Brandeis-Bardin Institute: 3 p.m. Shabbat afternoon program with Rabbi John Rosove on "Does the synagogue still have a meaningful role in the Jewish community?" 5 p.m. "Muslims and Jews: Our future in the Middle East, our future here," dialogue with Yoav Ben-Horin and Salam Al-Marayati. $15. 1101 Peppertree Lane, Brandeis. For more information, call (805) 582-4450.
Los Angeles Yiddish Culture Club: 7:30 p.m. Actor Jacob Levin performs "Sholem Aleychem on the Stage." Free (members); $4 (guests). 8339 W. Third Street, Los Angeles. For more information, call (323) 655-1341.
Congregation Am Hayam: 8 p.m. "Songs of the Heart -- Shiray HaLev," cantors' concert featuring Nathan Lam, Joseph Gole and Rickie Gole. $18 and up. Oxnard Performing Arts Center, 3400 W. Gonzales Road, Oxnard. Bus transportation available. For reservations or more information, call (805) 985-2853.
B'nai Tikvah Congregation: 10:45 a.m. Author Jack Kates discusses his book "Don't You Know It's 40 Below?" 5820 W. Manchester Ave., Westchester. For more information, call (310) 645-6262.
Yeshiva of Los Angeles: Noon. Rabbi Natan Slifkin leads a Biblical Zoo Tour at the L.A. Zoo, focusing on the Red Ape Rainforest. $25 (adults); $18 (children). For reservations or more information, call (310) 229-0958.
Mit Gezang Yiddish Chorus: 2 p.m. Directed by Dr. Michelle Green-Willner, the chorus performs Yiddish songs at the Jewish Home for the Aging, and presents a check from its fundraising drive. 18855 Victory Blvd., Reseda. For more information, call (310) 839-3327.
Kol Tikvah: 2 p.m. Ramat Gan Dance Troupe performance for Israel solidarity. $36 (performance and reception); $15 (general admission for performance); $5 (children). 20400 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills. For more information, call (818) 348-0670.
America Israel Cultural Foundation: 3 p.m. Dessert reception and concert featuring Limor Toren (violin) and Yossi Reshef (piano). Private home in Beverly Hills. $35. For more information, call (310) 476-5397.
Temple Beth Torah: 5 p.m. "A night at the Oscars," with giant television screen, desserts, martini bar, contests, prizes and auctions. $100 per person, sponsorships available. 7620 Foothill Road., Ventura. For more information, call (805) 647-4181.
Zimmer Discovery Children's Museum: 1:30 p.m. Create a reversed glass seder plate with artist Tracie Waco. $15 per family. 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. For reservations or more information, call (323) 761-8991.
Yeshiva of Los Angeles: 9:30 a.m. "Halachot of Erev Pesach That Falls on Shabbat," with Rabbi Nachum Sauer. 10:45 a.m. Pesach derasha with Rabbi Sholom Tendler. Community Beit Midrash, behind Washington Mutual at Pico and Roxbury. For more information, call (310) 229-0960.
JCCs of North America Kallah: 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. "An Evening with Elie Wiesel," simulcast live from New York City. $6. Museum of Tolerance, 9786 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. For tickets, call (310) 772-2452.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State: 10 a.m. Harry Schwartzbart speaks on "Prospects for Separation of Church and State Under the Bush Administration." Center for Inquiry West, 5519 Grosvenor Blvd., Los Angeles.
Hadassah Southern California, Northern Area: 9 a.m.-3:15 p.m. "The Whole Woman: Mind, Body and Soul," Women's community conference with keynote speaker Steven Silbiger. $40 includes breakfast and lunch. Stephen S. Wise Temple, 15500 Stephen S. Wise Drive, Los Angeles. For more information, call (818) 783-3488.
Congregation Beth Chayim Chadashim: 11 a.m. Past Presidents' brunch honors the social activism of Dr. Aviva Kamin and Elise Asch. $150 and up. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (323) 931-7023.
Alpert JCC: Noon-4 p.m. Open house features free classes, early registration for summer programs, and klezmer and rock music. 3801 E. Willow Street, Long Beach. For more information, call (562) 426-7601.
CSUN: 1 p.m.-5 p.m. "Journeys Toward Jewish Identity," conference examining new research on Jewish identity and the Los Angeles Jewish community. For more information, call (818) 677-3007.
Na'amat USA, San Fernando Valley Council: Spring luncheon featuring a boutique, silent auction and fashion show. Sheraton Universal Hotel, Universal City. For more information, call (818) 789-3963.
