Don’t Go To This!

There’s an Israel fest in Simi Valley Sunday.

It’s a lovely idea but it is going to be too stinking hot.

From the Jewish Journal:

If the success of American Jewish University’s book fair last fall is any indication, Israel: A Mega Celebration might be the bash we’ve all been waiting for. A full day of festivities, replete with educational discussions, cultural activities and — most importantly — Israeli food, will be held on the beautiful Brandeis-Bardin campus, where Reps. Howard Berman (D-Sherman Oaks) and Brad Sherman (D-Van Nuys); UCLA Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller; Israel’s Consul General Jacob Dayan; Dennis Prager; and others will address Israel-related issues. After intellectual exercises on the Islamic jihad threat, the attitudes of American presidential candidates toward Israel and the greening of the Holy Land, let loose to the grooves of the Moshav Band, Israeli star Tzvika Pik and a theatrical performance by Noa Baum. Israeli dancing and a live “shuk” with Israeli goods will fill any spare time. Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $5 (children), $20 (adults). American Jewish University, Brandeis-Bardin Campus, 1101 Peppertree Lane, Simi Valley. (310) 440-1246.

(ISRAEL @ 60)

Israel’s 60th birthday seems like a never-ending celebratory extravaganza, but it’s only because we love her so much! Here is one more opportunity to bask in the glory of the Holy Land during the Skirball Center’s “Israel turns 60!” — a party for the whole family, where kids can design colorful birthday cards and eat scrumptious frosted cake. Learn a fact or two about Israel’s multiculturalism and history, and don’t forget to wear your blue-and-white party hat! Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500.

About Luke Ford

Raised a Seventh-Day Adventist at Avondale College in Australia, Luke Ford moved to California in 1977. He graduated from Placer High School in 1984, reported the news at KAHI/KHYL radio for three years, attended Sierra College and UCLA, was largely bedridden by Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for six years, and converted to Judaism in 1993. From 1997-2007, Luke made his living from blogging. Living by Beverly Hills (, he now teaches the Alexander Technique (moving the way the body likes to move). Lessons cost $100 each and last about 45 minutes. In 2011, Luke completed a three-year teaching course at the Alexander Training Institute of Los Angeles. His personal Alexander Technique website is Luke is the author of five books, including: » The Producers: Profiles in Frustration » Yesterday’s News Tomorrow: Inside American Jewish Journalism
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