SUNDAY, MAY 1
UNITED BLOOD SERVICE BLOOD DRIVE
The community is invited to do a mitzvah, either by donating blood or holding the hand of someone who is. 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. To make an appointment, call (805) 497-6891. Temple Etz Chaim, 1080 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. templeetzchaim.org.
“THROUGH YOUR EYES: HOLOCAUST MEMORIALS AROUND THE WORLD”
Photographs of Holocaust memorials around the world, as seen through the eyes of L.A. community members, are part of Mount Sinai’s Yom HaShoah commemoration. The memorial program includes a service led by Calabasas Shul’s Rabbi Yakov Vann and excerpts from the documentary “100 Voices: A Journey Home.” 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Kamenir Chapel, Mount Sinai Memorial Parks and Mortuaries, 6150 Mount Sinai Drive, Simi Valley. (323) 769-1351. mountsinaiparks.org.
“THE FIRST MASSIVE JEWISH DEPORTATION: TO CAMP DE GURS IN 1940”
Werner Frank, a founding member of the JewishGen’s German Special Interest Group, recounts the story of this little-known tragedy. 1:30 p.m. Free. Co-sponsored by Temple Adat Elohim and the Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County. Temple Adat Elohim, 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. (818) 889-6616. jgscv.org.
DEBORAH E. LIPSTADT
The award-winning Emory University history professor and author of “The Eichmann Trial” offers a compelling reassessment of the landmark case 50 years later. Sponsored by the History Department at UCSB, part of the Herman P. and Sophia Taubman Foundation Endowed Symposia in Jewish Studies at UCSB. 3 p.m. Free. Campbell Hall, UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara. (805) 893-2317. history.ucsb.edu.
FRIDAY, MAY 6
JCA FAMILY CAMP
Enjoy Shabbat, Havdalah, gourmet kosher food, yoga, arts and crafts, song sessions and more with your family in Malibu Canyon. Through May 8. $170-$205 (adults), $130 (children, 4 and older), free (children, 3 and younger). Camp JCA Shalom, Shalom Institute, 34342 Mulholland Highway, Malibu. RSVP to (818) 889-5500. campjcashalom.com.
SATURDAY, MAY 14
BIG SUNDAY WEEKEND
Join thousands of people from Southern California, of all ages and all backgrounds, as they work together at hundreds of nonprofits, schools and other agencies. Helping seniors, planting a garden, working in an animal shelter and making meals for those in need are just some of the ways Angelenos can give back. Projects are scheduled throughout the weekend and can last anywhere from one hour to two full days. bigsunday.org.
SUNDAY, MAY 15
SANTA BARBARA JEWISH FESTIVAL
Celebrate the Santa Barbara Jewish Community and Israel’s 63rd Independence Day with Jewish foods, Israeli dancing, arts and crafts vendors, a Bubbe and Zayde Talent Show and kids’ activities, including a preschooler costume parade. Entertainment from the Kol Sephardic Choir; Ventura Klezmer Band; Cantor Mark Childs with the Congregation B’nai B’rith Temple Band, Shir Chadash Youth Choir and Adult Choir, including a musical tribute to Debbie Friedman (z”l); Mikey Pauker & The Tribe; and the UCSB Middle East Ensemble. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Oak Park, 640 W. Junipero St., Santa Barbara. (805) 957-1115. sbjf.org.
A lack of funding has forced organizers to cancel this year’s Israel Independence Day Festival in Woodley Park.
SANTA CLARITA JEWISH FOOD AND CULTURAL FESTIVAL
Come hungry to the third annual festival that celebrates the best of Jewish food trucks from around Los Angeles and the Santa Clarita Valley, including Takosher, Canter’s, Yalla Falafel, Sweet E’s Bakery and more. Then stick around for Israeli dancing, a Mitzvah Alley, Mad Dog Gaming truck, face painting, bouncer and more. Sponsored by Temple Beth Ami. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. $5 (door), free (children, 12 and younger). College of the Canyons, Lot 7, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. (805) 964-5577. scvjewishfoodfestival.com.
RABBI HAROLD KUSHNER
Temple Etz Chaim’s 50th anniversary celebration culminates with a lecture by the author of “When Bad Things Happen to Good People.” Kushner will speak on “Making Sure Religion Helps in Our Moments of Need.” 7 p.m. Free. Temple Etz Chaim, 1080 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. (805) 497-6891. templeetzchaim.org.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 18
Psychiatrist Lance Steinberg will address the benefits and risks associated with medication for children with special needs. Sponsored by HaMercaz. 7 p.m. $10 (per person), $15 (for two). Milken JCC, 22622 Vanowen St., West Hills. (866) 287-8030. hamercaz.org.
SATURDAY, MAY 21
AN EVENING WITH PATTI LUPONE AND MANDY PATINKIN
Broadway fans get a huge gift tonight as two of the great ones come together for an amazing night of musical theater. This love story, told entirely through the greatest songs ever written for the stage, reunites LuPone and Patinkin for the first time since their Tony Award-winning performances in Andrew Lloyd Weber’s “Evita.” The show includes choreography by Broadway veteran Ann Reinking and music by pianist Paul Ford. 8 p.m. $34.75-$82.75. Valley Performing Arts Center, CSUN, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge. (818) 677-3000. valleyperformingartscenter.org.
CALIFORNIA STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL
Have a “berry” nice time with celebrity cooking demonstrations, musical performances, a Herzog-sponsored wine pavilion, food and art contests, arts and crafts booths, Strawberryland for Kids, special appearances and more. 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. $12 (general), $8 (seniors, 62 and older), $5 (children, 5-12) free (children, 4 and younger). Strawberry Meadows of College Park, 3250 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard. (888) 288-9242. strawberry-fest.org.
THURSDAY, MAY 26
The Hollywood mentalist and “Art of Magic” author gives a revealing talk about Jewish magicians in conjunction with the traveling exhibition “Houdini: Art and Magic” and the Skirball’s companion exhibition, “Masters of Illusion: Jewish Magicians of the Golden Age.” The touring exhibition features more than 150 artifacts celebrating the life and work of Harry Houdini (born Ehrich Weiss). Keep an eye out for the working replica of the famous Water Torture Cell built by well-known illusion designer John Gaughan, which will be shown exclusively at the Skirball. 8 p.m. $10 (general), $8 (members), $5 (full-time students). 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.