Have You Ever Wondered What Jewish Life is Like at Other Universities?

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, I joined the “Zoom University Hillel” Facebook page alongside nearly 15,000 other young Jewish college students from around the world. It has since been utilized for many purposes, including the sharing of memes,…

The Art that Fought the Holocaust

“Black milk of morning we drink you at dusktime  We drink you at noontime and dawntime we drink you at night  We drink and drink We scoop out a grave in the sky where it’s roomy to lie.” Those are…

JoJo Rabbit Review: The Nazi Comedy That Will Have You Laughing and Crying

Writer and director Taika Waititi, best known for his work on Thor: Ragnorak, brings us his satirical dark comedy-drama based during the time of World War II. In the movie, a 10-year-old Nazi-obsessed boy discovers a Jewish girl hiding in…

The Only Way to Win is to be Proud

“She drove me to Hebrew day 6-8th grade almost every day. Lives down the street from me” This was the text I received after Shabbat from a close childhood friend about Lori Gilbert Kaye, the woman who was mercilessly killed…

A Centrist Manifesto on Israel

I am a Jew devoted to Israel. I believe that Jewish life cannot be sustained without Israel at its core, and Israel cannot be sustained without the Jewish people at its side. When I look at Israel, I do not…

SMC Student Raises Over $700 Through Instagram to Help the Less Fortunate

In fall of 2018, Ava Zarifpour, 21, raised over $700 for socks, sanitary products, and hygiene kits for the homeless with the help of her friend, Adina Jalali. Zarifpour, a sociology student at Santa Monica College, said she first thought…

Israeli Breakthrough in Cancer Research Leads to Promising Results

A team of Israeli scientists believe they are on the brink of discovering a cure to cancer. According to 2013-2015 data from the National Cancer Institute, approximately 38.4 percent of men and women will be diagnosed with cancer within their…

The Bund: Hereness and Resistance

Doi’kayt– a Yiddish word signifying “hereness.” For decades, this was the central principle of the General Jewish Labor Bund, a multinational and decentralized labor organization of Yiddish-speaking Eastern European Jews. Founded in 1897, the Bund and its various branches was…

Zionism: A Brief Guide in Perplexity

It’s the perfect moment in which to re-examine Zionism afresh–and not only because of the recent spate of fighting between Israel and Gaza, the controversy surrounding the SJP national conference held some weeks ago here at UCLA, or the fact…

New Kosher Restaurant Review: Supa Coffee, A Cafe for The “Urban Hustler”

In the midst of the third wave coffee movement, coffee shops around Los Angeles are becoming increasingly seen as hipster, pretentious and even intimidating. Supa Coffee, a newly certified kosher coffee shop in the Pico-Robertson neighborhood, seeks to break this…