February 28, 2018 | 13 Adar, 5778
This Week
Friday, 3/2
5:30pm
Tot Shabbat PM

6:30pm
Family Shabbat
Saturday, 3/3
9:00am
Hevrah Torah

Sunday, 3/4
9:00am
Religious School
Nashir 2018 at University Synagogue
Our sanctuary, social hall, and religious school all echoed with the sounds of about 20 guitars and the voices of 23 teens from all over North America, who graced our synagogue with their presence, as they took time to deepen their ties to Judaism and strengthen their skills as song leaders to take back to their home communities.

Nashir (Let us Sing) is a program offered by The Union for Reform Judaism and NFTY (the North American Federation of Temple Youth). The URJ’s Samara Leader and Alan Goodis worked with me, Jessie Shamout and the University Synagogue staff (thanks Bonnie, Emilie, Marianne & Sue!) to create a program which offered the teens new materials, mentors, in-depth programming, connections to peers and role models, and new relationships with host families. Both our community and the teens were deeply enriched by the program. The teens helped lead services on Friday night, spent the day praying and learning on Saturday, and led song sessions and worship at our religious school on Sunday.

We are extremely grateful to our host families, the Glenns, Heines, the Kriegers, the Price Golads, and the Spencer-Shapiros. Your generosity of spirit and heart showed our visiting teens that they have a home in distant cities when they connect with a synagogue.

We also express deep gratitude to our visiting artist-mentors, Rabbi Adam Allenberg, Rabbi Ken Chasen, Alan Goodis, Julie Silver, and Cantor Lizzie Weiss.
If you’d like to find out more about this program, how it was funded, or how to get involved (either you or your teen) next year, please contact me!

B’shirah,
Cantor Shapiro
Participating Teens
Emma Armony-Fridman, Montreal, CANADA
Makena Barshak, Novato, CA
Samuel Buch, Claremont, CA
Bryce Budeshtsky, Fullerton, CA
Liana Friedman, Irvine, CA
Cyle Ginsberg, Westfield, IN
Emily Glenn, of Univeristy Synagogue, Los Angeles, CA
Mikayla Goodkin, Bothell, WA
Lauren Greenberger, Irvine, CA
Lily Hessekiel, Burlingame, CA
Spencer Hyam, Granada Hills, CA
Barak Landis, New York, NY
Hannah Marcus, San Carlos, CA
Scott Massey, Bryn Mawr, PA
Lex McDermott, Beverly Hills, CA
Reece Ratliff, Wilmington, DE
Zachary Schawelson, Scottsdale, AZ
Ellie Sherman, Irvine, CA
Zev Spencer-Shapiro of Univeristy Synagogue, Los Angeles, CA
Sarah Warner, Phoenix, AZ
Noah Weinstein, Snoqualmie, WA
Lucy Wirtz, Sherman Oaks, CA 
University Synagogue Purim Carnival
Thank you to all who helped make our Purim Carnival a fun, celebratory, successful day. 
Staff (Caroline and Courtnie) get into the fun with the Velcro wall! Jessie and Marianne get into the Purim spirit.
Adoptable pugs bring joy to both kids and pups! UNITY kids helping out make all the difference.
Cotton candy adds to the fun. Rock Climbing was just part of the fun.
On the train!
Thank you to our Purim sponsors for helping to make the event a great one!

Fresh Brothers 
Bobby Fields
Geoffrey Gee
Buddy Jolton
Kellie Haarmann and Jennifer Haarmann
Pug Nation Rescue of Los Angeles
Arlene and Arthur Schwimmer
Sisterhood
Caren and Erwin Sokol
Thank you to the Yeskel family, for sponsoring dinner for our teen choir on Friday, March 2nd. Ein kemach, ein Torah; ein Torah, ein kemach — If there is no food, there is no Torah; if there is no Torah, there is no food. - Avot 3, 21
Thank You to Betsy Brown Braun and the Westside Directors Network

On February 27 th, University Synagogue Early Childhood Learning Center along with 8 other Westside preschools hosted the renowned Betsy Brown Braun to share her expertise in parenting. The response was overwhelming, with over 400 area parents in attendance filling the sanctuary! Thank you to Betsy Brown Braun and the Westside Directors Network for a wonderful evening, and for University Synagogue for playing host! 
Zichronam Livrachah


