Calendar Picks and Clicks: June 15-21


SUN JUNE 16

GELLER FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS

American Jewish University’s inaugural arts festival begins with an evening of contemporary dance with BODYTRAFFIC and the L.A. Dance Project, directed by Benjamin Millepied, a choreographer best known for his work on “Black Swan.” The festival continues with Gideon Raff discussing the similarities and difference between his Israeli series “Hatufim” and its American counterpart, “Homeland”; a performance by internationally renowned Israeli singer Noa and her longtime partner, Gil Dor; as well as a sold-out evening with comedian Joan Rivers. Sun. BODYTRAFFIC/L.A. Dance Project. 7 p.m. $45-$100. June 17. Gideon Raff. 7:30 p.m. $25. June 18. Noa and Gil Dor. 7:30 p.m. $45-$100. June 20. Joan Rivers. 7:30 p.m. American Jewish University, Gindi Auditorium, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 440-1246. wcce.aju.edu.

BLOOMSDAY

The Hammer’s fourth annual celebration of James Joyce’s “Ulysses” includes dramatic readings of the book’s “sirens” section by professional actors, live music by Irish band the Sweet Set, a Guinness happy hour and more. Set on the same date as Joyce’s novel, the event takes its name from the book’s protagonist, Leopold Bloom, who was born a Jew. Sun. 2-8 p.m. Free. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 443-7000. hammer.ucla.edu


TUE JUNE 18

“COMEDY NIRVANA! AN EVENING WITH MARC MARON” 

Maron is on fire. His refreshingly honest — not to mention popular — podcast features one-on-one interviews with some of the biggest names in entertainment, and “Maron,” a new IFC series, offers more confessional, raw, honest and thought-provoking comedy. Tonight, catch the actor-comedian and members of the IFC series cast and creative team, including Bobcat Goldthwait, for an exclusive conversation featuring clips from the series. Tue. 7 p.m. $20. The Paley Center, 465 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 786-1000. paleycenter.org/2013-spring-marc-maron.

“A BOY AVENGER, A NAZI DIPLOMAT AND A MURDER IN PARIS” 

Journal book editor and author Jonathan Kirsch appears in conversation with ALOUD curator Louise Steinman to discuss his book “The Short, Strange Life of Herschel Grynszpan: A Boy Avenger, a Nazi Diplomat and a Murder in Paris.” Released this month, “A Boy Avenger” examines the historical details and oral dimensions of one of the most enigmatic cases of World War II, concerning a 17-year-old Jewish refugee, Herschel Grynszpan, who walked into the German embassy in Paris on Nov. 7, 1938, and assassinated Ernst vom Rath, a low-level Nazi diplomat. Two days later, the Third Reich exploited the murder to inaugurate its long-planned campaign of terror against Germany’s Jewish citizens — what became known as Kristallnacht. Tue. 7:15 p.m. Free. Mark Taper Auditorium, Central Library, 630 W. Fifth St., downtown. (213) 228-7025. lfla.org

“THE JUDY SHOW — MY LIFE AS A SITCOM”

Judy Gold, the 6-foot-3 Jewish mother of two, is bringing her big, critically acclaimed off-Broadway hit to the Geffen. A one-woman show and homage to the classic sitcoms of Gold’s youth, including “The Brady Bunch,” “The Partridge Family” and “Facts of Life,” “The Judy Show” covers life, love, show biz and, ultimately her quest for her very own show. Through July 28. Tue. 8 p.m. $57. The Geffen Playhouse, Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater Season, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 208-2028. geffenplayhouse.com.

THU JUNE 20 

“THE BIG SHOW”

Orthodox music superstars Lipa Schmeltzer, an American Chasidic singer and composer who has been called “The Jewish Elvis”; frum rock duo the 8th Day, which combines contemporary popular music with Jewish themes; and vocalist Benny Friedman come together for a concert to raise funds for Bais Chaya Mushka Girls School. Israeli comedian and emcee Modi Rosenfeld brings the funny. Thu. 6:30 p.m. $18-$54. Wilshire Ebell Theatre, 4401 W. Eighth St., Los Angeles. (310) 363-0770. jewishconcertla.com.

EMIL DRAITSER

The author and Hunter College professor discusses “Laughing all the Way to Freedom: Social Functions of Jewish Humor.” The lecture, which draws on his book, “Taking Penguins to the Movies: Ethnic Humor in Russia,” examines the crucial role of Jewish humor at the time of the modern-day exodus of Jews from Russia. Thu. 6:30 p.m. Free. Los Angeles Public Library, Westwood Branch, 1246 Glendon Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 474-1739. www.lapl.org/branches/westwood

FRI JUNE 21

“ALIYAH”

Alex, a 27-year-old drug dealer, is continuously paying off the debts of his burdensome brother, Isaac, in director Elie Wajeman’s moody Parisian thriller. When their cousin, who returns to France after his military service in Israel, tells Alex he wants to go back to Tel Aviv to open a restaurant, Alex is tempted to join him. Torn between making his aliyah, selling drugs, his complicated love life and a destructive brother, Alex will have to find his own way and make a final decision. Fri. Various times. $11 (general), $8 (children under 11, seniors). Laemmle Music Hall 3, 9036 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 478-3836. laemmle.com

Calendar Picks and Clicks: May 4-10, 2013


FRIDAY-SUNDAY

BIG SUNDAY WEEKEND

America’s largest community service festival, which started in 1999 as Temple Israel of Hollywood Mitzvah Day, attracts nearly 50,000 people from every neighborhood, race, religion, ethnicity and socioeconomic group to hundreds of projects in communities across Southern California. Volunteer projects include such activities as planting gardens at schools, fixing up homeless shelters and sprucing up dog parks. Big Sunday Weekend also features concerts, book fairs and blood drives. Fri. Through May 5. Various times. Free. Various locations. (323) 549-9944. bigsunday.org.


SAT MAY 4

EIFMAN BALLET 

Fueled by the artistic vision of choreographer-philosopher Boris Eifman, who told the Journal that he creates “Russian ballets with a Jewish soul,” this acclaimed dance company showcases “Rodin,” an expedition set at the crossroads of passion and insanity, based on the turbulent relationship between famed French sculptor Auguste Rodin and fellow artist Camille Claudel, his mistress and muse. Through May 5. Sat. 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m. Sun. 2 p.m. $29-$109. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. (714) 556-2787. scfta.org.

“I’M NOT RAPPAPORT” 

West Coast Jewish Theatre presents the story of a friendship between two elderly men — Nat Moyer (Jack Axelrod), a feisty, eccentric Jewish leftist who weaves good-natured con games in order to get his way; and Midge Carter (Carl Crudup), a cantankerous African-American who is afraid that he is going to be put out to pasture as his age becomes an issue at his workplace. Through June 23. Sat. 8 p.m. $35. Pico Playhouse, 10508 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 860-6620. westcoastjewishtheatre.org.


MON MAY 6

MALCOLM GOLDSTEIN 

The Brooklyn-born Jewish composer, violinist and improviser delivers a solo performance during “VLN & VLA,” an epic concert of music for violin and viola. Other guest performers include Andrew Tholl, CalArts violin faculty Lorenz Gamma and CalArts alum Andrew McIntosh. Mon. 7 p.m. $10 (CalArts students/faculty/staff), $16 (students), $20 (general). Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater, Walt Disney Concert Hall Complex, 631 W. Second St., downtown. (213) 237-2800. redcat.org.  


TUE MAY 7

DUO DEL SOL

Israeli native Javier Orgman, who was raised in Uruguay, received violin training in El Sistema, the same place where Gustavo Dudamel learned to play. He and guitarist Tom Farrell make up this musical duo. Specializing in global post-rock, Duo del Sol performs tonight in Los Feliz. Tue. 8 p.m. $12. Rockwell: Table and Stage, 1714 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 661-6163. rockwell-la.com.


WED MAY 8

JUDY ZEIDLER

Chef and restaurateur Judy Zeidler teaches the “Italian” way to prepare pastas of all shapes and sizes during her monthly live cooking demonstration, “Cooking ‘Around the World.’ ” Zeidler, a Journal contributor, author of “Italy Cooks” and an instructor at American Jewish University’s Whizin Center for Continuing Education, will be joined by a surprise guest Italian chef. The meal concludes with dessert. Wed. 10 a.m-1 p.m. $64. Location provided upon RSVP (e-mail dstuart@ajula.edu). (310) 440-1246. wcce.ajul.edu.

LAUGHWITHUS

Pro-Israel advocacy organization StandWithUs presents an evening of comedy at the Hollywood Improv with stand-up comedians Avi Liberman, a regular on E!; Mark Schiff, who has opened for the likes of Jerry Seinfeld; Chris Spencer (“Vibe”); and Michael Loftus, a writer on the FX sitcom “Anger Management.” Proceeds benefit The Koby Mandell Foundation, which provides support to Israeli families affected by terrorism. Wed. 7:30 p.m. $80 (advance purchase), $90 (door), $100 (VIP). Improv, 8162 Melrose Ave., Hollywood. (310) 836-6140. standwithus.com.

“PEOPLE OF THE BOOK”

A new collection of essays, “On Sacred Ground: Jewish and Christian Clergy Reflect on Transformative Passages From the Five Books of Moses,” features more than 100 clergy sharing the passages from the Torah that have brought meaning to their lives. Tonight, a diverse panel of local contributors — including Rabbi Elliot Dorff, rector and professor of philosophy at American Jewish University; the Rev. Janet Bregar of Village Lutheran Church of Westwood; the Rev. Thomas Eggebeen, interim pastor at Calvary Presbyterian Church; and the Rev. Sylvia Sweeney, dean and president of the Bloy House/Episcopal Theological School of Claremont — read from their reflections, answer questions and engage in an interfaith dialogue. The book’s editor and publisher, Jeff Bernhardt, appears as well. Wed. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Temple Beth Am, 1039. S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 652-7354, ext. 215. jewishla.org.


THU MAY 9 

“CALIFORNIA SCHOOLS IN CRISIS”

L.A. Unified School Board member Steve Zimmer; Marqueece Harris-Dawson, president and CEO of Community Coalition; Nancy Ramirez, western regional counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF); and John Rogers, UCLA associate professor and director of the Institute for Democracy, Education and Access, discuss “California Schools in Crisis: Closing the Achievement Gap.” Los Angeles City Councilwoman Jan Perry moderates the panel, which is co-sponsored by the National Council of Jewish Women/Los Angeles; the Asian Pacific American Legal Center, MALDEF, the Los Angeles Urban League and the Anti-Defamation League. Thu. Noon. Free. NCJW/LA Council House, 543 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 852-8503. ncjwla.org

Calendar Picks and Clicks: Jan 5-11, 2013


SAT JAN 5

B.J. NOVAK: “UNCOLLECTED STORIES”

Writer and actor B.J. Novak (“The Office,” “Inglourious Basterds”) shares original pieces of comedic fiction in advance of an upcoming collection. Co-star, writer and producer of “The Office,” Novak has a sensibility that draws on a range of influences, from “Saturday Night Live” and “Monty Python” to Woody Allen and the notable anthology “The Big Book of Jewish Humor,” which was co-edited by his father. Sat. 10 p.m. $10. Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, 5919 Franklin Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 908-8702. losangeles.ucbtheatre.com.

SUN JAN 6

JNF TRIBUTE TO SOUTHERN ISRAEL

Winner of the Israeli version of “American Idol,” Ethiopian Jewish vocalist Hagit Yaso joins Grammy- and Emmy-winning composer Charles Fox for a free concert in support of Southern Israel. Organized by the Jewish National Fund, the concert features Yaso and Fox collaborating on “Killing Me Softly” as well as Fox performing his own music. Roy Firestone (“L.A. Tonight,” “Good Day L.A.”) serves as master of ceremonies. Sun. 6:30 p.m. Free. Saban Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (323) 964-1400. jnf.org/laconcert.

TUE JAN 8

“GUT SHABBES VIETNAM”

A young Israeli couple and their baby set out on a one-way ticket to the Far East to encourage and create a Jewish community in Vietnam. Co-directors Ido and Yael Zand’s documentary follows the challenges facing Chabad emissaries Rabbi Menachem and Racheli Hartman as they encounter an eclectic mix of Israeli expats and Jews from the Diaspora. Tue. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. UCLA Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, 11361 Bunche Hall, Room 135, UCLA, Los Angeles. (310) 825-9646. international.ucla.edu/israel.

WED JAN 9

IRAN, AMERICA, ISRAEL AND THE JEWS

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and 30 Years After hold a discussion with an Islamic affairs analyst from ADL’s Center on Extremism, on “Special Report: What the Iranian Government Is Telling Its Own People About America, Israel and Jews,” an expert breakdown on media within Iran’s borders today. Wed. 7:30 p.m. Free (advance registration required). Anti-Defamation League, 10495 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 446-4229. regions.adl.org/pacific-southwest.

“ISRAEL ELECTIONS 2013″

This 90-minute discussion maps out, clarifies and distinguishes between the platforms for the major political parties and players running in Israel’s general election on Jan. 22. Using advance interactive technologies and the most up-to-date information, experts examine how the leaders of Israel envision the future of the Jewish state. Every participant receives “Israel Seminars’ Guide to the Politically Perplexed 2013.” Wed. 7:30 p.m. Free. Temple Beth Am, 1039 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 652-7354, ext. 215. tbala.org/israel.

THU JAN 10

“THE DUDE AND THE ZEN MASTER”

Jeff Bridges’ portrayal of The Dude, the laid-back protagonist in the Coen brothers’ “The Big Lebowski,” is pop-culture gold. In the new book, “The Dude and the Zen Master,” Bridges and Roshi Bernie Glassman offer a glimpse into conversations between student and teacher, a shared philosophy of life and spirituality and everyday wisdom. The result is a dialogue about life, laughter and the movies as well as a reminder of the importance of doing good in a difficult world. Bridges and Glassman appear in person along with the Rev. Danny Fisher, coordinator of the Buddhist chaplaincy department at University of the West. Thu. 7:30 p.m. $25. Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, The Aratani/Japan America Theatre, 244 S. San Pedro St., downtown. (213) 228-7025. lfla.org.

FRI JAN 11

“FREUD’S LAST SESSION”

Starring Tony-, Emmy- and Golden Globe-winner Judd Hirsch (“Taxi”) and Tom Cavanagh (“Ed”), Mark St. Germain’s off-Broadway play imagines a late-in-life meeting between Dr. Sigmund Freud (Hirsch), the Jewish atheist father of psychoanalysis, and the philosophical Christian author-professor C.S. Lewis (Cavanagh). The result is a discourse on life’s big questions just weeks before Freud’s death amid the ominous sounds of World War II. Talkbacks follow performances on Jan. 13 and Jan. 17, featuring Jack Miles, a Pulitzer-winner and professor of English and religious studies at UC Irvine, and Morris Eagle, professor emeritus at the Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, respectively. Fri. Through Feb. 10. 7:30 p.m. $42-$67. Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. (310) 434-3200. thebroadstage.com.

“THE QUARTET”

Dustin Hoffman makes his screen directorial debut with this comic film starring Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon and Billy Connolly. Set in a home for retired opera singers, an annual charity concert to celebrate composer Verdi’s birthday is disrupted by the arrival of Jean, an eternal diva and a resident’s ex-wife. As old grudges re-emerge, it becomes apparent that having four of the finest operatic singers under one roof is no guarantee that the show will go on. Opens Friday. bbc.co.uk/bbcfilms/film/quartet

Calendar Picks and Clicks: Oct. 27–Nov 2, 2012


SAT OCT 27

“Seeds of Resiliency”

Documentarian Susan Polis Schutz’s new film introduces us to 12 diverse people who have survived tragedies and challenges by having hope and helping others, including a Holocaust survivor who believes that “the worst can bring out the best in us,” a man who escaped war-torn Uganda and now assists other refugees, and a Korean professor who became a quadriplegic but does not consider himself unfortunate. Sat. Various times. $5. Laemmle’s Music Hall 3, 9036 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. Laemmle’s Town Center 5, 17200 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (310) 478-3836. laemmle.com.

SUN OCT 28

“Midrashic Mirrors”

An art exhibition and panel discussion marks the completion of “Midrashic Mirrors: Creating Holiness in Imagery and Intimacy,” a book project developed by a group of female artists and writers at Temple Israel of Hollywood, which illustrates how the creative process animates the nexus between Torah and our personal lives. A wine, cheese and dessert reception kicks off the festivities, followed by a walk-through of the installation. Afterward, Rabbi Michelle Missaghieh facilitates a discussion with the project’s authors and artists. The event concludes with a first-edition book signing and sale, with proceeds benefiting Temple Israel’s education scholarships. Sun. 3-6 p.m. Free. Temple Israel of Hollywood, 7300 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 876-8330. tioh.org.

Propositions Party

Are you confused about the propositions? Temple Kol Tikvah holds a nonpartisan forum for California voters to learn about of the issues on the Nov. 6 ballot. Speakers present the pro and con positions on all 11 of the state propositions, which include tax initiatives to fund schools, labeling of genetically modified food, three-strikes reform, an end to the death penalty and increased penalties for human trafficking. Sun. 3-6 p.m. Free. Temple Kol Tikvah, 20400 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills. (818) 348-0670. koltikvah.org.

“Unbroken Spirit”

Former Soviet refusenik Rabbi Yosef Mendelevich, who at the age of 22 attempted to hijack a plane to the West to raise awareness about the desperate plight of Soviet Jews, discusses and signs the newly released English translation of his memoir, “Unbroken Spirit: A Heroic Story of Faith, Courage, and Survival.” Sun. 7 p.m. Free (reservations required). Museum of Tolerance, 9786 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 553-8403. museumoftolerance.com/unbrokenspirit.

MON OCT 29

“Jewish Values and the 2012 Ballot”

IKAR’s Rabbi Sharon Brous and Rabbi Ronit Tsadok, American Jewish University’s Rabbi Aryeh Cohen and leaders of social justice organization Bend the Arc discuss the November ballot initiatives through a Jewish lens, addressing what Jewish tradition says about the death penalty, criminal justice and income equality. Mon. 7:30 p.m. Free. Westside JCC, 5870 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 634-1870, (323) 761-8350. ikar-la.org, bendthearc.us/events.

TUE OCT 30

Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor Zubin Mehta leads the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in a performance of Schubert’s Symphony No. 3, Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Brahms’ Symphony
No. 1. Pianist Yuja Wang also appears. Tue. 8 p.m. $47-$156. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 850-2000. laphil.com.

THU NOV 1

“Rita in Concert: A Celebration of My Roots”

Israel’s diva reconnects with her Iranian roots and brings a world-music experience to UCLA as part of her U.S. tour. Rita performs selections from her latest album, “My Joys,” which features contemporary renditions of classic Iranian songs, blending Tel Aviv-inspired club music, pop and gypsy sounds with Farsi lyrics. Sponsored by the Iranian American Jewish Federation. Thu. 7:30 p.m. $35-$200. UCLA campus, Royce Hall, 240 Royce Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 825-2101. cap.ucla.edu

Pete Wilson and Gray Davis

Former Govs. Wilson and Davis discuss Propositions 30 and 38, initiatives on the November election ballots that promise to raise additional money for K-12 education and community colleges. Raphael Sonenshein, executive director of the Edmund G. “Pat” Brown Institute of Public Affairs at California State University, Los Angeles and Journal columnist, moderates. Thu. 7:30 p.m. Free. Stephen S. Wise Temple, 15500 Stephen S. Wise Drive, Los Angeles. wisela.org.

FRI NOV 2

2012 Kindertransport Association Conference

The Kindertransport Association, a nonprofit that unites children Holocaust refugees of the Kindertransport rescue movement with their descendants, hosts “Generation to Generation: Honoring the Legacy, Transforming the Future,” a three-day biennial international gathering. Workshops and speakers explore the legacy of the Kindertransports, a rescue movement that took place on the eve of World War II and saved nearly 10,000 German, Austrian and Czech children. Fri. 7 p.m. Through Nov. 4. $330 (Kindertransport Association members), $370 (general). Includes two breakfasts, two lunches, two dinners, programs and complimentary shuttle from John Wayne International Airport. Hotel registration: $99 per night (single or double occupancy). Irvine Marriott Hotel, 18000 Van Karman Ave., Irvine. (516) 938-6084. kindertransport.org

Calendar Picks and Clicks: Oct. 13-19, 2012


SUN OCT 14

 

11th Annual Daniel Pearl World Music Days

Dedicated to the life and memory of journalist Daniel Pearl, this October music month features concerts across the globe, including today’s performance of “Songs of Salomone Rossi: Harmony for Humanity” by Tesserae at Contrapuntal Recital Hall in Brentwood. Other concerts include Ray Dewey (Oct. 16); Chabad-hosted Hakafot (Oct. 20); the Phil Ranelin Jazz Ensemble (Oct. 21); the Kadima String Quartet (Oct. 24 & 28); the UCLA Philharmonia (Oct. 25); the Daniel Pearl Magnet High School Choir (Oct. 26); Cantor Ruti Braier, the Orange County Wind Ensemble and conductor William Nicholls (Oct. 26); the Harmony Project and the West Los Angeles Branch of the Music Student Services League (Oct. 28); Yuval Ron, Russell Steinberg, Mitchell Newman and Hazzan Mike Stein (Oct. 29); and Conductor Noreen Green of the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony, Cantor Magda Fishman and Cantor Marcus Feldman (Oct. 30). Through Oct. 31. For information about other Daniel Pearl World Music Days performances, visit danielpearlmusicdays.org.

 

30 Years After Civic Action Conference

The Iranian-American Jewish group’s third biennial conference explores the imperative of civic participation and community leadership from the Iranian-American Jewish community. Speakers include Ambassador Dennis Ross, L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Consul General of Israel David Siegel and former U.N. Ambassador Mark Wallace, the current CEO of United Against Nuclear Iran. The daylong conference will include a mayoral candidates forum; an organizational fair; and sessions on the future of the Middle East, Jewish life in Los Angeles, Israel and Iran, activism, political action and philanthropy. Sun. 9:30 a.m. (opening plenary), 7 p.m. (keynote gala dinner). $150 (includes glatt kosher breakfast, lunch, cocktail reception, community organization fair and gala dinner). Millennium Biltmore Hotel, 506 S. Grand Ave., downtown. 30yearsafter.org.

TUE OCT 16

“Battle for Our Minds”

Michael Widlanski, a specialist in Arab politics and communication, appears in person to discuss his new book, “Battle for Our Minds: Western Elites and the Terror Threat,” and why America and the Jewish people remain prime targets of terrorists. A book signing follows. Tue. 7 p.m. Free (reservations required). Museum of Tolerance, 9786 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 553-8403. museumoftolerance.com.

WED OCT 17

“Deeply Rooted” and “Photographic Visions of the Diaspora”

An artists’ reception celebrates two exhibitions opening at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. “Deeply Rooted” explores the connection between the two primordial trees in the Garden of Eden while “Photographic Visions of the Diaspora” highlights the once-vibrant but rapidly fading world of Jewish shopkeepers. Wed. 5-7 p.m. (reception). Through Dec. 14 (“Deeply Rooted”). Through May 31 (“Photographic Visions”). Free. Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, 3077 University Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 765-2106. huc.edu.

Mayoral Candidates Forum

Los Angeles mayoral candidates Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti, L.A. City Council member Jan Perry and L.A. City Controller Wendy Greuel discuss their positions on issues facing Los Angeles and participate in a Q-and-A with the audience. A meet-and-greet reception featuring local representatives within the public and private sectors precedes the candidates’ forum. Light refreshments served. Organized by Temple Isaiah’s Isaiah Continuing Enrichment program. Wed. 6-7 p.m. (meet and greet), 7:30-9 p.m. (mayoral candidates forum). Free. Temple Isaiah, 10345 W. Pico  Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 277-2772. templeisaiah.com.

