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November 17, 1995
A Sunday at the University of Judaism, 15600 Mulholland Drive, is a day spent in contemplation. The Sculpture Garden sits on grassy knolls surrounded by honeysuckle and brush. Upstairs, stroll the narrow aisles of the Ostrow Library with its Hebrew, Yiddish and English titles.
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December 17, 2008 | Elaine Woo
Rabbi David L. Lieber, the president emeritus of what is now American Jewish University and the guiding force behind a modern Torah commentary for Conservative Judaism, died of a lung ailment Monday at his Beverly Hills home. He was 83. Lieber was president for 29 years of the University of Judaism, which last year was renamed American Jewish University after merging its Bel-Air campus with Brandeis-Bardin Institute in Simi Valley.
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May 13, 1992
The next president of the University of Judaism will be Rabbi Robert Wexler, who has been vice president of the Los Angeles school since 1986, officials announced Tuesday. Wexler, 41, will succeed Rabbi David Lieber, who is retiring later this year after nearly 30 years as the first full-time president of the 45-year-old institution.
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January 4, 2005 | From a Times Staff Writer
Herman Platt, who served as president of Sinai Temple from 1962 to 1964 and was a founder of and major fundraiser for the University of Judaism in Los Angeles, where he and his wife endowed the Marjorie and Herman Platt Art Gallery, has died. He was 95. Platt died Sunday in Los Angeles of natural causes. Last year, Mount Sinai Memorial Park, where Platt had chaired the management committee for 25 years, named its chapel and administrative buildings for him.
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June 22, 1988
The American Assn. of University Professors has formally censured the University of Judaism in Los Angeles because of the way the school denied tenure to Marcia Falk, a feminist teacher of Hebrew literature. The national organization, in its weekend convention in Washington, alleged that the university violated guidelines of academic freedom last year by not giving Falk a proper appeal and by keeping secret the identities of the reviewers who voted against her promotion to full professor.
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January 9, 1988
Leslie Koltai, the former chancellor of the Los Angeles Community College District, has been named director of the master's degree program in business administration at the University of Judaism in Los Angeles. The program emphasizes management skills for nonprofit and community-service organizations. Koltai headed the nine-campus district for 15 years until he was forced into retirement three months ago by a newly elected majority on the system's governing board.
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September 16, 1995 | JOHN DART
The University of Judaism's announcement this week that it will expand its two-year rabbinical school into the West Coast's first full-fledged seminary to ordain rabbis has met with a cool reception from Conservative Judaism's only other U.S. seminary. Chancellor Ismar Schorsch of the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York said through a spokesperson Thursday that he would not comment on the announcement.
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December 18, 1999 | Larry Stammer
Underscoring the prominence of Judaism on the West Coast, a leading New York-based organization for Conservative Judaism has for the first time elected a Los Angeles rabbinical seminary as a permanent member. The Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies of the University of Judaism, which ordained its first graduates last May, became a full member this month of the Leadership Council of Conservative Judaism.
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September 16, 1995 | JOHN DART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rabbinical students will be able to complete their training and be ordained on the West Coast for the first time, thanks to a $22-million donation made to the University of Judaism. The gift, from a family foundation that wishes to remain anonymous, is one of the largest ever made to a U.S. Jewish educational institution, said Robert Wexler, president of the campus on Mulholland Drive atop the Sepulveda Pass.
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August 10, 1996 | JOHN DART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The first religious school on the West Coast to offer complete rabbinical training will open soon at the University of Judaism, a historic--and initially controversial--step expanding the spiritual and academic strength of U.S. Judaism beyond its traditional East Coast base.
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March 12, 2003 | From a Times Staff Writer
Louis Shub, the longtime director of the Jack and Bel Ostrow Library at the University of Judaism in Los Angeles, has died. He was 89. Shub died Monday of pneumonia at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica. After moving to Los Angeles in 1948, Shub began lecturing at the University of Judaism while also working for the Zionist Youth Commission. He joined the university full-time in 1954 and began working in the library.
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March 14, 2000 | IRENE GARCIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After a day of discussing race, bigotry and stereotypes with hundreds of Los Angeles middle school students, seventh-grader K.C. Ngoy came to a conclusion: "I've teased people who are different before and I'm not going to do that anymore." K.C., 13, a seventh-grader at Sutter Middle School in Winnetka, said he learned a lot Monday at the fourth annual University of Judaism's Prejudice Awareness Summit, in which students discussed the evils of discrimination.
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December 18, 1999 | Larry Stammer
Underscoring the prominence of Judaism on the West Coast, a leading New York-based organization for Conservative Judaism has for the first time elected a Los Angeles rabbinical seminary as a permanent member. The Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies of the University of Judaism, which ordained its first graduates last May, became a full member this month of the Leadership Council of Conservative Judaism.
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October 23, 1999 | LARRY B. STAMMER, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
Driving through the Sepulveda Pass on the San Diego Freeway, new generations of Southern Californians might easily assume that the Jewish religious and cultural institutions along the way have always been there. But the mountain pass that is home to the University of Judaism (1977), the Skirball Cultural Center (1996), Milken Community High School (1993) and Stephen S. Wise Temple (1968) wasn't always affectionately known as the "Hills of Judea." "I grew up in Los Angeles.
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August 21, 1999
The Conservative Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the University of Judaism has been awarded a Jewish Community Foundation grant that will provide for 12 rabbinical student internships. The students will be placed in synagogues and other Jewish organizations throughout Southern California. The internships are part of a program that will provide rabbinical students the opportunity to develop pulpit skills and gain experience in pastoral counseling, education and administration.
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August 13, 1999 | EVELYN LARRUBIA and TED ROHRLICH and ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Accused killer Buford O. Furrow Jr. told authorities that, while shopping for places to kill Jews, he scouted three of the West Coast's most prominent Jewish institutions--the Museum of Tolerance, the Skirball Cultural Center and the University of Judaism--but found security too tight. Then he pulled off a freeway to get gas and stumbled upon an unguarded target, the lesser known North Valley Jewish Community Center, tucked away in a quiet pocket of suburban Granada Hills.
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April 17, 1993 | LARRY B. STAMMER, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
In what is being called an unprecedented Los Angeles lecture series on the Dead Sea Scrolls, scholars from throughout the nation will discuss the latest developments and insights into the meaning and significance of the ancient documents. The lectures, which begin Wednesday at the University of Judaism, are aimed at the public and come at a time of heightened interest in the 2,000-year-old writings that have intrigued the world since they were discovered more than 40 years ago.
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March 27, 1995 | JEANNETTE DeSANTIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There was more than the traditional bagels and challah, or egg bread, at the Taste of Kosher Los Angeles and Wine Festival on Sunday at the University of Judaism in the hills above Sherman Oaks. About 3,000 participants feasted on non-traditional but nonetheless kosher Italian, Mexican and Chinese cuisine from some of the area's finest restaurants and caterers--all of whom specialize in meals prepared according to Jewish dietary laws.
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May 23, 1998 | From Religion News Service
An American family that converted to Conservative Judaism has received temporary Israeli visas after being refused entry into the Jewish state in another flare-up in the dispute between Israel's Orthodox establishment and non-Orthodox Judaism. Elezar Yisrael, his wife and six children arrived in Israel on May 12. After first being denied entry, they were given 30-day visas.
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August 10, 1996 | JOHN DART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The first religious school on the West Coast to offer complete rabbinical training will open soon at the University of Judaism, a historic--and initially controversial--step expanding the spiritual and academic strength of U.S. Judaism beyond its traditional East Coast base.
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