San Francisco Shorts Family abuse: Jewish issue

Panelists will include a trio of women associated with Shalom Bayit: Bay Area Jewish Women's Task Force on Domestic Violence. Naomi Tucker directs the project. Sherry Brown and Rebecca Schwartz are co-founders.

Shalom Bayit, JFCS and the National Council of Jewish Women are co-sponsoring the event.

The program will be preceded by Shabbat services and dinner at 6 p.m. Dinner is $10. For reservations, call Andrea Ruben at (415) 346-1720, ext. 15.

Cups will be sold at S.F. benefit preview Tuesday

The cups on display in "L'Chaim! A Kiddush Cup Invitational" will be avilable for purchase at a benefit preview and sale Tuesday, Oct. 14 from 6-9 p.m. at the Jewish Museum San Francisco, 121 Steuart St. Tickets for the event are $50 for members, $75 for non-members.

Half of the proceeds from the sales will go to the artists, with the other half benefiting educational programs at the museum. Buyers can pick up their cups when the exhibit closes in February. Information: (415) 543-2090, ext. 225.

Kurt Vonnegut will talk at MJCC

Well-known authors and artists talk about their lives and work in the cabaret-style "Conversations" series this fall at the Marin Jewish Community Center, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael.

Writer Kurt Vonnegut will talk to KQED's Michael Krasny about his new book "Timequake" at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 13.

Tommy Tune, winner of several Tony Awards in different categories, will talk with broadcast movie critic Jan Wahl at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5.

Sponsors include the S.F.-based Jewish Community Federation.

For tickets, call (415) 479-2000.

JCC to offer classes on Judaism, dating

"Introduction to Judaism: Why Be a Jew?" — taught by Rabbi Ted Alexander — will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14 and continue through Dec. 9 at Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, 3200 California St.

Others in a series of fall classes for adults include "Working in the Jewish Community: Is There a Place for Me?" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30; Beginning and Intermediate Modern Hebrew at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3 to Dec. 22; "Love, Dating and Marriage" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6; and "A Beginner's Guide to Judaism" at 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 7.

Co-sponsor is Lehrhaus Judaica. One-day seminars are $8; class series is $85. For information, call Yossi Offenberg at (415) 292-1237.

JFCS offers a chance to analyze dreams

An eight-week support group on "The Art of Dreams" will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28 at Jewish Family and Children's Services, 1600 Scott St., San Francisco.

Instructor is Beth Wolinsky, art therapist and artist who has been studying dreams at the Pacifica Graduate and Jungian Institutes. Cost is $25 per session sliding scale. To register, call Cathryn Lewis at (415) 561-1213.