January 31, 2018 | 15 Sh'vat, 5778
This Week

Friday, 2/2
6:30pm
Family Shabbat
Saturday, 2/3
9:00am
Hevrah Torah

Sunday, 2/4
9:00am
Religious School
After 45 Years of Roe, the Fight for Reproductive Justice Continues | Religious Action Center
45 years have passed since the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade affirmed a woman’s right to make her own choices about her body and her health. Yet this groundbreaking decision is now facing more threats than ever. In fact, while the right to an abortion is still the law of the land, abortion is available to fewer and fewer women.

We have all read news reports of assaults and harassment of abortion patients and clinic employees. More insidious are legislative efforts to restrict access to abortion through  TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) laws . These laws impose unfounded and excessive requirements on facilities, hospital admitting privileges, and procedure room size or corridor width. Other laws mandate waiting periods or parental or spousal consent.

Assaults on the right to an abortion at the state level have skyrocketed in the last six years. 334 abortion-restrictive laws have been enacted by states since 2011—thirty percent of all the abortion restrictions enacted by states since the Roe decision 45 years ago. The  Guttmacher Institute  reports that  63 state abortion restrictions were enacted  in 2017 alone.  Many of these restrictions are scientifically unfounded .

What has been the effect of these laws . . . ?
Julia Weinstein
Zichronam Livrachah
Bonnie Goldman, life partner of Mark Ruskin, mother of Tracy Goldman, sister of Dr. Bruce Gale.

Perla Pflaster, mother of Religious School teacher Evey Joseph Leibow.

Alvin Malkin, father of Jodi (David) Yeskel.
Please help make our Purim a fun event for all! We need your help with sponsorships. If you would like to sponsor a ride, booth, or activity, please click the button below. All sponsorships will include two wristbands.
As for wristband/ticket purchase, we will be having a raffle each week starting 3-4 weeks before Purim for those who have purchased wristbands online. To purchase tickets and wristbands online, please click here:
Mazal Tov!
Mazal tov  to our Director of Early Childhood,  April Schafer , on her  new position as VP of Conferences and Biennials on the  board of the  Early Childhood Educators of Reform Judaism   ( ECE-RJ ) !   The ECE-RJ is a national organization committed to building vibrant, contemporary and inclusive Jewish early childhood educational communities.
Congratulations to our preschool’s Assistant Director, Alana Levitt, who graduated from the First 36 Project’s Cohort 2 last week!  The First 36 Project  is a ground-breaking pilot program developed by the Simms/Mann Institute, in partnership with Builders of Jewish Education (BJE) and The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. The First 36 Project was created to provide a select group of parent-and-me instructors with an exclusive professional development experience designed to amplify their ability to support parents as they build strong, meaningful bonds with their children.
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Thank you to Carrie Larson, mother of Allen Schultz, for sponsoring dinner for our teen choir on Friday, February 2nd. Ein kemach, ein Torah; ein Torah, ein kemach — If there is no food, there is no Torah; if there is no Torah, there is no food. - Avot 3, 21
Annual ECLC Shabbat Dinner
The Early Childhood Learning Center of University Synagogue will be gathering for their Annual Shabbat Dinner on Friday, February 9.

This evening consists of a special service centered around the entire Shabbat experience. What do you eat? How do you make it? How does it makes you feel? What makes our Shabbat special? And more! The children will participate in the service as well as create Shabbat related items that will be used that evening. All alumni are additionally invited and welcome to attend... the more, the merrier!

We are very much looking forward to this evening. Please use the button below to register.


Reform Jewish Movement Statement on
Expulsion of Asylum Seekers from Israel
You shall not wrong nor oppress a stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt. (Exodus 22:20)

"We strongly urge the Israeli government to reverse its decision and recognize the legitimate status of the 37,885* asylum seekers in the country.

These asylum seekers, including men, women, and children—primarily from Eritrea and Sudan—are likely to face imprisonment, indefinite military conscription, additional expulsion, physical harm or even death if they are deported. The plight of Jewish refugees inspired the nascent State of Israel to ratify the 1951 United Nations Refugee Convention, a commitment that is being ignored today. A State founded by refugees should feel a special responsibility to provide safe haven to those facing persecution and violence . . ." 
Focus Group Study: Hospital Care
Dr.  Thanh Neville, a critical care physician and researcher would like to invite you to participate in a focus group discussion on the topic of what types of care patients get when they are in the hospital. This is your opportunity to share your thoughts.
 
These focus groups should not take more than 90 minutes of your time and you will receive a $25 Amazon gift card and parking validation for your participation (either lunch or dinner will also be provided).  Please contact the Principle Investigator of the study: Dr. Thanh Neville at  tneville@mednet.ucla.edu  with  your age and availability  (choices of dates and times below). The informed consent form is attached for your review. 
 
