Hen Mazzig: Confronting the Rise of “Modern” Antisemitism

When Hen Mazzig came to speak at the UCLA Hillel in late October, I had no expectation of seeing him again ten days later at the Jewish National Fund’s National Conference in Boston, some 2,500 miles away from Westwood.  While…

Book Review: The “Titan of Tehran” by Shahrzad Elghanyan

Over the summer, I had the privilege of reading the biography of former Iranian Jewish leader and businessman Habib Elghanyan, “Titan of Tehran,” written by his granddaughter Shahrzad Elghanyan. In her book, Elghanyan traces her grandfather’s rags to riches backstory,…

A Peek Inside the National Students for Justice in Palestine Conference

The Students for Justice in Palestine National Conference took place at UCLA over the weekend of Nov. 16-18, 2018. The conference had strict sign-up prerequisites, including limiting registration to six students per school, with the exception of the host university,…

UCLA Israel pride celebration 2018

UCLA Israel Pride Celebration 2018 Today at UCLA, Jewish students from SSI and BFI organized a celebration for Israel. Posted by Ha'Am News on Sunday, November 18, 2018

U.S. Representative Brad Sherman on Israel and SJP: Interview by Grayson Peters

Congressman Brad Sherman is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives, representing California’s 30th Congressional District. Congressman Sherman is Jewish, a member of Encino’s Valley Beth Shalom synagogue, and a strong advocate for Israel. As a Congressman,…

Pro-Israel Bruins Respond to Palestine Awareness Week with #ChooseLove

This week, the Students for Justice in Palestine at UCLA (SJP) held their annual event, Palestine Awareness Week (PAW). According to SJP’s Facebook event description, PAW is a “week full of events to raise awareness about the Palestinian struggle for…

End of an era? Reflections on Benjamin Netanyahu

Recent events have put the political future of Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, in jeopardy. Several criminal probes have been opened against him on corruption allegations, and he and those close to him have been questioned by police on several…

The Changing Middle East and its Implications for Israel

From Fall 2016 Print Edition, “Transitions” If you’ve been following the news in the Middle East, you have probably noticed a popular trend in the region — instability. Since the 2010 eruption of the Arab spring in Tunisia, political unrest…

Taste of Torah: Parashat Shelach Lecha and shlichut at UCLA

Written by Yair Vardi, Israel Fellow at Hillel at UCLA This week, we read parshat Shelach Lecha — שְׁלַח לְךָ. This is the famous parashah of the spies. Moses chose twelve men, leaders from the twelve tribes of Israel, to…