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2012 Passover Calendar

by Ryan Torok

March 29, 2012 | 6:06 pm

PRE-PASSOVER EVENTS

WED, MARCH 28

WOW INTERFAITH SEDER
For the second consecutive year, Stephen S. Wise Temple’s Women of Wise, an intergenerational social action group, and the Dolores Mission Church and School, a Boyle Heights social service organization, hold a women-only, pre-Passover lunch. Led by Stephen S. Wise’s Rabbi Lydia Medwin. Chicken and soup served. Wed. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. $36. Stephen S. Wise Temple, Hershenson Hall, 15500 Stephen S. Wise Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 476-8561. wisela.org/temple/wow.aspx.

SEDER TO SAVOR
A four-course meal featuring Moroccan lamb with matzah crepes (or Moroccan vegetable tagine as a vegetarian substitute), jeweled rice, eggplant hummus and spiced apple cake, along with an extensive wine list, highlight the second annual seder at STREET, celebrity chef Susan Feniger’s multi-ethnic eatery. Sat. 5 p.m. (doors), 6 p.m. (brief service). $55 (per person). Susan Feniger’s STREET, 742 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles (323) 203-0500. eatatstreet.com.

“SWOLLEN AND PUFFY”
Rabbi Adam Kligfeld discusses “the real reason we don’t eat chametz on Pesach.” Organized by YABA (Young Adults at Temple Beth Am). Dessert served. Wed. 7:30 p.m. Free. Temple Beth Am, 1039 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 652-7353. tbala.org.


THU, MARCH 29

PASSOVER UNIVERSITY
Interactive workshops explore “Seder Leading 101,” “Ethics of the Haggadah,” “The ART of Passover” and “Kosher for Passover = Tastes Like Carboard?” If that’s not enough, Rabbi Edward Feinstein, Cantor Phil Brown and Cindy Paley Aboody lead “Songs of the Seder.” Hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and desert are served. Thu. 7-9:30 p.m. $10 (advance), $15 (door). Valley Beth Shalom, 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino.  (818) 788-6000. vbs.org.


SUN, APRIL 1

LIGHTEN UP YOUR SEDER!
Surprise your guests with food that is healthy, delicious and right for spring. Learn about traditional and contemporary Passover food and how to set a beautiful seder table. Bring an apron, questions and containers for takeout. All food will be adaptable for either a meat or dairy seder. Led by Adat Ari El Sisterhood board member Marla Feinberg. Children 12 and older only. Sun. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $35. Adat Ari El, 12020 Burbank Blvd., Valley Village. (818) 766-9426. adatariel.com.

FAMILY PASSOVER ADVENTURE
Ride a zip line across the Red Sea, watch the Ten Plagues come to life, make holiday crafts for your seder table, bake matzah and enjoy activities, including, a climbing wall, a moon bounce, nature hikes and more. Sun. 1-4 p.m. Free. Shalom Institute, 34342 Mulholland Highway, Malibu. (818) 889-5500. shalominstitute.com.

PASSOVER ART PROJECT
The Slavin Family Children’s Library hosts a hands-on holiday crafts workshop for kids, led by Ed Rodman. Sun. 2:30 p.m. Free. Slavin Family Children’s Library, 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 761-8648. slavinlibrary.org.

ALTERNA-SEDER
Bring your Passover questions and a chametz vegetarian dish, enough for six people, as The W Group for young professionals hosts its fifth annual Alterna-Seder. Jewish World Watch joins in to talk about its Solar Cooker Project. Sun. 4-6 p.m. Free (advance registration required). Stephen S. Wise Temple, 15500 Stephen S. Wise Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 476-8561. wisela.org/wgroup.


FIRST NIGHT OF PASSOVER

FRI, APRIL 6

FIFTH ANNUAL SENIOR PASSOVER SEDER
Klezmer music, a haggadah reading and good vibes highlight the Westside Jewish Community Center’s daytime seder. Fri. 11:15 a.m.-2 p.m. $4 (advance registration required). Westside JCC, Weinberger Auditorium, 5870 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 556-5231 or (323) 938-2531. westsidejcc.org.

UCLA STUDENT PASSOVER SEDERS
Fine wines, handmade matzah, homemade food, songs and stories highlight Chabad of UCLA’s first- and second-night seders. Traditional, interactive and English-friendly. Fri. Through Saturday, April 7. 7 p.m. (first seder), 8 p.m. (second seder). $18 (suggested donation, current UCLA student), $36 (suggested donation, recent alumni and families). Chabad House at UCLA, 612 1/2 Midvale Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 622-8032. chabaducla.com.


SECOND-NIGHT SEDERS

SAT, APRIL 7

JEWISH HOME CENTENNIAL SEDER
Tonight’s centennial seder draws residents and supporters of the Los Angeles Jewish Home. Led by Rabbi Rita Hertzberg. Sat. 5 p.m. $40 (per adult), $30 (per adult family member of Jewish Home resident), $15 (child, 12 and under). Los Angeles Jewish Home, Eisenberg Village Campus, 18855 Victory Blvd., and Grancell Village Campus, 7150 Tampa Ave., Reseda. RSVP to (818) 774-3386. jha.org.

