What to do in Los Angeles this week: May 19-25


SUN | MAY 21

AN EVENING WITH LIOR RAZ

Friends of the Israel Defense Forces Western Region brings you an evening with Lior Raz (above, center), creator and star of the hit Israeli series “Fauda,” available on Netflix. Raz, who in the show plays a retired commander of an elite undercover unit, will discuss his experience in the military and why he decided to write about it. 5 p.m. $75; $50 for Young Leaders. All proceeds will support Israel Defense Forces combat veterans who have post-traumatic stress disorder. Address provided upon RSVP. Limited seating. (323) 843-2690. fidf.org.

GEAR UP FOR CAMP DAY

Volunteering at the annual Gear Up for Camp Day is a great way to help prepare kids for an unforgettable summer. Start the morning by assembling packages of necessities for 1,000 Jewish Big Brothers/Big Sisters campers. Afterward, a fun-filled day awaits, featuring outdoor games and activities, such as arts and crafts, an inflatable obstacle course and live music. 8:30 a.m. Free. Camp Bob Waldorf of the Max Straus Campus. 1041 Shirlyjean St., Glendale. jewishla.org.

HOPE FOR ADAM LEGACY WALK

Adam Krief

Join the Hope for Adam Legacy Walk, celebrating the spirit of Adam Krief, a father of three whose search for a bone marrow donor gained traction on social media, and those around him who tirelessly worked for a miracle. A donor was found, but his body rejected the transplant and Krief, 31, died in March of a rare blood cancer. Family and friends continue the quest to get people involved, swabbed and cured so no one goes without a donor match. There will be activities for kids. The first 500 registered guests will receive a T-shirt. 9 a.m. Free. UCLA, Drake Stadium, 340 Bruin Walk, Los Angeles. (561) 982-2926. giftoflife.org/hope4adamwalk.

“ISRAEL IN 3D: CIVIL SOCIETY IN ACTION”

The Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies will hold its fifth daylong “Israel in 3D” community conference. Leading civic activists and social entrepreneurs will discuss critical societal issues in Israel and their efforts to help solve them. Panels include “Building a Shared Society,” “The Voice of the Arts” and “Doing Well by Doing Good.” Speakers include Guy Rolnik, one of Israel’s top economics and business journalists, and Tal Schneider, Israeli political journalist and blogger. 10 a.m. $45; $30 for UCLA staff, faculty and professionals younger than 35; $7 for students. UCLA Covel Commons, Grand Horizon Ballroom, 200 De Neve Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 825-9646. international.ucla.edu.

ISRAEL PHILHARMONIC’S “FAMILY MUSIC DAY”

The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra will bring its engaging and educational program to the second West Coast Family Music Day. This rare opportunity is tailored to children in order to spark an interest in music, whether as a musician, conductor or composer. Israeli pianist and educator Orli Shaham will host pre-concert interactive activities, giving each child an opportunity to meet the performers and try their instruments. Shaham also will perform in an audience participation concert. Brunch to follow. All proceeds go to the KeyNote Music Education Program, promoting mutual respect and understanding through music. 10:15 a.m. $125. Beverly Hills Hotel, 9641 Sunset Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 277-0100. afipo.org.

“BUILDING BRIDGES — BUILDING MOVEMENTS”

Jews United for Democracy and Justice (JUDJ) invites you to “Building Bridges — Building Movements: A Los Angeles Activist Summit,” an event designed to educate, enlighten and engage visitors. JUDJ is concerned about rising threats to religious tolerance, equal rights, a free and fair press, human dignity, and long-held norms of decency and civil society. The event will begin with convening remarks, “We Were Made for This: How Los Angeles Is Leading the Way on Issues of Justice and Democracy,” featuring Rep. Karen Bass (D-Los Angeles); Los Angeles County Supervisors Sheila Kuehl and Hilda Solis; Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer; Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson; former Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky; State Sen. Ben Allen; and Los Angeles Police Department Board of Commissioners Vice President Steve Soboroff. Breakout sessions will provide attendees an opportunity for a deeper look into issues central to JUDJ’s founding principles. 12:30 p.m. Free. Leo Baeck Temple, 1300 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. leobaecktemple.org.

MON | MAY 22

FOOD ENTREPRENEURS

From food trucks to pop-ups to social media, enjoy a look at the current food and restaurant landscape in L.A. Engage in a thoughtful conversation about the business realities behind each trend. Featuring Jim Hustead, owner of Fleishik’s, Erven and Maré; and Katie McGehee, co-founder of the digital marketing agency Socially You. Enjoy food from Fleishiks and Roy Choi’s A-Frame. 7 p.m. $10. Cross Campus, 929 Colorado Ave., Santa Monica. yala.org.

TUES | MAY 23

ALICIA JO RABINS CONCERT

Alicia Jo Rabins

Join Young Adults of Los Angeles, East Side Jews and the Silverlake Independent Jewish Community Center for a live performance of “Girls in Trouble,” an indie-folk song cycle about the complicated lives of biblical women. There also will be a hosted cocktail reception and cash bar after the reception. 7 p.m. $10. The Box at the Silverlake Independent JCC, 1110 Bates Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 663-2255. yala.org.

WED | MAY 24

“SIX DAYS THAT SHAPED 50 YEARS”

Explore the legacy of the past and the future of modern Israel. “Six Days That Shaped 50 Years” is the theme of this year’s daylong iEngage conference. Featured speakers include Rabbi Donniel Hartman of the Shalom Hartman Institute; Rabbi Adam Kligfeld of Temple Beth Am; Rabbi Sharon Brous of IKAR; Rabbi Edward Feinstein of Valley Beth Shalom; and Danielle Berrin, Jewish Journal senior writer and columnist. 9:30 a.m. $36; $18 for students. UCLA Hillel, 574 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles. hartman.org.il.

PERSONAL REFLECTIONS FROM THE SIX-DAY WAR

In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Six-Day War and the reunification of Jerusalem, the Western Region American Committee for Shaare Zedek (ACSZ) NexGen Salon Committee presents David Bahat, an Israel Defense Forces paratrooper who served in the Sinai during the Six-Day War, and Nachum Pessin (via Skype from Jerusalem), executive director of Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem. Sushi and dessert provided. 6:30 p.m. $18. Address given upon RSVP (West L.A./Beverly Hills area). (310) 229-0915. acsz.org/salon2017.

GENOCIDE COALITION SYMPOSIUM

Learn about genocide and how to end it. Speakers will include child survivors of genocide in Rwanda and Cambodia. Other participants will represent Yazidis, Syrians, Armenians and multiple African genocides. Organized and moderated by Paul Wilder, the child of Holocaust survivors. 7 p.m. Free. Adat Ari El Synagogue, 12020 Burbank Blvd., Valley Village. (818) 633-1844. adatariel.org.

THURS | MAY 25

PHOTOGRAPHER AMOS MORRIS-REICH

“Race and Photography”

Foregoing the political lens through which racial photography normally is viewed, Amos Morris-Reich of the University of Haifa returns racial photography to the history of science and addresses it as a form of scientific evidence. Morris-Reich reconstructs individual cases, conceptual genealogies and patterns of photography practice for the study of “race” from the 19th century to the Nazi era. He shows that photography was used for such things as statistical data, medical observation of Mendelian characteristics and as a form of psychological “thought experiments.” 4 p.m. Free. UCLA, 314 Royce. (310) 267-5327. cjs.ucla.edu.

COMMUNITY CELEBRATION CONCERT

Enjoy a concert featuring Conductor Nick Strimple, the Los Angeles Zimriyah Chorale, organist Iain Farrington and a performance by Body Traffic Dance Company. Reception to follow. Sponsored by Pamela and Randol Schoenberg, on the occasion of the bar mitzvah of their son Joseph Samuel Schoenberg, in memory of Joseph’s great-grandfathers, composers Arnold Schoenberg and Eric Zeisl. 7 p.m. Open seating, first-come, first-served. Sinai Temple, Main Sanctuary, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 813-5914.

Paul Simon in New York in 1975. Photo by Edie Baskin

What to do in Los Angeles this week: May 12-18


FRI | MAY 12

SKIRBALL AFTER HOURS — “PAUL SIMON: WORDS & MUSIC”

Partake in this rare opportunity to see the exhibition “Paul Simon: Words & Music” at night. Celebrate the enduring legacy of the iconic singer-songwriter with a tour of the exhibition led by museum director Robert Kirschner, a full cash bar and local food trucks. 6 p.m. Free. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.

FRIDAY NIGHT SERVICE WITH COL. KOBI MAROM

Retired Israel Defense Forces officer Col. Kobi Marom will talk about “ISIS and the War Against the West: How to Counter What May Be the Greatest Terrorist Threat in Modern History.” 7:30 p.m. Free. Temple Etz Chaim, 1080 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. (626) 773-0251. templeetzchaim.org.

SAT | MAY 13

AUTHOR ARIEL LEVY

Ariel Levy

Ariel Levy’s memoir, “The Rules Do Not Apply,” is about a woman overcoming loss and seeking reinvention. Levy leads the reader through the story of how she built her unconventional life, resistant of traditional rules, and then watched it fall apart. 4 p.m. Free. Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. (310) 659-3110. booksoup.com. Levy also will lead a program at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 14, at the Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. Reservations recommended for the Skirball event. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.

SUN | MAY 14

THE GREAT LAG B’OMER PARADE

The origins of Lag B’Omer, a minor holiday between the period of Passover and Shavuot, is the subject of many theories. No matter why it began, celebrate the day with a concert, parade and fair. There will be rides, carnival games, live music, kosher food and more. Special guests: Uncle Moishy and Eli Marcus. 10 a.m. Free. Pico Boulevard between Doheny Drive and Robertson Boulevard.  (800) 242-2239. lagbomerla.blogspot.com.

WORLD’S LARGEST MOTHER’S DAY CELEBRATION

The Los Angeles Jewish Home will host the 23rd annual World’s Largest Mother’s Day Celebration, honoring the home’s mothers, grandmothers, great-grandmothers and great-great-grandmothers on the Grancell Village and Eisenberg Village campuses. Enjoy a brunch while listening — and dancing — to the Skye Michaels Orchestra. 10:30 a.m. $25 (ages 12 and older); $12 (ages 5-11). Free for Jewish Home residents and children younger than 5. The Los Angeles Jewish Home Grancell Village campus, 7150 Tampa Ave., Reseda; Eisenberg Village campus, 18855 Victory Blvd., Reseda. (818) 774-3324. denise.horowitz@jhla.org.

TUES | MAY 16

THE GUARDIANS SPRING KICKOFF PARTY

Dust off your cocktail attire and help raise money for a great cause while enjoying great company, drinks and live music. All proceeds benefit The Guardians of the Los Angeles Jewish Home. Space is limited; priority will be given at the door to members and pre-sale ticket holders. 7 p.m. $18; $30 for two; $20 per person at the door; free for members. Tickets available at eventbrite.com. The Peppermint Club, 8713 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood. (310) 479-2468. laguardians.org/events.

WED | MAY 17

“FIFTY YEARS OF UNITED JERUSALEM?!”

Hosted by the Rosenberg Cultural Center and Rabbi Steven Silver, come explore Jerusalem. At the half-century mark of the reunited Jerusalem, what are the prospects for peace and reconciliation? What will the next 50 years bring? After lunch, enjoy a screening of “Jerusalem,” an immersive experience that will take you on a journey through the beautiful and beloved city. 11 a.m. $14; $12 for members. Temple Menorah, 1101 Camino Real, Redondo Beach. (310) 316-8444. templemenorah.org.

THURS | MAY 18

STEVE SOBOROFF

Steve Soboroff, the vice president of the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners, will discuss “Policing, Philanthropy, Prisons and Politics” at the Executive Speaker Series breakfast. Soboroff has a lot of experience in public policy and has much to share about his many endeavors. 7:30 a.m. $25 for members, $30 at the door; $35 for nonmembers, $40 at the door. El Caballero Country Club, 18300 Tarzana Drive, Tarzana. (818) 774-3332. theexecutives.org.

“EXAGOGE”

The Silverlake Independent Jewish Community Center (SIJCC) presents Theatre Dybbuk’s reading of “Exagoge,” which is inspired by the first recorded Jewish play that was written in the style of a Greek tragedy by Ezekiel the Poet in the second century B.C.E. Only 269 lines of the original play exist; these lines were used to create this full-length theatrical production. Rich in movement, music and poetry, “Exagoge” relates the experiences of refugees, immigrants and the disenfranchised from the 19th century to today, highlighting the inclusive nature of the Exodus narrative. All proceeds will be donated to the ACLU of Southern California. 7:30 p.m. reception; 8:30 p.m. show. $20. The Box, SIJCC, 1110 Bates Ave., Los Angeles. sijcc.net.

Thousands of people typically gather for music, food and more at the Celebrate Israel festival. Photo by Linda Kasian Photography

Festival provides a taste of Israel in Rancho Park


Play backgammon with a stranger. Rock out to pulsating Israeli dance music. Meet the faces behind your favorite Jewish communal organization.

The annual Celebrate Israel festival takes place on May 7, and as it does every year, the gathering is expected to draw upward of 15,000 people to experience live music, kosher food, kids’ activities, a market built to resemble Mahane Yehuda in Jerusalem and some pro-Israel solidarity, to boot. This year, the event also celebrates 50 years since the 1967 reunification of Jerusalem.

Naty Saidoff, a board member of the Israeli American Council (IAC), which organizes the event, remembers living in Israel during the momentous historical event half a century ago.

“I was 13 years of age when it happened,” he said. “It was a very scary time and, all of a sudden, instead of being thrown in the sea as Arabs promised us, we pushed them back and we got the glory of reunified Jerusalem, with the old city of Jerusalem.”

Saidoff and his wife, Debbie, are the main underwriters of the event, and he said many of the people at this year’s festival will be a mix of those who experienced the events of 1967 and many who have never been to Israel. That’s the point: The annual festival transforms Cheviot Hills Recreation Center in Rancho Park into a miniature Israel.

“What we do is for the people who cannot go to Israel and the people who went to Israel and want that flavor again, we bring it to you. This is the closest experience you can get to being in Israel,” Saidoff said. “This is Israel, user-friendly.”

The annual festival takes place every year around the time of Israel’s Independence Day, Yom HaAtzmaut, which this year was May 2. It is the largest program of the IAC, an umbrella organization for Israeli Americans that, with help from philanthropists such as Sheldon Adelson, has expanded to cities nationwide since its launch in 2007. Other festivals this year are taking place in New York, Las Vegas and Chicago. The L.A. event (israeliamerican.org/celebrate-israel-festival-la) is the largest.

This year marks the sixth year since the festival was revamped and moved to the Westside of Los Angeles from the San Fernando Valley.

Israeli musician Dudu Aharon is slated to headline the festival’s main stage, with other highlights including a flyover air show by the Tiger Squadron; a bar for 20-somethings; photographs by Tel Aviv-based photographer Noam Chen; and a challah bake where people can learn how to braid the bread.

For the youngsters, a kids’ stage features children’s acts Naama Super Al and Sportuly, and a Jerusalem biblical zoo offers camel rides, pony rides and a giant petting zoo.

For the artistically inclined, the IAC has organized a Jerusalem Moment Instagram competition, seeking submissions of photos that “explore the architecture of Jerusalem, faith, food and the hipster side of Jerusalem.” According to Saidoff, Jerusalem is becoming a destination for millennials seeking great restaurants, culture and art, and organizers want photographs reflecting that. The top 100 photos will be exhibited at the festival.

American Friends of Magen David Adom, which raises funds for Israel’s most active emergency-response organization, will conduct a blood drive. Gift of Life pavilion, in memory of the recently deceased community member Adam Krief, will swab cheeks to help with bone marrow matches.

The glatt-kosher offerings include barbecue, hummus, salads, falafel, baked goods and watermelon.

Channel your inner wandering Jew and explore the grounds of the park. Stumble into the JIMENA (Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa) pavilion and play backgammon or create a cookbook.

