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ACLU opposes profiling and full-body scanning of airline passengers

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NEW YORK (Press Release) – The Obama administration announced Sunday it will subject the citizens of 14 nations who are flying to the United States to intensified screening at airports, including being subjected to full-body pat downs or body scanners. According to the American Civil Liberties Union, the government should adhere to longstanding standards of individualized suspicion and enact security measures that are the least threatening to civil liberties and are proven to be effective. Racial profiling and untargeted body scanning do not meet those criteria.

“We should be focusing on evidence-based, targeted and narrowly tailored investigations based on individualized suspicion, which would be both more consistent with our values and more effective than diverting resources to a system of mass suspicion,” said Michael German, national security policy counsel with the ACLU Washington Legislative Office and a former FBI agent. “Overbroad policies such as racial profiling and invasive body scanning for all travelers not only violate our rights and values, they also waste valuable resources and divert attention from real threats.”

According to the ACLU, the government’s plan to subject citizens of certain countries to enhanced screenings is bad policy, because there is no way to predict the national origin of a terrorist and many terrorists have come from countries not on the list. For instance, the “shoe bomber” Richard Reid is a British citizen, as were four of the London subway bombers, and in 2005 a Belgian woman launched a suicide attack in Iraq. 

“Singling out travelers from a few specified countries for enhanced screening is essentially a pretext for racial profiling, which is ineffective, unconstitutional and violates American values. Empirical studies of terrorists show there is no terrorist profile, and using a profile that doesn’t reflect this reality will only divert resources by having government agents target innocent people,” said German. “Profiling can also be counterproductive by undermining community support for government counterterrorism efforts and creating an injustice that terrorists can exploit to justify further acts of terrorism.”

In addition to racial profiling, some have called for the across-the-board implementation of full body scanners, which present serious threats to personal privacy and are of unclear effectiveness. According to a UK Independent report on Sunday, British officials have already tested the scanners and were not persuaded that they would be effective for stopping terrorist threats to planes. And according to security experts, the explosive device used in the attempted attack on a Detroit-bound plane on Christmas Day would not have been detected by the body scanners.

“We shouldn’t complacently surrender our rights for a false sense of security, and we should be very leery of being sold a device presented as a cure-all, especially when the evidence shows just the opposite,” added German. “If scanners and other intrusive procedures are used, it should be with their limitations in mind and only when there is reason to believe that an individual poses an increased risk to flight safety, not as blanket measures applied to millions of innocent travelers.”

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Schumer, McMahon want U.S. to reimburse NYC for security costs of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed trial

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NEW YORK (Press Release) – Rep. Michael E. McMahon joined Senator Charles E. Schumer on Monday  in calling on the Obama Administration to reimburse the City of New York for all security costs for the upcoming trial of 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed.  These costs have been estimated at upwards of $75 million, which would place a tremendous burden on the City’s budget.

“The trial of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed will mean round the clock police protection for lower Manhattan by the NYPD,” said Rep. McMahon.  “As Police Commissioner Ray Kelly has stated, New York can handle this trial, but the people of New York City should not have to pay the cost of the policing needed to carry it out.  This trial is not just about New York City; it is about our country as a whole and how we deal with the terrorists who attack our way of life.  The people of New York have suffered so much already, it is unjust to expect that the costs of security for this trial to be paid only by our city.  It would force cuts to necessary programs, place an extreme burden on our police force and once again compromise New York City residents’ way of life.  The federal government needs to step and in and pay for the necessary security.”

“I am also calling on the Obama Administration to pay for any additional costs associated with this trial,” continued Rep. McMahon.  “This isn’t New York putting this terrorist on trial; it is America putting him on trial and New York should not pay for that burden alone.”

The funding proposed by Sen. Schumer and Rep. McMahon would come from the Obama Administration’s FY 2011 Budget.

The current security plan for the terror trials involves U.S. marshals handling security for the courthouse.  The FBI and NYPD would provide a supporting role with the specific charges of protecting the public and area surrounding the courthouse.  

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Leahy schedules Jan. 20 hearing on Christmas Day bombing plot

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (Press Release) – Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (Democrat, Vermont) has scheduled a hearing for January 20 to examine the effectiveness of anti-terrorism tools and inter-agency communication in the wake of the thwarted Christmas Day airline attack.  Leahy first announced his intention to schedule the hearing in Vermont on Friday. 

