SAT | DECEMBER 12
A giant 15-foot, 1,000-pound menorah will light up Universal CityWalk for the annual Chabad Chanukah festival, with live Israeli and Jewish performances, appearances by Jewish community leaders and menorah lightings from around the world, broadcast on a huge screen. Sat. 7:30-11:30 p.m. Free. CityWalk, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City. (818) 758-1818. chabadofthevalley.com.
(CHANUKAH WITH A PURPOSE)
The Jewish Federation’s Fed Up With Hunger initiative lends a purpose to JconnectLA’s party, co-sponsored by Birthright Israel Next and the Chai Center, among others. Honika Electronica also features a performance by comedian/hip-hop artist Smooth-E, music by Diwon, SoulSpeak, DJ Eric Rosen and others, and a No Limit Texas Dreidle tournament. Sat. 9 p.m. $10 (presale), $15 (at the door). $5 off price with two cans of kosher food. A Cow Jumped Over the Moon, 421 N. Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills. (714) 403-3742. jconnectla.com.
In memory of DJ Ziv Pinchassi, Sababa is hosting a Chanukah bash where all the proceeds will be donated in Ziv’s name to Camp Simcha, a camp for kids with cancer. DJ Titus, DJ Gil and DJ Samtabul will be playing hip-hop, Israeli music, house and trance. 21 and over. Sat. 9:30 p.m. $20 (before 10:30 p.m.), $25 (after). Aqua Lounge, 424 N. Beverly Blvd., Beverly Hills. sababaparties.com.
SUN | DECEMBER 13
(CHANUKAH IN THE CONEJO)
Chabad of the Conejo has a jam-packed week of Chanukah events: a Friendship Circle Chanukah Extravaganza, a car scavenger hunt leading to a mystery festival, three Sunshine Club parties for seniors, an evening of Chanukah illusions with Amos Levkovitch and a Comedy Chinese Auction night at The Canyon Club. Dec. 13-16. Various locations. (818) 991-0991. chabadconejo.com.
Neshama Carlebach, daughter of famed spiritual leader Shlomo Carlebach, performs her father’s works with her band and the Good Pastures Baptist Church choir — featured on her new album — at a holiday concert sponsored by Makom Ohr Shalom. Sun. 6:45 p.m. (dessert reception), 7:35 p.m. (chanukiah lighting), 7:45 p.m. (concert). $50-$100. Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills. (818) 894-1754. makom.org.
The Farmers Market hosts holiday season festivities for all ages, including a Chanukah festival of lights celebration that features a dreidel-making workshop, a card-making workshop, building a menorah out of Legos, a menorah-lighting ceremony and a sing-along. Sun. 2:30-5 p.m. Free. Farmers Market Plaza, 6333 W. Third St., Los Angeles. (323) 933-9211. farmersmarketla.com.
Sean Kanan from “The Young and the Restless” emcees the first Creative Arts Temple Chanukah Gospel Brunch and Boutique. Traditional fare — latkes, dreidels and gelt — is accompanied by the hand-clapping boisterousness of the Chris Gees and the Voices gospel choir. Sun. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (boutique), 12:30 p.m. (music and brunch). $65 (members), $70 (guests). MountainGate Country Club, 12445 Mountaingate Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 470-3888.
Templeton Foundation Grant researchers, Holocaust education experts and survivors will discuss the findings of the “Forgiveness, Resiliency and Survivorship Among Holocaust Survivors” study in a symposium, “Holocaust Survivors: Stories of Resilience.” The discussion will cover how the results of the study can be applied today. Sun. 1-4 p.m. Free. Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, 6435 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 651-3704. lamoth.org.
Singer and actor Mitch Smolkin brings the legendary King of Yiddish radio, Seymour Rexite, to life in “Rexite on the Radio: Live from the Golden Age of N.Y.’s Yiddish Broadcasts,” singing classics from the American Songbook and Broadway hits of the 20th century in Yiddish. Sun. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. $10 (children), $20 (adults). Miles Memorial Playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. (800) 838-3006. yiddishkayt.org.
MON | DECEMBER 14
Doctors Without Borders, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning humanitarian organization, allowed a documentary crew uncensored access to its field operations in war-torn Congo and post-conflict Liberia. The result, “Living in Emergency: Stories of Doctors Without Borders” will be screened in a one-night event featuring a broadcast panel discussion with ABC News anchor Elizabeth Vargas following the film. Mon. 8 p.m. $12-$15. Various theaters. fathomevents.com/doctorswithoutborders.
Join Congregation Kol Ami in lighting Hollywood’s huge ice menorah at the Hollywood and Highland Center. Aside from ice, there is an interactive children’s arts and crafts activity, holiday treats for all and musical performances. Mon. 6 p.m. Free. Hollywood and Highland Center, Central Courtyard. hollywoodandhighland.com.
TUE | DECEMBER 15
Dor Chadash, for young Israeli and American Jewish professionals, has made the leap from the East Coast to Los Angeles and is throwing an upscale Chanukah soiree at the Beverly Hilton’s Stardust Room, with panoramic views of the city, an Israeli DJ spinning a mix of hits and a hot theme: Light My Fire. Tue. 8 p.m. $20 (presale), $40 (at the door). Beverly Hilton, 9876 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. dorchadashla.org.
WED | DECEMBER 16
The Consulate General of Israel in Los Angeles joins forces with popular local Israeli DJ Eyal, along with three other DJs, for a rockin’ Chanukah party at the Cabana Club in Hollywood. Guests are asked to bring gifts to be donated to Vista Del Mar Child Community Center. 21 and over. Wed. 9 p.m. Free. Cabana Club, 1439 Ivar Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 852-5523.
THU | DECEMBER 17
Martin Indyk, former U.S. ambassador to Israel, addresses the efficacy of American diplomacy at a Sinai Temple Israel Center forum, “American Peacemaking Diplomacy in the Middle East: Can It Work This Time?” Rabbi David Wolpe leads the dialogue, with a signing of Indyk’s book, “Innocent Abroad,” after the lecture. Thu. 7:30 p.m. $10 (members), $15 (guests). Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 481-3246. sinaitemple.org.
Local card-carrying members of the tribe, Fool’s Gold, perform here in their hometown on the penultimate night of Chanukah. Singing almost entirely in Hebrew, the young band has found most of its success in the non-Jewish, non-Hebrew speaking crowd but is eager to cross over to the Jewish community. Thu. 8 p.m. $10. The Echo, 1822 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. myspace.com/foolsgold.
Enjoy hot fried latkes with people who not only share your religious beliefs, but also your political leanings at the Democrats for Israel Hannukka Party. Community leaders are expected to attend. Thu. 7:30-9 p.m. Free (members), $18 (non-members). 6236 Maryland Drive, Los Angeles. (661) 296-3904. dfi-la.org.