Installations include a 32-foot-long Western Wall replica, where attendees place notes, much as they do when visiting the Kotel; a re-creation of the famous “Ahava” (Hebrew for “love”) statue from the Israel Museum in Jerusalem; and a 28-foot-tall Tower of David, featuring photography by Chen.

The festival begins at 11 a.m. For those who want to celebrate Israel earlier, a “Salute to Israel Walk in Blue and White,” a 1-mile loop sponsored by the pro-Israel organization StandWithUs, starts at 10. Participants will walk from the park to Pico Boulevard and Roxbury Drive, outside the Simon Wiesenthal Center Museum of Tolerance, then return.

“StandWithUs is going to be there with their high spirits, their energy,” Saidoff said.

Saidoff said he believes an event like this is an opportunity for the non-Israeli Jewish community, including Persians, Russians and observant Jews — especially their children — to party Israeli-style in a family-friendly environment.

Many Jewish organizations, including the Jewish Journal and The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, set up booths at the festival.

The festival ends at 6 p.m. Advanced general admission tickets cost $15; the walk-up cost is $20. There is no charge for children up to age 3. Parking, at $10, is available at Fox Studios Galaxy East Parking Garage, Century Park West Garage and Constellation Park Garage, and the price includes shuttles to and from the park.

The Celebrate Israel festival takes place on May 7. For more information, visit this story at jewishjournal.com.

Calendar: April 7-13


FRI | APRIL 7

ENTERTAINMENT AND MEDIA NETWORK SHABBAT

Celebrate the end of the week with Young Adults of Los Angeles, tasting wines and food while welcoming the start of Shabbat. 7 p.m. $36; tickets available at eventbrite.com. The Blending Lab, 7948 W. Third St., Los Angeles. yala.org.

SAT | APRIL 8

“WAYNE NEWTON: UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL”

Wayne Newton makes his return to Beverly Hills with his new production, “Wayne Newton: Up Close and Personal.” The entertainer known as “Mr. Las Vegas” will sing crowd favorites including his signature hit, “Danke Schoen,” interact with the audience and play an assortment of instruments. The opening set will be by modern adult-contemporary/smooth jazz artist and songwriter Carly Robyn Green. 8 p.m. $38; tickets available at tikly.co/events/1856. Saban Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. sabanconcerts.com.

REBBESOUL HAVDALLAH CONCERT

International recording artist RebbeSoul is back in the United States from Israel with his unique blend of ancient and modern music. Come enjoy an evening of music, storytelling, noshing and mingling with the community. 8:10 p.m. $25; tickets available at eventbrite.com; $29 at the door. Address given upon RSVP, Santa Monica. (310) 430-9864. holisticjew.org.

SUN | APRIL 9

PASSOVER FAMILY ADVENTURE AND FUN DAY

Travel back in time to biblical Egypt and relive the Exodus. Watch the Ten Plagues come to life in the Land of Egypt (aka Shemesh Organic Farm), meet animals at the Pinat Chai Animal Center, bake matzo on the open fire, make charoset in the “Jamba Jews” Bike Blender, and enjoy games plus arts and crafts. The day will be filled with activities, snacks and a kosher lunch. 10 a.m. $10; free for kids 6 and younger; tickets available at eventbrite.com. Shalom Institute, 34342 Mulholland Highway, Malibu. (818) 889-5500. shalominstitute.com.

GENEALOGY RESEARCH DAY

Need help finding a genealogical record or a ship manifest? Do you know what sources to use? Or do you need family documents translated? Yiddish, Russian, German, Polish and Hebrew translators will be on hand to help answer your questions in an event hosted by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles. Sessions include Barbara Algaze on genealogy research at the Family History Library and a Q-and-A on DNA topics moderated by Brock Shamberg. 12:30 p.m. Free for members; become a member at the door for $25 (or $30 per family). Los Angeles Family History Library, 10741 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. jgsla.org.

WED | APRIL 12

PASSOVER CLEANSE

Join Netiya for a six-day Passover virtual cleanse that features a daylong retreat on April 16 in Sherman Oaks. Instead of a week of eating heavily processed foods full of additives, sugars and salt, you can choose to join Neitya for a virtual cleanse that includes daily prompts with nutritional and health tips, emotional and spiritual probes and quotes, Passover Torah and optional daily conference calls for support. Includes a suggested menu of vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, soups and teas. Participants will pot and take home edible plants, sing freedom songs and close with a mikveh. netiya.org.

THURS | APRIL 13

BLACK AND JEWISH FOODWAYS

Michael Twitty, the acclaimed African-American Jewish food writer and culinary historian, will explore race, culture, food, faith and history through what he calls “Kosher/Soul.” Twitty will share his personal journey and discuss the experience of being both African-American and Jewish. The 8 p.m. event will feature a sampling of recipes from his forthcoming cookbook, “The Cooking Gene: A Journey through African-American Culinary History in the Old South.” 2 p.m., free; 8 p.m., $20, $15 for members, $10 for students. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.    

“24 Days” playing Tues. Jan 31 at Temple Judea

Calendar: January 27- February 2


FRI | JAN 27

JOB AND CAREER FAIR

Companies will be looking to fill full-time, part-time and apprentice positions. Candidates of all ages, experience levels and industries are encouraged to attend. Presented by Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian. Come prepared with resumes and dressed to impress. 11 a.m. Free. La Iglesia En El Camino, 14800 Sherman Way, Van Nuys. (818) 376-4246.

SAT | JAN 28

“SURVIVING SKOKIE”

The new documentary “Surviving Skokie” tells the story of Jack Adler, who survived Auschwitz and then, in 1961, witnessed American Nazis marching down the main street of Skokie, Ill., a Chicago suburb. Jack, accompanied by his son, Eli, returns to his village in Poland for the first time in 65 years. The film follows their journey from turbulent Skokie through Poland, where Jack and Eli find a new understanding of the Holocaust and each other. Discussion with filmmaker Eli Adler and synagogue member Jim Ruxin to follow screening. 4 p.m. Free. To RSVP, call (310) 471-7372. University Synagogue, Gray Family Chapel. 11960 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 472-1255. unisyn.org.

CAROL V. DAVIS: “BECAUSE I CANNOT LEAVE THIS BODY”

Carol V. DavisIn her new poetry collection, Carol V. Davis crosses cultural and geographic boundaries to explore her family’s history as Jews, outsiders and immigrants. Ranging from Los Angeles to Nebraska to Germany to Russia, she probes the boundaries between faith, folklore and superstition. Davis, poetry editor of the Jewish Journal, will read and sign her new work. 8 p.m. $10; $6 children, students, seniors. Beyond Baroque, 681 N. Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 822-3006.

HAVDALAH AND HOT DOGS

This year’s theme, “reJEWvenation … Be Your Jewish Self,” features crafts, activities and festivities as you enjoy a community Havdalah and hot dog dinner. 5:30 p.m. $7. Temple Etz Chaim, 1080 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. (805) 494-8174. templeetzchaim.org.

“A TRIBUTE IN SONG”

Join in song and story as the legacy of Debbie Friedman is honored. Israeli artist Bat Ella and her band will perform unique interpretations of Friedman’s songs in Hebrew. Other special guests include Craig Taubman, Danny Maseng, Rick Lupert and Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben. 7 p.m. $10; tickets available at tickettailor.com. The Pico Union Project, 1153 Valencia St., Los Angeles. (818) 760-1077. picounionproject.org.

“IN THE COURTYARD OF THE KABBALIST”: AN EVENING WITH RUCHAMA FEUERMAN

Hear a tale of kabbalists and street cleaners, Jews and Muslims, immigrants and natives, prophets and lost souls — all of whom inhabit Jerusalem. Author Ruchama Feurerman will discuss her novel, being made into a movie, which is a tale of personal dignity, ownership, love and the way they overlap. Q-and-A to follow. 7:30 p.m. Free. Congregation Shaarey Zedek, 12800 Chandler Blvd., Valley Village. (818) 763-0560.

SUN | JAN 29

BAGELS & BESTSELLERS: JUDY ZEIDLER

Judy Zeidler, author, food consultant and frequent contributor to the Jewish Journal, will discuss her culinary journey from gourmet Jewish cooking, to cookbooks full of kosher recipes, to international cuisine, to her latest publication, “Italy Cooks.” Ticket price includes a copy of her book along with a light brunch, an author talk, a cooking demonstration and a chance to sample her famous biscotti. 10:30 a.m. $45. Tickets available at jewishwomenstheatre.org. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 315-1400. jewishwomenstheatre.org.

“THE VENICE GHETTO, 500 YEARS OF LIFE”

The Congregation Beth Shalom Film Series presents “The Venice Ghetto, 500 Years of Life.” The film traces its story to the medieval era, told through Lorenzo, a New York teenager sent to Venice to learn about his family’s origins. Learn about the daily life, rituals and architectural landmarks of the Venetian Jewish quarter through Lorenzo’s journey of discovery. Italian lunch and popcorn will be provided. 11:30 a.m. $5. Congregation Beth Shalom, 21430 Centre Pointe Parkway, Santa Clarita. (661) 254-2411. cbs-scv.org.

“LANGUAGE, LITERATURE AND ‘LUGAR’ (PLACE): WRITING BOYLE HEIGHTS”

Boyle Heights was once home to Jewish, Latino, Japanese, Italian, Armenian, Russian and African-American migrant communities. The neighborhood is emblematic of Los Angeles’ multicultural history. An afternoon of multilingual poetry and prose will feature the works of Yiddish poets such as Hirsh Goldovsky and Henry Rosenblatt (1920s) to Sesshu Foster, Clement Hanami and Veronica Reyes (1970s-80s), all of whom documented life in Boyle Heights. This event is a part of a collaborative series that explores the neighborhood, then and now. 2 p.m. Free. The Paramount, 2708 E. Cesar E. Chavez Ave., Los Angeles. cjs.ucla.edu. (310) 267-5327.

“SYMPHONY OF THE HEART”

This benefit concert for Save a Child’s Heart features Israeli singing sensation Rita, popular Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Melissa Manchester, the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony and 15-year-old pianist, composer and songwriter Emily Bear. American-Israeli contemporary dance ensemble Keshet Chaim will perform with acclaimed young vocalist Liel Kolet. Israeli actress Moran Atias, star of the FX series “Tyrant,” will emcee the event. 7:30 p.m. Tickets starting at $45. Valley Performing Arts Center, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge. (818) 677-8800. valleyperformingartscenter.org.

MON | JAN 30

“CARVALHO’S JOURNEY”

cal-carvalhoThis film is a 19th-century American Western adventure story about Solomon Nunes Carvalho, an observant Sephardic Jew born in 1815 in Charleston, S.C., who, in 1853, traveled with John Fremont’s Fifth Westward Expedition. Living alongside mountain men, Native Americans and Mormons, Carvalho became one of the first photographers to document the far American West. Narrated by actor Michael Stuhlbarg (“Boardwalk Empire”). Q-and-A with filmmaker Steve Rivo to follow. 7:30 p.m. Ahrya Fine Arts, 8556 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. It will be screened Jan. 30 and Jan. 31 at locations across Southern California; visit laemmle.com for more information. Q-and-A with photographer Robert Shlaer at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 30, Playhouse 7, 673 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena; and with Rivo at 1 p.m. Jan. 31, Town Center, 17200 Ventura Blvd., No. 121, Encino. (310) 478-1041. laemmle.com.

TUES | JAN 31

“24 DAYS”

Award-winning French film “24 Days” tells the story of the kidnapping, torture and murder of 23-year-old French Jew Ilan Halimi in 2006. Before the screening, the Anti-Defamation League will facilitate a discussion about anti-Semitism in Europe. Film in French, with English subtitles. 7:30 p.m. Free. RSVP to onagel@adl.org or (310) 446-4243. Temple Judea, 5429 Lindley Ave., Tarzana. templejudea.com.

THURS | FEB 2

WINE CLUSTER: OLD WORLD/NEW WORLD

Join Young Adults of Los Angeles’ Wine Cluster for an exploration of the stylistic differences between Old World and New World wines. Is all chardonnay rich and buttery? Can cabernet sauvignon be both earthy and fruity? Get some answers to these questions and more. 8 p.m. $25. Tickets available at eventbrite.com. Vinoteque, 7469 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles. yala.org. 

Calendar


WED  |  NOV 23

“MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG”

Come experience a rarely seen Stephen Sondheim musical, based on a 1934 play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. The story focuses on a talented composer of Broadway musicals who turns his back on his songwriting career to become a producer of Hollywood movies. Nov. 23-Dec. 18. Previews $29-$89; then $49-$110. Bram Goldsmith Theater at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 746-4000. FRI  |  NOV 25

“ON THE MAP”

“On the Map,” which tells the story of the Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball team’s 1977 European Cup championship, begins its theatrical run. Israeli Academy Award-winning filmmaker Dani Menkin helms the saga of an against-all-odds quest set against the much broader story of Israel and the Jewish people during the Cold War. The film recounts how the underdog Israeli team beat CSKA Moscow, a team that refused to play in Israel. Just after this historic win, Israeli-American basketball player Tal Brody said, “Israel is on the map, not just in sport, but in everything.” Featuring interviews with NBA legend Bill Walton and former NBA Commissioner David Stern, who both played on the team. Laemmle Royal, 11523 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. Visit laemmle.com for show times and more information. (310) 478-0401. SUN  |  DEC 4

GLORIA STEINEM AND JILL SOLOWAY

Join an intimate conversation between Gloria Steinem and Jill Soloway, two extraordinary women who have devoted themselves to changing despair into hope. Steinem — a writer, lecturer, political activist and feminist organizer — includes among her areas of interest the origins of sex and race caste systems, nonviolent conflict resolution, gender roles and child abuse as roots of violence. Soloway is the creator of the Golden Globe- and Emmy-winning show “Transparent.” She also co-founded the community organization East Side Jews and is the author of the memoir “Tiny Ladies in Shiny Pants.” Presented by CAP UCLA. 7 p.m. Tickets start at $29; $15 for UCLA students; $25 for UCLA faculty and staff. Royce Hall, UCLA, 340 Royce Drive, Los Angeles. MON  |  DEC 5

L.A. JEWISH SYMPHONY EDUCATION OUTREACH CONCERT

The Los Angeles Jewish Symphony Education Outreach Program presents “A Patchwork of Cultures: Exploring the Sephardic-Latino Connection,” a free cultural program geared toward helping third-, fourth- and fifth-graders discover the music and cultures of our Spanish ancestors. There will be an “Instrument Petting Zoo,” where children can explore the instruments that make up an orchestra. The concert will feature Cantor Marcelo Gindlin. 11 a.m. Free. Space is limited; RSVP to (818) 646-2844. Valley Beth Shalom, 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. 