THU OCT 18

“The Other Son”

French-Jewish writer-director Lorraine Le-
vy’s family drama follows two young men — one Israeli, the other Palestinian — who discover that they were accidentally switched at birth. The revelation turns the lives of the two families upside down, forcing them to reassess their respective identities, values and beliefs. Thu. 7:30 p.m. $10. Laemmle Town Center, 17200 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (213) 368-1661. lajfilmfest.org.

FRI OCT 19

“Simon and the Oaks” 

Swedish director Lisa Ohlin’s epic drama portrays the situation of Jews in Sweden during World War II. Spanning the years 1939 to 1952, the film follows Simon, an intellectually gifted boy from a working-class family in Gothenburg who attends an upper-class grammar school. Soon he meets Isak, the son of a wealthy Jewish bookseller who has fled Nazi persecution in Germany. When Simon’s family takes in Isak, the boys’ households merge and connect in unexpected ways. Fri. Various times. $13 (general), $10 (matinees, seniors, children). Landmark Theatres, 10850 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 474-6291. landmarktheatres.com.

Calendar Picks and Clicks: July 7-13, 2012


SUN | JULY 8

“HAVA”
L.A. performance artist and avant-garde clown April Hava Shenkman channels the comedy queens of Hollywood’s golden age for advice and wisdom. Follow Shenkman’s pursuit of happiness in this one-woman, cabaret-style performance. Sun. Through July 29. 9-10 p.m. $10. Atwater Crossing, The Platform at ATX Kitchen, 3245 Casitas Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 284-8265. atwatercrossing.com.

MON | JULY 9

“AN EVENING WITH MAYIM BIALIK”
She’s a neuroscientist in real life and plays one on TV. The “Big Bang Theory” actress appears in conversation tonight with Huffington Post senior science writer Cara Santa Maria to discuss acting, the frontiers of brain research and the role of women in science. Mon. 7:30 p.m. Free. Museum of Contemporary Art, 250 S. Grand Ave., downtown. zocalopublicsquare.org.

TUE | JULY 10

LEONARD SLATKIN
The seven-time Grammy winner opens the Tuesday Classics series at the Hollywood Bowl with a performance of Beethoven’s masterpiece “Symphony No. 9,” featuring the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, soprano Rachel Willis-Sørensen, mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, tenor Gordon Gietz and bass-baritone Christian van Horn. A collaboration with the Getty Center features imagery by video artist Hermon Kolgen inspired by Gustav Klimt’s “Beethoven Frieze,” which will accompany the epic “Ode to Joy” finale. The evening includes contemporary works by composers Anna Clyne (“Rewind”), Anne LeBaron (“American Icons”) and Cindy McTee (“Tempus Fugit”). Tue. 8 p.m. $1-$133. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood. (323) 850-2000. hollywoodbowl.com.

WED | JULY 11

LEGENDARY BINGO BASH 2012
Join host Bingo-boy and a fabulous drag queen hostess tonight for Legendary Bingo at Hamburger Mary’s, which benefits National Council of Jewish Women’s Women Helping Children. A full menu and bar provide fuel, and admission includes 10 regular and two grand-prize bingo game cards. Wed. 7-8:30 p.m. $20 (door, cash only). Hamburger Mary’s, 8288 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. RSVP, (323) 654-8275. ncjwla.org.

THU | JULY 12

BEIT T’SHUVAH CHARITY DESIGN PROJECT
Sleek and stylish renovations at Beit T’Shuvah, a residential addiction treatment center, include newly tiled floors, window treatments and refurbished vintage furniture, among the improvements to its 40-plus bedrooms. Today’s grand reveal and open house invites the community to celebrate the efforts of Designed From the Heart’s founding chair Heidi Bendetson, vice chair Rhonda Snyder and 70 volunteer designers, who donated time, services and money to remodel the recovery center — an extreme makeover that benefits the temporary home for 80 men and women. Hors d’oeuvres served. Thu. 6-9 p.m. Free. Beit T’Shuvah, 8831 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 204-6200. beittshuvah.org.

FRI | JULY 13

“LOST IN JOSHUA TREE”
In 2010, poet and real estate broker Ed Rosenthal took off on a two-hour hike in the Mojave Desert, lost his way and spent six days without food and water before being rescued. During tonight’s presentation, Rosenthal uses mixed media to recount his life-changing experience and Cindy Bousquet Harris reads from her collection of poems inspired by Rosenthal’s near-tragedy. Fri. 7:30 p.m. Free. Beyond Baroque Literary/Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 822-3006. beyondbaroque.org.

“STEPHEN SONDHEIM: IN CONVERSATION”
A masterful composer-lyricist, Sondheim appears in person and shares anecdotes about his life and career with Michael A. Kerker, musical theater director for the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Broadway stars Christine Ebersole and Brian Stokes Mitchell perform some of Sondheim’s most beloved songs. Fri. 8 p.m. $35-$99. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. (714) 556-2787. scfta.org.

“INTO THE NIGHT: PLAYTIME”
Stay up late with the Skirball to celebrate music and games. Performances include indie folk band Sea Wolf, San Francisco’s synth-rock trio Geographer and KCRW’s DJ Anthony Valadez. Enjoy a museum-wide scavenger hunt, crafts with Julianna Parr of CraftNight at Akbar, balloon art, puppets, board games, experimental video games from UCLA’s Game Lab and a screening of French filmmaker Jacques Tati’s comedic masterwork “Play Time.” A cash bar features signature specialty cocktails. 21 and over. Fri. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. $15 (advance), $20 (door). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.

Calendar Picks and Clicks: May 26-June 1, 2012


SAT | MAY 26

“THE IMMIGRANT”
Haskell, a young Jewish immigrant fleeing Russian pogroms in 1909, settles in the Baptist community of Hamilton, Texas, in this musical adaptation of playwright Mark Harelik’s tale of a stranger in a strange land. As he struggles to achieve the American Dream without caving in to assimilation, Haskell’s unlikely, longtime friendship with a local banker, Milton, is tested by political differences over World War II. Based on the true story of Harelik’s late grandfather, this West Coast Jewish Theatre’s production features a klezmer-meets-Copeland soundtrack with music by Steven M. Alper and lyrics by Sarah Knapp. Sat. Through July 15. 8 p.m. $28-$35. Pico Playhouse, 10508 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 860-6620. wcjt.org.

WED | MAY 30

BETHENNY FRANKEL
Reality TV star (“Bethenny Ever After”), author, entrepreneur and chef sign copies of her debut novel, “Skinnydipping.” Echoing Frankel’s experiences, the tale follows aspiring actress Faith Brightstone, who finds reality TV stardom in New York when her Hollywood dreams don’t pan out. Wed. 6 p.m. Free. Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. (626) 449-5320. vromansbookstore.com.

“CLIENT 9: THE RISE AND FALL OF ELIOT SPITZER”
Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney (“Taxi to the Dark Side”) examines the call-girl scandal that brought down New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer and whether his political enemies engineered the investigation. A Q-and-A with sibling producers Jedd and Todd Wider follows. Part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Contemporary Documentaries series. Wed. 7 p.m. Free. Linwood Dunn Theater, 1313 Vine St., Hollywood. (310) 247-3600. oscars.org/events-exhibitions.

SANDRA BERNHARD
The wry comedian, actress and pop-culture anthropologist brings her one-woman show, “Sandrology,” to REDCAT. Backed by a high-octane rock band, Bernhard skewers the worlds of contemporary culture, politics and celebrity, much the way she does on Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live.” Wed. Through June 3. 8 p.m. $50-$55. Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater, 631 W. Second St., downtown. (213) 237-2800. redcat.org.

THU | MAY 31

THE ISRAEL CONFRENCE
Nearly 1,000 attendees are expected at this two-day interactive forum, which brings companies together to increase business and investment opportunities between Israel and California. Speakers from the technology, media and consumer-product sectors today include Yoram Yaacovi, general manager of Microsoft Israel R&D; Roy Bahat, president of IGN Entertainment; Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf CEO Mel Elias; and Gideon Weiss, business development manager for Iron Dome builder Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. The day concludes with a Music & Media & Entertainment Reception featuring Israeli performers along with wine and cheese from Israel. Thu. Through June 1. 7:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. $395 (advance), $480 (door). Luxe Hotel, 11461 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 445-5388. theisraelconference.org.

SOULFARM
Founded in Israel by Grammy-winning lead guitarist C Lanzbom and lead singer/guitarist Noah Solomon, Soulfarm brings its guitar leads, dance rhythms and strong percussion breaks to The Joint as part of Jewlicious’ second concert series. Organized with the concert-going, cash-strapped young adult in mind, the concerts featuring nationally recognized and independent talent and $2 brews. Live music and cheap alcohol — what more could you ask for? Co-sponsored by Asahi beer. Thu. 8 p.m. $10 (advance), $15 (door, space permitting). The Joint, 8771 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 277-5544. jewliciousfestival.com.

MIKE STOLLER
The legendary composer — one half of songwriting team Leiber and Stoller, who crafted tunes for Elvis Presley (“Hound Dog,” “Jailhouse Rock”), Peggy Lee (“Is That All There Is?”) and others — appears in conversation with songwriter and producer Steve Barri to discuss his life and career. A book signing of “Hound Dog: The Leiber and Stoller Autobiography” follows. Thu. 2 p.m. $5 (general), free (Skirball members). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.

FRI | JUNE 1

JEFF GARLIN
Celebrating his 50th birthday and 30 years in comedy, the acclaimed actor-comedian (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”) appears in person to perform an evening of stand-up. Tribe favorite Sarah Silverman, Patton Oswalt (“Ratatouille,” “King of Queens”), Bob Odenkirk (“Breaking Bad”), Bill Burr and others join Garlin. Expect irreverent, wacky and Jewy humor. Proceeds benefit The Littlest Tumor Foundation. Fri. 9 p.m. $40 (online only). Largo at the Coronet, 366 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 855-0350. largo-la.com.

Calendar Picks and Clicks: May 19-25, 2012


SAT | MAY 19

“A HAPPY END”
Days after the election that brings Hitler to power, a Jewish couple — an acclaimed physicist and his unfaithful wife — contemplate whether to seek an unknown future outside of Germany or stay put in Berlin. Written by playwright Iddo Netanyahu, brother of Israel’s prime minister, directed by Ami Dayan, and featuring award-winning actor Bruce Davison, this staged reading is the play’s West Coast premiere. Part of the California International Theatre Festival. The Museum of Tolerance hosts an additional performance on May 21. Sat. 8 p.m. Free (first come, first served). Founder’s Hall, 100 Civic Center Way, Calabasas. (818) 783-3576. citfestival.org.

SUN | MAY 20

SPA-VUOT
Gardening, yoga and exercise workshops, hikes and a “Mikveh Tent” for rejuvenating foot soaks and hand massages highlight The Big Jewish Tent’s mind-body-Torah Shavuot festival. Pay a little extra and enjoy horseback rides, full-body massages and more. Sun. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. $99-$259. Shalom Institute, 34342 Mulholland Highway, Malibu. (818) 889-5500. bigjewishtent.com.

WALK TO END GENOCIDE
Jewish World Watch holds its sixth annual Walk to End Genocide, a three-mile walk to raise awareness about human rights abuses. During registration and after the walk, visit the Action Festival, which features information and advocacy booths, arts and crafts, music, food trucks and more. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free (general registration). Pan Pacific Park, 7600 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. (818) 501-1836. jewishworldwatch.org.

“BEYOND ALLIANCES”
Today’s symposium explores the role Jews have played in reshaping the racial landscape of Southern California, from relations with Chinese-Americans in the 19th century to Mexican-Americans in the 20th century. Panelists include Philip Ethington, professor of history and political science at USC; Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller, executive director of Hillel at UCLA; and Karen Wilson, a UCLA doctoral student. Todd Presner, professor of Germanic languages, comparative literature and Jewish studies at UCLA and co-director of the UCLA Center for Jewish Studies, moderates. A discussion among the speakers and a Q-and-A follow. Sun. 3-6 p.m. Free (reservations required). Hillel at UCLA, 574 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 267-5327. cjs.ucla.edu.

SILENT FILM GALA
Carl Davis conducts the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in a performance of his new score for the 1920 “thrill” comedy, “High and Dizzy,” starring Harold Lloyd as an intoxicated doctor who must rescue a sleepwalking patient from a skyscraper ledge.  The orchestra also performs Davis’ original score for Lloyd’s 1927 film, “The Kid Brother.” Sun. 6:30 p.m. $35-$80. Royce Hall, UCLA Campus, Los Angeles. (213) 622-7001. laco.org.

TUE | MAY 22

ELI BROAD
Broad, founder of SunAmerica Inc. and KB Home and a philanthropist who heads foundations holding more than $2 billion in assets, appears in conversation with Los Angeles Times editor-at-large Jim Newton to discuss his new book, “The Art of Being Unreasonable: Lessons in Unconventional Thinking.” Broad, who funds scientific research and education reforms, has built some of the great contemporary art museums. Tonight, he shares how being “unreasonable” led him to extraordinary success. Tue. 7 p.m. Free (stand-by reservations only). Los Angeles Central Library, Mark Taper Auditorium, 630 W. Fifth St., downtown. (213) 228-7500. lfla.org.

WED | MAY 23

“6X6”
Valley Beth Shalom’s inaugural writers roundtable brings together professional writers to inspire imaginative, bold storytelling reflecting on the condition of contemporary Jewish life. Featured speakers include Sarah Goldfinger (“Grimm,” “CSI”), Universal Television story editor Michael Halperin, Jewish World Watch playwright-in-residence Stephanie Liss, Jamie Pachino (“Fairly Legal”), Lynn Roth (“The Paper Chase”) and Rhonda Spinak, Jewish Women’s Theatre artistic director. Rabbi Ed Feinstein hosts. Wed. 7:30 p.m. Free. Valley Beth Shalom, 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (818) 788-6000. vbs.org.

LENNY KRAYZELBURG
The four-time Olympic gold medalist and champion swimmer discusses his struggles and achievements, his work in the community and the secrets for his success during a reception hosted by Federation young adult groups Ru-Ju-LA (Russian Jewish Young Adults of Los Angeles) and YALA (Young Adults of Los Angeles). Mingle with other young adults at an opening wine and cheese reception. Wed. 7:30 p.m. $15. Matrix Theatre, 7657 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 761-8372. yala.org

Calendar Picks and Clicks: May 12-18, 2012


SAT | MAY 12

“OVERLOOKED SUSPECT”
What if O.J. Simpson didn’t do it? The Journal invites you to the L.A. premiere of a documentary that examines that very question. Explore the evidence with private investigator William Dear, whose ongoing investigation into the 1994 murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman comes to a conclusion that has yet to be explored. A panel discussion and Q-and-A follow, featuring Dear, Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson and criminal defense attorney James Blatt. Journal president and columnist David Suissa moderates. Must be at least 17 years old to attend. Sat. 7-10 p.m. $12. Saban Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (800) 838-3006. http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/245443.

TUE | MAY 15

ERIK LARSON
The master of narrative nonfiction appears in conversation with David Kipen, founder of the Boyle Heights used bookshop Libros Schmibros. They discuss Larson’s bestseller, “In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin,” which follows U.S. Ambassador William Dodd, who arrives in Hitler’s Germany in 1933. Glamorous Germany soon reveals its true colors, but the State Department shows indifference to Dodd’s reports of Jewish persecution. Tue. 7:30 p.m. $20. Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, 300 N. Clark Drive, Beverly Hills. writersblocpresents.com.

ANDY COHEN
The out-and-proud executive at Bravo, who oversees development of shows like “Top Chef” and “The Real Housewives” franchise, discusses and signs copies of his new memoir, “Most Talkative: Stories From the Front Lines of Pop Culture,” which recounts how he became the first openly gay late-night talk show host, an Emmy winner and network head. Wristbanded event. Tue. 7 p.m. Free. Barnes and Nobles at The Grove, 189 Grove Drive, Suite K 30, Los Angeles. (323) 525-0270. barnesandnoble.com.

WED | MAY 16

SUISSA VS. BEINART
Journal president and columnist David Suissa debates Peter Beinart, author of the controversial book, “The Crisis of Zionism,” about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Temple Israel of Hollywood’s Rabbi John Rosove moderates the discussion on the lack of progress in peace talks — Beinart acknowledges acts of violence on the Palestinians’ part but faults Israeli policies; Suissa ascribes blame to the Palestinian Authority’s use of incitement against Jews. Wed. 7 p.m. Free. Temple Israel of Hollywood, 7300 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 876-8330. tioh.org

“WAR ON WOMEN”
The National Council of Jewish Women holds an educational program advocating for reproductive freedom and addressing the current pushback against feminism. Actress and activist Tyne Daly (“Judging Amy”); American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) staff attorney Maggie Crosby; Serena Josel, public affairs director for Planned Parenthood Los Angeles; Linda Long, vice president of California National Organization for Women; and Kaya Masler, a USC student and political organizer, participate in a panel discussion. Los Angeles Times columnist Sandy Banks moderates. Light refreshments served. Wed. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Free. NCJW/LA Council House, 543 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. RSVP (323) 852-8503. ncjwla.org.

“HATIKVA—A HYMN IS BORN”
Israeli musicologist and pianist Astrith Baltsan’s concert reveals the surprising origins of Israel’s national anthem, which has its roots in an ancient Sephardic prayer, classical music by Mozart, Chopin and Smetana, and a Romanian immigrant folk song. Presented by Mati and the Consulate General of Israel. Cocktail reception included. Wed. 7:30 p.m. (cocktails), 8:30 p.m. (program). $50 (advance), $60 (door). Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, 8844 Burton Way, Beverly Hills. (323) 351-7021. maticenter.org.

THU | MAY 17

“PROJECT MAH JONGG”
The new Skirball exhibition explores how a Chinese game became an American Jewish tradition, influencing fashion, style and cultural identity. Mah jongg-inspired contemporary works by Isaac Mizrahi, Bruce McCall and Maira Kalman accompany mah jongg sets and rulebooks, newspaper articles and vintage photographs. Visitors are encouraged to play at tables set up throughout the Skirball. Included with museum admission. Thu. Through Sept. 2. Noon-5 p.m. (Tuesday-Friday), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Saturday, Sunday). $10 (general), $7 (seniors, students), $5 (children, 2-12), free (members, children under 2). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.

DAN RATHER AND MARTY KAPLAN
The veteran “CBS Evening News” anchor discusses his new memoir, “Rather Outspoken: My Life in News,” with Journal columnist Kaplan, the Norman Lear Professor of Entertainment, Media and Society at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Thu. 7:30 p.m. $20. Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills. writersblocpresents.com.

Calendar Picks and Clicks: Apr. 27-May 3, 2012


SUN | APRIL 29

CELEBRATE ISRAEL
Mizrahi pop star Eyal Golan, “The Voice” contestant Monique Benabou and Craig Taubman are the featured performers at today’s 64th Independence Day Festival, which includes a Salute to Israel Walk and Ride and an art installation competition. For additional information, see the story on Page 16. Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Online presale: $15 (adults), $9 (children), $10.75 (per person, family of four), $9.80 (per person, family of five). Door (does not include family package): $19 (adults), $12 (children). Cheviot Hills Park, Cheviot Hills Recreation Center, 2551 Motor Ave., Los Angeles. celebrateisraelfestival.com.

CHARLES FOX: “KILLING ME SOFTLY”
Don’t miss this afternoon of music and storytelling with the Grammy- and Emmy-winning composer who collaborated with icons Fred Astaire, Roberta Flack, Barry Manilow and Tito Puente. Fox performs his hit songs and signs copies of his 2011 memoir, “Killing Me Softly: My Life in Music.” Sun. 4 p.m. $10. American Jewish University, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 476-9777. ajula.edu.

MON | APRIL 30

TANLINES
The musical duo of Brooklyn hipsters Jesse Cohen and Eric Emm combines dance-pop and rock, tropical percussion, huge choruses and lyrics about Gen Y identity crises perfectly appropriate for an Echo Park crowd. Rewards and Gothic Tropic also perform. Mon. 8:30 p.m. $10 (advance), $12 (doors). The Echo, 1822 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 413-8200. attheecho.com.

CONGRESSIONAL DEBATE
For West San Fernando Valley residents who are still unsure about who to vote for in the congressional race for the newly drawn 30th District, perhaps tonight’s debate between Democratic candidates Rep. Brad Sherman and Rep. Howard Berman and Republican challengers Mark Reed and Susan Shelley will help. CSUN alumnus and KFI AM 640’s Bill Handel, CSUN business law lecturer Michael Sidley and a CSUN student representative moderate. Mon. 6-7:30 p.m. Free (limit two tickets per person). Valley Performing Arts Center, 18111 Nordhoff St., Los Angeles. (818) 677-8800. valleyperformingartscenter.org.

TUE | MAY 1

“A FEAST OF MYSTICAL JEWISH AND SUFI POETRY”
World musician Yuval Ron shares the hidden connection between Sufi master poet, Rumi, and the Jewish teacher, Yehuda Halevi in a concert-lecture. With singer Maya Haddi and percussionist Jamie Papish. Hosted by Rabbi Ed Feinstein. No fee. All are welcome. Bring timbrels. Tue. 7:30 p.m. Free. Valley Beth Shalom, 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (818) 788-6000. Vbs.org.

THU | MAY 3

LOS ANGELES JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL
Of the more than 25 dramas, documentaries, comedies and shorts at 13 venues from Pasadena to Beverly Hills, highlights at the seventh annual festival include tonight’s star-studded celebration and gala reception with a premiere viewing of documentary “Tony Curtis: Driven to Stardom”; Penelope Ann Miller, co-star of “The Artist,” hosting a viewing of the Michael Curtiz silent classic “The Moon of Israel” (May 6); “Wunderkinder,” the Holocaust drama from the producers of “Europa Europa” (May 5-6); the Los Angeles premiere of “Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story” (May 9), with Consul General of Israel David Siegel and Israeli government officials attending; and “Dorfman,” the closing-night film by director Bradley Leung and writer Wendy Kout, starring Elliott Gould (May 10). A program of The Jewish Journal. Thu. Through May 10. Various times. $40 (opening gala), $6-$12 (films), $12-$15 (closing night). Various locations. (800) 838-3006. lajfilmfest.org.

“THE ART OF POP CULTURE”
The works of nearly 50 pop culture artists, including Domingo Zapata, Burton Morris and John Baldessari, are featured in the Zimmer Children’s Museum’s new show-and-tell art exhibition, opening today. On May 6, children make pop art, snack on doughnut pops and popcorn, and rock out at a poppin’ bubble wrap dance party during “Show-and-Tell Family Day: A Poppin’ Party!” Thu. Through June 8. 6-9 p.m. (opening reception). Free. Zimmer Children’s Museum, 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 761-8984. zimmermuseum.org/showandtell.html.

U.S.A.-ISRAEL BIOMED TECH

CONFERENCE
The American Israeli Medical Association brings the biomedical technology industry of Israel to the American business community. Carla Mann Woods, CEO of Mann Healthcare Partners, delivers the keynote address, “Medical Devices in the 21st Century: Innovation, Challenges and Regulations.” Thu. 5-10 p.m. $80 (includes dinner and parking). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (888) 991-1212. aima4u.com.

FRI | MAY 4
BIG SUNDAY WEEKEND
America’s largest community service festival, which started in 1999 at Temple Israel of Hollywood, attracts nearly 50,000 people from every neighborhood, race, religion, ethnicity and socioeconomic group to 500 projects in communities all over Southern California, San Diego and San Francisco. Volunteer projects include such activities as planting gardens at schools, fixing up homeless shelters and sprucing up dog parks. Big Sunday Weekend also features concerts, book fairs and blood drives. Fri. Through May 6. Various times. Free. Various locations. (323) 549-9944. bigsunday.org.

Calendar Picks and Clicks: Apr. 14-20, 2012


For Yom HaShoah events, visit jewishjournal.com/yom_hashoah.

SAT | APRIL 14

“AN EVENING OF YIDDISH SONG”
End Passover with Yiddish music and Chinese food. Singer-songwriter Mark Levy performs a diverse range of Yiddish music — classic folk songs, theater songs, and songs from the struggles for labor rights and social justice — at Genghis Cohen. Sat. 8 p.m. $8. Genghis Cohen, 740 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 389-8880. yiddi.sh/yidsong.

