Jewish Journal


by Keren Engelberg

Posted on Jan. 20, 2005 at 7:00 pm

January 22/Saturday


Calabasas High School Music Department: 8 p.m. "Grand Winter Champagne Recital" featuring world-renowned cellist Andrew Shulman and pianist Randy Kerber will benefit the students of Calabasas High's music department. $85. Calabasas residence. R.S.V.P., (818) 222-0271.

Hillel of Pierce and Valley Colleges:

8 p.m. Comedy Nite 2005 honoring Theodore Bikel. $30-$35. Pierce College, Performing Arts Building, Main Theatre, 6201 Winnetka Ave., Woodland Hills. (818) 887-5901.

Levantine Cultural Center: 8-11 p.m. The Al Karisma Ensemble performs music from the golden era of Arabic music. Open dancing, open bar and reception. $15-$20. Venice United Methodist Church, 1020 Victoria Ave., Venice. (310) 559-5544.

Pepperdine Center for the Arts:

8 p.m. "Charles Phoenix's God Bless Americana: The Retro Vacation Slide Show Tour of the USA." A mix of vintage family and travel slides from the 1940s through '60s. $25. 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu.

(310) 506-4522.

January 23/Sunday


Hadassah Southern California:

8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. "Healthy Women, Healthy Lives" event to raise awareness of women's health issues and preventative steps to protect and maintain wellness. Morning and afternoon keynote speakers and multiple breakout sessions with renowned physicians and specialists. Tarbut V'Torah, 5200 Bonito Canyon Drive, Irvine. (714) 545-7162.

KCAL9-TV: 3-7 p.m. 2005 SPCALA seventh-annual pet telethon hosted by Betty White with celebrity entertainers, pets for adoption, live music and tips from veterinarians on the care and training of animals.

(888) 772-2521. www.spcala.com.

January 24/Monday


University of Judaism Department of Continuing Education: 7:30 p.m. The first lecture in "Public Lecture Series 2005" features Bill Maher and Dennis Miller. $220 (series subscription). Universal Amphitheatre, Universal City. (310) 440-1246.


Write Act Theatre: 8 p.m.The play "Teshuvah" explores the meeting of a Polish countess, a Jewish tailor and a German captain during the 1939 Nazi invasion of Poland. $12-$25. 6128 Yucca St., Hollywood. (323) 860-8894.

The History Channel: 9 p.m. and 10 p.m."Digging for the Truth" television series hosted by Josh Bernstein, explorer and survival expert. Tonight's back-to-back premier episodes are "Who Built Egypt's Pyramids?" and "Nefertiti: The Mummy Returns."

January 25/Tuesday


Hadassah Southern California: "The Promise of Stem Cells" symposium with speaker Dr. Benjamin Reubinoff. Includes continental breakfast. $36. Annenberg building at Eisenhower Medical Center, 39000 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage. R.S.V.P.,

(760) 321-9333.


Jewish Learning Institute: 7:30 p.m. "Men, Women and Kabbalah, the Divine Mystery of Human Sexuality." Luxe Summit Hotel, 11461 W. Sunset Blvd., Bel Air. R.S.V.P.,

(310) 475-5311.


Emanuel Arts Center: 7 p.m. "The Last Seder"staged reading starring Ed Asner, Cloris Leachman, Mayim Bialik and Marin Hinkle. $18. Emanuel Arts Theater, 8844 Burton Way, Beverly Hills. (310) 288-3737, ext. 232.


New Community Jewish High School: 7 p.m. Family open house. 7353 Valley Circle Blvd., West Hills. R.S.V.P., (818) 348-0048.


North Valley Jewish Community Center: 1 p.m. Seniors program. Election of officers plus special attraction, Yiddish singer Faye Abramovich-Wernick. $2-$4. 16601 Rinaldi St., Granada Hills.

(818) 360-9384.

B'nai Tikvah: 10:30 a.m. Seniors (55+) Hazak program with a book review and slide presentation on Bess Myerson, the first and only Jewish Miss America. Free for members,

$5 for the public. Lunch afterward is $3. 5820 W. Manchester Ave., Westchester. (310) 645-6262.

