August 29, 2018 | 18 Elul, 5778
This Week
Friday, 8/31
Shabbat Under the Stars

Saturday, 9/1
Hevrah Torah

An American S'lichot: A Community Observance
Sunday, 9/23
Religious School Opening Day!

Coming Soon! September 7th Family Shabbat at 6:30pm!
Upcoming Events
University Synagogue
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An American S'lichot: A Community Observance
University Synagogue, in partnership with Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills and Wilshire Boulevard Temple. RSVP is encouraged, but not required. Please confirm your attendance by clicking the button below!
Book of Remembrance
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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.
Parking Advisory:
High Holy Days

High Holy Days
are coming soon!

Please be advised that parking is limited in the synagogue lot , additional parking is available for some service times at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church. Carpooling is encouraged.
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 Rosh HaShanah Service
Sunday, September 9th, 7:30pm
Gray Family Chapel

Services for Families with Young Children
Rosh HaShanah Morning at 8:30am
(complimentary, but registration is required)

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

Monday, September 10th, 3:00pm
Will Rogers State Beach, Lifeguard Station 15

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

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

Services for Families with Young Children
Yom Kippur Morning at 8:30am
(complimentary, but registration is required)

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

Yizkor, Ne’ilah Service
Wednesday, September 19th at 2:30pm 
If you would like to be a High Holy Days Greeter or Usher, please click on the banner above or contact Barry Sikov at We appreciate every helping hand and warm hello! It makes each service even more meaningful.


High Holy Days are coming!
Annual BBQ and Open House Round-up

Thank you to all who participated in the Annual BBQ and Open House this past Friday night. We had over 300 people in attendance! Special thanks to Steve, Nancy, Sam, and Jake Mindel and family, who were our volunteer leaders who oversaw all food preparations. Thank you to the following people for their hard work as well:

Herman Barnathan, Britta Barnert, Joe and Sandy Correia, Jodie Francisco, Suzy Giambatista, Toni Goldsobel, Becca Madnick, Steve Miller, Donna Shapiro, Michael Tuchin, Jim Wiener and Britta Barnert.

Members, staff, and guests enjoyed a shabbat service and a volunteer-led BBQ dinner. Please enjoy these pictures.
Thank you everyone for a wonderful Shabbat and BBQ! 
Mazal Tov
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To Cindy and Jerry Lederer on the birth of their granddaughter, Penny Rose Lily Simpson, daughter of Sara and Ian Simpson.
To Houman and Ellen Hemmati , on the birth of their son, Gavin Solomon Hemmati, and to big sister, Parisa.
Rosh HaShanah
Rosh HaShanah (literally, "Head of the Year") is the Jewish New Year, which marks the beginning of a 10-day period of prayer, self-examination and repentance. This period, known as the Yamim Noraim(Days of Awe or High Holy Days), is widely observed by Jews throughout the world, many with prayer and reflection in a synagogue. There also are several holiday rituals observed at home.

Rosh HaShanah is celebrated on the first day of the Hebrew month of Tishrei, which—because of differences in the solar and lunar calendar—corresponds this year to September on the secular calendar. Customs associated with the New Year include sounding the shofar, eating a round challah, and tasting apples and honey to represent a sweet New Year.
Zichronam Livrachah
Sybil Israel , wife of Richard Israel .
Kever Avot 2018 - Mount Sinai Memorial Parks and Mortuaries
Mount Sinai Memorial Parks and Mortuaries is pleased to invite you to join us for  Kever Avot   Memorial   Services on Sunday, September 16 th, 2018. Services will begin at 10:00 am at Mount Sinai Hollywood Hills, 5950 Forest Lawn Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90068 and at 1:00 pm at Mount Sinai Simi Valley, 6150 Mount Sinai Drive, Simi Valley, CA 93063. Mount Sinai provides Kever Avot Services to the entire Jewish community as a way for us to come together at this time of tradition and remembrance, to remember the stories and memories that live in our hearts, and to support each other at this sacred time.
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
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Have a Great Week!