SAT | MAR 29
How many album-release shows can you say you’ve attended? If the number is anywhere close to mine, it’s time to get yourself to one. The soft, thoughtful, catchy tunes of Ari Herstand will do the trick. A regular performer with Craig Taubman at Friday Night Live, a player at The Big Jewish Tent for two consecutive years and an LA Weekly Blog Award nominee for his do-it-yourself music-business blog, Herstand is doing all the right things. With echoes of the Postal Service, The Shins and Coldplay, it will be simply beautiful. Sat. 10 p.m. $10. The Hotel Café, 1623 Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 461-2040. hotelcafe.com.
SUN | MAR 30
JFLA COMMUNITY SERVICE DAY
Make your Sunday matter! The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles is going to help you help others. Perhaps you’re interested in California horticulture and want to join Grow Native Nursery for garden activities for veterans; maybe you want to partner with People Assisting the Homeless to make lunch for and do crafts with the homeless; maybe you want to honor Holocaust survivors or walk for those with special needs. Whichever good deed you choose, you’ll be doing lots of good. Sun. Various times. Free. Various locations. Register online at jewishla.org.
This native Grecian is coming to town for one special performance. As a chazzan at the historic Anshe Emet Synagogue in Chicago, Mizrahi has cultivated quite the career. He’s performed in Canada, Poland and Spain, and for both President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush. If he sounds familiar, you may have seen him on PBS, featured in “Cantors: A Faith in Song.” The afternoon is sure to be especially moving, as the memorial concert will be dedicated to music teacher Herb Chatzky. Sun. 3 p.m. $18-$108. Congregation Mishkon Tephilo, 206 Main St., Venice. (310) 392-3029.
TUE | APR 1
“ARE THE UNITED STATES AND ISRAEL ON A COLLISION COURSE OVER IRAN?”
Journalist Jeffrey Goldberg leads a discussion on nuclear weapons, Israel’s future and the Obama administration. He writes for The Atlantic, has written for The New Yorker and served in the Israel Defense Forces during the First Intifada. He’s not only a bright and thorough researcher, but also an experiential and involved writer. Winner of the Overseas Press Club’s Joe & Laurie Dine Award for international human rights reporting, Goldberg is a widely respected resource. Tue. 7:30 p.m. $18 (non-member), $10 (member). Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 474-1518. sinaitemple.org.
WED | APR 2
“AMERICAN JERUSALEM: JEWS AND THE MAKING OF SAN FRANCISCO”
They came for the Gold Rush and stayed because they found a home. Director and writer Marc Shaffer’s documentary chronicles not only the arrival of European Jews to San Francisco, but also the significant and long-lasting impact they had on the city. With a wealth of expert scholars, descendants of Jewish pioneers, unique animation and extensive archives, the film is filled with history and heart. Take a journey back in time and get to know that little town on the bay a bit better. Tue. 8 p.m. on KLCS and Wed. 7 p.m. on PBS SoCal. Free. americanjerusalem.com.
THU | APR 3
AN EVENING WITH LISA BLOOM
Anti-Defamation League’s NextGen and Los Angeles Urban League Young Professionals host the author, attorney and legal analyst for a discussion and book signing. Having been the anchor of her show, “Lisa Bloom: Open Court,” and serving as a legal analyst on CBS News, CNN, MSNBC and more, Bloom takes important and complicated issues and makes them available for public opinion and discussion. Her newest book, “Suspicion Nation: The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice and Why We Continue to Repeat it,” takes a deep look into a case that captivated the country. Appetizers and wine will be served. Thu. 6 p.m. Free. RSVP by March 31. Anti-Defamation League, 10495 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 446-4264. la.adl.org.
He’s an award-winning Israeli-Arab author, columnist and TV producer, and he’s going to share his insight on literature and television with you. Kashua, who’s been referred to as “the Palestinian Seinfeld,” writes for Haarertz and the Jerusalem weekly Hair, is creator of the popular satirical sitcom “Arab Labor” and won the 2011 Bernstein Prize for his novel “Second Person Singular.” He also received the Prime Minister’s Prize for Literature and the award for best television series at the Jerusalem Film Festival. Thu. 7 p.m. Free. Must RSVP. USC Hillel, 3300 S. Hoover St., Los Angeles. email@example.com.
FRI | APR 4
YEFIM BRONFMAN AND PINCHAS ZUKERMAN
Bronfman and Zukerman join forces to bring you their mastery of piano and violin/viola (respectively), performing Schubert, Beethoven and Brahms. Bronfman’s played with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and the Berlin and London Philharmonics, and won the Avery Fisher Prize at age 15. Zukerman is equally credited, playing with the Israel Philharmonic and the Moscow Virtuosi, and serving as music director of the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa. Fri. 8 p.m. $58-$116. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 850-2000. laphil.com.