Lunch & Learn

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

Ed Feinstein

I Had A Little Dreidel: How Hanukkah Became an American Holiday

With Rabbi Ed Feinstein
Thursday December 14, 2017
American Jewish University 15600 Mulholland Drive Los Angeles, CA 90077 Small Berg Dining
Rabbi Ed Feinstein will discuss: • What does Hanukah symbolize • How has Hanukkah been reshaped and re-imagined • Trace the evolution of Judaism’s most beloved holiday

Rabbi Ed Feinstein is senior rabbi of Valley Beth Shalom in Encino, California and instructor at the Ziegler Rabbinical School of American Jewish University.  Formerly, Rabbi Feinstein served as founding director of the Solomon Schechter Academy of Dallas, Texas, associate rabbi of Congregation Shearith Israel of Dallas, and director of Camp Ramah in California.  He holds degrees from the University of California at Santa Cruz, the University of Judaism, Columbia University, and the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, where he was ordained in 1981 and received his doctorate in 2017. 


Rabbi Feinstein is the author of four books.  Tough Questions Jews Ask – A Young Adult’s Guide to Building a Jewish Life,and Jews and Judaism in the 21st Century were finalists for the National Jewish Book Award.  Capturing the Moon retells the best of classic and modern Jewish folktales.  His latest book, The Chutzpah Imperative, traces the history of Jewish humanism. 


Rabbi Feinstein shares life with his wife, Nina, and their children, Yonah, Nessa, Raffi and Elana.  Every Friday afternoon he bakes brownies from a recipe revealed to his ancestors at Mount Sinai.  

Marc Milstein

The Latest Brain Science on How to Stay Resilient in an Anxiety Provoking World

Wednesday January 17, 2018
American Jewish University 15600 Mulholland Drive Los Angeles, CA 90077 Small Berg Dining
Dr. Marc Milstein will discuss: • The surprising way anxiety really works in the Brain • Why this new understanding helps anxiety sufferers • The critical link between anxiety, disease and dysfunction • How to avoid burnout based on new discoveries in brain science • Which anxiety treatments are scientifically valid and which are just hype

Dr. Marc Milstein is a scientist, researcher, and professional speaker who makes cutting-edge health and wellness research accessible, and empowers his audience to apply these vital findings on a daily basis.  His lectures range from cutting-edge brain science topics such as sleep, memory, learning and emotions to how our DNA and trillions of cells work in concert with our environment to determine our health.  Dr. Milstein specializes in connecting the latest research from multiple science disciplines and integrating this complex information into a clear, accurate picture for physicians, therapists, companies and anyone who is looking to understand the latest medical and science breakthroughs that impact our health and happiness.

He earned both his Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry and his Bachelor of Science in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from UCLA.  His doctoral research uncovered the role of a protein called “RINI”, which suppresses breast cancer.  RINI is also involved in memory, and Dr. Milstein is fascinated by how the brain and the body work in concert. 


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.