April 4, 2018 | 19 Nisan, 5778
This Week
Friday, 4/6
Pesach Morning Service with Yizkor Prayers

Family Shabbat
Saturday, 4/7
Hevrah Torah

Sunday, 4/8
Religious School
A beautiful afternoon of song, celebrating 75 years of University Synagogue! Your attendance and sponsorship of the concert fund our beautiful music programming for the year. Help our music thrive.

Shabbat Zimrah | High Holy Day Choir Professionals | High Holy Day Instrumentalists
Join Cantor Kerith Spencer-Shapiro and Cantor Emeritus Jay Frailich and special guests!

Please click each name below to see Cantor Bios!

Silent Auction Items: Cantors' Concert
The following items will be available during our silent auction at the Cantors' Concert! If you are unable to attend, you can bid by proxy. Please email llobenthal@unisyn.org with your maximum bid for the item, and we will include your bid in the auction. Thank you!
$500 Gift Certificate for Cornucopia Catering

  • Good toward any catered event with a $2,500 Minimum
  • Value: $500
  • Starting Bid: $350
$1,000 Gift Certificate for Cornucopia Catering

  • Good toward any catered event with $5,000 Minimum
  •  Value: $1,000
  • Starting Bid: $600
Hunger Games Swag Bag - backpack, blanket, shirts, 4 DVDs
  • Value: $200
  • Starting Bid: $100
  Orange Is the New Black Swag Bag - Book, 3 DVDs, toiletry bag, costume, CD

  • Value: $200
  •  Starting Bid: $100
Nashville Swag Bag - 1 Signed Script, poster, hat, and 8 CDs

  • Value: $200
  • Starting Bid: $125
5 Hours of Middle or High School Tutoring from Halstrom Academy

  • Value: $475
  • Starting Bid: $250
  4 - 1 Hour in Home Piano Lessons

  • Available in West LA, Malibu, Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Sherman Oaks, and Encino
  • Value: $240
  • Starting Bid: $140
1 Assigned Parking Space for High Holy Days

  • Value: $1,000
  • Starting Bid: $750
1 Assigned Parking Space for High Holy Days

  • Value: $1,000
  • Starting Bid: $750
1 Night Stay at Hotel Erwin and $100 Gift Certificate to Barlo/High Restaurant

  • Bring certificate, make a reservation, Expires 2/28/19
  • Value: $700
  • Starting Bid: $300
2 Months of Dance classes with Miss Alice

  • Expires March 1, 2019
  • Value: $176
  • Starting Bid: $100
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
  • Starting Bid: $180
1 Free Week - Full day of Camp ECLC

  • Value: $430
  • Starting Bid: $250
4 - 1 hour music lessons with Kevan Torfeh

  • Pick one or mix between Cello, Violin, Bass, Guitar, Piano, Voice, Clarinet, Recorder, Songwriting
  • Value: $340
  • Starting Bid: $250
Hour Long Lesson with Vocal Coach Sara Leib

  • Value: $95
  • Starting Bid: $75
Online Tof Miriam Drum Lesson with Marla Leigh Goldstein

  • Value: $100
  • Starting Bid: $75
String trio to perform in your home - Dennis Karmazyn on cello, Sam Fischer on violin, and Lynn Grants on viola

  • Value: $1,500
  • Starting Bid: $600
An autographed copy of Oscar winning film West Bank Story DVD, autographed copy of my award-winning book Divine Attunement: Music as a Path to Wisdom (Gold Medal in Spirituality Category in Indie Book Awards NYC 2014), and a private "show and tell" one hour meeting in my studio, sharing insights into the recent projects that are being scored and recorded in my studio

  • Value: $160
  • Starting Bid: $110
The Case for Camp
Many people ask where my love of Jewish education took root. Was it in a Religious School classroom? Sitting at Shabbat services on Friday night listening to the cantor sing beautiful melodies? How about standing on the bema for my Bat Mitzvah? While all of those events were meaningful and definitely enhanced my connection to Jewish education, it all began at Jewish sleepaway camp.

I spent nine summers at Camp JCA Shalom, nestled in the hills of Malibu. I first stepped off the bus in a timid eight-year-old, nervous about barely a five day stint at this unknown place. I finished my camp tenure as a Counselor-In-Training, and by that time was trying to convince my parents that eight weeks was not nearly long enough and I should be allowed to stay there year round (they did not acquiesce, unfortunately). Over my time at camp I won a pickle-eating contest, broke a wrist and continued to play in a frisbee tournament, sang and danced in multiple talent shows, invented a secret language and managed never to lose my sleeping bag (although there are probably quite a few socks floating around Malibu with my name on them). I met my best friends (eventually my bridesmaids), sat under the stars with my first boyfriend, and found a mentor. I’m still not sure which I’m the most proud of (probably the pickles).

Summers at overnight camps are packed with a wide range of activities—aquatics, arts and crafts, sports, ropes course, dance, music, cooking, archery, drama, outdoor adventures, and more. Campers are encouraged to discover new skills and interests they never knew they had. Jewish camp weaves Jewish values, culture, and traditions into the fabric of camp, helping campers to connect to their own identity and the larger Jewish community. Spirited and dynamic staff members use experiential learning to reveal what makes Jewish religion and culture so unique in today’s world. The impact of Jewish camp is immediate—campers return home connected to a community and friends that will last them a lifetime. And it doesn’t stop there. Children with pivotal Jewish camp experiences are more likely to become adults who value their Jewish heritage, support Jewish causes, and take on leadership roles in their communities.

Next weekend we will take our 4-7 th graders on our annual retreat and give some of them their first taste of Jewish camp. We’ll sample the above activities and begin to show our children the beautiful world of Jewish camping, and how their summers can be enhanced by even a short time away. We are very fortunate to have a close relationship with three URJ camps in California – URJ Camp Newman in the bay area, URJ 6 Points Sci Tech (for the budding scientist) and URJ 6 Points Sports Camp (for the hard core athlete), but are happy to hear when any child opts for Jewish summer camp. We can also offer financial assistance for families in need and want to send their children to certain Jewish camps, because no child should be turned away from this incredible experience.

I shared with you a few of my favorite camp memories – now it’s your turn. Do you have a camp story? I’d love to hear it – please feel free to share your favorite Jewish camp memory!

Jessica Shamout, M.Ed.
Director of Jewish Education
The ECLC Comedy Night is coming up soon! Join us for on Sunday, April 29th!
Thank you to the Kaufman family for sponsoring dinner for our teen choir on Friday, April 6th . Ein kemach, ein Torah; ein Torah, ein kemach — If there is no food, there is no Torah; if there is no Torah, there is no food. - Avot 3, 21
US Film Society Screen: Waltz With Bashir

The US Film Society will screen  "Waltz With Bashir," as its final program of the season on Sunday, April 15 at 9:30 AM in the chapel. This Israeli animated film was the first ever nominee for Best Foreign Film in 2013 of its kind. It is very special.
Our guest will likely be an IDF veteran who served in the Lebanon war, who will share his experiences and help us understand the various characters portrayed in the film.

Please click the button below to RSVP.


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. http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/voter-registration/
LMU Jewish Studies Yom Hashoah Event
Please join us for our Yom HaShoah commemoration on April 9 th at 6:30pm. Dr. Berel Lang will speak, and a special exhibition of Clifford Lester’s survivor photographs will be on display.
Details are below. Please RSVP to this email:

We hope to see you there!
Jewish Radical to Radical Judaism:
The Transition from Politics to Spirituality

Please RSVP with Sue Share
to let us know you will be joining us!

“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, and is a member of University Synagogue.
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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!