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Adventures in San Diego Jewish History, April 16, 1954, Part I

Compiled by Gail Umeham

Women’s Division of U.J.F.:  In Successful Luncheons
Southwestern Jewish Press April 16, 1954 Page 1

“She lives who gives” became the motto of over 400 San Diego Jewish women who have contributed to the 1954 Combined Jewish Appeal of the United Jewish Fund.

Attending two luncheons given by the Women’s division at the El Cortez Hotel to hear Madame Jeanne Daman, Belgian underground fighter, the ladies pledged their gifts to bring the women’s total for 1954 to within reach of the record amount raised last year.

Second phase of the women’s division campaign is being planned according to Mrs. Victor Schulman, chairman, by her committee of co-chairmen which includes Mesdames A. Bard, Harry Wax, Harry Felson, Leo Beck, William Carter and Morton Thaler.  Further announcement of the women’s division activities will be made by the chairman at a later date.

The second luncheon for those making gifts of $25 or more drew over 200 women to the Don Room.  Beautifully decorated by the committee of Mesdames Geo. Wixen, Sam Sosna, John Ruskin, and Fritz Bobrof, the women participated in a meeting which will long be remembered as one of the speediest, finest and most successful of its kind in Women’s Division history.

Mrs. Schulman urges every Jewish woman in San Diego who has not as yet made a contribution to do so now so that the Women’s Division can close its part of the campaign in the very near future.

Christian Committee Off to Good Start
Southwestern Jewish Press April 16, 1954 Page 1

Sparked by a proclamation calling on “Americans of all faiths who are deeply interested in humanitarian efforts of the United Jewish Fund to provide assistance, aid and succor to Jews overseas, in Europe, North Africa and Israel, in the United States and here in San Diego” from Mayor John Butler, the Christian Committee of the United Jewish Fund began its work.

“At a luncheon held last Wednesday the 33-man committee, headed by O.W. Todd, Jr. as chairman, Bishop Charles F. Buddy, Rev. Walter Stark and C. W. Carlstrom as co-chairmen, began a practical application of brotherhood by aiding the work of the United Jewish Fund,” said Louis Moorsteen, its president.

Mayor Butler, in his proclamation, strongly urged “that the citizens of San Diego, regardless of race or creed, give generous support to the efforts of the United Jewish Fund’s Combined Jewish Appeal for local, overseas and national needs.” The proclamation continues with the earnest hope of the mayor that the drives in 1954 “will have the complete understanding, support and sympathy not only of our neighbors of the Jewish faith but of all people in our community in the true spirit and tradition of our great commonwealth.”

Dr. Guy M. Davis, Jr. of Chapman College, Los Angeles, told the gathering of a tour of Palestine and the Arab States and remarked, “We who have known the miracle of American understand better the miracle of Israel—since we share a common dream.”

“All the middle east,” he said, “needs desperately what Israel can give—in the freedom of women, health standards, democratic labor organizations, welfare progress and honesty of public service.”

Those present at the meeting, besides the chairmen were E. Robert Anderson, Rear Admiral Wilder Baker, Lester G. Bradley, Dr. Ralph C. Dailard, Verne Engle, Ewart Goodwin, Sam W, Hamill, Graydon Hoffman, don Keller, Harley Knox, Col Emmett McCabe, Edmund T. Price, John W. Quimby, Rear Adm. John W. Roper, A. J. Sutherland, Councilman Chet Schneider, Tom Sefton, Charles Crumley, Rex C. Kelly, and Stanley Grove.

Representing the United Jewish Fund were past-presidents Judge Jacob Weinberger, Nathan F. Baranov and Murray D. Goodrich.  Also Sol Price, campaign chairman and Seymour Rabin, co-chairman.  Louis Moorsteen, president of the Fund, and Rabbi Morton J. Cohn of Beth Israel Temple were also present.

McCarthy’s War Record as Described by V.F.W. Chapter
Southwestern Jewish Press April 16, 1954 Page 1

Senator McCarthy’s service record includes resigning from the service before the waar with Japan was over, at a time when his Marine Corps comrades faced months of bloody fighting in the Pacific; false claims about alleged wounds which in fact he did not suffer; claims that (he) was a “tail gunner,” when in fact he was a Marine Air Force intelligence officer; false claims that he entered service as a “buck private,” when in fact he entered as a commissioned officer; efforts to promote decorations for himself. –Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, Stoughton, Wisconsin, as reported in the New York Times, March 4, 1954.

United Jewish Fund Rushes Cash To Israel In Emergency
Southwestern Jewish Press April 16, 1954 Page 1

San Diego United Jewish Fund campaign workers’ efforts were intensified this past week, after Co-Chairman Seymour Rabin presented a check to the United Jewish Appeal.  The presentation of the check in the sum of ten thousand dollars occurred at the Long Beach, California, conference of the United Jewish Appeal.

Assignments have already been completed by many volunteer workers including William Colt, Edmund Herman, Fritz Lavender, Leon Ruskin, Jack Spat, Drs. Joseph Kwint and Marco Meyer.

Donations from the county divisions are beginning to come into Fund Drive headquarters.  Irving Sonnabaum and Ben Carnot are heading the Coronado and La Jolla sections, respectively.  Jerry Apelby is serving as chairman of the Oceanside-Carlsbad division, and La Mesa, El Cajon and Lemon Grove campaigns will soon be underway.

This year a campaign will also be centered in Mexico’s Tijuana and Ensenada communities.  Nathan Golden and Julio Wassertail, prominent leaders of Jewry in Baja California, have accepted chairmanships of this portion in the Southland United Jewish Fund Drive.
“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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