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Adventures in San Diego Jewish History, April 2, 1954, Part III

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Compiled by Gail Umeham

Lasker Lodge
Southwestern Jewish Press April 2, 1954 Page 4
by Lou Levitt

April 12—Father, Child Night
Harry Zell, general chairman of the Father and Child Night to be held April 12, promises emphasis on the kids and Big Things.   Famous names will entertain and there will be gifts, prizes, and goodies galore.

Gerry Freedman has announced that April 26 has been set aside for a special bowler’s meeting.  All bowlers, prospective bowlers, and potential members interested in bowling should be there.

Gin Tourney Winner
At the last meeting Jack Lowenbein did a terrific job with the Gin Tournament.  Everyone enjoyed it.  Morris Wolff, the winner, didn’t have a chance, however, Jack slapped a membership application in his hand along with the winnings, and we now have a new member.

AZA Installation
The installation of AZA officers was most impressive with the Breitbards dominating the scene.  Gary Breitbard, past Aleph Gedol, very much like his dad, presented the gavel to his younger brother, Stanley, newly elected Aleph Gedol, under the watchful proud eyes of the installing officer, Ed Breitbard.

Ed Herman wants chess enthusiasts to get in touch with him to play after the meetings.

S.F. Conventon
Delegates elected to go to San Francisco for the convention were Ed Breitbard, Joe Kaplan, Harry Wax, and Jerry Aronoff.

Jewish War Vets Install Officers
Southwestern Jewish Press April 2, 1954 Page 4

The Jewish War Veterans Post 185 and Auxiliary extend an invitation to the community to attend their Installation on Monday, April 5 at 8:30 p.m. in the War Memorial Building, Balboa Park.

Officers to be installed are Louis (Buddy) Samuels, Commander; Martin Starr, Sr., Vice-Cdr.; Jerry Krakoff, Jr., Vice-Cdr.; LeRoy Seckler, Adjutant; Paul Miller, Quartermaster; Joe Spatz, Officer of the Day; Charles Juster, Surgeon; and Adolph Brodman, meeting Chaplain.  Retiring Commander, Stanley Yukon, will be Judge Advocate; Dr. Milton Millman was again appointed Post Medical Officer, and Rabbi Morton J. Cohn, Chaplain.  Trustees are Wm. Mintz, Leroy Seckler, and Ben Snyder.

Auxiliary officers to be installed are Msds. Morton Furst, Pres.; Charles Hecht, Sr., Vice Pres.; Isadore Silberman, Jr., Vice Pres.; Laul Landau, Treas.; Myra Schoenthal, Conductress; Henrietta cohen, Chaplainb; Jos., Krone, Hist.; Roy Kern, Rec. Sec.; Arthur Price, Corres. Sec.; and Miss Pearl Herzig, Guard.

Trustees will be Msds. Abe Hollandersky, Dave Schloss, and Charles Juster.  Outgoing president is Mrs. Stanley Yukon.

Outgoing Commander Yukon will present the Americanism and Patriotism award to Joe Spatz for his work at the Naval Training Center, Serviceman’s Athletic Program, and his many other efforts for the benefit of his Post and the community.

Zionists Help Drive
Southwestern Jewish Press April 2, 1954 Page 4

The San Diego Zionist Council is urging all of its members to work and give to the limit of their abilities during the 1954 Combined Jewish Appeal of the United Jewish Fund in a letter sent to all organizations of the Council by Fred Yaruss, Chairman of the Coordinating Group.

Local organizations, which are members of the Council include:  Hadassah, Madada, Pioneer Women, Pioneer Women Juniors, Poale Zion and the San Diego Section of the Zionist Organization of America.

Fox Lodge News
Southwestern Jewish Press April 2, 1954 Page 4
by John Kluchin

The March 23rd meeting of the Samuel  I. Fox B’nai B’rith Lodge was a tremendously successful one.  Charles T. Rodgers of the San Diego Probation Dept. spoke on Juvenile Delinquency and the Rat Pack Gangs.  The Questions and Answer period that followed was well participated in by the audience.

