December 15, 2018

What’s Happening in Jewish L.A.: Table for Five Live, Klezmatics and More


The Klezmatics

The innovative klezmer ensemble performs music from its 2005 album, “Brother Moses Smote the Water.” Black and Jewish singer Joshua Nelson, a collaborator on that record, also appears. The result is a sonic collision of Jewish and gospel music and a musical exploration of what it is to be Jewish, Black and human today. 7:30 p.m., $65–$100. The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. (310) 434-3200.


Yeshiva University Special Adviser to the President Rabbi Ari Lamm discusses “The Future of Judaism: A Proposal,” at a reservations-only dinner at Pat’s Restaurant. The next day, Saturday, he discusses “Do We Talk Enough About Heresy?” before a reservations-only lunch at Pat’s. On Saturday evening, he explores “The Lost History of Mah Nishtanah: From Text to Archaeology,” a Passover-themed conversation. March 23: 5:40 p.m., mincha and kabbalat Shabbat; 6:50 p.m., dinner, by reservation only. March 24: Noon, lecture and Shabbat lunch, reservation-only; 7 p.m., Shabbat evening lecture. Dinner and lunch prices vary depending on party size. Young Israel of Century City, 9317 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 273-6954.


Join Rabbi Becky Hoffman, Cantor Noa Shaashua and an ensemble of musicians for music from “Hamilton,” “The Lion King,” “Chicago” and other Broadway hit shows. Tap your feet, snap your fingers or sing along. Open seating. Mingling, coffee and sweets to follow. 6:30–7:30 p.m. Free. Free parking in the rear on Del Moreno Drive. Kol Tikvah, 20400 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills. (818) 348-0670.


Rachel Ripps, the Synagogue Initiative deputy director for AIPAC’s Southern Pacific region, delivers an update from the 2018 AIPAC Policy Conference. Ripps works with communities from Southern California to Las Vegas and Arizona to develop and strengthen congregational pro-Israel activism. 7–8:30 p.m. Free. Kehillat Israel, 16019 W. Sunset Blvd., Pacific Palisades. (310) 459-2328.


The 1974 irreverent comedy by writer-director Mel Brooks, which addresses issues of racism, colonialism and misogyny in the American West as reflected through the era when it was filmed, screens in conjunction with the “Richard Prince: Untitled (Cowboy)” exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). The event features a conversation with director Jared Moshe (“The Ballad of Lefty Brown,” “Dead Man’s Burden”) after the film. All tickets available through LACMA’s box office and online ticketing system. Tickets $5–$10. 7:30 p.m. Bing Theater at LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 857-6000.


Cheryl Temkin

Cheryl Temkin, North American liaison for Women of the Wall, discusses the organization’s evolution. The group aims to secure the rights of women to pray at the Western Wall in Jerusalem in a fashion that includes reading from the Torah and wearing tallitot. 7:30 p.m. $15 donation. Temple Ahavat Shalom, 18200 Rinaldi Place, Northridge. (818) 360-2258.


Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills Rabbi Emerita Laura Geller, Temple Beth Am Rabbi Adam Kligfeld, Open Temple Rabbi Lori Shapiro, Rabbi Eli Fink and Jewish Journal Publisher and Editor-in-Chief David Suissa discuss “Mysteries and Lessons of Passover,” a live-streamed, online conversation from the Jewish Journal studio. Co-sponsored by Limmud, the event is the first live edition of the Jewish Journal’s increasingly popular, multidenominational feature, “Table for Five,” which includes rabbis and others weighing in on the weekly Torah portion. 12:30 p.m. Free. Watch at


Travel back in time to biblical Egypt and relive the Exodus at this family-friendly program at the Shalom Institute in Malibu. Kids will love hanging out with Norman the Cow and other animals at the Pinat Chai Animal Center and getting active with the giant swing, climbing wall and zip line. Also, they will learn what it was like for the Israelites to till the land when they try out the Shemesh Organic Farm. Additional activities include arts and crafts, nature hikes and a Passover singalong. 11 a.m.–3:30 p.m. $10, ages 7 and over. Free, ages 6 and under. Shalom Institute in Malibu, 34342 Mulholland Highway, Malibu. (818) 889-5500.


Richard Hasen

Professor Richard Hasen, chancellor’s professor of law and political science at UC Irvine, discusses his new book, “The Justice of Contradictions: Antonin Scalia and the Politics of Disruption,” with UC Berkeley School of Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky. Hasen’s recently published book examines the complex legacy of the late Scalia, one of the most influential and controversial justices to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. A lunchtime conversation for anyone interested in understanding the rightward shift of the highest court in the land. 12:30 p.m. Free. Los Angeles Central Library’s Mark Taper Auditorium, 630 W. Fifth St., Los Angeles. (213) 228-7500.


Lisa Peicott

Sinai Temple Cantor Lisa Peicott performs a solo recital celebrating Jewish songs and poetry created and inspired by women. A classically trained soprano, Peicott earned her undergraduate and master’s degrees in music from the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music before entering cantorial studies at the Academy of Jewish Religion, California (AJRCA). Refreshments follow the concert, a partial fulfillment of the performer’s master’s degree in Jewish sacred music from AJRCA. 5–6 p.m. Free. Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 474-1518.


Vladimir Feltsman

Russian-Jewish piano virtuoso Vladimir Feltsman and the American Youth Symphony, a group of accomplished young musicians from Los Angeles, perform Prokofiev’s “Piano Concerto No. 1.” Carlos Izcaray, music director of the American Youth Symphony, conducts the performance, which is part of the 2017-2018 Los Angeles Philharmonic’s “Sounds About Town” music series. 7:30 p.m. $15–$45. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 850-2000.


Kids ages 8 and older learn to cook for Passover with the Culinary Kids Academy, which educates children and young adults through cooking classes. The event begins with participants learning about the story of Nachson, the first person to jump in the Red Sea when the Israelites were fleeing from the Egyptians. The children learn how to follow in his footsteps to be the best they can be. Afterward, they prepare a delicious kosher-for-Passover breakfast. 1:30 p.m. $15 per family. American Jewish University, Familian Campus, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 440-1572.