Shayna Lavi on the Anti-Semitism She Experienced at UCLA

On May 14, 2019 a guest speaker came into one of my anthropology classes at UCLA. Her speech was supposed to be on Islamophobia but instead her speech became anti-semitic and anti-Israel.…

Have You Ever Wondered What Jewish Life is Like at Other Universities?

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, I joined the “Zoom University Hillel” Facebook page alongside nearly 15,000 other young Jewish college students from around the world. It has since been utilized for many purposes, including the sharing of memes,…

Life in Quarantine: Expectations vs. Reality

It’s quarantine 2020. First week of quarantine we were all in a panic, thinking the world was over and then slowly realizing that the world was still going on. After the initial panic and realizing that life is still going…

Shayna Lavi on the Anti-Semitism She Experienced at UCLA

On May 14, 2019 a guest speaker came into one of my anthropology classes at UCLA. Her speech was supposed to be on Islamophobia but instead her speech became anti-semitic and anti-Israel. She classified a “good” Jew from a “bad”…

Life in Quarantine: Surviving the Zoomiverse

Welcome to the Zoomiverse, Bruins! By now you’ve probably figured out that this quarantine isn’t going anywhere (and—neither are you). That’s okay! We’re all in this together. It’s definitely tough navigating our new day-to-day world, but our HA’AM Team is…

Has Social Media Helped Anti-Semitism?

Anti-semitism has been alive and well not just for decades, but for centuries, and has expanded its grasp to reach every corner of the world. As society has progressed with technology, specifically towards social media, the expression of hate has…

#JewishAndProud?

I’m sick of responding to antisemitism. I’m burnt-out on the hashtags and the Facebook profile picture frames. And I’ve just about had it with the way that every Jewish thing I do feels calculated and performative. Our institutions instruct us,…

Your Feelings are Valid. Your Trauma is Valid.

Spanning from ancient history to modern times, the Jewish people have endured an abundance of trauma.  Every day there is a new anti-Semitic attack making the news. Additionally, many individuals continue to be affected by the Holocaust even 80 years…

Masked

As I strolled down Pico Boulevard on my second day back in America, I was struck by the friendliness of all the security guards I passed while en route to my destination. It took me a while to realize that…

Disloyal: Fascists Come to UCLA

This article includes a statement from Bruin Republicans. The statement can be found at the end of the article. Fascists are organizing at UCLA.   It’s no secret that the word “fascist” has largely lost its meaning in casual conversation.…

A Jewish Girl’s Guide to Understanding Kosher

So what exactly is kosher? What does it mean to keep kosher? And what exactly are all the rules one must follow to keep kosher? For someone who (kind of) identifies as Jewish, I found myself asking these questions quite…