As a pluralistic liberal arts university, AJU provides an accessible and open environment for all expressions of Judaism and other cultures. Students are not required to attend religious services, but everyone is invited.
Experiencing Jewish art and culture is as easy as attending the popular Whizin Center Events or visiting the Skirball Museum down the street, or exploring the fusion of old and new in the Fairfax/Melrose neighborhood. Angelenos enjoy less mainstream cinema in the yearly Israel Film Festival, Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival, Asian Pan Pacific Film Festival, Outfest, and the L.A. Latino International Film Fest, to name just a handful.
Welcoming Shabbat dinners bring our community together in celebration of Jewish identity and rituals. 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). L.A.’s vibrant Jewish life provides a wealth of opportunities to explore your relationship with Judaism, both on and off campus.
Daily prayer services bring both graduate and undergraduate students together. A traditional egalitarian Minyan (morning and afternoon) is regularly held in the Beit Midrash or in the synagogue. The Minyan is overseen by the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies and are open to the entire student population.