AJU College’s Jewish Studies program readies students for professions in
Jewish education, the rabbinate, cantorial studies and higher Jewish
academic study while providing an engaging curriculum for curious
spiritual seekers on the road to discovering their professional paths.
With internationally renowned Jewish educators, rabbis
and scholars on its faculty, AJU College is uniquely suited as a place to study
Our students pluralistically engage in Jewish life through courses in
Jewish philosophy, history, tradition and social sciences. AJU College’s
Curriculum of Purpose teaches students to apply Jewish ethics and
Talmud toward self-actualization, service and community-building.
On-campus and in nearby culturally rich neighborhoods, students
participate in and become a vital part of Los Angeles’ vibrant Jewish
AJU College’s strong network sets a foundation for our graduates to
competitively pursue vocational programs, post-graduate education and
Jewish Studies professors connect our students with top organizations
for internships, higher education and career positions. Local Hebrew
schools and after-school programs recruit AJU Jewish Studies students for
teaching positions. Post-graduates hold leadership positions at Valley
Beth Shalom synagogue, and others.
Our graduates go on to work as influential community-builders for Jewish
social justice and sustainability movements in the greater Los Angeles
area and beyond.
For more information, please contact department chair:
DEPARTMENT CHAIR & ADVISOR
Pinchas Giller Ph.D
Phone // 310.476.9777 x550
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The Jewish Studies Department is dedicated to the study of the broad spectrum of Jewish life and culture on a serious academic level. It is designed to introduce students to all aspects of Jewish Studies across a variety of disciplines, historical periods, and intellectual traditions.
As a field, Jewish Studies covers a wide number of time periods and can be approached through many different academic disciplines, including history, literary analysis, philosophy and the social sciences.
Jewish Studies students take advantage of the university's rich resources, as well as the spiritual environment provided by the concentration of important scholars in the university community.
The department provides for the needs of students interested in the rabbinate, Jewish education and cantorial studies, as well as open-minded “spiritual seekers.”
We have the pleasure of seeing many of our graduates in Jewish Studies assume leadership positions in the Jewish community. Hence, the Jewish Studies major can be used both as a preparation for a career and as enrichment in cultural awareness and participation in the Jewish community.
DEPARTMENT CHAIR & ADVISOR
Pinchas Giller, Ph.D.
B.A., Columbia College, New York, (Hebrew & Linguistics) 1973
M.S., Education, Yeshiva University, New York, 1980
Rabbinical Ordination, Yeshiva University, New York, 1980
Fellow, Shalom Hartman Institute, Jerusalem, 1980-1982
Ph.D., Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, (Jewish Thought) 1990
Dr. Pinchas Giller is Chair of the Jewish Studies Department and Professor in Medieval Jewish Thought in the College of Arts & Sciences.
Following his ordination, in 1980, Dr. Giller taught high school in Israel. He came back to the U.S. to earn his Ph.D., then returned to Israel to participate in the Hebrew University Zohar Project. After stints at Concordia University in Montreal and Washington University in St. Louis, he joined the AJU faculty in 1998 and became department chair in 2009.
He is the author of The Enlightened Will Shine: Symbolization and Theurgy in the Later Strata of the Zohar. (1993), Reading the Zohar: The Sacred Text of the Kabbalah (2000)
Shalom Shar’abi and the Kabbalists of Beit El (2009) and
Kabbalah: a Guide for the Perplexed is forthcoming.