The Quintessential Jewish Mom

I left my house before writing this article with a four-course lunch packed in my bag with a note that writes, “I’ll miss your little punim while you’re learning so much in school!” One might ask, “Did this come from…

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…

10 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Were Jewish

Drake Drake grew up in a Jewish area in Toronto, and even attended a Jewish day school there. The “In My Feelings” rapper who is currently touring all over the world identifies himself as Jewish in songs and interviews and…

Ladino: How a Romantic Jewish Language is Preserved at UCLA

Little is known about the traditional Mediterranean language of Ladino, or Judeo-Spanish, aside from its association with Jewish life and history. The popularized and often cited representative of Ladino is probably the familiar “Ocho Kandelikas” Hanukkah song, and even that…

What are Jewish bruins thankful for?

Jackie Schaeffer I am thankful for the dignity that my community shows. More so, I’m thankful for our resilience — thankful that we approach the world with hope.       Orly Termeie I am thankful for my family. My…

6 ways to show you are proud of your Judaism

On Saturday, October 27th, a gunman opened fire in a Pittsburgh synagogue killing 11 innocent Jews and injuring 6 others. The attack occurred at Tree of Life Congregation in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh. With the occurrence of this tragedy, the…

12 Best Kosher Foods to Buy at Trader Joes

Trader Joe’s is well known for their healthy and cheap options, but in the Jewish world, they are well-known for the large variety of Kosher and pareve products on their shelves. With such a wide variety, here are a few…

The Impossible Kosher Cheese Burger

A cheese burger – the quintessential non-Kosher food. And now, it has arrived for the Kosher consumer. In late May, the Impossible Burger received Kosher supervision. The patty is a plant based meat substitute, which the company advertises as tasting,…

Can Jewish Stereotypes in TV Be Used For Good?

As I continue to watch TV shows like The O.C. and New Girl, both of which contain prominent Jewish characters that express their religious backgrounds freely, my immediate reaction is a proud and happy one. I think that it is so cool that TV…

Waking Lions: A Predator’s Choice

Israeli writer Ayelet Gundar-Goshen, acclaimed author of the novel Waking Lions, named one of New York Times’ 100 Notable Books of 2017, spoke UCLA’s Fowler Museum Feb. 22. She participated in a dialogue about the background of her book and…