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Educational and patriotic thoughts about American music

July 22, 2010 Leave a comment

By David Amos

David Amos

SAN DIEGO–Earlier this month we celebrated our Independence Day. My thoughts brought me to the importance of American music, and the shameful neglect we have allowed music education to be. Part of this was stimulated by an article in the editorial section of the San Diego Union-Tribune by John M. Eger, on July 8.

But first, let me share with you a sensitive, meaningful poem by an anonymous music teacher, circa, well….anytime:

WHY I TEACH MUSIC:

Not because I expect you to major in music.

Not because I expect you to play or sing all your life.

Not so you can relax or have fun.

But…

So you will be human,

So you will recognize beauty,

So you will be closer to an infinite beyond this world, So you will have something to cling to, So you will have more love, compassion, more gentleness,

 More good….in short, more life!

Of what value will it be to make a prosperous living

Unless you know how to live?

On American and modern music: We have been conditioned to believe that if it is called “modern music”, or if the name of the composer is unknown to us, it is probably ugly and not worth our attention. Yes, there is a natural tendency to dislike the unknown, but in music, sadly, we do not even give it a chance to redeem itself. Even the late Karl Haas (from the enormously popular radio program “Adventures in Good Music”) told me that he sometimes received fan letters which warned him that if he as much as mentions the fact that he was about to play music from the Twentieth Century, the radio would be turned off immediately. This is tragic; it is cultural suicide.

I remember sadly an evening of music played by the San Diego Symphony, maybe fifteen years ago. In the first half was music by Robert Schumann, and after intermission, the conductor programmed the fabulous Concerto for Orchestra by Béla Bartók. The latter is to me one of the greatest compositions ever. Period. You can imagine my disappointment, pain, and frustration to see more than half of the audience trampling its way to Symphony Hall’s exits, just to avoid listening to Bartók in the second half! In retrospect, the program order should have been reversed.

The fact is, that there is a vast amount of modern music, a lot of it composed by Americans, which is accessible, enjoyable, even at a first hearing, and very melodious. In other words, it is what I call “listener friendly”.

After being so involved with the subject of American orchestral music (I gave a lecture on the subject to the music faculty of Hebrew University in Jerusalem), I have had many a talk with musicians, critics, and music lovers. One salient fact stands out: The American public has an inferiority complex about its own music. We tend to believe that if it originated in Europe, it is probably better, and if it is from the U.S., it will be lacking in depth and lasting value. Only history will eventually resolve this, but I have noticed in my various travels and conversations that most natives from other countries support and proudly believe in their own heritage, whether it be historic or contemporary. Audiences and musicians alike enthusiastically program and attend concerts of their own composers in Canada, Poland, Denmark, England, Mexico, and the former Soviet republics. I am sure that it is the same in many other places; but don’t get me started on Israel!

Curiously, when I was invited to guest conduct in Lithuania in 1992, when working out the repertory to be performed at the concerts, I was politely asked to “please not bring any Copland, Gershwin, or Bernstein”. At first, I was surprised and a bit annoyed, already thinking of several hidden implications from that request. But after directly asking the director of the Lithuanian Philharmonic as to “why”, the answer was surprising: “We don’t want you to bring us music from these composers, because we program them too frequently, and they are very popular here. We want you to bring to us some different American music”. So, I brought them Paul Creston, Alan Hovhaness, Norman Dello-Joio, Gian Carlo Menotti, and Ernest Bloch. After the fact, the musicians told me how much they enjoyed playing the music of these composers, and the audiences seemed responsive and enthusiastic, in both Vilnius and Kaunas.

As an aside, I was told by a cellist of the Vilnius orchestra, “We are glad that you brought us the music of Bloch. During the Soviet regime, we were not allowed to perform his music, just because he was Jewish”. He also proudly showed me a printed program for later in the month, where he was performing Bloch’s Schelomo, the Hebraic Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra.

Getting back to our American heritage, it is best to quote the words and spirit of one of our greatest composers, Charles Ives. He not only preached, but practiced the concept of “Wake up, America! The culture and traditions of Europe are fine, but stand up, support, and enjoy your own wonderful music”.

I fully endorse that. Let us strive to discover and enjoy totally unknown and lesser known treasures of our past and present. Be careful, you may enjoy what you hear.

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Amos is conductor of the Tifereth Israel Community Orchestra and a guest conductor of professional orchestras around the world

Adventures in San Diego Jewish History, October 1, 1954, Part 2

July 22, 2010 Leave a comment

Compiled by San Diego Jewish World staff

Personals
Southwestern Jewish Press, October 1, 1954, Page 3

Mr. and Mrs. Sam Shapov of Chula Vista left Monday, Sept. 13 for a month’s tour of Mexico.  They will visit Mexico City and other spots of interest below the border.

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We’re  glad to welcome back from Oceanside, Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Levenson, who are, in turn, welcoming their friends in their new home at 6151 Tarragona Way.

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Mr. and Mrs. Robert Rivers, with daughter Phyllis, and Mrs. Elka Rivers, drove up to the UCLA campus to attend the presentation attending daughter Eileen’s pledging to Phi Sigma Sigma Sorority on Sept. 19.

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New Year’s greetings were e3xchanged as guests gathered at Dr. and Mrs. Walter Ornstein’s “open house” and cocktail party on Sunday, Sept. 26th.  Gayly colored tables and umbrellas were set in the lovely gardens of the  Ornstein home, where the guests were served their favorite drink and hors d’oevre, while meeting old friends and greeting new ones. Over 150 friends attended the party.

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San Diego’s population increased by five when Mr. and Mrs. Harry Juster chose our city to live in instead of New York. The family, including children Barbara, 20; Tammy, 15, and Jan, 6, reside at 1086 Bangor Street.

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Off Again – Friends were saying “hello” and “goodbye again” to Irving Stone, our traveling psychologist.  He recently returned from Hawaii on Navy duty, and left this week for Washington to attend a special Navy conference for the heads of medical reserve units throughout the country.  Mrs. Stone flew to New York to visit relatives and friends with her husband, after his conference.

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Anne Peckarsky is back in town in time to spend the Holy Days with her daughter Ruth Colt and family. After her long vacation, she should be ready to assume her duties as a Board member of the organizations in which she is interested.

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Another Local Boy Makes Good – Lawrence S. Leonard, son of MR. and Mrs. Fred Leonard, recently joined the Technological group at Shell’s Martinez Refinery.  Lawrence, a graduate of S.D. State College, received his Masters Degree in Chemistry from Oregon State College.

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Paris Take Care –The couturier Fashions from Israel presented by Hadassah Sept. 23 sent every woman in the audience home to build a bonfire of the contents of her closet. The gowns, products of the Alice L. Seligsberg School in Jerusalem, gave evidence that Israel will no doubt become a leading exporter of high fashion. Fabric, design and detail were all equally exquisite.

Unforgettable were “Grenadier” a red velvet sheath and jacket featuring front buttoning with pointed flap, bodice heavily embroidered in jet beads; a handsome hand-loomed vertical striped wool dress used the flattering draped cardigan neckline that should become universally popular.

“Queen Esther” was the name given a striking white short evening gown. The strapless sheath was appliquéd with pearls, rhinestones and gold beads from neckline to hemline; and accenting its femininity  was the graceful attached stole.

The most spectacular outfit was a black velvet sheath worn with a jacket – but ah, what a jacket!  It was straight, hip length . of soft-as0kitten’s ear lame, with overlay of appliquéd black velvet and embroidered with jewels. 

Thirty-one designs were displayed, modeled by local club women, and including six designs for children.

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On Sunday, Oct. 3, Rabbi and Mrs. Morton J. Cohn will hold their annual New Year “Open House.”

They invite all members of the Congregation to join them from 4 to 6 p.m. on Oct 3 at their home at 4705 Barbarasa Dr. (corner 59th St).

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Effort
Southwestern Jewish Press, October 1, 1954, Page 3

Laziness grows on people; it beings in cobwebs and ends in iron chains. The more on has to do the more he is able to accomplish.

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B.J. Sisterhood To Hold Fashion Show
Southwestern Jewish Press, October 1, 1954, Page 3

Beth Jacob Sisterhood will present a Fashion Show and full course delicious home-cooked dinner at Beth Jacob Center, on Tuesday night, October 26, at 6:00 p.m. at $1.75 per person.

The show will be sponsored by Marsi’s Fashions of Chula Vista, El Cajon and Lemon Grove, and will consist of attractive styles to suit every figure and every budget.

Dinner will be cooked by the famous Beth Jacob culinary artists. Please call and make reservations early – AT 4-9523 or HO-6-2446.

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Center Women’s League Elects Officers and Board

Southwestern Jewish Press, October 1, 1954, Page 3

The Women’s League held their first official membership meeting on Sept. 16 at the Jewish Community Center. Mrs. Milton Fredman, temporary chairman, presided. The report of the nomination committee was presented by Mrs. Reuben Aved. The following officer and board members were elected: Pres. Sylvia Rose; 1st V.P., Dorris Lipinsky; 2nd V.P., Ida Beck; Rec. Sec., Janice Rabin; Corr. Sec. Tudo Solomon; treas., Ann Schloss.

Board members are Betty Adler, Rose Aved, Dorothy Belkin, Lilo Berger, Elva Breitbard, Dora Eber, Fay Fine, Naomi Hirsch, Sylvia Karzen, Elaine Kravitz, Shirley Lieberman, Tamara Rand, Lynn Schwartz, Ruth Stein, Ideal Stotsky, Dorothy Tucker, Lois Zlotoff, Thelma Selten, Edith Brav, Esther Brisker, June Ferber, Fay Fredman, Betty Karel, Julia Kaufman, Ruth Kwint, Eleanor Meyer, Nan Schiller, Alice Solomon, Julia Steinman, Gertrude Thaler, Jeanette Wax, Helen Schulman, and Sue Lowitz.

