July 18, 2018 | 6 Av, 5778
This Week
Friday, 7/20
Shabbat Under the Stars

Our summer Shabbat services take place on the back patio. Families of all ages are welcome at ALL of our Shabbat services.
Saturday, 7/21
Hevrah Torah

Erev Tisha B'Av

Religious School reconvenes September 23rd
Upcoming Events
University Synagogue
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FRIDAY, AUGUST 3 | 6:30pm
Shabbat Under the Stars: Family and Havurot
Bring the whole Havurah and enjoy the summer night!
SUNDAY, AUGUST 12 | 5pm - 9pm

Make dinner a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser to support University Synagogue. Click on the link above, or read more below if you would like to participate!
FRIDAY, AUGUST 24 | 5:30pm
Annual Shabbat BBQ and Open House
Join us at University Synagogue for our annual Shabbat BBQ!

An American S'lichot: A Community Observance
University Synagogue, in partnership with Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills and Wilshire Boulevard Temple
Community Events
SUNDAY, JULY 22 | 4pm

The film follows the story of Al Schwimmer and the illegal operation that occurred in an attempt to save the newborn Jewish State.
The event will take place on July 22nd at 4pm at:
The Museum of Tolerance
9786 Pico Blvd, Los Angeles CA
Tisha Ba’v
At the end of this week, Jewish communities around the world will engage in a day of fasting, mourning and reflection.  Tisha B’av, or the 9 th  day of the Month of Av, is a day in which we commemorate the destruction of the ancient Temples in Jerusalem as well as other atrocities that were committed against the Jewish people throughout history.
On this day we refrain from eating, we refrain from joyous activity and we gather for prayer, study, reflection and the reading of the book of lamentations. We learn from our study of Talmud that the second Temple was destroyed because of  Sinat Chinam , Baseless Hatred.  
What is  Sinat Chinam ? The idea that God took away the Temple from the Jewish people because of this overall feeling of hate and cruelty toward one another.  The idea that one would come to the Holy Temple and go through the motions of ritual and worship, but upon leaving the Temple they would engage in acts that were an affront to God and ethical Judaism.
As a child Tisha Ba’v was never about the present but always about the past.  We never spoke about the cultural shortcoming of our time, the cruelty we see on our street and hate that is spoken toward our fellow neighbor. Far too often Judaism is experienced more as a museum rather than a living and breathing tradition which can guide and shape our lives.
As we commemorate Tisha B’av this weekend, let us go beyond the confines of our traditional practices and engage in the following:

1.    Carve out 10 minutes
2.    Turn off your phone
3.    Sit on the ground
4.    Read the first line of Lamentations “the city that was full of people now dwells alone.”
5.    Reflect: What is the hatred that we hold in our hearts? How is hatred lonely?  How can we emerge from this day of mourning freeing ourselves from hate?
The practice of Judaism is at our finger tips and inside our hearts.  Bring the importance of this day within, so that together we can create a culture that goes from baseless hate to bountiful love.
RSVP recommended! Please email Lauren Kaplan at membership@unisyn.org.
Mazal Tov
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To Nick Melvoin , re-elected as Vice-President of the Los Angeles Unified School District

To Jim Weiner and Britta Barnert on their recent wedding
Zichronam Livrachah
Robert Taub, Husband of Tama Taub.

Quincy Jane Plattus, Daughter of Daniel Plattus, and granddaughter of Ada Lee Plattus.
Did You Know? 

Moebius Syndrome, a rare neurological condition, impacts about 1 in 50,000, and is present at birth. It affects the muscles that control facial expression and eye movement among other varied symptoms. The Moebius Syndrome Foundation promotes awareness and shares information, advocates for scientific research of facial paralyses, and provides support to the families and individuals with Moebius Syndrome. For more information contact Jordana Lipsitz, at  unisynadmin@unisyn.org  who will be happy to answer any questions you may have. 
Immigration Pro Bono Opportunity
In response to the still-growing number of cases, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, in partnership with Bet Tzedek, has created an initiative so that members of our legal community can provide pro bono representation for underage clients in need. While you must be an attorney, you do not need to be an immigration attorney in order to help. We have heard from many attorneys looking for a meaningful way to help those most impacted by recent changes to the enforcement of immigration laws.

We are offering ways for you to learn how you can help:

  • A session devoted to training attorneys to take on pro bono representation of undocumented minors. The session will prepare you for representing an undocumented minor in state probate court to obtain a legal guardian and secure specific findings regarding Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), an important form of federal immigration relief for youth who have been abandoned, abused, or neglected by a parent.

Monday, July 23, 2018
7:00-9:00 PM

The Jewish Federation Goldsmith Center, Sanders Boardroom
6505 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles 90048

Light dinner will be served.
Many of us have expressed concern over the recent immigration policy changes. This is an opportunity to turn that concern into meaningful action. We can make a difference and use our legal training to bring Jewish values and empathy to bear on this crisis.

For those of you who need to coordinate this project with your firm administrators and/or pro bono director, or if you have any other questions, please contact Amy Shpall at (323) 761-8158 or AShpall@JewishLA.org .


Craig Rutenberg
Chair, Legal Division

Alex Weingarten
Chair, Community Engagement
Have you ever dreamed of traveling to Israel with the one you love? Honeymoon Israel might be your perfect chance!

Honeymoon Israel provides trips to Israel for locally based groups of young couples who have at least one Jewish partner. Spend nine exhilarating, romantic, and memorable days exploring Israel in luxury with the one you love — and share the experience with 19 other diverse couples from Los Angeles. You will return home with a new community and friends who feel like family.

Honeymoon Israel wants to ensure that you and your family feel welcome in the Jewish community and inspire you to incorporate Jewish values into your life in whatever way works for you. We think the Jewish community has a lot to offer the world and would like to see it grow, so we’re promoting an inclusive view of Jewish life — including partners from other faiths and people who might traditionally have been excluded. Honeymoon Israel is a completely inclusive organization that highly encourages participation by couples of diverse backgrounds, including interfaith, Jewish, multi-racial, LGBTQ, and those with young children.


Applications are now open for two upcoming Honeymoon Israel LA trips:
  • February 28-March 10, 2019
  • August 1-11, 2019

Cost: $2,200 per couple, inclusive of flight and ground costs
Couples interested in either trip must submit an  online application  by  July 30th . (Note: this application cycle is for the remainder of trips in 2019.)

To be eligible to apply for Honeymoon Israel, couples must:
  • Have at least one partner who identifies as Jewish
  • Have at least one partner who is ages 25-40 years old (with neither partner over 45 years old)
  • At least one partner must have no prior organized Israel experience on a post high school Jewish peer trip (i.e. if both partners have been on Birthright or a MASA program, you are ineligible)
  • Be in a lifelong committed relationship and/or within first five years of marriage
  • Live within L.A. county limits

Contact Jennifer Green at  Jenn@HoneymoonIsrael.org  or (206) 890-8975.
We hope you and your partner take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to connect — with each other, Israel, and new friends!
Join us as we symbolically cast our sins into the waves of the Pacific. We will gather, join together in brief prayer and song, cast crumbs into the waters, and join together in camaraderie at the beach as we begin a new year together.
Monday, September 10th, 3pm
Will Rogers State Beach
Lifeguard Station 15
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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!