January 26/Wednesday


Skirball Cultural Center: 7-10 p.m. Lifelong Learning at the Skirball presents "The Contemporary American Jewish Experience." $80-$160 for eight sessions. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles.

(310) 440-4651.

January 27/Thursday


Hillel at UCLA: 6 p.m. (reception),

6:30 p.m. (text study). 7 p.m. (annual dinner). Honorees are Drs. Gerald and Barbara Levey and outstanding senior Rona Ram. Sephardic Temple, 10500 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles.

(310) 208-3081, ext. 224.

University of Judaism: 7 p.m.

A conversation with Tovah Feldshuh, star of "Golda's Balcony" and veteran talk show host Bill Moran. $20. (310) 440-1246.

January 19/Friday


Valley NCSY: 7-10 p.m. Teen oneg Shabbat at a Valley Village residence. Cholent, singing and fun.

(818) 762-1800.


Sat., Jan. 29


Lev Eisha: 7:30 p.m. Fundraiser featuring "Miracles Do Happen: How You Can Be Touched by an Angel" presented by Andy Hill, speaker, author and former UCLA basketball player under coach John Wooden. Adat Shalom, 3030 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles. $25. (310) 475-4985.

Feb. 4-5

Orthodox Union West Coast Region: Third-annual Marriage Enrichment Weekend featuring interactive sessions for couples with Rabbis Reuven Bulka and Steven Weil. $375. Includes hotel and all Shabbat meals. Luxe Summit Hotel, 11461 W. Sunset Blvd., Bel Air.


Feb. 6-20

Congregation Kol Ami: An interfaith pilgrimage to Israel and Jordan to explore the roots of Judaism and Christianity. Visiting Tel Aviv, Tiberius, Jerusalem, the Dead Sea and Petra, as well as meeting with GLBT activists, Reform Jewish leaders, civil rights advocates and others to understand the complex life of the Middle East.

(323) 606-0996, ext. 101.


January 22/Saturday

Jewish Singles, Meet! (30s-40s):

5 p.m. Dinner at Marie Callendar's in Northridge and movies at Pacific Winnetka Theaters. R.S.V.P.,

(818) 750-0095.

Jewish Single Parents and Singles Association: 6:30 p.m. Dinner and party at Sam Woo BBQ and Seafood Bistro. Bring a dessert to share.

901 South Coast Drive, Costa Mesa. R.S.V.P., (714) 754-5780.

L.A.'s Fabulous Best Connections: Hamburger and schmooze at Johnny Rockets. $10. 6333 W. Third St.,

Los Angeles. R.S.V.P.,

(323) 782-0435.

January 23/Sunday

Singles Helping Others: 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Help with carnival booths and snow day activities for kids at the City of Beverly Hills Winter Wonderland. (818) 717-9136.

New Age Singles (55+): Ballroom Dance. Dance to Johnny Vana Trio's music. Mixers and line dances with lessons, snacks, wine, sodas, desserts, coffee and tea. $10-$12.

University Synagogue, 11960 Sunset Blvd., Brentwood. (310) 473-1391.

January 24/Monday

Project Next Step: 8p.m. "Coffee Talk" with coffee and pastries. $7.

9911 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles.

(310) 284-3638.

January 25/Tuesday

G.E.E. Super Singles (20s-40s): Reservation deadline for a Sat., Jan. 29 Progressive Dinner at Sportsmen's Lodge, Studio City. $35. R.S.V.P.,

(818) 501-0165.

Westwood Jewish Singles (45+):

7:30 p.m. Therapist Maxine Gellar leads a discussion on "Peak experiences." $10. West Los Angeles area.

R.S.V.P., (310) 444-8986.

January 26/Wednesday

Wilshire Boulevard Temple:

7:30 p.m.-12 midnight. David Dassa's weekly Israeli dance lessons with beginner lessons at 7:30 p.m., regular class at 8 p.m. and open dancing from 9:15 p.m. on. $7. 2112 S. Barrington Ave., Los Angeles. ddassa@att.net.

January 27/Thursday

Dinner with Friends (30-45): Intimate Indian dinner at Electric Karma. $50. 8222 1/2 West Third St., Los Angeles. R.S.V.P., www.dinnerwithfriends.com.

