Calendar & Singles


Calendar

SATURDAY/25

B’nai Tikvah Congregation: 9 a.m. Shabbat service. 5820 Manchester Ave., Westchester. For more information, call (310) 645-6262.

Temple Beth Torah: 10 a.m. Shabbat Learner’s Minyan, with discussion, “Focus On the Family.” 16651 Rinaldi St., Granada Hills. For more information, call (310) 336-8228.

Fairfax Senior Citizens Center (50+): 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Dance to a live orchestra and enjoy refreshments every Saturday. 7929 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles. For more information, call (323) 653-1824.

SUNDAY/26

Valley Cultural Center: 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Tribute to Steve Allen performance as part of the Free Concerts in the Park series. Warner Park, 5800 Topanga Canyon, Woodland Hills. For more information, call (818) 704-1358.

Project Chicken Soup: 8 a.m. Meet to prepare hot kosher meals for the homebound and ill. Also: 11:30 a.m. Meet to deliver hot kosher meals. Hirsh Kosher Kitchen, 338 N. Fairfax Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (323) 655-5330.

Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center: 10 a.m.-noon. Open house with tour of the temple and information about its various programs. Refreshments served. 1434 N. Altadena Drive, Pasadena. For more information, call (626) 798-1161.

Temple Beth Emet: 10 a.m.-noon. Open house and introduction of the temple’s staff and programs. Also: Fri., 6:30 p.m. Under the Stars Shabbat dinner and service. 1770 W. Cerritos Ave., Anaheim. For more information, call (714) 772-4720.

Temple Akiba: 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Annual Open House and Ice Cream Social. 5249 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City. For more information, call (310) 398-5783.

West Valley JCC: 2 p.m. Banjo Band concert and ice cream social. $5 (members); $7.50 (nonmembers). 22622 Vanowen St., West Hills. For more information, call (818) 464-3300.

Congregation Shaarei Torah: 3 p.m.-5 p.m. Discussion of book “Melting Pot Memories,” by author Judy Bart Kaneigor. South Pasadena Public Library, 1115 El Cantro St., Pasadena. For reservations or more information, call (323) 254-9997.

MONDAY/27

Jewish Family Service of Orange County: 9 a.m.-10:15 a.m. Support group for those suffering from depression or anxiety, every Monday. 250 E. Baker St., Suite G, Costa Mesa. For registration or more information, call (714) 445-4950.

TUESDAY/28

West Valley JCC: 10 a.m.-noon. Senior Shalom Club meeting with coffee, bagels and entertainer, every Tuesday. $2 (members); $6 (nonmembers). 22622 Vanowen St., West Hills. For more information, call (818) 464-3300.

Congregation Beth Chayim Chadashim: 7 p.m. “Personal Preparation For the Days of Awe,” discussion led by Rabbi Lisa Edwards. 6000 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (323) 931-7023.

WEDNESDAY/29

West Valley JCC: 10 a.m. Mystery Bus Trip, a surprise destination via deluxe bus transportation and lunch. $20 (members); $26 (nonmembers). 22622 Vanowen St., West Hills. For reservations or more information, call (818) 464-3300.

THURSDAY/30

The History Channel: 8 p.m. “Holocaust: The Untold Story,” documentary about the U.S. press’ downplaying of the violence during the Holocaust. For more information, visit www.newseum.org.

Museum of Tolerance: 3 p.m. Discussion of “The Jewish Cultural Tapestry,” a book about different Jewish traditions. 1399 Roxbury Drive, Los Angeles. For reservations or more information, call (310) 772-2526.

FRIDAY/31

The Workmen’s Circle: 6:30 p.m. Dinner, short stories, poems, music and a film to honor the final day of the exhibit “Past and Present: From Poland to Pico” by Pavel Vogler. 1525 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (310) 552-2007.

Temple Emanuel: 6 p.m. Erev Shabbat service. 300 N. Clark Drive, Beverly Hills. For more information, call (310) 274-6388.

Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles: 7 p.m. The Jewish Single Parents Network meets for a potluck Shabbat dinner and services. 13164 Burbank Blvd., Van Nuys. For reservations or more information, call (323) 761-8800 ext. 1256.

