The First Universalist Society, 211 Bridge St., Salem, is starting a new program called Spirituality Film Discussion. The first program will be on Saturday, Jan. 11, for a discussion of Woody Allen’s “Crimes and Misdemeanors.” A light potluck gathering (snacks or fuller meals, as participants feel like contributing) will start at 6:15 p.m., with the film at 7 p.m. and discussion to follow. The Rev. Michelle Walsh will facilitate the discussion meetings. The program is free, and all are welcome. For more information, call the church at 978-744-3224.
Comedian Johnny Lampert appears at Giggles and Goodies, the annual comedy night at Temple B’nai Abraham, 200 East Lothrop St., Beverly, on Saturday, Jan. 25, at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $35 each. Reserve a spot by Thursday, Jan. 16, at 978-927-3211, ext. 14. Limited tickets are available at the door. Also, back by popular demand, tell a joke for $5. Proceeds benefit the synagogue’s religious school.
The Lappin Foundation presents PJ Library Budding Scientists, a free program for children ages 2.9 to 5 to explore science through a Jewish lens using Jewish values-based literature and hands-on science experiments. “Labs” will meet Mondays, Jan. 27, Feb. 10, March 24 and May 19, from 3 to 4 p.m. at Congregation Shirat Hayam, 55 Atlantic Ave., Swampscott. Debbie Leibowitz, an early childhood educator, will facilitate the program, and participants will receive lab coats and lab books. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required by Thursday, Jan. 16, to Phyllis Osher, 978-740-4404 or email@example.com.
Congregation Shirat Hayam of the North Shore will host a New Year’s Brunch for widows and widowers on Sunday at 11 a.m. at Congregation Shirat Hayam, 55 Atlantic Ave., Swampscott. Rabbi HaLevi will present a brief program titled “New Year’s Resolutions — Resolve to Have a Good Year.” The cost is $10 per person. For more information or to reserve a spot, contact Marla Gay at 781-599-8005, ext. 27, or visit www.shirathayam.org.