 

YULA GIRLS COMEDY NIGHT

Prepare for a night of food, drinks and many laughs. Special guests include Greg Hahn, Jimmy Brogan, Dwight Slade and Cathy Ladman. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres before the show at 6:30 p.m.; 7:30 p.m. show. $100. Yeshiva High School, 1619 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 203-0755. TUES  |  DEC 6

CLANCY SIGAL

“Black Sunset: Hollywood Sex, Lies, Glamour, Betrayal, and Raging Egos,” by Clancy Sigal, is the hilarious memoir of the author’s escapades as a young Hollywood agent. Peddling writers and actors in a blacklist-crazed movie industry during the 1950s, two FBI agents pursued him in hopes of being set up with starlets and becoming famous. Once banned from a studio, Sigal used a bolt cutter to break through a chain-link fence in order to make a deal. With clients such as Humphrey Bogart, Donna Reed, Jack Palance, Peter Lorre and Barbara Stanwyck, Sigal is one of the few remaining witnesses and reporters of this time. 7 p.m. Free. Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. (310) 659-3110. THURS  |  DEC 8

GEORGE GEARY

George Geary’s “L.A.’s Legendary Restaurants: Celebrating the Famous Places Where Hollywood Ate, Drank, and Played” is an illustrated history of landmark eateries throughout Los Angeles. Learn everything about classics such as Musso & Frank and The Brown Derby in the 1920s; Chasen’s, Romanoff’s, and Ciro’s in the mid-20th century; and the birth of California cuisine at Ma Maison and Spago on the Sunset Strip in the 1970s and ’80s. Geary will lead you into the glamorous restaurants through a lively narrative of anecdotes, illustrated with vintage photographs and historic menus. The book contains more than 100 iconic recipes and also showcases the allure of drive-ins, drugstores, nightclubs and hotels. 7 p.m. Free. Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. (310) 659-3110. SAT  |  DEC. 17

“THE MESHUGA NUTCRACKER”

This full-length musical comedy features the silly sensibilities of the folklore of Chelm (a fictional town of fools) underscored by an invigorated, klezmer-infused orchestration of Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite,” with original lyrics that celebrate Chanukah. The Chelmniks relate eight stories that pay tribute to the holiday, sprinkling in dancing dreidels, singing sufganiyot and surprise guest stars. Dec. 17-Jan. 1. Early offer tickets $45; regular tickets $72; seniors, youth and students with ID $63. Gindi Auditorium, American Jewish University, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles. (408) 404-7711. WED  |  DEC 21

CHANUKAH POP-UP EXHIBITIONS

Stop by the “Holidays” gallery to see rarely displayed Chanukah lamps. There will be something for everyone to enjoy — designs ranging from Looney Toons to the Liberty Bell. 2:30 p.m. Free with museum admission. Also 2:30 p.m. Dec. 22. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. SAT  |  DEC 24

MATZOBALL

One of the biggest Jewish singles events in the nation is getting bigger! Kicking off its 30th year, MatzoBall sets the stage for the ultimate party experience. Don’t miss out on what USA Today called “The Number 1 Holiday Party of the Year.” 9 p.m. $30. Tickets available on eventbrite.com. 21 and older. Location TBD, Los Angeles.

Calendar: August 19-25, 2016


FRI | AUG 19

SHABBAT OF LOVE: TU B’AV SERVICE

Come enjoy a Shabbat service celebrating Tu b’Av — the day of romance in Israel, like Valentine’s Day. Get out of the summer heat and enjoy a friendly musical evening with Rabbi Jon Hanish and guest Cantor Shira Fox. Meet the community and enjoy coffee and sweet treats after the service. 6:30 p.m. Free. Kol Tikvah, 20400 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills. (818) 348-0670. SAT | AUG 20

SPREAD THE LOVE BRUNCH

Angelenos love complaining about traffic, enjoying Dodgers baseball … and eating brunch. Mix good food and great conversation in this spread of shakshuka, falafel Benedict and stuffed challah French toast. Plus, take part in a small communal art piece, after local artist Jennifer Korsen introduces her “What’s in Your Heart” project. This is part of Love Angeles 2016, powered by NuRoots, a citywide celebration of love for Tu b’Av. Other events through Aug. 21 include kayaking and a dog café. 11 a.m. $20. Spread Kitchen, 334 S. Main St., Los Angeles. (213) 537-0284. l” target=”_blank”>plays411.com/becket.

SUN | AUG 21

DAVE KOZ

Nine-time Grammy-nominated and platinum-selling saxophonist Dave Koz is on tour with fellow American sax player David Sanborn. Koz, a native of Encino, and Sanborn will be onstage together with a band as part of their “Side By Side” tour. 7 p.m. Tickets start at $51. Fred Kavli Theatre at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. (805) 449-2787.

 

Shai Tsabari, an Israeli singer-songwriter who was born in Jaffa to a family of Yemeni Jews (his father was a cantor), will be joined by the Middle East Groove All Stars to create an upbeat sound that is a mix of Middle Eastern music and contemporary rock. Tsabari incorporates traditional Jewish liturgy into his lyrics and is at the forefront of a growing movement of Israeli rock musicians redefining what it means to be Middle Eastern and Jewish. The show is part of the Sunset Concerts at the Skirball series. 8 p.m.; doors open and DJ set begins at 7 p.m. Free. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500.

Calendar: August 5-11, 2016


FRI | AUG 5

“OLYMPIC PRIDE, AMERICAN PREJUDICE”

In 1936, Adolf Hitler was in power, the Third Reich was hosting the Summer Olympics in Berlin and the racial divide in America was prominent. African-Americans were treated like second-class citizens. This film explores the experiences of 18 African-American Olympians, 16 men and two women, who defied Jim Crow and Hitler to win medals. “Olympic Pride, American Prejudice” uses newsreel material, newspaper articles, photographs, personal interviews and never-before-seen footage, as well as resources from the personal archival collections of Olympians and organizations in the U.S. and Germany. Narrated by Blair Underwood. 12:20, 2:40, 5, 7:20, 9:45 p.m.; $9-$12. Laemmle Monica Film Center, 1332 Second St., Santa Monica. (310) 394-9744. ” target=”_blank”>facebook.com/FIDFYLLA.

SAT | AUG 6

TOT SHABBAT

Calling all families to play and pray! Come for a fun, friendly and musical Shabbat service for even the youngest members of your family. They will be able to play on the playground, enjoy the child-focused Shabbat service with Rabbi Jon Hanish and soloist Joel Stein, and more. Socializing with other parents, coffee and challah to follow. New families welcome. 10 a.m. Free with RSVP to (818) 992-1960 or anay@koltikvah.org. Kol Tikvah, 20400 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills. (818) 992-1960. ” target=”_blank”>templeakiba.net.

“EXAGOGE”

“Exagoge” was built around the first recorded Jewish play that was written in the style of a Greek tragedy by Ezekiel the Poet in the second century B.C.E. Only 269 lines of the original play exist, but those fragments were used to make this full-length theatrical production. Rich in movement, music and poetry, “Exagoge” incorporates classical masks to share the experiences of refugees, immigrants and the disenfranchised from the 19th century to today, highlighting the inclusive nature of the Exodus narrative, as well as the ongoing crises of people fleeing oppression throughout the world. 8 p.m. Free. Show is currently sold out; RSVP to be added to a waitlist. The Fowler Museum at UCLA, 308 Charles E. Young Drive North, Los Angeles. ” target=”_blank”>atidla.com.

SUN | AUG 7

SUMMER SOUNDS: ZETZ KLEzMER ENSEMBLE

 

Zetz is an energetic and entertaining ensemble whose original and traditional music is rooted in klezmer traditions of Eastern European Jews. However, it also fuses sounds from all around the world. These creative musicians draw upon a range of cultures and sounds: lyrical haunting melodies of the synagogue and folk music, witty Yiddish vaudeville songs, boisterous dances of the Russians and Ukrainians, and Western classical and rock music. As part of the show, Zetz will share fun stories, history and demonstrations related to klezmer music. 4 p.m. Free. Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. (323) 848-6377. MON | AUG 8

SCRIPTING REALITY: A DEEP DIVE INTO NEW JEWISH REPRESENTATION

“Mad Men” producer Victor Levin, “Transparent” consultant Rabbi Susan Goldberg and The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles’ CEO Jay Sanderson will come together for this conversation about Jewish portrayal and representation in media, television and film. The panel will address the growing visibility of Jewish culture in entertainment, as well as the diverse and contemporary portrayal of Jewish community and personal life on TV. It is hosted by Federation’s Young Adults of Los Angeles’ Entertainment and Media Professionals Network, and Federation’s Entertainment Division. 7 p.m. $10; $15 on date of event. Tickets include food and drinks. Creative Artists Agency, 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles. (323) 761-8054. THURS | AUG 11

“THE STRANGER”

“The Stranger” is a 1946 American film noir about a war crimes investigator who tracks a high-ranking Nazi fugitive. It is the first Hollywood film to present documentary footage of the Holocaust. Starring Edward G. Robinson, Loretta Young and Orson Welles, who also directed. This screening is a part of the “Holocaust Remembrance Film Series,” a five-week series of screenings about films regarding the Holocaust. There are afternoon and evening screenings with a panel discussion in between. 4 and 8 p.m. screenings; 6:30 panel discussion. Free. Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, 100 S. The Grove Drive, Los Angeles. (323) 651-3704. 

Calendar: July 29 – August 4


FRI | JULY 29

“OLD JEWS TELLING JOKES”

This comedy show pays tribute to and reinvents classic jokes of the past and present. It features comic songs, new and old, while giving a nod to some of the world’s great comedians. “Old Jews Telling Jokes” enjoyed a record-breaking and critically acclaimed off-Broadway run. Suggestive and raunchy at times, the 90-minute show, featuring five actors/singers, has “old Jews” making fun of themselves in a flurry of jokes, songs and comic monologues. For mature audiences only. 7:30 p.m. $39.95-$59.95. Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. (844) 448-7469. ” target=”_blank”>fordtheatres.org.

SAT | JULY 30

“BLUEPRINT FOR PARADISE”

On Dec. 8, 1941, the day after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, local police occupied a Pacific Palisades compound where Nazi sympathizers allegedly hoped to make a West Coast headquarters, known today as Murphy Ranch. The abandoned site, currently in a state of disrepair and covered in graffiti, is owned by the city of Los Angeles and has become a popular hiking destination, as well as the inspiration for this new play. Set in 1941 during the weeks leadin g up to the attack on Pearl Harbor and inspired by true events, “Blueprint for Paradise” imagines the relationship between African-American architect Paul Revere Williams (designer of landmark L.A. buildings such as the Los Angeles County Courthouse, as well as private residences for Lucille Ball and Frank Sinatra) and a wealthy American couple who employed him to design the compound. By Laurel M. Wetzork. 8 p.m. $25. Hudson Mainstage Theatre, 6539 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 960-4412. ” target=”_blank”>m.

LAST SABBATH: PASTRONOMY

Come take a culinary tour of some of the best pastrami in Los Angeles. The tour starts in DTLA with picnic sandwiches from Langer’s and Wexler’s (location TBA) from which the group will take the Metro to Dog Haus USC for pastrami dogs. Then the group will head back downtown for cocktails at Clifton’s before finishing with pastrami tacos at Stocking Frame. The event is hosted by some of the top Los Angeles food minds today. There will vegetarian options available. Last Sabbath is a casual, adults-only monthly dinner sponsored by East Side Jews. 1 p.m. $30. Cocktails not included in ticket price. RSVP required. joel@sijcc.net. (323) 663-2255. ” target=”_blank”>gilssanctuary.com.

STAND UP! A NIGHT OF COMEDY

Hosted by Michael Schirtzer, this fun night of laughs features headliner Debra DiGiovanni, as well as Dominic Harris, Garrick Bernard, Anna Valenzuela, Keith Carey and Chase Bernstein. 8:30 p.m. $15 online; $20 at the door. Malibu Playhouse, 29243 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. (323) 960-7711. SUN | JULY 31

“WHATEVER YOUR HEART DESIRES”

Join in this one-night-only fundraiser and see eight-time Emmy Award winner Edward Asner and “Nebraska” star June Squibb in this play by Christine Rosensteel. “Whatever Your Heart Desires” is a humorous story about an elderly couple in Los Angeles who, on the verge of losing their independence, invite a young homeless couple to live with them. A clash of desires ensues when the young man’s brother has not-so-kosher plans for the elderly couple. 7 p.m. $20. Theatre 40, 241 S. Moreno Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 364-3606. ” target=”_blank”>yala.org.

MON | AUG 1

“ALL MY DISTANCES ARE FAR”

This world premiere of acclaimed playwright and actress Leda Siskind’s latest production, “All My Distances Are Far,” tackles hard questions, from the issue of a foster teen who ages out of the system to a straight-A student who is sexually molested to an adolescent boy with Asperger’s who falls in love. Through each of these characters’ monologues, the audience becomes a confidant, as well as the witness to the urban high school’s therapist. Siskind directs the cast of seven in this docudrama about the struggles of multicultural teens trying to fit in to society. 8 p.m. $25. Theatre 40 at Beverly Hills High School, 241 S. Moreno Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 364-3606. THURS | AUG 4

“GENOCIDE”

This award-winning Holocaust documentary by Arnold Schwartzman won the 1982 Oscar for best documentary feature. Narrated by Elizabeth Taylor and Orson Welles, it was co-produced by the Simon Wiesenthal Center. It’s part of “Hollywood Takes on the Holocaust,” a five-week series of screenings about films regarding the Holocaust. There are afternoon and evening screenings with a panel discussion in between. 4 and 8 p.m. screenings; 6:30 panel discussion. Free. Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, 100 S. The Grove Drive, Los Angeles. (323) 651-3704.

Calendar: July 15-21, 2016


SAT | JULY 16

PENNY WOLIN

One day after giving a free audiovisual presentation at Beth Chayim Chadashim, photographer and author Penny Wolin will deliver an audiovisual lecture and exhibit with selected silver-gelatin photographic prints featured in her new book, “Descendants of Light: American Photographers of Jewish Ancestry.” She will talk about her road trip across the country, during which she dedicated several years to discovering why so many of America’s greatest modern photographers — from Alfred Stieglitz to Annie Leibovitz — are Jewish. 5:30 p.m. doors open; 6:45 p.m. reception; 7:30 p.m. art talk. Free entrance; $30 for reception and audiovisual conversation. The Braid, Jewish Women’s Theatre Performance Space & Art Gallery, 2912 Colorado Ave., No. 102, Santa Monica. (310) 315-1400 .

“C–K TALES: SHAME ON ME!”

Written and performed by Debra Ehrhardt, “C–k Tales: Shame on Me!” begins and ends with humor and sexual liberation. Self-discovery, betrayal, molestation, guilt, pleasure and love are explored in this show based on true stories from Ehrhardt’s early years as a girl raised by a religious family through her sexual awakening as a young woman and encounters with a world full of testosterone-fueled gentlemen — and not-so-gentle men. Directed by Joel Zwick (“My Big Fat Greek Wedding”). 7:30 p.m. $40; includes post-show Champagne reception with Ehrhardt. Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 Fourth St., Santa Monica. (310) 394-9779. SUN | JULY 17

THE GOLDEN AGE OF JEWISH SPAIN: A CULTURAL, HISTORICAL AND EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCE

Come hear a powerful lecture about the history of Jewish Spain by Elisheva I. Diaz,  founder of the Coalition for Sephardic Ladino Legacy (CFSLL). There will be music by Gavriela Perez and Kol Sephardic Choir, and a performance by the dance group Pasion Flamenca de Los Angeles. CFSLL focuses on the need for the optional return of the B’nei Anusim (descendants of Conversos), as well as the preservation of Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) culture and language. 3 p.m. $12; $15 at the door. Azusa Pacific University, The Munson Chapel, East Campus, 901 E. Alosta Ave., Azusa. ” target=”_blank”>ajrca.edu.

ATID TIKKUN OLAM DAY AT THE BEACH

The beach is one of the best parts of living in Los Angeles, and this event organized by Atid, the Jewish young professionals group of Sinai Temple, will be filled with good deeds to help keep it in its best shape. Meet at the Santa Monica Pier by the arch and start the day by giving out pre-prepped bag lunches to people in need. Afterward, the group will clean up litter from the sand. Then it’s time for some well-earned relaxation — tan on the sand, splash in the ocean or grab a drink. RSVP by July 15. 11 a.m. Free. Ages 21-39. Santa Monica Pier, 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica. ” target=”_blank”>yala.org.

