University Women

Welcome to University Women! For over 50 years, University Women of American Jewish University has raised money for student scholarships and AJU libraries. 

We offer dynamic and fulfilling educational and social events, and engage with other women who share a desire to be inspired, challenged and educated spiritually, intellectually and culturally. We are proud to offer monthly lunch & learns and special events throughout the year that provide a forum for personal growth, education, activism and community.  

We invite you to join our enriching and meaningful community, build new and lasting friendships and learn through cultural and social programs.  Join us and the support the vital work of American Jewish University.  

Upcoming University Women Events 


Women's Lunch and Learn

Memoir Writing: The Intergenerational Impact of One Family Member's Story
Leslie Gilbert-Lurie, Writer/Author, Lawyer, Teacher, Child Advocate
Thursday, April 23, 2015

 Gilbert-Lurie Leslie Gilbert-Lurie will discuss:
 - How Bending Toward the Sun, a memoir, deals with her mother’s experience as a child in the holocaust
 - Learn the latest findings on epigenetics, and the lasting effects of the holocaust (and other tragedies) on survivors and their children
 - Why is there a rise of anti-Semitism in the world today, and what are the lessons from the holocaust that go toward combatting the rise

LESLIE GILBERT-LURIE is a writer, lawyer, teacher, child advocate, and community activist, whose highly acclaimed memoir, Bending Toward the Sun, was published in 2009. Gilbert-Lurie is a founding member and past president of the Alliance for Children's Rights, a non-profit legal aid organization for indigent children, as well as a board member of other non-profits including the Los Angeles County Board of Education and the Skirball Cultural Center. She spent a decade as an executive at NBC. She is a graduate of UCLA and UCLA School of Law, and served as a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Law Clerk.

She received the Child Advocate of the Year Award from The Alliance for Children's Rights, The Tzedek Award for Community Service from the American Jewish Congress, and the Upstander of the Year Award from Facing History and Ourselves. 

Leslie Gilbert-Lurie wrote Bending Toward the Sun with her mother Rita about her mother's experiences as a child in the holocaust. She will discuss her thoughts on teaching holocaust today to younger generations, and thoughts on memoir writing and mother-daughter memoir writing. 



The mission of University Women is to provide educational and cultural programs for women while investing in our Jewish future by providing funds for AJU student scholarships and our libraries. We welcome all women who share a desire to be inspired, challenged and educated spiritually, intellectually and culturally.

For more information on membership or our programs,

contact Betty Carmona at: or 310 440-1283