The next meeting of the Women’s League will take place on November 18 at the Center.

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(Card of Thanks)

Southwestern Jewish Press, October 1, 1954, Page 3

Mr. and Mrs. Harry L. Goldbarg wish to thank their friends for their kind thoughts follo0wing the loss of Mrs. Goldbarg’s mother, Ida Lasky.

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City of Hope Aux
Southwestern Jewish Press, October 1, 1954, Page 3

There are twelve patients from San Diego at Duarte, California (The City of Hope Medical Center) from January 1,1 954, who have received 735 hospital days care and forty-five were taken care of in the out-patient department from here!

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(Anna Shelley Memorial Fund)
Southwestern Jewish Press, October 1, 1954, Page 3

Chairman Liz Gotkin asks that you make your reservations as soon as possible for the Anna Shelley Memorial Fund Luncheon at Beth Jacob Center, Thursday, October 21st.  Proceeds go toward furnishing a room at City of Hope for our founder.

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Cradle
Southwestern Jewish Press, October 1, 1954, Page 3

Lt. and Mrs. B.J. Mallinger wish to announce the birth of their first child, Marc Alan, born August 28th.  Daddy, who is serving in Japan, will be “counting the days” until he meets his son. 

Maternal grandparents are Mr. and MRs. Irving Biales, of Chicago; paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Mallinger, of San Diego.

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Mr. and Mrs. Edwin G. Cohen happily announce the birth of their first child, a son, Steven Otto, born Wednesday, September 22 in Bloomington, Ind.  Young Steven weighed 7 lbs, 15 oz.  Mrs. Henrietta Cohen is a delighted grandmother.

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Classified

Southwestern Jewish Press, October 1, 1954, Page 3

Room for Rent with 2 ingle beds. Kitchen privileges.  BR-7-3361 or CY-6-2905.

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Calendar
Southwestern Jewish Press, October 1, 1954, Page 3

7th-Yo-Ma-Co Yom Kippur Dance
9th—Birdie Stodel B.B. Aid to Israel Night – Beth Jacob Center – 8:00 p.m.
21st—Anna Shelley Memorial Luncheon – Beth Jacob Cetner
25th – Birdie STodel B.B. Donor Luncheon –Mission Valley Country Club—noon
26th—Beth Jacob Sisterhood Fashion Show-Dinner – Beth Jacob Center – 6:00 p.m

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“Hearts Clubs” Invite Overweight to Join

Southwestern Jewish Press, October 1, 1954, Page 3

“Shorten the belt line and increase hour life line1”

This might be considered the slogan of the new Help-Your-Own “Heart Clubs” now being formed in neighborhoods thru-out San Diego County to assist overweight men and women trim excess fat by “group dieting.”

The free clubs, sponsored by the San Diego County Heart Association, have met with phenomenal success in other states and San Diego is the first county in California to have such organizations formed in various neighborhoods.

Further information, including a complete booklet about joining these free clubs, may be obtained by writing or phoning the San Diego County Heart Association, 1651 Fourth Avenue, San Diego 1.

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As The Psychologist Sees You
Southwestern Jewish Press, October 1, 1954, Page 4

By Irving R. Stone, Psychological Consultant

Religion Knows No Vacation – Whenever anyone takes a trip there are pleasurable moments to look back upon. Some pertain to the places visited, others to the people one meets, and still others to unusual situations or events.  My recent trip to Hawaii is no exception.  But one of the things which stands out in my mind is, perhaps, different than most impressions.

On the aircraft carrier which took me to Hawaii, there were three thousand men.  All were aboard for activities of a far from peaceful nature yet, when church call sounded, the number who responded to the religious services was astounding. From Friday evening, when the boys of the Jewish faith met to conduct services, to the four services on Sunday morning for those of the Protestant and Catholic faiths, one thought was in their minds—the need for spiritual uplifting.

None of these men were forced to attend services, none met to get out of some unpleasant chore, yet all appeared to gain by the experience.  IT was like they had a great desire to participate in an undertaking for which they and they alone would benefit from something apart from military life.

On Friday evening, while in Honolulu, I went to the one Jewish house of worship, Temple Emanuel.  Rabbi Siegel told me that his first pulpit was in San Diego, many years ago. I found that, truly religion knows no vacation for the small but crowded Temple was filled almost to overflowing by the many tourists who were in Hawaii for a rest and vacation but who felt the same need for religious participation as did the men on that large aircraft carrier. Again, there was no need to attend services because they were members of the congregation or because there was nothing better to do. They came because they wanted to, giving up one important evening in a short vacation period.

Why does religion know no vacation?  Perhaps it is because there is a feeling of acceptance, a feeling of kinship, a feeling of humility, or a feeling of devotion, which only religious worship affords. Perhaps it makes people feel as though home is wherever they might be.  Or perhaps they feel that only through some religious affiliation to they become a total in dividual.

One question I cannot answer is, “Why is it that the need for religion is neglected when one is in the familiar surroundings of one’s home environment, yet is recognized when one is in unfamiliar and distant places? “

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Prosperity
Southwestern Jewish Press, October 1, 1954, Page 4

Good times is the period when you accumulate debts you’re unable to pay in bad times

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“Adventures in San Diego Jewish History” is sponsored by Inland Industries Group LP in memory of long-time San Diego Jewish community leader Marie (Mrs. Gabriel) Berg. Our “Adventures in San Diego Jewish History” series will be a regular feature until we run out of history.  To find stories on specific individuals or organizations, type their names in our search box.  

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Israel is not the only country with its pecularities

July 13, 2010 Leave a comment
By Ira Sharkansky

Ira Sharkansky

JERUSALEM –Israel is a normal country, but is strained to preserve that status against the rest of the world that is even less normal.

That is not a sentence one would expect from a confirmed social scientist. It does not make sense according to the elemental rules of logic, but it does make sense when viewed through wider perspectives of judging normalcy. 
What is a normal country? 
Is it Germany, with no practical speed limits on major highways? The United States, with the power of the gun lobby,  the rise of libertarians, God soaked movements against abortion and gay rights, and four to five times the incidence of its population in prison compared to other western democracies?  

Countries of the Third World, where rates of HIV/AIDS range to  260 times those in Western Europe and North America?   

Mexico, where the rate of killings over drug smuggling to the US has reached 13,000 per year?  

NATO and other countries that have sent troops to Afghanistan and Iraq for tasks able to produce nothing beside the slow drain of outsiders’ lives and the more rapid drain of Afghan and Iraqi lives?

All countries have their individual peculiarities, and Israel’s hardly seem greater than others. Comparison is more a matter of personal preference than any serious weighing of traits not equivalent to one another. Who can say that the life style and political demands of ultra-Orthodox Jews  or Religious Zionists are any less normal than those of committed Christians or Muslims? Is Israel’s concern with defense against threats from near neighbors less normal than efforts of the United States, Great Britain, and other countries that send their troops against distant threats?
What is most abnormal is the animosity toward Israel among foreign governments and individuals. There are also Israeli Jews who express severe opposition to their government’s activities, but this may not be different from the incidence of Americans or Europeans who act against their governments.
My temptation is to say that Israel is normal, while the rest of the world is crazy.
That may be true, if we excuse the vast majority of individuals who do not know what Israel is, or what it does, and could not care less.
There are several reasons for the animosity. While not all who oppose Israel are anti-Semites, there certainly is anti-Semitism in the mix. Since the Holocaust, traditional Christian anti-Semitism has declined. However, Muslim anti-Semitism has taken over the stereotypes and coupled them with the weight of numbers, votes in international forums, and the influence that derives from energy resources.

In several places, a posture against Israel is part of anti-Americanism. Political fashion helps to spread a simple assumption that Israel is evil, while Palestinians are innocent victims. Pictures of deaths and destruction due to Israeli concerns for its security are currently more powerful than pictures showing more deaths and destruction due to the personnel of  countries not on the current hit list.

Why have international fashions turned against Israel is a question with no better answer than an old Jewish story, set about 15 miles to the west of here in Emek Elah. Remember David and Goliath? The Palestinians benefit from their image as the weakling going up against the giant. In this case, the weakling is the darling of a billion Muslims and the giant is the size of New Jersey, but who says that fashion is  objective?
 
What to do? There is no magic button. 
Claims that Israel does not explain itself are nonsense. There is no shortage of explanations coming from official organs and individual Israelis. Overseas Jews help, at least those who are concerned, and not wedded to the anti-Israel fashion.

There is no shortage of non-Jews who identify with the downtrodden. Among them is former Spanish Prime Minister José María Aznar, who is promoting the theme that Israel’s failure  will condemn western civilization.  A Christian network in Canada is distributing an hour long discussion of international law that claims a firm basis for Israel’s maintenance of control over Jerusalem, against counter claims from Muslims and Christians. Subscribers of MEMRI  see that there are Muslim and Christian Arab  intellectuals who ridicule anti-Israel diatribes.

