Calendar: May 20-26, 2016


SAT | MAY 21

“A SONG FOR YOU”

In 1943, the Karp family escaped the Nazis by crossing the Pyrenees on foot with help from the French Resistance. Carrying the burden of her parents’ trauma, filmmaker Sharon Karp returns to Europe with her sisters to confront the events of the past. This story of survival through strength, luck and the help of others is told through interviews with the director’s mother, segments of her father’s book, home movies, photographs and historical footage. A dessert reception and discussion with the filmmakers will follow. 7 p.m. $20 suggested donation. Beit T’Shuvah, 8847 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 204-5200, ext. 263. SUN | MAY 22

“SIBLING RIVALRY”  TALK SERIES WITH BETTE ALKAZIAN

The Early Childhood Center at Temple Etz Chaim presents Bette Alkazian, a nationally recognized parenting expert who will discuss “Sibling Rivalry”: How love and hate can exist in the same space and why it’s great! As kids try to figure out who they are through the eyes of their family, sibling rivalry can have tremendous benefits — like instilling important values early on. 9:30 a.m. Free. Temple Etz Chaim, 1080 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. (805) 497-6891. ” target=”_blank”>shalominstitute.com.

“CHUTZPAH & SALSA”: GROUP SHOW OF LATINO ARTIST

Four artists explore the fusion of Latino culture with Jewish traditions. Latino Jews have immigrated to the United States from many South and Latin American countries, where they often found refuge from persecution in Europe, Russia or the Middle East — journeys that exposed artists to diverse cultures and spurred their creative representations. Featured artists are Julio Sims, Patricia Krebs, Florencia Glas and Gisele Goldwater-Feldman. This is the companion exhibition to the salon-style show “Chutzpah & Salsa,” which features stories and theater performances by writers from Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Panama, Venezuela, Peru and Cuba. 11 a.m. Free. The Braid, 2912 Colorado Ave., #102, Santa Monica. ” target=”_blank”>wcce.aju.edu.

JOAN CARL RETROSPECTIVE — ARTIST’S RECEPTION

As Joan Carl celebrates her 90th birthday this year, this retrospective and  reception showcases more than 80 years of art. She is an artist, mother and educator who creates her art with a chisel, brush, pencil or pen. Her work is abstract but representational, drawn from direct observation or reflective memory.  3-6 p.m. San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center, 18312 Oxnard St., Tarzana. (818) 697-5525. MON | MAY 23

RAISING ISRAELI KIDS IN L.A.

How do you balance Israeli identity with an American one? This discussion, which will be led in Hebrew, is hosted by child psychologist Ernest Katz of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and by child therapist Irit Bar-Nezer. The Ma Koreh Israeli parenting program is a project of BJE-Builders of Jewish Education. 7:30 p.m. Free. Kosher refreshments provided. Tickets available on eventbrite.com. Valley Beth Shalom, 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (323) 761-8605. TUES | MAY 24

HOW ABOUT 2016? AN ELECTION YEAR FOR THE HISTORY BOOKS

Come to this lecture and discussion about the craziness that is the 2016 presidential election year. Featuring guest speaker Raphael Sonenshein, executive director of the Pat Brown Institute at Cal State Los Angeles and a frequent contributor to the Journal. Light refreshments will be served. 6:30 p.m. $15 for Columbia Alumni Association members; $20 nonmembers. No tickets sold at the door. Roxbury Community Center, 471 S. Roxbury Drive, Beverly Hills. (323) 513-4755. ” target=”_blank”>einsteintheplay.com.

WED | MAY 25

ONEG SHEMESH

Come hear the Israeli-born guitarist and singer Oneg Shemesh bring a new sound to Jewish music with his indie folk/rock. Featuring great music and inspiring speakers, this event is dedicated to mental health awareness. In observance of Lag B’Omer, music will begin after sundown. 7:30 p.m. $18. Includes coupon to Jeff’s Gourmet Sausage Factory for a burger, fries and a drink. B’nai David-Judea Congregation, 8906 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 276-9269. ” target=”_blank”>eventbrite.com

CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES FACING JEWISH AND ASIAN-AMERICAN COLLEGE STUDENTS

Come for dinner and a panel discussion about how both Jewish and Asian-American student groups are affected by “model minority” stereotypes and how this impacts intergroup dynamics on campus. This event, hosted by the Anti-Defamation League’s Asian Jewish Initiative, presents students and administrators from UCLA, Pitzer College and USC as part of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month. 6 p.m. $10. Pre-registration required. Tickets at eventbrite.com. Light dinner included. ADL Offices, 10495 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 446-4232.

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