December 8, 2019

What’s Happening: Outdoor Shabbats, ‘Lives in Limbo,’ Daniel Silva


Campfire Shabbat
Calling all families to Kol Tikvah’s friendly, summertime service, which includes roasting s’mores over the flames. After services, everyone adjourns to the campfire-like setting in the parking lot. In addition to the fresh s’mores, dessert and coffee are served. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Kol Tikvah, 20400 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills. (818) 348-0670.

A Malibu Shabbat
Join the Malibu Jewish Center and Synagogue for Shabbat services on the beach in Malibu, led by Rabbi Michael Schwartz and Cantor Marcelo Gindlin. Gather at Westward Beach, Lifeguard Station No. 2 for a service of prayer, music and beautiful scenery. Bring a picnic, your families and friends. Every Friday at this location through Sept. 6. 7 p.m. Free. $3 parking in the lot after 6 p.m. No RSVP necessary. Westward Beach, 6800 Westward Beach Road, Malibu. (310) 456-2178.

“An Evening in Tuscany”
Beth Jacob Young Professionals gathers peers in their 20s and 30s for an outdoor Shabbat called “An Evening in Tuscany.” The Italian-themed outing opens with Mincha and Kabbalat Shabbat at 7 p.m. 7:45 p.m. cocktails. 8:30 p.m. dinner. $35 members, $45 general. Beth Jacob Congregation, Jacob’s Garden, 9030 W. Olympic Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 278-1911.

Rooftop Shabbat Dinner
Celebrate Shabbat on the West Hollywood rooftop of Congregation Kol Ami’s Gan Shalom, or Garden of Peace. During the Bring Your Own Dinner occasion, Kol Ami provides the Shabbat essentials, including challah, wine and soft drinks. 6:30 p.m. dinner. 8 p.m. services. Free. Congregation Kol Ami, 1200 N. La Brea Blvd., West Hollywood. (323) 606-0996.

Kids, Kibbitz, Cocktailz
Mishkon Tephilo holds a Shabbat evening parents dream about, with children romping across the playground while adults socialize nearby with music and drinks before services and mealtime. The first hour is for relaxing. Then comes a short, kid-friendly service followed by a community potluck dinner in the chapel, closing with Kabbalat Shabbat services. All potluck meals at Mishkon are strictly vegetarian and peanut-free. Do not bring foods containing fish or meat. Bring disposable utensils and serving dishes. 4-5 p.m. kibbitzing. 5-5:30 p.m. kid-friendly service. 5:30-6:30 p.m. community dinner. 6:30 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat. No RSVP needed. Free. Mishkon Tephilo, 201 Hampton Drive, Venice. (310) 392-3029.

N’ranena Shabbat
N’ranena means “joyful singing,” and Adat Ari El’s Kabbalat Shabbat experience is joyful all the way. The event includes upbeat music and an on-site Shabbat meal. Bring your own vegetarian/non-dairy food and a dessert to share, or purchase a barbecue dinner — with hamburgers, hot dogs and vegetarian options — in advance. Challah is provided. 6-8:30 p.m. $18 meal purchase. Adat Ari El, 12020 Burbank Blvd., Valley Village. (818) 766-9426.


Nessah Israel Teens Shabbat
Teenagers from across Los Angeles are invited to a unique Shabbat luncheon and afternoon where visiting French teenagers are the guests. The annual celebration at Nessah is held as part of the Parisian teens’ weeklong visit to L.A., during which they connect with Los Angeles teens and learn about L.A.’s Jewish communities. Noon-4 p.m. Free. RSVP required on Facebook. Nessah Synagogue, 142 S. Rexford Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 273-2400.

Ann Durbin

“Lives in Limbo”
Two years ago this summer, the Burmese military drove 750,000 of the country’s stateless 1 million Rohingya into squalid camps across the border in Bangladesh. They are the subject of a “Lunch and Learn” Shabbat program at IKAR. In her “Lives in Limbo” talk, Ann Durbin, director of advocacy and grant-making at Jewish World Watch, discusses her recent field mission to the camps and asks how the international community can identify a sustainable solution. 12:30-2 p.m. after 9:30 a.m. Shabbat services. Free. Shalhevet School, 910 S. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 634-1870.

