April 11, 2018 | 26 Nisan, 5778
This Week
Friday, 4/13
Tot Shabbat PM

Shabbat Evening Service

Saturday, 4/14
Hevrah Torah
Sunday, 4/15
Religious School

US Film Society Screening of: Waltz with Bashir. Please click the button below to RSVP!
Upcoming Events
University Synagogue
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APRIL 22 - Parents' Night Out

APRIL 29 - ECLC Comedy Night

MAY 21 - University Synagogue Annual Congregational Meeting, 7:00pm. The annual meeting is for members of the synagogue only. 

APRIL 29 - Dr. Nina Shapiro's "Hype" (Jewish Wisdom and Wellness). More information below.
A beautiful afternoon of song, celebrating 75 years of University Synagogue! Your attendance and sponsorship of the concert fund our beautiful music programming for the year. Help our music thrive.

Shabbat Zimrah | High Holy Day Choir Professionals | High Holy Day Instrumentalists
Join Cantor Kerith Spencer-Shapiro and Cantor Emeritus Jay Frailich and special guests!

Please click each name below to see Cantor Bios!

Silent Auction Items: Cantors' Concert
The following items will be available during our silent auction at the Cantors' Concert! If you are unable to attend, you can bid by proxy. Please email llobenthal@unisyn.org with your maximum bid for the item, and we will include your bid in the auction. Thank you!

For an online PDF version of this list, please click here.
$500 Gift Certificate for Cornucopia Catering

  • Good toward any catered event with a $2,500 Minimum
  • Value: $500
  • Starting Bid: $350
$1,000 Gift Certificate for Cornucopia Catering

  • Good toward any catered event with $5,000 Minimum
  •  Value: $1,000
  • Starting Bid: $600
Hunger Games Swag Bag - backpack, blanket, shirts, 4 DVDs
  • Value: $200
  • Starting Bid: $100
  Orange Is the New Black Swag Bag - Book, 3 DVDs, toiletry bag, costume, CD

  • Value: $200
  •  Starting Bid: $100
Nashville Swag Bag - 1 Signed Script, poster, hat, and 8 CDs

  • Value: $200
  • Starting Bid: $125
5 Hours of Middle or High School Tutoring from Halstrom Academy

  • Value: $475
  • Starting Bid: $250
  4 - 1 Hour in Home Piano Lessons

  • Available in West LA, Malibu, Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Sherman Oaks, and Encino
  • Value: $240
  • Starting Bid: $140
1 Assigned Parking Space for High Holy Days

  • Value: $1,000
  • Starting Bid: $750
1 Assigned Parking Space for High Holy Days

  • Value: $1,000
  • Starting Bid: $750
1 Night Stay at Hotel Erwin and $100 Gift Certificate to Barlo/High Restaurant

  • Bring certificate, make a reservation, Expires 2/28/19
  • Value: $700
  • Starting Bid: $300
2 Months of Dance classes with Miss Alice

  • Expires March 1, 2019
  • Value: $176
  • Starting Bid: $100
1 Month of Unlimited Classes and Playspace at Kidville

  • Expires August 31, 2018, valid for new members only, classes must be scheduled in advance
  • Value: $399
  • Starting Bid: $180
1 Free Week - Full day of Camp ECLC

  • Value: $430
  • Starting Bid: $250
4 - 1 hour music lessons with Kevan Torfeh

  • Pick one or mix between Cello, Violin, Bass, Guitar, Piano, Voice, Clarinet, Recorder, Songwriting
  • Value: $340
  • Starting Bid: $250
Hour Long Lesson with Vocal Coach Sara Leib

  • Value: $95
  • Starting Bid: $75
Online Tof Miriam Drum Lesson with Marla Leigh Goldstein

  • Value: $100
  • Starting Bid: $75
String trio to perform in your home - Dennis Karmazyn on cello, Sam Fischer on violin, and Lynn Grants on viola

  • Value: $1,500
  • Starting Bid: $600
An autographed copy of Oscar winning film West Bank Story DVD, autographed copy of my award-winning book Divine Attunement: Music as a Path to Wisdom (Gold Medal in Spirituality Category in Indie Book Awards NYC 2014), and a private "show and tell" one hour meeting in my studio, sharing insights into the recent projects that are being scored and recorded in my studio

  • Value: $160
  • Starting Bid: $110
Private Drum Lesson with
Ava Nahas

  • Value: $85
  • Starting Bid: $65
Private Pilates Lesson with
Ava Nahas

  • Value: $85
  • Starting Bid: $65
4 VIP LA Dodger Tickets in
Section 115, behind home plate, shaded from the sun and Preferred
Parking Pass

  • Value: $452
  • Starting Bid: $400
A 45-minute family photography session takes place within 5 miles of West Los Angeles, including Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, Westwood, Beverly Hills and Culver City, usually at a favorite park or beach. It includes the photography session, an in-person sales session at the West LA Studio to view and place product orders, and a $75 credit towards any purchase. New clients only.  This certificate is for one family portrait session and requires at least one member under the age of 18. It is not valid for headshot, business or wedding engagement photography. Only one certificate per family, please.

  • Value: $350
  • Starting Bid: $200
  $100 Summer Camp Gift Certificate for the Performing Arts Workshops (5 Gift Certificates)

  • Value: $100
  • Starting Bid: $40
A half day of sailing on
Wind Dancer in SM Bay
  • Value: $900
  • Starting Bid: $600
Parent's Night Out

Sunday, April 22nd
3:30pm - 6:30pm

Help the 9th grade philanthropy class raise money for kids in need!