MON | JULY 18

KULANU DESSERT PARTY

This gathering will have a unique, international flavor, featuring three Jews from across the globe: Yehudah Kimani from Kenya, Siegfried Fried Orochena from Nicaragua and Yacob Yacobi from India. All three will have just completed the monthlong Brandeis Collegiate Institute in Simi Valley. This is a chance to welcome these young people to Los Angeles and hear about Kulanu’s work of supporting isolated and emerging Jewish communities around the world. 7:30 p.m. Free. RSVP. The home of Jon and Julie Drucker, 6523 Moore Drive, Los Angeles. (212) 877-8082. THURS | JULY 21

“OUR MEN HAVE THEIR SAY”

In an effort to balance the gender scales of comedy and drama, Jewish Women’s Theatre will present a new salon show, “Our Men Have Their Say.” Eight masculine authors (and two women) will bare their souls as three actors (and one actress) take audiences on a journey of erotic dreams about 90-year-old biblical heroines, disappointing parents by missing Friday night dinner, surviving miscarriages and keeping scandalous secrets from a spouse. Featured writers include Alan Zweibel, formerly of “Saturday Night Live”; American Jewish University professor and author Ron Wolfson; and Jewish Journal columnist and President David Suissa. 8 p.m. $40. Includes dessert buffet and Q-and-A session. Ages 16 and older. The Braid, 2912 Colorado Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 315-1400. ” target=”_blank”>pasadenaplayhouse.org.

JNET WOODLAND HILLS ICE CREAM SOCIAL

Schmooze with speakers Jackson Schwartz from Morgan Stanley, whose talk is titled, “Is There a Recession Coming?” and Sandy Hollander from Let’s Go! Travel, discussing, “The Many Flavors of Travel.” 6:30 p.m. networking; 7 p.m. meeting. Free. Temple Aliyah, 6025 Valley Circle Blvd., Woodland Hills.

Calendar: July 8-14, 2016


FRI | JULY 8

ONE-ACT FESTIVAL

Jewish playwrights Jennifer Maisel, Stevie Stern and others are featured in EST/LA’s One Act Festival. A total of 14 new plays are presented through three programs, with stories that are moving, challenging, enlightening and sometimes laugh-out-loud funny. One of the plays centers on a flirtation among people in the art world; its set includes a couch owned by David Hockney. Directed by Tom Lazarus. 8 p.m. $25; $30 at the door. Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave., Los Angeles. (818) 839-1197. SAT | JULY 9

MOSTLY KOSHER

The Los Angeles–based indie-global collective and revival band Mostly Kosher combines jazz, Latin, rock, hip-hop, world and folk music, bringing a modern twist to American and Judaic music of the past, including klezmer. Bandleader Leeav Sofer recruited violinist Janice Mautner Markham out of the folk-rock scene; Eric Hagstrom lays the beat over Adam Levy’s soulful bass; Mike Bolger plays accordion and trumpet; Mike King plays trombone; and Will Brahm plays guitar. The band will be joined by dance leader Bruce Bierman. Noon and 2 p.m. Included with museum admission. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. ” target=”_blank”>theautry.org.

SUN | JULY 10

RUNNING CLUSTER: OCEANFRONT TRAIL JOG

Join YALA’s Running Cluster for a 4-mile coastal run between Santa Monica and Venice. Enjoy the sights along the Santa Monica and Venice Beach Boardwalk portions of the route, which also lure walkers, bicyclists and skateboarders, and nearby Muscle Beach sculptors. Followed by brunch at True Food Kitchen (395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica). 9:30 a.m. Free. Big Dean’s Ocean Front Cafe, 1615 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica. ” target=”_blank”>chabadsimi.org.

GENEALOGY IN THE ROUND: SUCCESSES, FAILURES, ARTIFACTS AND BRICK WALLS

Come and share a genealogical success, failure, brick wall or artifact. This meeting is an opportunity to share your story, ask questions and learn from one another. If you’d like to participate in the program, please contact Jan Meisels Allen at president@JGSCV.org. Each participant will have 5 to 10 minutes, depending on the number of presenters. Hosted by The Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County (JGSCV), co–sponsored with Temple Adat Elohim. 1:30 p.m. Free. Temple Adat Elohim, 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. (818) 889-6616. MON | JULY 11

SUMMER CABINET EVENT

Join the Real Estate and Construction Division of the Jewish Federation for an evening of networking and cocktails on the beach. 6:30 p.m. $100; free for cabinet members and first-time guests of cabinet members. The Annenberg Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica. (323) 761-8152. WED | JULY 13

BLOOD READ LIVE

Come enjoy the first in a series of one-night-only, live-stage readings of unproduced horror and genre screenplays featuring legendary screenwriters and movie villains. Tonight’s reading is of indie film legend Larry Cohen’s “The Man Who Loved Hitchcock,” directed by Christian Ackerman, produced by Jack Bennett and Ackerman. Presented by The Group Rep. 7:30 p.m. $20. Lonny Chapman Theatre, 10900 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood. (818) 763-5990. THURS | JULY 14

“WEST SIDE STORY”

The emotional and powerful music of this time-honored story comes to the Hollywood Bowl. Taking us back to 1950s New York on the Upper West Side, “West Side Story” reminds us of a time when racial and social tensions were at a high. Los Angeles Master Chorale will perform many of the classic songs: “Maria,” “America,” “Somewhere” and “Tonight.” Conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, based on a conception of Jerome Robbins; book by Arthur Laurents; music by Leonard Bernstein; and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. 8 p.m. Tickets starting at $8. Additional performance at 8 p.m. July 19. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 Highland Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 850-2000.

Calendar: July 1-7, 2016


FRI | JULY 1

“THE INNOCENTS”

World War II is over and Mathilde is treating the last of the French survivors at the German camps in Warsaw. One night, a panicked nun comes in begging Mathilde to follow her back to the convent. What she finds there is shocking — a sister about to give birth and several others in advanced stages of pregnancy. Fearing the shame of exposure, the nuns increasingly turn to the nonbeliever Mathilde, who seeks the help of Samuel, a Jewish doctor, as their belief system clashes with harsh realities. Landmark Theatres, 10850 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 470-0492. ” target=”_blank”>laemmle.com

WED | JULY 6

“FOUR CHORDS AND A GUN”

“Four Chords and a Gun” tells the true story of the Ramones. Desperate for a hit, the punk rock band enlisted legendary producer Phil Spector to produce their fifth album in 1978. In the ensuing months, guns were drawn, hearts were broken and an incredible record was created. Written by John Ross Bowie and directed by Jessica Hanna. The cast features Josh Brener (“Silicon Valley,” “The Internship”), Arden Myrin (“MadTV”), Johnathan McClain (“Mad Men”), Matthew Patrick Davis (“Comedy Bang! Bang!”), James Pumphrey (“Arrested Development,” “Key & Peele”) and Michael Daniel Cassady (“Drunk History”). 7 p.m. $25. Bootleg Theater, 2220 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 460-9812. MON | JULY 4

FOURTH OF JULY AMERICAFEST 

Enjoy one of the largest fireworks displays in Southern California. There will be plenty of music and food vendors in the nearby Arroyo. 9 a.m., parking lot opens; 2 p.m., festival begins; 6 p.m., stadium opens; 7 p.m., opening ceremony; 9:05 p.m., fireworks. $13 general admission; $25 reserved section; free for kids 5 and younger. $30 general parking. The Rose Bowl Stadium, 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena. (626) 577-3100. ” target=”_blank”>palisadesparade.org.

COMMUNITY FESTIVAL AND FIREWORKS SHOW: EXPOSITION PARK

Concert, food, games, carnival rides and a 45-minute fireworks display. Fireworks begin at dusk, about 9 p.m. Noon.-10 p.m. Free. Exposition Park South Lawn, 700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles. ” target=”_blank”>grandparkla.org.

JULY 4TH EXTRAVAGANZA: WOODLAND HILLS

This huge Fourth of July fireworks festival attracts more than 60,000 people to the West Valley. It features food vendors, a play zone, a free concert with original Beach Boy David Marks with the Surf City Allstars, and a fireworks show. 6 p.m., concert; 9 p.m., fireworks to live music. Free. $20 parking. Warner Park, 5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills. ” target=”_blank”>theatricum.com.

FOURTH OF JULY FESTIVAL: STUDIO CITY

This is a fun-filled family festival featuring exhibits, music, food, fireworks, a children’s fun zone and a business exposition. This year’s theme is a Hawaiian luau with the sounds of Elvis on the main stage. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. $25 adults, $10 for children 6-12; free for kids younger than 6. Rooftop viewing and VIP tickets cost extra. CBS Studio Center, 4024 Radford Ave., Studio City. (818) 655-5916. ” target=”_blank”>visitmarinadelrey.com.

CULVER CITY

The Culver City Fourth of July celebration includes live music, food trucks, midway games and a fireworks display at West Los Angeles College. 4 p.m. $5; free for children under 6. $10 parking. West LA College, 9000 Overland Ave., Culver City.

Calendar: June 24-30, 2016


FRI | JUNE 24

“BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL”

This Tony Award-winning musical shares the early life and career of legendary singer-songwriter Carole King. “Beautiful” tells the inspiring true story of King’s rise to stardom. Originally Carol Klein from Brooklyn, she fought her way to become one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. However, as you will see on this red carpet night, it wasn’t until her personal life began to fall apart that she finally found her true voice. 8 p.m. $29 and up. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 468-1770. SAT | JUNE 25

UNA NOCHE: ARGENTINA TANGO NIGHT

Experience the sights, sounds and steps of Buenos Aires right here in Los Angeles! Join JDC Entwine — the young leadership platform of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee — and Russian-speaking Jewish young professionals as you learn about Argentina’s Jewish community (and a trip for Russian-speaking Jews to South America), sip wine and dance the night away. 5:30 p.m. Free. Register at eventbrite.com. 3rd Street Dance Studio, 8558 W. Third Street, Los Angeles. ” target=”_blank”>whitefiretheatre.com.

SUN | JUNE 26

BOOK AND BAGELS

Join author and Jewish Journal columnist Gina Nahai for a reading, eating and schmoozing event. She will be signing her book “The Luminous Heart of Jonah S.” You can purchase the book at the event or bring your own copy. 10:30 a.m. $15 (includes light brunch). The Braid, 2912 Colorado Ave., Suite 102, Santa Monica. (310) 315-1400. ” target=”_blank”>yala.org.

MADE IN L.A.: DAVID ULIN AND PAUL KOLSBY

David Ulin and Paul Kolsby, authors of “Ear to the Ground,” will discuss their new book, originally published as a serial in the L.A. Reader. The Los Angeles-based novel shows the intersection of pop culture and high culture. A shadowy new agency, the Center for Earthquake Studies, seems more interested in the entertainment potential of large quakes than in the scientific study of them. The book, which features an earthquake disaster film, demanding stars, an irrational director, and an inexperienced and insufferable screenwriter, shows how fame and Hollywood leverage can become more important than hard science. 2 p.m. Free. RSVP. Central Library, Mark Taper Auditorium, 650 W. Fifth Street, Los Angeles. (213) 228-7388. ” target=”_blank”>interfaithfamily.com.

OPEN READING

Three area synagogues present partial readings of two plays: “Sister Africa,” about Jewish outreach efforts in the Congo, and “Daughter of My People,” a one-woman show about Henrietta Szold, founder of Hadassah. The music is scored by world music artist RebbeSoul. Playwright and cast will be available for discussion after the presentation. 7:30 p.m. Free. Temple B’nai Hayim, 4302 Van Nuys Blvd., Sherman Oaks. (818) 995-6628.

BDS EXPOSED: HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST BASSEM EID SPEAKS OUT

Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) invites you to an evening with Andrea Levin, president of CAMERA; and Bassem Eid, Palestinian human rights activist and critic of the Palestinian Authority, Hamas and the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. As the founder and director of the Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group, Eid believes that the Palestinian Authority needs to acknowledge the Jewish State of Israel, and he promotes the development of a secular and democratic Palestinian government. 7:30 p.m. dessert reception; 8 p.m. program. $95. Private residence in Beverly Hills; address provided upon registration. (323) 394-1281 or (323) 424-7228. MON | JUNE 27

NATASHA LEGGERO and MOSHE KASHER PRESENT “THE HONEYMOON TOUR”

Newlyweds Natasha Leggero and Moshe Kasher share the inappropriate details of their romance during their current “Honeymoon Tour.” The two were married last year, appearing in Comedy Central’s “Another Period” and on Leggero’s hot-tub talk show on YouTube, “Tubbin’ With Tash.” Their stand-up will be full of marital and relationship advice, which you may or may not want to take. 7 p.m. $30. Largo at the Coronet, 366 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 855-0350. THURS | JUNE 30

LOAVES OF LOVE

Come for a girls’ night out hosted by Young Jewish Professionals and learn how to make your very own challah! You’ll be able to take one home to share with friends and family. 7:30 p.m. wine and small bites; 8 p.m. workshop. $18. Private residence in Hancock Park; address will be provided upon registration. admin@yjplosangeles.com. ” target=”_blank”>badjewsinhollywood.com.

Calendar: June 17-13, 2016


FRI | JUNE 17

“THIRTEEN’S SPRING”

The Moving Art Collective presents this poetic take on “The Diary of Anne Frank” and the stories of families affected by the Holocaust. Written by Amanda Jane Shank, it was inspired by three weeks in Frank’s life before she and her family went into hiding during World War II. “Thirteen’s Spring” focuses on the sense of interruption felt by so many during that time. 10 p.m. $12. The Actors Company, Let Live Theater, 916 N. Formosa Ave., Los Angeles. SAT | JUNE 18

“GREY GARDENS” DOCUMENTARY

See a special screening of “Grey Gardens,” the 1975 documentary about the eccentric aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and their journey from glamorous aristocrats in the 1940s to notorious recluses in the ’70s, living in a crumbling house filled with memories and cats. Following the film, there will be a conversation with Michael Wilson, the director of the upcoming Ahmanson Theatre production of “Grey Gardens — The Musical,” and its two stars, Rachel York and Betty Buckley. 3 p.m. $5 service fee to reserve tickets. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 628-2772. ” target=”_blank”>lalawyersphil.org.

“EXAGOGE”

Don’t miss the world premiere of “Exagoge,” Aaron Henne’s adaptation built around the first recorded Jewish play, which was written in the style of a Greek tragedy by Ezekiel the Poet in the 2nd century B.C.E. Only 269 lines of the original play exist, but those fragments were used to make this full-length theatrical production. Rich in movement, music and poetry, “Exagoge” incorporates classical masks to share the experiences of refugees, immigrants and the disenfranchised from the 19th century to today. Produced by Theatre Dybbuk. 8 p.m. Free. Temple Israel of Hollywood, 7300 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 876-8330. SUN | JUNE 19

BITES OF JEWISH JUSTICE

Join in this series of conversations and social justice study with Rabbi Sarah Bassin of Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills as she talks about “Like a Finger in the Eye: The Evolution of Jewish Thinking on Child Marriage.” Judaism hasn’t always had a great record on the rights of young girls, and there is an evolving conversation in Judaism about the rights of girls and women. But what does that conversation imply for how we engage other cultures whose practices cause moral outrage? Brunch will be served. 10 a.m. Free. RSVP. The Herb Alpert Educational Village at New Roads School, 3131 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 363-7679. MON | JUNE 20

COMICS SUPPORT THEIR OWN

Come laugh and celebrate the life of Teddie Tillett, the wife of comedian Bobby Slayton, who recently died in a car accident. The lineup includes Ray Romano, Brian Regan, Bill Burr, Dana Carvey, Louie Anderson, Bob Saget, Jon Lovitz and host Arsenio Hall. 8 p.m. $50 and up. Saban Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (323) 655-0111. TUES | JUNE 21

WALTER SHAPIRO: “HUSTLING HITLER”

Acclaimed journalist Walter Shapiro assumed the outlandish stories about his great-uncle, vaudeville manager and con man Freeman Bernstein, were exaggerated, but in recent years, he decided to search for the truth. In “Hustling Hitler: The Jewish Vaudevillian Who Fooled the Fuhrer,” Shapiro investigates Bernstein’s life — and the possibility that a New York Jew may have committed fraud against the German government and been responsible for the critical shortage of Nazi resources during World War II. 7 p.m. Free. Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. (310) 659-3110. WED | JUNE 22

A FIRSTHAND ACCOUNT OF THE RAID ON ENTEBBE

In July 1976, Lt. Col. Sassy Reuven served as a paratrooper in the special task force that orchestrated the hostage-rescue mission code named Operation Thunderbolt, which meant flying thousands of miles over enemy territory to rescue Jewish hostages being held by terrorists at Entebbe Airport in Uganda. Reuven will talk about his personal experience, from the moment he was called to duty, to preparation for the mission, to landing in Uganda and finally completing the mission. 7 p.m. VIP reception; 7:45 p.m. doors open. $54, $100 per couple for VIP reception with Reuven.  $18 for show; $26 at the door. Ahrya Fine Arts Theater, 8556 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 734-9079. THUR | JUNE 23

“RETHINKING ISRAEL-PALESTINE”

The Los Angeles World Affairs Council presents dinner and a discussion with Yossi Alpher, Israeli security expert and former adviser to Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak. Alpher served in the Israel Defense Forces as an intelligence officer, followed by 12 years of service in Mossad, the Israeli national intelligence agency. In his new book, “No End of Conflict: Rethinking Israel-Palestine,” Alpher argues that a reassessment of the stalemate in Israeli-Palestinian relationship is long overdue. As political positions harden among Israelis and Palestinians, fear that the chances for a two-state solution may be unachievable grows. 7:30 p.m. $85 for members; $95 for guests of members; $110 for nonmembers. InterContinental hotel, 2151 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles. (424) 258-6160. hurwitzz.fellow@ajc.org; ” target=”_blank”>museumoftolerance.com

Calendar: June 10-16, 2016


SAT | JUNE 11

“RUTH: THE MOVING ORATORIO”

Valley Beth Shalom and the Jewish Music Commission of Los Angeles bring you “Ruth,” an oratorio by Aminadav Aloni that tells the story of Shavuot. This performance, which will take place during the morning Shabbat service, will include the Valley Beth Shalom congregational choir and members of the American Jewish University choir. 10 a.m. Free. Valley Beth Shalom, 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (818) 788-6000. ” target=”_blank”>vbs.org.

