Our Heroes

University Synagogue honors members of our synagogue community at our annual Heroes Among US Celebration and Fundraiser. This special event recognizes the important contributions that our honorees have made to the synagogue and the surrounding community. Proceeds from the event provide tuition assistance to our Early Childhood Learning Center and Religious School students, ensuring that every child in our community may receive a Jewish education.

We thank the past heroes of University Synagogue:

2006
Susan Corwin
Richard Weintraub
Councilman Bill Rosendahl 

2007
Maryann Fenster
Tessa Cramer
Mark Gold 

2008
Bahar Davidoff
Effie & Shuli Katz
Heidi Haddad 

2009
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
Jocelyn Silverman 

2010
Cantor Jay Frailich, 36 years

2011
Bea Fine & Herman Barnathan
Cami & Howard Gordon 

2012
Scott & Laurie Dubchansky
Elaine Rosenfield
Firefighter Dept. Station #19

2013
Michael & Gary Schoenfeld
Donna Shapiro
Janet & Tom Unterman  

2014
Deborah & Ivan Kallick
Vicki & Rich Tashman
Karlene & Howard Weg

2015
Laleh and Frank Bardi
Martha and Jeff Melvoin
Nancy and Steve Mindel

2016
Flora Kohanbashiri, z"l
Doreen Gelfand
Elizabeth Gelfand-Stearns

2017

Dr. Barry Silverman

Rabbi Joel Thal-Simonds