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In a touching symbol of how our individual stories are threaded together to create a larger Jewish narrative, Mount Sinai is dedicating the Shoah Quilt of Memory and Hope at their annual Yom HaShoah Observance. The quilt consists of squares created by survivors, their families and friends who will be telling their stories, along with a keynote address by Rabbi David Wolpe of Sinai Temple. Guests from 30 countries will be placing memorial stones in the Grove of Righteous Rescuers in honor of all the kind souls who risked their lives to aid Jews in danger. Sun. 10 a.m. Free. Mount Sinai Memorial Park, 6150 Mount Sinai Drive, Simi Valley. (866) 717-4624.
The Long Beach Jewish community will join with clergy throughout the city at Alpert JCC's Yom HaShoah commemoration, "Remember the Holocaust and Honor the Righteous." A memorial service and candle lighting will pay special tribute to the military veterans who liberated concentration camps as well as the Dutch couple, Hendrikus (Hein) and Martha Snapper, who sheltered a Jewish family during World War II and were posthumously recognized by Israel's Holocaust memorial authority as Righteous Among the Nations. It is the highest honor bestowed upon non-Jewish people, and their son will speak on their behalf, showing footage from the induction ceremony at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. Sun. 4 p.m. Free. Alpert JCC, 3801 E. Willow St., Long Beach. (562) 426-7601. http://www.alpertjcc.org.
Envision Nazi Germany through the eyes of a child during a moving Holocaust Remembrance Day event sponsored by the city of West Hollywood and Congregation Kol Ami. Enjoy a musical theater and multimedia presentation along with the premiere of "Through Children's Eyes," a film dedicated to children, many of whom died in concentration camps but left behind heart-rending poetry and drawings. In another perspective on those dark times, the film "Through My Mother's Eyes" relays the life of world-renowned artist Alice Lok Cahana, an Auschwitz survivor. Take a moment of silence to remember lost loved ones during a candle lighting ceremony at the Babi Yar Memorial, followed by a reception. Sun. 4 p.m. Free. Plummer Park, Fiesta Hall, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. (323) 606-0996.
WED | MAY 7
Before the Jewish world celebrates the miracle of Israel's 60th birthday, they will pause to commemorate the brave soldiers who lost their lives fighting for Israel's independence. The Consul General of Israel in Los Angeles invites the community to "Remembrance for Israel's Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terror," an event that honors the countless people who have given their lives so that we could live the dream of a Jewish homeland. Guests are requested to arrive 45 minutes prior to the ceremony for security reasons. Wed. 5:45 p.m. Free. Stephen S. Wise Temple, Westwood Sanctuary, 15500 Stephen S. Wise Drive, Los Angeles. (323) 852-5588.
Creating a career out of fighting crime -- and writing about it -- author, trial lawyer and former mayor of Beverly Hills, Robert K. Tanenbaum, will discuss the inner workings of his suspenseful new novel, "Escape." In the latest installment of his crime series, New York District Attorney Butch Karp is in the midst of a virulent attempt to convict NYU political science professor Jessica Campbell of murdering her three children, while an Islamic terrorist is plotting a massive attack on Manhattan. Karp must protect his daughter and private eye wife from the looming danger. Discuss this thrilling page-turner with Tanenbaum, who has written more than a dozen crime novels and served as deputy chief counsel to the congressional investigations into the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. Wed. 7 p.m. Free. JCC at Milken, Rosenkrantz Library, 22622 Vanowen St., West Hills. (818) 464-3274.
THU | MAY 8
You've heard of CW's "Beauty and the Geek," but this time the beauty is the geek. In the Tony-winning play "Proof," by David Auburn, a young woman discovers she has inherited her recently deceased father's brilliance in mathematics, as well as his insanity. Abigail Rose Solomon and Micah Freedman star. Thu. 8-10 p.m. Through May 25. $20-$25. Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 477-2055, http://www.rosalindproductions.com.
Start the festivities early for Yom HaAtzmaut with congregation Or Ami at "Mesibah! Israel's 60th Independence." Ignite your feet with Israeli folk dancing and whet your appetite with delicious Israeli falafel, pita and mouth-watering salads and dips. Celebrate our Jewish homeland's Independence Day while tasting wine with friends and checking out original Israeli-made Judaica and other goods for sale. Mon., May 5. 7-10 p.m. $5. Congregation Or Ami, 26115 Mureau Road Suite B, Calabasas. (818) 880-4880. http://www.orami.org.
The Guinness Book of World Records is typically reserved for world-class athletes and people with freakish abilities, like the New York man who walked 80.96 miles while balancing a milk bottle on his head. You don't have to do anything that bizarre for your shot at a record. All you have to do is sing one little song -- "Hatikva." On the eve of Israel's 60th Independence Day, Jews around the world will gather for "Live Hatikva" to sing Israel's national anthem in an attempt to set the world record of "most people singing an anthem simultaneously." Be a part of this historical moment and let the world hear our song of hope, our anthem of peace and our vision of freedom. Wed., May 7. 12:50 p.m. For official Guinness guidelines and information on how to participate, visit http://www.livehatikva.org.
Dance and sing your heart out while celebrating Israel's 60th birthday at Yom HaAtzmaut Seudah and Celebration. Enjoy a festive Israeli dinner and program featuring the always inspiring and invigorating Dennis Prager during an event sponsored by the Religious Zionists of Los Angeles, an ideological and educational organization that aims to instill in the American Jewish community a commitment to religious Zionism. Thu. May 8. 5:30 p.m. (reception), 6:30 p.m. (dinner and program). $180. Sephardic Temple Tifereth Israel, 10500 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. R.S.V.P to (310) 274-6657.