San Francisco Shorts Human rights to be focus of Holocaust-linked panel

On 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, the Discovery Museum will present "The Third Wave: Authoritarian Discipline and Indoctrination." In the performance, storyteller Ron Jones will present an account of his experience in a high school history class when students tried out a week of Nazi-like authoritarian discipline and indoctrination. Jones' experiment in the 1970s received international attention.

The Herbst International Exhibition Hall is at the top of the Presidio Main Post near the Visitors Center at the corners of Moraga and Montgomery streets. For information, call (415) 561-5065.

Parents Place offers skills for moms, dads and kids

Parents Place is a full-service resource program of the Jewish Family & Children's Services designed for parents with children from birth to 6 years old. The program offers support groups, workshops, counseling and consultant services, a telephone advice line (931-WARM), a drop-in respite/play area for parents and children, a parenting library and "Offspring," a resource newsletter with a current list of activities offered.

Some upcoming activities include:

"New Mother-New Baby" for mothers and their babies of up to 6 months old is an eight-week support group, an opportunity to meet with other mothers and to share the joys and frustrations of becoming a parent. Discussion topics are infant growth and development, health and safety, finding child care, going back to work, sleeping and eating and changing family relationships. The fee is $90 for eight sessions.

"My Special Playtime I (6-12 months), II (12-18 months) and III (18-24 months) are workshops for parents and caregivers to share an hour of age-specific, organized play with the babies. The fee is $90 for eight sessions. Contact Parents Place for times.

"Single Mothers" is a support group for pregnant single women. Topics include parenting alone, mothers' needs, finding support, child development and other topics to be decided by the group. The group meets from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays. The fee is $90 or a sliding scale donation for eight meetings at Parents Place, 3272 California St., S.F.

For complete class listings contact Parents Place at (415) 563-1041.

Volunteers sought to assist elderly Jews

Jewish Family and Children's Services and Ruach Ami: The Bay Area Jewish Healing Center are currently recruiting community members to provide Jewish spiritual support and connection to older Jews isolated in nursing homes. Volunteers must be able to work with elders, have a knowledge of Judaism and an interest in spirituality. Volunteers must commit four to six hours per month for one year. Training will be provided. For more information, call Sheryl Groden at (415) 561-1244 or Rabbi Jeffery Silberman at (415) 885-7785.

Gruber to speak here for Yom HaShoah

Journalist and author Ruth Gruber will speak at three Bay Area events this week. The events are free and open to the public.

As part of "Israel at 50" celebrations, she will address "Israel: From Holocaust to Haven" 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Congregation Ner Shalom, 85 La Plaza, Cotati. For information, call (707) 528-4222.

For community observances of Yom HaShoah, she will speak 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Congregation Emanu-El, 2 Lake St., S.F. For information, call (415) 957-1551. She will also speak 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Temple Beth Jacob, 1550 Alameda de las Pulgas, Redwood City. For information, call (650) 493-5413.

Sponsors include the Jewish Community Relations Council, the Holocaust Center of Northern California, the S.F.-based Jewish Community Federation and other Jewish organizations.

Retirees have opportunities to be involved in community