May 2, 2018 | 17 Lyyar, 5778
This Week
Friday, 5/4
Shabbat Evening Service
Saturday, 5/5
Hevrah Torah

Sunday, 5/6
Religious School
Upcoming Events
University Synagogue
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Bonfire Family Shabbat celebrating Lag B'Omer with musical guest Alan Goodis! 6pm.


Tot Shabbat AM. 9am

Register for ECLC Summer Camp! Camp begins June 25th!

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

SUNDAY, MAY 20 - Big Sunday Beautification! Read more below. Please email Bennett Tramer at if you’re interested in participating, or if you have any questions.

Hope + Inspiration: Caregiver Wellness Day . If you are caring for someone with Alzheimer's, this free event is for you! Read more below. Please RSVP by email.
Religious School and Preschool Students and the Torah
This past Sunday and Monday, our preschool and Religious School Students were given the unique opportunity to get up close to the torah! A special person called a Sofer led a short program with each class. We learned that the torah is written on a (kosher) cow hide, and the Torah is written only in black ink with a turkey feather!

Older classes got a chance to help clean the torah as well. Each child and teacher loved the experience.

The restoration and educational opportunity would not have been possible without the assistance of the Israel, Melvoin, Weg, Shapiro/Castillo, Iezman/Stark, Weider, Cohen and Silverman Havurah.
The Cantors' Concert was a wonderful experience! Thank you all for your continued support of University Synagogue! A few items from the concert are available for purchase on a first come, first serve basis. Please click on the button below to purchase an item, if it is still available!
Please see below for all items available!
(As of Wednesday, May 2nd)
5 Hours of Middle or High School Tutoring from Halstrom Academy

Value: $475
Available For: $50
4 - 1 Hour in Home Piano Lessons
Available in West LA, Malibu, Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Sherman Oaks, and Encino

Value: $240
Available For: $50
2 Months of Dance classes with Miss Alice.   Expires March 1, 2019

Value: $176
Available For: $50
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
Available For: $50
Hour Long Lesson with Vocal Coach Sara Leib

Value: $95
Available For: $36
Online Tof Miriam Drum Lesson with Marla Leigh Goldstein

Value: $100
Available For: $36
Private Pilates Lesson with
Ava Nahas

Value: $85
Available For: $36
1 Hour Piano or Coaching Lesson with Susan Rosenstein in West LA or Santa Monica Area

Value: $90
Available For: $36
$100 Summer Camp Gift Certificate for the Performing Arts Workshops

(5 Gift Certificates Available)

Value: $100
Available For: $36
$100 Gift Card to YUMI,
an organic baby food delivery service

Value: $100
Available For: $50
Click HERE, or click the banner above, for applications to enroll your child in ECLC Summer Camp! Save money by enrolling before Friday, May 18th!

Congrats to UNITY Board-Elect! We’re excited to welcome our newest UNITY leaders!
President – Rachael Weiss
PSAVP – Allen Schultz
RCVP – Eliana Feinstein
MCVP – Renata Feinstein (not pictured)
FVP – Zev Spencer-Shapiro
JYG Coordinator – Chloe Kaufman
9 th  grade Rep – Zachary Weiss

This Shavout, be part of the largest
community service event in the U.S.A.!
Ramon C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts
450 N. Grand Ave. L.A. 90012     9:00 a.m.-12 noon 
(Only a half hour drive downtown - think how much farther
and longer our ancestors traveled in the desert…)
Big Sunday is fast approaching, and University Synagogue is again delighted to partner with our dedicated friends at i-CERV, the Ismaili Muslim Volunteer Service group. We’ll be creating an inspirational garden for the kids at Ramon C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts. Put on your gardening clothes, green your thumbs, and help plant new flowers and bushes, raise old flower beds, and make the school’s quad look amazing.

Please email Bennett Tramer at if you’re interested in participating, or if you have any questions. No need to individually register on the Big Sunday website, University Synagogue is already signed up.  We just need a rough head count. So let us know – and see you there for a Jewish-Muslim gardening extravaganza!


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.
Please join the Shalom Hartman Institute on Tuesday, May 8 at 7:30 pm for their final intimate beit midrash session on  Judaism and the Self: Personal Dimensions of Jewish Identity , in partnership with the Whizin Center for Continuing Education at the American Jewish University. SHI North America Scholar in Residence and Director of Faculty  Elana Stein Hain  will lead a discussion on Religious Hypocrisy, Sincerity, & Authenticity. 

Click here to register or use the button below. The evening will begin with a wine and cheese reception.

June 1-3, 2018
Making Marriage Work: Marriage For Life Retreat 
Enter promo code ‘Appreciation’ for 25% discount off tuition
We invite couples in your community who are considering marriage, currently engaged, or recently married (less than 2 years) to join this weekend experience in relationship building at our Brandeis-Bardin Campus, located on a 2,700 acre retreat center nestled in the beautiful Santa Susana Mountains.
Open to all couples, it includes workshops with licensed therapists, a rabbi, a genetic counselor, and a financial planner. Regular tuition is $400 per couple with a $100 materials fee (per couple). The Marriage: For Life weekend is made possible through the generosity of the Doris Factor Endowment Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation.

Brandeis Collegiate Institute - Apply Now, Limited Spots Remain
Taking place June 26- July 23, 2018 - BCI builds transformative community while nurturing personal and Jewish growth. Offered to young adults aged 20-29, BCI is a 27-day exploration of self and Judaism within a safe, pluralistic community, bringing together young Jews from all over the world with some of our people's most compelling, talented scholars and artists to experience the multifaceted aspects of Jewish life and culture. BCI participants return to their communities with increased self-confidence and leadership skills, a greater sense of who they are as Jewish adults, and new visions to share with their communities. Apply today for highly subsidized tuition rates ($450 + travel subsidies). If they mention your name when registering they will qualify for the early-bird discount even though the deadline has already passed. 
Hope + Inspiration
Caregiver Wellness Day

If you are caring for someone with Alzheimer's, this free event is for you! Please plan to join us...

Friday, June 22
10:00am - 3:00pm
Zev Yaroslavsky Family
Support Center
Van Nuys

Alzheimer's Greater Los Angeles invites you to a day of rest, relaxation, and inspiration. Continental breakfast and lunch are included with registration. A limited number of scholarships for respite care are available.

To sign up, or for additional information, please contact:

Monique Castillo
(818) 830 - 4825
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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!