March 22, 2011
Mar. 24-Apr. 1
THU | MARCH 24
“UNCOVERING JEWISH MOROCCO”
Travel agent and blogger Lisa Niver Rajna discusses Jewish roots in the region, from following Maimonides’ footsteps to the Marrakech Synagogue, and Vanessa Paloma performs Sephardic songs in Ladino and Spanish. You can also enjoy the flavors of a Moroccan Passover. Thu. 7-8 p.m. Free. RSVP recommended, email@example.com. Udko Annex, Stephen S. Wise Temple, 15500 Stephen S. Wise Temple Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 405-1788. wesaidgotravel.blogspot.com.
SAT | MARCH 26
The best-selling author (“Constantine’s Sword”) and former Catholic priest returns to Valley Beth Shalom to discuss his recently released book, “Jerusalem, Jerusalem,” a nonfiction work that explores how the ancient holy site became an incendiary fantasy of a city. Sat. 10 a.m. (Torah service), 12:30 p.m. (Shabbat Shiur). Free. Valley Beth Shalom, 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (818) 788-6000. vbs.org.
SUN | MARCH 27
“ESTHER, THE PLAY”
Keep the Purim spirit alive another week with this contemporary retelling of the heroine who saved the Jewish people, starring Israeli American actress Ellie Nahmani. Sun. 11 a.m. $18 (advance), $23 (door). Also April 3 and 10. Whitefire Theatre, 13500 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. (323) 445-6649. esthertheplay.com.
The Holocaust survivor and decorated French army spy discusses her memoir, “Behind Enemy Lines,” during the Jewish Studies Sunday Book & Discussion Group at Loyola Marymount University. Sun. 2-3:30 p.m. Free. William H. Hannon Library, Loyola Marymount University, 1 LMU Drive, MS 8200, Los Angeles. (310) 338-4584. libguides.lmu.edu/jewishbooks.
After training with mental athletes for one year, the journalist and author of the new book “Moonwalking With Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything” found himself in the U.S. Memory Championship finals. Foer, brother of novelist Jonathan Safran Foer, recounts how he tamed his chronic forgetfulness and learned techniques to memorize entire books. Sun. 3 p.m. Free. Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. (626) 449-5320. vromansbookstore.com.
“THE LAST SURVIVOR”
Four survivors of genocides — the Holocaust, Darfur, Rwanda and Congo — struggle to make sense of tragedy by working to promote awareness of mass atrocities in this 2010 character-based feature documentary. A panel discussion follows with co-directors Michael Kleiman and Michael Pertnoy, Tzivia Schwartz-Getzug, executive director of Jewish World Watch, and Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz, president of Uri L’Tzedek. Museum of Tolerance Director Liebe Geft moderates. Sun. 7 p.m. $8. Museum of Tolerance, 9786 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 772-2505. museumoftolerance.com
WED | MARCH 30
COMMUNITY RESOURCE FAIR
If you’re looking for work, needing financial assistance or just hoping to network, don’t miss out on this day of workshops on topics like job searches and debtor’s rights; face-to-face meetings with staff from social service and governmental agencies; and information and referrals to local resources. Janet Spiegel, a consultant and social media expert, delivers the event’s keynote speech. Kosher refreshments provided. Wed. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Jewish Federation Valley Alliance, 22622 Vanowen St., West Hills. RSVP required, (323) 761-8239. jewishla.org/resource-fair.
CULTIVATING A SELF-RELIANT CHILD
Parenting expert Betsy Brown Braun, author of “You’re Not the Boss of Me,” leads tonight’s discussion on cultivating character traits that are tried-and-true brat-busters. Braun appears in dialogue with Rabbi David Wolpe. A book signing follows. Wed. 7:30 p.m. Free. RSVP to park in building. Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 481-3243. sinaitemple.org.
“THE SOUL OF JEWISH MUSIC”
Violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman and Cantor Yitzhok Meir Helfgot perform live, accompanied by a klezmer ensemble and a chamber orchestra. Comedian Elon Gold introduces the evening’s program, and proceeds benefit the Bet Tzedek Holocaust Survivors Jewish Network. Wed. 6:30 p.m. $75-$350. Saban Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (323) 655-0111. ticketmaster.com. To read Journal writer Tom Tugend’s article on the concert, click here.
FRI | APRIL 1
Spend an evening with the man who has been on the cutting edge of hairstyling since the 1960s. Sassoon discusses and signs “Vidal: The Autobiography,” his recently released memoir, which follows his youth in a London Jewish orphanage, his time spent fighting in the Israeli army and, of course, his wildly successful career. Fri. 7 p.m. Free. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 659-3110. booksoup.com
PASSOVER DESSERT TASTING
Tired of Pesachdik cakes that feel like bricks and taste like sand? Los Angeles-based pastry chef and “The Dessert Architect” author Robert Wemischner offers fresh ideas for a sweet finish to your Passover seder. Recipes and a tasting menu of four desserts (including wheat- and dairy–free options) included. A book signing follows. Sun. April 3, 3 p.m. $35 (general), $30 (Skirball members). Advance ticket required. Sales close March 30. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.