Kate Burt
11 Articles0 Comments

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…

Wrap Your Head Around This: Women Can Wear Tefillin, Too!

If you were to visit the Western Wall today, you would see public stalls for men to wrap tefillin, a set of leather straps and small boxes meant to be worn during prayer. You would not see any stalls for…

Power and Responsibility: An Application of Genesis

First, God made light: day and night. Then, the sky and the earth. God next made vegetation, then the living creatures, and finally humankind. Genesis 1:28 reads: God blessed [humankind], and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and…

Finding Female Empowerment in Judaism, Part II: Women’s Customs

In my prior article, Finding Female Empowerment in Judaism, Part I: The Stories of the Bible, I highlighted several Bible stories that demonstrate and exude female empowerment. I will now continue the series by examining women’s spiritual roles in the…

Finding female empowerment in Judaism, Part I: The stories of the Bible

Judaism comes with a set of beautiful morals, including everything from making the world a better place to giving and donating. Another value I recently learned is very Jewish is female empowerment. Many tales of the Bible embody and exemplify…