June 20, 2018 | 7 Tamuz, 5778
This Week
Friday, 6/22
Shabbat Evening Services with Special Guest Speaker: Stanley Davids

Rabbi Stanley Davids
“My Secret Love Affair” 
At services 7:30 pm
Saturday, 6/23
Hevrah Torah

10:00am - 12:00pm
"Keep Families Together" Rally for Migrant Children

Sunday, 6/24
Religious School reconvenes September 23rd
Upcoming Events
University Synagogue
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Shabbat Evening Services Special Guest Speaker:

Rabbi Stanley Davids
“My Secret Love Affair” 
At services 7:30 pm
Music Guild “Summer Fest” is having a concert here at University Synagogue this Sunday, June 24th
2:30 Refreshments; 3 pm Concert
Rabbi Stanley M. Davids, D.D. , was ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) and is rabbi emeritus of Temple Emanu-El in Atlanta, GA. A member of the Board of Overseers of HUC-JIR in Los Angeles and an honorary life member of NFTY, the Reform Movement’s youth organization, he previously held leadership posts with the Association of Reform Zionists of America (ARZA), the Jewish Agency for Israel, and the World Zionist Organization. He is a past international president of the Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi) fraternity.
"Keep Families Together" Rally for Migrant Children
Jewish Center for Justice (JCJ)
A year ago, UniSyn welcomed the creation of the  Jewish Center for Justice, JCJ.  Performing deeds of justice and righteousness are cornerstones of Reform Judaism. JCJ, which is housed and supported by UniSyn, has as its mission the goal of transforming the world that is into the world we pray about, where peace is the goal for all God’s children. JCJ’s focus is social justice, education and leadership development from a modern Jewish platform. Rabbi Joel Simonds is its founding Executive Director.
JCJ is spearheading and sponsoring a response to the crisis at the border, which we are supporting as a partner. This Saturday, June 23 at the Federal Building in Westwood will be a “Keep Families Together” rally and toy drive from 10am to noon.Organizers are requesting new toys, blankets, and necessities which will be delivered directly to detained children separated from their parents.
Six Ways to Take Action around Family Separation
Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, Director, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
If you are heartbroken at the idea of children needlessly and cruelly separated from their families, read on for six ways you, too, can take action. With a group of 40 faith leaders – 10 each from the Jewish, Muslim, Catholic and Protestant faith traditions – I will be meeting with, and bearing witness to, the families torn apart by the Trump Administration's family separation policy.  Standing together, we will call on the Administration to end this morally abhorrent practice.

In May 2018, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the federal government would adopt a zero-tolerance policy for unauthorized border crossings, officially instituting practices that separate children from their families. This policy applies to all border crossings, even to those people seeking asylum.  We are heartbroken and horrified by family separation W e join the wider Jewish community , faith community and others in calling upon the Administration to put an end to this shameful policy.

Tomorrow, Barbara Weinstein, Rabbis David Stern, Leora Kaye, Nancy Kasten, and David Segal, Cantor Jason Kaufman, and I will represent the Reform Movement in McAllen, Texas, the site of the United States’ largest border processing and detention center. McAllen has become ground zero for the Trump Administration’s family separation policy that, in a six-week period, has left approximately 2,000 children separated from their parents. This is just one way we are getting involved, and we hope you will join us in shedding light on this urgent issue and bringing justice to the center of this nation's immigration system.

Many have reached out searching for ways to help end this family separation policy and support the children and families being torn apart. Here are six ways you can help:

  1. Provide tangible support to detainees and separated families by gathering and sending toiletries and toys to the border. Send care packages to: Michael Blum Social Action Chair, Temple Emanuel, 4300 Chai Street (North C Street) McAllen, Texas 78504.
  2. Join a Families Belong Together mobilization in Washington, DC or hundreds of other cities around the U.S. on June 30, 2018.
  3. Bring a congregational delegation to McAllen, TX home to the United States' largest immigration detention center. To do so, reach out to Rabbi Claudio Kogan of the URJ's Temple Emanuel in McAllen, who is eager for visitors to see this border community first hand.
  4. Send a letter demanding that President Trump, Secretary of Homeland Security Nielsen, and Attorney General Sessions end family separation now.
  5. Organize or join a rally outside your local Immigration and Customs Enforcement office. (See above)
  6. Register for the North American Immigrant Justice Campaign's Deportation Defense Training on July 10, 2018. For more information about how to join this campaign, please visit RAC.org/naijc and download the RAC's Immigrant Justice Resource Guide.

