At the order of the City of the Los Angeles, effective immediately, all non-essential businesses have been ordered to close. The City has issued a Safer at Home emergency order – ordering all residents of the City of Los Angeles to stay inside their residences and immediately limit movement outside of their homes beyond what is essential. Further, Governor Newsom, has extended this order to all of California.

This means that both the Familian and the Brandeis-Bardin Campuses are closedPlease do not come to either campus. 

Student Communication: May 13, 2020

Dear Students,

California acted early and swiftly in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and in part due to that decision, it now appears some restrictions are being eased. While some businesses, retailers and restaurants are starting to reopen, AJU is still considering when and how to safely return to in-person instruction on campus as we prepare for the academic year that begins in fall 2020.

Please be assured that our deans and staff are actively planning for multiple scenarios — from modified in-person instruction to hybrid course delivery to a continuation of remote learning — with, of course, the goal being a return to in-person coursework as soon as it is safe to do so. We are examining what the “new normal” should be based on projections from local authorities. While our mission remains teaching, our priority is the safety of our campus community.

We will provide you with updates once we have more news to report on AJU's fall 2020 instruction.  Please keep yourselves and your loved ones safe.

March 16, 2020 Campus Communication:

We also wanted to take this opportunity to check in with our community and to thank you for working with us through these unprecedented times. AJU continues to maintain critical University operations and support our students through new modes of learning. Our teams are working collaboratively to develop and create programming to nurture and support our broader community while we continue elevating Jewish wisdom. Next week we will be launching B’YachadTogether: Spirited by AJU, as a means for the community to come together while we are all apart. Visit to learn more.

AJU continues monitoring news and updates regarding the rapidly changing environment surrounding COVID-19 and continues following the guidance of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local health department authorities. There are NO confirmed cases on either of the AJU campuses. Our goal is to keep our community informed of the quickly changing COVID-19 situation.

With the health and safety of our community as our highest priority during global concerns about COVID-19 (coronavirus), American Jewish University moved to remote learning effective Monday, March 16, 2020 for all academic classes.

If you have any questions, we urge you to email communications [at] for additional information.

Past Email Communications:

CARES Act Funding for Students
Student Email May 13
Covid 19 Email March 9.pdf
Covid 19 Preparedness Email March 3.pdf