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Since 1972

UCLA’s Jewish Newsmagazine
Spring 2012/Sivan 5772

JLC’s Above the Noise Benefit Concert,
featuring the Maccabeats, was just one of
the Jewish events that took place on the
UCLA campus this quarter; LOOK INSIDE to
see what other Jewish students were writing,
organizing, and debating.

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[Judaism]

Reading Yeshayahu Leibowitz:
a Jewish philosophy for the 21st century

Sivan 5772

Editor-in-Chief
Jacob Elijah Goldberg

Judaism
Reading Yeshayahu Leibowitz: a Jewish philosophy
for the 21st century ... 3

Layout Editor
Tessa Nath

by Joshua Friedlander

4-5

Content Editors
Diane Bani-Esraili
Alan Naroditsky

Education
Answering the call: Jerusalem Online U as a supplementary
education for college students ... 4-5
by Tessa Nath

6-7

Campus News
The Olive Tree Initiative’s ‘Month of Ideas’: conflict education through humor, food, and constant debate ... 6-7
by Jacob Elijah Goldberg

8-9

Israeli Politics

Contributing Writer
Avinoam Baral
Jerusalem Correspondent
Joshua Friedlander

Ultra-Orthodox Jews, unemployment, and the Israeli
economy: a philosophical and fiscal crisis ... 8-9
by Alan Naroditsky

10-11

Senior Writers
Diane Bani-Esraili
Alan Naroditsky
Tessa Nath

Opinion
‘Outfitters’ of outrage: Urban Outfitters sells ‘Holocaust t-shirt’ and offends ... 10-11
by Diane Bani-Esraili

The Heart2Heart project: offering a new type of Shabbat experience ... 11
by Avinoam Baral

About the Cover

Photo by Eytan Davidovits

This April, UCLA’s Jewish Leadership Council — a group comprised of leaders of over
twenty student organizations on campus — teamed up with the Office of Residential Life to
hold its second annual Above the Noise Benefit Concert, featuring the Jewish internet sensation know as ‘The Maccabeats.’ The concert was a celebration of Jewish life at UCLA and
a fundraiser for the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation. The MC at the event was Mayim
Bialik, who plays Amy Farrah Fowler on CBS’s “The Big Bang Theory” and who received her
Ph.D. in neuroscience at UCLA. The event attracted students, alumni, and community members alike, and will hopefully be one of many future Jewish events that the Jewish Leadership
Council will bring to this campus.
The Jewish Leadership Council exists to promote unity and collaboration for the Jewish
community at UCLA by establishing a distinctly unified voice that represents the entire community, to create a forum for collaboration within the Jewish community, and to address
issues on campus that are related to, but not limited to, the Jewish community including issues that require a unified stance from the community.

Photographer
Eytan Davidovits
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Jerusalem Correspondent

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