James Loeffler will present "What's in a Name? The Prime Minister, the Professor, and the Debate Over Israel's Name," a talk based on an exchange of letters between David Ben-Gurion and Professor Simon Rawidowicz, after Israel's founding in 1948, on the naming of the Jewish state.
The talk will be held from 9:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Dec. 3 at Oakland Mills High School. The program is sponsored by the Columbia Jewish Congregation, which meets at Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Place.
The CJC Jewish Film Series will begin with a showing of the film, Ushpizin, at 8 p.m. Jan. 20 in Room 200 of the Meeting House. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $24 for the series of four films; $20 for three; $14 for two and $8 for single tickets, which are sold at the door only. Refreshments and a discussion are included.
Hatha yoga -- Kings Contrivance Community Association is offering Hatha yoga for experienced students. The cost is $120 to $130 for 10 weeks; the cost for drop-in attendance is $16 a class. Itsy Bitsy Yoga, a new Saturday program led by Linda Dobry, is designed for parents and babies, ages 3 weeks and older. The cost is $69. Ballet and tap classes for children ages 4 to 6, taught by Sandra Duerr, are offered Mondays. Judy Milke leads parent-and-child classes for children ages 14 months to 4 years. Classes are offered Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings, depending on the age of the child. 410-381-9600.
Beginning bridge -- The course "Bridge for the Absolute Beginner" will be offered from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the 50+ Center at the east Columbia library. Snacks will be served. The six-week class costs $60, plus $5 for a textbook. A drop-in bridge program is being offered from noon to 3 p.m. Tuesdays at the same location. Players at all levels are welcome to refresh skills, learn bridge conventions and meet friends. Mentoring is available. The cost is $6. Lessons in mah-jongg are also offered at the 50+ Center. The cost is $31 for three classes, after which students will be qualified to play. Registration is required. 410-290-5430.
La Leche -- La Leche League of Columbia PM meets the third Tuesday of each month at Owen Brown Community Center, 6800 Cradlerock Way. The group offers support and guidance to breastfeeding mothers. Pregnant mothers as well as infants and toddlers are welcome. For help with breastfeeding questions: 301-421- 1177 or 410-461-3423.
Singles -- St. John's Singles will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Place. Tracey T. Manning will discuss "Creating the Rest of Your Life." 410-964-9132, or www.sjerc.org and click on "St. John's Singles."
Solve puzzles -- The east Columbia library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, will offer "Puzzler Magic," a program for youngsters ages 11 to 14 on beating every kind of puzzle, from the Rubik's Cube to Sudoku, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 29. Registration is required. 410-313-7700.
For children -- Lively Arts for Little Ones! -- a series of live performances for children ages 2 to 5 and their parents or chaperones -- will present storyteller Diane Macklin at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Dec. 1 in the loft of The Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Place. Tickets are $4.50 for children ages 2 and older and adults. Group rates are available. 410-730-4610.
Holiday lights -- Long Reach, Owen Brown and Hickory Ridge community associations will offer their Holiday Lights Tour for senior citizens from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 10. This year's event will feature a bus tour through the Symphony of Lights, a reception, a gift for participants and an appearance by Santa Claus. The event is free, but reservations are required. Buses will pick up seniors at Longwood House, Owen Brown Place and Hickory Ridge Place. Reservations on a first-come first-served basis will be accepted starting tomorrow. 410-730-8113.
Belly dance -- The Long Reach Community Association will offer belly-dancing classes for adults from Jan. 8 through March 12. The cost is $64 for eight weeks, with a 5 percent discount for residents of Columbia Association-assessed property. 410-730-8113.