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Our Active Congregation

The heart of University Synagogue lies in our incredible sense of community. We believe that at University Synagogue you will find a true spiritual home and a source of lifelong friendships.

We have a thriving havurah program – small groups of members who enjoy celebrating and socializing together.  We are active in Tikkun Olam (social action), have a vibrant Women’s Connection and JW4 Men’s Club, and a wide range of social groups and committees that offer a wealth of diverse activities for all of our congregants.

Whether you are a family, single, working, retired, interfaith couple, LGBT or exploring your beliefs, there is a place for you in our community!


Tikkun Olam

Judaism is the day to day mitzvot of our hands and our hearts—changing the lives of those whom we willingly encounter, in which the giver and the receiver are both enriched.  Please join with the Tikkun Olam Committee of University Synagogue as we work together to build community within our synagogue and with communities near and far.  Read more…



The word havurah comes from the Hebrew word “haver”, meaning friend.  A havurah is a small circle of friends who share your values and interests. They will become your extended family within the greater synagogue community. Read more…


Shabbat Dinner with Friends

As new members join our community, and as long time members who attend these dinners know, we invite you to participate in our tradition of sharing a Shabbat Dinner with other congregants.  Read more..

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Women’s Connection

The Women’s Connection is a community of University Synagogue women of various ages, backgrounds and interests who gather together to support each other, as well as our synagogue.  Read more…


Men’s Club

Be of service. Make friends for life. Have fun in the process. We are a warm, welcoming and inclusive group looking for opportunities to serve our congregation. Special activities — just for the guys — also are being planned for different times during the year. Read more…



Kallah is our annual weekend retreat that is held in a resort/camp setting and is one of the most anticipated activities of the year. Read more…


Generations Group

Generations was started in 1995 to help support the many wonderful programs we offer at University Synagogue.  We are a group of members who enjoy having fun and are treated to great activities.  Read more…


University Synagogue Adult Choir

Learn classical and modern Jewish music and then share that music with the congregation on High Holidays and monthly during the year. The only prerequisite is a love of singing. Read more…


University Synagogue is a Kehillah Mekabelet, a welcoming congregation. Rabbi Rachlis officiates at same-sex commitment ceremonies and we are proud to be the home of Orange County’s first LGBT havurah.  Read more…


University Synagogue Gift Shop

In our gift shop you will find Judaica appropriate for all lifecycles, holidays, events and just for fun.  Read more…