For even more ways to take action,  read this excellent article in Slate  by Dahlia Lithwick and Margo Schlanger.
Thank you for your commitment to keeping families together.
L'shalom, Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, Director, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
Welcome to University Synagogue!
Summer is a time of transition, and University Synagogue welcomes three new staff members to our team!
Becca Greenberg

Executive Assistant for Clergy
Originally from Philadelphia, PA. Becca Greenberg moved to LA after graduating from Temple University with a B.A in Theater. She now calls the Fairfax District home. She is excited to be back at a Reform Temple, after having worked in Synagogues on and off since High School, starting as a Madrichah and most recently as a Hebrew Specialist for 2nd-6th grade. She is an alumna of NFTY-PAR and Kutz Camp. In her spare time she loves comedy, cooking and exploring the neighborhoods and restaurants of Los Angeles
Lauren Kaplan

Membership Programs Coordinator
Lauren Kaplan was born in the Midwest, but grew up in Orange County and has been involved in Jewish professional life since she was in High School, when her passion for working within nonprofit and specifically faith based organizations really began to take deep root. She completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at the American Jewish University, where she was very active in creating events to engage her peers and foster community. Lauren strives to embody and strengthen the survival as well as prosperity of the Jewish community by ensuring the warmth can be felt from all by all that become part of B’tzelem Elohim . Her roots of being part of a multi-cultural and multi-faith household has provided the drive to ensure others no matter their background can feel just as secure and comfortable as she does in the Jewish community
Jordana Lipsitz
Administrative Assistant to
Religious School and Front Office
Jordana hails from the Mid-Atlantic region of the US and attended Temple University for a BA in Film and Media Arts before making the Big Schlep to Los Angeles. In the past she has served as a production office coordinator, social media manager, restaurant host, online content writer, and even a dog trainer. With all that multi-tasking, she was born ready to be an administrative assistant tackling reception and the Religious School. Jordana is very excited to be a part of the warm and welcoming family at University Synagogue as well as to show everyone way too many pictures of her dog, Genevieve.
University Synagogue Thanks...
We are appreciative of the service to our Synagogue of both Lisabeth Lobenthal , our Executive Director, and Sue Share , Executive Assistant to the Clergy. Lisabeth has returned to her Michigan roots for family reasons, and Sue has retired. They were the backbone of our administrative team and we wish both of them all the best in their future endeavors.
Installation of Resa Davids as Sisterhood President
"The women of University Synagogue Sisterhood began our two –day celebration of my installation as their new president with a fabulous dinner party. Joined by 15 sisters from other SH’s in the greater Los Angeles area, we wined and dined on the roof of the Hotel Erwin. WRJPD First VP, Dana Adler, then presented a fascinating review of how she has grown with the help of her involvement in WRJ to become the Liberal Jewish Leader she is today. Discussion followed as a number of participants shared their WRJ stories of personal growth and empowerment . . ."
Cantor Kerith holding the Huppa, Rabbi Dr. Tamara Eskenazi, Resa Davids, Rabbi Stanley Davids
Cantors Jay Frailich and Kerith Spencer-Shapiro, Rabbi Dr Tamara Cohn Eskenazi, Resa Davids, Rabbi Stanley Davids, Julia Weinstein, Jim Ruxin
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Mazal Tov

Mazal tov to Gail Berman , Tapped as Producers Guild of America President.

Mazal Tov to April Schafer , installed as the VP of Conferences and Biennials for the Early Childhood Educators of Reform Judaism and serving on its Executive Board.
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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 sdwieder@mac.com .
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 BKebre@unisyn.org
Have a Great Week!