Lunch & Learn

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


Choosing to be Chosen: Converts Share their Journeys

Tuesday February 20, 2018
American Jewish University 15600 Mulholland Drive Los Angeles, CA 90077 Small Berg Dining
Rabbi Adam Greenwald will discuss: • Who are the Jews of 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 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.  

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.