The Judiciary Committee has jurisdiction over many executive agencies involved in anti-terrorism efforts, including the Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation, components of the Department of Homeland Security, and visa related programs administered through the State Department. 

The hearing, entitled “Securing America’s Safety: Improving the Effectiveness of Anti-Terrorism Tools and Inter-Agency Communication,” will be held on Wednesday, January 20, at 10:00 a.m.  Leahy is expected to invite testimony from administration officials, and a witness list is expected to be announced in the coming days.  The hearing will be webcast live online.

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Adventures in San Diego Jewish History, February 19, 1954

January 4, 2010 1 comment

Compiled by Gail Umeham

Engagement Told
Southwestern Jewish Press February 19, 1954 Page 2

Mr. and Mrs. Bert Fisher have announced the engagement of their daughter, Beverlye, to Lewis Hyman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Hyman, of Beverly Hills.  Miss Fisher is the sister of Mrs. Victor Selten of San Diego.

The formal announcement was made at a dinner for friends and relatives in the Beverly Hills home of the parents of the bride-to-be.  The wedding will be solemnized May 2 in the Crystal Room of the Beverly Hills Hotel.  Following an extended honeymoon, the young couple will reside in Westwood.

Miss Fisher attended UCLA and Mr. Hyman studied at USC where he was a member of Zeta Beta Tau fraternity.

Southwestern Jewish Press February 19, 1954 Page 2

Mrs. Rose Abrams, mother of Mrs. Stanley Yukon, has just returned from a 4½ month trip in the east and middle west.  This was Mrs. Abrams first trip back to home territory since she moved here 8 years ago.

Among the many visits with relatives and friends was a stay with her son, William Oliver in Kansas City.

Bernard Lansky, formerly with Al Capp and now working on the “Maggie and Jiggs” Strip, is drawing for the newly released “Dragnet” comic strip in spare hours.

Mrs. John Ruskin entertained 30 guests at lunch at El Cortez on February 11 in honor of her sister-in-law, Mrs. Bess Shwitzer, visiting from Detroit, Mich.

Among recent wedding anniversaries were those celebrated by Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Goldhammer, Mr. and Mrs. Morton Thaler, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Moder, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Goldberg, and Mr. and Mrs. H. Steckel.

Fay  and Mickey Fredman celebrated their 7th wedding anniversary in Las Vegas last week-end.  Accompanying them on this special occasion were Janice and Seymour Rabin.

Mr. and Mrs. Doyle A. Kahn wish to express their thanks and appreciation for all the thoughtfulness shown by their friends to Doyle who is now convalescing at home after his hospitalization.

Sig Stein, famous restaurateur, has been appointed manager of the 4-A Roundup Chuck Wagon at 1268 Fourth Ave.  Sig promises an extra-thick cut of roast beef to all his friends who visit him.  Good luck, Sig!

Mrs. Sima Rudolph has been “thawing out” in California before returning to her home in Milwaukee.  Mrs. Rudolph, a cousin of Mrs. Anne Peckarsky, the houseguest of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Colt, of Pt. Loma.

San Diego is a second home to Shirley and Norm Alweis, of Dallas, Texas.  They recently spent a busy week visiting with Shirley’s mother, Mrs. Sue Gruenberg, Norm’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jos. Alweis, and their other relatives and many friends.

Irving Friedman, well known insurance man, was re-elected as President of the Guadalupe Clinic at the annual meeting held last Tuesday.

At a cocktail party, held in the Terrace Room of the Manor Hotel, on Feb. 7th, Mr. and Mrs. Jos. M. Silverman honored the engagement of their daughter, Carolyn, to Dr. Norman L. Rubin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Rubin of Ft. worth, Texas.  Mrs. Pauline Gleason supplied the background for this happy occasion.

Among the 300 guests were many out-of-towners from Los Angeles, San Jose and St. Louis.

Mr. and Mrs. Sam Cohen, of Pt. Loma, honored their sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Jos. Perlstein, of Great Neck, L.I. at a festive, valentine-cocktail party at the Park Manor, on February 14th.

When Pat Perlstein, Mr. Cohen’s sister, was introduced to Julia Kaufman, they both got that “you look familiar” feeling.  Flipping back twelve years, they discovered they had spent the summer together at a children’s camp in New York State—Pat as a nurse and Julia as Arts-Crafts instructor.  Mrs. Perlstein still has the silver wedding band made and presented to her by Mrs. Kaufman.  Other mutual friends of San Diegans were revealed during the course of the party and the Perlsteins felt right at home on their first visit here.

