SUN | DEC 1
CLIPPERS JEWISH HERITAGE DAY
A Chanukah miracle couldn’t hurt as the Clippers face off against the top-ranked Indiana Pacers. Stephen S. Wise Temple’s Cantor Nathan Lam opens the game with the singing of the national anthem. There will also be a menorah lighting, a Q-and-A session with rabbis and a special halftime performance by the Body Poets. Add in kosher food and a free T-shirt, and this Chanukah celebration is bound to be a slam-dunk. Sun. 10:30 a.m. (pre-game warm-ups), 12:30 p.m. (game time). $20-$62. Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa St., downtown. (213) 742-7503. nba.com/clippers.
“CHANUKAH @ CITYWALK”
Chabad of the Valley pays a special tribute to Jewish music on the fifth night of Chanukah. Artists for the evening include: Eli Gerstner and soloists of the Yeshiva Boys Choir, Yisroel Williger, Yoely Greenfeld, Moshe Hect, Kenny Ellis and the Mystic Sideshow. It’s doubtful that that would not be enough, but just in case it isn’t — you have all of CityWalk at your disposal! It’s what the Maccabees would have wanted. Sun. 6 p.m. Free. Universal CityWalk, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City. (818) 758-1818. chabadofthevalley.com.
MON | DEC 2
“LISTENING TO THE OTHER”
Monday marks the beginning of a weeklong look at Middle East musical dialogues. There will be public performances, master classes, panel discussions and, of course, music. Some of the significant names sprinkled throughout the week are: Thaer Bader, Mohammed Fairouz, David Krakauer, David Lefkowitz and Betty Olivero. All have made a contribution to the unique conversation of Arab-Israeli fusion. Mon. Various times. Through Dec. 8. $30-$60 (general), $15 (UCLA Students). Various locations in UCLA area. (818) 716-6211. listeningtotheother.org.
TUE | DEC 3
“A PATCHWORK OF CULTURES: THE SEPHARDIC-LATINO CONNECTION”
Shalom and ¡Hola! The L.A. Jewish Symphony Educational Outreach Program is hosting a concert that explores the music and historical cultures of our Spanish ancestors. Led by Cantor Marcelo Gindlin, there will be song, dance and a celebration of Sephardic and Latino music pieces. Student-created artwork will also be exhibited to contribute to an already creative atmosphere. Reservations required. Tue. 11 a.m. Free. Valley Beth Shalom, 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (818) 436-5260. lajewishsymphony.com.
She is one of the most important Israeli female figures of the year. Chair of Women of the Wall and executive director of the Israel Religious Action Center, Hoffman is a champion of Jewish pluralism, tolerance and equality. Women of the Wall won the right to pray at the Kotel following an Israeli Supreme Court ruling this past May, but the controversy hasn’t ended. Q-and-A follows lecture. Must RSVP. Tue. 7:30 p.m. Free. Temple Israel of Hollywood, 7300 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 876-8330. tioh.org.
“BROTHERS AND STRANGERS II: ISRAELIS ARE FROM MARS, AMERICAN JEWS ARE FROM VENUS”
Like any pair of siblings, American Jews and Israelis don’t always have a seamless relationship. But unlike you and your brother or sister, it is crucial to the future of Judaism that we understand the tensions, connections and in-betweens of the two largest Jewish populations in the world. American Jewish University hosts a panel discussion that illuminates how we can strengthen a sometimes-weakening bond. Panelists include Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) Jewish social policy professor Steven M. Cohen, Middlebury College international studies professor Theodore Sasson, HUC-JIR contemporary Jewish studies professor Sarah Bunin Benor and Gil Ribak, director of the Institute on American Jewish-Israeli Relations. Tue. 7:30 p.m. $10. American Jewish University, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. (310) 476-9777. aju.edu.
THU | DEC 5
“LIGHT UP THE NIGHT”
East Side Jews is going global. Join your favorite irreverent collection of Jews as they shoo away the darkness with a dreidel tournament, drinks and nosh, and stories you wont want to miss from Justine Barron, Matthew Irving Epstein, Josh Feldman, Jessie Kahnweiler and Raimy Rosenduft. For those of you interested in human rights, the evening will also feature Guatemalan human rights activist Claudia Samayoa. Thu. 7:30 p.m. $18. Pico Union Project, 1153 Valencia St., Los Angeles. eastsidejews.com.
The musician and his 30-year career are making a stop in our little City of Angels. Having toured all over the globe, bringing his playful, honest and catchy tunes to places like Holland and Australia, Richman lets his experiences inform his style. Performing live with drummer Tommy Larkins, the duo takes pride in being constant students — loving to share all they learn with their loyal fans. Thu. 9 p.m. Through Dec. 8. $15 (21 and over), $20 (under 21). The Mint, 6010 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 954-9400. themintla.com.
FRI | DEC 6
THE LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC IN THE SANCTUARY
The world-renowned orchestra is making a house call (sort of). Leaving its home base downtown, the L.A. Phil is migrating West. Playing in the beautiful and newly remodeled sanctuary, the evening features a special performance of Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Dvorak. So whether you are interested in Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8 or you are simply sick of Disney Hall, it will be an intimate and unforgettable evening of music. Fri. 8 p.m. $50-$150. Wilshire Boulevard Temple, Erika J. Glazer Family Campus, 3663 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 835-2198. wbtla.org.