April 18, 2018 | 3 Lyyar, 5778
This Week
Friday, 4/20
Shabbat Zimrah

Honoring Israel's 70th Anniversary of Independence

Saturday, 4/21
Hevrah Torah

Tot Shabbat AM

Cantors' Concert Silent Auction
By-Proxy bids due!
Please email llobenthal@unisyn.org with your maximum bid for the item by Saturday evening, and we will include your bid in the auction during Sunday's event. Thank you!
Sunday, 4/22
Religious School

Cantors' Concert | It is a Tree of Life
A beautiful afternoon of song, celebrating 75 years of University Synagogue! Your attendance and sponsorship of the concert fund our beautiful music programming for the year. Help our music thrive.
Upcoming Events
University Synagogue
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APRIL 22 - Parents' Night Out

APRIL 29 - ECLC Comedy Night

MAY 21 - University Synagogue Annual Congregational Meeting, 7:00pm. The annual meeting is for members of the synagogue only. 
APRIL 26 - RSVPs due for 'Margaritas & Mah Jongg: A Girls Night Out' with Sisterhood (Event on May 1)*. Read more below.

APRIL 29 - Dr. Nina Shapiro's "Hype" (Jewish Wisdom and Wellness). Read more below.

JUNE 22 - Hope + Inspiration: Caregiver Wellness Day . If you are caring for someone with Alzheimer's, this free event is for you! Read more below.

*Corrected! Tuesday, May 1st is the correct date for 'Margaritas & Mah Jongg'. We hope to see you there!
A beautiful afternoon of song, celebrating 75 years of University Synagogue! Your attendance and sponsorship of the concert fund our beautiful music programming for the year. Help our music thrive.

Shabbat Zimrah | High Holy Day Choir Professionals | High Holy Day Instrumentalists
Join Cantor Kerith Spencer-Shapiro and Cantor Emeritus Jay Frailich and special guests!

Please click each name below to see Cantor Bios!

Silent Auction Items: Cantors' Concert
The following items will be available during our silent auction at the Cantors' Concert! If you are unable to attend, you can bid by proxy. Please email llobenthal@unisyn.org with your maximum bid for the item, and we will include your bid in the auction. Thank you!

If you would like to bid by proxy, please submit your bid by Saturday, April 21st !

For an online PDF version of this list, please click here.
$500 Gift Certificate for Cornucopia Catering

  • Good toward any catered event with a $2,500 Minimum
  • Value: $500
  • Starting Bid: $350
$1,000 Gift Certificate for Cornucopia Catering

  • Good toward any catered event with $5,000 Minimum
  •  Value: $1,000
  • Starting Bid: $600
Hunger Games Swag Bag - backpack, blanket, shirts, 4 DVDs
  • Value: $200
  • Starting Bid: $100
  Orange Is the New Black Swag Bag - Book, 3 DVDs, toiletry bag, costume, CD

  • Value: $200
  •  Starting Bid: $100
Nashville Swag Bag - 1 Signed Script, poster, hat, and 8 CDs

  • Value: $200
  • Starting Bid: $125
5 Hours of Middle or High School Tutoring from Halstrom Academy

  • Value: $475
  • Starting Bid: $250
  4 - 1 Hour in Home Piano Lessons

  • Available in West LA, Malibu, Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Sherman Oaks, and Encino
  • Value: $240
  • Starting Bid: $140
1 Assigned Parking Space for High Holy Days

  • Value: $1,000
  • Starting Bid: $750
1 Assigned Parking Space for High Holy Days

  • Value: $1,000
  • Starting Bid: $750
1 Night Stay at Hotel Erwin and $100 Gift Certificate to Barlo/High Restaurant

  • Bring certificate, make a reservation, Expires 2/28/19
  • Value: $700
  • Starting Bid: $300
2 Months of Dance classes with Miss Alice

  • Expires March 1, 2019
  • Value: $176
  • Starting Bid: $100
1 Month of Unlimited Classes and Playspace at Kidville

  • Expires August 31, 2018, valid for new members only, classes must be scheduled in advance
  • Value: $399
  • Starting Bid: $180
1 Free Week - Full day of Camp ECLC

  • Value: $430
  • Starting Bid: $250
4 - 1 hour music lessons with Kevan Torfeh

  • Pick one or mix between Cello, Violin, Bass, Guitar, Piano, Voice, Clarinet, Recorder, Songwriting
  • Value: $340
  • Starting Bid: $250
Hour Long Lesson with Vocal Coach Sara Leib

