Saturday, November 28, 2020



SFSU President Says She Can’t Support BDS Resolution

San Francisco State University (SFSU) President Lynn Mahoney announced that she can’t support Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) resolution that the student government passed...

Jewish Groups Praise Latest Changes to Ethnic Studies Curriculum

Jewish groups have praised recent changes to California’s Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum (ESMC) draft. On November 18 and 19, the State Board of Education’s Instructional...

CA Religious Schools Granted Relief from Newsom School Closure

In an October 28 ruling, a federal judge granted several California religious schools relief from Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom’s school closure order. In August, three...

Kadima Receives Go-Ahead for In-Person Learning

Kadima Day School in West Hills announced Oct. 21 that it is one of four schools in Los Angeles County to open in-person learning....

Jewish Groups Praise Newsom for Vetoing Ethnic Studies Bill

Newsom said he vetoed it because the latest draft "still needs revision."

Coastal Roots Farm’s Creates Drive-Thru Sukkot Event

This year, the farm's Sukkot Harvest Festival will look a little different because of COVID-19.

Jewish High School Students in Northern California Ask District to Take Action Against Anti-Semitism

An Instagram account had called on its followers to provide list of all the Jewish students at a Marin County high school.

Facebook, YouTube Shut Down SFSU Leila Khaled Event

A day earlier, Zoom said its platform couldn't be used for the event.

Jewish Groups Praise Zoom Canceling SFSU Leila Khaled Event

They praised Zoom "for setting a powerful precedent by refusing to allow the normalization of terrorism on its platform."

Zoom Will Not Host San Francisco State U Event Featuring Palestinian Hijacker

“In light of the speaker’s reported affiliation or membership in a U.S. designated foreign terrorist organization, and SFSU’s inability to confirm otherwise, we determined the meeting is in violation of Zoom’s Terms of Service."

QAnon Is an Old Form of Anti-Semitism in a New Package, Experts Say

QAnon claims that rich Jews, including the Rothschild banking family, secretly control the world.

Mayim Bialik Joins L.A. Shofar Wave that Aims to Bring Jewish Community Together For Rosh Hashanah

The shofar wave involves placing people on corners throughout the city and asking them to blow the shofar one after another.

Anti-BDS Group Provides $25,000 to UC Berkeley Anti-Semitism Initiative

The initiative was first launched at the end of 2019.

80 Jewish Groups Call for Newsom to Veto High School Ethnic Studies Bill

They argued that the most recent draft of the curriculum has "an anti-Jewish bias."

Sam Yebri Seeks to Become L.A. City Council’s First Iranian Jew

Sam Yebri’s filing of papers on Sept. 8 to run for the Los Angeles’ City Council 5th District seat in 2022, is a moment in Iranian Jewish history. 

SFSU President Says University Condemns the Glorification of Terrorism, But Supports ‘the Right of Our Faculty to Academic Freedom’

"We condemn ideologies of hatred and violence. We do this not by restricting protected speech, teaching or scholarship but by providing resources for those in need of support."

A California State Senator Is Facing Anti-Semitic and Homophobic Attacks — as Well as Death Threats

"It’s very disheartening that this is what the country has come to," he told JTA.

Israeli First Responders Help Combat California’s Fires

As fires continue to blaze all around California, Israeli firefighters have flown in to help extinguish them.

Jewish Groups Denounce Upcoming SFSU Zoom Event Hosting ‘Known Terrorist’ Leila Khaled

The university said that the event is protected under freedom of speech and academic freedom.

West Pico Drill Site Neighbors Hope Hearing Brings Meaningful Change

Many who live and work in the vicinity, are concerned about the oil drilling and production facility originally constructed in 1966. 

Jewish Journal Wins Three L.A. Press Club Awards

The Jewish Journal took home three awards at the 62nd annual Southern California Journalism Awards hosted by the L.A. Press Club, in a virtual ceremony held on Aug. 29. 

Israeli Americans Organize, Attend Pro-Trump Rally in the Valley

The rally, which was organized in one week, drew close to 2,000 supporters who decorated their cars with huge American and Israeli flags and banners.

Alex Padilla on Making Your Vote Count in November

“Have a plan on how you’re voting. Make it now and complete your ballot as soon as you can.”

Newsom Announces New System for County Reopenings

It's a four-tiered system requiring a minimum of three weeks between each tier.

L.A.’s Jewish Political Leaders Weigh in on Democratic National Convention

They discussed Biden, Harris and the Democratic platform on Israel.

Two Local Young DNC Delegates Share Their Experiences

Abby Kingsley and Nick Gaines were two of the local delegates at last week’s Democratic National Convention.

Newsom Signs CSU Ethnic Studies Curriculum Into Law Despite Opposition From Jewish Groups

Jewish groups argued that the bill will likely lead to pro-BDS advocacy taught in ethnic studies courses.

Back to School 2020: Local Jewish Day Schools Have Plans for Both Distance and In-Person Learning

Principals and administrators have spent much of the summer ironing out multiple plans to return, whether in-person, online, or some combination of the two.

New Articles

Past Tensions Between Biden, Erdoğan Cast Shadow Over Ankara-Washington Relations

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is bracing for a stormy four years.

Haley Calls On Trump Admin to Release Report on Number of Palestinian Refugees

Nikki Haley called on the administration to declassify a report detailing the current number of Palestinian refugees who are receiving aid from the UNRWA.

Professor On Leave After Tweeting ‘COVID-19 Is Another Jewish Revolution’

A professor at a university in Michigan has been placed on administrative leave after the student newspaper unearthed a series of his anti-Semitic tweets.

Court Ruling Means Young Jerusalem Arabs Face Easier Route to Israeli Citizenship

A previously unpublished regulatory clause, outlining relaxed requirements for young adult legal permanent residents applying to become Israeli citizens, has become public by order of the Jerusalem District Court.

Jerusalem College of Technology’s Nursing School Renamed

The Jerusalem College of Technology (JCT) announced on November 24 that it is renaming the nationally renowned nursing school to the Selma Jelinek School...

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