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Adventures in San Diego Jewish History, May 14, 1954—Part II

Compiled by Gail Umeham

Editorial Page
Southwestern Jewish Press May 14, 1954 Page 2

The Council Unmasked
It is shocking to learn that on the occasion of its annual convention in Philadelphia, the American Council for Judaism has allowed its antagonism towards Israel to bring it to the low point of soliciting and making public messages of Israel and the Jewish people.  Among those who have congratulated the American Council for Judaism are Dr. Charles Malik of Lebanon, spokesman of the Arab bloc at the United Nations in its unremitting campaign of slander and misrepresentation against the State of Israel and its American friends, and Mr. Rashid Murad, Consul General of Egypt in New York.

These and other Arab leaders have repeatedly proclaimed in recent years their determination to destroy a state called into existence by the collective will of the United Nations.

For a long time the vast the vast majority of American Jews have recognized that the American Council for Judaism, a fractional political group masquerading as a religious movement, has by one means or anther sought to hamper the establishment and later the development of the Democracy of Israel.  This is the first time, however, that a body of Americans, professing to be Jews, has publicly aligned itself with enemies of Israel and the Jewish people.  This disgraceful and humiliating spectacle will meet with the contempt it deserves from American Jewry and the great body of the American public which has sympathized with and labored in behalf of the restoration of Israel in its ancient homeland.

Against this background, we deeply regret that a number of distinguished Americans whose friendship and support for Israel have long been a matter of public record, have unwittingly associate themselves with a body f the character of the American Council for Judaism.

American Jewry’s Stake in Israel’s Sixth Anniversary
The sixth anniversary of the State of Israel is an event in which American Jews can participate fully—for it marks not only the close of six years of fulfillment for the new State, but the close of the six most memorable years in the history of American Jewry.  The unprecedented efforts of American Jewry in behalf of Israel’s people—made through the United Jewish Appeal—will live forever as one of the bright chapters in man’s struggle for decency and betterment.
Much has happened since May, 1948, when freedom and independence were once more established on the ancient soil of Palestine.  In those days Israel was fighting for its life against the combined armies of its Arab neighbors.  The D.P. and internment camps were filled with refugees from war and oppression who dreamed of a haven in Israel, yet Israel still had very far to go before it could fully absorb the large number of immigrants who wanted to come.
In six years, from May 1948 to May 1954, the American Jewish community gave the United Jewish Appeal the remarkable total of $569,000,000, of which close to $400,000,000 has gone for Israel-connected activities alone—a sum which financed the rescue and the movement to the New State of 723,000 men, women and children from 70 countries.

Today, as Israel stands on the threshold of its seventh year, great problems still confront her.  These problems are complicated by continuing Arab hostility expressing itself through blockade, border marauding and political harassment.  But the people of Israel are more determined than ever to go on with their main work—the building and strengthening of their democratic freedoms.

Jewish Center News
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It’s guaranteed fun for a daughter or son, at the Camp Jaycee Day Camp.  All of the activities of a regular camp, with added feature of having your camper home each evening.  The activities will include swimming, horseback riding, hiking, games, and songs to mention a few.

The well trained staff of Murray Schwartz, Les Tokars, Harvey Goodfriend, Sam Sosna, Al Abrams, Sonny Demberg, Ethel Mallinger, Evelyn Herrman, Marjorie Shouse, Elana Barach, Dorothy Hess, Nanette Schwartz, and Phyllis Mollick will be directed by David Anfanger, who is in his fifth year with Camp Jaycee.  For further information call the Jewish Community Center, AT-1-7744.

Junior High Dance
Dance to the sweet music of the Center Juke Box.  Our class has grown into two sections and to celebrate this there will be dancing and refreshments.  All interested in joining the classes are invited.  Time:  7:00 to 9:30; Place:  Jewish Community Center; Date:  May 17.

Leadership Class
The second session of our leadership series will be Wednesday May 19th.  Registration is still open and the focus is on your own questions of what goes into leadership.

‘Music Hath Charms’ for Juveniles Too
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As a balance for all the headlines on juvenile delinquents, it is recommended that you attend some of the S.D. Youth Symphonies.  Conductor Walter Peterson has done a magnificent job in assembling and conducting young people in symphony work.  The long hours of practice were evident in the playing of these talented young boys and girls. Mary Kay Emery, ten year old piano soloist, held herself like a veteran of many years and played the tricky Mozart Piano Concerto in F Major; displaying understanding and talent.  Standing on the sidelines and being justifiably proud was her teacher, Miss Vivian Brown.

Hadassah Will Hear Book Review May 19
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A book review by Mrs. A.P. Nasatir will highlight the luncheon meeting of Hadassah, on Wednesday, May 19 at Temple Center at 12 noon. The book, “Foolish Immortals” by Paul Gallico, was a 1953 best seller.

The evening group of Hadassah will be in complete charge of the meeting.  Cooking up a delightful menu will be Chairman Mrs. Wallace Hirsch and her committee:  Mesdames Frank Janowsky, David Askenaizer, Sidney Chemnick, and Leo Silvers.  Mrs. Frank Janowsky is program chairman.  In charge of decorations are Mrs. Earl Richmond and Mrs. Maynard Hurwitz.  To serve you will be Mesdames David Proctor, Chairman of Waitresses Committee, Steven Weisbrod, Herbert Bartel, Norwin Rosner, and Jerome Greenstein.  Mrs. Norwin Rosner is in charge of luncheon hostesses.  Mrs. A. Rosen is publicity chairman.  Luncheon tickets may be purchased at the door.  Reservations may be made by calling Mrs. Walter Parker, JU-2-7941.

Pioneer Women
Southwestern Jewish Press May 14, 1954 Page 2

Plans are going forward for Pioneer Women’s Donor Dinner to be held at Manor Hotel on June 20th.  A fine musical program and speaker is being planned for this event which culminates the year’s work to raise our quota for projects in Israel.

New officers of Negba Club for the coming year are Jeannette Abrams, President for a second term; Rose Weitzman, 1st Vice Pres.; Goldie Kitaen, 2nd Vice Pres.; Bess Segal, 3rd Vice Pres; Bertha Gaberman, Rec. Sec.; Florence Lebb, Financial Sec.; Lillie Gordon, Treas.; and Dora Berner, Corr. Sec.  Board members will be announced later.
Friends and members are being reminded to support our Rummage Sale by calling AT-1-8236 if they have clothes to donate.

Jewish Center Gets Aid From Women
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There is something new in town!  An organization with no dues and no officers.  It is the Women’s League of the Jewish Community Center.  Their purpose is to work, play and build together for their children and themselves.

On June 10th the group will hold its first get-together by spending an afternoon over Java-Cake-Cookies and enjoy an interesting program.  If you are affiliated with the Community Center or interested in any way plan to attend and learn, by meeting other volunteers, how you can serve and have fun both at the same time.  Telephone the Center for further details, AT-1-7744.

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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