AJU is committed to educating its students about the history, politics, and culture of the modern state of Israel. The success of that mission was evident in the pride visible on campus the week of November 13, during AJU's Annual Israel Week. Students dressed in blue and white as they participated in an array of educational, cultural, and political events.
The week was kicked off by attendance at New Eyes, a play at the Odyssey Theater about Yafit Josephson. It is a true story about an Israeli woman who, upon completing her service in the army, comes to Los Angeles to become an actress. She is continually cast as a Middle Eastern villain and must decide how far she's willing to go to challenge, change, or accept how others see her and what she is willing to risk in an effort to fulfill her dreams.
On Monday evening, the students saw a movie screening of The Case for Israel, a documentary featuring Alan Dershowitz, which presents a vigorous justification for Israel's right to exist and defend itself.
The rest of the week was filled with Israeli activities including a panel on Israeli politics, Krav Maga (martial arts of the Israeli Defense Forces), challah baking, and Israeli dancing.