Allen Rosenstein , husband of Betty and grandfather of Eric Rosenstein .
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
Nancy Stark and Stanley Iezman for the Roulette Table
Linda and Donald Kaplan for the Cocktail Bar
Martha and Jeff Melvoin for the Dessert Bar
Lisa and Jeff Cohen for the Auction Table
Doreen and Todd Gelfand for the Band
Jen and Adam Abramowitz for the Dance Floor
Ellen and Torin Dorros for the Dance Floor
Melanie and Justin Harelik for the Dance Floor
Jen Haarmann and Mitch Viner for the Dance Floor
Abbi Hertz and David Krauss for the Dance Floor
Liana Schwarz and Mike Montgomery for the Dance Floor
Joe and Ariella Simonds for the Dance Floor
Susan and Josh Wieder for the Henna Tattoos
Gail and Bob Israel for the Henna Tattoos
Karlene and Howard Weg for the Henna Tattoos
Donna and Angel Shapiro-Castillo for the Henna Tattoos
Board of Trustees for the DJ
 
Thank you to the following for their support!
 
Royal Corporation
Professional Security Consultants, Inc
Eliana and Oded Rokach
 
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!

Join Cantor Shapiro for a Shabbat morning hike and Torah experience! Enjoy nature and God’s creation with old and new friends. We will give and receive blessings and chant from the scroll. No experience with Torah or hiking necessary! The next event will be on Saturday, March 10th at 9:00 a.m .

Torah Off the Beaten Path will be at Will Roger's State Historic Park . Please arrive early to allow for parking, and meet adjacent to the polo fields between 8:45-9 am to start hiking at 9. 

We will see you there!
Mazal Tov!
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Mazal tov to Professor Jesse Rissman for being selected as a Kavli Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences for 2018! Click here to Read More .
University Synagogue Film Society
History of the Passover Haggadah | Sunday, March 11, 9:30am
Featured Image: Frontispiece to the Szyk Haggadah,
published with color lithography in 1940 with digital reproduction in 2008.
You are invited to celebrate Passover with a multi-media program about the history of the haggadah, an exciting way of experiencing the Jewish experience throughout the diaspora.

The haggadah is a Jewish cultural document which was used only in the home and across the entire Jewish diaspora. It illustrates the complex variety of thousands of years of Jewish cultural adaptation, as well as the constancy of the shared narrative of the Exodus story.

US Film Society organizer Jim Ruxin is a Los Angeles based film maker who has prepared a PowerPoint survey of thousands of years of Jewish history, emphasizing the first printed versions of the haggadah (mid-1400s) to the present. The numerous iterations of the haggadah morphed from an appropriation of Old and New Testament scriptures, woodcuts and illustrations to a specific cultural document that reflected the continuing Exodus and status quo of Jews wherever they flourished.

Polish artist Arthur Szyk was not the first to politicize the Exodus story, but he was the first, in 1940, to prophesy the coming Holocaust by portraying the ancient Egyptians wearing swastikas. A film, made by Jim Ruxin, on remaking the Szyk Haggadah will show its transformation from primitive color printing in 1940 into a stunning 2008 edition replicating the original art. 

After he completed the Szyk Haggadah in London during wartime in 1940, Szyk emigrated to New York where he published editorial cartoons skewering the Axis powers in major publications throughout WWII. Post-war, his efforts were devoted to statehood for Israel.

On display will be the both the original edition (printed on kosher vellum) of the Szyk Haggadah and the new edition. These are only rarely seen together and then only in museums and libraries. We'll also have a chance to compare other international haggadahs created over the last 70 years.

For a detailed description of the event, you can listen to a podcast by clicking the button below. Please RSVP for the event as soon as possible!
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!
DR. NINA SHAPIRO
APRIL 29th, 10:00AM | UNIVERSITY SYNAGOGUE
“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. 
LOVING: Turn The Not So Good into the Good We All Want 
 
Join us on Sunday morning, March 25 th , for a workshop about relationships and attachments with Licensed Clinical Psychologists and Certified EFT Therapists Susan Thau, Ph. D and Veronica Thomas, Ph. D. This workshop is appropriate for individuals or couples who wants to better understand their part in a meaningful relationship.

Please contact Emilie for more information at ELeder@unisyn.org
"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!