B.J. Sisterhood Holds Purim Party Mar. 23
Southwestern Jewish Press March 19, 1954 Page 4
The Beth Jacob Sisterhood will hold its luncheon-meeting Tuesday, March 23, at noon, at the Beth Jacob Center. All members and guests are invited to attend a social afternoon with Purim favors, planned by Mrs. Jack Brisker, program chairman. Mrs. William Penn and committee are in charge of the luncheon. Mrs. Julius Penn will give a report on the card parties held the first week of March.
Rehearsals for the Gay Nineties Revue and Cabaret Night to be held May 22 and 23 have begun. Mrs. Leon Solomon is chairman of the event and has started casting.
Federation Agencies Seek Less Subsidy
Southwestern Jewish Press March 19, 1954 Page 4
Budgets of local Jewish welfare agencies in the sum of $40,373.88 will be presented to the United Jewish Fund at its April board meeting for inclusion in the 1954 campaign, according to Carl Esenoff, president of the San Diego Federation of Jewish Agencies.
The composite budget is $1,408.14 less than the amount requested by the same agencies in 1953.
It is anticipated that the Jewish Social Service Agency, Harry Mallen, president, will need $4,988.76 from the United Jewish Fund. It will receive $14,525.00 from the Community Chest.
The other Jewish agencies, which are part of the Federation, are non-Chest members and will receive their entire deficit from the Federation out of the United Jewish Fund campaign. They include the Hebrew Home for the Aged, Victor Schulman, president, which will need $6,140.00, the Jewish Community Center, Edward Breitbard, President, $17, 405.43; the Community Relations Council, Harry Wax, chairman, $2,500.00; the Émigré Program of the Fund, with Dr. Walter Ornstein as chairman, $6,000; and cost of year-around administration of the Federation, $3,339.69.
The Federation budget committee, which made a careful and exhaustive study of the budgets submitted by each of the agencies, consisted of Morris Douglas, chairman; Louis Steinman, Mack Esterson, Alex Newman and Mrs. Milton Roberts.
The (accompanying) picture proves that Sam Bennett has accomplished one of the most outstanding feats in San Diego bowling history. Representing B’nai B’rith Lasker Lodge team at the National B’nai B’rith Bowling Tournament held in Los Angeles on March 6 and 7, Sam won the above trophies, competing against 510 bowlers in the District 4 Championship.
His prizes are as follows: Singles, High Game, 291, National Trophy; High Series, 715 (3 games); All Events, 2nd place, 1397 (6 games). The ball pictured above is the one that Sam used and the only reason that there are only 5 trophies is because Sam neglected to enter the sixth contest.
Besides the many cash awards, Sam won an all-expense trip to Detroit to compete in the Nationals District Competition of the U.S. and Canada.
Lasker Lodge, B. B. sent 15 men and 3 teams of 5 each. All three teams finished in the first ten. San Diego can be well proud of Sam Bennett and his valiant team members.
Lasker Lodge News
Southwestern Jewish Press March 19, 1954 Page 5
By Lou Levitt
Harry Zell, Father and Child Night committee chairman, is busily completing plans for the big night April 12. Jack Lowenbein, Jerry Aronoff, Bob and Ed Breitbard, and Lou Levitt are his assistants.
At the next meeting there will be an exciting Gin Tournament at which prizes will be given to the winners. Be certain you attend because there may be additional nominations for the delegates to the San Francisco Convention. All delegates will be voted on at this next meeting and it will be important that you attend to see that your choice wins.
Gold Menorah cards are still available to members who pay their 1954 dues before April 1st. Let’s make it unanimous and have every Lasker member a Gold Menorah card holder.
Synagogue Men’s Club Holds Dinner
Southwestern Jewish Press March 19, 1954 Page 6
The annual Tifereth Israel Men’s Club Installation Dinner, planned, cooked, and served by the men themselves, will be held at the Tifereth Israel Synagogue Center on Sunday eve., April 4. New officers to be sworn in that night will be Simon A. Rich, president; Joseph Spatz, 1st V.P.; Joseph Kader, treasurer; Ben Levenson, financial sec.; and Jerry Weissman, recording sec.
One unique feature of the Installation Dinner is that all paid-up members and their wives pay nothing for the dinner. The only admission fee is the membership card for 1954. A committee under Moe Hershey is preparing the entire dinner.
After the dinner, the formal installation service will be held in the synagogue proper. The public is invited to attend the installation service, which is slated for 8:30 p.m. Following the installation there will be a social in the new education building. Edward Breitbard and Alex Newman will be the installing officers.
Birdie Stodel To Honor Past Presidents
Southwestern Jewish Press March 19, 1954 Page 6
The Past Presidents of the San Diego Birdie Stodel Chapter No. 92, B’nai B’rith Women, are sponsoring a luncheon Monday, March 22nd, noon Temple Center. As a culmination of the celebration of its 25 years of existence they will honor those charter members over 20 of the original 55, who are still members of the chapter. A class of 17 will be installed honoring the services of Past Presidents Cele Schwartz and Bess Schissell.
