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  • L.A. rabbi says mikveh at AJU is secure, calls Freundel scandal a ‘unique case’

    By Ryan Torok

    1 week ago

    In the wake of a scandal in which a Washington, D.C. Orthodox rabbi was arrested on Tuesday, Oct. 14, for allegedly spying on women undressing at a mikveh connected to his synagogue, Rabbi Richard A. Flom, a Los Angeles authority on the mikveh [ritual bathhouse] and a member of the...

  • Interviewing Joan Rivers

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 4, 2014 | 3:28 pm

    In May 2013, I was more than a tad nervous when asked to conduct a 45-minute Q&A with Rivers following a performance of her act at the American Jewish University.  Rivers, after all, was the notorious fashion polista of the red carpet awards scene, so ruthless that she once...

  • Moving and Shaking: Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

    By Ryan Torok

    June 11, 2014 | 1:18 pm

    The Hebrew University of Jerusalem recently bestowed multiple honors on people with connections to the Los Angeles area. 

    Patricia Glaser, a member of the university’s international board of governors, received an honorary doctorate on June 8 in Jerusalem. The Malibu resident...

  • Jews without Harvard

    By Rob Eshman

    February 12, 2014 | 11:39 am

    This is the time of year when the Golden Children of our tribe are being anointed by the nation’s finest colleges and universities. These kids have traveled a long road to glory — GPA, SAT, AP, interviews, essays, common apps.

    For a full year, the only question they’ve heard from...

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  • Danny Sanderson in L.A., celebrating 40 years of Israeli pop music

    By Tom Teicholz

    December 4, 2013 | 2:01 pm

    If you’ve been to Israel in the last 40 years or heard Israeli popular music, then you probably know Danny Sanderson, who will be performing with his band at the Gindi Auditorium at American Jewish University on Dec. 8. Sanderson was a founding member in 1973 of Kaveret (literally...

  • Healing our Bloodlines at Brandeis

    By Kamana Hunter

    November 12, 2013 | 4:14 pm

    The rainstorms from the previous day had transformed the climate at the Brandeis-Barin Campus in Simi Valley. The 90 degree heat had become a cool 66 degrees. The air was filled with a scent of early autumn. It made me crave a pumpkin spice coffee.


    At American Jewish...

  • Jewish art spans city with ‘Sacred Words, Sacred Texts’

    October 30, 2013 | 1:28 pm

    The Jewish art scene in Los Angeles is a small but vibrant community that spans generations, styles, and the full length and breadth of the city itself. Now, for the first time, three of L.A.’s preeminent Jewish institutions — Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion...

  • High Holy Days: Sermons take a chapter from writer’s book of life

    By Ryan Torok

    September 3, 2013 | 11:04 am

    In 1963, Richard Levy was in his mid-20s and in his last year of rabbinical school when he was sent on an internship to a synagogue in Jasper, Ala. About the time of Rosh Hashanah, not far away in the town of Birmingham, a bomb exploded at the 16th Street Baptist Church, an...

  • LimmudLA Fest: Less is more

    August 21, 2013 | 1:37 pm

    There are very few places where one could learn about the Jewish prison population, sing Kiddush with a Broadway legend and do tai chi — all in one weekend. 

    All of these topics were among those explored at the first-ever LimmudLA Fest, a retreat full of learning that took place...

  • Convert: Rico Collins

    August 7, 2013 | 1:24 pm

    Rico Collins, 39, was raised Southern Baptist in Jacksonville, Fla., but could never relate to the messages he heard in church as a boy. “It’s very fire and brimstone,” he said. “I didn’t like it.” 

    Collins said he didn’t fit in with the other kids at church and felt alienated...

  • Slavin Library collection dispersal benefits many

    June 6, 2013 | 1:43 pm

    The 10,000 books, games, CDs and DVDs that once lined the walls of the Slavin Children’s Library at 6505 Wilshire Blvd. are on track to once more be made available to the public later this month.

    Four institutions — American Jewish University (AJU), Chabad of Santa Monica, the...

  • Q&A with Israeli singer-songwriter Noa

    By Tom Teicholz

    May 29, 2013 | 1:36 pm

    Achinoam Nini, the Israeli singer-songwriter known to all simply as Noa, will perform on June 18 at  American Jewish University as part of the new Geller Festival of the Arts. Born in Tel Aviv in 1969, Noa moved to New York as a child and lived there with her family until she...

  • AJU’s Geller Fest spotlights the arts

    May 29, 2013 | 11:40 am

    In a new venture into presenting the arts, American Jewish University (AJU) will hold its first-ever Geller Festival of the Arts this summer, drawing names like Joan Rivers and Gideon Raff, the Israeli creator of “Homeland.”

    Running June 16-20, the week’s four events all will be...

  • Conversion 101

    May 8, 2013 | 11:31 am

    Conversion to Judaism is not easy. It requires a change in beliefs, actions and lifestyle. It involves extensive study, practice, a leap of faith, a shift in perception and some sacrifice. However, for those who feel it’s the right decision, it can be an exciting and rewarding...

  • Becoming Jewish: Tales from the Mikveh

    By Susan Freudenheim

    May 8, 2013 | 11:18 am

    Late on a recent Wednesday afternoon, Judith Golden and Suzanne Rosenthal perched at their desks in a small room in the depths of American Jewish University (AJU). It was a quiet day on campus; only a trickle of students occupied the new community library, the classrooms were...