Music and humor may help at least as much as the hard sell of speech and writing.  We con the world  won praise as a cutting parody, but went over the line of political correctness. Israel’s Foreign Ministry initially publicized it, but then timidity prevailed. YouTube pulled it for reasons that critics see as out of step with what it allows to remain on the site.  Only Israel is  softer, and may last longer. 
Efforts at explanation generally reinforce  those already committed, add to the animosity of those opposed, and otherwise fall on deaf ears. Singing to the choir is useful, but it is important to know the limitations.
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Sharkansky is professor emeritus of political science at Hebrew University

Adventures in San Diego Jewish History, September 3, 1954, Part 4

July 12, 2010 Leave a comment

Compiled by San Diego Jewish World staff

A Grievous Loss (Editorial)
Southwestern Jewish Press, September 3, 1954, Page 7

The Jewish Community lost one of its outstanding leaders last week with the passing of George Neumann, at the age of 69.  He and his wife, Julia, had been pioneers and leaders in every worthwhile activity in the Jewish Community since 1918.

Founders of the Hebrew Home for the Aged, they gave not only money, but their time and energy to provide a last refuge for those in need. A life-long devoted member of Temple Beth Israel, he served on the board for many years and was instrumental in the lifting of the mortgage.

Any group or organization which sought to alleviate people’s suffering could enlist the aid of this most worthy Jew.  His generous contributions to the United Jewish Fund and the State of Israel Bonds were only a small part of his effort to do his share for his co-religionists in need.

Among the many virtues “Uncle” George possessed was his sweet modesty. The burdens he undertook were unknown to most people, since he never sought honors or recognition.  He was content to let his deeds speak for him.  His aid to individuals in distress were legion and unknown.  He was benefactor to many and like the true Jew he was, his deeds were never told.

George Neumann’s geniality and quiet good sense will be sorely missed in this community.  He was a true “Elder Statesman.” – Requiescat in pace.

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A Goal Is Set (Editorial)
Southwestern Jewish Press, September 3, 1954, Page 7

All of us have goals in business and in our personal lives.  If we are really interested, we strive to reach those goals… if the goal is important enough, we deprive ourselves willingly of other things which we feel are not as important as that one big thing. Usually, our goals are individual or concern only our families and friends.

A different type of family, much larger and more diverse in their personal lives and desires has also set a goal.  The goal they have decided upon affects all of us in some way because we are all members of this community family.  We owe it to ourselves to follow through on this project and through our own efforts of the other members of the community.

The citizens of San Diego have set a goal … for $1,350,000 to help those members of the community who need help.  In typical family spirit, other members can be counted upon to help where help is needed.

As a  citizen of this community, you are also a member of this unique family… don’t let the other members down.  Support THE Community Cause, the Second United Success Drive.

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Something To Think About  (Editorial)

Southwestern Jewish Press, September 3, 1954, Page 7

The decision by the United Jewish Fund of St. Paul, Minn., to impose “ethically sound community sanctions” against persons holding positions of leadership or responsibility, whose pledges to the Fund are considered inadequate, should be of some interest here.

The board which passed this resolution (by vote of 23 to 2) stated that “such sanctions are based on the principle that an individual’s adequate discharge of major community responsibilities must be precedent to his occupying a position of leadership in our community organizations.”

The idea of giving responsibility to only those who give according to their ability has been discussed in this community from time to time by our leaders. If this should become a trend throughout the nation some decision will no doubt be made in order to insure adequate fund raising.

According to the latest information from our United Jewish Fund, the 1954 Drive will need additional effort if the minimum goal that was set is to be reached.

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From Where I Sit
Southwestern Jewish Press, September 3, 1954, Page 7

By Mel Goldberg

Herb Seltzer is reported to have sold a car to a young sailor with the parting advice, “Bring it back for a checkup when you’ve got 500 miles on it.”… The sailor left completely enthralled over his shiny new Chevvy … Next morning when Herb arrived at the salesroom, the sailor was standing around … With trepidation, Herb questioned him as to what was the matter … “Oh nothing,” said the Navy man.  “You said to bring the car in when I got 500 miles on it.  I stayed up all night driving 500 miles.” …

We have very flatly spent our last dollar in Baja California.  IT will be a cold, cold day in July when they catch us down there again. .. To begin, some of the plush joints spend a fortune on tricking you to come down there and what happens?  You discover a place that probably cost a quarter of a million dollars to construct, with rest-room facilities that resemble the municipal dump of a central Mississippi town…. We stopped at an alleged fabulous spot, with a score of “shleppers” hanging around the lobby, looking fort a fas t buck … and yet, the management did not see fit to assign one of those domestic to the rest room to perform such simple tasks as placing paper in the (A) empty paper towel rack and )B) the other type of paper dispenser one finds in a tiled sanctuary…

Somehow, this seems a more important duty than having a chap handy with the physical stamina to carry our 13-ounce featherweight overnight bag, the twenty-foot distance from the trunk of the car to the lobby desk… In closing, we have traveled every 1st and 2nd class road in Baja California and we have yet to discover a wash room that can be judged satisfactory….

Jai Alai’s Fronton Palace came fairly close to getting an okeh, but the woman operator we had assigned to investigate the ladies’ room delivered the following report: “Cleanliness was satisfactory, however no paper in any of the booths, and hostess was more concerned with turning on the faucet in sink, than in securing additional paper.”  A pox on you, old Fronton Palace!

Bill Schwartz and Berenice Soule seem to have been carried away over battling about Shakespeare in the last edition of the Jewish Press … May we add a few words? … Being an intellectual slob we state: As to which is the most offending “The Merchant of Venice,” “Othello,” or any of Shakespeare’s material is like asking how do you want to die; by burning or drowning? …

John Ruskin took his son, David, to Del Mar, for a day at  the races.  Ruskin, an engineer, selected a horse, “Lone Deal” via a methodical system.  He told David to bet $5 on the horse for place .  David walked to the window and asked for the number. The man who takes the wagers demanded another $1… David had mistakenly purchased a ticket for “across the board.”  …He was too embarrassed about it to tell his father until the race was over… You see the race was a photo-finish and Lone Dal paid $80.  

And where were you when Senator McCarthy spoke at the $100-a0plate dinner last week?…

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Jews in American History~300 Years

Southwestern Jewish Press, September 3, 1954, Page 7

By Dr. Philip L. Seman, University of Judaism

California has grown tremendously in population and developed as an industrial state particularly within the last quarter of a century. During these last twenty-five years, Southern California has developed culturally as well. This is largely due to the unusual growth in population.  We learn much of the progress in California and mainly in Southern California from Harris Newmark’s book “Sixty Years in Southern California,” containing his reminiscences from 1853, the year he came to Los Angeles, until 1913.  We note an optimistic prophecy concerning the future that Los Angeles is destined to become the world center, prominent in almost every field of human endeavor.

In 1854 the first steps were taken to establish a Jewish cemetery and not long after the first Jewish child was buried there.  It was Joseph Newmark who inspired the purchase of land for the cemetery. Largely, because the name of Newmark is so closely connected with the growth of Los Angeles we may spend a moment with Joseph Newmark, who was an uncle of Harris Newmark.  Born in 1799, he came to America in 1824. He spent a few years in New York and, during his residence there, started the Elm St. Synagogue, one of the earliest in America.  Immediately after reaching Los Angeles, he organized the Los Angeles Hebrew Benevolent Society which probably was the first charitable institution in the city. Although Mr. Newmark had never served as a salaried rabbi, he had been ordained and was permitted to officiate.  Harris Newmark broke ground for the Jewish Orphans’ Home which in 1925 moved to Vista del Mar near Culver City as a cottage plan institution.

Harris Newmark tells us that in 1865 a Los Angeles merchant, David Solomon, called on  him and related that while returning by steamer from the north, Prudent Beaudry had made a boast that he would drive every Jew in Los Angeles out of business. Thu we see that the Jew in Los Angeles nearly ninety years ago was not among the best loved of people.  However, the progress made by such pioneers as Harris Newmark and others is indicative that while such “crack pot” statements made from time to time were not very encouraging, nevertheless hard, determined work will win out in the end as it has, if one reviews the progress made in business as well as in cultural endeavors.

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United Success Drive Names Chairman

Southwestern Jewish Press, September 3, 1954, Page 8

Names of five more persons to work on the Second United Success Drive of the San Diego area Community Chest were announced this week by George A. Scott, chairman.

Sol Bloom will be group chairman for the Retail A section. This group includes specialties, department stores, locker clubs, variety stores, clothing stores and furniture stores.

Victor Schulman will assist him as chairman of the furniture section.

Norman Kaufman will head Hotels Section and will be responsible for the recruitment and supervision of campaigners to solicit this area.

Murray Goodrich will be vice chairman of the Individual Pace Setters Division.  In this capacity, he will be in charge of campaigning those persons who are giving $500 or more and who cannot be reached at their place of business.

Edward A. Breitbard, chairman of the Service Group, will be responsible for the campaigning of cleaners, social service, mortuaries, hospitals, advertising and amusements.

“This is our primary job, taking precedence over all other interests, for we know that success in our business and personal affairs depends in large measure on our success in this undertaking,” Scott said.

The drive will begin September 8 with a luncheon at El Cortez Hotel for the Pace Setters and Commerce and Industry Divisions. Guest speaker will be General of the Army Omar N. Bradley, who is national campaign chairman of the United Defense Fund-USO, a Red Feather organization.

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(Mode of travel)
Southwestern Jewish Press, September 3, 1954, Page 8

No man has ever been known to travel far on a lame excuse.

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Jewish War Veterans Auxiliary
Southwestern Jewish Press, September 3, 1954, Page 8

Forty hospitalized patients from the Naval Hospital were guests of San Diego Post 185, Jewish War Veterans and Auxiliary at the football game played Sept. 1 at the Balboa Bowl between the College Prep Stars and High School Stars.  This annual charity classic is sponsored by the Breitbard Foundation.

