Calendar: October 30 – November 5, 2015


REMEMBERING YITZHAK RABIN

On Nov. 4, 1995, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated after attending a peace rally. For many outside of the Holy Land, his death meant a loss of hope, but for Israelis, it represented something more complex — it led to increased isolation and the growth of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. Two events this week remember the late Israeli leader.

TUE | NOV 3

MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR YITZHAK RABIN

Stand in solidarity with the State of Israel during this 20th anniversary memorial service for Rabin and celebrate his life with special guest Jonathan Benartzi, his grandson. Presented by the Consulate General of Israel in Los Angeles, Temple of the Arts at the Saban Theatre and the Israeli American Council. 7 p.m. Free. Saban Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (323) 658-9100. WED | NOV 4

“20 YEARS LATER: REFLECTIONS ON THE ASSASSINATION OF ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER YITZHAK RABIN”

Join in discussions in English or Hebrew to honor this remarkable leader and discuss how his murder impacted history. 7 p.m. (discussion in English), 8:45 p.m. (discussion in Hebrew). Free. Registration required. American Jewish University, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 440-1246. SUN | NOV 1

LETTY COTTIN POGREBIN

Feminist icon Letty Cottin Pogrebin, a founding editor of Ms. Magazine, is a writer, lecturer, social justice activist and author of 11 books. Her recent novel, “Single Jewish Male Seeking Soul Mate,” tells the story of Zach Levy, the son of Holocaust survivors who promised his mother that he would marry a Jew and raise Jewish children, only to fall in love with a Black activist talk-show host. Pogrebin will be in conversation with Jewish Journal senior writer Danielle Berrin. 11:30 a.m. $36. American Jewish University, Burton Sperber Jewish Community Library, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 440-1246. ” target=”_blank”>dornsife.usc.edu/casden-institute.

A SALUTE TO ED ASNER

Winner of seven Emmys and a Television Academy Hall-of-Famer, Ed Asner is being honored by the Skylight Theatre Company with celebrity guests from film, television and theater for his 86th birthday. Among those slated to attend are actors Ed Harris, Dan Lauria,and Jean Smart. The celebration features a pre-party performance of “El Grande Circus de Coca-Cola,” a comedy in which Pepe Hernandez, Mexican patriarch of an entertainment clan, sets his sights on international fame with his star-studded traveling circus. Funds will benefit the Skyline Theatre Company. 6 p.m. (show), 7:30 p.m. (dinner and salute). Tickets start at $99. Skylight Theatre, 1816 1/2 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 761-7061. MON | NOV 2

“HERO WORSHIP: ARE ALL SUPERHEROES SECRETLY JEWISH?”

Rabbi Sharon Brous of IKAR will lead a conversation about the biblical, ethical and spiritual dimensions of the superhero mythos, its relationship to the American-Jewish experience and how it manifests in today’s culture. She will be speaking with TV writer, producer and screenwriter Damon Lindelof, (“Lost,” “The Leftovers”) and author Jonathan Lethem (“Motherless Brooklyn,” “Fortress of Solitude”). The talk will be followed by beer, wine, hors d’oeuvres and sweets. 7 p.m. $17 (advance), $20 (at door). Moss Theater, New Roads School, 3131 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica. (323) 634-1870.” target=”_blank”>jgscv.org.

WED | NOV 4

OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION: HERB KORNFELD

Come view a selection of the California-centric oil paintings of Herb Kornfeld, some of which have never been in a public exhibition. Kornfeld was a Los Angeles-based artist who was crucial in forging what critics call “California Modernism.” Trained as a landscape painter, he used bold colors to capture California cities and towns in his art as well as iconic state landmarks and images. Kornfeld also was an early animator at Disney, mentored by Walt himself. He worked on “Fantasia” and Donald Duck cartoons before dedicating himself to his own art. 6 p.m. Through Nov. 18. Free. FM Fine Art Gallery, 834 N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 466-9999. 

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