Jewish Journal

Calendar Picks and Clicks for June 20–26, 2009

by Dikla Kadosh

Posted on Jun. 18, 2009 at 3:11 pm

Jordan Farmar (see Thursday)

Jordan Farmar (see Thursday)


Valley Ruach Young Professionals, a grass-roots community in the Valley, is hosting its first evening of wine tasting, “Ruach and Riesling.” The party will feature a variety of wines and light food pairings in the casual setting of a Northridge home. Sat. 8:30 p.m. $10 (prepaid), $12 (at the door). Address provided with R.S.V.P. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). www.valleyruach.org.


In celebration of Father’s Day and the start of summer, Moadon Israelim, an Israeli social club, is hosting an evening of mingling, music and comedy in Hebrew. The Moadon house band will perform Israeli and Mizrachi songs, comedians will perform bits and a lecture on positive thinking will round out the program. Sun. 7 p.m. Free. Hyatt Hotel, 880 S. Westlake Blvd., Westlake Village. (818) 324-4524. www.moadonisraelim.com.

Spend the first day of summer hiking up the Hollywood Hills with JconnectLA. The strenuous, 5-mile hike leads to an overlook just above the Hollywood sign in Griffith Park. Sun. 9 a.m. (carpool), 10 a.m. (trail). Free. Coffee Bean, 9541 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. Or, Bronson Canyon entrance, Griffith Park, 2800 Canyon Drive, Hollywood. (310) 277-5544. www.jconnectla.com.


Stand-up comedians Carol Leifer, Wendy Liebman and Jimmy Brogan are donating their time and sense of humor at the Stand Up For Starlight: Comics in the House fundraiser for the Starlight Children’s Foundation, which provides services for seriously ill children. Leifer was recently featured on “The Oprah Winfrey Show”  with her new book, “When You Lie About Your Age the Terrorists Win.” Tue. 8-11 p.m. $25 (plus two-drink minimum). The Laugh Factory, 8001 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood. (323) 556-3337. www.starlight.org/california/standupforstarlight.


The Los Angeles Jewish Chamber of Commerce holds monthly mixers where business owners can network, promote their businesses and make friends. This month’s mixer includes a hosted bar and food, along with a plethora of opportunities to play — billiards, ping-pong, darts, bumper pool, foosball, basketball toss and more — at Busby’s West. Wed. 5:30-8:30 p.m. $20 (prepaid), $25 (at the door). Busby’s West, 3110 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. (866) 257-6117. www.lajewishchamber.com.


The Citizens’ Empowerment Center in Israel (CECI) works to educate Israelis about their rights and responsibilities as citizens of a democratic nation and encourages them to be active in their communities. The American Friends of CECI helps raise funds for these efforts; their newest initiative, the Young Leaders division, kicks off tonight with its first fundraising event featuring the Lakers’ Jordan Farmar, Journal columnist David Suissa, cocktails, tapas and music. Proceeds will benefit CECI’s Youth Education Programs in Israel. 21 and over. Thu. 7:30 p.m. $45 (presale), $60 (after June 19). Private Beverly Hills residence.  (310) 300-4120. www.americanfriendsofceci.org.

Robert and Richard Sherman’s credits include songs from “Mary Poppins,” “Winnie the Pooh,” “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” and the Disney theme park song “It’s a Small World (After All).” “Supercalifragilistic ... Evening With Richard Sherman” features the two-time Academy Award-winner along with other performers in a retrospective of the Sherman brothers’ careers, which benefits the Magic Children Foundation and the Norris Children Education Program. Thu. 7:30 p.m. $100-$125 (general), $200 and up (VIP). Norris Theatre, 27570 Crossfield Drive, Rolling Hills Estates. (310) 544-0403. www.norristheatre.org.

A martial arts program geared toward Jewish girls between the ages of 5-16 with special needs starts today with a free trial class. The aim of the program is to improve young girls’ self-discipline, self-esteem and physical fitness, as well as encourage participants to forge friendships with one another. Classes begin June 25. Friendship Circle of Los Angeles, 9581 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 277-3252. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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