Thursday, December 2
Community Chanukah Celebration
The evening party features music by The Shirettes, menorah lighting, food for purchase and more. 5 p.m. Free. JCC at Milken, 22622 Vanowen St., West Hills. (818) 464-3300. jccatmilken.org.
Chanukah Celebration at Constitution Park
Chabad Jewish Center of Camarillo hosts a menorah lighting, including live music, juggling, latkes, prizes for children and a raffle. 5-7 p.m. Free. Constitution Park, 1287 Paseo Camarillo (exit Carmen Drive), Camarillo. (805) 383-7882. chabadcamarillo.com.
Saturday, December 4
Enjoy vodka, latkes, music and a white elephant gift exchange (under $15 value) during this party sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara’s Young Adult Division. Bring a canned food item to benefit the Holiday Food Drive. 8:30 p.m. (party begins), 9:30 p.m. (menorah lighting). Bronfman Family Jewish Community Center, 524 Chapala St., Santa Barbara. (805) 957-1115, ext. 107. jewishsantabarbara.org.
Sunday, December 5
Down Home Hanukkah
Celebrate American folk art and roots music traditions with performances by Peter Himmelman and The Witcher Brothers, hands-on arts-and-crafts projects, woodworking, quilting demonstrations, circus arts and tasty treats. 11 a.m. $10 (general), $7 (seniors and students), free (members and children 12 and younger). 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.
Chabad of West Hills hosts a menorah lighting on the lower level near Nordstrom. 4 p.m. Free. Westfield Topanga, 6600 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Canoga Park. westfield.com/topanga.
Temple Adat Elohim hosts a menorah lighting featuring music from the Band of Milk & Honey as well as the synagogue’s adult and junior choirs. Light refreshments will be served. 6-7 p.m. Free. The Oaks, 350 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. shoptheoaksmall.com.
Tuesday, December 7
Hanukkah at CLU
California Lutheran University’s Hillel and the Office of Multicultural Programs and International Student Services host the university’s annual menorah lighting. 4:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Student Union Building, Cal Lutheran University, 60 W. Olsen Road. (805) 493-3323. callutheran.edu.
Wednesday, December 8
Chanukah Concert and Celebration
Join the Calabasas Shul for fireworks, live music, doughnuts and latkes. Calabasas Commons. 6:30 p.m. Free. 4799 Commons Way, Calabasas. shopcommons.com.
Thursday, December 9
Northridge Fashion Center
Temple Ahavat Shalom sponsors a menorah lighting, including students singing Chanukah songs. 6:30 p.m. Free. Northridge Fashion Center, 9301 Tampa Ave., Northridge. northridgefashioncenter.com.
Latkes & Laughterfor Everyone
Emcee Louise “Weezy” Palanker hosts an all-star comedy night with local talent, professional comedians and students from the Comedy Club. Childcare available. Food and drinks provided. 6-8 p.m. $4 (students and seniors, advance), $8 (advance), $5 (students and seniors, door), $10 (door). Bronfman Family Jewish Community Center, 524 Chapala St, Santa Barbara. RSVP to (805) 957-1115, ext. 107. jewishsantabarbara.org
Wednesday, December 1
Chanukah — The Miracle of Oil
Thousand Oaks Jewish Women’s Circle invites women to explore the wonders of oil — from the menorah to the healing and invigorating properties to soothe body and soul. Participants will create their own unique blends of aromatherapy oils and de-stress with a hand massage. 7 p.m. $10. Chabad Jewish Center, 2060-I Avenida De Los Arboles. (805) 493-7776. jewishto.org.
Friday, December 3
Fine Arts Film Festival
Enjoy a free screening of the documentary “Herb & Dorothy” by Megumi Sasaki. Herb, a New York City postal worker, and Dorothy, a librarian, scoured the art scene in the 1960s and ‘70s to became the biggest collectors in the world of contemporary and abstract art. Event co-sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara and the Santa Barbara Art Association. 1-3 p.m. Bronfman Family Jewish Community Center, 524 Chapala St., Santa Barbara. RSVP to (805) 957-1115. jewishsantabarbara.org.
Monday, December 6
Genetic Genealogy Demystified
Elise Friedman, who specializes in Jewish genealogy and technology, discusses the major types of genealogical DNA tests in use today, the genetics behind them, how to read the results and how to use those results to identify genealogical connections. 7-9 p.m. Free. Sponsored by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Conejo Valley and Ventura County. Temple Adat Elohim, 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. (818) 889-6616. jgscv.org.
Sunday, December 12
Sam Glaser in Concert
The greatest musical hits of the Jewish people sung by one of today’s leading Jewish performers. 4 p.m. $40 (families, includes pizza), $10 (adults), $6 (children). Co-sponsored by Conejo Jewish Outreach and Heschel West. Temple Etz Chaim, 1080 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. conejojewishoutreach.org.
Tuesday, December 14
Hedva Amrani in Concert
Acclaimed Israeli folk icon and international pop star Hedva Amrani presents a retrospective multimedia concert spanning her 40-year career in music, including her beginnings as a folk singer in the duo Hedva & David. 7:30 p.m. $25. American Jewish University, Familian Campus, 15600 Mulholland Drive. (310) 440-1246. wcce.ajula.edu.
Wednesday, December 15
Judy Chicago on Frida Kahlov
Join artist, author and educator Judy Chicago for a talk on her new book — co-authored by British art historian Frances Borzello — “Frida Kahlo: Face to Face.” Chicago, who helped introduce Kahlo to American audiences in the early 1970s, examines the artist’s career from the point of view of the work rather than her biography. A book signing follows the program. 7:30 p.m. $10 (general), $5 (students), free (members). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. skirball.org
Thursday, December 16
Shuckeling Chefs: Real Men Cook Shabbos!
