I am lucky to be an AJU student because of the mentorship program. I have had such rich conversations with my mentor about my path as an early childhood educator, and it excites me to know the possibilities that the future will bring!
Early Childhood Education, School for Jewish Education and Leadership
What has really struck me in the program is how I can make the work I do meaningful for not only myself as a leader but also for those I work with.
School of Enterprise Management and Social Impact
At Ziegler, I find myself questioning everything. As I delve deeper into text, acquiring better skills and proficiency, I realize how little I know - about my tradition, my practices, and myself. This has been a transformative and challenging experience in the best way - I am learning to clearly define who I am and why I have chosen this path.
Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies
I discovered that meditation is very important and helpful to me. I need to stop putting so much pressure on my shoulders and through art, I am able to help my inner child.
Brandeis Collegiate Institute (BCI)
Dig into the experience and enjoy the learning, the people and all the riches that LA offers.
School for Jewish Education and Leadership
I was about to graduate college and I was looking for something to do over the summer before the start of my fellowship. I liked the idea of BCI because it sounded like a nice balance between Jewish learning, artistic expression, and community building.
Brandeis Collegiate Institute (BCI)
I was excited by the idea of tapping into my creativity and connecting deeply with Judaism.
Brandeis Collegiate Institute (BCI)
Since transferring to AJU, I feel as though the community has afforded me the opportunity to branch out and discover more about myself than I would have been able to at my previous college. At AJU, you really feel like you’re important.
Don't be afraid to dive into the tough parts, and be confident in relying on your fellow BCIers for emotional, physical, and spiritual support.
Brandeis Collegiate Institute (BCI)
"There is no better place to immerse myself into Torah and Talmud than at AJU. The view of the sculpture garden and the Santa Monica mountains reminds me so much of Israel."
Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies
As an interfaith couple, the benefits of this program will help with our goal of raising a Jewish family that includes both of our cultures.
Intro to Judaism
The professors put as much into their students in their academic capacity as they do in a mentoring role; helping students navigate and build more than just their academic self, but a student's whole self.
School of Enterprise Management and Social Impact
Some of the most beautiful moments in the program occur when one person decides to go out on a limb and everyone else in the room instinctively follows their lead out of a sense of support. Don't hesitate to be the first.
Brandeis Collegiate Institute (BCI)
AJU is a combination of mentorship that reminds me it’s okay to slow down, and friendship that encourages me to keep up when I can.
The Intro program was exactly what I was looking for- intellectual and spiritual growth. There was so much to learn from connecting with fellow classmates.
Intro to Judaism
This is an exciting time for the Jewish people and in history. I want to be the kind of leader that will help shape and stabilize, solidify the foundations of our institutions for generations to come.
School of Enterprise Management and Social Impact, Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies
What is most important to me is having the liberty to shape my own experience and education. That type of experience and personalization is one of the major factors on why I choose AJU.
"I would tell an incoming student to be an active participant in the school and in advocating for their own educational needs."
Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies
I really loved the way in which the AJU Rabbis and teachers were teaching, and the way they welcomed me into their classrooms, offices, and homes.
Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies
"I see my role as Rabbi is as a spiritual guide, to help individuals and communities find their inner voice, to act as a vessel through which Torah flows and to help others find their peace, their greatness and their connection to the Divine."
Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies
AJU offers a program that stands out from other undergraduate science degrees by providing the knowledge needed to become a better leader in your professional field
But God’s reply to Moses is perfect. “Who makes a mouth for a man…is it not I, Hashem?”
Early Childhood Education, School for Jewish Education and Leadership
The courses in the MAEd program were able to engage all of the students even though we come from such different backgrounds and skills sets. The time exploring the text and learning how to raise questions was so captivating.
School for Jewish Education and Leadership
Working on the aquaponics farm is my form of meditation. There is something therapeutic about planting lettuce seeds in rafts on the water while listening to music with friends.
Brandeis Collegiate Institute (BCI)
I have greater capacity than I imagined. I've gained confidence and strength, I can dig deeper than I thought I could, I can do more than I thought I could.
School of Enterprise Management and Social Impact
The tight-knight community of AJU gave me confidence that allows me to speak up in class and led me to be class President my senior year.
The Intro program is a great resource whether you’re looking for knowledge and community or just peer support.
Intro to Judaism
Every day I am discovering that I am capable of changing the reality around myself.
Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies
As a teacher, I am always eager to improve and learn more. AJU has given me a place where I can expand my knowledge of teaching in a Jewish environment.
School for Jewish Education and Leadership
We are just so blown away by the sense of community in the Intro program and are thankful to have this space to be able to come back to whenever we need.
Intro to Judaism
Finding a program that worked for me both professionally and personally was important, and AJU offered me the flexibility I needed in a place that felt comfortable and familiar
School for Jewish Education and Leadership
Kabbalat shabbat is my favorite service. Being able to enjoy it on a mountaintop, in the fresh air, surrounded by beautiful music and passionate dancing made it 100% more meaningful for me.
Brandeis Collegiate Institute (BCI)
I was really excited about meeting young people from around the world who were all interested, in one way or another, in learning more about Judaism.
Brandeis Collegiate Institute (BCI)
Thirty-seven years after achieving my goal of an undergrad degree, I find myself thoroughly enjoying the challenge of the MA program at AJU. I am the oldest student in the group and yet feel welcomed by the other students.
Early Childhood Education, School for Jewish Education and Leadership
From the professors all the way up to the Dean, everyone has been so helpful throughout the admissions process as well as juggling the class schedule. I honestly would not have been able to do this program had it not been for the amazing staff at AJU.
Early Childhood Education, School for Jewish Education and Leadership
I really wasn't looking for a community, I wanted a school - but I found an incredible community here at AJU.
Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies
The chance to work with a cohort of like-minded individuals was enticing, helping to create a strong community of Jewish educators who respect each other, support each other, and learn together.
Early Childhood Education, School for Jewish Education and Leadership
Everyone at AJU, whether its faculty or students, everyone is very supportive of each other. This kind of tight-knit community would be challenging to find at a large university.
A child can teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reason, to always be busy with something, and to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires. - Paulo Coelho
Early Childhood Education, School for Jewish Education and Leadership