Vision of the Future

Aryeh’s Vision on the FUTURE OF JACLA

Aryeh Rifkin, President and Founder

Aryeh Rifkin, Founder

JACLA only scratched the surface of its potential of programs for Jewish woman (empowerment, concerts, shiurim, mixing), students, young adults, singles events for all stages in life, couples, families and children.  JACLA can offer more events for each group’s physical, mental and spiritual growth by offering more lectures, music, art, meditation, meals, onegs/mixers, exercises, Shabbat and chaggim events.

Jewish activities are a constant 24/7/365 commitment.  How can JACLA be a true Jewish Activities Center if it’s not open?  I envision “removing the locks” on the doors.  We should be open all the time for the community.

JACLA’s purpose is to provide a place that nurtures Jewish activities listed in ABOUT (eating, drinking, learning, giving, loving, arguing, dancing, laughing, growing, returning, connecting, supporting and eating more).

JACLA hopes to greatly increase its frequency and scope of activities.  It can do this with more volunteers and enhancing its relationship with the community and its leaders.


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Prepare for Pesach! Inspirational and motivational shiur by Soheil Zaman.

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Every Wednesday 8 pm.
A get-together with a shiur, food and mixing.

Hang out with friends, enjoy meal, learn a thing or two (maybe even three), and be prepared for an in depth look in Modern Torah insights and values.

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$5 donation at the door


Or bring cash/check to:

JACLA – Jewish Activities Center of Los Angeles
c/o Social Dashboard
8631 West Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90035


December 15: CHANUKAH CONCERT: The Alter Jazz Ensemble

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“The Alter Jazz Ensemble” is a Melbourne, Australia- based jazz band which merges soulful and modern grooves with ancient and contemporary Jewish melodies.

The band features Noam Sendor a young rabbi who melds together improvisation and beatboxing with traditional “chazzanut” chanting, and is produced by renowned composer and guitarist Adam Starr. Joining them are some of Melbourne’s finest jazz musicians.

Cost: $18

The AJE recorded their debut album “New Altar” last year and it can be heard here:
Their website:

And here are some videos which highlight their sound

December 10: Sephardic Remix! (Part of the Sephardic Music Festival)

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Sephardic Remix! (Part of the Sephardic Music Festival)

JACLA / Social Dashboard’s Mission is to create unity in the Jewish community through events that benefit and enrich our lives.

East meets West as we celebrate Jewish diversity with live music, DJs and Celebrity food blogger and chef, Nina Safar of Kosher in the Kitch fame. Diwon will fuse Yemenite music with electro hip-hop and cinematic psychedelia, drawing inspiration from the Middle Eastern musical canon, while a live band (TBA) blends musical styles from varied traditions. In addition to all the music, Nina Safar will be giving latkes a Sephardic remix, as she fuses together traditional potato latkes with Sephardic flavors such as zaatar and cumin to create dishes like shakshuka latkes, sabich latkes, falafel latkes and more.

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Cost: $12 at the door

Additional info on the fest: The Sephardic Music Festival is a music and arts celebration showcasing musicians from around world that mix traditional, dance, electro, hip hop, and folk songs. SMF is the first music festival to focus exclusively on the less familiar but captivating culture of the Jewish communities of Spain/Portugal, North Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia.
Past SMF performers had included Yemen Blues, Yair Dalal, Matisyahu, Moshav, Asefa, Assaf Avidan and more.

Sephardic Music Festival’s goal is unifying people through culture and education, celebrating diversity and common ground.



Oct 30 @ 8 pm: Shabbat Club Friday Night Kiddush, Dinner, Shuir, Comedy and Oneg (Kosher & Appropriate)

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Oct 30 - Galit Levi

Experience the full joy of SHABBAT with an amazing kosher catered dinner, Kiddush, singing, shiurim, oneg … and special guest professional comedian GALIT LEVI.
8 pm Kiddush / Dinner
9 pm Comedy Show (During main course)
10 pm – 2 am Oneg
Shiurim from multiple rabbis and speakers throughout the night.
$18.00 Includes Kiddush, Dinner, Comedy, shiurim and Oneg
Oneg is FREE
A stand-up comedian whose versatility and mastery of physical comedy is her defining characteristic. She has trained intensively with Ringling Brothers, The Hungarian Clown School, The Los Angeles Clown School, The Idiot Workshop with John Gilkey of Cirque du Soleil, Moni Yakim from The Julliard School, and Aitor Basauri from the Philippe Gaulier School. She is also a graduate of the Baltimore School for the Arts in Theater, Second City Los Angeles in improvisation and sketch writing, and the Puppet School in television puppetry. Galit has featured for many well known comics, including her favorite comic, Ian Bagg, star of Last Comic Standing. She has been invited on numerous occasions to clown with the Black Wave in Jeff Ross’ Roast Battle show at the World Famous Comedy Store, and she was a featured standup comic on the TV Pilot, “That’s the Light,” with the late, Taylor Negron. Her most memorable performance was at the Hollywood premiere of Sasha Baron Cohen’s movie, Borat, where she played a Kazakhstani woman playing pranks on the stars. Galit recently booked the comedic lead for an incredible new project that is about to be released by Microsoft.

Oct 25 @ 8 pm: The Current Situation in Israel with Guest Speaker Rabbi Ben Packer from Jerusalem

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Join your friends in an evening to discuss

Guest speaker Rabbi Ben Packer lives in the Old C’ity of Jerusalem with his 5 children. Ben currently serves as Director of the Jerusalem Heritage House ( and Co-Director of Young Jewish Conservatives ( Ben formerly served as a Rabbi on campus at Duke University and the University of North Carolina. Originally from Petersburg, Virginia, Ben Packer moved to Israel in 1999, where he served in the IDF’s Givati Brigade in the GazaStrip.