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New Café Offers Tempting Dishes
Southwestern Jewish Press, September 3, 1954, Page 8

Oskar Goldschmied and Kurt Adam have purchased the Orange Belt Café at 807 Broadway. Recent refugees from Czechoslovakia, they will serve Continental Food, specializing in Hungarian dishes such as Hungarian Goulash, Vienna Schnitzel, Gefilte Fish and other popular dishes.

The Orange Belt Café will open at 8:00 a.m. for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Special lunches are from 67 cents and dinners are a la carte.

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Hereafter Don’t Count
Southwestern Jewish Press, September 3, 1954, Page 8

Dying penniless is not what worries some people—it is having to live that way.

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Jewish Community Center
Southwestern Jewish Press, September 3, 1954, Page 8

Rhythmic Exercise Class—During the month of September, Mrs. Esther Moorsteen has graciously offered the use of her patio for the Center Rhythmic Exercise Class.  Women are invited to bring a sandwich and coffee will be served after the class.  Again children are welcome and a baby sitter will be available upon the mother’s request.  Mrs. Moorsteen resides at 4370 Arista Drive.

 Modern Dance Class—All women interested I the beginners modern dance techniques are invited to participate in the group meeting at the Jewish Community Center on Wednesday evenings at 8 p.m. under the leadership of Mrs. Eugene Berger.  This is an opportunity for all working women (including the housewife) to relax and enjoy and evening of rhythmic exercise and creative dancing,. For further information call the Center at Atwater 1-7744.

Center Women’s League – There will be a meeting of the Center Women’s League on Thursday afternoon at 1 p.m., September 16th at the Jewish Community Center.  The nominating committee with Mrs. Milton Fredman as chairman and including Mesdames Sam Bennett, Jos. Kwint, Eugene Berger and Ben Ferber will present a slate of officers for the coming year. All women interested I participating in the development of the Jewish Community Center are invited to attend.

Cooperative Nursery School – The Cooperative Nursery School will hold open house at the Center, 3227 El Cajon Blvd., on Sunday, Sept. 12th, from 3 to 5 p.m.  All pre-school children and parents are invited to attend and inspect the facilities.  Refreshments will be served.

“We are busy planning for the fall term of the Cooperative Nursery School for the Jewish Community Center which commences September 15,” announced Mrs. Melvin Karzen, chairman at a parents’ and children’s picnic held recently at Presidio Park.  The purchase of new equipment and the repainting of nursery school tables and chairs head the list of activities for mothers and fathers.

This will be the second year for the Community Center Nursery School.  Anyone interested mnay contact Mrs. Bert Eifer, Juniper 2-4824.

Teen-Agers—There will be a meeting of all Teen-Agers who attend high school and college on Thursday evening, Sept. 9th, at 8:30 p.m. to discuss and plan the fall program at the Center.  Committees will be chosen and the special events being planned and teenagers are requested to help plan those activities that interest them.

Volunteer Leaders –With the beginning of the fall program year, the Jewish Community Center has been requested to organize clubs, play groups and classes for various age groups. Such groups can only be organized with adequate leadership and so we are asking for both men and women who are mature, and are interested in children, to volunteer their services.  The minimum time necessary for such participation is five hours per week and any person who has skills such as games, leadership, arts and crafts, dramatics and athletics are especially welcome. A special training course, to discuss the problems of leadership and the necessary skills required, will be developed within the next month. Please call Mr. Posin at the Center office to volunteer your help.

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“New Faces” Theme Set by Hadassah

Southwestern Jewish Press, September 3, 1954, Page 8

Mrs. Harry Felson, newly elected president, will hold her first official meeting of Hadassah on Wednesday, Sept. 15. At 12 noon at the Temple Center. The theme of the initial meeting will highlight “New Faces of 1955” and all new members are especially asked to attend the luncheon meeting.  In addition to honoring new members, Mrs. Harold Elden will address a special tribute to the old members of the chapter.

Following a very successful Membership Tea, Mrs. Edward Kitaen, membership chairman, will again be in charge of the meeting and assisted by her same capable committee, Mmes. Manuel Haffner, Rodin Horrow, Ray Smith, Ray Lowitz, Howard Hoffman, Archie Bushnell, Elmer Wohl, George Wixen and Fred Leonard.

Mrs. Morton Thaler, program chairman, promises a laugh a minute with a clever presentation called “Take a Number.”  A very informative and entertaining afternoon is definitely assured, so make reservations early with Mr. Howard Hoffman, AT-4-8681.

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Adventures in San Diego Jewish History, August 20, 1954, part 2

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Personals
Southwestern Jewish Press, August 20, 1954, page 3

Guest Time – Summer time becomes smug-time for San Diegans.  For no matter what part of the country our guests come, we need never apologize for that “unusual weather.”

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Cohen, had as their guest her sister, Miss Glenna Lipit of New York.  Miss Lipit visited Catalina and relatives in Bevberly Hills and was impressed with all we have to offer, she’s sure to be back soon.

Visiting the Al Hutlers for two weeks are Al’s sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Max Becker and daughter, Frances, of Chicago.

Mr. and Mrs. Lester Alweis and children, Donald and Lane, of Lewistown, Mont., have been guests of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Alweis.

Mr and Mrs. Richard Moorsteen and Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Slater and daughter, Amy, will arrive next week to be houseguests of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Moorsteen.

Betty, Len, Dick and Pat are ow on a hiking trip through Yosemite Park.

Mrs. H. Berner has young Mike Williams (Michael Schwartz) to thank for prolonging her father’s stay here.  Mr. Cecil Coleman of Venice, Calif., planned to spend just a weekend with his daughter but was so impressed with young Mike’s talents he stayed a full week in order to catch Mike’s TV appearance last Saturday.

Champions in the Making – Judy Karp, daughter of MR. and Mrs. Lou Karp, at 8 years of age, has the makings of a golf champion.  Last year she won her first championship at the Presidio Golf Course Tournament held for girls. This year, playing an exhibition match she made a hole-in-one on a 110-yard drive with a number 7 iron.  She is rated by golf professionals as the best girl prospect for the year.  Judy will defend her championship at Presidio Hills at the tournament to be held about Sept. 10.  Don’t say we didn’t warn you that you will be hearing more from this miniature “Babe.”

Another outstanding athlete to be watched is Martin Schiller of Pacific Beach.  He will compete next week in the 5th Annual Jr. Tennis Tournament in Balboa Park, August 23-26.

Aloha – The picture of the hula dancers on the post card received from Ike Jacobson make it easy to see why Ike finds Hawaii “a wonderful place to enjoy yourself.”

New Home – Congratulations to Sol and Eve Chenkin who have moved into their lovely new home at 5924 Adams Avenue.

Horrors! Florida! – Alan Mishne, president of Zeta Beta Tau State College Chapter will fly to Miami, Florida to attend the 56th Annual ZBT Convention on August 25.  He will be met in Miami by Harvey Goodfriend who, at the present time, is vacationing in New York. Following the convention, Alan will fly to Cleveland to visit with the Mishne family.

Welcome Party—
The Leah Weinberg Memorial Minyan held their meeting Saturday night in the form of a party with all the husbands attending. This was to honor the return of MRs. Louis Stitzel’s sister, Mrs. Shirley Rebuf, to San Diego and the Minyon.

Dinner and cocktails were served in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Stitzel.

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Dr. and Mrs. Charles A. Fleischner will leave San Diego on September 4 for an extended four-month vacation through Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean Islands. They will visit with relatives in Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro and Caracas, and on their return trip will spend Thanksgiving with Mrs. Fleischner’s sister in New York and Florida, and also visit with her mother and other members of their family in Chicago.  They will return to their home via New Orleans late in December. The entire trip will be made via Pan American.

Thanks – Lee and Morris Douglas wish to thank all their friends for their many kindnesses during Lee’s recent illness.

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Sisterhood Ship to Sail for Membership

Southwestern Jewish Press, August 20, 1954, page 3

You are invited to join the Tifereth Israel Sisterhood aboard the S.S. Memberhip, which will be launched from the Tifereth Israel Patio on Tuesday, August 31, at 8 p.m.

The Membership Ship and dock will be festively decorated by Mrs. Lawrence Cantor and Mrs. Harry Mallen, co-chairmen, while Mrs. Sam Sklar and Mrs. Henry Price will have charge of the galley.

The Membership Skipper, Mrs. Ben Gordon, urges all women who have not received their cruise tickets to call her at CY-5-7143.

The Membership Program Captain, Mrs. Daniel Orlansky, and her crew of sailors, Mmes. Ida Wax, Tillie Gordon, Evelyn Baranov, Betty Feller, Edna Gardner, Dorothy Belkin, Rose Felstein, Raye Lenett, Natalie Smith, Lillian Zemen, Roan Oglesby, Jean Finkleman and Betty Blane promise an entertaining and exceptionally smooth voyage.

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(Admiration)
Southwestern Jewish Press, August 20, 1954, page 3

Admiration is a polite recognition of another’s resemblance to ourselves

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Cradle

Southwestern Jewish Press, August 20, 1954, page 3

Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Levenson announce the birth of their second daughter, Arlene Lori, born July 28. Big sister, 2 ½  year old Nancy, is delighted with her new playmate.

Grandparents are Mrs. Rhoda Dombroff and Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Levenson.

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Deborah Ann Kuntz, born to Dr. and Mrs. Seymour Kuntz, on August 8, will have 4 ½ year old twin sisters, Barbara Susan and Carolyn Louise waiting on her every need.

Grandparents are Hyman Kuntz of Chicago and Anna Kanefsky.
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Mr. and Mrs. Louis Packer (Edith Schertzer) announce the birth of their first child, a son, Charles Harvey, on August 13.  Grandparent are Mr. and Mrs. Julius Packer of New York City and Mr. and Mrs. Louis Schertzer.

