Folk performer Julie Silver, Broadway stars Amick and Cassie Byram, tenor Ilan Davidson, the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony under the direction of Noreen Green and others perform at this interfaith concert, which raises funds for Jewish World Watch. The event will also feature celebrity guest appearances by Ed Asner, Michael Strahan and Denzel Whitaker.
Israel’s “The Matchmaker” headlines the sixth annual Santa Barbara Jewish Film Festival, taking place April 7-10. The opening night film, which was also spotlighted on the first night of Los Angeles’ 25th Israel Film Festival in October, has garnered two Ophirs — Israel’s equivalent of the Oscars — for best actor and best actress. But don’t expect a heartwarming shtetl romance or a Hollywood-ish “Father of the Bride” comedy.