TIKKUN LEIL SHAVUOT: SHOULD CAPITAL PUNISHMENT BE PERMITTED?

Join Temple Etz Chaim and Temple Adat Elohim for a special night of Torah study. The Erev Shavuot service and learning sessions will address the Jewish view of capital punishment with Superior Court Judge Karen Nudell, defense attorney Dan Kuperberg and Rabbi Dalia Samansky. Blintzes and other Shavuot delicacies will be served. 7:30 p.m. Free. Paskow Sanctuary, Temple Etz Chaim, 1080 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. (805) 497-6891. ” target=”_blank”>templealiyah.org.

THE TORAH OF ME: HOW DO YOU RECEIVE TORAH?

Join communities of all denominations, learning styles, Jewish backgrounds and affiliations for a night to deepen our understanding of our individual Torah. 9 p.m. opening session; 4:30 a.m. Shacharit on the roof. Temple Beth Am, 1039 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 652-7353. ” target=”_blank”>wisela.org/shavuot_celebration.

SHAVUOT NIGHT SHIURIM & MIDNIGHT BBQ

Celebrate with scholar-in-residence Rabbi Yona Reiss, Av Beit Din of the Chicago Rabbinical Council and former director of the Beit Din of America. There will be several other teaching rabbis discussing themes such as: “Loving the Convert — Can Gerut be Retroactively Nullified?” and “Theocracy vs. Democracy in Modern Day Israel.” The night will end with Shacharit in Shapell Sanctuary at 5:05 a.m. 11 p.m. Free. Beth Jacob, 9030 W. Olympic Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 278-1911. ” target=”_blank”>nessah.org.

SUN | JUNE 12

EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT YIDDISH BUT FORGOT TO ASK YOUR BUBBIE: A FRIENDLY GENTILE’S GUIDE

This lively program will showcase what Yiddish is all about. While enjoying the music and comedy, learn about the rich history of the language. Starring Shane Baker and Amanda Miryem-Khaye Seigel, who will be taking questions from the audience. 2 p.m. Free. Unclaimed reservations will be released 15 minutes before the program. Central Library, Mark Taper Auditorium, 630 W. Fifth St., Los Angeles. (213) 228-7000. “>thewallis.org.

WED | JUNE 15

YAKOV SMIRNOFF: “HAPPILY EVER LAUGHTER”

World-renowned comedian Yakov Smirnoff brings his one-man show to Los Angeles! Smirnoff uncovers how laughter can bring love and happiness back into your romantic life. “Happily Ever Laughter: The Neuroscience of Romantic Relationships” combines humor with his 10 years of scientific research. Come enjoy a good laugh as Smirnoff shares his philosophies on love, romance and the differences between men and women. 7:30 p.m. Tickets starting at $40. The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 246-3800. ” target=”_blank”>ideaslosangeles.com.

THUR | JUNE 16

LAUGHTER THROUGH TEARS: THEODORE BIKEL MEMORIAL EVENING

Join in this tribute to the late actor Theo Bikel, who died in 2015. Peter Yarrow, Tom Paxton, Hankus Netsky, Craig Taubman, David Krakauer, and Hazzan Mike Stein will honor Bikel and his legacy through songs and stories. Feel free to bring your favorite bottle of wine to raise a glass to Bikel. 8 p.m. Free. Reserve ticket at eventbrite.com. Pico Union Project, 1153 Valencia St., Los Angeles. (818) 760-1077.

Calendar: June 3-9, 2016


SAT | JUNE 4

“HELLO SUSANNA”

Comedian and writer Susanna Leonard deviates from the funny stuff in her first solo performance, “Hello Susanna.” Leonard uses the memoirs of her great-aunt to bring her ancestor Anna Ruth Lisser (née Tishler) to life in this performance, in which the character struggles with her identity and religion after leaving her husband and her adopted country of Israel. This preview performance of “Hello Susanna” is part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival. 2:30 p.m. $12. Stephanie Feury Theater, 5636 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 463-7378. ” target=”_blank”>hollywoodfringe.org.

UCLA CAMARADES WITH PIANIST NEAL STULBERG

Come enjoy a night of chamber music with pianist Neal Stulberg, presented by the premier instrumental ensemble from UCLA. 8 p.m. $10; $5 for students. Boston Court, 70 N. Mentor Ave., Pasadena. (626) 683-6883. SUN | JUNE 5

LOS ANGELES BREAD FESTIVAL

Make your own matzo and challah at the second annual L.A. Bread Festival. Join chef Sonya Masinovsky as she guides you through the traditions and process of making your own matzo, gather around the community wood-burning oven as it bakes, then dip it into an assortment of horseradish, olive oil and other dips. Afterward, you can bake your own challah. Presented by NuRoots, these events are on the second day of the two-day festival — a celebration of Southern California’s artisanal bread renaissance and an opportunity for the public to experience the best breads of L.A. 10 a.m. Free. Grand Central Market, 317 S. Broadway, Los Angeles. (213) 624-2378. ” target=”_blank”>israeliamerican.org.

SUMMERFEST 2016

Get ready for summer fun with arts and crafts, waterslides, food, games and much more. Bring friends — and your swimsuit. There will also be an auction for four Park Hopper Disneyland tickets. 11:30 a.m. Free. Temple Etz Chaim, 1080 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. (805) 497-6891. ” target=”_blank”>bcc-la.org.

MON | JUNE 6

JEWISH BUSINESS NETWORKING

Bring business cards and come schmooze at this meeting of JNET Hollywood, the new chapter of the Jewish business networking organization. Featured speakers include Alex Kwechansky, specialist in business fraud analysis, resolution and prevention, who will speak on “What You Didn’t Know You Needed To Know About Business Fraud,” and Ruth Segal Kay, community outreach representative for Concepts for Living. Her lecture is titled “A Solution for Seniors Who Need Extra Care and Cannot Remain at Home.” No cost for first-time guests. Each attendee will have a chance to give a 30-second introduction on his or her business. Light refreshments will be served. 6:30 p.m. Free. Temple Israel of Hollywood, 7300 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. WED | JUNE 8

MUSLIM-JEWISH COMMUNITY IFTAR

Come be a part of one of the largest gatherings of Muslims and Jews in America. Transform the community through the power of relationships by breaking the fast during the sacred Islamic month of Ramadan. Presented by NewGround: A Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change. Dinner is halal certified; kosher meals available upon request. 7 p.m. $40. Wilshire Boulevard Temple, Glazer Campus, 3663 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 388-2401. THUR | JUNE 9

STORIES FROM SINAI: A MOTH-STYLE NIGHT OF STORYTELLING

There is a legend that every single Jewish soul has stood at Sinai and that no matter the path, everyone eventually finds their way back home. In honor of Shavuot, join the American Jewish University Miller Introduction to Judaism Program for a night of powerful storytelling, as Jews by Choice share their personal, hilarious and emotional stories of finding their home as a Jew. This event is supported by NuRoots and co-sponsored by the Jewish Journal, IKAR, ATID (Sinai Temple) and Open Temple. 7 p.m. $18; $15 for Chai Intro Alumni Society. Beit T’Shuvah, 8831 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles.

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SAT | JUNE 4

“THE ART OF FORGIVENESS”

“The Art of Forgiveness” is a heartfelt presentation of stories, plays and poems about what it means to forgive. Performance by the Jewish Women’s Theatre; presented by Beit T’Shuvah’s Creative Arts Department. 7 p.m. $15; $20 at the door. Beit T’Shuvah, 8847 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 204-5200, ext. 263. SUN | JUNE 12

EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT YIDDISH BUT FORGOT TO ASK YOUR BUBBIE: A FRIENDLY GENTILE’S GUIDE

This lively program will showcase what Yiddish culture is all about. While enjoying Yiddish music and comedy, you’ll learn about the rich history of the language. Starring Yiddish translator and stage performer Shane Baker and Yiddish singer, songwriter and actor Amanda Miryem-Khaye Seigel. 2 p.m. Free. Come early; unclaimed reservations will be released 15 minutes before the program. Central Library, Mark Taper Auditorium, 630 W. Fifth St., Los Angeles. (213) 228-7388. ” target=”_blank”>thewallis.org.

SAT | JUNE 18

“SHERMAN BROTHERS’ DISNEY MUSIC, BERNSTEIN, COPLAND & MORE”

Come enjoy the L.A. Lawyers Philharmonic and Legal Voices perform music by Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Ferde Grofe and the Sherman Brothers, the American songwriting duo who wrote more motion-picture musical scores than any other songwriting team in film history. The Shermans wrote the film scores for “Mary Poppins,” “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” “The Jungle Book” and “Charlotte’s Web.” Richard Sherman will conduct an arrangement of one of their best-known songs, “It’s a Small World.” 8 p.m. Tickets start at $20. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. TUES | JUNE 21

WALTER SHAPIRO: “HUSTLING HITLER: THE JEWISH VAUDEVILLIAN WHO FOOLED THE FUHRER”

Acclaimed journalist Walter Shapiro assumed that the outlandish stories about his great-uncle Freeman Bernstein were exaggerated, but in recent years, he decided to search for the truth. In “Hustling Hitler: The Jewish Vaudevillian Who Fooled the Fuhrer,” Shapiro investigates Bernstein’s life — and the possibility that a New York Jew committed fraud against the German government and may have been responsible for a critical shortage of Nazi resources during World War II. 7 p.m. Free. Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. (310) 659-3110. WED | JUNE 22 

“BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL”

This Tony Award-winning musical depicts the early life and career of the legendary singer-songwriter Carole King. “Beautiful” tells the inspiring true story of King’s rise to stardom. Born Carol Klein in Brooklyn, King worked her way up to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music. However, it wasn’t until her personal life began to fall apart that she found her true voice. 8 p.m. Tickets start at $29. Performances through July 17. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 468-1770. SAT | JUNE 25

“MESHUGENEH”

The musical “Meshugeneh,” an original production by Avi Gross,  tells the story of Frankie Leftov, a musician in his mid-30s who smokes a lot of weed and has disappointed everyone in his life. But when he is called upon to help prove that his late father’s business partner is guilty of fraud, he uncovers a startling truth that drives him into manhood and “menschhood.” An original production by Avi Gross. 8 p.m. Free. Whitefire Theatre, 13500 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. (818) 990-2324. THUR | JULY 14

“WEST SIDE STORY”

The emotional and powerful music of this time-honored story comes to the Hollywood Bowl. Taking us back to 1950s New York on the Upper West Side, “West Side Story” reminds us of a time when racial and social tensions were at a high. Los Angeles Master Chorale will perform many of the classic songs: “Maria,” “America,” “Somewhere” and “Tonight.” Conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, based on a conception of Jerome Robbins, book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. 8 p.m. Tickets starting at $8. Additional performance on July 19 at 8 p.m. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 Highland Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 850-2000. TUES | JULY 19 

“HERSHEY FELDER AS IRVING BERLIN”

Hershey Felder brings to life the story of “America’s Composer,” the great Irving Berlin. From his struggles with anti-Semitism in Czarist Russia to New York’s Lower East Side, Berlin rises to achieve the American Dream. You will hear some of Berlin’s most popular songs, such as “God Bless America,” “Always” and “White Christmas.” Directed by Trevor Hay; featuring lyrics and music by Irving Berlin; book by Hershey Felder. 7:30 p.m. Performances through Aug. 17. $25-$125. The Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena.  (626) 356-7529. FRI | JULY 22 & SAT | JULY 23

“WEIRD AL” YANKOVIC

Singer, songwriter, parodist, record producer, satirist, actor, voice actor, music-video director, film producer and author, “Weird Al” does it all! Winner of four Grammy Awards for his hilarious creations, Yankovic will take the stage with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra for his “Mandatory World Tour,” skewering popular culture through song parodies and original satire. He also uses his music videos to further satirize popular culture, the original artists and the original music videos themselves. 8 p.m. $14 and up. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood. (323) 850-2000. TUE | JULY 26

LONDON CALLING: BACON, FREUD, KOSSOFF, ANDREWS, AUERBACH AND KITAJ

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SUN | AUG 28

DODGERS JEWISH COMMUNITY DAY

Join the 17th annual Jewish Community Day as the hometown Dodgers take on the Chicago Cubs. There will be kosher food options, and the ticket packages include an exclusive Dodgers’ Jewish Community Day T-shirt! 1:10 p.m. Tickets starts at $34. Dodger Stadium, 1000 Elysian Park Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 224-1507.

Calendar May 27- June 2


FRI | MAY 27

WEXLER’S DELI GRAND OPENING

Chef-owner Micah Wexler and partner Michael Kassar are bringing Wexler’s Deli to the Westside! The old-school Jewish deli with a modern twist will have a menu featuring even more smoked fish offerings, their signature coffee blend, pastries and the debut of Dana’s Matzah Ball Soup (based on Wexler’s mother’s recipe). Expanding on its classic menu of Jewish deli favorites at Grand Central Market, the new Santa Monica location also will feature a menu created using ingredients that Wexler has brined, cured, smoked and crafted in-house. Pastry Chef Nicole Rucker will be making babka and black-and-white cookies. 7 a.m. Wexler’s Deli, 616 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. SAT | MAY 28

COMEDY FOR THE COMMUNITY

Tickle your funny bone with a fun night of stand-up comedy featuring Mark Schiff, Steve Mittleman and Danny Lobell. Schiff has appeared many times on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” and “Late Night With David Letterman” and has HBO and Showtime specials.  Mittleman boasts more than 90 TV performances and over 50 national commercials on his résumé, while Lobell runs the podcasts “Modern Day Philosophers” and “The Mostly Bull Market,” as well as a monthly improvised storytelling show at the Hollywood Improv called “Bookshelf.” 9 p.m. $18.36; $25 at the door. Jewish Activities Center of Los Angeles, inside the Social Dashboard building, 8631 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (650) 999-1044. SUN | MAY 29

ART BY DAVE CULMER AND BARBARA MENDES

Celebrate Memorial Day weekend by enjoying the abstract paintings of Vietnam veteran Dave Culmer, a retired Marine and National Veterans Foundation board director. His work is being featured along with that of Barbara Mendes, whose great-grandfather had been rabbi for many years of America’s first Jewish congregation, the Spanish and Portuguese Congregation Shearith Israel in New York. Her intricate canvases are filled with narrative imagery and brilliant colors. 3 p.m. Free. IVAN Gallery, 2701 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 204-1988. ” target=”_blank”>jacla.org.