Southwestern Jewish Press February 19, 1954 Page 2

Mr. and Mrs. Louis Samuels announce the birth of a son, Lee David, on February 8.  Pleased grandparents are Mrs. Lee Samuels and Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Brodman.

Dr. and Mrs. Marshall Persky received the vest Valentine of all on February 14.  A baby girl, Gail Jo, arrived on that day weighing 6 pounds.  Welcoming the young lady were big brothers Bruce and Rickey, and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Meyer Levine, and Mr. William Persky of Los Angeles.

Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Sherr are the proud parents of a third son, Robert Malcolm, born February 6, weighing 6 lbs, 13 oz.  4½-year-old Clifford and 2-year-old Harry are preparing to teach the youngest Sherr the boys games.

Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. David Siegel and Mr. and Mrs. E. G. Sherr, all of San Diego.

The Bris was performed by Rabbi Simon L. Schwartz of Los Angeles on Feb. 14.

Pioneer Women
Southwestern Jewish Press February 19, 1954 Page 2

Everyone interested in the State of Israel should reserve the date, Sun., March 21st, at Beth Jacob Center, for the Pioneer Women’s Annual Queen Esther Purim Ball, Eleanor Gordon, chairman, announces the Pauline Gleason Orchestra will play for dancing and a fine program including the Grand March to choose a Queen Esther, is promised.  Excellent food will be served from 6:00 to 12:00.  Students will be admitted for a small donation of 50 cents.  Jeanette Abrams will appreciate calls from anyone who has clothes in good condition for our rummage sale.  Call her at AT-1-6736. 

Memorial Services By Tri-Synagogues
Southwestern Jewish Press February 19, 1954 Page 4

A Memorial Day event will be held on Sunday, May 30th, at the Home of Peace Cemetery by the Beth Jacob congregation, Beth Israel Temple and Tifereth Israel Synagogue, at which those who have their beloved ones at rest may extend a special Sacred Honor to these departed.

The announcement is made at this date so that those wishing to be present will have ample time to set this day aside.

Further announcements will be made through this paper and also in the weekly bulletins of the respective Synagogues and Temple.  The Committee in charge are Israel Lebb, Nathan Schiller and Isadore Jacobson, chairman.

Jewish Couples Club
Southwestern Jewish Press February 19, 1954 Page 4

The Young Jewish Couples Club will hold their next meeting on Saturday evening, at 8:30 p.m. at Tifereth Israel Synagogue.  Members will please note the meeting is on Saturday, instead of the usual Sunday.

Rabbi Monroe Levens will speak on the “First Beauty Contest,” and Dan Delaney, Athletic Coordinator of the Park and Recreation Department, will direct square dances.

Admission is 50 cents per couple.

B.J. Men’s Club Holds Western Frolics YIPI!
Southwestern Jewish Press February 19, 1954 Page 4

A western Frolics dance will be held Saturday evening Feb. 20 at 8:30 p.m. at the Beth Jacob Center.  Sponsored by the Men’s club of the Synagogue, the dance will feature a western motif.  Mike Alessio will provide the music.  There will also be refreshments and favors.  Admission is $1.00 per person.

City slickers who have no western clothes are asked to wear sport clothes or jeans.

Ida Nasatir Speaks For Sisterhood Wed.
Southwestern Jewish Press February 19, 1954 Page 4

The next meeting of the Temple Beth Israel Sisterhood will be held Wednesday, Feb. 24.  Ida Nasatir will present a collection of Jewish short stories which have appeared in current American magazines.  These stories have been selected on the basis of their unusual and sensitive writing as well as their richness of theme.  Most deal with the problems of Jewish life in American.

Inasmuch as this is National Jewish Book Month, all friends and members are urged not to miss this event.  Molly Samuels and Louise Hertz are luncheon co-chairmen and Henrietta King, AT-1-5947, and Evelyn Stolarsky, AC-2-3655 are captains for the day.  Call them for your reservations now.

Beth Jacob News
Southwestern Jewish Press February 19, 1954 Page 4

Tonight, February 19, the regular Bible Discussion group will be substituted by the Hadassah’s panel discussion program.

The Beth Jacob Men’s Club Spring Dance will be held Saturday, February 20 at 8:30 p.m. at Beth Jacob Center.  There will be a live orchestra, cocktails and refreshments.  Admission is $1 per person.  Members, friends and guests are invited to attend.

