How to make the holiday meaningful for the kids? Pick up a children's book recommended by the Ratner Media and Technology Center at the Jewish Educational Center of Cleveland. Sylvia Epstein's "How the Rosh Hashanah Challah Became Round" and Barbara Diamond Goldin's "The World's Birthday" are just two of many that make the list.
To view it in full, visit the Jewish Federation's Web site, at www.jewishla.org.
Sunday the 24th
This week's benefit worth noting is babyLOVE, a charity luncheon directed at parents and expectant parents, put on by the March of Dimes. The organization known for its 70 years of work improving the health of babies hosts the event to honor celebrities who have made the March their cause. (This year's honorary committee includes Lisa and Dustin Hoffman, Jason Alexander and Jenny and Fred Savage.) The day also includes a shopping experience hosted by luxury kids' boutique Pumpkinheads, and a silent and live auction.
11 a.m.-1 p.m. (boutique), 1-3 p.m. (luncheon, program and auctions). $150 plus. WP at the Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood. (213) 637-5041.
Monday the 25th
Jews looking for a spiritual soundtrack for their yoga practice may find it in YofiYah's "Kabbalah Kirtan" CD. The musician and singer fuses Sikh musical traditions, known as Kirtan, with those of kabbalah. Listeners will hear the familiar words of Jewish prayers like "L'cha Dodi" and "Oseh Shalom," set to perhaps less familiar Kirtan melodies or "two mystical traditions ... united in ecstatic devotion."
Tuesday the 26th
At first glance, his scribbles look about as impressive as your kid's. But look closer at Frank Gehry's sketches and you realize these are the seminal gestures that begat the architectural master's greatest structures. "Frank's Drawings: Eight Museums by Gehry" is now on view at Patricia Faure Gallery. See for yourself.
Through Oct. 14. Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., B7, Santa Monica. (310) 449-1479.
Wednesday the 27th
Sid Ceasar and "Your Show of Shows" inspired laughs in its day, and inspired the guys who write for laughs today. "Comedy Conversations" is the Museum of Television and Radio's new series, "bringing together legendary comedy creators with their spiritual progeny." First up are Larry Wilmore ("The Bernie Mac Show") and Mitchell Hurwitz ("Arrested Development"), discussing how Sid inspired them. Future installments include Steven Levitan ("Just Shoot Me") discussing his inspirations; Glen and Les Charles and James Burrows, and Phil Rosenthal ("Everybody Loves Raymond") on Norman Lear.
$15-$25 (individual tickets), $39-$65 (series). 465 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 786-1091. www.mtr.org.
Thursday the 28th
"Delirium" is the apposite title for Cirque du Soleil's showcase of musicians, singers, dancers, acrobats and characters on a 130 foot, two-sided stage and 540 feet of projections (equivalent in width of almost four IMAX screens). Prepare yourself for sensory overload this evening, as JDate and the Museum of Tolerance sponsor their night of "Delirium," which also includes the option of a preshow kosher buffet dinner and special reserve wine tasting, all benefiting the Museum of Tolerance.
6 p.m. (dinner and tasting), 8 p.m. (performance). $250 plus (show and VIP passes to the museum), $500 plus (dinner and tasting, show and VIP passes to the museum). Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles. (310) 772-2531.
Friday the 29th
Opening this week, The Jewish Federation's Bell Family Art Gallery presents "Otto Natzler at 98: Honoring a Master Artist." The exhibition features ceramic vessels and forms created by Natzler, as well as by his late wife, Gertrude, with whom he collaborated for more than 38 years. Together, they were a celebrated team credited with playing an early role in the craft renaissance that begin in the late 1950s. Photographs of Natzler's glazes, taken by Natzler's present wife, Gail Reynolds Natzler, are also on view.
Sept. 28-Dec. 15. 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 761-8000.