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Adventures in San Diego Jewish History, February 19, 1954, Part II

Compiled by Gail Umeham 

Lasker Lodge News
Southwestern Jewish Press February 19, 1954 Page 5

To those who saw and heard Phil Klutznick, it was an experience long to be remembered.  He was everything that could b expected in a Supreme president.  B’nai B’rith can be very proud of him.  Sam Fendel, District Grand President, accompanied him.

Jack Lowenbein, athletic chairman, announces a skating party to be held at Palisades Gardens on Sunday, Feb. 21st from 2 till 5 p.m.  All members and their families are invited.  It’s 25 cents a head if you show your B.B. membership card.  Co-chairmen for this affair are Leonard and Bob Zlotoff.

Speaking of membership cards, you still have until the end of February to own one of those cherished Gold Menorah cards, if you pay your 1954 dues by then.  Send your check to Joe Kaplan, 3305 Upas as soon as possible, if you have not already done so.

Percy Steele, Executive Secretary of the Urban League, will be the main speaker at the next regular meeting.

All officers are, of course, invited to attend the Officers’ Seminar on Feb. 28 in Los Angeles.  Contact Ralph Feldman for more information.


Jewish Community Center Nursery
Southwestern Jewish Press February 19, 1954 Page 5

Cooperative Nursery School of the Jewish Community Center now has openings on its waiting list for children 2  to kindergarten age.  The school, under the supervision of a trained teacher assisted by parents of the children, offers a full program for the pre-school child.

Anyone desiring further information regarding the school may contact Mrs. Mel Karzen, JU-2-2232; or Mrs. Milton Schwartz, JU-2-7874.

Parents of the Cooperative Nursery School will have their first social get-together at a pot luck—installation Saturday evening, February 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Jewish Community Center.  Chairmen Mrs. Frank Larrick and Mrs. Jerome Greenstein have planned an evening of entertainment and fun.


B.B. Women Announce Winners of Essay Contest
Southwestern Jewish Press February 19, 1954 Page 5

The 4th Annual Essay Contest, sponsored by the Birdie Stodel and Bay City B’nai B’rith Chapters has come to a close.  Mrs. Ted Brav and Mrs. Harold Garvin, co-chairmen, report that over 700 essays were received from the 5th and 6th grades of the 10 participating schools.  Based on the film “The Toymaker” which was first shown to the students, the essays were judged on the merits and interpretations of the film.

The 3 winners selected were:  1st Vivian Englert, Chesterton School; 2nd, Teresa Sousa, Cabrillo School; 3rd—Ann Cosgrove, Garfield School.

Prizes to be awarded are:  1st, Radio; 2nd, Camera; 3rd, Clock.

The judges were Dr. Richmond Barbour, Child Guidance at the Board of Education; Dr. James Kinder of San Diego State College; Mrs. George Lykos, president of the League of Women Voters; Lionel Van Deerlin, newspaper man and TV commentator and Eddie Breitbard, president of the Jewish Community Center.

Chesterton will receive the Gold Trophy for submitting the winning essay and each student who submitted an essay will receive a certificate of recognition.  All of these presentations will be made at the school assemblies by members of the two chapters.


New Jewish Sorority on State Campus
Southwestern Jewish Press February 19, 1954 Page 5

Pi Alpha Lambda, new Jewish sorority on S.D.S.C. campus will hold its semi-annual formal installation dinner-dance at Tops, Sunday, February 21.

 Norma Simmons will turn over her gavel to Iris Leeds who will be installed as president.  Other newly elected officers are Ethel Schwartz, vice-pres.; Lillian Slayen, sec.; and Maxine Gerson, treas.

The new pledges will receive their pins at a ceremony honoring them.  The installation will be followed by dancing and entertainment.


Double Talk
Southwestern Jewish Press February 19, 1954 Page 5

By Janet & Susan Solof

Here’s the news up-to-date,
Let’s see what’s on the slate.

The Sergeanette’s Ball marked a wonderful evening for Sharlene Stone ‘n Herb Wenig, Janet Solof ‘n Steve Kerschel, Jane Cohn ‘n Shearn Platt, Faggie Krasner ‘n Bobby Beck, Manon Haas ‘n  Chuck Fagelson.  Jane Cohn received the honor of being one of the captains of the 1954 San Diego High School Drill Team.  It was a wonderful affair.

Cartoon movies and a delicious lunch was the center of attraction at David Cohen’s fifth birthday party.  Among those watching with all eyes and eating up the fun were Lisa Lieberman, Jonathan Sapp, Judy Karp, Stevie Horrow, Susan Siraton , David Gordon, Janie and Susie Siner.  A gay time was had by all.  Happy birthday David.

Seen having fun at Hoover High Chatterettes dance were Natalie Veitzer ‘n Shearn Platt, Sherry Newman ‘n Jerry Schultz, Lois Liff ‘n Harry Slayen, Dona Godes ‘n Bobby Beck, Bev Kitaen ‘n Bernie Sosna, Gail Kahn ‘n Chuck Fagelson, Adrian Sachnoff ‘n Sheldon Golden.  They all had a crazy good time.

South West University Debate Contest of Southern California held many of our kids on top placing.  Among them were Jerry Schultz who placed in impromptu, Stan Camiel and Sherry Newman rating in debate and Lawrence Schiller in debate and extemporaneous.  Congrats kids.

Good luck to Lawrence Schiller who was written up in March issue of U.S. Camera magazine as a “Pro at 16” and was interviewed on Harold Keen’s People in the News.  Nice Going, Lawrence.

