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  • 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,...

  • Nation & World Briefs

    September 22, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Israel: No Hamas in Elections

    Top Israeli leaders confirmed that they do not want Hamas to take part in Palestinian elections. It's up to the Palestinians to "decide if they would like to have real elections," Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom told journalists in New York on Monday,...

  • Local Team Solves Ancient Mystery

    By Gaby Wenig

    October 14, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    In 1979 two tiny pieces of cracked and deteriorated silver found in a tomb outside of the Old City of Jerusalem proved to be one of the most important archeological discoveries of the century.

    The silver strips had Hebrew writing on them -- albeit a very different-looking Hebrew to...

  • Seniors Flock to OASIS of Learning

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    August 5, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "Make the shape of a U with your hips," coaches belly-dancing teacher Elexa Williams. Her students willingly comply, rolling their shoulders, gyrating their torsos and undulating their hips as they follow the teacher's example. Around their waists, the participants wear scarves...

  • USC Honors Cell Phone Pioneer

    By Tom Tugend

    March 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    As millions of people across the globe yak away on their cell phones, they can thank an Italian Jewish immigrant who laid the foundation for the ubiquitous device.

    Equally grateful is USC, which earlier this month unveiled its newly named Andrew and Erna Viterbi School of Engineering...

  • Your Letters

    September 25, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    PETA Profanes Holocaust?

    Dr. Joel Geiderman ("Campaign by PETA Profanes Holocaust," Sept. 19) should read "Eternal Treblinka" by Charles Patterson, a history scholar who devotes much of his book to explaining that it is because the Nazis equated Jews with animals that they were so...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    February 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm


    Somehow, USC Hillel and the Casden Institute have tracked down a few Jews in Hollywood. This weekend, the machers gather with Jewish student filmmakers from Los Angeles and New York for USC's fourth annual Jewish Student Film Festival. Today's itinerary: An afternoon...

  • Bruin Pair Ready to Battle Trojans

    By Carin Davis

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Crosstown football rivals UCLA (7-3) and USC (8-2) will face-off in their 72nd annual battle for city bragging rights at The Rose Bowl on Saturday, Nov. 23. And leading the Bruins are Jewish senior starters Mike Seidman and Mike Saffer.

    Tight end Mike Seidman, 21, whose mother is...

  • USC Names First Jewish Board Chair

    By Ruth Andrew Ellenson

    October 3, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The University of Southern California, once considered a bastion of WASP elitism, has capped a decade of transformation by naming Stanley Gold as its first Jewish board chairman.

    Gold's appointment comes a decade after USC President Stephen Sample made a number of key appointments...

  • Arnold, ‘Moses und Aron’

    By Tom Tugend

    December 6, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Los Angeles largely ignored Arnold Schoenberg, arguably the most influential and controversial composer of the 20th century, when he labored at USC and UCLA during the last 17 years of his life.

    As if to make up for the slight, the city's musical and cultural institutions will...

  • USC & HUC: A Winning Partnership

    By Ruth Stroud

    January 28, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    In the annals of party-going, the dinner hosted by USC President Steven Sample and his wife, Kathryn, at their impressive San Marino estate home last week, ranked right up near the top.

    The food and drinks were excellent, the speeches short and few, and the general bonhomie so...

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