January 10, 2018 | 23 Tevet, 5778
This Week

Friday, 1/12
Family Shabbat Service with
Dalet (4th) participation.

Saturday, 1/13
Tot Shabbat AM

Hevrah Torah

Shabbat Service celebrating Brennan Jacobs becoming a Bar Mitzvah

Sunday, 1/14 and Monday, 1/15
No Religious School classes,
Closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend
Twinning Takes US to Israel

Several of our eighth graders just returned from an amazing 10-day trip to Israel as part of the Global Teen Twinning Program, a program that matches students from Tel Aviv and Los Angeles. University Synagogue is in the middle of its 3rd year in the program, and each year the program gets stronger. We live, study and explore with our Israeli twins. This year, we even prayed together at the egalitarian section at the Kotel (pictured). We look forward to a continued relationship between the Los Angeles and Tel Aviv Jewish communities. 

Jessica Shamout, M.Ed.
Zichronam Livrachah

Eugene Lederer, brother of Jerry (Cindy) Lederer.

Rhoda Dane, grandmother of Lauren Gwartz (Scott).
Bar Mitzvah Spotlight: Brennan Jacobs

Brennan Jacobs is the son of  Mitchell and Shaun Jacobs.

School : Lincoln Middle School

Spiritual Highlight : For me, the spiritual highlight of becoming a Bar/Bat Mitzvah is discovering what my Torah portion is really about because it was really fascinating. I learned that Moses had flaws and was not a perfect leader.

Tzedakah Project: For my Tzedakah Project, I am doing a variety of things, but mainly helping organizations at food packing events that feed the hungry such as LA Regional Food Bank and One Voice.
Thank you to Meryl Shapiro and Michael Tuchin for sponsoring dinner for our teen choir on January 12th. 

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
It’s time to join together in song.

It’s time to build up our community.
Join friends, counselors, Rabbis, Cantors, and campers for a concert and song session to benefit Camp Newman. Tickets are free but we ask everyone to support the camp’s future by making a donation in any amount to Camp Newman. Please RSVP for the concert to assist in our planning.
Featuring performances by:

Rabbi Yoshi Zweiback
Cantor Emma Lutz
Student Rabbi Bryan Zive
Rabbi Ken Chasen
Rabbi Jeremy Gimbel
Cantor Ilan Davidson
Rabbi Jonathan Aaron
Cantor Lizzie Weiss
Cantor Lilah Sugarman
Cantor Kerith Spencer-Shapiro
Zamir Josh Goldberg
Cantor Yuval Porat
Cantor Paul Buch
Ben Zeiger
Stephanie Pressman

And more to be announced!
Save the Date: Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count

University Synagogue’s Tikkun Olam Committee is recruiting volunteers to help facilitate the annual Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count. Brentwood’s neighborhood count takes place on Wednesday, January 24th for 8pm-11pm at Brentwood School  100 S Barrington Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90049 . University Synagogue is partnering with Brentwood School to host this year’s homeless count in our neighborhood. 
All across Los Angeles every January, the LA Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) embarks on a three-day mission to count our homeless neighbors so that we can get a better picture of their scope and demographics. To learn more about LAHSA and the Homeless Count please refer to  http://www.theycountwillyou.org .
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact:

Tamara Melzer Levenson 
Rabbi Joel Simonds
(310) 472 - 1255
Hi Everyone, 
Happy New Year! It is time to get back to work! Tamara Levenson is leading our efforts for the Homeless Count which is quickly approaching. 
We need each of you to commit to attending and/or recruiting volunteers for the evening AND to bake or buy refreshments for the evening. Anyone who wants to donate can email Tamara at   levensont@gmail.com and she can arrange for a drop off point the day of the event. 
Rabbi Joel, Michael Chaskes and myself will be there and we need you to join us. Tamara has been instrumental in organizing this event with Brentwood School (the location this year because we could not host as a hub) - SHE NEEDS all of our support! Thank you all and special thanks to Tamara!
More to come on events of the spring!
Calling all Greeters!

If you’re interested in welcoming our community at services, we want you. All you need is a smile.

Please contact our Executive Director, Lisabeth Lobenthal at LLobenthal@unisyn.org
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2:00pm - Benefit Concert for URJ Camp Newman
Stephen Wise Temple Sanctuary

8:00pm - Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count (Brentwood)

7:00pm - ECLC Comedy Night

Please help make our Purim a fun event for all! We need your help with sponsorships. If you would like to sponsor a ride, booth, or activity, please click the button below. All sponsorships will include two wristbands.
As for wristband/ticket purchase, we will be having a raffle each week starting 3-4 weeks before Purim for those who have purchased wristbands online. To purchase tickets and wristbands online, please click here:
The Music Guild returns to University Synagogue on Monday, February 26th, with the Fiato String Quartet! Complimentary coffee, cookies, and cheese will be offered from 7:30pm to 8:00pm during intermission.
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 .
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.
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 .