September 5, 2018 | 25 Elul, 5778
L'Shanah Tovah! 

May you and your loved ones be blessed with a year of
happiness, good health, hope, and peace.
Allan Golad and Deborah Price
Margarete and Morley Feinstein
Kerith Spencer-Shapiro & Scott Spencer
Ariella and Joel Thal Simonds
Sandy and Jay Frailich
Lori and Allen Freehling 
Toby L. Berkow
Jessie and Omar Shamout
April Schafer

and all of our staff and teachers!
This Week
Friday, 9/7
Family Shabbat

Saturday, 9/8
Hevrah Torah

Sunday, 9/23
Religious School Opening Day!
High Holy Day Services
The High Holy Days are here 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 

Yom Kippur Afternoon Activities 1pm

Music and Meditation in the sanctuary
with Yuval Ron

Rabbinic Intern Joanne Loiben will be leading a breakout study group based on her Thesis study: 
“On Which 3 Things Does The World Stand?

All are welcome.
Book of Remembrance
rosh hashanana
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.
Monday, September 10th

Come to the beach and toss your sins into the Pacific. We'll be at Will Rogers State Beach Lifeguard Station 15 at 3:00pm.
2018 Sukkot
Order your Lulav & Entrog Set

$50 EACH
Click the button below for the order form,
Faithfully Yours: Hope and the High Holy Days
Rabbi Feinstein 2
Rabbi Hugo Gryn was a Holocaust survivor from Czechoslovakia. When he was a young boy his family was sent to Auschwitz. For a while he and his father shared a barrack. In spite of the unspeakable horror, oppression and hardship, many Jews held onto what scraps of Jewish religious observance as they were able. 

One midwinter evening an inmate remembered that this would be the first night of Hanukkah, the festival of lights. The young Gryn watched his father construct a little Hanukkiyah out of scrap metal. For a wick, he took some threads from his prison uniform. For oil, he used some butter that he somehow obtained from a guard. Such observances were strictly “verboten,” but they were used to taking risks.  
Young Hugo protested at the “waste” of precious calories. Would it not be better to share the butter on a crust of bread than burn it? “Hugo,” said his father, “both you and I know that a person can live a very long time without food. But Hugo, I tell you, a person cannot live a single day without hope. This Menorah is the fire of hope. Never let it go out. Not here. Not anywhere. Remember that Hugo.”
Friends, we Jews are  asirei tikvah,  prisoners of hope. We can never give in to despair, and we must always live with hope. In our caring for one another in significant ways, we can change the world for the better. May we kindle the Menorah of hope as we join together for the High Holy Days and keep it brightly lit throughout the year ahead.

Faithfully Yours,
Rabbi Morley Feinstein
Zichronam Livrachah
Pearle Gray Mintz , grandmother of Stephanie (Daniel) Sloan .
September 9th - 10th

Head of the Jewish New Year, which marks the beginning of a 10-day period of prayer, self-examination and repentance. This period, known as the Yamim Noraim (Days of Awe or High Holy Days), is observed throughout the world, many with prayer and reflection. There are many traditions for Synagogue and at home.
When to Show Up

Erev Rosh Hashanah (Kopelson Family Chapel)
Brentwood Havurah (Gray Family Chapel)

Rosh Hashanah Families with Young Children

Rosh Hashanah Service
This year is a little different, we've added some new ticket colors to the mix. For Members and their guests we have   green  and   blue , this gives you entry and seating in prime areas.

We do not send tickets for children under 26 . Children do not need separate tickets unless they are driving separately. If your adult children under the age of 26 are driving separately to services, we are happy to provide additional tickets. (However, they do not really need them). Your names are on our security list. When you arrive with your children, our security team is aware that the tickets grant access to the entire family. Thank you for your understanding.
Please be advised that parking is limited in the synagogue lot , additional parking is available for some service times at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church. Carpooling is encouraged.

Due to limited handicapped parking spaces , we kindly ask that drivers drop off passengers at the main entrance before finding parking spots.
Care for children 18 months to Kindergarten is available for a small fee.
1st - 6th graders can participate in a free High Holy Day Program!
Nice outfit, CHECK. Talit? Well... traditionally a talit is worn at the morning service of Rosh Hashanah.
For our community's benefit, we have security present who will be checking bags and making sure that all those on campus are here to participate safely. Please be on the lookout for an email on Friday for more security details.
If you would like to be a High Holy Days Greeter or Usher, please click on the banner above or contact Barry Sikov at We appreciate every helping hand and warm hello! It makes each service even more meaningful.

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Have a Great Week!