Gateways Beit T'shuvah: 1:30 p.m. Jewish recovery expert Lynn Kesselman (pictured, left) discusses his Five Gates recovery program, joined by volunteer Gateways residents. 8831 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (310) 204-5200.
University of Judaism: 7:30 p.m.-10 p.m. "Physical and Spiritual Housecleaning," Passover preparation seminar with Rabbi Debra Orenstein. $25. 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. For registration or more information, call (310) 476-9777 ext. 246.
Beth Shir Sholom: 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Israeli dance class with David Katz. $5 (members); $6 (nonmembers). 1827 California Ave., Santa Monica. For more information, call (310) 453-3361.
Brandeis University National Women's Committee: 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. "Words, Wit and Wisdom" luncheon, with featured speakers including novelist Rochelle Krich, cartoonist Mel Lazarus and columnist Al Martinez. $60. Hilton
Universal Hotel, 555 Universal Terrace Pkwy., North Hollywood. For more information, call (818) 360-4031.
University of Judaism, University Women: 10 a.m. Rabbi Mark Borovitz of Gateways Beit T'shuva discusses "Judaism's Response to Human Imperfections." $7 (members); $10 (general admission). 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. For reservations, call (310) 476-9777 ext. 283.
Temple Beth Haverim: Noon. Passover lunch and learn. Cantor Kenny Ellis presents "Passover Favorites: The music that we love." 8 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Rabbi Muroff and Cantor Ellis present "How to run an unforgettable seder for everyone." 5142 Clareton Drive, Agoura Hills. For more information, call (818) 991-7111.
Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center: 1 p.m.-3 p.m. "Dead Sea Scrolls: Separating fact from fiction," lecture by biblical manuscripts expert Michael Phelps. $3 (members); $4 (general admission). 1434 N. Altadena Drive, Pasadena. For reservations or more information, call (626) 798-1161.
Museum of Tolerance: 7:30 p.m. "Blood and Honey: A Balkan War journal," with photojournalist Ron Haviv. For reservations or more information, call (310) 553-8403 ext. 2806.
Westside JCC: 7 p.m. Rabbi Norm Shifren reads from and discusses his book "Surfing Rabbi: A Kabbalistic Quest for Soul." 5870 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (323) 938-2531 ext. 2280.
Conejo Jewish Academy: 8 p.m. Lecture on "Rationality and Faith," based on the teachings of Maimonidies and Aristotle, with guest scholar Rabbi Shmuel Klatzkin, Ph.D. $10 (in advance); $12 (at the door). 30345 Canwood Street, Agoura Hills. For reservations or more information, call (818) 991-0991.
University of Judaism: 8 p.m.-9:45 p.m. "The Meanings of Pesach and its Symbols," first of a two-part series with Rabbi Mordecai Finley. Second lecture April 3. $35 (both lectures). 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. To register or for more information, call (310) 476-9777 ext. 246.
Temple Beth Torah: 6 p.m. Women of Reform Judaism women's seder, everyone brings a dish to share. Free (Women of
Reform Judaism members and Circle of Friends); $5 (guests). 7620 Foothill Road, Ventura. For reservations or more information, call (805) 647-4181.
Adat Ari El: 7:30 p.m. Mayoral candidates forum. Audience members will have the opportunity to pose questions to the candidates. 12020 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood. For reservations or more information, call (818) 766-9426 ext. 241.
West Valley JCC: 10 a.m.-noon. Senior Shalom club meets every Tuesday for coffee and bagel brunch and entertainment. This week: music by Joanie and the Strikers. $6. 22622 Vanowen Street, West Hills. For more information, call (818) 464-3300.
Temple Menorah: 5 p.m. "Remembering the Past, Preserving the Future," with Holocaust survivor Daisy Miller. 1101 Camino Real, Redondo Beach. For more information, call (310) 316-4233.
The Jewish Federation's Music, Entertainment and Hi-Tech Divisions: 6:30 p.m. Networking reception and panel discussion on "Convergence: Myth or reality?" focusing on issues facing the three industries. $20. 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. To register, call (323) 761-8222.
The Guardians of the Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging: 7:30 a.m.-9 a.m. "California Government at a Glance," breakfast with mayoral candidate Kathleen Connell. $35. The Regency Club, 10900 Wilshire Blvd., West L.A. For reservations, call (310) 479-2468.
