Miller Introduction to Judaism Program

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The Louis and Judith Miller Introduction to Judaism Program is an educational institute based at the American Jewish University in Bel Air, Los Angeles, California. It has, since its founding in 1986, helped thousands of students explore and deepen their Jewish roots or prepare for conversion to Judaism.[1] Based primarily at AJU’s Familian Campus in Bel Air, as well as at a number of other Southland locations[2][3][4][5] and throughout the United States, the Miller Program helps people of all backgrounds find a home in the Jewish community.[5]

The core of the Miller Introduction to Judaism Program is an 18-week course[5] that surveys Jewish living and practice, including history, ritual, culture, texts, and values. Classes are designed to be highly interactive, with lots of time for discussion and questions, and include personalized instruction in reading Hebrew.[6]

In addition to classes, the Miller Program offers regular Shabbat services and dinners,[5] a support group for new and potential converts, and ongoing programming for alumni.

The Miller Program is under the direction of Rabbi Adam Greenwald.[5] Before coming to AJU and the Miller Program, Rabbi Greenwald served as the Revson Rabbinic Fellow of IKAR. The Miller Program is supervised by Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson, Dean of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies and Vice President of the AJU.[7]

The Miller Introduction to Judaism Program was named among the “Ten Best Classes in Los Angeles” by LA Weekly in its annual “Best of LA" 2012 edition.[5] The Miller Program is endorsed by the Rabbinical Assembly of America, as well as by more than twenty of LA’s top clergy—including Rabbi David Wolpe (Sinai Temple), Rabbi Sharon Brous (IKAR) and Rabbi Ed Feinstein (Valley Beth Shalom).[8] Conversions performed under the auspices of the Miller Introduction to Judaism Program are recognized by the State of Israel for purposes of making Aliyah.[9]

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  1. ^ Gray, Beverly (1 June 2006). "Jews-by-Choice: A Look 10 Years Later". Jewish Journal (Los Angeles, California). Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  2. ^ Leider, Rabbi Susan (November–December 2010). "The Louis & Judith Miller Introduction to Judaism Program Comes to TBA in January 2011!". Kol Ha'am (Los Angeles, California: Temple Beth Am). Retrieved 7 May 2013. 
  3. ^ Benson, Rabbi Aaron (31 October 2012). "Introducing You to Introduction to Judaism". Rabbi Aaron Benson. Los Angeles, CA: Blogspot. Retrieved 7 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "Schedules & Locations". Los Angeles, California: American Jewish University. Retrieved 7 May 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f Rogers, Paul (4 October 2012). "Education Guide– Best of LA Education 10/4 : Best Of L.A. Classes". LA Weekly (Los Angeles, California). Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "Course Outline". Los Angeles, California: American Jewish University. Retrieved 7 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "Bradley Shavit Artson, DHL, Rabbi". Los Angeles, California: American Jewish University. Retrieved 7 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "Introduction To Judaism". American Jewish University. Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  9. ^ Susskind Goldberg, Rabbi Monique (2009). "REFORM OR CONSERVATIVE CONVERSION". Ask the Rabbi. Jerusalem, Israel: Schechter Institute. Retrieved 18 April 2013. 

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