October 22, 2019
The Klezmatics

What’s Happening: ‘Hell Prepared’ by Theatre Dybbuk, Klezmatics


From left, Rebecca Rasmussen, Jonathan C.K. Williams, Diana Tanaka, Rob Adler, Julie A. Lockhart (masked), Jenny Gillett, Nick Greene. Photo by Taso Papadakis

“Hell Prepared”
Theatre Dybbuk’s new play, “hell prepared: a ritual exorcism inspired by kabbalistic principles, performed within a dominant cultural context,” gives a rare look inside the 17th century Venice ghetto. The audience travels with the actors as the show takes place in multiple locations on the Los Feliz campus of the Philosophical Research Society. The result is immersion into the secluded Venice ghetto, where a spiritual leader seeks to exorcise the dominant culture and its influence on his world. The show is inspired by a 17th-century ghetto rabbi’s poem, “Tofteh Arukh,” and runs two weekends, July 26-28 and Aug. 2-4. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 7 p.m. Sundays. $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Discounts available for students, seniors and union members. Philosophical Research Society, 3910 Los Feliz Blvd., Los Angeles. (424) 298-0894.

Cantor Lisa Peicott

“Rooftop Ruach”
Welcome Shabbat in Koreatown during Wilshire Boulevard Temple’s casual, open-air “Rooftop Ruach” Friday night service. Surrounded by fresh air and families, the evening begins with a family-friendly service led by Rabbi Joel Nickerson and Cantor Lisa Peicott. It winds down with a taco fiesta — or a bring-your-own-meal dinner — and entertainment suitable for young and old alike. 7 p.m. $15 adult dinners. $10 dinner for children 10 and younger. RSVP requested. Wilshire Boulevard Temple, 3663 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 388-2401.

Bingo and BBQ Shababt
Kol Tikvah’s joy-filled Shabbat kicks off with attendees playing bingo and winning prizes. Meanwhile, a free barbecue dinner is held for all those who RSVP. Sweet treats and coffee are served after the Shabbat service. 5:30 p.m. bingo and BBQ dinner. 6:30 p.m. service. Kol Tikvah, 20400 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills. (818) 348-0670.

“Shabbat Splash”
Pack swimsuits, water shoes and towels for a family-friendly “Shabbat Splash” at Valley Beth Shalom. Enjoy a pool, Slip ’N Slide, an inflatable water slide and games for all ages. To cool down and settle in for Shabbat, a shaded area is set aside for a catered kosher dinner and children’s play. 5-6:30 p.m. water activities. 5:30 p.m. dinner. 6:30 p.m. Shabbat services with Rabbi Joshua Hoffman and Cantor Bryce Megdal. $20 adults, $10 kids ages 3-12. Free for ages 2 and under. Valley Beth Shalom, 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (818) 788-6000.

Courtyard Shabbat
Outdoors is a popular summertime setting for kabbalat Shabbat services, so Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills holds services is its spacious courtyard. Fresh breezes cool the grounds in an elegant setting. 6:15-7:30 p.m. service. Free. Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, 300 N. Clark Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 288-3737.

Dinner in the Nieghborhood
Beth Chayim Chadashim (BCC) continues its unique monthly tradition of dinner “Out in the Neighborhood.” After a no-host Shabbat meal of Chinese food at Fu’s Palace, BCC congregants caravan a few blocks east to conclude the evening with musical Ruach Chayim (Spirit of Life) services. 6-7:45 p.m. dinner. Approximately $15-$20 for dinner. Fu’s Palace, 8751 W. Pico Blvd. 8-9:30 p.m. services. Beth Chayim Chadashim, 6090 W. Pico Blvd. (323) 931-7023.

Shabbat, Surf, Sand
At the peak of the summer season, Kehillat Israel (KI) of Pacific Palisades welcomes families and friends to a casual Shabbat at the beach at Will Rogers State Beach. Bring a picnic dinner to enjoy before the service. Enter the parking lot at the intersection of Temescal and Pacific Coast Highway, continuing north until you see the KI banner at Lifeguard Station No. 5. 5:30 p.m. picnic. 6:15 p.m. service. Free. (310) 459-2328.


