Calendar Picks and Clicks: Nov. 10-16, 2012
SAT NOV 10
“The Unbreakable Project”
Artist and former Israel Defense Forces soldier Tomer Perez’s new exhibition features installations depicting terrorist attacks, scenes from the battleground, life-size soldier artworks created from metallic remains such as shrapnel and other weapons of war, wall-size hand-painted canvas art and more. Sat. 7 p.m. (reception includes hors d’oeuvres, drinks and live music). Through Nov. 12. Free. Bruce Lurie Gallery, 2736 La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. (818) 921-2722. theunbreakableproject.com.
SUN NOV 13
Jewish Women’s Conference
A series of panels, workshops and lectures draw like-minded women to this daylong conference. Highlights: CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler delivers the keynote, “Crafting Our Jewish Feminist Narrative”; Jewish Journal Executive Editor Susan Freudenheim moderates “Jewish Women’s Voices in Activism”; Rabbis Rachel Adler (Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion), Sharon Brous (IKAR) and Lisa Edwards (Beth Chayim Chadashim) examine “The Rabbinical Perspective: Women’s Equality Within Judaism”; Jewish Journal Senior Writer Julie Gruenbaum Fax moderates “Mom Activism: Can I Really Be a Mom and an Activist?”; and Journal blogger Ilana Angel joins a panel of speakers addressing “Diversity Within Our Jewish Community: Understanding and Strengthening Each Other.” Organized by the National Council of Jewish Women/Los Angeles, Hadassah Southern California and Na’amat USA/Western Area. Sun. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $54 (includes continental breakfast, lunch and networking reception). UCLA Covel Commons, 200 De Neve Drive, Los Angeles. (855) 592-7218. jwcsc.org.
MON NOV 12
Judy Feld Carr
Recipient of the Presidential Award of Distinction by Shimon Peres, Carr spent nearly 30 years — from 1972 to 2001 — secretly negotiating the rescue of 3,228 Syrian Jews by dealing with smugglers, bribing officials, haggling over travel documents and funneling money to those in need. Carr appears at the Hyatt Westlake Plaza to discuss how she arranged the secret operation. Mon. 8 p.m. $16 (advance), $20 (door). Hyatt Westlake Plaza in Thousand Oaks, 880 S. Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village. (818) 991-0991. jewishacademy.com.
TUE NOV 13
“Who’s Your Bubbie? Reflect. Share. Eat.”
Join Pulitzer Prize-winning L.A. Times food critic Jonathan Gold; James Beard Award winner David Sax; award-winning chefs Roxana Jullapat (Cooks County), Micah Wexler (Mezze) and Akasha Richmond (Akasha); and Evan Kleiman of KCRW’s “Good Food” for the launch of “Beyond Bubbie,” an interactive community cookbook and place to share stories connected to these recipes. Tue. 7-10 p.m. $20 (includes nosh and conversation). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. beyondbubbie.com.
WED NOV 14
The neurologist and best-selling author appears in person to discuss his new book, “Hallucinations,” with Emmy-winning writer and producer David Milch. “Hallucinations” draws on Sacks’ lifelong investigation of the varieties of hallucinatory experiences, weaving together stories of his patients and of his own mind-altering experiences to illuminate what hallucinations tell us about the organization and structure of our brains, how they influenced culture’s folklore and art, and how they are a vital part of the human condition. Wed. 8 p.m. $20, $40 (includes copy of book), $95 (includes pre-event reception and copy of book). Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. livetalksla.org.
THU NOV 15
“Brothers and Sisters”
This panel discussion on the ambivalent relations between American Jews and Israelis features Journal Senior Political Editor Shmuel Rosner, J.J. Goldberg, editor-at-large of the Jewish Daily Forward; Bethamie Horowitz, research assistant professor at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development; and Gil Ribak, director of the Institute on American-Jewish Israeli Relations at American Jewish University (AJU). AJU President Robert Wexler moderates. Thu. 7:30 p.m. $10. American Jewish University, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 476-9777. ajula.edu.
FRI NOV 16
“La Rafle”/“The Optimists”
Telling true Holocaust stories, writer-director Rose Bosch’s “La Rafle” features Jean Reno and Mélanie Laurent in this dramatization of the infamous Vel’ d’Hiv roundup, and co-directors Jacky and Lisa Comforty’s documentary, “The Optimists,” examines how Christians and Muslims helped save 50,000 Bulgarian Jews. Fri. For times, prices and locations, visit laemmle.com.
Rabbi Steven Greenberg
Greenberg, an openly gay Orthodox rabbi and founder of the LGBT community center Jerusalem’s Open House, leads a weekend of discussion and learning as part of Pasadena Jewish Temple & Center’s Kehilla Series: Conversations on Inclusiveness. Greenberg speaks following Friday night services on how synagogues can be more welcoming to the LGBT community. On Saturday, Greenberg leads a Torah study session on homosexuality and Judaism. Fri. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Pasadena Jewish Temple & Center, 1434 Altadena Drive, Pasadena. (626) 798-1161. pjtc.net.