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  • Calendar: July 24-30 

    By Amanda Epstein

    4 days ago

    FRI | JULY 24

    “THE OUTRAGEOUS SOPHIE TUCKER”

    From rags to riches, Sophie Tucker and her big personality paved the way for performers such as Madonna, Bette Midler and Lady Gaga. The opening-night film of this year’s Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival is now in theaters around Los...

  • Not a Fan—a declaration of independence

    By Mindy Leaf

    July 2, 2015 | 10:57 am

    Superhero summer has blasted down among us once again. The past weekend saw some 43,000 Florida Supercon attendees at the Miami Beach Convention Center (established in 2006, it's the largest comic-con-like convention in South Florida). Next week's San Diego Comic-con (the original,...

  • Calendar: June 6–June 12

    By Laura Donney

    June 3, 2015 | 5:04 pm

    SAT | JUNE 6

    “ON TIDY ENDINGS”

    Is this grief big enough for the two of us? That’s the issue between a gay man and a straight woman who meet to tie up loose ends after the death of the man they both loved. Set in 1987, Harvey Fierstein’s one-act play, part of his “Safe Sex”...

  • Calendar May 23–29

    By Laura Donney

    May 21, 2015 | 2:45 pm

    SAT | MAY 23

    NEIL DIAMOND

    Sweet Caroline, we’re in for a treat! An inductee of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, an honoree at the Kennedy Center and a Grammy winner, Neil Diamond has been warming our hearts for decades. You know you love “Song...

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  • Shavuot services throughout the Los Angeles region

    By Amanda Epstein

    May 20, 2015 | 3:02 pm

    Sinai Temple will host a Tikkun leil Shavuot on May 23 at 7 p.m.; join the rabbinic interns for study and a dairy dessert. On the first day of Shavuot, May 24, there will be a service and adult b’nai mitzvah at 8:45 a.m. in the Ziegler Sanctuary. On the second day, there will be a...

  • Calendar: April 3–10

    By Laura Donney

    April 2, 2015 | 5:45 pm

    FRI | APRIL 3

    “PASSAGES”

    Chronicling the history of the Bible, from its transmission and translation to its impact and controversies, the traveling exhibition “Passages” features about 400 artifacts set against immersive environments like the caves of Qumran and the Jerusalem...

  • Jan. 4-10, 2014

    By Laura Donney

    January 3, 2014 | 10:33 pm

    SAT | JAN 4

    ILIZA SHLESINGER

    She’s the first female and youngest comedian to win NBC’s “Last Comic Standing.” She’s had a half-hour special on “Comedy Central Presents,” she’s worked with “Pauly Shore & Friends” on Showtime, Chelsea Handler on E!, Joel McHale on “The Soup” and...

  • Moving and Shaking: Janos Ader visits Congregation Bais Naftolil; Tour de Summer Camps

    By Ryan Torok

    November 14, 2013 | 5:50 pm

    Traveling through Hancock Park in a motorcade on Oct. 27, Janos Ader, president of the Republic of Hungary, visited Congregation Bais Naftoli, where he participated in a breakfast held in his honor. Rabbi Avi Leibovic, spiritual leader of Bais Naftoli and executive director of Aish...

  • Moving and Shaking: Milken Jewish Educator Awards and USCJ conference

    By Ryan Torok

    October 24, 2013 | 3:19 pm

    Osnat Bernstein of Abraham Joshua Heschel Day School was one of four recipients of this year's Jewish Educator Award. Courtesy of the Milken Family Foundation.

    Four educators at area Jewish schools were awarded $15,000 Milken Jewish Educator Awards by the Milken Family...

  • Moving and Shaking

    By Ryan Torok

    September 24, 2013 | 4:18 pm

    NextGen Award recipient Shawn Landres. Photo via Google+

    Jewish-innovation advocate Shawn Landres praised the Liberty Hill Foundation when the social change organization named him the recipient of its 2013 NextGen Award during its recent Change L.A. ceremony, but he could...

