Calendar: October 19-25


SAT | OCT 19

ANNIE KORZEN

Forget the “Seinfeld” reruns, and come laugh live! “Tales From the Mouth: Failures, Fiascos & Other Triumphs” will get you giggling, guffawing and getting it. Whether you love Korzen for her role as Doris Klompus, her National Public Radio humor or as a Moth Mainstage artist, you’ll love her all the more for her witty insights. Sat. 7:30 p.m. $25. Temple Akiba, 5249 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City. (310) 670-6394. templeakiba.net.


SUN | OCT 20

“FAITH MEETS 8”

Los Angeles Times columnist David Lazarus moderates a discussion on the relationship between faith-based organizations and the LGBT movement. Narrowing in on the issues surrounding California’s Proposition 8, the conversation will be an illuminating venture into local church-and-state issues. Guests will include the Rev. Troy Perry, founder of the Metropolitan Community Church; Paul Lichterman, professor of sociology and religion at USC; Joanna Brooks, San Diego State University English department chair and author of “The Book of Mormon Girl”; and Rabbi Lisa Edwards of Beth Chayim Chadashim. Sun. 2 p.m. $11 (adults), $7 (students and seniors), free (Autry members). 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles. (323) 667-2000. ” target=”_blank”>barnesandnoble.com

MOSHE SAFDIE

He is one globally distinguished architect, urban planner, educator, theorist and author. Offered in conjunction with the exhibition “Global Citizen: The Architecture of Moshe Safdie,” which starts Oct. 22, this rare L.A. engagement will bring the man himself into conversation. Born in Israel, he has left his blueprint in the United States, Canada, India, Singapore and more. A book signing and reception follow the program. 3 p.m. $10 (general), $5 (members, students). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. ” target=”_blank”>jewishmusicla.org.


WED | OCT 23

“THE YOM KIPPUR WAR FORTY YEARS AFTER”

It is the most documented campaign in Israel’s modern history, yet questions remain. The symposium will offer new insights and new knowledge on the background that led to the surprise attack, the way the war unfolded, and the long-term implications for Israeli and Jewish life. Speakers include UC Riverside professor of religious studies Michael Alexander; Monterey Institute of International Studies professor Avner Cohen; and Nadav Molchadsky, a UCLA doctoral candidate in modern Jewish history. The event is sponsored by the UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies and the Department of History. Wed. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free. RSVP required. UCLA School of Law, Room 1357, Los Angeles. (310) 825-9646. FRI | OCT 25

1,000 SHABBAT CELEBRATIONS

Not to worry, you don’t have to attend all of them; just one — in solidarity with the rest! The Federation invites you to join the thousands of families, friends, neighbors and community members in Los Angeles to bring in Shabbat separately, but together. If you are interested in hosting a Shabbat dinner, sign up to receive “Shabbat in a Box.” It’s an eco-friendly box that includes a freshly designed challah cover; Shabbat cards with quotes, recipes and blessings; a hip fridge magnet; and a kid-friendly tzedakah box. Fri. Sundown. Your place. Or your friend’s place. Or your mom’s. Probably your mom’s. (323) 761-8000. shabbat@jewishla.org. ” target=”_blank”>lacma.org.

“THE PIN”

When Jacob (Grisha Pasternak), an embittered shomer, comes face-to-face with his long-lost first love Leah (Milda Gecaite) after her body is wheeled into the morgue, he relives their days and nights spent hiding in a barn in Lithuania during World War II. In this story of love, marriage and murder, Jacob faces a lifetime of regret by fulfilling a promise he made to the young Leah on their last night together. Screened at Cannes, “The Pin” is in Yiddish with English subtitles. Fri. Various times. $11 (general), $8 (seniors, ages 11 and under, bargain matinee). Royal, 11523 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 478-3836.

$1 million to Superstorm Sandy victims


After seeing footage of the devastation caused by Superstorm Sandy, which struck the East Coast in late October, Shlomo Rechnitz, a Los Angeles-based businessman and philanthropist, donated $1 million to Torah Umesorah to help restore Jewish day schools flooded during the storm, as well as to help some of the individual families whose houses were damaged. 

“On one hand, I wanted to help individuals, because obviously the things I saw were going on with individual people,” Rechnitz said in an interview with the Journal. “But, on the other hand, I realized that there were other organizations that were doing that as well, and everybody seemed to forget about the schools, the centers for education that were located in these areas that could not go on.”

