A still from “In Search of Israeli Cuisine.” Photo courtesy of iinsearchofisraelicuisine.com

Calendar: March 31-April 6


FRI | MARCH 31

“IN SEARCH OF ISRAELI CUISINE”

“In Search of Israeli Cuisine,” a documentary directed by Roger Sherman, is a portrait of the Israeli people told through food. Profiles include chefs, home cooks, farmers, vintners and cheese-makers from more than 100 cultures in Israel, such as Jewish, Arab, Muslim, Christian and Druze. The film’s guide, Michael Solomonov, is the James Beard award-winning chef-owner of Zahav in Philadelphia, and other restaurants. Laemmle Royal Royal, 11523 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles; Town Center 5, 17200 Ventura Blvd., Encino. laemmle.com.

VALLEY ALLIANCE SHABBAT

Join other young professionals living and working in the San Fernando Valley for a meal and an opportunity to learn more about The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles from hosts Karen and Mark Getelman. 7 p.m. $18. Private home in Tarzana; address provided upon RSVP. RSVP to kacole@jewishla.org or (818) 668-2349. yala.org.

SAT | APRIL 1

“PREVENTING MASS ATROCITIES: FROM RHETORIC TO REALITY”

cal-kayeIs it possible to prevent genocide and mass atrocities? How can you become a change-maker in your community? Explore these questions and more at this weekend-long conference featuring panels of experts, film screenings and advocacy workshops that begins April 1. Speakers include: keynote speaker David Kaye, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression, and director of the International Justice Clinic at UC Irvine; Mike Brand, director of advocacy and programs at Jewish World Watch; Mac Hamilton, ‎executive manager at STAND (a student-led movement to end mass atrocities); Savannah Wooten, student director at STAND; and David Estrin, founding director of Together We Remember. Presented by Jewish World Watch and STAND. 9 a.m. Saturday; 9:30 a.m. Sunday. $35; $15 for students. USC, Los Angeles. jww.org.

SUN | APRIL 2

“JEWGLE: THE SEARCH FOR JEWISH IDENTITY”

Adat Shalom and the Violet Harris Fund presents “When Do We Eat?” a 2005 film about an out-of-control Passover seder. Enjoy this screening and discussion with director Salvador Litvak. 7 p.m. $5 with reservation; $10 at the door. RSVP to (310) 475-4985. Adat Shalom, 3030 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles. adatshalomla.org.

INTERFAITH SOLIDARITY MARCH

Join a 1-mile walk of solidarity  with neighbors, friends and colleagues of various beliefs and houses of worship, including the three Abrahamic faiths: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Help lead the way toward peace and unity as you stand in support of everyone’s right to worship freely and to live peacefully. 1 p.m. Free. Wilshire Boulevard Temple, 3663 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, contact the Institute for Religious Tolerance, Peace and Justice at  interfaithmarchla@gmail.com or (323) 454-0557. instituteforreligioustolerance.org.

“PERSONA NON GRATA”

This movie tells the story of Chiune Sugihara, a Japanese diplomat who served as vice-counsel in the Japanese consulate in Lithuania during World War ll. He disobeyed government orders and issued visas to Jews fleeing Nazi persecution. It is estimated that Sugihara saved 6,000 Jews. 1 p.m. Free. Temple Adat Elohim, 2420 E. Hillcrest, Thousand Oaks. (805) 497-7101. adatelohim.org.

STOP HUMAN TRAFFICKING

Follow in Moses’ footsteps to fight human trafficking. Actors will perform stories of survivors, and participants will learn what they can do to take action. 3:30 p.m. $5 suggested donation at the door. National Council of Jewish Women LA Council House, 543 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 852-8514. ncjwla.org.

SENIOR PROM

Young Adults of Los Angeles (YALA) is taking senior citizens to the prom. Volunteer and boogie down with bubbe while giving seniors an event to remember. 1 p.m. Free. Westside Jewish Community Center, 5870 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. yala.org.

