon, a group of her VIPs gathered around Carmen, talking politics and pleasantries. An elegantly dressed man approached. “Well,...

  • Remembering Carmen Warschaw

    By Bill Boyarsky

    November 7, 2012 | 4:10 pm

    Carmen

    I first met Carmen Warschaw when I became a political writer for the Associated Press in the mid 1960s.  I thought she was one of the most interesting, challenging people I'd met on my new beat, an opinion that has not changed over the years.   

    Carmen and her husband Lou --...

  • Carmen Warschaw, Democratic activist, philanthropist, 95

    By Tom Tugend

    November 7, 2012 | 4:03 pm

     

    Carmen H. Warschaw, passionate political activist, strategist, financial backer and “Jewish mother” to generations of Democratic office holders, died — fittingly — on Election Day, Nov. 6, after watching the television prognostications on the presidential race. She was 95.

    ...
  • Power of propaganda, from Nazi era to now

    By Ryan Torok

    September 27, 2012 | 3:52 pm

    One man’s propaganda is another man’s fact,” writer Eli Attie told an audience of approximately 100 students and other guests gathered at the University of Southern California’s Doheny Memorial Library. They were gathered for the panel discussion “Mind Over Media: Politics,...

  • Lessons from Arthur Schnitzler’s Vienna

    By Tom Teicholz

    September 27, 2012 | 3:31 pm

    One of my favorite New Yorker cartoons features two men in conversation walking down a city street. Surrounding them are dollar signs — in every window, on every car, on everything. The caption reads: “Remember when everything was sex, sex, sex?”

    This image came to mind the other...

  • USC seeks twins with Alzheimer’s for study

    July 18, 2012 | 5:42 pm

    Researchers at the University of Southern California are seeking twins with Alzheimer’s for a study that seeks to help researchers understand risk factors for the disease. Participants will be interviewed about their life histories and their experience with Alzheimer’s. The...

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