June 16, 2019

YJP Tu b’Av Party, Ozomatli and More


In the documentary “Love Is Tolerance,” writer and producer Hubertus Hoffman, founder of the Global Tolerance Initiative, examines how to contain terrorists and other extremists. The German-Swiss film — shot in the United States, Jerusalem and elsewhere — features interviews with Dr. Zeev Rotstein, director of the Chaim Sheba Medical Center at Tel HaShomer, former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, four Nobel Peace Prize laureates, including the Dalai Lama, and others. Various showtimes. $12–$13 adult general admission, $9–$10 children and seniors. Laemmle Music Hall, 9036 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 478-3836. laemmle.com.


Kol Tikvah celebrates Tu b’Av with a singles party for ages 40 and older. The evening includes a wine-and-cheese mixer; a Shabbat and Tu b’Av service led by Rabbi Jon Hanish and
Cantor Noa Shaashua; and country-style line dancing, with lessons offered by Shaashua and musical performer Deedee O’Malley. 5:45 p.m. mixer, 6:30 p.m. services,
7:45 p.m. dancing. RSVP requested for the mixer. Kol Tikvah, 20400 VenturaBlvd., Woodland Hills. (818) 348-0670. koltikvah.org.


One week after the solemnity of Tisha b’Av, the irreverent nondenominational collective East Side Jews celebrates the joy of Tu b’Av with storytelling by Judy Carter, Brian Finkelstein, Lucas Held, Liz Schwandt and host Michael Kass. BYO picnic dinner. 7 p.m. $10. 4760 York Blvd., Highland Park, Los Angeles. (323) 663-2255. sijcc.net/east-side-jews.


Celebrating Tu b’Av, Young Jewish Professionals of Los Angeles holds a party in Beverly Hills featuring an open bar, DJ, cigar lounge and a live-music Havdalah. Dress in white cocktail attire to commemorate how Tu b’Av was celebrated in the talmudic period, when singles wore white as they ventured out to meet their basherts (soulmates). 9:30 p.m.–1 a.m. $40-$60. Private Beverly Hills mansion, with address emailed to registered guests. (408) 718-9074. yjplosangeles.com/wp.


Genealogist, historian and author Jerry Hirsch, a direct descendant of settlers in Israel, discusses his book “Settlers to Soldiers” after Shabbat services at the Beverly Hills Jewish Community. In 1882, Hirsch’s great-grandparents founded the community of Zichron Ya’acov near Haifa. A former docent at the Museum of Tolerance, Hirsch has also written “Aliyah to Zichron” and “Call to Zion.” 9:30 a.m. Shabbat services. 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. lecture. The Beverly Hills Hotel, 9641 Sunset Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 276-4246. beverlyhillsjc.org.


Los Angeles Latin-fusion band Ozomatli, featuring Jewish bassist Wil-Dog Abers, performs at the 10th annual Downtown Stage, a free outdoor concert series at Pershing Square. The event includes a variety of food trucks and a full bar serving guests with ID. Jenny and the Mexicats and Los Duques also perform. 8–11 p.m. Free. 532 S. Olive St., Los Angeles. (213) 847-4970. laparks.org/pershingsquare/dtstage.


Flamenco maestro Walter Molina performs “Flamenco Sepharad,” a fiery evening of music and dance exploring the shared roots of Ladino/Sephardic and Flamenco music. Accompanying Molina is a gifted ensemble of musicians. 7:30 p.m. $20. Temple Israel of Hollywood, 7300 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 876-8330. tioh.org/arts.


Sharsheret is a national nonprofit offering community support for young Jewish women and their families facing breast cancer. Anyone can participate in this event: survivors, family, friends and advocates. Groups will be divided based on physical ability. 9 a.m. Free. RSVP requested at jfields@sharsheret.org. Pan Pacific Park, 7600 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 409-2330. sharsheret.org.


Attend the screening and discussion of “And Now, Love,” a documentary about the life and work of Bernard Bail, a decorated Jewish World War II veteran and psychoanalyst who was captured by the Nazis and had a covert relationship with a German nurse. The film will be followed by a discussion with Bail; the film’s director, Jill Demby Guest; and a contributor to the film, Loren Weiner. 2 p.m. Free. Beverly Hills Public Library, 444 N. Rexford Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 288-2244. beverlyhills.org.


Temple Judea of Tarzana invites people to bring blankets, lawn chairs and a picnic dinner to a private residence in Moorpark to make friends and enjoy a summer concert. Dessert and beverages provided. Address available upon RSVP. 6 p.m. picnic, 7 p.m. concert. $18. (818) 758-3800. portal.templejudea.com


The more than 300 short films screening at this year’s LA Shorts International Film Festival include at least two with Jewish themes. Los Angeles-based writer and director Brandon Ravet’s 10-minute film, “Optimistic Realist,” follows a struggling actress and Hebrew-school teacher who takes career advice from her wise fifth-grade students. Director and producer Jessica Kantor’s “Alcoholocaust” is a nine-minute film about a teenager accepting her Judaism after inviting friends over for a politically incorrect game of beer pong. “Optimistic Realist” screens on July 31 as part of a program beginning at 5:30 p.m., and “Alcoholocaust” on Aug. 1 as part of a program starting at 9:55 p.m. $15 general admission. Laemmle NoHo 7. 5240 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. lashortsfest.com.


The manager of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center’s Spiritual Care Department, Rabbi Jason Weiner, participates in a Torah study breakfast sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. Weiner manages the chaplaincy team and all aspects of spiritual care at Cedars-Sinai. 7:15–9 a.m. Free. Held at the offices of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, 11355 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 761-8158. jewishla.org.


Israeli-American Council National Chairman Adam Milstein, Jewish Journal Publisher and Editor-in-Chief David Suissa, and Club Z Executive Director Masha Merkulova participate in a discussion about Zionism during an evening celebrating the launch of the L.A. chapter of Club Z, a Zionist youth movement. Also on display, “The Birth of Israel: 18 Months That Changed Jewish Destiny,” an exhibition examining the 18 months leading up to the creation of the State of Israel in 1948. Appetizers, wine and desserts served. Private tour of the Anne Frank exhibit at the Museum of Tolerance at 5:30 p.m. Program 7–9 p.m. Free. Museum of Tolerance, 9786 Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. zionismlovestory.eventbrite.com.


A number of Jewish singles walk into a bar in Santa Monica to celebrate International Beer Day … (punchline TBD). Organized by Tribe, a Los Angeles Jewish social network. Free beer served for the first hour. Ages 21–33. 8–11 p.m. $12. The Room Santa Monica, 1325 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. eventbrite.com.