October 20, 2019

What’s Happening: Tashlich, Sephardic Concert, Food Drive

FRI OCT 4

Family Shabbat Dinner
Just when you may be feeling stuffed from the many meals for the High Holy Days, along comes Temple Aliyah with a family Shabbat dinner at the synagogue. Services feature the Shir Aliyah Youth Choir and recognition for all attendees celebrating birthdays. RSVP required. 5:45 p.m. family Shabbat dinner. 6:30 p.m. family Shabbat services. $18 adults, $8 children. Temple Aliyah, 6025 Valley Circle Blvd., Woodland Hills. (818) 346-3545.

Shabbat Unplugged
Aiming to make Friday night memorable, Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills’ in-the-round service features spiritually uplifting meditation and poetry. At Shabbat Unplugged, the energy and music of Zack Lodmer’s clarinet and Ava Nahas’ hand-drums blend with Rabbi Jonathan Aaron’s guitar and Cantor Lizzie Weiss’ vocals — and everyone in Belle Chapel
joins in the singing for a Shabbat symphony. 8-9:30 p.m. Free. Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, 300 N. Clark Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 288-3737.

Tiny Tot Shabbat
Since the rabbis teach it never is too early to introduce children to the concept of Shabbat, join Temple Akiba and partner organization PJ Library for Tiny Tot Shabbat, intended for infants to 2-year-olds. Story-time and music highlight the event while parents and children are surrounded by the glow of Shabbat. RSVP to nurseryschool@templeakiba.net or (310) 398-5783. 9 a.m. Free. Temple Akiba, 5249 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City. (310) 398-5783.

A Welcome to the New Year
Celebrate the new year with the Valley Outreach Synagogue, which holds a holiday celebration of music, PJ Library stories and art, among other activities. RSVP at judy@vosla.org. 10-11 a.m. Free. We Rock the Spectrum Gym, 23010 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills. (818) 822-4867. 

SAT OCT 5

Cantor Lonee Frailich

Tashlich at the Beach
Congregation Kol Ami invites the community to Will Rogers Beach for the informal, widely practiced ritual of tashlich, casting away of one’s sins. Bring your favorite beach chair and don’t forget the umbrella. Enjoy bagels, music and the sand as families and people of all ages mingle and celebrate. 10 a.m.-Noon. Free. Will Rogers Beach, Meet at Tower 10 by Lot 2. (323) 606-0996.

Tashlich and Havdalah
Just before sunset, join Temple Akiba Rabbi Zach Shapiro and Cantor Lonee Frailich at Toes Beach in Playa del Rey for tashlich, the ritual of using bread crumbs to cast away one’s sins, and Havdalah, marking the conclusion of Shabbat. 5:30 p.m. meet at Toes Beach. 6 p.m. services. Free. Toes Beach, 6935 S. Trolley Place, Playa del Rey. (310) 398-5783.

SUN OCT 6

Sehardic Slichot Concert
Join the Sephardic Educational Center for its annual Selichot concert, featuring Sephardic chazzanim accompanied by a Middle Eastern ensemble. Refreshments served. Valet parking provided. 6 p.m. doors, 7 p.m. program. $18. Kahal Joseph Congregation, 10505 W. Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 272-4574. To RSVP, email info@secjerusalem.org. 

Paddle Boarding and Prayer
Seeking an alternative way to participate in tashlich? Join Wilshire Boulevard Temple Rabbi Joel Nickerson for stand-up paddle boarding and prayer to welcome the new year. Paddle board in the calm waters off Malibu and engage in a brief prayer service on the ocean. There will also be time to paddle along the coast at your comfortable pace. Core strength and balance help, but no experience necessary. 9:30 a.m. $40. Meet at Malibu Surf Shack, 22935 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. Contact srosen@wbtla.org. (213) 388-2401.

Tashlich and Beach Clean Up
The environmentally conscious IKAR Green Action members bring a contemporary tone to tashlich. Before the ceremony, IKAR Green Action, which aims to heal the Earth through education, advocacy, sustainable living and urban gardening, clean the beaches before cleansing their souls. Meet up at Santa Monica Beach, Lifeguard Station 26, at Ocean Park Boulevard. Green Action provides materials and safety tips for the one-hour activity. Children with parents are welcome. Signed waivers required. 3 p.m. Start cleaning the beaches. Email questions to mtgreenaction@ikar-la.org. 4 p.m. tashlich. Lifeguard Tower 26, 2559 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica. (323) 634-1870.  

Visiting Home of Peace
Inspect the graves of early Hollywood moguls. Enter a Byzantine/Moorish-style mausoleum. Learn about Sephardic Jews and crypto-Jews. These are but a few of the attractions on the next tour of early Jewish life in East L.A., led by Shmuel Gonzales, aka the Barrio Boychik. With the solemnity of Yom Kippur just ahead, Home of Peace cemetery can be an ideal outing. Noon-3 p.m. $25. Home of Peace Memorial Park and Mortuary, 4334 Whittier Blvd., East Los Angeles. (323) 261-6135.

Ramat Zion Tashlich
The Temple Ramat Zion community visits the five-acre, orange tree-laden grove at Cal State Northridge (CSUN) for the tashlich ritual of casting out sins of the past year. Destination is the CSUN Duck Pond, barely a decade old. Members gather at the Haskell Walk, which connects the Orange Grove Bistro and the Mike Curb Walk. 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. (818) 360-1881. trz.org.

“Middle East Beyond the Headlines
Curious about what is happening in the Middle East these days? Sign up for this first-of-its-kind pop-up think tank. The one-day Washington Institute program offers briefings by scholars with a balanced, realistic understanding of American interests in the region. Speakers include Ghaith al-Omari, Soner Cagaptay, Ambassador Barbara Leaf and David Makovsky. Sessions include “The Middle East in 45 Minutes,” “Iran’s Unrelenting Quest for Regional Domination” and “The Crisis of Modern Turkey.” Email popup@washingtoninstitute.org. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $100. American Jewish University, 15600 Mulholland Drive.  

Hight Holidays Food Drive
Only one week remains until the Oct. 13 deadline for Kehillat Israel’s 19th High Holy Days Food Drive. Bring a bag of canned food to services on Kol Nidre, Yom Kippur or on Shabbat. Or you also can contribute through an interactive shopping experience. Every $25 buys 125 pounds of food, 100 meals for those in need. The monthlong goal for this program, which benefits the Westside Food Bank, is 215,000 pounds, 5,000 more than last year’s record. Kehillat Israel, 16019 W. Sunset Blvd., Pacific Palisades. (310) 459-2328.

THU OCT 10

Learning About Three Jewish Leaders
When the Tikvah Fund holds its first West Coast event, author and attorney Rick Richman explores three American Jewish leaders you should know more about. Richman, author of “Racing Against History: The 1940 Campaign for a Jewish Army to Fight Hitler,” speaks about Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis (1856-1941), screenwriter Ben Hecht (1893-1964) and conservative journalist Norman Podhoretz, who is 89 years old. Shining a light on the Tikvah Fund, high school students Jennifer Peled and Adriel Ghadoushi reflect on the two weeks this past summer they spent at Yale studying politics, economics, Zionism and Jewish thought. The evening includes dinner. Registration ends Oct 3. 6:30 p.m. Suggested donation $72 one guest, $150 two guests. Young Israel of Century City, 9317 Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. Register here.


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