Jewish Journal

Calendar Girls picks and clicks for June 14-20

by Dikla Kadosh and Danielle Berrin

June 12, 2008 | 2:33 pm

Lewis Black

Lewis Black



If you could create the perfect Father's Day event, it would probably include action movies, sports and live entertainment, right? The Golden State Pops http://www.gspo.com.


Young professionals in their 20s and 30s are revving up for a Texas Hold 'Em-style world poker tournament hosted by Stephen S. Wise Temple's "W" group. The stakes include a six-month Westside Sports Club L.A. membership; Botox treatments or a lip augmentation; a one-week lift ticket at Vail, Breckinridge or Keystone Mountain ski resorts; sporting event tickets/concert tickets; and Krav Maga adult and child memberships. The high-energy evening, which includes a dinner buffet, will raise money for Atidim, an Israeli organization designed to build a stronger Israel through the potential of its adolescents. Sat. 7 p.m. $20 (non-players), $80 (early registration), $120 (at the door, with buy-backs available). Stephen S. Wise Temple, 15500 Stephen S. Wise Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 476-8561. http://www.wisela.org/temple.


If your Saturday night "must do" list includes meeting Mr./Ms. Right, spending the evening with a group of fun and interesting singles and reaching into the back of your closet for a grass skirt, join the folks of the Jewish Single Parents and Singles Association for a Hawaiian Extravaganza! Since its establishment, the singles group has grown from a casual hangout for singles and single parents to a living, breathing community of individuals who share a passion for culture and having a good time with like-minded singles. Sat. 7 p.m. $10. Mark's home; call for directions. (714) 846-3595. http://www.jspsa.com.



The trailer

Don't Israeli women deserve the right to pray, wear a tallit and read from the Torah alongside men at the holiest site in Israel? A group of courageous women, many of them from Los Angeles, united in a common goal to give all women the right to pray at the Western Wall. Their journey was captured on film by Yael Katzir in "Praying In Her Own Voice." The documentary follows Women of the Wall as they challenge the Israeli government and the entire Jewish world by raising questions and stirring up media attention through protests and public appearances. They also embark on a long legal battle that leads them all the way to the Israeli Supreme Court. Top L.A. Rabbis Naomi Levy and Denise Eger and executive producers Dan Katzir and Ravit Markus will participate in a panel discussion at the sneak preview of the film, showcased in the Israeli Film Festival. Sun. 3 p.m. $11. Laemmle's Sunset 5, 8000 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. (323) 848-3500. http://newlovefilms.com.


What's a summer Sunday without pulling those mud-caked hiking shoes out of your closet and enjoying the California outdoors? The Hike to Switzer Falls organized by Jewish Outdoor Adventures gives you that opportunity, as the well as the chance to meet new people. This 4-mile hike will take you through the majestic San Gabriel Mountains along the Arroyo Seco stream. No need to be a die-hard -- this hike is more about the scenery than the workout, although the inclines may just cause you to break a sweat. Don't forget to bring a swimsuit and the courage to jump right in! Sun. 9:30 a.m. Free. For location, call (310) 858-6875 or e-mail jewishoutdoor@yahoo.com. http://jewishoutdooradventures.com.


Usher in the glorious SoCal summer by spending an evening at the hot Bungalow Club with fellow young Jewish profs (that's professionals, not professors). Join the Jewish Federation's Young Leadership Division for a sizzling Summer Bash! Extending a helping hand to the L.A. Jewish community, its 25- to 45-year-old members engage in various community service projects, educational activities and exciting events. Partake in conversation, drinks and -- as always with Jewish events -- food. Sun. 7:30 p.m. $36 (online), $54 (at the door). The Bungalow Club, 7174 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 761-8132. http://jewishla.org.


Check your XX chromosomes and head over to the women-only performance of "Miri Poppins Dance and Musical Production," presented by A Time For Dance, a studio catering to the creative needs of the Orthodox community. Bringing back childhood memories of the charismatic chimney sweep and the nanny with the magical purse, the exuberant all-female cast of the performance will have you singing "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!" Nina Kleinman, the show's assistant director said, "It's a fantastic opportunity for young Orthodox girls to be part of a big production. It's an outlet that they wouldn't get in their schools and the only chance they have to perform." So come and watch as a group of talented girls does Walt Disney proud! Sun. 11 a.m. $12-$18 (discount with advanced purchase). Beverly Vista Auditorium, 200 S. Elm Drive, Beverly Hills. (323) 404-0827. Atimefordance@sbcglobal.net.



Filmed in 1972, "Ben-Gurion Remembers" is a documentary that offers a unique look at the founding of Israel from the perspective of a still-young nation and its very first prime minister. The film was made by Simon Hesera to commemorate Israel's 25th anniversary and is now being screened for the first time in the United States as part of an Israel at 60 celebration hosted by American Associates of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and the Israel Film Festival. Interviews with Golda Meir, Abba Eban, Moshe Dayan and a young Ariel Sharon, along with footage of Ben-Gurion with Dwight Eisenhower, Harry Truman and Charles de Gaulle depict an ardent Zionist, a champion of the Negev and a brilliant leader. The special screening will be preceded by a cocktail reception with Israeli film directors and producers. Mon. 6 p.m. (reception), 7:15 p.m. (screening). $36. Laemmle Royal Theater, 11523 Santa Monica Blvd., West Los Angeles. (310) 552-3300. pgomperts@aabgu.org. http://www.israelfilmfestival.com.



Following news stories on the dismal situation in the Middle East can get pretty bleak and depressing. Cartoonist and political commentator Yaakov Kirschen, a

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