What’s Happening in Jewish L.A. Nov. 24-30: A Love Story, Live Comedy and Timely Discussions
FRI NOV 24
“CALL ME BY YOUR NAME”
This acclaimed film is a love story about a precocious 17-year-old boy and his professor father’s graduate student intern who bond over their sexuality, Jewish heritage and the northern Italian landscape. Timothée Chalamet plays the boy, Elio, who spends his days reading, playing piano and flirting with his girlfriend until he meets Oliver, who has come to stay at the family’s villa for the summer while working for Elio’s father. Armie Hammer (“The Social Network”) and Michael Stuhlbarg (“Boardwalk Empire”) co-star in producer Howard Rosenman and Italian director Luca Guadagnino’s adaptation of a 2007 novel of the same name. Various theaters. sonyclassics.com/callmebyyourname.
Comedian and rapper Eric Schwartz draws on “Weird Al” Yankovic, Eminem and his love of pop culture and Judaism in parodies including “Honika Electronica” and “Crank That Kosha Boy.” The Jewish performer, also known by his hip-hop alter-ego Smooth-E, brings the funny to the intimate Flappers Comedy Club in Burbank. 8 and 10 p.m.; 8 and 10 p.m. Saturday; $20. Flappers Comedy Club, 102 E. Magnolia, Burbank. (818) 845-9721. flapperscomedy.com.
SUN NOV 26
Hungarian film director Ferenc Torok’s black-and-white film is set in a Hungarian village in 1945 in the aftermath of the Holocaust. Adapted from an acclaimed short story, the film unfolds as an Orthodox man and his adult son show up at the village. The townspeople believe the Jews are the heirs of the village’s deported Jews and expect the worst. The Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival sponsors the screening. A post-screening discussion features Torok in conversation with Holocaust scholar Michael Berenbaum. The film is a production of Menemsha Films. 5:35 p.m. $13 (general), $11 (seniors). Laemmle Royal, 11523 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. (800) 838-3006. lajfilmfest.org.
The socially conscious Los Angeles band that features Latino and Jewish members and blends Latin, hip-hop and rock music performs at The Canyon in Agoura Hills. 6 p.m. (doors open), 7 p.m. (opener), 9 p.m. (headliner). $28, $38, $48. The Canyon, 28912 Roadside Drive, Agoura Hills. (888) 645-5006. wheremusicmeetsthesoul.com.
MON NOV 27
U.N. RESOLUTION 181 ANNIVERSARY
Commemorating the 70th anniversary of U.N. Resolution 181 — also known as the Partition Plan — which called for the partition of Palestine into Arab and Jewish states, the Mensch Foundation presents its Mensch Award to Sinai Temple Rabbi Emeritus Zvi Dershowitz, professor Michael Berenbaum, Zane Buzby and Meir Fenigstein. A panel discussion on the resolution includes Berenbaum, professor Judea Pearl, professor Michael Bazyler, Rabbi Moshe Kushman and professor Stanley Goldman. After the awards presentation, Israeli-American actor Mike Burstyn delivers a dramatic reading of Resolution 181. 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (760) 416-3685. menschfoundation.org.
“AND THEN THEY CAME FOR US”
Abby Ginzberg and Ken Schneider’s documentary film about the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II makes its Los Angeles premiere. In the film, actor and LGBT activist George Takei and many others who were incarcerated tell their stories and speak out against the Muslim registry and the travel ban. A reception and a post-screening discussion follows with the filmmakers and Ahilan Arulanantham, legal director at the ACLU of Southern California, moderated by Marya Bangee, CEO of Sila Consulting. 7 p.m. $25. Downtown Independent Theater, 251 S. Main St., Los Angeles. (213) 617-1033. thentheycamedoc.com.
“AMERICAN CONSERVATISM AND THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IN THE TRUMP ERA”
Republican columnist Bruce Bialosky, Republican Jewish Coalition former executive director Larry Greenfield and author and political strategist Arnold Steinberg, a contributing editor to The American Spectator, participate in a panel discussion moderated by Valley Beth Shalom Rabbi Ed Feinstein. 7:30 p.m. Free. Valley Beth Shalom, 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (818) 788-6000. vbs.org.
