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August 2017

Shabbat Alive Services, our jazz and pop service with a band, led by Rabbi Rachlis and Cantor Braier. UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman and University Synagogue member and Dean of UCI Berkeley Law School Erwin Chemerinsky will speak about their new book “Free Speech On Campus”

August 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
University Synagogue,
3400 Michelson Dr.
Irvine, CA 92612 United States

7:00 p.m. Shabbat Alive Services, our jazz and pop service with a band, led by Rabbi Rachlis and Cantor Braier during which we will dedicate a plaque in the sanctuary in memory of our beloved Brian Sepel. All those celebrating birthdays this month will be honored. 8:15 p.m. UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman and UC Berkeley Law School Dean Erwin Chemerinsky will discuss how to combat hate speech and authoritarianism, while upholding constitutional rights in universities and society in general. What…

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September 2017

Singer/Songwriter Daniel Nahmod will perform on Selichot night “Life Song: Love, Legacy and A Life Well Lived”

September 16 @ 7:15 pm - 8:15 pm
University Synagogue – Sanctuary,
3400 Michelson Dr.
Irvine, CA 92612 United States

7:15 p.m. Singer/Songwriter Daniel Nahmod will perform on Selichot night “Life Song: Love, Legacy and A Life Well Lived” (7:00 p.m.  Havdalah Service led by Rabbi Rachlis and Cantor Braier; 8:15 p.m.  Oneg Social Hour; 8:45– 9:30 p.m. Selichot service led by Rabbi Rachlis and Cantor Braier) Daniel Nahmod has performed his profound, heart-opening original music for over one million people and has sold 100,000 CDs. His poetic and evocative message of peace, love and compassion across all nations, cultures and…

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UCI Psychology Prof. Paul Piff will speak on “The Science of Awe”

September 30 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
University Synagogue,
3400 Michelson Dr.
Irvine, CA 92612 United States

UCI Psychology Prof. Paul Piff will speak on “The Science of Awe” (After Yom Kippur morning services) Why do humans experience awe – that often-positive feeling of being in the presence of something vast that transcends our understanding of the world? Prof. Piff will talk about the emerging science of awe, which is uncovering the vital and transformative role that awe can play in our lives. Awe helps shift our focus from narrow self-interest to the interests of others. It…

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October 2017

Shabbat Alive Services, our jazz and pop service with a band, led by Rabbi Rachlis and Cantor Braier. Writer and producer of “Homeland” and “24,” Howard Gordon, will speak on “Terrorism, Anxiety, Politics And Popular Culture.”

October 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:15 pm
University Synagogue,
3400 Michelson Dr.
Irvine, CA 92612 United States

7:00 p.m. Shabbat Alive Services, our jazz and pop service with a band, led by Rabbi Rachlis and Cantor Braier. All those celebrating birthdays this month will be honored. 8:15 p.m. Writer and producer of “Homeland” and “24,” Howard Gordon, will speak on “Terrorism, Anxiety, Politics And Popular Culture.” Howard Gordon is an award winning television writer and producer whose credits include some of television’s most prolific series. He co-created the breakout series Homeland (based on the Israeli show “Hatufim/Prisoners…

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November 2017

SYNAPLEX SHABBAT ALIVE

November 10
University Synagogue,
3400 Michelson Dr.
Irvine, CA 92612 United States

6:00 p.m.  Shabbat Dinner, catered by (TBA).  Menu: Cost:  Adults $18; Children Ages 3-12 $10.  Click here to RSVP to Heidi by Wed., Nov. 8 at noon. 7:00 p.m. Shabbat Alive Services, our jazz and pop service with a band, will be led by Rabbi Rachlis and Cantor Braier during which we will dedicate a new leaf on our Tree of Remembrance in memory of Brian Sepel (D-2). All birthdays this month will be honored.  Our Shabbat Alive musicians are…

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UCI Law Professor Jennifer M. Chacón will speak on “Immigrant Communities, Language and Memory”

November 23 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
University Synagogue,
3400 Michelson Dr.
Irvine, CA 92612 United States

Professor Jennifer M. Chacón is a leading national expert on the intersection of immigration law and criminal law.  Her ongoing research has been funded by the Russell Sage Foundation and the National Science Foundation.  Prior to entering law teaching, Professor Chacón was an associate at the New York law firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell and a clerk to the Honorable Sidney R. Thomas of the Ninth Circuit.  Prof. Chacón is currently Professor of Law and Senior Associate Dean for…

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December 2017

Shabbat Alive Services & Speaker, Dr. Steven Z. Pantilat, will speak on the topic of his new book, on “Life After The Diagnosis: Expert Advice For Living Well With Serious Illness for Patients and Caregivers.”

December 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:15 pm
University Synagogue – Sanctuary,
3400 Michelson Dr.
Irvine, CA 92612 United States

7:00 p.m. Shabbat Alive Services, our jazz and pop service with a band, led by Rabbi Rachlis and Cantor Braier. All those celebrating birthdays this month will be honored. Our Shabbat Alive musicians are sponsored by Gilbert Gluck and Catherine Bradley. 8:15 p.m. Dr. Steven Z. Pantilat will speak on the topic of his new book “Life After The Diagnosis: Expert Advice For Living Well With Serious Illness for Patients and Caregivers”. After 27 years of practice in palliative care, Dr.…

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Singer and Songwriter Craig Taubman and his band will perform “A Hanukkah Concert For All Ages”. Ticket information will be announced.

December 10 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
University Synagogue – Sanctuary,
3400 Michelson Dr.
Irvine, CA 92612 United States

Singer and Songwriter Craig Taubman and his band will perform “A Hanukkah Concert For All Ages”. Ticket information will be announced. Craig Taubman's dynamic music and moving performance style have been an inspiration to the Jewish community for over 22 years and his songs bridge traditional Jewish themes and ancient teachings with passages and experiences of contemporary Jewish life. He speaks a language that is comfortable for children and adults. His Jewish recordings are an integral part of the community,…

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January 2018

Synaplex Shabbat Alive Services & Speaker, Dr. Yossi Chajes will speak on “Jewish Magic, Magical Judaism”

Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:15 pm
University Synagogue – Sanctuary,
3400 Michelson Dr.
Irvine, CA 92612 United States

6:00 p.m.  Shabbat dinner, catered by (TBA), with the Merage Israeli Fellows.  Menu: Cost:  Adults $18; Children Ages 3-12 $10.  Click here to RSVP by Wed., Jan. 17 at noon. 7:00 p.m. Shabbat Alive Services, our jazz and pop service with a band, led by Rabbi Rachlis and Cantor Braier. All those celebrating birthdays this month will be honored. Our Shabbat Alive musicians are sponsored by Gilbert Gluck and Catherine Bradley. A new group of Merage Israeli Fellows, sponsored by the…

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February 2018

Annual Biblical Trial – Topic to be announced

Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
University Synagogue,
3400 Michelson Dr.
Irvine, CA 92612 United States

Sunday, February 25, 2018 1:00-3:30 p.m. UC Berkeley Law School Dean Erwin Chemerinsky and Loyola Law School Professor Laurie Levenson will argue a new Biblical case in front of University Synagogue member Justice Richard Fybel and a jury of all those in the audience. After submission of the “evidence,” there will be a lively discussion on timeless and timely moral, ethical and philosophical themes, featuring Rabbi Rachlis and others. Co-sponsored by Dr. Miriam Piven Cotler and Arkady and Ella Serebryannik.…

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