  • Sept. 28–Oct. 4

    By Laura Donney

    September 24, 2013 | 4:13 pm

    SAT | SEP 28

    “THE GUARDSMAN”

    If you thought your beautiful new spouse was cheating on you, wouldn’t you create a disguise and test her fidelity? Ferenc Molnar’s comic game of love and marriage may or may not remind you of you and yours, but with wit and deception aplenty, it’ll...

  • Moving and Shaking: 9/11 memorial, Dr. Kenneth Bernstein and Michelle Wolf honored

    By Ryan Torok

    September 20, 2013 | 12:20 pm

    Consul General David Siegel thanking the men of the LAFD Fire Station 88. Courtesy of the Consulate General of Israel, Los Angeles.

    In honor of 9/11, Israel Consul General in Los Angeles David Siegel took part in a private visit to Los Angeles Fire Station 88, where he met...

  • Calendar September 21–27

    By Laura Donney

    September 18, 2013 | 2:36 pm

    Click here for our 2013 Sukkot event calendar.

    SAT | SEP 21

    “OY!”

    Written with honesty, curiosity and humor by Hélène Cixous, “Oy” follows sisters Selma and Jenny as they return home to Paris after a trip to their German hometown to testify about the horrors they endured...

  • Calendar: September 14–20

    By Laura Donney

    September 12, 2013 | 12:56 pm

    MON | SEP 16

    “THE JEWISH IMMIGRANT IN WORLD CINEMA”

    It’s no secret: as a people, we wander. Lawrence Baron discusses the various migrations of Jews in world history and how global cinema has portrayed these movements. Author of “The Wandering View: Modern Jewish Experiences in...

  • Aug. 31-Sept 6

    By Laura Donney

    August 28, 2013 | 10:56 am

    SAT AUG 31

    “BETWEEN DARKNESS AND LIGHT”

    For Selichot this year, share in a unique experience of drama, prayer, music and meditation. Theatre Dybbuk, a modern theater group devoted to exploring Jewish myth, folklore and wisdom, joins with clergy to ring in the New Year with a...

  • High Holy Day services: Tashlich 2013

    August 27, 2013 | 1:32 pm

    SAN FERNANDO AND CONEJO VALLEYS

    OAK CANYON COMMUNITY PARK

    Temple Adat Elohim. Sept 5. 4:30 p.m. Oak Canyon Community Park, 5600 Hollytree Drive, Oak Park. (805) 497-7101. adatelohim.org.

    LAKE BALBOA

    Temple Judea. Sept. 6. Approximately 11:30 a.m. Lake Balboa, 6300 Balboa...

  • Moving and Shaking

    By Ryan Torok

    August 22, 2013 | 4:20 pm

    Rabbi Barry Diamond

    Temple Adat Elohim (TAE) has named Southern California native Rabbi Barry Diamond as its interim rabbi. He replaces Rabbi Ted Riter, who ended his 16-year tenure at TAE in May.

    Diamond, who grew up in Huntington Beach and Newport Beach, has served in...

  • Aug. 24-30

    By Laura Donney

    August 21, 2013 | 4:55 pm

    SAT AUG 24

    FARED SHAFINURY

    This Iranian-American knows a thing or two about uniting sounds. Along with his Texas-based ensemble, Shafinury creates music that not only denies geography, but also time. He combines Iranian, Indian, Mexican and Texan sounds with modern electronic...

  • Aug. 17-22

    By Laura Donney

    August 14, 2013 | 3:34 pm

    SAT | AUG 17

    NATIONAL HONEY BEE DAY

    With Rosh Hashanah just around the corner, let us pay tribute to the busy bees that have long contributed to our delicious New Year’s tradition. HoneyLove, an urban beekeeper group, celebrates honeybees with the 2013 theme “Beekeeping — Ask...

  • Aug. 10-16

    By Laura Donney

    August 7, 2013 | 12:56 pm

    SAT AUG 10

    MOSTLY KOSHER

    Celebrate Jewish culture with Southern California-based klezmer band Mostly Kosher’s bandleader and singer Leeav Sofer and Janice “Rachele the Matchmaker” Mautner Markham on violin. They perform songs and stories from across the globe as part of the...

