Campus rabbis: the mensches and martyrs of UCLA

Growing up, I belonged to a synagogue with two rabbis — one senior rabbi and one associate rabbi. I was close with one of them, but mainly because we studied together in the weeks leading up to my bat mitzvah.…

Batsheva Dance Company at Royce Hall: dancing with the ground, falling to the stars

The chitter-chatter dies abruptly. The lights dim, except for up front. If you are not in your seat, rush back to it. Make sure your cell phone is shut off, or at least set to silent mode. You’ve probably forgotten…

UCLA’s Center for Near Eastern Studies: a post-AMCHA look

UCLA’s Center for Near Eastern Studies lies at the end of a labyrinthine hallway near the top of the beady-eyed and waffle-patterned maroon edifice that is Bunche Hall. If you haven’t been there before, it can be difficult to find.…

Are we breeding a society of takers?

Roughly 12% of UCLA’s student population is Jewish, and these 3,000 or so students may be the luckiest across the nation. They are not only supported by a vast network of Jewish Bruins, but also by various organizations that exist…

Compromise or get compromised — targeting Jewish leaders on campus

Do political motives — no matter the fire that drives them — vindicate attempts to violate the right to privacy?

Activists are out of line #FromFergusonToPalestine

The past month has been challenging for both our UCLA community and our nation at large. On our campus, tensions flared between the pro-Israel and anti-Israel communities as the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel surfaced at both the…

A lack of communication in the fight against BDS

The global movement to boycott, divest from, and sanction the world’s only Jewish state ignites a pervasive controversy throughout not only campus life at UCLA, but the Jewish community as well. In previous years, the Jewish strategy was to take…

Bearing witness with the last generation

In this day and age, the vast amount of information available at our fingertips leaves no excuse for anyone to be unaware of the Holocaust’s atrocities. There is a myriad of films, books, and museums depicting the horrors that Jews…

The Pro-Israel response to BDS: appropriate, or not enough?

Did the pro-Israel and anti-BDS communities do all they could to mobilize support against the divestment bill?

Jewish and pro-Israel UCLA students reject USAC

On Tuesday night, Nov. 18, the UCLA Undergraduate Student Association Council held a public meeting to discuss, and ultimately pass, a symbolic resolution calling for UCLA to divest from companies that do business with Israel. In order to not grant…