SAT | JANUARY 16
The 2010 Scopus Award Gala honoring Frank O. Gehry, with Harvard Law School professor Alan M. Dershowitz as the keynote speaker, is part of the American Friends of the Hebrew University weekend symposium. The dinner is followed on Sunday by Alef 2010, the annual leadership education forum, featuring panel discussions with leading experts in higher education, government and public affairs, and an address by Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times film critic. Sat.-Sun. $1,000 and up (Scopus Award Gala), $125 (Alef 2010). Beverly Hills Hotel, 9641 Sunset Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 843-3100. afhu.org/alef2010.
SUN | JANUARY 17
If you’re after a mate in 2010, going to a JCafeLA party is a good bet. After six events, six couples have walked down the aisle. This winter’s blowout mega-party, featuring live jazz, kosher hors d’oeuvres, a strolling magician, and a celebrity guest, draws support from 10 young professionals’ groups. Ages 20s and 30s. Sun. 7-10:30 p.m. $15 (presale), $20 (at the door). Stone Rose Lounge, Sofitel Hotel, 8555 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. jcafela.com.
TUE | JANUARY 19
The quirky, innovative trio Habanot Nechama perform in a concert organized by the Consulate General of Israel in Los Angeles and Golden Land Concerts. The Israeli folk group, made up of three female vocalists, went platinum in Israel with its debut album. 21 and over. Tue. 8 p.m. $10 (tickets sold at the door only). Little Temple, 4519 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 660-4540. littletemple.com.
Middle East experts discuss “The New Siege: The Goldstone Report and the Global Campaign to Delegitimize the Jewish State,” sponsored by the Children of Jewish Holocaust Survivors and the David Horowitz Freedom Center. The panel includes professors from Tel Aviv University, Boston University and USC as well as Gil Artzyeli, deputy consul general of Israel in Los Angeles. Tue. 7-10 p.m. $10. Luxe Hotel, 11461 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. (818) 704-0534. cjhsla.org.
Participants from the first J Street conference in October share their experiences in “The J Street Conference: What Happened in Washington, D.C.?” Panel includes Rabbi Steven Jacobs, a founding leader of J Street; Salam Al-Marayati, executive director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council; Elissa Barrett, executive director of Progressive Jewish Alliance; and Michael Several, a Pasadena Jewish Temple & Center congregant. Tue. 7:30 p.m. Free. PJTC, 1434 N. Altadena Drive, Pasadena. (626) 798-1161. pjtc.net.
WED | JANUARY 20
Matisyahu headlines a communitywide fundraising gala celebrating Jewish togetherness, “A Night of Unity,” organized by Cheston Mizel and Rabbi Yonah Bookstein of JConnectLA and Jewlicious Festivals. Journal columnist David Suissa is being honored with the Jewish Unity Award and the evening features casino gaming, a silent auction, comedy, dinner and drinks. Black-tie optional. Wed. 6:30 p.m. $180 and up. El Rey Theater, 5515 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. nightofunity.eventbrite.com.
The 15th annual Los Angeles Art Show, the largest art fair on the West Coast, debuts its Guest Country Program with Uruguay as the first country featured. Other highlights include live street art, a Middle Eastern art exhibition, print-making demonstrations, children’s activities, and more than 100 international galleries displaying their works. Wed. Through Jan. 24. $20. Los Angeles Convention Center, West Hall A, 1201 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles. (310) 822-9145. laartshow.com.
The Jewish Free Loan Association is launching the Green Loan Fund, which offers interest-free loans for environmental upgrades to homes and small businesses. Ed Begley Jr., actor and activist, and H. David Nahai, senior adviser to the Clinton Climate Initiative, are the featured speakers. Wed. 6:30 p.m. (reception), 7 p.m. (program). $150. Private home in Brentwood. (323) 761-8830, ext. 111. jfla.org.
THU | JANUARY 21
In conjunction with Nira Pereg’s Shabbat 2008 video exhibition at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, which documents closing down ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods in and around Jerusalem on Shabbat, a panel discusses the blending of these two realities in “Sacred Life/Secular World.” Participants include Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson, dean of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at American Jewish University, IKAR’s Rabbi Sharon Brous and artist Pereg, with Sonia Cummings moderating. Thu. 7 p.m. Free. Santa Monica Museum of Art, Bergamot Station G-1, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 586-6488. smmoa.org.