Join Rabbi Yakov Vann and learn to prepare a traditional Friday night dinner for your family. Call for time and to RSVP. $54 (includes food and supplies). Calabasas Shul, 24650 Park Miramar, Calabasas. (818) 591-7485. calabasasshul.org.
Sunday, December 19
A Musical Film Festival
The Shomrei Torah Synagogue Film Series continues with a sampling of movies highlighting Jewish music and life, including “The Jazz Singer,” “Yentl” and “Funny Girl.” 1-3 p.m. Free. Shomrei Torah Synagogue, 7353 Valley Circle Blvd., West Hills. (818) 346-0811. stsonline.org.
Saturday, December 25
Chinese Food and a Movie II
Join Temple Beth Torah for Chinese food and a screening of “The Boys: The Sherman Brothers’ Story” and a bonus movie. 1:30 p.m. (lunch), 2:30 p.m. (films). $22.50 (lunch and movie, advance), $10 (film only, advance), $15 (film only, door). Temple Beth Torah, 7620 Foothill Road, Ventura. (805) 647-4181. templebethtorah.com.
Sunday, January 2
The award-winning rock musical, loosely based on “La Boheme,” is about a group of friends struggling to survive on Manhattan’s Lower East Side and reach the world through their art. 8 p.m. Recommended for those 14 and older. Runs Jan. 2 through Feb. 13. $20 (adults), $16 (seniors and students). Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. (805) 583-7900 simi-arts.org.
Sunday, January 9
Authors, Authors, Authors
Five published authors, all members of the society, will share their genealogical techniques. 1:30-3:30 p.m. Free. Sponsored by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Conejo Valley and Ventura County. Temple Adat Elohim, 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. (818) 889-6616. jgscv.org.
A half-day mini-festival of lectures, panels, a family concert, a classical music concert, and art exhibits and installations, commemorating the work of the late Vilnius-born poet Avraham Sutzkever, who died at the age of 96 in Israel. Sponsored by the Sigi Ziering Institute. 3-9 p.m. $22. American Jewish University, Familian Campus, 15600 Mulholland Drive. (818) 716-6211. wcce.ajula.edu.
Friday, January 14
Enjoy a family service with songs of freedom and words of hope honoring the life of Martin Luther King Jr. 6:30 p.m. Free. Temple Kol Tikvah, 20400 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills. (818) 348-0670. koltikvah.org
Sunday, January 16
Matisyahu, best-known for his hit “King Without a Crown,” blends infectious melodies and intricate production with classic messages of hope, peace and understanding to create a sound that is undeniably his own. 7-10 p.m. $100 (VIP), $50 (preferred seating), $36 (general). Shomrei Torah Synagogue, 7353 Valley Circle Blvd., West Hills. (818) 346-0811. shomreitorahsynagogue.org.
Tuesday, January 18
“A Chorus Line”
The Tony- and Pulitzer-winning musical, with score by Marvin Hamlisch, shines the spotlight on 17 singers and dancers who dream of getting into a Broadway show. 8 p.m. $44-$59. Through Jan. 23. Fred Kavli Theatre, Bank of America Performing Arts Center, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. (805) 449-2787. www.toaks.org/cap.
Sunday, January 23
Shabbat WorkshopWith Judy Sofer
Discover the values and messages that Shabbat imparts to the individual and to the family, learn about the evening rituals and symbols, and take home a Shabbat prayer booklet and a CD with prayers and songs. 9-11 a.m. Temple Ahavat Shalom, 18200 Rinaldi Place, Northridge. RSVP to (818) 360-2258. tasnorthridge.org.
Amazing God: How Jewish Prayer Imagines the Unimaginable
Lecture and discussion with Rabbi Miriyam Glazer, author and professor of literature and communication and media chair at American Jewish University. 10:30 a.m. $12 (nonmembers and guests), $10 (members). Sponsored by University Women. Second-floor chapel, American Jewish University, Familian Campus, 15600 Mulholland Drive. (310) 440-1283. wcce.ajula.edu.
Tu B’Shevat Festival at Shalom Institute
Malibu’s Shalom Institute hosts a day of activities that include a tree planting and gardening, concerts, Israeli dancing, hiking, a climbing wall, bungee trampoline, a Big Green Scavenger Hunt and more. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $5 (per person), free (children 3 and younger). 34342 Mulholland Highway, Malibu. (818) 889-5500. shalominstitute.com.
Tu B’Shevat at Malibu Creek State Park
Congregation Or Ami celebrates the “Birthday of the Trees” by planting trees and exploring the connection to the environment. Free. 9-11:45 a.m. Malibu Creek State Park, Mulholland Highway, west of Las Virgenes Road. (818) 880-4880. orami.org.
Saturday, January 29
Behind the Music: Cantor Arianne Brown
Sinai Temple‘s Cantor Arianne Brown fell in love with Yiddish theater in her 20s and has performed in this genre off-Broadway and as a soloist at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the Disney Concert Hall. 8 p.m. Free. Shomrei Torah Synagogue, 7353 Valley Circle Blvd., West Hills. (818) 346-0811. stsonline.org.
Sunday, January 30
New Community Jewish High School Open House
Prospective students and families are invited to meet faculty and current students and listen to presentations. Refreshments are served. 10:30 a.m. New Community Jewish High School, 7353 Valley Circle Blvd., West Hills. RSVP to (818) 348-0048. ncjhs.org.