Jewish Journal


by Keren Engelberg

Posted on Jan. 6, 2005 at 7:00 pm


Demons and Vampires in Shtetls? Oh My!

What's Sarah Michelle Gellar got to do with Yiddish literature? Apparently a lot, according to Dr. Jeremy Dauber. ATID, Sinai Temple's young professionals program, hosts the Yiddish scholar as he pontificates on how old Jewish horror stories are refashioned for modern times. He discusses "Buffy The Vampire Slayer Meets Isaac Bashevis Singer" on Tuesday evening at Sinai Temple.

7 p.m. $5 (members), $10 (nonmembers). 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 481-3244.



Westwood Hills Congregational Church: 6:45 p.m. Nashuva Shabbat Service with Rabbi Naomi Levy. Participants are encouraged to wear white in honor of the Sabbath. Oneg follows.

1989 Westwood Blvd., Westwood. www.nashuva.com.



Temple Beth Zion Sinai: 6-10 p.m. Havdallah service followed by movie night in the new Greater Long Beach Jewish Youth Lounge. Free.

6440 Del Amo Blvd., Lakewood.

(562) 429-0715.

Friends of Valley Cities and Westside Jewish Community Centers: 7:30 p.m. "Visiting Mr. Greene" is the first of the Celebrity Staged Play Reading Series. $12-$16. Friends of Valley Cities JCC, 13164 Burbank Blvd., Sherman Oaks. (818) 786-6310. Also, Sun., Jan. 9, 2 p.m. at Westside JCC, 5870 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 938-2531, ext. 2225.



Skirball Cultural Center: 2-4 p.m. Ladies of Science Tea hosted by Caltech professor Dianne K. Newman, in association with the Einstein exhibit. Women and girls ages 13 and up who are enthusiastic about science can explore topics ranging from molecular mechanisms to organism function at this tea party. $18-$23.

2701 N. Sepulveda Ave., Los Angeles. R.S.V.P., (866) 468-3399.


Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts: 3 p.m. Rita Rudner performs with opening act a capella jazz band Sixth Wave. $25-$52. 12700 Center Court Drive, Cerritos. (800) 300-4345.

Adat Ari El: 2 p.m. The annual Engel Chamber Music Concert presents the Verdehr Trio in the David Familian Chapel. Free. 12020 Burbank Blvd., Valley Village. R.S.V.P., (818) 766-9426.


Midreshet B'erot Bat Ayin: 11:30 a.m. Women's tea and learning "From Chava to the Mother of Moshiach" with Rebbetzin Chana Bracha Siegelbaum. Los Angeles Residence. (323) 936-3316. Also, 7 p.m. "Miriam's Song and Dance Circle" an evening of learning, song and creative expression. $10. Congregation Mogen David,

9717 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles.

(818) 679-5594.



Milken Community High School of Stephen Wise Temple: 7 p.m. The Theatre Arts Department presents George Orwell's "Animal Farm." $10-$12. Also Tues., Jan. 11, 7 p.m. www.sswt.org/animalfarmsignup.html.



Temple Judea: 7:30 p.m. "Can Saturday Be Holy in Modern Day L.A.?" with Rabbi Don Goor. $18-$36. 5429 Lindley Ave., Tarzana.

(818) 758-3800.


University of Judaism: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Cooking with Judy Zeidler. Learn to use the fresh produce from farmer's markets to create menus for the winter season. Brentwood Residence. R.S.V.P., (310) 440-1246.

Also, 7:30-9 p.m. "Latin American Jewish Music" with Cantor Marcelo Gindlin. Meets again Tues., Jan. 18, 7:30-9 p.m. 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. (310) 446-1246.


Temple Judea: 7:30 p.m. Mayoral Candidates Forum with Richard Alarcon, Jim Hahn, Robert Hertzberg, Bernard C. Parks and Antonio Villaraigosa.

5429 Lindley Ave., Tarzana.

Also, Thurs., Jan. 13 7:30 p.m. at Temple Beth Am,

1039 La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles.

R.S.V.P., (310) 282-8080 ext. 310.

Los Angeles Philharmonic Association: 8 p.m. United States premiere of music director Esa-Pekka Salonen's "Memoria." $15-$41. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 850-2000.



Temple Beth Solomon of the Deaf:

9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sisterhood annual 500 Tourney and Games. Includes continental breakfast and catered lunch. $15. 5429 Lindley Ave., Tarzana. (818) 994-7621 (TDD),

(818) 363-5580.



County of Los Angeles Public Library: 6:30 p.m. Author Beverly Gray discusses and signs "Blood-Sucking Vampires, Flesh Eating Cockroaches and Driller Killers: Roger Corman, An Unauthorized Life." Free. Culver City Julian Dixon Library, 4975 Overland Ave., Culver City. (310) 559-1676.

Jewish Community Library of Los Angeles: 7-8:30 p.m. Rabbi Jonathan Slater discusses his book "Mindful Jewish Living: Compassionate Practice." $5-$7. 6505 Wilshire Blvd., LosAngeles. R.S.V.P., (323) 761-8644.



