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American Jewish University’s Whizin Center for Continuing Education is where our community connects with Jewish learning, life and culture. The Whizin Center enriches all aspects of life: the cultural and intellectual, the artistic and spiritual, the political and social, to enliven the lives of our communities. Classes, lectures, author events, concerts and performances are offered daytime and evening
Monday, October 16, 2017 and Monday, October 23, 2017
Presenting two public lectures by world-renowned Middle East scholars in honor of this historic 100th anniversary. From a Vision to a Plan: Balfour and Pre-State Zionism with Dr. Robert Wexler, President, AJU in conversation with David Makovsky, The Washington Institute's Ziegler Distinguished Fellow and The Dayenu of Zionism 1917: The Idea of a Homeland for the Jewish People with Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman, President, Shalom Hartman Institute, Jerusalem. Learn more...
October 16, 2017 - December 5, 2017
AJU Choir invites you to raise your voice and deepen your appreciation of Jewish music Learn more...
Sunday, October 22nd, 2017
Join AJU's Chief Curator, Rotem Rozental, for an exploration of the Platt and Borstein Galleries and the inspiring Sondra and Marvin Smalley Family sculpture garden and its breathtaking views. Learn more...
Monday, October 23rd, 2017
The Balfour Declaration marks the turning point in the balance between the two pillars of Jewish collective existence: The Judaism of Being and the Judaism of Becoming. Join us to explore how these two core principles of Jewish identity evolved with the Zionist idea of a homeland for the Jewish people, and how the shift continues to play out in modern Israel today. Learn more...
Tuesday, October 24th, 2017-Tuesday, March 13th, 2018
AJU's Whizin Center & the Sigi Ziering Institute and the Consulate Generals of France, Germany, Hungary and Poland present a major Holocaust related film series featuring The Zookeeper's Wife, Sunshine, Labyrinth of Lies and La Rafle (The Roundup). Following each film, Holocaust scholar Dr. Michael Berenbaum, Director of the Sigi Ziering Institute, will be in conversation with the respective Consul General. Learn more...
Tuesday, October 24th, 2017
This film tells the true story of one working wife and mother who became a hero to hundreds during World War II. In 1939, in Poland, Antonina Zabinski (Jessica Chastain) and her husband, Dr. Jan Zabinski, (Johan Heldenbergh) manage the Warsaw Zoo. They help to save the lives of hundreds living in the Warsaw Ghetto, with Antonia putting herself and her children at great risk. Learn more...
Thursday, October 26-December 7, 2017
From the birth of this nation, the American President and his policies have been consequential to Jews in the U.S. and around the world. This special relationship continues to be vital both to the American system of government and to the conditions under which Jews live here and throughout the world. Learn more...
Thursday, October 26th, 2017
Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben, Ph.D., Rabbi Emeritus, Kehillat Israel Reconstructionist Congregation Learn more...
October 29, 2017 - December 3, 2017
This L.A. art historical and contemporary art overview features lectures, discussions, and visits Learn more...
Monday, October 30th, 2017 - Monday, February 12th, 2018
Throughout history, certain members of society have challenged leadership and expressed opposition to official policy. What can we learn about Jewish ethics and values by examining those who were labeled as dissidents? What can we learn about this present moment by looking back at those who redefined Jewish culture, history and scholarship? Learn more...
Sunday, November 5th, 2017
While conducting research for a biography of Golda Meir, Elinor Burkett longed to pose questions directly to Israel's near mythic Iron Lady. The author culled through hours of rare TV and film interviews, creating a virtual Q&A. Hear Golda in her own inimitable voice discuss war and peace, refugees, women's rights and Israel's relationship with America. Learn more...
Wednesday, November 8th, 2017
Tackling Taboo Topics in Children's Literature. The New York Times bestselling author (A Tale Dark and Grimm) joins us to discuss his latest middle-grade novel, one of the most celebrated books of 2017 -- a Newbery Honor Book, a Sydney Taylor Book Award Winner and a National Jewish Book Award finalist for children's literature. Learn more...
