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  • College students unite to save conservative youth program

    July 11, 2012 | 12:31 pm

    A Conservative movement college outreach program has survived potential demise — for now. Responding to an organized outcry by students and alumni, the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (USCJ) voted on June 10 to fund KOACH, its campus program, with $100,000 for the coming...

  • Ambushed by optimism

    By Marty Kaplan

    July 2, 2012 | 11:02 am

    Twice in the past few weeks, my train of thought has been hijacked by hope.

    I am not by nature pessimistic.  But for a while now my mood about America’s prospects has been grim.  Big money has swamped our politics.  Power has been concentrated into fewer and fewer hands. ...

  • Doctor fighting leukemia seeks matching donor

    June 13, 2012 | 5:08 pm

    A veteran physician diagnosed with leukemia is hoping to find a compatible bone marrow match within the Jewish community to help him beat back the life-threatening disease. Be The Match, the National Marrow Donor Registry, is holding a donor screening on Thursday at USC’s Rand...

  • Shoah Foundation presents inspiration award to Steven Spielberg’s father

    By  Tom Tugend

    May 2, 2012 | 12:14 pm

    The Four Seasons banquet room was teeming with Spielbergs, but for once it wasn’t producer/director Steven, nor sisters Nancy, Sue or Anne, who were in the spotlight.

    Rather, the mishpachah had gathered to pay their respects and express their filial love to the 95-year-old family...

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  • Home movies reveal cultural history of SoCal Jews

    April 4, 2012 | 2:39 pm

    Home movies have long played an important role in the lives of American Jews. Backyard barbecues, baby namings, bar mitzvahs — few are the events that haven’t been captured on film by the Jewish parent or grandparent. Home movies contain our memories, our inside jokes, our first...

  • USC president on campus pluralism and the BDS campaign

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 15, 2012 | 7:57 am

    C.L. Max Nikias, the president of the University of Southern California, who recently traveled to Israel, discusses academic integration and his opposition to the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel.

    Shmuel Rosner: You wrote in 2010 that embracing BDS...

  • USC Israel fellow named an ‘AIPAC ally’ for second consecutive year

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    March 8, 2012 | 12:39 pm

    At its conference in Washington, D.C., this week, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) recognized Ido Adulamy, the Jewish Agency Israel Fellow to Hillel at the University of Southern California, as one of its best allies on North American college campuses.

    It was...

  • USC leaders visit Israel with eye toward expanding academic ties

    February 29, 2012 | 3:06 pm

    A delegation of trustees, professors and faculty from the University of Southern California (USC) benefited from the spring sunshine in Israel, an unexpected bonus (or perhaps lucky selling point) on a trip to explore increased academic ties with Israeli institutions.

    The group...

  • Shoah Foundation gathers stories of Rwandan genocide

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    November 15, 2011 | 5:13 pm

    The USC Shoah Foundation Institute is home to more than 52,000 videotaped testimonies about the Holocaust, and people searching the archive’s index enter a single keyword into their queries more than any other: “Auschwitz.”

    “Auschwitz seems to be the one that people go to...

  • Acting from the heart

    February 15, 2011 | 11:04 am

    USC freshman Shayna Turk, a 2010 graduate and former class president of New Community Jewish High School in West Hills, didn’t expect a nice gesture with a simple purpose to turn into a mitzvah with the power to save and restore young lives. The musical theater summer camp she...

  • Bagels, Bongos and Josh Kun

    By Tom Teicholz

    May 11, 2010 | 5:33 pm

    If USC professor Josh Kun had his way, the Jewish people might not be known as “the People of the Book” but rather “the People of the Record.”

    “Jews on Vinyl,” curated by Kun and Roger Bennett, of the Charles and Andrea Bronfman Foundation, is the new exhibition at the...

  • Journey to Judaism

    April 28, 2010 | 5:43 pm

    I grew up in Valparaiso, a predominantly white, Christian city in northwestern Indiana.  Brought up in a fervently Lutheran family, I attended a Lutheran parish (a church-run school) for eight years, went to church twice a week, and prayed before every meal and every night before...

  • USC Conference Spotlights Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive

    April 13, 2010 | 5:55 pm

    The USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education hosted its first International Digital Access, Outreach and Research Conference, highlighting the foundation’s visual history archive, which contains 52,000 video interviews with Holocaust survivors and witnesses...

  • Proposed USC-Dubai journalism school concerns faculty and community

    By Bill Boyarsky

    October 29, 2008 | 8:27 pm

    Faculty members at the USC Annenberg School for Communications are deep into a controversy that should be of interest to the Jewish community.

    It concerns a proposal from USC for a $3 million contract for Annenberg to work with the American University in Dubai to create a journalism...

  • USC Muslim group removes anti-Semitic passage from Web site

    August 28, 2008 | 12:10 am

    USC Muslim Group Removes anti-Semitic Passage From Its Internet Site

    Until earlier this month, the Muslim Students Association (MSA) at USC included on its Web site the complete texts of the Quran, Islam's holy book, and the Hadith, which are the oral traditions associated with the...

