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The University of Judaism, informally known as the UJ, is a university with Jewish undergraduate, graduate, rabbinic, cantorial, and continuing education studies. Its Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies ordains rabbis mostly in the Conservative movement and is one of the major seminaries of rabbinic studies in the United States, as well as the only independent rabbinical seminary west of the Mississippi River. The UJ is located in Los Angeles, California, on Mulholland Drive in the Sepulveda Pass. A professor giving a lecture at the Helsinki University of Technology A university is an institution of higher education and of research, which grants academic degrees. ... Judaism is the religious culture of the Jewish people. ... The Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, informally known as the Ziegler School or simply Ziegler, is the graduate program of study at the University of Judaism. ... A Rabbi (Classical Hebrew רִבִּי ribbī; modern Ashkenazi and Israeli רַבִּי rabbī) is a religious Jewish scholar who is an expert in Jewish law. ... Conservative Judaism (or Masorti Judaism) is a denomination of Judaism characterized by: A positive attitude toward modern culture The belief that traditional rabbinic modes of study, and modern scholarship and critical text study, are both valid ways to learn about and from Jewish religious texts. ... A seminary is a specialised university-like institution for the purpose of training candidates for positions within a religious context. ... Length 6,270 km Elevation of the source 450 m Average discharge Saint Louis¹: 5,500 m³/s Vicksburg²: 16,800 m³/s Baton Rouge³: 12,800 m³/s Area watershed 2,980,000 km² Origin  Lake Itasca Mouth  Gulf of Mexico Basin countries United States (98. ... The City of Los Angeles (from Spanish Los Ángeles , meaning the angels), also known as L.A., is the second-largest city in the United States in terms of population, as well as one of the worlds most important economic, cultural, and entertainment centers. ... Alternate meaning: Mulholland Dr., a movie named for the road Mulholland Drive is a well-known road in Los Angeles, California named after engineer William Mulholland that runs along the ridgeline (more or less) of the Santa Monica Mountains and their Hollywood Hills, between Coldwater Canyon Drive and the 101... The Sepulveda Pass is a mountain pass through the Santa Monica Mountains in Los Angeles, California, USA. It connects the Los Angeles Basin to the San Fernando Valley via the San Diego Freeway (I-405) and Sepulveda Boulevard. ...

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Programs of study

The College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences is the program of undergraduate study at the UJ. The College currently enrolls ???? students and is home to a number of part-time students as well. The College boasts one of the lowest student-to-faculty ratios in the country: 7-1. The average number of students per class is also very low, at 20.


The academic program itself at the College grants the Bachelor of Arts degree. The core curriculum consists of over half the required credits during a student's time at the College, and consists of the study of Western, non-Western, and Jewish civilizations, foreign language studies (often Hebrew), arts, science, math, and computer study. Several academic majors and minors are offered: A Bachelor of Arts (B.A. or A.B., from the Latin Artium Baccalaureus) is an undergraduate academic degree awarded for a course or program in the arts and/or sciences. ... Hebrew is a Semitic language of the Afro-Asiatic language family spoken by 6 million people mainly in Israel, parts of the Palestinian territories, the United States and by Jewish communities around the world. ...

Bioethics, Business, English and Literature, Jewish Studies, Journalism, Liberal Studies, Literature and Politics, Political Science, Psychology, and U.S. Public Policy

The College also permits students to design their own majors, minors, and individualized programs of study in consultation with their academic advisor. The College also encourages students to take leadership roles in not just student organizations but in social, political, and religious work in the greater Los Angeles community. Bioethics is the ethics of biological science and medicine. ... Categories: Business | Academic disciplines | School subjects ... The term English literature refers to literature written in the English language, or literature composed in English by writers who are not necessarily from England; Joseph Conrad was Polish, Robert Burns was Scottish, James Joyce was Irish, Edgar Allan Poe was American, Salman Rushdie is Indian. ... Jewish studies also known as Judaic studies is a subject area of study available at many colleges and universities in the Western World. ... Journalism is a discipline of collecting, verifying, analyzing and presenting information gathered regarding current events, including trends, issues and people. ... The Elections and Parties Series Democracy Representative democracy History of democracy Referenda Liberal democracy Representation Voting Voting systems Ideology Elections Elections by country Elections by calender Electoral systems Politics Politics by country Political campaigns Political science Political philosophy Related topics Political parties Parties by country Parties by name Parties by... Psychology (Classical Greek: psyche = soul or mind, logos = study of) is an academic and applied field involving the study of behaviour, mind and thought and the underlying neurological bases of behaviour. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ...


