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Andrew Hoffman, helper of military families, up for ‘All Star’ award

June 8, 2010 Leave a comment

By Bruce Kesler

Bruce Kesler

ENCINITAS, California–Andrew Hoffman is a congregant at my synagogue, Temple Solel.  Andrew Hoffman is a finalist in Major League Baseball and People magazine’s 2010 “All-Stars Among Us” national campaign, in conjunction with the MLB All-Star Game. The campaign is to recognize individuals who are serving their communities in extraordinary ways.

Andrew Hoffman works at  Jewish Family Service’s Hand Up Youth Food Pantry in San Diego, which distributes food to families in need. Two Sundays each month Hoffman leads teens in distributing food and hygiene items to hundreds of needy military families in San Diego.

Andrew Hoffman is an everyday hero, helping to create a family-friendly environment for our courageous military heroes and their families. As one military mom said, “This distribution is a blessing. Last week I had to choose between diapers and groceries. Now I don’t have to.”

Andrew Hoffman deserves your support.

Please go to this link, click on the San Diego Padres, and vote for Andrew Hoffman. The site says you can return and vote as many times as you want between now and June 20.

So, please vote and often.

A total of 30 “All-Stars,” one representing each MLB team, will attend and be honored at the All-Star Week and at the pre-game ceremony on July 13 in Anaheim, CA. One of the “All-Star Among Us” winners will also be featured in People magazine during the week of the All-Star game.

By the way, today (June 8th) is Andrew Hoffman’s birthday, now 25.  Let’s give him a BIG deserved birthday honor.

Kesler is a freelance writer based in Encinitas, California. This posting also appeared on the Maggie’s Farm website

Adventures in San Diego Jewish History, May 28, 1954, Part 1

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Compiled by San Diego Jewish World staff
Southwestern Jewish Press, May 238, 1954, page 1

Richard Graves, candidate for governor, faces issues

In an interview with the Jewish Press, Richard Graves, Democratic Candidate for Governor, spoke out on issues vital to all Californians.  Speaking about California’s future, Graves said, “In the next four years we must attract a lot of new industry to our state–to provide jobs and prosperity for the millions of families now here and the hundreds of thousands of new families to come.  I propose to establish the Clifornia State Development Agency (which 37 other states have!) to work with government, labor and business–to bring new indutry to California.”

Speaking for freedom and democracy, Graves said, “We must not be afraid of freedom.  We must speak out without fear against those who would impose on us a rigid conformity of thinking and behavior.”  The candidate indicated that he would speak for the traditions of freedom and democracy that made America great.  The candidate also spoke of the hundreds of thousands of families hit by rising unemployment and indicated he was not amused by Knight’s flippant advice to those poor people to “Go pick lemons in Ventura County.”

 In his opinion the administration in Sacramento is short-changing California’s children on education.  he advocates a new, bold, vigorous approach to end the teacher and classroom shortage, the double sessions and overcrowding.

Richard Graves is well equipped to understand the problems of California’s booming cities, having served since 1933 as Executive Director of the League of California Cities.

Graves’ slogan, “Before it’s too late” has atgtracted many people to his side.

Boys Club Has World Premier Pix
Southwestern Jewish Press, May 238, 1954, page 1

A major step in the early construction of a much-needed Boys Club in Linda Vista area was taken this week when San Diego was selected as the world-premiere city for a sensational new 20th Cenutry-Fox picture, “Demetrius and the Gladiator,” which will be shown as a benefit for the new clubhouse.

The picture, a Cinemascope, Technicolor production, will be premiered at the Fox Theatre on Thursday night, June 2, with all proceeds going toward the Boy’s Club building.

In the cast are such great stars as Victor Mature, Susan Hayward, Michael Renni and Jay Robinson all of whom are expected at the gala premiere, complete with kleig lights, bands, etc.

Tickets are available at Southern California Music Co., Walker Scott Dept. Store, main floor.  Mr. Irving Friedman, president of the San Diego Boy’s Club, stated that the donations are priced at $2.50 and $5.00 for reserved seats and are tax deductible.

To Lecture in San Diego
Southwestern Jewish Press, May 238, 1954, page 1

C. Bezalel Sherman, noted author, sociologist and lecturer now touring the west coast, will speak at Tifereth Israel Center on Wednesday, June 9 at 8 p.m., under the auspices of the Poale Zion Organization.

Mr. Sherman is widely recognized as one of the leading contemporary thinkers on American Jewish affairs and was awarded the La Med Fund prize for his book “Jews and other Etnhic Groups in the United States.”