 

Singles

SATURDAY/25

Singles Helping Others: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Meet to tend and maintain trees planted in the spring and socialize at Malibu Creek State Park. For more information, call (818) 591-0772.

Jewish Singles Meeting Place (30s & 40s): 5 p.m. Dinner at The Brassiere in the Hilton Hotel in Woodland Hills, followed by a movie at the AMC 16 theaters. For reservations or more information, call (818) 780-4809. Also: Sun., Sept. 2, 2 p.m. Labor Day barbeque at a private home in Woodland Hills. For reservations or more information, call (818) 883-5325.

Palos Verdes Singles: 7 p.m.- 11 p.m. Dinner dance with a catered buffet dinner, bar and live music at a private home. $25. For reservations or more information, call (310) 372-6071.

Southern California Social Guide: 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Cocktail and dance party with live music by the band Night Life, appetizers, dessert and no-host bar. $20. Sportsmen’s Lodge, 12833 Ventura Blvd., Studio City. Also: Fri., 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Cocktail and dance party featuring a live band Casa Blanca and DJ David Katz, appetizers, no host bar and dessert. $20. Pasion Dance Club- V.I.P. room, 12215 Ventura Blvd., Studio City. For more information, call (323) 656-7777.

Jewish Single Parents & Singles Association (30s-50s): Hollywood Bowl event featuring Ray Charles. For more information, call (714) 755-0340 ext. 115. Also: Sun., Aug. 26, 1 p.m. Pool party and barbeque at a private home in La Habra. $10 (includes food). For reservations or more information, call (562) 691-2609 after 10 a.m.

SUNDAY/26

L.A.’s Best Connection: 1 p.m. Bagel brunch at Farmer’s Market on Third and Fairfax. $5. For reservations or more information, call (323) 782-0435.

J-Tennis (25-45): 1:15 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Tennis tournaments at Rancho Cheviot Park in West Los Angeles. $20. For more information, call (310) TENNIS-1.

Westside Singles Networking Club (30+): 2 p.m. Meet to hear a guest speaker and find business and social networks. $10. For more information, call (310) 828-7326.

Toastmasters: 6:30 p.m. Meet to improve public speaking skills, every Sunday. Westside JCC, 5870 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (818) 508-9211.

Aish Speed Dating (40-60): 6:40 p.m. Introductions in a round robin format, at a local coffee shop. $20. For location, reservations or more information, call (310) 278-8672 ext. 403.

Westwood Jewish Singles (45+): 8 p.m. Coffee, Cake and Conversation discussion group on a variety of topics, every Sunday and Tuesday. $8. For more information, call (310) 444-8986.

MONDAY/27

Project Next Step (30s & 40s): 8 p.m. Coffee Talk, discussion group led by two rabbis covering political, economic and social issues. Coffee and pastries served. $5. Simon Wiesenthal Center, 9911 W. Pico Blvd., Suite 102, Los Angeles. For reservations or more information, call (310) 552-4595.

TUESDAY/28

Bridge For Singles (59+): 7:30 p.m. Intermediate players meet to play bridge at a private home every Saturday, Tuesday and Thursday. $4. For more information, call (310) 398-9649.

WEDNESDAY/29

Volleyball Singles: 6 p.m. Play volleyball at Redondo Beach, followed by a no-host dinner, every Wednesday. For more information, call (310) 783-0689.

THURSDAY/30

Project Next Step (20s-40s): 8 p.m. Judaism 101, class on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. $10. Simon Wiesenthal Center, 9911 W. Pico Blvd., Suite 102, Los Angeles. For reservations or more information, call (310) 552-4595.

FRIDAY/31

East Coast Connection (21-35): 6:15 p.m.-7:45 p.m. Shabbat service, followed by dinner. For reservations or more information, call (310) 358-9930.

MONDAY/2

Singles Helping Others: 7 p.m. General meeting to plan events and activities. For more information, call (323) 769-1307.

Israeli Folk Dancing: 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Dance session with Israel Yakovee. Also: Lessons every Thursday with Michelle. $6. 2244 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (800) 750-5432.

TUESDAY/3

Singles Helping Others: 7:30 p.m. Fourth of July celebration at the Hollywood Bowl, with fireworks. $18. For reservations or more information, call (323) 851-9070.