Graduate study

The Lieber School of Graduate Studies

The Lieber School of Graduate Studies offers programs in Nonprofit Management and Jewish Communal Studies. Students may earn a Master of Business Administration degree in Nonprofit Management, or students who have already earned a Master of Arts degree in some other field may earn an M.A. in Nonprofit Management. The Lieber School also offers an M.A. in Jewish Communal Studies, which consists of studies of management skills as well as Jewish texts, history, and sociology. Master of Business Administration (MBA) is a tertiary degree in business management. ... A masters degree is an academic degree usually awarded for completion of a postgraduate course of one or two years in duration. ...


The M.B.A. can be combined with the M.A. in Jewish Communal Studies and the other graduate degrees (see below).


The Fingerhut School of Education

The Fingerhut School of Education offers a Master of Arts in Education degree, in which students can choose to focus on Administration, Curriculum and Instruction, or Jewish Educational Foundations. Students in the M.A.Ed. program are also awarded a degree of Bachelor of Literature (B.Lit) in Hebrew Letters, focusing on Bible, Rabbinic Literature, Hebrew, or Jewish Philosophy. A masters degree is an academic degree usually awarded for completion of a postgraduate course of one or two years in duration. ...


The Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies

See main article: Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies The Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, informally known as the Ziegler School or simply Ziegler, is the graduate program of study at the University of Judaism. ...


In addition to Rabbinic ordination, the Ziegler School offers programs culminating in the awarding of a Master of Arts in Rabbinic Studies. This degree may be combined with the M.A.Ed. or M.B.A. programs. A masters degree is an academic degree usually awarded for completion of a postgraduate course of one or two years in duration. ...


Continuing education

The UJ offers many programs of study through its Continuing Education department. These studies most often take the form of individual classes that can be taken for credit at other universities and applied towards degree programs there, or that are taken simply for personal enjoyment and edification. Classes are offered in language studies, Jewish studies, literature, fine arts, dance and fitness, performance arts, and other varied areas. Jewish studies also known as Judaic studies is a subject area of study available at many colleges and universities in the Western World. ... Open Directory Project: Literature World Literature Electronic Text Archives Magazines and E-zines Online Writing Writers Resources Libraries, Digital Cataloguing, Metadata Distance Learning Dictionary of the History of Ideas: Classicism in Literature The Universal Library, by Carnegie Mellon University Project Gutenberg Online Library Abacci - Project Gutenberg texts matched with Amazon... Fine art is a term used to refer to fields traditionally considered to be artistic. ... A contemporary dancer rehearsing in a dance studio Dance (from Old French dance, further history unknown) generally refers to human movement either used as a form of expression (see also body language) or presented in a social, spiritual or performance setting. ... Fitness in biology refers to individuals ability to propagate its genes. ... Performance art is art where the actions of an individual or a group at a particular place and in a particular time, constitute the work. ...


Additionally, the UJ offers courses in Introduction to Judaism, as well as a class for men and women who intend to convert to Judaism. Religious conversion is the adoption of new religious beliefs that differ from the converts previous beliefs; in some cultures (e. ...