SUN | APRIL 15

“THE BASIC JUDAISM MARATHON”
Learn everything you’ve ever wanted to know about Judaism but were afraid to ask. Wilshire Boulevard Temple’s Rabbis Steve Leder, M. Beaumont Shapiro and David Eshel, and Cantor Don Gurney discuss topics including “Core Beliefs of Judaism,” “Meanings of the Prayers and How to Pray,” “Meanings, Customs and Rituals of the Jewish Holidays” and “Meanings and Rituals of the Jewish Life Cycle.” Snacks and dinner served. Sun. 2-7 p.m. $36. Wilshire Boulevard Temple, Audrey and Sydney Irmas Campus, 11661 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 445-1280. wbtla.org.

TUE | APRIL 17

“THE MEANING OF HEALING AND THE HEALING OF MEANING AFTER CANCER”
Valley Beth Shalom’s Rabbi Ed Feinstein draws on his own experiences with cancer as he explores how our ancestors discovered sources of courage to fight for life in the face of illness. Individuals who have received diagnoses, their caregivers, families and extended networks are encouraged to attend. Tue. 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Free. Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center Auditorium, B Level, Room B 130, 757 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles. (310) 794-6644. www.simmsmanncenter.ucla.edu.

WED | APRIL 18

“THE MYTH OF SILENCE”
Hasia Diner, New York University American Jewish history professor, and documentary filmmaker Ron Schmidt discuss how Jewish and non-Jewish outsiders helped victims of the Holocaust. This discussion is held in conjunction with the opening of Loyola Marymount University’s (LMU) “Saraval Collection,” an exhibition of facsimiles of Hebrew manuscripts that span seven centuries and speak to Poland and the Czech Republic’s role in preserving the Jewish community’s cultural heritage. Presented by LMU’s Jewish Studies Program. The exhibition runs through June 29. Wed. 6 p.m. (exhibit opens), 6:30 p.m. (program begins). Free (registration required). Loyola Marymount University, Von der Ahe Suite, William H. Hannon Library, 1 LMU Drive, University Hall. (310) 338-7664. bellarmine.lmu.edu/jewishstudies.

THU | APRIL 19

ADAM MANSBACH
The author of the irreverent “Go the F**k to Sleep,” which wittily captured the irritation felt by parents who have children who become difficult at bedtime, appears at ALOUD, supporting the release of his new book, “Seriously, Just Go to Sleep.” A dramatic reading and conversation centered on the kid-friendly version of his comic bestseller features actor Jenna Elfman (“Dharma and Greg”) and the book’s illustrator, Ricardo Cortés. Author Attica Locke (“Black Water Rising”) moderates. Thu. 7 p.m. Free. Mark Taper Auditorium, Central Library, 630 W. Fifth St., downtown. (213) 228-7025. lfla.org

RACHEL DRATCH
The former “Saturday Night Live” star discusses and signs copies of her memoir, “Girl Walks Into a Bar … Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle,” which follows her adventures in yoga, dating and dog-sitting after her career hit a low point, and recounts her experience of becoming a mom when she least expected it — at the age of 44. Wristbanded event. Thu. 7 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, The Grove at Farmers Market, 189 Grove Drive, Suite K 30, Los Angeles. (323) 525-0270. barnesandnoble.com.

SARAH SILVERMAN AND FRIENDS
The always irreverent and raunchy comedian performs at Largo with guest stand-up comics. Past guests have included Aziz Ansari and Louie CK. Silverman often experiments with new material and plays acoustic guitar during her shows at this intimate venue, which has general admission seating. Thu. 6:30 p.m. (seats assigned), 7 p.m. (door), 8:30 p.m. (showtime). $25. Largo at the Coronet, 366 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 855-0350. largo-la.com.

FRI | APRIL 20

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA’S JEWISH LGBT FAMILY RETREAT
Families gather in Malibu for Southern California’s first Jewish LGBT Shabbaton. The weekend includes traditional Jewish camp activities, including song sessions and campfires, hikes and zip lining, arts and crafts, yoga and gardening, as well as opportunities to discuss issues affecting LGBT families in a safe, welcoming and supportive environment. Presented by Beth Chayim Chadashim, Congregation Kol Ami and more than 20 congregations and organizations. Fri. Through April 22. $180 (adults, in cabins or in your own RV or tent), $210 (adults, motel-style private rooms, double occupancy), $140 (children 4 and older), free (children 3 and younger). Shalom Institute, 34342 Mulholland Highway, Malibu. (818) 889-5500, ext. 113. shalominstitute.com.

Calendar Picks and Clicks: Apr. 7-13, 2012


SAT | APRIL 7

“JACOB AND JACK”
For television actor Jack Shore and his Yiddish actor grandfather Jacob Shemerinsky it’s showtime — in parallel dimensions. Preparing for a sold-out tribute to his grandfather, Jack is backstage in his cramped dressing room worrying about his career, his angry co-star wife and the attractive ingénue who caught his eye. Meanwhile, 75 years earlier, Jacob is in the same dressing room facing similar issues as he’s about to stage a Yiddish classic to a half-empty house. Actors play dual roles in the past and present in the West Coast premiere of playwright James Sherman’s (“The God of Isaac”) comedy, winner of the Barbra Streisand Festival of New Jewish Plays. Sat. Through May 6. 8 p.m. $15-$25. The Zephyr Theatre, 7456 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 653-4667. zephyrtheatre.com.

SUN | APRIL 8

“THE LAST NAZI AND OTHER STORIES”
Virginia Quarterly Review contributing editor Jacob Silverman, whose book blends Woody Allen angst with Kafkaesque absurdity, is the featured West Coast writer at this month’s New Short Fiction Series, L.A.’s long-running spoken-word program. The reading series stars founder-director Sally Shore, Alain Benatar (“Jane by Design”), Martin Clark (“Southland,” “The General”) and The Groundlings’ Ryan Klamen. Sun. 6 p.m. (doors), 7 p.m. (show). $10 (advance), $15 (door). Federal Bar, 5303 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. (877) 435-9849. newshortfictionseries.com.

MON | APRIL 9

“THE ISRAELI TECH MIRACLE”
David Blumberg, managing partner with Blumberg Capital, discusses the origins, trends and future implications of Israel’s growth in the technology sector. Part of the Beverly Hills Forum Lecture Series. Mon. 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Council Chambers, Beverly Hills City Hall, 455 N. Rexford Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 285-6830. beverlyhills.org.

TUE | APRIL 10

“THE ANATOMY OF HARPO MARX”
Explore American culture and the intimacies of how we communicate without words as Wayne Koestenbaum, poet (“Best-selling Jewish Porn Films”) and English professor at City University of New York’s Graduate Center, discusses his new book on Harpo Marx with artist, author and critic Matias Viegener. Using text and film clips to deliver a detailed play-by-play of Harpo’s physical movements, Koestenbaum celebrates the actor’s “cute” pathos, somnolence and Jewishness, among other attributes. Tue. 7 p.m. Free. Central Library, Mark Taper Auditorium, 630 W. Fifth St., downtown. (213) 228-7500. lfla.org.

“THE SEARCH”
After the Holocaust, a young Czech boy who survived Auschwitz searches for his mother with the help of an American soldier (Montgomery Clift) in this Oscar-winning 1948 film directed by Fred Zinnemann (“High Noon”). One of the first directors allowed inside postwar Germany, Zinnemann spent months interviewing child Holocaust survivors, many of whom appear in the film, and incorporated the ruins of German cities, including Nuremberg. A conversation with Zinnemann’s son, Tim Zinnemann, and Getty scholar Jennifer Smyth follows. Tue. 7 p.m. Free (reservations required). Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 440-7300. getty.edu.

ADAM COHEN
Like father, like son. His new record, “Like a Man,” features minimal instrumentation — nylon-stringed guitar, upright bass — for an acoustic-driven, intimate selection of songs that recalls the spare production style used by his father, Leonard Cohen, in his mid-1970s recordings. Lyrically, the record is Cohen’s first attempt at the autobiographical after abandoning the broad pop rock of his now-defunct band Low Millions. Tue. Through Wednesday. 7-8:45 p.m. $14 (presale). The Hotel Cafe, 1623 Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles. hotelcafe.com.

WED | APRIL 11

GARLIN AND HURWITZ
Actor-comedian Jeff Garlin (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”), who played studio executive Mort Meyers on “Arrested Development,” welcomes series creator and executive producer Mitch Hurwitz to the “Jeff Garlin in Conversation With …” series at the Largo. With a new season of “Arrested Development” slated to air on Netflix in 2013, followed by a feature film, you can bet questions will fly about the Bluth dysfunctional family reunion. Wed. 8 p.m. $30. Largo at the Coronet, 366 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 855-0350. largo-la.com.

BULLETPROOF STOCKINGS
We know what you’re thinking: Another all-girl Chasidic alt-rock band from Crown Heights?! Bulletproof Stockings, featuring Perl Wolfe (vocals, piano), Dalia Shusterman (drums) and Michelle Lieberman (guitar), hosts a women-only record release party for their new EP, “Down to the Top.” Songs like “Easy Pray” and “Vagabond Wagon” show a band under the influence of Regina Spektor and Florence and the Machine, among other indie rock and jazz-pop goodness. Special performance by Chanie Kravitz. Drinks served. Wed. 8 p.m. $10 (advance), $12 (door). Chai Center, 3115 Purdue Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 391-7995. facebook.com/bulletproofstockings.

Calendar Picks and Clicks: Mar. 24-30, 2012


SAT | MARCH 24

NOA
Soulful Yemenite singer Achinoam Nini, aka Noa, has experimented with folk, rock, Arabic pop and more during her 20-year career. Tonight, she performs classic Israeli songs, such as “Hayu Leilot” “Mayim Rabim” and “Ruach Stav,” from her latest release, “The Israeli Songbook,” with a mix of Middle Eastern and Latin percussion. Sat. 8 p.m. $20 (general) $15 (UCLA students). Royce Hall, UCLA Campus, Los Angeles. (310) 825-2101. uclalive.org.

SUN | MARCH 25

TRIBEFEST
What happens at TribeFest stays at TribeFest. More than 1,500 young adults (ages 22-45) from across the nation converge on Las Vegas for a three-day conference exploring social justice, Israel, faith, culture and innovation. Speakers address such topics as “From Bernstein to Beasties: The American Jewish Music Experience,” “Jewish Vote in 2012,” “Pitchfest! Jewish Stories Go Hollywood” and “Meet the Change: Jews Battling Hunger.” A clergy track and a Leadership Development Institute also available. Entertainment includes appearances by Moshav, Aya Korem, DJ Diwon, Hatikva 6 and Kosha Dillz. Sponsored by the Jewish Federations of North America. A party for TribeFest participants hosted by The Jewish Federation of Las Vegas at the Venetian’s Tao precedes the event on Saturday night. Sun. Through March 27. 3 p.m.-midnight. $499 (not including hotel accommodations). Venetian Sands Expo Center and various locations. (888) 889-6406 (registration and housing). tribefest.org.

STITCH ’N’ KVETCH
Knitters of all experience levels participate in an afternoon of stitching, done Jewish style. Twenty-something knitting maven Jenni Romano teaches and provides yarn for beginners. The group meets at Michaels Arts and Craft Store in Encino and then goes to a patio, Starbucks or a park to knit. Ages 21-39 only. Sun. 3-6 p.m. Free (bring $5-$10 for beginner needles). Michaels Arts and Crafts Store, 17230 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (818) 835-2139. valleyruach.org.

RAPHAEL SONENSHEIN
Journal contributor Sonenshein, the executive director of the Edmund G. “Pat” Brown Institute of Public Affairs at California State University, Los Angeles, discusses the 2012 elections. He examines “The Republican Challenge to President Obama,” “Issues Central to the Campaign” and “Role of and Impact on the Jewish Community.” Sun. 10:30 a.m. (lecture), noon (kosher luncheon), 1 p.m. (Q-and-A). $20 (Ameinu and Na’amat USA members), $30 (general). Institute of Jewish Education, Library, 8339 W. Third St., Los Angeles. (323) 655-2842.

TUE | MARCH 27

SEPHARDIM “DO” PESACH
Discuss Sephardic Passover traditions, customs and halachot with Rabbi Daniel Bouskila, director of the Sephardic Educational Center. Tue. 7-10 p.m. Free (RSVP by March 26 and bring photo identification). The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 272-4574. RSVP to sharon@secjerusalem.org.

WED | MARCH 28

MOSHE KASHER
The comic and author discusses his recently released memoir, “Kasher in the Rye: The True Tale of a White Boy From Oakland Who Became a Drug Addict, Criminal, Mental Patient, and Then Turned 16.” In the book, Kasher traces his journey from troubled youth to up-and-coming comedian. Kasher also appears at Book Soup on March 30. Wed. 7 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, The Grove at Farmers Market, 189 Grove Drive, Los Angeles. (323) 525-0270. barnesandnoble.com.

THU | MARCH 29

JEWISH HOMEGROWN HISTORY
Stories of Jewish immigration, identity and intermarriage are told in home movies. The lives of ordinary families unfold on three giant screens, exploring the dynamic interplay between personal memories and collective history and focusing on Jews in the West. Features an online multimedia archive compiled by The Labyrinth Project, an art collective at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. Attendees can add their own family stories and images to this ever-growing exhibition. Thu. Through Sept. 2. Noon-5 p.m. (Tuesday-Friday), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Saturday-Sunday). Included with museum admission: $10 (general), $7 (seniors and full-time students), $5 (children, 2-12), free (members and children under 2), free (to all on Thursdays). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.

MARC MARON
The stand-up comedian and podcaster (“WTF With Marc Maron”) brings his thought-provoking, honest and frequently laugh-out-loud act to The Ice House. Thu. 8 p.m. $20 (two-drink minimum not included). Ice House, 24 N. Mentor Ave., Pasadena. (626) 577-1894. icehousecomedy.com.

Calendar Picks and Clicks: Nov. 12-18, 2011


SAT | NOV 12

“POETICS AND PLAYS”
Actor David Greenspan blends two antithetical texts on theater — Aristotle’s “Poetics” and Gertrude Stein’s “Plays”— for an unlikely one-man show. A conversation with Greenspan follows today’s 3 p.m. performance at the Getty Villa. The show complements the museum’s “Modern Antiquity” exhibition. Sat. Through Nov. 13. 3 and 8 p.m. (Saturday), 3 p.m. (Sunday). $15 (general), $12 (students, seniors). Getty Villa, 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. (310) 440-7300. getty.edu.


SUN | NOV 13

“LITTLE ROSE”
Following Israel’s victory in the Six-Day War, the Polish communist government joined other Soviet bloc states in launching an “anti-Zionist” campaign. Inspired by a true story, this award-winning film follows Kamila, a beautiful young woman, code name Little Rose, who is ordered by her Polish secret police lover to seduce a professor suspected of Zionist and anti-communist sympathies. A post-screening Q-and-A features faculty members from CSUN’s Jewish studies and history departments. Co-sponsored by Temple Ahavat Shalom, Temple Kol Tikvah, Temple Ramat Zion, Shomrei Torah Synagogue and Valley Beth Shalom. Sun. 10 a.m. Free (RSVP required). Laemmle’s Fallbrook Theater, 6731 Fallbrook Ave., West Hills. RSVP (818) 677-4724 or e-mail jewish.studies@csun.edu.

“THE HEART AND SOUL OF CAREGIVING”
How do you provide the best in-home care for the elderly and memory-impaired? Get answers during this panel discussion with Estee Bienstock, founder of Allpoint Home Health; Rabbi Jan Offel, a member of the Senior Resource Faculty of the National Center for Jewish Healing; and Stephen Winner, senior vice president of Silverado Senior Living. Co-sponsored by Silverado Senior Living and The Jewish Journal. Kosher food and refreshments provided. Sun. 2:30-4:30 p.m. Free (RSVP requested). Silverado Senior Living — Beverly Place, 330 N. Hayworth Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 368-1661.

ELLIOTT YAMIN
The Jewish singer, who placed third in 2006 on “American Idol,” performs tonight at the intimate Hotel Café. Yamin — known for the hit song “Wait for You” — features a contemporary blend of r&b and pop that is both slick and romantic. Ages 21 and over. Sun. 8:30 p.m. $15. The Hotel Café, 1623 1/2 Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles. hotelcafe.com.


TUE | NOV 15

Gershom Gorenberg
The American-Israeli historian and journalist discusses “How It Broke, How to Fix It: The Crisis of Israeli Democracy and What to Do About It.” Gorenberg presents an overview of Israel’s past, examines its present and offers hope for the future, drawing examples from his new book, “The Unmaking of Israel.” The New Israel Fund, IKAR, Temple Beth Am, the Shtibl Minyan and Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater co-sponsor. Refreshments served. Tue. 7:30 p.m. Free. Beth Chayim Chadashim, 6090 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 931-7023. bcc-la.org.


WED | NOV 16

DAVID CRONENBERG
The Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival presents a sneak preview of Cronenberg’s “A Dangerous Method.” Drawn from true events, the film looks at the turbulent relationships between fledgling psychiatrist Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender), his mentor Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen) and patient Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley), the troubled but beautiful Russian-Jewish woman who comes between them. Cronenberg (“Eastern Promises,” “A History of Violence”) appears in a post-screening Q-and-A with Jewish Journal Arts & Entertainment Editor Naomi Pfefferman. Wed. 7:30 p.m. Free (reservations required). Laemmle’s Music Hall 3, 9036 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (800) 838-3006. lajfilmfest.org.


THU | NOV 17

“ITALY MADE! PASSIONS AND PROJECTS”
Before the rise of fascism in Italy and the outbreak of World War II, Jews played an important role in Italian society, particularly the military and government. Today’s symposium, part of a three-day conference marking the 150th anniversary of Italy’s unification, examines the role that Jewish leadership played in the country’s evolution into a nation-state. The Embassy of Italy-Washington, the Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles and the UCLA Center for Jewish Studies are among the event’s co-sponsors. Thu. 1 p.m. Free (pre-registration required). Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles, 1023 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 267-5327. cjs.ucla.edu.


FRI | NOV 18

YIRAH: AWE-INSPIRING WILDERNESS ADVENTURES
Camping and hiking highlight this trip organized by TorahTrek, which emphasizes the benefits of praying in nature. Intended for fit and active 20- and 30-somethings, the overnight jaunt features a 3.5-mile round-trip trek to The Grotto, a watering hole among boulders, Shabbat dinner at a campground — bring instruments, scary stories and marshmallows — and a six-mile hike to Sandstone Peak, the highest peak in the Santa Monica Mountains. Fri. 4 p.m. through Sat. 3 p.m. $54 (general), $36 (students, under-employed and unemployed). Circle X Ranch, 12896 Yerba Buena Road, Malibu (meeting place). (443) 722-4294. torahtrek.org.

Calendar Picks and Clicks: Oct. 28-Nov. 3, 2011


SAT | OCT 29

AMY WALDMAN
A jury’s blind selection of an American Muslim architect to create a Ground Zero memorial causes an uproar among politicians, journalists, activists and others in “The Submission,” the debut novel by Waldman, a former New York Times reporter and bureau chief. Waldman, whose fiction has appeared in The Atlantic and the Boston Review, discusses and sign copies of her critically acclaimed book. Sat. 5 p.m. Free. Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. (310) 659-3110. booksoup.com.

SUN | OCT 30

SOCAL JEWISH WOMEN’S CONFERENCE
Actress Mayim Bialik (“The Big Bang Theory”) delivers the opening keynote during this daylong event, dedicated to strengthening the power of multigenerational Jewish women in Southern California. Workshops include “The Jewish Mandate for Social Action,” featuring a discussion on tikkun olam moderated by Rabbi Denise Eger, “Speaking Up: A Discussion of Issues Facing Women in Israel Today,” “Protecting Women’s Rights: Practices, Politics and Policies” and “The ABCs of Health Care: Access, Benefits and Costs.” Wrapping up the conference, a panel discussion on “Jewish Women Founders,” moderated by Jewish Journal Executive Editor Susan Freudenheim, features Jewish World Watch co-founder Janice Kamenir-Reznik, IKAR Executive Director Melissa Balaban and Reboot co-founder Rachel Levin. Continental breakfast and lunch provided. Presented by the National Council of Jewish Women/Los Angeles, Hadassah Southern California and Na’Amat USA/Western Area. Sun. 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. $36 (general), $18 (students). NCJW/LA Council House, 543 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. (855) 592-7218. jwcsc.org.

LISA LOEB
Bring the entire family for a live concert with the Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter. Loeb performs songs from her forthcoming kids’ book and accompanying album, “Lisa Loeb’s Silly Sing-Along: The Disappointing Pancake and Other Zany Songs.” Suitable for all ages. Sun. 2-3 p.m. Free (RSVP required). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.

THU | NOV 3

ACROSS THE SPECTRUM
Vista Del Mar hosts its third annual Autism Conference for Professionals and Families. Featured speakers include Eustacia Cutler, Temple Grandin’s mother, discussing “Autism in the Family: Who Is Your Child and Who Are You?”; Descanso Medical Center for Development and Learning Co-Director Ricki Robinson on “Living a Full and Meaningful Life”; and Sue Rubin, a facilitated communication consultant, presenting “Challenges and How to Address Them.” Attendees participate in one of three breakout sessions: “Maximizing the Potential of Limited Communicators,” “Options for Independent Living” or “Meditation to Medication ­— Strategies for Relieving Anxiety.” The Vista Inspire Program Miracle Theatre Kids perform, and an “Ask the Artists” panel discussion follows. Lunch provided. Thu. 8 a.m. (registration), 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (conference). $100 (professionals), $85 (general), $50 (students and seniors). Vista Del Mar, 3200 Motor Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 836-1223, ext. 225. vistadelmar.org/conference.

“JEWISH CULTURE WITHOUT JEWS?”
UCLA theater professor Shelley Salamensky explores the Disney-like phenomenon of non-Jews re-enacting the Jewish way of life in areas where Jewish communities once thrived, including East Central Europe, Eurasia and Spain. These re-enactments say little about the Jewish history in these places, but they provide insight into the conflicts and desires of the host cultures, Salamensky argues. Co-sponsored by the UCLA Center for Jewish Studies and the UCLA International Institute. Thu. Noon. Free. UCLA campus, 10383 Bunche Hall, Los Angeles. (310) 825-4811. international.ucla.edu.

FRI | NOV 4

YAEL NAIM
The French Israeli singer-songwriter, best known for her hit single “New Soul,” performs pop-folk tunes from her latest album, “She Was a Boy,” with her collaborator, percussionist David Donatien, during two live shows at Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles’ Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz. Fri., Sat. 7:30 p.m. $35 (adults), $25 (students). Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz, 10361 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 286-0553. theatreraymondkabbaz.com.

“ESTHER’S MOUSTACHE”
Playwright and director Laurel Ollstein’s darkly comic tale follows comic strip artist Maddie Sternberg as she sets out to prove that her life is great — one year after her father’s suicide. When Maddie falls for a hot messenger and her grandmother shows up uninvited, her comic strip character can’t take it anymore and starts giving her relationship advice. Fri. Through Dec. 17. 8 p.m. $15 (tonight’s preview performance) $20 (all other performances). Studio Stage Theatre, 520 N. Western, Los Angeles. (323) 960-7792. esthersmoustache.com.

Tribe Calendar November 2011


Saturday, November 5

YAD Havdalah Hike
End Shabbat on a natural note with a Havdalah ceremony and schmooze at the summit of Mission Canyon’s Inspiration Point after a moderate four-mile hike. Bring water, a flashlight or headlamp, and dress for hiking. Sponsored by the Santa Barbara Jewish Federation Young Adult Division. 4:30-7 p.m. 4 p.m. carpool from Bronfman Family Jewish Community Center, 524 Chapala St., Santa Barbara. Free. RSVP to (805) 957-1115, ext. 107. ” title=”artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu”>artsandlectures.sa.ucsb.edu.

