August 8, 2018 | 27 Av, 5778
This Week
Friday, 8/10
Shabbat Under the Stars
Saturday, 8/11
Hevrah Torah

5:00pm - 9:00pm
Teen Choir Fundraiser at Chipotle on San Vicente Blvd.
Upcoming Events
University Synagogue's Annual Shabbat BBQ is coming in just a few weeks!

RSVP for the Annual Shabbat BBQ by emailing Lauren Kaplan at

Please be advised that parking is limited in the synagogue lot , additional parking is available at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church. Carpool is encouraged. We hope to see you there!
University Synagogue
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SUNDAY, AUGUST 12 | 5pm - 9pm
Make dinner a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser to support University Synagogue. Click on the link above, or read more below if you would like to participate!
FRIDAY, AUGUST 24 | 5:30pm
Annual Shabbat BBQ and Open House
Join us at University Synagogue for our annual Shabbat BBQ!

An American S'lichot: A Community Observance
University Synagogue, in partnership with Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills and Wilshire Boulevard Temple.
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Please remember to submit your order forms for the Book of Remembrance! This form must be returned no later than Sept. 7, 2018 or we cannot guarantee inclusion in the book.
Upcoming High Holy Day Services
The High Holy Days come early this year! Join us here at University Synagogue in observance of the following services:
Erev Rosh HaShanah
Sunday, September 9th, 7:30pm
Kopelson Family Sanctuary

Brentwood Havurah Erev RH Service
Sunday, September 9th, 7:30pm
Gray Family Chapel

Services for Families with Young Children
Rosh HaShanah Morning at 8:30am

Rosh HaShanah Day
Monday, September 10th, 10:30am

Monday, September 10th, 3pm
Will Rogers State Beach, Lifeguard Station 15

Erev Yom Kippur, Kol Nidre
Tuesday, September 18th, 7:30pm

Brentwood Havurah Erev YK Service
Tuesday, September 18th, 7:30pm
Gray Family Chapel

Services for Families with Young Children
Yom Kippur Morning at 8:30am

Yom Kippur Day
Wednesday, September 19th at 10:30am

Yizkor, Ne’ilah Service
Wednesday, September 19th at 2:30pm 
An American S'lichot
When I was studying to become a cantor, one of my teachers gave me advice that I follow to this day. Essentially, he told me that if I didn’t prepare myself spiritually each year for the High Holy Days, I could study my music for hours, sing with the most beautiful voice, and do everything “perfectly” and there would be no way that I could successfully lead my congregation through the Days of Awe.
This year, my personal spiritual preparation includes reading  This is Real and You Are Completely Unprepared  by Alan Lew. If you are interested in joining me on this journey of preparation for our holiest season of the year, please let me know what you think about the book.  

Our tradition itself also encourages us to prepare both individually and as a community for the Days of Awe. Throughout the entire month of Elul, leading up to Rosh Hashanah, the shofar is sounded daily during morning prayers. The holiday of S’lichot prepares us by asking us to focus our prayerful intentions upon forgiveness. Who do you need to forgive in order to live more fully this year? Who do you need to approach to ask for forgiveness? Now is the time to begin asking these questions and the holiday of S’lichot can help us meditate upon our own journeys through forgiveness.  

This year our observance of S’lichot at University Synagogue will be especially meaningful. The confluence of Labor Day and  S’lichot  on the American and Jewish calendars this year led us to a prayerful musical expression of our unique experience of Judaism as Americans. We will present An American S’lichot , a through-composed service written by Gary William Friedman. The composer wrote “The music aims to tap the emotional center of the modern Jew, just as the traditional hazzanic lament did.” Written for cantor, choir, clarinet, violin, cello, bass, harp, vibes, and percussion,   An American S’lichot   is a specifically American expression of Judaism through music. Our instrumentalists and singers will represent some of the most talented musicians in Los Angeles. As this is a community-wide event, joining me on the bimah will be Cantors Don Gurney and Lisa Peicott of Wilshire Boulevard Temple, and Cantor Lizzie Weiss of Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills. Rabbi Morley Feinstein, Rabbi Steve Leder (WBT), and Rabbi Sarah Bassin (TEBH) will offer teachings before the service. The evening will begin with Havdallah and dessert.  

Make the most of your High Holy Day season this year and join me in this season of preparation as a gift to your own soul. 

Cantor Shapiro 
Mazal Tov
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Mazal Tov to Danny and Miriam Ironi and big sisters Olivia and Maya on the birth of their baby brother!
Brentwood Farmers Market
ECLC went to the Brentwood Farmers Market! Our booth welcomed new prospective families, current members and even former ECLC grads from decades ago. We painted faces, passed out University Synagogue shopping bags and engaged with the community for a fun-filled Sunday! Thank you to all of our members who stopped by to say hi, despite the heat!

Alana Levitt
Assistant Director of Early Childhood
Terror Along the Israel-Gaza Border
On Saturday morning, August 18th, 10am - 11am, University Synagogue will be privileged to host a witness of the ongoing terrorist attacks along the borders of the Gaza Strip. 
What is it like right now to see your fields set on fire, red alerts indicating incoming missiles and normal life become a distant memory?
Michal Uziayahu is assistant to the mayor of the Eshkol Regional Council, which shares some 65 km of border with Gaza. Michal has witnessed firsthand the effects of the ongoing terror and trauma. 
Through the support of the Jewish National Fund, and because of the support of the University Synagogue Sisterhood, our congregation has been granted this unique opportunity. Join us for an informative and unforgettable speaker, and there will be a light Kiddush to follow.
If you are unable to join on Saturday, there is also a Town Hall meeting on Sunday, August 18th from 10:30am - 12:00pm, at Stephen S. Wise. It is a community event.

Please click HERE to RSVP for the Sunday meeting, or call (323) 964-1400 ext. 958.
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Mitzvah Corps:
We're Here For You!
University Synagogue Mitzvah Corps is 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 .
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
Have a Great Week!