October 25, 2017 | 5th of Cheshvan, 5778
This Week

Friday, 10/27
7:30 pm
Shabbat Evening Service
'People of the Book' welcomes Rabbi Stan Davids
9:00 am
Hevrah Torah

10:30 am
Shabbat Service celebrating Cody Elkins becoming a Bar Mitzvah

Sunday, 10/29
4:00 pm
Together As One: An interfaith concert to provide aid to to people experiencing homelessness, featuring the Yuval Ron Ensemble
Please Avoid Leaving Cars in the University Synagogue Lot

So glad you feel at home!

Every couple of weeks, I receive an urgent call from members who are stuck in the parking lot. If you’re one of these people, I am not calling you out. You’re in very good company. It is a great sign of community on many levels. You’re here, and you’ve left the premises to have lunch with other members. Both good things. I love the community of University Synagogue and that you feel at home enough to leave your car here while you spend time with other members. 

However, you will get stuck. Each week, our schedule varies. We schedule both our maintenance team and our security team based on what events are occurring on site. When they are over, the building is locked—inside and out. Security is one of our top priorities. So, please come. Please go out with each other. But, please do not leave your car on site. Thank you!  

Lisabeth Lobenthal
Executive Director
Calling All US Veterans

My dad is a tall, handsome, elegant man and a true iconoclast. If you saw him walking down the street, I’m going to bet that “Vietnam Vet” would not be the first thing that pops to mind. He landed in Vietnam and served as part of the press corps during the Tet offensive and he’s full of riveting stories about what led up to his service and his time in Vietnam. (He’ll be here for Frances’ bat mitzvah, so feel free to ask him to share when you meet him in December.)

Veterans, we know you served our country for myriad reasons and we want to honor you during the Erev Shabbat service that falls on Veteran’s Day this year. If you are a veteran, please reach out to me at cantorshapiro@unisyn.org so that we can involve you in our service on November 10 th at 730 PM.

Rabbi Feinstein and I will be joined by Rob Friedman for this special service. Rob is a US Navy Chaplain Candidate and a Rabbinic Student at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion. Rob also has a special relationship with University Synagogue, as he taught in our school and calls us “his shul”. We are planning a special evening and we’d like as many veterans to be honored as possible. 

Kerith Spencer-Shapiro
Bar Mitzvah Spotlight: Cody Elkins
Cody is the son of Deborah Elkins and Brett Elkins .

School : Paul Revere Middle School

Spiritual Highlight : Learning the Jewish values of becoming Bar or Bat Mitzvah.

Tzedakah Project : Speaking to classes about how plant based eating helps you live longer and saves the planet.
Come together with people of different faiths in support of people experiencing homelessness.
Together as One features the Yuval Ron Ensemble in a CD release concert at University Synagogue.

  • No admission price! {In lieu of admission please bring items listed below}
  • Adult socks or underwear (new)
  • Canned or dried goods
  • Grocery, Subway, or El Pollo Loco gift card

  • All donated items go directly to people experiencing homelessness.

  • All CD sale profits go to Safe Place for Youth and Saint Joseph Center

  • Cosponsored by Aga Khan Council for Western US, Ward AME Church, Safe Place for Youth, the Saint Joseph Center, and Parliament of the World's Religions
Hei Class at OPCC
My fifth grade class took a respite from our Sunday school learning and got a more hands-on life lesson this past Sunday. The Hei students, parents and teachers all met at 9:15 in the morning at OPCC, a remarkable housing facility for homeless veterans, at-risk youth and people struggling with substance abuse and mental illness. The students made sandwiches and crafted heart-warming notes of support to the residents, then packed the sandwiches in lunch bags along with other goodies. 

OPCC and our fearless Sisterhood leader, Suzy, gave us a tour of the grounds. Many of us were so impressed with how clean the facility was and how the staff really strives to give these residents some dignity during this difficult, transitional point in their lives. It was really important for my students to see just how fortunate all of us are and how easy it is to help others who might be struggling. 

I am relatively new to University Synagogue, but am so wildly impressed and inspired by the Temple's "Tikkun Olam" mission and how the people in this community actually "walk the walk", inspiring the next generation to do the same. Thank you, University Synagogue, for once again extending a hand and being such a humanitarian organization and empathetic community. My co-teacher Atara spoke for all of us when she said to me on the drive home, "It made me feel good...in my heart." 

Dani Shear
Hei Judaica Teacher
Suzy Giambattista, Enid Friedman of Sisterhood, Dani Shear, Atara Ben-Zour, Rabbi Feinstein, and the Hei Class work together with the OPCC to help those in need.
Confirmation Shoppers
The Confirmation Class went to Ralph's with Rabbi Feinstein to learn firsthand about SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Each small group acted as if they were a family purchasing $100 of food for a week for a family of four- the actual government allocation. All food purchased was donated to the St Joseph Center. 
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  Eleder@unisyn.org .

