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Eight Great Purim Costume Ideas

The Jewish holiday Purim begins the evening of Wednesday, March 20th and ends the evening of Thursday, March 21st. Purim celebrates the Jewish people being saved from Haman’s evil plot to kill all of the Jewish people. Purim is known…

TV Shows that Celebrate Judaism

With so many Jews prominent in the entertainment world, Jewish themes, characters, and holidays are bound to come up in TV shows. As a fellow Jew, it is joyous to see my religious background expressed on television. By foregoing the…

6 Ways to get Involved in the Los Angeles Community

Challah for Hunger Challah for Hunger is a national charity that bakes and sells challahs on college campuses. The organization donates all the proceeds toward ending hunger in local communities and spreading awareness of the current problems of food shortage…

10 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Were Jewish

Drake Drake grew up in a Jewish area in Toronto, and even attended a Jewish day school there. The “In My Feelings” rapper who is currently touring all over the world identifies himself as Jewish in songs and interviews and…

6 ways to show you are proud of your Judaism

On Saturday, October 27th, a gunman opened fire in a Pittsburgh synagogue killing 11 innocent Jews and injuring 6 others. The attack occurred at Tree of Life Congregation in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh. With the occurrence of this tragedy, the…

12 Best Kosher Foods to Buy at Trader Joes

Trader Joe’s is well known for their healthy and cheap options, but in the Jewish world, they are well-known for the large variety of Kosher and pareve products on their shelves. With such a wide variety, here are a few…

Can Jewish Stereotypes in TV Be Used For Good?

As I continue to watch TV shows like The O.C. and New Girl, both of which contain prominent Jewish characters that express their religious backgrounds freely, my immediate reaction is a proud and happy one. I think that it is so cool that TV…

Interview with Holocaust Survivor Harry Davids

I had the privilege of sitting down with Harry Davids, a Holocaust survivor. In our conversation, we discussed his life story, his worldview and his relentless optimism. Responses have been edited mildly for clarity. Can you tell me a little…

Hypocrisy arises as Jewish community advocates call for the release of UCSD student and DACA recipient, Orr Yakobi

A Jewish UC San Diego student and DACA recipient was detained at the U.S./Mexico border Jan. 7, after he and his roommate accidentally took a wrong turn into Mexico—sparking widespread advocacy for his release. Orr Yakobi, originally from Israel, who…

URJ Camp Newman Devastated by Northern California Wildfires

As the camp assesses damages, fundraising and community efforts prove to be essential as Jewish identity is kept close to the hearts of those affected by the devastation.