Equally proficient in both the English and Yiddish languages, his topic for his San Diego lecture will be “American and Israel in the Totalkity of Jewish Life” and will be delivered in English.

The public is cordially invited to attend.  A reception will follow the lecture. Donation is $1.00 at the door.

Magic Carpet’ Day Success Drive Hits 70% of Goal
Southwestern Jewish Press, May 238, 1954, page 1

Results of “Magic Carpet” Day brought the United Jewish Fund campaign to 70 percent of the $205,000 necessary to give minimum budgets to local agencies and meet overseas and national needs, Sol Price and Seymour Rabin, Campaign leaders reported. 

“Magic Carpet” Day brought out over 100 workers to a breakfast prepared by the Jolly 16 led by Mrs. Rose Neumann.

Edward Baranov, chairman of the day stated that $6404 was brought in from 269 contributors.  Over 775 prospect cards were assigned.

Organizations providing workers included Histadrut, B’nai B’rith, Jewish War Veterans, Tifereth Israel Men’s Club, Jewish Labor Committee, City of Hope and Beth Israel Men’s Club.

Directors of the campaign predicted that unless minimum requirements are met not only will the United Jewish Appeal and national organizations suffer, but the work of San Diego agencies may have to be curtailed.

“This will affect the job being done,” said Louis Moorsteen, president of the Fund, “right here in San Diego by such fine agencies including the Jewish Social Service, the Hebrew Home for the Aged, Jewish Community Center, and the Community Relations Council.

You may make your contribution now by mailing it in to the United Jewish Fund, 333 Plaza.

Hadassah Donor Luncheon Has Royal Setting June 9
Southwestern Jewish Press, May 238, 1954, page 1

“If you will it, it is no dream” … Theodore Herzl.  And with these words Hadassah launches its 13th annual Donor Luncheon on Wednesday, June 9th at El Cortez’ Don Room.

Amidst armored knights, ladies-in-waiting and a Princess Royale guests will be welcomed by Co-chairmen, Mmes Leonard Zlotoff and Morton Thaler.

Mrs. George Wixen and Mrs. Alfred Bobrof are Decorations Co-chairmen and the decor will be based on a “Castle of Dreams” theme.

“Angels” will be seated at a starlit table, with make believe haloed angels hovering over the gayly decorated tables suspended from the ceiling.

An exciting and entertaining personality will be on hand to delight the overflow audience and much merriment is promised.

Mr. Edward Breitbard, outstanding civic personality, will act as Installing Officer at a ceremony that will to an end the successful two year term of office of Mrs. Robert S. Strauss.   Mrs. John Ruskin, Treasurer, is accepting reservations by check only and members are urged to send in their reservations to her as all reservations will be closed by June 2nd.

Admittance is by invitation only and is limited to those interested people in the community who have signified their devotion to Hadassah, “the health arm of Israel, ” by becoming a sponsor at $25,00, or a Guardian at $50,, or and Angel at $100.00 per person.

“Knights of the Round Table” include Messrs M.S. Berlin, H. Handlery, A.J. Kahn, and a secret admirer of the organization.  These gentlemen have underwritten the entire cost of the affair thus insuring a great success for Hadassah.

Twin Movie Nite Set by Local Demos
Southwestern Jewish Press, May 238, 1954, page 1

The Point Loma Democratic Club, as part of its pre-primary election activity, has arranged a twin movie night at the Dana Junior High School auditorium at 8 p.m., Friday, June 4, at which time two highly popular light comedy films will be shown and Democratic party candidates will be presented.

The films, especially obtained for this gala showing, will include a recent feature starring Alec Guiness and a hilarious fun-fest titled “Tight Little Island.”

No admission is being charged for the entertainment, and tickets are being given to all those who make a token donation to the club’s campaign fund. Tickets may be obtained from the culb’s representative, Mrs. Manuel Haffner, 803 Tarento Drive, phone ACademy 2-3876.

Kuchel for San Diego
Southwestern Jewish Press, May 238, 1954, page 1

Local leaders of the Kuchel for Senator campaign are urging his return to th U.S. Senate because they state that “he has shown a keen interest in San Diego matters as evidenced by his championing of the Mission Bay appropriation, a project of great economic value to this area.”

They add tht “he had been determined to protect the Southland water supply by fighting for a settlement of the Santa Margarita water rights suits.”

Fluoridation Upheld by Local Doctors
Southwestern Jewish Press, May 238, 1954, page 1

Dr. J.A. Rittoff and Dr. Mickey Stone today urged a vote agaisnt Proposition A on the June 8th ballot.  Proposition A proposes that the fluoridation of San Diego’s city water be abolished. The flouridation program has been in effect here a year and a half.