“CHANGING ROLES OF WOMEN IN THE MODERN ORTHODOX WORLD”

Rabbanit Alissa Thomas-Newborn, Orthodox woman clergymember of B’nai David-Judea Congregation, will discuss “Changing Roles of Women in the Modern Orthodox World” at Westwood Village Synagogue. Q-and-A to follow presentation. 6:30 p.m. Free; RSVP to eventswvs@gmail.com. Westwood Village Synagogue, 1148 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles. westwoodvalleysynagogue.org.

TUES | APRIL 4

“DIVINE LAW & COMMUNITY BOUNDARIES IN JEWISH ANTIQUITY”

Christine Hayes from Yale University will explore two radically distinct ideas of divine law that emerged in late antiquity: Greek natural law, grounded in reason, and biblical law, grounded in revelation. Hayes will discuss the lasting impact of both and talk about the diverse ways that ancient Jews resolved this conflict. Moderated by Carol Bakhos from UCLA. 4 p.m. Free. RSVP to cjsrsvp@humnet.ucla.edu. UCLA, 314 Royce Hall, Los Angeles. (310) 267-5327. cjs.ucla.edu.

A TASTING TRIP THROUGH FRANCE’S RHONE VALLEY

Join Young Adults of Los Angeles (YALA)’s Wine Cluster in a tasting journey through France’s Rhone Valley, home to some of the country’s best wines. Enjoy a tasting of four wines while meeting new friends and learning about wine. 8 p.m. $25; tickets available at eventbrite.com. Vinoteque, 7469 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles. yala.org.

THURS | APRIL 6

JOAN NATHAN: “KING SOLOMON’S TABLE”

pas-Joan Nathan (c) Gabriela HermanKing Solomon is said to have sent ships around the world, initiating a mass cross-pollination of culinary cultures. With King Solomon’s appetites in mind, James Beard Award-winner Joan Nathan reveals 170 recipes in her new cookbook that span many eras. Come discover diverse Jewish cuisines. Q-and-A and book signing to follow the program. (Books available for purchase.) 2 p.m. Free. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.

JOAN NATHAN & JONATHAN GOLD

Enjoy a conversation between James Beard Award-winning Jewish cookbook author Joan Nathan and Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold. Book signing to follow. 7:30 p.m. Free. Irmas Campus, Wilshire Boulevard Temple, 11661 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 388-2401. wbtla.org/cooking.

Calendar: February 17-23, 2017


FRI | FEB 17

PETER YARROW & NOEL PAUL STOOKEY

These two icons, part of the famous Peter, Paul & Mary trio, will share the stage and sing many of the group’s classic hits. Peter, Paul & Mary helped transform folk music with their music that spoke to and inspired people during a time of social change. 8 p.m. Tickets starting at $41. The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. (805) 449-2787. civicartsplaza.com.

SAT | FEB 18

“SHUL WITH A SCHOOL: THE HISTORY OF NON-ORTHODOX DAY SCHOOLS IN LOS ANGELES”

This installment of the Shabbat Morning Speaker Series at Knesset Israel of Beverlywood explores the topic of local day schools with Sara Smith, a doctoral candidate in education and Jewish studies at New York University. 9 a.m. davening; 11 a.m. speech. Free. Knesset Israel of Beverlywood, 2364 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 839-4962.

SUN | FEB 19

RUNNING CLUSTER

Join Young Adults of Los Angeles’ Running Cluster for a few laps around the one-mile path circling beautiful Echo Park Lake. Brunch at Mohawk Bend (2141 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles) to follow. 9:30 a.m. Free. Echo Park Lake at Park Avenue and Glendale Boulevard, Los Angeles. yala.org.

MUSICAL RECITAL

The Jewish Music Commission of Los Angeles and Valley Beth Shalom present Los Angeles Philharmonic concertmaster Martin Chalifour and internationally acclaimed pianist Steven Vanhauwaert in a recital of classic and modern masterpieces. It will include music by Mozart, Sibelius, Harberg and Franck. 2:30 p.m. $15. Valley Beth Shalom, 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (818) 788-6000. vbs.org.

