November 8, 2017 | 19 Heshvan, 5778
This Week

Friday, 11/10
7:30 pm
Shabbat Evening Service honoring all U.S. Veterans, featuring Student Rabbi and Navy Chaplain Rob Friedman
9:00 am
Hevrah Torah

8:00pm - 11:00pm
Club Night With the Mavens
Community of Togetherness

How is it already November?

Upon touring our school one of the first things I make parents well aware of is that our preschool is not just a preschool. When you join the Early Childhood Learning Center at University Synagogue you are entering a community of togetherness and setting the foundation for your family’s engagement in synagogue life. The work we do here and the relationships that are built are not just between the children and with their teachers, but connecting families together. We have had thriving and happy havurot created and have helped facilitate parent socials, events and fundraisers. In class the teachers create a fantastic and engaging day for the children, but it is truly the families that make our program unique and special. Over the past few months we have had numerous parents and grandparents participate in class activities and host events. We want to take this opportunity to thank them and to highlight each one as a shining example of the program and community we provide. I am humbled by the acts of loving kindness and commitment to our community I see from our families daily!

With love,

April Schafer, Director of Early Childhood

Come Join Us on Nov 11! Support University Synagogue by Singing and Dancing the Night Away with the Mavens!
Its only $90 per person to attend, so please join your friends by clicking on the RSVP link. For all you big spenders, we haven’t forgotten you. There are still event sponsorships available. Become an event sponsor and receive: - A reserved table for you and your friends-Free drinks for the evening-2 free raffle tickets for a chance to win dinners and a grand prize getaway-Prominent recognition as an event sponsor-Our grateful appreciation for your generous contribution.
Kristallnacht Commemoration
Leon Prochnik: The Boy Who Had the Chocolate Factory

Leon Prochnik: “The Boy Who Had the Chocolate Factory ,” will speak at University Synagogue on Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 6:30 pm in the Gray Family Chapel.

He began his escape from Poland in 1939, along with 13 other family members; the 6-year-old boy held an image in his mind that helped him survive… CLICK TO READ MORE.
Mazal Tov

Mazal Tov to Caren and Erwin Sokol, who were the honorees at the 24th Anniversary Gala of Venice Arts!

Mazal Tov to University Synagogue’s Sisterhood on receiving THREE national honors! The creative service, A Celebration of Reform Judaism Around the World,” received a Gold Or Ami award. Established in 1973, the WRJ Or Ami "Light of My People" Award recognizes exemplary social justice, community service, and educational programming that serves as a model for other WRJ Districts and sisterhoods. In addition, two national Honorable Mention awards were bestowed for “The Whys of Shabbat, A Creative Service” and for the Interfaith Forum “The Golden Rule: Is There Still Common Ground Today?” We are so very proud of our Sisterhood! 
Dear University Synagogue,

Just letting you know that we received the truckload full of food and socks today! 
On behalf of Safe Place for Youth (SPY), thank you for coordinating such an amazing donation from your congregation! We can't wait to distribute these essential items to our young people in need. 

David Menashri, professor emeritus at Tel Aviv University and Israel Institute Visiting Professor at the Y&S Nazarian Center, Israel's leading Iran expert, will examine recent developments in the Middle East and how they have led to a more aggressive Iranian regional policy.

Thursday, November 9, 2017
6:00 - 7:15 PM
Royce Hall, Room 314

For information on all of the Center's events, visit
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  or Margie Sebolsky at .
University Synagogue Film Society Screening: Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem

The next screening at the University Synagogue Film Society is  “Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem,” an Israeli drama about a woman trying to get a divorce in the Israeli religious court system.  November 19 at 9:30AM in the Grey Family Chapel .

This gripping film was the Israeli finalist for Best Foreign Film 2015 . It transcends the courtroom with the empathy it creates for life as it is lived on a daily basis by many Israeli women.

Our guest will be the distinguished family lawyer, Alexandra Leichter , who has represented women requesting divorce in the Los Angeles religious court.

Because the US Film Society does not charge admission and is funded by your contributions, you and a guest are invited to take Ms. Leichter to lunch at Divino nearby after the discussion. The contribution requested is $250 and is partially tax deductible. 

Please RSVP for lunch directly to Jim Ruxin at .

" once a fleshed-out character, a political metaphor, a shout to heaven and earth”...NY Times.

See you at the movies!
With the holidays approaching soon, this is the special time of year that our hearts go out to those who are far less fortunate than we are.

Here at University Synagogue we have an annual tradition of making the residents at the Ocean Park Community Center HOMELESS SHELTER feel cared about! It has been 7 years that our Sisterhood has sponsored a Holiday Party, including refreshments,music, (a DJ for karaoke) and well needed practical gifts for all of the shelter residents.

The homeless population in our city has grown tremendously. The shelter's population is 70, including men and women.

Our traditional and warmly received gifts have been NEW towel sets: two bath towels, two hand towels, and two wash cloths. We are counting on as many families as possible to contribute to this generous tradition. Placing the towel sets in large gift bags will make them festive and exciting to receive. Some of you have even put small toiletries items in the bags (shampoo, toothpaste, soap, deodorant, mouth wash, lotion, etc collected from hotel and vacation stays, or purchased).

Please bring the gift bags to the front office, and we will be sure that the residents have them by the time that we have our Holiday Party. We would like to have them no later than December 18th .

Many, many thanks, without your participation and generous involvement we could not carry on with this meaningful and gratifying tradition!!


Suzy Giambattista and Enid Friedman
Social Action Chair Women of Sisterhood

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 .

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.  
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 .

8:00 PM - Club Night with the Mavens

9:00 AM - Torah Off the Beaten Path

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 , 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, Auf-Ruf or Baby Naming

Click here to see the sponsorships. 

For more information, please contact Bonnie Kebre at .