Jewish Community Should Move Westwood Forward

Last quarter, my colleague Zev Hurwitz argued persuasively for UCLA’s Jewish community to renew its commitment to social justice. Soon, Jewish Bruins will have an opportunity to do just that by voting for the formation of a new North Westwood Neighborhood Council…

Interview with Holocaust Survivor Harry Davids

I had the privilege of sitting down with Harry Davids, a Holocaust survivor. In our conversation, we discussed his life story, his worldview and his relentless optimism. Responses have been edited mildly for clarity. Can you tell me a little…

Jewish Student Advocates Must Own Issues of “The Other”

Jewish students at University of California campuses have always been good at organizing for issues pertaining to the collegiate Jewish experience. For instance, in 2014, UC administrators announced that the system would be shortening the 2014-15 academic year’s winter break…

Whose Tribe is it Anyway?

Throughout history, and even today, outspoken racists and anti-Semites have claimed to be part of the 10 Lost Tribes of Israel. Many have portrayed themselves as members of the true Chosen People, some declaring that the Jews are demonic impostors. …

Young Jewish Democrats caucus in San Diego

Last Saturday afternoon, the California Young Democrats Jewish Caucus convened in the San Diego Convention Center to hold board elections and discuss issues relevant to California’s Jewish Democrats. The meeting, one of many events during the 2018 California Democratic Party…

Israel should do more for non-Jewish refugees

Three years ago, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu refused to accept any Syrian refugees, citing Israel’s “lack of demographic and geographic depth.” Netanyahu characterized such a policy as a threat to the majority Jewish character of Israel, even though pro-refugee…

Hypocrisy arises as Jewish community advocates call for the release of UCSD student and DACA recipient, Orr Yakobi

A Jewish UC San Diego student and DACA recipient was detained at the U.S./Mexico border Jan. 7, after he and his roommate accidentally took a wrong turn into Mexico—sparking widespread advocacy for his release. Orr Yakobi, originally from Israel, who…

“So What?” Making Meaningful Inroads in Inter-communal Dialogue

Click here to see Ha’Am’s Fall 2017 Print Edition: “Growing Pains” Living in Los Angeles gives us no shortage of access to interesting speakers, lectures, panels and workshops on a variety of topics we care about. In the Jewish community, we often…

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…

Boundless Horizons: How I Decided to Attend Yeshiva

Everyone’s different. I think what did it for me was really getting to know my professors. I was spending time and money on the pursuit of knowledge, led by individuals at the pinnacle of their respective fields. Part of my job as…