The Youth league will hold their installation of officers on Saturday, February 27, at the Beth Jacob Center.  Parents and friends are cordially invited to attend.

The Ladies Auxiliary monthly card party will take place on Thursday evening, February 25.  Bring your own cards and mah jong sets.

Hadassah Sabbath At Beth Jacob
Southwestern Jewish Press February 19, 1954 Page 4

Mrs. Robert S. Strauss, President, announces that in cooperation with Rabbi Baruch Stern, Hadassah will present a panel discussion group at Beth Jacob Synagogue on Friday evening, February 19th at 8 p.m.

The discussion will replace the regular Oneg Shabbat at the Synagogue, and Mrs. Alfred Bobrof and Mrs. E. Al Slayen are acting as Co-Chairmen for the event.

Of vital interest to all Zionists, and non-Zionists in the community will be this interesting topic:  “Now that Israel has been established as the Jewish homeland is there need for Zionist organizations in the United States to reassess their goals. “  The panel members representing three varied opinions will consist of Mr. Isaac Domnitz, Poale Zion; Mrs. Sidney Goldhammer, Hadassah; and Rabbi Stern representing Mizrachi.  Mrs. Edmund Breier will act as Moderator.

Home for Aged Aux. Plan Purim Party
Southwestern Jewish Press February 19, 1954 Page 4

The next regular meeting of the Home for the Aged Auxiliary will be held at the Home, 2540 4th Ave. on Wednesday, March 3rd at one o’clock.  As has been the custom of the Auxiliary for the past eight years, the March meeting has always been in the form of a “Purim” party and linen shower.  Members are asked to bring gifts of linens such as towels, sheets, tablecloths, pillow cases, etc., to help replenish the ever dwindling supply of linens in the Home.  As an added attraction Mrs. Elmer Wohl will present an entertaining and humorous reading by the outstanding Jewish writer Sholem Alechem.

Mrs. Al Neumann, chairman of the Nominating committee will present her slate of officers for the ensuing year.  Mrs. Wm. Moss, President, invites all Jewish women of the community to attend the “ Purim”  Party.

“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 daily feature until we run out of history.

A concise and relevant Holocaust compendium for classrooms

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Why Should I Care? Lessons from the Holocaust by Jeanette Friedman and David Gold; The Wordsmithy, LLC 2009; 263 pages

By Marcia Tatz Wollner

SAN DIEGO (Press Release)–Why Should I Care? Lessons from the Holocaust is an easy to read and engaging text to add to one’s personal library and definitely a recommendation for a school library.

With the myriad of selections of books about the history of the period, biographies etc., this book is a succinct compilation of history which includes short biographical sketches and incorporates pop culture. The bibliography sites internet sources, relevant video clips from StarWars, Twilight Zone and Harry Potter as well as current popular music.

The authors make the teaching of the Holocaust relevant to the reader by making the correlation to contemporary events,eg. Rwanda, Darfur and the murder of Kitty Genovese (1964)  etc. in order for students to take an active role in combatting discrimination and encouraging tolerance.

The text is also anchored in a basis of character development. By understanding people’s behavior, one may be able to better understand the actions of the perpetrators, rescuers, and by-standers.

This book, chock full of quotations, some primary documents and concise historical descriptions, is a book which I will use in my Holocaust class and will recommend to other teachers and schools.


Wollner is director of school services and programs of the Agency for Jewish Education in San Diego

Days of wine and humor for Congregation Beth Am

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SAN DIEGO (Press Release)–Congregation Beth Am’s Center for Lifelong Jewish Learning, sponsored by the Mizel Family Foundation, has several new classes starting in February. 

To Cry Laughing: Jewish Comedy will be held Tuesdays from 7:00-8:30pm from February 16, 2010 to March 16, 2010. In this multimedia class, Rabbi David Kornberg will lead the group through the many avenues of Jewish comedy. He will use stories, video clips and listen to some of today’s most well known comics to see how the Jewish experience is expressed so vibrantly in this genre. The cost is $35/$30 for CBA member per person.

Fine Wine and Refined Rabbis will be held on Wednesdays from 7:00-8:00pm from February 3, 2010 to February 24, 2010. Rabbi Matthew Earne, along with one of Beth Am’s premier sommeliers, Steve Hochberg, invite you to this class that combines wine tasting and meaningful Jewish learning. A kosher wine will be introduced in each session and a commentary written by a Rabbi who shares the same name of the wine will be studied. This class is $15 per session and each session can be attended on its own.

