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Ryan Torok

Ryan Torok

Once More, With Feeling

Peter Wollstein lived in the Shanghai Ghetto when he celebrated his bar mitzvah in 1947. But now, looking back more than six decades later, he says he is unhappy with his Chinese simcha.\n\n“I memorized a couple of prayers, and that was about it,” said Wollstein, whose family fled Nazi Germany prior to the start of the Holocaust. “It wasn’t very demanding.”\n\nWollstein, 75, has become more deeply involved in Jewish life in recent years, and his cursory bar mitzvah in China has inspired him to go back and give it another try. Last year, after the High Holy Days, he joined a class to study for a second, more authentic experience.

Picks and Clicks for Feb. 20 – 26, 2010

Emmy-nominated actress Jane Kaczmarek (“Malcolm in the Middle”) stars as an American settler in Israel in a staged reading of Karen Hartman’s “Goliath.” Awarded the 2008 Dorothy Silver Playwriting Prize, the drama unfolds on the eve of Israel’s 2005 Gaza pullout. Discussion follows. Wed. 7:30 p.m. Free. UCLA De Neve Auditorium, 351 Charles E. Young Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 208-3081. uclahillel.org.

Picks and Clicks for February 13-19, 2010

The sixth annual Jewlicious Music, Arts and Culture Festival blends Judaism with the aesthetics of Coachella. The three-day event boasts an eclectic lineup of contemporary Jewish music and comedy, including performances by Moshav, Electro Morocco, Diwon and Smooth E. Fri. through Feb. 21. Prices vary. Barbara and Ray Alpert Jewish Community Center, 3801 E. Willow St., Long Beach. (310) 277-5544. jewliciousfestival.com.

Greening the Dollar

Exodus, Leviticus and Deuteronomy, as well as Maimonides’ “Eight Levels of Charity” all say the same thing: Loans should be given out without charging any interest.

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