Rabbi Zvi Bloom, executive director of Torah Umesorah, a national organization that services Jewish day schools across the country, said that about $700,000 of Rechnitz’s donation went to approximately two-dozen flooded schools. The remaining $300,000 went to community assistance funds to help families in and around the Rockaway Peninsula. 

But even the grants to families might end up indirectly helping the schools. 

“When it‘s going to come to paying tuition, I think the schools are going to start seeing fundraising going down and tuition collection going down as well,” Bloom said. 

Weeks after the storm, the needs of the Jewish communities struck by Sandy are broad and significant. The Forward newspaper, whose own offices were flooded out during the storm, reported on Dec. 6 that at least 63 synagogues suffered some damage, in some cases amounting to more than $100,000. 

Rechnitz hopes his gift will inspire others who live outside the affected areas to give generously to help the Jewish communities that are struggling. 

“We’re all responsible for each other,” Rechnitz said. “People need to look at that and say, if it hurt him, I’ve got to take money out of my pocket and help out.” 

For more information on the damaged synagogues and other institutions, visit forward.com.

Slice of life: Perfect fall pumpkin recipes


Once upon a time in a land before Starbucks there existed this stuff we call coffee. Not half fat mocha late skinny with frappo organic raw sugar and a twist of Madagascar kumquat syrup or a Free range micro tannic free Sumatran upside down turbo tea. No we all drank COFFEE and were just glad it had enough caffeine in it to get us through the morning, finals and or keep us on deadline.

So it was with a great deal of amusement and a bit of OMG that I read an article in the Wall Street Journal that there is a nation crisis brewing (sorry couldn’t resist that one) because that aforementioned Starbucks was having black outs (oops, can’t seem to help myself) fulfilling the demand for their seasonal specialty drink, the Pumpkin Latte.

Excuse me, customers frothing at the mouth because they can’t spend over 4 dollars for a cup for pumpkin latte? Yes, I know this is a seasonal beverage of choice for millions but let’s get real here, if you can’t buy them you can make pumpkin lattes at home for a fraction of the cost and they’re just as tasty. Then, here’s a novel thought, TAKE IT WITH YOU TO WORK. Yes, it’s a bit more time consuming than driving 3 miles out of your way and through a drive through but once you make it yourself you’ll be hooked on the homemade variety AND you can save yourself bunches of money.

The WSJ article got me thinking about other pumpkin flavored drinks I’ve had over the years. Some with coffee, some with ice cream and some other very special ones for the adult’s only time made with pumpkin liqueur or rum. So it became a mission of love to dig up all the fun and funky pumpkin drink recipes (latte included) that I could so that everyone can indulge themselves and enjoy while pumpkins are in season.


ALMOST THE SAME PUMPKIN SPICED LATTE (dairy or pareve)

  • 1/2 cup milk (whole, or 2%) or soy or almond milke
  • 1 tablespoon canned pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 teaspoon packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup hot brewed, strong coffee
  • 2 tablespoons half & half cream or soy/almond “cream”
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar, or more to taste
  • sweetened whipped cream (from a can is fine)
  • ground nutmeg

In a glass measuring cup or microwave-safe bowl, whisk together milk, pumpkin, brown sugar, spice and vanilla. Microwave for 1 to 2 minutes- watch closely and remove it from the microwave when the milk is hot and frothy. Pour the pumpkin milk into a tall mug or glass. Add hot coffee. Pour in the cream. Add a teaspoon of sugar. Stir, and taste. Add more sugar, if desired. Top with sweetened whipped cream on top and a sprinkle of nutmeg. Serve immediately!

Modified from RecipeGirl.com


PUMPKIN PIE SMOOTHIE (dairy)

  • 1 15-ounce can pumpkin (chilled)
  • 1 12-ounce can evaporated milk (chilled)
  • 8 ounces vanilla yogurt
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • Sweetened whipped cream, to taste (optional)

Combine pumpkin, milk, yogurt, sugar and spice in a blender; cover. Blend until mixture is smooth. Pour into glasses; top with whipped cream (if desired) and an additional sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice.

Serves four


APPLE PUMPKIN-TINI (pareve)

  • Crushed ice
  • 1 1/2 ounce pumpkin purée
  • 1 1/2 ounce vanilla vodka
  • 2 ounces apple cider
  • 1 1/2 oz ginger ale

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the pumpkin purée, vodka, and apple cider. Shake for 10-15 seconds. Strain into a Collins glass filled with ice and top with ginger ale.