Sunday, November 6

Mitzvah Day
Jews across the Valley join together for a common goal — to give back to the community. Mitzvah Day represents an opportunity for the entire family to help others through serving meals, gathering toys, donating blood, learning CPR, knitting blankets for babies, reading to children and more. Sponsored by The Jewish Federation Valley Alliance in partnership with local Jewish institutions. Contact your local synagogue or any Jewish social service agency to learn what community service projects are happening near you. For more information, call (818) 464-3203, visit ” title=”jewishto.org”>jewishto.org.

Monday, November 7

“How to Begin Your Genealogy”
Cover the basics of family documents, time lines, tracking records and family photos, interviewing techniques, newspaper research and more in honor of International Jewish Genealogy Month. Seasoned genealogists will share tips and tricks of the trade. 7-9 p.m. Free. Sponsored by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Conejo Valley and Ventura County. Temple Adat Elohim, 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. (818) 889-6616. ” title=”conejoplayers.org”>conejoplayers.org.

Saturday, November 12

“Jews Gone Wild”
See which one of tonight’s stand-up comedians might follow in the hilarious footsteps of Don Rickles, Jerry Seinfeld or Rita Rudner during “Jews Gone Wild,” part of “Ventura Comedy Festival 2011 — Laughter by the Sea.” 7 p.m. $15 (21 and older; two-drink minimum). The Greek at the Harbor, 1583 Spinnaker Drive, Suite 101, Ventura. (805) 644-1500. ” title=”jewishsantabarbara.org”>jewishsantabarbara.org.

Tuesday, November 15

“Norway and the Holocaust”
Irene Levin Berman, who escaped from Norway to Sweden with her family during the Holocaust, speaks about her memoir, “We Are Going to Pick Potatoes,” and discusses how the Holocaust affected Norway and its Jewish families. Sponsored by the Scandinavian American Cultural and Historical Foundation and the CLU History Department. 7 p.m. Free. California Lutheran University, Overton Hall (Regent Avenue and Memorial Parkway), Thousand Oaks. (805) 241-1051. ” border = 0 vspace = ‘8’ hspace = ‘8’ align = ‘left’>Marc Cohn
Go “Walking in Memphis” with the soulful sounds of Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Marc Cohn. We dare you not to sing along with Cohn’s signature song about a spiritual awakening in the birthplace of rock ’n’ roll. 6 p.m. (doors open), 9 p.m. (show). $38 (younger than 18 must be accompanied by a paying adult). The Canyon Club, 28912 Roadside Drive, Agoura Hills. (818) 879-5016.
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Monday, November 21

Haverim B’nai B’rith of the Conejo Valley
Enjoy an evening of Broadway tunes, folk songs and more with musician and singer Michael Cladis. Open to new members, couples and singles, especially baby boomers. 7:30 p.m. (general meeting), 8 p.m. (program), 9 p.m. (refreshments and schmoozing). Free. Sponsored by Haverim B’nai B’rith of the Conejo Valley. Temple Adat Elohim, 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. RSVP to (805) 529-9297.

Calendar Picks and Clicks for June 24–July 2, 2010


THU | JUNE 24

(LECTURE)
“Power, Perception and Prejudice: A Conversation With Jane Elliot” features a lecture by the teacher, activist and creator of the “blue eyes-brown eyes” training exercise, which promoted ideals of tolerance and social equality during the civil rights era. A Q-and-A with Elliot follows. Thu. 7:30 p.m. $20. Museum of Tolerance, 9786 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 772-2505. museumoftolerance.com.

FRI | JUNE 25

(LECTURE)
Comedian, actress and author Sarah Silverman (“The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption and Pee”) joins writer and KPCC personality Sandra Tsing Loh for a Writers Bloc discussion. Fri. 7:30 p.m. $20. Writers Guild Theatre, 135 S. Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills. writersblocpresents.com.

(FILM)
British Iranian comic Omid Djalili (“Sex and the City 2”) plays a Muslim who suffers an identify crisis after discovering his birth mother was Jewish in “The Infidel,” which screens for the Tribeca Film Festival’s inaugural showcase in Los Angeles. Fri. Through July 1. 7:30 p.m. $11. Laemmle Sunset 5, 8000 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. (310) 478-3836. laemmle.com

SAT | JUNE 26

(MUSIC)
Guitarist Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction, Camp Freddy) headlines Bet Tzedek’s 14th annual Justice Ball with DJ Skribble, who gained notoriety as the in-house spinner for MTV, and special guest DJ Alex Merrell. But wait, there’s more. The evening also features “Guitar Hero” and “DJ Hero” battles, JDate speed-dating sessions, a temporary-tattoo parlor, go-go dancers and a full bar. Sat. 9 p.m. $75 (general), $150 (VIP). Hollywood Palladium, 6215 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. thejusticeball.org.

(FILM)
Aaron, a butcher in Jerusalem’s ultra-Orthodox community, tries to deny his same-sex attraction to a young yeshiva student in director Haim Tabakman’s “Eyes Wide Open.” Once he surrenders, the father of four is torn between his religious responsibilities and his desires. Laemmle’s Sunset 5, 8000 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. (310) 478-3836. laemmle.com.

(THEATER)
Henry Jaglom’s “Just 45 Minutes From Broadway” follows Betsy Isaac, a practical woman who, despite her Yiddish theater lineage, hates show business. When Betsy brings her business-minded fiancé home to meet the folks, she finds her future husband drawn into the histrionics of her dramatic clan. Sat. Through Sept. 19. 8 p.m. (Fri. and Sat.), 5 p.m. (Sun.). $25. Edgemar Center for the Arts, 2437 Main St., Santa Monica. (310) 392-7327. edgemarcenter.org.


SUN | JUNE 27

(FILM)

Director Joel Schumacher appears in person to introduce a 25th anniversary screening of “St. Elmo’s Fire,” his 1985 Brat Pack coming-of-age drama about seven friends struggling with the responsibilities of life after college. The event is part of American Cinematheque’s tribute to Schumacher. Sun. 7:30 p.m. $11. Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. (323) 634-4878. americancinematheque.com.


MON | JUNE 28

(THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED)

 

Christopher Hitchens, a polarizing writer who turns subjects like the Clintons, Mother Teresa and God into targets, gets an introduction tonight from someone who’s no stranger to controversy: actor-director Sean Penn. In conversation with Steve Wasserman, former editor of the Los Angeles Times Book Review, Hitchens, who recently released his memoir, “Hitch-22,” tackles himself and shares his life story during ALOUD’s “An Evening With Christopher Hitchens.” Mon. 8 p.m. $17.50-$25. Aratani/Japan America Theatre, 244 S. San Pedro St., downtown. (213) 680-3700. jaccc.org.

THU | JULY 1

(ART)
A new exhibition of oil paintings by Sephardic Jewish artist Renee Amitai relates the spiritual journey of a life spent in France, Israel and the United States. Thu. Through Aug. 8. Noon-5 p.m. (Wed.-Sun.). Free. LA Artcore Gallery at the Union Center for the Arts, 120 Judge John Aiso St., downtown. (213) 617-3274. laartcore.org.


(MUSIC)
London-based singer-songwriter and alt-comedian Earl Okin, a veteran solo act with a cult fan base, brings his one-man music-comedy shtick to Los Angeles. Thu. 7:30 p.m. $25. Fields Pianos Recital Hall, 12121 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 476-6735.


FRI | JULY 2

(SINGLES)
Mix and mingle during a potluck Shabbat dinner (vegetarian/dairy) organized by Peter Small, a board member at Temple Isaiah in Newport Beach. Attendees enjoy a post-dinner Shabbat service as well as a special program in honor of Independence Day featuring live impersonations of American historical figures. Fri. 6 p.m. Free. Temple Isaiah of Newport Beach, 2401 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. (949) 583-1905.

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March 19 /SATURDAY

SHABBAT

Valley Beth Shalom Sisterhood:
9 a.m. Women’s Minyan: "Sacred Places" with Rabbi Nina Bieber Feinstein and Cindy Paley. 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (818) 343-3078.

EVENTS

Make-a-Wish Foundation: 6:30 p.m. Uncork A Wish: 12th Annual Wine Tasting and Auction. $125-$250. Barker Hangar Santa Monica Air Center, 3021 Airport Ave. www.wishla.org.

March 20 /SUNDAY

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Skirball Cultural Center: 11 a.m. (performance and lunch), 2 p.m. (performance only). "Relatively Speaking: A Visit With Albert Einstein." Kids ages 7 and up are invited with an adult to lunch with "Albert Einstein." $9-$24. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. R.S.VP., (866) 468-3399.

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MARCH 21/MONDAY

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Villa Aurora Foundation for European-American Relations/ Goethe-Institut Los Angeles: 7 p.m. Screening of the documentary "Kinderland-Cinderland." English subtitles. Goethe-Institut, 5750 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 100, Los Angeles. (310) 454-4231.

MARCH 22/TUESDAY

LECTURES

University of Judaism: 7:30 p.m. Richard Mouw and Elliot Dorff discuss "Evangelical Christians and Jews." Free. 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. R.S.V.P., (310) 470-1534.

MARCH 23/MONDAY

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Walt Disney Concert Hall : 8 p.m. Colburn Celebrity Series featuring Emanuel Ax and Yefim Bronfman on pianos. 151 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 850-2000.

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MARCH 24/THURSDAY

PURIM

Happy Purim!
Please see holiday listings down below.

MARCH 25/FRIDAY

Nothing for today.

PURIM:

19/Saturday

ATID (21-40): 8 p.m. Sinai Temple’s Young Professionals group throws a Purim bash at the Petersen Automotive Museum. $30-$40. (310) 481-3244.

Temple Menorah: All-night carnival. Redondo Beach. (310) 316-8444.

20/Sunday

Temple Akiba: 9:30 a.m. Megillah story followed by carnival. Culver City. (310) 398-1637.

Temple Judea: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Purim festival. March 24, Purim spiel and megillah reading. Tarzana. www.templejudea.com/purim.

Congregation Beth Knesset Bamidbar: 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Carnival. March 25, Megillah story and musical "The King and Purim." Lancaster. (661) 942-4415.

Temple Beth Haverim: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Carnival at Red Oak Elementary School, in Oak Park. March 24, second-grade Purim spiel. Agoura Hills. (818) 991-7111.

Temple Beth Am: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Carnival. March 24, Megilla readings. Los Angeles. (310) 652-7354.

Temple Ner Maarav: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Carnival. Encino. (818) 345-7833.

Beth Shir Shalom: 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Carnival and bake sale. Santa Monica. (310) 453-3361.

Sha’arei Am: 11:30 a.m. Dessert Cook-off and carnival. Santa Monica. (310) 453-4276.

21/Monday

Chabad of Miracle Mile: Kids ages 4-10 make hamentaschen at Whole Foods Market. March 24, Community Purim Bash at Park La Brea Activity Center. (323) 852-6907.

22/Tuesday

USC Chabad: Purim mini-fair at Tommy Trojan. March 24, "Purim Out of this World" bash and March 25 Purim Shabbat. www.chabadusc.com.

23/Wednesday

Workmen’s Circle: 8 p.m. Purim Party supporting UNITE-HERE workers. March 26, "Shushan Purim Dance Party." Los Angeles. (310) 552-2007.

24/Thursday

Skirball Cultural Center: Noon. Special Purim Gallery Talks. Also March 26 and 27. Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500.

Chabad of Simi Valley: 6:30 p.m. Japanese-style Purim Party at Valley View Middle School. March 25, Purim- style Shabbat dinner at the rabbi’s place. R.S.V.P., (805) 577-0573.

Congregation Mishkon Tephilo: 6:30 p.m. Kids’ program, Purim celebration, Megillah reading and preformance by the Nudniks. Venice. (310) 392-3029.

UCLA Roots, etc. : 9 p.m. "Queen Esther’s Ball." See page 35 for details.

Singles

MARCH 19 /SATURDAY

Jewish Singles, Meet! (30s and 40s):

5 p.m. Dinner at the Elephant Bar and a movie in Burbank. R.S.V.P., (818) 750-0095.

Jewish Single Parents and Singles Association: 7 p.m. Chinese dinner at the Dragon Buffet and a movie in Lake Forest. R.S.V.P., (949) 661-2411.

New Age Singles (55+): 7 p.m. Classical Music Plus. Irv Hershman discusses "Vienna, City of My Dreams." Refreshments. $5-$7. Westside Pavilion, West Los Angeles. R.S.V.P., (818) 907-0337.

MARCH 20/SUNDAY

Barbara’s Bungalow By the Beach (45+): 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Singles Sunday Champagne Brunch for a belated St. Patrick’s Day. $15. Venice Beach residence. R.S.V.P., (310) 823-9917.

Social Circle (45-60s): 10:30 a.m. Balboa Park Walk and brunch at Uncle Chen in Encino. Rain cancels walk, not brunch. (310) 204-1240.

Singles Helping Others: 11:15 a.m.-

2 p.m. or 1:45-4:30 p.m. Volunteer as docent, host, or in registration or ticket sales for the Pasadena Heritage Spring Home Tour. (323) 663-8378.

New Age Singles (55+): 12:30 p.m. Intermediate and advanced duplicate bridge games at a Granada Hills residence. R.S.V.P., (818) 789-1931.

New Age Singles (55+): 7 p.m. "Starlight Ballroom Dance." $10-$12. University Synagogue, 11960 Sunset Blvd., Brentwood. (310) 473-1391.P., (714) 842-4117.

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Coffee Talk (30s and 40s): 8 p.m. Weekly discussion group. 9760 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles.
(310) 552-4595, ext. 27.

MARCH 22/TUESDAY

L.A.’s Fabulous Best Connections: Jet Set group Meet and Schmooze at Marmalade Cafe at the Grove. R.S.V.P., (323) 782-0435.

New Age Singles (55+): 6 p.m. Eat and Schmooze in West Los Angeles. R.S.V.P., (323) 874-9937.

Nexus (20s and 30s): 6:30-9 p.m. Weekly Beach Volleybal. Liberty Park, Cerritos. R.S.V.P., kdkalish2@yahoo.com.

Westwood Jewish Singles (45+):

7:30 p.m. "Why Can’t We Choose People Who Like Us?" $10. West Los Angeles. (310) 444-8986.

MARCH 23/WEDNESDAY

Valley Beth Shalom Counseling Center (40s and 50s): 6:30-8 p.m. Singles’ Growth Group. For singles who are divorced or have never been married. R.S.V.P., (818) 784-1414.

Singles Helping Others: 7 p.m. Usher for "Wonderbread Years" at the El Portal Theater. Also March 24 and 31. North Hollywood. (818) 705-7916.

MARCH 24/THURSDAY

Conversations at Leon’s: 7 p.m. "The Role of Sex in a New Relationship." $15-$17. 639 26th St., Santa Monica. (310) 393-4616.

MARCH 25/FRIDAY

Ethiopian American Jewish Art Center: 9:30 p.m. Weekly klezmer band performance. $5. 5819 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 857-6661.

Upcoming

MARCH 27-29

Adat Shalom Seniors Group: Trip to the Flamingo Laughlin. (310) 302-8995.

March 29 & May 3

The Jewish Journal (21-39): 7:30 p.m. (cocktails), 8:30 p.m. (event). Jewish Screenwriter Series for young professionals. "Meet the Machers" of "Friends," "Arrested Development" and other TV shows. B’nai David Judea, Los Angeles. RSVP@jewishjournal.com.

April 1

Nashuva: 6:45 p.m. Rabbi Naomi Levy leads a spiritual community service-oriented Kabbalat Shabbat Service. Westwood Hills Congregational Church,
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Elite Jewish Theatre Singles: Noon. Sunday brunch at the Magic Castle. Also, April 12, 8 p.m., see "The King and I." R.S.V.P., (310) 203-1312.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

68 Cent Crew and Theatre: 8 p.m. “The Knights of Mary Phagan” recounts the trial that tore Atlanta apart, caused a Ku Klux Klan resurgence and birthed the Anti-Defamation League. $20.

5419 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood. (323) 467-6688.

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LECTURES

Los Angeles Yiddish Culture Club: 2 p.m. Beba Leventhal on the life and work of Yiddish poet Mani Leib. $4. 8339 W. Third St., Los Angeles. (310) 454-3687.

Congregation Ner Tamid: 7:30 p.m. Marc Dollinger on “What do we owe Peter Stuyvesant?” for the founding of Jewish participation in American history from 1654 to the present. Free. 5721 Crestridge Road, Rancho Palos Verdes. (310) 328-1981.

University of Judaism Department of Continuing Education: 7:30 p.m. “Reforming Islam From Within: Two Passionate Muslim Thinkers Speak on Needed Changes.” $25. 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. (310) 440-1246.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

University of Judaism: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Opening of “Hued and Hewn” painting and sculpture exhibit, with artist reception from 3-5 p.m.15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. (310) 476-9777, ext. 201.

Temple Menorah: 11 a.m. A tour of the Einstein exhibit at the Skirball with luxury bus transportation and lunch. $21-$31. 1101 Camino Real, Redondo Beach. (310) 316-8444.

Nimoy Concert Series: 3 p.m. Envision Chamber Consort honoring 350 years of Jews in America, Felix Mendelssohn, Andre Previn, David Lefkowitz and others. Temple Israel of Hollywood, 7300 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. (213) 805-4261.

Valley Beth Shalom: 7 p.m. “Tradition – Music From the Heart,” an evening of music with world renowned cantors. $30-$50. 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (818) 530-4091.

Yuval Ron Music: 7 p.m. “Sacred Soul II – An Interfaith Sacred Music Concert Celebrating the Spirit of Martin Luther King Jr.” with musical traditions of Judaism, Sufism, the Christian Armenian Church and African American spirituals and gospel. $15. Wilshire Methodist Church, 4350 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (818) 505-1355.

Kosher Komedy: 7:30 p.m. Ayelet the Kosher Komic on shidduchim, airlines, Pesach and more, confined to the rules of Jewish halacha. $18. Irvine residence. (949) 551-3998. Also, Feb. 23, 8:30 p.m. for women only. $15, at AISH L.A., 9100 W. Pico Blvd. www.aishla.com.

West Valley Educational Association: Comedy night and benefit auction at the Madrid Theatre featuring Willie Tyler and Lester and Jim Lavoe of Three Dog Night. 21622 Sherman Way, Canoga Park. (818) 348-3000.

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CLASSES

West Valley JCC: 8-11 p.m. Israeli folk dancing with James Zimmer. $5-$7. 22622 Vanowen St., West Hills. (310) 284-3638.

CLASSES

West Valley JCC: 8-11 p.m. Israeli folk dancing with James Zimmer. $5-$7. 22622 Vanowen St., West Hills. (310) 284-3638.

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ENTERTAINMENT

Workmen’s Circle: 2-8 p.m. Have your portrait sketched by master artist Vadim Zang. Appointments are scheduled for every half-hour. $30. 1525 Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. R.S.V.P., (310) 552-2007.

EVENTS

East Valley Multipurpose Senior Center: 1-2 p.m. Yiddish Club with conversation, music, storytelling and films. All levels and abilities welcome. $2 donation. 5000 Colfax Ave., North Hollywood. (818) 766-5165.

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LECTURES

Women’s League for Conservative Judaism: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Torah Fund Study Day on “Women and the Rabbinate.” $25 (with a $36 contribution to the Torah Fund Campaign). University of Judaism, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. (310) 476-5359.

SHABBAT

Temple Adat Elohim: 6 p.m. Buffet-style Shabbat dinner followed by services at 7:30 p.m. for the deaf community. $12 (must be mailed in advance to 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362).
(805) 497-7101.

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EVENTS

Bnei Akiva: 4:15 p.m. Snif Shuchot at Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy. Walking groups from circle park at 3:45 p.m. Pick up from Beth Jacob on Motzei Shabbat. (310) 248-2450.

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Singles Helping Others: 9 a.m.-
1 p.m. or noon-4 p.m. or all day. Help with registration, raffle, set-up, etc. at Olive Crest Rock ‘N’ Bowl to benefit children in foster care. Pinz,
12655 Ventura Blvd., Studio City. (818) 345-8802.

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Harbor Jewish Singles (55+): “The Little Foxes,” about a ruthless beauty whose ambition spelled doom for three men. Dinner to follow at a local restaurant. Newport Theater, 2501 Cliff Drive, Newport Beach. (949) 631-0288.

Between Dates (35+): 6-8 p.m. Come out and shoot, play or hustle, however you do pool. No skill required. $12. Valley area. R.S.V.P. for more information, (818) 587-4643.

Singles Helping Others: 8 a.m.-noon. Volunteer for Project Chicken Soup. Help prepare meals in a commercial kitchen for those living with AIDS. 338 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. (818) 343-4722.

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Coffee Talk (30s and 40s): 8:15 p.m. Weekly discussion group. $7. 9911 W. Pico Blvd., Suite 102, Los Angeles.
(310) 552-4595, ext. 27.

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Westwood Jewish Singles (45+):

7:30 p.m. “Emotional Differences Between Men and Women,” discussion with therapist Maxine Gellar. $10. West Los Angeles. (310) 444-8986.

Jewish Learning Exchange: 7:45 p.m. “Why Being Single Happens to Good People” with Dr. Lisa Aiken. 7223 Beverly Blvd., Suite 201, Los Angeles. (323) 857-0923.

L.A.’s Fabulous Best Connections: Chinese Food at Shanghai Diamond Garden. 9401 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. R.S.V.P., (323) 782-0435.

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Wilshire Boulevard Temple: 7:30 p.m.-midnight. David Dassa’s weekly dance lessons, beginner at 7:30 p.m., regular class at 8 p.m. and open dancing from 9:15 p.m. on. $7. 2112 S. Barrington Ave., Los Angeles. ddassa@att.net.

Dinner With Friends (30-45): Gourmet cooking class at the Culinary Classroom in West Los Angeles. www.dinnerwithfriends.com.

Helkeinu (20-40): 9 p.m. Weekly lecture series on self-improvement. Free. (310) 785-0440. events@helkeinu.com.

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Sunshine Seniors Club: 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Weekly meeting. Valley Jewish Community Center, 13164 Burbank Blvd., Sherman Oaks. (818) 764-4532.

American Civil Liberties Union: 7:30 p.m. “Current Threats to the Separation of Church and State” with Harry Schwartzbart. Free. Westside Pavilion, third floor, 10800 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 392-7149.

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Adat Shalom: 7 p.m. Cafe Adat Shalom new program for young professionals, with erev Shabbat musical service, wine and cheese reception and musical accompaniment. 3030 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 475-4985.

Ethiopian American Culture Center: 9:30 p.m. Weekly klezmer night. $5. 5819 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 857-6661.

Chai Center (21-36): Dinner for 60 Strangers. www.chaicenter.org/ shabbat_dinner_rsvp.htm

Jewish Singles, Meet! (30s-40s): Reservation deadline for a Feb. 26 gathering at Little Rock in Tarzana. Pool, darts, drinks and live music in a casual atmosphere. No cover. (818) 750-0095.

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J-Ski (20s-40s): Taos ski trip. $689. Also, March 18-20, Mammoth ski trip. $185. (818) 342-9508. JskiLa@aol.com.

Jewish Movies Head South

‘Tis the season of film fests, and this week Orange County Jews do their part with the Pacific Jewish Film Festival. Sunday kicks it off with an afternoon screening of “Columbia: The Tragic Loss,” about the 2003 space shuttle disaster, followed by an evening showing of director Eytan Fox’s “Walk on Water.” Other documentaries, features and shorts from Israel and elsewhere will screen through Sat., Feb. 26, including the 2003 film “Nina’s Tragedies,” which won 11 Israeli Academy Awards, and “My 100 Children,” which won the Jerusalem International Film Festival Jewish Experience Award.

Isidore C. and Penny W. Myers Theater, One Federation Way, Irvine. (949) 435-3400.

