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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

May 24-30

Friday, May 24

KOL TIKVAH PROGRAMS

No matter your age, Kol Tikvah Congregation in the West Valley has a Shabbat and holiday attraction for you. On this Lag b’Omer, the Renaissance Senior Group hosts a pre-Shabbat Happy Hour, kicking off a night of programs. The evening also includes a Lag B’Omer/Campfire Shabbat. 5:30 p.m. senior program. 6:30 p.m. Campfire Shabbat. Free. Kol Tikvah, 20400 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills. (818) 348-0670. https://www.koltikvah.org/calendar

Saturday, May 25

SHABBAT MORNING MINYAN

The late spring is an invigorating time to enjoy the outdoors. Leo Baeck Temple agrees, and every month, on the second and fourth Saturday, celebrates the joy of Shabbat in its scenic Outdoor Chapel. The service also streams online. 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Leo Baeck Temple, 1300 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 476-2861. https://leobaecktemple.org/worship

Sunday, May 26

LAG B’OMER BEACH BONFIRE

Celebrate the mystical Jewish holiday of Lag b’Omer with a beach bonfire, music, and great company at this free event for Jewish young professionals. This annual event is always romantic and magical as attendees experience the sunset, hear the ocean, and sing by the fire! Organized by Pico Shul. Bring blankets, coats, friends, and food and drink if you’d like. Musicians, bring your musical instruments! 6:30 p.m. Free. Dockweiler Beach, exact location on the beach will be posted online the day-of. More details at https://www.facebook.com/events/982613246799130.

LAG B’OMER PARADE

Spend Lag b’Omer at a celebratory block-party with friends and family. Starring Avraham Fried, a popular music entertainer among the Orthodox, and featuring a performance by Rabbi B, the Great Lag b’Omer Parade and Concert is a community event organized by West Coast Chabad. Event partners include Chabad Larchmont, Chabad SOLA and Magen Am. 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. On Pico Boulevard between Doheny and Crest Drive.

BOOK CLUB

The mere mention of the title “The Golden Age Shtetl: A New History of Jewish Life in Europe” evokes decades of shiny memories about our ancestors. Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern’s new book is the focus of the Book Club meeting this morning. Organized by Beth Chayim Chadashim, the monthly BCC and Bagels gathering convenes over Zoom. 10 a.m.-Noon. https://www.bcc-la.org/calendar/

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY

With a goal of bringing in $500,000 to keep thriving, Pico Union Project (PUP) celebrates its 10th anniversary with a street fair fundraiser, dubbed “Pico De Mayo.” While enjoying the cuisine from more than a dozen nearby restaurants, the afternoon lineup, hosted by past PUP board member Stuart Robinson, includes a performance by a Grammy Award-winning artist and remarks by L.A. Mayor Karen Bass. Noon-2:30 p.m. $250 individual pass. Pico Union Project, 1153 Valencia St., Los Angeles. (213) 915-0084. https://www.tickettailor.com/events/picounionproject/1228025

SURVIVOR TALK

In the Holocaust Museum LA’s Sunday Survivor Talk, Erika Fabian, born in Budapest, talks about how her mother secured false papers during the war. This enabled her family to live safely under Christian identities for the rest of the war. 3-4 p.m. Free. Holocaust Museum LA, 100 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles. (323) 651-3704. https://www.holocaustmuseumla.org/event-details/sunday-survivor-talk-with-erika-fabian-1

Monday, May 27

GRADUATION CEREMONY

Graduation and ordination are the most important events of the year for the Academy for Jewish Religion, CA, a non-denominational rabbinical seminary, and the happy ceremonies will be celebrated at Adat Ari El. You may participate either in person or via livestream. Free, but registration required. 2 p.m. Adat Ari El, 12020 Burbank Blvd., Valley Village. (213) 884-4133. https://ajrca.edu/event/2024ordination/

Tuesday, May 28

“ANTISEMITISM, HATE SPEECH & THE FIRST AMENDMENT”

