SAT | NOVEMBER 14
The third annual Friends of the Israel Defense Forces Young Leadership’s Roaring ’20s Old Hollywood gala, at the historic Los Angeles Theatre downtown, includes casino gambling, dinner and an open bar. The evening honors the memory of Zev Karkomi. Guests are requested to dress in theme attire or black tie. Sat. 8 p.m. $125 (presale), $250 (at the door). The Los Angeles Theatre, 615 S. Broadway, Los Angeles. fidfyl.org.
Sinai Temple’s Abner and Roslyn Goldstine Scholar-in-Residence Lecture Series features husband and wife Jehuda Reinharz, president of Brandeis University and professor of modern Jewish history and Shulamit Reinharz, professor of sociology, in a weekend of discussions that include, “How Zionism Saved My Father’s Life,” and “A University President’s View of Israel on Campus.” Fri.-Sun. Various times. Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 481-3243. sinaitemple.org.
In 1962, The Shirelles were the most popular girl group of all time. “Baby It’s You!” is the story of Florence Greenberg, the Jewish housewife from New Jersey who discovered them and went on to revolutionize pop music with her own recording company, Scepter Records. Sat. 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Also, Tue.-Sun. through Dec. 13. $62-$78. Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena. (626) 356-7529. pasadenaplayhouse.org.
SUN | NOVEMBER 15
The StandWithUs Israel in Focus community conference presents an opportunity to explore key topics regarding Israel, such as the Goldstone report, Hamas, Fatah, settlement issues and more. “Become an Expert on Israel” features such experts as Elliot P. Chodoff, Neil Lazarus, Itamar Marcus, Roberta Seid and Khaled Abu Toameh. Sun. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $65 (includes breakfast, lunch and all sessions). Temple Beth Am, 1039 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 836-6140, ext. 0. standwithus.com.
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), one of the principal figures behind the resolution to declare May as Jewish American Heritage Month, is the guest speaker at the 11th annual Carmen and Louis Warschaw Distinguished Lecture. Wasserman Schultz will discuss how being Jewish and a woman have shaped her political career in a lecture titled, “Jewish Values, Identity and Ideals, From South Florida to Capitol Hill.” Sun. 4:45 p.m. (reception), 5:30 p.m. (lecture). Free. USC University Park Campus, Davidson Conference Center, Los Angeles. (213) 740-3405. usc.edu/casdeninstitute.
WED | NOVEMBER 18
Tom Arnold headlines the Hillel 818 Comedy Night at the Laugh Factory. The fundraiser, which supports Hillel programs at CSUN and Pierce & Valley Colleges, features an all-star comedy lineup, a raffle and auction — including a San Francisco getaway for two — as well as a VIP pre-event reception with the evening’s performers. Wed. 8 p.m. In advance: $10 (students), $25 (general), $75 (VIP). At the door: $15 (students), $30 (general). Laugh Factory, 8001 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood. (818) 887-5901. hillel818.org.
THU | NOVEMBER 19
The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles holds its biennial meeting, A Celebration of Leadership, honoring the outgoing leadership of The Federation and welcoming incoming community leaders. Honorees include Stanley P. Gold, outgoing board chair, and his successor Richard V. Sandler. Light appetizers and desserts will be served. Thu. 6 p.m. $36. Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. RSVP required for security purposes. (323) 761-8140. jewishla.org.
Raymond Ibrahim, deputy publisher of the Middle East Quarterly, editor and translator of The Al Qaeda Reader and associate director of the Middle East Forum, discusses “The Two Faces of Al Qaeda/Duplicity of Radical Islam,” arguing that the radicals are saying one thing to the Muslim world and another to the West. Q-and-A session follows the lecture, which is sponsored by CAMERA and Beth Jacob Congregation. Thu. 7:30 p.m. $10 (suggested donation). Beth Jacob Congregation, 9030 W. Olympic Blvd., Beverly Hills. (818) 783-4437. camera.org.
More than 170 documentary, artistic and journalistic photographs are on display at the Skirball Cultural Center’s exhibition, “Road to Freedom: Photographs of the Civil Rights Movement, 1956-1968.” The photos, documenting the long and arduous struggle for equal rights, include local events such as the march on Pershing Square in 1965, the Watts Riots of 1965 and the 1960 picketing of the Kress Store in Pasadena. As a companion exhibition, “Breach of Peace: Photographs of Freedom Riders by Eric Etheridge” opens concurrently. Tue.-Fri. noon-5 p.m. and Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Through March 7, 2010. $5-$10 (admission to museum). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.