Jewish Journal

Calendar: March 31-April 6

A still from “In Search of Israeli Cuisine.” Photo courtesy of iinsearchofisraelicuisine.com

FRI | MARCH 31

“IN SEARCH OF ISRAELI CUISINE”

“In Search of Israeli Cuisine,” a documentary directed by Roger Sherman, is a portrait of the Israeli people told through food. Profiles include chefs, home cooks, farmers, vintners and cheese-makers from more than 100 cultures in Israel, such as Jewish, Arab, Muslim, Christian and Druze. The film’s guide, Michael Solomonov, is the James Beard award-winning chef-owner of Zahav in Philadelphia, and other restaurants. Laemmle Royal Royal, 11523 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles; Town Center 5, 17200 Ventura Blvd., Encino. laemmle.com.

VALLEY ALLIANCE SHABBAT

Join other young professionals living and working in the San Fernando Valley for a meal and an opportunity to learn more about The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles from hosts Karen and Mark Getelman. 7 p.m. $18. Private home in Tarzana; address provided upon RSVP. RSVP to kacole@jewishla.org or (818) 668-2349. yala.org.

SAT | APRIL 1

“PREVENTING MASS ATROCITIES: FROM RHETORIC TO REALITY”

Is it possible to prevent genocide and mass atrocities? How can you become a change-maker in your community? Explore these questions and more at this weekend-long conference featuring panels of experts, film screenings and advocacy workshops that begins April 1. Speakers include: keynote speaker David Kaye, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression, and director of the International Justice Clinic at UC Irvine; Mike Brand, director of advocacy and programs at Jewish World Watch; Mac Hamilton, ‎executive manager at STAND (a student-led movement to end mass atrocities); Savannah Wooten, student director at STAND; and David Estrin, founding director of Together We Remember. Presented by Jewish World Watch and STAND. 9 a.m. Saturday; 9:30 a.m. Sunday. $35; $15 for students. USC, Los Angeles. jww.org.

SUN | APRIL 2

“JEWGLE: THE SEARCH FOR JEWISH IDENTITY”

Adat Shalom and the Violet Harris Fund presents “When Do We Eat?” a 2005 film about an out-of-control Passover seder. Enjoy this screening and discussion with director Salvador Litvak. 7 p.m. $5 with reservation; $10 at the door. RSVP to (310) 475-4985. Adat Shalom, 3030 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles. adatshalomla.org.

INTERFAITH SOLIDARITY MARCH

Join a 1-mile walk of solidarity  with neighbors, friends and colleagues of various beliefs and houses of worship, including the three Abrahamic faiths: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Help lead the way toward peace and unity as you stand in support of everyone’s right to worship freely and to live peacefully. 1 p.m. Free. Wilshire Boulevard Temple, 3663 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, contact the Institute for Religious Tolerance, Peace and Justice at  interfaithmarchla@gmail.com or (323) 454-0557. instituteforreligioustolerance.org.

“PERSONA NON GRATA”

This movie tells the story of Chiune Sugihara, a Japanese diplomat who served as vice-counsel in the Japanese consulate in Lithuania during World War ll. He disobeyed government orders and issued visas to Jews fleeing Nazi persecution. It is estimated that Sugihara saved 6,000 Jews. 1 p.m. Free. Temple Adat Elohim, 2420 E. Hillcrest, Thousand Oaks. (805) 497-7101. adatelohim.org.

STOP HUMAN TRAFFICKING

Follow in Moses’ footsteps to fight human trafficking. Actors will perform stories of survivors, and participants will learn what they can do to take action. 3:30 p.m. $5 suggested donation at the door. National Council of Jewish Women LA Council House, 543 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 852-8514. ncjwla.org.

SENIOR PROM

Young Adults of Los Angeles (YALA) is taking senior citizens to the prom. Volunteer and boogie down with bubbe while giving seniors an event to remember. 1 p.m. Free. Westside Jewish Community Center, 5870 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. yala.org.

“CHANGING ROLES OF WOMEN IN THE MODERN ORTHODOX WORLD”

Rabbanit Alissa Thomas-Newborn, Orthodox woman clergymember of B’nai David-Judea Congregation, will discuss “Changing Roles of Women in the Modern Orthodox World” at Westwood Village Synagogue. Q-and-A to follow presentation. 6:30 p.m. Free; RSVP to eventswvs@gmail.com. Westwood Village Synagogue, 1148 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles. westwoodvalleysynagogue.org.

TUES | APRIL 4

“DIVINE LAW & COMMUNITY BOUNDARIES IN JEWISH ANTIQUITY”

Christine Hayes from Yale University will explore two radically distinct ideas of divine law that emerged in late antiquity: Greek natural law, grounded in reason, and biblical law, grounded in revelation. Hayes will discuss the lasting impact of both and talk about the diverse ways that ancient Jews resolved this conflict. Moderated by Carol Bakhos from UCLA. 4 p.m. Free. RSVP to cjsrsvp@humnet.ucla.edu. UCLA, 314 Royce Hall, Los Angeles. (310) 267-5327. cjs.ucla.edu.

A TASTING TRIP THROUGH FRANCE’S RHONE VALLEY

Join Young Adults of Los Angeles (YALA)’s Wine Cluster in a tasting journey through France’s Rhone Valley, home to some of the country’s best wines. Enjoy a tasting of four wines while meeting new friends and learning about wine. 8 p.m. $25; tickets available at eventbrite.com. Vinoteque, 7469 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles. yala.org.

THURS | APRIL 6

JOAN NATHAN: “KING SOLOMON’S TABLE”

King Solomon is said to have sent ships around the world, initiating a mass cross-pollination of culinary cultures. With King Solomon’s appetites in mind, James Beard Award-winner Joan Nathan reveals 170 recipes in her new cookbook that span many eras. Come discover diverse Jewish cuisines. Q-and-A and book signing to follow the program. (Books available for purchase.) 2 p.m. Free. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.

JOAN NATHAN & JONATHAN GOLD

Enjoy a conversation between James Beard Award-winning Jewish cookbook author Joan Nathan and Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold. Book signing to follow. 7:30 p.m. Free. Irmas Campus, Wilshire Boulevard Temple, 11661 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 388-2401. wbtla.org/cooking.