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June 1-June 10

by Ryan Torok

May 31, 2011 | 6:36 pm

WED | JUNE 1

“DISSOLUTION”
Fyodor Dostoevsky’s “Crime and Punishment” inspires director Nina Menkes’ 2010 Israeli art film, which follows a morose young Israeli Jew (Didi Fire) who murders a female pawnbroker. Shot in Yaffo, a predominantly Arab part of Tel Aviv, the film won the Anat Pirchi Award for Best Drama at the 2010 Jerusalem International Film Festival. Wed. Through June 5. 7 p.m. $10. Downtown Independent, 251 S. Main St., Los Angeles. (213) 617-1033. downtownindependent.com.


THU | JUNE 2

ISRAEL CONFERENCE
Haim Saban, Yossi Vardi and dozens of other top American and Israeli executives speak during this annual showcase, which shines a light on innovative Israeli technology and products. Meet movers and shakers doing business with or investing in Israeli companies, or sit in on panel discussions covering such topics as “Social Advertising,” “Cool Content and Convergence” and “From Seeding Ideas to Selling Shares.” Breakfast and lunch will be served. Thu. 7:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. $260-$380. Luxe Hotel, 11461 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 445-5388. theisraelconference.org.

NIGHT OF COMEDY AND COCKTAILS
The Anti-Defamation League’s Asian Jewish Initiative hosts an evening mixer for young professionals followed by a performance from Cold Tofu, an Asian American improv and sketch comedy group. Thu. 6:30 p.m. (cocktail reception), 8 p.m. (Cold Tofu). $15. Japanese American National Museum, 369 E. First St., Los Angeles. (310) 446-4257. adl.org.

“NUREMBERG: ITS LESSON FOR TODAY”
Suppressed in the United States for more than 60 years, “Nuremberg” follows the prosecution of top Nazi leaders during the 11-month Nuremberg war crimes trials, blending courtroom footage with Nazi propaganda films and heart-rending images of human cruelty. Directed by Stuart Schulberg, the film was widely shown in Germany during 1948 and 1949, as part of the campaign to re-educate German society, but U.S. officials got cold feet when it came to showing the film in America. Following tonight’s Museum of Tolerance screening, Schulberg’s daughter, Sandra Schulberg, who produced this restored version of the film, appears in conversation with Stephen Rohde, a constitutional lawyer. Thu. 7 p.m. $10 (general), $7 (Museum of Tolerance members). Museum of Tolerance, 9786 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 772-2505. museumoftolerance.com.

BRAD GARRETT
Known for his Emmy-winning role as Ray Romano’s older brother on “Everybody Loves Raymond” —  and more recently as Eddie Stark on “ ’Til Death” — the Woodland Hills native performs tonight at the Comedy and Magic Club. Fair warning: Garrett’s routine features adult themes. Thu. 8 p.m. $25. The Comedy and Magic Club, 1018 Hermosa Ave., Hermosa Beach. (310) 372-1193. comedyandmagicclub.com.


FRI | JUNE 3

SHABBAT IN THE PARK
Celebrate summer early by packing a picnic and spending Shabbat outdoors:

SINAI TEMPLE’S DOR CHADASH SHABBAT IN THE PARK
Bring your own kosher-style dinner and welcome Shabbat amid friends, family and monkey bars. Fri. 5:45 p.m. Free. Holmby Park, 601 Club View Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 474-1518. sinaitemple.org.

IKAR’S PICNIC AND KABBALAT SHABBAT
A traditional Friday night service featuring familiar melodies, rhythmic drumming, insightful study and joyous celebration. Childcare available during services. Fri. 5:45 p.m. (Shabbat dinner), 7 p.m. (services). Free. Roxbury Park, 471 S. Roxbury Drive, Beverly Hills. (323) 634-1870. ikar-la.org.

TEMPLE BETH SHALOM’S SHABBAT IN THE PARK
Join the Prayer Walk to Greet the Shabbat Bride and stay for a shared feast after services. Fri. 6-7:30 p.m. (Kabbalat Shabbat), 7-8:30 p.m. (dinner).  Free. El Dorado Park, Golden Grove Picnic Area, 7550 E. Spring St., Long Beach. (562) 426-6413. tbslb.org.


SAT | JUNE 4

BLACKFIELD
The cross-cultural collaboration of Israeli mega-star Aviv Geffen and British musician Steven Wilson, lead guitarist of the progressive rock band Porcupine Tree, perform as Blackfield at the El Rey in support of their third album, “Welcome to My DNA,” which was recorded in Tel Aviv and London. Jewish keyboardist Jordan Rudess opens. Sat. 8 p.m. $25. El Rey Theatre, 5515 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 936-6400. theelrey.com.

GREEN CITY FAIR
Join actor/environmental guru Ed Begley Jr. and TreePeople founder Andy Lipkis for the inaugural Green City Fair, where you can learn to cook eco-friendly cuisine and green your home, apartment or workplace; chat with local green vendors and sustainability experts; and enjoy live music, organic food, hiking and Father’s Day crafts for kids. Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. No parking at Coldwater Canyon Park. Shuttles available at Franklin Canyon Park (2600 Franklin Canyon Drive, Beverly Hills) and Harvard-Westlake School (3700 Coldwater Canyon Ave., Studio City). (818) 753-4600. treepeople.org/green-city-fair.