Audrey Sack, President of S.D. Bay City Women’s B’nai B’rith and Lillian Yukon, President S.D. Post 185 JWV Auxiliary were in attendance with many other wives of the membership.

New prospective members at the meeting were Jerry Krakoff and Larry Karman.

Refreshments for the evening were capably handled by Ralph Cohen.  Our next regular meeting is on April 13 at Beth Jacob synagogue.  Visitors are welcome.  Be seeing you there.

Beth Jacob News
Southwestern Jewish Press April 2, 1954 Page 5

Mrs. Shelley Memorial
Mr. I. Polin will present an oil painting of the late Mrs. Anna Shelley to the Beth Jacob Ladies’ Auxiliary at their regular luncheon meeting on April 6.

The portrait will be hung in the lounge as a memorial to San Diego’s great lady.  Everyone is invited to attend.

Model Seder
On April 10 all children of the Beth Jacob Sunday School will participate in conducting a model Seder.  Refreshments will be served by the Educational Committee.  Parents and friends are invited to attend.

Passover Seder
The traditional annual Passover Seder will be held at Beth Jacob Center on Saturday, April 17 at 6:30 .m.  Cost to members will be $3.50 per plaqte, $1.75 for children under 12.  Cost to non-members will be $5.00 per plate, $2.00 for children under 12.

Reservations must be made before April 9 at AT-2-2676.  Accommodations are limited and no one will be seated without a reservation.

Servicemen will be guests of the Congregation.  Anyone wishing to sponsor a serviceman is asked to contact the Beth Jacob office.

Young Couples Club Put On Varied Program
Southwestern Jewish Press April 2, 1954 Page 5

Dr. Daniel H. Harris, an expert in child psychology, who received his Ph.D. from Columbia University will be the guest speaker at the Young Jewish Couples Club meeting to be held at the Tifereth Israel Center, Saturday, April 10th at 8:15 p.m.  His address entitled “Problem Children or Problem Parents” will be followed by a question and answer period.

On the same program, following the guest speaker the Y.J.C. will hold the final of its series of square dancing sessions.  Mr. Dan Delaney will be the conductor and caller.  Refreshments and a social half hour will terminate the evening’s events.  The Y.J.C. warmly welcomes all visitors for an enjoyable and inexpensive evening.

Pi Alpha Lambda Sings
Southwestern Jewish Press April 2, 1954 Page 5

Pi Alpha Lambda, new Jewish sorority on the State College Campus, will be a contestant for the first time in this year’s Spring Sing.

The group will enter the Women’s division with “They Say It’s Wonderful” and “The Guy That I Marry.” Directing the girls is President Iris Leeds.

Purim Dinner Liked By All Service Men
Southwestern Jewish Press April 2, 1954 Page 5

The annual Jolly Sixteen Purim Dinner, sponsored primarily for military personnel in the area was most successful, from every viewpoint, it was announced by Mrs. Louis Steinman, president.

Some fifty boys, Jew and Gentile alike, were most lavish in their praise and appreciation of the excellent home-cooked Purim dinner in traditional style.

Guests of honor were Rear Admiral Thornton C. Miller, Senior Chaplain of the 11th Naval District, and Mrs. Miller; Commander Donald F. Kelly, Senior Catholic Chaplain of the District; Lt. Commander Allan I. Irwin, representing the Senior Chaplain of the Marine Corps Recruit Depot and Mrs. Irwin; Rabbi Morton J. Cohn, Jewish Auxiliary Chaplain for the District, and Mrs. Cohn; Henry Weinberger, USO-JWB chairman and Mrs. Weinberger, Julie Abraham,  USO-JWB  Senior Sponsors chairman; and Abraham A. Friedman, USO-JWB Area Director.

A program of Purim songs highlighted by snappy lyrics and lusty singing was led by Cantor Joseph Cysner of Congregation Tifereth Israel.  All in all, Jolly Sixteen did themselves proud and left their military guest beaming in the true Purim spirit.


“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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