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  • Judge blocks kapparot pre-Yom Kippur chicken ritual in Southern California

    The judge set a hearing for Thursday in which Chabad Irvine will have the chance to contest a preliminary injunction that would prevent the ritual practice; however Yom Kippur ends on Wednesday night so the injunction essentially prevents the ritual from being performed in honor of the holiday this year.

  • Court upholds conviction of Irvine protesters

    A California state appeals court has upheld the conviction of 10 students at the University of California, Irvine, who disrupted a 2010 speech by then-Israeli Ambassador to the United States Michael Oren. More ▸

  • Is UC Irvine safe for Jews?

    That’s the title of a cover story in this week’s L.A. Jewish Journal. There have been virtually no reports of violence at the university. But comfortable for Jews, especially those visibly pro-Israel? Well, that’s a better question, and one with no clear answer. If you’ve been following the UCI situation at all, there’s not much… More ▸

  • Irvine Jews speak out

    In response to a student government resolution in support of the Irvine 11, Jewish students at the University of California, Irvine brought their concerns directly to the student leadership this week. Jewish students are also pushing for their own resolution that would more generally endorse the right "to meet in an unrestricted environment." See video… More ▸

  • Oren to Irvine: Let’s talk

    Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren has penned an open letter to the students of the University of California, Irvine. Oren, who was nearly chased from the stage last month as he tried to give a lecture at the university, says he’d liked to try again.  I came to UCI for the opportunity to exchange ideas —… More ▸

  • Quick follow-up on the Irvine protest (UPDATED)

    So I’ve probably spent more time on this than it deserves, but I finally reached Marya Bangee, whose name and number were attached to the press release announcing yesterday’s protest at UCI. The release accuses Mark Yudof, the UC president, of "conflating" what happened at the Michael Oren speech with other acts of racism that… More ▸