Jewish Journal


by Keren Engelberg

May 12, 2005 | 8:00 pm


Occupation: Actor/Rabbi

Our "Only in Hollywood" moment of the week comes care of an unusual pairing: ABC's "Gray's Anatomy" and Temple Israel of Hollywood (TIOH). Sunday night, May 15, the TV medical drama airs an episode titled "Save Me," which stars TIOH Rabbi Michelle Missaghieh as a rabbi counseling an Orthodox girl. Of course, Missaghieh isn't ordained Orthodox – she can't be, because she's a woman. While she asked that a scene be added to tie up this loose end, in typical Hollywood fashion, it wound up on the cutting-room floor, the Forward reported. Missaghieh told them she's still happy to have been given such a platform in which to represent Judaism and the comfort rabbis can give to those in crisis.

10 p.m. www.abc.com.

May 14/Saturday


Workmen's Circle: 8:30 p.m. Havdalah and Rabbis for Human Rights discussion with Rabbi Arik Ascherman. Donation to Rabbis for Human Rights. Los Angeles residence. R.S.V.P., (310) 286-9991.


Friends of Valley Cities Jewish Community Center and Westside Jewish Community Center: 7:30 p.m. Moonlight and Valentino Celebrity Staged Play Reading. $12-$16. Valley Cities JCC, 13164 Burbank Blvd., Sherman Oaks. Also, Sun., May 15 at 2 p.m. at Westside JCC, 5870 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. (818) 786-6310.

Skirball Cultural Center: 8:30 p.m. Dance performance "Grand Hope Flower" takes its name from three downtown streets and depicts aspects of life in the city. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500

May 15/Sunday


Yuval Ron Ensemble: 4 p.m. "The Legend of Baal Shem." Klezmer music meets the mystical music of the Middle East. Concert of devotional musicand mystical storytelling. $10-$15. Christian Fellowship Church,
269 Old Topanga Canyon Road, Topanga. (818) 505-1355.

The Golden State Klezmers: 5-7 p.m. Klezmer band performance by one of the National Jewish Lists new list of "Top 25 Klezmer Bands in the World." $10. Cabrini's Spot, 5664 W. Third St., Los Angeles. (323) 467-4702.

Yiddishkayt LA: 7 p.m. The Rolling Steins, world music by a Jewish-African American family. Memorial Hall, Chapman University, 333 Glassell St., Orange. (714) 538-0404.


Woodley Park: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Israel Independence Day Festival with amusement park, youth activities, Israel Pavilion, fashion show and main stage entertainment featuring Israeli singer Sarit Hadad. $5, free (children under 6). www.israelfestival.com. For more information, see page 13.

May 16/Monday


Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles: 7 p.m. Genealogy by Genetics: Jewish History and DNA. Free. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 451-9844.


University of Judaism: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. "Polish Jewry Before WWII: Warsaw, Krakow and New York." Free. Platt and Borstein Galleries,15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. (310) 440-1201.



Skirball Cultural Center: 7:30 p.m. Terry McDermott discusses "Perfect Soldiers: The Hijackers – Who They Were, Why They Did It." $5-$8, free (members). 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (866) 468-3399.

UCLA: 7:30 p.m. "Auschwitz: The Mass Murder of the Jews and German Society." 314 Royce Hall, UCLA. R.S.V.P., cjs@humnet.ucla.edu.


Lee Strasberg Theater Institute: Rachel Bailit in "Sugar Happens: A One-Girl Show." 6:30 p.m. (wine and cheese reception), 7:30 show, 8:30 (dessert reception with Bailit).
7936 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 650-7777.

May 18/Wednesday


New Community Jewish High School: 7:30 p.m. The Temptations and the Four Tops in a benefit concert. Wilshire Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 455-1819.

Vroman's Bookstore: 7 p.m. Naomi Wolf discusses and signs "Treehouse." 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. (626) 449-5320.


The New JCC at Milken: 12:30-4:30 p.m. "Almost Summer" Teen Jam and Festival with live music, games, rock climbing and Jewish Teen Idol. 22622 Vanowen St., West Hills. (818) 464-3270.

May 19/Thursday


Jewish Vocational Service: 11 a.m. "Strictly Business Luncheon" for networking. $100. Beverly Hilton Hotel 9876 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (323) 761-8888, ext. 8895.

