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Jewish Studies

The Program of Jewish Studies is generously sponsored by Hillside Memorial Park and Mortuary.
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Our Jewish Studies classes inspire learners from all knowledge levels and backgrounds looking to add meaning and purpose to their everyday lives. We offer classes with master teachers to help you gain a better understanding of ancient texts or today’s headlines, with classes in Torah and Talmud, Jewish Film and History, Archaeology and current events. Join our community of learners to connect with our tradition and learn how it relates to us today.

  • Yiddish - Intermediate

    Yiddish - Intermediate

    For Students who have completed Beginners Yiddish. This class provides Yiddish speaking students with intensive practice in reading, writing, vocabulary and grammar. The class is taught entirely in Yiddish. Its purpose is to facilitate the increased use of Yiddish conversation, reading and writing. Read More

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  • Yiddish - Advanced

    Yiddish - Advanced

    This class provides Yiddish speaking students with intensive practice in reading, writing, vocabulary and grammar. The class is taught entirely in Yiddish. Its purpose is to facilitate the increased use of Yiddish conversation, reading and writing. Read More

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  • Yiddish - Beginners

    Yiddish - Beginners

    This course emphasizes the joys to be found in day-to-day Yiddish conversation; basic sentences and expressions. This course includes a very user friendly introduction to reading Yiddish; a skill needed to form the basis of further learning. Additionally students will be introduced to Yiddish/Eastern European culture through poetry, visual art, songs, stories, folk traditions, and history. Read More

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  • Hevra Mikra, Bible Study Circle

    Hevra Mikra, Bible Study Circle

    Taught by a master rabbi-scholar Hevra Mikra is comprised of students of varying backgrounds and expertise in Biblical study. The group is informal in learning style. Participation is an integral part of the study process. Join this energetic and thought provoking class to discuss the ethical, historical, spiritual and personal implications of the most important book in the Jewish tradition, the Torah. Read More

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  • Prophecy in Ancient Israel

    Prophecy in Ancient Israel

    The prophets played an important role in Jewish history. Who were the prophets and what was their message? Why did the people dislike them? Who was qualified to be a prophet? In this class we will examine the history and essential messages of the three major prophets and the twelve minor prophets and place them in the context of Jewish history. Join us for a lively discussion of these great Jewish figures and their contributions to our faith. Read More

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  • Short Stories at the Sperber: Address Unknown

    Short Stories at the Sperber: Address Unknown

    Do not have time to read an entire book? Join us each month to discuss literary short stories with our Sperber Librarian. This month we will be discussing Katherine Kressman Taylor's "Address Unknown." A story comprising of a series of fictional letters between a Jewish art dealer living in San Francisco and his former business partner, who has returned to Germany. Contact the Sperber Library at 310-440-1264, or email Lisa Silverman at lisa.silverman@aju.edu to request that a copy of the story be sent to you! Read More

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  • Along the Goldeneh Line: Jewish Life and Heritage of Northeast L.A. and the San Gabriel Valley

    Along the Goldeneh Line: Jewish Life and Heritage of Northeast L.A. and the San Gabriel Valley

    "Here in Pasadena it is like Paradise. Always sunshine and clear air, gardens with palms and pepper trees and friendly people who smile at one and ask for autographs." -Albert Einstein U.S. Travel Diary 1930-31 Travel alongside the Metro Gold Line into the San Gabriel Valley with the Whizin Center and Jewish Historical Society of Southern California on this new tour. We'll focus on the area's unique Jewish heritage, which dates back more than a century, and its contemporary community life, home to an estimated 30,000-40,000 Jews between Glendale and Rancho Cucamonga. . Presented in cooperation with the Jewish Federation of the Greater San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys and participating congregations and organizations as we explore sites of historic and current Jewish significance, including: · Temple Beth Israel of Highland Park and Eagle Rock (1930) · Einstein Papers Project at Caltech, highlighting Einstein in Pasadena, his Zionism and Jewish identity, and the groundbreaking effort with Hebrew University of Jerusalem to digitize his archives Judson Studios (1897)--a rare opportunity to visit America's oldest family-run stained glass studio, which has designed and fabricated traditional and contemporary stained, leaded and fused glass for architectural spaces in Los Angeles--including Breed Street Shul, Valley Beth Shalom and Wilshire Boulevard Temple--and around the world. Transportation on a chartered bus leaving from AJU. Read More

