Lunch & Learn

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

Naomi

Einstein and the Rabbi: Tapping into the Higher Life Available to Us

With Rabbi Naomi Levy
Tuesday October 17, 2017
12:00pm
American Jewish University 15600 Mulholland Drive Los Angeles, CA 90077 Small Berg Dining
We get so distracted by the surface demands of life, the daily routines, the stresses of family and career-- we rarely take the time to see what's planted deep inside us. "Einstein and the Rabbi" is all about getting to know our own souls, getting to know our true goodness, our calling, our yearnings, our gifts, yes, and even our greatness. It's also about seeing the souls of others, seeing beyond our surface differences, snap judgments, to the truth that unites us and unites all things. And it's also about finding the way to unite our deepest gifts with our outer reality, to unite our intentions with our actions. Because if we never get to that place of action, all our prayers and hopes just float away like a helium balloon. This is what "Einstein and the Rabbi: Tapping into the Higher Life Available to Us" is all about, taking that journey, discovering our true God-given potential.
Vera L LL

From the Soviet Union to Freedom: Growing up Behind the Iron Curtain

With Vera Liebenthal
Wednesday November 15, 2017
12:00pm
American Jewish University 15600 Mulholland Drive Los Angeles, CA 90077 Small Berg Dining
Born in Moscow during the Soviet era in the 1970’s and growing up in a family of refuseniks, Vera Liebenthal has personally experienced antisemitism, persecution and discrimination. After years of waiting for visas, her family was finally allowed to immigrate to Israel in 1987 where she finished school, served in the IDF, and continued her education, receiving degrees in Economics, Sociology and Anthropology from Hebrew University. Vera will discuss what it was like to grow up behind the Iron Curtain during the Soviet era, how Jewish life and the Zionist movement co-existed in a Soviet “system”, the role of the North American Jewry in the liberation of Soviet Jews, and her own personal journey to Jewish identity and what we can learn from the Russian Jewry exodus story.