December 20, 2017 | 2 Tevet, 5778
This Week

Friday, 12/22
Shabbat Evening Services

❄️ Winter Break ❄️
Religious School classes resume on
January 2, 2018
Saturday, 12/23
9:00 am
Hevrah Torah

Sunday, 12/24
No Religious School

❄️ Winter Break ❄️
ECLC classes resume on
January 8, 2018
Shabbat Shalom: Shabbat of Peace

No matter what your level of Shabbat observance is, we can probably all agree that Shabbat is a break, or a rest, from the regular hustle and bustle of the week. Maybe it means preparing a special meal on Friday night and inviting extended family over, or simply taking a walk with a friend on Saturday morning. I try to eat dinner with my husband, go for a long early morning run; and then enjoy a good nap. I do what I can to make sure the day is different from my normal routine.
Right now, I'm between two very different Shabbat experiences. Two weeks ago, I sat with almost 6000 other Reform Jews for a Shabbat service at the URJ Biennial in Boston. There was nothing special about the convention center room in which our service took place, but it was a very special Shabbat indeed. I listened not only to the words of Rabbi Rick Jacobs and other movement leaders; I also listened to the prayers of the Reform community: prayers for peace, understanding and shelter among us. Synagogue professionals, clergy, educators and lay leaders came together to welcome Shabbat and feel comforted by the familiar melodies.
This week I travel to Tel Aviv with the Jewish Federation's Global Teen Twinning Program, so Friday evening I'll be worshipping with both American and Israeli teenagers at Beit T'fileth Israeli. The melodies may not be familiar, but the prayers will be the same. We will pray for peace, understanding and shelter among us. I will listen to the prayers of our youth, many of whom are traveling to Israel for the first time. 
No matter what your Shabbat experience is this week, may it be filled with peace, understanding and shelter. 

Jessica Shamout, M.Ed. 
Director of Jewish Education 
Zichronam Livrachah
Dr. Ayoub Ebrahimi , father of Dr. Ramin Ebrahimi (Natalie), father of Azi Ebrahimi (Moris Rabiean).

Ava Gluck, daughter-in-law of Marilyn Gluck.
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 .
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
Deadline Soon! Friday, December 22nd
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.  

5:30pm - Shabbat Services*

5:30pm - Shabbat Services*

2:00pm - Benefit Concert for URJ Camp Newman
Stephen Wise, at the Temple Sanctuary

*Please note special times!
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
Ugly sweaters, not just for Christmas anymore! Sisterhood, President, Cindy Lederer lights up the night at the Hanukkah dinner.
Resa Davids lights the Chanukiah for the evening.  
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.
Follow University Synagogue on Facebook!
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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 .