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  • Jews on Screen

    Jews on Screen

    Since the turn of the Century, Jews have been involved in all aspects of filmmaking. But what did they think of their Judaism In this fast-paced seminar, we will get an overview of Hollywood's shifting attitude about Jews. Judaism, Jewish identity by looking at the way Jews were or were not) depicted on screen. Read More

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  • Listen, Laugh & Learn - March

    Listen, Laugh & Learn - March

    Here is a chance to listen to our rich Jewish heritage through Ellis' extensive collection of Israeli, Yiddish, Jewish comedy, folk and popular music cd's, cassettes and LP's -- not to mention his mp3's. His collection includes some of the greatest Cantors, comedians, shows, dance music; even songs recorded by non-Jewish artists. Ellis' knowledge of the recordings and stories about his life in Jewish music are comedy are the "glue" that makes this class a winner! Read More

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  • 14th Annual Biblical Trial: The Book of Jonah, The People v. The Sailors for Attempted Murder, presented by Hillside Memorial Park & Mortuary

    14th Annual Biblical Trial: The Book of Jonah, The People v. The Sailors for Attempted Murder, presented by Hillside Memorial Park & Mortuary

    With esteemed counsel: Erwin Chemerinsky, Founding Dean of the law school at the University of California, Irvine, and Laurie Levenson, Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Ethical Advocacy at Loyola University Law School. Rabbi Ed Feinstein, Senior Rabbi, VBS, leads a study of the Biblical story and Judge Burt Pines reads the instructions. Then you, as members of the jury, render the verdict. Don't miss this riveting event! Read More

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  • Short Stories at the Sperber: Mishpocha

    Short Stories at the Sperber: Mishpocha

    Do not have time to read an entire book? Join us each month to discuss literary short stories with our Sperber Librarian. This month we will be discussing Erika Dreifus' "Mishpocha" from her story collection "Quiet Americans." Contact the Sperber Library at 310-440-1264, or email Lisa Silverman at lisa.silverman@aju.edu to request that a copy of the story be sent to you! Read More

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  • All Aboard for Jewish L.A.: Back to the Beginning, Boyle Heights

    All Aboard for Jewish L.A.: Back to the Beginning, Boyle Heights

    Who says L.A. has no subway and no Jewish History? Not us! Travel back in time with the Jewish Historical Society of Southern California docents Stephen Sass and Jeremy Sunderland -- entirely via metro and on foot -- to the beginnings of Los Angeles and our Jewish community, which dates back to 1841. Focusing on Boyle Heights, the tour includes the Breed Street Shul and the original 1837 site of L.A.'s first synagogue, Congregation B'nai B'rith (forerunner of today's Wilshire Boulevard Temple). Further information and instructions will be sent out to participants prior to the tour. Read More

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  • Marriage: For Life Retreat: a weekend experience in relationship building

    Marriage: For Life Retreat: a weekend experience in relationship building

    Spend the weekend at our Brandeis-Bardin Campus, a 2,700 acre retreat center nestled in the beautiful Santa Susana Mountains. This retreat provides a safe, open environment to learn to share, develop and enrich intimate loving relationships. During the weekend, couples will: --Identify areas of strength and growth in intimacy, communication, finances, lifestyle, family, religion and more. --Learn communication tools to resolve conflict with respect and love. --Discover how family history influences marriage. --Discuss expectations and hot topics, values and traditions. --Address financial planning and emotional aspects of money. Open to Jewish and interfaith couples. Includes sessions with licensed therapists, a rabbi and a financial planner, accommodations and meals. Read More

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  • Short Stories at the Sperber: Zeresh

    Short Stories at the Sperber: Zeresh

    Do not have time to read an entire book? Join us each month to discuss literary short stories with our Sperber Librarian. This month we will be discussing Michal Lemberger's "Zeresh" from the author's "After Abel" story collection. Contact the Sperber Library at 310-440-1264, or email Lisa Silverman at lisa.silverman@aju.edu to request that a copy of the story be sent to you! Read More

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  • Short Stories at the Sperber: Sarah's Story

    Short Stories at the Sperber: Sarah's Story

    Do not have time to read an entire book? Join us each month to discuss literary short stories with our Sperber Librarian. This month we will be discussing Jill Hammer's "Sarah's Story." This work is from her story collection about women in the Bible, "Sisters at Sinai." Contact the Sperber Library at 310-440-1264, or email Lisa Silverman at lisa.silverman@aju.edu to request that a copy of the story be sent to you! Read More

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