May 9, 2018 | 24 Lyyar, 5778
This Week
Friday, 5/11
Bonfire Family Shabbat celebrating Lag B'Omer with musical guest Alan Goodis!
Saturday, 5/12
Hevrah Torah


Sunday, 5/13
Religious School ends at 11:00am
for Mother's Day
Upcoming Events
University Synagogue
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Bonfire Family Shabbat celebrating Lag B'Omer with musical guest Alan Goodis! 6pm.


Tot Shabbat AM. 9am

Register for ECLC Summer Camp! Camp begins June 25th!

University Synagogue Annual Congregational Meeting, 7:00pm. The annual meeting is for members of the synagogue only. 
SUNDAY, MAY 20 - Big Sunday Beautification! Read more below. Please email Bennett Tramer at if you’re interested in participating, or if you have any questions.

Hope + Inspiration: Caregiver Wellness Day . If you are caring for someone with Alzheimer's, this free event is for you! Read more below. Please RSVP by email.
Family Camp 2018
Family Camp 2018 was a huge success! Our group nearly doubled in size as well as enthusiasm from last year. 

Thanks to Camp JCA Shalom at the Shalom Institute for hosting, the Jewish Federation for the Family Camp Grant and mentorship and all of our amazing families. The weekend gave kids (and adults!) an unforgettable weekend to unplug surrounded by nature, new friends and our University Synagogue community. 

Alana Levitt
Assistant Director of Early Childhood
Mazal Tov
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Mazal tov to Rabbi Stanley and Resa Davids whose g randdaughter Beth is the  California State   winner ( grades 4-6​) of a Library of Congress contest.  Beth’s parents are Rabbi  Ronn and Nicole Davids. 
Rabbi Aaron D. Panken, Ph.D., 12th President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, z”l
Our entire Reform Jewish family is in mourning over the untimely and tragic loss of  Rabbi Dr. Aaron Panken, President of Hebrew Union College, distinguished scholar, leader of the Jewish people, extraordinary teacher and cherished friend.   As Rabbi Sally Priesand wrote, “there are times when God asks nothing of us except silence, patience and tears.” May his memory continue to be an inspiration for us all.

Rabbi Panken taught: “ Reform Judaism has always symbolized what I consider to be the best of Judaism – firmly rooted in our tradition, yet egalitarian, inclusive of patrilineal Jews and intermarried families, welcoming to the LGBT community, politically active, and respectful of other faiths and ideologies.” He will be sorely missed. 
Click HERE, or click the banner above, for applications to enroll your child in ECLC Summer Camp! Save money by enrolling before Friday, May 18th!

This Shavuot, be part of the largest
community service event in the U.S.A.!
Ramon C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts
450 N. Grand Ave. L.A. 90012     9:00 a.m.-12 noon 
(Only a half hour drive downtown - think how much farther
and longer our ancestors traveled in the desert…)
Big Sunday is fast approaching, and University Synagogue is again delighted to partner with our dedicated friends at i-CERV, the Ismaili Muslim Volunteer Service group. We’ll be creating an inspirational garden for the kids at Ramon C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts. Put on your gardening clothes, green your thumbs, and help plant new flowers and bushes, raise old flower beds, and make the school’s quad look amazing.

Please email Bennett Tramer at if you’re interested in participating, or if you have any questions. No need to individually register on the Big Sunday website, University Synagogue is already signed up.  We just need a rough head count. So let us know – and see you there for a Jewish-Muslim gardening extravaganza!


MAY 21, 2018

Use the link below to register online or see Sue Share, Clergy Assistant, to register. Sue has voter registration forms in her office.

June 1-3, 2018
Making Marriage Work: Marriage For Life Retreat 
Enter promo code ‘Appreciation’ for 25% discount off tuition
We invite couples in your community who are considering marriage, currently engaged, or recently married (less than 2 years) to join this weekend experience in relationship building at our Brandeis-Bardin Campus, located on a 2,700 acre retreat center nestled in the beautiful Santa Susana Mountains.
Open to all couples, it includes workshops with licensed therapists, a rabbi, a genetic counselor, and a financial planner. Regular tuition is $400 per couple with a $100 materials fee (per couple). The Marriage: For Life weekend is made possible through the generosity of the Doris Factor Endowment Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation.

Brandeis Collegiate Institute - Apply Now, Limited Spots Remain
Taking place June 26- July 23, 2018 - BCI builds transformative community while nurturing personal and Jewish growth. Offered to young adults aged 20-29, BCI is a 27-day exploration of self and Judaism within a safe, pluralistic community, bringing together young Jews from all over the world with some of our people's most compelling, talented scholars and artists to experience the multifaceted aspects of Jewish life and culture. BCI participants return to their communities with increased self-confidence and leadership skills, a greater sense of who they are as Jewish adults, and new visions to share with their communities. Apply today for highly subsidized tuition rates ($450 + travel subsidies). If they mention your name when registering they will qualify for the early-bird discount even though the deadline has already passed. 
Before this collection of short plays on themes of Jewish love, marriage and family moves on to The Eclectic Company Theater (with some variations in the plays and actors) in June, you are cordially invited to a free performance at Temple Valley Beth Shalom, located at  15739 Ventura Boulevard  (at Densmore), Encino, CA 91436,  starting at 7:30 PM on Thursday, May 17 . One of the plays will be by Mona Deutsch Miller: "Abram and Sarai: My Sister, My Wife."   

No RSVP necessary.
Hope + Inspiration
Caregiver Wellness Day

If you are caring for someone with Alzheimer's, this free event is for you! Please plan to join us...

Friday, June 22
10:00am - 3:00pm
Zev Yaroslavsky Family
Support Center
Van Nuys

Alzheimer's Greater Los Angeles invites you to a day of rest, relaxation, and inspiration. Continental breakfast and lunch are included with registration. A limited number of scholarships for respite care are available.

To sign up, or for additional information, please contact:

Monique Castillo
(818) 830 - 4825
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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!