Kate Burt
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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,…

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…

Was Mr. Hillel’s Promotional Content Offensive?

I was scrolling through Instagram last week when a post by Hillel at UCLA showed up on my feed. It was a photo of eight men, this year’s Mr. Hillel contestants, in tutus, posing as a group. Upon further investigation…

The Art that Fought the Holocaust

“Black milk of morning we drink you at dusktime  We drink you at noontime and dawntime we drink you at night  We drink and drink We scoop out a grave in the sky where it’s roomy to lie.” Those are…

UCLA Jewish Alumni Profiles

Introduction by Kate: As we transition from college to our postgraduate lives, we will have an abundance of decisions to make. One may find oneself asking: Will I go to graduate school? Will I join the work-force full-time? Or maybe…

From Rap to Rock: Top Ten Modern Hanukkah Songs… Besides Adam Sandler’s

“Hanukkah is The Festival of Lights Instead of one day of presents We have eight crazy nights!” – Those are the words famously sung by Adam Sandler on Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update on December 3rd, 1994. By that point,…

The Real Rabbis of Westwood: An Interview With Rabbi Dovid Gurevich

This series is named after the popular TV franchise known as the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. We have a bit of a different mission, though. Whereas the Real Housewives series aims to highlight drama between its subjects, the Real…

Staff Member Sarah Fields on the AntiSemitism She Has Endured and How it Has Shaped Her

California’s San Francisco Bay Area is a progressive hub. However, it was the Bay Area where while growing up, Ha’Am’s own Sarah Fields’ Jewish identity was pushed away from her due to vicious acts of antisemitism.  A young Sarah Fields…

My Maternal Grandmother is a Jewish Convert. So What am I?

Until she was a junior in high school, my maternal grandmother was unaware of the existence of Judaism.  It was not her fault– she had been raised in what she calls a “bubble:” a religious community in rural Michigan, where…

10 Lesser Known Influential Jewish Women

Women need to take up more space. Here are 10 women, all Jewish, who have done so in their fields and the world. However, these are not your Gloria Steinems or your Ruth Bader Ginsbergs. For this piece, I wish…