TUE NOV 28
JNF BREAKAST FOR ISRAEL
The Jewish National Fund’s annual Los Angeles breakfast for Israel explores “Media Bias and Israel.” Guest speakers include author and radio commentator Larry Elder, Haaretz U.S. editor and correspondent Chemi Shalev, and Consul General of Israel in Los Angeles Sam Grundwerg. 7:30-9 a.m. Free (RSVP required). The Beverly Hilton, 9876 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (323) 964-1400. jnf.org/labreakfast.
WED NOV 29
“THE DREAM OF 33 VOTES” AND GOLDA MEIR
A community program commemorates the 100-year anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, the 70-year anniversary of the U.N. Partition Resolution and the almost 70-year anniversary of the birth of the Jewish state. The event features historic video clips, music, the Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy choir and remarks by Rabbi David Wolpe. After the program, author Francine Klagsbrun appears in conversation with Wolpe about her 2017 book, “Lioness: Golda Meir and the Nation of Israel.” A book sale and signing follow. Community program: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Book discussion: 7:30 p.m. Free for Sinai Temple members, others $25. Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 481-3228. sinaitemple.org.
UCLA alumna Rachel Moreh from the Israel Consulate and Manny Dahari, a recent refugee from Yemen and a Yeshiva University student, discuss what happened to the Jewish communities in Arab countries in the wake of the founding of the State of Israel. Organized by JIMENA (Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa) and Students Supporting Israel. Light snacks and refreshments will be served. 7-9:30 p.m. Free. Hillel at UCLA, 574 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles. bit.ly/mizrahicommemoration2017.
THU NOV 30
“JEWS AND THE AMERICAN PRESIDENCY”
Los Angeles political scholar Raphael Sonenshein delivers a lecture on “Jews and the American Presidency: The Bushes, Clinton and Obama.” He examines how the respective presidencies have been consequential to Jews in the United States and around the world, and discusses how the relationship between American presidents and Jewish communities have been vital to the American system of government and the conditions under which Jews live. Sponsored by Hillside Memorial Park and Mortuary. 7:30 p.m. $18. American Jewish University, David Alan Shapiro Memorial Synagogue Center, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 476-9777. wcce.aju.edu.
“NEW MEDIA JEWS”
Yiddish Book Center Academic Director Joshua Lambert examines the rise of Jews and Judaism in today’s media, including on streaming platforms, in his lecture titled, “New Media Jews: ‘Transparent,’ Podcasting and the Place of Jews in 21st Century American Culture.” Lambert proposes that the current wave of Jewish culture is resulting from two key developments: the increasing institutionalization of Jewish culture in America since the late 20th century and the affinity between streaming media technology and demographic minorities. UCLA faculty member Lia Brozgal moderates. 4 p.m. Free. UCLA Faculty Center, 480 Charles E. Young Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 825-5955. csw.ucla.edu.
THE 7TH ANNUAL PROFESSOR GERALD B. BUBIS LECTURE
Israeli journalist and author Amir Tibon discusses “An Israeli Reporter in Trump’s Washington.” Tibon, Washington, D.C., correspondent for Haaretz and co-author of the 2017 book “The Last Palestinian: The Rise and Reign of Mahmoud Abbas,” appears at Valley Beth Shalom as part of Americans for Peace Now’s annual Gerald B. Bubis lecture. A conversation with Valley Beth Shalom Rabbi Ed Feinstein follows the talk. 7 p.m. Free (RSVP requested). Valley Beth Shalom, 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (323) 934-3480. vbs.org.
ANAT COHEN TENTET
Israel’s hottest clarinet virtuoso and her ensemble perform. Anat Cohen’s sounds capture many genres, including modern and traditional jazz, classical music, klezmer, Brazilian choro and Argentine tango. 8 p.m. $33-$78. Valley Performing Arts Center, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge. (818) 677-8800. valleyperformingartscenter.org.
MICHAEL CHABON AND ZADIE SMITH
The two literary heavyweights participate in a conversation. Chabon is a Jewish author known for the Pulitzer Prize-winning “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay,” and Smith is a Brit of Jamaican descent whose debut novel, “White Teeth,” garnered critical acclaim. Chabon’s and Smith’s latest works — “Moonglow” and “Swing Time,” respectively — explore the influence of family, cultural heritage and politics in shaping identity. 8 p.m. $29-$59. Royce Hall, UCLA, 340 Royce Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 825-4401. cap.ucla.edu.
For more events in Jewish L.A., visit http://jewishjournal.com/calendar/.