Sukkot and Simchat Torah calendar
SUN | SEPT 30
BETH CHAYIM CHADASHIM
Help the LGBT congregation build its sukkah and add decorations made with recycled and found oubjects. Service and potluck follow. Sun. 10 a.m. (sukkah building), 4:30 p.m. (sukkah decorating), 6 p.m. (service and potluck). Free. Beth Chayim Chadashim, 6090 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 931-7023. bcc-la.org.
Join the Israeli Leadership Council, MATI and Mitchabrim — organizations dedicated to strengthening the Israeli-American community — at this folksy Sukkot festival. Arts-and-crafts, Israeli folk dancing, Sukkot decorating, kids activities and more make it a can’t-miss event for the entire family. Sun. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Warner Rancho Park, 5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills. (818) 466-6454. jewishla.org.
THU | OCT 4
MAGICAL MYSTERY SUKKAH TOUR
JConnectLA’s Sukkot-meets-bar-crawl features singing, jamming and visits to mega-size sukkahs around town. Ages 21-36 welcome. Thu. 6:30-11 p.m. $13 (advance), $18 (on the bus, seats limited to 50). Meeting place: Chase Bank, 9080 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 244-5577. jconnectla.com.
A MOVABLE FEAST
AtidLA’s progressive Sukkot dinner features Sukkah-hopping, drinks and dinner. Each course takes place in a different sukkah around Sinai Temple. Thu. 7 p.m. $10 (members), $15 (general). Sinai Temple, meet in Pilot Plaza, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 481-3244. atidla.com/#sukkot.
FRI | OCT 5
NASHUVA: SHABBAT, SUKKOT AND DANIEL PEARL WORLD MUSIC DAYS
Join Rabbi Naomi Levy and the Nashuva Band in a celebration of the Sabbath, the Festival of Sukkot and legacy of Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal bureau chief who was kidnapped and killed in Pakistan in 2002. Part of Daniel Pearl World Music Day — an international network of concerts that use the power of music to reaffirm a commitment to tolerance and humanity — song, prayer and a special musical dedication in the honor and memory of Pearl highlight the occasion. An outdoor Sukkot festival follows, featuring a sukkah, Israeli food, live music and more. Fri. 6:45 p.m. Free. Brentwood Presbyterian Church, 12000 W. San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles. Service streamed live on jewishournal.com. nashuva.com.
SAT | OCT 6
SINGLES IN THE SUKKAH
Spend a night in the sukkah with Ravakim, a cross-denominational gathering of singles in their 40s and 50s at Temple Beth Am. Enjoy Israeli wine and cheese as well as a chance to meet new people. Sinai Temple co-sponsors. Sat. 7:30 p.m. $10 (by Oct. 3), $15 (door). Temple Beth Am, 1039 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 652-7354, ext. 215. tbala.org/ravaksukkah.
SUN | OCT 7
Storyteller Joel Ben Izzy, who has traveled the world gathering stories, tells Jewish tales with a modern and personal twist. Musical ensemble Klezmer Juice accompanies. An autumnal buffet in the sukkah follows. Sun. 4 p.m. Free. Wilshire Boulevard Temple, Audrey and Sydney Irmas Campus, 11661 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 445-1280. wbtla.org.
SUKKOT DINNER AND SIMCHAT TORAH CELEBRATION
Kehillat Israel throws a holiday celebration with Sukkot festivities, tikkun olam opportunities, arts projects, a free pizza dinner and a Simchat Torah celebration. All ages welcome. Sun. 5:15 p.m. Free (RSVP required). Kehillat Israel, 16019 Sunset Blvd., Pacific Palisades. (310) 459-2328. kehillatisrael.org/sukkot-simhat-torah.
EREV SIMCHAT TORAH CELEBRATION
Dance with the Torah and unroll it into a great circle during this event at Leo Baeck Temple, a Reform congregation. Sun. 6 p.m. Free. Leo Baeck Temple, 13000 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 476-2861. leobaecktemple.org.
MON | OCT 8
“IT’S HOLY PANDEMONIUM!”
Bring your unbridled enthusiasm and libation of choice and get ready to sing, dance and pray your way through a celebration of Torah, community and life with IKAR. Mon. 5:30-11:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m. (early childhood celebration for ages 0-5 and their families), 6 p.m. (potluck), 7 p.m. (services, no childcare during services; children welcome to join adults). Westside Jewish Community Center, 5870 W Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 634-1870. ikar-la.org
“WITHOUT MISSING A BEAT”
Family and friends, song and dance, rhythm and melody highlight Adat Ari El’s erev Simchat Torah celebration. Congregational service features a Hakafot drum circle with REMO drums followed by Israeli dancing, and a young family service includes singing and stories. Mon. 6 p.m. Free. Optional family dinner: $9 (general), $8 (children, 3-10 years old), free (children, 2 and under). Online RSVPs accepted through Oct. 5. Adat Ari El, 12020 Burbank Blvd., Valley Village. (818) 755-3488. adatariel.com.
SIMCHAT TORAH CELEBRATION
Dance the night away and experience Simchat Torah with Kehillat Ma’arav, a Conservative congregation in Santa Monica. The event features an open bar for adults, services, music and dance, a pizza dinner and candy apples for kids. Mon. 6 p.m. Free. Kehillat Ma’arav, 1715 21st St., Santa Monica. (310) 829-0566. km-synagogue.org.
SINAI’S SIMCHAT TORAH
Rejoice in the Torah with Sinai Temple, a Conservative congregation. Event features a Torah scavenger hunt (for families with children of all ages), a celebration and Hakafot with Sinai’s clergy. Music by Dale Schatz and his band. Mon. 6 p.m. Free. Sinai Temple, Ziegler Hall, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 474-1518. sinaitemple.org.
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