Temple Akiba: 7:30 p.m. Sarah's Tent Rosh Chodesh. 5249 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City. For more information, call (310) 398-5783.
Chabad of the Conejo: 8 p.m. Community model seder and workshop teaches participants how to conduct a seder. 30345 Canwood Street, Agoura Hills. For reservations, call (818) 991-0991.
Adat Ari El Youth Department: 7 p.m. "Kiss Me Kate," directed by Rabbi Moshe J. Rothblum. $15. Farber Auditorium, 12020 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood. For tickets or more information, call (818) 766-9426 ext. 242.
Ivri-NASAWI: 7:30 p.m. "Conversations on Roots and Identity," monthly arts and culture discussion series. Tonight's discussion focuses on Iraq with artists Joyce Dallal, Lev Hakak and Salaam Yousif. $5 (members); $7 (nonmembers). Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice. For reservations, call (323) 650-3157.
Valley Beth Shalom Family Center: 7:30 p.m. "Questions Children Ask and We Can't Answer," with Rabbi Ed Feinstein. 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. For more information, call (818) 788-4667.
B'nai Tikvah Congregation: 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m. "The Book of Job," lecture by Rabbi Marvin Bornstein. 5820 W. Manchester Ave., Westchester. For more information, call (310) 645-6262.
Bay Cities JCC: 8:08 p.m.-11:55 p.m. Vintage Israeli dancing. 2601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. For more information, call (310) 828-3433.
Temple Beth Emet: 6:30 p.m. Shabbat dinner, followed by services at 8 p.m. with scholar-in-residence Rabbi Neil Weinberg discussing "Origins of Conversion." 1770 W. Cerritos Ave., Anaheim. For more information, call (714) 772-4720.
Temple Judea, Tarzana: 7:30 p.m. Friday Night Live, musical Shabbat service with Craig Taubman. 5429 Lindley Ave., Tarzana. For more information, call (818) 758-3800.
Temple Beth Shalom: 7:45 p.m. Shabbat services with guitar accompaniment by Mike Serota. 3635 Elm Ave., Long Beach. For more information, call (562) 426-6413.
University Synagogue, Irvine: 8 p.m. "Shabbat Alive," a musical Shabbat service using pop, jazz and neo-Hasidic melodies. 4915 Alton Pkwy., Irvine. For more information, call (949) 553-3535.
Leo Baeck Temple: Sun., Apr. 1, 2 p.m.-5 p.m. West Los Angeles Homelessness Awareness Week begins with a theatrical presentation, an exhibit by homeless photographers, a panel discussion and a performance by the New Directions Choir, all presented to creatively reveal the human face of homelessness. 1300 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (310) 476-2861.
Skirball Cultural Center: Sun., Apr. 1, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Passover Family Festival with live music, holiday songs, art projects and a book reading for children. $8 (general admission); $6 (seniors and students); free (members and children). 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. For advance tickets, call (323) 655-8587.
Singles Helping Others: 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Volunteering for the "Senior" Prom at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. For more information, call (818) 879-9360.
Jewish Single Parents and Singles Association: 6:30 p.m. Dinner at Jimmy Fish and Grill, followed by dancing. 6563 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., Long Beach. For reservations, call (562) 431-7727.
Jewish Association of Single Professionals: 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Studio City cocktail party and dance. $20. Sportsmen's Lodge, 12833 Ventura Blvd., Studio City. For more information, call (323) 656-7777.
Elite Jewish Theatre Singles: 8 p.m. "West Side Story." $21. Also: Sat., April 14, 8 p.m. "A Chorus Line." $17. A dinner social will precede each play. For reservations, call (310) 203-1312.
Nexus (21-39): 8 p.m. Going to see Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest" at the Seal Beach Playhouse. $18.75. 814 Electric Ave., Seal Beach. For more information, call (562) 799-9965.
L.A.'s Best Connections for L.A., Valley and Harbor Areas: 9 a.m. Trip to Griffith Park Observatory. For reservations or carpool information, call (323) 782-0435.
Social Circle (35-59): 11 a.m. Easy or vigorous Marina del Rey walk and no-host lunch. Meet in front of Harbor House Restaurant, 4211 Admiralty Way. For more information, call (310) 889-2345.
Westside Singles Networking Club: 2 p.m. Socialize and discuss real estate and stock investments. $10 (nonmembers). 1021 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. For more information, call (310) 828-7326.
