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Adventures in San Diego Jewish History, March 5, 1954, Part IV

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Compiled by Gail Umeham

Berlins Are Subject of “This Is Your Life”
Southwestern Jewish Press March 5, 1954 Page 7

Hadassah wishes to take this opportunity to thank the entire community for their splendid support at the February 22nd youth Aliyah dinner at which time the organization presented Mr. Ralph Edwards who acted as emcee for the program, “This Is Your Life.” Mrs. M.S. Berlin was chosen as Mrs. Hadassah and ascended the stage amidst great applause from the capacity audience of 500.

Mrs. Harry Felson, General Chairman of the event, headed an outstanding committee consisting of Mmes. Rudolph Hess, John Ruskin, Sigmund Stein, Ray Smith, George Wixen, Alfred Bobrof, David Block, Al  Slayen, Morton Thaler, Leon Solomon, and Jack Stern.

Mrs. Robert Strauss, President, has stated that Hadassah’s March meeting will feature the nomination of officers for the 1954-55 term.  Mrs. Gabriel Berg is Nominating Committee Chairman and will be assisted by Mmes. Stanley Strimling, Sydney Goldhammer, Ben Ferber, and Jack Stern.

The movies taken at the Youth Aliyah dinner in color will be the featured entertainment for the program presentation.


Bay City Women Plan Mardi Gras—Dance
Southwestern Jewish Press March 5, 1954 Page 7

Final plans are being made by the Bay City B’nai B’rith women for their 5th Anniversary Buffet Supper Dance.  Using the Mardi Gras as their theme, the decorations committee, headed by Mrs. Le Roy Cohn, and Msds. David Cohen, Joseph Finkleman, and Jack Myers, is hard at work making masks, sewing on sequins and utilizing bolts of crepe paper for surprise effects.

This outstanding event will be held on Saturday, March 13,  1954 at the American Legion Hall, 2691 “B” St., from 7 until 7 with donation $2.50 per person.

Mrs. Abe Hollandersky, food chairman, will be assisted by Msds. Samuel Weening, Sol Addis, Harry Elkin, Max Feldman, Joseph Krone, and David Schloss.  Their menu alone is worth coming for—roast turkey, Spanish rice with meatballs, chopped liver, jello molds, etc.

Reservations and tickets are being handled by Mrs. Joseph Kagan assisted by Msds. Victor Silverstein, Bernard Kessler and D. Thorne.

Mrs. Sam Cohen, general chairman, announces that some exceptional entertainment has been lined up with a fine orchestra to play for your dancing pleasure.

“Pink Poodle” Theme of Council of Jewish Women’s Fashions
Southwestern Jewish Press March 5, 1954 Page 8

Springtime in Paris with all its loveliness and splendor of fashion will be the offering of the National Council of Jewish Women in the “Pink Poodle Style Modes of 1954.”

Luncheon will be served at 12:00 noon on Wed., March 10 at Temple Beth Israel Center.  Models will be members of the organization.  Regular admission is $1.75, admission with bundles for Thrift Shop, $1.25.  Reservations will be seated first.

Chairman of the event is Mrs. Irving Alexander assisted by Mesdames Morton Kantor, E. J. Sims, Marvin Jacobs and Milton Effron.  Decorations following the Pink Poodle theme are by Mrs. Robert Spiegel and Mrs. Alfred Bobrof.  Musical accompaniment by Mrs. Carol Evararachia.  Luncheon arrangements by Mrs. Alfred Breslauer and Mrs. Harry Blumberg.  Back drop furnished by Mr. and Mrs. Jack Stern.  Narration by Molly Morse, popular radio fashion authority.  An original skit will be enacted by Mrs. Sid Smith and Mrs. Robert Drexler.  For reservations call Mrs. Edgar Levi, CY-5-6385 and Mrs. Milton Effron, AC-2-1859.

On Tuesday, March 18 at 8:00 p.m. the Council discussion group will meet at the home of Mrs. Arthur Lennard, 5152 Canterbury.  Dr. Mrs. Paul Belkin, secretary of Council and professional reviewer, will be the principal speaker.  Mrs. Belkin will review “Passage in the Night” by Sholom Asch.

Brett Lounge To Be Dedicated At Synagogue
Southwestern Jewish Press March 5, 1954 Page 8

The Leo H. Brett Lounge, in memory of the late Leo H. Brett, will be formally dedicated at the Friday Evening Service at Tifereth Israel Synagogue on March 5, at 8:15 p.m.

It was on March 5, 1951 that Leo H. Brett was suddenly stricken and taken from our midst.  The entire Community felt a great sense of loss at his passing for it recognized in him one who had the potentialities for outstanding Jewish leadership.  Indeed for a number of years Leo had already given evidence of his deep interest in Jewish affairs and of the powers of leadership which he possessed. 

A member of Tifereth Israel Synagogue, he was also affiliated with other Jewish organizations, and was especially devoted to the cause of Zionism.  He was a tower of strength in the Labor Zionist Movement, and one of its chief inspirations and guides in the fund-raising campaigns of the Histadrut.

Because of his fine personal qualities and reputation for honesty, integrity, good fellowship, and friendliness, he was beloved by all.

The Leo H. Brett Lounge of the new Tifereth Israel Center is a large general meeting place on the first floor of the Center equipped with comfortable lounging furniture and television.  It is one of the most popular rooms in the Center and is used very extensively.

After the services this Friday evening, friends will gather in the Brett Lounge for the Dedication Ceremony.

Mrs. Leo H. and Sally Brett, Mrs. Minnie Brett, Mr. and Mrs. Maury Novak, and Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Goldberg, members of the family of Leo Brett, cordially invite the Jewish Community to attend the Dedication exercises.  An Oneg Shabbat tendered by the Brett family will follow the Services.

Volunteers Needed

Southwestern Jewish Press March 5, 1954 Page 8

If you would like to explore new interests, whatever your own abilities may be, the Volunteer Bureau of San Diego County needs help for some interesting jobs serving several community agencies and organizations.

Drivers are needed to help a little blind girl get to a school for special training.

Equally helpful are volunteer hours devoted to clerical help, the teaching of crafts, typing, group leadership, and many other activities all contributing to personal and community achievement.  If you have any free time and would like to help, call the Volunteer Bureau at Belmont 3-3959.

New Life Club Fete Purim With Party

Southwestern Jewish Press March 5, 1954 Page 8

The Purim Party given by the New Life Club, will be held on March 14 at 4:00 p.m. in the Beth Jacob Synagogue.  Games and entertainment for the costumed children will start the festivities.  Prizes will be awarded for the most beautiful costumes.  Entertainment is under the direction of Robert Imberman.

Dancing, music, and other amusements, plus a door prize will be the offerings for adults.  Rabbi Baruch Stern will speak.

The admission fee, which will include a buffet dinner, is $1.00.  For tickets contact Paul J. Jacoby, 3437 Boundary, AT-1-5950 Toni Colm, 3550 Landis, AT-4-0156.


“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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