October 22, 2019

What’s Happening: Kids Shabbat, Short Films, Movie Night


“Kidz, Kibbitz & Cocktailz
Join families at Mishkon Tephilo’s child-friendly “Kidz, Kibbitz and Cocktailz,” held every third Friday at the Santa Monica congregation. Children romp across the playground while their parents socialize around music and cocktails. A short Shabbat service geared for children is held before a community potluck vegetarian and peanut-free dinner. Guests are asked to call the Mishkon office for potluck guidelines. A Kabbalat Shabbat service concludes the evening. No RSVP necessary. 4-5 p.m. kids on the playground and adult kibbitzing. 5-5:30 p.m. Shabbat service for young children. 5:30-6:30 p.m. community potluck dinner. 6:30 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat services. Free. Mishkon Tephilo, 201 Hampton Drive, Venice. (310) 392-3029.

Community Shabbat Dinner
Conservative congregation Temple Beth Am holds “Shabbat Under the
Stars,” featuring an outdoor summer Kabbalat Shabbat Sovev services and
a community dinner reuniting campers from Alonim, Ramah, the USY Israel Pilgrimage, the Ramah Seminar and more. Dinner reservations required. 5:30 p.m. early Camp Keshet dinner. 6:15 p.m. services. 7:30 p.m. camp reunion, main dinner. $20 per adult. $16 per child ages 2-12. Temple Beth Am, 1039 S. La Cienega Blvd. (310) 652-7353.

Shabbat Under the Stars
Music is key when Shomrei Torah Synagogue (STS) convenes “Back to School Shabbat Under the Stars” on its Early Childhood Center lawn. The STS House Band and STS choir members perform, and attendees are asked to bring school supplies (markers, pencils, pens, colored crayons, colored pocket folders, notebook paper, spiral notebooks or pencil boxes) to donate. Bring a dairy dinner, too. 6 p.m. Shomrei Torah Synagogue, 7353 Valley Circle Blvd., West Hills. (818) 854-7650.

N’ranena Shabbat at Adat Ari El is a time for rejoicing while engaging in a dynamic musical experience. During the participatory services, the synagogue provides challah, and worshippers bring a vegetarian or non-dairy picnic dinner to eat and a dessert to share. Hearty barbecue meals ordered in advance are available. All are invited to hang out after services. 6-8:30 p.m. $18 for BBQ meal. Adat Ari El, 12020 Burbank Blvd., Valley Village. (818) 766-9426.

Rabbi Shayna Golkow

Shabbat Welcoming New Rabbi
Join Temple Aliyah in Woodland Hills at a community Shabbat dinner welcoming the Conservative synagogue’s newest clergy member, Rabbi Shayna Golkow, ordained earlier this year by the Jewish Theological Seminary. A native of Cherry Hill, N.J., she interned at Conservative synagogues in Manhattan and Buffalo, N.Y. 6:30-8 p.m. $23 members, $13 per child 13 and younger. $28 general, $18 per child 13 and younger. Temple Aliyah, 6025 Valley Circle Blvd., Woodland Hills. (818) 346-3545.

Pray and Stay
The synagogue does the cooking while you do the connecting during IKAR’s Pray and Stay Shabbat, a high-energy musical Kabbalat Shabbat service and catered community meal. Kosher pescatarian served with vegetarian options. 6:30 p.m. scotch and services. 8 p.m. community dinner. $10 members. $12 general. $5 children. RSVP online. Shalhevet High School, 910 S. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 634-1870.

Rooftop Ruach
Usher in Kabbalat Shabbat above Wilshire Boulevard Temple (WBT) at Rooftop Ruach. The evening begins with family-friendly services led by WBT Rabbi Joel Nickerson and Cantor Lisa Peicott. Dinner and entertainment follow. 7 p.m. $15 adult dinner. $10 children 10 and younger. Free for those who bring own dinner or picnic. Wilshire Boulevard Temple Glazer Campus, 3663 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 388-2401.

