January 18, 2019

What’s Happening in Jewish L.A. Oct. 27-Nov. 2


This documentary tells the story of two brothers, now in their 70s, who remained unknown to each other for decades. They were separated as toddlers at the Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp after World War II. The nephews of one brother reunite the two and film their story as the long-lost siblings also reconnect with their mother, who continues to harbor secrets about their origins. Laemmle Royal, 11523 Santa Monica Blvd., West Los Angeles, (310) 478-3836; Laemmle Playhouse, 673 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, (626) 844-6500; Laemmle Town Center, 17200 Ventura Blvd., Encino, (818) 981-9811. laemmle.com.


Break out your capes and lightsabers! Join superheroes, aliens, zombies and others as science fiction and fantasy fans converge for the sixth annual Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con. Fans will have the chance to meet Lee, Marvel Comics’ former editor-in-chief, who co-created Spider-Man, the Hulk, Doctor Strange, Iron Man, Thor, the X-Men and more. Also scheduled to appear are Paul Reubens (aka Pee-wee Herman) of “Gotham”; Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson of “San Andreas” and “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle”; Chloe Bennett of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”; Scott Bakula of “Quantum Leap” and “Star Trek: Enterprise”; Katee Sackhoff of “Battlestar Galactica”; and Melissa Joan Hart of “Sabrina the Teenage Witch,” among others. Through Oct. 29. Tickets start at $30. 1 p.m. Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles. (213) 741-1151. stanleeslacomiccon.com.


Moroccan-Jewish stand-up comedian Gad Elmaleh performs at the Hollywood Improv. Elmaleh started his career performing in small shows for the Montreal Sephardic community. He rose to prominence in France after relocating to Paris in the 1990s, thanks to an observational comedic sensibility similar to that of Jerry Seinfeld. Another show is scheduled for Oct. 28. Both are sold out. 8 p.m. Wait-list only (must put name down in person when doors open for the first show). Open only to those 18 and older. Hollywood Improv, 8162 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 651-2583. hollywood.improv.com.


Temple Kol Tikvah Rabbi Jon Hanish and Cantor Noa Shaashua lead a service that explores how, throughout history, Jewish texts spoke of the supernatural with stories that reflected the fears of Jews living in the Diaspora. From dybbuks to golems to ghosts, Judaism has had a tale or two to tell that would make your spine tingle. Socializing, coffee and sweet treats follow the service. 6:30 p.m. Free. Temple Kol Tikvah, 20400 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills. (818) 348-0670. koltikvah.org.


Yossi Klein Halevy and Imam Abdullah Antepli, co-directors of the Shalom Hartman Institute Muslim Leadership Initiative, discuss Muslim-Jewish relations. Moderated by David Suissa, publisher and editor-in-chief of the Jewish Journal. Free. 7 p.m. Beth Jacob Congregation, 9030 W. Olympic Blvd., Beverly Hills. hartman.org.il.


Bike or hike to raise money to send children in Los Angeles to Jewish summer camps. The event will have courses of different lengths for a variety of fitness levels: 100-, 62-, 36- or 18-mile routes for cyclists (helmets required); 9-, 6-, 3- and 1-mile routes for hikers. Staggered starting times begin at 7 a.m. (subject to weather conditions). Sponsored by the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation. All participants 30 years and older must raise $500; participants 16-29 years old, $250; and hikers 7-15 years old, $180. Routes start and end at Camp Alonim on the Brandeis-Bardin Campus of American Jewish University, 1101 Pepper Tree Lane, Simi Valley. (323) 761 8013. tourdesummercamps.org.


Leading foreign affairs experts and former government officials discuss an array of issues including Iran’s nuclear program; ISIS and the Syrian civil war; the prospects for a sustainable two-state solution; Israel’s relations with the Arab world, and more. Featuring Nimrod Novik, fellow at the Israel Policy Forum and former adviser to the late Shimon Peres; Shira Efron, associate policy researcher at the Rand Corp.; Howard Berman, former chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs; and others. 10 a.m. $40; $18 for students with valid ID. Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (212) 315-1741. ipforum.org.


