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Adventures in San Diego Jewish History, March 19, 1954, Part I

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Mrs. Roosevelt To Speak Here April 3
Southwestern Jewish Press March 19, 1954 Page 1

Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt will speak at Russ Auditorium Saturday, April 3, at 2 p.m. for the San Diego Chapter of American Association for United Nations aid in the nation-wide membership drive.  Her topic will be “Outlook for the United Nations” after which she will answer written questions from the audience.

All proceeds go to sustain the non-profit educational services of the local chapter.

The American Association for the United Nations is a non-partisan association of citizens throughout the United States.  It seeks to keep the public informed on the ever-widening work of the United Nations.  This association is one of the 42 members of the WFUNA (World Federation of United Nations Associations) founded in 1946.

General admission is one dollar plus taxes, no seats reserved.  Tickets will be on sale March 20 at the Palmer Box Office, 640 Broadway and at the door of the Auditorium on April 3.  Doors will be open at 1:30 p.m.  The program is scheduled to close at 3:30 p.m.  Further details may be acquired through AAUN headquarters, BE-3-3970.


Give More in ’54—Plea of United Jewish Fund Leaders As Drive Open Monday March 29th
Southwestern Jewish Press March 19, 1954 Page 1

A call for men volunteer workers on behalf of the United Jewish Fund to meet on Sunday, March 28 at 10 a.m. at Bohemian Rye Bakery, 13th and Market Sts., was sounded this week by general chairman Sol Price and his co-chairman, Seymour Rabin.

Over sixty campaign leaders and workers will gather in the famous Market St. eatery on that Sunday morning at 10 o’clock to receive their assignments, drink coffee and eat coffee cake together, and discuss the work of the United Jewish Fund.


Christian Committee Headed by O. W. Todd Jr. To Aid In Drive
Southwestern Jewish Press March 19, 1954 Page 1

Sol Price and Seymour Rabin, chairman and co-chairman of the 1954 Combined Jewish Appeal campaign, announced yesterday that O. W. Todd, Jr. had accepted the leadership of the Christian Division and was to be assisted by Bishop Charles F. Buddy of the Catholic Diocese of San Diego; Reverend Walter H. Stark, Minister of the First Congregational Church; and C. W. Carlstrom, president of the Greater San Diego Development Company.

Mr. Todd announced that every one of the thirty-three San Diego civic, business and professional leaders invited to serve had accepted appointment to the Christian committee of the campaign.

They and their guests will meet at a luncheon meeting on Wednesday, March 31, to hear the story of the agencies served by the United Jewish Fund from Dr. Guy M. Davis, Professor of Religion at Chapman College.  Dr. Davis, a Methodist minister formerly in the pulpit at St. Paul’s Methodist Church in Los Angeles, has recently returned from a trip to Israel and the Arabic states.  He has traveled widely in Europe and in the Orient and Middle East and has been closely connected with the picture in that area.

The committee consists of E. Robert Anderson, San Diego Union-Tribune; Rear Adm. W. D. Baker, USN Ret., President of the San Diego Community Chest; Anderson Borthwick, president, First National Bank; Lester G. Bradley, Chairman of Board, Union-Tribune; John D. Butler, Mayor of San Diego; Harry Callaway, president, Thearle Music Company; Armistead Carter of the Investment Securities Corp.; Dr. Thomas Law Coyle, Minister, First Presbyterian Church; Ralph C. Dailard, Superintendent, San Diego City Schools; Jean F. DuPaul, City Attorney; Admiral George C. Dyer, Commandant, 11th Naval District; Verne Engle, President, San Diego Chamber of Commerce; James D. Forward, Sr., President, Union Title Insurance and Trust Co.; Frank A. Frye, Jr., Attorney; Ewart Goodwin, President, Percy H. Goodwin Co.; Sam W. Hamil, Architect; Jesse L. Haugh, President, San Diego Transit System; Graydon Hoffman, Vice-Pres., Bank of America; Don Keller, District Attorney; Harley Knox, president, Knox Dairy; Dr. Malcolm A. Love, President, San Diego State College;  Nicholas Martin, Attorney; Col. Emmett McCabe, Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corps.; Edmund T.Price, President, Solar Aircraft; Earl D. Prudden, Vice-President Ryan Aeronautical Co.; John W. Quimby, Secretary, Central Labor Council; Fred Rohr, President, Rohr Aircraft Corporation; Rear Adm. John W. Rope, USN, Ref.; George A. Scott, President, Walker-Scott Company; William Shea, Assoc. Publisher, Union-Tribune; A. J. Sutherland, President, Security Trust and Savings Bank; and M. N. Wilson, President, United States National Bank.