Opioids Discussion
In response to the widening use of opioids and corresponding increase in suicide rates over subsequent depression, Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky turns to Jewish sources, and author Harry Nelson provides the most recent data. In their late Shabbat afternoon “Nosh ’n Drosh,” Kanefsky addresses the question of alleviating suffering. Nelson shares ideas from his book, “The United States of Opioids: A Prescription for Liberating a Nation in Pain.” 5-6:30 p.m. Free. B’nai David-Judea, 8906 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 276-9269.

Community Havdalah
Leo Baeck Temple holds an oceanfront community Havdalah service and invites members and friends to the special summertime experience. Attendees gather on Santa Monica Beach at the end of the boardwalk that extends toward the ocean off of Ocean Front Walk, just south of Lifeguard Tower No. 26. Bring a nosh and a beverage of choice. The evening includes wine, spice, guitar, sunset and waves. 5-7 p.m. Free. (310) 476-2861.


Bagels on the Boardwalk
Marking the 114th anniversary of the opening of Venice Beach by founder Abbot Kinney, a step-by-step walking tour explores the famous beachside community, once known as “Coney Island of the West.” Organized by the Jewish Historical Society of Southern California (JHS) and the American Jewish University, JHS President Steve Sass leads the tour, which focuses on Jewish Venice’s past, present and future. The day begins with bagels and schmoozing before a screening of the Academy Award-winning documentary short “Number Our Days” (1976) at the Israel Levin Senior Center. 10 a.m. $60. Israel Levin Senior Center, 201 Ocean Front Walk, Venice. (310) 440-1572.

Barbara Minkus

“18 Minutes of Fame”
Fresh off her latest off-Broadway run, singer and actress Barbara Minkus sings and talks her way into yesterday when she recalls luminous old friends in her one-woman show, “18 Minutes of Fame.” In an intimate evening of personal moments, Minkus reflects on working with Danny Kaye, Jerry Lewis, Merv Griffin and Charlotte Rae. 5 p.m. $36. The Braid, 2912 Colorado Ave., Suite 102, Santa Monica. (310) 315-1400.


Reading a Radio Script
Ada Ari El seeks aspiring voice actors and all others who have a face made for radio. Resuming where they left off last year, the congregation’s Rabbi Jessica Yarkin leads an amateur cast in reading the radio script of Douglas Adams’ 1978 science fiction comedy, “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” about a visit to the legendary planet of Magrathea. Janx Spirit and other intergalactic light refreshments are to be served. 7:30-9:30 p.m. July 23, July 30. Free. Adat Ari El, Wynn Meeting Room, 12020 Burbank Blvd., Valley Village. (818) 766-9426.


“Kibitz and Giggle”
Your search for laughs is over. A roster of Jewish comedians — familiar to viewers of Netflix, HBO and Comedy Central — take the stage for “Kibitz and Giggle,” an equal parts mixer and comedy show. The historic El Cid, not far from downtown Los Angeles, hosts the evening for those 21 and older. 7 p.m. mixer. 8 p.m. show. $18 early bird. $30 at the door. El Cid, 4212 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. (818) 858-3670. For tickets, click on the link above.

Daniel Silva

Daniel Silva
New York Times best-selling spy novelist Daniel Silva introduces his next thriller, “The New Girl,” on the Gindi Stage at American Jewish University. Appearing with the award-winning writer is his award-winning wife, CNN correspondent Jamie Gangel. The afternoon and evening conversations both include a book signing. Admissions includes Silva’s book. 3:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.  $35-$65. American Jewish University, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. (310) 440-1572.


Poker and Casino Night
The Chai Center’s annual Texas Hold ’Em Tournament poker and casino night is for everyone in the community, player or not. If poker isn’t your game, you can receive $100 in Chai chips to play craps, roulette or blackjack. Prizes for the top five poker winners include a 21 1/2-inch iMac, two nights at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas, with airfare for two plus cash; a trip to Hawaii or a South Beach, Fla., getaway; a 55-inch HD smart TV; and 20 movie passes. 6:30 p.m. registration, buffet dinner. 7:30-10:30 p.m. poker tournament. $100 poker tournament, $125 at the door. $30 buffet dinner, dessert and bar by July 20. $40 after July 20. Private residence at 1719 S. Holt St., Los Angeles. (310) 391-7995.

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