Ha’Am blogging: 2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for our blog! Click here to see the complete report. This quarter, we had readers in countries as distant as Libya, Rwanda, Kenya, Egypt, South Africa, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, India,…

Rabbi Chaim Addresses Trends In Jewish Academic Success

“Parents’ Weekend at UCLA” revealed many of the intimate details of Jewish life on campus. One of these details was the extent to which our leadership takes note of our involvement and progress within the greater UCLA community. On Friday…

Multinational Initiative Seeks Peace Through Environmental Cooperation

Friends of the Earth Middle East, (FoEME) founded in 1994 originally under the name EcoPeace, is an organization without national identity because it is run by, and serves, three distinct peoples in the Middle East. Israeli co-director Gidon Bromberg was…

Tenure Shields Professor From the Consequences of Hate Speech

KENT STATE UNIVERSITY — On Monday evening, KSU students were treated to a presentation by Ishmael Khaldi, a rising star in the Israeli diplomatic corps. Khaldi has served as Israel’s deputy consul general to the Pacific Northwest, and he currently serves…

אליעזר גפני: Israeli-American wisdom beyond computer science

Sitting in his office in Boelter Hall, I imagined that Professor Eliezer Gafni seemed to fit the image of the typical Israeli—he is blunt, enjoys hiking, and has a huge Indian tapestry hanging on his office wall. The mountains of…

Ha’Am Staff Parties, Plays, and Brings Peace to the Galaxy

Rage – /rey-j/ – verb –1. To lose self-control in an impassioned display of anger; “to hold sway with unabated violence” 2. To party hard; excessively enjoying oneself through the consumption of alcohol, music, and dance. THE TREEHOUSE – Music,…

Interfaith challah sales help to prevent genocide

Photo by Jacob Goldberg Arriving at Hillel on the last night of sukkot and passing the wooden sukkah on your right painted green, yellow and red, you have the unmistakable feeling of entering a homogenous Jewish environment. Upon ascending one…

“And Drink Their Words With Thirst”: Have We Lost the Art of Being Students?

Note: This article is a direct response to the claim that “Professors are our employees”, contextually implying that they are there to cater to us, let us soap-box our fancies, and give us a pat on the back at the…

Challah baking on frat row: a new kind of Jewish experience

Walking up the steps into the JAM (Jewish Awareness Movement) house on fraternity row, you are immediately overcome by the sights and smells of family and home. While not many living rooms can boast ten lime green armchairs, two couches, several dozen folding…

The 6th of Tishrei, New Year for the Center for Jewish Studies

ROYCE HALL – Tuesday, October 4th witnessed the inaugural rendezvous of an under-appreciated league of UCLA Jewish academics, both faculty and students – the Center for Jewish Studies. With it came an invitation to commune and converse with both peers…