SERVING THE LOS ANGELES METROPOLITAN  AREA, AND BEYOND                           

                            2-8 Tevet, 5779                                                      Dec. 10-16, 2018 -- THE JEWISH OBSERVER, LOS ANGELES --  616th Web Ed.

                                                                           


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LA CLIPPERS HOST JEWISH HERITAGE NIGHT















Andrew Berns



LOS ANGELES – On Saturday night, the Los Angeles Clippers hosted Jewish Heritage Night to a sold-out audience.  More 17,100 people were on hand for Saturday’s night’s game, which the Clippers lost 98-121 to Miami Heat.

Attendees watched as pre-game warmups and the lighting of a 10-foot menorah took place at Staples’ center court.  Some even received commemorative Clippers T-shirts. During 2017, some attendees received Clippers menorahs.  Other themed game entertainment on Jewish Heritage Night included:

Rabbi Sakhai from L. A. STAR Academy led the arena in Hannukah prayers and blessings prior to the game.

The Jewish Children’s Choir performing the National Anthem, and
 
The Milliken Academy Israeli Dance Coalition performed at halftime.

Also, rabbis from Temple Beth Am and Gindi Maimonides Academy led the arena in the lighting of the menorah during pre game ceremonies, and the Milken Community High School Israeli Dance Company performed.


LANFER TO DISCUSS FINDING FAITHFULNESS IN ALL THE

WRONG PLACES


LOS ANGELES -- Peter Lanfer (UCLA) will discuss Finding Faithfulness in all the Wrong Places: Making Sacred Sense of Drunkenness, Deceit, and Debauchery in the Hebrew Bible on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 4:00 p.m. in UCLA 314 Royce Hall.

This talk will be “birthed” out of his current book project (Reading Sacredness in the Badly Behaving Bible) exploring the morally questionable stories of the Hebrew Bible that early Jewish and Christian interpreters had difficulty receiving as scripture.

In the interpretive tradition, many of these stories are whitewashed and/or spiritualized in dramatic ways. For example: David's illicit marriage to Bathsheba and murder of Uriah the Hittite disappear from the rewritten narratives of 1+2 Chronicles; Abraham is told to lie about Sarah being his sister (and G[-]d protects her while inside Pharoah’s harem), Noah's drunken stupor becomes an occasion for prophetic revelation; and Jephthah who sacrifices his daughter is celebrated as a hero of faith.

Through an examination of the reception and interpretation of narratives of Drunkenness, Deceit, and Debauchery in the Hebrew Bible, he will consider the impact of the textualization/scripturalization of oral narratives on the reception of them in early Jewish and Christian literatures.

The event is sponsored by the UCLA Center for the Study of Religion and cosponsored by UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies.

THE LEGEND OF KHAYBAR, A JEWISH “KINGDOM” IN THE ARABIAN DESERT

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                                          Liran Yadgar, UCLA professor           
 

LOS ANGELES -- Liran Yadgar (UCLA) will discuss the Legend of Khaybar, A Jewish “Kingdom” in the Arabian Desert at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019 UCLA 314 Royce Hall

The Viterbi Lecture in Mediterranean Jewish Studies will host this talk as it explores the history of a fantastic survival story that emerged around the Jewish stronghold of Khaybar in the Arabian Desert, which fell into the hands of Prophet Muhammed in 628 C.E. Yadgar traces the evolution of the legend of Khaybar in the minds of adventures, travelers, and Zionist pioneers, from the early Islamic period to the twentieth century.

The event is sponsored by the UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies, cosponsored by the UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies,  UCLA Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures

Preregistration required. To RSVP please email cjsrsvp@humnet.ucla.edu or call (310) 267-5327.
  

KHALID BEN-SRHIR TO DISCUSS JEWISH STUDIES IN MOROCCO:

A CONVERSATION










Khalid Ben-Srhir


LOS ANGELES -- Khalid Ben-Srhir (Mohammed V. University, Rabat) to discuss Jewish Studies in Morocco: A Conversation, a Maurice Amado Seminar in Sephardic Studies, on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019 at 12 p.m. in UCLA 314 Royce Hall.

Professor Khalid Ben-srhir is a pioneer in the Arabic and French translation of Jewish Studies scholarship in Morocco. 


In this informal conversation, guest speaker UCLA Professor Aomar Boum will talk with the Center’s Moroccan guest about his personal and professional experiences with Jewish history in Morocco, as well as the state and future of research on Moroccan Jews and Judaism.

The event is sponsored by the UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies and cosponsored by the UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies, UCLA Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures

Pre-registration is required.. RSVP required at (310) 267-5327.