Present for the Bris to be held August 22  at the Schertzer residence will be young Charles’ great-aunt, Mrs. Rose Schneider, and daughter, Shirley, of New York.

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Every day Eleanor has something new and wondrous to report to Irv about “Sandy,” the new master of the Kahn homestead.  Daughter, Barbara, who is away at camp, still awaits the thrill of greeting the new arrival.

Samuel James (Sandy) was born July 21.  Maternal grandmother is Mrs. Samuel Barlin of Santa Monica.  Paternal grandparents are Mrs. Fanny Kahn and Mr. A.J. Kahn.

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Classified
Southwestern Jewish Press, August 20, 1954, page 3

Large Bedroom with adjoining bath for employed lady in widow’s home.  ½ block to 3 buses. Very reasonable. Phone CY-5-4309.

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Calendar
Southwestern Jewish Press, August 20, 1954, page 3

August
21st—City of Hope Jr. Aux Barbecue – 6845 Rolando Knolls Dr., La Mesa – 7:30 p.m.

21st—Y.J.C. Club Pot Luck Supper –Tifereth Israel Center – 8:00 p.m.

22nd – Beth Jacob P.T.A. Basket Picnic – 6th and Laurel—10:30 a.m.

23rd—Lasker Lodge Talent Show – Temple Center –9:00 p.m.

26th—Temple Beth Israel Semi-Annual Meeting.

29th—Hebrew Home for the Aged annual Meeting and Installation – 2:00 p.m.

31st – Tifereth Israel Sisterhood Membership Party – T.I. Patio – 8:00 p.m .

September
11th –Cottage of Israel 4th Annual Open Meeting –Tifereth Israel Center – 8:00 p.m.

19th—Poale Zion 2nd Annual Dinner –House of Hospitality.

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Beth Jacob News
Southwestern Jewish Press, August 20, 1954, page 3

The Beth Jacob P.T.A. will hold a Family Basket Picnic on Sunday, August 22, at Balbo Park, Sixth and Laurel Sts.  Games will begin promptly at 10:30 a.m. Bring your own lunch.  Ice cream and cold drionks will be furnished for the children and available for adults.

There will be fun and surprises for all. Be sure to bring your family for a wonderful relaxing day.

Hebrew School classes at Beth Jacob resumed on Tuesday, August 17 and will meet on Tuesday and Thursday. Bar Mitzvah classes will meet Monday and Wednesday.

If you have a child of 6 years. And upward register him in Hebrew School. There is no tuition for members of the Congregation. All children are welcome.

For information call the Congregation office, AT-2-2676.

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Jewish Community Center

Southwestern Jewish Press, August 20, 1954, page 4

Junior Hi — Junior High group found it necessary to postpone plans for a beach party in order to prevent conflict with the Day Camp program.  Party is now scheduled to be held Monday evening, August 30.  All those participating are to meet at the Jewish center at 4:30 … The Day Camp bus will take them to Santa Clara Point. Program includes swimming, wienie roast and cam p fire games with singing, etc.

The following members are responsible for planning the program: Eddie Varon, Mel Brav, Randy Selton, Linda Hess and Roberta Schwartz.  All Junior High youngsters interested in participating are urged to call the Center for detailed information.  A 75c charge will cover the cost of the cook-out and transportation.  The group will return to the Center at 9 p.m. where they’re to be met by their parents.

Parents are urgently needed as chaperons for the above event and are requested to phone the Center to assist in the program.

Volunteer Recruitment Program
—The Center is now busy developing plans for the organization of clubs and special interest groups for the club year beginning Sept. 15. The success of such a program will depend largely upon the support given by the community. We need volunteers to serve as Club Leaders for Junior High and High School age youngsters, play leaders for younger children, and people with special skills such as dancing, musical accompaniment, dramatics, crafts, etc.  People with special hobbies are urged to discuss their interests with a member of the Center staff since such hobbies as stamp collecting, photography, etc., could be developed into excellent Center programs.

Members of the Jewish community are invited to call the Center and let us know whether their youngsters are interested in affiliating with a club. Specific information regarding age and interest will enable the Center to provide a program that will truly meet the needs of the community.

Camp Jaycee—Two hundred forty campers shared in the exciting Camp Jaycee activities which concluded its eighth season on Friday, August 20.  The youngsters learned how to work, live and play together while participating in swimming, horseback riding, hiking, overnight camp-outs, cook,-outs and trips to various San Diego County sites including the military installations of the naval air station, submarine base and coast guard station.  Plans are already under way for the two weeks’ winter school vacation camp period from December 20-31.

‘Call Me Moishe’—A near capacity crowed enjoyed the talents of the Jewish Community Center teen-agers who presented their original musical comedy, “Call me Moishe,” on Saturday, August 14 att Beth Jacob Center.  With the script and music written by Irwin Schatzman, Elaine Shapery and the teens and an orchestra of Ruth Moskowitz, Geo. Wise, Gary Cantor, Gary Fine, Roger Brenes and Sandy Ratner accompanying, the case headed by Leani Leichtag, Irwin Schatzman, Linda Douglas, Gary Cork, Shirley Kaufman, Linda Zuckerman, Sonia Weitzman, Debbie Strauss, Suzy Hutler, Bob Johanis, Steve Rose, Jerry Mendell, Norman Kellner, Phil Brenes, Judy Aved, Diane Fogelman, Adriene Cantor, Janet and Susan Solof, romped through an evening of enjoyable entertainment.

Our hat’s off to Miss Ettie Mallinger and Don Merken, who not only directed the presentation but presented stellar performances in a last minute emergency absence of cast members.

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City of Hope News
Southwestern Jewish Press, August 20, 1954, page 4

To beat the heat and most important, to raise money for the new Leukemia Wing of the City of Hope Hospital in Duarte, the City of Hope Junior Auxiliary have planned a Twilight Patio Supper Barbecue Party at the home of Rosalie and Harold Reisman, 6845 Rolando Knolls, La Mesa, on Saturday, August 21, at 7:30 p.m.

For a $1.00 donation they promise dancing, games, prizes, lots of fun and food galore.  Everyone is invited to come and bring their friends. For reservations call Selma Lindenfeld, JU-2-6329.

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Cottage of Israel
Southwestern Jewish Press, August 20, 1954, page 4

An exceptionally attractive program has already been set up for our Fourth Annual Open Meeting which will take place at the North Auditorium of Tifereth Israel Center on Saturday, Septeber 11, at 8 p.m. The Nominating Committee has set up the following slate of new officers: President, Seymour Gates; Vice President, Dr. Hy Parrell; Treasurer, Phil Abrams; Recording Secretary, Martha Feiler, and Financial secretary, Bess Borushek, with names of delegates left open.

Election will take place at this meeting.

A special treat for this evening will be an address on the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Theodore Herzl’s death by Mr. John H. Ellsworth, President of the San Diego Museum of Man.

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Breitbard Group Invites Grid Stars
Southwestern Jewish Press, August 20, 1954, page 4

SAN DIEGO_-Player invitations have been sent 29 outstanding Southern California high school grid stars to participate in the Breitbard Athletic Foundation’s Sixth Annual Southern California College Prep All-Star Charity Football game here Sept. 1.

All of tho0se invited are graduated high school seniors. Each was invited on the basis of outstanding prep play during the 1953 football campaign.  Only the top available talent is invited each year for the game, which annually pits the All-Southern Cal grads against a similar-picked team of All-Los Angeles City gridders.

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City of Hope Auxiliary

Southwestern Jewish Press, August 20, 1954, page 4

All members who offered their services to the United Success Drive are to report to 1266 7th St. between the hours of 8:30 and 5.  You can phone Academy 3-7191 to find out when they need you the most!  Did you know that San Diegans who were patients at the City of Hope in the last five years received 4115 hospital days at a cost of $82,300.00?

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Del Mar “Track Offers $10,000 Handicap Race
Southwestern Jewish Press, August 20, 1954, page 4

DEL MAR, Aug. 20 – Older route horses, priming for the $25,000 added Del Mar Handicap later in the season, get their first big test here Saturday in the $10,000 added San Diego Handicap over a mile and one-sixteenth.

Twelve horses, representing 10 different interests, are slated to clash in the San Diego, a race which annually separates the wheat from the chaff among the top handicap horses sstabled here.

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(Hebrew Home)
Southwestern Jewish Press, August 20, 1954, page 4

Application for admission to the Hebrew Home for the Aged may be made through the Jewish Social Service Agency, 333 Plaza, BE-2-5172.

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Double Talk
Southwestern Jewish Press, August 20, 1954, page 4

By Janet & Susan Solof

Better get in that extra bit of fun
You better take in the beach and the sun
For school is coming on its way
September 12 is the awaiting day.

“They were having a ball” was what the kids reported about Ruth Moskowitz’s party. Throwing the ball of fun were Jackie Sharpe, Diane Fogelman, Linda Zuckerman, Stan Breitbard, Jan Klaskin, Judy Aved, Ronnie Doctor, Nancy Goodman, Ruth Freidman, Gary and Eddie Naiman, Susan Solof, Roberta Wyloge, Eve Zwanziger, Alan Friedman, Betty Krasnow, Evelyn Witz, Lewis Lucowitz, Carole Toole.

“A line a day?” was what Henry Bray, Alice Lee, Linda Douglas, Martin Winer, Jean Goldstein, Roberta Wyloge, Al Abrams, Elaine Burdman and Ethel Gardiner said to Danny Schaeffer (sic, Schaffer) when they said their good-byes to Danny, at a party given by Judy Yukon. Danny is going to Harvard and we wish him the very best.

