March 7, 2018 | 20 Adar, 5778
This Week
Friday, 3/9
Shabbat Evening Service

Saturday, 3/10
Tot Shabbat AM - Best Playdate Ever

Hevrah Torah

Torah Off the Beaten Path
Sunday, 3/11
Religious School

US Film Society Presentation: History of the Passover Haggadah
Rabbi Feinstein 2
Dear Friends:

My family and I continue to appreciate your thoughts, cards, tributes, messages, emails and support which we have received during this time of my convalescence. We are very grateful. 

Healing is a lengthy process, but I have been encouraged by my physical therapist who has allowed me to walk inside my home without the walker. I visited Temple on Tuesday to see the staff and it was good to be back for a short time. I hope to see all of you soon!

Shalom Morley
Casino Night with University Synagogue is coming soon on Saturday, March 17th! Register today by clicking the button below. Let us know you will be joining us for a fun-filled evening!
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
Michael Tuchin and Meryl Shapiro-Tuchin for the Reception Table
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 to register.
This is going to be a night to remember!
Hats off to University Synagogue’s 75 th  Anniversary!
Miss April in Israel
April Schafer, Director of Early Childhood
I’m back! It has been such a pleasure to take you along on my Israeli adventure. It was a once in a lifetime and one of a kind trip. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity and was overwhelmed by the generosity and sincere welcome of everyone I met and humbled by the intense beauty of the country. Each person we met with in Israel wholeheartedly shared their work, passion, dedication and story with us. We visited multiple preschools (Gan), museums and memorials, hiked, cooked, got lost, visited two Kibbutzim within a mile and a half of Gaza, saw a waterfall in the desert, Ben Gurion’s grave, went on an archaeological dig and even had dinner in two different family homes. 
Something I will never forget is my very first glimpse of the walls of Jerusalem’s Old City. Then the sound of silence as you approach the Kotel-Western Wall- followed by the sound of personal prayer once you get up close. The smooth stone on the surfaces and rough crevices. I spent a long time in touch, sight, hear sensory overload and found the perfect place for every note our University Synagogue families and staff sent with me. They all made it!
Each day was packed full of intentionality, Judaism, social action, song, study and education BUT when we left the vibrant city of Tel Aviv and moved south I had no idea the emotions the day and the rest of this journey would bring. We started in the “red south”   together in a gorgeous flower field. We moved from there to two different kibbutzim on the Gaza border (Kfar Aza and Netiv Ha’asara). We visited the “path to peace “ wall where we sang Oseh Shalom together just a mile from the border. Crying, clapping, tapping our feet and got into a tight circle of togetherness. We were each able to add a mosaic tile to the wall with a personal message. We debriefed our feelings on the day, peace, Gaza, and discussed how important it is to cultivate resilience in our children and bring peace and strength to each other always. It is especially inspirational to see pride in community in a place you only hear about on the news. How can we make the world a better place? How can we educate ourselves and our children to ensure we are moving forward?
Shabbat in Jerusalem was a great reminder of the importance of family time. To see so many families picnicking, playing in the park and walking around was truly a refreshing site. Nothing like we see in LA on a Saturday. I also coincidentally was here the week of my grandmother Arline Schafer’s (who I never met) yahrzeit and was able to light a candle for her... IN JERUSALEM! Incredible.
To read more reflections of this trip you can visit the ECE-RJ blog at .
April Schafer
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!
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!
Mazal Tov!
Mazal Tov 3
Mazal Tov to  Julia C. Weinstein , who has been re-elected as Vice President of WRJ, Women of Reform Judaism. Julia’s portfolio will include Program and Education. 

Mazal Tov to Resa Davids , whose current term on the WRJ Board will be continuing. 
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!
“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
"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 .
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
Have a Great Week!