December 13, 2017 | 25 Kislev, 5778
This Week

Friday, 12/15
9:15 am - 10:30am
Hanukkah the Musical

Shabbat Hanukkah Zimrah

❄️ Winter Break ❄️
Religious School classes resume on
January 2, 2018
Saturday, 12/16
9:00 am
Hevrah Torah

Shabbat service celebrating Frances Spencer-Shapiro becoming a Bat Mitzvah  

Sunday, 12/7
No Religious School
Faithfully Yours

We light candles on Shabbat….. l’hadlik ner shel Shabbat.
We light candles on Hanukkah… l’hadlik ner shel Hanukkah.
We light a Yahrzeit candle… when there are no words to say. 

We offer many blessings… tradition calls on us to say 100 every day… but the blessing that has been on my mind is Borei Mi’orey HaAish, praising God as the Creator of the lights of the fire.

Aish also refers to the flames which have burnt houses, charred wilderness areas, upended lives, and created havoc during the last two weeks. We have seen the soot and felt the ash which has watered our eyes and caused breathing issues.

Many of us left our homes, others prepared belongings in case of evacuation, and none of us was left without stress or anxiety. How fortunate we were that the vast majority of homes, condos, apartments were left unharmed. Our first responders have truly been amazing.

My own mental snapshot of evacuating the Torah scrolls will always be on my mind. It echoed our people’s history as we left burning synagogues with only our holy scrolls. Guarding the scrolls had great spiritual power, reminding me that our people has survived great challenges over the centuries.

May the lights of the fire only warm us and brighten our days, and may this Festival of Lights become a joyous memory. 

Rabbi Morley Feinstein

Hanukkah means "dedication" in Hebrew, and refers to the joyous eight-day celebration during which Jews commemorate the victory of the Maccabees over the armies of Syria in 165 B.C.E. and the subsequent liberation and "rededication" of the Temple in Jerusalem. The modern home celebration of Hanukkah centers around the lighting of the hanukkiyah, a special menorah for Hanukkah; foods prepared in oil including latkes (potato pancakes) and sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts); and special songs and games.

Please see our Happy Hanukkah Guide for some useful resources to help you celebrate the Hanukkah miracle!
Bat Mitzvah Spotlight: Frances Spencer-Shapiro
Frances is the daughter of Cantor Kerith Spencer-Shapiro and Scott Spencer .

School: City Charter School

Spiritual Highlight: Helping people who are recovering from homelessness.

Tzedakah Project: Helped to throw a party for people recovering from homelessness, donated food to Safe Place for Youth (SPY), and delivered food to St. Joseph's Center.
Welcome to Our New 2017-2018 Members
We’re so happy to have you as part of the Unisyn family!

Melvin and Anesta Bergman
Robert Bernstein and Caroline Prince
Shaun and Alicia Blanc
Zachary Blume and Melanie Kaspin Blume
Adam and Beth Brett
Scott and Lisa Broock
Don and Ellen Castleman
Howard and Ralitsa Davis
Yelena Entin
Michael and Dawn Eyerly
Jeremy and Rachel Fingerman
Jay and Linda Frank
Nicholas and Nanci Frenkel
Jason Gardner and Suzette Glasner
Geoffrey and Steffanie Gee
Leah Marie Giammarco
Mathius Gertz and Angela Wells
Josh and Alissa Glass
Marc and Lisa Goldberg
Matthew and Lauren Goldenberg
Andrew and Samantha Goodman
Mark Halpert and Elizabeth Barnert
Daniel and Jacqueline Harman
Houman David Hemmati and Ellen Havah Goldstein
Lawrence Jacobson and Pamela Welles Jacobson
Scott and Heather Karpf
Allan Kartun and Ronnie Weinstock
Brennan and Sara Katz
Anton Kawalsky and Tal Halpern
Matt and Mariyah Levy
Steve and Melinda Mehringer
Jeanette Mills
Joshua Mills
Ryan and Suzanne Neuman
Caleb Omens and Kate DeSlasio
Jesse Pepperman
Damien and Arabella Rayner
Joshua and Sinta Ross
Kayvon and Golnaz Rouhani
Basil Rouskas and Tamara Goldstein
Dean and Renata Salo
Igor and Brooklyn Sapozhnikov
Laurie Schoemann
Daniel and Anna Shak
Scott and Elana Sussman
Eli and Jennifer Taban
Ghazal Ayala Tarashandegan
Leo Treyzon
Howard and Stephanie Zaret
David Zoughi and Ami Glickman