WILSHIRE BOULEVARD TEMPLE
Rabbi David Eshel leads a participatory seder that is open to adults and children of all ages. Full kosher dinner served. Haggadah provided. Sat. 5 p.m. $50 (adults), $25 (children). Wilshire Boulevard Temple, Audrey and Sydney Irmas Campus, 11661 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. (424) 208-8930. wbtla.org.

TEMPLE JUDEA
Lively music, discussion, family activities and a catered meal highlight Temple Judea’s seder. Led by Cantorial Soloist Mark Britowich. Sat. 5-10 p.m. $50 (members, adult), $27.50 (members, children 6 and under), $55 (general, adult), $30 (general, children 6 and under). Temple Judea, 5429 Lindley Ave., Tarzana. (818) 758-3800. templejudea.com.

SEDER & FREEDOM POETRY SLAM
Rabbi Lisa Edwards and Cantor Juval Porat host this second-night seder, featuring a fish entrée (a vegetarian option is available for those who reserve ahead). All side dishes are vegetarian. Families with children are welcome. Sat. 6-9:30 p.m. $50 (members), $65 (general), children half price. Beth Chayim Chadashim, 6090 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. RSVP to (323) 931-7023. bcc-la.org.

“MOSES, MATZOH AND MYTHS: WHY THIS STORY SHOULD MATTER ON ALL OTHER NIGHTS”
Music, discussion and a three-course meal draw young professionals to tonight’s seder, organized by ATID LA. Led by Rabbi Jason Fruithandler and musician Justin Stein. Cuisine provided by Kosher Gourmet. Advance registration required. Sat. 6:30 p.m. $44. Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 481-3244. atidla.com.

TEMPLE OF THE ARTS
Rabbi David Baron and Cantor Ilysia Pierce host Temple of the Arts’ seder at the Four Seasons. Chilean sea bass and braised short rib are served. Sat. 6:30 p.m. $125 (adult members), $150 (general), $50 (children, 12 and under). Four Season Hotel, 300 S. Doheny Drive, Los Angeles. (323) 658-9100. templeofthearts.org.

HOLLYWOOD TEMPLE BETH EL
Rabbi Ira Rosenfeld, lay leaders and attendees participate in a second-night seder at this egalitarian synagogue. Attendees choose fish or meat/poultry. Sat. 7 p.m. (Havdalah), 8 p.m. (seder). $65 (early bird), $85. Hollywood Temple Beth El, 1317 N. Crescent Heights Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 656-3150. htbel.org.

TEMPLE BETH AM
Are you married, or single? Do you have lots of kids, or no kids? Are you young, or young at heart? Temple Beth Am requests your attendance at tonight’s seder, which is open to everyone. Led by Rabbi David Bluman of Kadima Day School. Sat. 7:45 p.m. $50 (adult, members), $55 (adult, general), $25 (children, 5-12), $10 (children, 2-4), free (children, under 2). Temple Beth Am, 1039 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 652-7353. tbala.org/communityseder.

HAPPY MINYAN
Singing, stories, commentary and more highlight the Shlomo Carlebach-inspired congregation’s seder. Led by Rabbi Yonah Bookstein, director of the Jewlicious festival. Sat. 8:05 p.m. $65 (individual), $95 (individual and guest). Beth Jacob, 9030 W. Olympic Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 571-8863. happyminyan.org.


OTHER PASSOVER EVENTS

WED, APRIL 11

INCLUSIVE (AFTER-SEDER) PASSOVER SEDERS
Specially prepared haggadot, narrative props, children acting out the Passover story, music and a kosher traditional communal meal highlight a musical seder on the sixth night of Passover. Organized by Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services, a social services agency for children and families struggling with mental, developmental and emotional issues. Open to families with children of all abilities. Wed. 5:30-7:30 p.m. $10 (per attendee, financial assistance available). Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services, Shuken Auditorium, 3200 Motor Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 836-1223 ext. 209. vistadelmar.org/calendar.

“NOT ANOTHER SEDER”
Socialize, learn and celebrate with young adults. YABA, Temple Beth Am’s organization for 20-somethings and 30-somethings, hosts a casual kosher meal. Wed. 7:30 p.m. $25 (RSVP required by April 4). Temple Beth Am, 1039 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 652-7353. tbala.org.

NCJW WOMEN’S SEDER
Experience the seder through the eyes of women, sing women’s Passover songs and feast on a kosher-for-Passover dinner. Led by Cantor Mimi Haselkorn, chazzan of Temple Aliyah and national chair of the education committee for the Cantors Assembly, and organized by the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW). NCJW/LA board member Marla Smith leads a reading of a special haggadah, which was adapted for women by NCJW/LA members 11 years ago and is updated each year. Wed. 6:30-9:30 p.m. $36 (NCJW members), $46 (general). NCJW/LA Council House, 543 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 852-8512. ncjwla.org/womens-passover-seder.


SUN, APRIL 15

YEAST FEAST
Pico-Robertson dairy restaurant Nana Cafe hosts a post-Pesach brunch. Organized by Jewlyweds, Temple Beth Am’s organization for newly married and engaged couples. Sun. 11 a.m. Menu prices (RSVP required). Nana Café, 1509 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 652-7354 ext. 215. tbala.org.

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