  • Value: $95
  • Starting Bid: $75
Online Tof Miriam Drum Lesson with Marla Leigh Goldstein

  • Value: $100
  • Starting Bid: $75
String trio to perform in your home - Dennis Karmazyn on cello, Sam Fischer on violin, and Lynn Grants on viola

  • Value: $1,500
  • Starting Bid: $600
An autographed copy of Oscar winning film West Bank Story DVD, autographed copy of my award-winning book Divine Attunement: Music as a Path to Wisdom (Gold Medal in Spirituality Category in Indie Book Awards NYC 2014), and a private "show and tell" one hour meeting in my studio, sharing insights into the recent projects that are being scored and recorded in my studio

  • Value: $160
  • Starting Bid: $110
Private Drum Lesson with
Ava Nahas

  • Value: $85
  • Starting Bid: $65
Private Pilates Lesson with
Ava Nahas

  • Value: $85
  • Starting Bid: $65
4 VIP LA Dodger Tickets in
Section 115, behind home plate, shaded from the sun and Preferred
Parking Pass

  • Value: $452
  • Starting Bid: $400
A 45-minute family photography session takes place within 5 miles of West Los Angeles, including Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, Westwood, Beverly Hills and Culver City, usually at a favorite park or beach. It includes the photography session, an in-person sales session at the West LA Studio to view and place product orders, and a $75 credit towards any purchase. New clients only.  This certificate is for one family portrait session and requires at least one member under the age of 18. It is not valid for headshot, business or wedding engagement photography. Only one certificate per family, please.

  • Value: $350
  • Starting Bid: $200
  $100 Summer Camp Gift Certificate for the Performing Arts Workshops (5 Gift Certificates)

  • Value: $100
  • Starting Bid: $40
A half day of sailing on
Wind Dancer in SM Bay
  • Value: $900
  • Starting Bid: $600
$100 Gift Card to YUMI,
an organic baby food
delivery service

  • Value: $100
  • Starting Bid: $75
1 Hour Piano or Coaching Lesson with Susan Rosenstein
in West LA or Santa Monica Area

  • Value: $90
  • Starting Bid: $70
1 Hour Voice Lesson with Megan
Gillespie (3 Gift Certificates Available)

  • Value: $120
  • Starting Bid: $75
Parent's Night Out

Sunday, April 22nd
3:30pm - 6:30pm

Help the 9th grade philanthropy class raise money for kids in need!

We invite you to join us for Parents' Night Out, held alongside the Cantors' Concert, to help them raise funds for a grant they will award to a non-profit children's advocacy or health organization.

It will be held at University Synagogue (exact location TBD). 

Admission is $50 for one child, and $75 for two siblings if you pay at the door.

Save $10 by registering online! The online registration discount is $40 for one child, and $65 for two siblings . Please click the buttons below to Register and/or Donate!

Donations are encouraged and appreciated!

We hope to see you there!
Before the Celebration
Rabbi Joel Simonds
“My heart is in the east but I am on the edge of the west.” These ageless words from the Jewish philosopher Judah Halevi sum up my feelings this week. As Israel celebrates 70 years of modern statehood my heart is there, but I am here.  Every year during the week of Israel’s independence I find myself longing to return to her ancient soil. Throughout this week in Israel you witness the preparation for the celebration; Israeli flags being placed around the country, school children picking out their outfits for the day (blue jeans and a white shirt), and a feeling of excitement in the air. 
Yet, before the celebration begins, Israel mourns. The day before Independence (Yom Ha’atzmaut) is memorial day (Yom HaZikaron). The preparation for independence ceases as the country comes to a stop and remembers those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for the people, land and promise that is Israel.  The day begins with a national siren that brings the country to stand-still. Motorists stop on the freeway and stand next to their vehicles, shoppers put down their bags and stand side by side with store clerks, school children stand with the teachers and for one minute the country remembers. Words cannot describe the power, honor and beauty of the moment. 
After the silence, the day is continues with ceremonies and tears. Families visit the cemetery, candles are lit, even the music on the radio is somber. It’s a day in which Israel mourns her fallen children-young boys and girls who defended the dream of our ancestors. 
And then, as the Psalmist reminds us, we turn our mourning into dancing and celebrate life. Memorial Day ends and just an hour later the celebration for Independence begins. The streets, which just a few hours ago were filled with tears and mourning are now filled with music and celebration.
And this…This is Israel. Tears of mourning and tears of celebration fill our hearts this week as we celebrate 70 years of statehood. Today I will stream Israeli radio, I will stand for a minute in silence at my desk, I will wear my blue jeans and white shirt, I will do all of this on the edge of the west, while my heart this week is in the east.

