February 21, 2018 | 6 Adar, 5778
This Week
Friday, 2/23
Shabbat Evening Service
University Synagogue will be hosting teens from all over the US for NFTY NASHIR , a weekend long song leading conference! The teens, along with Cantor Shapiro, Susan Rosenstein, and guest artist Alan Goodis, will be leading Shabbat Services at 7:30 pm. Please join us and give these teens a warm welcome!
Saturday, 2/24
Hevrah Torah

Sunday, 2/25
Religious School

11:00am - 3:00pm
Purim Carnival
Jewish Resources for Coping with the Tragic Shooting in Parkland, FL
At least 17 people are dead and more injured in a horrific shooting Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL. Once again, in the wake of senseless and devastating gun violence, we mourn, we come together, we offer words of condolence – and we ask how we can prevent these tragedies from happening again.

Says Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the  Union for Reform Judaism , in  a statement from the Reform Movement  issued after the massacre,

"I can imagine the Holy One sobbing along with us, distraught over the senseless bloodshed we’ve collectively allowed to happen. Human care for one another, perhaps Divinely inspired, is what is desperately needed right now. “What's also needed is action. While every person of conscience must be shocked and outraged by the frequency of these horrific mass shootings, no person of intelligence can be surprised."

After the 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas, NV, the deadliest in modern American history, Daryl Messinger, chair of the Union for Reform Judaism, wrote,

“[Each] time, the country goes back to business as usual. As the body count grows, with new scenes of senseless slaughter, nothing changes. Thoughts, prayer, and words are appropriate – but they’re not sufficient.”

As Reform Jews, our task remains: to challenge America's conscience and to heed the biblical injunction that we must not stand idly by the blood of our neighbor. Here, yet again, we offer words, prayers, and concrete ways to take action to prevent gun violence.

Resources for Parents and Educators

Here are a number of resources to guide parents and educators in speaking to their children about tragedy, especially those based in man-made violence. The following may help both children and parents to process these unthinkable occurrences . . .
Zichronam Livrachah

Leonard Sebolsky , brother of Steve (Marjory) Sebolsky .
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:
Registration for Casino Night with University Synagogue is now available! Please click on the banner above, or the button below, to register!
Thank you to our Casino Night Sponsors!

Harriet and Elizabeth Finebaum for the Reception Table
Nancy Stark and Stanley Iezman for the Roulette Table
Linda and Donald Kaplan for the Cocktail Bar
Martha and Jeff Melvoin for the Dessert Bar

Thank you to the following for their support!

Professional Security Consultants, Inc
Eliana and Oded Rokach

Please go online or send in RSVP card.
This is going to be a night to remember!
Hats off to University Synagogue’s 75 th  Anniversary!
Mazal Tov!
Mazal tov to Jaden Elkins whose Academic Decathlon team at Palisades Charter High School qualified for State Championships. Jaden won 10 individual awards! 
Mazal tov to Jodie Francisco for the 2017 Encino Small Business Excellence Award!
A beautiful afternoon of song, celebrating 75 years of University Synagogue

Join Cantor Kerith Spencer-Shapiro and Cantor Emeritus Jay Frailich and special guests:

Cantor Chayim Frenkel
Cantor Emma Lutz
Cantor Juval Porat
Rabbi-Cantor Alison Wissot
Ticket and sponsorship information coming soon!
LOVING: Turn The Not So Good into the Good We All Want 
Join us on Sunday morning, March 25 th , for a workshop about relationships and attachments with Licensed Clinical Psychologists and Certified EFT Therapists Susan Thau, Ph. D and Veronica Thomas, Ph. D. This workshop is appropriate for individuals or couples who wants to better understand their part in a meaningful relationship.

Please contact Emilie for more information at ELeder@unisyn.org
A Day in the Life of Tweens & Teens

An Eye-Opening Discussion with Dr. Cara Natterson,
Dr. Gail Dines, Jonathan Cristall Esq.

Come join us for this important event that will provide you with insight, information, solutions, and a passion for building a healthy generation of kids.

No doubt, it’s a hard time to be a kid. Teens today are bombarded with difficult and ever-changing sexual messages. As a result, it has never been more challenging to parent or mentor kids into healthy adulthood . . .
"Genetic Diseases in People of Jewish Heritage" is a lecture being held in Los Angeles on March 8, presented by Hematologist Joel Weinthal, from Texas Oncology Pediatrics. The lecture discusses genetics and how it specifically impacts people of Jewish Heritage as well as addresses how to better advocate to our health care providers about some of these important issues. The program is being held at Pat's Restaurant on Pico, and the lecture and kosher dinner is complimentary.

RSVPs required!

For questions about the program or to register, please call toll-free
(877) 761 - 7927

The speaker is a paid consultant of Shire.
Please be advised that this program is not intended for healthcare professionals.
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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!