Dr. Stone said, “I consider fluoridation very essential. It absolutely prevents tooth decay among children by 50 to 60 percent. It is completely safe, and it’s the cheapest way by far to do the job.  It is recommended by the American Medical Association, the American Dental Association and the U.S. Public Health Service.”

Dr. Rittoff said, “I certainly hope that every voter will make it a point to defeat Propostijon A.  We need fluoridation here.  It has been scientifically proved beneficial to children’s teeth through a program of careful observation.”

McIntire Issues Statement
Southwestern Jewish Press, May 238, 1954, page 1

Ross T. McIntire, Demcoratic canddidate for Congress, has announced in a statement to theJewish Press that, “as one who was close to President Roosevelt, and understood his feelings toward Israel, I am in favor of continued aid to that state. Israel  is an anti-communist bulwark, essential in the world-wide fight for freedom.”

McIntire advocates stable, long range air power and atomic power programs integrated with naval and ground forces.

He has stated that the Senators from California are deaf to the needs of San Diego. An energetic responsible representative is needed to further the development of water power, transportation, harbor facilities, and of prime importance–to attract industry. The threat of more naval units, stations and installations being withdrawn demands a plan of immediate action.

As a member of the President’s staff for 12 years, Admiral McIntire, USN (ret.) was closely associated with heads of other governments and was present at all international conferences from 1940 to 1945.  he has a rking knowledge of coutnries in the western hemisphere, China and the Far East.

B’nai B’riths Hold Cotton Ball May 30
Southwestern Jewish Press, May 238, 1954, page 1

This Sunday, May 30, all four San Diego B’nai B’rith Lodges and chapters will sponsor the annual Cotton Ball at the Beth Jacob Center.

This year there will be dancing to the music of Eddie Stangler and his popular orchestra plus card playing and refreshments.  This is a highly informal affair and cottons are favored for wear. The public is invited and the admission price is $1.25.  Tickets may be purchased at the door.

Community Invited to S.D. Harbor Days
Southwestern Jewish Press, May 238, 1954, page 1

A huge crowd is expected to attend the 1954 Harbor Days, and the Port and Industrial Exposition which will be presented this weekend, may 23 through May 31. Taking place along San Diego’s harborfront and free to the public, this event is sponsored by the Junior Chamber of Commerce and the Port of San Diego.


“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.

ADL seeks terrorist designation for two groups that organized Gaza flotilla

June 8, 2010 Leave a comment

NEW YORK (Press Release)–The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on Tuesday called on the U.S. Department of State to designate two of the principal organizers and funders of the “Free Gaza” flotilla as Foreign Terrorist Organizations.

Long before Insani Yardim Vakfi (Humanitarian Relief Fund, or IHH in Turkish) and The Union of Good (UG) raised their profiles as the main supporters of the Gaza-bound flotilla, both organizations had emerged as significant players in fundraising for the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas.

“After their pre-planned and violent assault against Israeli soldiers on the high seas, the flotilla organizers can no longer hide behind the notion that their only objective is to provide humanitarian services,” said Robert G. Sugarman, ADL National Chair.

“Actions speak louder than words, and the violence aboard the Mavi Marmara should be read as a warning that IHH and UG have a more sinister agenda,” added Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. “A closer look at the record of some of these groups shows a history of fundraising and providing other material support to Hamas and other Islamic terrorist groups.”

In a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the League identified IHH and UG as having “well-documented ties to Hamas” and a long record of activities in raising funds and expressing support for the terrorist goals of Hamas and other groups:

  • Insani Yardim Vakfi (IHH), an Istanbul-based Islamic charity, has emerged as a significant player in the Hamas global fundraising machine, maintaining direct contacts with senior Hamas officials. IHH organized several conferences in Turkey to demonstrate its support for Hamas, and senior Hamas officials have openly participated in these conferences. At the conferences, the heads of IHH have expressed their support for Hamas, including its armed warfare against civilians. IHH has sent activists to open branches in the West Bank and Gaza, and at least one activist has transferred thousands of dollars to Hamas-run charities.
  • The Union of Good: According to the U.S. Treasury Department, UG – an umbrella organization that represents over 50 Islamic fundraising groups – facilitates the transfer of tens of millions of dollars a year to Hamas-managed associations in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, including funds to compensate Hamas terrorists by providing payments to the families of suicide bombers. Created by the leadership of Hamas, UG acts as a broker for Hamas by facilitating financial transfers between a web of charitable organizations.

“In light of the extensive connections and significant fundraising activities made by these groups to Hamas, a designated Foreign Terrorist Organization, we would urge the State Department make these two organizations subject to the same restrictions as Hamas,” the League wrote to Secretary Clinton.

