Calendar: July 15-21, 2016
SAT | JULY 16
One day after giving a free audiovisual presentation at Beth Chayim Chadashim, photographer and author Penny Wolin will deliver an audiovisual lecture and exhibit with selected silver-gelatin photographic prints featured in her new book, “Descendants of Light: American Photographers of Jewish Ancestry.” She will talk about her road trip across the country, during which she dedicated several years to discovering why so many of America’s greatest modern photographers — from Alfred Stieglitz to Annie Leibovitz — are Jewish. 5:30 p.m. doors open; 6:45 p.m. reception; 7:30 p.m. art talk. Free entrance; $30 for reception and audiovisual conversation. The Braid, Jewish Women’s Theatre Performance Space & Art Gallery, 2912 Colorado Ave., No. 102, Santa Monica. (310) 315-1400 .
“C–K TALES: SHAME ON ME!”
Written and performed by Debra Ehrhardt, “C–k Tales: Shame on Me!” begins and ends with humor and sexual liberation. Self-discovery, betrayal, molestation, guilt, pleasure and love are explored in this show based on true stories from Ehrhardt’s early years as a girl raised by a religious family through her sexual awakening as a young woman and encounters with a world full of testosterone-fueled gentlemen — and not-so-gentle men. Directed by Joel Zwick (“My Big Fat Greek Wedding”). 7:30 p.m. $40; includes post-show Champagne reception with Ehrhardt. Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 Fourth St., Santa Monica. (310) 394-9779. SUN | JULY 17
THE GOLDEN AGE OF JEWISH SPAIN: A CULTURAL, HISTORICAL AND EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCE
Come hear a powerful lecture about the history of Jewish Spain by Elisheva I. Diaz, founder of the Coalition for Sephardic Ladino Legacy (CFSLL). There will be music by Gavriela Perez and Kol Sephardic Choir, and a performance by the dance group Pasion Flamenca de Los Angeles. CFSLL focuses on the need for the optional return of the B’nei Anusim (descendants of Conversos), as well as the preservation of Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) culture and language. 3 p.m. $12; $15 at the door. Azusa Pacific University, The Munson Chapel, East Campus, 901 E. Alosta Ave., Azusa. ” target=”_blank”>ajrca.edu.
ATID TIKKUN OLAM DAY AT THE BEACH
The beach is one of the best parts of living in Los Angeles, and this event organized by Atid, the Jewish young professionals group of Sinai Temple, will be filled with good deeds to help keep it in its best shape. Meet at the Santa Monica Pier by the arch and start the day by giving out pre-prepped bag lunches to people in need. Afterward, the group will clean up litter from the sand. Then it’s time for some well-earned relaxation — tan on the sand, splash in the ocean or grab a drink. RSVP by July 15. 11 a.m. Free. Ages 21-39. Santa Monica Pier, 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica. ” target=”_blank”>yala.org.
MON | JULY 18
KULANU DESSERT PARTY
This gathering will have a unique, international flavor, featuring three Jews from across the globe: Yehudah Kimani from Kenya, Siegfried Fried Orochena from Nicaragua and Yacob Yacobi from India. All three will have just completed the monthlong Brandeis Collegiate Institute in Simi Valley. This is a chance to welcome these young people to Los Angeles and hear about Kulanu’s work of supporting isolated and emerging Jewish communities around the world. 7:30 p.m. Free. RSVP. The home of Jon and Julie Drucker, 6523 Moore Drive, Los Angeles. (212) 877-8082. THURS | JULY 21
“OUR MEN HAVE THEIR SAY”
In an effort to balance the gender scales of comedy and drama, Jewish Women’s Theatre will present a new salon show, “Our Men Have Their Say.” Eight masculine authors (and two women) will bare their souls as three actors (and one actress) take audiences on a journey of erotic dreams about 90-year-old biblical heroines, disappointing parents by missing Friday night dinner, surviving miscarriages and keeping scandalous secrets from a spouse. Featured writers include Alan Zweibel, formerly of “Saturday Night Live”; American Jewish University professor and author Ron Wolfson; and Jewish Journal columnist and President David Suissa. 8 p.m. $40. Includes dessert buffet and Q-and-A session. Ages 16 and older. The Braid, 2912 Colorado Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 315-1400. ” target=”_blank”>pasadenaplayhouse.org.
JNET WOODLAND HILLS ICE CREAM SOCIAL
Schmooze with speakers Jackson Schwartz from Morgan Stanley, whose talk is titled, “Is There a Recession Coming?” and Sandy Hollander from Let’s Go! Travel, discussing, “The Many Flavors of Travel.” 6:30 p.m. networking; 7 p.m. meeting. Free. Temple Aliyah, 6025 Valley Circle Blvd., Woodland Hills.