The Department of Continuing Education also puts on each year's Public Lecture Series, which hosts men and women to speak on issues of topical importance each year at the Universal Amphitheater in Hollywood. Past speakers have included such people as President Bill Clinton, Madeline Albright, James Carville, Shimon Peres, and Ehud Barak. ... William Jefferson Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III on August 19, 1946) was the 42nd President of the United States from 1993 to 2001. ... Madeleine Korbel Albright (born May 15, 1937 in Prague, Czechoslovakia), American diplomat, served as the 64th United States Secretary of State. ... James Carville (born October 25, 1944), is an American political consultant, commentator and pundit. ... Shimon Peres Shimon Peres (Hebrew שִׁמְעוֹן פֶּרֶס) (born August 21, 1923), an Israeli politician, is the head of the Israeli Labour Party and served as 8th Prime Minister of Israel from 1984-1986 and 1995-1996 and Foreign Affairs Minister of Israel from 2001-2002, and became Vice Premier in a coalition... Ehud Barak Ehud Barak (Hebrew: אֵהוּד בָּרָק) (born February 12th, 1942) was the 10th Prime Minister of Israel from 1999 to 2001. ...


History of the UJ

The University of Judaism was founded in 1947 by Mordecai Kaplan, a Jewish thinker and philosopher who wanted to create an institution as diverse in as many kinds of Judaic expression as could be found. He founded the UJ under the auspices of the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City and the Bureau of Jewish Education of Los Angeles. The campus moved several times around Los Angeles until it moved into its current campus in 1979. Rabbi Mordechai Menahem Kaplan (June 11, 1881- November 8, 1983) founded Reconstructionist Judaism. ... The Jewish Theological Seminary of America The Jewish Theological Seminary of America, known in the Jewish community simply as JTS, is the academic and spiritual center of Conservative Judaism, and is the movements main rabbinical seminary. ... Midtown Manhattan, looking north from the Empire State Building, 2005 New York City (officially named the City of New York) is the most populous city in the United States, and is at the center of international finance, politics, entertainment, and culture. ... This article is about the largest city in California. ...


Over time, the UJ added more and more programs, most recently the Ziegler School for Rabbinic Studies, which became a full-fledged program culminating in Rabbinic ordination in 1996. It ordained its first class in 1999. (Before the Ziegler School became its own program, students would typically spend two year in the Rabbinic program at the UJ before moving on to the larger programs at either the Jewish Theological Seminary or the Machon Schecter institute in Israel.) The Jewish Theological Seminary of America The Jewish Theological Seminary of America, known in the Jewish community simply as JTS, is the academic and spiritual center of Conservative Judaism, and is the movements main rabbinical seminary. ...


Campus resources

The Ostrow Library boasts over 120,000 volumes, extensive electronic resources, and contains one of the West Coast's largest collections of Judaica.


The Platt Art Gallery plays host to many major exhibitions, both of Jewish and non-Jewish art, and is one of Los Angeles's important art galleries. This article is about the largest city in California. ...


The Smalley Sculpture Garden on the campus grounds has a collection of most interesting sculptures.


The Gindi Auditorium is the setting of many concerts, celebrations, and other programs.


The Max and Pauline Zimmer Conference Center is a 96 acre (388,000 m²) campus in Ojai, California. It is home to Camp Ramah of California. Downtown Ojai Ojai (pronounced O-High) is a city located in Ventura County, California. ...


Faculty and staff

This list is not an exhaustive list of all faculty and staff; it is a representation of a small portion of the faculty and staff of the University of Judaism.

  • Dr. Aryeh Cohen, chair of the Department of Jewish Studies
  • Rabbi Elliot Dorff, rector of the University of Judaism
  • Miriyam Glazer, chair of the Department of English and Literature
  • Sue Kapitanoff, vice president for Student and Undergraduate Affairs
  • Rabbi David Lieber, Professor (emeritus) of Biblical Literature and Thought
  • Rabbi Moshe Rothblum, Adjunct Lecturer in Practical Rabbinics
  • Rabbi Elijah Schochet, Adjunct Professor of Rabbinics
  • Rabbi Robert Wexler, President of the University of Judaism
  • Dr. Ronald Wolfson, Director of the Whizin Institute

The Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, informally known as the Ziegler School or simply Ziegler, is the graduate program of study at the University of Judaism. ...

External links

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