DECEMBER

6 | Sunday

CHANUKAH AT CITYWALK

Celebrate the Festival of Lights at the largest Chanukah event in Southern California. Snap photos of a 15-foot-tall, 1,000-pound menorah and enjoy performances by Edon, Gad Elbaz and Eli Marcus, as well as a special appearance by author, film critic and syndicated radio host Michael Medved. Kosher food items will be available for purchase. Free. 6-9 p.m. Universal CityWalk, 1000 Universal City Plaza, Universal City. (818) 758-1818. chabadofthevalley.com

SHANA TORAH

Join Shalom Institute in celebrating the year of the Torah. Learn about the institute’s 200-year-old Czechoslovakian Torah that survived the Holocaust, and participate in hands-on activities for all ages. Sofer Rabbi Moshe Druin offers his assistance in scribing a letter in the Torah, and Robbo will lead everyone in a camp-style sing-along. Free. 1-3 p.m. Reservation requested. Valley Beth Shalom, 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (818) 889-5500. shalominstitute.com

8 | Tuesday

“EAST JERUSALEM, WEST JERUSALEM”

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It’s the L.A. premiere of “East Jerusalem, West Jerusalem,” a film about and titled after the latest album of legendary Israeli singer-songwriter David Broza. American, Israeli and Palestinian musicians collaborated on the album in East Jerusalem over eight days under the direction of Grammy-winner Steve Earle. In English, Hebrew and Arabic (with English subtitles). A Q-and-A with Broza follows the screening.  $10 (general), $8 (members), $6 (students). 8 p.m. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org

10 | Thursday

FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

The Anti-Defamation League and Just Communities, an organization focused on promoting diversity, host a family-friendly interfaith event. There will be refreshments, educational discussions and community unity activities. Free. 6:30–9 p.m. Santa Barbara Public Library, Faulkner Gallery, 40 E. Anapamu St., Santa Barbara. (805) 280-2527. jewishsantabarbara.org

11 | Friday

CHANUKAH DINNER

Come one, come all to a community latke dinner followed by an Erev Shabbat Chanukah service. There will be a Bim Bam Bimah service for families with young children prior to the dinner. Reservations required. 5:30 p.m. (Bim Bam service), 6:30 p.m. (dinner). Temple Ahavat Shalom, 18200 Rinaldi Place, Northridge. (818) 360-2258. tasnorthridge.org

“LIGHT THE WAY: FINDING LIGHT IN DARKNESS”

Listen to stories of hope and possibility as told by Theatre Dybbuk, a Jewish theater and education company. The actors will share inspiring stories from the community that focus on strength and perseverance. Refreshments included. Free. RSVP required. 7-10 p.m. Temple Judea, 5429 Lindley Ave., Tarzana. (818) 758-3800. theatredybbuk.org

12 | Saturday

VODKA LATKE

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Grab your best threads and celebrate Chanukah with some cocktails and gourmet cuisine at the ninth annual Vodka Latke. There will be an open bar and music courtesy of DJ Darla Bea with a silent auction benefitting the Young Adult Division of the Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara. Must be at least 21 to attend. $25 (advance), $30 (door). 7 –11 p.m.  Montecito Events Center, 30 Los Patos Way, Montecito. 805-957-1115. yadsb.org

END SHABBAT ON A CHAI NOTE

Toast the end of Shabbat Chanukah with dinner and drinks, celebrating on a chai note among friends. For ages 21 and older. Free. 7-11 p.m. RSVP for location info. Moishe House in Sherman Oaks. moishehouse.org

13 | Sunday

CHANUKAH FAMILY FUN DAY

Enjoy a beautiful day outdoors in Malibu with plenty of activities for the whole family. The day kicks off with arts and crafts followed by Chanukah candle-making, outdoor latke-cooking and story time with PJ Library. In addition to holiday-themed activities, there will be a climbing wall, archery and a zip line, capped with a sing-along session. $10 (general), free (children 6 and younger). 10 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Shalom Institute, 34342 Mulholland Highway, Malibu. (818) 889-5500. shalominstitute.com 

CHANUKAH FAMILY FESTIVAL

The theme, “Celebrate Our Light,” plays a part in the eclectic performances and activities throughout the day. Start the day off by designing a badge of courage and a “flame” that’ll light the giant communal Chanukah lamp. Then, enjoy a performance by L.A.-based Bazaar Ensemble, which blends Sephardic and Middle Eastern sounds with jazz, funk and soul. Grammy-nominated musician Lisa Loeb hits the stage not once but twice, first on her own performing sing-alongs and Chanukah songs, and later with the Gay Men’s Chorus of L.A. There will be one-hour Noah’s Ark tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis. $10 (general), $7 (seniors and students), free (members and children 12 and younger). 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org

PJ LIBRARY CHILDREN’S CHANUKAH AT KOL TIKVAH

It’s a celebration featuring Israeli dancing and story time with PJ Library at Temple Kol Tikvah. Other fun activities include arts and crafts and sing-alongs. Lunch and treats provided. For kids 8 and younger. Free. 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. RSVP required. Temple Kol Tikvah, 20400 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills. (818) 992-1960. koltikvah.org

THE EIGHTH NIGHT CONCERT

The holidays are all about celebrating, and what better way to bring people of all ages together than through music? Come celebrate the eighth night of Chanukah as Craig Taubman & Band perform in concert with Hazzan Mike Stein and The Rolling Steins. Sponsor-level tickets include up-close reserved seating and a special VIP dessert reception with Taubman after the show. Childcare available. $36 (general), $18 (ages 17 and younger). Tickets an additional $5 at the door. RSVP required. 4 p.m. Temple Aliyah, 6025 Valley Circle Blvd., Woodland Hills. (818) 346-3545. templealiyah.org

JANUARY

21 | Thursday

ITZHAK PERLMAN AND EMANUEL AX

The legendary Israeli-American violinist has performed in the White House, on “The Ed Sullivan Show” and for Carnegie Hall and now he’s joining forces with renowned Grammy-winning pianist Emanuel Ax. They’ll be performing music from Mozart, Fauré, Strauss and more.  $48- $128. 7 p.m. The Granada Theatre, 1214 State St., Santa Barbara. (805) 899-2222. granadasb.org

31 | Sunday

TU B’SHEVAT NATURE FESTIVAL

Celebrate Mother Nature at this annual fest with tree-planting, a scavenger hunt, rock-wall climbing, cider-making, tomahawk-throwing and zip lining. There will also be live musical performances, an eco-fair and Torah scribe Rabbi Moshe Druin will be on hand to help celebrate Shana Torah. Take in the natural beauty of Malibu with nature walks and a visit to the Pinat Chai Animal Center. $5 (advance), $10 (at door). 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Shalom Institute, 34342 Mulholland Highway, Malibu. (818) 889-5500. shalominstitute.com