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Community Groups

Chapter 2 an encompasses empty nesters and those approaching empty nest status. Its mission is to create entertaining programs that promote social, religious and cultural interaction among – but not limited to – that demographic. All are welcome. The group was formed in response to a perceived gap in programming and community-building events that existed between activities for families with young children at one end of the congregational spectrum and members of the Silver Generation at the other. 

To date, Chapter Two has based most of its activities at the synagogue. A program typically includes a Havdalah service, followed by a brief educational talk, dinner, and often some form of entertainment centered around that evening’s theme. 

Future events will include a mix of synagogue-based and off-site gatherings. Programs will vary in scope and scale, but a successful Chapter Two event will always include elements of Judaism, education, entertainment, and fun.

Silver Generation is open to all, but in particular to members of our congregation. We gather as a senior community to learn, schmooze, and eat with one another. We always have a program of great interest, and enjoy good food and the companionship of good friends.

Our programs featured: Dr. Erroll Southers formerly of the Transportation Security Administration discussing “Homegrown Violent Extremism”; Rabbi Stanley Davids who offered his “Confessions of Someone Still Addicted to Hope-An Update on Israel”; and Carol Hahn, R.N., who presented information about “Health/Medical Issues and Medications for Seniors.”

Our rabbis and cantor have also been available to present musical or educational programming about the holidays and current events. The steering committee for the silver generation is chaired by Chuck Kahn and committee members include Bill Sanders, Barbara Levin, Ephraim Katz, and Barbara Dischler.

Activity Groups

Film Society

The UniSyn Film Society meets once a month on a Sunday morning at 9:30 AM. All kinds of films (dramas, comedies, documentaries and thrillers) are screened that have an emotional or thoughtful relevance to the diverse Jewish experience, history, traditions and cultures. Many of these screenings become events as we usually have a relevant speaker to participate in a post-screening discussion. Programs generally end about 12:30 PM. Guests and family members are welcome, and there is no admission charge.

To learn more contact Jim Ruxin via email at JimRuxin@yahoo.com.

Sisterhood

Whether you would simply like to get to know some of the other women in the congregation, or would just like to get more involved – there is a place for you in sisterhood. However you choose to participate, please know that a warm and caring group of women waits for you. We meet regularly and often. We celebrate the Jewish holidays; watch movies, eat, drink, and learn together. We have numerous activity groups which include day trips, various classes, movie groups, book groups, mahjongg groups and a variety of dining groups with brunches, lunches or dinners. We have both daytime and evening groups. Learn more about becoming a member of UniSyn Sisterhood and see the current calendar of event here.

We raise funds to help groups at our synagogue, our community, in Israel, and those in need around the world. For our congregation, sisterhood purchases and presents gifts for our bar and bat mitzvahs, underwrites Red Cross training for staff, maintains a scholarship program for the “March of the Living” and supports special projects for the Religious School, Early Childhood Learning Center and the High Holy Days. Beyond our congregation, we donate funds to many worthwhile causes which have included World Union for Progressive Judaism, Jewish Braille Institute, Jewish World Watch for Sudan Relief, Israel, disaster relief, JWB Jewish Chaplains Council, New Directions, and The David Project. Through sisterhood, we enhance the quality and ideals of contemporary Jewish living to ensure the future of progressive Judaism.  

As a member of sisterhood, you are a member of Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ). Established in 1913, WRJ now represents more than 75,000 women in nearly 550 women’s groups in North America and around the world. A portion of your dues is contributed to WRJ. Through the WRJ, we serve Jewish and humanitarian causes worldwide and advocate for pressing social policy concerns including civil rights, women’s issues, public education, health care and social welfare. WRJ’s involvement is grounded in our identity as Jewish women committed to Jewish values.

 

Softball Team

University Synagogue participates in the Los Angeles area Synagogue Softball League which was established in 5755. The league consist of 30 teams across 5 divisions based on skill levels. Since joining the league approximately, UniSyn has done very well, winning our division several times and always being competitive.

Most importantly we have developed a strong bond of approximately 15 members. Every year we add new players, and are always looking for players to join the team. Friends and family are always invited to come watch and cheer us on.  The schedule can be found at the Synagogue softball website, www.synagoguesoftball.com.

For UniSyn members who are interested can email Todd Gelfand at tgelfand@grflp.com for further information. Go UniSyn!!

 

Fri, November 15 2019 17 Cheshvan 5780