At a vulnerable time for Jews everywhere, UC Berkeley School of Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky provides a legal perspective on the disturbing circumstances unfolding on college campuses during this timely Jewish Federation Los Angeles discussion, titled “Antisemitism, Hate Speech and the First Amendment.” Chemerinsky joins Hillel at UCLA Executive Director Dan Gold, along with Jasmine Beroukhim, Sylvia Price Campus Impact Network program director at the L.A. Federation. Light refreshments served. 6 p.m. $50, advance registration required. No walk-ins permitted.. Jewish Federation Los Angeles, 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. For details, visit linkin.bio/jfedla/.

Wednesday, May 29

ADULT LEARNING

The IKAR community’s “Afar Adult Learning House Party,” a monthly online event that explores different holiday themes, emotions and memories while reflecting on who we are and where we are going. Additional details at (323) 634-1870 or https://ikar.org/calendar/.

JACOB HEILBRUNN

Journalist Jacob Heilbrunn’s new book carries the provocative title “America Last: The Right’s Century-Long Romance with Foreign Dictators.” Warren Olney (“To the Point”) interviews the Washington-based Heilbrunn, a frequent contributor to the Los Angeles Times editorial page, during the weekly virtual discussion organized by Jews United for Democracy and Justice. Held on Zoom at 5 p.m. Free. For details, visit jewsunitedfordemocracy.org/event/may-29-heilbrunn-olney/.

HONORING SUSAN GILBOA

Forty years ago, Susan North Gilboa came to Valley Beth Shalom as co-founder of the B’Yachad social group, and since then has helped start or led numerous creative programs. She will be honored for her four decades of imaginative leadership at the 15th annual Our Space LA Art Gallery gala. North Gilboa is a co-founder of Our Space. The RSVP deadline has passed; check with the synagogue about attending. 5:30 p.m. art gallery and reception. 6:30 p.m. dinner, reception. 8:30 p.m. dessert reception, Israeli dancing. $75 per person for dinner. Valley Beth Shalom, 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (818) 788-6000. https://www.vbs.org/event/honoring-susan-north-gilboa-40-year-celebration–15th-annual-ourspacela-art-gallery.html

AMOS OZ NOVEL

The late Israeli author Amos Oz published 40 books translated into 45 languages, and one of them, “A Tale of Love and Darkness,” will be discussed by the Adat Shalom Book Club. A strong advocate of a two-state solution, Oz was 79 when he died of cancer in December 2018. 7-8 p.m. Adat Shalom Library, 3030 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 475-4985. https://www.adatshalomla.org/event/book-club—a-tale-of-love-and-darkness-by-amos-oz.html

BROUS AND NYT COLUMNIST

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, author of “Chasing Hope: A Reporter’s Life,” appears in conversation with IKAR Rabbi Sharon Brous, author of the recently released book, “The Amen Effect: Ancient Wisdom to Heal our Hearts and Mend Our Broken World.” The two influential leaders schmooze about politics and social justice while probing the question: What gets more clicks: politics, atrocities or the pursuit of social justice? Organized by Writers Bloc Presents. 7:30 p.m. $25, $53 includes a copy of Kristof’s book. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. https://writersblocpresents.com/main/nicholas-kristof-rabbi-sharon-brous/

Thursday, May 30

HEALING AFTER 10-7

With record levels of depression and anxiety among Jews following Oct. 7, PragerU founder Dennis Prager and Rabbi Manis Friedman discuss how to gather inner strength and push back. Transformative life coach Rona Ram Lalezary moderates the program, which kicks off Lalezary’s “Mental Health Is Real Campaign,” an initiative to restore mental health and spiritual connectivity in the distraught community. Approximately 1,000 attendees, including college students, are expected at this community-wide discussion, titled “In a Post 10/7 World, How Do We Heal?” 7-9 p.m. $52 general admission, $126 front row. Sephardic Temple, 10500 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles.https://www.eventbrite.com/e/in-a-post-107-world-how-do-we-heal-tickets-895518398637

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