THUR | JUNE 2

GERMAN JEWRY AND THE ALLURE OF THE SEPHARDIC

John M. Efron will explore the important role that German-Jewish culture accorded medieval Spanish Jewry during the late 18th and 19th centuries.  Efron seeks to explain how the claims about the superiority of Sephardic aesthetics became a major component of modern German-Jewish self-fashioning. 4 p.m. Free. Faculty Center, UCLA, 480 Charles E. Young Drive East, Los Angeles. (310) 267-5327. cjs.ucla.edu.

FIDF YOUNG LEADERSHIP SUMMER MIXER

Kick off the summer with Friends of the Israel Defense Forces Young Leadership at the re-opening of The Phoenix at its brand-new location. There will be drinks, ping pong, a photo booth and lots of amazing people and conversation. 7 p.m. $18; $30 per couple. Free for members. Limited tickets available. The Phoenix, 8480 W. Third Street, Los Angeles. ” target=”_blank”>lamoth.org

Calendar: May 20-26, 2016


SAT | MAY 21

“A SONG FOR YOU”

In 1943, the Karp family escaped the Nazis by crossing the Pyrenees on foot with help from the French Resistance. Carrying the burden of her parents’ trauma, filmmaker Sharon Karp returns to Europe with her sisters to confront the events of the past. This story of survival through strength, luck and the help of others is told through interviews with the director’s mother, segments of her father’s book, home movies, photographs and historical footage. A dessert reception and discussion with the filmmakers will follow. 7 p.m. $20 suggested donation. Beit T’Shuvah, 8847 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 204-5200, ext. 263. SUN | MAY 22

“SIBLING RIVALRY”  TALK SERIES WITH BETTE ALKAZIAN

The Early Childhood Center at Temple Etz Chaim presents Bette Alkazian, a nationally recognized parenting expert who will discuss “Sibling Rivalry”: How love and hate can exist in the same space and why it’s great! As kids try to figure out who they are through the eyes of their family, sibling rivalry can have tremendous benefits — like instilling important values early on. 9:30 a.m. Free. Temple Etz Chaim, 1080 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. (805) 497-6891. ” target=”_blank”>shalominstitute.com.

“CHUTZPAH & SALSA”: GROUP SHOW OF LATINO ARTIST

Four artists explore the fusion of Latino culture with Jewish traditions. Latino Jews have immigrated to the United States from many South and Latin American countries, where they often found refuge from persecution in Europe, Russia or the Middle East — journeys that exposed artists to diverse cultures and spurred their creative representations. Featured artists are Julio Sims, Patricia Krebs, Florencia Glas and Gisele Goldwater-Feldman. This is the companion exhibition to the salon-style show “Chutzpah & Salsa,” which features stories and theater performances by writers from Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Panama, Venezuela, Peru and Cuba. 11 a.m. Free. The Braid, 2912 Colorado Ave., #102, Santa Monica. ” target=”_blank”>wcce.aju.edu.

JOAN CARL RETROSPECTIVE — ARTIST’S RECEPTION

As Joan Carl celebrates her 90th birthday this year, this retrospective and  reception showcases more than 80 years of art. She is an artist, mother and educator who creates her art with a chisel, brush, pencil or pen. Her work is abstract but representational, drawn from direct observation or reflective memory.  3-6 p.m. San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center, 18312 Oxnard St., Tarzana. (818) 697-5525. MON | MAY 23

RAISING ISRAELI KIDS IN L.A.

How do you balance Israeli identity with an American one? This discussion, which will be led in Hebrew, is hosted by child psychologist Ernest Katz of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and by child therapist Irit Bar-Nezer. The Ma Koreh Israeli parenting program is a project of BJE-Builders of Jewish Education. 7:30 p.m. Free. Kosher refreshments provided. Tickets available on eventbrite.com. Valley Beth Shalom, 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (323) 761-8605. TUES | MAY 24

HOW ABOUT 2016? AN ELECTION YEAR FOR THE HISTORY BOOKS

Come to this lecture and discussion about the craziness that is the 2016 presidential election year. Featuring guest speaker Raphael Sonenshein, executive director of the Pat Brown Institute at Cal State Los Angeles and a frequent contributor to the Journal. Light refreshments will be served. 6:30 p.m. $15 for Columbia Alumni Association members; $20 nonmembers. No tickets sold at the door. Roxbury Community Center, 471 S. Roxbury Drive, Beverly Hills. (323) 513-4755. ” target=”_blank”>einsteintheplay.com.

WED | MAY 25

ONEG SHEMESH

Come hear the Israeli-born guitarist and singer Oneg Shemesh bring a new sound to Jewish music with his indie folk/rock. Featuring great music and inspiring speakers, this event is dedicated to mental health awareness. In observance of Lag B’Omer, music will begin after sundown. 7:30 p.m. $18. Includes coupon to Jeff’s Gourmet Sausage Factory for a burger, fries and a drink. B’nai David-Judea Congregation, 8906 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 276-9269. ” target=”_blank”>eventbrite.com

CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES FACING JEWISH AND ASIAN-AMERICAN COLLEGE STUDENTS

Come for dinner and a panel discussion about how both Jewish and Asian-American student groups are affected by “model minority” stereotypes and how this impacts intergroup dynamics on campus. This event, hosted by the Anti-Defamation League’s Asian Jewish Initiative, presents students and administrators from UCLA, Pitzer College and USC as part of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month. 6 p.m. $10. Pre-registration required. Tickets at eventbrite.com. Light dinner included. ADL Offices, 10495 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 446-4232.

Calendar: May 13-19, 2016


FRI | MAY 13

“EVA HESSE”

This documentary film by Marcie Begleiter shares the story of one of the few women recognized as a vital part of the New York art scene in the late 1960s, Eva Hesse, who died from a brain tumor at 34. Her sculptures used latex, fiberglass and plastics to help establish the post-minimalist movement. With dozens of new interviews, high-quality footage of Hesse’s artwork and a wealth of newly discovered archival imagery, the documentary also investigates the creative community of ’60s New York and Germany. All of the narration is taken from writings and interviews of Eva Hesse, her father, Wilhelm Hesse, and her mentor, Sol LeWitt. 1:30, 4:20, 7:10 and 9:55 p.m. $12 for adults, $9 for kids, seniors and at matinees. Laemmle Monica Film Center, 1332 Second St., Santa Monica. (310) 478-3836. ” target=”_blank”>wbtla.org.

SADIE TURNER AND COLETTE FREEDMAN

Come meet the authors of “Anomalies,” Sadie Turner and Colette Freedman. This young adult novel explores a future where there is no disease, no war and no discontent, as all citizens are complacent members of the Global Governance. This all changes one summer when the main character, Keeva Tee, is about to make the trip to Monarch Camp, where she will be imprinted with her life partner, and she begins to hear about anomalies — citizens who can’t be imprinted. When Keeva learns she is an anomaly, she starts to doubt everything she has ever believed. 7 p.m. Free. Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. (310) 659-3110. ” target=”_blank”>templeetzchaim.org.

SAT | MAY 14

LECTURE ON 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF RAID ON ENTEBBE

Celebrate Israel’s independence and remember the men and women who jeopardized their lives to save Israelis and other Jews by attending this lecture by Israeli paratrooper Sassy Reuven. He was one of the rescuers in 1976 when Israel freed hostages from Entebbe, Uganda, and he will share his account of this historic military operation, from preparing the rescue mission to the safe landing of the hostages. 1 p.m. Free; donations welcomed. Ahavat Torah, 343 S. Church Lane, Los Angeles. (310) 362-1111. SUN | MAY 15

CELEBRATE ISRAEL FESTIVAL

Come enjoy a cultural day in the park in honor of Israel’s Independence Day. There will be activities galore — arts and crafts to make, food to eat, carnival rides to enjoy and information booths to learn from. Various DJs will keep the party going, and there will be a special Yom Ha’Atzmaut ceremony hosted by Mike Burstyn at 3:15 p.m. Community nonprofits and businesses will have booths, too, including the Jewish Journal. 11 a.m. $10 online; $15 at the door (no cash). Cheviot Hills Recreation Center (Rancho Park), 2551 Motor Ave., Los Angeles. ” target=”_blank”>museumoftolerance.com.

SUNDAY MORNINGS LIVE!

Kehillat Ma’arav has paired up with the Schechter Institute in Jerusalem to bring you this three-part, interactive lecture series streaming live from Israel. This is the second class of the series and the topic is “Lag b’Omer — The Loss of Center, from Jerusalem to Bethar: Rabbinic Tales of Destruction and Renewal” by Paul Mandel. The last session of this series will take place on June 5. 9 a.m. $36 for members; $50 for non-members. Kehillat Ma’arav, 1715 21st St., Santa Monica. (310) 829-0566. ” target=”_blank”>aosocal.org.

SWEAT. SMILE. SUPPORT.

Come sweat it out with Lev Chayal and SoulCycle Beverly Hills to benefit Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers. All funds raised will support an upcoming “Trip of a Lifetime” for wounded IDF soldiers. Each ticket includes shoe rental, water, raffle ticket and Pressed Juicery drinks. 2 p.m. check-in; 2:30 p.m. class. $50. SoulCycle Beverly Hills, 9465 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. ” target=”_blank”>wbtla.org.

THURS | MAY 19

SMART AND SUSTAINABLE CITIES

Come learn about the most innovative new ideas in urban sustainability. Experts from the United States and Israel will present the latest in urban design, technology and public policy. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti will deliver the keynote address. Panel sessions include energy, water, transportation and more. 8:30 a.m. $35; $25 for nonprofit/university faculty and staff; $5 for students. Pre-registration required. Includes continental breakfast and lunch. DeNeve Commons, UCLA, 351 Charles E. Young Drive West, Los Angeles. (310) 825-9646.

Calendar: May 6-12, 2016


FRI | MAY 6

CINCO DE MAYO MEXICAN SHABBAT DINNER

An open bar, a Mexican-style four-course meal and 100 Young Jewish Professionals … Can you say fantastico? Join this diverse group for a night of eating, drinking and networking. 7:30 p.m. bar opens; 8 p.m. dinner. $70. Must purchase in advance; no tickets will be sold at the door. Pat’s Restaurant, 9233 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 205-8705. ” target=”_blank”>andreamezvinsky.com.

SUN | MAY 8

WENDY LIEBMAN

You will be surprised and delighted by Wendy Liebman’s well-crafted one-liners about her insecurities and irritations. She has performed for the likes of Johnny Carson, David Letterman, Jay Leno and Jimmy Fallon, and has appeared on HBO, Comedy Central and Showtime. In 2014, she was a semifinalist on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” 5 and 7 p.m. $20. Dinner packages available. Flappers Comedy Club, 102 E. Magnolia St., Burbank. (818) 845-9721. TUES | MAY 10

YOM HAZIKARON COMMUNITY-WIDE NIGHT OF REMEMBRANCE

Temple of the Arts and Friends of the Israel Defense Forces present this second annual opportunity to stand together as a community to commemorate Israel’s fallen soldiers and victims of terror. It will include a screening of “Our Boys,” a documentary from Moriah Films, the film division of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, that examines the events surrounding the kidnapping and murder of Gilad Shaer, Naftali Fraenkel and Eyal Yifrach at the hands of Hamas terrorists in the summer of 2014, and the beginning of the Gaza war. 6:30 p.m. (doors), 7:30 p.m. (program). Free. Beverly Hills Temple of the Arts, Saban Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (323) 843-2690. ” target=”_blank”>ikar-la.org.

WED | MAY 11

COMMUNITY YOM HAZIKARON AND YOM HAATZMAUT CEREMONY

Join Bnei Akiva of Los Angeles for its annual community-wide Yom HaZikaron commemoration and Yom HaAtzmaut celebration. A barbecue dinner will be available for purchase before and after the program, and music and dancing will follow. 6:15 p.m. (doors/early dinner), 7 p.m. (program). Free. Beth Jacob Congregation, 9030 W. Olympic Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 278-1911. ” target=”_blank”>ourki.org

FIFTH ANNUAL SHORT-PLAY FESTIVAL

Join Valley Beth Shalom Jewish Writer’s Roundtable for six 10-minute comedies and dramas inspired by Yom HaAtzmaut, the national day of Israel, and “Hatikvah,” the country’s national anthem. 7:30 p.m. Free. Valley Beth Shalom 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (818) 788-6000. ” target=”_blank”>jvsla.org.

THUR | MAY 12

“MEKONEN”

The Sephardic Educational Center presents the Los Angeles premiere screening of “Mekonen: The Journey of an African Jew.” It tells the inspirational story of Mekonen Abebe, a young African-Israeli Jew who goes from being a shepherd in Africa to a commander in the Israel Defense Forces paratroopers. Discussion with Rabbi Daniel Bouskila to follow. 7:30 p.m. $10 (students), $18 (advance); $20 (at door). Laemmle Music Hall, 9036 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (323) 272-4574.

Calendar: April 29-May 5, 2016


SAT | APRIL 30

FESTIVE SERVICES WITH JEFFREY OHRENSTEIN

Come celebrate the eighth day of Passover as Jeffrey Ohrenstein, chairman of the Memorial Scrolls Trust, shares the remarkable story of how 1,600 Torah scrolls were saved during the Holocaust. The Memorial Scrolls Trust, headquartered in London, is dedicated to the preservation and sharing of these saved Torah scrolls. 10 a.m. Free. Temple Etz Chaim, 1080 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. (805) 497-6852. ” target=”_blank”>ourhouse-grief.org.

WATERFALL RAPPEL

Calling all high-schoolers: Come rappel and enjoy the beautiful outdoors of the Shalom Institute with LA Teen Adventures, a program of Camp JCA Shalom co-funded by The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. No experience needed, just bring a friend and make some new ones. Lunch will be provided. 10 a.m. $36. Bring a friend and get in free! Space is limited. Upon registration, you will get additional information such as waivers and pickup/drop-off locations. Shalom Institute, 34342 Mulholland Highway, Malibu. (818) 889-5500.

SUN | MAY 1

YOM HASHOAH: A DAY OF COMMUNITY LEARNING AND REMEMBRANCE

Come honor the victims of the Shoah by joining the annual day of community remembrance, with special speakers Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Consul General of Israel David Siegel, Memorial Scrolls Trust Chairman Jeffrey Ohrenstein, Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills Rabbi Sarah Bassin and child survivor Marie Kaufman. Visit the Museum of the Holocaust to see the rescued Czech Torah scrolls (see cover story), paintings by Israeli artist Motke Blum and more. 2 p.m. Museum hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust in Pan Pacific Park, 100 S. The Grove Drive, Los Angeles. (323) 651-3704. MON | MAY 2

VOICES OF HISTORY: WITNESSES TO WORLD WAR II

In honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day, come hear what two survivors have to say. Albert Rosa saw his family murdered at Auschwitz and escaped Dachau; Walter Bodlander landed on D-Day and joined the liberation of Dachau. 6:30 p.m. Free. Inglewood Main Library, Gladys Waddingham Lecture Hall, 101 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood. (310) 412-5380. ” target=”_blank”>wcce.aju.edu.