Recipes modified from a recipe by Kelly Carámbula. She is the founder and publisher of Remedy Quarterly, an independent food magazine.


PUMPKIN SPICE MARTINI (dairy)

  • 1 (1.5 fluid ounce) jigger vanilla vodka
  • 1 (1.5 fluid ounce) jigger Irish cream liqueur (such as Bailey's®)
  • 1 (1.5 fluid ounce) jigger pumpkin flavored liqueur
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 1 pinch ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg

In a cocktail shaker combine the ice, vodka, Irish cream liqueur, and pumpkin liqueur. Cover, and shake for at least 1 minute. Strain into a chilled martini glass, and garnish with a sprinkle of ground cinnamon and ground nutmeg to serve. Makes 1

Submitted by Richard Margonson NY, NY


ICE CREAM PUMPKIN COCKTAIL (dairy)

  • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • 1/2 cup ice (crushed)
  • 1 tablespoon canned pumpkin
  • 1 oz half and half
  • 1 oz spiced rum
  • 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 tablespoons sweetened whipped cream or whipped topping
  • 1 pinch pumpkin pie spice

In a blender or food processor combine the ice cream, ice, pumpkin, half-and-half, rum, and 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice. Process until smooth Pour into a serving glass; top with whipped topping, sprinkle with pinch of pumpkin pie spice.

Serves 1. This recipe can be doubled or tripled.


© Eileen Goltz pumpkin drinks 12

Calendar Picks and Clicks: October 5-October 13


Pick of the week: Thursday, October 13

INDIA.ARIE AND IDAN RAICHEL

Israel’s Raichel, a renowned world musician, joins Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Arie to perform songs from their new album, “Open Door.” Expect soulful vocals about social unity (in Hebrew and English), and a healthy fusion of pop, folk and r&b. Thu. 8 p.m. $30-$50. Luckman Fine Arts Complex, 5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles. (323) 343-6600. luckmanarts.org.



WED | OCT 5

NANCY SILVERTON AND EVAN KLEIMAN
Celebrity chef Silverton discusses her new book, “The Mozza Cookbook: Recipes From Los Angeles’s Favorite Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria,” with Kleiman, host of KCRW’s “Good Food.” A Q-and-A and book signing follow. Wed. 8 p.m. Free (advance reservations recommended). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.


SAT | OCT 8

“GOLDEN STATES OF GRACE”
Beit T’Shuvah residents, incarcerated Zen Buddhists and a transgender gospel choir are among the subjects in photographer Rick Nahmias’ photodocumentary exhibition, “Golden States of Grace: Prayers of the Disinherited.” Nahmias examines 11 socially marginalized religious groups in California, giving voice to communities on the fringes while validating their spirituality. Sat. Through Nov. 13. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. (Sat., Sun.), 4-8 p.m. (Wed., Fri.), 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (Thu.). Free. First Congregational Church of Los Angeles, Shatto Chapel, 540 S. Commonwealth Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 355-5235. fccla.org/goldenstatesofgrace.

“A NEW MOMENT FOR ISRAEL?”
David Siegel, the new consul general of Israel in Los Angeles, and Arieh Saposnik, the director of the UCLA Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, discuss “A New Moment for Israel? What Are Israelis Asking of Their Government and Why It Matters to American Jews.” The conversation follows morning Yom Kippur services and is open to the public. Sat. 2:45-4:15 p.m. Free. Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, Bess P. Maltz Center, 8844 Burton Way, Beverly Hills. (310) 276-9776. tebh.org.
 


SUN | OCT 9

“SAVING THE SAFETY NET: CHALLENGES & OPPORTUNITIES”
Progressive Jewish Alliance & Jewish Funds for Justice’s Valley Salon Series hosts Rep. Karen Bass (D-Los Angeles), who shares her insider’s view on the challenges to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and disaster relief in the name of deficit reduction. Sun. 10 a.m. (brunch), 10:45 a.m. (program). $10 (requested donation). Private home in Encino. (323) 761-8350. pjalliance.org.

EXTREME SUKKAH MAKEOVER
Join the San Fernando Valley Moishe House, a communal home for young adult Jewish leaders, to build a sukkah for the harvest holiday. Organized by Birthright Israel NEXT and Moishe House, a dinner under the stars follows the construction. Every attendee is asked to bring at least one can of food for SOVA. Sun. 3-7 p.m. Free. Moishe House San Fernando Valley, 13741 Bessemer St., Van Nuys. (310) 601-7878. losangeles.birthrightisrael.com.