Lois Liff was surprised at a luncheon honoring her birthday given by Natalie Veitzer and Sharlene Stone.  Lots of fun and best wishes on your birthday, Lois.

Danny Shaefer (sic, Schaffer), Linda Zuckerman, Alan Friedman, Diane Fogelman, Morton Cohn, Gloria Turner, Gary Fine, Susie Salzer, Jack Sharpe, Loise Gelman, Bernard Berwin, Sonya Weitzman, George Weiss and Margie Lowitz all helped make Ethel Shapov’s birthday a big success with dancing, buffet dinner and oodles of fun.  Yep, that was a real “gone” party reported all the kids.  Congrats on your birthday, Ethel.

B.J.Y.O. invites you to their Installation Dance, Saturday, February 27, at Beth Jacob Center.  Wear dressy clothes and come dance and eat and have fun.  The new officers to be installed are President, Sonyia Weitzman; V.P., Ronnie Doctor; Sec., Marjorie Lowitz; Treas., Louis Lokowitz; Serg-at-Arms, Richard Bart.  Don’t miss it.

The number is CY-5-0679.
Phone your news to that line.


Fox Lodge News
Southwestern Jewish Press February 19, 1954 Page 5

By John Kluchin

B’nai B’rith had a Big Week, for the Samuel I. Fox members.  A board Meeting, Regular Meeting and meeting the Supreme Lodge President Phil Klutznick, a dynamic, yet down to earth person who has everyone’s problems on his shoulders and who wants you to know B’nai B’rith better.

He brought a stimulating message and told how B’nai B’rith aids all Jewry throughout the World.  Pres. Dave Schloss, Chas. Juster, P.P. John Kluchin, P.P. Irving Cohen, and Sanford Goldman were privileged to hear the Supreme President who has rubbed shoulders with President Eisenhower and Sec. of State Dulles.

Bay City Women Set Annual Dance
Southwestern Jewish Press February 19, 1954 Page 6

The Bay City Chapter announces their 5th Annual Buffet Supper Dance—the Mardi Gras—to be held on Saturday, March 13th, 8 until ? at the American Legion Hall, 2619 “ B” St.

Mrs. Sam Cohen, General Chairman, has appointed the following women:  Mrs. LeRoy Cohn, Decorations; Mrs. Abe Hollandersky, food; Mrs. Harold Garvin, publicity and entertainment; and Mrs. Joseph Kagan, tickets and reservations.

The food will be home-cooked with the buffet set up all evening.  There will be dancing to an orchestra, entertainment and many other surprises.

Mrs. Sanford Sack, president, extends a most cordial invitation to the entire community to participate in this evening of fun and frolic.  Those desiring to play cards may do so in another room which will be set up for them.  Just bring your own cards.


Yo-Ma-C0 News
Southwestern Jewish Press February 19, 1954 Page 6

The following members were ushered into office ast the semi-annual Installation dinner-dance Feb. 7th:  Jack Brisker, Pres.; Al Nadler, V. Pres.; Binnie Brooks, Rec. Sec.; Dave Brooks, Treas.; Esther Brisker, Mem. Sec.; Doris Kossy, Corr. Sec.; Ray Lowitz, Auditor; and Dave Cohen, Sgt-at-Arms.  The high-light of the evening was the take-off on “ This is Show Business,” complete with moderator, panel and performers.

Arrangements for a Washington’s birthday party are being planned by Sid Steckel and his committee for Feb. 24th, at the Club rooms.  Members are to be costumed to represent song titles and gaily decorated box lunches are to be auctioned off.  The proceeds of the auction will be the start of a pledged fund to defray the cost of a bus used by the Jewish Community Center to convey children to summer camp locales. 

In discussing ways and means to raise this fund it was resolved that the club will hold a Bingo Fun Night, in the near future.  This event to be followed by a rummage sale, date to be announced.  Hold that bus!!


Community Center Teen-Age News
Southwestern Jewish Press February 19, 1954 Page 6

Beginning Thursday evening, February 25, the Center will be open to boys, tenth grade and up, girls ninth grade and up.

For teen-agers 12 to 13 years of age, a dance class will be opened Monday, March 1, at 7 p.m.

Coming Special Events
Inter-faith party for Saturday evening, March 6th—Chuck Fagelson, Donna Godes and Larry Cantor are the committee planning this event.

Dance party—Saturday, March 27th—Gail Kahn, Lee Leitchtag and Beverly Kitaen are responsible for this event.

The following staff members have been added to assist in the teen-age program; George Monta, Dan Andrews, and John Smith.

San Diego A.Z.A. is beginning to roll.  All boys (15 to 18) interested in joining this up and coming group are invited to attend the Tuesday evening meeting at 7:30 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center.

Beach and Bay Area
A cracker barrel discussion group with an experienced discussion leader is in the cards.  This group will tackle the various aspects of the many subjects that concern them, and will complete the evening activities with refreshments and dancing.  Plans are to meet bi-monthly in the beach area, and registration is limited.  All interested teen-agers are to call the center office—AT-1-7744 for further information.

Teen-age girls—to assist in your endeavors to share the fellow’s enjoyment, lessons in the art of billiards will be given to those interested.  Call AT-1-7744 for further information.

“Adventures in Jewish History” is sponsored by Inland Industries Group LP in memory of long-time San Diego Jewish community leader Marie (Mrs. Gabriel) Berg. Our  indexed “Adventures in San Diego Jewish History” series will be a regular feature until we run out of history.

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