Chabad of Downtown LA celebrates Simchat Torah on the streets of the city. Eric Richardson, via Flickr
We proudly present our fourth, and final, issue this semester! This month, we bring to you a special series on Jewish diversity in Los Angeles, in which our reporters examine the variety of Jewish ethnicities and cultures (not to mention hummus types!) within our city. Don’t forget to read our school news, monthly columns and Cymbals section as well!
As always, we encourage you to comment (non-anonymously) on any of our pieces. It has been our pleasure bringing you the Casiano Magazine this semester, and we wish everyone the best of luck on finals and a terrific summer!
Yours truly, Sara Gold and the Casiano Magazine staff
In this month’s issue:
- A Few Words About the Class of 2013 - Shoshana Kozaski
- Casino Casiano Gala - Brittany Domb
- ASAJU Elections - Karen Avraham
- Lounge for Undergrads in Progress - Sara Gold
- Politics of Food Projects – Nicole Horowitz
- Model UN Travels to San Francisco – Shane Surrey
JEWISH DIVERSITY IN LA:
- AJU Journalists Discover LA’s Best Hummus (WITH VIDEO) - Alex Student and Jonathan Schwartz
- Independence Day Festival Showcases Israeli Culture in LA - Karin Ziv and Shoshana Kozaski
- Persian Immersion at AJU – Brittany Domb
- Russian Jews Call West Hollywood Home - Fay Milman
- PODCAST on Latino Jews – Alex Student and Jonathan Schwartz
- Save the Starving Student – Megan Miller
- Young Yentas
- Poetry – William Yeats, Yoni Toker
- “The Meditater’s Prison” – Nathan Sunshine
By Shoshana Kozaski
American Jewish University’s 63rd Commencement Ceremony will take place on Sunday, May 19.
On May 19, 2013, 37 seniors – the undergraduate college’s largest graduating class since 2006 – will be completing their undergraduate careers and taking their final steps into adulthood.
View the graduation invite, with the full list of graduates.
Although the AJU bubble will pop, what AJU has taught us has permeated our existence. This year’s graduating class is vastly characterized by spirit, ambition, leadership and, of course, a little bit of anxieties about the world to come.
The AJU eagerness, as I like to call it, stems from our desire to collaborate and communicate in hopes of creating meaningful relationships and a better world. When reflecting upon the distinctive kind of education that has shaped the way in which we live out our daily lives, I can’t help but mention that the students at AJU have a spirit truly unlike any other. Read more »
By Brittany Domb
Attendees pressed their luck while playing poker, black jack and roulette. Photo: Shoshana Kozaski
On Saturday, April 27, students and guests were treated to a night of fun, courtesy of the annual ASAJU gala fundraiser for student scholarships.
Each gala in years past has had a different theme, and this year’s was Casino Casiano. (Fun fact: they have had this theme several times, at least once in the ’90s, as well as in 2007!)
ASAJU worked hard this past semester to make this eventful night happen. Treasurer Andrew Gregg stated that $3,500, a little more than one-third of the ASAJU budget, was allotted for the gala.
Tickets were originally $12 each, but the day before the event, the price was reduced to two tickets for $12. About 80 people attended, including university president Robert Wexler. Read more »
Sixty ballots were cast on April 30 and May 1 to determine the outcome of the ASAJU elections. Photo: Sara Gold
By Karen Avraham
On Tuesday, April 30 and Wednesday, May 1, ASAJU held elections for next school year’s executive committee in the main lobby. Jacob Gown, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Director of Residence Life, sent an email to the student body prior to the elections encouraging students to vote.
On Thursday, May 2, ASAJU held a short public meeting in the Small Berg to announce the election results. Altogether, 60 votes were cast in order to determine the board for the upcoming 2013-14 academic year. Read more »