February 14, 2018 | 29 Sh'vat, 5778
This Week

Friday, 2/16
Shabbat Zimrah Service
Saturday, 2/17
Hevrah Torah

Sunday, 2/18
No Religious School

Monday, 2/19
Closed in observance of Presidents' Day

Faithfully Yours: From our Rabbi
Shalom Friends, 

Thank you for your beautiful notes, emails, and messages. It has been so good to hear from you. Your encouragement means the world! 

I’m on my way back to you but it may take a bit longer than expected. After the initial back surgery the surgeon determined that a second surgery was needed. After being discharged from the hospital, my time in the rehab institute helped me return home by last Shabbat. My need now is for continued work to assist in the healing process. I will be having Occupational and Physical Therapy to help in my healing, and the doctors will determine the timing of my return. 

I miss you, my congregational Family, and look forward to being together again. Meanwhile my sincere appreciation to all of my colleagues for all they do and are doing during this time of my convalescence. 

Baruch Atah Adonai, Rofei HaHolim. 
Praise are You Holy One, who brings healing. 

Rabbi Morley T. Feinstein


Over this past weekend, the confirmation students Lily Tenzer, Emily Glenn, Chloe Pearl, Ben Onkin and I went to Washington, D.C., to participate in L’Taken along with 350 other teens from around the country. L’Taken is a program for teens lead by the Religious Action Center, which is the legislative arm of Reform Judaism. The world “l’taken” in Hebrew means to repair, and the teens did just that, they learned about the crucial issues facing our world today, and exercised their American rights to lobby the United States Congress.  

When we arrived on Friday evening, the students participated in a powerful Shabbat services in which hundreds of teens were gathered in a room to sing and pray together. Following the service, the students took part in a homelessness simulation, where they were given an identity and had to survive a week on a certain amount of money, which proved to be nearly impossible. Just before the simulation, a man came to speak to us who after having experienced homelessness himself, lobbies the U.S. government for action based on this major American issue.

After several teen guesses about the causes, he made it clear that one of the major reasons people are experience homelessness is that there is not enough affordable housing.
The students from University Synagogue were particularly moved by this speaker and simulation, as they know from living in Los Angeles that homelessness is a reality and we must continue to work together in order to create a city where nobody lives on the streets. 

Over the rest of the weekend, the students chose topics that were of particular interest to them, about which they wanted to learn more. . .
Joanne Loiben
Student Rabbi
Zichronam Livrachah
Irwin Loibman, brother of Roz (Sandy) Weisman.
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:
Registration for Casino Night with University Synagogue is now available! Please click on the banner above, or the button below, to register!
Thank you to our Casino Night Sponsors!

Harriet and Elizabeth Finebaum for the Reception Table
Martha and Jeff Melvoin for the Dessert Bar
Please go online or send in RSVP card.
This is going to be a night to remember!
Hats off to University Synagogue’s 75 th Anniversary!

Our own April Schafer, Director of University Synagogue’s Early Childhood Learning Center, joins Jewish educators as they embark on an ECE-RJ inaugural Israel Conference.

After years of planning, Early Childhood Educators of Reform Judaism (ECE-RJ) is holding its first conference in Israel, beginning February 19th. Forty early childhood professionals, from all over the United States, will spend 12 days traveling and studying together throughout Israel. By exploring the cultural, historical, and spiritual layers of this unique country through an early childhood lens, these educators will gain their connection to Israel and gain the knowledge to impact how Israel is taught within their institutions and their communities.

According to Tricia Ginis, Executive Director of ECE-RJ, “As a professional organization of the URJ, we have always offered a high level national conference for our members. Being able to organize a trip of this magnitude has been the culmination of lots of hard work and planning. We worked with our colleagues at HUC-JIR to develop the curriculum for the learning piece, and found great partners at The Israel Experience to coordinate the logistics while in Israel. This wonderful collaboration, including the ECE-RJ Israel steering committee, created the experience of a lifetime.”

There is no doubt that this conference will have a meaningful impact on its participants. The deep learning and daily reflection will not only enhance their practice, but it will also strengthen their personal connections to Israel. With April joining the conference, this will no doubt bring long lasting benefits to our ECLC. Nasiah Tovah!


Save the Date: Cantor's Concert
Sunday, April 22, 2018 | 4:00pm
A beautiful afternoon of song, celebrating 75 years of University Synagogue

Join Cantor Kerith Spencer-Shapiro and Cantor Emeritus Jay Frailich and special guests:

Cantor Chayim Frenkel
Cantor Emma Lutz
Cantor Juval Porat
Rabbi-Cantor Alison Wissot
Ticket and sponsorship information coming soon!
A Day in the Life of Tweens & Teens

An Eye-Opening Discussion with Dr. Cara Natterson,
Dr. Gail Dines, Jonathan Cristall Esq.

Come join us for this important event that will provide you with insight, information, solutions, and a passion for building a healthy generation of kids.

No doubt, it’s a hard time to be a kid. Teens today are bombarded with difficult and ever-changing sexual messages. As a result, it has never been more challenging to parent or mentor kids into healthy adulthood . . .
"Genetic Diseases in People of Jewish Heritage" is a lecture being held in Los Angeles on March 8, presented by Hematologist Joel Weinthal, from Texas Oncology Pediatrics. The lecture discusses genetics and how it specifically impacts people of Jewish Heritage as well as addresses how to better advocate to our health care providers about some of these important issues. The program is being held at Pat's Restaurant on Pico, and the lecture and kosher dinner is complimentary.

RSVPs required!

For questions about the program or to register, please call toll-free
(877) 761 - 7927

The speaker is a paid consultant of Shire.
Please be advised that this program is not intended for healthcare professionals.
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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!