Jewish Journal

January 23-29, 2010

by Dikla Kadosh

January 22, 2010 | 4:00 pm


Former “Blossom” star Mayim Bialik discusses her involvement in the Holistic Moms Network on an 11 a.m. panel at the Go Green Expo, which features innovations in energy-efficient products, seminars with experts in green living, a career fair, film screenings, free yoga classes, organic food tastings and more. Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $5-$10 (weekend pass). Los Angeles Convention Center, South Hall J, 1201 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles. gogreenexpo.com.

The 2010 season of Celebrity Staged Play Readings begins with “Two Jews Walk Into a War” by Seth Rozin, inspired by a true story about the last two Jews in Afghanistan. Starring Alan Blumenfeld and Ron Orbach. Sat. 7:30 p.m. $14-$18. The JCC at Milken, 22622 Vanowen St., West Hills. (818) 464-3300. jccatmilken.org. Also, Sun. 2 p.m. Westside JCC, 5870 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 556-5225. westsidejcc.org.

“Just a Song at Twilight” is Willard Manus’ autobiographical drama, which centers on a Jewish American family coping with adult deafness. Sat. Through Feb. 28. $20-$25. Write Act Repertory Theatre, 6128 Yucca Ave., Hollywood. (323) 469-3113. writeactrep.org.


Local artist Isaac Brynjegard-Bialik is blending comic book aesthetics, fine art and Torah text in “Paper Midrash,” a collection of papercuts he terms “visual biblical commentary.” Sun. 2-5 p.m. Through Feb. 27. Free. Merage Jewish Community Center, 1 Federation Way, Suite 200, Irvine. jccoc.org. nicejewishartist.com.

The 2010 American Israel Public Affairs Committee Valley Annual Dinner will feature a host of dignitaries, politicians and special guests, including Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.). Sun. 5:30 p.m. $110. Call for location. (323) 937-1184. aipac.org.


Americans for Peace Now honors Irwin Levin at its Yitzhak Rabin Peace Award Luncheon, with Rep. Howard L. Berman (D-Van Nuys), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, delivering the keynote address. Sun. 11:30 a.m. $200 (per person), $350 (per couple). Luxe Hotel, 11461 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 934-3480. peacenow.org/entries/rabin_event.

The experiences of Shalhevet High School students on a trip to Auschwitz and Israel is documented in the exhibit, “To Learn, to Remember, to Hope: The Shalhevet High School Poland/Israel Trip.” The opening today will include a screening of the documentary as well as reflections from tour guide Renee Firestone, a Holocaust survivor, photographer Eddie Friedman and students from the trip. Sun. 1-3 p.m. Through April 1. $10. Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, 6435 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 303, Los Angeles. (323) 651-3704. lamoth.org.

Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated husband-and-wife team Renee Taylor and Joe Bologna star in an autobiographical comedy about their lifelong acting and writing collaboration, “If You Ever Leave Me ... I’m Going With You!” Sun. 4 p.m. $45. American Jewish University Whizin Center for Continuing Education, Familian Campus, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. (310) 440-1246. wcce.ajula.edu.


Mark Kleiman, blogger, scholar and author of “When Brute Force Fails,” discusses crime and punishment in America with Michael Dukakis, former governor of Massachusetts and 1988 Democratic presidential candidate, in a Writers Bloc program. Tue. 7:30 p.m. $20. Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, 300 N. Clark Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 855-0005. writersblocpresents.com.

Leon Wieseltier, literary editor of The New Republic and best-selling author of “Nuclear War, Nuclear Peace” and “Kaddish,” lectures on “What About God? God Sublime and Unsublime.” Q-and-A with Rabbi David Wolpe follows. Tue. 7:30 p.m. $10-$15. Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 481-3243. sinaitemple.org.


A series of three lectures tackle the subject of male attrition in Jewish life in the Giving Men Meaning seminar, featuring Gurian Institute’s Adie Goldberg (author of “It’s a Boy”), Kol Echad’s Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin and Men of Reform Judaism Educational Director Doug Barden. Thu. 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. $36 (clergy, teachers), $18 (young professionals), free (students). The Jewish Federation, 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 761-8342. jewishla.org/givingmenmeaning.

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