We invite you to join us for Parents' Night Out, held alongside the Cantors' Concert, to help them raise funds for a grant they will award to a non-profit children's advocacy or health organization.

It will be held at University Synagogue (exact location TBD). 

Admission is $50 for one child, and $75 for two siblings if you pay at the door.

Save $10 by registering online! The online registration discount is $40 for one child, and $65 for two siblings . Please click the buttons below to Register and/or Donate!

Donations are encouraged and appreciated!

We hope to see you there!
Moving On With Sadness
It is with very mixed emotions that I made the decision to move on from University Synagogue at the end of June. I love this community. I love my job. I love being a part of such a warm, vibrant family. I felt at home here from the moment I walked into my office. Thanks to the wonderful, supportive lay, staff and clergy team, I was able to hit the ground running. 

Unfortunately, my family needs me. For a whole variety of reasons, all personal, we have decided to relocate to Michigan where my partner feels well and my mom will not be alone. 

There is already a competent team of dedicated ay leaders in place to conduct the search for the next Executive Director.

I will be available to him or her at any time to help ensure a smooth transition. 

I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible in the next couple of months.

Thank you for an incredible 3 plus years. Thank you for being so welcoming and supportive. You are in good hands with the team we have in place. I know there will be a short transition time, but I am confident the next person will lead University Synagogue on the next step of its journey.

With love and Shalom,

Lisabeth Lobenthal
Executive Director
A Judia Among Christianos
By Cambria Gordon

My husband and I, along with our youngest son, had taken a year sabbatical in Madrid. And although a religious quest was not my impetus for going, it soon became my passion.

I’m Ashkenazi by birth, but I was raised partly Sephardic because of the special man who became my adoptive father. This duality sparked my curiosity.

What happened to the Jews of Spain? How could an entire race of people, who made up 20 percent of a country’s population, who held esteemed positions in government, medicine and tax collecting, be systematically destroyed?
The ECLC Comedy Night is coming up soon! Join us for on Sunday, April 29th!
US Film Society Screening: Waltz With Bashir

The University Synagogue Film Society will screen "Waltz With Bashir," as its final program of the season on Sunday, April 15 at 9:30 AM in the chapel at 11960 Sunset Blvd., LA, CA 90049. 

This Israeli animated film was the first ever nominee for Best Foreign Film in 2013 of its kind. It won the Golden Gloves for Best Picture as well. It is that special.

Filmmaker Ari Folman ("The Congress," 2013) served in the Lebanon war in 1982. The film is an animated impression of his personal journey, reaching back over 20 years, to re-discover what he and others had experienced there, when they witnessed Lebanese Christians massacre Palestinian Muslims. His fellow soldiers all have trouble recalling those distant events which still haunt them.
This films is as much about the PTSD this disparate group of men suffer as about the Lebanon conflict. War and occupation are examined through the human costs. It's not a bloody or horrific film, but it is a remarkably intimate retelling of this story.

Our guest will likely be an IDF veteran who served in that conflict. He will share his experiences and help us understand the various characters portrayed in the film.

Guests are welcome, and there is no charge. 

Please RSVP with Sue Share
to let us know you will be joining us!

“Written with a surgeon's incisiveness and clarity, Dr. Nina Shapiro 'cuts' through the clutter of confusion when it comes to the best advice for your health. As a top-doctor but also as a mom, wife and friend, Shapiro knows what matters most to her readers. Every home should have a copy of Hype ." ―Sanjay Gupta, MD, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent and New York Times bestselling author

“If you’re tired of reading competing, confusing headlines in the health sphere or wondering if the latest ‘clinically-proven’ trend is worthy advice, then  Hype  is a must-read book.” —David B. Agus, MD, New York Times bestselling author of The End of Illness , A Short Guide to a Long Life , and The Lucky Years

Dr. Nina Shapiro is one of America’s leading physicians. With more than two decades of experience in clinical and academic medicine, she’s a trusted expert whom her patients and the media rely on routinely to set the record straight about the latest health fads and misconceptions. 
Dr. Shapiro is the Director of Pediatric Otolaryngology and a Professor of Head and Neck Surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and has received numerous prestigious awards throughout her career. A graduate of Harvard Medical School and Cornell University, she completed her surgical residency at Harvard and finished additional subspecialty training in pediatric otolaryngology at the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London and the Children’s Hospital of San Diego.

Producers and journalists have Dr. Shapiro on speed dial when there’s a controversial health study or a medical story in the news, and she’s appeared on many broadcast programs, including CBS’s The Early Show , Extra , Michaela, CNN and National Public Radio. She is a regular guest on the Emmy-Award winning television show The Doctors , and her work has been featured and published in the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Hollywood Reporter, Redbook. Prevention, First for Women, Real Simple and many other print and online publications.

A native of New York, Dr. Nina Shapiro lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children, and is a member of University Synagogue.
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Mazal Tov!

Mazal tov to Jessica Kronstadt , Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles Changemaker of the Month.

Community Announcement

Hilary Zaid will read from her novel, PAPER IS WHITE, on April 19  at Diesel Books in the Brentwood Country Mart at 6:30 p.m. Hilary grew up at University Synagogue. 

This book was profiled in J., Northern California's Jewish Weekly
Zichronam Livrachah

Reba Block, mother of Lisa (Jeff) Cohen.


MAY 21, 2018

Use the link below to register online or see Sue Share, Clergy Assistant, to register. Sue has voter registration forms in her office. http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/voter-registration/
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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!