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Join us on the evening of March 16, 2024 at 5:00p.m., for a remarkable milestone in the life of our synagogue community.  Our 2024 Gala will honor the incredible journey of Rabbi Arnie Rachlis who has been a guiding light for our congregation for over 32 years.   The Gala will be a night of reflection, gratitude and FUN as we pay tribute to our Rabbi prior to his retirement in June 2024.   The funds raised will allow Rabbi Rachlis’ legacy to continue through programs promoting inclusivity, diversity, and intellectual and spiritual growth.

The Gala will take place in our elegantly transformed Social Hall and include specialty cocktails, delectable appetizers, dinner and dessert.  An entertaining DJ will play music ranging from Jewish favorites to current pop hits.

Come and be a part of this unforgettable moment in the life of our congregation.  Your presence will add to the fun and success of the evening.

Join the Fun!

Purchase Gala Tickets
All members of our synagogue are invited to participate in this Gala celebration. Seating preferences will be honored if possible. Thanks to the support of our community, we have reached our max seating capacity. 
Please use the link below to make a donation or tribute to honor Rabbi Rachlis.  

Become a Gala Sponsor
Gala sponsors help to underwrite the cost of the Gala.  Sponsors receive special seating at the dinner and will be given a space in the Gala Tribute Book. 

Tribute Ads
A Gala Tribute Book will be distributed at the dinner.  It will include both ads from local businesses as well as personal tributes to Rabbi Rachlis.  Business ads will also be recognized on the synagogue’s website and event materials. Personal tributes will be an opportunity for individuals to thank Rabbi Rachlis for his involvement at a family baby naming, Bar or Bar Mitzvah, wedding, funeral or other life cycle event.  It will be a nostalgic keepsake for him when he looks back on his lifetime of spiritual leadership and friendships at University Synagogue.

Donate Auction Items

Of course, like all nonprofits, our Gala is also a fundraiser.  WE NEED YOUR HELP to make our event a huge success!  We need donated gifts, to be used for our auctions, held before, during, and after the event.   Suggested items:

  • Tickets to theater, sporting events, concerts, etc. 
  • Hotel/Resort/Time share.  Do you have a week at a vacation spot you can donate?  A weekend getaway?
  • VIP events.  Can you get on-field at a professional sports event or concert?  Have a boat we could use for a day?  Think of the special experiences you may have access to, and donate one for our auction.
  • Gift basket items: Wine, gourmet food, high-end (new) kid’s toys – we’ll make them into a great basket!
  • Gift cards to your business, or to other businesses you know: restaurant, spa, fitness club, or other luxury vendors. 


Hosted Events

Did you know that our member-hosted events usually sell out at our gala auctions?  These special experiences are among the most popular items.  Please offer to host an event for our members.  Here are some ideas that have succeeded in the past:

  • Themed dinner at your home
  • Brunch on Your Boat
  • Waterpark Party for Kids
  • Mah Johng Party
  • High Tea in the Afternoon
  • Art Creation Party


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