Infinite Light: Sign me up
Here is a sampling of the more than 35 events taking place as part of Infinite Light, the citywide Chanukah celebration launched by NuRoots. Note all events require an RSVP. Visit the festival website (infinitelight.la) for more information.
Wednesday, Dec. 9
Festival of Lights Fashion Show
Models in this unique fashion show, organized by the National Council of Jewish Women Los Angeles (NCJW/LA) Young Professionals Leadership Circle, can be any age, any shape, any size, any gender. The only requirement is that your ensemble — or, at least, most of it — has been purchased at one of the eight Los Angeles-area NCJW thrift shops. There will be latkes to eat and adult beverages to drink, a DJ and a photo booth, as well as prizes for the best runway looks. Guests are encouraged to bring a bag of lightly used clothes to donate to NCJW/LA’s Back 2 School Store, a summer tradition that provides new clothing and school supplies to several hundred kids in need each year. Registration required. 7 p.m. $10, or a bag of clothes to donate. 543 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles.
Thursday, Dec. 10
Challah @ Yo Mama [Shelter]
Challah Hub and Challah for Hunger join forces at Mama Shelter, the hip new Hollywood boutique hotel. There will be a lot of challah in the house — Challah Hub co-founder Sarah Klegman said guests can expect more than 20 types of carb deliciousness, including mint chocolate chip, jalapeno cheese and whiskey toffee challah. Additional bakers as well as food bloggers will be representing their braided beauties, too. Free. 6 p.m. 6500 Selma Ave., Hollywood.
Bring Light! Worthy of Love
Looking for a great opportunity to volunteer this holiday season? Every month, Worthy of Love throws a birthday party for the kids living at Union Rescue Mission downtown. This month, they are joining with the Miller Program at American Jewish University to host a glow-in-the-dark, no-holds-barred birthday and Chanukah party. There will be a DJ, live entertainment, latkes, sufganiyot, gifts for the kiddos and a communal menorah-lighting. Space is limited due to parking availability at the mission. $36 per person, $50 per couple. Free for ages 16 and younger. Money goes to support the kids at United Rescue Mission. 6 p.m. 545 S. San Pedro St., Los Angeles.
Sunday, Dec. 13
Lighting the Inner Fire: A Chanukah Breathwork Adventure
Michael Kass of Eastside Breathers leads a breathwork meditation group every Sunday at the Silverlake Independent JCC. He’s the first to admit, “It’s a weird, esoteric practice … [but it] does open the doors to some pretty deep connections with the self, some pretty deep revelations, and a release of things that have been holding you back.” At this event, he’ll be talking about miracles and what it means to be in touch with your inner light. Beginners are welcome. Bring a yoga mat and a sense of adventure. The workshop will be accompanied by live music courtesy of local duo Electric Sound Bath. $10. 7:30 p.m. 1110 Bates Ave., Los Angeles.
Crafty Regatta on the Venice Canals
Although geared primarily toward families, anyone and everyone is welcome to participate in this afternoon’s Crafty Regatta on the Venice Canals courtesy of Open Temple, “an emerging community for the Jewishly curious,” said Kirsten Hudson, managing director. Although the canals aren’t in Venice, Italy, they are completely beguiling. And this event will let you take to the water after you help decorate Open Temple’s small fleet of canoes and rowboats for the boat parade. If that’s not enough to lure you to Venice, there also will be latkes and candle-making with all-natural beeswax. Free. 2 p.m. Private Venice residence; location given upon RSVP.
The Eighth Night: A Craig Taubman Chanukah Concert
Folksy Jewish musician Craig Taubman gets top billing at this afternoon’s Chanukah concert at Temple Aliyah. The audience will be treated to the bluegrass-flavored tunes of the temple’s own Chazzan Mike Stein and The Rolling Steins. (Get ready for some yodeling.) Several members of the Kolot Tikvah choir, part of OurSpace — a joint project between Temple Aliyah and Valley Beth Shalom serving people with special needs and their families — will be performing, as will Temple Aliyah’s youth choir, Shir Aliyah. A grant from NuRoots is allowing participants in both OurSpace and the United Synagogue Youth Hevrah program for young people with special needs to attend the concert gratis. $36 (general), $18 (ages 17 and younger). 4 p.m. Temple Aliyah, 6025 Valley Circle Blvd., Woodland Hills.