January 17, 2018 | 29 Tevet, 5778
This Week

Friday, 1/19
Tot Shabbat PM with Consecration of new students

Shabbat Evening Service
Saturday, 1/20
Hevrah Torah

*No Torah Off the Beaten Path this month!
UniSyn at Women's March

Shabbat Service celebrating Paul Kurgan becoming a Bar Mitzvah

Sunday, 1/21
Religious School
Funds and Fun!

Happy 2018. This year, we decided to shake things up a bit. We took a break from our traditional Heroes Gala, but we still need fundraisers to continue the great work of University Synagogue.

In November, the Mavens rocked the evening and we’re looking forward to more. February 25 th will mark the return of a traditional Purim Carnival. There will be rides and activities for all ages. A Velcro wall, adoptable puppies, rides, and great food are just some of what we will offer.

On March 17 th, spend the evening at University Casino with wonderful prizes and great friends.

Then, join in a musical afternoon on April 22 n d with cantors from around the city.

Your participation will help support the programs and services at University Synagogue. Please join us for all of these events. If you are able, please consider sponsorships. We really hope to see you.  

Lisabeth Lobenthal
Executive Director
Zichronam Livrachah

Jack Sando, father of Danielle (Brian) Shear.

Evelyn Evans, mother of Melissa (Steve) Moritz.
Bar Mitzvah Spotlight: Paul Kurgan

Paul Kurgan is the son of  Martin and Natasha Kurgan.

School : Mirman School

Spiritual Highlight : For me, the spiritual highlight of becoming a Bar Mitzvah is learning about my Torah portion. My Torah portion is the Exodus and it's about how Moses led the Jewish people to freedom. It is important for me to persevere through difficulties. I need to be kind and generous to my family and friends. I understand that after I become a Bar Mitzvah, I will have to make better choices and have more responsibilities.

Tzedakah Project: Teaching younger, underprivileged kids to play tennis. I thought this was very important for me to pass on the skills and passion for tennis to kids half my age. I taught 3 hours a day for a week and I had a lot of fun teaching.
Join Cantor Shapiro and University Synagogue at the Women’s March, this Saturday, 1/20.
For those interested in taking the Metro, meet at the 3rd Street Station in Santa Monica At 7:30 AM and we will take the metro in together.

For those who want to take a Lyft or Uber or drive,
We will meet in front of the Central Library (630 W. 5th St., LA 90071) at 9:30 AM. 

If you miss us at either spot, text Cantor Shapiro at 310-795-0717 and we will let you know how to find the group.
Poster making will take place at University Synagogue on this Friday night 1/19, both before and after services. Services are at 7:30 PM. We will have materials, but feel free to bring your own supplies as well.

Anyone who might be interested in leading chants (ie. What do we want? JUSTICE! When do we want it? NOW!) for the group, please reach out to Cantor Shapiro at CantorShapiro@unisyn.org

Let’s make our voices heard together!
Please help make our Purim a fun event for all! We need your help with sponsorships. If you would like to sponsor a ride, booth, or activity, please click the button below. All sponsorships will include two wristbands.
As for wristband/ticket purchase, we will be having a raffle each week starting 3-4 weeks before Purim for those who have purchased wristbands online. To purchase tickets and wristbands online, please click here:
US Film Society Screening of "The Settlers"
The US Film Society presents the Israeli documentary, "The Settlers" (2016) on Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 9:30 AM in the chapel at University Synagogue, 11960 Sunset Boulevard, LA, CA 90049. The film was a nominee for Best Documentary by the Israeli Film Academy and the DocAviv Festival and was a nominee for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance. 

This will be an extremely compelling event for all who care about Israel. The pre-statehood, early history of the settler movement is fascinating, as are the residents themselves, a disparate population of 400,000 people including US expats, religious, young families (Jewish and Evangelical), senior ex-kibbutzniks, and secular working class laborers from Jerusalem.

Academics, both Israeli and Palestinian provide their own analysis. Director Shimon Dotan has created as evenhanded an examination of the subject as has been made to date.

Rabbi Stanley Davids, who teaches adult Torah Study at the University Synagogue, will help us navigate this challenging film. He will share his personal understanding of this issue after living in Israel for 12 years before recently returning to the US.

If you would like to support the University Synagogue Film Society's efforts to bring meaningful films and discussions to our members, you may contribute by taking our guest to brunch after the discussion at Divino for a mostly deductible contribution of $250. 

Please RSVP using the button below to reserve your seats. There is no admission charged, and families, friends and guests are all welcome.

I hope to see you at the screening.

Jim Ruxin
310-617-7372 mobile

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

The University of Southern California hosted a high-level roundtable of local faith leaders, including Rabbi Feinstein, to discuss how the faith community could jointly respond to the homelessness crisis in Los Angeles. Faith leaders share the resources and perspectives they bring to the issue in this video. 
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
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It’s time to join together in song.

It’s time to build up our community.
Join 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 camp’s future by making a donation in any amount to Camp Newman. Please RSVP for the concert to assist in our planning.
Featuring performances by:

Rabbi Yoshi Zweiback
Cantor Emma Lutz
Student Rabbi Bryan Zive
Rabbi Ken Chasen
Rabbi Jeremy Gimbel
Cantor Ilan Davidson
Rabbi Jonathan Aaron
Cantor Lizzie Weiss
Cantor Lilah Sugarman
Cantor Kerith Spencer-Shapiro
Zamir Josh Goldberg
Cantor Yuval Porat
Cantor Paul Buch
Ben Zeiger
Stephanie Pressman

And more to be announced!
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  http://www.theycountwillyou.org .
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact:

Tamara Melzer Levenson 
Rabbi Joel Simonds
(310) 472 - 1255
The Music Guild returns to University Synagogue on Monday, February 26th, with the Fiato String Quartet! Complimentary coffee, cookies, and cheese will be offered from 7:30pm to 8:00pm during intermission.
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 .
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, Aufruf or Baby Naming

Click here to see the sponsorships. 

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