July 4, 2018 | 21 Tamuz, 5778
This Week
Friday, 7/6
Family 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, 7/8
Hevrah Torah

Religious School reconvenes September 23rd
Welcome to University Synagogue!
Dear Friends,
After an extensive and thorough process, the Search Committee and Board of Trustees are extremely pleased to announce the selection of Toby Berkow as University Synagogue's next Executive Director. Toby has worked closely with the clergy, Board, and Lisabeth Lobenthal during her transition.
Toby has had a life-long career in the Jewish sector while dabbling in other areas. Starting as an active NFTY kid from Brooklyn, New York, she has worked in over a dozen Synagogues throughout her career. After her work at Central Synagogue in Manhattan, she was the administrator at both Temple Menorah in Redondo Beach and Temple Israel of Hollywood. For the past four years, Toby has served as the Executive Director for the healthcare nonprofit, Lupus LA, in Beverly Hills. 
Toby holds a MS from Pratt Institute in New York City in Facilities Management, a BA from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA in Jewish Studies and Theater and an AA in Culinary Arts from Kendall College in Chicago, IL. 
Along with her son Kayden, she is thrilled to join the University Synagogue team and looks forward to being part of the community.

Join us in warmly welcoming Toby Berkow  tberkow@unisyn.org   to our community. We strongly believe that with her leadership, guidance, and vision, we will continue to go from strength to strength.
Rabbi Morley T. Feinstein
Allan Golad, President
Michael Tuchin, Past President and Search Committee Chair
A Note from Michael Tuchin
Chair, Executive Director Search Committee

Thank you to my fellow search committee members for their efforts, which included reviewing dozens of applications, interviewing consultants and candidates, and making a recommendation to the Board. Through hard work and persistence, the committee identified our wonderful new executive director, Toby, who was enthusiastically and unanimously recommended by the committee. The following served as members of the search committee:

Lisa Cohen, Rabbi Morley Feinstein, Allan Golad, Jennifer Haarmann, Stanley Iezman, Ephraim Katz, Cantor Kerith Spencer-Shapiro, Donna Shapiro, and Nancy Stark.
Mazal Tov 3
Mazal Tov

Mazal Tov to Cantor Shapiro who was honored for her 12 years of board service at the American Conference of Cantors Convention in Dallas, TX.
Zichronam Livrachah
Margo Lieberman , aunt of Karen Flora .

Myrtle Mullens , mother of Leslie (Geoffrey) Margolis , as a blessing.
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 two ways for you to learn how you can help, and you may participate in either or both. They are:

  • A special policy briefing via phone hosted by the Federation’s Legal Division and facilitated by Jessie Kornberg, President & CEO of Bet Tzedek

Wednesday, July 11, 2018
6:00-6:30 PM
Dial-in information will be provided with confirmation.

  • 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
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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!