FRI JAN 17
“From Captivity to Freedom”
A massive Unity Shabbat Weekend celebration, highlighting different kinds of heroes, takes place tonight and tomorrow at Sinai Temple. For the Ted and Hedy Orden and Family Friday Night Live, Rabbi David Wolpe, Craig Taubman, the Sinai clergy and interfaith community leaders gather to honor the life of Martin Luther King Jr. During Shabbat morning services, in recognition of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, Holocaust liberators and survivors are celebrated with the help of special musical guests Mostly Kosher. After services, Holocaust survivors, liberators and World War II veterans attend a special Shabbat lunch. To RSVP to the lunch, contact Rabbi Nicole Guzik at [email protected] Friday service 7:30-9 p.m. Saturday morning service 9:30 a.m. 10:45 a.m. Shabbat Live. 12:15-2 p.m. lunch. Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd.
The Temple Isaiah community marks Martin Luther King Day with an interfaith service followed by dinner and a lecture on “Race in America” with UCLA professor Brenda Stevenson. At services, Isaiah’s HaSharim choir is joined by the First AME Church’s FAME Chior. On Jan. 19, to continue celebrating the power of community, Isaiah Senior Rabbi Zoë Klein Miles leads a group of Isaiah members to the First AME Church in Koreatown
for the 9:55 a.m. service. For tonight, 5:45 p.m. pre-oneg. 6:15 p.m. Shabbat service. 7:30 p.m. dinner. Free. Temple Isaiah, 10345 W. Pico Blvd.
Adat Ari El holds a powerful musical experience for all who come to the Conservative synagogue in Valley Village for N’ranena Shabbat services. For dinner, Adat Ari El provides the challah. Attendees bring a dairy or vegetarian picnic meal and a dessert to share. Advance registration required. No payment at the door. 6-8:30 p.m. $10. Adat Ari El, 12020 Burbank Blvd., Valley Village.
Shabbat Spark! MLK JR.
Commemorating the life of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills (TEBH) holds a congregational dinner, musical Shabbat service and more. During dinner, fuel your body before you refuel your spirit, then enjoy “Shabbat Spark!” a participatory service, part-rock, part-soul. Put down the prayer books, follow the words on the screen and jam out with TEBH’s electric six-piece rock band, student Soul Singers, junior cantors and religious school students as they lead the service. Sign up to bring dessert here. Dinner 5:45 p.m. 6:30-8 p.m. services. Free for members, non-members and guests $15. Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, 300 N. Clark Drive, Beverly Hills. RSVP at the link above.
SAT JAN 18
Nessah Israel Teens Luncheon
Imagine the laughter, the fun, the storytelling and the serious conversations as teenagers come together on Shabbat. If you are from 13-18-years-old, you are invited to the Nessah Israel Teens Luncheon. Best of all it’s free. Noon luncheon follows 9 a.m. services. Simcha Hall, Nessah Synagogue, 142 S. Rexford Drive, Beverly Hills.
“Mapping of the Mind”
Although mental illness isn’t a laughing matter, Jewish Women’s Theatre stages “Mapping of the Mind,” a range of stories and poems of courage and heart but also humor. Through Jan. 28 at various locations. Tonight: 8 p.m. $45. $50 at the door. Jewish Women’s Theatre at The Braid, 2912 Colorado Ave., No. 102, Santa Monica.
SUN JAN 19
“Into the Light” Exhibit
The Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust (LAMOTH) holds a reception for photographer Nancy Baron, whose portraits feature Holocaust survivors who live in the Palm Springs area. Her exhibit, “Into the Light,” opens today at LAMOTH. Disturbed by a growing number of Holocaust deniers, Baron was motivated to capture the final generation of survivors. Her photos show the wisdom, resilience and humor of the survivors. 3-5 p.m. $10 suggested donation. Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, 100 The Grove Drive, Pan Pacific Park.
A frank discussion about women’s health at Shomrei Torah Synagogue. Journalist Emily Dwass moderates the panel discussion. In her new book, “Diagnosis Female,” she profiles women whose stories show that medical practitioners often dismiss their claims or disregard their symptoms. Light bagel breakfast is served. 9:30 a.m. Free. Shomrei Torah Synagogue, 7353 Valley Circle Blvd., West Hills.
