August 15, 2018 | 4 Elul, 5778
This Week
Friday, 8/17
Shabbat Evening Services

Due to high number of attendees expected to this week’s Friday night service, services will be held in the Gray Family Chapel. We will see you there!
Saturday, 8/18
Hevrah Torah

10:00am - 11:00am
Guest Speakers: "Terror Along the Israel-Gaza Border"

Sunday, 9/23
Religious School Opening Day!
Upcoming Events
University Synagogue's Annual Shabbat BBQ is NEXT WEEK!

RSVP for the Annual Shabbat BBQ by emailing Lauren Kaplan at

Please be advised that parking is limited in the synagogue lot. Additional parking is available at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church. Carpooling is encouraged. We hope to see you there!
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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. RSVP is encouraged, but not required. Please confirm your attendance by clicking the button below!
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Remember to submit your order forms for the Book of Remembrance! This form must be returned no later than Sept. 7, 2018 or we cannot guarantee inclusion in the book.
Parking Advisory:
High Holy Days

High Holy Days
are coming soon!

Please be advised that parking is limited in the synagogue lot , additional parking is available at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church. Carpooling is encouraged.
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 Rosh HaShanah Service
Sunday, September 9th, 7:30pm
Gray Family Chapel

Services for Families with Young Children
Rosh HaShanah Morning at 8:30am
(complimentary, but registration is required)

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

Monday, September 10th, 3:00pm
Will Rogers State Beach, Lifeguard Station 15

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

Brentwood Havurah Erev Yom Kippur Service
Tuesday, September 18th, 7:30pm
Gray Family Chapel

Services for Families with Young Children
Yom Kippur Morning at 8:30am
(complimentary, but registration is required)

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

Yizkor, Ne’ilah Service
Wednesday, September 19th at 2:30pm 


High Holy Days are coming!
From Grief to Grit to Gratitude, A Community of Nachshons
by Ruben Arquilevich, Executive Director of the URJ Camp Newman
October 9th, 2018, GRIEF consumed the URJ Camp Newman community as our beloved home was ravaged by the Tubbs fire. I’ll never forget one of the messages I received that day -“the Camp Newman community, world wide, is immersed in tears.”
Following the grief and trauma, our camp community epitomized GRIT – strength, courage and faith to find a temporary home and to deliver on our promise – for children, staff, faculty to be inspired to love Judaism and in doing so, to discover and celebrate their best selves and create a better world.
August 9th, 2018, ten months later, the tears were flowing again – but this time in GRATITUDE and sadness over leaving each other at summer’s end & in celebration that camp not only continued, but thrived beyond measure. The Phoenix did not just rise from the ashes and flames – it rocketed into the universe, defining life, chai.
I am eternally grateful and inspired by the Nachson qualities that every camper, staff member, faculty, parent, leader, board member, camp friend exhibited this summer at  #Newmanbythebay . It was nothing less than extraordinary. The courage, faith, love that everyone person displayed to trust, step forward and lead created breathtaking inspirations for a lifetime.
October 9th was an opening chapter, perhaps a new book of Torah, defined by fear and loss and August 9th provided closure on that chapter as it was all transformed into love and beauty. As we say when we compete the reading of a book of Torah, chazak chazak... I look forward to the future chapters we’ll write together and to continuing to build our camps and NFTY communities year-round. May you take the life lessons learned from this past year and pay them forward. Wishing you a sweet start to the school year and the high holidays around the bend.
I stand in Awe.
*Jessie Shamout just returned from serving as faculty at Camp Newman and saw firsthand how the Phoenix rose and the Camp community moved forward!
Terror Along the Israel-Gaza Border
On Saturday morning, August 18th, 10:00am - 11:00am, University Synagogue will be privileged to host a witness of the ongoing terrorist attacks along the borders of the Gaza Strip. 
What is it like right now to see your fields set on fire, red alerts indicating incoming missiles and normal life become a distant memory? The Israelis who live next to the Gaza border will travel across the U.S. to share what is going on in their backyard and what daily life is like, the needs they have, and the issues they face on the ground.

Michal Uziyahu , is an assistant to the mayor of the Eshkol Regional Council, which shares some 65 kilometers of border with Gaza. She has witnessed firsthand the effects of trauma stemming from rocket fire and terrorism on young children. Born in the Sinai in a community returned to Egypt following the peace treaty signed when she was a child, she later served in the IDF and earned her MBA at Ben Gurion University. Michal is married to Amir and is a mom of three.

Sarit Khanoukaev , is a 21-year old young professional who lives and works in Sderot, less than a mile from the Gaza border. Having grown up in Sderot and familiar with PTSD experienced by children, Sarit today works with MAKOM, an organization that helps grow communities. She is responsible for counseling at risk-youth and young children impacted by PTSD and utilizes the JNF Sderot Indoor Recreation Center. Sarit is currently working on her BA in public policy and administration.
Through the support of the Jewish National Fund, and because of the support of the University Synagogue Sisterhood, our congregation has been granted this unique opportunity. Join us for an informative and unforgettable speaker, and there will be a light Kiddush to follow.

If you are unable to join on Saturday, there is also a Town Hall meeting on Sunday, August 18th from 10:30am - 12:00pm at Stephen S. Wise. All are welcome.

or call (323) 964-1400 ext. 958.
Bat Mitzvah Spotlight: Hayley Kaufman
My parents are   Lynde and Jeffrey Kaufman.

I attend school at   Lincoln Middle School.

For me, the spiritual highlight of becoming a Bar/Bat Mitzvah is   the feeling of accomplishment of being able to read from the Torah, which many of my family and friends have done.

For my Tzedakah Project, I am   involved in the birthday party project, which is an organization that holds monthly birthday parties for children that have recently been homeless. I help plan, organize, and participate in the parties.
Zichronam Livrachah
Barry Newburger , brother-in-law to Jim and Linda Lippman .
Traffic Advisory: Road Construction

We would like to inform you that road construction is beginning soon on Sunset Blvd. It will take place over 10 weeks with an anticipated start date of August 21, 2018. Work will occur Tuesday through Friday, from 9:00am to 3:00pm, and Saturday from 8:00am to 6:00pm.

At least one lane will remain open in each direction during the entire duration of the construction. The work will take place in 5 phases, as outlined in the graphic below.

Please allow for additional travel time on your way to the Synagogue!

Thank you!
ECLC Renovation
University Synagogue’s Early Childhood Learning Center is undergoing some exciting renovations. Last summer bright colors on the walls were replaced with white and warm tones. New research and knowledge about early childhood has shown that children respond to an atmosphere that is calm and reflects a home, rather than the institutional look of the past. The installation of new wood laminate floors helps to further our design goal of a school that reflects nature and allows the children and their artwork to take center stage. We are thankful for the support of the Temple Board of Trustees for making these upgrades a priority, including the Budget Committee and VP of Education Kevin Loew. Special thanks to the hard work and efforts by Lauren Gwartz and Robert Shamsi. We look forward to the first day of school on Tuesday, September 4th! 
April Schafer
Director of Early Childhood 
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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!