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Jewish Los Angeles: Reflections and Insights

These diverse religious communities have been supported and embraced by the presence in LA of a significant base of Jewish educational resources including seminaries (American Jewish University; Hebrew Union College; the Academy of Jewish Religion, California) and Jewish studies programs (Alan D. Leve Center of Jewish Studies at UCLA; HUC’s Jerome H. Louchheim School of Jewish Studies at USC; Cal State Northridge Jewish Interdisciplinary Studies Program; Loyola Marymount Jewish Studies Program, among others), cultural resources (Skirball Cultural Center; Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Museum of Tolerance; USC’s Casden Center for the Study of the Jewish Role in American Life and its Shoah Visual History Foundation), and philanthropic sponsors (including the Jewish Community Foundation and Federation). -- Jewish Philanthropy

A track-and-field star comes home to coach young throwers

Hooks was a force of nature during her years at Cascade from 2002-06. She won four consecutive 4A state championships in the shot put, and her mark of 47 feet, 3 inches in 2006 still stands as the 4A meet record. She added state state titles in the discus in 2005 and 2006. She went on to earn a scholarship to the University of Washington and after one year transferred to Cal State Northridge, where she completed her collegiate career in 2011. - Herald - WA

Kinsella, Ankerberg vie for Medford School Board

His opponent, Kinsella, 67, earned his bachelor’s degree in political science at California State University, Northridge, and later took graduate courses at National University in Los Angeles. He taught in Los Angeles for eight years before moving to Medford, where he worked first at McLoughlin Middle School and later at Jackson Elementary School. - Medford Mail Tribune - OR

CSUN's MariaElena Zavala: Marching For Science And For The Future

I was raised in La Verne, the former orange capital of California into a traditional Mexican-American household with deep indigenous roots. My father was an immigrant; my mother was born in the United States. They both went to segregated schools in the 1930s. Until I was two, my parents were farm workers and traveled around southern California picking citrus. After that, my father labored in a factory. Most of my extended family lived within a two-block radius from my house, including my great-grandmother, who was a curandera (healer). Her yard was a traditional medicine garden and it was there that my scientific curiosity took root. Like most young scientists, I had an insatiable need to figure out how things work. Once, I decimated my father’s rose garden, dissecting the flowers from petal to stamen! Today, I’m a professor of plant biology at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). -- Huffington Post

Joy Doan and Ahmed Alwan: Examining Status Microaggressions and Academic Libraries

Ahmed Alwan and Joy Doan are research, instruction, and outreach librarians at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). Both joined the faculty in 2015—Alwan after serving as information literacy librarian at the American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, and reference assistant at York University, Toronto, and Doan after working as Music Library liaison and instruction librarian, University of California, Los Angeles. -- Library Journal

Bajito y Suavecito: A Look Back at the People Who Put Lowriding Culture on the Map

According to Denise Sandoval, Professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies at California State University, Northridge, a Chicano man named Ron Aguirre put the first hydraulic system in a ‘56 convertible. The hydraulic parts were surplus parts from World War II fighter planes, and thanks to Aguirre’s work, they allowed the car to be lowered and raised with the flip of a switch. As Sandoval writes, “The surplus was soon a valuable asset to the low riders since they could ride as low as they wanted on the boulevard and if they saw the police, with a flip of a switch they were ‘street legal.’” -- Remezcla

BWW Interview: Revered Actor/Singer Davis Gaines Takes on the Splendiferous Miguel de Cervantes Once More

Actor/singer Davis Gaines is perhaps the most revered singing star on Los Angeles stages. He is the longest running Phantom in Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's Phantom of the Opera and is about to return to Man of La Mancha. The new production from McCoy Rigby Entertainment plays the Valley Performing Arts Center at Cal State Northridge Friday, May 5, Saturday May 6 and Sunday May 7 and then moves to La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts in early June. In our chat Gaines discusses Man of La Mancha and his favorite roles from Broadway to LA. -- Broadway World Los Angeles