2021: A Promised Land for American Jews?

With 2020 in the rearview mirror, it is a good opportunity to look at what 2021 holds politically for American Jews.  2020 saw the (current) best chance for a Jewish president fizzle out in March, when Bernie Sanders suffered primary…

Media to Watch and Look Forward to in 2021

New year, new media. As we wait for the fate of the world, new movies and books are being released and TV shows renewed. Here is a list of some Jewish related media to look out for: Movies:  “Wonder Woman…

Fourth Time’s the Charm: the Upcoming Israeli Election

Israelis will cast their ballots on March 23 in the country’s fourth early election in the past two years. The election was spurred after two major parties, Likud and the Israel Resilience Party, failed to reach an agreement over state…

Health Resources

We know this is a difficult time for many people. In light of that, we have compiled a list of resources offered by UCLA to students.  A full list of resources including on campus, online/phone, peer, and community services for…

Op-Ed: The United Arab Emirates and Bahrain Treaty

When the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain announced that they were opening diplomatic ties with Israel, the first thing that came to mind was how massive this landmark deal is. The twin announcements doubled the number of Arab countries that…

Covid Forces the Closure of Jewish Newspapers Nationwide

For over 30 years, the Jewish Journal opened the floodgates of information for the Jewish community. They published weekly print editions, and typically included a feature piece, an in-depth story, or occasionally profile, on a historic event or person on…

Exploring the Jewish-Owned Delis of Los Angeles

North Beverly Drive. Pico. Fairfax. The homes Nate ’n Al’s, Factor’s Famous Deli, and Canter’s Deli respectively. During my time in quarantine and in the spirit of supporting Jewish-owned businesses, I explored the closest Jewish delicatessens the LA area had…

Escaping the Zoom-verse

If you’re like most of us, you have spent 2020 with your butt glued to a chair, brain numb, eyes glazed over, staring at a screen that now encompasses your entire universe.  This universe, or Zoom-verse, is where you conduct…

It’s never a bad time to bake. Here are some recipes to try out at home!

Whether you bake for fun, to de-stress, for friends and family, or just to eat delicious goods we understand your need to bake. So here are some fun recipes to try out, and eat too!  Want something with chocolate?  Smitten…

Conspiracies Have Reached The Mainstream

Conspiracy theories used to be a joke in society, fun stories that tried to explain world events in a convoluted way that assigned meaning to trivial details. People who believed in things that weren’t based on facts or science, such…

“Off UCLA”: Jewish Resources, Organizations, and Events available during COVID-19

The pandemic has not only changed most students’ lives it has also changed the way Jewish communities on campus operate. Generally, pre-Covid, Jewish organizations such as; OU-JLIC, Hillel, Chabad and JAM would be a safe haven and a place for…

COVID Revives Kavanah: A Personal Jewish Journey

Every Friday night, I would eat Shabbat dinner with my family. And every Saturday morning, we would arrive at our temple ‘fashionably’ late –– before the Rabbi’s sermon but after the start of the Haftarah. Always on PST: ‘Persian Standard…

Kosovo, Serbia and Malawi Open Embassies In Jerusalem

Three more countries have announced they will open embassies in Jerusalem in the coming months.  Serbia is planning to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, following the precedent set by the United States and Donald Trump. Malawi and…

Jon Ossoff Over Comes The Odds

2021 has already seen a historic moment in Georgia. A runoff election on Jan. 5 resulted in the state’s first Jewish senator, Jon Ossoff. Senator Ossoff was a non-typical candidate; He is a Democrat in a traditionally Republican state, has…