MON | FEB 20

HAMERCAZ PLAYDAY

The Zimmer Museum will be open exclusively for use by children with special needs. Enjoy playtime, arts and crafts and a kosher lunch. All family members are welcome. 10 a.m. $5; $25 maximum per family. Must RSVP to hamercaz@jfsla.org or (866) 287-8030. The Zimmer Museum, 6505 Wilshire Blvd., No. 100, Los Angeles. (323) 761-8984. zimmermuseum.org.

TUES | FEB 21

POET DINAH BERLAND

cal-berlandWriter-in-Residence Dinah Berland will read from her book of poetry “Fugue for a New Life.” Berland is a widely published poet and book editor with a background in art. 6:30 p.m. Free; RSVP (required) to culture@smgov.net. Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica. (310) 458-4904. annenbergbeachhouse.com/beachculture.

IAC REAL ESTATE NETWORK

Frank M. Bush, the general manager and superintendent of building for the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety, will give a presentation to the Israeli American Council Real Estate Network members. He will discuss what it takes to build an American metropolis. 7 p.m. $50. IAC Shepher Community Center, 6530 Winnetka Ave., Woodland Hills. israeliamerican.org/realestate.bush.

THE NEW EUROPEAN JEW

Jewish communities across Europe have experienced a revival in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. The revival has reached across cultural and geographical borders and has brought a new sense of meaning and community. Join special guest Polly Zaharieva, who is visiting from Sofia, Bulgaria, to taste Bulgarian cuisine and learn about the sights and sounds of Bulgarian-Jewish culture through interactive activities. Tickets include special hors d’oeuvres and a liquor tasting. Additional drinks available for purchase. 7 p.m. $15; $20 at the door. B/G/A (Bar & Garden Annex), 6142 Washington Blvd., Culver City. yala.org.

AUTHOR ELLEN UMANSKY

cal-umanskyJoin Ellen Umansky as she discusses and signs “The Fortunate Ones.” This debut novel moves from World War II Vienna to contemporary Los Angeles, connecting two women who are generations apart. A special Chaim Soutine painting binds these two women. In 1939 Vienna, Rose Zimmer’s parents send her to live with strangers in England in a desperate attempt to remove her from a war zone. When the war finally ends, Rose is alone in London, searching for the Chaim Soutine painting her mother had cherished. Many years later, the painting finds its way to the United States. In modern-day Los Angeles, Lizzie Goldstein is at a crossroads in her life. The Soutine painting, which had provided lasting comfort to her after her mother’s death, has been stolen. The painting will bring Lizzie and Rose together and ignite an unexpected friendship. 7 p.m. Free. Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. (310) 659-3110. booksoup.com.

BASIC TRAINING: A MILITARY LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP


cal-garth-masseyGarth Massey, the founder of Military Leadership Methods and a Marine Corps veteran currently serving as an infantry battalion commander, will teach strategies to become a better leader and succeed in your career. The workshop, organized by the Jewish young professionals group Atid, will help improve your efficiency and decision-making tactics. Limited to the first 50 people to register. Atid events are intended for Jewish professionals ages 21 to 39. 7:30 p.m. $10; tickets available at eventbrite.com. Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 474-1518. atidla.com.

WED | FEB 22

“THE JEWISH CARDINAL”

Join the Jewish Studies and Catholic Studies programs at Loyola Marymount University for a film screening of “The Jewish Cardinal” and an interfaith discussion with John Connelly (UC Berkeley) and Rabbi Mark Diamond (Loyola Marymount University).  The movie tells of how a priest named Jean-Marie Lustiger — born Aaron Lustiger to Polish-Jewish immigrants in France in 1926 — survives the Holocaust in hiding with a Christian woman and fervently converts to Catholicism at age 14, even as his mother dies in Auschwitz. Lustiger goes on to be ordained a priest in 1954, rising swiftly through the ranks of the Roman Catholic Church, to be named a cardinal in 1983.  Kosher reception offered. 6:30 p.m. Free. Ahmanson Auditorium, University Hall 1000, Loyola Marymount University. (310) 338-7664. bellarmine.lmu.edu/interfaith.

