June 27, 2018 | 14 Tamuz, 5778
This Week
Friday, 6/29
7:30pm
Shabbat Under the Stars

Our summer Shabbat services take place on the back patio and are perfect for young families to attend. Families of all ages are welcome at ALL of our Shabbat services.
Saturday, 6/30
9:00am
Hevrah Torah

Sunday
Religious School reconvenes September 23rd
Kol Yisrael Arevim ZeBazeh
Kol Yisrael Arevim ZeBazeh:  “all of the Jewish community is responsible for one another” (Talmud Shevuot 39a). I use this phrase all the time in my work, most specifically when I am talking about the Jewish Federation’s Global Teen Twinning Program. As we enter our fourth year of the program, I am delighted to help our teens understand the importance of global Jewish relationships, and am eager to watch them form new friendships with teens just like them on the other side of the world.
 
This week, I will have a unique opportunity to put this direction into practice. Every two years the Federation brings all the faculty and coordinators of the program together (from both Los Angeles and Tel Aviv) for some shared learning. We discuss program logistics, share best practices, problem-solve and learn from one another. This summer, we are traveling to Thessaloniki, Greece and Sofia, Bulgaria. Our gathering comes with a new learning outcome: to study and uncover the forgotten and often ignored history of the global Sephardic Jewish community. Our Jewish history textbooks are often written from an Ashkenazi-centric perspective, specifically focusing on Jews who made their way to Eastern Europe, unfortunately glossing over or omitting the histories of Jews expelled from Iberia (now Spain and Portugal), who eventually settled in the Ottoman Lands. The Jews of these lands had distinct culture, a complicated relationship with Zionism, and suffered incredible losses during the Holocaust. It’s time to unearth these stories and work them into the narratives we study on a regular basis.
 
I look forward to a week of learning with my colleagues and bringing back some of this hidden history to our students!

Jessica Shamout, M.Ed.
Director of Jewish Education
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Mazal Tov

Mazal Tov to Jake Gold , son of Lisette and Mark Gold, who graduated from Stanford University. Jake received a Music Certificate for French Horn Performance and Dean's Award for Academic Achievement. 

Mazal Tov to Michael Tellem and Emma Diebold on the birth and Brit Milah of their son Theo. Theo is the grandson of Nancy and Arn Tellem.
Zichronam Livrachah
Margot Katz , Mother of Andrew Katz (Mariel) .

Sarita Silverman Unger , sister of Dr. Barry Silverman (Diane Mandell) .
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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!