November 22, 2017 | 4 Kislev, 5778
This Week

Friday, 11/24
5:30 pm
Shabbat Evening Service
Saturday, 11/25
9:00 am
Hevrah Torah

Sunday, 11/26
No Religious School
Rabbi Feinstein 2
Faithfully Yours
Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is my favorite American holiday. Gathering around the table, we enjoy our many blessings of family and friends while we eat scrumptious food, watch football, and have fun. It's always a favorite! Consider sharing these words around your table, authored by Wilbur L. Cross, Governor of Connecticut in 1936, as his Thanksgiving Proclamation: "Time out of mind at this turn of the seasons when the hardy oak leaves rustle in the wind and the frost gives a tang to the air and the dusk falls early and the friendly evenings lengthen under the heel of Orion, it has seemed good to our people to join together in praising the Creator and Preserver, who has brought us by a way that we did not know to the end of another year. 

In observance of this custom, I appoint Thursday, as a day of PUBLIC THANKSGIVING for the blessings that have been our common lot and have placed our beloved State with the favored regions of earth for all the creature comforts: the yield of the soil that has fed us and the richer yield from the labor of every kind that has sustained our lives, and for all those things, as dear as breath to the body, that quicken man's faith in his manhood, that nourish and strengthen his spirit to do the great work still before him: for the brotherly word and act; for honor held above price; for steadfast courage and zeal in the long, long search after truth; for liberty and for justice freely granted by each to his fellow and so as freely enjoyed; and for the crowning glory and mercy of peace upon our land; - that we may humbly take heart of these blessing as we gather once again with solemn and festive rites to keep our Harvest Home."

May we take his message to heart! Happy Thanksgiving!

Rabbi Morley Feinstein
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
 
R abbi Naomi Levy , founder and spiritual leader of Nashuva, a synagogue which meets in Brentwood, will be speaking at University Synagogue as part of our “People of the Book series on “Einstein and the Rabbi.” She became the first female Conservative rabbi to head a pulpit on the West Coast. Author of three books, she has appeared on NBC's Today Show and on Oprah, and has been featured in Parade, Redbook, Self, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe and Los Angeles magazines. We welcome her return to our congregation!
From a review of Einstein and the Rabbi by Jonathan Kirsch:  The title of the book refers to a kind of mystery story that runs throughout the work. Levy found her way to an obscure letter whose author turned out to be Albert Einstein: “A human being … experiences himself … as something separate from the rest,” the great scientist wrote. “The striving to free oneself from this delusion is the one issue of true religion.” The letter inspired her to play the role of a detective: “Little did I know that this powerful teaching by Einstein about the universe would lead me to the soul of a stranger, and that I would feel compelled to follow the sacred thread of his story.” I won’t give away the ending — or the fascinating and sometimes sorrowful twists and turns — of the story that she tells about Einstein’s letter except to say that it carries a profound irony. For Levy, the words of a famous man of science reveal a path to something every bit as elusive as the theory of relativity — the human soul.
iEngage 4: Milestones and Meanings
What is real in contemporary Israeli culture, politics, and religion? What has happened in the 100 years since the Balfour Declaration? How has Israel changed since the Six-Day War? 
 
Each session will feature one of the Shalom Hartman Institute scholars in a 20 minute video followed by a wide open discussion led by Rabbi Stanley Davids. Scholars include Donniel Hartman, Yossi Klein HaLevi, and Micah Goodman. Our next class will be on Tuesday evening, November 28th , 7-8:15 PM in the Beit Midrash, Weinstein Family Library . Other sessions will be on December 19th, January 23rd, February 13th, March 13th, April 10th, and May 8th. Seating is limited. RSVP to Sue Share at Sshare@unisyn.org .
Restoring Respectful Dialogue About Israel
By Stanley M. Davids and Lawrence A. Englander
Conversations about Israel are too important for wide swaths of the Jewish community to feel excluded or ostracized for fear of judgment or condemnation.

Is declining aliya from the United States and other countries, as the Jewish Agency recently found, foreshadowing an end to the strong ties between the State of Israel and Jews in the Diaspora? These recent findings remind us of the importance of finding ways for Jews around the world to connect with Israel and ensure this strong connection endures.

These connections – and Israel’s Jewish and democratic character – can only be maintained with an open dialogue about Israel and Zionism that is embracing of widely diverse perspectives. This imperative is especially crucial within the liberal Zionist community, which provides for a multitude of ways that Jews both inside and outside of Israel can engage and define their relationship with the Jewish state...
HOLIDAY TIKKUN OLAM
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Gifts
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With the holidays approaching soon, this is the special time of year that our hearts go out to those who are far less fortunate than we are.

Here at University Synagogue we have an annual tradition of making the residents at the Ocean Park Community Center HOMELESS SHELTER feel cared about! It has been 7 years that our Sisterhood has sponsored a Holiday Party, including refreshments,music, (a DJ for karaoke) and well needed practical gifts for all of the shelter residents.

The homeless population in our city has grown tremendously. The shelter's population is 70, including men and women.

Our traditional and warmly received gifts have been NEW towel sets: two bath towels, two hand towels, and two wash cloths. We are counting on as many families as possible to contribute to this generous tradition. Placing the towel sets in large gift bags will make them festive and exciting to receive. Some of you have even put small toiletries items in the bags (shampoo, toothpaste, soap, deodorant, mouth wash, lotion, etc collected from hotel and vacation stays, or purchased).

Please bring the gift bags to the front office, and we will be sure that the residents have them by the time that we have our Holiday Party. We would like to have them no later than December 18th .

Many, many thanks, without your participation and generous involvement we could not carry on with this meaningful and gratifying tradition!!

Warmly,

Suzy Giambattista and Enid Friedman
Social Action Chair Women of Sisterhood

University Synagogue Membership Directory

A membership directory is a wonderful way to reach out, connect and stay in touch. University Synagogue will be creating one within the next few months. We plan to include pictures so people can put faces to names when we see each other around the synagogue. 

Please email your favorite photo to our Engagement Coordinator, Emilie Leder at  Eleder@unisyn.org .

We want to respect your privacy. This directory is for the private non-commercial use of the members of University Synagogue only. If you do not wish to have your information listed, please let us know by contacting Emilie at the above email. If we do not hear from you, we will presume it is o.k. to print your information which will include, name, address, phone number and email. We’re looking forward to connecting.  
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 .
SYNAGOGUE EVENTS



FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1
6:30pm - Family Shabbat Service with Gan and Alef.
Consecration ceremony for all new Gan, Alef and Bet students


THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7
6:30 PM - Sisterhood Hanukkah Dinner 


FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8
7:30 PM - Human Rights Shabbat, "People of the Book" featuring Rabbi Naomi Levy. Einstein and the Rabbi .


SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9
9:00am - Tot Shabbat


FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15
7:30pm - Shabbat Hanukkah Zimrah


SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16
10:30am - Shabbat Service celebrating Frances Spencer-Shapiro becoming a Bat Mitzvah




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, Auf-Ruf or Baby Naming

Click here to see the sponsorships. 

For more information, please contact Bonnie Kebre at BKebre@unisyn.org .