Jewish Journal

January 30-February 5, 2010

by Dikla Kadosh

Posted on Jan. 29, 2010 at 4:00 pm


Newly appointed Los Angeles Police Chief Charles Beck and Los Angeles Fire Chief Millage Peaks celebrate Tu B’Shevat with a dinner at Congregation Bais Naftoli. Also attending are City Controller Wendy Greuel as well as L.A. City Councilmembers Paul Koretz, Jan Perry and Dennis Zine. Open to the public. Sat. 8 p.m. $250 (per couple). Judy’s Restaurant, 129 N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 931-2476. baisnaftoli.com.


View episodes from the 1950s TV series “The Goldbergs” and listen to Aviva Kempner, director of the documentary “Yoo-hoo, Mrs. Goldberg,” along with other experts, discuss the show’s historical and cultural significance. Sponsored by the National Council of Jewish Women/Los Angeles and UCLA Film and Television Archive. Sun. 3-6 p.m. Free. Billy Wilder Theater, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 466-8559, ext. 14.

Shechinah: A Celebration of Women’s Spirituality Through Music, Dance, Poetry and Art features Noreen Green, conductor and artistic director of the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony; Ruth Weisberg, artist and dean of USC Roski School of Fine Arts; director Lynn Roth; composer Michelle Green-Willner; and others. Sponsored by The Jewish Federation’s Tel Aviv/Los Angeles Partnership. Sun. 7 p.m. $18-$36. Temple Emanuel, 8844 Burton Way, Beverly Hills. (323) 761-8241.

The Westside Jewish Community Center’s annual Tu B’Shevat festival includes a silent auction, family art, tree planting, entertainment, food and games. Sun. Noon-4 p.m. Free. WJCC, 5870 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 556-5250.

A communitywide Tu B’Shevat festival held at the Shalom Institute in Malibu features live concerts by Robbo and Cindy Paley, Israeli dancing, nature crafts, a puppet show, tree planting, mobile marine lab, climbing wall, family hike, scavenger hunt and an eco fair. Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $5. Shalom Institute, 34342 Mulholland Highway, Malibu. (818) 889-5500. shalominstitute.com.


“An Uncommon Journey to Diversity,” a Black History Month exhibit exploring ancestry, featuring student works and art by Rick Hyman, opens at the Milken Jewish Community Campus in West Hills. Mon. 6:30 p.m. (opening reception). Through Feb. 29. Free. JCC Finegood Art Gallery, 22622 Vanowen St., West Hills. (818) 464-3300.

Alan Veingard, Super Bowl champion turned bearded Chasid, shares his story of being the only Jewish player on the 1992 Dallas Cowboys team and playing alongside Troy Aikman and Emmitt Smith. Mon. 7 p.m. $15 (advance), $18 (at the door). Calabasas Civic Center, Founders Hall, 100 Civic Center Drive, Calabasas. (818) 585-1888. jewishcalabasas.com.

Seth Lipsky, journalist, founder of the New York Sun and founding editor of the English-language edition of The Forward, discusses his new book, “The Citizen’s Constitution: An Annotated Guide,” in a Children of Jewish Holocaust Survivors program, “Our Constitutional Moment: Rights and Government in the Age of Obama.” Mon. 7 p.m. $10. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (818) 704-0523. cjhsla.org.


Emil Draitser recreates his Jewish childhood in the Soviet Union in his novel, “Shush! Growing Up Jewish Under Stalin.” Draitser discusses the novel at ALOUD with Suzi Weissman, professor and chair of politics at Saint Mary’s College of California. Wed. 7 p.m. Free. Central Library, Mark Taper Auditorium, Fifth and Flower streets, Los Angeles. (213) 228-7025. aloudla.org.

The Jewish-centric and critically acclaimed films of Argentine director Daniel Burman are spotlighted in a four-screening series at the Skirball, starting tonight with “Waiting for the Messiah” (“Esperando al mesías “). Wed. 7:30 p.m. $6 (per screening). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (877) 722-4849. skirball.org.


The Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival presents a screening of “Broken Promises,” Slovakia’s entry to the 2010 Academy Awards for best foreign-language film. The film is the Holocaust survival story of Martin Petrasek, a soccer player turned partisan fighter, who will participate in a Q-and-A after the film. Thu. 7:30 p.m. $12. Laemmle Town Center 5, 17200 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (800) 838-3006. lajfilmfest.org.

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