July 25, 2018 | 13 Av, 5778
This Week
Friday, 7/27
Shabbat Under the Stars

Our summer Shabbat services take place on the back patio. Families of all ages are welcome at ALL of our Shabbat services.
Saturday, 7/28
Hevrah Torah

Religious School reconvenes September 23rd
Upcoming Events
University Synagogue
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FRIDAY, AUGUST 3 | 6:30pm
Shabbat Under the Stars: Family and Havurot
Bring the whole Havurah and enjoy the summer night here at University Synagogue's Ruby Garden!
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
Upcoming Community Events

Join us for the next  PJ Library Hikes LA !  program at Temescal Canyon Park in Pacific Palisades. Families will spend the morning exploring the outdoors and the beauty of the Santa Monica Mountains. Together we will investigate the wildlife, stop to sketch the surroundings, read a PJ Library story, and make new friends.  
Sunday, July 29
Temescal Canyon Park  
11:00 am to 12:30 pm
For exact location information please RSVP to Michael at MFritzen@JewishLA.org  by July 26th.
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 at 7:30PM
Kopelson Family Sanctuary

Brentwood Havurah Erev RH Service
Sunday, Sept.9th at 7:30PM
Gray Family Chapel

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

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

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

Brentwood Havurah Erev YK Service
Wednesday, Sept. 19th at 7:30PM, 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)

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RSVP recommended! Please email Lauren Kaplan at membership@unisyn.org.
The summer camp experience is always something to look forward to, and this year was no exception. The URJ has created a new balance for our youth who want to experience Jewish Camp as well as Sports Camp. I had the wonderful opportunity of spending some of the summer with the URJ 6 Points Sports Academy of California. The camp is located on the beautiful campus of Occidental College, providing amazing athletic facilities that all of camp adore. It was fun to break a sweat with some of University Synagogue’s younger congregants. Having been an athlete all my life I was thrilled to have the chance to be guest faculty at a camp that combines two of my favorite things – Judaism and Sports!
Each day campers play in their chosen sports major and experience new sports they may have never played before during their elective period. I had a blast leading volleyball as a Shabboption, our special new word for Shabbat elective options. Beyond having the constant ability to train, learn, and grow as an athlete, camp provides the much-valued Jewish cultural connections throughout the sessions. I found it exceptionally amazing to be able to infuse Jewish teaching into more than observing Shabbat. The staff has become creative by adapting and integrating the traditional aspects of Jewish Camp into the program. The campers love having more high energy cardio style dancing, and I’ve got to say that’s one of my favorite parts of the day.
All in all, my summer at 6 Points Sports Academy was amazing and I can’t wait to go back next year!

Lauren Kaplan
Membership Programs Coordinator
University Synagogue
NOTE: Last week's Torch article featuring Tishah B’Av was written by Rabbi Joel Simonds!

If you missed it, please click the button below to read!
Zichronam Livrachah
Jonathan Gold , brother of Mark (Lisette) Gold .

Ed Ross , husband of Debbie Ross .

Roland Greenberg , brother of Stanley (Sheila) Greenberg .

Quincy Jane Plattus , granddaughter of Ada Lee Plattus and daughter of Daniel Plattus , was sixteen-years-old when she had a fatal automobile accident on July 16, 2018. In lieu of flowers, because art was Quincy’s passion, the family requests contributions to Memorial Fund for Outstanding Art Students in care of Tharp Funeral Home, 320 N. Bridge Street Bedford, VA 24523.
Did You Know? 

Moebius Syndrome, a rare neurological condition, impacts about 1 in 50,000, and is present at birth. It affects the muscles that control facial expression and eye movement among other varied symptoms. The Moebius Syndrome Foundation promotes awareness and shares information, advocates for scientific research of facial paralyses, and provides support to the families and individuals with Moebius Syndrome. For more information contact Jordana Lipsitz, at  unisynadmin@unisyn.org  who will be happy to answer any questions you may have. 

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.
Have you ever dreamed of traveling to Israel with the one you love? Honeymoon Israel might be your perfect chance!

Honeymoon Israel provides trips to Israel for locally based groups of young couples who have at least one Jewish partner. Spend nine exhilarating, romantic, and memorable days exploring Israel in luxury with the one you love — and share the experience with 19 other diverse couples from Los Angeles. You will return home with a new community and friends who feel like family.

Honeymoon Israel wants to ensure that you and your family feel welcome in the Jewish community and inspire you to incorporate Jewish values into your life in whatever way works for you. We think the Jewish community has a lot to offer the world and would like to see it grow, so we’re promoting an inclusive view of Jewish life — including partners from other faiths and people who might traditionally have been excluded. Honeymoon Israel is a completely inclusive organization that highly encourages participation by couples of diverse backgrounds, including interfaith, Jewish, multi-racial, LGBTQ, and those with young children.


Applications are now open for two upcoming Honeymoon Israel LA trips:
  • February 28-March 10, 2019
  • August 1-11, 2019

Cost: $2,200 per couple, inclusive of flight and ground costs
Couples interested in either trip must submit an  online application  by  July 30th . (Note: this application cycle is for the remainder of trips in 2019.)

To be eligible to apply for Honeymoon Israel, couples must:
  • Have at least one partner who identifies as Jewish
  • Have at least one partner who is ages 25-40 years old (with neither partner over 45 years old)
  • At least one partner must have no prior organized Israel experience on a post high school Jewish peer trip (i.e. if both partners have been on Birthright or a MASA program, you are ineligible)
  • Be in a lifelong committed relationship and/or within first five years of marriage
  • Live within L.A. county limits

Contact Jennifer Green at  Jenn@HoneymoonIsrael.org  or (206) 890-8975.
We hope you and your partner take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to connect — with each other, Israel, and new friends!
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 sdwieder@mac.com .
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
Have a Great Week!