Calendar: December 16-22
FRI | DEC 16
“SHABBAT TO UNITE”
Rabbi Yedidia Shofet discusses love and unity. For ages 21 to 34. 4:30 Mincha; 6:30 p.m. Kiddush; dinner to follow. $26. Nessah Synagogue, 142 S. Rexford Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 273-2400. ” target=”_blank”>booksoup.com.
SAT | DEC 17
“L.A. FOR STANDING ROCK”
The Markaz Arts Center for the Greater Middle East presents a benefit concert of world music, dance and hip-hip arts. Proceeds from the event will benefit protesters opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline, many of whom are preparing for the harsh winter in North Dakota. Featuring Bedouin-X, Good Peoplez, Aubre Hill, Sima Galanti, Keyanna Celina, Sonia Ochoa, Arohi Ensemble and others. 6 p.m. Free. The Pico Union Project, 1153 Valencia St., Los Angeles. (310) 657-5511. ” target=”_blank”>jewishwomenstheater.com.
SUN | DEC 18
DAVID BROZA & FRIENDS: “THE NOT QUITE XMAS SPECTACULAR”
Israeli superstar, singer-guitarist David Broza is coming to town with his popular “Not Quite Xmas Spectacular.” The all-star lineup of internationally acclaimed musicians presents a holiday treat of lively rhythms and joyous feelings. Featuring: David Broza, vocals/guitar; Jay Beckenstein, saxophone; Julio Fernandez, guitar; Francisco Centeno, bass; Cyro Baptista, percussion; Ali Paris, qanun/vocals; Yonadav Halevy, drums. 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $55. The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. (310) 434-3200. ” target=”_blank”>yala.org.
CHANUKAH TOY & BOOK DRIVE
The Israeli American Council’s IAC-Care, along with IAC Keshet Sfarim, is holding a Chanukah toy and book drive to donate to underprivileged children in the Los Angeles area. The volunteer-driven event also will feature activities for the entire family. To volunteer or donate, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. 10:30 a.m. Free. Shepher Community Center, 6530 Winnetka Ave., Woodland Hills. (818) 836-6700. ” target=”_blank”>valleyjcc.org.
CHANUKAH FAMILY FESTIVAL: “LIGHT FOR THE PEOPLE”
This year’s festival honors the light of creativity and celebrates the hope that helps the community achieve great things together. Revel in the spirit of the holiday with music, dance, printmaking, storytelling and other family-friendly fun. Families of all backgrounds are welcome. 11 a.m. $12; $7 for children ages 2 to 12; $9 for seniors and students. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. ” target=”_blank”>wbtla.org/meetup-chanukah.
“HUMMUS! THE MOVIE”
The Sephardic Educational Center presents the Los Angeles premiere of “Hummus! The Movie.” The documentary reveals secret recipes and the super food’s power to bring together Muslims, Christians and Jews from around the world. The film showcases personal stories of the men and women whose lives have been changed by the Middle Eastern staple. There will be introductory remarks by Executive Producer Mitch Julius. 5 p.m. $15. Laemmle’s Music Hall Theater, 9036 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (323) 272-4574. MON | DEC 19
NETWORKING HAPPY HOUR
Network, connect and relax at this casual happy hour, presented by Young Adults of Los Angeles. Intended for professionals working in the entertainment and media fields. 6:30 p.m. Free. The Belmont, 747 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 761-8054. ” target=”_blank”>picounionproject.org.
TUES | DEC 20
Young Adults Los Angeles Post Undergrads is hosting a painting night to celebrate the Festival of Lights with a private painting session, snacks and drinks. Part of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles’ Infinite Light festival. Intended for individuals ages 22 to 26. 7 p.m. $30. Robertson Art Space, 1020 Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 761-8054. WED | DEC 21
CHANUKAH POP-UP EXHIBITION
Stop by the Holidays gallery to see rarely displayed Chanukah lamps. There will be something for everyone to enjoy — designs ranging from Looney Toons to the Liberty Bell. 2:30 p.m. Free with museum admission. Also Thursday, Dec. 22, 2:30 p.m. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. ” target=”_blank”>lachoreographersanddancers.org.