A social afternoon will follow, and al members of B’nai B’rith are invited.
A Card Party will be held at Beth Jacob Center Sunday evening, March 28th. Chairman Ann Kolkey assisted by Serena Schonfeld. This will be the last affair of this term, so please come, and help us finish out our year.
Young Couples Club Square Dance
Southwestern Jewish Press March 19, 1954 Page 6
Mr. Dan Delaney, District Supervisor of the Department of Parks and Recreation, a very capable instructor and caller in the art of square dancing will conduct a series of square dancing sessions for the Y.J.C. On the program preceding the first of these series, guest speaker, Dr. Edward H. Abrams will speak on “New Frontiers in Medicine.” The date is Saturday, March 20 at 8:15 p.m. The place, the Center of the Tifereth Israel Synagogue. All are welcome, bring your friends! A social half hour and refreshments will follow the entertainment.
“Adventures in Jewish History” is sponsored by Inland Industries Group LP in memory of long-time San Diego Jewish community leader Marie (Mrs. Gabriel) Berg. Our indexed “Adventures in San Diego Jewish History” series will be a regular feature until we run out of history.
SAN DIEGO (Press Release)– Giuseppe Verdi’s opera Nabucco is based on the exile to Babylon of the Jews from Jerusalem. In the Bible, the Babylonian King Nabucco is known as Nebuchadnezzar. San Diego Opera will be presenting “Nabucco” Feb. 20, 23, 26, 28 at the San Diego Civic Theatre.
Prior to that time, Dr. Nicolas Reveles, Geisel Director of Education and Outreach for the San Diego Opera, will team up with the Judaic Studies programs of SDSU and UCSD, as well as with the San Diego Natural History Museum and the Museum of Art in Balboa Park to present a four-part series relating to the Babylonian exile.
The lecture series will include these presentations:
Wednesday, January 27, 7 p.m., at the San Diego Natural History Museum, Charmaine & Maurice Kaplan Theatre: “Nabucco, Israel and Babylon:The Impact of Exile on the Birth of Judaism and Christianity” Speakers: Dr. Reveles and Dr. Risa Levitt-Kohn, Director of the Judaic Studies Program at San Diego State University
Dr. Reveles and guest Dr. Risa Levitt- Kohn will discuss the role that the Babylonian Exile had to play in the shaping of modern Judaism and Christianity. Dr. Kohn will trace the effects of the Exile on the generations of Jews that followed this transformative event.
Wednesday, February 3, 2010; 7:00pm, at Congregation Beth Israel, 9001 Towne Centre Drive, San Diego: “Lessons from Exile: Babylon Revisited:” Speakers: Dr. Reveles and Rabbi Michael Berk of Congregation Beth Israel
Dr. Reveles and Rabbi Michael Berk will look at the Exile from a historical and theological point of view. Emphasis will be placed on our understanding of Exile today: politically, culturally, personally and spiritually.
Monday, February 8, 2010, 7;30 p.m., Garfield Theatre, Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Drive La Jolla: ” By the Rivers of Babylon: Judaism, Empire and Exile.” Speakers: Dr. Reveles and Dr. William Propp, Director of the Judaic Studies Program, University of California San Diego, and Rabbi Leonard Rosenthal of Tifereth Israel Synagogue.
Dr. Reveles and guests Dr. William Propp and Rabbi Leonard Rosenthal will discuss the events leading up to the Exile, the political atmosphere of the time and the various cultures involved, especially Babylonian and Assyrian as well as that of the ancient Israelites. Special mention will be made of the Kings of Judah who found themselves in direct conflict with Nebuchadnezzar II.
Wednesday, February 10, 7:00pm, at San Diego Museum of Art: “Nabucco: The Jewish Story in Art and Opera,” Dr. Reveles and Dr. John Marciari, Curator of European Art and Head of Provenance Research at the San Diego Museum of Art.
Dr. Reveles and guest Dr. John Marciari will discuss the depiction of Jews and biblical scenes in Western art, with emphasis on Italian artists. The development of the images will be traced from Medieval and Renaissance times up to the early 19th century, contemporaneous to the premiere of Nabucco in 1842.
Preceding provided by the San Diego Opera
LA JOLLA, California (Press Release)–David Amos and Erica Miner, on-air personalities for classical radio station XLNC1, will present a series of lectures at the Athenaeum in April on “crossover composers.” These two experts will examine the different genres in which Beethoven, Mozart, and Tchaikovsky worked.
Amos also is a music critic for San Diego Jewish World.
