Get inspired, or at least get a yoga mat, at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. Gurus will converge this weekend for the interfaith "Celebration of Oneness," a two-day event featuring lectures and panels on spiritual matters with speakers ranging from Ariana Huffington to "lifestyle astrologer" Susan Miller to "Celestine Prophesy" prophet James Redfield. Also on the agenda are concerts, an expo hall and film screenings, including Rabbi Ruth Broyde-Sharone's "God and Allah Need to Talk."
$15-$65. 300 E. Green St., Pasadena. (866) 706-7279. www.celebrationofoneness.com.
Sunday the 10th
Kids are introduced to the world, and the world of puppets, in this afternoon's program at the Jewish Community Library of Los Angeles. Educator and puppeteer Marilyn Price presents "The Wonderful Whirl of Puppets," an interactive children's show with global stories, folktales and parables.
3-4 p.m. Free. 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 761-8648.
Monday the 11th
In his need to grasp the human stories behind the black and white faces that stared out of his family's old photo album, author Daniel Mendelsohn journeyed to the shtetl of Bolechow to learn about the lives of his ancestors who had died in the Holocaust. His search continued over three years and 12 countries, the story of which is documented in his book, "The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million." The Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles hosts him at the Skirball Cultural Center tonight.
Free (JGSLA members), $5 (nonmembers). 7:30 p.m. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. www.jgsla.org.
Tuesday the 12th
Before they get their gifts, teach them about giving. Kids can help wrap gifts for children in the hospital at a special Chabad Chanukah Program at Sherman Oaks Branch Library this afternoon. A candle making workshop and storytelling are also planned.
Free. 14245 Moorpark St., Sherman Oaks. (818) 205-9716.
Wednesday the 13th
Acclaimed photographer Herman Leonard's images of "Jazz Giants" is now on display at Fahey/Klein Gallery. The 83-year-old has captured iconic images of artists, including Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk, and recently was honored by the Smithsonian Institution, which now houses his entire collection in the permanent archives of musical history. See some of those shots a little closer to home, through Jan. 13.
148 N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 934-2250. www.faheykleingallery.com.
Thursday the 14th
For four nights only, the Wadsworth Theatre presents "Jackie Mason: The Ultimate Jew." It's the untiring comedian's eighth one-man show, a format for which he's previously won a Tony, Grammy and Emmy Award. For this one, he once again brings his Borscht Belt stylings to topical material, from public figures to current events.
Dec. 14-17. $28-$103. Veterans Administration grounds, 11301 Wilshire Blvd., Bldg. 226, Los Angeles. (213) 365-3500. www.broadwayla.org.
Friday the 15th
A much-needed breath of fresh air from all the carols comes from XM radio, beginning today. The satellite radio service launches a Jewish culture channel, Radio Hanukkah, broadcasting Jewish music, comedy, talk and children's programming throughout Chanukah, 24 hours a day.
XM users will have regular access, and for non-users, this station and 80 others will be free over the Internet during the holiday season. Radio Hanukkah highlights will include nightly Chanukah blessings recited by prominent Jews like comedian Larry Miller and singer Neil Sedaka; special musical recordings by the likes of David Broza and Debbie Friedman; and produced programs on the subjects of Jewish contributions to Broadway, rock 'n' roll and klezmer.
XM Channel 108. To listen online, visit xmradio.com/Hanukkah and enter the promo code: TheChosen.