Care & Support

University Synagogue has a social worker, career development specialist, and lawyer available to provide free assistance to our members.

The Ezra Network is an initiative of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles in partnership with Jewish Family Service, Bet Tzedek Legal Services and Jobs.Vision.Success (formerly known as Jewish Vocational Service). University Synagogue was the first and continues to be the ground-breaking congregation in this initiative funded by the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles and the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. For three years, congregants and members of the Jewish Community have sought help and been assisted in various ways. 

Social Worker - Nina Reinis

Nina Reinis of The Ezra Network is on-site at University Synagogue every Tuesday and Thurdsay to meet with individuals by appointment, one-on-one in a confidential setting. Nina can assist you with the following challenges:

  • Aging parents
  • Appealing disability claims
  • Individuals with special needs
  • Divorce and family issues
  • Domestic violence resources
  • Drugs and alcohol addiction resources
  • Eviction
  • Family members with mental illness
  • Grief counseling
  • Home foreclosure
  • Legal challenges
  • Navigating support systems for financial issues
  • Parent support referrals
  • Unemployment
  • Other counseling needs and resources

For information about the Ezra Network, click here. To make an appointment, contact Nina Reinis by phone at (323) 600-5722, or by email nreinis@jfsla.org.

Career Development Specialist 

The Jewish Federation of Los Angeles has a career development specialist from Jewish Vocational Service. She can help with resume writing, interview skills, cover letter writing, LinkedIn advice, online job application processes, networking, and salary negotiation. Contact us at (310) 472-1255 for more information.

Lawyer - Coming Soon!

For the Jewish Community Resource Guide, click here.