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For information, call (415) 750-4117.

Cornel West to speak at S.F. fund-raiser

Author, philosopher and professor Cornel West will speak at the second annual "Lift Every Voice," a benefit for Back on Track, a free afterschool tutoring program for San Francisco's children, at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, Congregation Emanu-El, 2 Lake St., S.F.

Tickets are $10 for students and seniors and $25 for all others. They may be purchased through the City Box Office at (415) 392-4400 or BASS at (510) 762-2277.

For information, call (415) 346-9316.

Parent-Toddler groups at Parents Place in S.F.

Parents Place, a program of Jewish Family and Children's Services, in conjunction with Congregation Beth Israel-Judea will be offering two parent/toddler groups for parents with children 24-to-36 months old.

The Parent-Toddler group is a discussion and play group with activities, singing, child observation, and a chance to talk about the challenge of living with a two-year-old.

Groups will meet from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays, beginning Jan. 24, and Thursdays, beginning Jan. 25, at the synagogue, 625 Brotherhood Way, S.F.

For information, call (415) 586-8833.

Museum president

The Jewish Museum San Francisco has elected Fred Levinson as president of the board of trustees. Levinson replaces Joyce Linker, who served as president from 1993 to 1995.

Support group forms for disabled women

An eight-week support group for Jewish women with chronic illnesses and disabilities is starting at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1. in San Francisco. The group will be co-facilitated by Abby Kovalsky, LCSW, and Rabbi Nancy Flam. Sliding scale.

For information and meeting place, call Jewish Family and Children's Services, (415) 561-1224 or (415) 567-1044 (TDD).

UCSF/Mt. Zion taps new chief of staff

Dr. Herbert B. Goodman, U.C. San Francisco assistant clinical professor of medicine, has been named chief of staff at UCSF/Mount Zion Medical Center.

Goodman is a member of the board of directors for Congre-gation Beth Sholom in San Francisco and served as its president from 1985 to 1987. He also was on the board for the United Jewish Community Center from 1980-1982.

Author Grace Paley to appear at Herbst

Author and activist Grace Paley, known for her short stories chronicling the lives of men, women and children who populate the blocks between New York's 14th and Houston streets and her unique recreation of urban American idioms — particularly Yiddish-American dialect — will be appearing at San Francisco's Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., at 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25. Hosting the program will be Wendy Lesser, editor of The Threepenny Review.

The program is part of the series "Arts & Anniversaries" jointly presented by City Arts & Lectures, Inc. and The Threepenny Review to celebrate both organizations' fifteenth anniversaries.

Tickets are $15, available through City Box Office. For information, call (415) 392-4400.

Workshops to explore mysticism, meditation

Rabbi S.Z. Stern, director of the Yehida Institute, will be leading several Jewish mysticism and meditation workshops throughout the Bay Area.

Free introductory sessions will be given in various locations on Jan. 20 and 21.

A Shabbat with Stern will be hosted by Chabad House of San Francisco Friday, Jan. 19 and Saturday, Jan. 20 at 2950 Anza St.

For information, call Hinda Langer at (415) 387-5668.

Applications available for Kohn internship

Applications for the Kohn summer internships are now available. The program, sponsored by Jewish Vocational Service, offers 30 undergraduates the opportunity to work at various Jewish community agencies in the Bay Area.

It is funded by the Kohn Fund of the Jewish Community Endowment Fund of the S.F.-based Jewish Community Federation, and supported by the Jewish Federation of the Greater East Bay.

The deadline for applying is April 15. For information, call Jewish Vocational Service at (415) 391-3600.

Synagogue forum on Dante's Inferno

As part of its "Windows on the Spiritual World," Congregation Sherith Israel will be holding a workshop, "Dante's Inferno: A Day of Art, Spirituality and Study" led by Margaret Kaufman with noted scholars Wendy Walsh, Alan Williamson, Lisa Erdberg and Robert Pinsky.

The event begins at noon on Saturday, Jan. 27 at Congregation Sherith Israel, 2266 California St., S.F.

For information, call Gail Kolthoff at (415) 346-1720, extension 15.


A Jan. 12 Jewish Bulletin article incorrectly said the Anti-Defamation League and its former local executive director Richard Hirschhaut faced criminal charges in 1993. The San Francisco District Attorney's Office cleared them of any wrongdoing. Only civil suits were filed against ADL and both are pending. The Bulletin regrets the error.