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New man on campus: Rabbi Avner Engel, JAM’s latest addition

November 4, 2012 by


The pitter-patter of tiny feet thundering upon a polished wood floor — socks and little legs moving as fast as the laws of physics can carry them — sound in the sparsely-furnished room. Little trains chug soundlessly on the left cuff of the one-year-old’s jeans as he giggles across the room, running from his father […]

Rabbi Chaim Addresses Trends In Jewish Academic Success

November 4, 2011 by


“Parents’ Weekend at UCLA” revealed many of the intimate details of Jewish life on campus. One of these details was the extent to which our leadership takes note of our involvement and progress within the greater UCLA community. On Friday evening, moms and dads accompanied their Bruin progeny to Shabbat dinner at the UCLA Hillel […]

אליעזר גפני: Israeli-American wisdom beyond computer science

October 27, 2011 by


Sitting in his office in Boelter Hall, I imagined that Professor Eliezer Gafni seemed to fit the image of the typical Israeli—he is blunt, enjoys hiking, and has a huge Indian tapestry hanging on his office wall. The mountains of books and papers strewn about and the unintelligible equations scribbled on the white board also […]

Interfaith challah sales help to prevent genocide

October 21, 2011 by


Photo by Jacob Goldberg Arriving at Hillel on the last night of sukkot and passing the wooden sukkah on your right painted green, yellow and red, you have the unmistakable feeling of entering a homogenous Jewish environment. Upon ascending one flight of stairs, however, the Challah for Hunger attendee will soon find out that this […]

“And Drink Their Words With Thirst”: Have We Lost the Art of Being Students?

October 12, 2011 by


Note: This article is a direct response to the claim that “Professors are our employees”, contextually implying that they are there to cater to us, let us soap-box our fancies, and give us a pat on the back at the end of the day. This is wrong. Products of the Information Age This is not […]

Challah baking on frat row: a new kind of Jewish experience

October 9, 2011 by


Photo Credits – Andrew Rosenstein Walking up the steps into the JAM (Jewish Awareness Movement) house on fraternity row, you are immediately overcome by the sights and smells of family and home. While not many living rooms can boast ten lime green armchairs, two couches, several dozen folding chairs, and a family of two rabbis and their wives, […]

The 6th of Tishrei, New Year for the Center for Jewish Studies

October 7, 2011 by


ROYCE HALL – Tuesday, October 4th witnessed the inaugural rendezvous of an under-appreciated league of UCLA Jewish academics, both faculty and students – the Center for Jewish Studies. With it came an invitation to commune and converse with both peers and mentors of the highest caliber, over some stereotypically Jewish foodstuffs (pita and shawarmma, and […]