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WHAT’S HAPPENING IN JEWISH LA

by Ryan Torok and Ari L. Noonan

To submit an event organized by a Los Angeles organization, please email calendar@jewishjournal.com

March 1-7

Friday, March 1

SCHOLAR-IN-RESIDENCE

Nadine Epstein, who has written major works on Jewish giants of the 20th century, is the Margulis Scholar-in-Residence at Temple Ramat Zion throughout Shabbat. During her three presentations, Epstein examines her works on Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Holocaust hero Elie Wiesel and antisemitism from the left and right. March 1: 6 p.m. Shabbat services followed by dinner and Epstein talk. March 2: 9 a.m. services, lunch (RSVP required) and Epstein talk. 7 p.m. Havdalah and Epstein talk. Friday dinner and talk, tickets $18 adult, $12 children 4-12. Saturday talks, free.  Temple Ramat Zion, 17655 Devonshire St., Northridge. (818) 360-1881. https://www.trz.org/event/scholar-in-residence3.html

FRIDAY NIGHT SERVICE

Before Shabbat services at Temple Isaiah, the community is invited to join the Isaiah clergy for discussions about Isaiah, including whatever is on your mind about the five-month-old war and other topics. Afterward, join the Reform congregation for Neighborhood School Shabbat Service. 5 p.m. Israel discussion. 6:15 p.m. services. Temple Isaiah, 10345 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 277-2772. templeisaiah.com/event/neighborhood-school-shabbat-service/

SHABBAT FOR EVERYONE

After a Kids’ Shabbat for those age 1-5, Kehillat Ma’arav offers Shabbat for all. Cantor Malachi Kanfer and Education Director Masha Savitz Keys lead the children into Shabbat with singing, dancing and snacks. Next is a pre-Shabbat L’Chaim for grownups, followed by Shabbat services featuring the Kehillat Ma’arav band. 5:15 p.m. Kids’ Shabbat. 6 p.m. L’Chaim. 6:30 p.m. services. Free. Kehillat Ma’arav, 1715 21st St., Santa Monica. (310) 829-0566. https://www.km-synagogue.org/calendar/calendar/

IKAR SHABBAT

Sixty years ago, the American civil rights movement was advocating for change. After Shabbat services tonight, teenagers from IKAR who recently visited some of Alabama’s best-known civil rights sites will share their recollections from their trip of a lifetime. 6:30 p.m. Shabbat services and dinner. 8-9 p.m. teens discuss their trip. Free. Shalhevet High School, 910 S. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 634-1870.  https://ikar.org/calendar/

TIOH SPEAKS

As part of Temple Israel of Hollywood’s “TIOH Speaks” series, the synagogue brings stories from deep inside the food industry. Participants include TIOH congregants Craig Susser, Robyn Shreiber and Jamie Rubin. RSVP required for dinner. 6:30 p.m. Shabbat services, 7:30 p.m. dinner. $25 per person. $15 per person for children age 5-12. Temple Israel of Hollywood, 7300 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 876-8330. https://tioh.org/event/tioh-speaks-shabbat-5-2023-12-01-2024-03-01/

CANTOR INSTALLATION

After a nationwide search, Cantor Kyle Cotler, a fourth-generation cantor and first-generation rabbi, is installed as Or Ami’s cantor. As the son of Cantor Emeritus Doug Cotler and Gail Pettler, he grew up at the Calabasas Reform temple. Cantor Kyle — as he will be known — has served various congregations since being ordained in 2015. 6 p.m. light nosh, 7 p.m. services. Free. Congregation Or Ami, 26115 Mureau Road, Suite B, Calabasas. (818) 880-4880. https://orami.org/calendar/

Saturday, March 2

DAY SCHOOL GALA

Sinai Akiba Academy, a private day school serving early childhood through eighth grade, invites all to its 55thanniversary gala. Celebrate in “Studio 55” style while enjoying gourmet fare, cook cocktails, dancing, a silent auction and more. Sponsorship opportunities available. 7 p.m. $275. $180 for alumni ages 21-35. Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 481-3295. https://fundraise.givesmart.com/e/wTmM9w?vid=13tmn1

CASINO NIGHT FUNDRAISER

Time for Shalhevet High School’s annual Casino Night and Poker Tournament, a fundraising time for scholarships. Open to the 21-and-older crowd, Shalhevet promises opportunities to give back and win big. 8:30 p.m. registration, 8:45 p.m. casino, dinner, open bar, 9 p.m. poker tournament, 11 p.m. prize drawing. $300 per couple, $175 per person; includes $500 in casino chips or entry to the tournament. Shalhevet High School, 910 S. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 930-9333. https://www.shalhevet.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=359301&type=d&pREC_ID=2556079&tota11y

Sunday, March 3

“MOSAICS FROM THE MIDDLE EAST”

A concert by VOX Femina Los Angeles — a choral group comprised of women of diverse cultures, ages, races, beliefs and sexual identities — places music from Arab and Jewish traditions side by side. Planned long before the outbreak of the current Israel-Hamas war, the afternoon program explores shared human experiences of love, motherhood, grief, healing and peace. Performers include Pico Union Project’s Craig Taubman. 3 p.m. Free. Pico Union Project, 1153 Valencia St., Los Angeles. To register, visit voxfemina.charityproud.org/EventRegistration/Index/15192.