THUR | MAY 5

“WARSAW YEAR ZERO”

In partnership with the ADL and the Pico Union Project comes “Warsaw Year Zero,” directed by actor Stephen Macht and featuring Michael Durrell, Jeremy Guskin, Lawrence Pressman and Ray Proscia. “Warsaw Year Zero” is composed of materials taken from diaries of the Nazis and their Jewish victims, as well as from newspaper accounts of the Warsaw Uprising. You will hear the words of those involved in the last act of tragedy of the Warsaw Ghetto. 7:30 p.m. Free. RSVP requested. Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, 8844 Burton Way, Beverly Hills. (310) 288-3737.

Calendar: April 15-21


FRI | APRIL 15

SOUL SHABBAT

Bring a dairy or vegetarian dish and join this social potluck dinner with a fun song circle to follow. The topic of the month is “freedom.” Bring a poem, short story or memorable experience to share that explores the topic. 6:45 p.m. Free. Donations welcome. Ahavat Torah Congregation, 343 S. Church Lane, Los Angeles. (310) 625-3146. ” target=”_blank”>jimena.org.

A MOSTLY KOSHER, TOTALLY JAZZY SKA-BBAT CELEBRATION

This is an event packed with fun for all! The evening will begin with a wine tasting and light bites to enjoy, set to the music of San Francisco’s Lior Ben Hur, a reggae band sure to get you moving. L.A.-based indie group Mostly Kosher will perform, too, bringing with it a sound that fuses klezmer beats with rock, hip-hop and folk. The evening will also feature jazz and cantorial rhythms by Stephen Wise Temple’s Rabbi Yoshi Zweiback and Cantor Nate Lam. Singer-songwriter Craig Taubman, founder of Pico Union Project, will also be performing. 8 p.m. $10 donation requested. Pico Union Project, 1153 Valencia St., Los Angeles. (818) 760-1077. SAT | APRIL 16

PAMELA MAYERS-SCHOENBERG: “WHEN DID IT STOP BEING FUN?”

Join photographer Pamela Mayers-Schoenberg for the opening of her new show, “When Did It Stop Being Fun?” She hopes her photography exhibition will shed light on the importance of “kids being kids.” Her work follows the emotions of children as they go through the educational system, beginning with the excitement that comes at the start and continuing as they become more focused on academic tests and grades. The show runs through June 11. 11 a.m. Free. dnj Gallery, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 375-3551. SUN | APRIL 17

WALK TO END GENOCIDE

Join the 10th annual Los Angeles Walk to End Genocide, a three-mile walk that you can take at your own pace. The walk benefits Jewish World Watch (JWW), a leading L.A.-based nonprofit fighting to end genocide and mass atrocities. It supports education, advocacy and on-the-ground relief efforts. There will be drum circles, music, food, a marketplace and an educational Global Village. Pre-registration as an individual or as a team is available. Registration fee includes a T-shirt and admission to a post-race celebration. 9 a.m. $25 (adults); $18 (students); $10 for children. La Brea Tar Pits, 5801 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (818) 501-1836. ” target=”_blank”>skirball.org.

ALEXIS LANDAU

The new Bagels & Bestsellers Author/Lecture Series will feature books with Jewish themes, starting with an appearance by Alexis Landau, author of “The Empire of the Senses.” The 2015 National Jewish Book Award finalist is the saga of Lev Perlmutter, a German Jew who enlists to fight in World War I, leaving behind his gentile wife and their children. The book is ultimately about the people, politics and poisons that led to Word War II. 10:30 a.m. $10 at the door, includes a light breakfast. Jewish Women’s Theatre, The Braid, 2912 Colorado Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 315-1400.minglewithsinglesdances@gmail.com.

MON | APRIL 18

SPRING SPEAKERS EVENT

The Brandeis Conejo Valley Chapter hosts its Spring Speakers Event featuring three special individuals: Jeannie Opdyke Smith, daughter of Irene Gut Opdyke, a housekeeper who hid Jews during the Holocaust and whose story has been told on Broadway; Christopher Noxon, a journalist, writer and author of “Plus One”; and David Suissa, president of the Jewish Journal. 10 a.m. $65. Lunch buffet by Monrose Caterers included. Agoura Hills Recreation and Event Center, 29900 Ladyface Court, Agoura Hills. (818) 991-2667. TUES | APRIL 19

MARTY SKLAR – ONE LITTLE SPARK! IN CONVERSATION WITH WALT DISNEY IMAGINEERS

Join Marty Sklar as he discusses his new book, “One Little Spark!: Mickey’s Ten Commandments and the Road to Imagineering.” Sklar is the former president of Walt Disney Imagineering and the only “cast member” to have been involved in all 11 Disney parks and resorts. He will discuss the artists, scientists and engineers whose imagination and crafting has made all the new adventures at Disney parks possible. He will be joined by three members of the Imagineering team who contributed to the book. Q-and-A and book signing to follow the program. 8 p.m. Free. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. ” target=”_blank”>cjs.ucla.edu

Calendar: March 18-24, 2016


FRI | MARCH 18

HAPPY HOUR PRE-SHABBAT SOCIAL MIXER

Come socialize prior to a Gospel Shabbat service featuring the 40-member Spirit of David gospel choir from the City of Refuge Church. This is a great opportunity to network and meet other young adults in the Beverly Hills Jewish community. Drinks and appetizers will be served. 7 p.m. (mixer), 8 p.m. (service). Free. RSVP required. Temple of the Arts, 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (323) 658-9100. ” target=”_blank”>bcc-la.org.

SAT | MARCH 19

“SELECTED SHORTS: DANGERS AND DISCOVERIES”

The popular annual radio podcast “Selected Shorts” returns for its 25th season with a weekend of live readings that explore themes of darkness and light. Inspired by the Getty Center’s exhibition “Noir: The Romance of Black in 19th-Century French Drawings and Prints,” stage and screen actors will interpret adventurous fiction that guides the audience through a landscape of treachery, madness and redemption. Hosted by Jane Kaczmarek (“Malcolm in the Middle”); starring the likes of René Auberjonois, Bryan Cranston, Catherine O’Hara and Josh Radnor. 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Through March 20. $20. Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 440-7300. ” target=”_blank”>tasteofisrael.net.

SUN | MARCH 20

KLEZMER JUICE

Klezmer Juice is the new generation of Jewish soul music, featuring wide-ranging international influences, a youthful vibe, and a Latin undertone to the band’s traditional and original tunes. The group is led by clarinetist Gustavo Bulgach, who was raised in Buenos Aires and now lives in L.A. Other members include Dan Weinstein (fiddle and trombone), Hiroo Nakano (drums) and Federico Ramos (guitar). 2 p.m. Free. RSVP at eventbrite.com. Seating is first come, first served. Central Library, Mark Taper Auditorium, 630 W. Fifth St., Los Angeles. (213) 228-7388. THUR | MARCH 24

DAVID ORLOWSKY TRIO

The trio, founded by the young clarinetist David Orlowsky, presents klezmer music in an entirely new and hip dimension. In “The Soul of Klezmer,” the audience will be taken on a musical journey from the Jewish villages of Eastern Europe to the buzzing klezmer madness of New York City. The trio mostly composes their own music, which the members refer to as “chamber.world.music.” 8 p.m. $39-$99. The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 746-4000. ” target=”_blank”>civicartsplaza.com


PURIM CARNIVALS

SUN | MARCH 20

Wilshire Boulevard Temple

This day of fun will feature rides, games, activities and food. 10 a.m. (spiel and kids costume parade), 11 a.m. (carnival). Free admission. Individual game, ride and food tickets $1 each. Games and rides are 1-5 tickets, lunch is 7-10 tickets. Wilshire Boulevard Temple, Irmas Campus, 11661 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. (424) 208-8906. ” target=”_blank”>stsonline.org.

Temple Judea

Purim characters, live performances, rides, carnival games and a KidZone will be part of this celebration, as will kosher barbecue and a vendor marketplace. The day begins with a spiel, “Shmaltz,” a spoof of the musical “Grease.” 9 a.m. (spiel), 10 a.m. (carnival). Free admission. $1 tickets to play games and purchase food. Attend the spiel and get into the carnival early, receive five prize tickets and five fast passes to jump the lines. Temple Judea Purim Carnival, 5429 Lindley Ave., Tarzana. (818) 758-3800. ” target=”_blank”>wisela.org.

Temple Etz Chaim

The community-wide carnival has it all: food, games, live entertainment and activities including a dunk tank, face painting, bungee jumping, arts and crafts, a puppy petting zoo and bounce houses. 11:30 a.m. Free admission, $1 tickets to play games and purchase food. Temple Etz Chaim, 1080 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. (805) 497-6891. ” target=”_blank”>templebethemet.com.

WED | MARCH 23

IKAR’S PURIM JUSTICE BONANZA

Eat, drink, spiel and party the night away, IKAR-style! 3:30 p.m. events kick off with ECC Purim potpourri and micro-megillah and continues from there; 7:30 p.m. adults’ megillah and spiel; 9 p.m. carnival. Café Club Fais Do-Do, 5257 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 634-1870. ” target=”_blank”>leobaecktemple.org.

TEMPLE ETZ CHAIM MEGILLAH READING AND SPIEL

The megillah reading is a family-friendly service, and children are encouraged to attend in costume. After the reading is an adult spiel, “According to the Eagles.” The story of Esther will be told through songs of the Eagles. 6:15 p.m. megillah reading; 7:30 p.m. spiel. Free. Temple Etz Chaim, 1080 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks, 91360. (805) 497-6891. ” target=”_blank”>stsonline.org.

PURIM IN THE WILD WEST

Come party with DJs, live performances, a full bar, hookah and hamantashen! 8:30 p.m. (megillah reading); 9:30 p.m. (party). Free for students with ID; $5 for non-students. Chabad at USC, 2713 Severance St., Los Angeles. (213) 748-5884. THUR | MARCH 24

DAYBREAKER: PURIM

Wake up with this early morning dance party! It is the perfect way to start your day, meet new people and celebrate Purim as part of this partnership between Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills and Open Temple. 5:30 a.m. Free. The Rose Room, 6 Rose Ave., Venice. (310) 288-3737. ” target=”_blank”>picoshul.org

PURIM IN MOROCCO

Dress in your favorite costume and celebrate Purim in Morocco as part of this event for children with special needs and their families. There will be a live band, arts and crafts, a henna artist, a Moroccan feast and a megillah reading. Teen volunteers will be on hand to assist the children. 6 p.m. Free. RSVP requested. The Friendship Circle, 1952 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. 310.280.0955. ” target=”_blank”>eventbrite.com. Create Nightclub, 6021 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 309-3711. 

Calendar: March 11-17


FRI | MARCH 11

RELATIONSHIP REVOLUTION 2: POWER OF PERSONALITY

One year and 17 engagements later, Breakthrough Dating is back, kicking off its second weekend program in Los Angeles. Special guest Leonard Carr, an internationally known relationship expert with a deep knowledge of Torah, will speak at several of the weekend’s events. Also present will be Chana Levitan, an educator and marriage therapist who is launching her second book, “That’s Why I Married You.” There will be food, dating workshops and social activities. Co-organized by JConnect and Breakthrough Dating, sponsored by The Alevy Family Foundation. Runs through March 13. Ticket prices vary by event. Pico Shul, 9041 W. Pico Blvd. (310) 910-1285. SAT | MARCH 12

“CITY OF GOLD”

Jonathan Gold’s distinctive writing and adventurous appetites made him the first food critic to win a Pulitzer Prize. The film “City of Gold” captures the process that earned the award for Gold when he was writing for the  LA Weekly. (He currently writes for the Los Angeles Times.) Gold often chooses small, ethnic restaurants in offbeat locales for his reviews, although he covers all types of cuisine. The program is followed by a Q-and-A with Gold, moderated by Rob Eshman, Jewish Journal publisher and editor-in-chief. 7:30 p.m. $18. Landmark Theatre, Westside Pavilion, 10850 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (800) 838-3006. ” target=”_blank”>thewallis.org.

SUN | MARCH 13

“MAKE YOURSELF AT HOME IN ISRAEL” ALIYAH FAIR

Nefesh B’Nefesh is approaching the milestone of having facilitated 50,000 North Americans in making aliyah and will be visiting L.A. to provide those considering the move with important information about the immigration process. The fair, with the theme “Make Yourself at Home in Israel,” will give people a chance to visit with a range of professionals and to learn more about choosing the right neighborhood and community, enrolling children in school, attaining professional licensing, securing health insurance and more. Representatives of The Jewish Agency for Israel will discuss the process for verifying aliyah eligibility and programs to help transition to Israeli life. 10:30 a.m. (retirees), noon (general). Free. Please register at nbn.org.il/makeithome/la-spring-2016-aliyah-fair. InterContinental Los Angeles Century City, 2151 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles. ” target=”_blank”>conejovalley.walktoendgenocide.org.

HAND IN HAND ALL ABILITIES FAIR

Join Hand in Hand at a community fair for people of all abilities. Cantor Marcelo Gindlin of the Malibu Jewish Center and Synagogue began the program six years ago, and it’s become a national model, pairing up mainstream kids with kids who have challenges in social situations. The fair will bring the community together to celebrate all of our abilities in a fun, interactive atmosphere. Kids will be partnered to partake in art projects, music activities, bowling, a petting zoo, a sensory wall, chair yoga and more. There will also be live performances, including choirs, Mallory Lewis and Lambchop, and two wheelchair dance companies. Noon. Free. Malibu Jewish Center and Synagogue, 24855 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. (310) 456-5078. ” target=”_blank”>greystonemansion.org.

WED | MARCH 16

CREATING HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

This day of study focuses on domestic violence in the Jewish community and helping teens and adults create healthy relationships. Learn what to do when a victim discloses, the warning signs of unhealthy relationships, where to turn for help and more. A variety of rabbis and Jewish professionals will be on hand for this event presented by the Board of Rabbis of Southern California of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles/Family Violence Project and Home Shalom. 9:30 a.m. Free. RSVP by March 12. American Jewish University Conference Center, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles. (323) 761-8600. “>sinaitemple.org.

SUSAN WEISS: HOW THE ISRAELI RABBINATE INFRINGES ON WOMEN’S RIGHTS

Susan Weiss, executive director of the Jerusalem-based Center for Women’s Justice, will speak about the injustices that occur when the State of Israel defers to the rabbinate in matters of marriage and divorce, religious services and conversion. Weiss is an attorney, anthropologist and sociologist, and has been working to create legal solutions to protect Israeli women for more than 20 years. 7 p.m. Free. RSVP to eventswvs@gmail.com. Westwood Village Synagogue, 1148 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 824-9987. 

Calendar: March 4-10


FRI | MARCH 4

DEBAUCHE

This high-energy Russian folk band mixes gypsy punk, klezmer and traditional Ukrainian tunes. Formed in 2008, the New Orleans-based band has become one of the most beloved Russian “mafia” bands touring the United States. With a lively sound, decadent songs from the underground and beautiful burlesque dancing, Debauche won the Big Easy award for Best World Music. 7:30 p.m. $30-$55. The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. (310) 434-3200. ” target=”_blank”>pjcenter.com.

SAT | MARCH 5

“BLOOD”

In the early 1980s, nearly 2,000 people died of AIDS after U.S. companies knowingly sold HIV-contaminated blood products to Japan. A musical based on these events, “Blood” tells the story of a Jewish-American reporter in Japan who uncovers the conspiracy to cover up the government-sanctioned sale. It wasn’t until 2000 that three former pharmaceutical executives were sentenced to prison in a landmark decision that raised the standard for corporate accountability in Japan. 8 p.m. $30. Through April 3. The Complex, 6476 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. (323) 960-7745. ” target=”_blank”>pancreatic.org.

UCLA EARLY MUSIC ENSEMBLE CONCERT

The UCLA Early Music Ensemble, under the direction of Emma Stansfield and Elisabeth Le Guin, will put on a concert inspired by the meetings of Islamic, Christian and Jewish civilizations around the Mediterranean. The repertoire will include the music of Arabs, Turks, Iberians, and Northern Europeans through Sephardi songs, Ottoman Court music, Janissary band music and more. 7:30 p.m. Free. RSVP requested. Powell Library at UCLA, 405 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 825-1938. ” target=”_blank”>nationaldayofunplugging.com.

