December 27, 2017 | 9 Tevet, 5778
This Week

Friday, 12/29
Shabbat Evening Services

Saturday, 12/30
9:00 am
Hevrah Torah

Sunday, 12/31
No Religious School

❄️ Winter Break ❄️
Sunday Religious School classes resume on January 7, 2018

ECLC classes resume on
January 8, 2018

Tuesday Religious School classes resume on January 9, 2018
January Services

Friday, 1/5
Shabbat Evening Services

Friday, 1/12
Family Shabbat Service with
Dalet (4th) participation.

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Faithfully Yours: Feminism and the New Year

‘Feminism’ is Merriam-Webster’s word of the year. From the Women’s March in Washington through the horrifying experiences leading women to say,  #MeToo,  to TIME magazine’s placing of “The Silence Breakers” as the Person of the Year, the online dictionary noted feminism as the most-searched word on its website. Seeking a definition of feminism increased by 70 percent over 2016.
We know language adapts and changes to reflect new realities. We cannot affirm equality between men and women without our prayer, theology, religious practice, and workplaces following suit. Language reveals attitudes as well as meanings. Words cannot become verbal idols. In France, sadly, the word Jew - Juif - became an object of derision, so Jews in France call themselves Israelites. As we look at the language within our prayer we need to do it consciously, reflecting our society. Our movement, which heralded the beginning of equality for women, has an obligation to lead in this change.

The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) has adopted resolutions bringing this move for equality into action.  Twenty five years ago the URJ understood that “despite gains made toward equal rights for women in the past decades, sexual harassment continues to plague women at an alarming rate.”  It moved to “insure against the occurrence of sexual harassment in Reform Jewish congregations and institutions.”  At the recent Biennial Convention, the URJ “affirmed its commitment to protecting students from sexual violence and to support survivors of sexual violence…calling for best practices for reporting and handling, including investigations and appeals as appropriate, by trained professionals conducted with integrity, safety, and fairness to all involved.” And well ahead of other organizations or religious movements, in 2015, the URJ affirmed its commitment to the full equality, inclusion and acceptance of people of all gender identities and gender expression, including transgender and gender non-conforming individuals.  

The Central Conference of American Rabbis resolution on Women’s Rights recently urged “legislation that assures that all North American women have access to health care, including birth control, abortion and other services related to reproductive health; supports our members in educating their communities on Jewish values that relate to women’s rights; will provide opportunities for conversation about women rabbis’ experiences and the ways discrimination and misogyny still exist in our communities.” Feminism is not simply a dictionary word: it affirms the inherent dignity of each individual, for we are all created in the divine image, B’Tzelem Elohim. May we act this way throughout the year ahead.
Rabbi Morley Feinstein
Mazal Tov

Jane Wurwand , named a Fellow of The City and Guilds of London Institute. Fellowship is bestowed upon leaders and innovators who have had an impact in their field.
Zichronam Livrachah
Solomon Frank Behr, father of our ECLC teacher, Alison Glanz (Stanley).
It’s time to join together in song. It’s time to build again.

A Benefit Concert for URJ Camp Newman
J oin friends, counselors, Rabbis, Cantors, and campers for a concert and song session to benefit Camp Newman. Tickets are free but we ask everyone to support the rebuilding efforts by making a donation in any amount to Camp Newman. Please RSVP for the concert to assist in our planning.

Stephen Wise Temple Sanctuary
Sunday, January 20 | 2 p.m.
Save the Date: Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count

University Synagogue’s Tikkun Olam Committee is recruiting volunteers to help facilitate the annual Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count. Brentwood’s neighborhood count takes place on Wednesday, January 24th for 8pm-11pm at Brentwood School  100 S Barrington Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90049 . University Synagogue is partnering with Brentwood School to host this year’s homeless count in our neighborhood. 
All across Los Angeles every January, the LA Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) embarks on a three-day mission to count our homeless neighbors so that we can get a better picture of their scope and demographics. To learn more about LAHSA and the Homeless Count please refer to .
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact:

Tamara Melzer Levenson 
Rabbi Joel Simonds
(310) 472 - 1255
Prop HHH is Groundbreaking!

University Synagogue played a significant role last year in helping pass Prop HHH . From High Holy Day sermons to a Sukkot letter writing campaign, our Synagogue came together and received the recognition of City Councilmember Mike Bonin and Mayor Garcetti for our advocacy. We passed the proposition last November and now 13 months later the first project for homeless housing using Prop HHH funds will break ground. We are changing lives here in LA!


9 Projects | 615 total units | 416 supportive
Across the City of Los Angeles
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
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5:30pm - Shabbat Services*

2:00pm - Benefit Concert for URJ Camp Newman
Stephen Wise Temple Sanctuary

8:00pm - Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count (Brentwood)

7:00pm - ECLC Comedy Night

*Please note special times!
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 .
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 , 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 .