Can Reform Judaism’s Rabbi Rick Jacobs Save Liberal Zionism?

New York Magazine interviews Rabbi Rick Jacobs of the URJ . . .
The ECLC Comedy Night is coming up soon! Join us for on Sunday, April 29th!

Please RSVP with Sue Share
to let us know you will be joining us!

“Written with a surgeon's incisiveness and clarity, Dr. Nina Shapiro 'cuts' through the clutter of confusion when it comes to the best advice for your health. As a top-doctor but also as a mom, wife and friend, Shapiro knows what matters most to her readers. Every home should have a copy of Hype ." ―Sanjay Gupta, MD, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent and New York Times bestselling author

“If you’re tired of reading competing, confusing headlines in the health sphere or wondering if the latest ‘clinically-proven’ trend is worthy advice, then  Hype  is a must-read book.” —David B. Agus, MD, New York Times bestselling author of The End of Illness , A Short Guide to a Long Life , and The Lucky Years

Dr. Nina Shapiro is one of America’s leading physicians. With more than two decades of experience in clinical and academic medicine, she’s a trusted expert whom her patients and the media rely on routinely to set the record straight about the latest health fads and misconceptions. 
Dr. Shapiro is the Director of Pediatric Otolaryngology and a Professor of Head and Neck Surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and has received numerous prestigious awards throughout her career. A graduate of Harvard Medical School and Cornell University, she completed her surgical residency at Harvard and finished additional subspecialty training in pediatric otolaryngology at the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London and the Children’s Hospital of San Diego.

Producers and journalists have Dr. Shapiro on speed dial when there’s a controversial health study or a medical story in the news, and she’s appeared on many broadcast programs, including CBS’s The Early Show , Extra , Michaela, CNN and National Public Radio. She is a regular guest on the Emmy-Award winning television show The Doctors , and her work has been featured and published in the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Hollywood Reporter, Redbook. Prevention, First for Women, Real Simple and many other print and online publications.

A native of New York, Dr. Nina Shapiro lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children, and is a member of University Synagogue.
Yom HaZikaron & Yom HaAtzmaut
Israeli Memorial Day & Independence Day

Since the establishment of the State of Israel, four new holidays have been added to the Jewish calendar - Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), Yom HaZikaron (Memorial Day), Yom HaAtzmaut (Independence Day), and Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day). In Israel, these holidays are observed as national holidays.

Please click the button below to learn more.
Margaritas & Mah Jongg:
A Girls Night Out

Tuesday, May 1
University Synagogue Grand Lobby

$18 per person

RSVPs are required!
Please RSVP at the link below, before April 26th!


Please contact Berta at:



MAY 21, 2018

Use the link below to register online or see Sue Share, Clergy Assistant, to register. Sue has voter registration forms in her office. http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/voter-registration/
Please join the Shalom Hartman Institute on Tuesday, May 8 at 7:30 pm for their final intimate beit midrash session on  Judaism and the Self: Personal Dimensions of Jewish Identity , in partnership with the Whizin Center for Continuing Education at the American Jewish University. SHI North America Scholar in Residence and Director of Faculty  Elana Stein Hain  will lead a discussion on Religious Hypocrisy, Sincerity, & Authenticity. 

Click here to register or use the button below. The evening will begin with a wine and cheese reception.
Hope + Inspiration
Caregiver Wellness Day

If you are caring for someone with Alzheimer's, this free event is for you! Please plan to join us...

Friday, June 22
10:00am - 3:00pm
Zev Yaroslavsky Family
Support Center
Van Nuys

Alzheimer's Greater Los Angeles invites you to a day of rest, relaxation, and inspiration. Continental breakfast and lunch are included with registration. A limited number of scholarships for respite care are available.

To sign up, or for additional information, please contact:

Monique Castillo
(818) 830 - 4825
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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 sdwieder@mac.com .
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
Have a Great Week!