March 21, 2018 | 5 Nisan, 5778
This Week
Friday, 3/23
Shabbat Evening Service
with Israeli Teen Visitors

*Special early time!

Please note: There will be no services on Friday, March 30th , in observance of the 1st Night of Passover.
Saturday, 3/24
Hevrah Torah

Sunday, 3/25
Religious School

9:30am - 11:45am
Special presentation and discussion of "Loving: Turn Not So Good into the Good We All Want"
Online Registration is now Available!
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!

University Synagogue ECLC Educators
Participate in Professional Development
Fifteen of our early childhood educators attended BJE’s 27 th Annual Bebe Feuerstein Simon Early Childhood Institute at Adat Ari El Synagogue on Monday, March 12 th for a day of intensive professional development from leading educators and researchers in the field of early childhood education. The theme of the day’s learning was “Seeing the Whole Child.” The keynote address: From Research to Policy to Practice: Ready to Make a Difference Promoting Healthy Brain and Whole Child Development was presented by Dr. Pat Levitt, Simms/Mann Chair in Developmental Neurogenetics, Institute for the Developing Mind, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and WM Keck Provost Professor of Neurogenetics, Keck School of Medicine of USC, Director USC Neuroscience Graduate Program.

Our faculty also had the opportunity to participate in their choice of innovative workshops—a total of 20 were offered throughout the day, including Children and Media: How it Affects Children’s Brains , and Your Brain on Discipline: How Understanding Brain States Can Alter Our Perception of Children’s Misbehavior and Reclaim Discipline as a Mechanism for Teaching and Connecting with our Students.

We are grateful to University Synagogue and our ECLC parents for supporting the faculty’s need for professional development, to the BJE for presenting our teachers with this fantastic opportunity, and to our teachers for challenging themselves further to be the best educators they can be.
Casino Night at University Synagogue
An amazing night of fun, music, friends, and dancing. 
University Synagogue celebrates 75 years of being a beacon of Reform Judaism in Los Angeles.  
Thank you to our Casino Night Sponsors!
Harriet and Elizabeth Finebaum for the Reception Table
Nancy Stark and Stanley Iezman for the Roulette Table
Linda and Donald Kaplan for the Cocktail Bar
Martha and Jeff Melvoin for the Dessert Bar
Lisa and Jeff Cohen for the Auction Table
Doreen and Todd Gelfand for the Band
Jen and Adam Abramowitz for the Photo Booth
Ellen and Torin Dorros for the Photo Booth
Melanie and Justin Harelik for the Photo Booth
Jen Haarmann and Mitch Viner for the Photo Booth
Abbi Hertz and David Krauss for the Photo Booth
Liana Schwarz and Mike Montgomery for the Photo Booth
Rabbi Joel and Ariella Simonds for the Photo Booth
Susan and Josh Wieder for the Henna Tattoos
Gail and Bob Israel for the Henna Tattoos
Karlene and Howard Weg for the Henna Tattoos
Donna and Angel Shapiro-Castillo for the Henna Tattoos
Board of Trustees for the DJ
Michael Tuchin and Meryl Shapiro-Tuchin for the Reception Table
Carole and Doug Rawson for the Auction Table
Thank you to the following for their support!
Royal Corporation
Professional Security Consultants, Inc
Eliana and Oded Rokach
Cindy and Jerry Lederer
Julie and Steven Bank
Laurie and Chris Harbert
Ruth and Henry Sobel
Deborah and Chris Heine
Gail and Bob Israel
Doris and Bob Ruvelson
Arlene & Arthur Schwimmer

Thank you to all who attended!
Thank you to Lauren Gwartz and twin sister, Tami Daks Bitton for their amazing décor and valuable advice in the planning of the event. Together they make up the Party Planning dynamic duo of “Side by Side”.

LOVING: Turn The Not So Good into the Good We All Want 
Join us on Sunday morning, March 25 th , for a workshop about relationships and attachments with Licensed Clinical Psychologists and Certified EFT Therapists Susan Thau, Ph. D and Veronica Thomas, Ph. D. This workshop is appropriate for individuals or couples who want to better understand their part in a meaningful relationship.

Please contact Emilie for more information at

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 .
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
Have a Great Week!