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Passover Message from Rabbi Chaim Seidler Feller

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You shall not oppress a stranger, for you know the feelings of the stranger, having yourselves been strangers in the land of Egypt (Exodus 23:9)
 
Strangers, Forever!
 
What might we remember this year at Passover? The most important idea that ought to be front and center at our Seders is that we were and still are strangers, gerim. As a community we’ve forgotten what that means and are no longer conscious of the obligations that devolve onto former slaves who have reveled and thrived in freedom. When it is convenient and we stand to benefit we tend to remind everyone that we were the victims of history. The rest of the time we simply take our place and act as if we’re entitled. Where is the active memory, the awareness of who we really are and what our tradition has taught us we ought to be? How do you maintain a consciousness of being a stranger when you are so successful and comfortable?

 

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Passover 2015 at Hillel

Worried about not having food for Passover this year? Worry no more! Hillel at UCLA has all students need to make it through Passover with a belly full of matzah. Passover programming includes two nights of student seders, lunch service throughout the week, and festive chag and Shabbat meals. 

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A Resolution Condemning Anti-Semitism

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Sponsored by Members of UCLA Student Government: Avinoam Baral, Heather Rosen, Fabienne Roth, Sophia Haq, Manjot Singh, and Negeen Sadeghi-Movahed

Student Organization Sponsors: Hillel at UCLA, Alpha Epsilon Pi, Zeta Beta Tau, Sigma Alpha Epsilon Pi, Chabad at UCLA, JAM at UCLA, Ha’am Newsmagazine, Persian Community at Hillel, Hope of Los Angeles (HOLA), Jewish Law Students Association at UCLA, Persian Community at Hillel (PCH), Jewish Unity Network (JUN), Jewish Learning Initiative at UCLA (JLIC), The Bayit, Center for Jewish Studies Student Association, Transfer Undergraduate Students at Hillel (TUSH), First Year Students at Hillel (FYSH), IMPACT LA.  

 

WHEREAS, the U.S. Department of State defines anti-Semitism as: "a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of anti-Semitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities”[1],

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Hillel and UCLA in the National News

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Hillel and the Jewish community at UCLA have been in the national news over the past five days after the New York Times picked up a story we shared with you several weeks ago about a student being asked whether or not the fact that she was Jewish would conflict with her nomination to the Judicial Board. It was the most emailed story on NYT on Friday.

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Increasingly Blurred Lines Between Politics and Hate on Campus

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Last week at UCLA, a student was nearly denied a position on the Judicial Board because she is Jewish
 
We applaud the University administrator for stepping in during the meeting itself (to point out the discriminatory nature of the discussion) and appreciate Vice Chancellor Montero's letter to the Bruin afterwards. Student Body President and former Hillel student leader Avinoam Baral was also instrumental in correcting the situation. You can watch him on CBS news here
 
However, we continue to be deeply troubled by the increasingly blurred line between students' political objectives and hate on college campuses today.
 

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Our Students Protest Extremism on Campus

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Yesterday, the University of California Student Association board, which purports to represent more than 230,000 students in the UC system’s 10 campuses, approved a resolution that calls on the UC Regents to financially divest from the United States.

Yes, you read that correctly. The elected student leaders, now well known in our community for targeting Israel, are now attacking their own country.

 

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Welcome to Our New Website!

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We're excited to share our new website, generously underwritten by grants from The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation and The Doris Factor Endowment Fund.

Special thanks to our partners:

Our web platform, NationBuilder
Our programmer, Owen Ward
Our graphic designer, Emily Rich
Our featured photographer, Jessica Sherman

We hope you enjoy our new and improved site!

DeAnne Millais
Development & Marketing Manager

Visit Our New and Improved Student Lounge!

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Staff members Naomi Karp (left) and Danielle Natelson hang out in our new and improved student study lounge on the second floor.

Come visit and relax in a quiet spot with two comfy sofas, a conference table, and work stations.  

The room is also available for student group meetings.  Just make your request here and note that you'd like to meet in the Student Leader Lounge.

Special thanks to staffers Greg Santiago, who designed the space, and Adrian Villegas, who painted it and put all of the furniture together.