October 24, 2018 | 15 Cheshvan , 5779
This Week

Friday 10/26
Creative Service: Sing Out For Justice
Saturday, 10/27
Hevrah Torah

Torah Off The Beaten Path

Sunday, 10/28
Religious School Classes
The Mikvah
The mikvah can seem like a mysterious place to us Reform Jews. In truth, I used to have negative associations with the idea of mikvah myself. In the past few years, as the Mayim Chayim movement has grown, and as progressive Jews have been reclaiming the mikvah for ourselves to mark transitions in our own life, I have been lucky to reclaim the mikvah for myself and for our community as clergy.
During the week before my daughter became a bat mitzvah, Frances and I took a trip to the mikvah together, where we took part in a ritual that I created just for us. It was a truly special and moving moment. As we were driving home, my daughter said to me, “Mom, everyone who is becoming bar or bat mitzvah should get a chance to do this.”
Did you know…
  • that mikvah is not just for women?
  • that there is a community mikvah nearby that is open for use by the non-Orthodox community?
  • that if you are experiencing any life transition, that your University Synagogue clergy can create a ritual especially for you and accompany you to the mikvah?
If you want to learn more about the community mikvah, consider joining Cantor Shapiro on November 4 at 11 AM for a tour of the community mikvah. You MUST RSVP! (There is a small fee to cover the cost of the tour.)
Cantor Shapiro
Mazal Tov
Mazal Tov 3
To Meredith and Ben Einbinder on the birth and naming of Noa Scarlett Einbinder . Congratulations to Noa’s grandparents Jody and David Lippman

To the University Synagogue Community on our participation in the SOVA High Holy Day Food Drive. Together we collected 882 pounds of food to help hungry members of the Los Angeles community. Yashar Koach, US!
Kol HaKavod (Mazel Tov!) to
University Synagogue Sisterhood!
Once again, we are winners of the WRJ Pacific District Kavod Award for Advancement of Judaism – this time for our Life Cycles Creative Service which was held at University Synagogue on March 24, 2017. Thank you to the members of our hard-working Writing Committee for creating such a beautiful and innovative service.
Our 2016 "Whys of Shabbat" service, also a previous award winner, was received with accolades last Sunday morning at the WRJ Pacific District Convention in San Diego. Our service, with explanations and presentations of Jewish Choreography, was enriched by a magnificent 27-voice choir made up of WRJ women from throughout the District.
Just wait 'til WRJ learns about our "Sing Out For Justice" Sing-Along Service which we will be presenting on Friday night, Oct 26!! It's surely a winner-in-the-making.

Shabbat Shalom

Resa Davids
President, University Synagogue Sisterhood
Corrections to The Torch: Tzedakah Tributes and Thank Yous
We humbly apologize for any names that were inadvertently forgotten or misspelled. Please see the following corrections from last week’s Tributes and Thank You eblast:
  • Thank you to Carrie Larson for being one of our HHD volunteers.

  • General Fund Donations listing: Harry Kreiter by Jodie Francisco
My Son the Folksinger:
The Role of American Jews in Folk and Protest Music

With accompaniment by members of the University Synagogue choir & the Mavens.
No reservation needed for the Service. Everyone welcome.

Sponsored by the Tikkun Olam Committee and Sisterhood.
Saturday, October 27 | 9AM

Temescal Canyon Park
15900 Pacific Coast Hwy.,
Pacific Palisades, California 90272

Join Cantor Shapiro on the trail for a hike with the Torah.
Meet up at the trail head at the VERY end of the parking lot.

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Event is Free , but space is limited! Please RSVP today!
Annual Kristallnacht Commemoration

Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor:
A Conversation with Yossi Klein Halevi
7 p.m. | Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018
Roski Dining Room, University Hall
Loyola Marymount University
Featuring a candle lighting and lecture by Yossi Klein Halevi, renowned American-born Israeli author and journalist.

Kosher dessert reception to follow.

The 2018 Kristallnacht Commemoration is generously cosponsored by the Academy for Jewish Religion, the Academic Engagement Network, the Academy of Catholic Thought and Imagination at LMU, Jewish Life at LMU, and University Synagogue.
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Have a Great Week!