The University of Judaism was founded in 1947. The spiritual founder was Dr. Mordecai Kaplan, a Jewish thinker and philosopher whose goal was to create an institution representing the diversity of Judaic expression in the United States. Another co-founder was Rabbi Jacob Pressman.
AJU's academic division includes the College of Arts and Sciences, leading to a B.A. degree in majors such as Biology & Bioethics (pre-med), Business Administration & Innovation, Media Arts, Jewish Studies, Politics & Global Studies, and Psychology. In addition, AJU offers graduate degrees through the Fingerhut School of Education, The David L. Lieber Graduate School, and the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, a Conservative Jewish rabbinical seminary.
The Sigi Ziering Institute of Research : Exploring the Ethical and Religious Implications of the Holocaust is a national center investigating the ethical and religious ramifications of the Shoah for future generations. Dedicated to Jewish life and the Jewish future, the Institute hosts programs, seminars , conferences and public lectures exploring the role of the Holocaust and its relation to legal, medical, business, professional, religious and governmental ethics as well as the role of the Shoah in contemporary Jewish identity.
The University operates a Career Center staffed by a professional career counselor. Career counseling, resume preparation, job search, interview skills development, and graduate school planning are some of the services available to individual students. Workshops on these and other topics will be provided throughout the academic year as well. Full-time jobs, part-time jobs, and internship opportunities are posted on our electronic job board on Sharepoint Job Network.
The Department of Residence Life at American Jewish University seeks to provide a safe, secure and clean living-learning environment that complements the educational mission of the University and contributes to the students' individual and interpersonal growth and development.
The American Jewish University is home to the Ostrow Library, which boasts over 120,000 volumes, extensive electronic resources, and contains one of the West Coast's largest collections of Judaica.
AJU’s Campus Technology Department (CTD) strives to integrate the latest information technology.
Here are some of the services we provide:
Integrated User Accounts
High Speed Internet
A Suite of Virtual Learning Tools
Technology Enhanced Classrooms
All students attending American Jewish University are charged a Student Health Fee. This fee covers the cost of running the Student Health Center on the Familian Campus and the psychological services provided by the University. The health fee is NOT health insurance.
Each of AJU’s four student residence halls contains 24 double occupancy rooms.Meal Plans
AJU students living in the residence halls must contract with the University Food Service.Apartments
Sixteen furnished one bedroom/one bath and 4 furnished 2 bedrooms/1 bath apartments are available for married students or single students who are at least 21 years old (normally reserved for students who are either married, have children, and/or are graduate students.) Each apartment contains a fully equipped kitchen with a refrigerator, oven, and dishwasher. Residents will need to provide their own cooking and eating utensils, bed linens and towels.
We promote an active college lifestyle and encourage students to take advantage of opportunities to get involved with the university and student organizations. AJU has student clubs and organizations for all of your interests.
The American Jewish University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), one of six regional accrediting associations in the United States.
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