“PORTALS”
Violinist Tim Fain performs Philip Glass’ “Partita for Solo Violin,” inspired by Leonard Cohen’s “Book of Longing,” as the centerpiece of this multimedia program. Examining the hunger for connection in the digital age, the 90-minute on-stage dialogue blends music, video, electronics and dance. The evening features compositions by Aaron Jay Kernis, Nico Muhly, Kevin Puts and Lev Zhurbin, a film by Kate Hackett and choreography by Benjamin Millepied (“Black Swan”). Sun. 4 p.m. $47-$75. The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. (310) 434-3200. thebroadstage.com.


THU | OCT 13

GABRIEL KAHANE
The New York City-based songwriter performs in support of his recently released album, “Where Are the Arms,” a collection of modern folk-pop songs. Classical music ensemble the Calder Quartet accompanies Kahane, who was born in Venice Beach and raised on both coasts. Thu. 8 p.m. $25. Largo at the Coronet, 366 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 855-0350. largo-la.com.
 
“ORNAMENT OF THE WORLD”
Soprano choral trio Voxfire and Arabic music ensemble Kan Zaman join together to explore the song tradition of medieval Spain, when Jewish, Muslim and Christian communities lived among each other in relative peace. The performers evoke the wistful and plaintive longing of Jewish Sephardic romances, the sensuous poetry of Arabic ring-songs, the religious fervor of Spanish cantigas and more. Part of the fifth annual World Festival of Sacred Music, the program draws inspiration from Maria Rosa Menocal’s 2002 book, “Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain.” Thu. 8-10 p.m. $8 (students), $10 (general). St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral, 514 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 747-6285. festivalofsacredmusic.org.

Tribe Calendar: October 2011


PICK OF THE MONTH: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15

CALABASAS PUMPKIN FESTIVAL
Celebrate the season’s favorite gourd with rides and games; pie-eating and seed-spitting contests; pumpkin carving; food; entertainment and more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $5 (includes rides and games). Also on Sunday, Oct. 16. Parking and shuttles available. Juan Bautista de Anza Park, 3701 Lost Hills Road, Calabasas. ” title=”mountsinaiparks.org”>mountsinaiparks.org.


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4

SUZE ORMAN
Learn the ins and outs of personal finance from a renowned expert as Suze Orman takes the stage tonight. The best-selling author and CNBC host kicks off the 2011-2012 Distinguished Speakers Series. 8 p.m. $364-$406 (tickets sold as a part of the series). Fred Kavli Theatre, Bank of America Performing Arts Center, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. (805) 449-2775. ” title=”tasteofencino.com”>tasteofencino.com.


MONDAY, OCTOBER 10

FINDING YOUR JEWISH ANCESTORS ON ANCESTRY.COM
Crista Cowan, community alliance manager for Ancestry.com’s World Archives Project, will explain how the site can assist in tracking down information. Co-sponsored by the Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County and Temple Adat Elohim. 7-9 p.m. Free. Temple Adat Elohim, 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. (818) 889-6616. ” title=”jewishcountyfair.com”>jewishcountyfair.com.


THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20

FAMILY SIMCHAT TORAH EVENT
Festivity abounds with dance, song and the celebration of another cycle of Torah. Wave your flags and dance around with the Torah scrolls as the congregations reads both the end of Deuteronomy and the beginning of Genesis. The night includes a Torah Unwrapping, where the entire Torah will be unwrapped around the sanctuary. 7:30 p.m. Free. Temple Aliyah, 6025 Valley Circle Blvd., Woodland Hills. (818) 346-3545. ” title=”vcjff.org”>vcjff.org.


MONDAY, OCTOBER 24

HAND IN HAND: CENTER FOR JEWISH-ARAB EDUCATION
Congregation Or Ami invites the community to learn about its newest Israel social action project with Hand in Hand co-founder Lee Gordon and program participants. The center has three schools in Israel where Jewish and Muslim children are taught side-by-side, learning both Arabic and Hebrew. 6:30 p.m. Free. 26115 Mureau Road, Suite B, Calabasas. (818) 880-4880. ” title=”toaks.org/cap”>toaks.org/cap.


SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30

SUPER SUNDAY
Volunteers are needed to join The Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Money raised goes to those in need locally, nationally and internationally. This year includes Share the Shekels Campaign, where Jewish organizations can raise money for both Federation and its respective organizations. 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Bronfman Family JCC, 524 Chapala St., Santa Barbara. (805) 957-1115, ext. 106.

+