Georgette Lesser helped make her cousin, Ken Kadet’s visit memorable. Dancing and eating in her patio with her friends made it quite complete.

It was a surprise when Sandy Byrock walked into a terrific party given by Linda Zuckerman and Susie Hutler and all Sandy’s friends. IT was the official good bye as Sandy is leaving San Diego to live in Santa Monica.

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(Speed Ahead)
Southwestern Jewish Press, August 20, 1954, page 4

The man who puts on too much speed ahead may meet reverses.

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Unveiling
Southwestern Jewish Press, August 20, 1954, page 4

The unveiling of a monument for Joseph Dembo will take place at the Home of Peace Cemetery on Sunday, August 29, at 2;00 p.m. Friends are cordially invited to attend.

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Ensenada Fair to Begin in August
Southwestern Jewish Press, August 20, 1954, page 4

Preparations for Ensenada’s greatest fair, “Feria de Todos Santos,” are in full swing and will be completed much before the August 28th opening date.

A month long event, the fair will feature colorful Mexican entertainment including native dances, rodeos, cock fights, bull fighting demonstrations, grease pole contests and varied fun facilities with each day being highlighted by honoring one of Baja California’s prime attributes.

The fairgrounds, covering several acres of land immediately opposite Ensenada’s luxurious Bahia Hotel, will be a blaze of lights as the colorful concession and carnival gayety create a Mexican version of a “Great White Way.”  All games of chance permitted by the Mexican law will be presented with much wagering expected on all sides.

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(Driver’s License)

Southwestern Jewish Press, August 20, 1954, page 4

A driver’s license is a license for life or death – depending on how you use it.

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(Politics)
Southwestern Jewish Press, August 20, 1954, page 4

At this time politics are on vacation – but even so considerable bait is being dug.

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(Pay Scale)
Southwestern Jewish Press, August 20, 1954, page 4

Nowadays if a man makes half enough to live on he has to be paid twice as much as he is worth.

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“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 “Adventures in San Diego Jewish History” series will be a regular feature until we run out of history.  To find stories on specific individuals or organizations, type their names in our search box.

Adventures in San Diego Jewish History, August 6, 1954, Part 3

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Southwestern Jewish Press, August 6, 1954, Page 5

Terror in Rumania (Editorial)

Recent revelations regarding the reign of terror conducted by the Communist Government against Zionists there have shocked many in the free world.  Communists in Israel, faced by the news that 200 Zionist leaders in Rumania have been imprisoned, have been reduced to the absurdity of saying that no one has ever been imprisoned for his opinions in a Communist state, and that the whole matter is merely an instance of “United States psychological warfare.”

For those who have followed the history of the Soviet and Communist attitude toward Zionism over the past decades, since before even 1q917, this news comes as no surprise. To Communists, Zionism is merely another form of “bourgeois nationalism” which must be combated just as Moscow combats, for example, the desire of Ukrainians for liberty.  In the Nineteen twenties and Nineteen Thirties tens of thousands of Zionists were sent to Soviet slave-labor camps, and the numbers of these slaves were multiplied still further when the Soviet seizures of Eastern Poland and the Baltic states greatly increased the Jewish population in the Soviet Union.

In Rumania, as in other Communist countries, all those who work for freedom and for release from the Muscovite bondage are “Traitors.” The Zionists now being punished for their effort to free Jews from the general enslavement that is Rumanian life today are martyrs to the common struggle against oppression.  The free world must seek their release, as part of the efforts to support all friends of freedom – of all nationalities, cultures and religions—behind the Iron Curtain.

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A Little Known Group (Editorial)

Southwestern Jewish Press, August 6, 1954, Page 5

Very few people in this community are aware of the work of the Jewish Labor Committee and the important part it plays in the nation’s trade union movement. As far back as 1933 the Jewish Labor Committee began an underground rescue movement that did heroic work in saving thousands of Jewish lives from Hitler’s maniacal grasp.

In addition to their work in fighting prejudice in the A.F. of L. and the C.I.O the Committee carries on a program of child care, food and clothing shipments, and distribution of books to Europe and Israel.

The Committee was the first to recognize, in 1949, the full meaning of Soviet anti-semitism and exposed it in a series of carefully documented studies. It has been a prime mover in the settlement of Jewish restitution claims with Germany and Austria.

The Jewish Labor Committee is the arm of the organized Jewish Community in the trade union movement. To achieve its goal the Committee looks to every community for increased support for the urgent tasks that remain to be carried out. The small but dedicated group that has been devoting itself to this work for many years should be encouraged and supported.

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From Where I Sit
Southwestern Jewish Press, August 6, 1954, Page 5

By Mel Goldberg

Lots of talk about certain clubs around San Diego discriminating against Jews through the quota system … If this matter were deeply checked, it would be discovered that in one case at least, and possibly two, the quota system is in effect largely through the efforts of some Jewish members.  Amidst their zealousness to keep out “unpolished” brethren, they have seen fit to compromise principles by allowing the existence of membership selectivity based on a “religious” rather than an “environmental” background qualification.

Just an afterthought! … We can supply the victim in the following incident, if anyone doesn’t believe it and wants proof.  A Jewish fellow, that we know, applied for a job within the last two weeks. The prospective employer was Jewish too.  At the conclusion of the interview, the “business” man turned to the job seeker and blatantly stated, “You could probably handle the job okeh, but I’ll tell you frankly, I make it a point never to hire a Jew.” … The confused lad didn’t hang around to see if the gentleman carried a Klu Klux Klan card or contributed to the Gerald K. Smith for President drive….

Wouldn’t it be nice if the banks would start spending their money in paying a decent interest rate, rather than by outvying each other in building Taj Mahals on El Cajon Blvd.  Local savings and loan associations, too, give you a big deal … They pay 3% and just 135 miles north in L.A., they pay  3 ½ %… Bet if a vote were taken among the banks’ customers, they’d rather have the ½ % and do business in reconverted dry-docked tuna boats for buildings.

Dan Weinberg claims to have overheard a couple of Texans discussing a mutual friend at Del Mar.  “He says he’s as rich as we are,” said the one oil and cattle and baron.  “Why that four-flusher,” responded the other, “he’s never had over twenty million dollars in his pocket in his entire life.”

Jack Lowenbein tells of a man who came home carrying a large parcel for his wife.  “Look, dear,” he said, “I didn’t forget your birthday.  I bought you a beautiful mink stole”, … “But,” the wife reminded him, “you promised me a new car.” …”I know,” said hubby, “but, where can you buy an imitation Cadillac wholesale.” …

Speaking of fur coats, there’s a woman in Pt. Loma, who owns one and during the hot summer months, she wraps it in a cheap suitcase and stores the whole shebang in her home deep freezer. When chilly weather rolls around, she hauls it out, moth free and looking like a million…

The following vignette is over 6 weeks old. To prevent identification, we have held off comments for the last 3 issues.  Now it can be told … A couple of local matrons flew over to Las Vegas on the Q.T. … It had been assumed hereabouts that they were spending a couple of days shopping in Los Angeles.  Anyway, while in Vegas, the two 40 plus gals had quite a gay time.  They met two guys, real smooth types, who were in their late 20s. Our two women felt proud that with all the pretty things floating about, these handsome young fellows would be attracted to them.

The evening was going along well. … dinner, etc., and then the payoff.  Sometime during the course of the evening the two Romeos disappeared with the galss’ purses…which included all their cash and papers… A couple of collect phone calls to the husbands in San Diego and a wired money order headed the ladies homeward. … We are happy to report that all was forgiven and our two San Diegans are much wiser for it all.

One of the Los Angeles Anglo-Jewish newspapers, “The Voice,” carried the story of an interview with the Governor of Baja California and according to the story, gambling will be legally licensed at Rosarito Beach within the  next 60 days. .. On his visit to England, Groucho Marx was asked by a reporter, “I hear you’re paid $300,000 a year for being rude to people … what would you do if you had Senator McCarthy on your program?”  … Groucho’s instant reply was: “I’d work free for a week.” … Ruth Brody wrote from New York that she saw an English car on Fifth Avenue that was so small, the windshield was a monocle. … Report around that Liberace would like to get married—anybody know where he can find a girl shaped like a piano?

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Emergency March of Dimes Drive Begins Aug. 16th
Southwestern Jewish Press, August 6, 1954, Page 5

San Diego will conduct an Emergency March of Dimes August 16 through 31, Thomas V. Prendergast, chairman of the San Diego Chapter of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, announced recently. The campaign will parallel a similar drive held throughout the nation by the National Foundation during the last two weeks in August.

Following a special meeting Monday, August 2, at Chapter headquarters, 3609 Fourth Ave., Prendergast announced that Jerry Rudrauff and Thomas Sefton will be co-chairmen for the Emergency March of Dimes.  Rudrauff conducted the Chapter’s regular drive in January this year.

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No Future
Southwestern Jewish Press, August 6, 1954, Page 5

The surest way to have no future is to live in the belief that the future is tomorrow.

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Jews in American History~300 Years
Southwestern Jewish Press, August 6, 1954, Page 5

By Dr. Philip L. Seman, University of Judaism

In 1852, over one hundred years ago, Rabbi Abraham Joseph Ash appealed for the support of Beth Hamidrash, the first Russian-Jewish congregation to be established in the United States, and soon thereafter it became the center of religious orthodoxy and defense against the encroachment of Reform Judaism. This was the only institution in the country at the time when religious studies were pursued according to the traditional East-European patterns. Since 1857 and particularly beginning with 1881 when East European immigration began in large numbers due to the atrocities in Poland and Russia, and again for the same reasons from Rumania in 1892 the orthodox group grew in numbers and consequently in the number of synagogues and institutions to the extent that for some time they represented the preponderant group in this country in most all large cities.

