SUN | NOV 10
AN UNCOMMON JOURNEY
Siblings Deborah Strobin and Ilie Wacs, survivors of Kristallnacht, will share their experience and discuss their memoir, “An Uncommon Journey,” during the Museum of Tolerance’s Kristallnacht commemoration. A book signing will follow. Advanced reservations recommended. Sun. 3 p.m. Free (with museum admission). 9786 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 772-2504. museumoftolerance.com.
JOHNNY MATHIS AND KOL NIDRE
The iconic crooner reflects on his diverse career and his relationship with the Aramaic Jewish prayer Kol Nidre during a conversation with veteran talk-show host Bill Moran. With more than 130 albums and a reputation for hits like “Chances Are” and “Too Much, Too Little, Too Late,” Mathis brought soul, expertise and perspective to one of our most holy prayers. Come hear why. Sun. 4 p.m. $25 (general), $45 (VIP meet-and-greet). American Jewish University, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. (310) 476-9777. aju.edu.
“GREETING THE SEASON: THE DECEMBER DILEMMA IN AMERICAN JEWISH POP CULTURE”
Merry Christmas — whether you like it or not. Author and Rutgers University Jewish studies scholar Jeffrey Shandler discusses the unique impact Christmas has on American Jews’ celebration of Chanukah in an era of consumerism and public displays. The lecture will be followed by commentary with Josh Kun, associate professor with the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism as well as the Department of American Studies and Ethnicity. Sun. 4:30 p.m. Free. Please RSVP. The Davidson Conference Center, 3425 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles. (213) 740-1744. usc.edu/esvp (code: NEMERLECTURE).
LES SAUVAGES AMÈRICAINS
Cellist Leah Metzler and other members of the dynamic music group pay homage to the concerts held at the Hanover Square Rooms. If you have a weak spot for Carl Friedrich Abel, Andreas Lidl and late-18th century jam sessions, this event is for you. As a way to authentically celebrate the extraordinary 25-year period in London’s musical legacy, those who attend will receive printed replicas of original tickets from the venue. Sun. 7 p.m. $30 (general), $22 (seniors), $15 (students). The Sierra Madre Playhouse, 87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre. (626) 355-4318. sierramadreplayhouse.org.
TUE | NOV 12
The Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts and the Jewish studies program of Loyola Marymount University (LMU) host their annual commemoration of Kristallnacht. With prose in both Yiddish and English, song and commentary featuring Cantor Jennifer Bern-Vogel, it will be a moving evening with the help of pianist Tova Morcos. A short film about LMU students in Poland studying the Holocaust will be premiered. A reception follows the program. Tue. 7 p.m. Free. LMU University Hall, 1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 338-7664. bellarmine.lmu.edu/jewishstudies.
THU | NOV 14
The Ukrainian author and scholar discusses “Laughing all the Way to Freedom: Social Functions of Jewish Humor of Modern-Day Exodus.” How were Jews able to create communities and hold on to their identity when society told them no? Jewish “jokelore” of course! Draitser draws from his book “Taking Penguins to the Movies: Ethnic Humor in Russia” and addresses the vital social role of Jewish humor. A Q-and-A with sociology professor Gail Kligman follows the lecture. Thur. Noon. Free. 10383 Bunche Hall, UCLA, Los Angeles. (310) 825-8030. cjs.ucla.edu.
It really does, especially when you have Rita Rudner starring in an evening that supports Jewish Family Service’s Haven House Shelter. She’s done Broadway, television and specials for HBO and has written multiple books. Tonight, though, she stands up for women and children who have made the brave choice to leave their abusers. While the evening guarantees you a laugh, it also promises counseling, legal advocacy and education for families ready to start over. The program also features TV fashion critic “Cojo” — Steven Cojocaru. Thur. 6:15 p.m. Tickets start at $100. The Laugh Factory, 8001 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 761-8800. jfsla.org.
FRI | NOV 15
When a secret is learned, two Polish brothers must revisit their perception of their father, family, neighbors and the history of their nation. Winner of the Yad Vashem Award at the 2013 Jerusalem Film Festival and the Critics’ Prize at the 2012 Gdynia Film Festival, “Aftermath,” inspired by actual events, has caused such a controversy with the Polish right wing, it has been banned from some local cinemas. Come and learn what all the fuss is about. Fri. Various times. $11 (general), $8 (seniors, ages 11 and under, bargain matinee). Playhouse 7, 673 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Royal, 11523 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. Town Center 5, 17200 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (310) 478-3836. laemmle.com.
Mother’s Day, shmother’s day. It’s all about a weekend for mom. The Shalom Institute invites moms to refresh mind, body and spirit. Work out with yoga, hikes and rope courses, but pamper with massages, facials and mani/pedis. There will be discussions and workshops that engage you as the woman, Jew and mom that you are. Check in with your spirit during Shabbat, meditation, and arts and crafts. It’s a couple of days that will do you a world of good. The kids will be fine. Fri. Through Sun. $295. Shalom Institute 34342 Mulholland Highway, Malibu. (818) 889-5500. shalominstitute.com.