August 1, 2018 | 20 Av, 5778
This Week
Friday, 8/3
Shabbat Under the Stars: Family & Havurot Edition!

We'll be sharing wine and cheese at 5:30pm before starting services at 6:30pm. Bring the whole Havurah and enjoy the summer night here at University Synagogue's Ruby Garden!
Saturday, 8/4
Hevrah Torah

Sunday, 8/5
Religious School reconvenes September 23rd

Jewish Community Day
Dodgers vs. Houston Astros
Upcoming Events
RSVP for Annual Shabbat BBQ is recommended! Please email Lauren Kaplan at
University Synagogue
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SUNDAY, AUGUST 12 | 5pm - 9pm

Make dinner a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser to support University Synagogue. Click on the link above, or read more below if you would like to participate!
FRIDAY, AUGUST 24 | 5:30pm
Annual Shabbat BBQ and Open House
Join us at University Synagogue for our annual Shabbat BBQ!

An American S'lichot: A Community Observance
University Synagogue, in partnership with Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills and Wilshire Boulevard Temple
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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 RH Service
Sunday, September 9th, 7:30PM
Gray Family Chapel

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

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

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

Brentwood Havurah Erev YK Service
Tuesday, September 18th, 7:30PM
Gray Family Chapel

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

Yizkor, Ne’ilah Service
Wednesday, September 19th at 2:30PM
Services for Families with Young Children
RH and YK Days at 8:30AM
(free of charge)
Faithfully Yours: Camp is Awesome!
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Within three weeks following the devastating Santa Rosa fires last fall, and the destruction of Camp Newman, Summer 2018 was planned for an alternate site at California State University Maritime Academy:  Camp Newman by the Bay .

What a gorgeous location, looking out over the San Francisco Bay, with serene nightly sunsets over the water. Camp is still 100% Camp even on a modern college campus! Why do kids and their counselors keep returning for such an amazing experience?

They feel like fish in water - a setting where everyone is Jewish and comfortable in their own skins. They can build on that familiarity to form deep and abiding friendships with kids from Hawaii to Texas. Without tech distractions the opportunity to get to know one another and create lifetime friendships increases. At their weddings each of my sons had camp friends among their groomsmen, and my daughters couldn’t wait to see their pals from summers past.

This year’s campers gain the experience of living in a college dormitory and benefit from the choices offered by a college food service. Campers have had the opportunity to decorate their rooms and have a one on one time to bond with a roommate.

Camp Newman offers a chance to connect with great role models, from college age counselors to Israeli Scouts, Rabbis, Cantors, and Jewish Educators. Special guest artists, dancers, and musicians add to the fun! 

Did I mention how amazing Shabbat is? From spiritually moving services overlooking the Bay, to a dinner highlighted by thick chocolate brownies, singing with hundreds of voices and lively Israeli dancing, Shabbat is a unique moment in time. Hundreds of exuberant campers, all dressed in white, set a special mood and tone for celebration.

Campers learn independence and self-reliance. In this age of Uber they have to know when and how to get from place to place. It helps them learn about themselves, and the Jewish program focuses their thoughts and feelings upon their religious identity. They form a community and build connection to their people and faith in a dynamic way. 

This is the 71st year of Camp Newman (preceded by Camp Saratoga and Camp Swig). May the day come when Camp can return to its rebuilt home and continue its magic of making Judaism come alive!

Faithfully Yours,
Rabbi Morley Feinstein
Margarete Feinstein, Hayley Kaufman, Chloe Kaufman, Eliana Feinstein, Renata Feinstein, Allen Schultz, and Rabbi Feinstein at Camp Newman by the Bay at Cal State University Maritime in Vallejo
Shabbat at Camp Newman
Mazal Tov
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Mazal tov to April Schafer and Rabbi Joel Simonds . April will be chairing the 2019 Early Childhood Educators of Reform Judaism Conference in San Antonio. The theme will be “Peace in Our Time: Creating Inner Peace, Peace in our Community and Peace in Our World” and the keynote speaker will be Rabbi Joel Simonds. 

Volunteer With Us on
August 12th!

On Sunday, August 12th, you can make a difference in our community at locations throughout Los Angeles through our Federation’s community service opportunities. Choose from these ways to give back — and feel great about taking the time to make an impact.

  • SOVA — Hosted by our Federation’s Jewish Business Leaders (JBL), join us at the SOVA warehouse as we help sort and categorize food donations to distribute to those in need. For volunteers ages 10 and over.

  • L’Dough V’Dough — For our Young Adult volunteers in their 20s and 30s, braid and bake challah while we hear remarkable stories of Holocaust survivors.

  • Hollywood Community Housing Corporation (HCHC) — Alumni and current participants of our Rautenberg New Leaders Project (NLP), join us for our fourth consecutive year to assemble back-to-school kits for low-income children living in HCHC buildings and empower them to succeed in school.

  • Baby2Baby — Baby2Baby is a non-profit that provides low income children, ages 0-12, with diapers, clothing, and all of the basic necessities that every child deserves. Volunteers ages 7 and over, help us create customized gift bags filled with essentials for the children served by the organization and ensure that donated items meet the Baby2Baby Golden Standard. Please feel free to bring a donation of new or like-new children’s items.

  • Heal the Bay — Hosted by Sylvia Weisz Women’s Philanthropy, join our Federation’s group of dedicated and compassionate women down at the shore to clean up Santa Monica Beach! We’ll focus on picking up those pieces of trash that often get overlooked but pose a danger to ocean animals and our environment.
Join us as we symbolically cast our sins into the waves of the Pacific. We will gather, join together in brief prayer and song, cast crumbs into the waters, and join together in camaraderie at the beach as we begin a new year together.
Monday, September 10th, 3pm
Will Rogers State Beach
Lifeguard Station 15
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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 .
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
Have a Great Week!