Hanukkah Gift Guide

As Hanukkah fast approaches (Dec. 22 this year), there arises the annual question of what gifts to get for your friends and family. If you’re tired of giving and receiving socks, gift cards, or body wash, you’re not alone. With…

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,…

Ha’Am’s Introductory Hanukkah Guide

What is Hanukkah? Hanukkah comes every year and can be described as a holiday for showing praise and appreciation for the Maccabee’s glorious overthrowing of their Syrian-Greek oppressors. The story highlights their recapturing of Jerusalem and their realization that they…

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…

A Jewish Guide to Handling Stress

Stressed out? Some Jewish tips to keep you sane: Another year, another fall quarter. In 2013, when my husband and I were starting out at JAM at UCSB, my husband made a Facebook post wishing all the students much success…

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…

That’s a Wrap: A Message From the Editor in Chief, Winter 2019

How often do you leave Westwood? When you’re a Jewish student at UCLA, it’s hard to find the time, between classes, studies, campus organizations, and social life to even think about the possibility of taking a day off for a…

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…

How to Explain Judaism to Those Who Ask

“So, am I really going to Hell?” I asked, with the nonchalance of a person inquiring about the weather. It was a Monday, and I was walking back from class with my best friend, Samantha, who was Christian.  She shifted…

Why You Should Get Involved in your Local Jewish Community

Getting involved in your local Jewish community may seem like a daunting task, but you may not realize how welcoming and open most Jewish communities are. Unlike most “religious” communities, people can get involved in their local Jewish community without…