Calendar: September 2-8
FRI | SEPT 2
SHISHI ISRAELI FOR YOUNG ADULTS
Join in the new Kaballat Shabbat gathering in Los Angeles for young Jewish and Israeli adults, ages 25-40. Engage in a warm and welcoming Shabbat event with music, food and friends (new and old). There will be a traditional kosher-style dinner served and alcohol for those 21 and older. In collaboration with World Zionist Organization-Department for Diaspora Activities, Israeli-American Council (IAC) and Israeli House LA. 7:30 p.m. $25 general admission. IAC Shepher Community Center, 6530 Winnetka Ave., Woodland Hills. ” target=”_blank”>odysseytheatre.com.
SAT | SEPT 3
“MOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS”
This comedy by Ron Hutchinson tells how one of the most iconic films in Hollywood history almost did not get made. It’s three weeks into filming “Gone With the Wind” — Atlanta has burned, Scarlett O’Hara has been cast — and there is no workable script. Producer David O. Selznick has five days to save the troubled production. Selznick brings in Victor Fleming to take over as director and screenwriter Ben Hecht to rewrite the script — but Hecht has never read the book it’s based on. So Selznick and Fleming hilariously re-enact scenes from the novel for Hecht to adapt into a screenplay that would become the epic, Academy Award-winning film. Directed by Stephanie A. Coltrin. Post-show party on opening night hosted by The Greek Mediterranean Steak & Seafood. 7 p.m. $95. Rubicon Theatre, 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. (805) 667-2900. SUN | SEPT 4
The Chabad “To Life” telethon has become a worldwide, joyful celebration of life since it first aired in 1980. It is reminder of the power of good deeds, and donations have ranged from $1 up to thousands. The money goes to an array of Chabad efforts, such as education, summer camps, children with special needs, community outreach and crisis intervention, just to name a few. You will enjoy a star-studded lineup that includes the always-endearing “dancing rabbis.” Those in the Los Angeles area can watch on KSCI-TV (LA 18). 5 p.m. TUES | SEPT 6
CRUCIAL CONVERSATIONS: ELECTION 2016
The Jewish Journal and Sinai Temple Men’s Club present one in a series of Crucial Conversations, this one about the upcoming presidential election. Rabbi David Wolpe will moderate a discussion between Jewish Journal Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Rob Eshman and President David Suissa on topics including the fight against terrorism, U.S. national security and the U.S.-Israel relationship. 6:30 p.m. Free. $10 for dinner; free for Men’s Club and Sinai Temple members. RSVP is mandatory to firstname.lastname@example.org or (310) 474-1518, ext. 3340. Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 474-1518. THURS | SEPT 8
AN EVENING OF MA’ALEH FILMS AND REFLECTION
The Ma’aleh Film School of Jerusalem returns to Los Angeles to screen award-winning short films by its graduate students, including one created by the Ma’aleh VideoTherapy Bereaved Fathers’ Group. You will also have the opportunity to meet Ofir Shaar, father of Gilad, one of the three boys kidnapped and murdered by Hamas in 2014; Keren Hakak, the filmmaker who guided the bereaved fathers group; and Neta Ariel, director of the Ma’aleh Film School of Jerusalem. Special guests include producer Zvi Howard Rosenman and newly appointed Israeli Consul General in Los Angeles Sam Grundwerg. 7 p.m. $75; $85 at the door. Laemmle Music Hall, 9036 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 937-0980. ” target=”_blank”>nessah.org.
“STORIES FROM THE FRINGE: WOMEN RABBIS, REVEALED!”
This funny and insightful play chronicles the true stories of some of L.A.’s most beloved women rabbis. You will hear stories of determination, prayer, ritual and motherhood as you get a peek into the lives of such rabbis as Sharon Brous, Denise Eger, Laura Geller and Naomi Levy. This is Judaism’s feminist story of triumph as until less than 45 years ago, only men could pursue a career as a rabbi. There will be dessert and a post-show discussion with distinguished women rabbis. 8 p.m. $40. The Braid, 2912 Colorado Ave., No. 102, Santa Monica. (310) 315-1400.