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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
Thursday, February 22nd, 2018
The unorthodox former speaker of the Knesset offers his assessment of Zionism's failings, and what the future holds for Israel and for Judaism from the perspective of his generation, the children of the mythical “founders” of the state. Learn more...
March 4, 2018
Celebrate Purim with music, singing, stories and crafts in the Sperber Community Library. Learn more...
Monday, March 5th, 2018
When one thinks of Elie Wiesel, one imagines him as the embodiment of Jewish values and a central part of the Jewish community. The early Wiesel was a dissident, with respect to the God of Israel, to the values and aspirations of the American Jewish community, against passivity, indifference and complacency. Dr. Michael Berenbaum, Director, AJU's Sigi Ziering Institute, examines Wiesel's early years and his dissidence that ultimately became part of the American Jewish agenda. Learn more...
Sunday, March 11th, 2018
Presented by Hillside Memorial Park and Mortuary. 
In a most unusual day of courtroom drama, Aaron, the high priest and brother of Moses, faces charges of inciting rebellion. Join our esteemed counsel: Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean, Berkeley Law, and Laurie Levenson, Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Ethical Advocacy, Loyola University Law School. Rabbi Ed Feinstein, Senior Rabbi, Valley Beth Shalom, begins with an exploration of the Biblical story and later, Judge Burt Pines reads the instructions. Then you, as members of the jury, render the verdict. Don't miss this riveting event! 
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Sunday, March 11th, 2018
Still interested in attending the 15th Annual Biblical Trial? Please add your name to the wait list and we'll contact you if tickets become available.  Thank you for your support of the Whizin Center. Learn more...
Tuesday, March 13th, 2018
This film recounts the true story of the infamous Vel'd'Hiv Roundup of July, 1942, in Paris. During this mass arrest by French police, 13,000 Jews, including more than 4,000 children, were sent to the Velodrome d'hiver, an indoor bicycle stadium, held under inhumane conditions, and the deported to Auschwitz. Learn more...
Thursday, March 15th, 2018
Joan Rivers was more than a legendary comedian; she was an icon and role model to millions. Her life was a roller coaster of triumphant highs and devastating lows. The author joins us to discuss this intimate biography of a performer whose 60-year career was borne out of a desire to make people laugh so that she could feel loved. Learn more...
March 18, 2018
Learn to read Hebrew before your Passover Seder! Join us for this one day class. Learn more...
March 25, 2018
Learn to cook while experiencing the Jewish holidays together! Learn more...
April 4, 2018 - April 15, 2018
A two part musical adventure with classical music host Alan Chapman and an LA Phil performance Learn more...
Tuesday, April 10th, 2018
Presented with the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. Rabbi Magid is Professor of Jewish Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington, and his academic work focuses on Jewish mysticism, Hasidism and Jewish thought with emphasis on American Judaism, Jewishness and collective identity. Learn more...
Monday, April 16th, 2018
The New York Times editor, attacked on Twitter by a wave of neo-Nazis and anti-Semites, launches his new book, a powerful contemplation about how Jews are currently viewed in America and how we can move forward to fight anti-Semitism. Learn more...
Sunday, April 22nd 2018
Following her two sold out performances, Annie Korzen, the recurring Doris Klompus on Seinfeld and a Moth Mainstage storyteller, returns with standup comedy legend Mark Schiff, who recently opened for Jerry Seinfeld in Israel and has headlined in clubs across the country. Learn more...
April 29, 2018
Join us as we board the Gold Line and explore the largest Jewish neighborhood on the West Coast Learn more...
Tuesday, May 8th, 2018
Presented with the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. Dr. Hain is the Director of Leadership Education at Hartman where she oversees the content of the lay and professional leadership programs. Learn more...