What’s Happening in Jewish L.A. Feb. 16-22


FRI FEB 16
“LINCOLN AND THE JEWS”

On Presidents Day weekend, join Rabbi Lisa Edwards for coffee, dessert and a wide-ranging conversation about Abraham Lincoln’s relationship with Jews. Using as a guide the 2016 book “Lincoln and the Jews” by Jonathan Sarna and Benjamin Shapell, as well as other publications, Edwards will discuss the mutual affinity between Lincoln and Jews. Whether battling the anti-Jewish sentiment common in his time or insisting that there be Jewish chaplains for the first time in the U.S. military, America’s 16th president became known as a friend to Jews. 8-9 p.m. Free. Beth Chayim Chadashim, 6090 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 931-7023. bcc-la.org.

SAT FEB 17
“JOACHIM PRINZ: I SHALL NOT BE SILENT”

Joachim Prinz was a young rabbi in Berlin who spoke out against the Nazis until he was expelled in 1937. After arriving in the United States, he witnessed racism against Blacks and realized the American ideal was not a reality. He became a leader in the civil rights movement and a friend and confidant of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. After the screening of a documentary on the rabbi, there will be a discussion with Rabbi Aryeh Cohen, professor of rabbinic literature at American Jewish University; Rev. D. Najuma Smith Pollard, founding pastor of Word of Encouragement Community Church; and Wolf Gruner, who holds the Shapell-Guerin Chair of Jewish studies at USC. 7:30 p.m. $12. Temple Beth Am, 1039 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 652-7353. tbala.org.

SUN FEB 18
MEET KNISH

Get ready to meet the hottest Jewish singles in Los Angeles. Queue up the jukebox. Kick back with a crafted cocktail. Dress to impress. From the team that presents the annual Christmas Eve MatzoBall. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $30 general admission, $199 VIP annual membership. The Parlour Room, 6423 Yucca St., Los Angeles. eventbrite.com.

NOA

Noa

Achinoam Nini, known internationally as Noa, makes a rare Southern California concert appearance showcasing the most popular songs from her 26-year recording career, spanning 15 international albums and several Israeli releases, including her latest recording, “Love Medicine.” Selections will be sung in English, Hebrew and Arabic. One of Israel’s leading singer-songwriters, Noa wrote lyrics to and recorded the hit theme song for the 1998 Academy Award-winning film “Life Is Beautiful.” She sings in six languages and has collaborated with symphony orchestras around the world. She also is involved in the Israel Peace Initiative, Yalla Young Leaders and IsraAid. 7 p.m. $20 for Cal State Los Angeles students, staff and faculty; $25 for other students; $30, $40, $50 for others. The Luckman Fine Arts Complex, 5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles. (323) 343-6600. luckmanarts.org.

MON FEB 19
MANY VOICES, ONE SONG

Gindi Maimonides Academy celebrates its 50th anniversary with a Jewish music festival featuring Avraham Fried, Shlomi Shabat, Cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot, Baruch Levine, Simcha Leiner and a 60-piece orchestra. Food available for purchase during the show. Seating, other than VIP tickets, is first come, first served. Tickets start at $25. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., show at 6:30 p.m. The Wiltern, 3790 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 659-2456. maimonidesla.com

TUE FEB 20
“THE CHALLENGES OF TRUMP’S AMERICA”

Washington Post conservative columnist Jennifer Rubin discusses “The Challenges of Trump’s America: A Conservative’s View on Trump,” a conversation with former U.S. Congressman Mel Levine and former Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. 7:30 p.m. Free. Temple Israel of Hollywood, 7300 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 876-8330. tioh.org/rsvp.

ILIZA SHLESINGER

The Jewish funny lady performs her irreverent brand of stand-up comedy, examining friendship, singlehood and relationships. 8 p.m. $25. Flappers Comedy Club, 102 E. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank. (818) 845-9721. flapperscomedy.com.

BARAK LURIE

Conservative radio show host Barak Lurie discusses “Atheism Kills,” his new, nonfiction book that attacks atheism and the dangers of a world without God. Lurie, who regularly speaks about politics and matters of God on KRLA-AM (870), is a member of many conservative and pro-Israel boards, including Prager U, StandWithUs, the Jewish National Fund and the American Freedom Alliance. 7:30-9:30 p.m. $18 presale, $25 door. IAC Shepher Community Center, 6530 Winnetka Ave., Woodland Hills. (818) 451-1201. israeliamerican.org/los-angeles/baraklurie.

WED FEB 21
FAREED ZAKARIA

Fareed Zakaria

CNN’s Fareed Zakaria delivers the 2018 Daniel Pearl Memorial Lecture, an annual event celebrating the life of the late journalist. The host of CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS,” the network’s flagship international affairs program, is respected for his analysis, his ability to spot economic and political trends, and his good humor, wit and unique approach to international relations. Kal Raustiala, a professor at the UCLA School of Law and the UCLA International Institute, moderates. 4:30 p.m. $35. Schoenberg Hall, Room 1100, UCLA, 445 Charles E. Young Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 206-6365. tinyurl.com/pearlzakaria.

THU FEB 22
“AMY”

Amy Winehouse

Before her 2011 death from alcohol poisoning, Jewish singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse garnered critical acclaim for her vintage R&B-blues sound, jazz-influenced vocals and personal lyrics, as displayed on singles like “Rehab.” A screening of “Amy,” the Oscar-winning 2015 documentary about Winehouse’s brief life and career, features archival footage and personal testimonies. After the screening, Andy Besser, former executive director of the Jewish rehabilitation organization Beit T’Shuvah, leads a discussion. Popcorn and dessert served. 6:45 p.m. seating, 7 p.m. screening. Free. Kehillat Israel, 16019 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 459-2328. ourki.org.

AYELET GUNDAR-GOSHEN

Acclaimed Israeli novelist Ayelet Gundar-Goshen discusses her latest thriller, “Waking Lions.” The book — winner of the 2017 Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Prize and one of The New York Times’ 100 Notable Books for 2017 — grapples with the influx of African migrants into Israel. Its story follows an Israeli doctor who, while driving one night, hits an Eritrean refugee and leaves him for dead on the side of the road. An exploration of the tension between the privileged and the unseen follows. 7:15 p.m. Free. UCLA Fowler Museum, Lenart Auditorium, 308 Charles E. Young Drive, Los Angeles. writersblocpresents.com/main/ayelet-gundar-goshen.

“BAD RABBI AND OTHER STRANGE BUT TRUE STORIES FROM THE YIDDISH PRESS”

Eddy Portnoy

Eddy Portnoy, who received his doctorate from the Jewish Theological Seminary with a dissertation on Yiddish cartoons, discusses his book, “Bad Rabbi,” an underground history of downwardly mobile Jews from the seamy underbellies of New York and Warsaw, the two major centers of Yiddish culture before World War II. The book features stories of drunks, thieves, murderers, wrestlers and poets plucked from Yiddish newspapers. Sarah Abrevaya Stein, a Sephardic studies professor at UCLA, moderates. The UCLA Klezmer Ensemble performs. 4-5:30 p.m. Free. 314 Royce Hall, UCLA, Los Angeles. (310) 267-5327. cjs.ucla.edu.

RABBI STEVE LEDER

Wilshire Boulevard Temple Senior Rabbi Steve Leder teaches about how to live a life worthy of one’s suffering as he discusses his latest book, “More Beautiful Than
Before: How Suffering Transforms Us,” with Sarah Brokaw, daughter of television journalist Tom Brokaw. The 2017 book guides readers through pain’s stages of surviving, healing and growing. Meanwhile, Leder draws on his years of experience counseling others through life’s difficult moments, including the death of a loved one, divorce or illness. Light bites and validated parking provided. 6-8 p.m. Free. Tower Cancer Research Foundation offices, 8767 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 401, Beverly Hills. RSVP required at brooke@towercancer.org or (310) 299-8470. towercancer.org/events.

AVRAHAM BURG

Avraham Burg, a prominent Israeli opinion maker, the son of a Holocaust survivor and former speaker of Israel’s legislature, has spent much of his life shaping Israel’s story. He discusses his new book, “In Days to Come: A New Hope for Israel,” which chronicles Israel’s highs and lows over the past five decades and weaves in his personal journey from a child in the world of religious Zionism to a paratrooper in the Israeli army, to the speaker of the Knesset. 6:30 p.m. VIP wine and cheese reception with the author, 7:30 p.m. lecture. $10 lecture only, $30 includes VIP reception. AmericanJewish University, Shapiro Synagogue, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 476-9777. aju.edu.

“PASSING THE TORCH — FROM SELMA TO TODAY”

Former U.S. United Nations Ambassador Andrew Young, Bernard Lafayette Jr. and Clarence B. Jones, three pivotal figures of the 1960s civil rights movement, along with James Perkins Jr., Selma’s first African-American mayor, and moderator Jessie Kornberg, president and CEO of the Jewish legal aid agency Bet Tzedek, discuss lessons learned from the civil rights movement. They reflect on how the Selma-to-Montgomery march and other key actions led to the Voting Rights Act of 1965, then consider strategies that can transform racist and unjust public policy today. 7:30 p.m. $12 general, $10 Skirball members and full-time students. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.

TONY KUSHNER

Tony Kushner

The acclaimed Jewish playwright and screenwriter, who wrote the screenplay for Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-winning “Lincoln,” discusses “The Lincoln Legacy: The Man and His Presidency.” He appears in conversation with best-selling author Sarah Vowell as they examine the 16th U.S. president’s life’s work and legacy. 8 p.m. $29–$59. Royce Hall, UCLA, 340 Royce Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 825-2101. cap.ucla.edu

What’s Happening in Jewish L.A. Feb. 9-15


FRI FEB 9
INCLUSION SHABBAT

Join The Miracle Project and Nashuva for a special Shabbat service in honor of Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month. Individuals from The Miracle Project, a theater and expressive arts program for individuals with autism and developmental disabilities, will help co-lead Shabbat services at Nashuva, a spiritual community in Los Angeles. 6:30–9 p.m. Free. Brentwood Presbyterian Church, 12000 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles. nashuva.com.

CAROL LEIFER AND KEVIN POLLAK

Carol Leifer (left) and Kevin Pollak (right).

Comedians Carol Leifer and Kevin Pollak will unsheathe their rapierlike wits at the Hollywood Improv for what promises to be an evening of irreverent laughs. Leifer is a four-time Emmy nominee for her writing on “Seinfeld,” “The Larry Sanders Show” and the Academy Awards. Pollak began doing stand-up in San Francisco at age 20 and eventually became a regular on “The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson.” Pollak has some serious acting chops, too, with dozens of films to his name, including “A Few Good Men,” The Usual Suspects” and “Casino.” Music provided by writer, actor and multi-instrumentalist Wayne Federman. 18 and older. 7:30 p.m. doors open; 8 p.m. show. $15. Hollywood Improv, 8162 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 651-2583. hollywood.improv.com.

BOOK OF J

Jewlia Eisenberg and Jeremiah Lockwood

Book of J — acoustic guitarist-singer Jeremiah Lockwood of the Sway Machinery and vocalist Jewlia Eisenberg of Charming Hostess — perform the duo’s self-titled debut album. Their folk-revival vibe draws on Yiddish songs of ghosts and police violence, American spirituals and piyyutim (paraliturgical songs) with a queer bent. Expect old-time religion, radical politics, diasporic languages, hard times resolved and destiny fulfilled — plus guests singing along. The “affecting West Coast duo … covers an expansive musical landscape,” The New Yorker wrote of the pair. 9 p.m. $8 full-time students, $10 members, $15 general admission. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.

SAT FEB 10
KLEZMER AND BEYOND

Polish cantorial soloists Menachem Mirski and Avigail Geniusz perform klezmer and Yiddish music. On Saturday night, they appear at Beth Shir Shalom in Santa Monica. On Sunday night (Feb. 11), they perform at Congregation Beth Ohr in Studio City. Accompanying musicians include Yiddish folk singer and cantorial soloist Cindy Paley, clarinetist and accordionist Isaac Sadigursky, and clarinetist Zinovy Goro. Organized by Friends of Jewish Renewal in Poland. Proceeds benefit Progressive Jewish Life in Poland: Beit Polska. Saturday, 7:30 p.m. $18. Beth Shir Shalom, 1827 California Ave., Santa Monica. Sunday, 4 p.m. $18. Congregation Beth Ohr, 12355 Moorpark St., Studio City. (310) 286-9991. jewishrenewalinpoland.org.

’90s BAR MITZVAH DANCE PARTY — PART DEUX

East Side Jews, which calls itself “an irreverent, upstart nondenominational collective of Jews,” invites guests to enjoy all the magic of a 1990s-era bar mitzvah — without the adolescent awkwardness. What’s not to like? 8 p.m. $25. 21 and older. The Box in Silverlake, 1110 Bates Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 663-2255. sijcc.net/east-side-jews.

JEWISH SINGLES PARTY

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, a singles mixer organized by Persian-Jewish congregation Nessah features DJ Shaad E Shaad. Persian-style bread, cheese and wine served. Ages 35-55 welcome. ID required. 8:30 p.m. $20 presale, $30 door. Nessah Educational and Cultural Center, 142 S. Rexford Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 273-2400. nessah.org.

SUN FEB 11
JEWISH WOMEN IN HOLLYWOOD: GAMECHANGERS

Celebrating women in Hollywood from Bette Midler to Gal Gadot, a Jewish Women’s Theatre performance and panel examine the evolving role of smart, talented, aggressive and influential women in Hollywood. The morning performance features actress Rena Strober depicting Hedy Lamarr, an Austrian-born actress whom Louis B. Mayer called the “the world’s most beautiful woman,” and who invented a radio guidance system for Allied torpedoes. The panel features four women working in Hollywood who discuss those who have broken the industry’s glass ceiling. 10 a.m.–noon. $20. The Braid, 2912 Colorado Ave., Suite 102, Santa Monica. (310) 315-1400. jewishwomenstheatre.org.

“COMING TO AMERICA”

Provoking tears and laughs, local writer and performer Stephanie Satie brings her topical one-woman show to Beth Chayim Chadashim (BCC). The show is about 10 women from different parts of the world whose lives have been transformed by their immigration to the United States. Satie shows how embracing life in America can be both liberating and daunting. A short Q-and-A follows. Beverages and Middle Eastern appetizers served. 2:30 p.m. doors, 3 p.m. show. $36 BCC members, $40 general, $50 VIP seating. Beth Chayim Chadashim, 6090 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 931-7023. bcc-la.org.

THE JEWISH ARMY TO FIGHT HITLER

Author Rick Richman discusses his new book, “Racing Against History: The 1940 Campaign for a Jewish Army to Fight Hitler,” which presents the previously unknown story of how David Ben-Gurion, Zev Jabotinsky and Chaim Weizmann separately sought American support for a Jewish fight against Hitler. 4 p.m. $5. American Jewish University, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 440-1264. wcce.aju.edu.

“CASABLANCA” SCREENING AND DISCUSSION

Celebrated film historian Noah Isenberg discusses backstory secrets about one of the most beloved films of all time, “Casablanca,” including the central role that Jewish refugees from Hitler’s Europe played in its creation. He draws on extensive interviews with filmmakers, film critics and family members of the cast and crew. 4 p.m. Free. Wilshire Boulevard Temple, Irmas Campus, 11661 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 388-2401. wbtla.org.

“DRUNK IN LOVE”

The third annual “Drunk in Love” Valentine’s Day Jewish mixer and Midnight Mission fundraiser is an opportunity to meet a Valentine or a new friend, help the homeless and introduce yourself to professional matchmakers Jenny Apple Jacobs of Jenny Apple Matchmaking and Jessica Fass of Fass Pass to Love. Mingling, drinks and panoramic views from the 17th floor of the Angeleno Hotel highlight the evening. Bring items needed for donation to the Midnight Mission, including socks and hygiene products. A portion of the proceeds benefit Midnight Mission. All ages welcome. 6 p.m. $18. West Restaurant and Lounge, inside the Angeleno Hotel, 170 N. Church Lane, Los Angeles. eventbrite.com.

TUE FEB 13
“WHY STUDY JEWISH HISTORY?”

David N. Myers

David N. Myers discusses two of his recently published books. The first, “Jewish History: A Very Short Introduction” (Oxford University Press, 2017), offers a concise account of the entire course of Jewish history in 100 pages. The second, “The Stakes of History: On the Use and Abuse of Jewish History for Life” (Yale University Press, 2018), is an argument for the study of history, and especially Jewish history, as an anchor of memory and an indispensable ingredient for informed civic engagement. Myers is the incoming president and CEO of the Center for Jewish History in New York and is the Sady and Ludwig Kahn Professor of Jewish History at UCLA. Moderated by Todd Presner. Noon–1:30 p.m. UCLA Royce Hall, 10745 Dickson Court, Los Angeles. (310) 267-5327. cjs.ucla.edu.

“THE JEWISH COMMUNITY IN 2050”

Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion professor Steven Windmueller explores the key factors that will shape American Jewish life for decades to come. 6:30 p.m. Free. Temple Beth Am, 1039 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 652-2384. tbala.org.

“JUDAISM AND THE SELF”

A three-part lecture series examines the relationship between internal Jewish life and external ritual performance, how a religious system relates to the embodied nature of the human condition and how the American-Jewish experience has given rise to new possibilities for individual spirituality. The series kicks off with Shalom Hartman Institute of North America faculty member Steve Greenberg. It continues April 10 with Shaul Magid, a research fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute. It concludes May 8 with Elana Stein Hain, director of leadership education at Hartman. Participants will learn in small groups and pairs. Includes wine and cheese receptions. 7:30–9:30 p.m. $15 per session. American Jewish University, Familian Campus, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. (212) 268-0300. hartman.org.il.

THU FEB 15
“LAND OF MILK AND FUNNY”

Avi Liberman

Don’t miss the Los Angeles premiere of local funnyman Avi Liberman’s documentary about America’s stand-up comedians discovering Israel. For years, Liberman has been bringing comedians to Israel on comedy tours to support families who lost loved ones to terrorism. The new film focuses on one of those tours. Featured comics include Wayne Federman, Ralph Farris, Brian Regan and Craig Robinson. 6 p.m. VIP dinner and meet-and-greet with comedians, 7 p.m. film. $25 general, $100 VIP dinner reception and meet-and-greet with comedians. The Writers Guild Theatre, 135 S. Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills. (213) 254-3162; standwithus.com/milkandfunny.

Barbara Grover

What’s Happening in Jewish L.A. Feb. 2-7: Intriguing Talks and Super Sunday Events


FRI FEB 2
“SHOAH: HOW WAS IT HUMANLY POSSIBLE?”

An art exhibition presented by the American Society for Yad Vashem and Sinai Temple, making its debut on the West Coast, offers a comprehensive history of the Holocaust from 1933-1945. Several sections of this exhibition recount major historical aspects of the Holocaust, including pre-Holocaust Europe, European anti-Semitism and Nazi policy before the outbreak of World War II, Jewish life under German occupation, industrialized exterminations and deportations, and the liberation of the concentration camps in 1945. The exhibition, introduced at the United Nations in 2015 for International Holocaust Remembrance Day, features text, images and video clips. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free, RSVP required at stcommunications@sinaitemple.org. Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (424) 273-4460.

INCLUSION SHABBAT

Congregation Or Ami in Calabasas marks February, which is Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month, with an inclusion Shabbat service open to those with disabilities and those without a place to worship or a community to call their own. Or Ami Rabbi Paul Kipnes, Cantor Doug Cotler and rabbinic intern Julie Bressler lead the service. 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Congregation Or Ami, 26115 Mureau Road, Suite B, Calabasas. (818) 880-4880. The service will be livestreamed at oramilive.org.

SAT FEB 3
RESTORATIVE SHABBAT YOGA

Yogis interested in infusing their practice with Jewish spirituality are encouraged to come to Adat Ari El for a Saturday morning restorative Shabbat yoga service. Bring your yoga mat. 9:30 a.m. Free. Adat Ari El, Adler Fabe Meeting Room, 12020 Burbank Blvd., Valley Village. (818) 766-9426. adatariel.org.

CIVIL RIGHTS ADVOCACY AND LITIGATION FOR JEWS

Brooke Goldstein, executive director of the Lawfare Project, the self-described “legal arm of the pro-Israel community,” discusses “Civil Rights Advocacy and Litigation for the Jewish People.” She appears after Shabbat services at the Beverly Hills Jewish Community. Limited seating, RSVP at info@beverlyhillsjc.org. 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Beverly Hills Hotel, 9641 Sunset Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 276-4246. beverlyhillsjc.org.

L.A. CITY ATTORNEY MIKE FEUER

Mike Feuer

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer discusses public safety, criminal justice reform, gun safety and immigrants’ rights during lunch after IKAR’s Saturday Shabbat service as part of the egalitarian congregation’s “Know Your Reps” campaign. Noon-1:30 p.m. Free. IKAR, 910 S. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 634-1870. ikar-la.org.

“GOOD VIBRATIONS”

Have a groovy time with Cantors Ken Cohen of Temple Ahavat Shalom and Daniel Friedman of Temple Ramat Zion, both in Northridge, cantorial soloist Jackie Rafii of Shomrei Torah Synagogue in West Hills and musical theater vocalist Jennifer Bennett as they perform songs of courage, hope and love. Proceeds benefit Temple Ahavat Shalom programs and services. All tickets will-call, starting at $40. Will-call opens at 6:30 p.m., doors open at 7:10 p.m., concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Temple Ahavat Shalom, 18200 Rinaldi Place, Northridge. (818) 360-2258. tasnorthridge.org/concert.

SUN FEB 4
WORLD WIDE WRAP XVIII

On Super Bowl Sunday, more than 100 men’s clubs and congregations around the world teach the mitzvah of wrapping tefillin. Participating congregations include Sinai Temple, which hosts a breakfast in conjunction with the event; Temple Aliyah, which serves bagels and holds a drash after the wrap; and Temple Ramat Zion, which serves light refreshments afterward. Organized by the Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs, an initiative of the Conservative/Masorti movement, the World Wide Wrap unites men, women and children in prayer. Free at all locations. 8:45 a.m., Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 474-1518, ext. 3340, member.sinaitemple.org/events; 9 a.m.-noon, Temple Aliyah, 6025 Valley Circle Blvd., Woodland Hills. (818) 346-3545, templealiyah.org; and 9:30 a.m., Temple Ramat Zion, 17655 Devonshire St., Northridge. (818) 360-1881, trz.org.