Temple Aliyah: 7:45 p.m. Rabbi Jan Offel and paralegal/end-of-life specialist Anita Miller discuss end-of-life issues including the concept of an ethical will. An attorney will be present with forms and to answer questions. 6025 Valley Circle Blvd., Woodland Hills. (818) 346-3545.

May 20/Friday


Beth Shir Shalom: 7:30 p.m. "Shabbat in Dance." Simple dance forms for each prayer followed by Israeli folk dancing. No experience required. 1827 California Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 453-3361.

Temple Ner Maarav: 8 p.m. Musical Shabbat Service with guest speaker discussing his experience in the Six Day War. 17730 Magnolia Blvd., Encino. (818) 345-7833.


May 14/Saturday

Singles Helping Others: 9:00 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Read to kids at Noble Elementary School. Requires on-line registration. 8329 Noble Ave., North Hills. (310) 477-4904.

Singles Helping Others: Noon-3 p.m. The Santa Monica Festival, a cultural showcase for community roots. Clover Park, Santa Monica. (818) 717-9136.

Jewish Singles, Meet! (30s and 40s):
8 p.m. No-host dinner at Mexicali restaurant. 12161 Ventura Blvd., Studio City. R.S.V.P., (818) 750-0095 by May 13.

May 15/Sunday

Singles Helping Others: 8 a.m.-noon. Project Chicken Soup, prepare meals for those with AIDS. 338 N. Fairfax Ave., (818) 343-4722.

ATID (20s and 30s): 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Mitzvah Day Project collecting clothing, housewares and toys at Sinai Temple. Limited Space. R.S.V.P., (310) 666-3413.

Harbor Jewish Singles (55+): Free piano concert by Michael Sellers featuring selections from Mozart and Chopin. Newport Public Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. (949) 717-3800.

Nexus: 3-8 p.m. Sunset Hike and Dinner in Orange County. ww.JewishNexus.org

Beth Shir Sholom Single Parents:
4 p.m. Amy Borkowsky's one-woman show "Amy's Answering Machine: Messages From Mom" and no-host dinner at JR Seafood. Childcare during show provided with R.S.V.P. by May 13. 1827 California Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 453-3361.

Aish L.A. (22-33): 6:30 p.m. Jewish Astrology Night with dinner and lecture included. $14. R.S.V.P.,
(310) 278-8672, ext. 703.

May 16/Monday

Project Next Step (30s and 40s):
8 p.m. Coffee Talk. $7. 9760 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 772-2466.

May 17/Tuesday

The Wise Years (60+): 7:30 p.m. Movie Night and Fabulous Dinner $12-$15. Stephen S. Wise Temple, 15500 Stephen S. Wise Drive, Los Angeles. (818) 758-1667.

Westwood Jewish Singles (45+):
7:30 p.m. "Reasons why women say 'Let's be friends' and men don't call." $10. West Los Angeles area.
(310) 444-8986.

West Valley JCC: 8-11 p.m. Israeli folk dancing with James Zimmer.
$5-$6. Also, salsa, swing and tango lessons for an additional $3 begin at
7 p.m. The New JCC at Milken,
22622 Vanowen St., West Hills.
(310) 284-3638.

May 18/Wednesday

Wilshire Boulevard Temple: 7 p.m. (beginners), 8 p.m. (regular class), 9:15 p.m. -midnight (open dancing). David Dassa leads Israeli dancing. $7. Irmas Campus, 2112 S. Barrington Ave., Los Angeles. ddassa@att.net.

May 19/Thursday

L.A.'s Fabulous Best Connection: Dinner at La Piazza Café. $6.189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles. R.S.V.P., (323) 782-0435.

Conversations at Leon's: 7 p.m. "Do We Have to Worry About the Religious Right?" $15-$17. 639 26th St., Santa Monica. (310) 393-4616.

Young Jewish Professionals (21-40):
9 p.m. Charity Party to celebrate spring with European house and hip hop music and schmoozing.
All proceeds benefit Yad Eliezer.
$20-$30. 310 Lounge,
3321 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica.
(818) 317-8175.

May 20/Friday

Ethiopian American Jewish Art Center: 9:30 p.m. Weekly klezmer band performance. $5. 5819 Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 857-6661.


May Sun., May 22

Barbara's Bungalow (45+):
10:30 a.m-2 p.m. Singles Sunday Champagne Sunday Brunch. $15.
Venice residence. R.S.V.P.,
(310) 823-9917, by May 18.

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