  • Mayoral candidates Greuel, Garcetti go head to head

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    April 18, 2013 | 2:04 pm

    In the first debate between the two remaining Los Angeles mayoral candidates, City Controller Wendy Greuel and City Councilman Eric Garcetti attempted to convince voters there are significant differences between them, even as the two veteran politicians took identical positions on...

  • Greuel, Garcetti spar in L.A. mayoral debate at AJU

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    April 11, 2013 | 9:26 pm

    In the first debate between the two remaining candidates running to be the next mayor of Los Angeles, City Controller Wendy Greuel and City Councilman Eric Garcetti attempted to convince voters that there were significant differences between them even as the two veteran politicians...

  • Converting: The best decision of her life

    March 7, 2013 | 3:34 am

    When Donna Levine told her mother she had converted, the response was that she would burn in hell. A friend encouraged Levine to join Jews for Jesus. She had to explain to this friend that, unfortunately, that wouldn’t work.

    “I told her that if you are really serious about being...

  • Getting to Know You...

    By Susan Freudenheim

    February 27, 2013 | 3:19 pm

    In 2000, an urban congregation of 1,000 families found itself at a crossroads. The synagogue had a balanced budget and a beloved rabbi who was retiring after three decades, but its building was badly in need of repairs and the congregation was aging. To survive, the leadership felt...

  • ‘Brandeis-Bardin,’ on paper

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    February 7, 2013 | 2:05 pm

    From generation to generation, starting in 1950 and continuing today, one of the most important sites on the map of the Jewish community in Southern California was a stretch of rolling hills in Simi Valley.

    The story is richly told in the pages of “The Brandeis-Bardin Institute:...

  • Bill Kristol and his Emergency, Bigotry in AJU Ad?

    February 7, 2013 | 10:18 am

    Exposing Bill Kristol

    Congratulations to Rob Eshman on a superb piece explaining clearly why Bill Kristol and his Emergency Committee for Israel (ECI) not only do not help Israel, but are harmful to her interests (“Emergency?” Feb. 1). His thoughtful explanation is comprehensive,...

  • Preserving Auschwitz?

    By Ryan E. Smith

    January 30, 2013 | 5:11 pm

    For many, the everlasting power of Auschwitz is understood only by visiting the infamous death camp and walking the grounds where more than 1 million people were killed during the Holocaust.

    The problem, according to two local architects, is in assuming the camp itself will be...

  • Nov. 29 and Palestinian Statehood

    By Judea Pearl

    December 5, 2012 | 2:49 pm

    Even as the sound of “Hatikvah” reverberated in the auditorium of the American Jewish University, where Los Angeles commemorated the 65th anniversary of the historic United Nations vote of Nov. 29, 1947, another U.N. vote was casting its shadows on our consciousness — the vote for...

  • The defendant: Moses

    November 28, 2012 | 3:13 pm

    Add another feather to Erwin Chemerinsky’s cap. On Nov. 18, the great legal mind — founding dean of the University of California, Irvine, School of Law and former commentator for the O.J. Simpson trial — got Moses off on two counts: murder and flight to avoid prosecution.

    Yes,...

  • Camp Alonim receives grant from JCamp180

    By Ryan Torok

    November 15, 2012 | 2:43 pm

    JCamp180, a project of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation that aims to enhance long-term effectiveness in Jewish nonprofit overnight camps, has announced that it will begin working with Camp Alonim, one of Southern California’s largest Jewish overnight camps. Alonim will receive...

  • Like ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’? You’ll love Judaism

    By Danielle Berrin

    August 29, 2012 | 11:27 am

    The rabbi is a book lover. So it was an innocent question when he asked his congregant what she was reading, tucked ever-so-discreetly between her palms, as she sat in a chair in a synagogue hallway. Was that a bead of sweat trickling down her brow? Was she trying to hide the...

  • Chevra Kadisha conference highlights Jewish way of honoring the dead

    By Ryan Torok

    July 11, 2012 | 12:34 pm

    “This is a universal thing that everybody goes through,” Rabbi Stan Levy emphasized during the 10th North American Chevra Kadisha and Jewish Cemetery Conference, a three-day event last month at American Jewish University. Appearing as a guest speaker at the annual conference,...

  • Teachers learn lessons on Holocaust, genocide

    By Ryan Torok

    March 21, 2012 | 5:36 pm

    Speaking on the Holocaust and 20th century genocides, Mark Gudgel, executive director of the Educators’ Institute for Human Rights, began his March 12 lecture at American Jewish University (AJU) with a declaration.

    “Rwanda is not genocide,” said Gudgel, who also teaches...

  • Promoting men’s Jewish engagement

    By Roberto Loiederman

    January 4, 2012 | 12:52 pm

    Rabbi Charles Simon, a recent visiting lecturer at American Jewish University (AJU), asked rabbinical students how they would deal with a future intermarriage. One young rabbi-to-be said he’d welcome the couple … then tell them that, unfortunately, he couldn’t marry them....

  • John O. Varble, Brandeis-Bardin ranch manager dies at 83

    November 8, 2011 | 7:07 pm

    The legacy of John O. (Johnny) Varble, who died on Oct. 19 at 83 on the Brandeis-Bardin Campus of American Jewish University, will live on forever. Johnny was a dedicated and beloved member of the Brandeis-Bardin community for more than 40 years, leading the ranch staff, and...

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