Friday Feb. 23:  5pm-7pm, RRMC B-120 (65-75 yo)
Wednesday Feb. 28:  12pm-2pm, RRMC B-120 (=>75yo)
Friday Mar. 2:  12pm-2pm, RRMC 3-3102 (65-75yo)
Tuesday Mar. 6:  5pm-7pm, RRMC 6-6234 (<65)
Sisterhood Tributes
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The congregation extends its sincere appreciation for the following contributions:

IN MEMORY OF:
Blaze Bernstein, most beloved and adored grandson of Leah and Dick Bernstein (parents are Gideon and
           Jeanne Bernstein)
           By Tanya Flanzbaum and Phil Cohen
Mehrdad Lary, adored father of Herzl (Fariba) Lary
           By Marilyn and Cliff Weitz, Lynne and Jacques Wertheimer
Eugene Lederer, devoted brother of Jerry (Cindy) Lederer
By Tanya Flanzbaum and Phil Cohen, Sharlene and Sol Galper, Berta and Steve Greenberg, Sheila and Stan Greenberg, Doris and Bob Ruvelson, Joanie and Zachary Seff, Caren and Erwin Sokol, Clare Steingold, Julia and Roy Weinstein, Roz and Sandy Weisman, Marilyn and Cliff Weitz,
Joel Piehl, treasured husband of Sarah Piehl
           By Doris and Bob Ruvelson
Joan Richards, dearest mother of Anne Richards (Susan Rosenstein)
           By Cindy Lederer, President, Doris and Bob Ruvelson, Julia and Roy Weinstein
Mickey Robins, beloved husband of Judy Robins
           By Penny and Ben Fogel
Rose Shohan, my dearest mother
           By Doris Ruvelson
Ronald Silverman, special father of Paul (Jocelyn)
           By Cindy Lederer, President, Doris and Bob Ruvelson, Julia and Roy Weinstein
Natalie Weinstein, sweet sister-in-law of Maryann Fenster
           By Penny and Ben Fogel

IN HONOR OF:
Marion and Larry Phillips, their wonderful 50 Wedding Anniversary
           By Doris and Bob Ruvelson
Doris and Bob Ruvelson’s most special 50 th Wedding Anniversary
By Tanya Flanzbaum and Phil Cohen, Doris and Bob Ruvelson, Caren and Erwin Sokol, Julia and Roy Weinstein 
Julia Weinstein, congratulations on becoming the VP of Program and Education for WRJ
           By Joanie and Zachary Seff
Julia Weinstein, a most Happy Jewish New Year
           By Lonnie Wittenberg and Trudy Steinberg 
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Calling all Greeters!

If you’re interested in welcoming our community at services, we want you. All you need is a smile.

Please contact our Executive Director, Lisabeth Lobenthal at LLobenthal@unisyn.org
'Mayor Eric Garcetti is keenly interested in constant contact with faith communities throughout Los Angeles. As the Mayor has said,"You exemplify our cities greatest strength-that we are a place where the world comes together." It is only in partnership with faith communities that we can solve some of the critical issues that we face in the City of LA . . . '

The Days of Compassion Civic University is a 3 day training session to provide congregants, lay leaders, clergy and advocates within the faith community focused on providing comprehensive engagement, resources and education to participants as well as assisting with the development individual service plans for attendees to develop a strong foundation for homeless service partnership. 

Read more about the Days of Compassion project and how to sign up by clicking the button below.
The Music Guild returns to University Synagogue on Monday, February 26th, with the Fiato String Quartet! Complimentary coffee, cookies, and cheese will be offered from 7:30pm to 8:00pm during intermission.
Mitzvah Corps: We're Here For You!
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The University Synagogue Mitzvah Corps wants you to know that we're here, and we care!  Dedicated to serving our fellow congregants as they encounter major life cycle events, we will gladly send a welcome gift to a new baby, and provide support for ill or mourning congregants and their families (delivering a hot meal, completing a minyan, running an errand, etc.). 

If you’re in need of some TLC from the Mitzvah Corps, please just inform any clergy member or the synagogue office.   We’d also love to have you join us as a volunteer — the demands are few and the rewards are plentiful!

Please contact Susan Wieder at sdwieder@mac.com .
Know of Anyone...?

We rely on our University Synagogue families , th eir friends and relatives, to alert us when someone is hospitalized or suffering any illness or bereavement. The Clergy would also be delighted to learn about happy events such as celebrating a birth, or any Simchah. Local hospitals do not release patient information; kindly call Sue Share, Assistant to the Clergy, at 310-472-1255, ext. 120, or email her at SShare@unisyn.org , so that our Rabbis and Cantors can better serve our congregation.
Oneg Shabbat Sponsorships

Share your special life cycle event with the congregation on Friday night!
Birthday, Anniversary, Engagement, Aufruf or Baby Naming

Click here to see the sponsorships. 

For more information, please contact Bonnie Kebre at BKebre@unisyn.org .