What’s Happening: Sephardic Shabbaton, Anne Frank

June 5, 2019
Kira Soltanovich


Shabbat in the Hills
Young pro-Israel professionals ages 22-40 are invited to JNFuture’s signature event of the year. More than 150 attendees are expected to celebrate Shabbat at an upscale West Hollywood penthouse and enjoy an open bar, kosher dinner and a sweeping view of the city. Jewish National Fund (JNF) San Diego Director James Kimmey, the only non-Jewish director in the organization’s history, is the guest speaker. 6:30 p.m. registration and cocktail hour. 7 p.m. program. 7:45 p.m. candlelighting. $90 general admission. Hills Penthouse, 8560 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. (323) 964-1400, ext. 968.

Sephardic Shabbaton
Two special events take place at Sephardic Temple. Tonight is “Shabbat Under the Stars,” featuring Friday night services, a Sephardic meal and the opportunity to hear stories of Jewish life across Sephardic lands. On June 8, a Shavuot-inspired kiddush and meal features Tarzana cardiologist Dr. Afshine Emrani discussing life in 1970s Iran, the last years of the shah. Both program for Jewish professionals ages 21-39. June 7: 7 p.m. services, 8 p.m. dinner. $36 until noon June 7. No tickets at the door. June 8: 9:30 a.m.-noon services, followed by free lunch. Sephardic Temple, 10500 Wilshire Blvd. (310) 475-7000. .


“Hebrew Hillbilly”
Written and performed by singer-songwriter Shelley Fisher,  this musical one-woman show chronicles her odyssey from Memphis, Tenn., to Hollywood. In the autobiographical story, Fisher talks about growing up Jewish in the Deep South and dishes about her roller-coaster ride in showbiz. You’ll laugh, cry and kvell for Fisher’s dedication to her craft. 6:30-7:30 p.m. $39.99. Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 Fourth St., Santa Monica. (310) 394-9779.


Kira Soltanovich

“Not Your Babushka’s…”
Jewish American comedian Kira Soltanovich headlines “Not Your Babuskha’s Russian Speaking Jew,” an intimate evening of identity and immigration stories. Organized by JDC Entwine, the gathering for young professionals explores what it means to be a Russian-speaking Jew. Attendees also learn about the work JDC has done in the former Soviet Union region over the past century. Don’t miss a night of boozing, schmoozing and laughter. 21 and older. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $10. Hotel Café, 1623 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles.


Donating Hair for Israelis
Calling all girls and women: Don’t miss the opportunity to donate your hair to cancer-stricken Israeli children. Yeshiva Aharon Yaakov Ohr Eliyahu and Zichron Menachem, which provides support to any young person in Israel younger than age 25 with cancer, hold a haircutting event on Larchmont Boulevard. Donors’ hair must be about 12 inches (30 centimeters) or longer. You may also sponsor a friend. 5-7 p.m. Free. Larchmont Hair & Nails, 417 N. Larchmont Blvd. (323) 463-4473. To register, email rivkawigsla@gmail.com.

Millie Perkins (left) and Diane Baker

Anne Frank Book Reading
Anne Frank would have turned 90 this year. In her honor, Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills and ChaiVillageLA hold a book reading of “The Cat Who Lived With Anne Frank.” Millie Perkins and Diane Baker, co-stars of the original 1959 film “The Diary of Anne Frank,” read the children’s picture book, which is co-authored by David Lee Miller and Steven Jay Rubin. 7 p.m. Free. Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, 8844 Burton Way, Beverly Hills. (310) 288-3737.

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