SUN APRIL 7
This Arab-Jewish ensemble, composed of three members of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and four musicians from Israel’s Arab community, performs a concert for peace in honor of Yom HaAtzmaut, Israel’s 65th birthday. Sun. 4-6 p.m. Free. Wilshire Boulevard Temple, Irmas Campus, 11661 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. (424) 208-8932. wbtla.org.
Pepperdine University’s Judaic Cultural Awareness Club presents an evening of music, discussion and nosherei with Matisyahu. The singer participates in a pre-concert “Convosation,” where he explores his Judaism and its connection to his work, answers questions from the audience and performs a one-hour acoustic show. Kosher-style food trucks. Sun. 5-8 p.m. $5. Pepperdine University, Firestone Fieldhouse, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. (310) 506-4164. matisyahupepperdine.eventbrite.com.
YOM HASHOAH EVENTS
The annual community-wide Holocaust commemoration at the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust and Pan Pacific Park features an inter-generational walk with survivors, a musical performance by Theodore Bikel and a keynote lecture by UCI’s Ruth Kluger. Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; 11 a.m. (walk), 2 p.m. (Ceremony of Commemoration). 100 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles. (323) 651-3704. lamoth.org.
Mount Sinai Memorial Parks and Mortuaries leads a memorial service, collects tzedakah for the Six Million Coins project and holds a panel discussion on Raoul Wallenberg. 6150 Mount Sinai Drive, Simi Valley. Sun. 10 a.m. 6150 Mount Sinai Drive, Simi Valley. (800) 600-0076. mountsinaiparks.org.
Temple Ramat Zion’s “Remembering the Past, Securing the Future” interfaith program features local religious leaders, including the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Rabbi Abraham Cooper, and City Councilman Mitch Englander. Sun. 4 p.m. 17655 Devonshire St., Northridge. (818) 360-1881. trz.org.
“Tomorrow Never Came,” a family-oriented program, remembers the children of Terezin. Co-sponsored by Sinai Akiba Academy, MATI, the Israeli Leadership Council and the Sinai Temple Israel Center. Sun. 4 p.m. Free. Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (818) 456-8527. tinyurl.com/c96695o.
A memorial march starts at the Simon Wiesenthal Center and ends at Beth Jacob Congregation, where a program features guest speaker Peninnah Schram. Simon Wiesenthal Center March: Sun. 6:45 p.m. 9786 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. Program: Sun. 7:30 p.m. 9030 W. Olympic Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 278-1911. bethjacob.org.
The Simon Wiesenthal Center and the Museum of Tolerance hold a commemoration that includes David Siegel, consul general of Israel in Los Angeles; Bernd Fischer, consul general of Germany; Cantor Natan Baram and the Jewish Community Children’s Choir. Mon. 10:30 a.m. 9786 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. RSVP required. (310) 772-2505. museumoftolerance.com.
TUE APRIL 9
“WEST SIDE STORY”
Relive the singing, dancing and more as the beloved musical returns. The Grammy-winning Broadway revival includes Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim’s score, featuring such classics as “I Feel Pretty,” “America” and “Tonight.” Tue. 8 p.m. Through April 14. 8 p.m. (Tuesday-Friday), 2 and 8 p.m. (Saturday), 1 and 6:30 p.m. (Sunday). Tickets start at $25. The Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 468-1770. broadwayla.org.
THU APRIL 11
LOS ANGELES MAYORAL DEBATE
Mayoral candidates Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel square off over the local economy, jobs and transportation during a televised debate at American Jewish University (AJU). American Jewish Committee, Anti-Defamation League and AJU co-sponsor with KABC 7. Thu. 6:40-8 p.m. Free (reservations required). American Jewish University, Gindi Auditorium, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 446-4243. lamayoraldebate.eventbrite.com.
Israeli writer Meir Shalev discusses technique, craft and other facets of his art during “Concerning the Process of Writing” for the USC Initiative for Israeli Art and Humanities. Thu. 7-8:30 p.m. Free. University of Southern California, Doheny Library Lecture Hall, Room 240, USC Campus, Los Angeles. (213) 740-2787. roski.usc.edu.
“HOPE AND REDEMPTION THROUGH DRAMA AND HUMOR”
Valley Beth Shalom’s second annual Short Play Festival, sponsored by the shul’s Jewish Writers Roundtable, features six stories from Jewish writers across the nation: “Plastic Flowers” by Kennedy Center honoree Deanna Alisa Ableser; “Worst Fear” by playwright and screenwriter Barbara Beery; “Holiday Tree” by Dan Berkowitz, co-chair of the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights; “The Flier” by KPCC correspondent Kitty Felde; “Chestnut Trees” by Universal Television story editor Michael Halperin; and “Audition for a Reality Show” by playwright Michael Solomon. Rabbi Ed Feinstein hosts. Thu. 7:30 p.m. Free. Valley Beth Shalom, 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (818) 788-6000. vbs.org.
FRI APRIL 12
“NO PLACE ON EARTH”
In 1942, five Jewish families fled to a cave in southwest Ukraine, where they hid from the Nazis for nearly a year. Documentarian Janet Tobias follows cave explorer Chris Nicola, who, in 1993, discovered unusual objects — buttons, shoes, a grindstone and a rusty key — while mapping cave systems in Ukraine. Over the next nine years, Nicola pieced together the story of the 38 survivors who lived in the cave despite a lack of gear or training. Fri. Various times. $11 (general), $8 (children under 12, seniors). Laemmle’s Town Center 5, 17200 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (310) 478-3836. laemmle.com.