February 28, 2020
Nick Kendall

What’s Happening: Dershowitz Debates, Schatz Installation

FRI FEB 14

Rabbi Rebecca Schatz

“Fighting for the Right to Fight”
A traveling exhibition at the Museum of Tolerance (MOT) focuses on the quiet courage of African American men and women in the military and on the home front during World War II. Originally at the National World War II Museum, the exhibition recently opened a three-month run at the MOT. One theme emphasizes how bravely they fought to free others from the tyranny of Axis powers while being denied similar freedoms in their homeland. Through May 6. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. 10 a.m.-3:15 p.m. Fridays. $15.50 adults, $12.50 seniors, 62 and older, $11.50 students and children ages 5 and older. Free for military personnel. Museum of Tolerance, 9786 W. Pico Blvd.

Schatz Installation
Ordained at Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at American Jewish University, Rabbi Rebecca Schatz is installed as assistant rabbi. Adas Israel Congregation Rabbi Aaron Alexander, former associate dean of the Ziegler School, will be installing Schatz. 5 p.m. Shabbat Sovev services, installation, community dinner and learning with Alexander. Dinner $25 adults, $15 for ages 2-12. Temple Beth Am, 1039 S. La Cienega Blvd. RSVP requested. Saturday night, Melava Malka and learning. 7:30 p.m. RSVP for address.

Mohammed Al Amawi
Born in 1986 in Yemen to Muslim parents who taught him to hate Jews and the West, Mohammed al Samawi was so desperate to escape during Yemen’s civil war he thought about killing himself. Author of “The Fox Hunt: A Refugee’s Memoir of Coming to America,” he speaks with Joe Goldman from HIAS about his frantic flight and the issue of borders, boundaries and opportunities. 8 p.m. Nonmembers should bring a photo ID. Temple Isaiah, 10345 W. Pico Blvd.

SAT FEB 15

Nick Kendall

Gershwin-Debussy Concert
Violinist Nick Kendall performs George Gershwin’s magnum opus, “Porgy and Bess.” Based on the 1925 novel “Porgy,” Gershwin’s opera debuted in 1935. The program also includes Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man” and Debussy’s “La Mer.” 2 p.m., 8 p.m. $35-$127. Ambassador Auditorium, 131 S. St. John Ave., Pasadena.

SUN FEB 16

“It Shoulda Been You”
What’s a somewhat emotional Jewish mother to do when her daughter intends to marry a Catholic boy? “It Shoulda Been You” was nominated for a dozen awards following its 2015 Broadway debut. 7-10 p.m. Tickets start at $30. Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale.

Tu B’Shevat Hike
A post Tu B’Shevat moderate seven-mile roundtrip hike with members and friends of IKAR Green Action and Temple Beth Am. Bring water, sunscreen, hiking boots and a picnic lunch. Meet at the trailhead at the end of Brentwood’s Westridge Road and hike to the Nike Missile site. Led by Jeff Zimmerman and Rabbi Keilah Lebell. 9:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Free.

MON FEB 17 

 

Alan Dershowitz

Alan Dershowitz
Lawyer and professor Alan Dershowitz, who has defended President Donald Trump, debates the politics of impeachment with USC political science professor Robert Shrum. They discuss “Why Can’t Americans of Different Political Views Talk Anymore? What’s Happened to our Society?” Moderators are Temple of the Arts Rabbi David Baron and former Ninth Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski. Organized by the Republican Jewish Coalition and StandWithUs, among others. 6 p.m. doors open. 7:30 p.m. program. $25. Free for college and high school students. Saban Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (323) 658-9100. dershowitzatthesaban.eventbrite.com. Dershowitz also appears Feb. 15 at Nessah Synagogue at 10:30 a.m. 142 S. Rexford Dr., Beverly Hills.

“Many Voices, One Song”
Celebrating its 50th birthday, Gindi Maimonides Academy stages the concert “Many Voices, One Song,” at the Wiltern Theater, featuring singers Hanan Ben-Ari, Benny Friedman, Baruch Levine and Mordechai Shapiro. Group tickets available. 5:45 p.m. doors open. 6:30-9:30 p.m. concert. $20-$1,000. The Wiltern, 3790 Wilshire Blvd.

The Thirty-Year Genocide
Historian Benny Morris discusses his recent book, “The Thirty-Year Genocide: Turkey’s Destruction of Its Christian Minorities,” with Robert Nicholson of the Philos Project. Morris’ work is a reappraisal of the massacres perpetrated by the Ottoman Empire and the then Turkish Republic against their Christian minorities. 7 p.m. Free. Los Angeles City Hall, 200 N. Spring St., Los Angeles. Parking information at City Hall provided upon RSVP.

TUE FEB 18

Growing Up in Gaza
Yousef Bashir was a boy in Gaza when, during the Second Intifada in 2000, Israeli soldiers took over his home. His father refused to leave because he feared losing the family and believed in peaceful co-existence. Bashir speaks with Rabbi David Woznica about the release of his new book, “The Words of My Father.” 7:30 p.m. $15 members, $20 general. Stephen Wise Temple, 15500 Stephen S. Wise Drive. RSVP by clicking the link above.

The Nazi Collaborator
Journal contributors Tom Teicholz and Michael Berenbaum discuss Teicholz’s book, “Ivan of the Extermination Camp: How the Trials and Denials of Nazi Collaborator John Demjanjuk Added to Our Understanding of the Holocaust,” an account of the notorious Nazi collaborator’s 30-year legal battle in the U.S., Israel and Germany. 7:30 p.m. Free. Wilshire Boulevard Temple Westside Irmas Campus, 11661 W. Olympic Blvd.

WED FEB 19

“Steam Dream 2020”
Five women who have worked in medicine, design, rocketry, research and finance discuss their journeys and their dreams with YULA’s next generation of leaders. 10:30 a.m. Free. YULA Girls High School, 1619 S. Robertson Blvd. 

THU FEB 20

Paris Chansons
Led by producer-vocalist Julia Kantor, musical ensemble Paris Chansons performs authentic live French music, including the sounds of French-Armenian singer Charles Aznavour and French singer-songwriters Joe Dassin and Edith Piaf. 8 p.m. $20. Culver Hotel, 9400 Culver Blvd., Culver City.

Jewish View on Abortion
What ought to be the Jewish response to a wave of recent legislation that seeks to tighten access to abortion nearly a half-century after Roe v. Wade? Rabbi Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi and Daphne Lazar Price of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance weigh the ethical and practical implications. 7-9 p.m. Free. Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, Corwin Family Sanctuary, 300 N. Clark Drive, Beverly Hills.

“On the Map”
A discussion and screening of the documentary “On the Map” — a story of the Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball team’s triumph over the Soviet Union’s Red Army team in 1977. 1 p.m. $10. American Jewish University, Burton Sperber Jewish Community Library, 15600 Mulholland Drive.

Challah Bake
Boys and girls join the adults in the kitchen for a challah bake. 6:30 p.m. Kehillat Ma’arav, 1715 21st St., Santa Monica.

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UPDATED FEB. 13: This article was updated to reflect that only Time for Three’s violinist, Nick Kendall, will be performing on Feb. 15 at the Ambassador Auditorium.