Bridge for Singles (59+): 7:30 p.m. Intermediate players meet at a private West Los Angeles home. $4. For more information, call (310) 398-9649.

Jewish Association of Single Professionals (25-55): 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Independence dance party with appetizers, dessert and no-host bar. $20. Lush, 2020 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica. For more information, call (323) 656-7777.

Social Circle (35-59): 8 p.m. Blue Jeans Bash with a live Oldies band, dancing, food and drinks. $20 (members); $25 (nonmembers). Stephen S. Wise Temple, 15500 Stephen S. Wise Dr., Los Angeles. For more information, call (310) 476-8561.

Stu & Lew Productions (21-39): 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Fourth annual Summer Blowout dance party. $20 House of Blues, 8430 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. For tickets or more information, call (310) 364-2301.

WEDNESDAY/4

L’Chaim Entertainment (21+): 9:30 p.m. Party with singers and a DJ playing international, salsa, Middle Eastern and hip-hop music. $10. Dinner available with reservations. Beverly Hills Cuisine, 9025 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. For more information, call (310) 289-4435.

Nexus (21-39): 2 p.m. Independence Day potluck picnic, with volleyball, canoeing, barbeque and fireworks at North Lake, Woodbridge, Irvine. For more information, call (714) 974-2279.

Jewish Singles Meeting Place (30’s-40’s): 5 p.m. Barbeque party at a private home in celebration of the 4th of July. For reservations or more information, call (818) 780-4809.

New Age Singles (55+): 2 p.m. Fourth of July potluck pool party. $3 (if accompanied by food); $10 (without food). For members only. For reservations or more information, call (310) 473-1391.

Jewish Single Parents & Singles Association: 3 p.m. Picnic with games and fireworks. Yorba Linda Middle School, 4845 Casa Loma Ave., Yorba Linda. For more information, call (909) 262-1788.

THURSDAY/5

Conversations!: 7:30 p.m. Guest speaker leads discussions with food and drinks, every Thursday. $15. For reservations or more information, call (310) 315-1078.

FRIDAY/6

New Age Singles (55+): 6:30 p.m. No-host dinner, followed by Shabbat services at Adat Shalom Temple. For reservations or more information, call (310) 854-0358.

UPCOMING

Palos Verdes Singles (35+): Sat., July 7, 6:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Dance party with dinner at a private home. $25. For reservations or more information, call (310) 372-6071.

New Start (30-75): Sun., Aug. 5. “A Romantic Evening With the Gatsbys,” event with food and drinks. For more information, call (310) 478-3137.

Alternative Scene


The Shabbat morning services last Saturday were wonderful.

The bar mitzvah did a fabulous job. The weekly drash was thought-provoking, rich with morality and relevance. And the kiddush? Complete, including even those little rainbow squares that you can only seem to find at shul on Shabbat morning.

Sounds perfect. Traditional in so many ways. A blast from the past.

Only I wasn’t there. Again.

And I’m not alone.

The Shabbat morning service just doesn’t move me the way it does for the 150 or so congregants who are routinely transported through Sabbath rituals at Adat Ari El, a Conservative synagogue with more than 900 families in Valley Village. There always seem to be other places to go on a Saturday, other priorities.

Put me in the twice-a-year camp. It would have been easy for Adat Ari El to write me off.Rather, it has only increased the congregation’s resolve to get me and many of my fellow congregants back into temple.

“The conditions are right for a change,” acknowledges Rabbi Moshe Rothblum, one of the architects behind a revolutionary new Sabbath morning service debuting Nov. 4 at Adat Ari El and being watched with interest across the United States. “There’s a spiritual revival, a great spiritual interest that people have expressed and are looking for in Saturday morning services,” he said. “We are trying to respond to that interest.”

One Shabbat Morning at Adat Ari El draws inspiration from the successful Friday Night Live at Sinai Temple and myriad experiments at synagogues nationwide attempting to reconnect individuals and families looking for a more spiritual Shabbat experience while retaining appeal to synagogue regulars. The liturgy is being scaled way down. The bimah will be centered in the room. Original music, played by a full band, will deliver the spiritual heft.

