September 21, 2019

Historical Walking Tour, ‘Stories of Survivors’ Author


Rosove Farewell Shabbat
After 31 years as the senior rabbi of Temple Israel of Hollywood (TIOH), Rabbi John Rosove leads his final Shabbat service before heading into retirement and becoming rabbi emeritus. The TIOH Teen Band joins him. During his 40-year career, the Los Angeles native served congregations in San Francisco and Washington, D.C., before returning home in 1988. Champagne and light bites to follow services. 6:30 p.m. Free. RSVP requested. Temple Israel of Hollywood, 7300 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. (323) 876-8330.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman

Chabad Rabbi Leaving
Before departing for their new home in Atlanta, Chabad Rabbi Tzvi Freeman and Rebbetzin Nomi Freeman are feted at a farewell Shabbat dinner at Morry’s Fireplace following services at the Happy Minyan. Rabbi Freeman, author of numerous books, is a prominent presence at the Happy Minyan. 6 p.m. services. 7:30 p.m. dinner. $45 Happy Minyan members. $50 general. $20 ages 13-and-under. Happy Minyan, 9218 W. Pico Blvd. Morry’s Fireplace, 9118 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles.

“Arise and Sing a New Song”
Original melodies composed by community members Jerry Alban and Kevin Longobart are the centerpiece of Shomrei Torah Synagogue’s Shabbat service “Arise and Sing a New Song.” The musical service features Cantor Jackie Rafii, members of the Shomrei Torah adult choir and a full band. 6 p.m. Free. Shomrei Torah Synagogue, 7353 Valley Circle Blvd., West Hills. (818) 854-7650.

Shabbat at the Beach
Friends and members assemble at Will Rogers State Beach to celebrate Kehillat Israel’s (KI) Shabbat at the Beach. After guests enter the parking lot at the intersection of Temescal Canyon and Pacific Coast Highway, they continue driving north until the KI banner is seen at lifeguard station No. 5. 5:30 p.m. picnic. 6:15 p.m. services. Kosher food available for online pre-order. Kehillat Israel, 16019 W. Sunset Blvd., Pacific Palisades. (310) 459-2328.

“Summer Shul”
“Summer Shul” kicks off at Temple Aliyah with a Shabbat barbeque dinner for couples, singles and families. The gathering launches a series of six weekly special Shabbat events. “Shabbat Live!” services follow an hour later. 5:30 p.m. dinner. $23 adults, $13 kids 4-12. Temple Aliyah, 6025 Valley Circle Blvd., Woodland Hills. (818) 346-3545.

Rabbi Edwards Farewell Shabbat
Following a month of farewell events, Rabbi Lisa Edwards concludes a quarter- century as the senior rabbi of Beth Chayim Chadashim (BCC) by leading Shabbat services for the final time. The musical Shabbat service is livestreamed via BCC’s Ustream channel. On June 30, Edwards and her wife, “Lezbtzn” Tracy Moore, will be feted at a BCC picnic at a private home. 6 p.m. Shabbat Dinner in the Neighborhood, Fu’s Palace, 8751 W. Pico Blvd. 8 p.m. Shabbat services, Beth Chayim Chadashim, 6090 W. Pico Blvd. June 30 picnic: 1-4 p.m. (323) 931-7023.


Havdalah at the Beach
Introducing a new twist to the Shabbat-at-the-beach theme, Leo Baeck Temple members and guests are invited to spend Havdalah at the beach, just south of lifeguard station No. 26 at Santa Monica Beach. Bring a nosh, a picnic blanket, a bottle of wine or apple juice, and a desire to watch a memorable sunset. Guests gather on the beach at the end of the boardwalk that extends toward the ocean off of Ocean Front Walk. 5-7 p.m. 6:15 p.m. Havdalah. Leo Baeck Temple, 1300 N. Sepulveda Blvd. (310) 476-2861. Register by clicking the link above.


“Step-By-Step Walking Tour”
Join the Jewish Historical Society on a walking, talking and noshing tour through the community’s richly historic Fairfax neighborhood, experiencing sights and sounds you only may have heard about. As a bonus, the event begins at the nearby Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust for an overview of the Shoah. The walk spans about 3 miles. 9:30 a.m. $65. Meet at the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, 100 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 440-1572.

Daniela Shapiro

“The Stories of Survivors”
Daniela Shapiro discusses and signs the award-winning graphic novel she wrote as a college freshman, “The Stories of Survivors.” It combines Holocaust survivor testimony with her own visits to concentration camps in Poland. Shapiro is still a year from graduation at the University of Rochester. Her book has become part of the state of New Jersey Department of Education Holocaust curriculum. 3-4:30 p.m. talk and book signing. $10 suggested donation. Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, Pan Pacific Park, 100 The Grove Drive. (323) 651-3704.

PJ Library Hike
Join the families of PJ Library in exploring one of Southern California’s most family-friendly hiking grounds, Will Rogers State Park. Typically, hikers travel  1 mile, so bring a bottle of water, sunblock, hat and comfortable shoes. No dogs. The trail is not suitable for strollers. Space for 60 hikers. 9:45 a.m. meet. 10 a.m. depart. Free. Will Rogers State Park, 1501 Will Rogers State Park Road, Pacific Palisades. (818) 668-2333. RSVP at

Mindy Alper

“Heaven is a Traffic Jam”
Join the Jewish L.A. Special Needs Trust and Services for a screening of the 2018 Oscar-winning short documentary, “Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405,” which chronicles the life of special needs client Mindy Alper, an accomplished artist and sculptor. Director Frank Stiefel participates in a post-screening Q-&A session. A kosher breakfast will be served. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $55-$100.  Laemmle Royal Theater, 11523 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 773-9728.

“Lives Well Lived”
Celebrating the wit, wisdom and unusual experiences of men and women between the ages of 75 and 100, ChaiVillageLA holds a free screening of “Lives Well Lived.” Inspired by her 99-year-old grandmother, Sky Bergman, a professor of photography and video at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, interviewed 40 people who share intimate memories and advice on how to live a meaningful life. 2-4 p.m. Free. Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, Weinberg Auditorium, 8844 Burton Way, Beverly Hills. (310) 288-3737.


“Fighting Anti-Semitism”
Dina Porat, chief historian at Yad Vashem and professor emeritus of contemporary European Jewry at Tel Aviv University, addresses the Sinai Temple Men’s Club on “Fighting Anti-Semitism and Racism: A Call to Action.” Farshad Rafii, acting president of the Sinai Temple Men’s Club, gives welcoming remarks. Hors d’oeuvres served. 6:30 p.m. reception. 7 p.m. program. Free. Sinai Temple Ziegler Hall, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 474-1518.


“The Graduate”
More than 50 years after its debut, Mike Nichols’ acclaimed film “The Graduate,” starring Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft and featuring music by Simon & Garfunkel, returns for a single holiday showing. Unsure of the direction of his fresh-out-of-college career, Hoffman’s Benjamin Braddock enters into an affair with the wife of his father’s law partner, Mrs. Robinson (Bancroft), whose name, like the film, became legendary. 10:30 a.m. $20. Vista Theatre,  4473 Sunset Drive, Los Angeles. (323) 660-6639.

IAC’s Summer Hackathon Demo
Teenagers and adults are encouraged to participate in a cutting-edge leadership and entrepreneurship project-based learning program for teens. The Israeli American Council’s (IAC) Summer Hackathon Demo Day, spotlighting Israeli American innovation, includes product pitches, a Fourth of July barbecue and a holiday celebration. 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. American Jewish University, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles. (818) 451-1201.

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