Talk set on how Israel was named after founding in '48

East Columbia

December 03, 2006

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 on the naming of the Jewish state after its founding in 1948.

The talk, sponsored by Columbia Jewish Congregation, will be held from 9:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. today at Oakland Mills High School.

Information: 410-730-6044.

Learn to make hand-made cards

"Stamping with Gina," a workshop on using stamping techniques to create hand-made cards with a professional look, will be offered from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at The Other Barn in Oakland Mills Village Center, 5851 Robert Oliver Place.

The cost is $10 plus a $4 fee for materials. Registration is required.

Information: 410-730-4610.

Around Town

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, 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. A "Holiday Dance With Me" program for toddlers and an adult will be offered Dec. 20. 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. A preholiday stress-reduction yoga class for beginner and advanced students, taught by Mary Frankos, will be offered from 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Wednesday and Dec. 13. The cost is $24 for two weeks; $16 a class to drop in. All skill levels are welcome. 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. 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.

Lights -- Long Reach, Owen Brown and Hickory Ridge community associations will offer a free holiday event for senior citizens from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 10. It includes a bus tour through the Symphony of Lights, a reception, a gift for participants and an appearance by Santa Claus. Reservations are required. Buses will pick up seniors at Longwood House, Owen Brown Place and Hickory Ridge Place. 410-730-8113.

Belly dance -- Long Reach Community Association will offer belly-dancing classes for adults from Jan. 8 through March 12. Beginners meet from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.; advanced dancers 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. The cost is $64 for eight weeks, with a 5 percent discount for residents of Columbia Association-assessed property. 410-730-8113.

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