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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
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...
Sunday, January 21st 2017
Join AJU's Chief Curator Rotem Rozental for a talk and tour at AJU's Brandeis-Bardin Campus (Simi Valley), where artist Dan Levenson presents a site-specific project at House of the Book, a hidden architectural masterstroke that bears intriguing similarities with Orion’s visual perspective. The exhibition is supported by the Artis Grant Program. Learn more...
Sunday, January 28th, 2018
Presented with Teev Events. "Something in her Heart" is Nurit Galron’s most critically acclaimed and bestselling album with many #1 hits, including "This is How We Separated," "That You Know," "Love Song" and "This is the Rain," all still popular today. She performs these songs and her hits, including “You go to Sleep Early,” “Curls,” “I Miss You” and more. Learn more...
January 28, 2018
Music, singing, stories and crafts in the Sperber Community Library. 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...
Thursday, February 1st, 2018
How did a courageous art teacher trapped in a Nazi internment camp bring light and clarity to hundreds of children whose lives were threatened by darkness? Art historian and popular Whizin Center instructor John Paul Thornton traces the true, inspiring story of Friedl-Dicker Brandeis, revealing the brilliant methods she created and documented while literally inventing the discipline we now call "Art Therapy." Learn more...
Sunday, February 4th, 2018
Prolific Canadian children's author Kathy Kacer collaborates with 19-year-old Jordana Lebowitz, 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...
Wednesday, February 7th, 2018
50 years after the stunning victory of the Six Day War, Israel finds itself caught between two ideological visions of what Zionism is meant to be. Explore how both the right and left have succeeded in this enduring battle, and where they have gone wrong. What are the possibilities if we focus on practical, common-sense wisdom rather than purely ideological commitments. Learn more...
Sunday, February 11th, 2018
In 1940, David Ben-Gurion, Zev Jabotinsky, and Chaim Weizmann, the leaders of the left, right and center of Zionism, undertook separate missions to America to seek support for a Jewish army to fight Hitler. Popular blogger Rick Richman presents the previously unknown story of these three historic figures whose efforts were both heroic and tragic. Learn more...
Monday, February 12th, 2018
What is the relationship between photography, exile, and the late work of an artist? How might all three serve as powerful metaphors for the writing of history and the truth it can tell? Dr. Megan R. Luke, Associate Professor of Art History, USC focuses on Kracauer's last, posthumously published book, History: The Last Things Before the Last, connecting it to the "photo-inflation" and accompanying "crisis of historicism" of the Weimar era. Learn more...
Tuesday, February 13th, 2018
Presented with the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. Rabbi Greenberg is an award-winning author and religious iconoclast who has broken boundaries and led the fight to make Orthodox Judaism more open and inclusive of homosexual members. Learn more...
Tuesdays, February, 13, April 10, and May 8, 2018
A text-based study series with world class scholars, including learning in small groups and hevrutah. Rabbi Steve Greenberg, Rabbi Shaul Magid, Ph.D. and Dr. Elana Stein Hain. Each evening begins with a wine and cheese reception. 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...
Thursday, February 22nd, 2018
The unorthodox former speaker of the Knesset offers his assessment of Zionism's failings, and what the future holds for Israel and for Judaism from the perspective of his generation, the children of the mythical “founders” of the state. Learn more...
Monday, March 5th, 2018
When one thinks of Elie Wiesel, one imagines him as the embodiment of Jewish values and a central part of the Jewish community. The early Wiesel was a dissident, with respect to the God of Israel, to the values and aspirations of the American Jewish community, against passivity, indifference and complacency. Dr. Michael Berenbaum, Director, AJU's Sigi Ziering Institute, examines Wiesel's early years and his dissidence that ultimately became part of the American Jewish agenda. Learn more...
Sunday, March 11th, 2018
Presented by Hillside Memorial Park and Mortuary. 
In a most unusual day of courtroom drama, Aaron, the high priest and brother of Moses, faces charges of inciting rebellion. Join our esteemed counsel: Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean, Berkeley Law, and Laurie Levenson, Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Ethical Advocacy, Loyola University Law School. Rabbi Ed Feinstein, Senior Rabbi, Valley Beth Shalom, begins with an exploration of the Biblical story and later, Judge Burt Pines reads the instructions. Then you, as members of the jury, render the verdict. Don't miss this riveting event! 
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Sunday, March 11th, 2018
Still interested in attending the 15th Annual Biblical Trial? Please add your name to the wait list and we'll contact you if tickets become available.  Thank you for your support of the Whizin Center. Learn more...
Tuesday, March 13th, 2018
This film recounts the true story of the infamous Vel'd'Hiv Roundup of July, 1942, in Paris. During this mass arrest by French police, 13,000 Jews, including more than 4,000 children, were sent to the Velodrome d'hiver, an indoor bicycle stadium, held under inhumane conditions, and the deported to Auschwitz. Learn more...
Thursday, March 15th, 2018
Joan Rivers was more than a legendary comedian; she was an icon and role model to millions. Her life was a roller coaster of triumphant highs and devastating lows. The author joins us to discuss this intimate biography of a performer whose 60-year career was borne out of a desire to make people laugh so that she could feel loved. Learn more...
Tuesday, April 10th, 2018
Presented with the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. Rabbi Magid is Professor of Jewish Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington, and his academic work focuses on Jewish mysticism, Hasidism and Jewish thought with emphasis on American Judaism, Jewishness and collective identity. Learn more...
April 29, 2018
Join us as we board the Gold Line and explore the largest Jewish neighborhood on the West Coast Learn more...
Tuesday, May 8th, 2018
Presented with the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. Dr. Hain is the Director of Leadership Education at Hartman where she oversees the content of the lay and professional leadership programs. Learn more...