Jewish Journal

Aug. 9-Aug. 19

by Ryan Torok

Posted on Aug. 9, 2011 at 6:29 pm

The Maccabeats. Photo by Julian Horowitz

The Maccabeats. Photo by Julian Horowitz


Congregations Temple Beth Am, IKAR and B’nai David-Judea commemorate the destructions of the First and Second Temples of Jerusalem. After Minha, Rabbis Aaron Kligfeld (Beth Am), Sharon Brous (IKAR) and Yosef Kanefsky (B’nai David-Judea) lead a session of study and singing. After Ma’ariv, the evening concludes with dinner. Tue. 6:15 p.m. (Minha), 7 p.m. (study and singing), 8:15 p.m. (Ma’ariv). Free (services and group study). $10 (per person for dinner, RSVP required). Temple Beth Am, 1039 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 652-7353. tbala.org.

THU | AUG 11

The historic Boyle Heights synagogue, a landmark 18,000-square-foot Byzantine structure, is being redeveloped by the Breed Street Shul Project into a neighborhood community center for educational, arts and cultural programs. Come visit the shul today with The Jewish Federation’s Real Estate and Construction Division, which has contributed to its restoration. Lunch will be provided. Thu. Noon-3 p.m. Free. Breed Street Shul, 247 N. Breed St., Los Angeles. (323) 761-8302. jewishla.org.

The Mexico City vocalist draws on her Jewish Iraqi and Syrian roots as she combines Spanish vocals with rumba flamenco, Afro-Cuban drumming, Arabic melodies, Gypsy brass and Middle Eastern and Caribbean rhythms. Expect music from her new album, “Tanita,” which features lyrics in Spanish, English, Hebrew and Arabic. Limited seating on a first-come, first-served basis. Thu. 8 p.m. Free. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.

Celebrate Tu B’Av — the Jewish holiday of love — with live music, mixed drinks and good company during tonight’s party, organized by young professionals organization JConnectLA. Ages 18 and over. Singles and couples welcome. Thu. 8-11 p.m. $10 (advance), $15 (door), $50 (VIP booth). Bungalow Club, 7174 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 277-5544. jconnectla.com.

Singer-songwriter and instrumentalist Leah Siegel’s latest project, a four-piece art-rock band, performs music from the group’s debut album, “And So They Ran Faster…,” at Hotel Café. Ages 21 and over. Thu. 9 p.m. Hotel Café, 1623 1/2 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 461-2040. hotelcafe.com.

SUN | AUG 14


The Los Angeles Jewish Symphony, led by conductor Noreen Green, presents an evening of biblically inspired orchestral scores from screen, stage and concert halls, including “Joseph” from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”; Jerry Bock’s “Adam” from “The Apple Tree”; Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s “Isaiah, Jeremiah and Elijah” from “The Prophets”; and Franz Waxman’s symphonic suite “The Story of Ruth.” Featured guest artists are two-time Grammy nominee Amick Byram (the singing voice of Moses from “The Prince of Egypt”) and 15-year-old violin prodigy Stephen Waarts. Sun. 7:30 p.m. $25-$36 (general), $12 (students and children). Ford Amphitheatre, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. E., Hollywood. (323) 461-3673. fordtheatres.org.

Join the restaurateur, chef and Jewish Journal contributor as she re-creates culinary adventures from the Tuscan countryside, Piedmont, Florence and Umbria in this demonstration and tasting from her latest book, “Italy Cooks.” Sun. 11 a.m. $20. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.

The renowned a cappella group racked up more than 5 million views on YouTube for “Candlelight,” its Chanukah-themed send-up of Taio Cruz’s chart-topping “Dynamite,” and even got a shout-out from President Obama during the White House Correspondents’ Dinner this year. Tonight, the Yeshiva University ensemble performs an evening of Jewish music in the Valley. Sun. 5 p.m. $72 (reserved seating), $36 (general admission), $25 (students, 14 to 25), $18 (children, 13 and under). Temple Ahavat Shalom, 18200 Rinaldi Place, Northridge. (818) 360-2258. tasnorthridge.org.

MON | AUG 15

The L.A. Museum of the Holocaust’s Young Leadership Division hosts a screening of the iconic romantic drama starring Humphrey Bogart as an American ex-pat nightclub owner torn between his love for his ex (Ingrid Bergman) and the virtue of helping her and her fugitive Czech resistance leader husband (Paul Henreid) escape the Vichy-controlled Moroccan city. Popcorn will be served. Mon. 7-10 p.m. $10 (suggested donation). Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, 100 S. The Grove Drive, Los Angeles. (323) 651-3704. lamoth.org.

TUE | AUG 16

The Democratic Republic of Congo has been described as the worst place on earth to be a woman. The National Council of Jewish Women/Los Angeles holds a discussion about the plight of women in the African nation, which a senior U.N. official dubbed “the rape capital of the world.” Panelists include Fred Kramer, interim executive director of Jewish World Watch; Mamie Kabongolo of Kinshasa, Congo; and Margaret Aguirre, director of global communications for International Medical Corps. West Hollywood City Councilman John Heilman moderates. Refreshments provided by Urth Caffe. Tue. 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. NCJW/LA Council House, 543 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 852-8503. ncjwla.org.

WED | AUG 17

The work of Brazilian visual artist Michel Groisman combines visual art, the human body and everyday materials like water, candles and playing cards. In his meditative movement piece, “Door of Hands,” Groisman uses only his hands to create kaleidoscopic forms, demonstrating the human body’s role in artistic expression.  Wed. 8 p.m. $12 (general), $10 (members), $6 (full-time students). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.

THU | AUG 18

A music festival atmosphere mixes with summer camp fun during the second annual overnight camp for young professionals, featuring live concerts, swimming, hiking, horseback riding and more. Visit jewliciousfestival.com for concert lineup details. Thu. Through Aug. 21. $99-$299. Brandeis Bardin Campus of American Jewish University, 1101 Peppertree Lane, Brandeis. (310) 277-5544.
Fast-talking, self-deprecating and occasionally dark, the up-and-coming comic often explores topics such as his sexuality, Bernie Madoff and why heaven sounds just as bad as hell. Thu. 8 p.m. $14. Improv Hollywood, 8162 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 651-2583. improv.com.

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