Saturday, Jan. 12
Israel's former prime minister Golda Meir is known for helping shape Israel. But seldom has her personal life been brought to light, including her immigration to America, marriage and subsequent extramarital affairs. Tonight, learn more about the life of the woman who influenced a nation, and the world, in "An Evening With Golda Meir." Emmy Award-winning Renée Taylor wrote and stars in the one-woman show directed by her husband, actor Joseph Bologna. The play, at the Lee Strasberg Creative Center, benefits Hollygrove Children and Family Services. $25 (general admission). 8 p.m. 7936 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. For reservations or more information, call (323) 650-7777.
Sunday, Jan. 13
Many adjectives might come to mind while trying to describe the characteristics of a Jewish woman. And although there is no single way to classify them, the Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring will highlight some of ground breakers throughout time in "Great Jewish Women: From the Middle Ages to the Twentieth Century," Today's session, "Great Jewish Women of the Early Modern Period" explores the trials and tribulations of the pioneers of the Jewish women's movement. $10 (members); $12 (nonmembers); $6 (children under 18). 2 p.m. 1525 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. For reservations or more information, call (310) 552-2007.
Monday, Jan. 14
Jews and entertainment seem like synonymous concepts. Ever since the beginning of television and not long after the inception of film, Jews have been gracing the screen with unparalleled wit and humor. Tonight, join Kehillat Israel in their program, "From the Marx Brothers to Billy Crystal: Why What You're Watching is Jewish" hosted by writers Sandy Krinski ("Three's Company") and David Goodman ("Golden Girls"). 7:30 p.m. 16019 Sunset Blvd., Pacific Palisades. For reservations or more information, call (310) 459-2328.
Tuesday, Jan. 15
It's no news that the Jewish Community Centers are in dire need of financial help to stay open. Now, the Westside JCC is offering a chance to enjoy "Fiddler On the Roof," and assist the center in raising funds. Come enjoy the story about Tevye (Theodore Bikel), a humble milkman in Czarist Russia who struggles to preserve tradition in the face of a changing world. Your contribution will go towards the WJCC Emergency Fund, helping to preserve the ability of the centers to foster Jewish life. $300 buys two orchestra seats for a weekday (Tuesday-Thursday)performance at 8 p.m. or Sunday performance at 2 p.m. Through Jan. 27. Wilshire Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. For tickets or more information, call (323) 933-1693.
Wednesday, Jan. 16
Kick back at a Beverly Hills home, eat delicious desserts and be entertained as the Jewish Women's Theatre Project presents the first productions of their "At Homes" series. Tonight's Jewish play readings will be "Cyma's Story" and "Women of Exile, " directed by Deborah LaVine. The event will be followed by a lively post-play discussion. Plays Tues., Jan. 15, Wed., Jan. 16 and Thurs., Jan. 17. $50. For reservations or more information, call (310) 398-7117.
Thursday, Jan. 17
Years ago Irish-Catholic Mary Ann McNeill married Jewish Sam Rothstein and it tore their families apart. Now, Sam has died and Mary Ann must deal with everything on her own, including a rebellious daughter, business problems, long absent sisters-in-law and an extended family of "orphans" that includes an ex-con, in the comedy/drama play "Imitating Sam," directed by Ray Proscia ("Vanilla Sky"). $18 (general admission). Discounts available for students, seniors and groups. Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m., Sun., 3 p.m. Through Feb. 10. Egyptian Arena Theatre, 1625 N. Las Palmas Ave., Hollywood. For more information, call (323) 960-8865.