Calendar: November 13-19, 2015
FRI | NOV 13
LAUNCH OF ABRONSON CENTER FOR JUDAIC ARTS
The inaugural weekend of Temple Aliyah’s Abronson Center for Judaic Arts will provide a sampling of the programs that will be offered throughout the year, including workshops, auctions, guest lectures and community projects. This new, comprehensive program for adults throughout the region aims to enhance Jewish spirituality through the creation of Judaic art, including ceramics, painting and fused glass. Some of the weekend’s events include Friday night Shabbat and dinner; Saturday Shabbat, lunch, and a wine and cheese art auction; and Sunday’s art workshops with a variety of artists. $18-$25 (Shabbat dinner), $20-$45 (Sunday workshops). Temple Aliyah, 6025 Valley Circle Blvd., Woodland Hills. (818) 346-3545. SAT | NOV 14
A STORYTELLING WORKSHOP WITH ANNIE KORZEN
Independent Writers of Southern California (IWOSC) presents a monthly seminar on what makes a great personal essay. Annie Korzen, a writer, actress and teacher of storytelling who had a recurring role on “Seinfeld,” will guide this workshop. Bring the first two lines and last two lines of your story and, with the help of Korzen and participants, the middle will be developed. 10:30 a.m. $35 (general), $15 IWOSC members). Reservations required. Veterans Memorial Building, 4117 Overland Ave., Culver City. (310) 773-8075. SUN | NOV 15
Back by popular demand, this one-woman show stars Yafit Josephson, who portrays 18 different characters over the course of the story. Upon completing her mandatory army service in Israel, Josephson moves to Los Angeles to fulfill her dream of becoming an actress but finds she is continually cast as a villain. Like her country, which wrestles with the world’s false perceptions, Josephson must decide how far she is willing to go to change how others see her and what she is willing to risk to fulfill her dreams. Followed by a Q-and-A with Yafit Josephson and producer Eliad Josephson. 7 p.m. $35. Whitefire Theatre, 13500 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. (310) 500-0680. ” target=”_blank”>chabadla.org.
“ON THE MARGINS OF THE HOLOCAUST”
This interdisciplinary conference will examine new research on World War II’s impact on Jews and Muslims in the underexplored region of North Africa, such as Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia, which had anti-Semitic legislation imposed by authorities and had labor camps established, leaving the threat of annihilation looming over the Jews in the region. Learn more during the panels held by a variety of professors over this two-day conference. 10 a.m. Free. Faculty Center, UCLA, 480 Charles E. Young Drive West, Los Angeles. (310) 267-5327. WED | NOV 18
MORATEINU ALISSA THOMAS-NEWBORN
The first female to serve as an Orthodox congregational clergy member in Los Angeles, Morateinu Alissa Thomas-Newborn took the road less traveled. During the lecture, she’ll discuss the changing roles of women in Judaism and share stories of her own journey. She was ordained in May at the New York seminary Yeshivat Maharat, and was hired as full-time clergy at L.A. synagogue B’nai David-Judea Congregation, where she is referred to as Morateinu (“our teacher”). Free. RSVP required. 12:30-1:45 p.m. Jerome Richfield Hall, CSU Northridge, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge. (818) 677-4724. “>eventbrite.com.