FRIDAY, MARCH 2SHABBAT ACROSS AMERICA
Hundreds of synagogues across the United States and Canada will take part in the 16th annual event, which celebrates the weekly holiday that unifies all Jews — Shabbat! Participating shuls include Congregation B’nai Emet (Simi Valley), Malibu Jewish Center & Synagogue, Cal State Northridge Hillel, Makom Ohr Shalom (Encino) and Temple B’nai Hayim (Sherman Oaks). (888) 742-2228. njop.org.
SATURDAY, MARCH 3EXOTIC NIGHT IN SHUSHAN
Experience a journey to ancient Persia. Indulge in a royal buffet, live music and dancing. 7:30-10 p.m. $35 (adults), $20 (children, 5-13), free (children, 5 and under). Presented by the Shomrei Torah Synagogue Men’s Club. 7353 Valley Circle Blvd., West Hills. (818) 346-0811. shomreitorahsynagogue.org.
SUNDAY, MARCH 4“HERE COMES THE 1940 U.S. CENSUS”
Joel Weintraub, longtime volunteer at the National Archives, will discuss the 1940 U.S. Census, which will be made available to the public on April 2. Light refreshments served. 1:30-3:30 p.m. Free. Sponsored by the Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County. Temple Adat Elohim, 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. (818) 889-6616. jgscv.org.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7COOKING WITH JUDY — JUST IN TIME FOR PURIM
Judy Zeidler, TRIBE food columnist and author of five cookbooks, will demonstrate a Persian Purim dinner of poppy seed recipes, filo appetizers, dolmas, baklava and chocolate-covered halvah. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $64. Private kosher kitchen, call for location. RSVP to (310) 440-1246. ajula.edu.
FRIDAY, MARCH 9MOM’S RETREAT
Enjoy a mountain getaway with yoga, tai chi, crafts, hikes and nature walks. You can also pamper yourself with massages, facials, manicures and pedicures. Speakers, discussions and the opportunity to make new friends round out the weekend. All rooms double occupancy. Arrive between 5-6:30 p.m. Ends Sunday morning, March 11. $295. Shalom Institute Camp and Conference Center, 34342 Mulholland Highway, Malibu. (818) 889-5500. campjcashalom.com/momapply.
SATURDAY, MARCH 10MATISYAHU IN CONCERT
Matisyahu performs a special Havdalah concert at American Jewish University’s Brandeis-Bardin Campus. 7 p.m. $25 (regular), $100 (VIP, includes reserved seats and a CD). American Jewish University, Brandeis-Bardin Campus, 1101 Peppertree Lane, Simi Valley. (310) 440-1246. ajula.edu.
SUNDAY, MARCH 18“A SPECTACULAR EVENING OF MUSIC AND SONG”
Enjoy a night of vocal and instrumental pleasures featuring entertainer Mike Burstyn, pianist Elliot Finkel, and Cantors Judy and Herschel Fox. 7 p.m. $40 (general), $60 (sponsor). Presented by the Valley Beth Shalom Sisterhood. Valley Beth Shalom, 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (818) 530-4091. vbs.org.
TUESDAY, MARCH 202012 WOMEN’S SEDER
A Passover seder by women, for women. Co-sponsored by Congregation B’nai B’rith Sisterhood, Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara, Hadassah and Santa Barbara Hillel. 5:30-9 p.m. $25. Congregation B’nai B’rith, 1000 San Antonio Creek Road, Santa Barbara. (805) 964-7869. cbbsb.org.
SATURDAY, MARCH 24THE NINTH ANNUAL VENTURA COUNTY JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL
This festival brings new and exciting Jewish-themed movies from around the world to the western Ventura County community. It kicks off with “Kaddish for a Friend,” a dark comedy about a Russian-Jewish World War II veteran and a Palestinian teen who form an unlikely friendship. Sponsored by Ventura County Jewish Family Service. Also, March 25, 27, 29, 31 and April 1. $10 (per film in advance), $15 (at the door), $54 (six-pack). Various times and locations. For film listing and tickets, call (805) 647-4181 or visit vcjff.org.
SUNDAY, MARCH 25FRIENDSHIP WALK
Help raise money for the nonsectarian and nondenominational Friendship Circle, which pairs local teenagers with children with special needs. Take a 5K walk from Willow Elementary School, and then return to the school and enjoy food, games and entertainment. 11 a.m. (on-site registration), noon (opening ceremony and walk begins). Sponsored by The Friendship Circle. Willow Elementary School, 29026 Laro Drive, Agoura Hills. (818) 222-9255. friendshipwalk.org.
FRIDAY, MARCH 30SPRING CAMP FOR KIDS, TEENS
Give your kids a break by sending them for a week of camp in the Malibu Mountains. Through April 1. $135 (per child or teen, grades 1-10), $95 (per new camper, child or teen, grades 1-10) $35 (per CIT, grade 11). Shalom Institute, 34342 Mulholland Highway, Malibu. (818) 889-5500. campjcashalom.com/yearroundprograms.
SATURDAY, MARCH 31“STOLEN SUMMER”
A Catholic boy befriends a terminally ill Jewish boy and tries to convert him, believing it is the only way he will get into heaven. Join Rabbi Dan Moskovitz and a local Catholic priest for the screening and a post-film dialogue about heaven and hell in the view of each faith tradition. 7 p.m. $5 (per person), $10 (per family). Temple Judea, 5429 Lindley Ave., Tarzana. (818) 758-3800. templejudea.com.
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