FRI NOV 16
Ensemble For These Times
Northern California-based chamber music group Ensemble for These Times performs music by composers who fled Europe in the 1930s and ’40s, including Arnold Schoenberg and Academy Award winner Miklós Rózsa, as well as works by composers who died during the Shoah. Featuring soprano Nanette McGuinness, cellist Anne Lerner-Wright and pianist Xin Zhao, the group also celebrates artistic achievements of female composers. Performance from 4-5 p.m. Suggested donation $10. L.A. Museum of the Holocaust, 100 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles. (323) 651-3704. lamoth.org. On Nov. 18, Ensemble for These Times performs again at UCLA Hillel. 2 p.m. Free. UCLA Hillel, 574 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 208-3081.
Transgender Remembrance Shabbat
Eli Mendelson, who in 2017 became the first City of Hope employee to publicly go through a gender transition on the job, is the guest speaker at the annual Shabbat celebrating Transgender Day of Remembrance at Congregation Kol Ami. Since its establishment in 1992 in West Hollywood, Kol Ami has provided a home for the LGBTQ community. Mendelson is a Boston native and 20-year veteran of the fundraising industry. 8 p.m. Free. Congregation Kol Ami, 1200 N. La Brea Ave., West Hollywood. (323) 606-0996.
SAT NOV 17
“Ending The ‘Theater of the Absurd’”
Middle East Forum Chief Operations Officer Gregg Roman discusses “Israel and the United Nations: Ending the ‘Theater of the Absurd’ at the UNHRC,” following Saturday morning services at the Beverly Hills Jewish Community Synagogue. 9:30 a.m. services, 11:30 a.m. lecture. Beverly Hills Hotel, 9641 Sunset Blvd., Beverly Hills. Limited seating. RSVP at [email protected] (310) 276-4246.
“Thoroughly Modern Millie”
Specializing in musical theater by women exclusively for women, the Jewish Women’s Repertory Company performs “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” Set in the flapper era of the 1920s, the musical follows a small-town girl from Salina, Kan., who comes to New York City to marry for money instead of love but falls for a poor man. Nov. 17, 8 p.m.; Nov. 18, 1:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. Tickets $30, $35, $40. Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, 4718 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 997-0598.
SUN NOV 18
Shop nearly 30 vendors at Temple Israel of Hollywood’s annual Hanukkah Marketplace fundraiser. The vendors include Artifact Eight handbags, Beyond Blue Ceramics and Claude Morady Estate Jewelry. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Temple Israel of Hollywood, 7300 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. (323)876-8330. tiohmarketplace.com. Meanwhile, Leo Baeck Temple holds its annual Holiday Boutique, featuring an array of artisans, vendors and craftspeople. Also enjoy a nosh and a cappuccino. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Leo Baeck Temple, 1300 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 476-2861.
“Our Neighborhood’s Homeless”
B’nai David-Judea Congregations, a Modern Orthodox synagogue, holds a discussion on homelessness with a representative from Alexandria House, a transitional housing shelter for women and women with children, and Jim Bickhart, policy and legislative consultant for L.A. City Councilman Paul Koretz. Parents are encouraged to attend. 9:15-10:30 a.m. Free. B’nai David-Judea, 8906 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 276-9269.
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