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May 2017

“Saving A Life, Saving A World” will be the theme of Shabbat services, led by Rabbi Rachlis and Cantor Braier during which Dr. Colleen Coleman will speak.

May 5 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
University Synagogue,
3400 Michelson Dr.
Irvine, CA 92612 United States

Friday, May 5, 8:00 p.m.  “Saving A Life, Saving A World” will be the theme of Shabbat services, led by Rabbi Rachlis and Cantor Braier during which Dr. Colleen Coleman will speak.  In January 2017, Dr. Coleman donated her kidney to colleague Dr. Brian Dunn, an anesthesiologist at Hoag, after the original kidney donor backed out and Dr. Dunn’s health continued to deteriorate.  (Click here for a story from the Orange County Register.) In our tradition, one of the greatest…

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Shabbat Alive Services, our jazz and pop service with a band, led by Rabbi Rachlis and Cantor Braier. Mathematician Dr. Arthur Benjamin will perform his incredibly humorous and delightful new show “Mathemagics” and a new group of Merage Israeli Fellows, whose specialty is Food Innovation, will introduce themselves.

May 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 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. Our Shabbat Alive musicians are sponsored by Gilbert Gluck and Catherine Bradley. A new group of Merage Israeli Fellows, whose specialty is Food Innovation, will briefly introduce themselves. Sponsored by the Merage Foundations.   8:15 p.m. Mathematician Dr. Arthur Benjamin will perform his incredibly humorous and delightful new show “Mathemagics.” Dr.…

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UCI Law School Dean Erwin Chemerinsky will speak at his Sixth Annual “Supreme Court Major Cases” Lecture

May 23 @ 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
University Synagogue – Sanctuary,
3400 Michelson Dr.
Irvine, CA 92612 United States

UCI Law School Dean Erwin Chemerinsky will speak at his Sixth Annual “Supreme Court Major Cases” Lecture with UCI Law School Dean Erwin Chemerinsky    Tuesday, May 23, 2017 University Synagogue 3400 Michelson Drive, Irvine, CA 92612 Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, a nationally-renowned professor of constitutional law and federal civil procedure, is the founding Dean of the University of California Irvine Law School and currently serves as dean and distinguished professor of law.  He came to UCI from Duke University, where he…

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June 2017

Shabbat Alive Services, our jazz and pop service with a band, led by Rabbi Rachlis and Cantor Braier. Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League, Rabbi Peter Levi, will speak on “The New Anti-Semitism.”

June 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 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. The Bereavement Committee and Oneg Committee as well as all June birthdays and anniversaries will be honored. 8:15 p.m. Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League, Rabbi Peter Levi, will speak on “The New Anti-Semitism." Rabbi Peter Levi is a veteran Jewish community professional with experience in community relations and interfaith affairs. He currently directs the Anti-Defamation League’s Orange County/Long Beach Regional…

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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 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. We will be dedicating a plaque in memory of Brian Sepel. Our Shabbat Alive musicians are sponsored by Gilbert Gluck and Catherine Bradley. 8:15 p.m. UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman and University Synagogue member and Dean of UCI Law School Erwin Chemerinsky will speak about their new book “Free Speech On Campus" about how to combat hate speech and authoritarianism, while upholding…

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September 2017

Singer and Songwriter Daniel Nahmod will perform for our Selichot Program

September 16 @ 7:45 pm - 8:45 pm
University Synagogue – Sanctuary,
3400 Michelson Dr.
Irvine, CA 92612 United States

7:45 - 8:45 p.m. Singer and Songwriter Daniel Nahmod will perform on Selichot night “Life Songs” (7:30 p.m.  Havdalah Service led by Rabbi Rachlis and Cantor Braier; 8:45 p.m.  Oneg and Social Hour; 9:15 – 10:00 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 - 3:30 pm

UCI Psychology Prof. Paul Piff will speak on “The Science of Awe” Saturday, September 30, 2017, 2:00 p.m. (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…

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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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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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January 2018

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

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. Yossi Chajes will speak on “Jewish Magic, Magical Judaism” J. H. (Yossi) Chajes (Ph.D., Yale University 1999) is Associate Professor in the Department of Jewish History at the University of Haifa and the director of its…

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