October 18, 2017 | 28 Tishrei 5778
This Week

Friday, 10/20
7:30 pm
Shabbat Zimrah Evening Service
9:00 am
Hevrah Torah

10:30 am
Shabbat Service celebrating Benjamin Akhavan becoming a Bar Mitzvah

Sunday, 10/22
9:30 am
US Film Society Screening of "Marshall"
Newman and Noah
Jessica Shamout, M.Ed

This week I have been thinking a lot about the devastation of Camp Newman. While I have only spent past few summers at Newman as educational faculty, the Camp Newman family welcomed me with open arms, just as they do for our children each summer. While I know there are plans to rebuild and renew, I cannot help but think about the buildings in which I taught children, lead programs, did Israeli dancing and sang on Shabbat. How does everyone move forward? The question that is now being asked by many is, “Is Camp Newman a group of buildings, or a community?”

This upcoming Shabbat we will read Parashat Noach, the story about the righteous man Noah, his ark full of animals, and the rainbow covenant with all living creatures. God makes a covenant with the animals, just as he does with humanity. On Sunday morning, our Alef (1 st grade) families took Noach on the road and visited the Los Angeles Zoo. They went on a scavenger hunt for animals found in the Hebrew Bible, answered questions, acted things out, made silly noises, and traveled as a community. Although we got a little hot and sweaty, we had a beautiful time learning together. New families met veteran families, and everyone had a chance to learn about Judaism’s stance on animals from the Biblical period.

This was the first of many Family Learning Days we will share as a Religious School community, each designed for a different age group and curriculum. Many of these family learning days will take us out of our building and into the city, some into the wilderness even. When we step out of our building and our comfort zone, we learn in innovative ways – we watch our children explore, we form friendships and learn about one another in addition to learning about Judaism. Watching our children connect around the city and see that Jewish values surround them everywhere is unparalleled to what we do in a classroom. It is how I know that the Jewish community will thrive long after these children have left the walls of our building.

It is how I know the Camp Newman community will continue to thrive as well. 

Join us on Friday, November 3 during Family Shabbat as we pay tribute to Camp Newman.
Zichronam Livrachah
Ronald H. Silverman, father of Paul (Jocelyn) Silverman.

Joan Paschall Richards , mother of Anne Richards (Susan Rosenstein).
Bar Mitzvah Spotlight: Benjamin Akhavan
Benjamin is the son of Elia and Daniel Akhavan .

School : Lincoln Middle School

Spiritual Highlight : Validating that I am becoming a mature and responsible member of our congregation and Jewish community.

Tzedakah Project : Since January, I spend one day a month and volunteer for Heal the Bay, cleaning up our beaches and walkway areas.
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  Eleder@unisyn.org .

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.  
Recruiting Jews to the Cause of Persecuted Yazidis,
One Synagogue at a Time
After Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, Yotam Polizer, co-CEO of the disaster relief organization IsraAID, called his friend Haider Elias in Houston to see if IsraAID could help him.

Instead, Elias countered with his own proposition: His home was spared by the flooding, so he and half a dozen members of his religious community — a Middle Eastern ethnic group called the Yazidis — offered to work alongside IsraAID packing possessions and removing debris from flooded Jewish homes.

“There is really a shared destiny,” Polizer told an audience on Sept. 17 at University Synagogue in Brentwood, sitting next to Elias. “There is a unique partnership between the Yazidis and the Jews.”

Click here to learn a new setting of Psalm 96 so you can sing along at Shabbat Zimrah!

Ya-a-loz sa-dai v-chol a-sher bo
Az y-ra-n-nu kol a-tzei ya-ar 
Film Society Screening: Marshall

The University Synagogue Film Society will screen the dramatic film "Marshall" on Sunday, October 22 at 9:30 AM in the Gray Family Chapel.

It stars Chadwick Boseman ("42") as a young Thurgood Marshall defending a black man accused of raping a white woman in suburban Connecticut in 1941.

Josh Gad plays his unwilling co-counsel, a Jewish insurance lawyer who grows passionate about the case, despite other Jews asking him to leave the case and not call attention to their community.

Kate Hudson is thoroughly convincing as the victim. And Steven K. Brown is mesmerizing as the accused.
Producer Jonathan Sanger ("The Elephant Man") will be our guest. 

This event will fill up quickly so please RSVP early. Hope to see you at the movies!
OPCC Lunch Making at Cloverfield

October 22nd at 9:45am, we will be meeting at the Shelter (1751 Cloverfield Blvd., Santa Monica).