TUE JAN 21
Rabbi Jonathan Sacks
One of the world’s most revered rabbis, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, former chief rabbi of Great Britain and author of 25 books, makes a much-anticipated speaking appearance at the Sephardic Temple. Titled “Judaism in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities,” Sacks examines Israel, anti-Semitism and Jewish identity. Among the most widely quoted contemporary rabbis, Sacks has taught at Yeshiva University and NYU. 7 p.m. Sold-out. Contact the synagogue to be placed on the waitlist. $50 per person. Sephardic Temple, 10500 Wilshire Blvd.
WED JAN 22
Times’ Lopez at VBS
Steve Lopez, a popular news columnist with the Los Angeles Times, tackles homelessness, a subject on which he is regarded as an authority. He joins Rabbi Noah Farkas at Valley Beth Shalom for a conversation titled “Come Home: How We Win Against Homelessness.” Lopez has been a Pulitzer Prize finalist and Farkas is the former chairperson of the Los Angeles Homelessness Services Authority. The event is part of a weeklong Mitzvah Week at VBS, featuring a food drive, blood donations, comedy night, homeless count and more. 7-9:30 p.m. Free. Valley Beth Shalom, 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino.
Rabbi Guzik and Survivor
Surviving the Holocaust may have been the first amazing event of Dr. Jacob Eisenbach’s life but not the last one. When Rabbi Nicole Guzik interviews him at Sinai Temple, he will talk about his life as a practicing full-time dentist at the age of 92. “I love my job so much, it’s like a hobby,” says Eisenbach, the subject of a new biography, “Where You Go, I Go: The Astonishing Life of Dr. Jacob Eisenbach, Holocaust Survivor and 92-year-old Full-Time Dentist” by Karen McCartney. 7-9 p.m. Free. Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles.
Three Religions, Three Views
American Jewish University’s (AJU) series of interreligious trialogues on contemporary topics examines the teachings of Judaism, Islam and Christianity on matters of wealth and poverty and how they relate to social conditions. AJU Rabbi Adam Greenwald, UCLA professor emeritus Scott Bartchy and Shakeel Syed, executive director of Orange County Communities Organized for Responsible Development, are the panelists. The topic is “Am I My Brother’s and Sister’s Keeper?” Reinhard Krauss, executive director of the Academy for Judaic, Christian and Islamic Studies, moderates. 7:30 p.m. $10. American Jewish University, Shapiro Memorial Synagogue, 15600 Mulholland Drive.
Counting the Homeless
The annual Los Angeles County count of homeless is seeking volunteers in
West Los Angeles, southeast Los Angeles and the South Bay. A count of the homeless of the South Robertson Boulevard neighborhood convenes from 8 p.m.-midnight at the Alcott Center for Mental Health Services, 1433 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, visit the link above.
THU JAN 23
Award for Nazarians
The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles holds a gala dinner at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel honoring philanthropists Younes and Soraya Nazarian with the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award. Younes Nazarian, a 90-year-old native of Iran who was originally a construction contractor, lost his fortune in midlife in the 1979 Iranian Revolution. Migrating to this country, he rebuilt his wealth. The Nazarians are prominent donors in the Jewish communities of American and Israeli interests. Michael Milken appears in conversation with Sam Nazarian. Proceeds benefit the Federation’s Next Generation Leadership Training Programs. 6-9 p.m. $350 for 35 and younger, $1,000 for others. Beverly Wilshire Hotel, 9500 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills.
Film Noir at the Skirball
Stanley Kubrick’s 1956 film noir classic, “The Killing,” returns to the big screen at the Skirball Cultural Center, followed by a panel discussion with actor Malcolm McDowell and one of the film’s producers, James B. Harris. They discuss Kubrick’s photography and filmmaking. They also will take questions. From heists to horse races, “The Killing” features numerous themes Kubrick captured earlier in his career when he was a photographer for Look magazine. 7:30 p.m. $15 general, $10 members, seniors, full-time students. Museum admission included. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
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