THURS | FEB 23

WORTHY OF LOVE PURIM PARTY

In honor of Purim, the Jewish holiday of topsy-turvy fun and games, Worthy of Love, which hosts monthly birthday parties for homeless children, is throwing a carnival for children living at Skid Row’s Union Rescue Mission. A full 100 percent of registration fees will go to buying presents for the children at the mission. 7 p.m. Tickets are $30 and available at eventbrite.com. Union Rescue Mission, 545 S. San Pedro St., Los Angeles.

EMERGING TECH AND LIABILITY

Join Emet, Young Adults of Los Angeles’ network for legal professionals, and the Tech Network for a discussion about the laws and debates surrounding self-driving cars, video games, artificial intelligence and more. 7 p.m. $10 through Feb. 21; $15. The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, 6505 Wilshire Blvd., No. 100, Los Angeles. yala.org.

“24 Days” playing Tues. Jan 31 at Temple Judea

Calendar: January 27- February 2


FRI | JAN 27

JOB AND CAREER FAIR

Companies will be looking to fill full-time, part-time and apprentice positions. Candidates of all ages, experience levels and industries are encouraged to attend. Presented by Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian. Come prepared with resumes and dressed to impress. 11 a.m. Free. La Iglesia En El Camino, 14800 Sherman Way, Van Nuys. (818) 376-4246.

SAT | JAN 28

“SURVIVING SKOKIE”

The new documentary “Surviving Skokie” tells the story of Jack Adler, who survived Auschwitz and then, in 1961, witnessed American Nazis marching down the main street of Skokie, Ill., a Chicago suburb. Jack, accompanied by his son, Eli, returns to his village in Poland for the first time in 65 years. The film follows their journey from turbulent Skokie through Poland, where Jack and Eli find a new understanding of the Holocaust and each other. Discussion with filmmaker Eli Adler and synagogue member Jim Ruxin to follow screening. 4 p.m. Free. To RSVP, call (310) 471-7372. University Synagogue, Gray Family Chapel. 11960 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 472-1255. unisyn.org.

CAROL V. DAVIS: “BECAUSE I CANNOT LEAVE THIS BODY”

Carol V. DavisIn her new poetry collection, Carol V. Davis crosses cultural and geographic boundaries to explore her family’s history as Jews, outsiders and immigrants. Ranging from Los Angeles to Nebraska to Germany to Russia, she probes the boundaries between faith, folklore and superstition. Davis, poetry editor of the Jewish Journal, will read and sign her new work. 8 p.m. $10; $6 children, students, seniors. Beyond Baroque, 681 N. Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 822-3006.

HAVDALAH AND HOT DOGS

This year’s theme, “reJEWvenation … Be Your Jewish Self,” features crafts, activities and festivities as you enjoy a community Havdalah and hot dog dinner. 5:30 p.m. $7. Temple Etz Chaim, 1080 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. (805) 494-8174. templeetzchaim.org.

“A TRIBUTE IN SONG”

Join in song and story as the legacy of Debbie Friedman is honored. Israeli artist Bat Ella and her band will perform unique interpretations of Friedman’s songs in Hebrew. Other special guests include Craig Taubman, Danny Maseng, Rick Lupert and Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben. 7 p.m. $10; tickets available at tickettailor.com. The Pico Union Project, 1153 Valencia St., Los Angeles. (818) 760-1077. picounionproject.org.

“IN THE COURTYARD OF THE KABBALIST”: AN EVENING WITH RUCHAMA FEUERMAN

Hear a tale of kabbalists and street cleaners, Jews and Muslims, immigrants and natives, prophets and lost souls — all of whom inhabit Jerusalem. Author Ruchama Feurerman will discuss her novel, being made into a movie, which is a tale of personal dignity, ownership, love and the way they overlap. Q-and-A to follow. 7:30 p.m. Free. Congregation Shaarey Zedek, 12800 Chandler Blvd., Valley Village. (818) 763-0560.