KIDS CHALLAH BAKE

The second, nearly annual LA Kids Challah Bake comes to downtown Los Angeles. Boys and girls ages 2-13 will be provided with braiding tips and sufficient ingredients to make two challahs, one to take home and one to be donated to Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles. Co-hosted by Sarah Klegman, a writer and co-founder of Challah Hub, a local artisan challah delivery company, and Whitney Fisch, director of counseling at Milken Community School’s upper school campus and creator of the Jewhungry blog. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $23 general admission; $50 VIP ticket includes valet parking, early access and check-in, swag bag and reserved seating. The Majestic Downtown, 650 S. Spring St., Los Angeles. lakidschallahbake@gmail.com. lakidschallahbake.com.

SUPER SOUL PARTY

Temple Beth Am, Accidental Talmudist’s Sal Litvak and motivational speaker Meir Kay throw a Super Bowl party for the homeless. Attendees watch the game together, eat and shmooze, and the organizers distribute dignity kits to the homeless. Volunteers are needed to arrange and help with the event, which will be filmed and shared on social media. Contact Lia Mandelbaum with questions at lmandelbaum@tbala.org. 1:30 p.m. Free. Temple Beth Am, 1039 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 652-2384. tbala.org.

“TO LOOK A NAZI IN THE EYE”

Kathy Kacer

Prolific children’s author Kathy Kacer, the daughter of survivors who writes about the Holocaust for children, collaborated with 19-year-old Jordana Lebowitz, the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, to tell the fascinating, true story of Lebowitz’s experience attending the 2015 trial of Oskar Groening, known as the bookkeeper of Auschwitz. Their work, “To Look a Nazi in the Eye: A Teen’s Account of a War Criminal Trial,” was published in 2017. Kacer and Lebowitz take part in a discussion and book signing co-presented by the Consulate General of Canada and the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust. 3 p.m. Free. Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, 100 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles. (323) 651-3704. lamoth.org. Kacer and Lebowitz also appear on Feb. 6 at the Museum of Tolerance, for school groups in ninth grade through college. 12:30 p.m. Free. Advance registration required. Museum of Tolerance, 9786 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 772-2505. museumoftolerance.com.

MON FEB 5
THIS IS HUNGER

Barbara Grover

Photojournalist Barbara Grover provides an intimate and surprising portrait of hunger in the United States in a multimedia touring exhibition, “MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger.” Featuring portraits and first-person narratives of individuals suffering from food insecurity, including people serving in the military and their families, the exhibition is displayed inside a specially designed trailer of a semi-trailer truck. Through Feb. 6. Various times. Free. Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Eva and Marc Stern Arrival Court, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 442-0020. thisishunger.org/the-tour.

TUE FEB 6
“REACHING ACROSS THE POLITICAL DIVIDE”

Rick Richman

Jewish Journal Publisher and Editor-in-Chief David Suissa leads a “nonpolitical” discussion of the nation’s political divide, emphasizing the goals and aspirations shared by Jews and citizens, regardless of party affiliations, along with ways people can come together to bridge the divide. Author Rick Richman moderates. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $10, includes dinner. Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 474-1518. sinaitemple.org.

“CARING FOR YOUR AGING PARENTS”

Community Shul president and elder care expert Justin Levi leads a discussion on navigating key issues involved in caring for one’s aging parents. Issues addressed include advanced planning, selecting the right care and housing options, the future of elder care and what it means for children taking care of their parents, and Jewish/halachic issues relevant to aging. A Q-and-A will be held and light refreshments served. 7 p.m. Free. Community Shul, 9100 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. RSVP to justin@clarendonsl.com.

WED FEB 7
“CATCH ’67”

Micah Goodman

Micah Goodman, research fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, discusses “Catch ’67: 50 Years Since the Six-Day War.” He explores the tension between right-wing and left-wing ideological visions of what Israel and Zionism are meant to be, discusses where both sides have gone wrong, and questions what possibilities there would be if Israelis were to focus on common-sense wisdom rather than ideological commitments. 7:30 p.m. $10. American Jewish University, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 476-9777. aju.edu.

WAS ALEXANDER HAMILTON JEWISH?

A discussion of Alexander Hamilton’s roots features Rabbi Meir Soloveichik, director of the Zahava and Moshael Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought, and Alexander Porwancher, Straus visiting scholar. 7:30 p.m. Free. Beth Jacob Congregation, 9030 W. Olympic Blvd., Beverly Hills. (212) 960-5400, ext. 6902. bethjacob.org.

What’s Happening In Jewish L.A. 1/27-2/1: Book Signing, Tu B’Shevat and More


SAT JAN 27
“WHAT WE TALK ABOUT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT INTERMARRIAGE”

In 1993, Rabbi Adina Lewittes became the first Canadian woman to be ordained as a Conservative rabbi, but she later left the movement because of her support for interfaith weddings. She delivers an inclusive, text-based and communal conversation on the controversial topic during IKAR’s Saturday morning services and luncheon as part of the Lisa and Maury Friedman Foundation guest speaker series. 9:15 a.m. to noon. Free. Shalhevet High School, 910 S. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 634-1870. ikar-la.org.

HOOTENANNY COMMUNITY JAM SESSION & POTLUCK

Calling all musicians and lovers of good times! Bring a dish to share and an instrument to play at this potluck get-together. The Silverlake Independent Jewish Community Center (SIJCC) will provide the space and songbook. All ages welcome. Park in the lot, bike or take public transportation. $10 suggested donation. 3-6 p.m. The Box at SIJCC, 1110 Bates Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 663-2255. sijcc.net.

SUN JAN 28
AUTHOR JENNIFER TAITZ BOOK SIGNING

Jennifer Taitz

Clinical psychologist and author Jennifer Taitz discusses and signs “How to Be Single and Happy: Science-Based Strategies for Keeping Your Sanity While Looking for a Soul Mate,” an evidence-based guide for single women on how to navigate the stressful world of modern dating. 3 p.m. Free; book, $16. Diesel, A Bookstore, 225 26th St., Santa Monica. (310) 576-9960. dieselbookstore.com.

FREE MUSEUM DAY

Skirball Cultural Center

Dozens of Southern California institutions are offering free admission, with the goal of whetting the public’s appetite for visiting museums and galleries year round. The event is organized by a group called SoCal Museums, comprising representatives from museums across the L.A. region. Free admission will be offered at the Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, (310) 440-4500, skirball.org; the Museum of Tolerance, 9786 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, (310) 772-2505, museumoftolerance.com; and the Zimmer Children’s Museum, 6505 Wilshire Blvd., No. 100, Los Angeles, (323) 761-8984, zimmermuseum.org.

MON JAN 29
“MYSTERIES OF LIFE: DARWINISM VS. INTELLIGENT DESIGN”

A film screening and discussion with Kehillat Ma’arav Rabbi Michael Gottlieb takes place at 7 p.m. $5 donation requested. Kehillat Ma’arav, 1715 21st St., Santa Monica. (310) 529-0566. km-synagogue.org.

THU FEB 1
AN EVENING WITH AUTHOR DAVID FRUM

David Frum

No conservative has been a more astute, unsparing or courageous critic of President Donald Trump than author David Frum. His upcoming book, “Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic,” is a powerful summation of the case against Trump based on a close reading of his first year in office. Frum is a senior editor at The Atlantic and the author of nine books, including The New York Times best-seller “The Right Man.” From 2001 to 2002, he served as a speechwriter and special assistant to President George W. Bush. 8 p.m. $53 reserved section seat, plus book; $43 general admission, plus book; $20 general admission.
Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre, New Roads School, Herb Alpert Educational Village, 3131 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica. livetalksla.org.

Tu B’Shevat

SAT JAN 27
“TU B’SHEVAT IN 3-D”

Daven, drash and dine at a community seder sponsored by Kehillat Ma’arav. All welcome. Free. 9:30–10:30 a.m. Kehillat Ma’arav, 1715 21st St., Santa Monica. (310) 839-0566. km-synagogue.org.

TU B’SHEVAT HIKE

Adat Ari El Rabbi Jonathan Jaffe Bernhard and his Conservative synagogue community connect with nature and its blessings during an afternoon Tu B’Shevat hike. 2 p.m. Free. Tree People, 12601 Mulholland Drive, Beverly Hills. (818) 766-9426. adatariel.org.

SUN JAN 28
“CELEBRATE TOGETHER”: A TU B’SHEVAT EVENT

Member families from Leo Baeck Temple, Kehillat Israel and Temple Isaiah gather to celebrate and learn about Tu B’Shevat, Israel’s Arbor Day. Guests can hike, stroll, create crafts inspired by nature, learn about composting, participate in guided meditation, try creative writing and learn what Judaism says about being stewards for our planet. 9-11:30 a.m. Free. Temescal Canyon Park, 15900 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades (enter at the intersection of Temescal Canyon and Sunset Boulevard and follow the “Celebrate Together” signs). Limited parking at site, with additional parking on Sunset Boulevard. ourki.org.

TU B’SHEVAT CELEBRATION OF THE TREES

Pico-Robertson community Young Israel of Century City (YICC) brings together its modern Orthodox families for a morning of arts and crafts, tree planting, a mini-seder and more. For parents, YICC Associate Rabbi James Proops delivers a lecture titled “Planting and Building Our Children.” 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Young Israel of Century City, 9317 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 273-6954. yicc.org.

TU B’SHEVAT FAMILY FUN DAY 2018

Bring the family to celebrate the “birthday of the trees” at the Shalom Institute in Malibu. The festivities include Tu B’Shevat nature crafts, farming fun for toddlers, tree planting, rope making, outdoor pita cooking and more. Lunch will be served in the dining hall; a Tu B’Shevat singalong will put everyone in the spirit of the holiday; and a ropes course will offer a test of physical fitness. Held on 220 wooded acres, this get-together is a can’t-miss for those with little ones who want to get into the holiday spirit. 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. $10; kids 6 and younger, free. Shalom Institute, 34342 Mulholland Highway, Malibu. (818) 889-5500. shalominstitute.com.

ANNUAL WJCC TU B’SHEVAT FESTIVAL

The Westside Jewish Community Center welcomes guests to celebrate the “birthday of the trees.” There will be a silent auction, food, games, crafts, a bounce house, farmers market, photo booth and puppy party. Guests who live or own property in the city of Los Angeles can take home a free fruit or shade tree, courtesy of City Plants (verification by driver’s license, ID or DWP bill; trees must be planted on private property). Rain or shine. Free. 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (323) 556-5250. westsidejcc.org.

WED JAN 31
KABBALISTIC TU B’SHEVAT SEDER

Many years ago in the ancient city of Tzfat, a group of kabbalists uncovered the
mystical secrets of Tu B’Shevat. They revealed these mystical secrets in a ceremony
patterned after the Passover seder and observed this ritual on the night of Tu B’Shevat, the 15th of Shevat. Join Pico Shul for a memorable excursion into the mystical
realm of the holiday through this unique seder. Rabbi Yonah Bookstein has written
text for the event based on the ancient seder recited by the kabbalists in Tzfat
centuries ago. 7–10 p.m. $18 for young professionals, $36 for general admission.
Reservations are recommended as space is limited. Pico Shul, 9116 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. picoshul.org.

What’s Happening In Jewish L.A. Jan. 19-23: Women’s March, Holocaust Memorial and More


FRI JAN 19
SHABBAT AND HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL

Curt Lowens

Celebrate Shabbat while marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day as Emmy-nominated composer Sharon Farber, Temple of the Arts Rabbi David Baron and Remember Us Director Samara Hutman lead a memorial service in honor of survivor, actor and Dutch resistance member Curt Lowens. During World War II, Lowens, who died last May, helped rescue Jewish children. He then turned to acting and appeared in more than 100 film and television projects. The service features a concert based on Lowens’ memoir, “Destination: Questionmark.” Participants include Yiddish actor and director Mike Burstyn, who emcees; the Kadima Conservatory Philharmonic; the 35-piece AJU Choir of American Jewish University; jazz musician Corky Hale; Temple of the Arts Cantor Ilysia Pierce; and German Consul General in Los Angeles Hans Neumann. Shabbat service, 7:30 p.m. Concert, 8 p.m. Free. Temple of the Arts, 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, (323) 658-9100. bhtota.org.

SOCIAL JUSTICE SHABBAT

Doug McCormick, president of the Pacific Palisades Task Force on Homelessness, appears at Kehillat Israel, a Reconstructionist community, to address the growing crisis of homelessness in Los Angeles County. 7 p.m. Free. Kehillat Israel, 16019 W. Sunset Blvd., Pacific Palisades. (310) 459-2328. ourki.org.

SAT JAN 20
WOMEN’S MARCH

To commemorate the one-year anniversary of the historic Women’s March of 2017, people will gather in downtown Los Angeles to advocate for ending violence, protecting reproductive rights and more. Starting at Pershing Square and ending at Grand Park and City Hall, this year’s march features music, art, community booths and speakers. About 200,000 attendees are expected. Gather, 9 a.m. March and events, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Start: Pershing Square, 532 S. Olive St., Los Angeles. End: City Hall, 200 N. Spring St., Los Angeles. (310) 200-0124. womensmarchla.org.

“SPEAK OUT”

Jewish Women’s Theatre (JWT) presents works by four artists who use their individuality and diversity to speak for those who have no voice: Pat Berger, Jenny Rubin, Corrie Siegel and Alexandra Wiesenfeld. The exhibition’s official opening and art talk precedes the premiere performance of JWT’s new salon show, “The Accidental Activist.” Exhibition and art talk are free; tickets required for performance. 6:30 p.m. Through March 5. The Gallery@The Braid, 2912 Colorado Ave., Suite 102, Santa Monica. (310) 315-1400. jewishwomenstheatre.org.

“LAST THOUGHTS: SCHUBERT’S FINAL WORKS”

Ory Shihor

Israeli-American pianist Ory Shihor tells the story behind Franz Schubert’s last compositions — some of the most miraculous music the Austrian composer created — through music and words. This evening of music and storytelling also features text by Canadian-Jewish musician Hershey Felder, who does not appear in the performance. The program features “Impromptu in F minor,” “Sonata in C minor” and “Sonata in B flat major D.” 7:30 p.m. $25-$75. Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Bram Goldsmith Theater, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 746-4000. thewallis.org.

SUN JAN 21
“THE CANTOR’S COUCH”

Jack Mendelson

Temple Judea hosts a journey through Cantor Jack Mendelson’s real-life stories based on growing up in 1950s Brooklyn in “The Cantor’s Couch.” Mendelson paints a picture of a bygone day in Jewish America when Jews would flock to synagogues to hear cantors as if they were in a concert hall. The one-man show weds a relatable story of childhood with joyous memories of music and celebration. Mendelson’s collaborator and accompanist will be Cantor Jonathan Comisar, who wrote original music for this production. All proceeds help support the music program at Temple Judea. 5 p.m. Students, $10; general admission, $18. Temple Judea, Goor Sanctuary, 5429 Lindley Ave., Tarzana. (818) 758-3800. templejudea.com.

UNITE 4 ISRAEL

During this second  annual day of unity — Unite 4 Israel — Jewish teenagers celebrate the Jewish state through martial arts, food, learning and more. Workshops include a mock Israel Defense Forces boot camp featuring Hezi Sheli, a former special forces fighter and head instructor of the Israeli Martial Arts Academy in Westlake Village. Also, students explore a 10-by-18-foot copy of the Israeli Declaration of Independence. A hands-on session allows participants to create their own bowl of hummus with guidance by culinary professional Sigal Ratoviz. Rabbi Moshe Bryski of Chabad of the Conejo delivers opening remarks. A buffet lunch features Israeli cuisine and a live DJ. The event also includes Israeli trivia and a raffle. Open to students in grades 8-12 only. 10 a.m. $10. Chabad of Westlake Village, 2425 Townsgate Road, Suite H, Thousand Oaks. israel200.com.

BEN MACINTYRE AND STEVE ROSS

Steve Ross, a professor at USC and author of “Hitler in Los Angeles,” which explores the role of Nazis in L.A. and the spies who stopped them, and British author and historian Ben MacIntyre discuss espionage in World War II Europe and Los Angeles. 1 p.m. $20. Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, 8844 Burton Way, Beverly Hills. writersblocpresents.com.

“RACE AND INCLUSIVITY IN THE AMERICAN JEWISH COMMUNITY”

A panel discusses the challenges and opportunities of inclusivity in the Jewish community. Speakers include Lacey Schwartz, an award-winning documentary filmmaker and director of North America outreach for Be’chol Lashon, which deals with issues of racial and cultural diversity in the Jewish community; Rabbi Sharon Brous, senior founding rabbi of IKAR, a leading voice in reanimating Jewish tradition and practice; and Bruce Phillips, professor of sociology and Jewish communal service at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Presented by the USC Casden Institute and IKAR Los Angeles. Free, reservations requested. 4-5:30 p.m. Doheny Memorial Library, 3550 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, Room 240. (213) 740-1744. usc.edu/esvp.

“THE BEST SATIRICAL SONGS IN HISTORY”

Comedian and screenwriter David Misch headlines an afternoon of musical satire, with songs and film clips featuring Groucho Marx, Randy Newman, Chuck Berry, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Gilbert and Sullivan, Amy Schumer and Bugs Bunny. 4 p.m. $12-$22. American Jewish University Familian Campus, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. (310) 440-1572. aju.edu/whizin.

“BEFORE THE REVOLUTION”

The Israeli community in Iran enjoyed a luxurious life under the Shah. That all changed during the Islamic Revolution. “Before the Revolution,” a documentary made in 2013, tells the story about the last days of the Israeli community in Iran. It features archival footage; interviews with diplomats, Mossad agents, business people and others, and is presented from the perspective of a director whose family was a part of this Israeli community. The film will be shown at Sephardic Temple Tifereth Israel in Westwood. Refreshments served. 4:30 p.m. Free. Sephardic Temple Tifereth Israel, 10500 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 475-7000. sephardictemple.org.

FLAMENCO DANCER LEILAH BROUKHIM

Leilah Broukhim

Flamenco powerhouse Leilah Broukhim performs “Dejando Huellas” (“Traces”), a personal story about her Jewish and Persian heritage. This L.A. debut showcases the Spanish art form and the performer’s commitment to a tale of a woman searching for meaning and identity. 7:30 p.m. $33-$78. Valley Performing Arts Center, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge. (818) 677-8800. valleyperformingartscenter.org.

TUE JAN 23
“PRESERVATION AND INNOVATION: THE TRACKS OF THE MASTER SCRIBE”

Sara Milstein, assistant professor of Hebrew Bible and Near Eastern Studies at the University of British Columbia, discusses the “master scribes” of the ancient Near East and their method of introducing changes to texts in the course of transmission. Linguists, academics and bookworms should enjoy this UCLA Center for Jewish Studies lecture. Noon. Free. UCLA, 314 Royce Hall, Los Angeles. (310) 267-5327. cjs.ucla.edu.

“STRIVE NOT TO GOSSIP”

When is it permissible to speak about someone who isn’t present? When is it forbidden to spread information about another person — whether it is true or not? Incorporating the teachings of the “Chafetz Chaim” (the Jewish “Bible” about gossip), Rabbi Jonathan Aaron explores the subtleties of what is considered in Jewish tradition to be one of the most dangerous of human behaviors, lashon harah (the evil tongue). 7 p.m. Free. Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, 8844 Burton Way, Beverly Hills. (310) 288-3737. tebh.org/striveclass.

“BIMBAM: WATCH SOMETHING JEWISH”

Sarah Lefton

Sarah Lefton, founder of BimBam (formerly G-dcast), which uses digital storytelling to spark connections to Judaism for learners of all ages, appears at this special evening for parents with young children. She shares a series of Jewish videos and animated series that can elevate children’s free time and help bring Judaism into the home. 7:30 p.m. Stephen
Wise Temple members, $15; public, $20. Stephen Wise Temple, 15500 Stephen S. Wise Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 476-8561. wisela.org/cjl.

Photos by Jonathan Fong.

Blocks of Time: DIY Perpetual Calendar


It’s a new year, which means it’s time to get a new calendar for my work desk. After all, some of us are old school and would rather not have to switch on our smartphones just to check the date.

This calendar made of wood blocks was inspired by an idea I found on the design blog holasara.com — run by my colleague at the Journal, Sara Budisantoso — and I customized it so you’d have as few supplies to purchase as possible.

Just print out the free template HERE, cut out the months and dates, and glue them to three wood blocks according to the template. You will have a perpetual calendar that is good all year long — and for years to come.

What you’ll need:
Three 2-inch wood blocks
Printout of template
1 1/2-inch circle punch or scissors
Glue or glue stick

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1. Start with three 2-inch blocks, which you can find at crafts stores like Michaels. You also can find them on Amazon or other online retailers that sell arts and crafts supplies.

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2. Download the template, which features the necessary months and numbers for the six sides of the three blocks. Print out the three pages, one for each block. They are drawn to scale.

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3. Cut out each of the months and numbers with a 1 1/2-inch circle punch. Using a paper punch makes it easy, but if you don’t have one, you can cut them out with scissors. You can leave them in a square shape if you prefer.

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4. Glue each month and number to the blocks according to the template. The months will be on one block, with two months per side, and the other two blocks make up the dates 1 through 31.

An event honoring Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. will take place on Jan. 11.

What’s Happening in Jewish L.A. Jan. 5-11: Special Shabbats, Film Screenings and Lectures


FRI JAN 5
NASHUVA SHABBAT SERVICE

Naomi Levy

A soulful monthly Shabbat service with the Nashuva community takes place in Brentwood. Led by Rabbi Naomi Levy, wife of former Jewish Journal Editor-in-Chief Rob Eshman, Nashuva (Hebrew for “return”) is a congregation of Jews committed to spirituality and social action. Services feature a live band, meditation and the embrace of a welcoming and accessible environment. Zimmer Children’s Museum staffs onsite and concurrent programming for children. An oneg Shabbat with treats follows. Attendees are encouraged to dress casually and wear white in honor of Shabbat. 6:45-8:30 p.m. Free. Brentwood Presbyterian Church, 12000 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles. nashuva.com.

JEWISH WOMEN SHABBAT

Lev Eisha, a community of Jewish women, holds a joyous Shabbat musical celebration for Jewish women. Rabbi Toba August, Cindy Paley and Joy Krauthammer lead the service. A Kiddush follows. Though the service is for and led by women, all are welcome. 9:30 a.m. Free. Beth Shir Shalom, 1827 California Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 575-0985. leveisha.org.

“THE WOMEN’S BALCONY”

“The Women’s Balcony”

Temple Beth Am screens the Israeli dramatic comedy “The Women’s Balcony” as part of the synagogue’s film series. In the film, an accident during a bat mitzvah celebration leads to a gender rift in the devout Orthodox community in Jerusalem. Producer, writer and film historian Michael Berlin participates in pre- and post-screening conversations. 7:30 p.m. $12. Temple Beth Am, 1039 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 652-7353. tbala.org.

