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…

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…

On Solidarity, Peoplehood, and Empathy: A response to the Los Angeles vigil supporting the those hurt and lost in Pittsburgh

Jews from all over Los Angeles came together on Sunday for a vigil in support of the families who were affected by terror Saturday morning in Pittsburgh. With a growing list of 64 Jewish organizations sponsoring the vigil, the question…

Candlelight vigil for Pittsburgh synagogue shooting held at Federal Building

Jews and people of other faiths gathered at the Federal Building at the intersection of Veteran Avenue and Gayley Avenue Sunday evening for a candlelight vigil in solidarity with the Pittsburgh Jewish community after 11 people were killed in a…

An Interview with Ben Shapiro

Click here to see Ha’Am’s Fall 2017 Print Edition: “Growing Pains” I sat down with Ben Shapiro, American conservative political commentator and editor-in-chief of The Daily Wire, to discuss his experiences at UCLA, his Jewish image, anti-Semitism, his views on Zionism and…

URJ Camp Newman Devastated by Northern California Wildfires

As the camp assesses damages, fundraising and community efforts prove to be essential as Jewish identity is kept close to the hearts of those affected by the devastation.

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…

John Bolton and Gen. Shafir Speak at IAF Forum

On Thursday night, the Israel Air Force Center Foundation, a nonprofit organization that aims to “develop the IAF’s human capital,” hosted former UN Ambassador John Bolton and Brigadier General Relik Shafir in a forum on the Iran Nuclear Deal. Bolton…

Shabbat 3000: this year’s Shabbos Project in Los Angeles

Observance of the Sabbath, also known as Shabbat (שבת in Hebrew), is one of the most well-known, yet least understood, commandments of the Torah. Non-observers might think of Shabbat of a day of full restrictions and limitations; however, it is…

First Farsi Holocaust text connects Iranians to Jewish history

On October 14, I was privileged to be a student delegate at 30 Years After’s 3rd Biennial Conference. 30 Years After is the civic and political voice of America’s Iranian Jews, the first and only organization of its kind. The…