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The path from Hebrew major to the Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies, 56 years in the making

Illustration by Rivka Cohen ________________ Assuming all other suitable conversation topics have been dealt with, sitting around a bar table, one might wonder aloud what the role of Jewish Studies is at a large public university. Is it to provide…

Campus rabbis: the mensches and martyrs of UCLA

Growing up, I belonged to a synagogue with two rabbis — one senior rabbi and one associate rabbi. I was close with one of them, but mainly because we studied together in the weeks leading up to my bat mitzvah.…

Israel in three dimensions, no glasses required

I love Israel. You love Israel. We all love Israel — but in order not to descend into childish song and let the discussion end there, it is necessary to educate ourselves about the nation we love so much. For…

New Year, New Rabbi: Moshe Nachbar Joins JAM

It’s a rainy day, which, aside from forcing all of the umbrellas and slightly warmer jackets out from the back of students’ closets, signals another change in the UCLA landscape: endless lines at Kerckhoff Coffee House. Eager caffeine addicts and…