December 10, 2018

What’s Happening: Trybal Gathering, Volunteer Fair, Honey Tasting

Events this week include Trybal gatherings, Volunteer fairs, honey tasting and events for Sukkot.


Bari Weiss

Bari Weiss
New York Times op-ed editor and writer Bari Weiss, who focuses on politics and culture, appears at Sinai Temple for a discussion with Sinai Temple Rabbi David Wolpe titled “Damned If We Do, Damned If We Don’t: Jews in the 21st Century.” Weiss, who is a regular guest on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher,” has also written for The Forward, Ha’aretz and The Tablet. She won this year’s Bastiat Prize for her “brilliant, incisive journalism defending the cornerstone of individual liberty and civil society: freedom of speech.” After their discussion, Weiss and Wolpe will take questions from the audience. 7:30–9:30 p.m. Free for temple members, $25 general public. Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. RSVP to Rachel Polonsky, (310) 481-4228, or


Trybal Gathering
Young Jewish adults, ages 21 and older, participate in a getaway at Gindling Hilltop Camp in Malibu. Called a Trybal Gathering, this four-day weekend offers creative and relaxing events, including hanging out on the beach, whale-watching and hiking coastline trails and canyon paths. The setting, far from the city, is ideal for connecting with new friends. 4 p.m. Friday through 11 a.m. on Sept. 24. $499–$580. Gindling Hilltop Camp, 1495 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. (202) 536-2929.

“Beautiful: The Carole King Musical”

“Beautiful: The Carole King Musical”
The musical play “Beautiful” tells the story of singer-songwriter Carole King’s rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband, Gerry Goffin, to her career as a successful solo performer. The musical features a song lineup of Top 40 hits, including “I Feel the Earth Move,” “One Fine Day,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “You’ve Got a Friend” and the title song. The musical’s book is by Douglas McGrath, whose work was nominated for a Tony Award. Through Sept. 30. 8 p.m. Tickets start at $49. Hollywood Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. (800) 982-2787.

“Broadway Bound”
The late Neil Simon’s classic comedy is the story of two brothers striving to be comedy writers at the exact moment the fairly long marriage of their parents is breaking apart. In “Broadway Bound,” which debuted in 1986, Stanley and Eugene discover their father has been cheating on their mother, not with just any woman but one who is dying. This gives the brothers material for their radio scripts. Fridays and Saturdays 8 p.m., Sundays 2 p.m., and the last three Thursdays in  October at 8 p.m. Through Oct. 28. $25–$40. Miles Memorial Playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. (323) 821-2449.


It is the 1890s in Ukraine and energized young teacher Leon Tolchinsky lands in a pocket-sized hamlet, which happens to be cursed. This is the setting for the late playwright Neil Simon’s comic fable, “Fools,” following Leon, the teacher, who learns that until the curse somehow is lifted, everyone in the village remains stupid and unable to fall in love. Leon, complicating matters, falls in love with his student. Presented by the Jewish Federation of the Greater San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys. Sept. 22 and 29 at 8 p.m., Sept. 23 and 30 at 3:30 p.m., Sept. 27 at 7:30 p.m. $10 for students, $20 general. Porticos Art Space, 2033 Washington Blvd., Pasadena. (626) 445-0810.


Tikkun Olam Networking Fair
People of all ages interested in volunteer opportunities can schmooze over coffee and bagels with Kehillat Israel members involved in more than 50 nonprofits, including Baby2Baby, Beit T’Shuvah, WeTap and Women Helping Youth. The networking fair also includes the making of no-sew blankets for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and packing backpacks for children in foster care. 10 a.m.–noon. Free. Kehillat Israel, 16019 Sunset Blvd., Pacific Palisades. (310) 459-2328.


Nazi-Looted-Art Conference
Nearly 75 years after the end of World War II, hundreds of thousands of artworks and valuables stolen from Jews and other victims who were under Nazi rule are still missing, scattered around the world. At a conference called “Righting a Wrong: The Future of Nazi Looted Art Recovery in the U.S. and Abroad,” family members, researchers, lawyers, auction house directors and museum curators discuss how the items can be found and recovered. $30–$175. 8 a.m.–5:45 p.m. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500.