Congregation Mishkon Tephilo: 6:30 p.m. During Shabbat services, New York Times deputy foreign editor Ethan Bronner discusses ethical and professional dilemmas facing journalists reporting on the Middle East. Q-&-A during Shabbat dinner follows. $20 (members), $22 (nonmembers), $18 (seniors). 206 Main St., Venice. R.S.V.P. for dinner by Jan. 11, (310) 392-3029.

Temple Israel of Hollywood: 6:30 p.m. Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky will speak about his recent experience as an official observer to the recent Ukrainian presidential elections. 7300 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 876-8330.


Temple Beth Sholom: Jan. 14-16. Family Style Congregational Retreat with Torah Scribe Neil Yerman. Camp Hess Kramer, Malibu. (714) 628-4600.


JAN. 15

National Center for Jewish Cultural Arts: Jan. 15-22. "Catskills in the Carribean" Cruise. Seven nights in the Eastern Carribean, departs from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. From $899.

(800) 882-9000, ext. 32.



G.E.E. Super Singles (55+): 5:30 p.m. Progressive Dinner at Sportsmen's Lodge Formal Dining Room. $35. 12833 Ventura Blvd., Studio City.

R.S.V.P., (818) 501-0165.

Jewish Single Parents and Singles Association: 8:30 a.m. Meet at Diedrich Coffee for a morning walk. 2961 Michelson Drive, Irvine. (949) 646-9500. Also, 6 p.m. no-host dinner and concert in La Mirada. Meet at Elephant Bar and Restaurant, 14303 Firestone Blvd.,

La Mirada. (714) 778-4864.


Temple Adat Shalom: 7:30 p.m.-midnight. David Dassa's weekly dance lessons with beginners at 7:30 p.m., regular class at 8 p.m. and open dancing from 9:15 p.m. on. $7. 3030 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles. Also, Wednesday nights at the same times at Wilshire Boulevard Temple, 2112 S. Barrington Ave., Los Angeles. ddassa@att.net.

Jewish Single Volleyball: Noon-3 p.m. Weekly beach volleyball game.

Playa del Rey Beach court 11 at the end of Culver Boulevard. (310) 278-9812.


Israeli Folk Dancing: 8 p.m.-

12:30 a.m. Classes by Israel Yakove meet Mondays and Thursdays. $7.

2244 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 839-2550.

Project Next Step: 8 p.m. "Coffee Talk" with coffee and pastries. $7. 9911 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 284-3638.


Westwood Jewish Singles (45+):

7:30 p.m. Discussion with therapist Maxine Gellar on the topic " Finding the missing pieces to love again." $10. R.S.V.P., (310) 444-8986.

West Valley JCC: 8-11 p.m. Israeli folk dancing with James Zimmer. $5-$6. Salsa, swing, and tango lessons for an additional $3 (7-8 p.m.). (310) 284-3638.


Nexus (20s-40s): 6 p.m. Volleyball followed by no-host dinner at a local restaurant. End of Culver Boulevard., near court 15, Playa del Rey. www.jewishnexus.org.


Sunshine Seniors Club: 11:30 a.m.-

2 p.m. Bingo and weekly club meeting. $2-$3. Valley Jewish Community Center, 13164 Burbank Blvd., Sherman Oaks. (818) 764-4532.

L.A.'s Fabulous Best Connections:

6-9 p.m. Conversation and snack at Starbucks at the Farmer's Market, Third and Fairfax. 6333 W. Third St., Los Angeles. R.S.V.P., (323) 782-0435.

Conversations at Leon's: 7 p.m.

"How Long Do We Give It, When Do We Walk Away?" $15-17. 639 26 St., Santa Monica. (310) 393-4616.

New Start/Millionaire's Circle: 7 p.m. Social and light dinner honoring men who do Jewish charity work.

Beverly Hills. R.S.V.P., (323) 461-3137.

The Young Leadership Division of the Jewish Federation: 7 p.m. Coffee night at the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf. 11698 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood. R.S.V.P. by Jan. 10, (323) 761-8248.


Chai Center: Jan. 14-16 Tijuana, Mexico

Retreat for singles, couples and families. Includes meals, five-star hotel for two nights, entertainment, guest speakers and special Melave Malka Havdallah ceremony. $180. R.S.V.P., (619) 726-4645.

JSki: Jan. 14-18. Jackson Hole Ski Trip. Price includes four nights accomodations, three days of lift tickets, and round trip transfers from the airport to the hotel and to the slopes. (818) 342-9508.

Happy Minyan: 8 p.m. Musical Friday night service at their new location at Congregation Mogen David. $10.

9717 West Pico Blvd., Los Angeles.

(310) 285-7777.


Wed., Dec. 24

Elite Jewish Theatre Singles:

Tibbie's Great American Cabaret presents "Those Fabulous Forties" dinner and live cabaret show aboard the Queen Mary. Includes dinner, admission, parking, tax, tip and show. R.S.V.P. by Jan. 8,

(310) 203-1312.


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