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May 2018

“Understanding Addiction” will be the topic of services, led by Rabbi Rachlis and Cantor Braier, with Addiction Psychiatrist, Dr. Richard Sandor, brother of University Synagogue member, David Sandor.

May 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
University Synagogue, 3400 Michelson Dr.
Irvine, CA 92612 United States
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“Understanding Addiction” will be the topic of services, led by Rabbi Rachlis and Cantor Braier, with Addiction Psychiatrist, Dr. Richard Sandor, brother of University Synagogue member, David Sandor.  A number of University Synagogue members, who have struggled with addiction, will briefly comment on their addictions. Dr. Sandor is a board certified psychiatrist with more than thirty years’ experience in the field of addiction medicine. He has served as the medical director at several nationally accredited drug and alcohol treatment programs,…

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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 Peoplehood”

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

Master Jewish Educator and Former CEO of Hillel International, Avraham Infeld, will speak on “The Five Legged Table: The Cornerstones of Jewish Peoplehood.” Admission free, but register at www.jewishoc.org/avrahaminfeld As identity becomes increasingly complex and gaps between Israel and the Diaspora grow, will Jews worldwide continue to have commonalities that bind us as a people?  Can we be unified without being uniform?  What does Jewish peoplehood look like amid our great diversity?  Renowned Jewish educator Avraham Infeld will discuss his…

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June 2018

Palliative Care Physician Dr. Ira Byock and Clinical Ethicist Dr. Miriam Piven Cotler topic will be “To Life! What Mortality Can Teach Us About Living Fully”.

June 1 @ 8:15 pm - 9:00 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”. 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 the end of life can teach us a lot about living – if we are willing to listen and learn. This evening, we will explore the surprising potential that facing…

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August 2018

Professor Brian Levin will speak on “Domestic and International Terrorism, Hate and Extremism”

August 24 @ 8:15 pm - 9:00 pm
University Synagogue, 3400 Michelson Dr.
Irvine, CA 92612 United States
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8:15 p.m. Prof. Brian Levin, Director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism and Professor of Criminal Justice at Cal State University, San Bernardino, will speak on “Domestic and International Terrorism, Hate and Extremism” Criminologist and civil rights attorney Brian Levin, who specializes in the analysis of hate crime, terrorism and legal issues, is a Professor of Criminal Justice and Director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino,…

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September 2018

Selichot Program with actor Stephen Tobolowsky.

September 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
University Synagogue, 3400 Michelson Dr.
Irvine, CA 92612 United States
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Selichot Program with writer and television and movie actor, Stephen Tobolowsky who will perform “My Adventures With God.”  Actor Stephen Tobolowsky has performed in a lengthy list of roles in movies and television across many different genres. While he initially attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas with the intention of studying geology, he was quickly drawn to acting. He worked primarily in theater during his early career and later his film career has included The Philadelphia Experiment, Spaceballs, Mississippi…

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Award-winning songwriter, storyteller, performer, broadcaster Daniel Cainer will sing original compositions in a performance entitled “Yom Kippur: A Grain Of Sand, A Blade of Grass”

September 19 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
University Synagogue, 3400 Michelson Dr.
Irvine, CA 92612 United States
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Award-winning British songwriter, storyteller, performer and broadcaster Daniel Cainer will sing original compositions in a performance entitled “Yom Kippur: A Grain Of Sand, A Blade of Grass” Daniel Cainer’s ever-evolving, Jewish themed, one-man show of unique stories is smart, funny and timely. His deeply moving tales about his family and observational comedy are entertaining with brilliant rhyming and wordplay, great musicianship and haunting tunes.  A fourth generation British Jew, Daniel Cainer shares his sense of identity via a musical exploration…

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October 2018

Author and Prof. Deborah Tannen will speak on “You Just Don’t Understand: Women And Men In Conversation”

October 12 @ 8:15 pm - 9:00 pm
University Synagogue, 3400 Michelson Dr.
Irvine, CA 92612 United States
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Author and Prof. Deborah Tannen will speak on “You Just Don’t Understand: Women And Men In Conversation” Deborah Tannen is University Professor and Professor of Linguistics at Georgetown University and the author of many books and articles about how the language of everyday conversation affects relationships. She is best known as the author of You Just Don't Understand: Women and Men in Conversation, which was on the New York Times best seller list for 4 years and has been translated…

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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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