SUN | JAN 29

BAGELS & BESTSELLERS: JUDY ZEIDLER

Judy Zeidler, author, food consultant and frequent contributor to the Jewish Journal, will discuss her culinary journey from gourmet Jewish cooking, to cookbooks full of kosher recipes, to international cuisine, to her latest publication, “Italy Cooks.” Ticket price includes a copy of her book along with a light brunch, an author talk, a cooking demonstration and a chance to sample her famous biscotti. 10:30 a.m. $45. Tickets available at jewishwomenstheatre.org. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 315-1400. jewishwomenstheatre.org.

“THE VENICE GHETTO, 500 YEARS OF LIFE”

The Congregation Beth Shalom Film Series presents “The Venice Ghetto, 500 Years of Life.” The film traces its story to the medieval era, told through Lorenzo, a New York teenager sent to Venice to learn about his family’s origins. Learn about the daily life, rituals and architectural landmarks of the Venetian Jewish quarter through Lorenzo’s journey of discovery. Italian lunch and popcorn will be provided. 11:30 a.m. $5. Congregation Beth Shalom, 21430 Centre Pointe Parkway, Santa Clarita. (661) 254-2411. cbs-scv.org.

“LANGUAGE, LITERATURE AND ‘LUGAR’ (PLACE): WRITING BOYLE HEIGHTS”

Boyle Heights was once home to Jewish, Latino, Japanese, Italian, Armenian, Russian and African-American migrant communities. The neighborhood is emblematic of Los Angeles’ multicultural history. An afternoon of multilingual poetry and prose will feature the works of Yiddish poets such as Hirsh Goldovsky and Henry Rosenblatt (1920s) to Sesshu Foster, Clement Hanami and Veronica Reyes (1970s-80s), all of whom documented life in Boyle Heights. This event is a part of a collaborative series that explores the neighborhood, then and now. 2 p.m. Free. The Paramount, 2708 E. Cesar E. Chavez Ave., Los Angeles. cjs.ucla.edu. (310) 267-5327.

“SYMPHONY OF THE HEART”

This benefit concert for Save a Child’s Heart features Israeli singing sensation Rita, popular Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Melissa Manchester, the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony and 15-year-old pianist, composer and songwriter Emily Bear. American-Israeli contemporary dance ensemble Keshet Chaim will perform with acclaimed young vocalist Liel Kolet. Israeli actress Moran Atias, star of the FX series “Tyrant,” will emcee the event. 7:30 p.m. Tickets starting at $45. Valley Performing Arts Center, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge. (818) 677-8800. valleyperformingartscenter.org.

MON | JAN 30

“CARVALHO’S JOURNEY”

cal-carvalhoThis film is a 19th-century American Western adventure story about Solomon Nunes Carvalho, an observant Sephardic Jew born in 1815 in Charleston, S.C., who, in 1853, traveled with John Fremont’s Fifth Westward Expedition. Living alongside mountain men, Native Americans and Mormons, Carvalho became one of the first photographers to document the far American West. Narrated by actor Michael Stuhlbarg (“Boardwalk Empire”). Q-and-A with filmmaker Steve Rivo to follow. 7:30 p.m. Ahrya Fine Arts, 8556 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. It will be screened Jan. 30 and Jan. 31 at locations across Southern California; visit laemmle.com for more information. Q-and-A with photographer Robert Shlaer at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 30, Playhouse 7, 673 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena; and with Rivo at 1 p.m. Jan. 31, Town Center, 17200 Ventura Blvd., No. 121, Encino. (310) 478-1041. laemmle.com.

TUES | JAN 31

“24 DAYS”

Award-winning French film “24 Days” tells the story of the kidnapping, torture and murder of 23-year-old French Jew Ilan Halimi in 2006. Before the screening, the Anti-Defamation League will facilitate a discussion about anti-Semitism in Europe. Film in French, with English subtitles. 7:30 p.m. Free. RSVP to onagel@adl.org or (310) 446-4243. Temple Judea, 5429 Lindley Ave., Tarzana. templejudea.com.

