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Where to celebrate Simchat Torah in LA

by Ryan Torok

October 19, 2011 | 5:31 pm

THU., OCT. 20

ADAT ARI EL AND VALLEY RUACH
No matter your take on the Torah, it’s a scroll worth dancing with. Join Conservative congregation Adat Ari El and the synagogue’s young professionals organization at tonight’s celebration. For the Valley Ruach folk, the festivities includes bar trivia with prizes. Thu. 7-10 p.m. Free. Adat Ari El, 12020 Burbank Blvd., Valley Village. (818) 835-2139. valleyruach.org.

CHABAD OF SIMCHA MONICA
Everybody holds the Torah at Chabad of Simcha Monica’s Simchat Torah celebration. All-night dancing highlights the occasion. Nosh and drinks provided. Thu. 7 p.m. Free. Chabad of Simcha Monica, 1428 17th St., Santa Monica. (310) 453-3011. thechabadnik.org.

DANCING WITH THE TORAH
Stephen S. Wise Temple’s Simchat Torah celebration features a family-style dinner, art projects for the kids, singing with the school choirs and cantors and more. Thu. 5 p.m. (dinner and children’s activities), 6:30 p.m. (service and program), 7:15 p.m. (dancing and cookies). Free. Stephen S. Wise Temple, 15550 Stephen S. Wise Drive, Los Angeles (310) 476-8561. wisela.org/dancingwiththetorah.

IT’S HOLY PANDEMONIUM AT IKAR
Bring your unbridled enthusiasm, your libation of choice and get ready to sing, dance and pray your way through a celebration of Torah, community and life. IKAR, a progressive spiritual community, will not have childcare tonight, but kids of all ages are welcome to dance and celebrate. For the potluck, please bring the following vegetarian dishes (and, of course, your drink of choice) depending on the first letter of your last name: A-G: dessert; H-M: entrée; N-S: salad; T-Z: side dish. Thu. 5:30 p.m. (early childhood celebration for children ages 0-5 and their families), 6 p.m. (community potluck), 7 p.m. (services and celebration). Free. Westside Jewish Community Center, 5870 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 634-1870. ikar-la.org.

PARTY AT MORRY’S
Mix and mingle with young professionals at Aish Los Angeles’ Simchat Torah. The all-night night festivities features drinks, a full buffet, dancing, desserts and lots of Simcha. Ages 21-33 only. Tue. 9 p.m.-4 a.m. Free. Morry’s Fireplace, 9118 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 278-8672. aishla.com.

NASHUVA
Join Rabbi Naomi Levy and the Nashuva Band for a night of joy and dancing with the Torah. Snacks and desserts provided. Thu. 6:45 p.m. Free. Vista Del Mar Gymnasium, 3200 Motor Ave., Los Angeles. E-mail return@nashuva.com or visit nashuva.com for details.

VALLEY BETH SHALOM
The Conservative congregation holds a Tot Simchat Torah in the Sher-Lopaty Chapel and a Giant Torah Roll — with lots of dancing — for all ages in Malkin Hall. Thu. 6 p.m. (Tot Simchat Torah), 7 p.m. (Giant Torah Roll). Free. 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (818) 788-6000. vbs.org.

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