High-profile artists from music, television and film come together to discuss issues surrounding the cultural boycott campaign against Israel. Participants include Alan Parsons, a musician, producer and former Pink Floyd engineer; actor Mark Pellegrino; entertainment attorney Ken Hertz; writer-director-producer David Zucker; and Israel musician Guy Erez. Moderated by Lana Melman, the CEO of Liberate Art, who is an expert and commentator on the cultural boycott effort against Israel. 4-7 p.m. Free. Wilshire Boulevard Temple Irmas Campus, 11661 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 388-2401. wbtla.org/defending-artistic-expression.


Author and “Top Chef” judge Gail Simmons talks about her new book, “Bringing It Home: Favorite Recipes From a Life of Adventurous Eating.” Joining her is Curtis Stone, chef-owner of Maude & Gwen, and Los Angeles Times writer Patt Morrison. 6:30 p.m. Tickets start at $15. Aratani Theatre, Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, 244 S. San Pedro St., Los Angeles. (213) 628-2725. latimes.com/ideasexchange.


This interfaith concert to raise funds to aid people experiencing homelessness features the renowned ethnic music and dance group Yuval Ron Ensemble. Attendees of this program of unity and peace are asked to bring adult socks or underwear (new); canned or dried goods; or a grocery, Subway restaurant or El Pollo Loco restaurant gift card. All gifts will be donated to St. Joseph Center and Safe Place for Youth, which serves the homeless youth of Venice Beach. Co-sponsored by University Synagogue, the Aga Khan Council for the Western United States, Ward AME Church, Safe Place for Youth and St. Joseph Center. 4-6 p.m. Free (gift for the homeless required). University Synagogue, 11960 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 472-1255. unisyn.org.


Berlin-based and internationally acclaimed soprano Willa Webber debuts songs from her new “Willa World Wide” EP and performs music from the upcoming “Irena” opera. Composed by Megan Cavallari, “Irena” tells the story of the Polish nurse Irena Sandler, who risked her life in saving more than 2,500 Jewish children from the Warsaw ghetto during the Holocaust. Cantor Chayim Frenkel of Reconstructionist synagogue Kehillat Israel also is scheduled to appear. Two-time Emmy Award-winning composer Martin Davich accompanies Webber on piano. Co-presented by the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Los Angeles and Kehillat Israel. 5 p.m. Free. Kehillat Israel Synagogue, 16019 W. Sunset Blvd., Pacific Palisades. (310) 459-2328. ourki.org.


Maestro Zubin Mehta conducts the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in this stop on its seven-city North American tour. The concert includes the tour debut of Beethoven’s “Piano Concerto No. 3” in C minor, Op. 37, featuring pianist Yefim Bronfman. Amit Poznansky’s “Footnote” suite from the score of the film “Footnote” and Franz Schubert’s “Symphony No. 9 in C major” (“The Great”) round out the evening, which likely will be the last time local audiences see Mehta before he retires as the orchestra’s music director in 2019. 8 p.m. $54-$162. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 850-2000. laphil.com.


Catch rapper Hoodie Allen (born Steven Adam Markowitz) as his tour swings through Southern California. The artist, from Long Island, N.Y., released his
new album, “The Hype,” in September. 7:30 p.m. doors open; 8:30 p.m. concert. $33. The Fonda Theatre, 6126 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 464-6269. fondatheatre.com.


Bring your glow sticks,  comfortable shoes and Israel pride for a Halloween party featuring Israeli electronic music artist and underground DJ  Guy Gerber, who creates downbeat, chill and ambient sounds that have wowed crowds from Ibiza to New
York. Gerber is known for his endurance, such as his 12-hour gig at the 2014 Burning Man festival. 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. $30-$50. Sound Nightclub, 1642 Las Palmas Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 962-9000. soundnightclub.com.


British singer-songwriter Jessie Ware plays songs from her third album, “Glasshouse.” Ware has come a long way since working as a journalist at the Jewish Chronicle, where she harbored dreams of being a musician. Her 2012 breakout album, “Devotion,” a blend of sultry pop, soul and R&B, won over critics. Her new album was released on Oct. 20. 8 p.m., all-ages show. $25. The Troubadour, 9801 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 858-8443. troubadour.com.