Conversations at Leon's: 7 p.m. "How To Really Get What You Want Through Dialogue." $15-$17. 639 26th St., Santa Monica. R.S.V.P., (310) 393-4616.

New Start/Millionaire's Circle:

7:30 p.m. Social honoring men who do charity work. Beverly Hills. R.S.V.P., (323) 461-3137.

January 28/Friday

Happy Minyan: 8 p.m. Musical service at their new location at Mogen David. $10. 9717 West Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 285-7777.


Sat., Jan. 29

Temple Ramat Zion: 7:30 p.m. Live music by Nightlife and dancing. $15-$20. Social Hall, 17655 Devonshire at Zelzah, Northridge. R.S.V.P.,

(818) 366-4801.

From Woody's lips to God's ears.

For more information, visit www.waitingforwoodyallen.com.


No Bully for You!

Fight bullying by participating in the Anti-Defamation League, Gay, Lesbian Straight Education Network and the Museum of Tolerance's "No Name-Calling Week." They kick it off Sunday at the museum with two free screenings of the documentary "Let's Get Real," which features more than 50 young people speaking about their experiences with racial tension, anti-gay taunting and sexual harassment. A screening of the educational movie "Tough Guise," about violence and masculinity, is scheduled in between the 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. showings of "Let's Get Real." Facilitated discussions follow each of the three screenings.

1 p.m. and 4 p.m. ("Let's Get Real"), 3 p.m. ("Tough Guise.") Free. 9786 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 460-4573.

Tu B'Shevat Events

Friday, Jan. 21

The Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life of Southern California: 6 p.m. Family seder to celebrate the "Birthday of Trees." Free. Malibu Jewish Center and Synagogue, 24855 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. (310) 456-2178.

Saturday, Jan. 22

Adat Chaverim : 4-6 p.m. Joint seder with local temples Beth Zion Sinai, Ner Tamid and Temple Beth Shalom of Whittier. Valley Cities Jewish Community Center,

13164 Burbank Blvd., Sherman Oaks.

(818) 623-7363.

Temple Beth Shalom of Long Beach:

4-7 p.m. Annual seder led by two teens, with exotic and new seeds, nuts, and fruits. $5-$10. 3635 Elm Ave., Long Beach.

(562) 426-6413.

Sunday, Jan. 23

Bureau of Jewish Education: Trees of Life: Enviro-Adventure Tu B'Shevat Special for teens at the JCA Shalom Institute. Four hours community service for hiking, cultivating produce and learning about the environment. $5 includes lunch and transportation. (323) 761-8607.

The Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life of Southern California:

11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tu B'Shevat Festival. Tree planting, nature crafts, hikes and climbing wall at the Shalom Institute. Free. 34342 Mulholland Hwy., Malibu. (818) 889-5500.

Skirball Cultural Center: 2-3:30 p.m. "Tu B'Shevat: A Birthday Celebration" with environmental educator Hylah Egelenad. See page 28 for more information.

Young Judaea: 3-6 p.m. Special teen seder, folk dancing and info about Israel programs. 455 S. Robertson Blvd, Beverly Hills. (310) 888-4084.

The Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life of Southern California: 5:30-8 p.m. Moonlight Hike. Meet at the S. Mark Taper Amphitheatre in Coldwater Canyon Park. Two hikes at varied paces led by TreePeople hike leaders. Bring a picnic dinner or snacks. R.S.V.P., (310) 841-2970.

Monday, Jan. 24

Congregation Ohel Moshe: 7 p.m. Dinner and live music by DJ M&O. Free. 8765 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 652-1533.

For more COEJLSC events, visit www.coejlsc.org.

March of the Living

The Anti-Defamation League is organizing a March of the Living trip to Poland for May 3-8 to mark Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) and the end of Nazi tyranny. An optional add-on trip to Israel is available May 8-13. The Poland trip costs $1,800 and includes round-trip airfare from New York, three-star hotel accommodations, all meals and program activities. The cost for the Israel extension trip is an additional $2,245. R.S.V.P., (310) 446-8000, ext. 229.

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