By design, this is not my father’s Shabbat morning service, nor is it the one I grew up with – and it has done the trick in grabbing my attention. Consider: There’s going to be one aliyah during the Torah service, not seven. The weekly portion will be read in Hebrew and English. Several prayers from the traditional musaf have been cut. Even the weekly sermon has been dispatched to a preservice study session. Best of all: The running time is no more than two hours.

“People have a difficult time tolerating three hours of meditation on a Saturday morning,” notes Craig Taubman, a contemporary Jewish musical artist and Adat member who has composed much of what will be heard during One Shabbat Morning. “The question is: How do you maintain integrity, yet have it speak to the heart and the passion of your average Jew on the street, who might be a member of a congregation, but might not be comfortable with traditional, Conservative liturgy?””One Shabbat Morning is an example of bridging Conservative Judaism with more contemporary methods of prayer,” Taubman said.

Changing the paradigm of worship is not unique to Jews, nor an endeavor undertaken without a lot of consultation, heartburn and whispered prayers. In some respects, One Shabbat Morning’s reliance on congregant participation, upbeat music – and maybe even some hand waving – hints at activities typically reserved for contemporary Christian churches.Not that there’s anything wrong with that, organizers of One Shabbat Morning say, especially if the services retain rabbinic tradition, enhance the experience and draw people in. Cantor Ira Bigeleisen, who will co-officiate at the new service with Taubman and Rothblum, notes that worship has always been influenced by popular culture: by German Jews who prayed in 19th Century Berlin to music composed by Louis Lewandowsky; to Jews in Babylonia in 500 B.C.E. who prayed in both Aramaic and Hebrew.

It’s only natural, Bigeleisen says, for American Jews who have completely integrated into American society and helped shape it politically and culturally to do the same.

“Today’s American Jews want to integrate this culture into their Jewish lives, just as Jews all over the world have done through the ages,” Bigeleisen said.

While there will be those who will criticize One Shabbat Morning for its departures, the project’s organizers are not without credential. Funded in part by grants from the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Los Angeles and the Stone Family Foundation of Baltimore, Maryland, the project has had several collaborators, including Rabbi Richard Levy, director of the rabbinic program at Hebrew Union College; Dr. Ron Wolfson, co-director of Synagogue 2000; Cantor Alberto Mizrahi of Anshe Emet Synagogue in Chicago; and Cantor David Lefkowitz of Park Avenue Synagogue in New York.

As the San Fernando Valley’s oldest congregation, Adat Ari El has experience pioneering new traditions. Organizers expect One Shabbat Morning will attract its share of the curious to the alternative service, some of whom might peek in and then retreat to the concurrent traditional service down the hall.

But Rothblum and Taubman, as well as the lay leadership of the temple, are upbeat about the potential of the project, which has been months in the making.

“I want people to leave and say, ‘I’m coming back the next time because I’ve found community. I’ve found joy. It moves me. It touches me,'” Taubman said. “But, more importantly, I hope they’ll say, ‘I want more.'”

One Shabbat Morning will be held one Saturday each month beginning Nov. 4 at Adat Ari El, 12020 Burbank Blvd., Valley Village. Informal study session, 9 a.m.; services begin at 9:45 a.m. A children’s Shabbat program (preschool through third grade) from 9 to 11:45 a.m. is available with preregistration. For more information, call (818) 766-9426, ext. 416, or visit the Adat Ari El Web site atwww.adatariel.org

Peace, It’s Wonderful


Selichot

Hebrew for forgiveness, Selichot services are a time of preparation for the New Year, generally held after the conclusion of Shabbat prior to Rosh Hashanah.

Sat./September 23

Kehillat Israel: 10 p.m. “Becoming and Believing” Selichot service 16019 Sunset Blvd., Pacific Palisades. (310) 459-2328.

Temple Aliyah: 8:30 p.m. Reception. 10 p.m. Selichot service. 6025 Valley Circle Blvd., Woodland Hills. (818) 346-3445.

Beth Chayim Chadashim: 10 p.m. 6000 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 931-7023.

Leo Baeck Temple: 8 p.m. Introduction to the High Holy Days, study and Selichot service. 1300 North Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 476-2861.