  • The Straight-Talk Express returns

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 10, 2008 | 3:08 pm

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    Cheering for the wrong team in the 2006 Rose Bowl

    John McCain’s off-handed snipe at his wife’s alma mater, the University of Spoiled Children, has won some of my favor. An LA Times op-ed with the details after the jump.

  • Scene & Heard

    By Danielle Berrin

    May 15, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Carmen Warschaw
    Inspired by an election season in which young, first-time voters are participating in record numbers, USC trustee Carmen Warschaw has pledged a $3 million gift to endow the Carmen H. and Louis Warschaw Chair in Practical Politics. The goal of the new position is meant to encourage...
  • Briefs: Blogging for Israel@60, Weil makes it official

    May 1, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Blogging for Israel's Anniversary

    Craig Taubman loves to brainstorm. That's how he came up with many of his ideas for Israel's 60th anniversary -- such as the "flash mob," where 60 people will converge in a Los Angeles street (he won't say when and where), stand still for 60 seconds,...

  • Local students go to lobby in D.C., seniors party at ‘senior prom’

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 24, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Local Students Lobby at the Capitol

    A group of University Synagogue religious school students paid a springtime visit to Washington, D.C., where they lobbied senior staff members of Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), as well as Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Los...

  • UCLA and USC archaeologists hope preserving the Middle East’s shared past can pave way to protecting

    By Tom Tugend

    April 7, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Two unlikely peacemakers are proposing that if Israelis and Palestinians can agree on how to preserve and protect a common archaeological past, perhaps they can agree on a common future.

    If that sounds like a pipedream, teams of scientists from the two antagonistic neighbors and the...

  • Hebrew Union College considers expansion

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    January 17, 2008 | 7:00 pm


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    From high above, the southeast corner of Hoover and 32nd streets near downtown would appear to be some of the only developable land between the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and the Staples Center -- a parking lot, a large field used by the USC women's soccer team...
  • Sarah Silverman explains kabbalah [video]

    By Dennis Wilen

    November 30, 2007 | 1:10 pm

    To call Sarah Silverman smart-mouthed is an understatement.  She combines potty-mouthed comedy with a sly observational wit that breaks categories and engages the belly laugh as well as tugging at the heart strings.

    If this is vulgarity. give us more!

    Last night she headlined a...

  • College students are a new breed of philanthropists

    By Celia Soudry

    November 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    It's not uncommon for well-established, wealthy members of a community to donate money to various causes, but these days, there's a new breed of philanthropist in town -- the college student.

    University Hillels throughout Southern California are developing philanthropy and...

  • Jewish and Muslim students at USC share dorm and friendships

    By Nick Street

    December 21, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The fact that the Taj Mahal was built by a Muslim Mughal is news to one Jewish student, who asked not to be named. The student and Asad Hasnat, a sophomore from Pakistan, have been talking about architecture in India during one of the weekly Monday Munchies socials put together for...

  • Happy Rosh Hashanah: swastika flags fly over SoCal, Florida highways

    September 28, 2006 | 8:00 pm


    Swastikas were found flying from highway overpasses in Los Angeles and northern San Diego County, as well as in Orlando, Fla., just before the Jewish New Year. Calls began coming in to law enforcement agencies in Los Angeles at around 5:45 a.m. on Sept. 22, saying flags with...
  • USC Trojans march for restored Torah; Backyard tashlich in Fairfax

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Trojans Greet Restored Torah
     
    When the Trojan fight song rings out at a Torah restoration ceremony, where else could you be but at USC?

    About 100 people gathered Sunday under the shade of sycamore trees in front of the university's Bovard Auditorium to witness the ceremonial...

  • Kaplan’s Collage

    By Tom Teicholz

    August 17, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Here's Marty Kaplan blogging on Huffington Post about suggested treatments for Mel Gibson's "problem":
    "'Jew Like Me' is another strategy. Walk a mile in my shoes. Gain 10 pounds at my table. Wait two hours after lunch before swimming. Laugh that ironic meta-laugh right along with...
  • Artists Dream in a Golden Age

    By Sarah Price Brown

    June 29, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Sam Erenberg spends most of the day, nearly every day, alone in a 1,000-square-foot box.

    "It's like a temple," the painter says of his artist's studio.

    A lonely temple, that is.

    "I'm the rabbi and congregation all in one," he says with a laugh.

    Working as an artist can be...

  • Unmasking Israel’s Mystery Benefactor

    By Tom Tugend

    May 4, 2006 | 8:00 pm

     

    The mystery man of the Israeli economy, as he was dubbed by the country's media, is alive and well and living in Los Angeles.

    His name is Elliott Broidy, and in the last two years he has raised $800 million to boost private enterprise in the Jewish state.

    Broidy earned the...

  • Art Exhibit Links Trojans, Bruins

    By Robert David Jaffee

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Divided between the USC and UCLA campuses, the latest art exhibition by the Jewish Artist Initiative (JAI), titled, "Makor/Source," taps into the wellspring of Jewish life.

    How fitting that Ruth Weisberg, USC dean of fine arts, would include her water-themed, mixed-media drawing,...

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