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EVENTS

Lev Eisha: 7:30 p.m. Andy Hill, former UCLA basketball player and inspirational speaker, discusses “Miracles Do Happen: How You Can Be Touched by an Angel.” $25. Adat Shalom, 3030 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles.(310) 475-4985.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

The Hermosa Beach Playhouse:
2 p.m. and 7 p.m. “Ethel Merman’s Broadway.” $45. Pier Avenue at Pacific Coast Highway. (310) 372-4477.

OPEN HOUSES

he New JCC at Milken: 10 a.m.-
4 p.m. Open house for new and old members. Also, 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Koreh L.A. teen literacy corps training session for eighth-12th graders. 22622 Vanowen St., West Hills. (818) 464-3390.

EVENTS

Temple Akiba: 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. American Red Cross blood drive.
5429 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City.
(310) 398-5783.

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LECTURES

UCLA Israel Studies Program and International Institute: 4-5:30 p.m. “Arafat’s Legacy … and How It Spins Out Now” with Kenneth W. Stein. Free. UCLA Law School Room 1357, enter campus at Hilgard and Wyton. (310) 825-0604.

Jewish World Watch: 7:30-9 p.m. Rep. Howard Berman (D-Van Nuys) on community response to the Darfur refugees. Valley Beth Shalom, Encino. (818) 784-5224.

ARTS &
ENTERTAINMENT

University of Judaism: 11 a.m. Cellist Tina Guo performs as part of the Young Artist Concert Series. Luncheon follows. $12-25. Bel Air. (310) 440-1283.

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Adat Ari El: 7:30-9:30 p.m. “Bedtime Stories for Grownups” with Donna Rifkind. Wynn Meeting Room, 12020 Burbank Blvd., Valley Village. (818) 766-9426.

Temple Ner Tamid: 9:30 a.m. Tea and Torah four-part “Tradition” lecture series meets Wednesdays. $10-$15. Fellowship Hall, 10629 Lakewood Blvd., Downey. (562) 861-9276.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Skirball Cultural Center: Opening of the exhibit “Driven Into Paradise: L.A.’s European Jewish Emigres of the 1930s and 1940s.” Free. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., LosAngeles. (310) 440-4500.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Colburn School of Performing Arts:
7:30 p.m. Concert composed by Menachem Wiesenberg. Free. 200 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 621-2200.

SHABBAT

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Tu B’Shevat

Saturday, Jan. 29

Congregation Mishkon Tephilo:

12:30 p.m. Seder celebrating the New Year of Trees. PETA’s Aaron Gross speaks on “Kashrut, Religious Values and the Ethical Treatment of Animals.” 206 Main St., Venice. (310) 392-3029.

Sunday, Jan. 30

B’nai B’rith, The Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life of Southern California, Jewish Historical Society, JQ International, Nashuva and Temple Beth Israel: 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. A morning of planting and revitalization. Plant trees and shrubs at Temple Beth Israel. 5711 Monte Vista St., Highland Park. (310) 841-2970.

Congregation Kol HaNeshama: Noon-3 p.m. Tree planting at Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. All ages. (949) 551-2737.

Westside Jewish Community Center: Noon-4 p.m. Community festival themed, “Old Roots, New Growth.” Games, art, tree planting and live music. Free.

5870 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles.

(310) 938-2531, ext. 2250.

Beth Shir Sholom: 12:30 p.m. Community Tu B’Shevat celebration.

1827 California Ave., Santa Monica.

(310) 453-3361.

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Singles Helping Others: 9 a.m.-noon. Walk rescued dogs with the Amanda Foundation in Beverly Hills.

(818) 907-2427.

Nessah Synagogue: 1 p.m. Tu B’Shevat celebration for young professionals and college students. $26. 142 S. Rexford Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 247-1226.

G.E.E. Super Singles (20s-40s):

5:30 p.m. Drinks and progressive dinner. $35. Sportsmen’s Lodge, 12833 Ventura Blvd., Studio City. (818) 501-0165.

Conversations at Leon’s: 7:30 p.m. Saturday Night Mixer. $15-$20.

639 26th St., Santa Monica. R.S.V.P.,

(310) 393-4616.

Temple Ramat Zion and North Valley JCC: 7:30 p.m. After New Year’s Bash with live music by “Nightlife” and dancing. $15-$20. 17655 Devonshire Street at Zelzah Ave., Northridge. (818) 366-4801.

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Jewish Outdoor Adventures:
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Israeli Folk Dancing: 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Classes by Israel Yakove meet Mondays and Thursdays. $7. 2244 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 839-2550.

Project Next Step: 8 p.m. Coffee Talk with coffee and pastries. $7. R.S.V.P., 1399 S. Roxbury Drive, third floor, Beverly Hills. (310) 772-2466.

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Westwood Jewish Singles (45+):
7:30 p.m. Therapist Maxine Gellar leads a discussion on “Involvement With the Unavailable.” $10. West Los Angeles area. R.S.V.P., (310) 444-8986.

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Wilshire Boulevard Temple:
7:30 p.m.-midnight. David Dassa’s weekly dance lessons with beginner lessons at 7:30 p.m., regular class at 8 p.m. and open dancing at 9:15 p.m. $7. 2112 S. Barrington Ave., Los Angeles. ddassa@att.net.

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Jewish Communal Professionals of Southern California (20s-30s): 8 a.m. Monthly meeting open to all members for planning and discussing membership development, programs, conferences and award dinners. University of Judaism,

15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. R.S.V.P., skorin@uj.edu.

Conversations at Leon’s: 7 p.m. Discussion about “What Women Really Want, a Woman’s Perspective.” $15-$17.

639 26 St., Santa Monica. R.S.V.P., (310) 393-4616.

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New Age Singles (55+): 6 p.m. No-host dinner at Nibblers followed by a creative arts Shabbat service at Temple Beth Am. Nibblers, 8383 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. Temple Beth Am, 1039 La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. R.S.V.P., (310) 838-7459.

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Upcoming Singles

Elite Jewish Theatre Singles:
6:30 p.m. Attende a no-host dinner social followed by the musical “Chicago” at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. $42.50. R.S.V.P.,
(310) 203-1312.

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Elite Jewish Theatre Singles:
8 p.m. No-host dinner social and
“2-Across” in the Santa Monica area. $19 (prepaid). R.S.V.P.,
(310) 203-1312.

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J-Ski (20s-40s): Taos Ski Trip. $759. R.S.V.P.,
JskiLa@aol.com
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A Boutique With Benefits

Shop for relief this Tuesday, Feb. 1. Beverly Hills boutique outlet Treasure Depot invites Jewish Journal readers to a Shopping Party and Tsunami Relief Fundraiser that offers a 10 percent discount off already 70 percent marked-down high-end shoes, clothes and accessories by Jill Stewart, Marc Jacobs, Sergio Rossi and others. In addition, 10 percent of all sales for the week of Feb. 1-8 will go to American Jewish World Service’s Asia tsunami relief effort.

5:30-8:30 p.m. 9921 Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 552-3301.

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SHABBAT

Temple Beth Torah: 9:30 a.m. Shabbos at the Shul pancake breakfast. 7620 Foothill Road, Ventura. R.S.V.P., (805) 647-4181.

LECTURES

Aish L.A.: 8 p.m. Rabbi Noach Orlowek on “God: The Real Deal.” Motzei Shabbos and dessert. $10. Boxenbaum Family Aish Outreach Center, 9100 W. Pico Blvd.,
Los Angeles. (310) 278-8672, ext. 303.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

AhmansonTheatre: 7:30 p.m.

Final performance of “Caroline, or Change.” $35-$90. 601 W. Temple St., Los Angeles. (213) 628-2772.

City of Hope Singers: 1:30 p.m.

“Music of the Magi” at the Richard Nixon Library. 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda. (714) 993-3393.

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OASIS: 1:30-3 p.m. Weekly Yiddish conversation group for seniors. 8838 Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 446-8053.

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Brandeis-Bardin Institute: Dec. 21-Dec. 26. Camp Alonim winter experience for kids in grades 2-11. (805) 582-4450.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Los Angeles Master Chorale: 7 p.m. Latin holiday music celebration featuring jazz and vocal artists. $10-$79. Walt Disney Concert Hall,
111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles.
(800) 787-5262.

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LECTURES

Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring:

Workmen’s Circle: 6:30 p.m. “Jewish Vegetarianism” vegetarian potluck and talk with Gene Gordon. Bring a dish or beverage to serve eight to 10 people. Free. R.S.V.P., (310) 552-2007.

OPEN HOUSES

Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring:

Shalhevet Middle School: 10 a.m. Open house for grades 5-8.
910 S. Farifax Ave., Los Angeles. R.S.V.P., (323) 930-9333, ext. 230.

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EVENTS

Jewish Family Service and Friendship Circle: 7:30-9 p.m. Support group for parents of children with special needs. Meets on first and third Thursdays of each month.
The New JCC at Milken,
22622 Vanowen St., West Hills.
(818) 464-3333.

Orthodox Union: Dec. 23-Dec. 26. West Coast Torah Convention. For more information, see article on page 19.

Sunshine Seniors Club: 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Weekly meeting at new location. Valley Cities JCC, 13164 Burbank Blvd., Sherman Oaks. (818) 764-4532.

Jewish Family Service and Friendship Circle: 7:30-9 p.m. Support group for parents of children with special needs. Meets on first and third Thursdays of each month. The New JCC at Milken, 22622 Vanowen St., West Hills. (818) 464-3333.

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Jewish Outdoor Adventures: 10:30 a.m. Christmas Day Hike to Eagle Rock with the Sierra Club. Topanga State Park, 20825 Entrada Road, Los Angeles. hikergirl50@yahoo.com.

Jewish Singles, Meet! (30s-40s): “What’s a nice Jewish guy or gal doing on Dec. 25?” party. $10. Sylmar residence. R.S.V.P., (818) 750-0095.

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Harbor Jewish Singles (55+): 1 p.m. Lunch and a movie at Metro Point. (714) 633-8878.

Chai Center: 2-5 p.m. “Not a Christmas Party” for all ages at private outdoor location. $10. Hancock Park. R.S.V.P., (310) 391-7995.

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Israeli Folk Dancing: 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Classes by Israel Yakove meet Mondays and Thursdays. $7. 2244 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 839-2550.

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West Valley JCC: 8-11 p.m. Israeli folk dancing with James Zimmer. $5-$6. Salsa, swing and tango lessons for an additional $3 (7-8 p.m.). (310) 284-3638.day

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Nexus (20s-40s): 6 p.m. Volleyball and
no-host dinner at a local restaurant. End of Culver Boulevard, near court 15,
Playa del Rey. www.jewishnexus.org.

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Conversations at Leon’s: 7 p.m. “First Dates, What They Say About You.” $15-$17.
639 26th St., Santa Monica. (310) 393-4616.

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New Age Singles (55+): New Year’s Eve party with bus to Glendale, dinner and the play, “Come Blow Your Horn.” $60-$62. R.S.V.P., (818) 347-8355.

Taking a Leap


No one asked me to my senior prom. Jon asked Liz, Steve asked Jen, Brian asked me how to ask Kim, but my dance card remained empty. I sulked, I cried, I listened to Monster Ballads.

I swore my life was over. Then I found inspiration in an article on famous women who never went to their prom — I was inspired to keep my name from ever appearing on a list of powerful chicks who missed their big dance. This Cinderella was going to the ball. I picked up the phone, called Dave Rosenberg, and invited him to Prom ’92.

This weekend, you can do the same. Well, not exactly the same. I mean you shouldn’t ask out an 18-year-old football player or call Dave Rosenberg. But dial a guy and ask him out. Or ask him to marry you.

Don’t drop your jaw at me. Popular tradition says Feb. 29 is one day it’s appropriate for a woman to propose to a man. Women can get down on one knee and pop the question on leap year day. It sounds risky, but let’s be honest, guys never say "no" to a girl on her knees. So in this Sunday’s performance of "Love Life," the role of "pushing things forward" will be played by a woman.

Leap year fixes a flaw in the calendar and a glitch in our culture. We women constantly complain about our position on the dating food chain. We have to wait for men to ask us out, make the first move and call the next day. Well now we can stop waiting and start dating. This leap year weekend, don’t wait for him to give you a ring, don’t wait for the phone to ring, don’t wait for anything or anyone involving any sort of ring. Throw out the outdated dating rules, find your inner chutzpah and go for the gold. Or platinum. Or princess cut.

We’ve all heard that aggressive women can scare men off. But maybe it’s women who are really scared. We feel safe in our dating role; we’re comfortable waiting. But at times in relationships, you can’t just wait. There’s some assembly required.

I know, I know, what about tradition? If the girl asks the guy, does she call his parents for permission? Who pays for the ring? Who throws the bouquet? Who gets the sheep and the 200 zuzim? And what about the dream proposal you’ve always imagined? Not that I’ve fantasized about my engagement; I’m not the type of girl who daydreams. I almost never picture my name on the Jumbotron, him saying he loves me as I choke on the diamond ring he hid in my Bud Light. OK, maybe I’ve thought about it a few (100) times and hopefully, it will happen — minus the choking. Hopefully, I’ll meet a man who likes the Sprite in me, falls in love with me and proposes to me. But what if that doesn’t happen? What if I’m not asked? Most of my friends have already walked the aisle, but I’m far from buying a big white dress.

When it comes to everything else in my life — my career, my education, my writing — I go after my goals with every ounce of intelligence, determination and spunk I possess. I don’t wait for success to come my way — I make it happen. I’m a take-charge, woman-on-top kind of gal. But with something as important as marriage, I’m supposed to wait for someone else to decide when and if it’s going to happen? I don’t even like waiting for my car at the valet.

Now asking a man to get married is a whole different groove than asking him to prom — sure they both involve tuxedos, slow dancing and an alleged "first time," but one lasts a nighttime, the other a lifetime. And since I don’t have a groom-worthy boyfriend, or any boyfriend for that matter, I’m not going to propose to anyone just yet. But in the leap year spirit, I will kick-start my love life. On Sunday, I’ll call my crush, won’t hang up when he answers and ask him out for next week. Hey, it’s a start. One small step for Carin, one giant leap for womankind.


Carin Davis is a freelance writer
and can be reached at sports@jewishjournal.com.

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Calendar

SATURDAY/24

Temple Beth Torah: 10 a.m. “Exploring Names for God,” discussion and Shabbat services led by Rabbi Sheryl Nosan. 16651 Rinaldi St., Granada Hills. For more information, call

(818) 831-0835.

SUNDAY/25

Society of Jewish Science/Applied Judaism: 11 a.m. “Work and Overwork,” a lecture at Farmers Market, on the corner of Fairfax and Third St. For more information, call (818) 367-4532.

MONDAY/26

Jewish Federation of Orange County: 6:30 p.m. “Conversations on Israel,” lecture led by Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-46th District). 250 E. Baker St., Costa Mesa. For more information, call

(714) 755-5555.

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles: 7:30 p.m. Thomas K. Edlund, specialist in Eastern European manuscripts, discusses the progress of search tools for tracing genealogical roots. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (818) 889-6616.

TUESDAY/27

Author Lecture: 11a.m. Author of “My Sister the Jew,” Ahuva Gray, an African American woman born into a Christian house tells the story of her attraction towards Orthodox Jewry at a private home in Santa Monica. $18. For more information, call (310) 260-9933.

WEDNESDAY/28

Museum of Tolerance: 7 p.m. Book editor Joshua Rubenstein speaks about the murder of the 15 Jews affiliated with the Jewish anti-Fascist Committee. For reservations or more information, call (310) 772-2528.

Skirball Cultural Center: 7:30 p.m. Presentation by Charles Simic, author of “Night Picnic.” $5 (general admission); free (students). 2701 N. Skirball Drive, Los Angeles. For tickets or more information, call (323) 655-8587.

Encino/Tarzana Chapter of ORT: 11:30 a.m. Luncheon. B.J.’s 6424 Canoga Ave., Woodland Hills. For reservations or more information, call (818) 346-7599.

Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center: 1 p.m.-3 p.m. “The Joy of Soy,” cooking demonstration and tasting by chef Patricia Greenberg. 1434 N. Altadena Drive. For more information, call (626) 798-1161.

Adat Ari El: 12:30 p.m. “For Valley Separation,” lecture by Jeff Brain of Valley Alliance. 12020 Burbank Blvd., Valley Village. For more information, call (818) 766-9426.

THURSDAY/29

Barnes & Noble: 7 p.m. A panel of authors, including Suzan E. Hagstrom (“Sara’s Children: The Destruction of Chmielnik”) will discuss their books and how they relate to World War II. 26751 Aliso Creek Road, Aliso Viejo. For more information, call (949) 362-8027.

Jewish Community Library of Los Angeles: 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Author Ayelet Waldman discusses her book, “The Big Nap,” about a mystery-solving mother named Juliet Applebaum and her plight to discover who killed the director of the city’s most prestigious pre-school, as part of the Adult Lecture Series. 6505 Wilshire Blvd. For reservations or more information, call (323) 761-8648.

Toras Hashem: 7:30 p.m. “Twin Towers, Terrorism: The Divine Plan,” lecture by Rabbi Mendel Kessin. $5. 12422 Chandler Blvd., North Hollywood. For more information, call (818) 980-6934.

Valley Beth Shalom: 7:30 p.m. “Super Kids-Super Stress: Stress-Proofing Your Child,” lecture. 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. For reservations or more information, call (818) 788-4667.

FRIDAY/30

Brandeis University National Women’s Committee: 11:30 a.m. Seventh Annual Children’s Book Sale, featuring various children’s book authors. 4540 Hayvenhurst Ave., Encino. For more information, call (818) 992-7405.

Temple Sinai of Glendale: 8 p.m. “Who Were the Ancient Israelites and Where Did They Come From?” lecture and presentation by Dr. William G. Denver, biblical archaeologist. 1212 N. Pacific Ave., Glendale. For more information, call (818) 246-8101.

University Synagogue: 8 p.m. “Godwrestling, Shadow Selves, Changing Names, Becoming Whole, Backsliding, Revenge and Ancestral Tzuris,” Torah portion discussion. 4915 Alton Parkway, Irvine. For more information, call (949) 553-3535.

UPCOMING

Yiddish Culture Club: Sat., Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m. Poetry reading and musical program to honor the publication of a new book of poetry in Yiddish and English by Professor Sarah Moskovitz. Free (members); $4 (guests). 8339 W. Third St., Los Angeles. For more information, call (310) 454-3687.

Singles

SATURDAY/24

Jewish Singles Meeting Place (30s & 40s): 7 p.m. Dinner at California Pizza Kitchen in Studio City, followed by musical entertainment at the Queen Mary nightclub. For reservations or more information, call

(818) 883-5325.

New Age Singles (55+): Dinner dance, with a buffet featuring chicken, wine, dessert and coffee, music by the Allen Weiss Band and line dancing. $12 (members and men before 8 p.m.); $15 (nonmembers). University Synagogue, 11960 Sunset Blvd., Brentwood. For more information, call (310) 473-1391.

Palos Verdes Singles: 7 p.m. Party at a private home, with live entertainment and a buffet in Redondo Beach. $22. For reservations or more information, call (310) 372-6071.

Elite Jewish Theatre Singles:

8 p.m. Meet to see the musical “Canteen!” including a buffet. $25. For reservations or more information, call (310) 203-1312.

SUNDAY/25

The Knitting Factory: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Klezmer musical entertainment and brunch. $20 (adults); $10 (children). 7021 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. For more information, call

(323) 463-0204. ext. 122.

Singles Helping Others: Noon-2 p.m. Take rescued dogs for a walk and socialize at the Amanda Foundation. 351 N. Foothill Road, Beverly Hills. For more information, call (323) 851-9070.

L.A.’s Best Connection/People Meeting People: 1 p.m. Celebrate Bernard’s birthday. Coming soon: Performance by vocalist Caroline Weaver. For reservations or more information, call (323) 782-0435.

Jewish Persons Bowling League: 5:30 p.m. Bowling activities and socializing, every Sunday. For more information, call (818) 891-0277.

Aish Speed Dating (25-35):

6:30 p.m. Meet seven people in a round-robin fashion at a local coffee house. $20. For reservations or more information, call

(310) 278-8672 ext. 402.

Jiffy Date (25-35), (35-45) and (45-60): Meet at a Westside location, on Wilshire Blvd., for rapid introductions between seven people. $20. For more information, call(310) 276-6200.

Business & Professional Singles: 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Dance party with buffet and drinks. $13 (members); $16 (nonmembers). Radisson Valley Hotel, 15433 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. For more information, call (818) 761-0179.

Westwood Jewish Singles (45+): 7:30 p.m. Discussion group. $8. For more information, call

(310) 444-8986.

MONDAY/26

Westwood Kehilla: 8 p.m. Weekly Chumash and Rashi class with Rabbi Asher Brander. 10523 Santa Monica Blvd., Westwood. For more information, call

(310) 441-5289.

Israeli Folk Dancing: 8 p.m. Open session dancing with Michelle Yakovee. Also: Thurs., 8 p.m. Dance lessons. $6.

(800) 750-5432.

TUESDAY/27

Harbor Jewish Singles (50+): 7 p.m. “The Search for Oscar Schindler,” lecture by Dr. David Crowe at Chapman College. For reservations or more information, call (949) 651-0482.

WEDNESDAY/28

Zamumba: 7 p.m. Meet for Cuban and Columbian salsa/merengue dancing. For more information, call (323) 734-6742.

The Wise Years (60+): 7:30 p.m. “Getting to Know You,” program with introductions and activities. Refreshments served. $4 (members); $7 (nonmembers). For more information, call (310) 889-2345 or visit www.sswt.org.

THURSDAY/29

Conversations!: 7:30 p.m. “Attachments,” lecture by Stan Rosen, accompanied by a light dinner and drinks at a private home. $15. For more information, call (310) 315-1078.

Kosher Meet Market (21+): 8 p.m. Dinner at Lola’s, a restaurant and bar with hundreds of different martinis. For reservations or more information, visit www.koshermeetmarket.com

Gesher (22-32): 8 p.m. Socialize over coffee at the Gypsy Den with a new Orange County singles group . For more information, call (949) 677-2601.

FRIDAY/30

Makor (21-39): Potluck Shabbat dinner and discussion, the last Friday of every month. For reservations or more information, call (310) 287-2885.

UPCOMING

BikeHike Adventures: Dec. 22, 2001-Jan. 5, 2002 Bike trip from coast to coast in Costa Rica. $2,250. For more information, call (888) 805-0061.

Premier Jewish Singles: Dec. 22, 2001-Jan. 3, 2002. Trip to Morocco including a New Years Eve party. For more information, call

(314) 994-9600.

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.

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Calendar

SATURDAY/10

Sinai Temple: 9:30 a.m. Shabbat service. 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (310) 474-1518.

Tobey C. Moss Gallery: 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Opening reception for artist Jay Rivkin, displaying her cultural collages and personal assemblages. On display through Jan. 5, 2002. 7321 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (323) 933-5523.

Skirball Cultural Center: 8 p.m. “June Bride,” solo comedy performance by Sara Felder on planning a lesbian wedding, accompanied by juggling. Also: Tues., Nov. 13, 7:30 p.m. Screening of “The Vow,” a Polish movie about two childhood friends who plan for their children to marry each other, and the trials and tribulations that arise from striving to keep that vow. $6 (general admission); $5 (members); $4 (students). For tickets or more information, call (323) 655-8587.

Temple Beth Torah: 7 p.m. “An Evening at the Silent Cinema,” program features films with Laurel and Hardy, Douglas Fairbanks and an old-fashioned singalong. Movie snacks served. $14 (adults, in advance); $18 (adults at the door); $10 (children). 16651 Rinaldi St., Granada Hills. For reservations or more information, call (818) 831-0835.

Westside JCC: 8 p.m.-midnight. Cafe Rondo, Israeli dance party hosted by Jason Hecht and famous musician David Edery. $6 (nonmembers); $5 (members). 5870 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call

(323) 938-2531.