Celebrating Social Justice
The Center for Council convenes a daylong celebration of participants in its Social Justice Council Project, which strengthens staffers in organizations that work with  people in need in Los Angeles. Performances and presentations include “Cops and Communities: Circling Up,” which focuses on promoting healthier relationships between law enforcement and community leaders. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Free. Breakfast and lunch served. Los Angeles River Center & Gardens, Mountains Recreation & Conservation Authority, 570 W. Avenue 26, No. 100, Los Angeles.


Sammy Miller and The Congregation

Sammy Miller and The Congregation
Sammy Miller and The Congregation are on a mission to bring art back to the people. With their feel-good, joyful sound, they share the power of community through their music in a unique style that entertains, enriches and uplifts. Miller, a Grammy-nominated drummer, leads a six-member jazz ensemble. 8 p.m. $15–$40. Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts, Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. (310) 506-4522.



“Who’s in Your Sukkah?”
In the final hours before the start of the weeklong holiday of Sukkot, PJ Library and Valley Beth Shalom (VBS) Day School hold a family-oriented sukkah experience on the playground of the Conservative congregation. Storytime for children ages 2–7 features a reading by VBS Early Childhood Education Director Abby Andiman Mars. 10–11:30 a.m. Valley Beth Shalom, 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. RSVP to Sam Miller at or (818) 530-4051.

Sukkah Time
Get better acquainted with Beth Chayim Chadashim. The community comes together in the afternoon to build a large sukkah and enjoy a potluck dinner held by Rabbi Lisa Edwards and Cantor Juval Porat. A celebration to welcome the arrival of the Sukkot holiday follows. 2 p.m. sukkah building, 5 p.m. potluck dinner, 6 p.m. Sukkot service. Free. Beth Chayim Chadashim, 6090 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 931-7023.

Building a Sukkah
Sukkah-building, dancing and singing highlight Adat Shalom’s Shalom Mishpacha Event and Sukkah Sing-Along. An energetic concert by Cantor Dale Schatz and the always-fun PJ Library book-reading are among the attractions, which also include face-painting and the decorating of Adat Shalom’s sukkah. 3–4:30 p.m. Free. Adat Shalom, 3030 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles. RSVP to or call (310) 475-4985.


“Seeking Shelter: Addressing Homelessness & Affordable Housing”
Join Temple Beth Am Rabbi Matt Shapiro, the temple’s OneLA Team and its social action committee in the sukkah to deepen the understanding between Sukkot and the housing and homelessness crisis in Los Angeles. The evening begins with a potluck dinner, followed by a program. Los Angeles City Council members are scheduled to attend to hear concerns and answer questions. 6 p.m. dinner, 7–9 p.m. program. Temple Beth Am, 1039 La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 652-7353. RSVP here.


“A Taste of Local Honey”
If you’re between the ages of 22 and 27 and want a little more sweetness in your life, NuRoots, a movement devoted to connecting young people to their Jewish community and Jewish values, invites you to “A Taste of Local Honey.” Eli Lichter-Marck of Eli’s Bees will lead the group in an exploration of honey. You can learn how honey moves from flower to hive to your kitchen, and then taste a variety of honey produced locally and from around the world. Admission includes dinner, honey-infused desserts and a chance to create your own jar of honey. 7 p.m. $15. Artisan Cheese and Wine, 12023 Ventura Blvd., Studio City. Purchase tickets here.

“Sax in the Sukkah”
People looking for a swinging Sukkot who are between the ages of 21 and 39 can attend “Sax in the Sukkah,” organized by Sinai Temple’s Atid club. Participants are invited to drink, enjoy hors d’oeuvres and groove to a live jazz band with other young adults in celebration of the harvest. 7:30–10:30 p.m. $20. Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 481-3244.