Boyle Heights Shabbat
Have you ever tried gefilte fish with salsa? Join Shmuel Gonzales, aka the Barrio Boychik, and the Boyle Heights Chavurah, a close-knit Jewish community in Boyle Heights, for a unique erev Shabbat celebration. Worshippers bring their own candles for candle lighting and flood the space with light. Gonzales, founder of Boyle Heights Chavurah, leads services with liturgy in Hebrew, Spanish and English. A kosher meat meal is served with vegetarian options. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Donations accepted. Boyle Heights History Tours and Studio, 2026 E. First St., Los Angeles. (323) 902-6953.


Havdalah Movie Night
Families seeking fun and friendship for their children ages 7-12 attend Havdalah Movie Night at Nessah Synagogue in Beverly Hills. Nessah Youth Programs Director Moshe Eshaghian leads the Havdalah service followed by video games, pizza, snacks, ice cream, a hit movie and a raffle with prizes. 9-11:30 p.m. $15 per family. Nessah Synagogue, 142 S. Rexford Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 273-2400. RSVP to nessahyouthdirector@gmail.com.

“Friendship & Harmony”
Musical organization the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony (LAJS) teams up with the orchestra and choir from the Los Angeles Korean-American Musicians’ Association for “Friendship & Harmony,” a concert performance at Walt Disney Concert Hall. The uniquely collaborative program celebrates shared humanity and strength of community. This evening marks the West Coast premiere of Grammy-winning conductor-composer Lucas Richman’s newest work, “Symphony: This Will Be Our Reply” and the U.S. premiere of Byunghee Oh’s “The Spirit of Korea.” LAJS Conductor Noreen Green, L.A. Korean-American Musicians’ Association conductor Im Sang Yoon and baritone and Rabbi Ron Li-Paz participate. 8 p.m. Tickets start at $20. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (818) 646-2844.  

Aziza Hasan

“Making Space For Difference”
Is it possible to open minds and hearts to people with whom we disagree? Can political and cultural differences be exchanged in ways both courteous and productive? As part of the monthly “Nosh ’n Drosh” at B’nai David-Judea, Aziza Hasan, executive director of NewGround: A Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change, discusses “Making Space for Difference: Civil Discourse in a Charged Political Climate.” Join Hasan and NewGround change-makers for an afternoon of deep disagreement with deep listening. Child care provided. 5 p.m. Free. Private home. For information, contact bdj@bnaidavid.com. (310) 276-9269.


“Say I Love You: The Story of Betty Cohen”

3G Short Film Series
A group of Holocaust survivors’ grandchildren screens three short films exploring how the descendants use narratives of the past to effect change in the current climate. Organized by 3G@LAMOTH, the films are “Say I Love You: The Story of Betty Cohen,” featuring photographs and documents weaving together a memoir of an inspirational woman; “The Sarid Family,” following four siblings recalling how their father turned his experiences into his family’s foundation; and “Boxes,” about a wife packing up belongings of her recently deceased husband. Conversations with filmmakers follow the screenings. 5-5:45 p.m. reception. 5:45-7 p.m. screenings and conversations. $10 suggested donation. RSVP requested. Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, 100 The Grove Drive at Pan Pacific Park. (323) 651-3704.


“Heckles for Shekels”
The young leadership division of Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) holds its second annual “Heckles for Shekels,” an evening of stand-up comedy at the Improv. Proceeds are used to raise awareness about the health of soldiers after active duty and to meet their health needs. 6:30 p.m. doors. 7 p.m. seating. 7:30 p.m. show. $45 or $125 VIP admission. The Improv, 8162 W. Melrose Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 843-2690. For additional information, contact julia.goldman@fidf.org.


Mitzvah Food
Join members of Nessah Synagogue in distributing dry and uncooked free food to low-income families on the day before Shabbat. No questions are asked of those being served. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Nessah Synagogue, 142 S. Rexford Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 273-2400.

Josef Leimberg

Leimberg at Skirball
Trumpeter-lyricist Josef Leimberg closes out the Sunset Concerts season at the Skirball Cultural Center with a tapestry of Afro-futurist sounds. The half-Jewish performer fuses jazz, world music, R&B and hip-hop. Early arrivals are treated to a DJ set by KCRW’s Novena Carmel. 6:30 p.m. doors and DJ set. 8 p.m. show. Free. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500.

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