Erwin, Muslims, Purim and Archaeology

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There’s so much going on at University Synagogue in the next ten days, so don’t miss any of it.

Our own Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean of UCI Law School, will moderate an acclaimed and chilling documentary on the Eichmann trial on Wednesday, February 25 at 7:00 p.m., at the synagogue, sponsored by our own Orange County Jewish Film Festival. (And Erwin will be back on Sunday, March 22 for “The Biblical Trial;” so, sign up now.) As always, the feature films and documentaries have been excellent this year. (A week ago, Martin Landau, spoke about his starring role in “Crimes and Misdemeanors” right after we showed that incredibly memorable and morally challenging film.)

On Friday night, Feb. 27 at 8:00 p.m., we’ll face what Muslims and all of us have to do to change Islamic radicalism in the world. Whether it’s a “clash of civilizations” or “holy war” or something else entirely, our focus should be on solving a frightening international problem, not debating our rhetoric about it.

Next Wednesday, March 4, at 4:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., is Purim and it’s not just for children. Reawaken the child within you – no matter what your age – and sing, cheer for Esther, boo for Haman, eat hamantaschen and reflect on both feminism and overcoming anti-Semitism – powerful themes in the story. It’s a big Megillah.

Finally, on Friday, March 6, at 7:00 p.m., at Shabbat Alive services for Synaplex Shabbat, we’ll honor our Tikkun Olam Committee (don’t forget “Mitzvah Morning” on Sunday, March 22), learn about Israeli archaeology, welcome another group of Merage Israeli Fellows (don’t forget to sign up for a delicious dinner at 6:00 p.m.) and teenagers from Irvine United Congregational Church (IUCC). Our Pre-K through second graders will sing, we’ll celebrate birthdays and so much more.

Ten glorious days of learning, moral reflection, political analysis and fun! Don’t miss a moment.

February 20th 2015 |