What’s Happening in Jewish L.A. April 27-May 1: Art Garfunkel, Cancer Risk Symposium
FRI APRIL 27
SHABBAT CLERGY TISCH
Join Rabbi Becky Hoffman and Cantor Noa Shaashua for Kol Tikvah’s friendly Shabbat Clergy Tisch (“tisch” is Yiddish for table and refers to a gathering of community and clergy around a Shabbat meal). 6–8:30 p.m. 6 p.m., Kabbalat Shabbat service; 6:30 p.m., dinner, stories, teachings and songs. RSVP required. $18 members; $36 guests. Free parking in the rear on Del Moreno Drive. Kol Tikvah, 20400 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills. (818) 348-0670. koltikvah.org.
SUN APRIL 29
Fifty years after debuting as half of one of pop music’s most popular duos, Art Garfunkel, 76, will perform solo, reviving classics that he and Paul Simon recorded in the 1960s and 1970s. With keyboard and guitar backing, Garfunkel will bring back “The Sound of Silence” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” along with his solo hits, “Bright Eyes” and “All I Know.” 7:30 p.m. $99–$270. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (844) 753-8364. laphil.com.
WALKING TO DEFEAT CANCER
Sharsheret (Hebrew for “Chain”), a national organization supporting Jewish women and families facing breast cancer and ovarian cancer, holds its monthly walk/run that welcomes survivors, family, friends and advocates. Runners and walkers divide into groups based on abilities. 9 a.m. Free. Pan Pacific Park, 7600 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. To RSVP, contact Jenna at email@example.com. (310) 409-2330. sharsheret.org.
ACROSS THE GENERATIONS
“Grandparent & Me — Israel” offers a fun morning of singing, crafts and interactive stories for boys and girls ages 2½ to 6 accompanied by a grandparent or other special person in their lives. Everyone is welcome. 10–11:30 a.m. $20 per family. American Jewish University’s Familian Campus, Burton Sperber Jewish Community Library. 15600 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 476-9777. aju.edu.
Drop by the IVAN Gallery for a reception celebrating an exhibition of works by Freda Nessim. The exhibition features paintings of deeply explored themes ranging from Judaic and biblical through current events, nature and life in Los Angeles. Through May 24. 1–5 p.m. Free and open to the public. IVAN Gallery, 2701 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 533-6021. facebook.com/ivanartgallery.
Internationally renowned Iranian musician and songwriter Sahba Motallebi, a virtuoso on tar and setar, performs music of Persia accompanied by Naghmeh Farahmand. Presented by Adat Ari El and the Rose and Edward Engel Music Commission. Wine, cheese and artist reception, 3 p.m.; concert, 4 p.m. Reception, $15 (RSVP required). Concert, free. Adat Ari El, 12020 Burbank Blvd., Valley Village. (818) 766-9426. wp.adatariel.org.
AJRCA ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE
The Academy for Jewish Religion, California invites everyone interested in its programs to its annual open house. 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m., information session and Q-and-A. 1:45 p.m., visitors invited to attend a class. Digital open house, available via video conference, from 2–3 p.m. RSVP necessary for each at firstname.lastname@example.org or (310) 903-7170. Academy for Jewish Religion, California, 574 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 844-4133. ajrca.edu.
SKIRBALL PUPPET FESTIVAL
Celebrate the art of puppetry and the power of imagination at the Skirball’s annual puppet festival. This campuswide, daylong festival features new and classic tales told with a variety of puppets, live music and art making. Appearances by Bob Baker Marionette Theater, Animal Cracker Conspiracy, Leslie K. Gray and other puppeteers from around the country. Design your own puppet and join fellow festivalgoers and puppeteers for the festival finale. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. The event is included with the cost of admission. $12 general; $9 seniors, full-time students and children over 12; $7 children 2–12. Free for children under 2. Only walk-up tickets available. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.