Lily’s Siren: The five-person rock band performs their hits at The Gig. 7302 Melrose Ave., Hollywood. For more information, visit www.lilyssiren.com.

Pacific Gardens: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Health and Wellness Fair 2001, Consultations available with medical experts, including chiropractors and dentists. 18700 Burbank Blvd., Tarzana. For reservations for a mammogram or more information, call

(818) 342-0003.

Israel Cancer Research Fund: 6:30 p.m. Dick Clark hosts “Rhapsody in Blue,” a dinner and dance gala at the Regent Beverly Wilshire, honoring Andy Heyward, chairman and CEO of DIC Entertainment, Inc. with the ICRF Humanitarian Award. A live auction offers opportunities to win trips to Australia, Hong Kong and more. $350. For reservations or more information, call (323) 651-1200.

Young Israel of Century City: 7:30 p.m. “New Frontiers in Jewish Genetics: Who Owns Your Genes?” forum by Dr. Avraham Steinberg, professor and director of the Center for Medical Ethics, Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School and Dr. Lawrence D. Platt, professor of Obstetrcs, UCLA School of Medicine. Four Seasons Hotel, 300 S. Doheny Drive, Los Angeles. For more information, call (310) 273-6954.

SUNDAY/11

Temple Menorah: 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. South Bay Jewish Festival, featuring klezmer music by a band, children’s entertainment featuring a puppet show, a kugel cook-off, art show and more. 1101 Camino Real, Redondo Beach. For more information, call

(310) 316-8444.

Santa Monica Playhouse: 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Performance of the classic fairytale “Cinderella.” $9 (ages 2-92); free (children 2 and under and seniors over 92). 1211 Fourth St., Santa Monica. For more information, call (310) 394-9779 ext. 2.

Zimmer Children’s Museum: 1:30 p.m.-5 p.m. Help create mural art. $5 (adults); $3 (children 3 and older); free (children 2 and under, and grandparents). 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (323) 761-8989.

University of Judaism: 10 a.m.-

4 p.m. Jerry Freedman Habush leads a bus tour of the Hsi Lai Buddhist Temple in Hacienda Heights, with lunch at Little Tokyo. $30-$35 (general admission). 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. For tickets or more information, call (310) 476-9777 ext. 246.

Goldie’s Yiddish Orchestra: 10 p.m. Performance of klezmer music. $3. The Bigfoot Lodge, 3172 Los Feliz Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call

(310) 489-6310.

Congregation Shir Ha-Ma’alot: 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Rabbi Richard Steinberg discusses “December Dilemma,” the issues plaguing Christmas and Chanukah festivities. 3652 Michelson Drive, Irvine. For more information, call (949) 857-2226.

The Serra Project: 5:30 p.m. “A Faire of the Heart XII,” dinner and silent auction to benefit people with AIDS. Beverly Hilton Hotel, 9876 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. For reservations or more information, call (213) 413-0306.

Yiddishkayt Los Angeles: 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Yiddish for All, one day workshop. Different levels available. Shalhevet High School, 910 S. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. For more information, call

(323) 930-9333.

MONDAY/12

National Council of Jewish Women: 9:30 a.m. General meeting for VOTE, featuring chair Jeff Brain, discussing “Valley Voters Organized Toward Empowerment.” Temple Judea, 5429 Lindley Ave., Tarzana. For more information, call

(818) 986-8365.

California Chapter of the National Neurofibromatosis Foundation: 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Informational meeting about the NF Marathon Program to benefit the disease which inflicts one in every 4,000 babies. Westside Pavilion Mall, 10800 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. For reservations or more information, call (888) 314-6633.

TUESDAY/13

Jewish Book Festival: 7:30 p.m. NAACP Award-winner Bebe Moore Campbell discusses her newest book “What You Owe Me.” Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center, 1434 Altadena Drive, Pasadena. For more information, call (626) 967-3656.

Silverado Senior Living: 4 p.m.-7 p.m. The Festival of Plenty, with food and entertainment, to celebrate all of our blessings. 25100 Calabasas Road, Calabasas. For more information, call

(818) 222-1000.

Anti-Defamation League of Orange County: 6 p.m.-8 p.m. The documentary “Long Night’s Journey Into Day,” screens as part of the presentation by Peter and Linda Biehl regarding the couple’s goal to help black South Africans. MJW Fine Arts, 209 Marine Ave., Balboa Island. For reservations or more information, call

(714) 979-4733.

Pasadena Civic Auditorium: 8 p.m. The 2001-2002 Distinguished Speaker Series presents founder of the Solidarity Movement, former president of Poland and Nobel Peace Prize-winner Lech Walesa. 300 East Green St., Pasadena. For more information, call

(800) 508-9301.

Jewish Television Network: The 2001 Vision Award is presented to Caryn Mandabach, producer of “The Cosby Show,” “Roseanne,” “That 70’s Show” and the women’s multi-media company Oxygen. The gala dinner at the St. Regis Hotel benefits the JTN. For more information, call (323) 852-9494.

WEDNESDAY/14

Hammer Museum: 6:30 p.m. “Creative Paths II: Discovering Careers in Art.”Art professionals from Los Angeles will discuss their educational experiences. For reservations or more information, call (310) 443-7058.

Temple Aliyah: 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Holiday boutique featuring gifts, jewelry, home furnishings, purses, clothing and toys. 6025 Valley Circle Blvd., Woodland Hills. For more information, call

(818) 346-3545.

Jewish Big Brothers: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. “Relationships and the Developing Mind,” lecture led by Dr. Daniel J. Siegel highlighting the benefits of big brotherhood. Radisson Hotel, 6161 Centinela Ave., Culver City. For more information, call (323) 692-3515.

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Annual Used Book Sale offering books on Judaica, Hebraica, religion and more. 3077 University Ave., Los Angeles. For more information, call (213) 749-3424 ext. 4225.

Yad B’Yad: 11 a.m. Fashion show and holiday boutique at the Olympic Collection to benefit the Human Life Saving Fund. For more information, call

(310) 854-4454.

Adat Ari El Sisterhood: 12:30 p.m. The Contemporary Challenges program presents a lecture, “Against Valley Separation,” by Cindy Miscekowski, Los Angeles City Councilwoman. Free (members); $3 (nonmembers). 12020 Burbank Blvd., Valley Village. For more information, call (818) 766-9426.

THURSDAY/15

Westside JCC: 9 a.m.-noon. Free flu shots. 5870 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (323) 938-2531 ext. 2225.

Stephen S. Wise Temple: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Annual Holiday Boutique and Cafe fundraiser. 15500 Stephen S. Wise Drive, Los Angeles. For more information, call (310) 440-3656.

Hillel at Pierce and Valley Colleges: 6:45 p.m.-8 p.m. “An Israel Briefing: The Latest Events,” lecture by Meirav Eilon Shahar, consul for communications and public affairs, Consulate General of Israel. 19720 Ventura Blvd., Suite G, Woodland Hills. For more information, call (818) 887-5901.

Congregation Beth Chayim Chadashim: 7 p.m. Rabbi Lisa Edwards leads Beit Midrash study. 6000 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (323) 931-7023.

Anti-Defamation League: 7:30 p.m. “Getting to Know the Culturally Specific Museums of Los Angeles,” lecture as part of the Third Annual Ralph Tornberg series. $20. For more information, call (310) 446-8000 ext. 230.

Valley Beth Shalom: 7:30 p.m. “The Material Teen,” discussion targeting youth who are motivated by brand names. 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. For more information, call (818) 788-4667.

FRIDAY/16

New Beverly Cinema: 8:35 p.m. Screening of the comedy film “The Closet,” written by renowned Jewish filmmaker Francis Veber. $6 (general admission); $5 (students); $3 (seniors and children). 7165 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (323) 938-4038.

Kehillat Kharakim: 6 p.m. Egalitarian Shabbat services, followed by dinner. For location or more information, call (323) 934-2925.

Temple Sholom: 8 p.m. Merav Eilon-Shahar of the Consulate General of Israel will speak on solidarity for Israel. 963 W. Sixth St., Ontario. For more information, call (909) 983-9661.

Singles

SATURDAY/10

Jewish Stars (37-49): 8:30 p.m. Mediterranean cruise-themed party in Encino. $8. For reservations or more information, call (310) 841-1002.

SUNDAY/11

The Social Circle (35-59): 9:30 a.m. Hike and walk at Will Rogers State Park, followed by a no-host brunch at Mort’s Deli, 1035 Swarthmore Ave., Pacific Palisades. For more information, call (310) 889-2345.

Jewish Singles Book Club: 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. Discussion of Leon Uris’ “Exodus.” Shalom Pizza, 8715 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call

(310) 652-1277.

Klutz Productions (21-40): 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Candle-lit event with appetizers at Atlantic, a restaurant and bar owned by Madonna’s brother, Christopher Ciccone. $10. 8256 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, visit www.klutzproductions.com. or call (323) 951-1949 for directions.

Quick Date: Age groups 25-35, 30-40, 35-45, 40-55 and 50-65 meet at a dating marathon event featuring live entertainment, dance contest and refreshments. For more information, call (310) 497-6627. Israeli Folk Dancing: 8 p.m.-12:30 p.m. Open-session dancing with Michele Yakovee. $6. 22244 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call

(800) 750-5432.

MONDAY/12

Israeli Folk Dancing: 8 p.m.-12:30 p.m. Open-session dancing with Michele Yakovee. $6. 22244 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call

(800) 750-5432.

TUESDAY/13

Business & Professional Networking Group (21+): 6:30 p.m. Networking event in the San Fernando Valley area. For more information, call (818) 774-0503.

WEDNESDAY/14

We Could Click (20s-50s): 6:30 p.m.-midnight. First event for upscale single professionals, with dancing and appetizers. $20. Calibar, 9667 1/2 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. For reservations or more information, call

(310) 356-0008.

University of Judaism: 8:30 p.m. Michael Levine discusses “God, Dating and Marriage,”regarding God’s influence on finding love. $10. 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. For tickets or more information, call (310) 476-9777.

THURSDAY/15

Conversations!: 7:30 p.m. “Inner Dialogue,” lecture by Janet Smith. Appetizers and drinks served. $15. For reservations or more information, call (310) 315-1078.

FRIDAY/16

Aaron’s Tent Group Shabbos Experience (20s & 30s): 7 p.m. Dinner, interactive discussion and after-party. $13. For reservations or more information, call (310) 842-5109 by Wed., Nov. 14.

Orange County JCC Book Festival: 6:30 p.m. Dinner and discussion with author David A. Samson about his book “Mensch or Shlemiel??? Is He for Real?” $15 (members); $22 (nonmembers). For reservations or more information, call

(714) 755-0340.

Judaism 4 Singles (22+): Nov. 16-Nov. 18. Shabbaton at Hilton Hotel, Costa Mesa, hosted by renowned Persian Rabbi David Zargari. $219 (4 per room); $280 (double occupancy). For reservations or more information, call Bahram Gohari (310) 901-7000.

East Coast Connection (21-45): 6:15 p.m.-7:45 p.m. Shabbat services, 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.

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Calendar

SATURDAY/6

Congregation Mishkon Tephilo: 9:30 a.m. Shabbat service and Torah study. 206 Main St., Venice. For more information, call (310) 392-3029.

Ocean Park Public Library: 3 p.m.-5 p.m. “Biblical Heroines,” a multi-media show with video, storytelling, art interpretation, maps and archaeological discoveries, portrays the influence of women on Middle Eastern culture. 2601 Main St., Santa Monica. For more information, call (310) 458-8638.

Hunsaker/Schlesinger Fine Art: 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Opening reception for artist Patty Wickman. 2525 Michigan Ave., T3, Santa Monica. For more information, call (310) 828-1133.

Children of the World: 6 p.m. The International Children’s Film Festival kicks off with a performance at the Burbank Hilton Hotel, conducted by Marrina Waks. For more information, call (310) 285-9791.

Opera Nova: 7 p.m. Fall Opera Gala, entailing scenes from “Tosca,” “Traviata,” “Aida” and “Carmen.” $10. Crossroads School, community room, 1715 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica. For more information, call (310) 452-2581.

Coleman Gallery: 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Debut of “Puss, Use Your Kitty” art exhibit and reception. 8625 Melrose Ave., Hollywood. For more information, call

(310) 360-0819.

The Jewish Federation: 7:30 p.m. The Jewish Book Festival will present a musical performance hosted by Martin Goldsmith, author of “The Inextinguishable Symphony: A True Story of Music and Love in Nazi Germany.” $15 (general admission); $13 (seniors and students). Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center, 1434 N. Altadena Drive, Pasadena. For tickets or more information, call (626) 967-3656.

Los Angeles Yiddish Culture Club: 7:30 p.m. “Women Poets and the Former Soviet Union,” discussion led by Dr. Moshe Wolf. 8339 W. Third St., Los Angeles. For more information, call

(310) 454-3687.

BridgePoint: 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Discussion regarding questions seniors have about moving. 220 N. Clark Drive, Beverly Hills. For reservations or more information, call (310) 860-9234.

SUNDAY/4

Excalibur Children’s Theatre: 1 p.m. or 3 p.m. Screening of the classic Charlotte’s Web. Plays through Dec. 2. $10. 12655 Ventura Blvd., Studio City. For more information, call (818) 761-8804.

Zimmer Children’s Museum: 1:30 p.m.-5 p.m.”Book Blow-Out,” celebration of Jewish Book Month, featuring a workshop on bookmaking. $5 (adults); $3 (children 3 and older); free (children 2 and under). 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call

(323) 761-8989.

Jewish Community Library of Los Angeles: 3 p.m.-4 p.m. Storyteller Erica Silverman shares the adventures of her characters Raisel and Gittel through her book “Raisel’s Riddle and Gittel’s Hands,” as part of the Sundays are for Stories program. Slavin Children’s Library, 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (323) 761-8648.

Valley Beth Shalom Nursery School: Scholastic Book Fair. Through Nov. 6. 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. For more information, call (818) 981-2980.

Folk Art Council: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nineteenth Annual International Folk Art Market, featuring vendors from North and South America, the Middle East, Europe, Africa and Asia. $4. Veterans Memorial Building, 4117 Overland Ave., Culver City. For more information, call (323) 937-4230.

Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center: 10 a.m.-noon. Author Judy Zeidler leads a discussion on Chanukah recipes and offers a cooking demonstration. $5. 1434 N. Altadena Drive, Pasadena. For more information, call

(626) 798-1161.

Temple Ramat Zion: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Annual Holiday Boutique to benefit the nursery school. Through Mon., Nov. 5, 8 p.m. 17655 Devonshire St., Northridge. For more information, call

(818) 360-8799.

Skirball Cultural Center: 1 p.m. Poet Robert Creeley recites his work. $5 (general admission); free (students). Also: Sun., Nov. 4, 2 p.m. Workshop for kids, teaching etching and molding of wedding bells, followed by a tour of the exhibit “Romance & Ritual: Celebrating the Jewish Wedding.” 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (310) 440-4500.

The Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring: 2 p.m.-5 p.m. “Others Day”celebration of the closing of the “You & Eye: Art Responds to Prejudice” exhibit. Features live music and gourmet food. 1525 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call

(310) 552-2007.

Hammer Museum: 5 p.m. Alice Sebold, author of the memoir “Lucky” and Diane Wagman, author of “Skin Deep.” For more information, call (310) 443-7000.

Stimmen World Voices Festival:

7 p.m. UCLA’s Royce Hall presents Germany’s annual festival featuring six artists from Madagascar, West Africa, India, Switzerland, France and Hungary. $14-$35. For tickets or more information, call (310) 825-2101.

Sephardic Film Festival: The Fifth Annual Sephardic Film Festival begins with the U.S. premiere of “La Verite Si Je Mens!” The films will feature the Jewish experience in North Africa, Greece, Iraq, Turkey and Bulgaria. For tickets or more information, call

(310) 273-8567.

B’nai Tikvah Congregation: 12:15 p.m. “Celebration of Animals,” event with anecdote-sharing and discussion with a veterinarian. Pets welcome. Also: Fri., Nov. 9, 8:30 a.m. “Security at LAX,” discussion. 5820 W. Manchester Ave., Westchester. For more information, call (310) 645-6262.

Temple Beth Haverim: 7 p.m. “The War on Terrorism as it Unfolds,” discussion with congressman Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks). 5126 Clareton Drive, Agoura Hills. For more information, call (818) 991-7111.

MONDAY/5

Congregation Mishkon Tephilo: 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Prayerbook Hebrew class, every Monday. 201 Main St., Venice. For more information, call (310) 392-3029.

Conejo Jewish Academy: 8 p.m. “Repairing the Breach Between Science and Religion-The Hidden Unity,” lecture about the lessons of unity taught by Kabbalistic and Chassidic masters. $10 (in advance); $12 (at the door). 30345 Canwood St., Agoura Hills. For reservations or more information, call (818) 991-0991.

Congregation Beth Shir Sholom: 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Beginner and advanced Israeli dance classes. For more information, call (310) 453-3361.

TUESDAY/6

Blue Sphere Alliance: 8 p.m. “Solos in Harmony V: Fact or Fiction,” zany comedy play about mothers and daughters, video store geeks, drug testing at work and a young gay English guy. $15. The Lex, 6760 Lexington Ave., Hollywood. For reservations or more information, call (323_ 957-5782.

Abraham Joshua Heschel Day School: 8:45 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Parents interested in enrolling their child in grades TK-5 visit. 17701 Devonshire St., Northridge. For reservations or more information, call (818) 368-5781 ext. 405.

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center:

6:30 p.m.-8:15 p.m. Dr. Simon Lo discusses advanced pain therapies for pancreatic disorders. 8700, Beverly Blvd., South Tower, Plaza Level, Los Angeles. For more information, call (800) 223-2771.

West Los Angeles College: 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Hebrew Reading crash course spanning five lessons. 9000 Overland Ave., Culver City. For more information, call

(310) 287-4551.

Valley Beth Shalom Family Center: 7:30 p.m. Rabbi Ed Feinstein teaches parents how to answer questions children ask about religion. 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. For more information, call (818) 788-4667.

Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services: 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Seminar for couples and individuals interested in adopting a child. $75 (per couple); $45 (individuals) Also meets Nov. 13. 3200 Motor Ave., West Los Angeles. For registration or more information, call (310) 836-1223 ext. 281.

WEDNESDAY/7

Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust: 7 p.m. The Meet the Author program presents author Lily Brett who will discuss her book “Too Many Men,” a story of a father and daughter affected by the Holocaust. 3663 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. For reservations or more information, call (323) 761-8170.

Masquers Cabaret & Dinner Theatre: 7:30 p.m. Singer and songwriter Teresa Belinda Kempner, sings for world peace, accompanied by pianist Sha-Ron Kushnir. $20 (at the door); $15 (in advance). 8334 W. Third St., West Hollywood. For tickets or more information, call (310) 475-4915.

Adat Ari El Sisterhood: 12:30 p.m. “A Briefing on the Current Situation in Israel,” discussion by speaker David Douek. Free (members); $3 (nonmembers). 12020 Burbank Blvd., Valley Village. For more information, call (818) 766-9426.

West Valley JCC: 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Yiddish class, featuring music and readings. Free (members); $4 (nonmembers). 22622 Vanowen St., West Hills. For more information, call (818) 464-3300.

Jewish Women International: 7 p.m. “Handling Anxieties in Uncertain Times,” discussion led by psychologist Dana Dovitch. Platt Library, 23600 Victory Blvd., Woodland Hills. For more information, call (818) 591-1436.

Temple Judea: 7:30 p.m. “What is Islam?” class speaker from the Islamic Center in Northridge. $36 (members); $18 (members) 6601 Valley Circle Blvd., West Hills. For more information, call (818) 758-3800.

THURSDAY/8

Barnes & Noble: 1 p.m. Author Suzan Hagstrom will speak on her book “Sara’s Children; The Destruction of Chmielnik,” a true story of the survival of five siblings from the concentration camps and their lives in America after the war. 160 Westlake Blvd., Thousand Oaks. For more information, call (805) 446-2820.

Emanuel Arts Center/Cornerstone Theater Company: 7:30 p.m. Four plays regarding religion, including “The Shabbos Kept Them,” “Who is a Jew?,” “The Holographic Universe or a Day in the Life of Heeb and Sahib” and “Salvadorian Moon/African Sky,” as part of the Festival of Faith program. For reservations or more information, call (213) 613-1740.

The Odyssey Theatre Ensemble:

8 p.m. In honor of National Adoption Month, there will be a performance of the play “Emma’s Child,” chronicling the struggles of a couple to have a child. $19.50 (general admission); $10 (students with an ID at least ten minutes before the show); $$14.50 (seniors). 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West Los Angeles. For reservations or more information, call (323) 477-2055.

Borders Bookstore: 8 p.m. Booksigning by author Loraine Despres of her new book, “The Scandalous Summer of Sissy LeBlanc, followed by a Southern Belle Champagne Party. 14651 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. For reservations or more information, call (323) 954-7510 ext. 17.

Sephora: Opening of the new Sephora store on Highland and Hollywood, encompassing over 300 brands of beauty care. For more information, visit www.sephora.com.

The Kabbalah Centre: 8:30 p.m. Lecture on spirituality. 18641 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana. For more information, call (818) 342-9111.

FRIDAY/9

Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Trip to a TV taping of “Hollywood Squares,” followed by lunch at Farmer’s Market. $3 (includes transportation). 12821 Victory Blvd., North Hollywood. For more information, call (818) 984-0276.

Congregation Kol Ami: 8 p.m. Services and discussion regarding the death penalty moratorium. 1200 N. La Brea Ave., West Hollywood. For more information, call (310) 248-6320.

Congregation N’vay Shalom: 7:30 p.m. Kabbalah service. 15800 Mulholland Drive. For more information, call (323) 463-7728.

Temple Beth Torah: Sat., Nov. 10, 7 p.m. “An Evening at the Silent Cinema,” event presenting films such as “My Beautiful Car” and “A Trip Down Market Street.” Snacks and drinks included. $14 (adults, in advance); $18 (adults at the door); $10 (children). 16651 Rinaldi St., Granada Hills. For reservations or more information, call (818) 831-0835.

Singles

SATURDAY/3

Dad’s Day Program (affiliated with New Start) (30+): 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Picnic in Holmby Hills with single parents and their children. For more information, call Lyn (310) 478-3137.

SUNDAY/4

Jewish Single Parents & Singles Association: 10 a.m. Breakfast at East Coast Bagel, followed by a trip to Skirball Cultural Center. 5753 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach. For more information, call (310) 519-7789.

Jewish Singles Meeting Place (30s & 40s): 11 a.m. Brunch with bagels, bialys and lox at a private home in Valley Glen. $8. For reservations or more information, call (818) 780-1202.

L.A.’s Best Connection: 1 p.m. Meet for a social at Jerry’s Deli. Also: Fri., Nov. 9, 1:30 p.m. Hannukah social and get-together at the community room of Farmer’s Market. For more information, call (323) 782-0435.

Jewish Persons Bowling League: 5:30 p.m. Meet to play at Matador Bowl in Northridge. To join the league or for more information, call (818) 891-0277.

Elite Jewish Theatre Singles: Trip to Laughlin, Nevada, with shows and gambling, through Nov. 7. $289 (including round-trip air fare from Burbank, three nights hotel accomodations and more). For booking or more information, call (310) 203-1312.

MONDAY/5

Singles Helping Others: 7 p.m. General meeting to plan volunteer activities. 13130 Burbank Blvd., Studio City. For more information, call (818) 717-9136.

TUESDAY/6

Westwood Kehilla: 8 p.m.-9:30 p.m. “Read Hebrew, America,” crash course in Hebrew starts, through Dec. 4. 10523 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call

( 310) 441-5289.

WEDNESDAY/9

Social Circle (35-59): 7 p.m. “The Six Secrets of a Lasting Relationship,” and “How to Fall in Love and Stay There,” lectures by Dr. Mark Goulston, followed by a wine and cheese reception. $12 (members); $16 (nonmembers). Stephen S. Wise Temple, 15500 Stephen S. Wise Drive, Los Angeles. For more information, visit www.sswt.org. or call

(310) 476-8561.

