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June 2017

Pre-Independence Day Americana Shabbat

June 30
University Synagogue,
3400 Michelson Dr.
Irvine, CA 92612 United States

6:00 p.m. Outdoor Americana Shabbat BBQ Dinner. Menu: BBQ Kosher hamburgers and hot dogs and side dishes.  Cost: $5/person; Children 5 and under are free. Click here to RSVP to Heidi Altman, by Wed., Jun. 28 at noon. 7:00 p.m.  “Pre-Independence Americana Shabbat” will be the theme of services for all ages, led by Rabbi Rachlis and Cantor Braier.  In place of a sermon, there will be a sing-along of folk songs (Peter, Paul and Mary, the Beatles, etc.) and patriotic…

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July 2017

“Ask the Rabbi” will be Rabbi Rachlis’ topic at Shabbat services.

July 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
University Synagogue,
3400 Michelson Dr.
Irvine, CA 92612 United States

“Ask the Rabbi” will be Rabbi Rachlis’ topic at  Shabbat services.  Ask him anything on any aspect of Judaism. For instance, what’s the difference between the terms “synagogue,” “congregation” and “temple”?  Why is a mezuzah placed on the right doorpost?  How is Reconstructionism different from Reform and Conservative Judaism?  How much flexibility can someone have in believing/not believing in God and still be considered a Jew? All those celebrating anniversaries this month will be honored.

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“How to be a Great Jewish Parent or Grandparent” will be Rabbi Rachlis’ topic at Shabbat Services

July 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
University Synagogue,
3400 Michelson Dr.
Irvine, CA 92612 United States

“How To Be A Great Jewish Parent or Grandparent” will be Rabbi Rachlis’ topic at Shabbat services focusing on a few key ways that our tradition gives us to shape a meaningful Jewish and ethical identity for our children and grandchildren.  We will also dedicate two leaves on our Tree of Remembrance: “In Loving Memory of Nathaniel Brenner, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather,” and “In Loving Memory of Charlotte Ramenofsky, wife, mother, and grandmother,” From the Mahon and Brenner families.

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Shabbat Beach Service at Crescent Bay Point Park in Laguna Beach.

July 21
Crescent Bay Park,
Laguna Beach, CA United States

6:15 p.m. Family Shabbat Dinner at Laguna Beach's Crescent Bay Point Park overlooking the ocean! Please bring your own dairy dinner. 7:00 p.m. Family Shabbat services, for all ages, in Laguna Beach at Crescent Bay Point Park. Bring a blanket or chairs if you wish (if not, there's amphitheater seating) to Crescent Bay Park in North Laguna and celebrate summer, watching the sun set over the Pacific Ocean. Join Rabbi Rachlis and Cantor Braier for an unforgettable evening of nature, singing and…

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“How To Be A Mentsch” will be Rabbi Rachlis’ topic at Shabbat Services

July 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
University Synagogue,
3400 Michelson Dr.
Irvine, CA 92612 United States

“How To Be A Mentsch” will be Rabbi Rachlis’ topic at Shabbat services, focusing on becoming more conscious of our behavior and more empathic in our everyday interactions.

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August 2017

“The Ten Commitments, Not Commandments” will be Rabbi Rachlis’ topic at Shabbat Services

August 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
University Synagogue,
3400 Michelson Dr.
Irvine, CA 92612 United States

“The Ten Commitments, Not Commandments” will be Rabbi Rachlis’ topic at Shabbat services, offering a new, more modern approach to the Biblical Ten Commandments.  Rather than trying to conform to ideas that are thousands of years old, can we affirm a new set of principles that reflect our morality today?  This is one of the three Shabbatot of the year when the Ten Commandments are the Torah portion.

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Shabbat Services – Samuel Cullen’s Bar Mitzvah

August 5 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
University Synagogue – Sanctuary,
3400 Michelson Dr.
Irvine, CA 92612 United States

Shabbat Services will be led by Rabbi Rachlis and Cantor Braier during which Samuel Cullen, son of Matt and Lenin Cullen, will be called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah. Everyone is invited to the service and the kiddush that follows.

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Family Services at Crescent Bay Point Park in Laguna Beach

August 11
Crescent Bay Park,
Laguna Beach, CA United States

6:15 p.m. Family Shabbat Dinner at Laguna Beach's Crescent Bay Point Park overlooking the ocean! Please bring your own dairy dinner. 7:00 p.m. Family Shabbat services, for all ages, in Laguna Beach at Crescent Bay Point Park. Bring a blanket or chairs if you wish (if not, there's amphitheater seating) to Crescent Bay Point Park in North Laguna and celebrate summer, watching the sun set over the Pacific Ocean. Join Rabbi Rachlis and Cantor Braier for an unforgettable evening of nature,…

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Family Shabbat Services for all ages led by Rabbi Rachlis and Cantor Braier at Crescent Bay Point Park in Laguna Beach. All those celebrating birthdays this month will be honored.

August 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Crescent Bay Park,
Laguna Beach, CA United States

Family Shabbat services, for all ages, in Laguna Beach at Crescent Bay Point Park. Bring a blanket or chairs if you wish (if not, there's amphitheater seating) to Crescent Bay Point Park in North Laguna and celebrate summer, watching the sun set over the Pacific Ocean. Join Rabbi Rachlis and Cantor Braier for an unforgettable evening of nature, singing and joy. All those celebrating birthdays this month will be honored. If necessary, the rain location will be at University Synagogue. Directions:…

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Shabbat Services – Brady Gassel’s Bar Mitzvah

August 12 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
University Synagogue – Sanctuary,
3400 Michelson Dr.
Irvine, CA 92612 United States

Shabbat Services will be led by Rabbi Rachlis and Cantor Braier during which Brady Gassel, son of Stuart and Lynne Gassel, will be called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah. Everyone is invited to the service and the kiddush that follows.

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