“Summer Snow and Pool Party”
Grab a bathing suit and towel and join Atid young professionals of Sinai Temple for the “Summer Snow and Pool Party,” held by member Barak Raviv. Twenty thousand pounds of snow will be shipped in for the event. Bartenders craft flavored snow cones while partygoers enjoy sleds, a snow slide, a moon bounce, floats, indoor karaoke, an infinity pool and a Jacuzzi. Registration is limited to 200 guests. For those in their 20s and 30s only. No tickets sold at the door. Guest list is enforced with security at the gate of the private home. No parking at the location. Uber or Lyft encouraged. 2-6 p.m. $10. Beverly Hills address will be emailed prior to the event. (310) 481-3244.

Chazzan Mimi Haselkorn

“Summer Sing-Along”
The Temple Aliyah community comes together when Chazzan Mimi Haselkorn leads an evening “Summer Sing-Along” of folk melodies and camp songs. At the host private home, a light dairy dinner is served. Guests may bring wine, soda or a dessert to share. 5:30 p.m. $5. (818) 346-3545. RSVP to the link above.


Amazon Warehouse Tour
Ever wondered how Amazon purchases arrive so speedily? The women of Temple Isaiah and their friends enjoy a visit to the online retail giant’s local fulfillment center. See what happens after you click “Buy” on Amazon.com as Temple Isaiah tours its facility in Riverside. Participants see first-hand how Amazon boxes and delivers packages for its customers. The one-hour tour is followed by lunch in Monterey Park or Arcadia. Carpools will be arranged to Riverside. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. RSVP to sherrizigman@gmail.com. (310) 277-2772.

Archaeology Field School
Attention junior archaeologists ages 8-12: The Skirball Cultural Center holds Archeology Field School, a two-day summer camp experience exploring ancient writing, trade and tombs. Campers learn how archaeologists make discoveries and practice their excavation skills at a 1,500-square-foot dig site and field research tent. Sign up for one or both days. Campers bring their own bag lunches and snacks. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. July 30-31. $60 members, $70 general each day. Advance registration required. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500.

“Calling All Musicians”
No musical background is needed for Kehillat Ma’arav’s “Calling All Musicians” gathering for poets, music lovers and songwriters. Bring your instruments, ideas and inspiration for an evening of collaboration and help create an original melody for “L’cha Dodi” that will be incorporated into Friday night Shabbat services. Light refreshments served. 6:30 p.m. Free. Kehillat Ma’arav, 1715 21st St., Santa Monica. (310) 829-0566.


Parenting Workshop
For those with a second child on the way or who have had a second child in the last 18 months, social worker Barbara Olinger leads a six-part weekly parenting workshop and support group. The class explores how to prepare for your child, how to handle feelings and behaviors likely to arise, and practical management issues. 9:30-10:30 a.m. Wednesdays. $25 per class. Open Temple House, 1422 Electric Ave., Venice. (310) 821-1414. Register at barbara@opentemple.org.    


The Klezmatics

The Klezmatics
The Klezmatics are a little grayer now than when they were formed in New York’s East Village in 1986, but the musical beauty of the only klezmer band to win a Grammy Award remains untarnished. Eastern European Jewish and Yiddish music lives again when the Klezmatics take the stage as part of the Skirball Cultural Center’s 23rd annual Sunset Concerts series. The sextet plays tracks from its latest album, “Apikorsim” (“Heretics”). Also appearing is Maral, an artist known for Iranian folk songs. She serves as the DJ for 90 minutes ahead of the Klezmatics’ performance. 6:30 p.m. doors and DJ set. 8 p.m. Klezmatics. Free. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd. (310) 440-4500.

Rachel Kann

New Moon Gathering
At Mishkon Tephilo, Rachel Kann holds her religious, spiritual, gender-inclusive Rosh Chodesh Av gathering for the new moon. Part ritual, part guided meditation, part healing service and part poetry reading, the gathering is organized by the Institute for Jewish Creativity at American Jewish University and Asylum Arts. 7:30-10 p.m. Free for members. $5 general. Mishkon Tephilo, 206 Main St., Venice. (310) 392-3029.

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