Calendar: June 10-16, 2016


SAT | JUNE 11

“RUTH: THE MOVING ORATORIO”

Valley Beth Shalom and the Jewish Music Commission of Los Angeles bring you “Ruth,” an oratorio by Aminadav Aloni that tells the story of Shavuot. This performance, which will take place during the morning Shabbat service, will include the Valley Beth Shalom congregational choir and members of the American Jewish University choir. 10 a.m. Free. Valley Beth Shalom, 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (818) 788-6000. ” target=”_blank”>vbs.org.

TIKKUN LEIL SHAVUOT: SHOULD CAPITAL PUNISHMENT BE PERMITTED?

Join Temple Etz Chaim and Temple Adat Elohim for a special night of Torah study. The Erev Shavuot service and learning sessions will address the Jewish view of capital punishment with Superior Court Judge Karen Nudell, defense attorney Dan Kuperberg and Rabbi Dalia Samansky. Blintzes and other Shavuot delicacies will be served. 7:30 p.m. Free. Paskow Sanctuary, Temple Etz Chaim, 1080 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. (805) 497-6891. ” target=”_blank”>templealiyah.org.

THE TORAH OF ME: HOW DO YOU RECEIVE TORAH?

Join communities of all denominations, learning styles, Jewish backgrounds and affiliations for a night to deepen our understanding of our individual Torah. 9 p.m. opening session; 4:30 a.m. Shacharit on the roof. Temple Beth Am, 1039 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 652-7353. ” target=”_blank”>wisela.org/shavuot_celebration.

SHAVUOT NIGHT SHIURIM & MIDNIGHT BBQ

Celebrate with scholar-in-residence Rabbi Yona Reiss, Av Beit Din of the Chicago Rabbinical Council and former director of the Beit Din of America. There will be several other teaching rabbis discussing themes such as: “Loving the Convert — Can Gerut be Retroactively Nullified?” and “Theocracy vs. Democracy in Modern Day Israel.” The night will end with Shacharit in Shapell Sanctuary at 5:05 a.m. 11 p.m. Free. Beth Jacob, 9030 W. Olympic Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 278-1911. ” target=”_blank”>nessah.org.

SUN | JUNE 12

EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT YIDDISH BUT FORGOT TO ASK YOUR BUBBIE: A FRIENDLY GENTILE’S GUIDE

This lively program will showcase what Yiddish is all about. While enjoying the music and comedy, learn about the rich history of the language. Starring Shane Baker and Amanda Miryem-Khaye Seigel, who will be taking questions from the audience. 2 p.m. Free. Unclaimed reservations will be released 15 minutes before the program. Central Library, Mark Taper Auditorium, 630 W. Fifth St., Los Angeles. (213) 228-7000. “>thewallis.org.

WED | JUNE 15

YAKOV SMIRNOFF: “HAPPILY EVER LAUGHTER”

World-renowned comedian Yakov Smirnoff brings his one-man show to Los Angeles! Smirnoff uncovers how laughter can bring love and happiness back into your romantic life. “Happily Ever Laughter: The Neuroscience of Romantic Relationships” combines humor with his 10 years of scientific research. Come enjoy a good laugh as Smirnoff shares his philosophies on love, romance and the differences between men and women. 7:30 p.m. Tickets starting at $40. The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 246-3800. ” target=”_blank”>ideaslosangeles.com.

THUR | JUNE 16

LAUGHTER THROUGH TEARS: THEODORE BIKEL MEMORIAL EVENING

Join in this tribute to the late actor Theo Bikel, who died in 2015. Peter Yarrow, Tom Paxton, Hankus Netsky, Craig Taubman, David Krakauer, and Hazzan Mike Stein will honor Bikel and his legacy through songs and stories. Feel free to bring your favorite bottle of wine to raise a glass to Bikel. 8 p.m. Free. Reserve ticket at eventbrite.com. Pico Union Project, 1153 Valencia St., Los Angeles. (818) 760-1077.

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