SUN JAN 7
BASIC STAINED GLASS TRAINING

Revital Goldreich, an award-winning artist who is in the process of earning a master’s in interfaith relations from the Academy of Jewish Religion, California, teaches how to make stained-glass windows to Shomrei Torah Synagogue members and their friends. Participants learn the four steps to the art: cutting, grinding, coppering and soldering. Goldreich cuts the glass and organizes a production line to grind, copper and solder the glass. The four-hour workshop is limited to eight participants. Ages 18 and older. Through March 25. $36 (first time in the studio), $18 (second time in the studio), free (third time in the studio). 1-5 p.m. Revital’s Studio, 20643 Quedo Drive, Woodland Hills. (818) 458-9389. stsonline.org.

“PUSH AND PULL GENEALOGY”

Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo and Ventura County founding member Werner Frank discusses the small world of Jewish genealogy and the rationale behind the claim that all Ashkenazi Jews are at least 30th cousins. 1:30-3:30 p.m. Free. Temple Adat Elohim, 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. (818) 889-6616. jgscv.org.

ADAT ARI EL’S 24TH ANNUAL ENGEL CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT

The New Hollywood String Quartet & Friends will honor the 100th birthday of the late Rose Engel with an afternoon of music by Schubert. A reception with light refreshments will follow. Presented by the Rose & Edward Engel Music Commission. 2-4 p.m. Free; RSVP is requested. David Familian Chapel, Adat Ari El, 12020 Burbank Blvd., Valley Village. (818) 755-3480, ext. 244. adatariel.org.

TIKKUN OLAM FILM SCREENING AND DISCUSSION

Anthony Bourdain

Producer Anthony Bourdain’s “Wasted! The Story of Food Waste,” an exploration into why 1.3 billion tons of food is thrown away each year, screens at Kehillat Israel. Celebrity chefs including Bourdain, Massimo Bottura and Dan Barber appear in the 2017 documentary film. A free dinner kicks off the event. A panel discussion follows. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. 16019 W. Sunset Blvd., Pacific Palisades. (310) 459-2328. ourki.org.

MON JAN 8
THREE DOCUMENTARY SHORTS

“116 Cameras”

Would you jump from a 10-meter-high diving board for the first time for $30? Swedish filmmakers Maximilien Van Aertryck and Axel Danielson worked with this premise in their 16-minute documentary short, “Ten Meter Tower.” What drives the participants more: the fear of the plunge or the fear of missing out? This film, along with two other documentary shorts contending for best documentary short subject at the Academy Awards, screen at the Museum of Tolerance. The other films are “116  Cameras,” director Davina Pardo’s 16-minute film following Holocaust survivor and stepsister of Anne Frank Eva Schloss’ effort to preserve her story interactively, and director Garrett Bradley’s “Alone,” a film about the American prison system tearing apart a family. A discussion follows with New York Times Hollywood reporter Brooks Barnes and Van Aertryck, Pardo and Bradley, the films’ directors. 7 p.m. Free (advance reservations required). Museum of Tolerance, 9786 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 772-2505. museumoftolerance.com/opdocs.

TUE JAN 9
“SEPHARDIC WOMEN’S VOICES”

Nina Lichtenstein

Nina Lichtenstein shares stories from her book, “Sephardic Women’s Voices,” which traces the lives and writings of contemporary Jewish women born in North Africa who migrated to France. The author explores the meaning of their Sephardic heritage, their roles as women and their experience of exile. There will be an excerpt reading, interview and Q-and-A with the author. Light refreshments served. Books available for sale. 7-9 p.m. $10. The Braid, 2912 Colorado Ave., #102. Santa Monica. (310) 315-1400. jewishwomenstheatre.org.

TOWN HALL WITH COUNCILMAN  PAUL KORETZ

Paul Koretz

Join a discussion about current events with Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Koretz, who represents the Fifth District, as he talks about key issues and challenges facing the community. Open to the public. A brief Q-and-A will follow. 1-2:30 p.m. Free; registration is required at (323) 937-5900. JFS Freda Mohr Multipurpose Senior Center, 6310 San Vicente Blvd., Suite 275. jfsla.org.

WED JAN 10
“INTERMARRIAGE: OPPORTUNITY, CHALLENGE, OR THREAT?”

Can intermarriage be transformed into an opportunity for the Jewish community or is it a threat to its survival? Sinai Temple Rabbi Erez Sherman moderates a panel discussion on one of the greatest issues facing the Jewish community. Participants are Rabbi Brad Artson, dean of rabbinic studies at American Jewish University, and Rabbi Aaron Lerner, executive director of Hillel at UCLA. Their discussion explores intermarriage from different points of view and addresses a number of critical questions: What are its implications for individual Jews, families and the community? Can the trend of an increasing number of Jews marrying outside the faith be reversed? Everyone welcome. 6:30 p.m. Free dinner for Sinai Temple Men’s Club and Sinai Temple members; $10 for nonmembers. Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 474-1518, ext. 3340. sinaitemple.org.

“RETHINKING INSULARITY”

Shulem Deem

Some observant Jews integrate elements of secular society into their lives. Others keep the outside world at a safe distance. During tonight’s Shalhevet Institute discussion, “Rethinking Insularity: The Role of Boundaries in the Modern World,” Shulem Deen, author of “All Who Go Do Not Return,” and Rabbi Yakov Horowitz, dean of Yeshiva Darchei Noam in Monsey, N.Y., discuss the challenges facing their communities. Abigal Shrier, a writer on Jewish affairs, moderates. 7:30 p.m. Free. Shalhevet High School, 910 S. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 930-9333. shalhevet.org.

“A SPOONFUL OF HESED”

Make meals for those in need of healing with Sinai Temple’s social action committee, sisterhood and Sinai Temple Rabbi Nicole Guzik. Ingredients and supplies for cooking soup will be provided. If you can’t join in on the cooking but are willing to drop off soup at someone’s house, contact Guzik. Adults and children ages 10 and older are welcome. 7-9 p.m. Free. RSVP at (310) 481-3234 or nguzik@sinaitemple.org. Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. sinaitemple.org.

“MY JEWISH GENERATION”

Pressman Academy alum and Milken Community Schools Jewish studies teacher Joshua Krug discusses “My Jewish Generation: A Portrait of Millennial Jewish Identities in the USA.” Krug opens up about his personal journey from Beth Am in the 1990s to a doctoral study in Jewish education while he reflects on the state of his Jewish generation. By sketching a loose map of his generation, he will shed light on what is happening to Judaism and Jewish identity in America today. 7:30 p.m. Free. Temple Beth Am, 1039 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 652-7353. tbala.org.

THU JAN 11
THE LEGACIES OF KING AND HESCHEL

Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

An interfaith event celebrates the birthdays and legacies of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, partners and friends in the fight for civil rights. Choirs will perform, faith leaders will speak, and participants, including those from Stephen Wise Temple, Bel Air Presbyterian Church and Faithful Central Bible Church, will reflect on King and Heschel’s contributions to humanity. 7:30 p.m. Free. Stephen Wise Temple, 15500 Stephen S. Wise Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 476-8561. wisela.org/kingandheschel.

"Fiddler on the Roof" will be played at various Los Angeles theaters on Christmas Eve.

What’s Happening in Jewish L.A. Dec. 22-28: Volunteering, Comedy, Singles Events and More


FRI DEC 22
“FACES OF HOMELESSNESS: BRINGING OUR NEIGHBORS HOME FOR GOOD”

The exhibition features oil-on-canvas portraits by Stuart Perlman of area homeless people that are accompanied by biographies of the subjects. Perlman, who has been a psychologist and psychoanalyst in Los Angeles for more than 30 years, began painting these portraits in 2010. He spent hours listening to his subjects’ stories and getting to know them. He has painted 200 portraits of homeless people who have lived on Venice Beach and Skid Row. Through March 7. By appointment. Free. Council House, 543 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 852-8512. ncjwla.org.

FINAL SHABBAT FLOW OF 2017

Experience the peace and presence of Shabbat through the mindful movement of a vinyasa flow yoga class. Live music, chanting, challah. No seats, no books, no stress. Welcome, namaste and shalom! Bring your yoga mat, towel and water, and wear comfortable exercise clothes. Roll out your mat, take stock in what you accomplished in 2017 and set intentions for 2018. Hosted by Om Shalom Yoga. 8 p.m. $15. Space limited; guests admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. Yogaraj Yoga Studio, 2001 S. Barrington Ave., Los Angeles. (Free parking in the structure next door.) (424) 299-2507. facebook.com/omshalomyoga.

SAT DEC 23
“THE MENORAH”

Like Hanukkah, this night of improv comedy has a theme of eight: eight scenes from eight improvisers. One person begins a scene, which builds to an eight-person scene, then revisits all of the show’s scenes again. Featuring Beth Appel, Hal Rudnick, Jonny Svarzbein, Talia Tabin, Danny Cymbal, Matthew Brian Cohen, Jake Fallon and Heather Sundell. 7 p.m. $7. UCBT Franklin, 5919 Franklin Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 908-8702. franklin.ucbtheatre.com.

“WE ARE AMERICA”

Pink Lady and Senior Star Power present this musical salute to veterans. Performers range in age from their 60s to their 90s, but they bring the sassy, the sexy and the sizzle in this revue featuring singing and dancing. Through Dec. 31. 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Dec. 23 and Dec. 30, 6:30 p.m.  Dec. 31. $25-$45 (Dec. 23 and 30), $60 (Dec. 31). Madrid Theatre, 21622 Sherman Way, Canoga Park. (818) 400-2701. brownpapertickets.com/event/3097240.

SUN DEC 24
“FIDDLER ON THE ROOF” SINGALONG

Tevye, Golde and the folks of Anatevka light up Norman Jewison’s musical film, which plays at Laemmle theaters across Los Angeles on Christmas Eve. This year marks a decade since Laemmle began this annual “Tradition,” featuring Jewish leaders serving as hosts of the screenings, prescreening trivia and prizes for “Fiddler” buffs, and more. Attendees are encouraged to come dressed in costume. Children are welcome. 7:30 p.m. Additional 5 p.m. screening at the Town Center 5 in Encino. $18 (general), $15 (seniors, students). Town Center 5, 17200 Ventura Blvd.; NoHo 7, 5420 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood; Ahrya Fine Arts, 8556 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills; Playhouse 7, 673 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena; Royal, 11523 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles; Claremont 5, 450 W. Second St., Claremont. (310) 478-3836. laemmle.com.

ELON GOLD’S “MERRY EREV XMAS”

Stand-up comedian Elon Gold performs on Christmas Eve with special guests at the Laugh Factory in Hollywood. Come for his spot-on Jeff Goldblum and Woody Allen impersonations; stay for his humorous insights about what it is to be Jewish in contemporary America. 7:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m., 11:30 p.m., $35 (general), $55 (VIP). Laugh Factory, 8001 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 656-1336, ext. 1. laughfactory.com/clubs/hollywood.

MOSTLY KOSHER

The indie klezmer and folk band puts a modern twist on traditional Jewish sounds when it performs at the 58th annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration. Led by musician Leeav Sofer, who was named one of the Jewish Journal’s “30 Under 30,” Mostly Kosher bridges Jewish and American musical roots. Other performers at this multicultural event presented by the L.A. County Board of Supervisors include VOX Femina Los Angeles, a choir of 34 women that will perform Hanukkah and Christmas songs. Musicians from Korea, Hawaii, West Africa and elsewhere also perform. Those who can’t make it in person can catch a broadcast of the event on KOCE, the PBS SoCal station. The event also will be streamed live at pbssocal.org. 3-6 p.m. Free (first come, first served). Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 972-3099. musiccenter.org/holidaycelebration.

“JOKES FOR JEWS”

Michael Gelbart

Spend Christmas Eve laughing with a lineup of nearly a dozen comedians. Michael Gelbart, who has appeared on Comedy Central, Teen Nick, the Disney Channel and Starz, headlines. Additional performers include Adam Feuerberg, Dana Eagle and Joshua Snyder. 7 p.m. $20. Flapper’s Comedy Club Burbank, 102 E. Magnolia, Burbank. (818) 845-9721. flapperscomedy.com.

THE BALL 2017

Mix, mingle and socialize at this Jewish singles event in West Hollywood. (What else are you going to do on Christmas Eve?) Previous years have drawn upward of 1,000 attendees, so arrive early to avoid long lines. 8:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. $35-$50. Bootsy Bellows, 9229 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. letmypeoplego.com.

MATZOBALL

Find your bashert in time for New Year’s. The 31st annual MatzoBall on Christmas Eve draws young Jewish singles looking for friendships, hookups and marriages. 21-and-older only. IDs required. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. $30. Spare Room (Inside the Roosevelt Hotel), 7000 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. matzoball.org/our_events/matzoball-los-angeles.

MON DEC 25
TEMPLE ISRAEL OF HOLLYWOOD CHRISTMAS MEAL

Temple Israel of Hollywood has held an annual Christmas meal for the underprivileged and homeless for more than 30 years. Volunteers are needed for the event’s setup, parking lot control, food service and cleanup. Setup is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 23 (open to all ages). Christmas Day shifts are 6-10 a.m. for early food preparation (13 and older), 6:30-10 a.m. for parking lot control (13 and older), 8-10 a.m. for first shift (13 and older) and 4-5 p.m. for cleanup. The meal is served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hollywood United Methodist Church, 6817 Franklin Ave., Hollywood. (323) 874-2104 (church); (323) 876-8330 (temple). tioh.org.

“DREAMING OF A JEWISH CHRISTMAS”

Gaston Poon in “Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas.”

Director Larry Weinstein’s irreverent musical documentary tells the story of a group of Jewish songwriters, including Irving Berlin, Mel Torme and Johnny Marks, who wrote the soundtrack to Christianity’s most musical holiday. It is a tale of Jewish immigrants and how they used their talent to go from being outsiders to the creative forces behind Christmas’ most memorable music. A Q-and-A follows with classic film and music expert Michael Schlesinger. Noon. $11. Laemmle Town Center, 17200 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (800) 838-3006. lajfilmfest.org.

ONE-ON-ONE OUTREACH DELIVERY

Join congregants of synagogue Kehillat Israel in packing and delivering groceries and toys to low-income families in South Central Los Angeles. Co-founded by Kehillat Israel member Michael Schwartz, One-on-One Outreach is a volunteer organization that convenes once a month to help those in need. Noon to 2 p.m. Email Michael@oneononeoutreach.org for additional information. (310) 459-2328. ourki.org.

THU DEC 28
LUNCH ’N’ LEARN WITH RABBI VOGEL

Temple Aliyah Rabbi Stewart Vogel discusses and analyzes the week’s Torah portion.  This interactive classic offers insights into Judaism’s most sacred text. Accessible for beginner students. No Hebrew or previous Torah experience necessary. 12:15-1:45 p.m. Free. Temple Aliyah, 6025 Valley Circle Blvd., Woodland Hills. (818) 346-3545. templealiyah.org.

“AN AMERICAN TAIL”

Executive producer Steven Spielberg’s classic animated movie follows a Jewish family of mice emigrating from Russia to America by ship. At the center of the story is a young mouse named Fievel Mousekewitz, who gets lost from the rest of his family. Fievel’s family presumes he is adrift at sea, but Fievel makes it to New York and meets a bustling crew of colorful characters. Throughout the adventure, the little mouse is determined to reunite with his family. The film screens at the Skirball Cultural Center as part of “Family Film Series: Journeys Near and Far.” On Jan. 4, Pixar’s “Up” closes the series. 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Free. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.

Saul Kaye

What’s Happening in Jewish L.A. Dec. 15-21: Special Events, From Synagogues to Staples Center


FRI DEC 15
LATKE SHABBATKE

IKAR holds a musical, high-energy kabbalat Shabbat service, followed by a communal meal. Your favorite foods of the Festival of Lights are served. Vegetarian options available. 6:15 p.m. (scotch and services), 7:45 p.m. (dinner). $12. Shalhevet High School, 910 S. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 634-1870. ikar-la.org.

HANUKKAH BLUES SHABBAT AND CELEBRATION

Saul Kaye

Jewish blues artist Saul Kaye visits from San Francisco to perform at Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills’ Hanukkah bash. 6:15 p.m. Free. Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, 8844 Burton Way, Beverly Hills. (310) 288-3737. Tebh.org.

CHANUKAHPALOOZA

Temple Judea holds a service and dinner with special holiday treats by the Temple Judea Brotherhood and Women of Temple Judea. A pop-up choir of adults and children performs. The event also features art projects, special musical guests and more. 6:15 p.m. (service), 7:30 p.m. (dinner). $15 (adults), $10 (kids 6-13), $4 (5 and younger). Temple Judea, 5429 Lindley Ave., Tarzana. (818)758-3800. templejudea.com.

COMMUNITY SHABBAT DINNER

Guest scholars Rabbi Irving “Yitz” Greenberg, author and founder of the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, and his wife, Blu, a pioneer in Orthodox feminism, visit a community Shabbat dinner. The event is in recognition of the yahrzeit of Rabbi Harold Schulweis. 6 p.m. dinner, 7:30 p.m. dessert and speakers. $42 dinner; registration required. Dessert and speakers are free and open to the community. Valley Beth Shalom, 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (818) 530-4009. vbs.org/scholar-dinner.

SHABBAT HANUKKAH ZIMRAH

University Synagogue holds a soulful and spiritual experience of music, connection and community. Flutist Peter Gordon, percussionist Ava Nahas and oud player Dimitris Mahlis participate. 7:30 p.m. Free. University Synagogue, 11960 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 472-1255. unisyn.org.

“NEW YORK WATER”

Bridget Flanery and Ross Benjamin in “New York Water”

It’s your last chance to see this comedy about Linda and Albert, who have a love-hate relationship with the Big Apple. This screwball romance, which spans years and locales, is written by Sam Borbrick and directed by Howard Teichman. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. Through Dec. 17. Tickets start at $40. Pico Playhouse, 10508 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 821-2449. wcjt.org.

“AZIMUTH”

Director Mike Burstyn

Yiddish actor Mike Burstyn’s directorial debut begins a weeklong Oscar-qualifying run at the Laemmle in Encino. The war film, shot on location in Israel, is set during the last hours of the Six-Day War in an abandoned U.N. post in the Sinai. An Israeli soldier and an Egyptian soldier come to realize that in order to survive, they have to help each other. The film is based on a story Burstyn received after the war. Israeli actor Yiftach Klein and Egyptian actor Sammy Sheik, whose real-life fathers fought each other in the actual Six-Day War, co-star. Through Dec. 21. 3:15 p.m., 7:40 p.m. (Q-and-A sessions with Burstyn follow the 7:40 p.m. screenings), 10 p.m. $13 (general), $10 (seniors, children). Laemmle Town Center 5, 17200 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (310) 478-3836. laemmle.com.

SAT DEC 16
A SHABBAT HANUKKAH CELEBRATION

Join Beverly Hills Jewish Community (BHJC) for a program featuring the Chanukah Choral Spectacular, with Levi Coleman and the BHJC A Cappella Choir. Maestro Lior Himelstein conducts. The event includes dreidel games, latkes and glaze-your-own-doughnut activities for kids. Kiddush lunch follows. 9:30 a.m. (Shabbat services), 10:30 a.m. (cantorial performance). Free (RSVP at info@beverlyhillsjc.org). Beverly Hills Hotel, 9641 Sunset Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 276-4246. beverlyhillsjc.org.

DID JEW KNOW? HANUKKAH PUB TRIVIA

American Jewish University’s night of Jewy and not-so-Jewy pub trivia also features complimentary drinks and Hanukkah eats. 7 p.m. $15. Busby’s East, 5364 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. infinitelight.la/event/did-jew-know-hanukkah-pub-trivia.

THE KLEZMATICS

The Klezmatics.

Renowned klezmer band the Klezmatics perform a “Happy Joyous Hanukkah” concert at the Valley Performing Arts Center. The evening is a celebration of Yiddish culture at a time of year when candles and family warm the dark nights. The event embraces audiences of all cultures and backgrounds. 8 p.m. $33-$68. Valley Performing Arts Center, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge. (818) 677-8800. valleyperformingartscenter.org.

NISSIM BLACK

American rap star Nissim Black, born Damian Jamohl Black in Seattle, released two albums before retiring in 2011 to focus on his conversion to Orthodox Judaism. He returned in 2012 under his Hebrew name, Nissim, and began writing from a more religious perspective. This is his first performance in Los Angeles. With opening musical act Erez and comedian Tehran. For ages 18-36. 8:30 p.m. $40 in advance, $50 at the door. Nessah Synagogue, 142 S. Rexford Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 273-2400. nessah.org.

SUN DEC 17
LEADERS DISCUSS GUN VIOLENCE

Chris Murphy.

Before becoming a United States senator, Chris Murphy served as the congressman representing Newtown, Conn., where 20 children and six educators were murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012. Having seen the devastating effects of gun violence up close, Murphy emerged from that tragedy as one of Washington’s most outspoken gun violence prevention advocates. Murphy joins Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer, who has been at the forefront of gun control legislation for more than 20 years, in a discussion. Sponsored by Writers Bloc. Noon. Tickets start at $25. Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, 8844 Burton Way, Beverly Hills. writersblocpresents.com.

“EDEN ACCORDING TO EVE”

“Eden According to Eve” is a funny, irreverent show about love, loss and the joys of life, featuring Shelly Goldstein, Monica Piper, Lisa Robins, Judith Scarpone and Robert Trebor. Directed by Susan Morgenstern. No one under age 16 admitted. 2 and 5 p.m. $40, includes dessert buffet and Q-and-A. The Braid, 2519 Colorado Ave., No. 102, Santa Monica. (310) 315-1400. Brown Paper Tickets, (800) 838-3006. jewishwomenstheatre.org.

INBAL ABERGIL BOOK LAUNCH

From 2014-17, Inbal Abergil traveled across the United States to photograph and interview 18 American families that lost loved ones in wars spanning from World War II to Vietnam to the ongoing conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. Abergil, an artist and educator originally from Jerusalem, launches a two-volume book of photographs from that experience called “N.O.K. — Next of Kin,” featuring images that examine the way American families memorialize relatives killed in military conflict, with commentary written by contributors. She holds a master’s in fine arts from Columbia University, and her work has been exhibited internationally in museum and gallery exhibitions. $10 (admission), $45 (book). RSVP recommended at arts@aju.edu. 5 p.m. American Jewish University, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 440-1246. wcce.aju.edu.

TUE DEC 19
“THE MESHUGA NUTCRACKER!”

“The Meshuga Nutcracker”

Don’t miss a nationwide cinema presentation of the Hanukkah musical, featuring the silly sensibilities of the folklore of Chelm, a Klezmer-influenced orchestration of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker Suite” and original lyrics that celebrate the Festival of Lights. Over the course of the film, the Chelmniks, residents of a fictional town of fools, tell eight stories, including the triumphant victory of the Maccabees, accounts of perseverance during the Holocaust and the celebration of the first Hanukkah in the new State of Israel. Dancing dreidels, singing sufganiyot and guest stars are thrown in for good measure. 7 p.m. $16 (adults), $13 (children, seniors). Ahrya Fine Arts, 8556 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills; Playhouse 7, 673 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena; Town Center 5, 17200 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (310) 478-3836. laemmle.com.

WED DEC 20
L.A. CLIPPERS JEWISH HERITAGE NIGHT

Celebrate the last night of Hanukkah with NBA action at Staples Center as the Los Angeles Clippers square off against the Phoenix Suns. The Clippers have been struggling this season, so maybe the miracle of the Festival of Lights is just what the team needs to turn things around. A pregame ceremony features a candle lighting and blessings in front of a 10-foot menorah. Attendees receive a complimentary Clippers menorah. 7:30 p.m. From $16. Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles. nba.com/clippers/promotions/specialevents.

THU DEC 21
SYRIAN TORAH CASE DEDICATION

At Sinai Temple, Drs. Nooshin and Afshine Emrani present the 19th-century artifact Syrian Torah case to the Westwood Conservative congregation. Sinai Temple Max Webb Senior Rabbi David Wolpe delivers commemorative remarks, following evening minyan. 6:15-7 p.m. Free. Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 474-1518. sinaitemple.org.

DAVID BROZA AND FRIENDS

David Broza

Israeli singer and guitarist David Broza and a new set of all-star musicians perform eclectic world music offerings combining Middle Eastern influences with sounds meant to please all ages and backgrounds. Joining Broza are Ali Paris (qanun), Jonathan Levy (guitar), Yuval Lion (drums), Uri Kleinman (bass) and Tali Rubinstein (recorder). 7:30 p.m. $65-$115. The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. (310) 434-3200. thebroadstage.org/davidbroza.

The "First Night" will be held on Tuesday in Downtown Los Angeles to celebrate the first night of Hanukkah.

What’s Happening in Jewish L.A. Dec. 8-14: Hanukkah Celebrations, JCC Run & Walk, and More


FRI DEC 8
“BIG SONIA”

Sonia Warshawski

Holocaust survivor. Grandma. Diva. Big Sonia. Director Leah Warshawski’s documentary film follows her octogenarian grandmother, Sonia Warshawski, a Holocaust survivor who runs the last store in a defunct shopping mall, a tailor shop she’s owned for more than 30 years. When Sonia, one of the last remaining survivors in Kansas City, is given an eviction notice, the specter of retirement forces her to confront her harrowing past, which includes concentration camps and death marches. The film weaves Sonia’s current conflict with stories about her diva-like personality from family and friends. Various times. Laemmle Music Hall, 9036 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. Laemmle Town Center 5, 17200 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (310) 478-3836. laemmle.com.

A MICHAEL FEINSTEIN HOLIDAY CELEBRATION

Five-time Grammy nominee Michael Feinstein performs holiday classics from his album “A Michael Feinstein Christmas.” Feinstein has been called the “Ambassador of the Great American Songbook” for preserving and presenting the meld of old and new vocals. The crooner will belt out holiday classics, including “Sleigh Ride,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town.” 8 p.m. $38-$98. Valley Performing Arts Center, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge. (818) 677-8800. valleyperformingartscenter.org.

DANIEL CAINER

Award-winning songwriter, storyteller and artist Daniel Cainer performs a one-man Shabbat concert. The London-based Cainer shows off of a knack for clever lyrics and sweet melodies as he sings about his childhood encounters with anti-Semitism, explores the tapestry that makes up family and how Judaism has changed over the years, and examines the enigma that is Israel. 9 p.m. dessert, 9:30 p.m. show. $20. Pico Union Project, 1153 Valencia St., Los Angeles. (213) 915-0084. picounionproject.org.

SAT DEC 9
FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS CELEBRATION

Enjoy games, crafts, music, food and more at this family-friendly event, which annually welcomes more than 500 local Eastsiders, including families with children, to the Silverlake Independent Jewish Community Center (SIJCC). Entertainment will include performances by the Hollow Trees, Sing With Sylvie, Stoli Magic, Ms. Hellen’s Silver Lake Ballet School, Love Bug & Me Music and students from the SIJCC’s Jewish Learning Center. Activities will include spinning top and wind chime craft booths, a “toddler zone,” reptile fun with the Critter Squad, animal balloon making, face painting and a doughnut-eating contest. The SIJCC also will hold a bake sale fundraiser, featuring food ranging from latkes and empanadas to brownies and cupcakes. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Children 2 and older, $15; adults, free. Silverlake Independent Jewish Community Center, 1110 Bates, Ave., Los Angeles. (Street parking only. Ride-sharing service, bicycling or public transportation highly recommended.) (323) 663-2255. sijcc.net.

“LET THERE BE WATER”

Seth Siegel, entrepreneur, water activist and New York Times best-selling author, will discuss whether the technology utilized in Israel is the key to helping solve global water needs. Siegel wrote the award-winning, international best-seller “Let There Be Water: Israel’s Solution for a Water-Starved World.” Free. Reservations required. 11:30 a.m. The Beverly Hills Hotel, 9641 Sunset Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 276-4246. beverlyhillsjc.org.

SUN DEC 10
WESTSIDE JCC 5K RUN AND WALK

Do good — and feel good doing it! More than 600 runners, walkers and volunteers of all ages are expected at the Westside Jewish Community Center’s second annual 5-kilometer run and walk. The certified, timed route and pet-friendly, stroller-friendly course is on the northwest lane of San Vicente Boulevard, between Olympic Boulevard and La Brea Avenue. A shortened kids’ fun run serves the community’s youngest members. There also will be a health and wellness expo with food, drinks, a kids’ fun zone and finish-line celebrations. Funds raised will benefit wellness programs at the Westside JCC, which serves seniors, special needs individuals, children and teens. Participants receive a bagel breakfast, gift bag, T-shirt and finisher’s medal. 6:30 a.m. (registration opens), 8 a.m. (5K run/walk), 9:30 a.m. (kids’ fun run). $35 (ages 18 and older), $25 (ages 5-17), $15 (fun run for kids), $20 (fan). Westside Jewish Community Center, 5870 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 556-5238. wizathon.com/wjcc5k.

HERITAGE SQUARE MUSEUM AND JEWISH DOWNTOWN L.A. WALKING TOUR

Docents Stephen Sass and Jeremy Sunderland will take guests, on foot and by mass transit, on a 2 1/2-mile tour from Union Station to sites of Jewish historic interest. Stops include Heritage Square Museum and the newly rebuilt Colonial Drug, operated for six decades by Jewish pharmacist George A. Simmons and family. Guests also will discover the role played by the Jewish community in the growth and development of El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de Los Angeles. Sass is president of the Jewish Historical Society of Southern California; Sunderland is on the board of the Jewish Historical Society of Southern California and the Breed Street Shul Project. Sponsored by the Whizin Center for Continuing Education. $58. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Waiting list is available. Union Station, 800 N. Alameda St., Los Angeles. (310) 440-1572. wcce.aju.edu.

HANUKKAH FESTIVAL: LA/LA

Klezmer Juice

Guests of all ages can enjoy live music, dance, art and food at the Skirball Center. Latin-Jewish bands Klezmer Juice and Pan Felipe perform; dance ensembles Versa-Style and Mambo Inc. teach attendees salsa, cumbia, mambo and hip-hop moves; visual artist Sandy Rodriguez leads attendees in creating a visual art installation; Maite Gomez-Rejon, founder of Art Bites, teaches about Mexican chocolate and decorating chocolate gelt; and storytellers Mario Ibarra and Julia Garcia-Combs recount the age-old story of Hanukkah in English and Spanish. The museum’s current exhibitions, “Another Promised Land: Anita Brenner’s Mexico” and “Surface Tension by Ken Gonzales-Day: Murals, Signs and Mark-Making in L.A.” will be open. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. $12 (general), $9 (seniors, full-time students and children older than 12), $7 (children 2-12). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.

HOLIDAY CONCERT IN BEVERLY HILLS

Enjoy the festive Hanukkah and holiday season sounds of the Beverly Hills Madrigals, the Beverly Hills Unified School District middle school choir and the fourth- and fifth-grade honors choir. Complimentary holiday refreshments provided by students from the Beverly Hills High Culinary Arts program. Presented by Friends of Beverly Gardens and the Beverly Hills Community Services Department. Free. 1-2:30 p.m. Beverly Gardens Park (near the lily pond), 9439 Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills. beverlyhills.org/boldholidays.

NATHAN ENGLANDER

Novelist and short story writer Nathan Englander discusses his new book, “Dinner at the Center of the Earth,” a tragicomic take of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with David Ulin, former editor of the Los Angeles Times books section. Join Wilshire Boulevard Temple for a conversation about Judaism, anti-Semitism, Israel and literature. A book sale, signing and a dessert reception follow. 7-10:30 p.m. Free. Wilshire Boulevard Temple, 11661 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 388-2401. wbtla.org.

MON DEC 11
“MARTIN BUBER: PHILOSOPHICAL, POLITICAL & SOCIAL REBEL”

Journalist Jonathan Dobrer explores the work of Martin Buber, one of the most important and influential modern Jewish philosophers who redefined Jewish thinking and bridged Chasidic spirituality with the secularism of Freud. Dobrer, an author of serious and humorous essays on contemporary culture, explores the question of what it means to consider Buber a dissident. 7:30 p.m. $20. American Jewish University, David Alan Shapiro Memorial Synagogue Center, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 476-9777. aju.edu.

TUE DEC 12
*INFINITE LIGHT*

On the first night of Hanukkah, young adult movement NuRoots kicks off its third annual citywide celebration of miracles. That evening’s event, “First Night,” is one party in two locations, with people on the Westside gathering at Bergamot Station and people on the Eastside at Conduit DTLA for a creative dining experience featuring Hanukkah-inspired craft cocktails, swag, music and more. Additionally, more than 30 events will take place through Dec. 22 as part of this Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles initiative, including “Latkes and Vodka,” “Get Lit Fashion Show,” “Ugly Sweater Party” and the flappers-themed party “The Great Gatsberg.” Organizations including East Side Jews, Moishe House, Bend the Arc and the National Council of Jewish Women/Los Angeles partner on various events. Through Dec. 22. 7:30 p.m., $30. Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. Conduit DTLA, 1635 N. Spring St., Los Angeles. (323) 761-8118. infinitelight.la.

MENORAH LIGHTINGS ON THIRD STREET PROMENADE

Join local synagogues and community groups as their members celebrate Hanukkah. Lighting the menorah begins shortly after sundown each evening. Participating synagogues include Mishkon Tephilo, Santa Monica Synagogue, Stephen Wise Temple, Kehillat Israel, Nashuva, Beth Shir Shalom and Chabad of Santa Monica. 4-8 p.m. Free. 1351 Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica. (310) 393-8355. santamonica.com/things-to-do/events.

WED DEC 13
DANIEL ELLSBERG

Whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked the Pentagon Papers, a study of government decisions related to the Vietnam War, to the media when he was an analyst for the Rand Corp., discusses his new book, “The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner,” a nonfiction account of the nuclear arms race. The event takes place in a run-up to the January release of Steven Spielberg’s new film, “The Post,” in which Ellsberg is a key figure. 8 p.m. $20 (general admission), $30 (reserved seat), $45 (reserve seat plus book). William Turner Gallery, Bergamot Station Arts Center, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. livetalksla.org.

THU DEC 14
LOS ANGELES CAR MENORAH PARADE

Honk if you love Hanukkah! On the third night of Hanukkah, Chabad-Lubavitch’s Yeshiva Ohr Elchonon Chabad, a seminary for Chabad high school students, celebrates the festival of lights by driving through the city in a caravan of celebration. Order an electric menorah to mount on top of your car and join the fun. Beep beep! 6:30 p.m. (lineup), 7 p.m. (departure). Start: Yeshiva Ohr Elchonon Chabad, 7215 Waring Ave., Los Angeles. Finish: Third Street and South Harper Avenue, Beverly Hills. To order a menorah for your car or for more information, call (410) 209-0545 or email yoecshluchim@gmail.com.

The "Wish You Weren't Here" documentary focusing on anti-Israel activist Roger Waters will be screened on December 5.

What’s Happening in Jewish L.A. Dec. 2-7: Holiday Music Mashup, Theater Classic With a Twist


SAT DEC 2
“A NEW HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS”

The Angel City Chorale (ACC) performs its 24th annual holiday concert and singalong. The concert will feature the world premiere of “Hanukkah Lullaby,” an original piece by ACC founder and artistic director Sue Fink and ACC choir member and songwriter Denny Wynbrandt. The work explores what it means to remain resilient during difficult times. Enjoy seasonal compositions and fully orchestrated holiday classics set to contemporary pop, R&B and a cappella music. 7 p.m. Also Dec. 3. at 7 p.m. $35 (adults), $32 (seniors 60 and older), $27 (children 5–12). Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 3300 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 943-9231. angelcitychorale.org.

HADAG NAHASH

Funky hip-hop grooves combined with flavors of rock, reggae and Middle Eastern music  separate  Hadag Nahash from the crowded Israeli music scene. The group features a full electric band, turntables, samples and lyrics about ending corruption and racism in Israeli society. It performs at American Jewish University with Mizrahi artist Hanan Ben Ari. 8 p.m. $45-$75. American Jewish University, Gindi Auditorium, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles. (818) 483-8818. teevtix.com.

“THE MUSIC MAN”

The Jewish Women’s Repertory Company, musical theater performed exclusively by women and for women, presents Meredith Willson’s Tony-winning musical, “The Music Man.”   ,   For women only. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles’ Family Violence Project. 8 p.m. Also Dec. 3 at 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Presale: $25 (mezzanine), $30 (orchestra), $35 (center orchestra). Door: $30 (mezzanine), $35 (orchestra), $40 (center orchestra). Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, 4718 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 997-0598. jewishwomenstheater.com.

SUN DEC 3
LEARN LA

Rabbi Hershel Schachter

Rabbi Shay Schachter

Join Rabbis Hershel Schachter, Shay Schachter, Moshe Hauer, Zev Wiener, David Fohrman, Steven Pruzansky and Shlomo Einhorn as they discuss the role that Torah plays in our lives at the Orthodox Union’s West Coast Torah Convention. Also scheduled to speak at the conference are Michal Horowitz, Lou Shapiro, Charlie Harary, Geri Wiener and Racheli Luftglass. Free. 8:45 a.m. breakfast; Sessions run from 9:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Baby-sitting available for children ages 1-4. Sponsored by Orthodox Union West Coast. Beth Jacob Congregation, 9030 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 229-9000, ext. 201. ou.org.

“THE GRADUATE” SCREENING AND DISCUSSION  WITH AUTHOR

American Jewish University celebrates 50 years since the release of Mike Nichols’ groundbreaking 1967 comedy, starring Dustin Hoffman as a disillusioned college graduate who is seduced by Mrs. Robinson and falls for her daughter, all to the sounds of Simon & Garfunkel. Beverly Gray, author of “Seduced by Mrs. Robinson: How ‘The Graduate’ Became the Touchstone of a Generation,” participates in a post-screening discussion. Gray’s book places the movie in a historical context, offers a look into the making of the iconic film and explains why it has had an impact on popular culture. 3 p.m. $12 (reserved), $18 (premium). American Jewish University, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 476-9777. wcce.aju.edu.

“1917: A TURNING POINT IN AMERICAN JEWISH HISTORY”

Hasia Diner, a professor of American-Jewish history at New York University, discusses the impact America’s entry into World War I had on American Jews, most of whom rallied to the nation’s cause. Organized by the Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County. 1:30 p.m. Free. Temple Adat Elohim, 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. (805) 497-7101. adatelohim.org.

“A NIGHT OF MIRACLES”

The Los Angeles Jewish Symphony performs a musical mashup of old and new Hanukkah music at Wilshire Boulevard Temple’s Koreatown campus. Actors Philip Casnoff and Roxanne Hart deliver readings of stories of modern Jewish miracles. Artist Karen Hart performs her acclaimed “Judah and His Maccabees: A Hanukkah Gospel Story.” A jelly doughnut reception follows. Suitable for all ages. 4 p.m. Free (RSVP appreciated). Wilshire Boulevard Temple, Glazer Campus, 3663 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 388-2401. wbtla.org/miracles

WORLD KINDERTRANSPORT DAY

The event marks the anniversary of the first Kindertransport arrival in England carrying children fleeing the Holocaust. Speakers will honor those who worked to make the Kindertransport possible, including Holocaust rescuer Varian Fry, as well ats volunteers who work today in refugee camps in Turkey and Greece. Light refreshments will be served. 7 p.m. Free. Colony Theater, 555 . Third St., Burbank. kindertransport.org/events.aspx.

MON DEC 4
AUTHOR LAURA ROSENZWEIG

Laura Rosenzweig will talk at Stephen Wise Temple about her book, “Hollywood’s Spies: The Undercover Surveillance of Nazis in Los Angeles,” which tells the long-untold story of American-Jewish resistance to Nazism during the 1930s and the role that Jewish Hollywood played in combatting this threat to democracy. From 1934 to 1941, Louis B. Mayer, Jack Warner and the other Jewish executives of Hollywood secretly paid private investigators to infiltrate Nazi groups operating in Los Angeles. For seven years, Hollywood’s spies infiltrated the German-American Bund and its nativist, Nazi-influenced allies, reporting on seditious plots and collusion with the German government. 7:30 p.m. $15 for Stephen Wise members, $20 nonmembers. Stephen Wise Temple, 15500 Stephen S. Wise Drive, Los Angeles. (888) 380-9473. wisela.org.

YIDDISH ZING ALONG

Yiddish folksinger Cindy Paley turns Encino into the old country as she performs old and new Yiddish folk songs at Valley Beth Shalom. Clarinetist Zinovy Soro, violinist Miamon Miller, accordionist Isaac Sadigursky and guitarist and vocalist Menachem Mirski accompany Paley. Song sheets and refreshments provided.  7 p.m. $18. Valley Beth Shalom, 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (213) 389-8880. cindy-vbs.brownpapertickets.com.

TUE DEC 5
“WISH YOU WEREN’T HERE”

In a new documentary, investigative journalist Ian Halperin examines former Pink Floyd member and anti-Israel activist Roger Waters, a supporter of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel. Waters has called on artists from Radiohead to Nick Cave to participate in a cultural boycott against Israel. Borrowing its title from the Pink Floyd classic “Wish You Were Here,” the film places Waters’ actions in the context of the rise of global anti-Semitism. The filmmaker participates in a post-screening discussion and Q-and-A with entertainment industry community members, including Spirit Music Group CEO and Creative Community for Peace co-founder David Renzer, Electronic Arts Music Group executive Steve Schnur and attorney David Lande. Film producer Richard Trank moderates the panel. 7 p.m. $10. Museum of Tolerance, 9786 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. creativecommunityforpeace.com/wish-you-werent-here.

WED DEC 6
DIPLOMAT RON PROSOR

Ron Prosor, one of Israel’s most distinguished diplomats, talks with Rabbi David Woznica on a wide range of topics of interest to Israel and Jewish people outside of Israel: the United States and the international community; the inner workings of the world of diplomacy; and some of his most memorable moments on the world stage. Prosor served as vice president of the United Nations’ General Assembly, chair of the U.N. Human Rights Committee, Israel’s ambassador to the United Kingdom, and director-general  of Israel’s foreign ministry. Free. Registration required. 6:45 p.m. reception, 7:15 p.m. program. Stephen Wise Temple, 15500 Stephen S. Wise Drive, Los Angeles. (888) 380-9473. wisela.org.

“HOW DID BARACK OBAMA CREATE HIMSELF?”

Barack Obama was president of the United States for eight years, and the broad outlines of his story — his Hawaiian birth, his fatherless childhood, his education at elite institutions, his work as a community organizer and politician in Chicago — are now familiar elements of American history. David J. Garrow, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama,” discusses with Warren Olney how Obama retains a remarkable mystique and can seem unknowable. Free (RSVP required). 6:30 p.m. (check-in). 7:30 p.m. National Center for the Preservation of Democracy, 111 N. Central Ave., Los Angeles. zocalopublicsquare.org.

THU DEC 7
“THE SUPREME COURT: WHAT’S NEXT? AN INSIDER’S VIEW”

George Washington University law professor Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia and a regular commentator on National Public Radio, will discuss the U.S. Supreme Court, the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, then-President Barack Obama’s nominee Merrick Garland, and the recent nomination and confirmation of Neil Gorsuch. Presented by One Day University. Registration required. $69. 7 p.m. Wilshire Ebell Theatre, 4401 W. Eighth St., Los Angeles. (800) 300-3438. onedayu.com.

RITA RUDNER AT PEPPERDINE

Rita Rudner. Photo courtesy of Jeff Abraham

Stand-up comedian and best-selling author Rita Rudner often alludes to her Jewish upbringing in her act. Don’t miss an evening with the funny lady who claims to have the longest-running solo comedy show in Las Vegas history. 8 p.m. $40-$75. Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. (310) 506-4522. arts.pepperdine.edu/events/rita-rudner.htm.

James Franco's "The Disaster Artist" can be seen in theaters on December 1.

Holiday Preview 2017 Calendar


SUN NOV 26
BILL NYE

Scientist, engineer, comedian, author and inventor Bill Nye appears in Beverly Hills as part of the Distinguished Speakers Series of Southern California. Nye, who currently can be seen on Netflix’s “Bill Nye Saves the World,” discusses his fascination with how things work, his celebrated career — he began as a comedy writer and performer on a Seattle ensemble comedy show and broke through with his Emmy-winning “Bill Nye the Science Guy” — and inspiring life lessons on the importance of education. 7 p.m. Tickets start at $260. Saban Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 546-6222. sabantheatre.org.

THU NOV 30
100 YEARS OF BUDDY RICH

The Grammy Museum commemorates the life and legacy of Jewish-American jazz drumming legend Buddy Rich, who was born in 1917 and collaborated with towering talents ranging from Frank Sinatra to Thelonious Monk. The evening features a Q-and-A with his only child, Cathy Rich; Gregg Potter, the drummer for the current incarnation of the Buddy Rich Band; and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, whose playing has been influenced by Rich. A special live performance follows the conversation. 7 p.m. (doors), 7:30 p.m. (show). $20. Grammy Museum L.A., 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 765-6800. grammymuseum.org.

MICHAEL CHABON AND ZADIE SMITH

The two literary heavyweights participate in a conversation. Chabon is a Jewish author known for the Pulitzer-winning “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay,” and Smith is an Brit of Jamaican descent whose debut novel, “White Teeth,” garnered critical acclaim. They may not seem as if they have much in common, but the novelists’ latest works — “Moonglow” and “Swing Time,” respectively — explore the influence of family, cultural heritage and politics in shaping identity. 8 p.m. $15 students; $29-$59 general. Royce Hall, UCLA, 340 Royce Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 825-4401. cap.ucla.edu.

FRI DEC 1
“WONDER WHEEL”

Writer-director Woody Allen’s latest film is set in Coney Island in the 1950s, following a lifeguard, played by Justin Timberlake, who tells the story of a middle-aged carousel operator and his beleaguered wife. When the wife and the operator’s estranged daughter fall in love with the lifeguard, problems ensue. Jim Belushi, Juno Temple and Kate Winslet co-star. Various theaters. wonderwheelmovie.com.

“THE DISASTER ARTIST”

James Franco directs and stars in this acclaimed look at the making of Tommy Wiseau’s “The Room,” the real-life cult classic considered the “Citizen Kane” of bad movies. An adaptation of a nonfiction book of the same name, “The Disaster Artist” follows Wiseau, an aspiring filmmaker who pursued his dream of making it big in Hollywood against insurmountable odds. Franco’s younger brother Dave; Seth Rogen; Alison Brie and Ari Graynor co-star. Various theaters. a24films.com/films/the-disaster-artist.

SAT DEC 2
HADAG NAHASH

Funky hip-hop grooves with rock, reggae and Middle Eastern flavors set apart Hadag Nahash in the crowded Israeli music scene. The group features a full electric band, turntables, samples and lyrics about ending corruption and racism in Israeli society. The group performs at American Jewish University with Mizrahi artist Hanan Ben Ari. 8:30 p.m. $45-$75. American Jewish University, Gindi Auditorium, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles. (818) 483-8818. teevtix.com.

THU DEC 7
RITA RUDNER

Stand-up comedian and best-selling author Rita Rudner often alludes to her Jewish upbringing in her act. Don’t miss an evening with the funny lady who claims to have the longest-running solo comedy show in Las Vegas’ history. 8 p.m. $40-$75. Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. (310) 506-4522. arts.pepperdine.edu/events/rita-rudner.htm.

FRI DEC 8
“BIG SONIA”

Holocaust survivor. Grandma. Diva. Big Sonia. Director Leah Warshawski’s documentary film follows her octogenarian grandmother, Sonia Warshawski, a Holocaust survivor who runs the last store in a defunct shopping mall, a tailor shop she’s owned for more than 30 years. When Sonia, one of the last remaining survivors in Kansas City, is given an eviction notice, the specter of retirement forces her to confront her harrowing past, which includes concentration camps and death marches. The film weaves Sonia’s current conflict with stories about her diva-like personality from family and friends. Various times. Laemmle Music Hall, 9036 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. Laemmle Town Center 5, 17200 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (310) 478-3836. laemmle.com.

A MICHAEL FEINSTEIN HOLIDAY CELEBRATION

Michael Feinstein.

Five-time Grammy nominee Michael Feinstein performs holiday classics from his album “A Michael Feinstein Christmas.” Feinstein has been called the “Ambassador of the Great American Songbook” for preserving and presenting the meld of old and new vocals. The crooner will belt out holiday classics including “Sleigh Ride,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town.” 8 p.m. $38-$98. Valley Performing Arts Center, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge. (818) 677-8800. valleyperformingartscenter.org.

SUN DEC 10
HANUKKAH FESTIVAL: LA/LA

All ages enjoy live music, dance, art and food at the Skirball Center. Latin-Jewish bands Klezmer Juice and Pan Felipe perform; dance ensembles Versa-Style and Mambo Inc. teach attendees salsa, cumbia, mambo and hip-hop moves; visual artist Sandy Rodriguez leads attendees in creating a visual art installation; Maite Gomez-Rejon, founder of Art Bites, teaches about Mexican chocolate and decorating chocolate gelt; and storytellers Mario Ibarra and Julia Garcia-Combs recount the age-old story of Chanukah in English and Spanish. The museum’s current exhibitions, “Another Promised Land: Anita Brenner’s Mexico” and “Surface Tension by Ken Gonzales-Day: Murals, Signs and Mark-Making in L.A.” will be open. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $12 (general), $9 (seniors, full-time students and children older than 12), $7 (children 2-12). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.

WED DEC 13
DANIEL ELLSBERG

Whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked the Pentagon Papers, a study of government decisions related to the Vietnam War, to the media when he was an analyst for the Rand Corp., discusses his new book, “The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner,” a nonfiction account of the nuclear arms race. The event takes place in a run-up to the January release of Steven Spielberg’s new film, “The Post,” in which Ellsberg is a key figure. 8 p.m. $20 (general admission), $30 (reserved seat), $45 (reserve seat plus book). William Turner Gallery, Bergamot Station Arts Center, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. livetalksla.org.

SAT DEC 16
KLEZMATICS

Renowned klezmer band the Klezmatics perform a “Happy Joyous Hanukkah” concert at the Valley Performing Arts Center. The evening is a celebration of Yiddish culture at a time of year when candles and family warm the dark nights. The event embraces audiences of all cultures and backgrounds. 8 p.m. $33-$68. Valley Performing Arts Center, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge. (818) 677-8800. valleyperformingartscenter.org.

WED DEC 20
BARRY MANILOW

American singer-songwriter Barry Manilow, whose more than five-decade career has spanned hits including “Mandy,” “Can’t Smile Without You” and “Copacabana,” performs “A Very Barry Christmas.” He will sing holiday standards, including “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas.” 7:30 p.m. $39-$216. The Forum, 3900 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood. ticketmaster.com.

The film "1945" is being screened on Sunday November 26.

What’s Happening in Jewish L.A. Nov. 24-30: A Love Story, Live Comedy and Timely Discussions


FRI NOV 24
“CALL ME BY YOUR NAME”

This acclaimed film is a love story about a precocious 17-year-old boy and his professor father’s graduate student intern who bond over their sexuality, Jewish heritage and the northern Italian landscape. Timothée Chalamet plays the boy, Elio, who spends his days reading, playing piano and flirting with his girlfriend until he meets Oliver, who has come to stay at the family’s villa for the summer while working for Elio’s father. Armie Hammer (“The Social Network”) and Michael Stuhlbarg (“Boardwalk Empire”) co-star in producer Howard Rosenman and Italian director Luca Guadagnino’s adaptation of a 2007 novel of the same name. Various theaters. sonyclassics.com/callmebyyourname.

ERIC SCHWARTZ

Comedian and rapper Eric Schwartz draws on “Weird Al” Yankovic, Eminem and his love of pop culture and Judaism in parodies including “Honika Electronica” and “Crank That Kosha Boy.” The Jewish performer, also known by his hip-hop alter-ego Smooth-E, brings the funny to the intimate Flappers Comedy Club in Burbank. 8 and 10 p.m.; 8 and 10 p.m. Saturday; $20. Flappers Comedy Club, 102 E. Magnolia, Burbank. (818) 845-9721. flapperscomedy.com.

SUN NOV 26
“1945”

Hungarian film director Ferenc Torok’s black-and-white film is set in a Hungarian village in 1945 in the aftermath of the Holocaust. Adapted from an acclaimed short story, the film unfolds as an Orthodox man and his adult son show up at the village. The townspeople believe the Jews are the heirs of the village’s deported Jews and expect the worst. The Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival sponsors the screening. A post-screening discussion features Torok in conversation with Holocaust scholar Michael Berenbaum. The film is a production of Menemsha Films. 5:35 p.m. $13 (general), $11 (seniors). Laemmle Royal, 11523 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. (800) 838-3006. lajfilmfest.org.

OZOMATLI

The socially conscious Los Angeles band that features Latino and Jewish members and blends Latin, hip-hop and rock music performs at The Canyon in Agoura Hills. 6 p.m. (doors open), 7 p.m. (opener), 9 p.m. (headliner). $28, $38, $48. The Canyon, 28912 Roadside Drive, Agoura Hills. (888) 645-5006. wheremusicmeetsthesoul.com.

MON NOV 27
U.N. RESOLUTION 181 ANNIVERSARY

Commemorating the 70th anniversary of U.N. Resolution 181 — also known as the Partition Plan — which called for the partition of Palestine into Arab and Jewish states, the Mensch Foundation presents its Mensch Award to Sinai Temple Rabbi Emeritus Zvi Dershowitz, professor Michael Berenbaum, Zane Buzby and Meir Fenigstein. A panel discussion on the resolution includes Berenbaum, professor Judea Pearl, professor Michael Bazyler, Rabbi Moshe Kushman and professor Stanley Goldman. After the awards presentation, Israeli-American actor Mike Burstyn delivers a dramatic reading of Resolution 181. 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (760) 416-3685. menschfoundation.org.

“AND THEN THEY CAME FOR US”

Abby Ginzberg and Ken Schneider’s documentary film about the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II makes its Los Angeles premiere. In the film, actor and LGBT activist George Takei and many others who were incarcerated tell their stories and speak out against the Muslim registry and the travel ban. A reception and a post-screening discussion follows with the filmmakers and Ahilan Arulanantham, legal director at the ACLU of Southern California, moderated by Marya Bangee, CEO of Sila Consulting. 7 p.m. $25. Downtown Independent Theater, 251 S. Main St., Los Angeles. (213) 617-1033. thentheycamedoc.com.

“AMERICAN CONSERVATISM AND THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IN THE TRUMP ERA”

Bruce Bialosky.

Republican columnist Bruce Bialosky, Republican Jewish Coalition former executive director Larry Greenfield and author and political strategist Arnold Steinberg, a contributing editor to The American Spectator,  participate in a  panel discussion moderated by Valley Beth Shalom Rabbi Ed Feinstein. 7:30 p.m. Free. Valley Beth Shalom, 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (818) 788-6000. vbs.org.

TUE NOV 28
JNF BREAKAST FOR ISRAEL

The Jewish National Fund’s annual Los Angeles breakfast for Israel explores “Media Bias and Israel.” Guest speakers include author and radio commentator Larry Elder, Haaretz U.S. editor and correspondent Chemi Shalev, and Consul General of Israel in Los Angeles Sam Grundwerg. 7:30-9 a.m. Free (RSVP required). The Beverly Hilton, 9876 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (323) 964-1400. jnf.org/labreakfast.

WED NOV 29
“THE DREAM OF 33 VOTES” AND GOLDA MEIR

A community program commemorates the 100-year anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, the 70-year anniversary of the U.N. Partition Resolution and the almost 70-year anniversary of the birth of the Jewish state. The event features historic video clips, music, the Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy choir and remarks by Rabbi David Wolpe. After the program, author Francine Klagsbrun appears in conversation with Wolpe about her 2017 book, “Lioness: Golda Meir and the Nation of Israel.” A book sale and signing follow. Community program: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Book discussion: 7:30 p.m. Free for Sinai Temple members, others $25. Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 481-3228. sinaitemple.org.

MIZRAHI COMMEMORATION

Rachel Moreh.

UCLA alumna Rachel Moreh from the Israel Consulate and Manny Dahari, a recent refugee from Yemen and a Yeshiva University student, discuss what happened to the Jewish communities in Arab countries in the wake of the founding of the State of Israel. Organized by JIMENA (Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa) and Students Supporting Israel. Light snacks and refreshments will be served. 7-9:30 p.m. Free. Hillel at UCLA, 574 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles. bit.ly/mizrahicommemoration2017.

THU NOV 30
“JEWS AND THE AMERICAN PRESIDENCY”

Los Angeles political scholar Raphael Sonenshein delivers a lecture on “Jews and the American Presidency: The Bushes, Clinton and Obama.” He examines how the respective presidencies have been consequential to Jews in the United States and around the world, and discusses how the relationship between American presidents and Jewish communities have been vital to the American system of government and the conditions under which Jews live. Sponsored by Hillside Memorial Park and Mortuary. 7:30 p.m. $18. American Jewish University, David Alan Shapiro Memorial Synagogue Center, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 476-9777. wcce.aju.edu.

“NEW MEDIA JEWS”

Yiddish Book Center Academic Director Joshua Lambert examines the rise of Jews and Judaism in today’s media, including on streaming platforms, in his lecture titled, “New Media Jews: ‘Transparent,’ Podcasting and the Place of Jews in 21st Century American Culture.” Lambert proposes that the current wave of Jewish culture is resulting from two key developments: the increasing institutionalization of Jewish culture in America since the late 20th century and the affinity between streaming media technology and demographic minorities. UCLA faculty member Lia Brozgal moderates. 4 p.m. Free. UCLA Faculty Center, 480 Charles E. Young Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 825-5955. csw.ucla.edu.

THE 7TH ANNUAL PROFESSOR GERALD B. BUBIS LECTURE

Israeli journalist and author Amir Tibon discusses “An Israeli Reporter in Trump’s Washington.”  Tibon, Washington, D.C., correspondent for Haaretz and co-author of the 2017 book “The Last Palestinian: The Rise and Reign of Mahmoud Abbas,” appears at Valley Beth Shalom as part of Americans for Peace Now’s annual Gerald B. Bubis lecture. A conversation with Valley Beth Shalom Rabbi Ed Feinstein follows the talk. 7 p.m. Free (RSVP requested). Valley Beth Shalom, 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (323) 934-3480. vbs.org.

ANAT COHEN TENTET

Israel’s hottest clarinet virtuoso and her ensemble perform. Anat Cohen’s sounds capture many genres, including modern and traditional jazz, classical music, klezmer, Brazilian choro and Argentine tango. 8 p.m. $33-$78. Valley Performing Arts Center, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge. (818) 677-8800. valleyperformingartscenter.org.

MICHAEL CHABON AND ZADIE SMITH

The two literary heavyweights participate in a conversation. Chabon is a Jewish author known for the Pulitzer Prize-winning “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay,” and Smith is a Brit of Jamaican descent whose debut novel, “White Teeth,” garnered critical acclaim. Chabon’s and Smith’s latest works — “Moonglow” and “Swing Time,” respectively — explore the influence of family, cultural heritage and politics in shaping identity. 8 p.m. $29-$59. Royce Hall, UCLA, 340 Royce Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 825-4401. cap.ucla.edu.

For more events in Jewish L.A., visit http://jewishjournal.com/calendar/.

What’s Happening in Jewish L.A. Nov. 16-23: Vulture Festival, Dennis Prager and ‘War of the Worlds’


FRI NOV 17
“WHY JUDAISM MATTERS”

During a Kabbalat Shabbat service, Temple Israel of Hollywood Rabbi John Rosove discusses his new book, “Why Judaism Matters: Letters of a Liberal Rabbi to His Children and the Millennial Generation.” Rosove’s work, presented in the form of letters from a rabbi to his sons, is a guidebook for Reform Jews who find it difficult to engage with Jewish orthodoxy, beliefs, traditions and issues in the 21st century. A dinner follows services and the discussion. 6:30 p.m. Free. (RSVP required for dinner). Temple Israel of Hollywood, 7300 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 876-8330. tioh.org.

“BERNSTEIN ON STAGE”

John Mauceri conducts the New West Symphony in an evening of the music of Leonard Bernstein, honoring the centennial of the famed composer’s birth. The concert will also feature the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, the Women of Areté Vocal Ensemble, the California Lutheran University Choir, Suzanna Guzmán, Davis Gaines, Celena Shafer and Casey Candebat. 8 p.m. Tickets $58–$73. Valley Performing Arts Center, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge. Also 8 p.m., Nov. 18, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks; 3 p.m., Nov. 19, Oxnard Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. (818) 677-3000. valleyperformingartscenter.org.

GRATITUDE SHABBAT: CELEBRATING UNITY AND THANKSGIVING

Wilshire Boulevard Temple brings together its Rabbi Susan Nanus, the American Jewish University Choir led by conductor Noreen Green, and the BYTHAX Gospel Choir led by composer, vocalist and conductor Diane White Clayton in a joint Shabbat concert that mixes poetry, prayer and song. A community Shabbat celebration follows. 7:30 p.m. Free. Wilshire Boulevard Temple, Glazer Campus, 3663 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 388-2401. wbtla.org.

“A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM”

Comedy — tonight! An ancient Roman slave tries to gain his freedom by helping his master woo a young woman in the bawdy farce “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart. Ancient Rome is turned on its ear in this raucous Tony Award-winning musical featuring mistaken identity and dizzying plot twists. (Intended for adult audiences; may contain adult language and situations.) 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 2 p.m. Saturdays; 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sundays. Through Dec. 31. Tickets $45–$52. Garry Marshall Theatre, 4252 W. Riverside Drive, Burbank. (818) 955-8101. garrymarshalltheatre.org.

SAT NOV 18
VULTURE FESTIVAL L.A.

Sarah Silverman

James Franco.

Lena Dunham.

Natalie Portman.

Hollywood Jews, including Sarah Silverman, James Franco, Lena Dunham, Natalie Portman, Damon Lindelof, Eugene Levy, Rachel Bloom and Joshua Malina are among the stars appearing at this two-day festival in Hollywood. From a panel on “Stranger Things”: Inside the Upside Down, to a discussion with the women behind HBO’s “Girls” on The Panel of Their Generation (or at least a panel of a generation), this is the ultimate festival for any pop-culture fan. Organized by politics and culture magazine Vulture. Through Nov. 19. 11 a.m. Saturday–9 p.m. Sunday. Various prices. The Hollywood Roosevelt, 7000 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. vulturefestival.com.

“WAR OF THE WORLDS”

The Los Angeles Philharmonic, featuring Israeli-American opera director Yuval Sharon, up-and-coming Jewish composer Annie Gosfield, and members of the L.A. Phil New Music Group, re-creates Orson Welles’ 1938 original radio script, incorporating Gosfield’s satellite and machine and industrial sounds. Admission to the concert includes entry into “Noon to Midnight,” which lets attendees roam Walt Disney Concert Hall for a day of pop-up performances featuring L.A.’s top new-music ensembles. Noon, 2 p.m. $25-$58. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111. S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 850-2000. laphil.com.

DENNIS PRAGER

Nationally syndicated radio host and New York Times best-selling author Dennis Prager will discuss “Supporting Israel and Maintaining Conservative Traditional Values in America’s Contemporary Cultural Climate” during a special Shabbat morning service. After the service, the founder of Prager U will participate in a Q-and-A session over a catered lunch. Childcare available. Seating is limited. 9:30 a.m. $40 members, $60 nonmembers. Sephardic Temple Tifereth Israel, 10500 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 475-7000. sephardictemple.org.

SUN NOV 19
“NAZISM IN THE U.S.”

Beth Ribet, who holds a doctorate in social relations from UC Irvine and a law degree from UCLA, discusses Nazism in American institutions and history, its relationship to white supremacy and what it means today. Attendees explore opportunities to mobilize and respond. Coffee and bagels served. Co-sponsored by Sholem Community and LGBT congregation Beth Chayim Chadashim. 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Free. Westside Neighborhood School, 5401 Beethoven St., Los Angeles. (310) 984-6935. sholem.org.

MAAGALIM CYCLING EVENT

Israeli and Jewish families with special-needs children come together for a day of cycling, karate, fitness, pumpkin decorating and more. Professional cyclists will
provide instruction to those who have never ridden a bike. Israeli Scouts (Tzofim) will attend and partner with kids with special needs. Organized by Maagalim, a new organization aiming to provide more opportunities for inclusion for special-needs families. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. IAC Shepher Community Center, 6530 Winnetka Ave., Woodland Hills. (818) 288-8108. maagalimcircles.org.

“HITLER, MY NEIGHBOR: MEMOIRS OF A JEWISH CHILDHOOD, 1929-1939”

Historian Edgar Feuchtwanger participates in a talk and book signing for “Hitler, My Neighbor: Memories of a Jewish Childhood, 1929-1939.” The book is Feuchtwanger’s account of being a young boy from a prominent German-Jewish family in Munich when Nazi party leader Adolf Hitler moves into the building across the street. The boy watches from his window as terrible events unfold. 3 p.m. Free (RSVP required). Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, 100 S. The Grove Drive, Los Angeles. (323) 651-3704. lamoth.org.

CAROL LEIFER AND WENDY LIEBMAN

The two headliners at Whizin’s Stand-Up Comedy Showcase have starred in comedy specials on HBO, Showtime and Comedy Central. Carol Leifer is a four-time Emmy Award nominee for her writing on “Seinfeld,” “The Larry Sanders Show” and “Saturday Night Live.” Wendy Liebman has performed on late-night shows hosted by Johnny Carson, David Letterman, Jay Leno, Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel, and was a semifinalist on “America’s Got Talent.” 4 p.m. $25. David Alan Shapiro Memorial Synagogue Center, American Jewish University, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 476-9777. wcce.aju.edu.

“E.T. THE EXTRA TERRESTRIAL IN CONCERT”

American Youth Symphony (AYS), a laboratory for skilled high school musicians, performs John Williams’ legendary score for “E.T. The Extra Terrestrial,” accompanying a screening of the iconic Steven Spielberg film. AYS Music Director Carlos Izcaray and conductor Jon Burlingame lead the symphony. The event features a Q-and-A with industry leaders, moderated by Burlingame. 4:30 p.m. $11-$15. Royce Hall, UCLA, 10745 Dickson Court, Los Angeles. (310) 470-2332. aysymphony.org.

MON NOV 20
“NIGHT OF 80 SHABBATS”

Today is the final day to register as a host for the Builders of Jewish Education’s (BJE) “Night of 80 Shabbats” on Dec. 1, when
Shabbat dinners are served in homes across Los Angeles. The initiative marks the 80th anniversary of BJE. Young adults and millennials who host a dinner could be eligible to receive $10 per person in food expenses, up to $150, from One Table, which brings Shabbat to people of all backgrounds who are in their 20s and 30s (restrictions apply). For additional information, visit bjela.org/night-80-shabbats-0.

REZA ASLAN AND RABBI SARAH BASSIN

Join Reza Aslan, best-selling author of “Zealot,” and Rabbi Sarah Bassin of Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills as they discuss God and the concept of the divine, from prehistoric times to today. Part of the Behrendt Conversation Series, in partnership with Chevalier Books. A copy of Aslan’s new book, “God: A Human History,” is included with the price of admission. 7 p.m. $25 online; $35 at the door. Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, Corwin Family Sanctuary, 300 N. Clark Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 288-3737. tebh.org.

INTERFAITH THANKSGIVING SERVICE

Seven congregations comprising the Pacific Palisades Ministerial Association, including Reconstructionist synagogue Kehillat Israel, participate in an annual evening of prayer, music, readings, meditation and fellowship. A patio reception with hot beverages and other refreshments follows. 7 p.m. Free. Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine Temple, 17190 Sunset Blvd., Pacific Palisades. (310) 459-2328. ourki.org.

“SUDDENLY, A KNOCK AT THE DOOR”

Writer Eitan Katzen is visited by a bearded man, a survey taker and a pizza delivery woman in this original play by Robin Goldfin, based on stories by award-winning Israeli author and filmmaker Etgar Keret. Brandishing weapons, these visitors hold the writer hostage and demand a story. For these three strange muses, Katzen begins to weave his tales, played out on the stage by the same characters holding him captive. The staged reading is directed by Jeff Maynard. Free with RSVP required. 8 p.m. Lenart Auditorium, Fowler Museum at UCLA, 308 Charles E. Young Drive North, Los Angeles. (310) 208-3081, ext. 108. international.ucla.edu/institute.

For more events in Jewish L.A., visit http://jewishjournal.com/calendar/.

Nov. 5: "FOOD, FAITH AND FIELD"

What’s Happening in Jewish L.A. Nov. 3-9: Food, Faith and Field, Sephardic Film Fest and More


SAT NOV 4
LEV EISHA SHABBAT

A joyous community of Jewish women led by Lev Eisha founding Rabbi Toba August, musical educator and recording artist Cindy Paley, and performing artist Joy Krauthammer comes together to celebrate. A Kiddush follows. 9:30 a.m. to noon. Free. Lev Eisha at Temple Beth Shir Shalom, 1827 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 575-0985. leveisha.org.

“ANNIE KORZEN FAMOUS ACTRESS”

Actress Annie Korzen, best known for her role on “Seinfeld” as Del Boca Vista retiree Doris Klompus, performs her solo show for Jewish Women’s Theatre. Korzen takes the audience on a journey through her life onstage and off, juxtaposing her status as a bit player in films and television with being a divalike leading lady in her son’s life. Extended through Nov. 19. 8 p.m. Thursday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. $40 in advance, $45 at the door. The Braid, 2912 Colorado Ave., No. 102, Santa Monica. (310) 315-1400. jewishwomenstheatre.org.

SHABBAT SHIUR

On Shabbat, Eli Beer, founding president of United Hatzalah of Israel, leads an afternoon class. Hatzalah of Israel is Israel’s all-volunteer emergency medical first-responders’ organization. A Hatzalah ambulance will be on display for kids. 12:30 p.m. Free. Valley Beth Shalom, 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (818) 788-6000. vbs.org.

SUN NOV 5
“FOOD, FAITH AND FIELD”

Faith-based food justice organization Netiya holds its second annual “Food, Faith and Field,” a multifaith symposium connecting spiritual practice with responsible land use. Panel discussions include “Food Relief or Food Justice?” “Faith-Based Stewardship: Agrarian Theology” and “Earth-Based Wisdom: Applying Spiritual and Environmental Stewardship.” Roundtable discussions examine “Land and Health: Healing Your Land and Spirit,” “Climate Change: What Your Congregation Can Do” and more. Speakers include Netiya founding Executive Director Devorah Brous, activist Helena Norberg-Hodge and former Jewish Journal Editor-in-Chief Rob Eshman. Mary MacVean, former Mind & Body editor at the Los Angeles Times, will moderate a Q-and-A. Planned demonstration topics include how to start and cultivate a garden, and how to reap a harvest. Eco-friendly art will be on display. 3-7 p.m. $35. Temple Israel of Hollywood, 7300 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 761-5111. netiya.org.

14TH ANNUAL L.A. SEPHARDIC FILM FESTIVAL

Through the art of cinema, the weeklong event depicts the Sephardic Jewish experience from Tunisia, Israel, France, Iraq and Morocco. The opening gala features an awards ceremony, dinner and the screening of the 2012 Israeli film “Back to Casablanca.” The festival continues through Nov. 12 with “The Pirate Captain Toledano,” a short film set in the world of Jewish piracy in the Caribbean; “Why Do They Hate Us?” a documentary examining anti-Semitism in France; and “Dimona Twist,” a nostalgic work about Casablanca. Through Nov. 12. $325 for opening gala, $15 for individual films. Opening gala at 4 p.m. at Paramount Studios, 5555 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles. Films run Nov. 7-12 at Laemmle Music Hall, 9036 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (323) 272-4574. sephardiceducationalcenter.org.

MITZVAH DAY

Paint a homeless shelter, sort through clothing donations, prepare low-income students for admission interviews at college preparatory schools or participate in other volunteer activities on this Mitzvah Day, when The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley synagogues hold community service projects to help people in need. Among the synagogues involved are Stephen Wise Temple, Shomrei Torah Synagogue, Temple Aliyah and Temple Judea. For times, locations and more information on Federation projects, call (323) 761-8000 or visit jewishla.org/program/community-service-days. Contact synagogues for information on their programs or visit their websites at wisela.org/mitzvahday, templealiyah.org, stsonline.org and templejudea.com/mitzvahday.

HADASSAH WOMEN’S WELLNESS DAY

Hadassah Southern California’s daylong gathering aims to educate and empower women to live full and healthy lives. World-class medical experts from the Cedars-Sinai and UCLA medical centers will explore topics including secrets of female urology and sexual health, memory training and brain fitness, heart and lifestyle, body blind spots, the differences between men and women, and women’s cancers and melanoma. Ellen Hershkin, Hadassah’s national president, is scheduled to appear. Wendy Walsh, a relationship expert, is set to moderate a panel discussion. 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. $95 (includes continental breakfast, lunch and parking). American Jewish University, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 276-0036. hadassah.org/events/wellnessday2017.

“AMERICAN CULTURE AND THE JEWISH EXPERIENCE IN MUSIC”

The impact of American Jews on music in the United States will be examined during this three-day event. “David’s Quilt,” an evening concert exploring the life of the biblical King David, starts the event Nov. 5. A two-day conference Nov. 6–7 will follow. Panels will focus on the Jewish-American musical experience, from the great immigrant wave of the 1880s to the 1920s, through Yiddish folk, popular music, Broadway and klezmer wedding music. Topics include “Jews and the L.A. Music Industry,” “Jewish Musical Interactions With Popular Media” and “Echoes of the Holocaust on the American Musical Stage: ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ and Beyond.” A chamber music concert will conclude the event. All music will be performed by UCLA students. “David’s Quilt,” 7 p.m. Free. Stephen Wise Temple, 15500 Stephen S. Wise Drive, Los Angeles. The conference will be held from 9 a.m. Monday through Tuesday evening. Free. UCLA Luskin Conference Center, 425 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles. (310) 825-5387. cjs.ucla.edu.

“JEWISH PHOTOGRAPHERS OF MODERNITY”

Deborah Dash Moore, the Frederick G.L. Huetwell professor of history and director of the Jean and Samuel Frankel Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan, will deliver the 2017 Jerome Nemer Lecture hosted by USC’s Casden Institute and USC’s Visual Studies Research Institute. Moore has published an acclaimed trilogy examining American Jewry in the years from 1920 to 1960, including the experience of Jewish soldiers in World War II. In her 2014 book, “Urban Origins of American Judaism,” she examines synagogues, city streets and photographs to understand how city life has shaped religious practices in Judaism. Los Angeles photographer Bill Aron, a chronicler of Jewish communities around the world, also will speak. 4:45-7 p.m. (4:45 p.m. reception, 5:30 p.m. dinner). Free (reservations required). Town and Gown, University Park Campus, USC, 665 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 740-1744. usc.edu/esvp. RSVP code: NemerLecture.

SHARSHERET ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

Israeli singer and songwriter Eleanor Tallie performs in celebration of the first anniversary of Sharsheret California, which supports young Jewish women and their families facing breast cancer. Tallie, who sings in English, has a bluesy, soulful sound that incorporates hip-hop and horns in ways some have described as “neo-soul.” The event will honor and thank the volunteers and friends who have helped make Sharsheret’s first year of operation on the West Coast a success. The evening also includes a VIP meet-and-greet and a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception. 7-9 p.m. $72 for young leadership (30 and under), $90 (per person over 30). Robertson Art Space, 1020 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. (866) 474-2774. sharsheret.org/cacelebration.

MON NOV 6
“AMERICAN LEADERSHIP IN THE MIDDLE EAST”

McGill University professor and presidential historian Gil Troy, a prominent activist in the fight against the delegitimization of Israel, and Valley Beth Shalom Rabbi Ed Feinstein, an active American Israel public affairs committee member, discuss the past and future of American leadership in the Middle East. 7 p.m. registration; 7:30 p.m. program. Free. Valley Beth Shalom, 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (818) 788-6000. vbs.org.

TUE NOV 7
ISRAEL’S MEDICAL CLOWNS

Two medical clowns from Israel, David “Dudi” Barashi and Rotem Goldenberg, will discuss how clowns can heal illness and help build bridges between Arabs and Israelis. Medical clowns in Israel use laughter to comfort patients. Also, film director Sasha Kapustina will talk about her documentary about Israel’s medical clowns, “I Clown You.” 6:30 p.m. Free dinner for members of Sinai Temple and its men’s club; $10 dinner for nonmembers. Sinai Temple,10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 474-1518. sinaitemple.org.

WED NOV 8
LONG BEACH JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL

Five films are on the schedule Nov. 8, 9, 11 and 12 at the Long Beach Jewish Film Festival. “On the Map” tells the Cinderella story of the Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball team’s unlikely run in the 1977 European Cup championship. In “The Invisibles,” four young Jews must survive in 1943 Berlin. In “Moos,” a Dutch film co-written and directed by Job Gosschalk, the life of a young woman who cares for her father is upended by the arrival of an old friend. “Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story” examines the lives of Harold and Lillian Michelson, who left an indelible mark on classic Hollywood films. In “The Women’s Balcony,” a tragedy at a bar mitzvah divides an Orthodox community in Jerusalem. $50 festival pass; $12 per film; $5 for students. Alpert Jewish Community Center, Weinberg Jewish Federation Campus, 3801 E. Willow St., Long Beach. (562) 426-7601. alpertjcc.org.

“ISRAEL AT THE CROSSROADS: WHY THE JEWISH STATE STILL MATTERS”

Larry Greenfield, a fellow of the Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy and an expert on Israeli affairs, and Jewish Journal Senior Writer Danielle Berrin discuss Israel’s policies and security concerns, and its connections to the United States and American Jewry, religion and the world. Moderated by Rick Entin, who co-chairs the Israel Matters Committee at Kehillat Israel. 7 p.m. Free. RSVPs are recommended but not required. Kehillat Israel, 16019 W. Sunset Blvd., Pacific Palisades. (310) 459-2328. ourki.shulcloud.com/form/im.

AVI AVITAL

Israeli mandolin virtuoso and composer Avi Avital leads clarinetist and composer Kinan Azmeh and New York City chamber orchestra The Knights in performing original, baroque and romantic masterworks grounded in the classical tradition and crossing boundaries into the worlds of Middle Eastern and Balkan music, klezmer and jazz. Avital is known for making new arrangements of classical works not originally intended for mandolin. 7:30 p.m. $50-$90. The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. (310) 434-3200. thebroadstage.org/azmehavitalknights.

MEET “THE INQUISITOR’S TALE” AUTHOR

New York Times best-selling author Adam Gidwitz, a Newbery Honor Books Award winner and a National Jewish Book Award finalist, will sign “The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog.” The book is about three children who traverse villages in France in the year 1242 in an attempt to prevent Talmuds and other holy books from being destroyed. 7:30 p.m. $10; $5 for educators and students with ID. Burton Sperber Jewish Community Library at American Jewish University, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 440-1572. wcce.aju.edu.

THU NOV 9
“IRAN’S QUEST FOR REGIONAL HEGEMONY”

As debate continues over the Iranian nuclear agreement, Tel Aviv University professor emeritus and UCLA Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies visiting professor David Menashri will explore the impact of Iran’s growing power and ambition on the Middle East and beyond, placing these developments in their historical and regional context. 6 p.m. Free. UCLA Royce Hall, Room 314, 340 Royce Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 825-9646. international.ucla.edu/israel/event/12782.

MEET “HANK & JIM” AUTHOR

Author Scott Eyman will discuss his latest book, “Hank & Jim: The Fifty-Year Friendship of Henry Fonda and James Stewart,” a fascinating portrait of the actors’ extraordinary friendship. Eyman is the author of 15 books, three of them New York Times best-sellers. 7:30 p.m. $10. Burton Sperber Jewish Community Library at American Jewish University, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 440-1572. wcce.aju.edu.

Oct. 30: ISRAEL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

What’s Happening in Jewish L.A. Oct. 27-Nov. 2


FRI OCT 27
“AIDA’S SECRETS”

This documentary tells the story of two brothers, now in their 70s, who remained unknown to each other for decades. They were separated as toddlers at the Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp after World War II. The nephews of one brother reunite the two and film their story as the long-lost siblings also reconnect with their mother, who continues to harbor secrets about their origins. Laemmle Royal, 11523 Santa Monica Blvd., West Los Angeles, (310) 478-3836; Laemmle Playhouse, 673 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, (626) 844-6500; Laemmle Town Center, 17200 Ventura Blvd., Encino, (818) 981-9811. laemmle.com.

LOS ANGELES COMIC CON

Break out your capes and lightsabers! Join superheroes, aliens, zombies and others as science fiction and fantasy fans converge for the sixth annual Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con. Fans will have the chance to meet Lee, Marvel Comics’ former editor-in-chief, who co-created Spider-Man, the Hulk, Doctor Strange, Iron Man, Thor, the X-Men and more. Also scheduled to appear are Paul Reubens (aka Pee-wee Herman) of “Gotham”; Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson of “San Andreas” and “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle”; Chloe Bennett of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”; Scott Bakula of “Quantum Leap” and “Star Trek: Enterprise”; Katee Sackhoff of “Battlestar Galactica”; and Melissa Joan Hart of “Sabrina the Teenage Witch,” among others. Through Oct. 29. Tickets start at $30. 1 p.m. Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles. (213) 741-1151. stanleeslacomiccon.com.

GAD ELMALEH

Moroccan-Jewish stand-up comedian Gad Elmaleh performs at the Hollywood Improv. Elmaleh started his career performing in small shows for the Montreal Sephardic community. He rose to prominence in France after relocating to Paris in the 1990s, thanks to an observational comedic sensibility similar to that of Jerry Seinfeld. Another show is scheduled for Oct. 28. Both are sold out. 8 p.m. Wait-list only (must put name down in person when doors open for the first show). Open only to those 18 and older. Hollywood Improv, 8162 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 651-2583. hollywood.improv.com.

JEWISH TALES OF THE SUPERNATURAL SHABBAT SERVICE

Temple Kol Tikvah Rabbi Jon Hanish and Cantor Noa Shaashua lead a service that explores how, throughout history, Jewish texts spoke of the supernatural with stories that reflected the fears of Jews living in the Diaspora. From dybbuks to golems to ghosts, Judaism has had a tale or two to tell that would make your spine tingle. Socializing, coffee and sweet treats follow the service. 6:30 p.m. Free. Temple Kol Tikvah, 20400 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills. (818) 348-0670. koltikvah.org.

SUN OCT 29
“ENEMIES, A LOVE STORY: A NEW WAY FORWARD FOR JEWISH MUSLIM-RELATIONS

Yossi Klein Halevy and Imam Abdullah Antepli, co-directors of the Shalom Hartman Institute Muslim Leadership Initiative, discuss Muslim-Jewish relations. Moderated by David Suissa, publisher and editor-in-chief of the Jewish Journal. Free. 7 p.m. Beth Jacob Congregation, 9030 W. Olympic Blvd., Beverly Hills. hartman.org.il.

TOUR DE SUMMER CAMPS

Bike or hike to raise money to send children in Los Angeles to Jewish summer camps. The event will have courses of different lengths for a variety of fitness levels: 100-, 62-, 36- or 18-mile routes for cyclists (helmets required); 9-, 6-, 3- and 1-mile routes for hikers. Staggered starting times begin at 7 a.m. (subject to weather conditions). Sponsored by the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation. All participants 30 years and older must raise $500; participants 16-29 years old, $250; and hikers 7-15 years old, $180. Routes start and end at Camp Alonim on the Brandeis-Bardin Campus of American Jewish University, 1101 Pepper Tree Lane, Simi Valley. (323) 761 8013. tourdesummercamps.org.

MIDDLE EAST SECURITY FORUM

Leading foreign affairs experts and former government officials discuss an array of issues including Iran’s nuclear program; ISIS and the Syrian civil war; the prospects for a sustainable two-state solution; Israel’s relations with the Arab world, and more. Featuring Nimrod Novik, fellow at the Israel Policy Forum and former adviser to the late Shimon Peres; Shira Efron, associate policy researcher at the Rand Corp.; Howard Berman, former chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs; and others. 10 a.m. $40; $18 for students with valid ID. Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (212) 315-1741. ipforum.org.

“DEFENDING ARTISTIC EXPRESSION”

High-profile artists from music, television and film come together to discuss issues surrounding the cultural boycott campaign against Israel. Participants include Alan Parsons, a musician, producer and former Pink Floyd engineer; actor Mark Pellegrino; entertainment attorney Ken Hertz; writer-director-producer David Zucker; and Israel musician Guy Erez. Moderated by Lana Melman, the CEO of Liberate Art, who is an expert and commentator on the cultural boycott effort against Israel. 4-7 p.m. Free. Wilshire Boulevard Temple Irmas Campus, 11661 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 388-2401. wbtla.org/defending-artistic-expression.

GAIL SIMMONS

Author and “Top Chef” judge Gail Simmons talks about her new book, “Bringing It Home: Favorite Recipes From a Life of Adventurous Eating.” Joining her is Curtis Stone, chef-owner of Maude & Gwen, and Los Angeles Times writer Patt Morrison. 6:30 p.m. Tickets start at $15. Aratani Theatre, Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, 244 S. San Pedro St., Los Angeles. (213) 628-2725. latimes.com/ideasexchange.

“TOGETHER AS ONE”

This interfaith concert to raise funds to aid people experiencing homelessness features the renowned ethnic music and dance group Yuval Ron Ensemble. Attendees of this program of unity and peace are asked to bring adult socks or underwear (new); canned or dried goods; or a grocery, Subway restaurant or El Pollo Loco restaurant gift card. All gifts will be donated to St. Joseph Center and Safe Place for Youth, which serves the homeless youth of Venice Beach. Co-sponsored by University Synagogue, the Aga Khan Council for the Western United States, Ward AME Church, Safe Place for Youth and St. Joseph Center. 4-6 p.m. Free (gift for the homeless required). University Synagogue, 11960 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 472-1255. unisyn.org.

SOPRANO WILLA WEBBER

Berlin-based and internationally acclaimed soprano Willa Webber debuts songs from her new “Willa World Wide” EP and performs music from the upcoming “Irena” opera. Composed by Megan Cavallari, “Irena” tells the story of the Polish nurse Irena Sandler, who risked her life in saving more than 2,500 Jewish children from the Warsaw ghetto during the Holocaust. Cantor Chayim Frenkel of Reconstructionist synagogue Kehillat Israel also is scheduled to appear. Two-time Emmy Award-winning composer Martin Davich accompanies Webber on piano. Co-presented by the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Los Angeles and Kehillat Israel. 5 p.m. Free. Kehillat Israel Synagogue, 16019 W. Sunset Blvd., Pacific Palisades. (310) 459-2328. ourki.org.

MON OCT 30
ISRAEL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

Maestro Zubin Mehta conducts the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in this stop on its seven-city North American tour. The concert includes the tour debut of Beethoven’s “Piano Concerto No. 3” in C minor, Op. 37, featuring pianist Yefim Bronfman. Amit Poznansky’s “Footnote” suite from the score of the film “Footnote” and Franz Schubert’s “Symphony No. 9 in C major” (“The Great”) round out the evening, which likely will be the last time local audiences see Mehta before he retires as the orchestra’s music director in 2019. 8 p.m. $54-$162. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 850-2000. laphil.com.

HOODIE ALLEN

Catch rapper Hoodie Allen (born Steven Adam Markowitz) as his tour swings through Southern California. The artist, from Long Island, N.Y., released his
new album, “The Hype,” in September. 7:30 p.m. doors open; 8:30 p.m. concert. $33. The Fonda Theatre, 6126 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 464-6269. fondatheatre.com.

TUE OCT 31
GUY GERBER

Bring your glow sticks,  comfortable shoes and Israel pride for a Halloween party featuring Israeli electronic music artist and underground DJ  Guy Gerber, who creates downbeat, chill and ambient sounds that have wowed crowds from Ibiza to New
York. Gerber is known for his endurance, such as his 12-hour gig at the 2014 Burning Man festival. 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. $30-$50. Sound Nightclub, 1642 Las Palmas Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 962-9000. soundnightclub.com.

THUR NOV 2
JESSIE WARE

British singer-songwriter Jessie Ware plays songs from her third album, “Glasshouse.” Ware has come a long way since working as a journalist at the Jewish Chronicle, where she harbored dreams of being a musician. Her 2012 breakout album, “Devotion,” a blend of sultry pop, soul and R&B, won over critics. Her new album was released on Oct. 20. 8 p.m., all-ages show. $25. The Troubadour, 9801 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 858-8443. troubadour.com.

Memorial candles

Every Year Coming to Yizkor by Rabbi Janet Madden


Every year now, in the midst of apples and honey and family recipes and the sweet new beginnings of Rosh HaShanah, I am already looking ahead to Yom Kippur, thinking of the first Yizkor book in which my mother’s name was included and the first Yizkor service in which I, too, was among those mourning a parent. Every Rosh HaShanah reminds me, again, of how every year since that first year, the High Holy Days have been connected to her yahrzeit and private, personal mourning and memories and to the first Yizkor service of the new year. Every High Holy Days brings me the opportunity to remember and mourn publicly, with those newly-bereaved, as I was that year, and with those who have learned, as I have, that there is a beautiful balance between sadness and comfort when we acknowledge our griefs in community.

Of course, I knew long before my mother’s death that the ten days of the Yamin Noramim—the Days of Awe—are filled with reminders of the brevity and uncertainty of life. The liturgies of Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur reiterate the reality of our mortality. The Unatana tokef prayer, especially, uses graphic images to remind us of our reality: that even as we wish one another to be inscribed and sealed for a good year, we really have no idea what sorrows and joys await us. But the year that she was diagnosed and we were told that she would not survive more than a few months—and in fact died within weeks—was the first Rosh HaShanah that I had just buried a loved one, and, I think, the first time I understood the Unatana tokef.

Every year since that year, the High Holy Days make me more aware, again, of mortality. Of course, they are supposed to. The High Holy Days are intended to be awesome; they are infused with a sense of urgency that encourages us to not engage in denial, to not postpone, to not avoid difficult conversations and decisions. In heightening our awareness that life ends and that there is never enough time, the process of engaging in teshuvah—of turning, returning and being turned—is intended to disrupt us, to wake us up and shake us out of complacency. The High Holy Days push us to reflect on life’s big questions: who we are, what our purpose is, what our lives mean, how we want to be remembered.

For me, the season of the High Holy Days is also the time that I turn over garden soil, harvest the last of summer crops, plant winter vegetables, and rake up feathers from my molting chickens. I think of this as a naturally pensive time, the turning of the seasons reminding me that I’ve lived through another year and that so many have not. The timing of the High Holy Days means that the natural world itself reinforces the theme of turning and returning: summer has ended, the daylight is changing, leaves are turning colors and falling from trees, the Autumnal Equinox—which this year, in the Northern Hemisphere, took place on the second day of Rosh HaShanah—momentarily balances day and night as exact equals. I like to think of the Yom Kippur Yizkor, the first Yizkor of the year, as the liturgical equivalent of the Autumnal Equinox: the opportunity to balance sorrow with consolation, the past with the present, regret with hope, private remembrances with public commemoration. Perhaps that is the reason why even those who otherwise eschew synagogue attendance show up for Yizkor—because grieving alone is painful and grieving together to reminds us that so long as there is a Jewish community we are not alone.

Rabbi Janet Madden PhD was ordained by The Academy for Jewish Religion-California. She serves as the rabbi of Temple Havurat Emet and Providence Saint John’s Health Center and has been a student of the Gamliel Institute.

Rabbi Janet Madden

Rabbi Janet Madden

 

[Ed. Note: We at Kavod v’Nichum and the Gamliel Institute hope that your holiday season – for those who celebrate – was meaningful and uplifting, and that you have been inscribed and sealed for a good, sweet year full of blessings. To those who engage in the work of the Chevrah Kadisha in the broadest sense be granted additional blessings for their participation in this holy endeavor and sacred labor. — JB]

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LOOKING FORWARD: UPCOMING COURSE

The Gamliel Institute will be offering course 5, Chevrah Kadisha: Ritual, Liturgy, & Practice (Other than Taharah & Shmirah), online, afternoons/evenings, in the Winter semester, starting roughly in January, 2018. This is the core course focusing on ritual, liturgy, practical matters, how-to, and what it means (for everything other than Taharah and Shmirah, which are covered in course 2).

CLASS SESSIONS

The course will meet online for twelve Tuesdays (the day will be adjusted in any weeks with Jewish holidays during this course).

Information on attending the course preview, the online orientation, and the course will be announced and sent to those registered. Register or contact us for more information.

REGISTRATION

You can register for any Gamliel Institute course online at jewish-funerals.org/gamreg. A full description of all of the courses is found there.

For more information, visit the Gamliel Institute website, or at the Kavod v’Nichum website. Please contact us for information or assistance by email info@jewish-funerals.org, or phone at 410-733-3700.

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DONATIONS

Donations are always needed and most welcome to support the work of Kavod v’Nichum and the Gamliel Institute, helping us to bring you the conference, offer community trainings, provide scholarships to students, refurbish and update course materials, expand our teaching, support programs such as Taste of Gamliel, the Gamliel Café, and the Gamliel Gracuates courses, provide and add to online resources, encourage and support communities in establishing, training, and improving their Chevrah Kadisha, and assist with many other programs and activities.

You can donate online at http://jewish-funerals.org/gamliel-institute-financial-support or by snail mail to: either Kavod v’Nichum, or to The Gamliel Institute, both c/o David Zinner, Executive Director, Kavod v’Nichum, 8112 Sea Water Path, Columbia, MD  21045. Kavod v’Nichum [and the Gamliel Institute] is a recognized and registered 501(c)(3) organization, and donations may be tax-deductible to the full extent provided by law. Call 410-733-3700 if you have any questions or want to know more about supporting Kavod v’Nichum or the Gamliel Institute.

You can also become a member (Individual or Group) of Kavod v’Nichum to help support our work. Click here (http://www.jewish-funerals.org/money/).

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Sasha Abramsky

Calendar: September 25 – October 5


TUES. | OCT 3

REACHING ACROSS THE DIVIDE

How can our differences make us stronger? Hear what Reform Rabbi Joel Nickerson of Temple Isaiah, Orthodox Rabbi Jason Weiner of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the program’s moderator, Conservative Rabbi David Wolpe of Sinai Temple, have to say as they discuss how Jews can use the differences in their practices and beliefs to strengthen the American Jewish community. 6:30 p.m. Free. Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 481-3340. sinaitemple.org/events.

SINAI TEMPLE TEEN CENTER’S PARENT INFO NIGHT

The Sinai Temple Teen Center is a community of Jewish teenagers who get together for activities such as weekend retreats, leadership training days and religious experiences. Parents can learn what its multitude of events and programming has to offer Jewish teens. 7 p.m.  Free. Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 474-1518. sinaitemple.org.    

IAC REAL ESTATE NETWORK

Four real estate experts will discuss what the Los Angeles market will look like in 10 years at the Israeli American Council Real Estate Network event “Forward Snapshot of LA.” Panelists include Dan Rosenfeld, developer and president of Acanthus LLC; Rick Cole, Santa Monica city manger; Manjeet Ranu, senior executive officer of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority; and moderator Gail Goldberg, executive director of the Urban Land Institute. The event also will include a special opening presentation by Joslyn Treece from the LA 2028 Olympic committee. The event includes food, networking and an open bar. 7 p.m.; 8 p.m. program. $50. IAC Shepher Community Center, 6530 Winnetka Ave., Woodland Hills. israeliamerican.org/laforward.

THURS. | OCT. 5

“ABOVE THE DROWNING SEA”

Longtime “Law & Order” showrunner and head writer René Balcer channels his talents toward a different kind of drama: “Above the Drowning Sea,” a feature-length documentary about the escape of European Jews to Shanghai as World War II loomed. Panel conversation follows screening. 6 p.m. Free. USC’s Wallis Annenberg Hall Auditorium, 3630 Watt Way, Los Angeles. abovethedrowningsea.com

SASHA ABRAMSKY

Sasha Abramsky will discuss and sign “Jumping at Shadows: The Triumph of Fear and the End of the American Dream.” In his book, Abramsky digs into what he says is America’s most dangerous epidemic: irrational fear. He takes readers on a dramatic journey through a divided nation, delivering an eye-opening analysis of our misconceptions about risk and threats. Abramsky shows that how we calculate risk and deal with fear can teach us a great deal about ourselves and can expose our culture’s deeply rooted racism, classism and xenophobia. 7 p.m. Free. Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. (310) 659-3110. booksoup.com.

Sunday, Oct. 5: "Cagney: The Musical"

Arts & Entertainment calendar: Fall 2017


FRI | SEPT 15

Amy Dresner, “My Fair Junkie”

AMY DRESNER, “MY FAIR JUNKIE”

Author Amy Dresner discusses and signs her book, “My Fair Junkie: A Memoir of Getting Dirty and Staying Clean.” Growing up in Beverly Hills, Dresner had it all: She was enrolled in a top-notch private school, sent to the most expensive summer camps, and even given a weekly clothing allowance. However, it soon became evident that if she could snort it, smoke it or have sex with it, she would. Smart and charming, with her father’s money to fall back on, she managed to get by, keeping it somewhat together. But on Christmas Eve 2011, it all changed. High on OxyContin, she pulled a bread knife on her husband and was arrested for felony domestic violence with a deadly weapon. She ultimately found herself penniless, divorced and having to perform 240 hours of court-ordered community service. Find out what happened as she struggled with sobriety, sex addiction and starting over in her 40s. 7 p.m. Free. Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. (310) 659-3110. booksoup.com.

TUES | SEPT 19

JERRY RUBIN, AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY

Hear writer Pat Thomas talk about his book, “Did It! From Yippie to Yuppie: Jerry Rubin, an American Revolutionary,” with Rubin’s former wife, Mimi Leonard. The book is an oral and visual history of the infamous and ubiquitous Rubin, the first biography of the Yippies co-founder, anti-Vietnam War radical, Chicago 8 defendant, New Age/self-help proponent and social-networking pioneer. Based on more than 75 interviews with his co-conspirators, friends and foes, the book explores the life and times of Rubin as well as the idealistic firebrands of the 1960s, the “me” generation in the ’70s and the capitalists of the ’80s. The book also explores Rubin’s often misunderstood relationship with his fellow radical Abbie Hoffman. 7 p.m. Free. Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. (310) 659-3110. booksoup.com

THURS | OCT 5

“CAGNEY: THE MUSICAL”

James Cagney was a fluent Yiddish speaker who became known as Hollywood’s “tough guy in tap shoes.” “Cagney: The Musical” follows the life of the legendary performer from the streets of New York to vaudeville song-and-dance man to one of the brightest stars of Hollywood. A cast of six (the original crew from the off-Broadway production), led by Robert Creighton in the title role, will tap-dance its way through favorites such as: “Give My Regards to Broadway,” “You’re a Grand Old Flag” and “Yankee Doodle Dandy.” The production features a book by Peter Colley, and music and lyrics by Creighton and Christopher McGovern. Through Oct. 29. Tickets start at $25. El Portal Theatre, 5269 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. (866) 811-4111. cagneythemusical.com.

FRI | OCT 6-TUES | OCT 10

JEWISH CAMP FOR ADULTS

Looking for fun, adventure and a sense of community? This three-night, all-inclusive camp-style getaway in Simi Valley for adults in their 20s and 30s could be just the trip for you. It includes an open bar, out-of-the-box camp activities, optional Jewish experiences and kosher-style meals. You do not need to be religious or even Jewish to attend. 7 p.m. Cabins starting at $550. Camp Alonim, 1101 Peppertree Lane, Simi Valley. (202) 536-2929. trybalgatherings.com.

FRI | OCT 6

ELIZABETH ROSNER, “SURVIVOR CAFÉ”

As survivors of many of the 20th century’s most monumental events — the Holocaust, Pearl Harbor, the Killing Fields — die, Elizabeth Rosner’s “Survivor Café: The Legacy of Trauma and the Labyrinth of Memory” addresses urgent questions: How do we carry those stories forward? How do we collectively ensure that the horrors of the past are not forgotten? Rosner organizes her book around three trips she took with her father to Buchenwald concentration camp — in 1983, 1995 and 2015 — each journey an experience in which personal history confronts commemoration and memorialization. She explores the echoes of similar legacies among descendants of African-American slaves, descendants of Cambodian survivors of the Killing Fields, descendants of survivors of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the effects of 9/11 on the general population. Examining current brain research, Rosner depicts the efforts to understand the intergenerational inheritance of trauma, as well as the intricacies of remembrance in the aftermath of atrocity. Rosner will discuss and sign her book. 7 p.m. Free. Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. (310) 659-3110. booksoup.com

THURS | OCT 12

“KAREN FINLEY: THE EXPANDED UNICORN GRATITUDE MYSTERY”

Karen Finley confronts the absurdity of contemporary politics and society in this new work. Her solo performance confronts issues of citizenship, abuse of power and gender disparity, while poeticizing magical beings, aggressive thankfulness, collective intimacy and international trauma. 8:30 p.m. $20; discounts available. Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater, 631 W. Second St., Los Angeles. redcat.org/event/karen-finley.

SAT | OCT 28

Melissa Rivers: “Joan Rivers Confidential”

MELISSA RIVERS: “JOAN RIVERS CONFIDENTIAL”

Melissa Rivers discusses and signs her book about her famous mother, “Joan Rivers Confidential: The Unseen Scrapbooks, Joke Cards, Personal Files and Photos of a Very Funny Woman Who Kept Everything.” With a career that began in the late 1950s, Joan Rivers’ popular humor appealed to generations of fans. “Joan Rivers Confidential” is a compilation of never-before-seen personal archives. Assembled by her daughter and Scott Currie, the book contains scripts and monologues, letters from famous friends, exchanges with fans and rare photographs, as well as classic and never-before-heard jokes. 2 p.m. Free. Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. (310) 659-3110. booksoup.com.

MON | OCT 30

Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

ISRAEL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

This special tour celebrates legendary conductor Zubin Mehta, who recently announced his retirement as the orchestra’s music director. The Los Angeles performance will mark the tour debut of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37, featuring pianist Yefim Bronfman. Amit Poznansky’s “Footnote Suite” and the tour debut of Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 in C major (“The Great”) will round out the evening’s music. Proceeds benefit the Keynote Music Education Program. Cocktail attire. Tickets start at $350. 6 p.m. supper; 8 p.m. concert. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 277-0100. afipo.org.

TUES | NOV 7

“CHASING MEM’RIES: A DIFFERENT KIND OF MUSICAL”

In this world premiere with songs written by legendary lyricists Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Tyne Daly stars as a woman not quite ready to let go of the life she’s loved and the love of her life. 8 p.m. Through Dec. 10. Tickets start at $25. Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 208-5454. geffenplayhouse.com.

"Hot mess kitchen"

Events in Los Angeles: Week of Sept. 14


FRI | SEPT 15

AMY DRESNER

Amy Dresner discusses and signs “My Fair Junkie: A Memoir of Getting Dirty and Staying Clean.” Growing up in Beverly Hills, Dresner had it all. She attended a top-notch private school and the most expensive summer camps, and she even had a weekly clothing allowance. However, if there was anything she could snort, smoke or have sex with, she would. She ultimately found herself penniless, divorced and with 240 hours of court-ordered community service. Get her story about struggling with sobriety, sex addiction and starting over in her 40s. 7 p.m. Free. Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. (310) 659-3110. booksoup.com.

INTERFAITH COUPLES’ SHABBAT DINNER

Gather with other interfaith couples to share stories, get support and share best practices about navigating two backgrounds in one relationship — and, of course, eat! 7:30 p.m. $36. Address in Culver City given upon RSVP. (213) 973-4072. interfaithfamily.com/losangeles

SAT | SEPT 16

RABBI DAVID GOLINKIN

Join Rabbi David Golinkin, Kehillat Ma’arav scholar in residence for the day, for “Shabbat in 3-D” in the morning, and Selichot observance in the evening. The Shabbat service will explore the topic: “What to Do About the State of Judaism in the Jewish State.” The theme of the Selichot observance is: “Asking Forgiveness and the Confession of Sins in the Talmud.” 9:30 a.m. Shabbat; 8 p.m. Selichot. Free. Kehillat Ma’arav, 1715 21st St., Santa Monica. (310) 829-0566. km-synagogue.org.

“COMING TO THE AID OF THE PERSECUTED: SAVING THE YAZIDIS FROM PERSECUTION”

The Yazidi people of Northern Iraq are facing slavery and genocide at the hands of ISIS. The Jewish Journal, in partnership with the Beyond Genocide Campaign, presents a panel to discuss the genocide of the Yazidis and what it means for their future. The panel features Rabbi Pam Frydman, coordinator at the Beyond Genocide Campaign; Yotam Polizer, co-CEO at IsraAID; Haider Elias, president of Yazda; Eitan Arom, Journal staff writer; and Rabbi Mel Gottlieb, president of the Academy for Jewish Religion, California (AJRCA). 5 p.m. Free. Congregation B’nai David Judea, 8906 Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. Also 9:30 a.m. Sept. 17 at University Synagogue, 11960 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles; and noon, Sept. 18, at AJRCA, 574 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 368-1661. norcalrabbis.org/yezidis.

SUN | SEPT 17

“HOT MESS KITCHEN”

Authors Gabi Moskowitz and Miranda Berman want millennials to avoid the perils of takeout and take back the kitchen. They discuss their new cookbook, “Hot Mess Kitchen: Recipes for Your Delicious Disastrous Life,” 3 p.m. Free. Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. (310) 659-3110. booksoup.com.

YALA’S RUNNING CLUSTER

Join Young Adults of Los Angeles’ Running Cluster for a four-mile, wooded loop from the Doheny Fountain to the newly restored Electric Fountain at Beverly Gardens Park. After the run, enjoy smoothies and pressed juice at Alchemy Health Foods, 638 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood. 9:30 a.m. Free. Doheny Fountain, North Oakhurst Drive and North Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills. yala.org.

BIRTHRIGHT ISRAEL REUNION EVENT

All Birthright alumni and Israel Defense Forces members are invited to this social Birthright Israel, Israel Free Spirit Reunion event for past NCSY Connect and Aish trips. 8 p.m. Free. Morry’s Fireplace, 9118 Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 229-9000.

TUES | SEPT 19

WRITER PAT THOMAS

Writer Pat Thomas talks about his book “Did It! From Yippie to Yuppie: Jerry Rubin, an American Revolutionary,” with Rubin’s former wife, Mimi Leonard. The book is an oversized oral and visual history of the infamous and ubiquitous Yippies co-founder, anti-Vietnam War radical, Chicago Eight defendant, New Age/self-help proponent and social-networking pioneer. 7 p.m. Free. Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. (310) 659-3110. booksoup.com.

GRETCHEN RUBIN

Gretchen Rubin discusses her upcoming book, “The Four Tendencies: The Indispensable Personality Profiles That Reveal How to Make Your Life Better (and Other People’s Lives Better, Too),” with Dr. Daniel J. Siegel, clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, where he helped establish the Mindful Awareness Research Center. Through her research, Rubin has discovered that people fit into four categories: upholders, questioners, obligers and rebels. 8 p.m. $20. Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre at New Roads School, 3131 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica. livetalksla.org.

July 27: ADL Summer Comedy Soiree

What to in Los Angeles the week of July 21-27


FRI | JULY 21

SHABBAT PICNIC

Come enjoy Shabbat with Adat Chaverim, Congregation for Humanistic Judaism. Bring a picnic dinner; drinks and desserts will be supplied. Shabbat service led by Cantor Jonathan Friedmann. 6 p.m. Free. Encino Park, 16953 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (888) 552-4552. humanisticjudaismla.org.

MEXICAN SHABBAT

Join Young Adults of Los Angeles (YALA) for a vibrant and intimate Shabbat dinner hosted by Susan Schmidt, author of the Mexican-Jewish food blog Challa-peño. She and her family welcome you into their home for food, drink and a conversation about their Mexican-Jewish heritage and culture. Although the event is sold out, there is a waiting list. 7 p.m. $20. Private home in Brentwood; address provided upon RSVP. yala.org/mexicanshabbat.

TORAH FLORA SHABBATON

Biblical and talmudic botanist Jon Greenberg will speak at a series of Shabbat meals about the meaning of the foods and beverages served. Friday’s 7:45 p.m. dinner topic will be “Milk & Honey: Blessing or Curse? Theology, Resilience and the Colors of Wine.” This two-day event continues at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, July 22, when the topics of discussion include “Noah’s Wine vs. Pharaoh’s Beer: The Barroom Brawl and Culture War That Shaped Jewish History” and, at 7:15 p.m., “Olives & Social Security: Edible Lilies, Egyptian God, Israelite Gourmet Export and Dutch Colonial Business Efficiency.” $38 per meal; $32 for members; discounts for children. Westwood Kehilla, 10523 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 441-5288. kehilla.org/torah-flora.

SAT | JULY 22

COUPLES SHABBAT PICNIC

Sinai Temple’s Atid group of 20- and 30-somethings presents a picnic in the park. Whether you’re married, engaged or it’s your first date, you are welcome at this afternoon picnic to celebrate Shabbat. Everyone should bring lunches for themselves (please prepare dairy/vegetarian meals). Atid events are for young Jewish professionals, ages 21-39. Noon. Free. Please RSVP at eventbrite.com. Holmby Park, 601 Club View Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 474-1518. atidla.com.

SUN | JULY 23

“UNWARRANTED LOVE: REDEMPTION FROM INNER AND OUTER EXILE”

Join Young Jewish Souls and renowned lecturer Rabbi Brandon Gaines, who will speak on the topic of observing the nine days leading to Tisha b’Av through ahavat chinam (loving others freely without judgment). There will be an open bar and dinner with shawarma, falafel and a salad bar to follow. 7 p.m. $15; $20 at the door. Ages 21-39 only. Must RSVP at eventbrite.com. Nessah Educational & Cultural Center, 142 S. Rexford Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 273-2400. nessah.org.

“YITZHAK RABIN: CHRONICLE OF AN ASSASSINATION”

In 1995, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated. Acclaimed Israeli filmmaker Amos Gitai blends the words of Rabin’s widow, Leah, with live music and projections to create a theatrical counterpoint to his 2015 film, “Rabin, the Last Day.” Actors Einat Weizman and Sarah Adler will read from Leah’s memoirs. 8:30 p.m. Part of the Ignite @ the Ford! series. Tickets start at $30. 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood. (323) 461-3673. fordtheatres.org.

WED | JULY 26

TISHA B’AV

Tisha b’Av, which begins this year on the evening of July 31, is one of the lesser-known days of the Jewish calendar. Rabbinical student Davina Bookbinder will share the history of this somber day — which commemorates the anniversary of various disasters in Jewish history, including the destruction of the First and Second Temples — and discuss the consequences it has had on our modern Jewish lives. After a catered lunch, there will be a screening of “The Fixer,” the 1968 adaptation of the Bernard Malamud novel about a Jewish man in czarist Russia. 11 a.m. $14; $16 for nonmembers. Temple Menorah, 1101 Camino Real, Redondo Beach. (310) 316-8444. templemenorah.org.

THURS | JULY 27

ADL SUMMER COMEDY SOIREE

Master of ceremonies Bruce Fine will be joined onstage by comedians Ian Bagg, Jeff Garlin, Chris Spencer and Wendy Liebman. Special guest Kosha Dillz also will be contributing with some of his freestyle rapping. 21 and older event. Two-drink minimum. Proceeds benefit the the Anti-Defamation League, fighting anti-Semitism and bigotry in all forms. 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $50; tickets available on eventbrite.com. The Comedy Store, 8433 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 446-4260. adl.org.

THE GUARDIANS SUMMER PARTY

Dress to impress and mix and mingle while toasting the summer and raising money for a good cause. All proceeds benefit The Guardians of the Los Angeles Jewish Home. Cocktail attire. 6 p.m. $18; $30 for two; $20 single tickets at the door; free for Guardian members. Tickets available at eventbrite.com. The W Hotel, 930 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles. laguardians.org.

