April 24, 2008
Calendar Girls picks and clicks for April 26-May 2
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Commemorating the Holocaust is a painful yet imperative duty for our community. One of the most meaningful ways to do so is to learn about the experiences of survivors, whose generation is slowly dwindling in numbers. "Swimming in Auschwitz" is the story of six Jewish women from different countries who are brought together under the dark cloud of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. Instead of wilting under the immense tragedy unfolding around them, these women found hope in the families they formed at the camp, in the faith that sustained them spiritually and in the strength they discovered in one another. The documentary by Jon Kean, which has been well-received at film festivals, opens in theaters just in time for Yom Hashoah. Various showtimes. Through May 8. $7-$10. Laemmle Music Hall 3 Theater, 9036 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 274-6869. http://www.swimminginauschwitz.com.
Lobbying for Israel on many levels, political activist and attorney Morris J. Amitay will discuss how he's made a strong, positive impact on the State of Israel and how you can do the same. "Pray, Eat and Learn About Israel" with Amitay, vice chairman of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs, on Friday evening, as well as Saturday afternoon for a luncheon following services. The passionate speaker will talk about "What's Going on in Israel and the Neighborhood?" through a look at eight countries in only eight minutes. Listen as the Washington attorney defines the threat of Iran and Islamic extremism, for which we must all keep our eyes peeled. Fri. 6 p.m. (services), 7 p.m. (dinner), 8 p.m. (lecture). Also, Sat. $12-$16. Adat Ari El, 12020 Burbank Blvd., Valley Village. (818) 766-9426, ext. 223.
You are probably familiar by now with the term "Synaplex Shabbat." It's all the rage at synagogues across the country, and if you haven't already experienced this fresh new trend, you might consider attending Temple Emanuel's version. The concept takes its inspiration from multiscreen movie theaters, where you are presented with many different choices all in one convenient, buttery-smelling location. Temple Emanuel will not offer popcorn, but it will feature a healing service, tot Shabbat, dinner, wine tasting (way cooler than Sprite) and a rousing musical service-in-the-round called "Shabbat Unplugged." Members and nonmembers are encouraged to attend the screenings ... um, we mean, services. Fri. 5:30 p.m. $15-$25 (dinner). Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, 8844 Burton Way, Beverly Hills. (310) 288-3737. http://www.tebh.org.
To please her nagging parents, a good Jewish girl breaks free from an "old world" traditional upbringing, hiring a male escort to play "Dr. Steinberg." Does this plot sound familiar? If you've seen the movie, "The Wedding Date" starring quirky redheaded Debra Messing, you'll be sure to remember Messing's character falling in love with her hot-blooded gigolo. "Beau Jest" weaves a similarly tangled web. In the play, written by James Sherman, "Sarah" has been secretly courted by a non-Jewish executive. Ashamed to tell her parents, she introduces Dr. Steinberg as her loving boyfriend. Sip champagne and enjoy a light buffet before watching the sham unravel at the gala opening. Fri. 7:15 p.m. (reception), 8 p.m. (show). Through June 14. $12-$20. Sierra Madre Playhouse, 87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre. (626) 256-3809 or http://www.sierramadreplayhouse.org.
Celia Soudry contributed to this article