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American Jewish University’s Whizin Center for Continuing Education is where our community connects with Jewish learning, life and culture. The Whizin Center enriches all aspects of life: the cultural and intellectual, the artistic and spiritual, the political and social, to enliven the lives of our communities. Classes, lectures, author events, concerts and performances are offered daytime and evening
June 7th

Burton Sperber Jewish Community Library of Los Angeles & PJ Library present

Music, singing, crafts and an interactive story for preschoolers ages 2 1/2-6 years old and their Grandparent(s) / Special Person(s).

June 14, 2015
The author of National Geographic Jewish Heritage Travel: A Guide to Eastern Europe,  and the coordinator of the web site www.jewish-heritage-europe.eu, Ruth conducts an illustrated virtual tour of far-flung synagogues, shtetls, Jewish cemeteries, and other Jewish heritage sites in a variety of countries.
Oct. 25th, 2015

Back by popular demand! The Capitol Steps puts the "mock" in Democracy. This clever troupe of former Congressional Staffers travels the country satirizing the very people and places that once employed them. Nothing escapes The Steps’ witty song parodies, costumed skits and stand up pot shots. Catch these equal-opportunity offenders who are once again back on our Gindi stage.

This program made possible through the generosity of Rose (z"l) and David (z"l) Dortort

Recent events

The Genius of Chutzpah
March 3, 2015
"Chutzpah" is Yiddish for insolence, audacity, or nerve. The Talmud has another definition - "Chutzpah" is irrepressible boldness and strength. Chutzpah describes a rare quality of moral courage at the heart of Judaism -- a revolutionary idea of the human condition and our relationship to God, the significance of human life, and the depth of human responsibility. As a global culture facing global issues, Chutzpah is a message the world is desperate to hear. 
Barney Frank in Conversation with Patt Morrison
March 26th, 2015

Barney Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage

How did a disheveled, intellectually combative gay Jew with a thick New Jersey - Massachusetts accent become one of the most effective politicians of his time

Ellen Rodman - Pepper, Silk and Ivory
April 12th, 2015
Pepper, Silk and Ivory reveals a missing page in Jewish history, the amazing stories of Jews who benefitted from and contributed to the Far East...
Master Teachers
April 16th, April 23rd-May 7th

The Whizin Center for Continuing Education is proud to offer our community the opportunity to learn with renown teachers and thinkers, including the best scholars in their fields.

David Grisman Quintet
April 19th, 2015

For nearly half a century, mandolinist / composer / bandleader / producer David Grisman has been a guiding force in the evolving world of acoustic music. David skillfully combines elements of the great American music/art forms - jazz and bluegrass -- with many international flavors and sensibilities to create his own distinctive idiom: "Dawg" music, the nickname given to him by Jerry Garcia


Film Screening and Discussion with Theodore Bikel and Leonard Maltin
May 3rd, 2015
Join us for this thoroughly entertaining portrait to hear directly from Theodore Bikel who will introduce the film and engage in a lively Q&A.
Secret Jews: History and Culture of Crypto-Jews & Their Research for Jewish Roots and Identity
May 3rd, 2015
In the 14th and 15th Centuries, Jews of Spain and Portugal were forced to convert to Catholicism. Many families kept the knowledge of their Jewish past for 500 years, transmitting it in secret to their children and often continuing to practice Jewish rites covertly.
An Evening of Ideas & Jazz: The Revival of Jewish Culture in Poland
May 6, 2015

Dr. Sebastian Rejak, Special Envoy of Poland’s Minister of Foreign Affairs for Relations with the Jewish Diaspora presents a lecture entitled Polish Jewry, from Destruction to Revival

Following the lecture, join us for a concert, exemplifying this cultural resurgence, featuring noted jazz pianist Kuba Stankiewicz who performs works from his new album The Music of Victor Young. Young, an American born composer of popular songs and films (Around the World in Eighty Days) began his career as a violinist in Warsaw.

Kuba Stankiewicz, with a catalog of over twenty albums, ranks among the top Jazz pianists in Poland. The American educated Stankiewicz received an Order of Merit from Poland for his cultural contributions and representation of Polish ideals at home and abroad. Join us for this meaningful and musical evening.

Dudamel: Up Close and Personal Lecture
May 12th, 2015

You enjoy the symphony and want to know more. Join Los Angeles composer and conductor Dr. Michael Isaacson for this two part class. Start with a lecture to open up the world of classical music and prepare you for the concert experience. Then attend a Los Angeles Philharmonic concert led by its extraordinary music director, Gustavo Dudamel where the Maestro will conduct a sensuous program of music by the astounding Maurice Ravel.


Historical Treasures of Downtown - Spring 2015
May 17th, 2015
We will begin this exciting adventure at the historic Union Station with its unique art of the MTA Gateway plaza and METRO Headquarters Building and adjacent Olivera Street/El Pueblo de Los Angeles. We walk and ride the Metro to explore the rich array of architectural, cultural and historical treasures attesting to the role played by individual Jews and the Jewish community in the growth and development of downtown Los Angeles. We will explore as much nearby public art and architectural sites that time permits from the Civic Center, 7th Street, Pershing Square, the Broadway theater district, Grand Central Market and the Bradbury building.