April 5 – Ludwig van Beethoven Beethoven composed only one opera, but the music in Fidelio is arguably as sublime as any of his orchestral and chamber repertoire. David and Erica examine the Leonore Overture #3 and Florestan’s Act Two aria as well as symphonic and chamber works with similar “heroic” themes.
April 12 – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Mozart set the standard for all genres of music, but his operas tower majestically over his other works. Erica compares the Don Giovanni Overture with similar music in the Commendatore scene, while David contrasts piano and orchestral works of both dark and light character.
April 19 – Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Tchaikovsky’s ballets and orchestral works may be more popular than his operas, but the dance music and poignant arias in Eugene Onegin are every bit as compelling as his symphonies, tone poems and chamber works. David and Erica provide examples both familiar and not so familiar.
Tickets are available by calling the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library at (858) 454-5872.
Preceding provided by the Athenaeum
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Press Release)– Dr. Abubakr al-Qirbi, the Foreign Minister of Yemen, briefed Congressman Steve Rothman (Democrat-New Jersey), a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittees on Defense and State and Foreign Operations, on the situation and counterterrorism efforts in Yemen.
Yemen is one of the poorest countries in the world and has one of its fastest growing populations. It is widely believed that this combination may lead to a volatile environment that could threaten regional security and allow terrorist networks to grow. As Congressman Rothman works to develop the Fiscal Year 2011 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill, the Foreign Minister assured Congressman Rothman that the government of Yemen remains committed to fighting Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.
“Yemen is a fledgling democracy that faces monumental security challenges and it is encouraging to see that the government of Yemen has reiterated its commitment to fighting terrorists. As the U.S. continues to seek out and destroy terrorists and their support networks, we need as many partners as possible in this fight – especially in the Middle East,” said Congressman Rothman.
“I am hopeful that Yemen will follow through on its promise to remain fully committed to its counterterrorism efforts and I will continue to monitor the situation in this important region.”
In 2009, Congress provided Yemen with a total of $52.5 million in economic and counterterrorism assistance.
Preceding provided by Congressman Rothman
JERUSALEM–For those who are not sure that the devil is in the details, here’s an example. An American insurance company and hospitals are arguing about an administrative procedure. It has reached the point where one state legislature has enacted a law about the clerical details to be allowed in its jurisdiction, patients are being warned that they may have to change physicians, and there is a court case that could affect one million people who think they have health insurance. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/25/health/policy/25insure.html?hp=&pagewanted=all
Sharkansky is professor emeritus of political science at Hebrew University
HAIFA (Press Release)–Over the course of 2009, five more kibbutzim converted to the “renewing kibbutz” model (paying its members differential wages) bringing the percentage of such kibbutzim up to 72% of all the kibbutzim in Israel.
“It is highly probable that by the end of 2012 the number of kibbutzim shifting to alternative models will be higher than the number of the kibbutzim that did so over 2009,” says Dr. Shlomo Getz, Head of the Institute for the Research of the Kibbutz and the Cooperative Idea at the University of Haifa who carried out the survey.
The kibbutzim can be classified by three methods of compensation: The ” collective kibbutz” (kibbutz shitufi), where members are compensated equally regardless of what work each member does; the ” mixed model kibbutz” (kibbutz meshulav), where each member is given a small percentage of his salary alongside a basic component that is given equally to all members of the kibbutz, and sometimes a seniority factor is added to that; and the “renewing kibbutz” (kibbutz mithadesh) where the member’s budget is entirely comprised of his individual income from work and sometimes includes income from other sources as well.
Surveys examining kibbutz compensation models were begun in 1996, when it was observed that four kibbutzim had begun compensating members by the new kibbutz system and another six were using the mixed model budgeting system. In 2002, the collective kibbutzim constituted 50% of all kibbutzim, but from 2004 the differential system took the lead.
By the end of 2009, 188 kibbutzim (72% of all kibbutzim) had become “renewing kibbutzim”, while 9 kibbutzim (3%) were ” mixed model kibbutzim” and 65 (25%) maintained the original and familiar model, where each member contributes according to his or her ability and is given according to his or her needs.
According to Dr. Getz, another 4 kibbutzim shifted over to the new model on the first day of 2010, while 15 more were deliberating the possibility of adopting the differential wages system.
The survey further shows that changes are also occurring in the collective kibbutzim: eighteen of them (28%) use different forms of payment for work that members carry out beyond their regular jobs (such as rotation duty in the dining room or operating kibbutz services on Shabbat), and the members of five of the collective kibbutzim have partial ownership of manufacture property or of their home, while a similar number of kibbutzim are discussing the possibility of adopting such ownership status for their members. The dining room is also shared much less than in the past: at half of the collective kibbutzim members must pay to eat in the central kibbutz dining room.
