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Matana Shams
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Matana is a Junior at UCLA majoring in Sociology. She is the youngest child in her family and the first to attend UCLA. Her favorite activities include listening to music and eating chocolate. She aims to finish her bachelors in Sociology, earn her master’s degree, and learn how to play the piano.

Trump’s Presidential “Mistake” on International Holocaust Memorial Day

This past month, U.S. President Donald Trump made a statement on International Holocaust Remembrance Day that left many rather disturbed: “Yet, we know that in the darkest hours of humanity, light shines the brightest. ‎ As we remember those who…

From Dealing to Teaching

From Fall 2016 Print Edition, “Transitions” “How does a professional drug dealer end up with a PhD, teaching at UCLA? Israeli-born, Professor Adi Jaffe went from selling drugs to a well-respected statistics professor in the UCLA psychology department.”  According to…

An Exhibit of Our Past: The Jews of Boyle Heights

Most of us are familiar with Los Angeles’ Jewish-inhabited areas, including La Brea, Fairfax, and Pico-Robertson. These neighborhoods house multitudes of kosher restaurants, markets, and shops. However, most Jews who live in Los Angeles are not aware of how the…

Meet the Hanflings: UCLA’s New JAM Couple

As we start a fresh academic term on campus, it is only appropriate that we get to know the new family running the Jewish Awareness Movement (JAM) at UCLA, the Hanflings. For those of you unfamiliar with JAM, it is…