Calendar: December 4-10, 2015
FRI | DEC 4
“HE SAID, SHE SAID”
Jewish Womens Theater joins Valley Beth Shalom’s Neshama minyan for a musical Friday evening service and a performance of “He Said, She Said,” a meditation on the comedy and tragedy of intimacy and relationships. 7:30 pm. Free and open to all. Valley Beth Shalom, 15739 Ventura Blvd, Encino. (818) 788-6000. SUN | DEC 6
CHANUKAH PANCAKE BREAKFAST
Roll out of bed and come celebrate Chanukah in your pajamas! There will be breakfast, menorah-making and a special Chanukah-themed magic show. 9:30 a.m. $12 (general); $10 (members). Westside Jewish Community Center, 5870 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 938-2531. ” target=”_blank”>fcla.org.
Wilshire Boulevard Temple and UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music present George Frederick Handel’s “Judas Maccabaeus.” “Judas Maccabaeus” is one of Handel’s most popular oratorios and one of the few that is still popular today as a celebration of the feast of Chanukah, which commemorates the events. The performance will feature UCLA graduate vocal students soloists; the UCLA Choral Union; and the UCLA Philharmonia under the direction of UCLA professor and director of orchestral studies, Neal Stulberg. Before the concert, there will be a lecture given by UCLA’s Neal Brostoff, music programs coordinator for the Mickey Katz Endowed Chair in Jewish Music; and Mark Kligman, professor and Mickey Katz Endowed Chair in Jewish Music. After the program, there will be a singalong, candle lighting and jelly doughnuts. RSVP requested. 3 p.m. (lecture); 4 p.m. (performance). Free. Wilshire Boulevard Temple, 3663 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 388-2401. ” target=”_blank”>uclahillel.org.
Come see the Shirettes perform original songs and traditional Chanukah tunes. The Shirettes — Sue Epstein, Judy Farber and Ditza Zakay — have been together since 2001. Their focus is to convey Jewish concepts to young children through their catchy melodies. They are the premier music educators among early childhood centers in the Jewish communities of Los Angeles and the San Fernando and Conejo valleys. There will also be a menorah lighting and Chanukah treats. 5 p.m. Free. RSVP requested. Paskow Sanctuary at Temple Etz Chaim, 1080 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. (805) 497-6891.” target=”_blank”>daviddayanfisher.com.
LIGHTS & STRIKES CHANUKAH SOIREE
Young Jewish Professionals will host its annual Chanukah party at the brand-new Bowlmor Lanes. Come shmooze over cocktails and mingle with hundreds of other young Jews while knocking down some pins. 8 p.m. $30 (advance); $40 (at door). VIP options available. Formal attire. Tickets available at eventbrite.com. Bowlmor Lanes, 234 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. MON | DEC 7
DAVID GREGORY AND RABBI DAVID WOLPE
President George W. Bush once asked David Gregory, “How’s your faith?” Gregory, a former moderator on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” has interviewed everyone who’s anyone, nationally and internationally. But this question stuck with him, leading him to write his new book, “How’s Your Faith?” As a Jew, he delves into a variety of religious traditions and cultures. Being married to a Protestant woman, he writes about the challenges, joys, struggles and compromises that come with an interfaith marriage. Gregory will be joined in conversation by Rabbi David Wolpe, leader of Sinai Temple. 7:30 p.m. $18. (310) 481-3243. Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 474-1518. TUE | DEC 8
8 CANDLES, 8 COUNTRIES
Explore what Chanukah means to different Jewish communities around the world with JDC Entwine, an initiative of JDC, the largest Jewish humanitarian organization in the world. Get an inside look at such communities in Cuba, India, Ukraine and more, meet with leaders in L.A.’s Russian-Jewish community and learn how you can travel with JDC Entwine. There will be drinks and authentic appetizers from around the globe. Co-sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, RuJuLa and Genesis Philanthropy Group. 7 p.m. $25. The Mark, 9320 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. ” target=”_blank”>skirball.org.
WED | DEC 9
SEPHARDIC MUSIC FESTIVAL
After being held in New York for 10 years, the Sephardic Music Festival will be in Los Angeles for its second year. This annual festival is a celebration of music and art, showcasing musicians from around the world that mix traditional, dance, electro, hip-hop and folk songs. It is the first music festival to focus exclusively on the less-familiar, captivating culture of Jewish communities in Spain, Portugal, North Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. The Sephardic Music Festival is the only Jewish music festival in the United States to focus exclusively on Sephardic music and culture, showcasing the latest Mizrahi, Yemenite and Ladino artists from around the world. Some featured artists include rock-reggae band Moshav, violinist Melanchloe, experimental funk band Tropical Nasty, rapper Kosha Dillz, an acoustic set by Automatic Toys as part of Mizrahi Remembrance Month, and an “East Meets West” Sephardic remix night with celebrity chef and food blogger Nina Safar. Come join in the fun! The festival runs from Dec. 9-14. For full schedule, pricing information and venues, visit ” target=”_blank”>Crossword can be found online this week.