Jewish Journal

  • Immersed in Hebrew, Ulpan Learners Make Great Strides

    By Rachel Heller

    September 16, 2009 | 2:54 pm

    As Charles Goldsmith became more active in his synagogue, he yearned to know more about the meaning of services and the sacred texts. So the retired physician, 66, decided to enroll in a Classical Hebrew course at the Whizin Center’s Hebrew ulpan.

    Before long, he also took an...

  • Performances, Classes Spark Connections and Joy

    By Rachel Heller

    September 16, 2009 | 2:45 pm

    Celebrated Jewish thinker Mordecai Kaplan, whose philosophy helped shape American Jewish University (AJU), once wrote that one of the most powerful ways to bond a community is through the performing arts.

    “People of the most divergent views and modes of living can discover their...

  • Jewish Identity, Community Forged at Eclectic BCI Retreat

    By Laura Stampler

    September 16, 2009 | 5:40 am

    Hidden in the hills of Simi Valley, 71 Jewish youths from around the world gathered this summer, as such groups do each year, at the Brandeis-Bardin Campus at American Jewish University for a three-week retreat at the Brandeis Collegiate Institute (BCI).

    Founded by Judge Louis...

  • Up Next: Clinton, Bush Share Wexler’s Stage

    By Rachel Heller

    September 16, 2009 | 5:25 am

    It’s T-minus five months to one of the most high-profile headlines in the history of American Jewish University’s (AJU) annual lecture series: On Feb. 22, former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush are slated to share a stage at Universal’s Gibson Amphitheatre, with AJU...