Today this group has two large educational institutions preparing students for the Orthodox Rabbinate, the Yeshiva University and the Hebrew Theological College of New York and Chicago.

The founders of the Beth Hamidrash were few, we are told in an account of the founding of the institution.  They established it in poverty,.  However, they watched over it with loving care. As the record reads, through the members were poor in money, they were prominent with a liberal spirit; they labored hard for their daily bread, and yet set aside from their limited means a portion for the “holy” offering, to support the might of the law.  We further learn from a foot note to this interesting story from Isaac Lesser’ in “The Accident XIV” and in the American Jewish Historical Society Publication 1901, that when Sampson Simson died in 1857, he left $2000 to the Beth Hamidrash, as well as $3000 to Shearith Israel of which he was a member, and $1000 to Columbia College, of which he was an alumnus.

Thus Orthodoxy in the sense as we understand it now was established in this country about 100 years ago.

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As the Psychologist Sees You

Southwestern Jewish Press, August 6, 1954, Page 6

By Irving R. Stone, Psychological Consultant

Regaining Mental Health—Although we have made great strides in our attitude toward mental illness, with greater acceptance of treatment, in the minds of many it is still a disgrace for one to need help with his emotional problems. Why this is so, we do not know, for a person is no more responsible for psychological ill health than he is for physical ill health. Perhaps it is felt that a person can get over a physical illness but not one that is mental.  That is far from the truth.

Regaining mental health is now more possible than ever, especially when we seek the help that is necessary before it becomes too severe. Today there are thousands of persons who once were patients in mental hospitals and are now considered as recovered and even many more thousands who suffered from a psychoneurotic illness and benefitted from out-patient treatment.   When we consider the small number of former patients of mental hospitals who return for further treatment, in comparison to the number discharged each year, we see how effective are our treatment methods.

The prime factor in regaining mental health is the selection of a qualified therapist. In a private consultation with a psychiatrist or psychologist it is necessary to see that these therapists are qualified through board certification or license. Usually, we can assume that the therapists are qualified when we apply to a clinic or hospital, especially those sponsored by governmental agencies.  A county medical society or the local psychological organization often has a list of qualified practitioners in the community.

There are a number of therapies which are used to aid in the recovery of mental health and each is selected in accordance with the age and problem of the patient.  For adults, the most frequently used is that of psychotherapy.  This affords the patient an opportunity to unburden himself of disturbing thoughts, fears, frustrations, and conflicts and at the same time, with the aid of the therapist, to gain insight or understanding into his problem.

With children, play therapy is most frequently used. The child expresses himself I play situations and drawings or rids himself of aggressive feelings through physical activities. Here, again, the therapist allows the child to express himself and interpret, on the child’s level, some of the things which are disturbing him.  At the same time, the child feels that he now has someone who is interested in him as an individual.  Often the therapist takes the place in the child’s mind of an absent father or mother.

For the more severely disturbed, shock therapies are used, the most popular of which is electro-shock. While we do not know as yet how or why electro-shock works, we do know that it usually does work, especially with those severely depressed. Insulin shock is used most frequently with patients suffering from schizophrenia.  The lest used therapy is that of psychosurgery which, while it does alleviate the condition of the patient in many case, modifies or interferes with brain functioning.

The possibility of success in the treatment process is in direct ratio to the early introduction of therapy. Regaining Mental Health is possible but needs public understanding and the acceptance of treatment methods and the individual who has been treated.

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Jewish Community Center
Southwestern Jewish Press, August 6, 1954, Page 6

Camp Jaycee
- Camp Jaycee has exciting plans in store for its campers during the month of August. Plans for the remainder of the month include and over-night camp for the eleven year olds during the seventh week and a special all camp program during the last week of camp.

Camp Jaycee has had many requests from parents to extend the camp season for two additional weeks ending Sept 3, rather than August 20.  All parents interested in the additional camping period are urged to register with the Center before August 13.

Junior High Program –
Monday night has been lounge night at the Jewish Community Center for the Junior High crowd all summer. Program has included square and social dancing and party games.  The parents of the participants have given splendid cooperation and have serve refreshments. A beach party for the group will be held on August 16. All junior high youngsters interested in participating in the program are welcome to attend and should call the Center, AT 1-7744 so that they will receive notices of future activities.

Fiesta Club—Plans for reorganization of the Fiesta Club are now under way. All young adults between the ages of 18 and 35 are urged to contact the Center for additional information. A new and exciting program will be presented if enough interest is expressed in the formation of the new group.

You’ve A Date to Meet Moishe! – On Saturday, August 14, 8:30 p.m. at Beth Israel Center, the Jewish Community Center Teens will present an original musical comedy,” Call Me Moishe!”  Actors, singers and dancers are all hard at work to make this a truly memorable evening.  The Center Teens have written the script, designed the sets and costumes and planned a show to suit every taste.  Mr. Don Merkin of Columbus, Ohio, is directing.

Tickets may be obtained from the Center Teens or by calling AT-1-7744.

Remember the date, Sat., August 14—You’ll remember the show.

Modern Dance Group – A beginners Modern Dance Group has been added to the activities of our Wednesday evening rhythmic exercise class for women. Also conducted by Lilo Berger, this class promises to be a particularly stimulating one – and at no extra cost. The fee covers both activities.

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Chaim Weitzmann Poale Zion
Southwestern Jewish Press, August 6, 1954, Page 6

The annual regional Poale Zion Conference will take place in Los Angeles on August 28 and 29 at the Institute of Aeronautical Sciences, 7660 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, and it is hoped a representative gathering from the Chiam Weitzmann San Diego will be present at those interesting sessions.

Happens Every Day
Southwestern Jewish Press, August 6, 1954, Page 6

Allowances have to be made for some college students and most parents do – weekly.

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Please Note!
Southwestern Jewish Press, August 6, 1954, Page 6

Temple Beth Israel members are asked to reserve Thursday evening, August 26, for a vitally important Semi-Annual Meeting. More details will follow in the August 20 issue of the Southwestern Jewish Press.

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(Hebrew Home)

Southwestern Jewish Press, August 6, 1954, Page 6

Application for admission to the Hebrew Home for the Aged may be made through the Jewish Social Service Agency, 333 Plaza, BE-2-5172.

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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 “Adventures in San Diego Jewish History” series will be a regular feature until we run out of history.  To find stories on specific individuals or organizations, type their names in our search box.

Adventures in San Diego Jewish History, August 6, 1954, part 2

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Personals
Southwestern Jewish Press, August 6, 1954, Page 3

Succumbing to the lure of our neighbor to the south are Zelma and Sid Goldstein who left for a seven day plane trip through Mexico. Among the interesting places they will visit are Cuernavaca, Taxco and Mexico City.

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Rabbi and Mrs. Morton J. Cohn with Jane and Morton Jr. left Saturday for the Camp of Living Judaism at Saratoga for a regular session of the Jewish Youth Conference.  Rabbi Cohn will be the dean of the conference.

Also attending the camp which attracts about 350 high school and college age students are Rochelle Goodrich, Brenda Heiman and Leani Leichtag.

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Mr. and Mrs. Irving Schneider had as their houseguest for a week, her cousin Miss Arlene Brinn of New York.  Miss Brinn combined business with pleasure on her trip to San Francisco and Canada. While in San Diego she was entertained by members of her family, Mrs. Jennie Siner, Mrs. Sophie Garber, and MRs. Sam Shapov.

In Los Angeles, Miss Brinn was feted by Rabbi and Mrs. N.I. Addleson and their daughter and son-in-law, Dr. and Mrs. Frank Kholos.

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Sid Sonnabaum, son of Mrs. Rosalie Sonnabaum, has returned home from Pars where he served with the Armed Forces for two years and is enjoying the rest of the summer becoming reacquainted with his friends. Sid will be enrolled at State College in the fall.

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Mannie and Betty Adler and son, Louis, used almost every means of travel, including plane, train, boat and taxi to reach a resort on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.  They spent a week at Shawnigan Lake, several days in Victoria and San Francisco, and a day each in Portland and Seattle.

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Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Garber left this week to visit their children in Duluth, Minn., Milwaukee, Wisc., and New York. The two big moments of the trip will be the introduction to two new grandchildren, one 2 weeks old and one 4 weeks old.

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Mrs. Elsie Meyer has as her guest for the summer, her aunt, Mrs. Ines Schwartz of New York, whom she hasn’t seen since they parted 17 years ago in a small German town.  Mrs. Schwartz lived for a time in Mexico City, but this is her first visit to California.

The only disappointment of Mrs. Schwartz’ visit is the fact that she hasn’t seen Mrs. Meyer’s son, Horace, who is stationed in Korea with the Air Corps.
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Mr. and Mrs. Irving Friedman and family are taking a week’s motor tour to Northern California.  Irv will do a little business on the side, of course.

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Mrs. Etta Bilgray of New York is visiting for a month with her aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Addleson.  Her any cousins in San Diego have rolled out the red carpet and are keeping her occupied.  She accompanied Mr. and Mrs. Harry Wax to San Francisco this week for the B’nai B’rith Convention.

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Rabbi and Mrs. N.I. Addleson of Hollywood were vacationing in La Jolla last week. They spent the time visiting with their children and sisters and brothers. Rabbi Addleson will rejoin his congregation in time for the High Holy Days.

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Morris Breitbard, daughter Sylvia, and son in law Babe Bard, will leave on a six-week trip back East.  Picking up a new car in Detroit, they will drive through Canada, Niagara Falls, New York City, Washington, and Virgina and visit relatives en route.

