Friday, February 4
Marriage for life weekend
Whether you are considering getting married, engaged, are newly married or have been married for 10 years, American Jewish University’s Brandeis-Bardin campus has something for you this weekend. Jewish and interfaith couples meet with a licensed therapist, a rabbi and a financial planner and interact with other couples. Shabbat celebration, outdoor and social activities included. 3 p.m. through Sunday morning. $300 (per couple for the weekend). American Jewish University, Brandeis-Bardin campus, 1101 Peppertree Lane, Brandeis. (310) 440-1566. wcce.ajula.edu.
Sunday, February 6
The author of “Subversive Sequels in the Bible: How Biblical Stories Mine and Undermine Each Other,” which won the National Jewish Book Award, speaks during Congregation B’nai B’rith’s Sunday Morning Live. Co-sponsored with the Taubman Symposium. 8:45 a.m. (breakfast), $5. 9:30 a.m.-noon (speaker), free. Congregation B’nai B’rith, 1000 San Antonio Creek Road, Santa Barbara. (805) 964-7869. cbbsb.org.
World Wide Wrap 11
Kick off Super Bowl Sunday with a mitzvah. The Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs brings the global Jewish community together to learn about and practice laying tefillin. Check with local Conservative congregations for time and location. worldwidewrap.org.
Tuesday, February 8
“Israel’s future: A two-state solution or no solution”
David Pine, West Coast regional director of Americans for Peace Now, leads a frank and open discussion about the future of the Jewish state. 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Congregation Or Ami, 26115 Mureau Road, Suite B, Calabasas. (818) 880-4880. orami.org.
Sunday, February 13
“Why Did Our Ancestors Leave a Nice Place LIke the Pale?”
In 1880, fully 80 percent of Jews lived in Poland and the Pale of Jewish Settlement in western Russia. Get some context on their lives and their decision to abandon everything they had known for the West. Sponsored by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Conejo Valley and Ventura County. 1:30 p.m. Free. Temple Adat Elohim, 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. (818) 889-6616. jgscv.org.
“Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story”
Dustin Hoffman narrates this engaging documentary, which includes interviews with Al Rosen, Kevin Youkilis, Shawn Green, Norm Sherry, Yogi Berra and legendary Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax. Screening tonight at Temple Ahavat Shalom, the film is as much a story about immigration, assimilation, bigotry and breaking stereotypes as it is about America’s favorite pastime. 5 p.m. $10 (general), $15 (reserved seating), $100 (includes reserved seats, dinner and 20 raffle tickets). Temple Ahavat Shalom, 18200 Rinaldi Place, Northridge. (818) 360-2258. tasnorthridge.org/baseball.
Wednesday, February 16
Fourth Annual International Food & Wine Festival
There is always something to celebrate. Do you really need an excuse to eat delicious kosher cuisine? Meet winemakers making a rare West Coast appearance and enjoy Mediterranean fare prepared by renowned chef Todd Aarons of the award-winning Tierra Sur Restaurant during this Herzog Wine Cellars event. L’Chaim! $100 (general), $85 (purchasing two or more), $60 (Wine Club members). 7 p.m. Herzog Wine Cellars, 3201 Camino Del Sol, Oxnard. RSVP to (805) 983-1560. herzogwinecellars.com.
Sunday, February 20
“The Superhero Within”
Women of all ages are invited to a day of learning, discussion, bonding and discovery. Explore the powers of creativity, truth, character and wisdom as well as the metaphorical costumes we wear. Sponsored by Sisterhood of Temple Adat Elohim. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. $36 (includes light breakfast and lunch). Temple Adat Elohim, 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. (805) 402-4884. adatelohim.org.
Travel the world and get paid for it? CBS News’ travel editor and best-selling author of the “Travel Detective” series, has an enviable career. The award-winning investigative reporter shares his insights on the travel industry during The Distinguished Speakers Series. 8 p.m. $343-$385 (tickets available through subscription). Fred Kavli Theatre, Bank of America Performing Arts Center, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. (805) 449-2775. toaks.org/cap.
Monday, February 21
“Son of hamas”
His father founded Hamas, but he spied for Israel — preventing suicide attacks and exposing terrorist groups — from 1997 to 2007. Mosab Hassan Yousef offers a gripping account of terror, betrayal, political intrigue and unthinkable choices. 8 p.m. $16 (advance), $20 (door). Hyatt Westlake Plaza Hotel, Grand Ballroom, 880 S. Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village. (818) 991-0991. jewishacademy.com.
Friday, February 25
“Civil Rights in Our Time: Marriage Equality and Why It Is a Jewish Issue”
Rabbi Denise Eger of West Hollywood’s Congregation Kol Ami discusses why the Jewish community should support civil unions between two people who love each other, regardless of their sexual orientation, during Or Ami’s Shabbat Evening Adult Study. 6:30 p.m. (wine and cheese social), 7:30 p.m. (services and program). Free. Congregation Or Ami, 26115 Mureau Road, Suite B, Calabasas. (818) 880-4880. orami.org.
Saturday, February 26
Betty Buckley & Marvin Hamlisch
It’s a little bit of Broadway in the San Fernando Valley when actress Betty Buckley (“Cats”) joins composer Marvin Hamlisch (“A Chorus Line”) for a night of the best in music. 8 p.m. $34.75-$82.75. Valley Performing Arts Center, CSUN, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge. (818) 677-3000. valleyperformingartscenter.org.
The Shir Chadash Adult Choir, Teen Choir and Youth Choir join together in song and celebration during the annual concert. 7 p.m. Congregation B’nai B’rith, 1000 San Antonio Creek Road, Santa Barbara. (805) 964-7869. cbbsb.org.
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