THURS | FEB 2

WINE CLUSTER: OLD WORLD/NEW WORLD

Join Young Adults of Los Angeles’ Wine Cluster for an exploration of the stylistic differences between Old World and New World wines. Is all chardonnay rich and buttery? Can cabernet sauvignon be both earthy and fruity? Get some answers to these questions and more. 8 p.m. $25. Tickets available at eventbrite.com. Vinoteque, 7469 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles. yala.org. 

Calendar April 19-25


SAT | APR 19

WENDY WALDMAN

Maybe it’s Coachella, or maybe it’s spring air — but we’ve got a musical week in store for you. Remember Bryndle? One of the 1960s folk-rock bands’ original members is performing tonight. With a long and diverse career, Waldman has written and recorded many of her own albums but has also greatly contributed to the repertoire of other artists such as Linda Ronstadt, Vanessa Williams and Aaron Neville. Winner of the Wrangler Award from the Cowboy Hall of Fame, Waldman will be sharing the stage with pianist and guitarist Steve Ferguson. Sat. 8 p.m. $15. Boulevard Music, 4316 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City. (310) 398-2583. SUN | APR 20

BUGS BUNNY

Here’s an opportunity to hang with Mel Blanc, or at least his voice. The afternoon will be a celebration of our favorite wabbit in some classic Warner Bros. cartoon shorts. Whether he is cleverly escaping the grasp of an eager huntsman, causing a bit of mischief aimed at a certain duck or conducting classical music, our cute and fluffy friend will be having a ball. Sun. 4 p.m. $11 (general), $9 (students and seniors), $7 (members). Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. (323) 466-3456. MON | APR 21

HAROLD RAMIS TRIBUTE

Celebrate the life and career of the late and great writer, director and actor. Wearing various hats for various films, he helped bring to life “Ghostbusters,” “Caddyshack,” “National Lampoon’s Vacation” and “Analyze This.” This particular evening, we will indulge in the film “Stripes” — a comedy in which two friends leave their humdrum lives for a bit of Army fun, and “Groundhog Day” — the beloved romantic comedy that you can watch over, and over, and over again. Sun. and Mon. Various times. $8 (general), $6 (children and seniors). New Beverly Cinema, 7165 W. Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 938-4038. TUE | APR 22

YALA POST-PASSOVER PIZZA CRAWL

Are you missing bread? Is it painful? The Young Adults of Los Angeles are on a mission to remedy this. As Passover ends, it’s time to hop back on that floury, and in this case, cheesy and tomato-y wagon. This will also be a bit of a pub crawl, so you’ll have plenty of options, rendering you able to finally decide where the best pizza and beer in town are. Tues. 7 p.m. Location to be announced. (323) 761-8000. Please consult the YALA Foodie Cluster Facebook page. WED | APR 23

“HOW TO DIE IN OREGON”

The National Council of Jewish Women/ Los Angeles hosts a screening that could get a little controversial. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Documentaries at the 27th Sundance Film Festival, the movie covers Oregon’s Death With Dignity Act — an act that allows terminally ill patients to end their own lives with physician-prescribed medication. Is this an act that belongs in California? There will be a brief Q-and-A with representatives of the nonprofit Compassion and Choices, a patients’ rights group. Wed. 11:30 a.m. Free. RSVP requested. NCJW/LA, 543 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 852-8503. THU | APR 24

“LIVES OF THE GREAT PATRIOTIC WAR: THE UNTOLD STORY OF SOVIET JEWISH SOLDIERS IN THE RED ARMY DURING WORLD WAR II”