Basic Judaism, Beit Midrash Program, Intermediate Conversation Hebrew, Book Club and Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Earne are ongoing classes.

For more information about these classes and Beth Am’s entire schedule of classes, please visit the congregation’s website at and click on education or call Bonnie at 858 481-8454 or

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San Diego State University teams with Congregation Beth El for Mideast lecture series

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SAN DIEGO (Press Release)–The Jewish Studies Department at San Diego State University has scheduled four lectures on the Middle East at Congregation Beth El in La Jolla.

“Our tradition at San Diego State University’s Jewish Studies Program is to bring to San Diego the latest in Israel and Middle East research and related topics of interest,” said Risa Levitt Kohn, the professor who directs the Jewish Studies Program. 

“In this new year, 2010, in partnership with Congregation Beth El, we are proud to present a four-part lecture series about present-day Israel covering topics such as Obama’s Mideast policy, the shaping of the Arab-Israeli conflict and foreign diplomacy by new media such as the Internet, and the debates inside Israel about the conflict, Israel’s future and the very essence of Israeli society.”

The dates, lecture topics, lecturers, times and locations are as follows:

Tuesday, February 23–The Obama Mideast Policy: A Bridge to Peace or Nowhere? Led by Dr. Mitchell Bard.  6:30pm,  Congregation Beth El, Sanctuary. Dr. Mitchell Bard is the Executive Director of the nonprofit American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise (AICE) and a foreign policy analyst who lectures frequently on U.S.-Middle East policy. Dr. Bard is also the director of the Jewish Virtual Library, the world’s most comprehensive online encyclopedia of Jewish history and culture. For three years he was the editor of the Near East Report, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s (AIPAC) weekly newsletter on U.S. Middle East policy. Prior to working at AIPAC, Dr. Bard served as a senior analyst in the polling division of the 1988 Bush campaign. Dr. Bard is a member of a number of speakers bureaus, including the UJC , Hillel , Israel Bonds and the Jewish National Fund . Dr. Bard has appeared on Fox News, MSNBC, NBC, CBC, the Jenny Jones Show, al-Jazeera and other local and national television and radio outlets. His work has been published in academic journals and He is the author of 18 books including Will Israel Survive?; 1001 Facts Everyone Should Know About Israel.

Monday, March 1st–   New Media and the New Middle East:  The Palestinian-Israeli Web War and Monday, March 8 —The Israeli Media and Israeli Foreign Policy Decision Making.  6:30 p.m. Congregation Beth El. 

Both Lectures Led By Dr. Chanan Naveh, who is the Schusterman/Lipinsky Visiting Israeli Professor for the Jewish Studies Program at San Diego State University and a senior lecturer and academic advisor in the School of Communications, Sapir College (Israel) and a lecturer at the International Relations Department, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem.

For 18 years he taught International Relations and Communication in the Political Science Department at Tel Aviv University. From 1969-2004 he worked for Kol Israel (Israeli Radio), news division in various positions including Editor-in-Chief and managing editor.

Dr. Naveh specializes in research of the Internet and international relations, international media, media and foreign affairs, and the radio in Israel. His recent publications include: Pirate Radio in Israel (2007), awarded the distinguished grant of the Second Authority for Radio and Television (Israel); “The Palestinian-Israeli Web War”, in New Media and the New Middle East. New York: Palgrave Macmillan (2007); The Web as an Israeli Solidarity Environment during The second Lebanon War (2008) & Israeli Radio during the Six-Day War: National Unity Government and Radio of National Unity, (forthcoming).

Monday, March 22–Fault-Lines and Debates in Contemporary Israel and
their Historical Roots;  Led By Dr. Arieh Saposnik at 6:30 p.m. Congregation Beth El.

Dr. Arieh Saposnik holds the Gilbert Chair in Israel Studies at University of California, Los Angeles. Born in Oakland California, Arieh Saposnik grew up in Haifa, Israel. He received his Ph.D. in History and Jewish Studies from New York University. Saposnik’s research focuses on varieties of Jewish nationalism, particularly the history of Zionism and Israel. He is the author of Becoming Hebrew: The Creation of a Jewish National Culture in Ottoman Palestine (Oxford University Press, 2008). His current research projects include a history of Territorialism and the Jewish Territorialist Organization, and a study of the shifting imagery and symbolism of the sacred in the making of Jewish nationalism. 

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