Lunch & Learn

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

Steven Leder

More Beautiful Than Before: How Suffering Transforms Us

Wednesday March 14, 2018
American Jewish University 15600 Mulholland Drive Los Angeles, CA 90077 Small Berg Dining
How pain is not understood until it visits a person firsthand What does pain teach us Nature gives us perspective and hope. Perspective and hope are the beginning of healing Pain is not a matter of intellect – it is a matter of the spirit and a matter of the soul

Rabbi Steven Leder was ordained in 1987 from Hebrew Union College. He currently serves as the Senior Rabbi of Wilshire Boulevard Temple, a large and prestigious synagogue in Los Angeles with three campuses and 2,400 families.

He has been quoted in Time Magazine, published essays in Reform Judaism, the Los Angeles Times,, and the Los Angeles Jewish Journal where his Torah commentaries were read weekly by over 50,000 people. His sermon on capital punishment was included in an award winning episode of The West Wing. He received the Louis Rappaport Award for Excellence in Commentary by the American Jewish Press Association and the Kovler Award from the Religious Action Center in Washington D.C. for his work in African American/Jewish dialogue. 

Rabbi Leder has written several books: The Extraordinary Nature of Ordinary Things, More Money Than God: Living a Rich Life Without Losing Your Soul, and his 3rd book More Beautiful Than Before: How Suffering Transforms Us will be published in this November.

April L&L

Skin Cancer Awareness & Prevention

Thursday April 19, 2018
American Jewish University 15600 Mulholland Drive Los Angeles, CA 90077 Small Berg Dining
Dr. Pedram Ghasri will discuss: What is skin cancer and how prevalent is it Overview of the three main types of skin cancer Risk factors and causes of skin cancer Can skin cancer be prevented Treatment of skin cancer

Dr. Pedram Ghasri is a board certified dermatologist with expertise in medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology. As a native of the Encino/Tarzan area, he is proud to serve his hometown community at Castle Dermatology Institute. 

Dr. Pedram Ghasri graduated Summa Cum Laude from UCLA with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Neuroscience. He went on to attend medical school at the University of California, Irvine as a nationally recognized Regents Scholar. At UC Irvine he received multiple awards and honors, including election to the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society, the highest academic distinction awarded a U.S. medical graduate. He extended his medical school graduation by one year to conduct laboratory research in finding a cure for a rare, genetic skin disease called epidermolysis bullosa. 

Dr. Ghasri specializes in medical dermatology, skin cancer detection and treatment, surgical and cosmetic dermatology. His comprehensive medical expertise includes eczema, acne, warts, psoriasis, rosacea, hair loss, bullous diseases, and infections. He is also experienced in many cosmetic procedures, including injectable fillers, Botox, lasers, chemical peels and sclerotherapy.