Thank you to Lisa Cohen, VP Membership, and to Karelene Weg, previous VP Membership.
High Holy Days 5778/2017

We would like to thank our clergy and staff for their incredible work making the High Holy days so meaningful:   
Rabbi Morley Feinstein
Cantor Kerith Spencer-Shapiro
Rabbi Joel Simonds
Cantor Emeritus, Jay Frailich
Music Director, Susan Rosenstein
Rabbinic Intern, Joanne Loiben
Lisabeth Lobenthal, Executive Director
April Schafer, Director Early Childhood Learning Center
Jessie Shamout, Director Jewish Education
Bonnie Kebre, Facilities Coordinator
Emilie Leder, Engagement Coordinator
Alana Levitt, Assistant Director, ECLC
Hang Ho, Controller
Sue Share, Clergy Assistant
Marianne Wallace, Religious School Assistant
Cruz Quijano
Raudel Nunez
Sammy Lomeli
Mitzvah Corps: We're Here For You!
Members of our incredible Mitzvah Corps assemble baskets to welcome the babies of University Synagogue.  
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 .
It's Holiday Party Time Again at
Cloverfield OPCC!

Please join the Sisterhood sponsored party on December 22nd from 2pm to 4pm at the Cloverfield location for a festive celebration If you have not already donated two sets of towels in a gift bag, please bring them with you if you attend.

Must RSVP to:

All are welcome!

Holiday sing along and much more!

Hope to see you there!

Suzy Giambattista
Enid Friedman
Social Action VP
University Synagogue is committed to Tikkun Olam. Here's how you can help this holiday season!

  • Gift Cards for Hurricane Victims: National chains only, please! Gift cards will be going out to Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico, so recipients must be able to use them. Walmart, Target, Subway, and Trader Joe's Gift Cards are all accepted national chains!

  • New Towel Sets: For the residents at the Ocean Park Community Center (OPCC) Homeless Shelter. Sets include two bath towels, two hand towels, and two wash cloths. Added toiletries such as shampoo, toothpaste, soap, deodorant, and mouthwash are welcome and encouraged!

  • Donate to Baby2Baby: New and like-new items are accepted for low-income children, ages 0 - 12! All clothing, backpacks and school supplies, toys, bottles, baby food, formula, and more would be greatly appreciated by those in need. For a full list of donation items, please visit
Thank you for your kind contribution to those in need!
Please have all donations delivered to University Synagogue by:

December 18th
iEngage 4: Milestones and Meanings

What has changed since the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital? Is there hope for peace? Our next class with Rabbi Stanley Davids will be on Tuesday evening, on December 19th , 7-8:15 PM in the Beit Midrash, Weinstein Family Library . Other sessions will be January 23rd, February 13th, March 13th, April 10th, and May 8th. Seating is limited. RSVP to Sue Share at .

7:30pm - Shabbat Hanukkah Zimrah

10:30am - Shabbat Hanukkah Service celebrating Frances Spencer-Shapiro becoming a Bat Mitzvah

7:00pm - 8:15pm - iEngage class session, led by Rabbi Stanley Davids

5:30pm - Shabbat Services*

5:30pm - Shabbat Services*

2:00pm - Benefit Concert for URJ Camp Newman

*Please note special times!
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.
University Synagogue Membership Directory
A membership directory is a wonderful way to reach out, connect and stay in touch. University Synagogue will be creating one within the next few months. We plan to include pictures so people can put faces to names when we see each other around the synagogue.

 Please email your favorite photo to our Engagement Coordinator, Emilie Leder at by Friday, December 22. 

