San Francisco Shorts Parenting classes set

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Using the Public Schools convenes at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27. Cost is $15 per person, $25 per couple.

Choosing a Preschool meets at 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29 for $15 per person, $25 per couple. Parents Place is located at 3272 California St., S.F. For information, call (415) 563-1041.

Synagogues, museum aid Southern churches

Two San Francisco synagogues took part in a July 16 fund-raising event at the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum. The event raised close to $20,000 for rebuilding African American churches in the South, destroyed by apparently racially motivated arson fires.

Congregations Sherith Israel and Emanu-El sent representatives to the de Young as well as contributions collected from their members.

After she announced the fund-raiser — a viewing of the museum's "Fabergé in America" exhibit — at Shabbat services, Emanu-El Rabbi Helen Cohn says $1,700 in donations came in from congregants hoping to aid in church relief efforts.

Sherith Israel also solicited donations from its members, but the exact amount of their contributions isn't available as synagogue leaders asked them to send checks directly to the museum.

More than 900 people attended "Rebuilding the Churches Night," which was sponsored by the San Francisco Interfaith Council, the San Francisco FAITHS Initiative and the de Young Museum's board of trustees.

Proceeds will go to the National Council of Churches Burned Churches Funds, which is still seeking donations. Checks should be made out to National Council of Churches Burned Churches Fund and sent to M.H. de Young Memorial Museum, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94118, Attention: Pam McDonald.

Sugihara photo show opens at Fort Mason

"Visas For Life," a photographic tribute to Chiune and Yukiko Sugihara, who rescued 6,000 Jews during the Nazi era, will open Thursday, Aug. 1 at Bayfront Gallery, Fort Mason Center, Marina and Buchanan streets, San Francisco.

The international traveling exhibit, sponsored by the Holocaust Oral History Project, will continue through Sept. 20. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For information, call (415) 882-7092.