SUN | MARCH 6

CASDEN CONVERSATION: “THE POWERS AND PERILS OF NAZI PROPAGANDA”

Steven Luckert, curator of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s special exhibition “State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda,” will explore how the Nazis promoted their platform to millions of people through propaganda, via posters, photographs, film and radio. Stephen D. Smith, executive director of USC Shoah Foundation, will moderate the event. 4 p.m. Free. Reservations required at usc.edu/esvp (code: casdenconversations4) or call (213) 740-1744. USC Doheny Memorial Library, Room 240, USC, 3550 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles. (213) 740-2924. ” target=”_blank”>km-synagogue.org.

BACH IN THE SUBWAYS

Come enjoy the transcendent music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Dale Henderson will give a performance of the complete Bach Cello Suites as a fundraiser for Bach in the Subways, a movement he founded by performing the music of Bach in the subways of New York in an effort to bring classical music to a wider audience. Last year, thousands of musicians worldwide participated in the movement, playing Bach’s music in public for free to celebrate what would have been his 330th birthday. 4 p.m. $40 presale; $50 at the door. Pico Union Project, 1153 Valencia St., Los Angeles. (818) 760-1077. MON | MARCH 7

“ONCE UPON A FAMILY”

Come enjoy the Los Angeles premiere of “Once Upon a Family.” The unique documentary will offer insightful access to the birth, destruction and rebuilding of Polish Jewry. Rather than offering a simple historical narration, this film aims to increase Jewish pride. 6 p.m. Free. Simon Wisenthal Center, 1399 Roxbury Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 553-9036.

WED | MARCH 9

CRUCIAL CONVERSATIONS: “SEPARATE BUT EQUAL?”

What does pluralism at the Western Wall mean? Come learn about the Kotel compromise that created a new prayer space at the Western Wall where women and men can now pray together. The event features Anat Hoffman, chairwoman of Women of the Wall, the reformist group behind the historical change. Joining her will be local rabbis Daniel Bouskila, Laura Geller, Pini Dunner and Adam Kligfeld, as well as Israeli Consul General in Los Angeles David Siegel. Susan Freudenheim, executive editor of the Jewish Journal, will moderate the event. 7:30 p.m. Free. RSVP. Temple Beth Am, 1039 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 368-1661. ” target=”_blank”>csun.edu.

Calendar: February 26 – March 3


FRI | FEB 26

AMI SHABBAT DINNER

Join AMI for an interactive and family-friendly service, followed by a Shabbat dinner and kids program. The evening will illuminate the meaning of Shabbat — sanctifying the week and unifying the Jewish people. 5 p.m. service, 5:30 p.m. dinner and kids program. $70 per couple; $15 per child; free for children 3 and under. Pat’s Restaurant, 9233 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 278-1911. ” target=”_blank”>sexfaithplay.com

SAT | FEB 27

NATHAN MILLER

Come hear what this experienced writer and commentator has to say. Nathan Miller is president of Miller Ink, a strategic communications consultancy, but he has served as the policy director of the Homeland Security Advisory Council and as the director of speechwriting for Israel’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations. As a senior communications adviser and the chief speechwriter for Israeli Ambassador Ron Prosor, he was instrumental in crafting some of the most acclaimed and highly scrutinized speeches delivered on the floors of the U.N. in recent memory. 10:30 a.m. Free. The Beverly Hills Hotel, 9641 Sunset Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 276-4246. ” target=”_blank”>malibuplayhouse.org.

HAVDALAH AND HOT DOGS

Enjoy Havdalah and a hot dog dinner! This year’s theme: #BeJewish24/7. There will be crafts and activities for the whole family. Hot dog dinner will be served from 5:30-6:15 p.m. followed by a service and evening festivities. 5:30 p.m. $7. Temple Etz Chaim, 1080 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. (805) 497-6891. SUN | FEB 28

“MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED”

The feature-length documentary “Most Likely to Succeed” examines the history of education and reveals the growing deficiencies of the school model in today’s world. For most of the last century, entry-level jobs were plentiful and college was an affordable path to a fulfilling career, but that is no longer the case. The film explores compelling new approaches in project-based learning that aim to revolutionize teaching as we know it. This event is presented by the Sholem Community. 10 a.m. coffee and bagels; 10:15 a.m. screening. Discussion to follow. Free for members and pre-registration; $5 donation at the door. Westside Neighborhood School, 5401 Beethoven St., Los Angeles. (818) 760-6625. ” target=”_blank”>vistadelmar.org.

BETZALEL ARTS FESTIVAL

Kehillat Ma’arav is launching a new program, JAWS (Jewish Arts Workshop Series), with a Betzalel Fest! There will be activities for all ages, such as candle making, kosher wine tasting, silk challah cover making, challah baking, arts and crafts, and a musical performance featuring flutist Susan Greenberg and pianist Louise Lofquist. 1 p.m. Free. Kehillat Ma’arav, 1715 21st St., Santa Monica. (310) 829-0566. MON | FEB 29

EVE JOCHNOWITZ

Eve Jochnowitz, the author of “The Vilna Vegetarian Cookbook: Garden-Fresh Recipes Rediscovered and Adapted for Today’s Kitchen,” will explore Fania Lewando’s extraordinary Yiddish vegetarian cookbook from 1937. Lewando’s cookbook is filled with recipes from Jewish tradition, European cuisine and the booming 20th-century health food movement. Jochnowitz also will engage in conversation with Evan Kleiman, host of KCRW’s “Good Food.” 12:30 p.m. Free. Tutor Campus Center at USC, 3607 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles. (213) 740-2311. WED | MARCH 2

CALIFORNIA-ISRAEL WATER SUMMIT

While California is in the midst of its worst drought on record, Israel has emerged from years of chronic water shortages thanks to its water management and technology. Seth M. Siegel, author of “Let There Be Water: Israel’s Solution For A Water-Starved World,” will detail how Israel’s expertise can help solve water problems around the world. Hosted by the Jewish National Fund in collaboration with the Consulate General of the State of Israel, the City of Beverly Hills and the City of Los Angeles. 9 a.m. Free. RSVP by Feb. 29. Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills. (323) 964-1400. ” target=”_blank”>bethjacob.org

THUR | MARCH 3

BALADINO AND SPECIAL GUEST LA VICTORIA

Baladino combines everything from Egyptian darbuka to Armenian duduk, from Ladino classics to rare tunes. The Israeli group has stunning vocals, unexpected instruments and a perfect sense of arrangement. During their live performances, there are often instrumental improvisations driven by Mediterranean-Gypsy grooves with rock and electronic influences. Their vibrant and organic sound will be accompanied by special guest La Victoria. 8 p.m. $25. Pico Union Project, 1153 Valencia St., Los Angeles. (818) 760-1077.

Calendar: Week of January 29 – February 4


SAT | JAN 30

“ETTY HILLESUM: A VOICE OUTSIDE THE CAMP”

Based on the diaries and letters of Etty Hillesum, this surrealistic drama celebrates the self-sacrifice of a surprisingly contemporary and liberated woman searching for a deeper truth. Hillesum is a Jewish woman living in German-occupied Amsterdam during World War II before getting deported to Auschwitz. Her diary begins in 1941, nine months after Hitler invaded her home country and completely changed her life. Her words of unwavering introspection are proof of her personal triumph over the horrors of the Nazi Holocaust. 8 p.m. $20 general admission; $18 for patrons under 25. Son of Semele Theatre, 3301 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 351-3507. ” target=”_blank”>jewishwomenstheatre.org.

SUN | JAN 31

“DISCOVERY”

The process of exploration often leads to a sense of self and to personal growth. At times, such discoveries can be troublesome. Leah Shechter discusses this in her new book, “Discovery: Spotlight on the Inner Life in Poetry, Drama and Aphorism.” Shechter will read selections from her book and share some reflections. She will also welcome participation as the group explores her work and the world of Yiddish wisdom. Book signing to follow the program. 9:45 a.m. Free. RSVP. Temple Etz Chaim, 1080 E. Janss Rd., Thousand Oaks. (805) 497-6891. ” target=”_blank”>uclahillel.org.

TU B’SHEVAT NATURE FEST

The birthday of the trees may be just past, but that’s no reason to stop celebrating. Tree planting, a petting zoo, moonbounces, a climbing wall, scavenger hunts, drum circles and many arts and crafts — what more could you want for a family fun day! Entertainers include Dudu Zar, Robbo; Cindy Paley with a special Tu B’Shevat seder and sing along; and spoken word with Rick Lupert. There will also be a magic show and food for purchase at food trucks with glatt kosher options. 11 a.m. $5 in advance; $10 at the door. Kids 3 and younger free. Shalom Institute, 34342 Mulholland Highway, Malibu. (818) 889-5500. ” target=”_blank”>minglewithsinglesdances@gmail.com.

TUES | FEB 2

“DEFYING GRAVITY: THE MUSIC OF STEPHEN SCHWARTZ”

Scott Coulter and Tony Award-winners Ben Vereen and Debbie Gravitte will celebrate the incredible songbook of composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz. They will sing songs from his hit Broadway shows such as “Pippin,” “Godspell” and “Wicked,” and the animated films “Pocahontas” and “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” 8 p.m. $25-$45. Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts at Pepperdine, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. (310) 506-4522. WED | FEB 3

“FIDDLER ON THE ROOF”

Winner of nine Tony Awards, “Fiddler on the Roof” remains one of the world’s most beloved shows. Set in a small village, it features Tevye, who is trying to keep his family’s traditions alive in a changing world. Tevye’s daughters want to make their own decisions, especially when it comes to their love lives, and he must choose between their happiness and the traditions that keep the outside world at bay. The book is by Joseph Stein, the music is by Jerry Bock and the lyrics are by Sheldon Harnick, which includes such classics as “If I Were A Rich Man,” “Sunrise, Sunset,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker” and, of course, “Tradition.” The cast of 35 actors and singers is led by award-winning actor and singer Fred Helsel as Tevye and Sharon Gibson as his wife, Golde. They are joined by a 15-member orchestra and directed by David Ralphe. 8 p.m. $49; $44 for students and seniors. El Portal Theatre, 5269 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. (818) 508-4200. ” target=”_blank”>jewishla.org.

Calendar: January 15-21


FRI | JAN 15

VOICES OF FREEDOM: A MULTIFAITH SHABBAT SERVICE

Christian, Muslim or Jewish … it doesn’t matter here. Everyone is welcome to join in honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Rejoice in prayer, music, mutual respect and peace. The speaker will be the Rev. Michael Fisher of Greater Zion church. Special guest actor Ben Youcef will be in attendance as well as several choirs from different faiths. 8:15 p.m. Free. Temple Aliyah, 6025 Valley Circle Blvd., Woodland Hills. (818) 346-3545. SAT | JAN 16

“BIG BOX/LITTLE BOX”

In her new exhibition, contemporary assemblage and installation artist Dwora Fried creates tiny scenes inside glass-fronted boxes as well as large, interactive experiences. Her smaller work is made up of vintage dolls, toys and furniture from the 1950s. Her work is inspired from her experience growing up as an outsider in post-World War II Vienna, where Fried — who is Jewish, a lesbian and a child of Holocaust survivors — learned to see everything through the prism of loss, danger and secrecy. Opening reception 6-9 p.m. Exhibition runs through Feb. 19. Free. Los Angeles Art Association, 825 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 652-8272. ” target=”_blank”>odysseytheatre.com.

MON | JAN 18

JEWISH WORLD WATCH: VOICES OF STRENGTH

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr.’s call to action for all those in need, Temple Etz Chaim will host Michael Brand of Jewish World Watch (JWW) as he shares inspirational stories from his recent trip to the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s eastern provinces. He worked with survivors of the country’s decades-long conflict, which has claimed nearly 6 million lives. Also speaking is the Rev. Kasereka Kasomo, originally from Congo, who will discuss the challenges of living in Congo and the importance of JWW’s work supporting victims of mass atrocities. 7 p.m. Free. Paskow Sanctuary at Temple Etz Chaim, 1080 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. (805) 497-6891. THUR | JAN 21

JOSH SABARRA

Josh Sabarra takes readers on a Hollywood thrill ride about growing up, coming out and finding himself at 40 in “Porn Again: A Memoir.” A high-level entertainment executive, the shame he felt from his sexuality provoked self-hate and a lack of emotional and sexual identity, spiraling into a life of celebrity lovers, online dating, sexual fetishists and porn stars-for-hire. Sabarra’s memoir, which he will sign, is heartbreaking, glamorous, sexy and hilarious. 7 p.m. Free. Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. (310) 659-3110. ” target=”_blank”>theatre40.org

Calendar January 8-14


FRI | JAN 8

EMANUEL AX

Pianist Emanuel Ax marks his 40th anniversary performing with the L.A. Philharmonic with this return for the introspective and compelling concerto-in-one-movement by Franck, “Symphonic Variations.” French works by Berlioz (“Le corsair”) and Boulez (“Memoriale”) are complemented by the surging Romantic passion of Schumann’s Symphony No. 2 in C major, Op. 61. 8 p.m. Through Jan. 10. $26.50 and up. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. ” target=”_blank”>aju.edu.

ELYCE WAKERMAN

Congregation Beth Ohr invites you to a reading and conversation with author Elyce Wakerman, whose books include “Father Loss: Daughters Discuss the Man That Got Away” and “Air Powered: The Art of the Airbrush.” Her debut novel, “A Tale of Two Citizens,” published last February, centers on a Polish immigrant starting a new life in New York City during the 1920s and 1930s. It brings to life the escalation of anti-Semitism during this era and provides perspective to such issues that continue to impact our lives today. A brief service and light supper will precede the presentation. 6:30 p.m. Free. RSVP. Unitarian Universalist Church of Studio City, 12355 Moorpark St., Studio City. (818) 773-3663.

SAT | JAN 9

“COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS: AN EVENING OF DISCUSSION & DIALOGUE”

What unites us? What divides us? Delve into these questions and other issues that face the Jewish community with a host of special guests: Rabbi Sharon Brous of IKAR, Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky of B’nai David-Judea Congregation, Rabbi Adam Kligfeld of Temple Beth Am and Rabbi Pini Dunner of Beverly Hills Synagogue. 7:30 p.m. $18 suggested donation. RSVP requested. Shalhevet High School, 910 S. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 930-9333. SUN | JAN 10

SIXTH FLOOR TRIO

This eclectic, young trio is blazing a musical trail. Playing anything from bluegrass to Latin to klezmer rock, Sixth Floor Trio is dedicated to the creation and performance of music that connects different styles, communities and artistic disciplines. Members include Teddy Abrams on piano and clarinet, Harrison Hollingsworth on bassoon and violin, and Johnny Teyssier on clarinet. Get ready for a genre-blending great time with a bassoonist who plays violin, a pianist who plays clarinet and a clarinetist who plays klezmer. Reception with the band will follow. 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. $65-$85. Doheny Mansion, 8 Chester Place, Los Angeles. (213) 477-2929. ” target=”_blank”>bethjacob.org.

TUE | JAN 12

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER WORKSHOP SERIES: “FINANCIAL TOOLS FOR YOUR FUTURE”

Join the Los Angeles Jewish Abilities Center (LAJAC) for “Financial Tools for Your Future,” an opportunity to learn about ABLE accounts and the Jewish Los Angeles Special Needs Pooled Trust — new tools to help adults with special needs to work and acquire savings without losing disability benefits. Presenters include attorney Annabel Blanchard; Janet Morris, directing attorney at Bet Tzedek’s Family Caregiver Project; and Michelle K. Wolf, executive director of the Jewish Los Angeles Special Needs Pooled Trust. This is the first of a six-part workshop series to learn about the latest financial and legal tools, entitlements, benefits and regulations to help plan for the future. 7 p.m. Free. RSVP required. The Jewish Federation Building, 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 761-8000.