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Dr. Michael Berenbaum -
Around the World in 180 Days.

       "Where in the world is Michael Berenbaum today?" Dr. Berenbaum, Director of AJU's Sigi Ziering Institute and international authority on the Holocaust, is in constant demand worldwide. Between January and the end of July this year alone, Dr. Berenbaum will have made presentations in Macedonia, Mexico, Israel, and Poland.

Rabbi Elliot Dorff         In February, Dr. Berenbaum spoke at three different venues in Mexico City. He gave an overview of the Holocaust to an audience of 1,500 students and scholars at Anahuac Catholic University, where most of those attending knew little, if anything, about this dark chapter in history. Then he spoke to a crowd of almost a thousand people at a Conservative synagogue about the meaning of the Holocaust as it moves from living memory to an historical event. Dr. Berenbaum also addressed students from four Jewish High Schools, to whom he explained why it is important that they remember the Holocaust.

       March found Dr. Berenbaum in Macedonia launching and signing his latest book, The Jews in Macedonia during WWII, which has been published in English and Macedonian. Last year, he led the international creative team responsible for the conceptual, intellectual, and historical development of the Macedonian Holocaust Memorial Center, which held a special opening in March 2011; the full museum is scheduled to open in 2013.

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Jewish Culture Brought to Life
at Camp Alonim and BCI

       American Jewish University is unique in that it serves as a resource for individuals of all ages in the exploration of their Jewish identity. Two such programs for children and young adults, Alonim and BCI (Brandeis Collegiate Institute), take place on the beautiful Brandeis campus, located in the foothills of the Santa Susanna Mountains.

       Camp Alonim is a dynamic Jewish experience brought to life through Jewish culture, social action, and nature. For its nearly 60 summers at our Brandeis-Bardin Campus outside Simi Valley, Camp Alonim has instilled in its campers a passionate love for Jewish culture, a sense of responsibility to the community at large, and the confidence that comes from the unique experience of Jewish camping. Parents see the impact that an Alonim summer has on their children - as one parent raved after last summer, "my son came home happy, confident, and full of enthusiasm. It was clear that this was an unforgettable experience...."

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Alumna Alisha Pedowitz MBA, MAEd
Administrator..Educator..Entrepreneur

Kimmi's photoAlisha Pedowitz graduated from American Jewish University in 2008 with an MAEd, with a Concentration in Experiential Education from the Graduate Center for Education, and an MBA from the Graduate School of Nonprofit Management, where she developed a thorough understanding of the theories and practice of business management.

Today she is utilizing her full spectrum of skills as the Director of Operations of Brawerman Elementary School East - Wilshire Boulevard Temple, which opened this school year. In addition, Alisha is striving to launch her brainchild Embracing Wholiness, a curriculum which explores issues of body, self image, and identity formation in the context of community.

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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.