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Mrs. Harry Goodwin has returned from a trip that was to have taken two months, but due to transportation difficulties that turned into a blessing, lasted for six months. After visiting her sister and family in New Zealand, Mrs. Goodwin spent some time in Australia and returned to the States via France and England.  While in England she stopped in her native Leeds.

Unquestionably, Harry is delighted to have the traveler home.

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Mrs. Ida Addis and family wish to thank their friends for their kindnesses during their recent bereavement.

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Mr. George Neumann wishes to thank his friends for all their kindness during his recent illness.

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Is Our Face Red Dept – Don’t know when we’ve been as happy to reprint a retraction: Our report that the S.Z. Greenbergs are moving to El Centro couldn’t have been wronger. As a matter of fact, they’re still in Europe and having a wonderful time.

Boner No 2: Mickey Rosenberg was given the wrong parents in our last issue… his real mother an father are Mr. and Mrs. Sol Rosenberg.

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Council of Jewish Women Holds Membership Tea
Southwestern Jewish Press, August 6, 1954, Page 3

The National Council of Jewish Women will hold its annual garden membership tea on Tuesday, August 17, 1:30 p.m. at the home of Mrs. Sol Price, 2345 Juan St.  President Mrs. Milton Roberts and members of the Board will be hostesses.

A musical theme, “Sunflower,” identified with the invitations will introduce the musical program featuring Council’s Glee Club under the direction of Mrs. Ed Merkin.  Glee Club members are Mrs. Robert Beitscher, Leo Sarfan, Harry Furgatch and Sid Smith accompanied on the piano by Mrs. Sidney Silverman. An “Oklahoma “musical parody will present Council’s program in a melodious manner.  Star attraction will be the guest appearance of Betty Hall Jones, popular song stylist.

Membership chairman in charge of this event is Mrs. E. Morris Sims and her co-chairman is Mrs. William Gerelick. Program chairman is Mrs. Robert Drexler. Reservations are being taken by Mrs. Milton Effron, AC-2-1859, and Mrs. Lester Himmel, JU-2-8432.

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“Magic of Hawaii” Theme of Hadassah
Southwestern Jewish Press, August 6, 1954, Page 3

Hadassah will present Mrs. Leo Hirsch of Los Angeles at a Membership Tea on August 9, at the Kona Kai Club. As vice president of the Southern Pacific Coast Region, Mrs. Hirsch will outline the many varied projects of the organization which comprises a national membership of 350,000 women.

Coupled with this gracious speaker will be a fashion showing  of imports directly from the shores of the Islands, which will capture “The Magic of Hawaii.”

Mrs. Edward Kitaen, membership chairman, is confident that the 500 (or over) membership mark will be accomplished after this pleasurable afternoon.  Joining Mrs. Kitaen is Mrs. Manuel Hafner, co-chairman, in extending this invitation to all no-Hadassah members to meet the new officers and members as guests of the chapter.  Invitations are being sent to members at a cost of $1.55.
Invitations must be obtained in order to attend the Tea. The following women will be glad to accept your request and offer any in formatijon: Mmes Edward Kitaen, HO-9-1389; Archie Bushnell, AT-2-9136; Fred Leonard, CO-4-4524; and Manuel Hafner, AC-2-2876.

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Cradle
Southwestern Jewish Press, August 6, 1954, Page 3

Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Meyers are rejoicing over “three of a kind” since 7 lb, 8 oz Steven Mark joined brothers Philip Brent and David Lee on July 14.  Equally pleased is grandmother, Mrs. Ida Addis.

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Seven pound young Miss Marti Ilene was born to Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Penter on July 20.  Grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Max Greenberg and Mr. and Mrs. Its Penter, will have the time of their lives spoiling the  newest member of the family.

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Mr. and Mrs. Fred Weitzen, Jr., and 15 month old Steven welcomed ito their home Harold Frederick, born July 31.  Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Glickman and MR. and Mrs. Fred Weitzen are the happy grandparents.

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Classified

Southwestern Jewish Press, August 6, 1954, Page 3

ROOM FOR RENT – Gentleman or lady; quiet, light, clean airy room; kitchen privileges; garage and use of telephone.  Near Bus No. 2.  Phone BE-4-5624 evenings.

ROOM FOR RENT  for lady, in very nice private home. Cooking privileges. ½ block from the bus. Call before 11:00 a.m. or after 6:00 p.m., aT-4-6586.

LARGE BEDROOM with adjoining bath in widow’s home for employhed lady.  ½ block to 3 buses. Very reasonable.  Phone CY-5-4309.

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Calendar

Southwestern Jewish Press, August 6, 1954, Page 3

7th-Yomaco Beach Party –Mission Beach –8:30 p.m.
9th-Hadassah Membership Tea – 1:30
13th—Jewish War Veterans Aux. Poppy Sale
15th—Jewish Labor Committee Picnic – Pepper Grove – 12 noon
17th—Council of Jewish Women Membership Tea – 2345 Juan St.
21st – Y.J.C. Club Pot Luck Supper –Tifereth Israel Center – 8:00 p.m.
26th—Temple Beth Israel Semi-Annual Meeting
29th—Hebrew Home for the Aged Annual Meeting and Installation—2:00 p.m

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Becomes Problem
Southwestern Jewish Press, August 6, 1954, Page 3

The man who insists on telling you all his troubles eventually becomes one of yours.

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Double Talk
Southwestern Jewish Press, August 6, 1954, Page 4

By Janet & Susan Solof

Summertime is in full blast,
School times are in the past.
Just loads of fun for one and ll,
And getting ready for next fall.

The Kona Kai Club was taken over by the younger set for the purpose of celebrating David Gordon’s 7th birthday.  Taking it over were Mark Solomon, Barbi Addleson, Allan Breitbard, Jeffrey Hollander, Vickie and Terri Marsh, David Cohen, Steve Horrow, Richie Selton, John Ruden, Susan Kahn, Jim Krause.  Lunch and swimming made the party perfect. David agrees birthdays are wonderful.  Happy birthday.

Julian Frank ‘n Linda Douglas, Bernie Sosna ‘n Beverly Kitaen, Shearn Plann ‘n Lois Liff, Burt Sharpe ‘n Lucy Recht, Don Byrnes ‘n Jane Cohn, Don Kobernick ‘n Faggie Krasner, Joe Winicki ‘n Natalie Veitzer, were trying hard to keep the surprise of Herb Wenig’s party a secret. It was given by and at the home of Sharlene Stone.  Happy Birthday, Herb.

A “schmaltzy” party can best describe the fun everyone had at Paul Levine’s 8th birthday party. A large group of Paul’s friends helped make the celebration complete with many games, ice cream cake and favors.  This was the “moistest” part which is really the “bestest.”

Susie Hutler and Sandy Byrock were the hostesses at a terrific bar-b-que and dancing party. Everyone in the gang was there and everyone said “fun was floating around.” A wonderful time was had by all.

Handing out a good time to all her friends was Roslind Steffel when she gave a craz-zy party. All the kids joined in and had loads of fun.

Adrienne and Elliott Polland from Gary, Indiana, were entertained by their cousin Zena Fuerzieg at a get-together.  Those who rated it tops were Roger Brenes, Janice Klaskin, Gary Naiman, Susan Solof, David Levens, Shirley Kaufman, Sheldon Golden, Janet Solof, Gary Cantor and Zena.  Adrienne and Elliott agree that San Diego is a pretty terrific city.

Bye now from Yours Truly—CY05-0679.

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Trooper Doopers

Southwestern Jewish Press, August 6, 1954, Page 4

Boy Scout Troop No. 99 meets at Tifereth Israel Synagogue at 7:30 p.m. every Monday night under the able leadership of Scoutmaster Reuben Aved. Boys 11 to 14 are invited to join and have a whale of a good time.

Troop 99 went out on an overnight camp=out over the 17th and 18th of July.  They pitched camp in pup tents in Torrey Pines, cooked their own meals, went swimming on Sunday and came home determined to do the following:

1.  Have a daylight hike on August 1st.

2.  Have another overnight campout August 22nd.

Come on, you would be Scouters, and find out how life is really worth living!

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Del Mar Track Breaking Records
Southwestern Jewish Press, August 6, 1954, Page 4 

DEL MAR, Calif., August 6 –From a near record list of 15 nominations a field of at least a dozen top sprinters will trek postward here Saturday in the $10,000 added Bing Crosby Handicap at six furlongs as Del Mar Turf Club winds up its first full week of thoroughbred racing.

The Bing Crosby, named in honor of Del Mar’s founder and first president, has had eight previous runnings, and has been captured by such campaigners as Prevaricator, Cover Up, Blue Reading, Gustaf and Ode. Winner of this stake generally comes in for recognition as the spring champion of the 41-day meeting.

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(Money Advice)
Southwestern Jewish Press, August 6, 1954, Page 4

Many people advise others to save money—but very few give advice on how to do it.

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Lasker Lodge News
Southwestern Jewish Press, August 6, 1954, Page 4

By Lou Levitt

At the last regular meeting Dr. Milton Millman was unanimously elected to the post of second vice president.  Marshall Zucker announces the fall drive for new members is now under way.  One of the prizes being offered to a lucky winner who brings in new members will be a free trip to Las Vegas. This  is certainly something worth working for.

At the next meeting there will be the presentation of the Americanism Award to Millie Berman who recently figured in the San Diego hearings on Communism.  There will also be a report of the progress made at the convention in San Francisco.

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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 “Adventures in San Diego Jewish History” series will be a regular feature until we run out of history.  To find stories on specific individuals or organizations, type their names in our search box.

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