Saturday, Sept. 1Former chief soloist for the Army Choir of Israel Avi Albrecht's newest record "The Best of Avi Albrecht" includes songs that fuse Yiddish, Liturgy and Israeli melodies. Albrecht has appeared in several performances of the The Israeli Philharmonic and the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. $15.95. Available at music stores citywide.
Sunday, Sept. 2Take the kids to enjoy a fun, cultural afternoon at Sheila and Wally Weisman's Family Sundays, The program gives the family a chance to observe Los Angeles County Museum of Art's 100,000 works, dating from ancient times to the present. Today, LACMA leads workshops ranging from painting to sculpting to sketching. Music and storytelling are also included in this weekly program. Free (members); $7 (adult nonmembers); $5 (seniors and students); $1 (children 6-17). 12:30 p.m. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (323) 857-6000.
Monday, Sept. 3In 1992, 13-year-old Shai Fhima, a boy from a reform background, was abducted by a rabbi from his bar mitzvah class and led into Orthodox Jewry. Mayhem ensued as the boy's parents pressed charges for kidnapping, while he himself claimed he left at his own will. In "The Zaddik: The Battle For a Boy's Soul" (Prometheus Books,$26) author Elaine Grudin Denholtz examines the story and deals with questions such as whether the rabbi was mentally ill or just fervently religious. In this non-fiction book, she also discusses evidence that alludes to the boy being kidnapped and alleged abuse by his parents. Available at bookstores citywide.
Tuesday, Sept. 4Many people often participate in life-cycle events, without recognizing the significance of the practices. Tonight, Rabbi Harold Schulweis will discuss his book, "Finding Each Other in Judaism", relaying the meaning behind the various rites of passage. The breaking of the glass during the wedding ceremony, for example, represents "the duty of the couple to make whole that which is fragmented," says the senior rabbi of Valley Beth Shalom of Encino. Called "a valuable book by a master preacher and teacher," by president emeritus of the University of Judaism David Leiber, the book includes verse meditations and extended prose sections dedicated to each ceremony. 7 p.m. Westside Jewish Community Center, 5870 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. For reservations or more information, call (310) 938-2531 ext. 2207.
Wednesday, Sept. 5"I suddenly felt as if I was an American citizen alone in Iraq..." These are the words of author Elise Edelson Katch in her newest book, "The Get: A Spiritual Memoir of Divorce", an account of a woman who ends a 30-year marriage through the procedure. She relates the feelings of isolation and loneliness that resulted from her hard-reached decision to separate from her emotionally distant husband. The Denver social worker has done television interviews regarding the topic of divorce in the religious world and her plight to rise above the depression that accompanied being single again. Paperback $10.95. Publisher: Health Communications, Inc. Available at bookstores citywide.
Thursday, Sept. 6Curry's not the only thing that's hot about Indian culture. Indian music, with its upbeat melodies and variety of instrumental sounds, is even spicier when mixed with jazz. Tonight, Indian tabla virtuoso Sandip Burman will perform as part of Skirball's "East Meets West" musical program. Along with the Indian native, trumpet and flugelhorn player Randy Brecker, harmonica player Howard Levy, violinist Jerry Goodman, bass player Victor Bailey and drummer Steve Smith will grace the stage. $28 (general admission). $25 (members); $20 (students). 8 p.m. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. For tickets or more information, call (323) 655-8587. The man in the picture seems forlorn, pondering something mysterious. The painting is true to artist Betty Sheinbaum's aim of creating images of beauty, grace and charm. Her subjects' poses often mirror her own life experiences and travels throughout the world. Her exhibition, "Works In Progress" is displayed today accompanied by an artist lecture. 7 p.m. Opening reception: Sat., Sept. 8, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Gallery hours: Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Through Sept. 22. The Artists Gallery, 2903 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. For more information, call (310) 829-9556.
Friday, Sept. 7What do you get when you mix Hollywood and Judaism? No, not Woody Allen or Barbra Streisand this time, rather Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, author of "The Book of Jewish Values -- A Day By Day Guide to Ethical Living". As if being a spiritual leader and acclaimed author and lecturer weren't enough, Telushkin also works in screenwriting for Emmy-Award-winning television dramas such as "Touched By An Angel" and "The Practice". Tonight, at Synagogue for the Performing Arts, he discusses his recent venture to Israel and the current wave of violence there. The temple encompasses Hebrew instruction and services while incorporating Jewish entertainment themes. After the open-house lecture, enjoy a monthly Shabbat service themed "Preparing for the High Holy Days-Searching Mind, Body and Spirit." 7 p.m. Temple Beth Am, 1039 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (310) 472-3500.