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.  
Dear Rabbi Feinstein,

Thank you for including me in your High Holy Day services. I greatly appreciated the opportunity to worship with my friends at University Synagogue.

As we enter the year 5778, I hope to continue to actively engage with your synagogue and hear the concerns of your congregation so that I may better represent our shared values in the U.S. Congress. I will also be continuing my efforts to strengthen the U.S. - Israel alliance as a Senior Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

I wish you, your congregation and the Jewish people everywhere a year of blessing and peace.

Very Truly Yours,
Congressman Brad Sherman
Family Shabbat Honoring Camp Newman
Join us on Friday, November 3 at 6:30pm for a family Shabbat honoring Camp Newman.

" I want to share some of my own reflections from my visit to camp yesterday. They include deep loss and sadness, and also miracles . . ."

Read the Camp Director's words following his first visit to the fire ravaged area HERE .

Support the #NewmanStrong campaign!
Happy Hour: An Evening out with the Girls
Monday, November 6, 2017, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The Penthouse Restaurant at the Huntley Hotel
1111 Second Street, Santa Monica, CA. 90403

We are asking for a onetime $25.00 donation for three Happy Hours. The two remaining dates are December 4, 2017 and January 8, 2018.
RSVP to Enid Friedman at  enidfri@yahoo.com  or Suzy Giambatista at  suzy4433@aol.com

Please join us for our First Potpourri Event of The Year

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley, CA. 93065

Thursday, November 9, 2017
No need to drive - we will be taking a bus to Simi Valley. The bus will leave the synagogue at 8:45 AM and return at approximately 4:00 PM. No charge for the bus.

If you are not already a member of the Potpourri group, we are asking for a onetime donation to sisterhood of $10.00 for this day trip.

Depending on bus availability, friends and spouses are also welcome for a $10 donation per person. Please check with Enid or Margie for bus availability before inviting them.

For more information about the event and to RSVP please contact: 
Enid Friedman at  enidfri@yahoo.com  or Margie Sebolsky at  margietime@aol.com .

Rabbi Stanley Davids to Teach Monthly Hartman Institute Class 

iEngage 4: Milestones and Meanings
What is real in contemporary Israeli culture, politics, and religion? What has happened in the 100 years since the Balfour Declaration? How has Israel changed since the Six-Day War? 

Each session will feature one of the Shalom Hartman Institute scholars in a 20 minute video followed by a wide open discussion led by Rabbi Stanley Davids. Scholars include Donniel Hartman, Yossi Klein HaLevi, and Micah Goodman. Our first class will be on Tuesday evening, November 7th, 7-8:15 PM in the Beit Midrash, Weinstein Family Library. Other sessions will be on November 28th, December 19th, January 23rd, February 13th, March 13th, April 10th, and May 8th. Seating is limited. RSVP to Sue Share at Sshare@unisyn.org.
University Synagogue Film Society Has Another Successful Screening

Seventy members joined the screening of “Marshall,” a first run film replete with special guests, including the Producer, Jonathan Sanger. 

Professor Carol Bruch, who clerked for Justice William O. Douglas, shared personal stories of her experience at the court with Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.
Don’t miss the next film, “Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem,” an Israeli film detailing the efforts of a woman trying to get a divorce in the religious court system.  November 19 at 9:30AM .

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 sdwieder@mac.com .

7:30 pm - People of the Book will feature Rabbi Stanley Davids, who will discuss his new book, The Fragile Dialogue: New Voices of Liberal Zionism. Israel has quickly become one of the most polarizing forces in the North American Jewish community. In a world already much too divided, how can we approach the subject of Zionism without widening the rifts? This book wrestles with and attempts to frame the very fragile dialogue surrounding Zionism and Israel . There are many lenses through which Reform Jews approach Zionism, not only set apart by political differences but also by geographical diversity, religious divisiveness, socio-economic policies, gender issues, the use and abuse of power, and more. 

Alzheimer's Greater Los Angeles Walk October 29. For information 
click here or call 844-Help-Alz 

4:00 pm - Together as One: An Interfaith Concert to provide aid to those experiencing homelessness featuring the Yuval Ron Ensemble

6:30 PM - Sisterhood Hanukkah Dinner 

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 SShare@unisyn.org , so that our Rabbis and Cantors can better serve our congregation.
Calling all Volunteers!

Are you looking for volunteer opportunities? We are looking for enthusiastic individuals to join our volunteer workforce! Contact Emilie Leder at ELeder@unisyn.org if you are interested! 
Know of someone who is interested in joining US? 

Maybe there's a friend who is unaffiliated and wants to be part of a dynamic community! 

Send their name to Emilie Leder at ELeder@unisyn.org or (310) 472-1255.
Oneg Shabbat Sponsorships

Share your special life cycle event with the congregation on Friday night!
Birthday, Anniversary, Engagement, Auf-Ruf or Baby Naming

Click here to see the sponsorships. 

For more information, please contact Bonnie Kebre at BKebre@unisyn.org .