TRENDS IN ANTISEMITISM

“Are the Rising Trends in Antisemitism Truly Global?” is a central focus of Sharon Nazarian’s lecture at Temple Judea. Nazarian is founder of the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies at UCLA, chair of its Advisory Board, president of the family foundation and a former Anti-Defamation League officer. She also teaches at UCLA. 9:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Temple Judea, 5429 Lindley Ave., Tarzana. (818) 758-3800.

https://portal.templejudea.com/event/adult-education-speaker-series—dr.-sharon-nazarian-are-the-rising-trends-in-antisemtism-truly-global.html

LABKOVSKI PROJECT CLOSES

On this closing day of USC Hillel’s month-long Holocaust era exhibit, “Documenting History Through Art: The Life and Art of David Labkovski,” his great niece, Leora Raikin, who has developed a program to teach students about Eastern Europe life during the Holocaust via Labkovski’s art, delivers a lecture. USC Casden Institute and USC Hillel co-sponsor the program. 2 p.m. lecture. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. exhibit. Free. USC Hillel, 3300 S. Hoover St., Los Angeles. https://davidlabkovskiproject.org/events/dlp-usc-hillel-exhibit/

MOVEMENT WORKSHOP

Holocaust Museum LA hosts a participatory movement community workshop — called “Ancestor’s Voices” — when instructor Donna Sternberg examines inherited ancestral trauma. She speaks on how the trauma manifests in our bodies through guided movement exercises, writing, drawing and sharing. No prior movement experience necessary. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. 3-5 p.m. Free. Holocaust Museum LA, 100 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles. (323) 651-3704. https://www.holocaustmuseumla.org/event-details/ancestors-voices-a-movement-workshop

Monday, March 4

SELF-DEFENSE CLASS

Temple Beth Am is offering a 90-minute interactive workshop and demo by Meredith Gold of RAW Power, focusing on real-world self-defense and safety needs. To build a safer life, the workshop seeks to heighten awareness, practice avoidance and learn skills for a worst-case scenario. Open to anyone 14 or older.  7:30-9 p.m. $20. Temple Beth Am, 1039 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 652-7353. https://www.tbala.org/events/self-defense-class/

NOVA DOC SCREENING

StandWithUs and the Steve Tisch Cinema Center at the Saban Theatre present a screening of “#NOVA,” a documentary about the tragic events of Oct. 7. Named after a music festival where more than 300 civilians were killed by Hamas, the documentary uses footage taken on site, phone call recordings and WhatsApp conversations. 7 p.m. Tickets $100, includes dinner and a reserved seat, $36 includes general admission and dessert. Free for students. Saban Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. For tickets, visit https://novascreening.paperform.co.

Tuesday, March 5

“WE ARE THE WEATHER”

Breakfast will be served when Rabbi Calvin Dox-DaCosta launches a three-week conversation at Temple Israel of Hollywood on the book, “We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast,” by Jonathan Safran Foer. Rabbi Calvin will talk about the temple community’s role in the climate crisis. Each person will receive a copy of the book. Additional events held March 12, 19. 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Temple Israel of Hollywood, 7300 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 876-8330. https://tioh.org/event/we-are-the-weather-3-part-conversation-w-rabbi-calvin/2024-03-05/

Wednesday, March 6

BROUS INTERVIEW

Rabbi Sharon Brous of IKAR discusses her new book – and why she wrote it – when she is interviewed by Madeleine Brand on the weekly Zoom series, “America at a Crossroads.” The mother of three and founder of IKAR 20 years ago, Brous has written “The Amen Effect: Ancient Wisdom to Mend Our Broken Hearts and World.” Jews United for Democracy and Justice sponsors the program. The free, online-only discussion is held at 5 p.m. To register, visit  jewsunitedfordemocracy.org/event/march-6-brous-brand/.

SHARSHARET AT JUDEA

To support Sharsharet Women’s Health Night, Temple Judea is partnering again with Sharsharet, the Jewish breast and ovarian cancer community. One in 40 Ashkenazi Jews—men and women—are carriers of the BRCA gene mutation. After hearing from two speakers, participants are encouraged to create a take-home item to bake at home. Registration requested. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Presentation only: Free for members, $18 for general. Bake items: $25 for members, $36 general. Temple Judea, 5429 Lindley Ave., Tarzana. (818) 758-3800. https://portal.templejudea.com/event/womens-health-night-sharsheret.html

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