  • Aug. 3-9

    By Laura Donney

    August 1, 2013 | 10:37 am

    SUN AUG 4

    “WHAT MAKES A JEWISH MOVIE?”
     
    It’s the question on everybody’s mind — well, at least ours. Presented in association with the exhibition “Jews in the Los Angeles Mosaic,” the program features Los Angeles Times film critic Kenneth Turan and Vincent Brook, media...
  • Moving and Shaking

    By Ryan Torok

    August 1, 2013 | 10:30 am

    Rabbinic Leadership Institute graduates include Rabbis Denise Eger (second row, third from left), Ken Chasen (third row, third from right) and Stewart Vogel (front row, fourth from left). Rabbi Joshua Aaronson not pictured. Photo by Yonit Schiller

    Rabbis Joshua Aaronson of...

  • Calendar Picks and Clicks: July 27-Aug. 2

    By Laura Donney

    July 24, 2013 | 4:09 pm

    SAT JULY 27

    “AN EVENING WITH GROUCHO”

    The Marx man is back. Almost. Award-winning actor/director/playwright Frank Ferrante re-creates his PBS portrayal of the famous comedian. The evening will include some of the best Groucho anecdotes and songs, like “Hooray for Captain...

  • Moving and Shaking

    By Ryan Torok

    July 17, 2013 | 4:11 pm

    Irwin Field

    Former Jewish Journal publisher and board chair Irwin Field was honored by the United Way of Greater Los Angeles on June 25 with the organization’s Tocqueville Legacy Award. The honor from  the local division of the anti-poverty organization came during its 25th...

  • July 20–26

    By Laura Donney

    July 17, 2013 | 11:30 am

    SAT JULY 20

    LOVEFEST

    Isn’t February just too far away? Valentine’s Day comes early courtesy of East Side Jews, Jewlicious and Wilshire Boulevard Temple. Celebrate Tu b’Av, the Jewish Day of Love, and say hello to the first night of the rest of your life. With food trucks, a...

  • July 13-19

    By Laura Donney

    July 10, 2013 | 12:21 pm

    SAT JULY 13

    “SONGFEST SINGS AMERICA: CELEBRATING LEONARD BERNSTEIN”

    Celebrating America’s great composer, SongFest 2013 partners with Grand Performances to present a concert, the centerpiece of which will be the unpublished “Songfest: A Cycle of American Poems for Six Singers...

  • Moving and Shaking: Chris Silbermann, Morton Schapiro and Lawrence Trilling honored

    By Ryan Torok

    July 8, 2013 | 10:12 am

    From left: Saban Free Clinic CEO Jeffrey Bujer, producer Andy Friendly, ICM Partners founding partners Chris Silbermann and Bob Broder and producer David Friendly. Photo by Christianne Ray. 

    The Saban Free Clinic, a medical clinic for the underserved, honored Chris Silbermann,...

  • July 6–12

    By Laura Donney

    July 2, 2013 | 11:06 am

    SUN JULY 7

    KLEZMER JUICE

    Join Gustavo Bulgach as he leads his band in a unique exploration of gypsy jazz, old European street songs and Jewish folk music. Representing a new generation of musicians reviving some ancient rhythmic traditions, Klezmer Juice will make noise that...

  • June 29 – July 5

    By Ryan Torok

    June 26, 2013 | 11:52 am

    SAT JUNE 29

    “THE ATTACK”

    In Lebanese writer-director Ziad Doueiri’s latest drama, Israeli Arab surgeon Amin has his picture-perfect life in Tel Aviv turned upside down when police inform him that his wife was killed in a suicide bombing at a restaurant — and they believe she...

  • Calendar: June 22-28

    By Ryan Torok

    June 21, 2013 | 2:50 pm

    Sunday, June 23: KINDRED SPIRITS

    The Los Angeles Jewish Symphony, under the direction of Noreen Green, performs during this benefit concert with Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Melissa Manchester, musical theater star Cantor Ilysia Pierce, tenor Cantor Ilan Davidson, gospel...

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