Temple Isaiah: 9 p.m. Dessert reception followed by Selichot service. 10345 West Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 277-2772.

Congregation Kol Ami: 6:30 p.m. Casual Selichot dinner. $10. 7:30 p.m. Service and study session. 7350 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. RSVP for dinner or for more information, call (310) 248-6320.

Temple Ahavat Shalom: 8 p.m. Selichot service and study. 18200 Rinaldi Pl., Northridge. For more information, call (818) 360-2258.

University Synagogue: 9:30 p.m. Selichot program and service. 11960 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 472-1255.

Temple Emanuel: 7 p.m. “Stop and Smell the Spices (Selichot version).” Shabbat and High Holy Day preparation. 8844 Burton Way, Beverly Hills. (310) 274-6388.

Congregation Tifereth Jacob: 10:30 p.m. “The Jew in the Lotus,” movie and discussion. 1829 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Manhattan Beach. (310) 546-3667.

B’nai David-Judea Congregation: 10 p.m. Selichot service and study. 8906 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 276-9269.

Temple Bat Yahm: 8 p.m. Dessert reception. 8:45 p.m. “God’s Greatest Message to Humankind” Lecture by Rabbi Mark Miller. 9:30 p.m. Selichot service. 1011 Camelback St., Newport Beach. (949) 644-1999.

B’nai Tikvah Congregation: 9:30 p.m. Havdallah and High Holy Day workshop, followed by Selichot services. 5820 W. Manchester Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 645-6262.

Valley Beth Israel: 9 p.m. Social and study session. 10 p.m. Selichot services. 13060 Roscoe Blvd., Sun Valley. (818) 792-2281.

Temple B’nai Hayim: 8 p.m. Havdallah. 8:30 p.m. Dinner. 9:30 p.m. Ritual Activities. 10:30 p.m. Selichot service. $7.50 for dinner. 4302 Van Nuys Blvd., Sherman Oaks. (818) 788-4664.

Temple Ner Tamid of Downey, Adat Chaverim, and Temple Beth Shalom: 10 p.m. The congregations join for Selichot service, dessert potluck and concert. Temple Beth Shalom, 14564 E. Hawes St., Whittier. For more information, call (562) 861-9276.

Congregation Mishkon Tephilo: 10 p.m. Selichot service. 206 Main St., Venice. (310) 392-3029.

Temple Beth Torah: 8 p.m. Selichot program with film and discussion. 10 p.m. Selichot service. 16651 Rinaldi St., Granada Hills. (818) 831-0835.

Congregation B’nai Tzedek: 8:30 p.m. Selichot program followed by midnight service. 9669 Talbert Ave., Fountain Valley. (714) 963-4611.

Congregation Shir Ha-Ma’alot: 11 p.m. Outdoor Selichot service. 3652 Michelson, Irvine. (949) 857-2226.

Kehillat Ma’arav: 10 p.m. Selichot service. 1715 21st St., Santa Monica. (310) 829-0566.

Yeshiva of Los Angeles: 12:20 a.m. Rabbi Sauer will speak prior to Selichot service. 9760 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 772-2487.

Rosh Hashanah

Chabad of Burbank: Fri. 7 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m., 7 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m., 7 p.m. 1921 W. Magnolia, Burbank. For more information, call (818) 954-0070.

Chabad of Cheviot Hills: Fri. 6:45 p.m.; Sat. 10:30 a.m., 6:45 p.m.; Sun. 10:30 a.m. 3280 Motor Ave. (310) 837-8083.

Chabad of Greater Los Feliz: Fri. 6:30 p.m. Los Feliz Library, 1801 Hillhurst Ave.; Sat. 9 a.m. Los Feliz Elementary School, 1740 N. New Hampshire Ave.; Sat. 7 p.m. Chabad House, 1932 N. New Hampshire Ave. For more information, call (323) 660-5177.

Congregation Or Ami: Sat. 2 p.m. Family/children’s service at Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center. For more information, call (818) 880-6818.

Temple Beth Ohr: Fri. 8 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m. 15721 Rosecrans Ave., La Mirada. (714) 521-6765.

