Calendar: May 6-12, 2016
FRI | MAY 6
CINCO DE MAYO MEXICAN SHABBAT DINNER
An open bar, a Mexican-style four-course meal and 100 Young Jewish Professionals … Can you say fantastico? Join this diverse group for a night of eating, drinking and networking. 7:30 p.m. bar opens; 8 p.m. dinner. $70. Must purchase in advance; no tickets will be sold at the door. Pat’s Restaurant, 9233 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 205-8705. ” target=”_blank”>andreamezvinsky.com.
SUN | MAY 8
You will be surprised and delighted by Wendy Liebman’s well-crafted one-liners about her insecurities and irritations. She has performed for the likes of Johnny Carson, David Letterman, Jay Leno and Jimmy Fallon, and has appeared on HBO, Comedy Central and Showtime. In 2014, she was a semifinalist on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” 5 and 7 p.m. $20. Dinner packages available. Flappers Comedy Club, 102 E. Magnolia St., Burbank. (818) 845-9721. TUES | MAY 10
YOM HAZIKARON COMMUNITY-WIDE NIGHT OF REMEMBRANCE
Temple of the Arts and Friends of the Israel Defense Forces present this second annual opportunity to stand together as a community to commemorate Israel’s fallen soldiers and victims of terror. It will include a screening of “Our Boys,” a documentary from Moriah Films, the film division of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, that examines the events surrounding the kidnapping and murder of Gilad Shaer, Naftali Fraenkel and Eyal Yifrach at the hands of Hamas terrorists in the summer of 2014, and the beginning of the Gaza war. 6:30 p.m. (doors), 7:30 p.m. (program). Free. Beverly Hills Temple of the Arts, Saban Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (323) 843-2690. ” target=”_blank”>ikar-la.org.
WED | MAY 11
COMMUNITY YOM HAZIKARON AND YOM HAATZMAUT CEREMONY
Join Bnei Akiva of Los Angeles for its annual community-wide Yom HaZikaron commemoration and Yom HaAtzmaut celebration. A barbecue dinner will be available for purchase before and after the program, and music and dancing will follow. 6:15 p.m. (doors/early dinner), 7 p.m. (program). Free. Beth Jacob Congregation, 9030 W. Olympic Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 278-1911. ” target=”_blank”>ourki.org.
FIFTH ANNUAL SHORT-PLAY FESTIVAL
Join Valley Beth Shalom Jewish Writer’s Roundtable for six 10-minute comedies and dramas inspired by Yom HaAtzmaut, the national day of Israel, and “Hatikvah,” the country’s national anthem. 7:30 p.m. Free. Valley Beth Shalom 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (818) 788-6000. ” target=”_blank”>jvsla.org.
THUR | MAY 12
The Sephardic Educational Center presents the Los Angeles premiere screening of “Mekonen: The Journey of an African Jew.” It tells the inspirational story of Mekonen Abebe, a young African-Israeli Jew who goes from being a shepherd in Africa to a commander in the Israel Defense Forces paratroopers. Discussion with Rabbi Daniel Bouskila to follow. 7:30 p.m. $10 (students), $18 (advance); $20 (at door). Laemmle Music Hall, 9036 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (323) 272-4574.