Chairman Todd first came to La Mesa, California in 1908 and has lived consistently in San Diego since 1920.  He is one of San Diego’s outstanding citizens and community leaders and a former great athlete.  He has been the president of the San Diego Kiwanis Club, the San Diego Executive Association, the Convention Bureau, California Department of Veterans Affairs, and the AAU.  During the Korean War, he was chairman for San Diego County of the Blood Procurement Program.

Mr. Todd has been active in both the junior and the senior Chamber of commerce having served as vice-president of each organization.  Active in the Breitbard Athletic Foundation, he was vice-chairman of the Community Chest drive in both 1950 and 1951 and in 1951 was selected as the outstanding boos of the year by the San Diego Jr. Chamber of Commerce.

In accepting the chairmanship of the Christian Division, Mr. Todd said that he was well acquainted with the work of the United Jewish Fund and that he knew of the great causes which it served.  “The continued activity of the Christian Committee in this great Jewish philanthropic cause shows the fine relationship that exists in our community in all good common causes and I am happy and privileged to have been asked to serve other human beings in this capacity,” he said.


Fund Campaign Leaders To Rally Entire Community
Southwestern Jewish Press March 19, 1954 Page 1

A son is following in his father’s footsteps, according to Louis Moorsteen, president of the United Jewish Fund, as he announced the appointment of Seymour Rabin as co-chairman of the 1954 campaign, to assist Chairman Sol Price.

At the same time, Price announced the revival of the Young People’s Division in the appointment of Alan Mishne, president of Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity at San Diego State College and Ronnie Greenberg, recently elected president of Blue Key, honorary society at the college, as chairmen of this division.

Mr. Rabin, young grocery executive, is the son of Max Rabinowitz, business and Jewish communal leader for many years, who has long been associated with Jewish philanthropy in San Diego.

Following the tradition set down by his family, he is a member of the board of the United Jewish Fund, treasurer of the Jewish Community Center, active in Temple Beth Israel and is also a member of the board of the Retail Grocers Association of San Diego.

According to Price and Rabin, campaign plans are moving along in excellent fashion and the preliminary appointment of teams of workers has been made including all forty members of the board of the Fund and Dr. Harold Elden of La Mesa, Harry Farb, Ralph Feldman, president of Lasker Lodge B’nai B’rith; Louis Jacobs, Edward Kitaen, Morrie Kraus., president of Beth Jacob Synagogue; Maury Novak, Henry Price, Max Rabinowitz, David Sapp, Irving Friedman, Sam Slaughter and Jack Spatz.

Price reported that over 150 men had volunteered for work on this year’s drive and have indicated a desire to be of service.   “All of us,” he said, “are going to serve in the capacity of workers because every Jewish man in San Diego must be seen and given the opportunity of becoming a giver in this cause.”

“We are asking,” he continued, “those who will be solicited to remember that the worker calling on them is a voluntary, unpaid person giving of his time as well as his money for this cause.  We expect the worker to be given every courtesy and consideration and to be given a ‘one-stop pledge’ so that he does not have to come back several times for a contribution.”


Women’s Division of Fund Campaign to Hold First Meeting Tues., Mar. 23
Southwestern Jewish Press March 19, 1954 Page 2

Organization of the 1954 campaign is now well under way following the selection of Mrs. Victor Schulman as Women’s Division Chairman of this year’s Combined Jewish Appeal.

Mrs. Schulman will be assisted by Co-Chairmen Mmes. Leo Beck, Harry Wax, A. J. Bard, and Harry Felson.  Mrs. William Carter will be in charge of Young Matrons Section of Women’s Division and Mrs. Morton Thaler is Programming Chairman.

Invitations have been issued by the Chairman to women in the Jewish community to attend the Advanced Special Gifts Luncheon on Tuesday, March 23, in the Franciscan Room of El Cortez Hotel at which time Professor Guy Davis of Chapman College in Los Angeles will be presented as guest speaker.

Sponsoring this luncheon, which is limited to women who pledge a minimum of $250.00 to the Fund, are the following women:  Mmes. Clark Moore, Edgar Levi, George Neumann, Louis Steinman,Louis Moorsteen, Harry Snyder, Nathan Baranov, Henry Weinberger, Max Rabinowitz,  and Joseph Schwam.  In 1953 at the $250.00 minimum luncheon, over $19,000.00 was raised.

On April 5th in the Don Room of El Cortez, another luncheon will be held with pledges ranging from $250.00 to $25.00 minimum. 

“To sustain the people of Israel, to help them achieve their democratic aims by winning economic independence; and at the same time, to assist national Jewish agencies and similar agencies in San Diego, we must give generously of our goods and ourselves to the United Jewish Fund which is the major philanthropy of the Jewish community of San Diego,” stated Mrs. Schulman at a recent workers’ meeting.


“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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