What are Jewish bruins thankful for?

Jackie Schaeffer I am thankful for the dignity that my community shows. More so, I’m thankful for our resilience — thankful that we approach the world with hope.       Orly Termeie I am thankful for my family. My…

Apple updates icon for key diet element

Bagels are an integral part of my diet and identity and I truly feel that no bagel is complete without lox and cream cheese. This is a fact that I finally understood when Apple released the bagel emoji. When Apple…

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…

UCLA’s United Vigil for Tree of Life
Attending class during the holiday

There is perhaps no decision more representative of the difficulties of being a practicing Jewish college student than the quintessential question of whether or not to attend class during Chag. To me, this is not a question of grades or…

International Jews of UCLA

UCLA’s prestige, location, and admiration for diversity within its student body has made it a highly attractive university for potential attendees around the world. In fact, international students constitute 12.6 percent of UCLA’s undergraduate program. Elinor Samuel: The Tea-Loving Hippophile…

“Accepted” outsiders: the Jewish people in Germany today

“Germans and Jews never mixed well.” This was spat during one of my ten trips to Germany throughout my lifetime — each of which was accompanied by my family’s mini travel Shabbat set. The quote is a declaration of hatred…

Seville and Civility: The necessity of reforming Jewish-Muslim relations on campus

A history of symbolic violence It does not appear coincidental that a recent rise in rhetoric leveled against Jews across the world has coincided with a devaluation of the term anti-Semitism. Jews often use the term not only to describe…

Charedi Jews and Israeli draft exemptions

Mandatory army service and religious exemptions from such service constitute one of the most provocative issues in Israeli society. This has been a hotly debated topic since 1948, when David Ben-Gurion authorized the postponement of the draft for a small…

Ha’Am Hits: Jews in the Media

As Jews working in the media, this week the Ha’Am staff decided to look at other Jews who have been featured in the media. Take a look at our hits of the week: 1. A (Jewish) actor whose decision to…