New Age Singles (55+): 2 p.m. An afternoon of cards and board games. $3 (members); $5 (guests). Followed by no-host dinner at a nearby restaurant. For reservations or location, call (310) 473-1391.
Jewish Singles Meeting Place (30's-40's): 5 p.m. Academy Awards party at a private home in North Hills. $8. For reservations, call (818) 893-4879.
Gary's Place: 5:30 p.m. Dinner at Shalom Pizza, 8715 Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (310) 276-5442.
Harbor Jewish Singles (50+): 5 p.m. dinner and Academy Awards party. Temple Beth Emet, 1770 W. Cerritos, Anaheim. For more information, call (949) 651-0482.
Westwood Jewish Singles (45+): 8 p.m. Coffee, cake and conversation. Professionally led discussion group. Also meets Tue., 7:30 p.m. $8. For more information, call (310) 444-8986.
Klutz Productions and Jewish Big Brothers (21-39): 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Academy Awards after-party for Jewish singles. $20. The Dragon Fly, 6510 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Israeli Folk Dancing: 8 p.m. All levels of experience welcome, with instructor Israel Yakovie. Lessons until 9 p.m.; open session 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Also meets Thursday. $5. 2244 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (800) 750-5432.
Jewish Single Parents and Singles Association: 7 p.m. Balboa Island walk and coffee. Meet in front of the fire station on Marine Street. For more information, call (949) 581-8677.
Bridge for Singles (59+): 7:30 p.m. Intermediate players meet in a private home in West Los Angeles and Santa Monica areas. Also meets Saturday and Thursday. $4. For more information, call (310) 398-9649.
Bridge Group (60+): 7:30 p.m. Intermediate players only. Private homes in Santa Monica and West L.A. area. Also meets Sunday and Thursday. $4. For more information, call (310) 398-6558.
Harbor Jewish Singles (50+): 10:15 a.m. Tour of Founders Hall, Orange County Performing Arts Center, with free concert at noon. For more information, call (714) 963-2955.
New Age Singles (55+): 7:15 p.m. "Our Third Age: Reinventing our lives," discussion group meeting. $3 (members); $5 (guests). For location or reservations, call (310) 306-5070.
Westside JCC: 7:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Salsa and other Latin dances class for Jewish singles with instructor Yossi Conde. $4 (members); $5 (nonmembers). 5870 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (323) 938-2531 ext. 2228.
Project Next Step (20's-30's): 7 p.m. Town Hall meeting, monthly discussion forums. Tonight's guest is Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Michael Ramirez, discussing "Expectations of the Political Cartoonist." $5. 9911 W. Pico Blvd., Suite 102, Los Angeles. For reservations or more information, call (310) 552-4595 ext. 27.
Singles Helping Others: 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Volunteering for trivia challenge, benefitting the Burbank Public Library. Castaways Restaurant, Burbank. For more information, call (818) 340-3388.
Gary's Place: 8 p.m. "Should Synagogues Sponsor Singles Groups?" lecture by Gary Schultz. $4. Young Israel of Beverly Hills, 8701 Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (310) 276-5442.
Conversations!: 7:30 p.m. Singles group with a guest speaker every Thursday night. Light dinner served. $15. 820 Harvard Street, Santa Monica. For reservations, call (310) 315-1078.
Westwood Kehilla (25-50): 8 p.m. Discussion group on the topic "Friends: How do you know if you really have one?" 10523 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (310) 441-5289.
Potluck Shabbat Dinner (25-45): 7:30 p.m. Dairy and vegetarian dinner in North Hollywood. For reservations or more information, call (818) 713-0999.
405 Jewish Singles: 8 p.m. Shabbat services followed by kiddush cocktail mixer. Temple Israel, 3538 E. Third Street, Long Beach. For more information, call (562) 426-6413.
Aaron's Tent Group Shabbat Experience (20-30's): 7 p.m. Candlelit Shabbat dinner, lecture and after-party on the third Friday of every month. Sponsored by Aish Ha Torah. $11. For reservations, call (310) 247-7474.
Jewish Singles Vacations (30-49): April 28-May 9. Jewish singles trip to Italy. Itinerary includes Rome, Florence, Venice and Milan. For more information, call (617) 782-3396.
Orange County JCC Traveling Singles: May 18-21. Cruise in the Mexican Riviera. $265. For reservations or more information, call (714) 755-0340 ext. 115.
Livnot U'Lehibanot (21-26): Free two-week trips to Israel, every month through a special arrangement with Birthright Israel. For more information, call (888) 548-6680.
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