Religious school students designated by Mrs. Shamout will be the invited lunch makers. Parents are welcome to join us. TIKUN OLAM is our theme! We will also have a brief tour of the facility and have a chance to mingle with and get to know the residents!

There is a parking lot in back and plenty of parking on the side street.

We hope to see you there!

Suzy Giambattista & Enid Friedman
Social Action with Sisterhood
Calling All US Veterans

Please contact Cantor Shapiro, as we would like your input as we plan to honor our veterans during Shabbat services on Veteran’s Day Weekend. cantorshapiro@unisyn.org
Minor Prophets with Rabbi Stanley Davids

The 12 Minor Prophets as found in our Bible are not ‘minor’ because they are spiritually inferior - their books just are shorter than those of Isaiah or Jeremiah or Ezekiel! But these shorter books have exercised great influence on Jewish thought over the centuries. In our four sessions together we will have a unique opportunity to meet some of our people’s most eloquent teachers. 

Cost for all four dates: $25 sisterhood members, $35 for all others
Dates: October 25, November 29, January 17 and February 21
Time: 10:30 AM -11:30 AM Wednesdays
Place: Weinstein Family Library

Pay online here or bring your check made out to University Synagogue Sisterhood to the first class.

This class is starting next week and we hope you join us!
Mitzvah Corps: We're Here For You!

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 sdwieder@mac.com .
Family Shabbat Honoring Camp Newman
Join us on Friday, November 3 at 6:30pm for a family Shabbat honoring Camp Newman.

" I want to share some of my own reflections from my visit to camp yesterday. They include deep loss and sadness, and also miracles . . ."

Read the Camp Director's words following his first visit to the fire ravaged area HERE .

Support the #NewmanStrong campaign!
Rabbi Stanley Davids to Teach Monthly Hartman Institute Class 

iEngage 4: Milestones and Meanings
What is real in contemporary Israeli culture, politics, and religion? What has happened in the 100 years since the Balfour Declaration? How has Israel changed since the Six-Day War? 

Each session will feature one of the Shalom Hartman Institute scholars in a 20 minute video followed by a wide open discussion led by Rabbi Stanley Davids. Scholars include Donniel Hartman, Yossi Klein HaLevi, and Micah Goodman. Our first class will be on Tuesday evening, November 7th, 7-8:15 PM in the Beit Midrash, Weinstein Family Library. Other sessions will be on November 28th, December 19th, January 23rd, February 13th, March 13th, April 10th, and May 8th. Seating is limited. RSVP to Sue Share at Sshare@unisyn.org.

7:30 pm - Shabbat Zimrah

9:00 am - Lunch making for OPCC (1751 Cloverfield Blvd., Santa Monica, 90404)

7:30 pm - People of the Book will feature Rabbi Stanley Davids, who will discuss his new book, The Fragile Dialogue: New Voices of Liberal Zionism. Israel has quickly become one of the most polarizing forces in the North American Jewish community. In a world already much too divided, how can we approach the subject of Zionism without widening the rifts? This book wrestles with and attempts to frame the very fragile dialogue surrounding Zionism and Israel . There are many lenses through which Reform Jews approach Zionism, not only set apart by political differences but also by geographical diversity, religious divisiveness, socio-economic policies, gender issues, the use and abuse of power, and more. 

Alzheimer's Greater Los Angeles Walk October 29. For information 
click here or call 844-Help-Alz 

4:00 pm - Together as One: An Interfaith Concert to provide aid to those experiencing homelessness featuring the Yuval Ron Ensemble

6:30 PM - Sisterhood Hanukkah Dinner 

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 SShare@unisyn.org , so that our Rabbis and Cantors can better serve our congregation.
Calling all Volunteers!

Are you looking for volunteer opportunities? We are looking for enthusiastic individuals to join our volunteer workforce! Contact Emilie Leder at ELeder@unisyn.org if you are interested! 
Know of someone who is interested in joining US? 

Maybe there's a friend who is unaffiliated and wants to be part of a dynamic community! 

Send their name to Emilie Leder at ELeder@unisyn.org or (310) 472-1255.
Oneg Shabbat Sponsorships

Share your special life cycle event with the congregation on Friday night!
Birthday, Anniversary, Engagement, Auf-Ruf or Baby Naming

Click here to see the sponsorships. 

For more information, please contact Bonnie Kebre at BKebre@unisyn.org .