THURSDAY/8

Conversations!: 7:30 p.m. “How Not to Pick Your Ex Again,” lecture by Shari Mindlen. Light dinner and drinks served. $15. For more information, call (310) 315-1078.

Salsa Shelanu (21-45): Meet to dance salsa, merengue and cha cha at a club in Los Angeles. For more information, call

(213) 381-0169.

FRIDAY/9

Shari Mindlen: 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. KRLA Talk Radio host and relationship coach lectures on how to find Mr. or Ms. Right. $20. Bodhi Tree Bookstore Annex, 8585 Melrose, West Hollywood. For reservations or more information, call (310) 394-2647.

Sinai Temple: 7:30 p.m. Friday Night Live services. Donations are being accepted for the Holiday Toy/Gift Drive. 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (310) 836-1223.

UPCOMING

Jewish Stars (37-49): Sat., Nov. 10, 8:30 p.m. Mediterranean cruise-themed party at a home in Encino. $8. To RSVP or more information, call (310) 841-1002.

Klutz Productions (21+): Sun., Nov. 11, 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Cocktail party, with food, drinks and socializing by candlelight. $10. Atlantic, 8256 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (323) 951-1949 or visit www.klutzproductions.com.

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.

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Calendar

SATURDAY/18

Temple Sinai: 9:30 a.m. Shabbat services. 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (310) 474-1518.

OASIS/ Older Adult Services: 10:30 a.m.-noon. Performance of prominent women in history, such as Betsy Ross and Violet Jessup. $2. 6201 Winnetka Ave., Woodland Hills. For more information, call (818) 710-4163.

Brotherhood of Temple Sinai: 7:10 p.m. Baseball game featuring the Los Angeles Dodgers vs. the New York Mets. $12. 1212 N. Pacific Ave., Glendale. For reservations or more information, call (626) 799-4234.

Congregation Beth Chayim Chadashim: 4 p.m. Hatha yoga led by Corey Roskin. $10. Also: Sun., 3 p.m. Festival of Jewish books and writers, with readings by various Jewish authors. 6000 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (323) 931-7023.

Barnes & Noble: 11 a.m. Book signing and reading for children, “I’ll Never Find Anything In Here,” by Susan Attlyah. 16461 Ventura Blvd., Encino. For more information, call (818) 380-1636.

SUNDAY/19

Valley Cultural Center: 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Performance by Jack Mack & The Heart Attack. Warner Park, 5800 Topanga Canyon, Woodland Hills. For more information, call (818) 704-1358.

Congregation Beth Chayim Chadashim: 6 p.m. “The Mikvah Project,” documentary screening of the traditional ritual. $10. 6000 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (323) 931-7023.

Valley Beth Shalom: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. “We Too Were There: Finding Women’s Voices in Rosh Hashanah,” program in honor of Rosh Chodesh Elul with food and Torah study. 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. For reservations or more information, call (818) 788-6000 ext. 523.

Temple B’nai Hayim: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Open-house event. 4302 Van Nuys Blvd., Sherman Oaks. For more information, call (818) 788-4664.

MONDAY/20

West Valley JCC: 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Yiddish Music & Conversation class, every Monday. $4 (each session). Also: Tues., 9:30 a.m.-noon, Bagel brunch and variety show. $6 (nonmembers); $2 (members). 22622 Vanowen St., West Hills. For more information, call (818) 464-3300.

The Museum of Tolerance: 6 p.m. “The Path of the Just,” discussion of Rabbi Moshe Luzzatto’s book as part of the Great Books of Jewish Civilization series. 9786 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (310) 552-4595 ext. 27.

TUESDAY/21

Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Trip to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, followed by a no-host lunch at Marie Callenders. Bus transportation provided. $13 (members); $15 (nonmembers). 1434 N. Altadena Drive., Pasadena. For reservations or more information, call (626) 798-1161.

Ezra Center: 9:45 a.m. “Medical Books to China,” lecture and discussion with Dr. Jordan and Mary Phillips. Lunch served. $5 (members); $6 (nonmembers). Temple Ner Tamid, 10629 Lakewood Blvd., Downey. For more information, call (562) 861-9276.

B’nai Tikvah Congregation: 7:30 p.m. Meet to discuss the Playa Vista Project with the developers. 5820 W. Manchester Ave., Westchester. For more information, call (310) 645-6262.

WEDNESDAY/22

Museum of Tolerance: 7:30 p.m. Rabbi Ari Hier leads a discussion on literature throughout Judaism. Barnes & Noble, 10850 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (310) 552-4595.

THURSDAY/23

Temple Sinai of Glendale Seniors: Noon-2 p.m. Meet for bingo, prizes and dessert. 1212 N. Pacific Ave., Glendale. For more information, call (818) 766-8700.

FRIDAY/24

Temple Beth Am: 6:15 p.m. Neshama Minyan, Shabbat services with the music of the late Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach. 1039 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (310) 652-7353.

Congregation B’nai Tzedek: 7:30 p.m. Shabbat services. 9669 Talbert Ave., Fountain Valley. For more information, call (714) 963-4611.

Temple Emanuel: 7:30 p.m. “Shabbat Unplugged,” kabbalah Shabbat service, the fourth Friday of every month. 8844 Burton Way, Beverly Hills. For more information, call (310) 274-6388.

Leo Baeck Temple: 7:30 p.m. Shabbat Under the Stars and folk dancing. 1300 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (310) 476-2861.

Congregation Kol Ami: 8 p.m. Erev Shabbat services. West Hollywood Presbyterian Church, 7350 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. For more information, call (310) 248-6320.

UPCOMING

Congregation Ner Tamid: Sat., Aug. 25, 8 p.m. “Havdalah” service, followed by karaoke. $23 (adults in advance); $25 (adults at the door); $3 (children 12 and under in advance); $5 (children 12 and under at the door). 5721 Crestridge Road, Rancho Palos Verdes. For tickets or more information, call (310) 377-6986.

Singles

SATURDAY/18

Singles Helping Others: 2:30 p.m.-5 p.m. Help with the incoming classic cars in Montrose. For reservations or more information, call (818) 998-4570. Also: Sun., 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Help children with their art projects at the Wedding Festival at the Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (818) 851-9070.

Jewish Singles Meeting Place (30s & 40s): 5:30 p.m. Dodgers vs. Mets game. Carpooling available from Encino. $10. For reservations or more information, call (818) 780-4809. Also: Sun., 9:30 a.m. Brunch at Shanghai Reeds in Marina del Rey, followed by a walk along the water. $17.95 (not including tax and tip). For reservations or more information, call (323) 653-3147.

Southern California Social Guide: 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Cocktail party with music, dancing, appetizers, dessert, no-host bar and prizes. $20. Holiday Inn Select Hotel, 1150 S. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills. For more information, call (323) 656-7777.

New Age Singles (55+): 8 p.m. “A Musical Journey Through Italy and France,” classical music event with refreshments. $5 (members); $7 (nonmembers). For reservations or more information, call (818) 907-0337.

SUNDAY/19

Business & Professional Singles: 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Dinner dance with a pasta buffet, music by the Johnny Vana Trio, no-host bar, door prizes and line dances. $13 (members); $16 (nonmembers). The Radisson Valley Hotel, 15433 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. For more information, call (818) 761-0179.

Reality Today (21-35): 8 p.m. Dance party with an “Arabian Nights” theme. Enjoy Middle Eastern appetizers and a massage. Lush, 2020 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica. For more information, e-mail: sigals@hotmail.com.

MONDAY/20

Israeli Folk Dancing: 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Open session with Michele Yakovee. $6. 2244 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (800) 750-5432.

TUESDAY/21

Torah on Tuesday (25-40): 7 p.m. Torah lesson. $7 (nonmembers); $5 (members). Lunaria, 10351 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (310) 474-1518 ext. 3234.

Jewish Single Parents & Singles Association (30s & 50s): 7 p.m. Meet in front of Waters Restaurant to walk around the lake. 4615 Barranca Parkway, Irvine. For more information, call (949) 551-0401.

Westwood Jewish Singles (45+): 7:30 p.m. Coffee, Cake and Conversation, discussion group every Sunday and Tuesday. $8. For more information, call (310) 444-8986.

WEDNESDAY/22

New Age Singles (55+): “Our Third Age: Reinventing Our Lives,” discussion with Laurel Newmark, with refreshments. $3 (members); $5 (nonmembers). For reservations or more information, call (310) 306-5070.

THURSDAY/23

Conversations!: 7:30 p.m. A guest speaker leads a discussion with food and drinks every Thursday at a private home. $15. For reservations or more information, call (310) 315-1078.

FRIDAY/24

Singles Helping Others: 5 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Help usher event at Pasadena Pops concert at Descanso Gardens. For more information, call (323) 663-8378.

UPCOMING

J Tennis (25-45): Sun., Aug. 26, 1:15 p.m. Play tennis at Rancho Cheviot Park in West Los Angeles. $10 (including refreshments). For reservations or more information, call (310) TENNIS-1.

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SATURDAY/21

Temple Beth Torah: 10:30 a.m. Shabbat service with discussion, “A Jew in an Islamic Senegal,” by Ann Haendel. 11827 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (310) 398-4536.

Congregation Beth Chayim Chadashim: 4 p.m. Hatha Yoga class instructed by Corey Roskin. $10. Also: Tues., 7 p.m., “Egalitarianism and Queer Issues in Contemporary Judaism,” lecture by Rabbi Lisa Edwards. 6000 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (323) 931-7023.

Public Access Television: 8:30 p.m. “The Life and Times of An Israeli Settler,”hosted by Jerry Bishop, includes an interview with activist settler Eve Harrow. On Public Access Channel 3, 37 or 77. For more information, call (310) 820-5388.

SUNDAY/5

Goldie’s Yiddish Orchestra: 11 a.m. Performance of Jewish music, including Old World Klezmer and Middle Eastern melodies. $15. The Knitting Factory, 7021 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (310) 489-6310.

Valley Cultural Center: 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Pete Escovedo performs as part of the Free Concerts in the Park. Warner Park, 5800 Topanga Canyon, Woodland Hills. For more information, call (818) 704-1358.

Jewish Dodger Day: 5 p.m. Meet to watch the Los Angeles Dodgers play the Chicago Cubs, with kosher hot dogs at Dodger Stadium. $10. For more information, call (323) 224-2612.

Zimmer Children’s Museum: 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Jumbo Shrimp Circus with face-painting, juggling shows, rope-walking and plate-spinning. $15 (adults); $8 (children over 3 and adult members); $6 (children members over 3). For reservations or more information, call (323) 761-8998.

Congregation Kol Ami: 10 a.m. Open House event with information sessions on the temple’s religious education program at West Hollywood Park. For more information, call (310) 248-6320.

Jewish Women International: Noon. Fiftieth Anniversary celebration and luncheon at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel. For tickets or more information, call (310) 820-2477.

Women’s American ORT: Noon. Monthly luncheon meeting with a special program. $7. Fu’s Palace Restaurtant, 8951 W. Pico Blvd., Beverly Hills. For more information, call (323) 653-0400.

Jewish Vegetarians of Los Angeles: 2 p.m. “Learn How to Reduce Stress From Meat Addiction,” discussion with hypnotherapist Jamie Robin. Valley Beth Shalom, 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. For more information, call (818) 360-5821.

Temple Beth Torah of Granada Hills: 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Open house introducing the new rabbi, Sheryl Nosan, with a light dinner. 11651 Rinaldi St., Granada Hills. For more information, call (818) 831-0835.

MONDAY/6

Jewish Family Service of Orange County: 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Support group for people who have anxiety about life passages. 250 E. Baker St., Suite G, Costa Mesa. For registration or more information, call (714) 445-4950.

Yeshiva of Los Angeles: First session of Intensive Hebrew Ulpan class. Through Aug. 30. $400 (not including materials). Congregation Mogen David, 9717 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. For registration or more information, call (310) 229-0958.

TUESDAY/7

Ezra Center: 9:45 a.m. “The Jewish Vote — Is It Changing?” lecture by Dr. Alan Fisher. Lunch will follow. $5 (members); $6 (nonmembers). Temple Ner Tamid of Downey, 10629 Lakewood Blvd., Downey. For more information, call (562) 861-9276.

Senior Source Program: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Driving lessons for seniors. Next session: Aug. 21. $10. For reservations or more information, call (818) 756-9146.

WEDNESDAY/8

Israel Cancer Research Fund: 11 a.m. Sixth Annual Women of Action Luncheon featuring Erin Brockovich. $125 (general admission). The Beverly Hilton Hotel, 9876 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. For more information, call (323) 651-1200.

Barnes & Noble: 7:30 p.m. Author Danica Perez discusses and signs her book “The Glow: A Journey to Motherhood,” about the advantages of giving birth. 16461 Ventura Blvd., Encino. For more information, call (818) 380-1636.

THURSDAY/9

Westside JCC: 10 a.m. Learn how to create memoirs. 5870 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (323) 938-2531 ext. 2225.

Rishon B’nai Brith: 7 p.m. Meeting with guest speaker Joseph Feinstein, teacher, rabbi and counselor. Temple Judea, 5429 Lindley Ave., Tarzana. For more information, call (818) 990-1473.

Museum of Tolerance: 7 p.m. Screening of the film “An American Rhapsody,” starring Nastassja Kinski, about the separation of a Hungarian girl from her family and the tribulations of the reunion. $6 (members); $7 (nonmembers). 1399 S. Roxbury Drive, Los Angeles. For tickets or more information, call (310) 772-2452.

Skirball Cultural Center: 7:30 p.m. Performance of African American music by Eric Bibb and Linda Tillery & The Cultural Heritage. $5 (parking). 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (310) 440-4500.

FRIDAY/10

Cheviot Hills Senior Citizens’ Club: 10:45 a.m. Meet for bingo and guest speakers. $1.50 (members); $1.75 (nonmembers). 2551 Motor Ave., West Los Angeles. For more information, call (310) 652-7508.

Temple Beth Am: 6:30 p.m. Shabbat service. 1039 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (310) 652-7353.

Singles

SATURDAY/4

Jewish Singles Meeting Place (30’s & 40’s): 7 p.m. Dinner at El Paso Barbeque Company, followed by bowling at Corbin Bowl in Tarzana. For location, reservations or more information, call (818) 780-1202. Also: Sat., Aug. 11, 5 p.m. Hawaiian luau party at a private home in North Hills. $8. For reservations or more information, call (818) 893-4879.

SUNDAY/5

New Start: 6 p.m. “The Great Gatsby,” event with fine wine and gourmet food in a private home in Beverly Hills. For more information, call Lyn (310) 478-3137.

New Age Singles (55+): 1 p.m. Bowling followed by a no-host dinner. $2.10 (per game). Mar Vista Bowl, 12125 Venice Blvd., West Los Angeles. For reservations or more information, call (323) 931-3509. Also: 3 p.m. Miniature golf. Oaks Castle Park, 4998 Sepulveda Blvd., Sherman Oaks. For reservations or more information, call (310) 839-3267.

Singles By the Sea: 6:30 p.m. Discussion group and socializing every Sunday. Westside JCC, 5870 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (818) 508-9211.

Business and Professional Singles: 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Party with pasta buffet, dance music by Johnny Vana Trio, no-host bar and door prizes. $13 (members); $16 (guests). The Radisson Valley Hotel, 4th Floor Ballrom, 15433 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. For more information, call (818) 761-0179.

Exceptional Singles Production (ESP) (40-60): 7:30 p.m. Dance event with a no-host bar. $20 (at the door). Atlantic, 8256 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (310) 335-4617.

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

Klutz Productions (21-40): 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Party at Gotham Hall, featuring a pool hall and martini lounge. $15. For directions, call (310) 394-8865. For more information, visit www.gothamhall.com

MONDAY/6

Singles Helping Others: 7 p.m. General meeting to plan new events. 13130 Burbank Blvd., Sherman Oaks. For more information, call (818) 717-9136.

TUESDAY/7

Isralight Los Angeles (20’s-40’s): 8 p.m. Rabbi Shlomo Seidenfeld lectures as part of the Nights of Light series. For location or more information, call (310) 552-1596.

WEDNESDAY/8

Volleyball Singles: 6 p.m. Meet for volleyball in Redondo Beach, every Wednesday. For more information, call (310) 783-0689.

THURSDAY/9

Social Ballroom & Israeli Folk Dancing: 7 p.m. James Zimmer leads dance lessons. $5-$9. Temple Emanuel, Hoffman Social Hall, 300 N. Clark Drive, Beverly Hills. For more information, call (310) 284-3638.

FRIDAY/10

Nexus (21-39): 7 p.m. Shabbat dinner at a private home in Newport Beach with kosher food and wine. $15. For reservations or more information, call (949) 646-7151.

UPCOMING

Jewish Association of Single Professionals: Sat., Aug. 11, 7:30 p.m.-midnight. Bel Air Dance Celebration featuring a DJ, music, buffet and no-host bar. $20 (in advance); $25 (at the door). Luxe-Summit Hotel, 11461 Sunset Blvd., Bel Air. For tickets or more information, call (323) 656-7777.

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SATURDAY/28

Temple Beth Emet: 8:30 p.m. Tisha B’Av services. 1770 W. Cerritos Ave., Anaheim. For more information, call (714) 772-4720.

Temple B’nai Hayim: 7 p.m. Havdalah with dinner and Tisha B’Av service. $8.50 (dinner). 4302 Van Nuys Blvd., Sherman Oaks. For reservations or more information, call (818) 788-4664.

Leo Baeck Temple: 7:30 p.m. Tisha B’Av service commemorating the millions of Jews who died for their faith. 1300 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (310) 476-2861.

Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center: 8:15 p.m. Tisha B’Av services, commemorating the 2587th anniversary of the destruction of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem, with “The Book of Lamentations.” 1434 N. Altadena Drive, Pasadena. For more information, call (626) 798-1161.

Temple Etz Chaim: 8:30 p.m. Tisha B’Av services. 1080 Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, call (805) 497-6891.

Congregation Adat Israel of Huntington Beach: 9 p.m. Tisha B’Av services and reading of the Kinos poems in commemoration of the millions who died for their faith. 5052 Warner Ave., Huntington Beach. For more information, call (714) 846-2285.

Etz Jacob Congregation: 9 p.m. Tisha B’Av services and Missionary Impossible program, by Rabbi Aaron Parry regarding losing Jews to assimilation and other religions. 7659 Beverly Blvd., Beverly Hills. For more information, call (323) 938-2619.

B’Nai Tikvah Congregation: 9 p.m. Tisha B’Av service commemorating the saddest day in Jewish history. 5820 W. Manchester Ave., Westchester. For reservations or more information, call (310) 645-6262.

Congregation Beth Chayim Chadashim: 4 p.m. Hatha Yoga class taught by Corey Roskin. $10. 6000 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (323) 931-7023.

SUNDAY/29

Westside JCC: 2 p.m. Performance of Broadway songs and dance routines by Tatjana. $10 (members); $12 (nonmembers). 5870 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. For reservations or more information, call (323) 938-2531 ext. 2225.

MONDAY/30

The Wellness Community: 7 p.m.-9 p.m. “Nutrition, Well-being: Strategies for Cancer Treatment and Beyond,” support group for cancer patients and their families. 2716 Ocean Park Blvd., Suite 1040, Santa Monica. For more information, call (310) 314-2555.

Westside JCC: 10 a.m.-11 a.m. “Introduction to Chinese Medicine,” lecture about acupuncture and herbs. 5870 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. For more informaton, call (323) 938-2531 ext. 2225.

TUESDAY/31

Jewish Family Service of Orange County: 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Support group for people who care for their elderly parents, with discussion on concerns and responsibilities. Meets on the first and third Tuesday of every month. $10 (per session). 250 E. Baker St., Suite G, Costa Mesa. For registration or more information, call (714) 445-4950.

OASIS/Older Adult Services: 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Class studying Nobel Prize winners of the 20th century, including Camus, Sartre, Faulkner and Hemingway. Through Aug. 21. $3. Robinsons-May, 3rd floor, room 2, 10730 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (310) 475-4911 ext. 1-2200.

WEDNESDAY/1

Israel Emergency Alliance: 7:30 p.m. Lecture on the media war and priority actions for Israel. Beth Jacob Congregation, 9030 Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, visit standwithus.com

Italian Government Tourist Board: 7 p.m.-9 p.m. “The Art of Wine Making,” program and reception. Craft and Folk Art Museum, 5814 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. For reservations or more information, call (310) 820-2977.

Jewish Women International/Tikvah Chapter: 7 p.m. Annual potluck dinner and discussion at a private home in Calabasas. For reservations or more information, call (818) 591-1436.

Vista Del Mar Child & Family Services: 7:30 p.m. Orientation for those considering adoption. 3200 Motor Ave., Los Angeles. For reservations or more information, call (310) 836-1223 ext. 281.

Zimmer Children’s Museum: 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Puppeteer Mo Ganz from Puppetranz leads a sock puppets workshop. $10 (members); $14 (nonmembers). 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (323) 761-8989.

THURSDAY/2

West Valley JCC: 6:30 p.m. Screening of the film, “Annie Hall,” as part of the Summer Video Fest. 22622 Vanowen St., West Hills. For more information, call (818) 464-3300.

FRIDAY/3

Valley Beth Israel: 8 p.m. Musical services. 13060 Roscoe Blvd., Sun Valley. For more information, call (818) 782-2281.

UPCOMING

Temple Etz Chaim: Nov. 7-21. Trip to Japan with tour of Tokyo and more. For booking or more information, call (805) 497-6891.

Singles

SATURDAY/28

New Age Singles (55+): 7 p.m. Dinner dance with drinks and live music. $10 (men before 10 p.m.) $12 (members); $15 (guests). Leo Baeck Temple, 1300 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Bel Air. For reservations or more information, call (310) 473-1391.

Elite Jewish Theatre Singles: 8 p.m. Dinner followed by the musical, “Oliver!”in Santa Monica. $17.50. For reservations or more information, call (310) 203-1312.

Jewish Single Parents & Singles Association: 5 p.m. Free concert in the park as a tribute to the Beatles. Cypress Park, 5275 Orange Ave., Cypress. For more information, call (714) 998-2091. Also: Tues., 7 p.m. Balboa Island walk and coffee. For more information, call (714) 839-0281.

Singles Helping Others: 4 p.m.-11 p.m. Meet to help with a silent auction for APLA. For more information, call (818) 879-9360.

SUNDAY/29

Aish Speed Dating (25-45): 6:30 p.m. Introductions in a round-robin fashion at a local coffee shop. $20. For reservations or more information, call (310) 278-8672 ext. 403.

L.A.’s Best Connection (all ages): 1 p.m.(promptly). Meet at Starbucks on La Cienega Blvd. and Beverly Blvd. for socializing. For more information, call (323) 782-0435.

Jewish Singles Meeting Place: 3:30 p.m. Free concert at Warner Center Park in Woodland Hills. For more information, call (818) 705-8213.

MONDAY/30

Israeli Dancing: 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Open dance session every Monday. Also: Thursdays, dance lessons with Michele. $6. 2244 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (800) 750-5432.

TUESDAY/31

Westwood Jewish Singles (45+): 7:30 p.m. Coffee, cake and conversation discussion group, every Sunday and Tuesday. $8. For more information, call (310) 444-8986.

WEDNESDAY/1

New Age Singles (55+): 7:15 p.m. Board meeting to plan future events. For more information, call (310) 473-1391. Also: Fri., 6:30 p.m., Dinner at Nick’s, followed by Shabbat services at Adat Shalom Temple. For reservations or more information, call (818) 501-7255.

JDate: 6:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Summer bash. $20 (at the door or in advance). Garden of Eden, 7080 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. For tickets or more information, visit www.ticketweb.com.

