Jewish Journal


October 30, 2013

Calendar: November 2-8




In honor of Rosh Chodesh, a holiday dedicated to women, tonight’s performance is dedicated to the women who make us laugh. Hilarious, poignant and risqué, these comedians make up the SheBREWS — eight fabulous female comics who dominate the L.A. Jewish comedy scene. Ladies participating include Wendy Hammers, Annie Korzen, Nikki Levy and Rena Strobler, to name a few. Come for the wine, cheese and comedy queens. But most importantly, come for the dessert buffet. Sat. 7:30 p.m. $18. Wilshire Boulevard Temple Irmas Campus, 11661 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. (424) 208-8932. wbtla.org.



It’s the third annual chance to network, learn and make a difference. Keynote speakers include Sandra Fluke, an L.A.-based attorney and social justice advocate, and Cheryl Saban, a writer, psychologist and U.N. representative. With panel discussions, workshops and a screening of the documentary “As Seen Through These Eyes,” women will be both celebrated and challenged. Sponsored by the National Council of Jewish Women/Los Angeles’ Reshet: Jewish Women’s Network, Hadassah Southern California, NA’AMAT USA and Women’s International Zionist Organization Los Angeles. Sun. 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. $72 (general admission), $54 (seniors, 70 and older; women clergy), $20 (students). UCLA Covel Commons, 200 De Neve Drive, Los Angeles. (855) 850-1818. jwcsc.org.


Whether you are a do-gooder or one who does good, today is your day. The Jewish Federation Valley Alliance hosts 40 different Jewish organizations as they conduct the best of deeds in the five-valleys area. With opportunities to develop organic gardens, organize food banks and engage with synagogues and social service groups, it will be a day of heart and tikkun olam. Be one of thousands expected to participate. Sun. Various times. Free. Various locations. (818) 668-2330. jewishla.org.


“I have a motto that if something isn’t blatantly impossible, there must be a way of doing it.” For Nicholas Winton, living by his motto meant the rescue of 669 Czech and Slovak children just before the outbreak of World War II. Join Beth Chayim Chadashim for an important screening commemorating Kristallnacht. In this historical documentary, producers Matej Minac and Patrik Pass tell what for 50 years was untold: the story of one man’s courage, and how infinite his impact promises to be. A continental breakfast follows the program. Sun. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $18. Laemmle Royal, 11253 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles. (310) 478-3836. bcc-la.org.


They grow up so fast — or if you happen to be a junior or senior in high school: You grow up so fast! Yeshiva High Tech and MASA present the first communitywide fair dedicated to the gap year in Israel in approximately 10 years. Both private and public school students are welcome to come and learn about the different programs and gap-year opportunities available. More than 20 Israel programs will be represented, and refreshments will be served. Sun. Noon- 3 p.m. (boys), 4 p.m.-7 p.m. (girls). Yeshiva High Tech, 5555 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 556-0633. yeshivahightech.org.


He’s not on trial, but it’s a testimony you won’t want to miss. The famous and celebrated lawyer and Harvard Law School professor discusses and signs his new book, “Taking the Stand: My Life in the Law.” Radio talk-show host Bill Handel (KFI-AM 640) leads a conversation with Dershowitz, whose clients include Patty Hearst, Mike Tyson and O.J. Simpson. Sun. 4 p.m. $45. AJU Familian Campus,15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. (310) 476-9777. aju.edu.



If you thought the two are mutually exclusive, you’re wrong. No matter where you are in your love life — which can also mean being not quite anywhere — this provocative discussion on sex and spirituality will get you the insight that online dating commercials don’t. Journal blogger Ilana Angel  moderates a panel that includes Rabbi Ed Feinstein, sex therapist Dr. Limor Blockman, dating coach David Wygant and Hollywood Jew Danielle Berrin. Hors d’oeuvres included. Cash bar. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Tue. 7 p.m. $25.  Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel, 11461 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 368-1661. hotandholyla.eventbrite.com.



We are what we eat, but what does what we eat say about who we are? Kehillat Israel presents a panel discussion on choosing foods that reflect your values. Learn about the ethical challenges involved in food choices and how Jewish values can inform how you decide to grub. Panelists include Rabbi Jonathan Klein, executive director of CLUE-LA; Becca Bodenstein, director of Jewish life at New Community Jewish High School; Sarah Newman, manager for the social action campaign of the film “Food, Inc.”; and Sue Miller, founder of ethical eating programs at Leo Baeck Temple. Devorah Brous, urban agriculture enthusiast and founder/director of Netiya, moderates. Wed. 7 p.m. Free. Kehillat Israel, 16019 W. Sunset Blvd., Pacific Palisades. (310) 459-2328. ourki.org

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