Inaugural Leve Award Celebration and Opening

‘I’m Right, You Don’t Agree, So You Must Be Wrong’:Grounds for Pluralism in the Jewish and American Communities Rabbi Elliot Dorff (American Jewish University) Join the Center in honoring Rabbi Elliot Dorff as the first recipient of the biennial Leve Award that recognizes and celebrates the contribution made by a person whose ideas, values, and […]

we are in it (a screening)

we are in it chronicles the stories and journeys of five Houston residents and their attempt to find refuge in the American metropolis. By combining tales of deportation with everyday defeats and resilience, the film identifies what lies beneath the surface of migrant and refugee realities and the unsettling need to move towards political and […]

Bread & Salt – The Art of Jewish Food (cosponsored event)

Bread & Salt ( is a city-wide Jewish cultural event bringing at numerous sites throughout Los Angeles to explore contemporary, historic, and ritual aspects of food through exhibitions, symposia, Shabbatons, and creative place-making. Jews and food encompass everything–from secular to religious culinary rituals, holidays, kashrut, social justice, biblical sacrifice, cultural identity, and agricultural practices. Whether […]

The Unspoken Holocaust

The lecture discusses the situation of Jews in North Africa during WWII: the Nazi occupation of Libya, the concentration camps in the Sahara desert, and the deportation of Jews from the heat of the desert to the frozen concentration camps in Europe. It will also explore the relationship between Arabs and Jews in Libya under […]

American Culture and the Jewish Experience in Music

presented by The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music and The UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies. Funding is provided by the school of music’s Lowell Milken Fund for American Jewish Music, the UCLA Mickey Katz Endowed Chair in Jewish Music, the Center for Musical Performance, The Drs. David and Irmgard Dobrow Fund […]