Accommodating the shut-down, Jewishly

Due to road closures during the demolition of the Mulholland Bridge on “Carmageddon” weekend, the two major arts institutions located closest to the bridge — the Getty Center and the Skirball Cultural Center, both in the Sepulveda Pass — will be closed on Saturday, July 16, and Sunday, July 17. 

The Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, and the Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., will open for normal business hours on Friday, July 15: the Getty from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and the Skirball galleries, cafe and gift shop from noon to 5 p.m. 

In addition, on Friday at 8 p.m., the Skirball will proceed with its slated L.A. Theatre Works performance of David Ives’ “New Jerusalem, The Interrogation of Baruch de Spinoza at Talmud Torah Congregation: Amsterdam, July 27, 1656.” The play, starring Billy Crudup and Hector Elizondo, is expected to run about 90 minutes, ending around 9:30 p.m., a theater spokesperson said. 

“People returning to the Valley will be able to drive north on Sepulveda Boulevard at that time and pick up the 405 below the 101 freeway. Those heading south will be able to access the freeway from the on-ramp.” 

Weekend matinees were rescheduled to Thursday, July 13, and Friday, July 14, both at 2:30 p.m., with reduced ticket prices offered. For more up-to-date information, call (310) 827-0889 or visit

Both the Getty Center and the Skirball, which are closed to the public on Mondays, will reopen for business as usual on Tuesday, July 19.  For more up-to-date information, visit and 

The Museum of Tolerance, located at 9786 W. Pico Blvd., will open during its normal business hours over the weekend. For up-to-date information, call (310) 553-8403.

Synagogues located near the Mulholland Bridge have likewise made changes to their schedules for the weekend. Here’s a rundown of the scheduling changes:

Stephen S. Wise Temple’s Friday night services will start as usual at 6:15 p.m., but will take place in the Plotkin Chapel instead of the Westwood Sanctuary. The synagogue’s Saturday morning services will be held at Milken Community High School’s beit midrash, located at 15800 Zeldins Way, at 10 a.m. Stephen S. Wise is located at 15550 Stephen S. Wise Drive, off Mulholland Drive. For more information, call (310) 889-2300. 

Leo Baeck Temple’s Friday night service has been canceled. The synagogue is providing congregants with a virtual Shabbat kit — containing recipes, Shabbat table songs, video of the rabbi and cantor leading blessings, educational activities for kids and families to do together and more. Leo Baeck is located at 1300 N. Sepulveda Blvd., parallel to the 405 freeway. For more information, call (310) 476-2861. 

University Synagogue’s Friday night service will start at 5 p.m., instead of the usual 7:30 p.m, and will be a short service. The Saturday morning Torah study and service will take place at the usual times, 9 a.m. and 10 a.m., respectively. University Synagogue is located at 11960 W. Sunset Blvd. For more information, call (310) 472-1255. 

Ohr HaTorah’s Saturday service has been canceled. The synagogue will webcast a service, streamed live on, beginning at 9 a.m. from a private residence, led by Rabbi Mordecai Finley. The synagogue does not offer Friday night services. The synagogue is located at 11827 Venice Blvd. For more information, call (310) 915-5200. 

American Jewish University and Valley Beth Shalom have not altered their schedules for the weekend.

Massive 405 Freeway project respects the boundaries of a Jewish tradition

Metro and Caltrans are working with Orthodox Jews to ensure that the upcoming “Carmageddon” will not affect their eruz, reports.

Like just about everybody else, Orthodox Jews in Los Angeles have their issues with the 405 Freeway widening project. Unlike most people, however, their primary concern is not necessarily the impending closure of a stretch of the freeway on the July 16-17 weekend.

Their problem is that the 405 construction project keeps messing up their eruv.

Some explanation is probably in order.

An eruv is a ritual enclosure surrounding a neighborhood. It can be a fence, a wall, a piece of string — or a freeway. And it must be unbroken.

Its purpose is legalistic, a loophole, some might say. It allows observant Jews to perform certain actions on the Sabbath — carry a tray of food or push a baby stroller, for example — that Jewish law prohibits in public on that day.