Contact Us Overview

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
American Jewish University
15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air, CA 90077

 

Yosef Funke
Director of Undergraduate Admissions

Born in Sweden and raised in Germany, Yosef moved to the US in 2003 as a co-founder of a high tech start up. He is a seasoned entrepreneur with a proven track record in improving operational efficiency, enrollment management, business development and marketing.

Yosef started his position as Director of Admissions in March of 2013. He earned his Bachelor Degree from the LDT Nagold, one of Europe’s leading academies for fashion management. Yosef’s professional background spans over 20 years and extends from retail management to high-volume licensing of intellectual property in the digital media market.

In 2008, he converted to Judaism and embraces all the seasonal rites and rituals. Yosef lives with his wife Aviva on the AJU campus in Bel Air where she is enrolled in the Ziegler School rabbinic ordination program. Yosef practices martial arts, is passionate about wellness, and he likes to explore the cultural riches of the world and spend time with friends and family. He enjoys getting to know our students and families well during the admissions process and invests his free time in mentoring students to discover their potential and how they can contribute their gifts and talents to their communities.

 

MJ Bautista
Admissions Counselor
  • Phone // 310.440.1241
  • Fax // 310.471.3657
  • Email // mbautista@aju.edu

MJ began working as an Admissions Counselor at AJU College in August 2013. Prior to that she was the Program Assistant at the US Dream Academy Los Angeles through Notre Dame AmeriCorps where she was heavily involved in recruitment and designing program leadership opportunities. She has experience in Student Services from UC Irvine Extension where she worked while she was receiving her BA in Cognitive Science Psychology and a minor in Sociology from UC Irvine. In 2011, she received her master’s in Organizational Leadership from Woodbury University with an emphasis in education. MJ has first-hand knowledge of the benefits of a smaller university and is excited to share that with prospective AJU College students. She enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants and watching basketball, especially the Los Angeles Clippers.

 

Mackenzie Millan
Admissions Counselor

Mackenzie graduated from Indiana University in ’12 with a BS in Government and Nonprofit Management. Post-graduation she worked for City Hall in Beverly Hills in the Department of Emergency Management. Reflecting on possible career choices, her time as a student ambassador in college came to mind. She remembered how much she loved helping students figure out what the next step in their lives might be, so she decided admissions was the place for her! She has been working at AJU College since September ’13 and is excited to be a part of the team! She enjoys reading, binge watching shows on Netflix, and throwing a Frisbee. (Be warned, she’s really good!)

An inclusive
jewish environment

While the majority of our students are Jewish, we appreciate and value differences in observance, lifestyle, and thought. Here, everyone’s story and experiences add to the mosaic of our community. As we consider what it means to be human and part of a wider society, we employ an ethical framework informed by Jewish culture and philosophy to prepare all students for success both in civic life and their chosen profession.

  • L.A.’s vibrant Jewish life provides a wealth of opportunities to explore your relationship with Judaism, both on and off campus.
  • Whether observant or secular, we all enjoy celebrations that mark seasonal changes (Sukkot), major historical events like the establishment of the State of Israel (Yom Ha’atzmaut), and biblical legends (Purim).
  • Welcoming Shabbat dinners bring our community together in celebration of Jewish identity and rituals.

ADVISORS AND MENTORS
WHO KNOW YOU

Traveling down a road alone can be hard. But traveling with someone who knows that road well—who can tell you interesting places to stop or where there’s a sharp turn—is a very different experience. Since your academic and personal success is our highest priority, at AJU College you are assigned an academic advisor and a personal mentor from day one to guide you in making smart decisions for your future.

  • Traveling down a road alone can be hard. But traveling with someone who knows that road well—who can tell you interesting places to stop or where there’s a sharp turn—is a very different experience. Since your academic and personal success is our highest priority, at AJU College you are assigned an academic advisor and a personal mentor from day one to guide you in making smart decisions for your future.
  • Your faculty advisor helps with everything from choosing class schedules to recommending courses to help you reach the next phase of your story—whether that’s graduate school, law or medical school, or an entry-level position in your field.
  • All students are also assigned a personal mentor who helps guide you through the social and interpersonal aspects of your college experience.

learn by
serving others

By participating in community-based projects you gain perspective on the challenges facing our human family. Serving others broadens your horizons, engages your ideals, and cements within you the Jewish tradition of civic responsibility. These attributes combine to make you a fuller human being as you move forward on your chosen track.

  • All AJU College students take part in hands-on service projects, part of the Sid B. Levine Service Learning Program.
  • Students have led projects to raise awareness of social injustices like human trafficking, hunger, and gender inequality.
  • Faculty and students annually host middle school students for the Prejudice Awareness Summit, where such topics as bullying and discrimination are discussed and conflict-resolution skills are taught.
  • AJU College participates in the international service projects of the American Jewish World Service, which takes students on study-volunteer trips to El Salvador, Ghana, and India.