Thursday, November 9th, 2017
Henry Fonda and James Stewart were two of the biggest stars in Hollywood for forty years. This new book provides a fascinating portrait of their extraordinary friendship. The author of fifteen books, three of them New York Times bestsellers, Scott Eyman joins us to discuss his new book and extensive research. Learn more...
Thursday, November 9th, 2017
Dr. Michael Berenbaum, Director, AJU's Sigi Ziering Institute and Professor of Jewish Studies
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Sunday, November 12th, 2017
The experimental journalist's latest book is about his family -- and your family, too. The author chronicles his adventure to help build the World Family Tree -- a quest to unite the entire human race. Jacobs' bestseller The Year of Living Biblically will soon be adapted as a CBS sitcom and his global family TED Talk has been viewed more than one million times. Learn more...
Thursday, November 16th, 2017
Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben, Ph.D., Rabbi Emeritus, Kehillat Israel Reconstructionist Congregation Learn more...
Sunday, November 19th 2017
Back by popular demand! This year's headliners have performed stand-up in clubs across the country and have each starred in comedy specials on HBO, Showtime and Comedy Central. Don't miss another laugh out loud evening! Learn more...
Thursday, November 30th, 2017
Dr. Raphael J. Sonenshein, Executive Director, Cal State LA's Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs Learn more...
Sunday, December 3rd, 2017
Celebrate the golden anniversary of this groundbreaking comedy classic by watching it again on the big screen. Following the film, Beverly Gray, author of Seduced by Mrs. Robinson: How The Graduate Became the Touchstone for a Generation, discusses this unexpected cultural phenomenon with entertainment journalist Craig Modderno. Learn more...
Tuesday, December 5th, 2017
This film describes the fate of three-generations of a Hungarian Jewish family – originally Sonnenschein (German: “sunshine”), later changed to Sors (Hungarian: “fate”) – throughout the 20th century. The patriarch (Ralph Fiennes) becomes a prominent judge but is torn when his government sanctions anti-Jewish persecutions.  Learn more...
Thursday, December 7th, 2017
Dr. Michael Berenbaum, Director, AJU's Sigi Ziering Institute and Professor of Jewish Studies Learn more...
December 10, 2017
Travel back in time by Metro and on foot as we explore the beginnings of LA & our Jewish community Learn more...
Wednesday, January 17th, 2018
Eva Moskowitz is the controversial founder and CEO of Success Academy Charter Schools, which grew to 46 schools serving 15,500 children. Her new book details her successful battle to save her schools following a showdown with New York Mayor Bill De Blasio. The author discusses her memoir with Nick Melvoin, a pro-Charter member of the LAUSD Board of Education. Learn more...
Sunday, January 21st, 2018
An Afternoon of Musical Satire with comedian and screenwriter David Misch, with songs and film clips featuring Groucho Marx, Randy Newman, Chuck Berry, Weird Al Yankovic, Gilbert & Sullivan, Amy Schumer and Bugs Bunny. Learn more...
January 28, 2018
Join us as we board the Gold Line and explore the largest Jewish neighborhood on the West Coast Learn more...
Tuesday, January 30th 2018
This film exposes the conspiracy of prominent German institutions and government branches to cover up the crimes of Nazis during World War II. In 1958, the war has been over for thirteen years and the Federal Republic of Germany is booming. But where are the Nazis? This film opens our eyes to the ways in which we allow ourselves to forget events that we find too painful to acknowledge. Learn more...
Sunday, February 4th, 2018
Prolific Canadian children's author Kathy Kacer collaborates with 19-year-old Jordana Leibowitz, a granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, to tell the fascinating, true story of her experience attending the trial of Oskar Groening, known as the bookkeeper of Auschwitz, possibly the last trial of its kind in Germany. Learn more...
Thursday, February 15th, 2018
A spellbinding journey from Roman occupied Jerusalem to the frontiers of genetic engineering, and from despair of life’s burdens to the incandescence of unconditional love, Eternal Life lluminates the bonds between generations, the purpose of death, and the reasons for being alive. Presented with University Women. Learn more...