June 26, 2019

What’s Happening: MLK Shabbat, RBG in Song, East Side Jews


Daniel Taub

Ambassador Daniel Taub
Israeli diplomat, lawyer and writer Daniel Taub, who served as Israel’s ambassador to the United Kingdom from 2011–15, appears as the scholar-in-residence at Beth Jacob Congregation. During Friday night dinner at Pat’s Restaurant, he discusses “Lessons for Negotiators — From the Bible and the Israeli Negotiation Room.” During Saturday services, he gives a talk in the synagogue sanctuary on “The Future of Israel, Our Shared Challenge”; and at the conclusion of Shabbat, in a private residence, he speaks on “Why Is This Diplomat Different From All Other Diplomats? Behind the Scenes of Israeli Diplomacy.” Kabbalat Shabbat, 4:50 p.m.; dinner, 5:45 p.m. Pat’s, 9233 Pico Blvd., Pico-Robertson. $55 members, $65 general. Shabbat morning talk, 11 a.m.; Shabbat evening talk, 8 p.m. Beth Jacob Congregation, 9030 W. Olympic Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 278-1911.

MLK Day Unity Shabbat 
In advance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 21, Sinai Temple Rabbi David Wolpe, the temple clergy, musician Craig Taubman and Southern California multifaith leaders lead a Shabbat celebration honoring King’s legacy. Open to the entire community. A dinner for young professionals — ages 21–39 only — follows, with cocktails, appetizers, dinner buffet and dessert, all catered by Pat’s Restaurant. 7:30 p.m. Shabbat service is free. 8:45 p.m. dinner is $20. Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd. (310) 474-1518.


Shlomo Ben-Ami
Israeli professor Shlomo Ben-Ami, who served as foreign minister under former Prime Minister Ehud Barak, highlights Sephardic Temple’s Distinguished Speakers Series. On Saturday morning, the renowned scholar and former ambassador to Spain discusses “Why Is Peace With the Palestinians Unlikely These Days?” After Kiddush, he examines “Why Did the Camp David Summit Between Clinton, Barak and Arafat Fail in 2000?” 9:30 a.m. Free. Sephardic Temple, 10500 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 475-7000.


Sounds of Klezmer
Kugelplex, the klezmer band-in-residence with the Oakland Symphony for the past 10 years, brings its repertoire to the Torrance Cultural Arts Center. Kugelplex members tour internationally and perform and record with a range of bands before coming together for the klezmer shows. A free klezmer workshop takes place before the show. 8 p.m. $30–$40. Torrance Cultural Arts Center, 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance. (310) 781-7171.

Trivia Night
If trivia is your forte, you can test your knowledge at Adat Ari El’s Winter Wonder-Land Trivia Night that matches teams of trivia mavens with a professional trivia master. If you do not have a team, an on-site social engineer will match you up with one. 7:30–10 p.m. $15 per person. Adat Ari El, 12020 Burbank Blvd., Valley Village. (818) 766-9426.


“Notorious RBG in Song”
Soprano Patrice Michaels, daughter-in-law of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and pianist Andrew Harley perform “Notorious RBG in Song,” a concert saluting the life of Justice Ginsburg and her 25 years on the court. The 75-minute, nine-song program at the Skirball Cultural Center features remembrances from letters, conversations and court opinions. In addition, the exhibit, “Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” will be open to ticketholders before the concert. 7:30 p.m. $30 general admission, $25 members and full-time students. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd. (310) 440-4500.

“Dora: Discovery and Despair”
The Holocaust traveling exhibition, “Dora: Discovery and Despair,” featuring photographs and artifacts from the little-known World War II slave labor camp Mittelbau-Dora, opens at the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust. In 1943, the Nazis brought prisoners from Buchenwald to the southern Harz mountainside near Nordhausen, Germany, to begin construction of what would become the world’s largest underground factory. Mittelbau-Dora became the model for secret underground industrial complexes. Of the 60,000 prisoners there, more than one-third died. The site was sealed until 1990. Speakers at the exhibition’s opening include photographer Alvin Gilens, Deputy Consul General of Germany Kathrin Steinbrenner and former Jewish Journal publisher Irwin Field. 3 p.m. Free. RSVP required. Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, 100 The Grove Drive. (323) 651-3704.

