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Monday, September 1, 2003

Los Angeles - On Friday, November 21st, Reform Jews throughout greater Los Angeles will gather at 8:00 p.m. at University Synagogue in Brentwood to worship, sing and rejoice. The service commemorates the 350th anniversary of the arrival of Jews in North America.

The Reform Community Shabbat provides an opportunity for the entire Reform Jewish community to gather to celebrate Shabbat together, sing and pray together and rejoice in the strength of Reform Judaism. Long a Los Angeles tradition, the Reform Community Shabbat brings together rabbis, cantors, soloists and congregants from dozens of Southland congregations. The erev Shabbat service is a highlight of the community calendar.

University Synagogue is located at 11960 Sunset Boulevard - one mile west of the San Diego (405) Freeway.

The Reform Community Shabbatot are sponsored by

  • The Reform congregations of the Los Angeles area, which includes over twenty-five active congregations in the greater LA region;
  • The Central Conference of American Rabbis, the Reform rabbinical organization in North America which counts hundreds of rabbis among its members;
  • The American Conference of Cantors, the Reform cantorial organization which represents over 300 cantors across North America;
  • The Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion, the nation's oldest institution of higher Jewish education and the academic center of Reform Judaism, which educates men and women for service to American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators and communal service;
  • And the Union of American Hebrew Congregations - Pacific Southwest Council.

The Union of American Hebrew Congregations is the central body of the Reform Jewish movement in North America, and represents 1.5 million Jews in more than 900 congregations across the United States and Canada. UAHC services include music and book publishing, camps, adult education, and the Religious Action Center in Washington, D.C. The Pacific Southwest Council of the UAHC embraces 80 Reform congregations across Southern California, Southern Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico and west Texas.

For further information contact Rabbi Alan Henkin at 818.907.8740 or email to

Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's leading institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, museums, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding.