Scene from "Settlers" premiering March 17 at the Laemmle Theaters.

Calendar: March 17-23, 2017


FRI | MARCH 17

“THE SETTLERS”

This documentary by Shimon Dotan offers a provocative look at the controversial Israeli settlement movement. Israel captured the Sinai Peninsula, Gaza Strip, Golan Heights and West Bank during the Six-Day War. The hundreds of thousands of Israelis who have moved into the West Bank have made reaching a peace agreement with the Palestinians much more complex. “The Settlers” examines residents ranging from opportunistic families seeking less costly living conditions to Western-style hippies, messianic religious extremists to idealistic farmers, settler “patriarchs” to new converts. Israeli intellectuals, politicians and academicians weigh in on the issues. Laemmle’s Monica Film Center, 1332 Second St., Santa Monica. (310) 394-9744. laemmle.com.

YJP SHABBAT DINNER

The Young Jewish Professionals of Los Angeles presents an opportunity to connect with a diverse group of 100 career-minded peers while enjoying a four-course meal and open bar. Hosted by Mendel and Rachey Simons. 6:30 p.m. $60; tickets available at eventbrite.com; no tickets at the door. Shefa Melrose, 7275 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles. yjplosangeles.com.

SAT | MARCH 18

“CURTAINS”

The JFed Players Community Theater Ensemble presents “Curtains,” the final collaboration between Kander and Ebb, creators of “Cabaret” and “Chicago.” Set in 1959, this clever musical features murder, music, mystery, comedy and romance. 8 p.m.  $25; discounts available. Tickets available at jewishsgpv.org. Through March 26 on select dates. The Clarke Center, 401 Rolyn Place, Arcadia. (626) 445-0810. jewishsgpv.org.

SUN | MARCH 19

“TRUTH IS STRANGER THAN FICTION”

The Conejo Valley Chapter of the Brandeis National Committee presents “Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction.” Deputy District Attorney Beth Silverman will discuss in detail the case of serial killer Lonnie Franklin, known as the Grim Sleeper, who was charged with the murder of 10 women from 1985 to 2007. This well-publicized trial concluded in May 2016. 1 p.m. $20; $22 at the door. RSVP to Jessie: jbrra@aol.com or Frona: kidzathart@aol.com. Temple Etz Chaim, 1080 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. templeetzchaim.org.

KRAV MAGA

Join Young Adults of Los Angeles’ post-undergrads (ages 22-26) for a 90-minute introductory course on the Israeli self-defense techniques of krav maga. 1:30 p.m. $10; ticket sales close at noon March 17; no tickets available at the door. Krav Maga Worldwide, 11400 Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. yala.org/kravmaga.

IOSSIF VENTURA

Greek poet and Holocaust survivor Iossif Ventura is one of the last members of the Jewish community in Crete. Ventura survived World War II as a child in hiding and has used poetry to transform his trauma into words. He has published six books of poetry and his works have been translated into six languages. 3 p.m. Free. RSVP to Michael@lamoth.org. Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, 100 S. The Grove Drive, Los Angeles. (323) 651-3704. lamoth.org.

COMEDY AND QUESTIONS WITH ANNIE KORZEN

cal-korzenComedian Annie Korzen returns to the Whizin Center stage. Q-and-A to follow. 5 p.m. $25. American Jewish University, Familian Campus, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 440-1572. wcce.aju.edu.

CANTORS BENEFIT CONCERT

Leading cantors from across Los Angeles will perform in a concert to benefit the next generation of Southern California cantors. Proceeds from the Cantors Benefit Concert will fund scholarships for cantorial students at the Miller School of the Jewish Theological Seminary and the Academy for Jewish Religion, California. Featured cantors include  Nathan Lam, Marcus Feldman, Lisa Peicott, Don Gurney, Seth Ettinger, Phil Baron, Hillary Chorny, Judy Dubin Aranoff, Ira S. Bigeleisen and Alexander Berkovich. 7 p.m. Tickets start at $25. Adat Ari El, 12020 Burbank Blvd., Valley Village. (818) 766-9426. wp.adatariel.org/cantors-benefit-concert.

TUES | MARCH 21

INTERFAITH WOMEN’S FREEDOM SEDER

Join Temple Menorah and the Islamic Center of the South Bay for a Women’s Freedom Seder. Learn how the Exodus is understood in different faiths and how that message teaches the value of freedom. Come with your focus on unity, tolerance and respect for all faiths and people, and to promote freedom. 7 p.m. $25. Temple Menorah, 1101 Camino Real, Redondo Beach. (310) 316-8444. templemenorah.org.

TIMOTHY SNYDER and JONATHAN KIRSCH

cal-snyderTimothy Snyder, the Bird White Housum Professor of History at Yale, is an expert on 20th-century European history. Snyder warns us that in the 1920s and ’30s, many European democracies didn’t believe their countries ever could succumb to Nazism, facism or communism. He wrote a practical handbook called “On Tyranny,” a guide to knowing the signs of authoritarianism. “On Tyranny” provides 20 tips on preserving our freedom. Snyder will be in conversation with Jonathan Kirsch, author, attorney and the book editor of the Jewish Journal. 7:30 p.m. $20. Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, 8844 Burton Way, Beverly Hills. writersblocpresents.com.

WED | MARCH 22

“VOICES OF SURVIVORS”

Enjoy an evening of original student theater based on the life stories of four Holocaust survivors. The performance is the culmination of an eight-week collaborative project between the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust and Santa Monica High School’s theater department. The students in Santa Monica’s acting class participated in the museum’s “Voices of History” theater workshop, learning about the Holocaust, interviewing survivors and working with mentors to write, direct and stage the event. 7 p.m. Suggested donation: $10; $5 for students. Santa Monica High School, 601 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. (323) 651-3704. lamoth.org.

THURS | MARCH 23

SUSAN SILVERMAN TALKS ABOUT “CASTING LOTS”

Presented by the Whizin Center and University Women: Coffee & Conversation, author Susan Silverman will discuss her book “Casting Lots: Creating a Family in a Beautiful, Broken World.” Silverman, the older sister of irreverent comic Sarah Silverman, grew up with parents who were atheists. She shocked everyone when she became a rabbi and moved to Israel. The author will discuss her funny and moving memoir about her unique family that will resonate with anyone who has struggled to find a place in the world and to understand the significance of that place. Silverman will be joined by Jewish Journal columnist Danielle Berrin. 7:30 p.m. Free. American Jewish University, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles. aju.edu.

ASSI AZAR

Israeli television icon Assi Azar will give a motivational presentation in Hebrew. 8 p.m. $25. IAC Shepher Community Center, 6530 Winnetka Ave., Woodland Hills. (818) 451-1179. iacshephercenter.org.

EMET AFTER PARTY

Young professionals in every field are invited to the annual Emet After Party, featuring an appearance by honoree Albert Z. Praw. Emet, which means “truth” in Hebrew, is an active community of Jewish attorneys and other legal professionals in their 20s and 30s. 9 p.m. $30; $40 at the door; free with the purchase of ticket to the Legal Division Dinner. Business attire. The Beverly Wilshire Hotel, 9500 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. yala.org/emetafterparty

Calendar: February 17-23, 2017


FRI | FEB 17

PETER YARROW & NOEL PAUL STOOKEY

These two icons, part of the famous Peter, Paul & Mary trio, will share the stage and sing many of the group’s classic hits. Peter, Paul & Mary helped transform folk music with their music that spoke to and inspired people during a time of social change. 8 p.m. Tickets starting at $41. The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. (805) 449-2787. civicartsplaza.com.

SAT | FEB 18

“SHUL WITH A SCHOOL: THE HISTORY OF NON-ORTHODOX DAY SCHOOLS IN LOS ANGELES”

This installment of the Shabbat Morning Speaker Series at Knesset Israel of Beverlywood explores the topic of local day schools with Sara Smith, a doctoral candidate in education and Jewish studies at New York University. 9 a.m. davening; 11 a.m. speech. Free. Knesset Israel of Beverlywood, 2364 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 839-4962.

SUN | FEB 19

RUNNING CLUSTER

Join Young Adults of Los Angeles’ Running Cluster for a few laps around the one-mile path circling beautiful Echo Park Lake. Brunch at Mohawk Bend (2141 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles) to follow. 9:30 a.m. Free. Echo Park Lake at Park Avenue and Glendale Boulevard, Los Angeles. yala.org.

MUSICAL RECITAL

The Jewish Music Commission of Los Angeles and Valley Beth Shalom present Los Angeles Philharmonic concertmaster Martin Chalifour and internationally acclaimed pianist Steven Vanhauwaert in a recital of classic and modern masterpieces. It will include music by Mozart, Sibelius, Harberg and Franck. 2:30 p.m. $15. Valley Beth Shalom, 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (818) 788-6000. vbs.org.

MON | FEB 20

HAMERCAZ PLAYDAY

The Zimmer Museum will be open exclusively for use by children with special needs. Enjoy playtime, arts and crafts and a kosher lunch. All family members are welcome. 10 a.m. $5; $25 maximum per family. Must RSVP to hamercaz@jfsla.org or (866) 287-8030. The Zimmer Museum, 6505 Wilshire Blvd., No. 100, Los Angeles. (323) 761-8984. zimmermuseum.org.

TUES | FEB 21

POET DINAH BERLAND

cal-berlandWriter-in-Residence Dinah Berland will read from her book of poetry “Fugue for a New Life.” Berland is a widely published poet and book editor with a background in art. 6:30 p.m. Free; RSVP (required) to culture@smgov.net. Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica. (310) 458-4904. annenbergbeachhouse.com/beachculture.

IAC REAL ESTATE NETWORK

Frank M. Bush, the general manager and superintendent of building for the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety, will give a presentation to the Israeli American Council Real Estate Network members. He will discuss what it takes to build an American metropolis. 7 p.m. $50. IAC Shepher Community Center, 6530 Winnetka Ave., Woodland Hills. israeliamerican.org/realestate.bush.

THE NEW EUROPEAN JEW

Jewish communities across Europe have experienced a revival in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. The revival has reached across cultural and geographical borders and has brought a new sense of meaning and community. Join special guest Polly Zaharieva, who is visiting from Sofia, Bulgaria, to taste Bulgarian cuisine and learn about the sights and sounds of Bulgarian-Jewish culture through interactive activities. Tickets include special hors d’oeuvres and a liquor tasting. Additional drinks available for purchase. 7 p.m. $15; $20 at the door. B/G/A (Bar & Garden Annex), 6142 Washington Blvd., Culver City. yala.org.

AUTHOR ELLEN UMANSKY

cal-umanskyJoin Ellen Umansky as she discusses and signs “The Fortunate Ones.” This debut novel moves from World War II Vienna to contemporary Los Angeles, connecting two women who are generations apart. A special Chaim Soutine painting binds these two women. In 1939 Vienna, Rose Zimmer’s parents send her to live with strangers in England in a desperate attempt to remove her from a war zone. When the war finally ends, Rose is alone in London, searching for the Chaim Soutine painting her mother had cherished. Many years later, the painting finds its way to the United States. In modern-day Los Angeles, Lizzie Goldstein is at a crossroads in her life. The Soutine painting, which had provided lasting comfort to her after her mother’s death, has been stolen. The painting will bring Lizzie and Rose together and ignite an unexpected friendship. 7 p.m. Free. Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. (310) 659-3110. booksoup.com.

BASIC TRAINING: A MILITARY LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP


cal-garth-masseyGarth Massey, the founder of Military Leadership Methods and a Marine Corps veteran currently serving as an infantry battalion commander, will teach strategies to become a better leader and succeed in your career. The workshop, organized by the Jewish young professionals group Atid, will help improve your efficiency and decision-making tactics. Limited to the first 50 people to register. Atid events are intended for Jewish professionals ages 21 to 39. 7:30 p.m. $10; tickets available at eventbrite.com. Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 474-1518. atidla.com.

WED | FEB 22

“THE JEWISH CARDINAL”

Join the Jewish Studies and Catholic Studies programs at Loyola Marymount University for a film screening of “The Jewish Cardinal” and an interfaith discussion with John Connelly (UC Berkeley) and Rabbi Mark Diamond (Loyola Marymount University).  The movie tells of how a priest named Jean-Marie Lustiger — born Aaron Lustiger to Polish-Jewish immigrants in France in 1926 — survives the Holocaust in hiding with a Christian woman and fervently converts to Catholicism at age 14, even as his mother dies in Auschwitz. Lustiger goes on to be ordained a priest in 1954, rising swiftly through the ranks of the Roman Catholic Church, to be named a cardinal in 1983.  Kosher reception offered. 6:30 p.m. Free. Ahmanson Auditorium, University Hall 1000, Loyola Marymount University. (310) 338-7664. bellarmine.lmu.edu/interfaith.

THURS | FEB 23

WORTHY OF LOVE PURIM PARTY

In honor of Purim, the Jewish holiday of topsy-turvy fun and games, Worthy of Love, which hosts monthly birthday parties for homeless children, is throwing a carnival for children living at Skid Row’s Union Rescue Mission. A full 100 percent of registration fees will go to buying presents for the children at the mission. 7 p.m. Tickets are $30 and available at eventbrite.com. Union Rescue Mission, 545 S. San Pedro St., Los Angeles.

EMERGING TECH AND LIABILITY

Join Emet, Young Adults of Los Angeles’ network for legal professionals, and the Tech Network for a discussion about the laws and debates surrounding self-driving cars, video games, artificial intelligence and more. 7 p.m. $10 through Feb. 21; $15. The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, 6505 Wilshire Blvd., No. 100, Los Angeles. yala.org.

EMET honors women’s rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali


The Endowment for Middle East Truth honored women’s rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali for her role in speaking out against the oppression of women in radical Islamic countries.

“I think about the threat of radical Islam to all of us almost every day,” Hirsi Ali said during remarks delivered via Skype to a Washington dinner Wednesday night.

She described her 13-year-old nephew’s schooling at a madrassa in Nairobi, which he attended all day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and was taught only about the Koran and Sharia law.

“I find that to be a poverty, a desert, for knowledge and culture,” Hirsi Ali said.

She said the leadership of radical Islam has a violent agenda that attracts the most attention, as well as a non-violent agenda, teaching their followers lies about non-believers.

“Once we possess a counter-narrative to the story they provide, I think we could win this battle,” Hirsi Ali said.

In addition to Hirsi Ali, EMET honored Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii), Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), Palestinian Media Watch founder Itamar Marcus and Alliance of Iranian Women founder Manda Zand Ervin.