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Trial to start in case alleging lewd acts

The trial of former Tehiyah Day School music teacher and longtime Bay Area bar mitzvah entertainer Achi Ben Shalom is scheduled to start Monday, Aug. 6 at Martinez Superior Court.

Ben Shalom was arraigned in May in a case stemming from an arrest last November for allegedly committing lewd acts with a minor.

The teacher-entertainer, who is out on bail, has maintained his innocence since his arrest.

Hoist a brew with the “Rally Rabbi”

Ticket-holders for the San Francisco Giants’ Jewish Heritage Night on Wednesday, Aug. 8 are invited to a pre-game kosher barbecue, featuring He’Brew beer, hosted by Rabbi Yosef “Rally Rabbi” Langer in Parking Lot D.

The event starts at 4:30 p.m. and ends at 6:30, about 45 minutes before first pitch. For tickets to the game, contact Craig Solomon at (415) 972-2239. For more information visit

Women’s support group comes to Marin

Shalom Bayit’s Spiritual Healing Support Groups will begin meeting in Marin in October. These support groups for women in abusive or controlling relationships have been meeting in virtually every other part of the Bay Area.

Participation is free and includes discussions of topics such as power and control in relationships, different forms of abuse, the decision to remain in or leave a relationship, divorce and child custody, building a new life and how each issue relates to Judaism.

All women currently in an abusive relationship, or seeking to heal from a past relationship, are welcome, regardless of background, affiliation, or orientation. Non-Jewish women who want to discuss these issues in a Jewish environment are welcome, too.

The group will meet in a central, confidential location. For more information or to sign up call (866) SHALOM-7, which is toll-free from the Bay Area, or (510) 451-7233. Information is also available at Teens can visit

The group is co-sponsored by Congregation Kol Shofar, Congregation Rodef Sholom, the Osher Marin Jewish Community Center, the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center, and the Family and Children’s Law Center.

It is made possible by a grant from the Jewish Community Endowment Newhouse Fund.