Freedom and Fashion Show
A runway fashion show, “Freedom and Fashion,” honoring Human Trafficking Awareness Day, features clothing designed by survivors of human trafficking. Additionally, survivors share their stories and attendees learn about how the Freedom and Fashion organization has helped abused and homeless teens move forward with their lives. Snacks served. Ages 10 and older. 3–5 p.m. $18 per person. Children free. Temple Isaiah, 10345 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 277-2772.

Prepping For Tu B’Shevat
Eight days before Tu B’Shevat, the birthday of the trees, Temple Beth Israel of Highland Park and Eagle Rock celebrates the holiday through a sale of California native plants. California native plants conserve water, enhance wildlife and provide other benefits. Beth Israel’s plants have been selected for local gardens. An expert will advise what fits your garden. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Free. Temple Beth Israel of Highland Park and Eagle Rock, 5711 Monte Vista St., Highland Park. (213) 300-3373.


Jewish Life in Morocco
Professor Khalid Ben-srhir, known in his native Morocco as “Mr. Jewish Studies Translator,” appears in conversation with UCLA professor Aomar Boum. They discuss Ben-srhir’s personal and professional experiences with Jewish history in Morocco. Additionally, Ben-srhir, editor of the oldest history journal in Morocco and a leader in Arabic and French translation of Jewish scholarship, provides an overview of the past, present and future for Moroccan Jews. Noon–1:30 p.m. Free. 314 Royce Hall, UCLA, Los Angeles. (310) 267-5327.

“God is in the Crowd”
Author Tal Keinan discusses his new book, “God Is in the Crowd: Twenty- First Century Judaism,” which focuses on what he believes the Jewish people must do to survive the 21st century. He appears in dialogue with Rabbi David Wolpe at Sinai Temple. Book sale and signing follow. 7:30–9 p.m. Free for temple members. $25 general. Sinai Temple,
10400 Wilshire Blvd. (310) 474-1518.


Ancient Jewish Communities
Visiting UCLA professor Liran Yadgar, whose research examines the history of Jewish communities in the Mamluk Sultanate of Egypt and Syria from 1250–1517, and Jewish-Muslim interaction and intellectual exchange during the late Middle Islamic period, lectures on Khaybari Jews from the early Islamic period to the 20th century. 4–5:30 p.m. Free. 314 Royce Hall, UCLA, Los Angeles. (310) 267-5327.

JNET Speed Networking 
Start the new year by upgrading your networking productivity, making new friends and engaging with the Jewish community in a meaningful way.
JNET’s Woodland Hills and West Hills chapters hold a night of speed networking with a TED Talk-style presentation.
6:30–9 p.m. Free.  RSVP requested. Temple Aliyah, 6025 Valley Circle Blvd.,
Woodland Hills. (424) 281-9764.

East Side Jews’ 2019 Brainstorm
Voice your ideas for awesome Jewish programming during East Side Jews’ 2019 Brainstorm in Atwater Village. Participants enjoy pizza, beer and red wine and offer imaginative suggestions for what they would like to see from the East Side Jews organization this year. No previous experience with East Side Jews is required. 7 p.m. Free. ATX Art and Innovation Complex, 3245 Casitas Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 663-2255. RSVP by clicking on the link above.

Flavors of Israel
The broad variety of cultural flavors that inspire Israeli cuisine — with a focus on foods from Morocco, Tunisia and Yemen — highlight “Flavors of Israel: Come Taste the Foods That Shape Our Heritage” at Morry’s Fireplace in the Pico-Robertson district. The event features chef, blogger and cookbook writer Amelia Saltsman, discussing with host Daniel Housman her journey with Israeli cuisine and how her relationship with it served as a platform for her culinary success. Co-organized by Aish L.A. and IAC Bina. 7–10 p.m.  $36 advance, $40 door. Morry’s Fireplace, 9118 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (818) 466-6405.