February 7, 2018 | 22 Sh'vat, 5778
This Week

Friday, 2/9
ECLC Shabbat Dinner

Shabbat Service
Saturday, 2/10
Hevrah Torah

Sunday, 2/11
Religious School

US Film Society screening of "Footnote"
University Synagogue Leads the Charge in Brentwood
During the Homeless Count
The more information we know the better we are at solving our problems. The Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count is where we gather as much information as possible about our homeless neighbors so we can make informed decisions and creative solutions. Last week week over 60 community members met at Brentwood School to learn how to take on this daunting task. Together Brentwood School and University Synagogue co-hosted the Brentwood Neighborhood Annual Homeless Count.  We participated in the Street Count process visually tallying all the unsheltered homeless individuals within our Brentwood community. We were among 8,000 volunteers in Greater LA counting the homeless over a three day period. There are three other components to the process and each of these components plays a vital role in understanding the state of homelessness in Los Angeles: Shelter/Institutional Count, Demographic Survey and Youth Count.

Before the volunteers deployed, Rabbi Joel Simonds spoke of the importance of our being there and the work we were about to take part in. Maria Gray, Senior Lead Officer for the LAPD in Brentwood told us about safety concerns and thanked us for our civic engagement on behalf of our city. Then, Tamara Levenson shared a video and lead us in a Mad Libs like quiz to make sure we all knew what to do. After training, volunteers went out in groups of two to four. There were designated walking and driving groups, and each group was assigned a particular area in which they counted. Volunteers left armed with a clipboard, flashlight and bright yellow vests to comb our streets respectfully looking for our homeless neighbors so they were appropriately counted. Whether or not the volunteers in a group knew each other when they walked in, they deployed a united group focused on helping the homeless. 

When the volunteers came back many of them alluded to feeling disappointed that they found only a few homeless persons. We are fortunate that the area surrounding our synagogue has a sparse number of homeless persons, the information we collected will insure vital resources make it back to larger Los Angeles community to fight for the needs of those whose voices would not otherwise be heard.      

Link to all the photos from the evening:

Eve Levenson
Zichronam Livrachah
Nasser Banayan, uncle of Laleh (Frank) Bardi.
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:
Please note, there will be no on-site parking on the day of the event, as the carnival will be held outside. Please keep in mind carpooling and walking options! We will see you there!

The winner of this week’s raffle for AMC family 4 pack is Moris Rabien!

Stay tuned for next week’s raffle prize winner for those who purchased wristbands online! Pre-purchase your wristbands to join the raffle!
Registration for Casino Night with University Synagogue is now available! Please click on the banner above, or the button below, to register!
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.

US Film Society Screening of "Footnote"

"Footnote" is the next screening of the US Film Society, this Sunday, February 11 at 9:30 AM in the chapel. 

It won awards for best direction and best screenplay by the Israeli Film Academy.
Rival Talmudic scholars, father and son, are shaken to the core of their relationship when the famous Israel Prize is awarded to one of them. Directed by accomplished Israeli Joseph Cedar, this is an intense family drama that is lightened by playful film making and music.  

The irony of two strong willed men, challenged to accept a situation they both despise, is accompanied by a family drama that will be familiar to us all. It's also fun.

There is no admission charged, and all guests are welcome. We'll have a discussion after the screening and you'll be out before noon. No host lunch at Divino to continue the discussion if there is interest.

Save the Date: Cantor's Concert
Sunday, April 27, 2018 | 4:00pm
"It is a Tree of Life"

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!

Mah Jongg Meet Up and Lunch
Hosted by Sisterhood
On Wednesday, February 14th, 11:00am - 3:30pm, join us at University Synagogue for a Chinese Feast and spend the afternoon playing mah jongg for fun and prizes!

Bring your own foursome or join a table and make new friends.

For all levels of play - some experience is required.

Invite your friends! All are welcome!

$36/person, all inclusive

RSVPs by Friday, February 9th are a must - unfortunately, no walk ins can be accommodated!
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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
"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!
Starting February 12th!

'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.
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)
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!
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 .