TASTING L.A. JEWISH MUSIC
Demonstrating the uniqueness of local Jewish sounds, musicians Julie Silver, the Nefesh Band, Hillel Tigay and Friends, and Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills Cantor Lizzie Weiss and Rabbi Jonathan Aaron perform “Shir Joy: A Taste of Los Angeles Jewish Music.” The concert concludes Jewish Wisdom and Wellness, a two-week-long festival of learning examining Jewish traditions and their impact on well-being. 5:30–7:30 p.m. Free. Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, 8844 Burton Way, Beverly Hills. (310) 288-3737. jewishwisdomandwellness.org
BERNSTEIN AT 100/ISRAEL AT 70
The Los Angeles Jewish Symphony and its conductor, Noreen Green, perform Jewish-themed compositions by the late Leonard Bernstein in a double birthday celebration: “Bernstein at 100/Israel at 70.” The charismatic Bernstein, remembered for making classical music accessible to the masses, was born in 1918 and died in 1990. In honor of Israel’s upcoming 70th birthday, the program includes the symphonic poem, “Emek,” by Israeli composer Mark Lavry, and the world premiere of composer Maria Newman’s “The Baton of Hope,” featuring mezzo-soprano Diana Tash and narrators Laraine Newman and Fred Melamed. 7 p.m. $25 reserved seating, $40 preferred seating with reception. American Jewish University, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 440-1238. aju.edu.
MON APRIL 30
SONGS OF MORDECHAI GEBIRTIG
Renowned Los Angeles Yiddish folksinger Cindy Paley and the Golden State Klezmers perform Yiddish folksongs by Mordechai Gebirtig, one of the most influential Yiddish troubadours in pre-World War II Poland. Gebirtig, who was killed by the Nazis during a roundup in the Krakow ghetto, wrote religious-flavored and secular reflections of daily Jewish working-class life. Paley, who has been delighting Jewish communities across the country for more than 30 years, performs along with accordionist Isaac Sadigursky, violinist Miamon Miller and clarinetist Zinovy Gord. 7 p.m. $18. Valley Beth Shalom, 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (818) 621-8954. yiddish.brownpapertickets.com
Historian Timothy Snyder discusses his latest book, “The Road to Unfreedom,” which examines the rise of populism and nationalism in Western Europe and the United States and argues that the discrediting of journalism, along with cyberwarfare across the globe and other strategies put forth by President Donald Trump and Russia’s Vladimir Putin are threatening democracy in the Western world. He appears in conversation with Jewish Journal book editor Jonathan Kirsch. 7:30 p.m. $20. Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, 8844 Burton Way, Beverly Hills. writersblocpresents.com.
TUE MAY 1
HEREDITARY CANCER RISK SYMPOSIUM 2018
A panel of experts provides powerful new information on medical challenges relating to cancer during “Hereditary Cancer Risk Symposium 2018: Arm Yourself With Knowledge.” Speakers are Dr. Susan Domcheck, director of the Basser Center for BRCA; medical oncologist Dr. Philomena McAndrew; gynecologic oncologist Dr. Beth Karlan; plastic surgeon Dr. Jay Orringer; Jenna Fields, director of Sharsheret; and author Jessica Queller. 6–7 p.m., cocktails and resource fair; 7–9 p.m., panel. Free. Temple Israel of Hollywood, 7300 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 876-8330. tioh.org.
“HEATHER BOOTH: CHANGING THE WORLD”
The Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival holds the Los Angeles premiere of the 2017 documentary, “Heather Booth: Changing the World.” Director Lilly Rivlin’s inspiring film focuses on the renowned organizer and activist who began her career at the height of the civil rights movement. Through Booth’s life and work, the film explores pivotal, history-altering moments in progressive movements. Film is followed by a Q-and-A with Vivian Rothstein, a community organizer and founder of the Chicago Women’s Liberation Union, one of the first feminist organizations of the 1970s. 7 p.m. Free. $8 suggested donation. West Hollywood City Council Chambers, 625 San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood. (213) 368-1661. lajfilmfest.org/film-selection-2018.
“I AM NOT A TRACTOR”
Susan Marquis, dean and distinguished chair of policy analysis of the Pardee RAND Graduate Program and author of “I Am Not a Tractor: How Florida Farmworkers Took on the Fast Food Giants and Won,” appears in conversation with Beit T’Shuvah board member Jon Esformes and Beit T’Shuvah Senior Rabbi Mark Borovitz. They discuss the formation of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers to improve conditions of workers on tomato farms, the historic development of the Fair Food Program, and the connection of both achievements to the teachings of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel. A Q-and-A with the audience follows. 7–8:30 p.m. Free. Beit T’Shuvah, 8831 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 204-5200. beittshuvah.org.