SUN | JUNE 5

COMMUNITY SERVICE DAY
The Jewish Federation hosts its second volunteer day of the year as part of its centennial celebration. Hand out supplies, clothing and more for 1,000 underserved children attending Camp Max Straus this summer; pack, distribute, cook and serve food to the homeless at the Fred Jordan Missions downtown; or help improve the lives of veterans by cultivating a garden at the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration property. Sun. 8 a.m. (“Gear Up for Camp” project), 9:15 a.m. (garden project), 10 a.m. (Fred Jordan Missions project). (323) 782-9941. jewishlaw.org.

TEMPLE AKIBA’S GIANT GARAGE SALE
Get great bargains on clothes, electronics, household items, books and more. Also, enjoy baked goods prepared by the Reform synagogue’s youth group while you shop till you drop. Sun. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free (entry only). Temple Akiba, 5249 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City. (310) 398-5783. templeakiba.net.

“THE ETERNAL FLAME: LUSCIOUS YIDDISH SONGS”
Sinai Temple’s Cantor Arianne Brown, a soloist, actress and veteran performer in the Folksbiene Yiddish Theater, performs a special musical program, with Shomrei Torah Synagogue’s Rabbi Ezra Sherman accompanying her on piano. Sponsored by the California Institute for Yiddish Culture and Language. Sun. 2 p.m. $18 (general), $15 (CIYCL members), free (full-time students). Institute for Jewish Education, 8339 W. Third St., Los Angeles. (310) 745-1190. yiddishinstitute.org.


MON | JUNE 6

YOSSI KLEIN HALEVI

The Israeli author and journalist - Halevi is the Israel correspondent and contributing editor of The New Republic and a former senior writer for the Jerusalem Post - discusses “Delegitimization of Israel: The Historical Meaning and Significance of the Boycott Movement Against Israel,” during the tenth anniversary event for pro-Israel organization Stand With Us. Remarks by Journal contributor David Suissa. Dessert served. Mon. 7 p.m. (lecture and dessert reception), 6 p.m. (private VIP champagne and hors d’oeuvres reception). $18 (includes lecture with Halevi and desert reception), $250 (includes two VIP seats at the event and private champagne and hors d’oeuvres reception). The Jewish Federation, 6505 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles. (310) 836-6140 ext. 139. standwithus.com.


TUES | JUNE 7

SHAVUOT
Synagogues across the city hold marathon learning sessions to celebrate the holiday:

 


TEMPLE BETH AM’S COMMUNITY TIKKUN LEYL SHAVUOT
Jewish texts further the understanding of difficult social issues and current events, including the Arab spring, WikiLeaks, protests at soldiers’ funerals and more. Sponsored by Temple Beth Am, Temple Emanuel, Adat Shalom, Pico Egal, Ma’or and the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies. Tue. 7:15 p.m. (Ma’ariv), 7:45-8:45 p.m. (dinner; RSVP required), 8:45 p.m.-4:45 a.m. (study sessions), 4:45 a.m.-dawn (early Shaharit). Free (study sessions), $18 (dairy dinner). Temple Beth Am, 1039 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 652-7353. tbala.org.

ATID’S “REVELATION ON THE ROOF”
Organized by Sinai Temple’s young professionals group, Torah-tini cocktails and an ice cream sundae bar highlight this learning event, which examines the different ways to connect to Torah — through body, mind and soul. Tue. 7 p.m. $10 (general), free (ATID members). Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 474-1518. sinaitemple.org.

ADAT ARI EL’S “YOUR PEOPLE SHALL BE MY PEOPLE”
Tonight’s discussions offer different perspectives on conversion, including “From Stranger to Convert” and “The Personal Journeys of Three Jews by Choice.” Enjoy California Kosher cheesecakes, prepared by the synagogue’s Sisterhood committee. Tue. 8:30-8:45 p.m. (Ma’ariv), 8:45 p.m.-midnight (study sessions). Free. Adat Ari El, 12020 Burbank Blvd., Valley Village. (818) 766-9426. adatariel.org.


THU | JUNE 9

“A FLEA IN HER EAR”
The classic sex farce by French playwright Georges Feydeau continues a two-week run at the Edgemar Center for the Arts. The iconic comedy follows Monsieur Chandel, whose inability to “rise to the occasion” convinces his wife, Yvonne, that he is cheating on her.  Chaos ensues. Directed by Doug Kaback. Thu. Through June 12. 8 p.m. (Thursday-Saturday), 2 p.m. (Sunday). $20. 2437 Main St., Santa Monica. (310) 399-3666. edgemarcenter.org.


FRI | JUNE 10

MAZIAR BAHARI
The former Newsweek reporter discusses his new book, “Then They Came for Me,” which chronicles the 118 days he spent in Tehran’s notorious Evin prison after being wrongfully accused of espionage. Bahari appears in conversation with Iranian American writer Reza Aslan. Fri. 8 p.m. Free. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.

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