What Happening: Sukkot Events, Elliot Dorff and Israel Policy

October 10, 2019
Stanley Kubrick Exhibition.


Grandparents, parents and young children gather in the Burton Sperber Jewish Community Library at American Jewish University for “Family & Me: Sukkot!” The event includes interactive story-time courtesy of PJ Library for ages 3 to 6. Meanwhile, Doda Mollie provides the music. Singing and crafts led by instructor Lisa Silverman round out the morning. 10-11:30 a.m. $25 pre-registration per family, $30 at the door. American Jewish University, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 440-1572. aju.edu.

Bask in the glow of Sukkot during the Skirball Cultural Center’s Harvest Festival. The family-friendly event features a live musical performance by Mostly Kosher, a DJ set by Daddy Differently, Israeli folk dancing, spoken word and more. In the holiday spirit of welcoming guests to your home — and because Sukkot is a weeklong holiday — the Skirball invites community members to drop by every day to enjoy lunch and family time in its sukkah. 10 a.m. museum doors open. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. festival. $12 general museum admission. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.

Skirball Harvest Festival

On the first night of Sukkot, join the LGBTQ-friendly Congregation Kol Ami. Bring your own favorite decorations, help brighten the sukkah before sharing a barbecue meal and shaking the lulav. 5-7 p.m. $18 for dinner per person. Kol Ami, 1200 N. La Brea Ave., West Hollywood. (323) 606-0996. kol-ami.org/event/sukkot2019.

Come early to help decorate Santa Monica congregation Kehillat Ma’arav’s sukkah while PJ Library entertains with stories for children. Dinner, chocolate and wine served. Everyone is welcome. 5 p.m. sukkah decorating. 5:30 p.m. dinner. Free. Kehillat Ma’arav, 1715 21st St., Santa Monica. (310) 829-0566. km-synagogue.org.

Hollywood Temple Beth El celebrates Sukkot with karaoke and barbecue. The community’s master chef fires up the grill with fresh and tasty varieties of fish, chicken and your choice of veggie burgers or chicken burgers. 5-8:30 p.m.  $14 members, $18 general, $10 students, $8 children 12 and younger. Hollywood Temple Beth El, 1317 N. Crescent Heights Blvd., West Hollywood.  (323) 656-3150. htbel.org/sukkot-at-htbel.

Featuring one musician from Los Angeles, one from New York City and two from Eastern Europe, Schmaltz, a Klezmer band, performs at the Pacific Resident Theatre in Venice. Gathering from their far-flung origins, violinist Yvette Devereaux, Joellen Lapidus on accordion, Igor Kogan on upright bass and clarinetist Leo Chelyapov are seasoned musicians who have embraced the quaint sounds of Eastern European Jewish folk music. 7:30 p.m. $20. Pacific Resident Theatre, 705 Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 822-8392. pacificresidenttheatre.com.


Young professionals in their 20s and 30s greet the holiday of Sukkot with the community-oriented evening, “Hookah in the Sukkah,” at Sephardic Temple. Enjoy wine, cheese and mixing and mingling over hookah, a water pipe for flavored tobacco popular in some Middle Eastern cultures. Membership not required. RSVP is encouraged. 8 p.m. Free. Sephardic Temple, 10500 Wilshire Blvd. (310) 475-7000. sephardictemple.org/shamayim.

Feature-length documentary “Carl Laemmle” relates the extraordinary life of the German-Jewish immigrant who founded Universal Pictures, played a significant role in 400 films in early Hollywood and helped save more than 300 Jewish families from Nazi Germany. Walt Disney, Irving Thalberg, John Ford and William Wyler were hired or discovered early in their careers by Laemmle. Although he died 80 years ago, his name remains prominent because of the Laemmle theater chain. Wilshire Boulevard Temple, which Laemmle helped build, screens the documentary. A Q-and-A with his great-niece follows. 7:30 p.m. Free. Wilshire Boulevard Temple Irmas Campus, 11661 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 388-2401. wbtla.org.

“Carl Laemmle”


Join the Israel Policy Forum (IPF) Atid at the launching of the Women, Peace & Security Channel, intended to advance women in Jewish communal affairs and Israeli-Palestinian peacebuilding. The evening includes a three-person panel featuring Journal columnist Tabby Refael, co-founder of 30 Years After; Shira Efron, special adviser on Israel for the Rand Corp.; and Adam Basciano, national director of IPF Atid. Rachel Wallace, chair of IPF Atid’s Women, Peace & Security, moderates. Desert, wine and networking follow. 7-9 p.m. Free. Miracle Mile address provided with RSVP. israelpolicyforum.org/atid/wps.