Preceding provided by University of Haifa
By Paul Greenberg
LA JOLLA, California– The documentary film, William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe, about the life and times of the famous (or infamous, depending on your perspective) Jewish attorney who is best-known for trying to help the oppressed in American society through the legal system, as well as defending rapists, terrorists, and assassins later in his career, should be re-titled, albeit lengthily: William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe and (Sometimes) Particularly Disturbing Two Of His Younger Daughters During His New York Criminal Defense Years.
The filmmakers are two of Kunstler’s daughters from his second and final marriage: Emily (born in 1978), who narrates, and Sarah (born in 1976), who weren’t around during his civil rights advocacy heyday but were nevertheless deeply and negatively affected and also perplexed by some of his later criminal defense cases.
This fast-paced film mixes intimate home movies and archival footage with interviews with an assortment of prominent attorneys, wives, other daughters, colleagues, people he defended, and a juror in one of his cases, to provide a complex portrait of a man deeply immersed in defending and helping the oppressed and some quite unpopular figures who, at the same time, was almost addicted to grabbing the spotlight.
The film devotes most of its time to focusing on Kunstler’s biggest causes and cases that are divided between his pre-1976 civil rights years and his post-1976 New York criminal defense years:
– 1960’s defense of the Freedom Riders
– defense of Vietnam War protesters in 1969 who burned draft files
– defense of the Chicago Seven, who were charged with inciting a riot at the 1968 Democratic National Convention
– serving in September 1971 as negotiator for the prisoners of Attica who took nine guards hostage to pressure authorities to address a list of practical demands involving living conditions, but which ended tragically due in part to Kunstler’s own miscalculations when police moved in and killed all guard hostages and 32 inmates
– defending leaders of the American Indian Movement who, along with the Oglala Sioux, began occupying Wounded Knee, South Dakota on February 1973 for 71 days to force the federal government to honor long-standing Native American treaties and whose charges of illegal occupation were dismissed after a trial by a judge because of egregious governmental misconduct
–representing accused cop shooter Larry Davis, who wounded six cops but was acquitted of all charges based on self-defense
–representing El-Sayyid Nosair, a Palestinian who was accused of shooting at point-blank range and killing Rabbi Meir Kahane, an extremist who advocated violence against Arabs, but was acquitted because of lack of proof that he was indeed the shooter
–representing Joey Johnson before the United States Supreme Court, who was charged with the crime of flag burning at the Republican National Convention in 1984 , but was acquitted because the court ruled that flag burning was expressive conduct protected by the Constitution
– representing Yusef Salaam, one of the rapists charged in the Central Park Jogging Case who, along with all other defendants in the case, had their guilty verdicts set aside many years later.
Many of Kunstler’s post-1976 cases in the film were accompanied by Emily’s complaints that they (the sisters) just didn’t understand why their dad was taking such cases and justifiable fear for her and Sarah’s safety.
Emily: “I thought what he was doing was important and dangerous. All his cases were causes, we just couldn’t always figure out what he was fighting for. He told us everyone deserves an attorney, but sometimes we didn’t understand why that lawyer had to be our father. Dad’s clients gave us nightmares. When his mind was made up, no one could stop our father.”
After Kunstler took the Nosair case he was considered by some Jews to be a traitor to his own people and Emily and Sarah lived in constant fear. “We received bullets in the mail and dad opened all packages in the basement in case of explosives. There were staged daily protests outside our home, our front windows were shot out with red paintballs, and dad was called a self-hating Jew. My mom wouldn’t let us outside. Why was I being punished for something I didn’t do?”
Attorney Kunstler also defended a house cat against a charge of crimes against humanity in a mock trial on television. Lamented Emily: “It was official, Sarah and I agreed. Our father had completely lost his mind.”
Tellingly, both Emily and Sarah express in the film that they didn’t want to be lawyers.
Disturbing the Universe also touches on the pre-attorney life that shaped Kunstler’s later liberal views, including his life of privilege in New York where the family’s black maids ate meals in the kitchen and used separate bathrooms, and his uneasiness in not speaking out when he was in the Army after realizing there were segregated living quarters and blacks had to perform menial jobs in the service of white soldiers.
I found the civil rights cases that were illuminated to be most intriguing, and the archival footage of the shootings at Attica to be quite haunting and extremely disturbing. This must-see film will probably give the public as well as the filmmakers a better understanding of the most perplexing William Kunstler.
As one person in the film so succinctly put it: “You either loved him or hated him. There is nothing in between.” There is also no denying that William Kunstler significantly changed the legal landscape in America forever, and probably for the better.
William L. Kunstler was born on July 7th, 1919, in New York, New York, and died on September 4th, 1995 in New York City.
William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe will be showing at the UltraStar La Costa on Sunday, February 14, at 4:00 p.m. as part of the 20th Annual San Diego Jewish Film Festival that is sponsored by The Mizel Family Foundation.
Paul Greenberg is a freelance writer based in San Diego.