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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, 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...
Sunday, November 19th, 2017
Through conversations, lectures and open discussions, explore the legacy of the late sculptor Ezra Orion, hailed as Israel's best forgotten artist, and its intersections with local and international practice. The exhibition is presented as part of the Chapters in Israeli Art series. Learn more...
November 19, 2017
Learn to cook while experiencing the Jewish holidays together! Learn more...
Thursday, November 30th, 2017
Dr. Raphael J. Sonenshein, Executive Director, Cal State LA's Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs Learn more...
November 30, 2017
Join us for our popular documentary film and discussion featuring Hummus! Learn more...
Saturday, December 2nd, 2017
The best-selling hip-hop artists in Israel, Hadag Nahash combines funky hip-hop grooves with rock, reggae and Middle Eastern music. They've performed with The Black Eyed Peas, Cypress Hill, and Matisyahu. Feverishly devoted to equality and civil rights, the group is the soundtrack for the Israeli struggle against corruption and racism. They will be joined by Israel's "best new artist" for 2016, Hanan Ben Ari. 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
Music, singing, stories and crafts in the Sperber Community Library. 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...
December 10, 2017
Design and build your own LEGO dreidel just in time for Hanukkah Learn more...
Monday, December 11th, 2017
What does it mean to consider Martin Buber, one of the most important and influential modern Jewish philosophers, as a dissident, who redefined our thinking? He bridged Hasidic spirituality and the secularism of Freud. He was an ardent Zionist who worked to unite with Palestinians. Journalist and popular Whizin Center instructor Jonathan Dobrer joins us to explore this question. Learn more...
December 17th, 2017
Artist Inbal Abergil discusses her new book which examines how American families memorialize relatives killed in military conflict through the preservation of personal effects. With images and testimonials, N.O.K. honors the dead while giving voice to a community of survivors who keep memory alive as they strive to rebuild their lives in the aftermath of loss. 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...
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 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...