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Community Calendar 2017

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September 24th, 2017
National Book Award finalist and bestselling author Nicole Krauss (Great House, The History of Love) discusses her fourth novel, Forest Dark which weaves two disparate narratives about two unrelated characters seeking answers in the Israeli desert.This event is presented with and takes place at the Skirball Cultural Center. Learn more...
Wednesday, September 27th, 2017
The Wagner Certificate Program is an intensive two-year program to prepare you to become a paraprofessional counselor. Learn new skills to help the most vulnerable members of our society. Gain a better understanding of yourself and your relationships. Find meaningful volunteer opportunities. Learn more...
September 28, 2017
Join us for our popular documentary film and discussion featuring Beneath the Helmet Learn more...
Monday October 2nd 2017
The Vanity Fair editor and author discusses this sexual history of the 1990s, when the Baby Boomers took over Washington, Hollywood, and Madison Avenue -- and an indispensable road map for understanding how we got to the Trump Teens -- with Dr. Drew Pinsky, who hosted Loveline for 30 years. Learn more...
October 8, 2017
Music, singing, stories and crafts in the Sperber Community Library. Learn more...
October 8, 2017
Exploring Jewish Ideas through Ritual Objects: A Workshop for Families Learn more...
Monday, October 16, 2017 and Monday, October 23, 2017
Presenting two public lectures by world-renowned Middle East scholars in honor of this historic 100th anniversary. From a Vision to a Plan: Balfour and Pre-State Zionism with Dr. Robert Wexler, President, AJU in conversation with David Makovsky, The Washington Institute's Ziegler Distinguished Fellow and The Dayenu of Zionism 1917: The Idea of a Homeland for the Jewish People with Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman, President, Shalom Hartman Institute, Jerusalem. Learn more...
October 16, 2017 - December 5, 2017
AJU Choir invites you to raise your voice and deepen your appreciation of Jewish music Learn more...
Tuesday, October 17th, 2017
When Rabbi Naomi Levy read a letter that Albert Einstein had written to a grieving rabbi, she realized that his words captured her beliefs about the human condition: that we are intimately connected yet blind to this truth. She then began a three-year exploration into the mystery of the human soul. Learn more...
Tuesday, October 24th, 2017-Tuesday, March 13th, 2018
AJU's Whizin Center & the Sigi Ziering Institute and the Consulate Generals of France, Germany, Hungary and Poland present a major Holocaust related film series featuring The Zookeeper's Wife, Sunshine, Labyrinth of Lies and La Rafle (The Roundup). Following each film, Holocaust scholar Dr. Michael Berenbaum, Director of the Sigi Ziering Institute, will be in conversation with the respective Consul General. Learn more...
Thursday, October 26-December 7, 2017
From the birth of this nation, the American President and his policies have been consequential to Jews in the U.S. and around the world. This special relationship continues to be vital both to the American system of government and to the conditions under which Jews live here and throughout the world. Learn more...
October 29, 2017 - December 3, 2017
This L.A. art historical and contemporary art overview features lectures, discussions, and visits Learn more...
Monday, October 30th, 2017 - Monday, February 12th, 2018
Throughout history, certain members of society have challenged leadership and expressed opposition to official policy. What can we learn about Jewish ethics and values by examining those who were labeled as dissidents? What can we learn about this present moment by looking back at those who redefined Jewish culture, history and scholarship? Learn more...
Sunday, November 5th, 2017
While conducting research for a biography of Golda Meir, Elinor Burkett longed to pose questions directly to Israel's near mythic Iron Lady. The author culled through hours of rare TV and film interviews, creating a virtual Q&A. Hear Golda in her own inimitable voice discuss war and peace, refugees, women's rights and Israel's relationship with America. Learn more...
Wednesday, November 8th, 2017
Tackling Taboo Topics in Children's Literature. The New York Times bestselling author (A Tale Dark and Grimm) joins us to discuss his latest middle-grade novel, one of the most celebrated books of 2017 -- a Newbery Honor Book, a Sydney Taylor Book Award Winner and a National Jewish Book Award finalist for children's literature. Learn more...
Thursday, November 9th, 2017
Henry Fonda and James Stewart were two of the biggest stars in Hollywood for forty years. This new book provides a fascinating portrait of their extraordinary friendship. The author of fifteen books, three of them New York Times bestsellers, Scott Eyman joins us to discuss his new book and extensive research. Learn more...
Sunday, November 12th, 2017
The experimental journalist's latest book is about his family -- and your family, too. The author chronicles his adventure to help build the World Family Tree -- a quest to unite the entire human race. Jacobs' bestseller The Year of Living Biblically will soon be adapted as a CBS sitcom and his global family TED Talk has been viewed more than one million times. Learn more...
Sunday, November 19th 2017
Back by popular demand! This year's headliners have performed stand-up in clubs across the country and have each starred in comedy specials on HBO, Showtime and Comedy Central. Don't miss another laugh out loud evening! Learn more...
Sunday, December 3rd, 2017
Celebrate the golden anniversary of this groundbreaking comedy classic by watching it again on the big screen. Following the film, Beverly Gray, author of Seduced by Mrs. Robinson: How The Graduate Became the Touchstone for a Generation, discusses this unexpected cultural phenomenon with entertainment journalist Craig Modderno. Learn more...
December 10, 2017
Travel back in time by Metro and on foot as we explore the beginnings of LA & our Jewish community Learn more...
Sunday, January 21st, 2018
An Afternoon of Musical Satire with comedian and screenwriter David Misch, with songs and film clips featuring Groucho Marx, Randy Newman, Chuck Berry, Weird Al Yankovic, Gilbert & Sullivan, Amy Schumer and Bugs Bunny. Learn more...
January 28, 2018
Join us as we board the Gold Line and explore the largest Jewish neighborhood on the West Coast Learn more...
Sunday, February 4th, 2018
Prolific Canadian children's author Kathy Kacer collaborates with 19-year-old Jordana Leibowitz, a granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, to tell the fascinating, true story of her experience attending the trial of Oskar Groening, known as the bookkeeper of Auschwitz, possibly the last trial of its kind in Germany. Learn more...
Thursday, February 15th, 2018
A spellbinding journey from Roman occupied Jerusalem to the frontiers of genetic engineering, and from despair of life’s burdens to the incandescence of unconditional love, Eternal Life lluminates the bonds between generations, the purpose of death, and the reasons for being alive. Presented with University Women. Learn more...