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February 2018

Annual Biblical Trial “The People v Aaron: The Golden Calf Story – Did Aaron Incite a Rebellion?”

February 25 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
University Synagogue, 3400 Michelson Dr.
Irvine, CA 92612 United States
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From Ruly Tribe to Unruly Mob: What Happened to the Israelites  When Moses Went Up to Mt. Sinai? Sunday, February 25, 2018 1:00-3:00 p.m.    When Moses leaves for his 40 days to Mt. Sinai, things quickly fall apart. Impatient and unknowing of Moses’ whereabouts, the people insist Aaron make them a god to worship and he builds the golden calf.  God is mad, but who’s to blame – the People or Aaron? Did Aaron’s weakness as a leader make…

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March 2018

A Very Special Interfaith Shabbat dinner and lecture by Prof. Amy-Jill Levine on “Jesus And Judaism: The Connection Matters” at Irvine United Congregational Church (4915 Alton Parkway).

March 9 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Irvine United Congregational Church, 4915 Alton Parkway
Irvine, CA 92604 United States
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6:00 p.m. Interfaith Shabbat Dairy Dinner at IUCC. Cost: $20 for dinner. University Synagogue members and non-members must contact IUCC directly to RSVP at iucc.org/register or call (949) 733-0220.  7:00 p.m.  Prof. Levine’s lecture.  Admission for the lecture only ($30 for the public) is FREE for University Synagogue members, but you must RSVP ASAP to the synagogue office at (949) 553-3535. We have made a donation to IUCC to help underwrite Prof. Levine and, in appreciation, our members can attend…

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Former Presidential Candidate Gov. Michael Dukakis will speak on “Getting America Back On Track And Building A Better And More Peaceful World.”

March 23 @ 8:15 pm - 9:00 pm
University Synagogue, 3400 Michelson Dr.
Irvine, CA 92612 United States
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8:15 p.m. Former Presidential Candidate Gov. Michael Dukakis will speak on “Getting America Back On Track And Building A Better And More Peaceful World.” Gov. Dukakis has been a Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Northeastern University and a visiting professor at the School of Public Affairs at UCLA since 1981. His research has focused on national health care policy reform and the lessons that national policy makers can learn from state reform efforts. Gov. Dukakis graduated from Swarthmore College…

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April 2018

“Hitler in Los Angeles: How Jews Foiled Nazi Plots Against Hollywood and America” will be the theme of Shabbat services, led by Rabbi Rachlis and Cantor Braier, with guest speaker USC History Professor, Steven J. Ross.

April 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
University Synagogue, 3400 Michelson Dr.
Irvine, CA 92612 United States
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“Hitler in Los Angeles: How Jews Foiled Nazi Plots Against Hollywood and America” will be the theme of Shabbat services, led by Rabbi Rachlis and Cantor Braier, with guest speaker USC History Professor, Steven J. Ross, who is also the Director of the Casden Institute for the Study of the Jewish Role in American Life. Prof. Ross is the son of two Holocaust survivors. His most recent book, “Hitler in Los Angeles: How Jews Foiled Nazi Plots Against Hollywood and…

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May 2018

“To Life! What Mortality Can Teach Us About Living Fully” will be the theme of Shabbat services, led by Rabbi Rachlis and Cantor Braier, with guest speakers Dr. Ira Byock and University Synagogue member and Clinical Ethicist Dr. Miriam Piven Cotler.

May 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
University Synagogue, 3400 Michelson Dr.
Irvine, CA 92612 United States
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“To Life! What Mortality Can Teach Us About Living Fully” will be the theme of Shabbat services, led by Rabbi Rachlis and Cantor Braier, with guest speakers Dr. Ira Byock and University Synagogue member and Clinical Ethicist Dr. Miriam Piven Cotler. Life is an absolute value for Jews. Life is a precious gift. We hate to think and talk about the fact that we and everyone we know and love will one day die. However, experiences of people who were facing…

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Master Jewish Educator and Former CEO of Hillel International Avraham Infeld will speak on “The Five Legged Table: The Cornerstones of Jewish Identity”

May 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Avraham Infeld is considered by many to be one of today’s most important Jewish educators. A mentor to the Reut Institute's Nation-State research team, and a consultant to the Mandel Institute in Jerusalem, Mr. Infeld was formerly the Founder and President of Melitz, Director of TAGLIT-Birthright Israel’s planning process, President and CEO of the Chais Family Foundation, and a mentor to the Reut Institute's Tikkun Olam research team. His recently published autobiography, A Passion For A People, has received rave…

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SYNAPLEX SHABBAT

May 18

6:00 p.m. Shabbat dinner. RSVP. 7:00 p.m. Shabbat Alive Service led by Rabbi Rachlis and Cantor Braier.  All those celebrating May birthdays will be honored. A new group of Merage Israeli Fellows, sponsored by the Merage Foundation, whose speciality is Food Tech, will briefly introduce themselves. 8:15 p.m. Speaker TBA  

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December 2018

Dr. Joellyn Zollman will speak on “Exodus: Leon Uris, Paul Newman and American Zionism”

December 14 @ 8:15 pm - 9:00 pm
University Synagogue, 3400 Michelson Dr.
Irvine, CA 92612 United States
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Across the 20th century, popular culture has played an important role in American Jewish life, as cultural conversations about American Jewish identity developed on screen and in print. One of the most memorable and impactful of these conversations was brought to us by Leon Uris and Paul Newman.  Exodus, the epic tale of the founding of the State of Israel, offered a vision of Zionism that resonated with American viewers. This talk examines the popularity of Exodus and explores its effects on American Jewish identity…

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January 2019

San Francisco State University Prof. Mark Dollinger, who holds the Goldman Chair in Jewish Studies, will speak on “American Zionism From 1880 Until Today.”

Friday, January 18, 2019 @ 8:15 pm - 9:00 pm
University Synagogue, 3400 Michelson Dr.
Irvine, CA 92612 United States
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Dr. Marc Dollinger holds the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Endowed Chair in Jewish Studies and Social Responsibility at San Francisco State University. An author and expert in the fields of Jews and American politics, American Zionism and California Jews, Prof. Dollinger is past president of both the Jewish Community High School of the Bay and Brandeis Hillel Day School.  He serves as academic vice president of Lehrhaus Judaica, as well as a trustee of URJ Camp Newman and the Bay…

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