Honey, I vaccinated the kids: Jewish bioethics of vaccinatons

In December 2014, “The Happiest Place on Earth,” Disneyland, was plagued by a measles outbreak. In all, 131 people were infected — the majority of whom were unvaccinated. Shortly after, the University of California announced that beginning in 2017, students…

Bruin Passover meal plan options

Passover is just around the corner, which means Jewish Bruins may be the hungriest students at UCLA for those eight days. Thankfully, UCLA has an amazingly supportive Jewish community that makes sure its students eat heartily. Hillel, Chabad and JAM…

Jewish Humans of UCLA: united in our differences

Growing up, I was always fascinated by the diversity of Judaism. I loved the idea that the religion was portable and adaptable; that each person could make it his or her own, yet feel one hundred percent assured of the…

Resolution condemning anti-Semitism passes at UCLA with 12-0-0 vote

On Tuesday, Mar. 10, UCLA’s Undergraduate Students Association Council voted on a resolution condemning anti-Semitism. The resolution was drafted by leaders in the Jewish Bruin community, and gained support via signatures from 17 organizations across campus — including Hillel at…

Editorial: Council members’ discussion of Rachel Beyda’s qualifications for USAC Judicial Board anti-Semitic

On Tuesday night, the Undergraduate Students Association Council evaluated the qualifications of Rachel Beyda, a second-year economics major, as a potential justice for its Judicial Board. Appointed by USAC President Avinoam Baral, she proved herself to be extremely qualified for…

“UCSA, you do not represent us”

This past Sunday morning, students from across the UC campuses gathered at UCLA’s Tom Bradley International Hall for the University of California Student Association’s divestment hearing. Two resolutions called for the UC Regents to divest from American companies which some…

Song Parody: Week No. 5

Ladies and Gentlemen, this is Week No. 5. One, two, three, four, five Everybody’s in Powell, so you know it’s time To renounce all the fun and joy we once had Eating food at the Hill cafés to save time…

Thought Lounge: resuscitating a tradition of dialogue

One of our richest cultural inheritances is the Talmud. Its roughly 6,200 pages consists of rabbinic folklore, customs, history, ethics, philosophy and law, oftentimes moving between these topics in the span of a sentence. Since I went to private Jewish…

Charlie Hebdo and the past, present and future of French Jewry

This past Monday night, UCLA students held a vigil for the victims of the Charlie Hebdo and Hyper Cacher grocery store shootings, as well as for the policewoman who was killed in a related shooting. 8:30 p.m. found about 70…

A “frank and open” conversation with Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel, Rabbi Lau

This past Sunday afternoon, current students and alumni of UCLA, USC, CSUN, and SMC gathered to ask questions about American Jewry and the State of Israel to Rabbi David Baruch Lau, the Ashkenazi chief rabbi of Israel, during his first…