Westwood Kehilla: Explanatory services, Sat. and Sun. ADL Building, 10495 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 441-5289.

Temple Isaiah of Newport Beach: Fri. 8 p.m.; Sat. 9:30 a.m.; Sun. 9:30 a.m. 2401 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. (949) 548-6900.

Temple Beth Emet: Fri. 6:45 p.m.; Sat. 8:30 a.m.; Sun. 8:30 a.m. 1770 W. Cerritos Ave., Anaheim. (714) 772-4720.

Congregation Mishkon Tephilo: Fri. 6:10 p.m.; Sat. 8:30 a.m.; Sun. 8:30 a.m. 206 Main St., Venice. (310) 392-3029.

Temple Ner Tamid of Downey: Fri. 7:30 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.; Sun. 10 a.m. 10629 Lakewood Blvd., Downey. (562) 861-9276.

The Laugh Factory: Sat. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. 8001 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood. (323) 656-1336.

Shir Hadash Reform Jewish Community: Services and meditation. Fri. 8 p.m.; Sat. 10:30 a.m. Zen Center of Los Angeles, 923 S. Normandie Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 456-5323.

B’nai Tikvah Congregation: Fri. 7:45 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.; Sun. 9 a.m. 5820 W. Manchester Ave., Westchester. (310) 645-6262.

Other Services and Events

Sat./September 23

Temple Beth Emet: 10 p.m. “L’Chayim, To Life,” musical program with Stuart Rogoff, followed by dessert reception and midnight Selichot services. 1770 W. Cerritos Ave., Anaheim. For reservations or more information, call (714) 772-4720.

Temple Etz Chaim: 8 p.m. Havdallah services. 9:15 p.m. “Yeshiva for the High Holy Days,” with a variety of discussion groups and study sessions for all ages. 11:30 p.m. Selichot services. 1080 Janss Rd., Thousand Oaks. (805) 497-6891.

Sun./September 24

Skirball Cultural Center: 2 p.m. “Greet the New Year” holiday art workshop for ages four and up. $5 per child. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. For reservations, call (310) 440-4636.

Westwood Kehilla: 9:15 a.m. “Teshuva for Dummies: A Maimonidean How-To Guide.” 10:30 a.m. “What You’ve Always Been Praying For,” a preview of the Rosh Hashanah prayerbook. 10523 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 441-5288.

University of Judaism Extension: 7 p.m. “The Quarrel,” film and discussion. $18. For more information, call (310) 440-1246.

Tues./September 26

Westwood Kehilla: 8 p.m. “Days of Awe – Or Awful Days,” one-on-one study of personal growth and the High Holidays. 10523 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 441-5289.

The Jewish Learning Exchange: 7:30 p.m. “Laws and Customs of Rosh Hashanah” 8:15 p.m. “Judgement of the Afterlife.” Young Israel of Hancock Park, 225 S. LaBrea Ave., Los Angeles. For more information, call (323) 857-0923.

Wed./September 27

Conejo Jewish Academy: 8 p.m. First of a three lecture series on Jewish Holidays. Also October 4, 11. $18 for the series. 30345 Canwood St., Agoura Hills. (818) 991-0991.

Women’s American ORT, Westridge chapter: 6 p.m. Dinner and business meeting, followed by a High Holy Day spiritual journey with Rabbi Mark Borovitz. IHOP, 19100 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana. For more information, call (818) 881-9370.

Sat./September 30

Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring: 3 p.m. Jewish New Year program of music and song, in the secular Yiddish tradition. 1525 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 552-2007.

Sun./October 1

Chabad of the Conejo: 5 p.m. “Tashlich Walk,” following the tradition of visiting a body of water containing live fish, to symbolically cast away sins. Walk begins at Hyatt Westlake Plaza Hotel. For more information, call (818) 991-0991.

Leo Baeck Temple: 10 a.m.-noon. Interactive, family-oriented Rosh Hashanah experience with storytelling, arts and crafts, music and more. 1300 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 476-2861.

Sholem Community: 11 a.m. Secular, humanistic Rosh Hashana observance, followed by a picnic at 12:30 p.m. Culver City Middle School, 4601 Elenda Ave. Picnic at Coombs Park, across the street. (310) 202-6546.

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