THURSDAY/2

Conversations!: 7:30 p.m. Discussion group with a guest speaker, food and drinks. $15. For location, reservations or more information, call (310) 315-1078.

FRIDAY/3

Palos Verdes Singles: Summer fest with live entertainment, dancing and dinner. $20. West End Tennis/Racquet Club, 4343 Spencer St., Torrance. For more information, call (310) 372-6071.

UPCOMING

Klutz Productions (21-40): Sun., Aug. 5, 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Party with pool tables and drinks. $15 (cover charge). Gotham Hall, 1431 Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica. For more information, e-mail klutzproductions@aol.com.

New Start: Sun., Aug. 5. Mixer at a private home in Beverly Hills, with gourmet food and fine wine. The theme of the night will be “The Great Gatsby.” To become a member or for more information, call Lyn (310) 478-3137.

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.

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SATURDAY/14

Temple Ahavat Shalom: 5 p.m. Service with Rabbi Barry Lutz. Amplification units for the hearing-impaired are available. 18200 Rinaldi Place, Northridge. For more information, call (818) 360-2258.

Bet Tzedek: 8:30 p.m. Fifth annual Justice Ball, fundraiser with live performances by the B-52’s and Boogie Nights. $75. Santa Monica Museum of Flying, 2772 Donald Douglas Loop North, Santa Monica. For reservations or more information, call (323) 549-5831.

SUNDAY/15

Congregation Shaarei Torah: 10 a.m.-noon. Open House with presentation, “Jews in Film: An Exploration of Characters and Themes,” by Rabbi J.B. Sacks-Rosen, programs for children and refreshments. 550 S. Second Ave., Arcadia. For more information, call (626) 284-5451.

Pacific Gardens: 2 p.m.-4 p.m. “Caregiving Tips for Children of Aging Parents,” lecture by H. Elliott Fives, with advice on balanced caregiving, behavior and stress factors and dealing with issues of guilt and fear. 18700 Burbank Blvd., Tarzana. For more information, call (818) 342-0003.

MONDAY/16

Barnes & Noble: 7:30 p.m. Lessons on writing by author Steve J. Kay. 16461 Ventura Blvd., Encino. For more information, call (818) 380-1636.

TUESDAY/17

Barnes & Noble: 7:30 p.m. Executive editor of “Playboy” Stephen Randall discusses and signs his new book “The Other Side of Mulholland,” his comical novel about morals in Los Angeles. 1201 Third St., Santa Monica. For more information, call (310) 260-9110.

The Jewish Federation: 8 a.m.-9 a.m. “Achieving Peace: A Settler’s Perspective,” lecture by Rabbi Shlomo Riskin. For location or more information, call (323) 761-8106.

WEDNESDAY/20

Zimmer Children’s Museum: 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Decorate sand buckets. $8 (members); $12 (nonmembers). 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (323) 761-8989.

Simon Wiesenthal Library: 3 p.m. Discussion and signing of “Sara’s Children,” by Suzan Hagstrom, regarding the traumatic effects of the Holocaust. 1399 Roxbury Drive, Los Angeles. For reservations or more information, call (310) 772-2526.

THURSDAY/19

Bookstar: 7 p.m. Author Ralph Fertig discusses and reads from his new novel, “Love and Liberation: When the Jews Tore Down the Ghetto Walls,” relating the origins of Reform Judaism and the effects of the French Revolution on the freeing of Eastern European Jews from ghettos. 100 N. La Cienega, Los Angeles. For more information, call (818) 341-8703.

Congregation Beth Chayim Chadashim: 7:15 p.m. Screening of “Trembling Before G-d,” a documentary on the Orthodox lesbian/gay community. $9-$10. For reservations or more information, call (323) 960-2394.

Skirball Cultural Center: 7:30 p.m. Presentation, “The Sixties,” by Aram Saroyan, documenting the significant aspects of the decade. $6 (nonmembers); $5 (members); $4 (students). 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. For tickets or more information, call (323) 855-8587.

FRIDAY/20

Temple Ner Tamid of Downey: 6 p.m. Outdoor Shabbat services. 10629 Lakewood Blvd., Downey. For more information, call (562) 861-9276.

Singles

SATURDAY/14

Mixed Support Group: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Support group for singles and divorced individuals. $100 (4 sessions). 11110 Sepulveda Blvd., Suite 202, Los Angeles. For registration or more information, call (310) 281-8476.

Jewish Single Parents & Singles Association (30s-50s): 6:30 p.m. Meet for dinner at Water’s Restaurant on the lake. 4615 Barranca Parkway, Irvine. For reservations or more information, call (714) 998-2091.

Elite Jewish Theatre Singles: 7:30 p.m. “Hooked On Swing,” performance by Pasadena Pops Orchestra at Descanso Gardens. $17.50 (general admission). For reservations or more information, call (310) 203-1312.

Hashalom: 10 p.m. Melave Malka, with live music and games for singles and couples every Saturday at a private home. For reservations or more information, call (310) 659-7057.

SUNDAY/15

California Tip Toppers Club: Noon. Meet for brunch. Only women who are 6-feet-tall and above and men who are 6-foot-4 and above. $16.95 (buffet). Duke’s, 21150 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. For reservations or more information, call (818) 769-6597.

New Age Singles (55+): 2 p.m. Meet to see “The Book of Esther.” No-host dinner at a nearby restaurant follows. $12 (members); $15 (guests). Theatre East, 12655 Ventura Blvd., Studio City. For reservations or more information, call (818) 347-8355.

Gary’s Place: 5:30 p.m. Dinner at Shalom Pizza. 8715 Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. For reservations or more information, call (310) 276-5442.

Aish Speed Dating (25-40): 6:30 p.m. Introductions in a round-robin format at a local coffee shop. $20. For reservations or more information, call (310) 278-8672 ext. 403.

Westwood Jewish Singles (45+): 8 p.m. Coffee, Cake and Conversation, discussion group every Sunday at a private home. $8. For more information, call (310) 444-8986.

Jewish Singles Golf Connection (55-70): Meet to play in a nine-hole golf course and socialize, every Sunday morning. $11. For more information, call (310) 802-0079.

L.A.’s Best Connection: Meet to go to the Hollywood Bowl. For reservations or more information, call (323) 782-0435.

MONDAY/16

Project Next Step (20s-40s): 8 p.m. Coffee Talk, weekly discussion group with two rabbis, Coffee and pastries served. $5. Also: Tuesdays, 8 p.m. Judaism 101, lessons on the fundamentals of the religion. $10. 9911 W. Pico Blvd., Suite 102, Los Angeles. For more information, call (310) 552-4595 ext. 21.

Israeli Folk Dancing: 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Open dance session. Also: Thursdays, dance lessons with Michelle Yakovee. $6. 2244 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (800) 750-5432.

TUESDAY/17

Project Next Step: 12:15 p.m. Biblical Hebrew I: Textual Skills Workshop, class on the important basics of the language. Knowledge of the Hebrew alphabet required. $5 (including lunch). For location, reservations or more information, call (310) 552-4595 ext. 21.

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

WEDNESDAY/18

Volleyball Singles: 6 p.m. Meet to play volleyball in Redondo Beach, followed by a no-host dinner at sundown. For more information, call (310) 783-0689.

Project Next Step (20s-40s): 7 p.m. “Judaism vs. Larry Flynt,” discussion with guest speaker, former Flynt attorney David Kahn regarding pornography. Also: Rabbi Ari Hier lectures on maintaining a healthy balance between our physical and spiritual needs. Dessert served. $5. 9911 W. Pico Blvd., Suite 102, Los Angeles. For more information, call (310) 552-4595.

THURSDAY/19

Conversations!: 7:30 p.m. Meet for a guest speaker, food and drinks every Thursday at a private home. $15. For location, reservations or more information, call (310) 315-1078.

FRIDAY/20

California Tip Toppers Club: 6 p.m. Beach party at Huntington State Beach. $6 (parking). For more information, call (714) 963-2275.

New Age Singles (55+): 6 p.m. Meet for dinner at Hamburger Hamlet, followed by Shabbat services at University Synagogue. For reservations or more information, call (310) 838-7459.

Aaron’s Tent Group Shabbos Experience (20’s and 30’s): 8 p.m. Shabbat dinner, discussion and party. $12. For reservations or more information, call (310) 556-5609 by July 18.

UPCOMING

Jewish Single Parents & Singles Association (30s-50s): Sat., July 21, 6 p.m. Beach party in Huntington Beach. Meet at lifeguard station 13 by Pacific Coast Highway and Beach Blvd. For more information, call (714) 539-2740.

Elite Jewish Theatre Singles: Sat., July 21, 8:30 p.m. Meet to see “Rule Britannia!” starring widely acclaimed opera singer Charlotte Church at the Hollywood Bowl. $29. Also: Sat., July 28, 8 p.m. Meet for dinner and the play “Oliver!” in Santa Monica. $17.50. For reservations or more information, call (310) 203-1312.

New Age Singles (55+): Sun., July 22. Laguna bus trip. $31 (members); $33 (guests). For reservations or more information, call (818) 764-6747.

California Tip Toppers Club: Fri., July 27-Sun., July 29, 10 a.m. Luau weekend trip to San Diego. Only women who are 6 feet tall and above and men who are 6-foot-4 and over. $59. Guest House Inn, 1103 North Coast Highway, Oceanside. For reservations or more information, call (310) 641-9417.

New Start (30-70): Sun., Aug. 5. “A Romantic Evening With the Gatsbys,” event with fine wine and gourmet dinner. For reservations or more information, call (310) 478-3137.

Costa Rican Adventures (25-53): Sat., Aug. 11-Sat., Aug. 18. Hiking trip to Costa Rica’s caribbean coast, including whitewater rafting, kayaking, snorkeling and tour of the indigenous areas of the country and more. $1,295 . For booking or more information, call (800) 551-7887.

Premier Jewish Singles (30s-50s): Tues., Aug. 14-Mon., Aug. 27. Trip to Portugal and Spain, with tour of Lisbon, Cordova, Torremolinos, Grnada and more. $2,850 (per person). For booking or more information, call (800) 444-9250.

Calendar & Singles


Calendar

SATURDAY/10

Temple Isaiah: 9 a.m. Minyan, Torah and nosh informal worship service
followed by study session. 9:30 a.m. Tot Shabbat for ages 2-6, with bagel
brunch, art and cooking projects. 10345 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. For more
information, call (310) 277-2772.

Los Angeles Yiddish Culture Club: 7:30 p.m. “Purim Motifs” lecture by Hershel Hartman, with musical program by Faye Abramovitch-Viernik. Free (members); $4 (guests). 8339 W. Third Street, Los Angeles. For more information, call (323) 655-1341.

Kehillat Ma’arav: 7:30 p.m. “The Torah in the New Millennium,” lecture by Professor Richard Friedman. $12 (in advance); $15 (at the door). 1715 21st Street, Santa Monica. For more information, call (310) 829-0566.

SUN/11

Yeshiva Ohr Eliyahu: Noon-4 p.m. “Mitzvah Fair” with virtual reality baseball, carnival games, petting zoo, and a family show. 5950 Stoneview Drive, Culver City. For more information, call (310) 559-3330.

Valley Beth Israel: 9:30 a.m. Deluxe breakfast honoring Cindy and Alan Epstein, with entertainment by Cindy Paley. $12. 13060 Roscoe Blvd., Sun Valley. For more information, call (818) 782-2281.

Margaret Marketa Novak Productions: 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Book signing and reception with Holocaust survivor Margaret Marketa Novak, author of “One Left, Just One.” 315 N. Crescent Drive, Beverly Hills. For reservations or more information, call (310) 276-1167.

Zimmer Discovery Children’s Museum: 1:30 p.m. Sunday family workshops. This week: making Shabbat centerpieces. Free with paid museum admission: $5 (adults); $3 (children over 7); $2 (children 3-7). 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 100, Los Angeles. For more information, call (323) 761-8991.

Bay Cities JCC: 11 a.m. Mini health fair for seniors, with representatives from health and medical organizations discussing supplemental medical care, followed by bagel brunch. 201 Ocean Front Walk, Venice. For more information, call (310) 396-0205.

Project Chicken Soup: 8 a.m. Volunteers meet to cook and deliver kosher meals for people with HIV/AIDS. Deliveries begin at 11:45 a.m. Hirsh Kosher Kitchen, 338 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. For more information, call (323) 655-5330.

Aish Ha Torah: 10 a.m. “How Not to Have a ‘Crumb-y’ Pesach,” with Judith Cohen and Shelley Schwartz at a private home. For more information, call (310) 278-8672.

JCCs of North America Kallah: 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. “The Future of North American Jewry,” with Professor Alan Dershowitz, Dennis Prager and Anne Roiphe. Simulcast from New York City to over 30 locations. $6. Viewing at West Valley JCC, 22622 Vanowen Street, West Hills. For tickets or more information, call (323) 938-2531.

Valley Cities JCC: 2:15 p.m.-4 p.m. Alternative health approaches series lecture on using hypno-yoga in energizing the body. $2 (members); $3 (nonmembers). 13146 Burbank Blvd., Sherman Oaks. For more information, call (818) 786-6310.

MON/12

City of Hope: City of Hope Singers meets Monday nights to practice and perform all types of music. For more information, call (714) 462-0860.

Barnes & Noble, Encino: 7:30 p.m. Rabbi Niles Elliot Goldstein discusses and signs his book “God at the Edge.” 16461 Ventura Blvd., Encino. For more information, call (818) 380-1636.

Beth Shir Sholom: 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Israeli dancing class for all levels of experience, with David Katz. $5 (members); $6 (nonmembers). 1827 California Ave., Santa Monica. For more information, call (310) 453-3361.

West Valley JCC: 7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. “4,000 Years of Jewish History,” Mondays through April 23. $15 (members); $22 (nonmembers). 22622 Vanowen Street, West Hills. for more information, call (818) 464-3300.

National Council of Jewish Women: 9:30 a.m. Vista Val division meeting with speaker Billie Heller, Chair of the National committee on the U.N. convention on the elimination of discrimination against women. Temple Judea, 5429 Lindley Ave., Tarzana. For more information, call (818) 986-8365.

Jewish Federation of Orange County, Women’s Division: 10:30 a.m. “Women’s Voices” luncheon honoring activist and philanthropist Beverly Jacobs, with Anita Diamant discussing her novel “The Red Tent.” $60. Hyatt Regency Irvine, 17900 Jamboree Blvd. For reservations or more information, call (714) 755-5555 ext. 222.

Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles: 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. “Moving On: Families of separation and divorce,” a discussion group for parents and children ages 7-11. 22622 Vanowen Street, West Hills. To register or for more information, call (818) 464-3333.

TUE/13

Valley Cities JCC: 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m. Improvisational theater games class led by Ellen DeFranco. Free (members); $2 (guests). 13164 Burbank Blvd., Sherman Oaks. For more information, call (818) 786-6310.

University of Judaism: 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Graduate programs in nonprofit management workshop series begins with a class on fundraising and the Internet. 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. For more information, call (310) 440-1261.

WED/14

Temple Beth Ohr Sisterhood: 7:30 p.m. Screening of the short film “Visa and Virtue,” about the efforts of Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara to save Jewish lives. 15721 Rosecrans, La Mirada. For more information, call (714) 529-8850.

Women’s American ORT: 11:15 a.m. Tampa Ridge chapter meeting with speaker Sharmila Batra discussing her life in South Africa under apartheid. North Valley JCC, 16601 Rinaldi Street, Granada Hills. For more information, call (818) 366-2153.

West Valley JCC: 8 p.m. Joseph N. Feinstein discusses “The Plight of the Jews of Havana.” 22622 Vanowen Street, West Hills. For more information, call (818) 464-3300.

Jewish Vocational Service: 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Career counseling group, helping individuals to clarify career goals. Six sessions, $150; assessments, $50. Thousand Oaks location. For more information, call (805) 496-2649.

THU/15

Temple Judea, Tarzana: 6 p.m. Women’s Passover seder features ideas for the seder, ritual foods and Passover melodies. $15 (adults); $8 (children ages 9-13); free (children under 9). 5429 Lindley Ave., Tarzana. For reservations, call (818) 386-2955.

Valley Yiddish Culture Club: 7:30 p.m. Musical program, poetry and short stories in celebration of Purim. Free (members); $3 (guests). Adat Ari El, 12020 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood. For more information, call (818) 766-9426.

Project Next Step: 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m. “Made in Heaven” workshop for Jewish couples considering marriage, engaged or in the first year of marriage. 8 sessions, $195. 9911 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (310) 552-4595 ext. 27.

Valley Beth Shalom Family Center: 7:30 p.m. Presentation for parents on building self-esteem in young children. 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. For more information, call (818) 788-4667.

Temple Beth Hillel Sisterhood: 10 a.m. Speaker Harry Schwartzbart lectures on “Separation of Church and State: What are the prospects?” $2. 12326 Riverside Drive, Valley Village. For more information, call (818) 763-9148.

Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. “Attitude is Everything,” lecture and discussion on attitude, health and well-being. $4 (members); $5 (nonmembers). 1434 N. Altadena Drive, Pasadena. For reservations or more information, call (626) 798-1161.

Hadassah Southern California: Noon-1:30 p.m. “Soul Food for Thought,” lecture with Rabbi Elie Kaplan Spitz discussing his book “Does the Soul Survive? A Jewish Journey to Belief in Afterlife, Past Lives and Living With Purpose.” Long Beach/Orange County Area Resource Center, 660 W. Baker Street, Suite 223, Costa Mesa. For reservations, call (714) 545-7162.

FRI/16

Society for Humanistic Judaism: 7:30 p.m. Meeting features musical entertainment by Three of Hearts. Workmen’s Circle, 1525 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (323) 656-2734.

Knesset Israel Congregation: “The Pesach Experience: A resource for relationship enhancement,” shabbaton with Rabbi David Lapin launches Project ReJewvination. Through March 17. For reservations or more information, call (310) 839-4962.

Singles

SATURDAY/10

Jewish Singles Meeting Place (30’s-40’s): 8:30 p.m. Dancing the night away at the Muddy Moose Lounge, adjacent to Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City. For more information, call (818) 343-1846.

New Age Singles (55+): “Remembering Victor Borge, Joaquin Rodrigo and Alan Hovhaness,” an evening of classical music led by Irv Hershman. $5 (members); $7 (guests). For location, reservations or more information call (818) 907-0377.

Jewish Singles Dining Club (30’s-40’s): 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Dinner party for professional Jewish singles at a fine restaurant in Encino. For reservations or more information, call (310) 884-8604.

SUN/11

Jewish Association of Single Professionals: Noon-4 p.m. “A Spring Afternoon of Cooking with Gino,” cooking class demonstration, 4 course lunch and wine tasting with chef/owner Gino De Felice. $75. Dolcetto’s Restaurant, 5879 N. Kanan Rd. For reservations, call (818) 635-4747.

Singles Helping Others: 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Volunteering for the Purim carnival at the Westside JCC. 5870 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (818) 879-9360.

Elite Jewish Theatre Singles: 2 p.m. Going to see “Mamma Mia!” $65. Also: Sat., March 24, 8 p.m. Going to see “West Side Story,” in the Glendale area. $21. No host dinner social will precede each show. Pre-paid reservations required. For reservations or more information, call (310) 203-1312.

New Age Singles (55+): 2 p.m. Theater party, to see “A Chorus Line,” at the Morgan-Wixson theater in Santa Monica, followed by no-host dinner at Acapulco Restaurant. Tickets, $13 (members); $15 (guests). For reservations, call (818) 347-8355.

Westside Singles Networking Club (30+): 2 p.m. Socializing, networking and discussing investments, plus a salsa lesson. Free (members); $10 (nonmembers). 1021 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. For more information, call (310) 828-7326.

Palos Verdes Singles: 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Cocktails, dinner and dancing with entertainment by vocalist Dion James singing the sounds of Neil Diamond at a private home in Redondo Beach. $22. For more information, call (310) 372-6071.

Doctors, Lawyers & Indian Chiefs Exclusive Jewish Singles (35-50): 8 p.m. Party at a private home in Beverly Hills. For more information, call (310) 281-3194.

Westwood Jewish Singles (45+): 8 p.m. Coffee, cake and conversation. Professionally led discussion group. Also meets Tue., 7:30 p.m. $8. For more information, call (310) 444-8986.

MON/12

Israeli Folk Dancing: 8 p.m. All levels of experience welcome, with instructor Israel Yakovie. Lessons until 9 p.m.; open session 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Also meets Thursday. $5. 2244 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (800) 750-5432.

TUE/13

Elite Jewish Theatre Singles: 7 p.m. Seminar and panel discussion with the creative staff of “Survivor.” $15. For reservations or more information, call (310) 203-1312.

West Valley JCC: 8 p.m.-midnight. Israeli Folk dancing with James Zimmer. Instruction until 9:15 p.m.; open dancing until midnight. $5 (members); $6 (nonmembers). 22622 Vanowen Street, West Hills. For more information, call (818) 464-3311.

Kiddushin Jewish Book Club: 7:30 p.m. Book club for singles. Young Israel of Beverly Hills, 8701 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (310) 275-3020.

Bridge for Singles (59+): 7:30 p.m. Intermediate players meet in a private home in West Los Angeles and Santa Monica areas. Also meets Saturday and Thursday. $4. For more information, call (310) 398-9649.

Bridge Group (60+): 7:30 p.m. Intermediate players only. Private homes in Santa Monica and West L.A. area. Also meets Sunday and Thursday. $4. For more information, call (310) 398-6558.

WED/14

Social Circle (35-59): 7 p.m. “How Real are Reel Relationships?” Interactive presentation by Judith Sherwin focuses on how relationships are portrayed in recent popular films, and their impact on expectations for real relationships. Bring a list of your 3 favorite relationship movies. $12 (members); $16 (guests). Stephen S. Wise Temple, 15500 Stephen S. Wise Drive, Los Angeles. For more information, call (310) 889-2345.

Helkeinu Foundation (20-40): 8 p.m. Weekly lecture series on self-improvement with Rabbi Shlomo Goldberg. $10. For more information, call (310) 785-0440.

Westside JCC: 7:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Salsa and other Latin dances class for Jewish singles with instructor Yossi Conde. $4 (members); $5 (nonmembers). 5870 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (323) 938-2531 ext. 2228.

THU/15

Project Next Step (20’s-30’s): 7:30 p.m. “The Ethical Screen,” class watches clips from contemporary television series and movies, and discusses the ethical implications of the topics. Followed by refreshments and schmoozing. Led by Rabbi Yitzchak Etshalom. 9911 W. Pico Blvd., Suite 102, Los Angeles. For more information, call (310) 552-4595 ext. 27.

Conversations!: 7:30 p.m. Singles group with a guest speaker every Thursday night. Light dinner served. $15. 820 Harvard Street, Santa Monica. For reservations, call (310) 315-1078.

FRI/16

Orange County JCC Singles (30’s-50’s): 6:30 p.m. “Shabbat-n-Schmooze,” with prayer, music, Shabbat dinner and new beginnings. $20. 250 E. Baker Street, Costa Mesa. For more information, call (714) 755-0340 ext. 115.

Aaron’s Tent Group Shabbat Experience (20-30’s): 7 p.m. Candlelit Shabbat dinner, lecture and after-party on the third Friday of every month. Sponsored by Aish Ha Torah. $11. For reservations, call (310) 247-7474.

ACCESS and The Jewish Federation’s Singles Initiative (20-40): Fri., March 23, 7 p.m. “Shabbat By the Sea,” community-wide candlelight dinner, with a special speaker and program. $36 (before March 15); $45 (by March 19). Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, 1700 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica. For reservations, call (323) 761-8348.

Jewish Singles Vacations (30-49): April 28-May 9. Jewish singles’ trip to Italy. Itinerary includes Rome, Florence, Venice and Milan. For more information, call (617) 782-3396.

Orange County JCC Traveling Singles: May 18-21. Cruise in the Mexican Riviera. $265. For reservations or more information, call (714) 755-0340 ext. 115.