We want to respect your privacy. This directory is for the  private non-commercial use of the members of University Synagogue only.  If you do not wish to have your information listed, please let us know by contacting Emilie at the above email. If we do not hear from you, we will presume it is o.k. to print your information which will include, name, address, phone number and email. We’re looking forward to connecting.  
Follow University Synagogue on Facebook!
Want to stay up to date on all events and activities? Please like and follow us on our Facebook page. Simply click on the button below, sign into your Facebook account, and click like. 
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
Thank you to our Pillar Members who graciously go above and beyond to help support and sustain the services and programs of University Synagogue. We can’t do it without you! Todah Rabbah! 

James and Linda Lippman

Adam and Emily Bold
David and Marianna Fisher
Ivan and Deborah Kallick
David and Jody Lippman
Thomas and Janet Unterman

Robert Cox and Karen Bell
Stanley Iezman and Nancy Stark
Donald and Linda Kaplan
Erwin and Caren Sokol

Jeff Alperin and Bernardine Brandis
Alan and Brenda Borstein
Jeffrey and Lisa Cohen
Robert and Suzanne Davidow
Ronald Fischman
Todd and Doreen Gelfand
Jonathan and Nancy Glaser
Christopher and Laurie Harbert
Chris and Deborah Heine
James and Michele Jackoway
Susan Levich
Harlan and Tracy Levine
Steven and Nancy Mindel
Doug and Carole Rawson
Harold and Susan Reichwald
David and Masako Rosen
Marvin and Natalie Shapiro
Alan and Susan Tivoli
Seth Weisberg and Nicola Bird
Jacques and Lynne Wertheimer
Joshua and Susan Wieder

Barbara Dischler
William and Cecelia Feiler
Harvey and Mara Fein
Lauren Freedman
Howard and Cambria Gordon
David and Heidi Haddad
Robert and Gail Israel
Lawrence and Stacey Kohl
William Masters and Gail Berman-Masters
Jeffrey and Martha Melvoin
Barry Pressman and Holly Leff-Pressman
William and Bonnie Sanders
Arthur and Arlene Schwimmer
Stephen and Marjory Sebolsky
Donna Shapiro and Angel Castillo
Barry Silverman and Diane Mandell
Henry Sobel and Ruth Lynn Sobel
Richard Stearns and Elizabeth Gelfand Stearns
Michael Tuchin and Meryl Shapiro-Tuchin
Robert and Lynn Wagmeister
Howard and Karlene Weg
Roy and Julia Weinstein
Michael and Juli Woronoff

Jason and Meredith Abber
Leslie and Nancy Abell
Steven and Julie Bank
Eric Barron and Wenise Wong
Jonathan and Stephanie Carson
Allen and Jill Chozen
Richard and Beatrice Clareman
Scott and Susan Corwin
Joseph Ebin and Fern Topas Salka
Allan Golad and Deborah Price
Alan and Lynda Goldman
Natalie Greenberg
Tom and Terri Hacker
Elliot and Sofia Horowitz
Lawrence Jacobson and Pamela Welles Jacobson
Christopher Keyser and Susan Sprung
Rich Klubeck and Nancy Corshen
Arnold and Anne Kopelson
David Krauss and Abbi Hertz
Barry and Melanie Landsberg
Brian and Heather Lazarus
John and Cindy Libby
Barry Lowitz
Geoffrey and Leslie Margolis
Mike Montgomery and Liana Schwarz
Marguerite Perkins Mautner
Mitchell and Nina Quaranta
Timothy and Stephanie Reuben
Renzo and Victoria Rossellini
Gary and Michelle Schoenfeld
Ira and Sala Simonds
James and Tammy Spertus
Richard and Victoria Tashman
Robert and Tama Taub
Mitch Viner Jennifer Haarmann
Laurence and Susan Weiss
Fred and Judy Zolan
Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles
Annual Hanukkah Party and Program
Join the Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles (JGSLA) for an Annual Hanukkah Party and Program here at University Synagogue!

December 17, 2017
12:30pm - 4:00pm

Admission is free for JGSLA members, and $5.00 for guests! A s always, we open new memberships that day for $25.

We will be showing the film "Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness", and there will be a Hanukkah buffet of latkes with sour cream and applesauce, sufganiyot, and even some healthy things to eat. Program begins at 1:30pm.

This is a great opportunity to bring friends to learn about Jewishgen and get into the holiday spirit.

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 , 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 .