Calendar: February 5-11, 2016
FRI | FEB 5
INCLUSION SHABBAT CELEBRATION
This Shabbat, recognize and welcome our whole community with guest speakers Rabbi Rebecca Dubowe, who is believed to be the first deaf female rabbi ordained in the world, and Rabbi Rachel Bat-Or, who has provided the LGBTQ Jewish community with many resources to help meet their needs. They will talk about how everyone can do their part to be inclusive. 6 p.m. (dinner), 7:30 p.m. (service). $10 (adults), $5 (children). RSVP requested. Congregation Or Ami, 26115 Mureau Road, Suite B, Calabasas. (818) 880-4880. SAT | FEB 6
ARTIST TALK: ELHAM ROKNI’S “CLAVILEÑO”
“Clavileño” is Elham Rokni’s new exhibition that explores the relationship between light, movement and narrative. Anchored by two videos, the exhibition features large-scale abstract works that bring brightness to the dramatically dark installation. The title video, “Clavileño,” features a car driving in total darkness, employing the power of imagination as the viewer’s journey down a darkened road connects to a world of possibilities. The works on paper surrounding the video also provide a structure to the many possible narratives. Writer and curator Laura Fried will be in conversation with the Iran-born, Israel-based artist. 2 p.m. Free. Shulamit Nazarian, 17 N. Venice Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 281-0961. SUN | FEB 7
WORLD WIDE WRAP
Practice wrapping tefillin and learn the importance of it as you join with Conservative Jews around the world — on six continents! — for the Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs’ annual World Wide Wrap. No experience needed and everyone is welcome: men and women, boys and girls. Breakfast will be served afterward. (Other local participating synagogues include Sinai Temple, Shomrei Torah Synagogue and Temple Aliyah.) 8:30 a.m. Free. Temple Etz Chaim, 1080 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. (805) 497-6891. ” target=”_blank”>jewishmusicla.org.
TUES | FEB 9
“SON OF SAUL”
This screening of the Oscar-nominated drama “Son of Saul” includes a Q-and-A with director László Nemes and actor Géza Röhrig. The film portrays two days in the life of Saul Auslander, a Hungarian-Jewish prisoner at Auschwitz-Birkenau who is forced to help usher Jews into the gas chambers, then remove the corpses and burn them in the crematoria ovens. This event is hosted by Oscar-winning producer Tom Nunan and moderated by journalist Lisa Klug, best-selling author of “Cool Jew” and the daughter of a Holocaust survivor. 6:30 p.m. Free. James E. Bridges Theater, UCLA School of Theatre, Film and Television, 235 Charles E. Young Drive N, Los Angeles. (310) 206-8422. ” target=”_blank”>cap.ucla.edu.
WED | FEB 10
MODERN MINDS ON JEWISH MATTERS
Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb will explore the topic “Transgender in the Jewish Community.” Weinreb is executive vice president emeritus of the Orthodox Union, where he drew on his skills as pulpit rabbi, scholar and clinical psychologist to build the organization. 7:30 p.m. Free. Beth Jacob Congregation, 9030 W. Olympic Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 278-1911. THUR | FEB 11
“THE BLESSING OF A BROKEN HEART”
This play tells the true story of one woman’s heroic journey to find purpose and hope in the aftermath of evil. Starring Lisa Robins, the story is adapted and directed by Todd Salovey from the National Jewish Book Award-winning memoir by Sherri Mandell, whose eldest son was murdered in Israel at age 13. Palestinian terrorists were blamed, though the murderers were never caught. 8 p.m. $30. Jewish Women’s Theatre at The Braid, 2912 Colorado Ave., #102, Santa Monica. (310) 315-1400.