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Plans for the Fourth of July! Plus Pentatonix and more, 6/30-7/6


SAT JULY 1

“YENTL”

The Congregation Beth Shalom Film Series presents a screening of “Yentl,” the story of a young Jewish woman who has to disguise herself as a boy to study Torah. Studying among Orthodox Jewish rabbis, she falls in love with another student, and her situation is further complicated when a woman falls in love with her. The film will be screened outdoors, so bring a folding chair and blanket and be prepared to sing along under the stars. Popcorn and ice cream included. 8 p.m. $5. Congregation Beth Shalom, 21430 Centre Pointe Parkway, Santa Clarita. (661) 254-2411. cbs-scv.org.

SUN JULY 2

PENTATONIX

Celebrate Independence Day with the Grammy-winning a cappella group Pentatonix at the Hollywood Bowl. Its hits include arrangements of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” Tchaikovsky’s “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” and songs by Daft Punk. The group will be joined by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra for three evenings of patriotic music and fireworks. 7:30 p.m. Also Monday, July 3,
and Tuesday, July 4. Tickets start at $35. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 Highland Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 850-2000. hollywoodbowl.com.

TUE JULY 4

HUNTINGTON BEACH PIER

Make your Fourth of July an all-day celebration. The festivities kick off with a parade, followed by the Pier Plaza Festival, where you’ll find live entertainment, family activities and traditional food. The fireworks display will end in an epic 500-round finale. 10 a.m. $15 parade bleacher seating; $10 VIP fireworks seating. Main Street, Huntington Beach. hb4thofjuly.org.

PACIFIC PALISADES

For 69 years, Pacific Palisades has been a prime place to celebrate the Fourth of July. Events will start with a group of patriotic skydivers and a parade. Afterward, enjoy concerts, activities, food trucks and fireworks. 2 p.m. parade; 4 p.m. gates open; 9 p.m. fireworks. Free parade; $10 concert and fireworks; free for kids younger than 6. Tickets available at eventbrite.com. Parade: 15120‑15140 Sunset Blvd.; concert and fireworks: 15777 Bowdoin St. palisadesparade.org.

AMERICAFEST @ THE ROSE BOWL

Enjoy a day of classic American food, inflatable rides, games, crafts, a motorcycle stunt show and fireworks to close out the festivities. 2 p.m.; 5:30 p.m. gates open; 9 p.m. fireworks. $15; free for kids younger than 5. The Rose Bowl, 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena. (626) 577-3100. rosebowlstadium.com.

GRAND PARK, DTLA

Spend a day in the sun at this unique block party, featuring food truck fare and live music before a 9 p.m. fireworks show. 2 p.m. Free. Grand Park, 200 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. grandparkla.org.

CULVER CITY

Enjoy live music, food trucks, games, prizes and, of course, fireworks. Presented by the Exchange Club of Culver City in conjunction with Culver City, Los Angeles County and West Los Angeles College. 4 p.m. $5; free for kids younger than 5. West Los Angeles College, 9000 Overland Ave., Culver City. wlac.edu.

AQUARIUM OF THE PACIFIC

The Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach is hosting a Fourth of July barbecue and late-night access to the aquarium for a magnificent waterfront view of the city’s fireworks show. The menu includes hot dogs, brisket, chicken and all the classic American barbecue sides. 5 p.m. $64; $14.95 for fireworks only. Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach. (562) 590-3100. aquariumofpacific.org.

POMONA FAIRPLEX

Enjoy fireworks and a show of the human cannonball, freestyle motocross riders and monster trucks. 5 p.m. gates open; 8 p.m. show. $18.50. Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona. (909) 623-3111. fairplex.com.

STUDIO CITY

This year, the typical outdoor fair in Studio City has given way to a VIP-only event with dinner, drinks, valet parking and a special rooftop fireworks viewing. There will be face painting and photo ops, making for a family-friendly event. 6 p.m. $125; $60 for kids ages 3-12. CBS Studio Center, 4024 Radford Ave., Los Angeles. (818) 655-5916. studiocitychamber.com.

DODGER STADIUM

See the Los Angeles Dodgers take on the Arizona Diamondbacks. You’ll get front-row seats to the postgame fireworks show and an exclusive T-shirt if you purchase your tickets at m.mlb.com/dodgers/tickets/special-events/independence-day. 6:10 p.m. Tickets start at $62 for this package. Dodger Stadium, 1000 Vin Scully Ave., Los Angeles.

Paul Schaffer and the World's Most Dangerous Wonder Band

What to do in Los Angeles from June 23-29


SAT JUNE 24

GARAGE SALE

Adat Chaverim is having a huge garage sale. Come early and find items such as clothes, linens, 78-rpm records and much more. 8 a.m. Free. Private home, 5116 Varna Ave., Sherman Oaks, near West Magnolia Boulevard and Fulton Avenue. (888) 552-4552. humanisticjudaismla.org.

“THE DEAFENING CRIES OF WOMEN AND GIRLS”

Jewish Platform for Advocacy and Community Engagement presents “The Deafening Cries of Women and Girls: A Voice for Chibok and Yazidi Girls Tortured by Boko Haram and ISIS.” Speakers include Isha Sesay, CNN anchor who recently worked with former first lady Michelle Obama for the CNN film “We Will Rise: Michelle Obama’s Mission to Educate Girls Around the World”; and Rabbi Avraham Berkowitz, senior adviser for Global Impact, Synthetic Neurobiology Group, MIT Media Lab. 9:30 a.m. Shabbat service; 11:30 a.m. presentation. Free. The Beverly Hills Hotel, 9641 Sunset Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 276- 4246. beverlyhillsjc.org.

MARILYN ANDERSON

Marilyn Anderson will discuss and sign her new book, “How to Live Like a Millionaire When You’re a Million Short.” Learn how to save thousands of dollars on entertainment, restaurants, shopping, fashion, travel, health, beauty, home decor and more. Plus, you will get plenty of tips on how to get things at no cost, even how to receive a six-night stay at a four-star resort in Spain for free! Food and book available for purchase. 11:30 a.m. Free. Il Piccolo Verde, 140 S. Barrington Place, Los Angeles. howtolivelikeamillionaire.com.

PAUL SHAFFER & THE WORLD’S MOST DANGEROUS BAND

Until recently, if you wanted to hear Paul Shaffer and his crew of musicians, all you had to do was turn on your television. They performed nightly, first on NBC’s “Late Night With David Letterman” and later on CBS’ “Late Show With David Letterman,” shifting their persona from the World’s Most Dangerous Band to the CBS Orchestra. They soon will be releasing a new album and are on a North American tour. Audience members younger than 18 must be accompanied by a paying adult. 6 p.m.; 8 p.m. main event. Tickets start at $48. Saban Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (323) 655-0111. sabanconcerts.com/events/paul-shaffer.

JEWISH COMEDY FESTIVAL

The Los Angeles Jewish Comedy Festival will showcase more than 20 comedians in an evening of stand-up comedy. Featuring Kira Soltanovich, who has appeared on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno,” and including Adam Gropman, Alex Caine, Benny Spiewak, Brandon Morganstein, El Smith, Elijah Katz, Fiona Reid, and many more. Hosted by Alex Kojfman.Presented by Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills YoPro. 18-and-older event. 8 p.m. $18; $36 at the door. Tickets available at eventbrite.com. Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, 8844 Burton Way, Beverly Hills. (310) 288-3737. tebh.org.

SUN JUNE 25

“THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK” 70TH ANNIVERSARY 

The Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust and the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect commemorate the 70th anniversary of “The Diary of Anne Frank.” The program will include a screening of the award-winning documentary “No Asylum,” about the U.S. refusal to grant asylum to the Frank family, followed by a Q-and-A with film director Paula Fouce and professor Diane Wolf, director of the Jewish Studies Program at UC Davis. 3 p.m. Free. Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, 100 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles. (323) 651-3704. lamoth.org.

HIKE WITH ATID

Join Atid, Sinai Temple’s group for people in their 20s and 30s, for a hike in Los Leones Canyon. Hike up to the first overlook and then back (about 3 miles total) or go all the way up to the peak (about 7 1/2 miles total). Bring water and a hat. Atid events are for Jewish young professionals ages 21 to 39. 10 a.m. Free. Los Leones Canyon Trailhead, 510 Los Linnes Drive, Los Angeles. atidla.com.

BRUNCH WITH STEPHEN TOBOLOWSKY
Temple Etz Chaim Men’s Club presents actor and author Stephen Tobolowsky, who will discuss his new book, “My Adventures With God,” in which he tells true stories about life, love and Hollywood in a biblical context. 10:30 a.m. $10; $8 for members. Temple Etz Chaim, 1080 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. (626) 773-0251. templeetzchaim.org.

“LOSS AND FOUND”

This powerful triple narrative takes the audience on a single journey in three perspectives. Follow as a young adoptee searches for her identity and answers to questions of her Jewish and African-American heritage, while her biological mother and grandmother receive the reunion they had long hoped for. Presented by the Santa Monica Playhouse Benefit Series and Jewish Heritage Program. 3:30 p.m. $18. (310) 394-9779. Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 Fourth St., Santa Monica. santamonicaplayhouse.com/loss-and-found.

TUES JUNE 27

CREATIVE COMMUNITY FOR PEACE

Enjoy a private viewing of “Paul Simon: Words & Music,” an exhibition organized by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, at the Skirball Cultural Center, with a special performance by David Draiman, frontman for the band Disturbed. 6:30 p.m. $54. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. creativecommunityforpeace.com/music-of-paul-simon-rsvp.

The Chloé Pourmorady Ensemble will perform June 27 at Skirball Cultural Center.

CHLOE POURMORADY ENSEMBLE

Violinist, vocalist and composer Chloe Pourmorady is a new voice with an ensemble of dynamic musicians from diverse backgrounds. Pourmorady fuses soulful Persian and Jewish roots with Balkan, rock, classical and avant-garde sensibilities. Community partners for the concert are 30 Years After and JIMENA (Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa). 8 p.m. Tickets starting at $30. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. bit.ly/chloeskirball.

WED JUNE 28

“THE CRYPTO-JEWS”

Rabbi Arinna Shelby will discuss “The Crypto-Jews.” Also called Marranos or Conversos, Crypto-Jews were Jews forced to convert to Catholicism in 14th- and 15th-century Spain. Shelby will present their history with a glimpse into their everyday lives and secret practice of Judaism. After lunch, there will be a screening of “The Secret Jews of Calabria,” about Jews of southern Italy descended from Crypto-Jews. 11 a.m. Free. Temple Menorah, 1101 Camino Real, Redondo Beach. (310) 316-8444. templemenorah.org.

“CULTURE LAB: TRUTH”

See a preview of “Culture Lab: Truth,” an interactive, mixed-media art installation and performance piece created by a group of four artists: Brendan Eder, Andrea Hodos, Betsy Medvedovsky and Alexx Shilling. Working in wide-ranging disciplines, including dance, spoken word, sound and design, these artists draw on both current events and stories from the Jewish tradition.  “Culture Lab: Truth” asks, “How can you discern what the truth is?” 6 p.m. (Opening night, June 29, at 7 p.m. ) Free; donations encouraged. Silverlake Independent Jewish Community Center, 1110 Bates Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 663-2255. sijcc.net.

WINE TASTING

Rosé season is here. Join YALA’s Wine Cluster for a taste of value-driven summer pleasers and a fun evening with new friends. 7:30 p.m. $25; tickets available at eventbrite.com. The Belmont, 747 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. yala.org.

Gabriela Cohen stars in an autobiographical one-woman show, "Decoding the Tablecloth." Photo courtesy of Decoding the Tablecloth

What’s going on in L.A., 6/16-6/23


FRIDAY JUNE 16

“STEFAN ZWEIG: FAREWELL TO EUROPE”

The film tells the story of the Austrian-Jewish writer Stefan Zweig and his life in exile in Brazil after Hitler came to power. The film is about a great artist during a time when Europe was coming apart. Written and directed by Maria Schrader, one of Germany’s most acclaimed actresses. Laemmle’s Royal Theatre, 11523 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 478-0401. laemmle.com.

SATURDAY JUNE 17

“AUTHOR! AUTHOR!”

Adapted from the stories and letters of Sholem Aleichem, “Author! Author! “is a raucous musical for all ages that celebrates the humor and wisdom of the Yiddish writer, with Chris DeCarlo in the title role. 2 p.m. $29.50; discounts available. Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 Fourth St., Santa Monica. (310) 394-9779. santamonicaplayhouse.com.

“THE SPACE BETWEEN”

Jewish Women’s Theatre and NEXT @ The Braid present “The Space Between,” an original salon-style show featuring millennial stories. It was created by 12 young artists who explore humorous, heartbreaking and surprising stories that reveal what really divides us. Snacks, treats and parking included. 7:30 p.m. $10; $15 at the door. Tickets available at eventbrite.com. The Downtown Loft, 416 S. Spring St., Los Angeles. (310) 315-1400. jewishwomenstheatre.org.

DANCE MIXER FOR 55 AND OLDER

Jewish singles 55 and older: It isn’t easy out there. So here comes the Summer Blast Dinner Dance, featuring live music by the Donald Dean Band, playing hits of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. Everyone is welcome: singles, couples, dancers with or without partners. Complete dinner, dessert, wine, beer, soft drinks. Free parking. Dance hosts, icebreakers, line dances. $25 at the door. No reservations needed. 7 p.m. Stephen Wise Temple, Zeldin-Hershenson Hall, 15500 Stephen S. Wise Drive, Los Angeles.  (310) 204-1240

GABRIELA KOHEN: “DECODING THE TABLECLOTH”

Critically acclaimed New York actress, playwright and drama therapist Gabriela Kohen will perform her autobiographical one-woman show, “Decoding the Tablecloth.” In English, Yiddish and Spanish, Kohen portrays more than 20 characters from five generations. Her intense yet humorous narrative provides insight into the trauma, resilience and wisdom that is transmitted from one generation to the next. Wine and cheese reception to follow. Proceeds will go to the Group Foundation for Advancing Mental Health and the Group Psychotherapy Association of Los Angeles. 7:30 p.m. $100; $80 for students. Admission is tax deductible. Congregation Kol Ami, 1200 N. La Brea Ave., West Hollywood. Also at 3 p.m. June 18 at the Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. gpala.org/events.

SUNDAY JUNE 18

DANIEL SCHLOSBERG

Pianist Daniel Schlosberg will perform short pieces by Beethoven, Poulenc and Ruggles. 6 p.m. Free. Bing Theater, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles.lacma.org.

MONDAY JUNE 19

IDF CHOIR CONCERT

The Israel Defense Forces Choir, directed by Maestro Ofir Sobol, and the U.S. Army 40th Infantry Division Band will perform a Gala Concert Tribute to Israel and the USA, featuring IDF Chief Cantor Lt. Col. Shai Abramson, Cantor Netanel Baram and baritone Colin Shachat. 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $36. Young Israel of North Beverly Hills. Beverly Hills Synagogue, 9261 Alden Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 276-7650. beverlyhillssynagogue.org/concert.

“BAD JEWS”

Daphna Feygenbaum claims she is the most devout Jew in her family, and when her less observant cousin arrives to claim a treasured family heirloom, a devastatingly funny battle ignites in the play by Joshua Harmon, which returns to Los Angeles through June 25. 8 p.m. $10; tickets available at brownpapertickets.com. The Whitefire Theatre, 13500 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. (818) 990-2324. whitefiretheatre.com.

“AN EVENING WITH THE REBBE”

Commemorate the 23rd yahrzeit of Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson during an evening that will feature multiplatinum recording artist and songwriter Alex Clare and the Cunin Brothers performing and sharing soulful Chasidic melodies composed and taught by the Rebbe. David Suissa, president of TRIBE Media and the Jewish Journal, will be the guest speaker. There also will be a screening of the film “Marching Orders,” which focuses on the Rebbe’s vision of the essence of every Jew and the infinite value of every mitzvah. 7:30 p.m. $150. RSVP to info@beverlyhillsjc.org. The Beverly Hills Hotel, 9641 Sunset Blvd., Beverly Hills. aneveningwiththerebbe.eventbrite.com.

TUESDAY JUNE 20

“THE JEWISH FUTURE IN A CHANGING AMERICA”

For the past six months, the Jewish community and the country have been engaged in introspection and debate about the altered political world in the United States and the challenges that its democracy faces. Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Bret Stephens has been at the center of that debate. Stephens, a columnist for The Wall Street Journal for 11 years and now with The New York Times, will discuss the Jewish future in a changing America. 7:30 p.m. Free. Stephen Wise Temple, 15500 Stephen S. Wise Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 476-8561. wisela.org/bretstephens.

WEDNESDAY JUNE 21

“JEWS IN BASEBALL”

The Rosenberg Cultural Center presents a movie and discussion called “Jews in Baseball.” Learn about Jewish players, Jewish leagues and more with Rabbi Rebeccah Yussman. Lunch, followed by “The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg,” a film about one of the most famous Jewish players in baseball history. 11 a.m. Free. Temple Menorah, 1101 Camino Real, Redondo Beach. (310) 316-8444.

THE FUTURE OF PRECISION MEDICINE

Health care professionals and future parents are invited to learn about the potential of precision medicine and the ethics and impact of genetic testing on family planning. Speakers include Dr. Serge Alexanian, director of special operations for UCLA’s Department of Pathology; Sayeh Farivar, genetic counselor at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center; Dr. Claudia Mikail, director of the Center for Preventive Care and Genetics; and Dr. Steve Rad, faculty member at the Fetal Treatment Center at the UC San Francisco Medical Center. 7 p.m. $10; $15 for two through June 20. The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. yala.org.

JEWISH SPEED DATING

Nothing beats meeting someone face to face. You will have the opportunity to meet 10 Jewish singles for five minutes each. At the end, you will select those whom you liked, and if any of them also picked you, it’s a match. The rest is up to you! 8 p.m. $30; tickets available at eventbrite.com. Kung Pao Bistro, 7853 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. (888) 729-5552. lafirstdates.com. 

Maestro Vladimir Spivakov. Photo via Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra

Events Calendar: June 9-16


SAT JUNE 10

MOSCOW VIRTUOSI CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

Maestro Vladimir Spivakov and the acclaimed Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra return to Los Angeles as part of their North American tour. Spivakov, one of the world’s most prominent violinists and conductors, has led the Moscow Virtuosi since 1979. The orchestra will be joined by soprano Hibla Gerzmava. 7 p.m. Tickets start at $55. Wilshire Ebell Theatre, 4401 W. Eighth St., Los Angeles. cherryorchardfestival.org.

BEST FRIENDS IN CONCERT

Renowned singers, songwriters and musicians, including headliners Doug Cotler and Julie Silver, will perform a concert, which will be followed by a wine-and-cheese reception, coffee and dessert. 7 p.m. $54. Congregation Or Ami, 26115 Mureau Road, Suite B, Calabasas. (818) 880-4880. orami.org. 

SUN JUNE 11

LOS ANGELES YOUTH ORCHESTRA

The Los Angeles Youth Orchestra, conducted by Russell Steinberg, presents a special community concert before embarking on its international tour. Get a sneak peak of its Italy tour program. Works on the program include Rossini’s “Barber of Seville Overture,” Beethoven’s “Coriolan Overture,” Schubert’s “Unfinished” Symphony, Mozart’s Symphony No. 32 and Steinberg’s “Alternative Energy.” 3 p.m. Free. Encino Park, 16953 Ventura Blvd., Encino.  losangelesyouthorchestra.org.

BACK TO THE CATSKILLS: A TRIBUTE TO THE BORSCHT BELT

Join Annie Korzen, Tom McGillen, Karen Rontowski and others for a live dance performance from the iconic Catskills film, “Dirty Dancing.” Snacks, desserts, surprises and prizes will be available. Reception 2 p.m.; Showtime 3 p.m. $35; $40 cash at the door. The Clark Building, 861 Valley Drive, Hermosa Beach. (714) 914-2565. seniorcomedyafternoons.com.

VIGIL FOR THE MS ST. LOUIS

The Los Angeles Jewish community is hosting a vigil to remember the anniversary of when the United States turned away the refugees — including many Jews who later were murdered in the Holocaust — aboard the MS St. Louis in 1939. Come take a public stand for refugees along with congregations across the country and help send the message that history must not be allowed to be repeated. 4 p.m. Free. Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, 100 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles. lamoth.org.

MON JUN 12

DESTINY: THE ULTIMATE DRAMA OF HUMAN HISTORY

All heroic stories follow a typical plotline — an underdog hero fighting evil for the sake of humanity. This event will explore the uniqueness of Jewish history and reveal the truth behind many stories we may consider fantasy. Explore the crucial role the Jewish people have played in the greatest stories of all time. 7:30 p.m. $5; $10 at the door. The Aish Center, 9100 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. aishla.com.

HOW JEWS SHAPED THE MUSIC OF THE ’60S

This one-day class will explore how Jews helped shape much of the music of the 1960s. From Leiber and Stoller and Neil Sedaka to Carole King and Paul Simon, Jews influenced the sound of the decade. Sid Jacobson, a songwriter in the legendary Brill Building, will share his observations about the Jewish role in the era’s popular music. 7 p.m. $36 for members; $72 day of, for nonmembers. Kol Tikvah, 20400 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills. (818) 348-0670. koltikvah.org.

TUES JUNE 13

DISCOVERING and ATTAINING CAREER PASSION

Are you seeking a career change? Hear what Chanel Halimi has to say at this workshop. A marriage and family therapist, Halimi will use her expertise to guide young people and adults toward a more satisfying and fulfilling career. 7:30 p.m. Free. Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 474-1518. atidla.com.

WED JUNE 14

AUTHOR DANNY GOLDBERG

Danny Goldberg will discuss and sign “In Search of the Lost Chord: 1967 and the Hippie Idea.” Goldberg’s new book is a subjective history of 1967, the year he graduated from high school; the Doors, the Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin issued debut albums; the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. publicly opposed the war in Vietnam; and Israel won the Six-Day War. It is a new analysis of the era and its political causes, spirituality, music and psychedelic movements. Exhaustively researched and informed by interviews with Allen Ginsberg, Timothy Leary, Ram Dass, Tom Hayden, Cora Weiss and Gil Scott-Heron, the book provides a unique perspective on how and why the legacy of 1967 — the year of the word “hippie” — lives on today. Goldberg will be in conversation with Pamela Des Barres. 7 p.m. Free. Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. (310) 659-3110. booksoup.com.

WOMEN IN ENTERTAINMENT AND MEDIA

Young women in the fields of entertainment and media are invited to an intimate discussion with Creative Artists Agency marketing executive Chelsea Gosnell and other guests. 7:30 p.m. $10; $15 for two. Tickets must be purchased online at yala.org/womeninentertainment. Creative Artists Agency, 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles. yala.org. 

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. 

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