Tim Berke, who was confronted by an array of public health and disaster-response scenarios during the five years he lived in South Sudan, leads a unique interactive emergency response simulation at Cedars-Sinai. Participants experience the intensity of being an IsraAID first responder faced with a deluge of overwhelming challenges. A post-simulation analysis provides feedback and takeaways for participants. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $18. Cedars-Sinai Innovation Space, 8601 Beverly Blvd. israaid.org/israaid-humanitarian-professionals-network. 


Susan Rice, who served as President Barack Obama’s national security adviser and as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, discusses her new memoir, “Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For,” with L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti. Rice is a research fellow at the School of International Service at American University and a nonresident senior fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. She also serves on the board of Netflix and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. 8 p.m. $55 reserved section, includes book; $45 general admission, includes book; and $20. Museum of Tolerance, Peltz Theater, 9786 W. Pico Blvd. (310) 772-2505. livetalksla.org.

Young professionals in their 20s or 30s are invited to Nessah Synagogue’s Sukkah Party. Highlights include shawarma, Israeli cuisine and an open bar. 7 p.m.-midnight. $26 until Oct. 10. $36 afterward, $40 at the door. Nessah Synagogue, 142 S. Rexford Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 273-2400. nessah.org.

Singer-songwriter Neshama Carlebach, one of the top-selling Jewish artists in the world, performs selections from her new album, “Believe.” Carlebach, who sings classic Hebrew songs, contemporary pop, jazz and gospel, is the daughter of the late and legendary Reb Shlomo Carlebach. At various points in the evening, Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson, dean of American Jewish University’s Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, engages her with questions about her beliefs, inspiration, spirituality and her music. 7:30 p.m. From $25. American Jewish University, Gindi Auditorium, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 440-1572. aju.edu

Rabbi Elliot Dorff, a professor of Jewish law at American Jewish University and a leader of the Masorti Conservative movement, discusses, “Jewish Law and Ethics: Do They Collide?” examining the differences between law and ethics, the nature of Jewish law and where it might clash with morality. An expert on the philosophy of religion, bioethics and Jewish law, Dorff appears courtesy of the Sinai Temple Men’s Club. 6:30-9 p.m. Dinner is free for Men’s Club members, $10 at the door for general. Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd. Contact rpolansky@sinaitemple.org or (310) 481-3228. sinaitemple.org.

Most people know Stanley Kubrick as a filmmaker but this new exhibition, “Through a Different Lens: Stanley Kubrick Photographs,” reveals his photojournalist background. The late director of “2001: A Space Odyssey” and “A Clockwork Orange” sold his first work to Look magazine as a teenager in 1945, displaying an uncanny photographic sensibility that led him to scout human interest stories for Look. The new exhibition at the Skirball explores the formative phase in the iconic Jewish artist’s career. A special event, “Late Night! Stanley Kubrick,” will be held Oct. 25. Through March 8. Noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. $12 general, $9 seniors, students, children 12 and older, $7 children 2-12. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.

Stanley Kubrick Exhibition.

Concerned about plastic proliferation and its impact on global warming? Looking for ways to help shift the situation? In celebration of Sukkot, Temple Beth Israel of Highland Park holds a Zero Waste Workshop in the sukkah, led by Miles Lewis, an associate of the ocean plastics research organization 5 Gyres. Zero Waste refreshments and snacks served. 7 p.m. Free. Temple Beth Israel of Highland Park, 5711 Monte Vista St., Los Angeles. (323) 745-2474. RSVP at tbila.org.

SIX DIRECTIONS: SUKKOT MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL.                                         Come drink and dance in the Sukkah! East Side Jews is throwing a party as part of The In Between, a city-wide Sukkot festival powered by Nuroots. Shake the lulav and etrog in six directions to draw blessings from different corners of the Earth and redirect them back outward. This Sukkot festival-style party draws artists and creatives from different corners of L.A. Expect a night full of funky gallery strolling, live performances, tacos, drinks, and a legit dance party! For ages 21-and-over. 7:30-10:30 p.m. $15. The Courtyard at SIJCC, 1110 Bates Ave, Los Angeles. nuroots.org/theinbetween.

Have an event coming up? Send your information two weeks prior to the event to ryant@jewishjournal.com for consideration. For groups staging an event that requires an RSVP, please submit details about the event the week before the RSVP deadline.

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