Lunch & Learn

University Women Lunch & Learn's feature outstanding speakers, rabbis, professors and authors, many affiliated with AJU.

Michael Berenbaum

Is Eastern European Jewry Doomed, or on the Verge of Resurrection

With Dr. Michael Berenbaum
Wednesday March 22, 2017
12 Noon
American Jewish University
15600 Mulholland Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90077
Small Berg Dining

  • The sparks of renewal of Jewish life in the former communist countries
  • The signs of Hope and Tolerance accompanied by right wing nationalism that seeks to rewrite the history of World War II and the Holocaust in Poland and Hungary
  • The rediscovery of one’s Jewish origin among the second and third generation and the path back to the Jewish people
  • The commitment of many to create Jewish life in the lands where it was seemingly destroyed

Dr.  Michael Berenbaum is a writer, lecturer, and teacher consulting in the conceptual development of museums and the development of historical films.  He is director of the Sigi Ziering Institute: Exploring the Ethical and Religious Implications of the Holocaust at the American Jewish University where he is also Professor of Jewish Studies. 

He was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation. He was the Director of the United States Holocaust Research Institute at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, and he served as the Project Director of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, overseeing its creation.


Berenbaum is the author and editor of twenty books, scores of scholarly articles, and hundreds of journalistic pieces.  His most recent books include:  Not Your Father’s Antisemitism, A Promise to:  The Holocaust in the Words and Voices of Its Survivors and After the Passion Has Passed:  American Religious Consequences.  

Adam Greenwald

Choosing to be Chosen: Converts Share Their Journeys

With Rabbi Adam Greenwald
Tuesday April 25, 2017
12 Noon
American Jewish University
15600 Mulholland Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90077
Small Berg Dining
Back by popular demand!
  • Who are the Jews by Choice
  • Listen to their sometimes heart-wrenching, sometimes hilarious, and always deeply honest stories about their paths to becoming Jewish
  • Experience new meaning in your own Jewish life through the eyes of passionate newcomers

Rabbi Adam Greenwald is the Director of the Louis & Judith Miller Introduction to Judaism Program at American Jewish University, the largest preparatory program for those considering conversion to Judaism in North America.  He also serves as a Lecturer in Rabbinics in the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies.  His writings have appeared in numerous publications in print and online, including the Washington Post and Jewish Journal, and he is the author of On One Foot:  An Intro to Judaism.  In 2014, Rabbi Greenwald was named one of “America’s Most Inspiring Rabbis” by the Jewish Daily Forward.

Rabbi Greenwald previously served as Revson Rabbinic Fellow at IKAR, a Los Angeles congregation often recognized as one of today’s most innovative spiritual communities.    

Rabbi Greenwald is committed to interfaith work, serving on the Los Angeles Archdiocese’s Priest-Rabbi Dialogue.