Calendar: September 16-22
FRI | SEPT 16
“SAWED IN HALF”
Andrea Mezvinsky, named “America’s Funniest Mom” on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” is a stand-up comedian and actress whose new solo play, “Sawed in Half,” asks the question: What happens when one woman’s competing roles of wife, mother, lover and performer collide? Come for opening night as she seeks guidance from her two closest role models — her spry but dead Jewish grandmother and her neurotic, feminist mother. Developed and directed by Emmy-nominated Victoria Larimore. 8 p.m. $17 in advance; $20 at the door. ACME NoHo Theatres and Studios, 5124-5126 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. SAT | SEPT 17
BEHIND THE SCENES IN THE KNESSET: MY LIFE IN ISRAEL
Dov Lipman, a United States-born rabbi and former member of Israel’s Knesset, will share his personal journey at Congregation Magen David of Beverly Hills — from immigrating to Israel to becoming an elite Israeli politician. Lipman, who had to renounce his U.S. citizenship to join the Israeli government, was the first American-born member of Israel’s Knesset in 30 years. He held a prominent seat at the Israeli political table and has a lot to share. Also appearing at Young Israel of Century City on Sept. 17 and at the home of Jennifer and Tzvi Niman in Sherman Oaks on Sept. 18. Events sponsored by Nefesh B’Nefesh. 5:30 p.m. Free. Congregation Magen David of Beverly Hills, 322 N. Foothill Road, Beverly Hills. (310) 274-0808. SUN | SEPT 18
SUNDAYS IN THE PARK
Explore the 2,700-acre playground that is the Brandeis-Bardin campus of American Jewish University (AJU) and partake in arts and crafts, archery, sports, outdoor cooking, animal feedings and more. Kosher lunch and snacks will be available for purchase. Noon. $5; free for children 3 and younger. Brandeis-Bardin campus of AJU, 1101 Peppertree Lane, Brandeis. (805) 582-4450. ” target=”_blank”>anniekorzen.com.
“FUELING EXTREMISM IN A WIRED WORLD”
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum presents the eighth annual Linda and Tony Rubin Lecture, “Fueling Extremism in a Wired World.” What might the Nazis and their propaganda machine have done with the internet and social media at their disposal? New technology, whether then or now, provides extremists with unchecked ability to spread hate and prey upon audiences to join their agenda. This event will explore the tension between protecting free speech and limiting incendiary propaganda. What responsibility do technology companies, governments and individuals have to limit uses of technology in order to keep our world safe? Janine Zacharia, a visiting lecturer at Stanford University, will moderate a panel of speakers. Co-presented by Loyola Marymount University. 7:30 p.m. Free. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 556-3222. ” target=”_blank”>allevents.in.
WED | SEPT 20
JEWISH WORLD WATCH: FILM SCREENING AND PANEL
Jewish World Watch (JWW) presents the screening of the 2015 short documentary “The Testimony.” The film, which was nominated in its category for an Oscar this year, chronicles the largest rape trial in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s history and reveals systematic rape by government soldiers of their own civilians. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with the filmmakers and Mike Brand, policy and programs director at JWW. The film was directed and produced by Vanessa Block. There will be a reception before the screening and coffee and dessert afterward. 7 p.m. Free. Crescent Theatre, 100 N. Crescent Drive, Beverly Hills. Reservations required: email@example.com or (818) 501-1836, ext. 202.
PARENT TRAINING: TRANSITION PLANNING
Learn about transition planning that will allow for a bright and sustainable future for young adults with developmental disabilities. There will be a panel discussion about preparing for life after high school, self-determination, rights and entitlements. You also will have the opportunity to learn how to access adult services. Training intended for parents and caregivers. 7 p.m. Free. Reservations required to firstname.lastname@example.org or (424) 249-3300. Congregation Or Ami, 26115 Mureau Road, Calabasas. ” target=”_blank”>eventbrite.com
THURS | SEPT 22
YALA, REBAR AND REBOOT LIVE
Join six storytellers as they reflect on their 13-year-old selves and what they would change if they could. This event features Todd Levin (“Conan”) and Ethan Sandler (“Transparent”), as well as Emily Foster (“OMFG!” podcast), Becky Bordo (“Black Dossier”), Michael Kass (“Ceremony”) and Liz Weisman (stand-up comedy). Hosted by Steve Goldbloom (PBS’ “Everything But the News”). This storytelling event is a collaborative program of YALA, ReBar and Reboot. 7 p.m. $15. Three Clubs, 1123 Vine St., Los Angeles. (323) 761-8054. ” target=”_blank”>templeisaiah.com.