SUN | JUN 8
COMEDY EMPOWERMENT WITH NA’AMAT
This is the second go-round for Na’Amat USA Young Professionals’ annual Comedy Night, boasting a lineup of hilarious professional comics baring their stand-up chops in the heart of West Hollywood. Na’Amat works tirelessly to advance the social welfare of Israel’s underprivileged women and children through affordable daycare, women’s rights and domestic abuse centers, and scholarships for higher education. Don’t skip it on account of missing “Game of Thrones” — that’s what the DVR is for. Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase. Sun. 8:30 p.m. $25 (advance), $36 (door). Bar Lubitsch, 7702 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. (818) 981-1298. Tickets available on eventbrite.com.
IN CONVERSATION WITH RABBI JOSEPH TELUSHKIN
Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, a Modern Orthodox author, teacher and lecturer hailed as one of the most prolific and respected interpreters of Judaism in the U.S., has written more than 15 books navigating the spiritual, ethical and historical aspects of the religion and culture. He sits down with Jewish Journal President David Suissa and Rabbi Menachem Weiss to discuss his new biography, “Rebbe: The Life and Teachings of Menachem M. Schneerson, the Most Influential Rabbi in Modern History.” Book-signing after the event. Sun. 7 p.m. (VIP sushi and sake with Telushkin), 8:30 p.m. (conversation). $5 (members), $10 (general), $120 (VIP). Nessah Synagogue, 142 S. Rexford Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 273-2400. nessah.org.
MON | JUN 9
“THE J STREET CHALLENGE”
With the Middle East conflict never far from our thoughts and the J Street controversy fresh in our minds, tonight StandWithUs presents “The J Street Challenge.” The film explores the background of J Street and its founders, its influence on college campuses, funding, and organizational and individual alliances, and features commentary from Alan Dershowitz, Caroline Glick and Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Bret Stephens, among others. Dessert reception will follow. RSVP required. Mon. 6 p.m. (VIP pre-reception), 7 p.m. (screening). $10 (students), $18 (general), $100 (VIP cocktail reception with director and producer before the film, reserved premium seating). The Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 836-6140. standwithus.com/jstreetchallengeLA.
TUE | JUN 10
“CALLED TO RISE”
AJU University Women’s annual scholarship luncheon will honor Janice Kamenir-Reznik, founding president of Jewish World Watch, and will feature keynote speaker Rabbi Sharon Brous, Newsweek’s most influential rabbi of 2013. For 50 years, University Women has supported AJU students and provided a medium for women to explore and strengthen their relationship with Judaism, the global community and themselves. Tue. 11 a.m. $118 (members), $136 (nonmembers). American Jewish University, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. (310) 440-1283. aju.edu.
THU | JUN 12
Kenneth Turan is a film critic for the Los Angeles Times and National Public Radio whose movie musings have been highly sought after for several decades. While growing up in his observant Brooklyn home, Turan incubated within himself what has become a leading voice in modern cinema, and now he’s sharing his top picks of the century. “Not to Be Missed: Fifty-four Favorites From a Lifetime of Film” spans decades and genres of influential classics and sleepers (and was recently reviewed by our own book editor Jonathan Kirsch). You can get your copy of “Not to Be Missed” signed by the man himself afterward. Thu. 7 p.m. Free. Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. booksoup.com.
FRI | JUN 13
BESTEMMING: CONCERTO FOR CELLO, ORCHESTRA AND NARRATION
Los Angeles Museum of The Holocaust along with Beverly Hills Temple of the Arts at the Saban Theatre will proudly present an international program of music and remembrance featuring Emmy Award-nominated composer Sharon Farber’s Bestemming: Concerto for Cello, Orchestra and Narration. Conceived as a bridge-builder between cultures, the performance of the concerto will bring together the consul generals of Germany, the Netherlands and the Office of the Israeli Consulate in Los Angeles, as well as members of SAG-AFTRA to unite against oppression in support of Holocaust survivors everywhere. Other supportive organizations which will be in attendance include, Jewish World Watch, the Daniel Pearl Foundation and Steinway Gallery of West Hollywood.
The FREE concert will take place on Friday, June 13, 2014 at 8:30 p.m., preceded by a FREE Shabbat service led by Rabbi David Baron starting at 7:45 p.m. at Beverly Hills Temple of the Arts at the Saban Theatre located at 8440 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA 90211.
THE ACADEMY PRESENTS TOP ARAB FILMS
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is teaming up with the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) for a special two-night presentation of “Arab Cinema Classics,” a carefully selected trio pulled from DIFF’s list of the 100 greatest Arab films of all time. The first night is a double-feature: renowned director Youssef Chahine’s “Cairo Station” (1958), and Shadi Abdel Salam’s “The Night of Counting the Years” (1970), based on a true story about the plundering of the pharaohs’ ancient tombs. Screening the second night, June 21, is Ziad Doueiri’s directorial debut, “West Beirut” (1998), set during the Lebanese civil war. The series is part of the academy’s International Outreach initiative, which celebrates the rich cultural spectrum of the global film community. Fri. 7:30 p.m. $5 (general), $3 (students, LACMA Film Club and academy members). Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Bing Theater, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 247-3600. oscars.org.
Yaron (Yiftach Klein) is the alpha and spiritual leader of an elite Israeli special operations squad, part of a governmental anti-terrorism unit. A highly capable soldier, husband and friend, he and his Israeli brothers are challenged every day to defend and uphold the values of a country they would give their lives for. Yet underneath all great warriors is a personal struggle, and Yaron’s is an emotional cyclone. Written and directed by Nadav Lapid, his first feature film has garnered impressive accolades in the last couple of years on the worldwide festival circuit, including winner of the Locarno and San Francisco international film festivals, among others. Tonight is its official U.S. release. Keep your lens closely focused on Lapid, who continues to make a strong case for his fearless film bravura; his latest, “The Kindergarten Teacher,” had a solid showing at Cannes recently. Fri. $12. Contact venue for showtimes. Arena Cinema Hollywood, 1625 N. Las Palmas Blvd., Hollywood. (323) 306-0676. arenascreen.com.