Just when you think you’ve heard every story out of World War II, the USC Shoah Foundation and the Blavatnik Archive Foundation team up to reveal just how wrong you are. Learn about the 500,000 Jewish soldiers who fought in the Soviet Armed Forces against Nazi Germany. The exhibit’s interactive digital displays include diary and letter excerpts, reproductions of archival photographs and documents, and oral testimonies. At tonight’s opening reception, you can also hear from a panel of esteemed academics. Thu. 4 p.m. Free. RSVP requested. Runs for two months. USC Doheny Memorial Library, 3550 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles. (213) 740-6001. FRI | APR 25

MARK WINKLER

With the weather heating up, it might be time for a cool-down. Thank goodness Mark Winkler and Cheryl Bentyne are bringing the “West Coast Cool” jazz scene of the 1950s to our very own LACMA stage. Winkler, a critically acclaimed and award-winning jazz vocalist/lyricist, has been smoothing his way through the music scene since the 1980s. With the Grammy-winning Bentyne, a member of Manhattan Transfer, by his side, the duo will perform Dave Brubeck, Chet Baker, Julie London, Bobby Troup and more. Fri. 6 p.m. Free. LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 857-6010. ” target=”_blank”>sabantheatre.org

Baking bread as a meetup


The steamy kitchen was filled with the heady scent of baking bread, while giddy young Jewish professionals stood around in pristine white aprons, drinking from tumblers full of rosy pink pomegranate lemonade. 

Some seemed at ease among the electric mixers and cutting boards, while others were more bewildered by the menagerie of ingredients and tools. But what mattered for people like Jeffrey Melnick was that they were out having fun with other Jews their age.

“I chose to do this because I like cooking, and I wanted to meet some other young Jewish adults,” said Melnick, who lives in the San Fernando Valley. “I had searched for things to do on the Internet, found the YALA [Young Adults of Los Angeles] Web site, saw the cooking class, and so I joined it.”

YALA — The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles’ programming arm for young adults — helped organize the Aug. 28 Rosh Hashanah cooking class at Sur La Table at the Farmers Market in Los Angeles, along with Federation’s JCC Without Walls initiative.

Rabbi Alyson Solomon, vice president of special projects at Federation, helps coordinate JCC Without Walls. Its mission is to create Jewish activities for young couples in their 20s and 30s, as well as families with young children, where they live, work and play. In this case, organizers tried to do that by bringing together food, Judaism and culture.

“People are very interested in this sort of thing, and it lets people get in touch with their heritage and spirituality in a more hands-on way than simply going to services,” Solomon said.

The evening commenced with a timely honey tasting with sliced apples. In fact, each participant went home with a jar of artisanal honey, along with a packet of recipes from the class.

Chef Marissa Ayala led the group through the steps of cooking a four-course holiday meal, and demonstrated the baking technique for a rosemary-currant challah as well. The menu included roasted sweet potatoes with fresh figs, baby spinach salad with dates and almonds, pistachio-crusted sea bass and, finally, chocolate and cherry gelato.

Despite the relatively small cooking quarters in Sur La Table’s back room, everyone seemed to work well together — delegating various cooking tasks while chatting about life and food.

Jocelyn Orloff, senior director of YALA, a group focused on young professionals ages 25-40, said the hope was to appeal to a generation looking for something different at this time of year.

“We partnered with JCC Without Walls for this event knowing that there are young adults looking for High Holy Days experiences that are out of the box,” she said. “Finding a way to use cooking and food as an opportunity to learn within the community is great.”

Although this was the first Rosh Hashanah cooking class hosted by JCC Without Walls, it wasn’t the first time it’s drawn people to the kitchen. The group hosted Passover classes at Sur La Table over the past two years.

This particular evening drew 28 people, each of whom signed up early and paid $50 for the class. Participants were a mishmash of area natives and newcomers, including a former Jewish organizational leader from the Bay Area, and a military veteran who recently transplanted to Los Angeles.

“I think the turnout tonight is great,” Solomon said. “I’m excited that we have such a full group of folks. Personally, I’m really interested in where these people are coming from and where are they going after this. Like, how will this be part of their journey? And hopefully, it will maybe inspire them to try something new or think about something differently.”