Jewish Student Union Established as Forum for Communal Discussion

Image by Satyriconi (CC) The presidents of 18 Jewish student organizations met Wednesday night to reconstitute the Jewish Student Union (JSU), a forum to discuss issues facing UCLA’s Jewish community. Jewish leaders gathered with the hopes of creating a setting where students…

A Meshuga-Free Life: Midterms Edition

Photo by Alberto G. (CC) “We are all mad here,” says the Cat from Alice. But if I have learned anything these past four weeks, it is that UCLA is anything but Wonderland. On the first day of classes, I…

Student Worker Union Polls Members on Whether to Ask UC to Divest from “Oppression of Palestinians”

A recent survey sent out by the University of California student workers union has reintroduced the possibility of a student organizing group demanding the university divest its financial holdings from companies supporting Israel. An Oct. 19 survey sent to members…

From Coast to Coast: Israel Fellow, Amit David Brings Israeli Culture to UCLA

Photo courtesy of Amit David With the start of another academic year, new faces emerge in the UCLA Jewish community — students, professors, leaders and everything in between. They come from near and far, and in Amit David’s case, very far.…

The Unlikely Zionist

Photo courtesy of BFI “Why do you consider yourself a Zionist?” Recently I have been bombarded by this question from all directions. At UCLA and beyond, those around me genuinely do not understand why this Christian, Armenian-Lebanese student has such…

Speechless.
Photo by kellybdc  I’m not going to waste too much space in this column speaking to the importance of free speech, diversity of opinions and the benefits of engaging in lively academic conversation with those who disagree with us. Blah…
Professor Hakak Retires from UCLA After Over 40 Years on Campus

(Photo by Inbar Goren) As the school year comes to a close, UCLA will be saying farewell to Lev Hakak, a professor of Hebrew Language and Literature in the Center for Jewish Studies and the Department of Near Eastern Languages…

UCLA Jewish Graduation

As the academic year comes to an end, college seniors all over the country will be celebrating their graduations and attending commencement ceremonies. Jewish seniors at UCLA have an additional graduation ceremony to attend— the student-led Jewish graduation that will…

A Spirited Debate on BDS

(Photo: Takver) On May 23rd, UCLA’s Debate Union presented “A Spirited Debate on BDS.” Tensions ran high, as computer science professor, Judea Pearl, debated English and comparative literature, Saree Makdisi on the motion: “This House Believes that BDS is Not…

Submission: I’m not a Nazi, but you’re a fascist.

Photo Credit: Jintak Han/Daily Bruin A couple of days ago, I was called a Nazi. A seemingly lovely young girl got angry about the current political situation in our country and my support for our current president, Donald Trump. In…