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Maas Center at American Jewish University develops transformative experiences for Jewish, Jew-ish, or Jew-curious people. Through a unique suite of programs like Miller Intro to Judaism, BCI, and the community Mikvah, we provide teachings, tools, and experiences rooted in ancient Jewish practice so anyone can do Jewish on their terms.

Rabbi Tarlan Rabizadeh

Vice President, Director of Maas Center and Miller Intro to Judaism RabbiTarlan@aju.edu
Programs: AJU Community Mikvah | Intro to Judaism

Rabbi Myra Meskin

Associate Director of Maas Center and Director of BCI | (she/her) RabbiMyra@aju.edu
Programs: AJU Community Mikvah | BCI

Benjamin Wright

Associate Director of Intro to Judaism Intro@aju.edu
Programs: Intro to Judaism
Rachel Marcus, Mikvah Manager

Rachel Marcus

Manager of AJU Community Mikvah mikvah@aju.edu
Programs: AJU Community Mikvah

Janet Djalilmand

Maas Manager MaasCenter@aju.edu
Programs: AJU Community Mikvah | BCI | Intro to Judaism

Rabbi Deborah Silver

Miller Intro to Judaism Instructor
Programs: Intro to Judaism

Rabbi Patricia Fenton

Miller Intro to Judaism Instructor
Programs: Intro to Judaism

Rabbi John Carrier

Miller Intro to Judaism Instructor Intro@aju.edu
Programs: Intro to Judaism

Rabbi Herschel “Brodie” Aberson

Miller Intro to Judaism Instructor
Programs: Intro to Judaism

Rabbi Daniel Mehlman

Miller Intro to Judaism Instructor
Programs: Intro to Judaism

Michelle Brint

BCI Assistant Director | (she/her)
Programs: BCI

Joey Becker

BCI Program Fellow | (he/him)
Programs: BCI

Adira Rosen

BCI Program Fellow | (she/her)
Programs: BCI

Moe Scott

BCI Program Fellow | (he/him)
Programs: BCI

Leila Gordon

BCI Program Fellow | (she/her)
Programs: BCI

Josefa Briant

BCI Artist-Educator | (she/her)
Programs: BCI

Ilana Jaffe-Lewis

BCI Artist-Educator | (she/her)
Programs: BCI

Jared Stein

BCI Artist-Educator | (he/him)
Programs: BCI

Rabbi Joel Goldstein

BCI Beit Midrash Educator | (he/him)
Programs: BCI

Liana Wertman

BCI Beit Midrash Educator | (she/her)
Programs: BCI

Aki Yonekawa

BCI Beit Midrash Educator | (she/her)
Programs: BCI

Sam Langstein

BCI Community Care Coordinator | (he/him)
Programs: BCI

Jamie Stein

BCI Community Wellness Coordinator | (she/her)
Programs: BCI

Jordan Edelheit

BCI Katonton Staff | (she/her)
Programs: BCI

Our Donors

A Vision Made Possible by Virginia and Frank Maas

Virginia and Frank Maas have been Los Angeles Jewish community leaders for over 45 years. Through their generous gift, the Maas Center and its groundbreaking programs have supported those from all backgrounds to discover the power of bringing Jewish into their lives. Their son, Michael Maas, is Chair of the Maas Advisory Board. To learn more about how to get involved, email maascenter@aju.edu. Read the Maas Story.

The Lasting Impact of Judith and Louis Miller

Judith and Louis Miller, of blessed memory, are remembered leaders in the Los Angeles Jewish community. Through the Miller Introduction to Judaism Program at American Jewish University, they leave an indelible mark. Established in 1986, the program reflects the Millers’ deep commitment to Jewish learning and continuity, and is now a notable educational initiative in North America. Even after their passing, the program continues to thrive, reaching a global audience through its online courses and fostering Jewish connections and education for individuals from all walks of life. Read the Miller Story.

The Zierings Behind BCI

The Brandeis Camp Institute, supported by the Ziering family, has been instrumental for decades in aiding Jews globally in discovering their identity. Established through the generosity and vision of Sigi and Marilyn Ziering, the institute reflects their deep commitment to Jewish education and cultural continuity. It serves as a testament to their legacy, fostering a sense of community and self-discovery among its participants. Read the Ziering Story.