THU | APRIL 22
“Can Obama Be Good for Israel?” Yossi Klein Halevi, the New Republic’s Israel correspondent and contributing editor, leads a discussion on the uncertain future of U.S.-Israel relations. Jewish Journal columnist David Suissa moderates. Thu. 7 p.m. $10 (members), $15 (door). Nessah Synagogue, 142 S. Rexford Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 273-2400. nessah.org.
SAT | APRIL 24
DJs Titus and Gil spin an eclectic mix of Israeli music and more at the Sababa Blue and White Party. Drinks are half off until 10:30 p.m. Attendees must be 21 or older. Sat. 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m. $15 (before 10:30 p.m.), $20 (after 10:30 p.m.). Aqua Lounge, 424 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 657-6650. www.sababaparties.com.
In “Losers,” a new play by Charles Marowitz, an artist confronts the painful reality that he will never experience success in his chosen field. Sat. 8 p.m. $10. Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring, 1525 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 552-2007.
SUN | APRIL 25
Amusement park rides, live music, dancing, food and more highlight the 62nd Annual Israel Independence Day Festival. Sun. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. $8. Woodley Park, 6350 Woodley Ave., Van Nuys. (818) 767-0123. israelfestival.com.
The Santa Barbara Jewish Festival features outdoor activities and entertainment for adults and children. Sun. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Oak Park, 164 W. Padre St., Santa Barbara. (805) 957-1115. sbjf.org.
Multimedia exhibitions “Wonder of Learning, The Hundred Languages of Children” and “A Sense of Wonder: A Sense of Play,” showcase the Reggio Emilia approach to education. Innovative child educator Patricia Hunter McGrath lectures. Organized by Builders of Jewish Education (BJE). Sun. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $25. Santa Monica Women’s Club, 1210 Fourth St., Santa Monica. (323) 761-8617. bjela.org.
Temple Aliyah and Congregation Shir Ami present “Jews of the Old West,” a celebration of Jewish pioneers that includes a photography exhibition, live klezmer music and lectures by UCLA Center for Jewish Studies Director David Myers, storyteller David Epstein, Rabbi David Vorspan and Eric Greenberg, education director for the Autry National Center of the American West. Sun. 2-5 p.m. $10. Temple Aliyah, 6025 Valley Circle Blvd., Woodland Hills. (818) 346-3545. templealiyah.org.
USC professor, music critic and author Josh Kun lectures on “That Old Black Magic: The Music of Black-Jewish Relations,” a discussion of Jews in history who performed black music. The soon-to-be-released compilation, “Black Sabbath: A Secret History of Black-Jewish Relations,” informs Kun’s lecture, which highlights, among other performances, famed soul singer Aretha Franklin’s rendition of “Swanee” by George Gershwin and Irving Caesar. Sun. 4:45 p.m. Free. USC Davidson Conference Center, Embassy Room, 3415 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles. (213) 740-3405. usc.edu/casdeninstitute.
Sephardic vocalist Vanessa Paloma performs and lectures at “Magic and Mystery of Jewish Morocco.” Sun. 4-6 p.m. $10. Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring, 1525 S. Robertson Blvd, Los Angeles. (310) 552-2007.
Temple Emanuel congregants, ages 3 to 90, perform “Hyrcanus: The Legend of Rabbi Eliezer,” the story of one of the most gifted, albeit controversial, sages of the first and second centuries. Sun. 2-4 p.m. Free. Temple Emanuel, 8844 Burton Way, Beverly Hills. (310) 288-3737, ext. 223. tebh.org.
TUE | APRIL 27
Spoken-word artists perform originals and revamp classics by late Israeli poets Zelda Schneerson Mishkovsky and Yehuda Amichai at Def Jew Poetry Slam 2, the closing program for One People, One Book 5770. Tue. 7:30-9 p.m. $5. Adat Ari El, 12020 Burbank Blvd., Valley Village. (323) 761-8600. boardofrabbis.org.
THU | APRIL 29
Consuls general of the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungry and Polandaddress “Anti-Semitism in EuropeToday,” discussing causes, consequen-ces and solutions. Thu. 7-9 p.m. $25(advance), $36 (door). Temple Emanuel, Weinberg Auditorium, 8844 Burton Way, Beverly Hills. (310) 277-4438. brownpapertickets.com/event/105054.