SAT | DECEMBER 19
Spend an afternoon with 30 soldiers currently serving in Israel Defense Forces combat units, each one with an unforgettable story to tell. This third annual luncheon is co-sponsored by Nessah Israel Young Professionals and the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces; a portion of the proceeds goes to FIDF. Women are requested to wear white and men are requested to wear blue. Sat. 1 p.m. $26 (members), $52 (guests). Nessah Synagogue, 142 S. Rexford Ave., Beverly Hills. nessah.org.
SUN | DECEMBER 20
It’s Christmastime in New York, 1978, and a host of eccentric characters find themselves in the New York Public Library, held hostage by a pair of clumsy robbers. The multiethnic holiday comedy, “A Very Merry Happy Kosher Christmas,” features a Jewish Santa Claus, a former Rockette and a blind man on the hunt for hidden treasure in the library. Written by Mark Troy and produced by the 68 Cent Crew Theatre Company. Sun. 3 p.m. Through Jan. 31, 2010. $20. Theatre 68, 5419 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood. (323) 467-6688. theatre68.com.
MON | DECEMBER 21
Scribble Press, a make-your-own-book store, offers winter camp programs for children ages 3 to 6. Today’s program is titled “It’s Never Too Late for Latkes,” and children will make latkes and menorahs — for use at Chanukah next year — play dreidel, listen to Chanukah stories and songs, and participate in a treasure hunt. Mon. 9-11:30 a.m. $50. Scribble Press, 1109 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 899-0495. scribblepress.com.
WED | DECEMBER 23
Holiday variety show hosts Morrie and Myra Bernstein wouldn’t let a little thing like divorce keep them from celebrating the holidays — all of them. “Morrie and Myra Bernstein Present: Christmas! (Featuring Hanukkah)” is a merry mix of music, comedy and special guests. Wed. 8 p.m. Through Dec. 26. $17. ComedySportz Theatre, 733 Seward St., Los Angeles. (323) 871-1183. comedysportzla.com.
THU | DECEMBER 24
There’s no better time of year to surround yourself with Members of the Tribe than Christmas Eve. Every year, JDate turns the House of Blues into the House of Jews for an evening of eggnog-free schmoozing, dancing and spouse hunting. At the 16th annual Schmooz-A-Palooza, the first floor features a dance floor, the second floor has beer-pong tables, card games and bar food, and the third floor is the VIP Foundation Room, a Moroccan-themed lounge with skyline views and intimate “prayer rooms.” Thu. 8 p.m. $25 (online), $40 (at the door). House of Blues, 8430 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. jdate.com/schmooza.
Nobody does Christmas like a Jewish comic. “Merry Erev Christmas With Elon Gold and Friends” at the Laugh Factory is an ideal alternative to movies and Chinese food. 18 and over. Thu. 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. $20 (general), $30 (VIP). Laugh Factory, 8001 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 656-1336. laughfactory.com.
For 50 years, Angelenos have gathered for the annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration, which this year features more than 40 groups representing various cultures in a six-hour entertainment extravaganza. Acts include a hip-hop scene from “A Christmas Carol,” an aerial dance version of “Silent Night,” Korean holiday songs, Latin jazz and klezmer music. Attendees can come and go throughout the performance, which will also be broadcast live on KCET and at kcet.org. Thu. 3-6 p.m. Free admission and parking. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Grand Hall, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 972-3099. holidaycelebration.org.