January 3, 2018 | 16 Tevet, 5778
This Week

Friday, 1/5
Shabbat Evening Services

Saturday, 1/6
9:00 am
Hevrah Torah
Sunday, 1/7
Religious School Classes Resume

❄️ Winter Break ❄️
Sunday Religious School classes resume on January 7, 2018

ECLC classes resume on
January 8, 2018

Tuesday Religious School classes resume on January 9, 2018
January Services

Friday, 1/12
Family Shabbat Service with
Dalet (4th) participation.

Saturday, 1/13
Tot Shabbat AM

Hevrah Torah

Shabbat Service celebrating Brennan Jacobs becoming a Bar Mitzvah
Katonti Mikol Hahasadim

Katonti mikol hahasadim…
I am made small before all of the kindnesses…

These beautiful Hebrew words express a feeling of being overwhelmed with gratitude for the world around us. Set to music by Yonatan Raizel, you can listen here – youtu.be/HZYivKwVmJc

These words perfectly express my feelings after my daughter ascended to the bimah on the occasion of becoming a bat mitzvah this December. Thank you so much to our beloved University Synagogue community, to Rabbi Feinstein, Cantor Frailich, Rabbi Simonds, student Rabbi Joanne Loiben, Jessie Shamout, and our entire community for your love and support during this momentous occasion for our family. Scott, Zev, Frances, and I continue to feel embraced by our synagogue family.

As 2018 (or 20-chai, as many of my friends are dubbing it) begins, may we take time to express gratitude for all that we have, for all of the kindnesses shown to us, and may we be inspired to live with kindness and mercy toward others. 

Last year, a friend asked me what my New Year’s resolution would be, and when I said I don’t really take part in that tradition, I believe he thought I was being obtuse! I strive diligently to treat each day as a gift and greet each new day as a miracle where I am given the opportunity to start afresh. If it’s your tradition to engage in New Year’s resolutions, kol hakavod! Let us all take each day (and not just each new year) as a chance to begin anew, to take stock and to be grateful and loving toward one another.
I am made small before all of the kindnesses and of all the truth,   which​ You have shown to Your servant; For with my staff I passed over this Jordan; and now I am become two camps. Deliv​er me, I pray to You. For great is Your mercy toward me; and You have delivered​ my soul from the lowest world .

Cantor Kerith Spencer-Shapiro
Mazal Tov

Mazal Tov to Julia Weinstein, newly elected to the Union for Reform Judaism Commission on Social Action. Julia also serves as the Women for Reform Judaism Vice President of Advocacy and Marketing & Communications. Continuing on the CSA are Julie Bank and Ariella Simonds. 
It’s time to join together in song. It’s time to build again.

A Benefit Concert for URJ Camp Newman
J oin 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 rebuilding efforts by making a donation in any amount to Camp Newman. Please RSVP for the concert to assist in our planning.

Stephen Wise Temple Sanctuary
Sunday, January 20 | 2 p.m.
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.
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
Warm and Happy Holidays from Sisterhood!
Friday, December 22nd was quite a memorable day for the clients living At Cloverfield People of Concern Homeless Shelter in Santa Monica. Sisterhood sponsored an elaborately warm, fun, and heartfelt party for the clients that we know brought joy and acceptance into their lives that they really do need! To quote one of our sisterhood members during our karaoke celebrating, she said “for these few hours these men and women were laughing and smiling. We would never know that we were in a homeless shelter.” Karaoke, gift exchanging, dancing, delicious food, participating in a raffle game, and winning a functional surprise really lifted the spirits of us all!

Hats off to Enid Friedman and her remarkable son Eric Friedman, Roz Weisman, Annie Cheslaw, Barbara Levin, Andrea Miller, Jackie and Andy Raymond, and Berta Greenberg. They were the best holiday elves ever! Santa needs to give them a raise next year! ️

The towel and toiletry collection was overwhelmingly successful. TIKKUN OLAM radiated!

Happy Blessed New Year, everyone.
Suzy Giambattista
Enid Friedman
Social Action VP’s Sisterhood
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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

*Please note special times!
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 .