The League also has written to Timothy Geithner, Secretary of the Treasury, urging his department to add IHH to its lists of terror-sponsoring organizations – which triggers restrictions on business and banking transactions with U.S. persons.  In November 2008, UG was added to Treasury’s “Designated Charities and Potential Fundraising Front Organizations for FTOs” list and the Office of Foreign Assets Control list of “Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons.”

Among other measures, the State Department’s terrorist organization designation makes it a crime to provide material support to terrorist organizations and freezes the financial accounts of terrorist organizations in U.S. financial institutions. 

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So, you want to boycott Israel?

June 8, 2010 1 comment

SAN DIEGO– We received from Sigal Peres, a teacher in Israel, a referral to a YouTube video parody, suggesting how groups opposed to Israel can make certain they are carrying out an effective boycott.

Here is a link to that video.

U.S. bungles relationships with Turkey and Honduras

June 8, 2010 1 comment

By Shoshana Bryen

Shoshana Bryen

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Turkey and Honduras, in different ways, highlight the lack of effective leadership the United States currently is able to exercise in the world. 
Turkey: Turkish government support for the IHH ship in the Gaza flotilla is now well understood and the anti-Semitic ravings of both official Turks and the Turkish media have made Turkey’s intention to split from Israel clear. 
But it is a mistake to think this is only about Israel. Support for the flotilla was only the latest in a series of Turkish decisions designed to distance itself from the United States and move toward closer political relations with countries adversarial to us. Immediately after the bloody 2007 Hamas coup against Fatah in Gaza, the United States and the European Union reiterated that Hamas was a terrorist organization to be shunned. Instead, Turkey’s prime minister invited Hamas leadership to Ankara. The Hamas-Turkey relationship has grown as the Turkey-Palestinian Authority relationship, the relationship supported by the United States and the EU, has declined. Rapprochement with Russia, Syria and Iran, and the Iran-Brazil-Turkey enriched uranium deal are more of the same.
After his meeting with Secretary of State Clinton, Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told reporters, “Citizens of member states were attacked by a country that is not a member of NATO. I think you can make some conclusions out of this statement.” The implication was that Turkey would ask NATO for some satisfaction-or some slap at Israel.
Thank you for the reminder, Mr. Minister.
Turkey, as a member of NATO, is privy to intelligence information having to do with terrorism and with Iran. If Turkey finds its best friends to be Iran, Hamas, Syria and Brazil (look for Venezuela in the future) the security of that information (and Western technology in weapons in Turkey’s arsenal) is suspect.  The United States should seriously consider suspending military cooperation with Turkey as a prelude to removing it from the organization.
Honduras: The United States tried to have it both ways. The Obama Administration quickly jumped in with Venezuela, Brazil, Cuba and Nicaragua to denounce what it called a “coup” in Honduras. The United States voted with its new best friends to oust Honduras from the Organization of American States (OAS), and cut off various forms of diplomatic and economic aid to the small Central American country. After the Congressional Research Service (CRS) concluded that the Honduran Congress, Supreme Court and military had acted in accordance with the Honduran Constitution, the Obama Administration brokered a deal that permitted the previously scheduled election with previously nominated candidates to go forward.  When the new president was sworn in, the United States recognized the new government and withdrew its sanctions. 
All’s well that ends well, right? Not exactly.
At the OAS meeting in Peru this week, the United States tried to have Honduras reinstated. Guess who said no; Venezuela, Cuba, Brazil and Nicaragua refused to even to put the issue on the table. Hugo, Lula, Fidel and Danny were perfectly happy to let the Obama Administration join them in ganging up on a (former) American ally. But they still think they’re leading. 
Maybe they are.


Bryen is senior director of security policy of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs.  Her column is sponsored by Waxie Sanitary Supply in memory of Morris Wax, longtime JINSA supporter and national board member.

San Diego’s historic places: Model Railroad Museum, Balboa Park

June 8, 2010 1 comment

Leah Rosenfeld exhibit

By Donald H. Harrison

Donald H. Harrison

SAN DIEGO—At the San Diego Model Railroad Museum you can enjoy trains that are 1/48 scale; 1/87 scale and 1/160 scale among others. As you walk along the large exhibit cases observing to-scale scenes of San Diego and the Southwest, you also can learn about a railroad woman whose persistence was a model for other feminists who wanted equal opportunities.

Her name was Leah Rosenfeld and although she had more seniority than the men who applied for the job of Southern Pacific station agent in Saugus, California (today part of city of Santa Clarita in Los Angeles County), she was denied the position. Southern Pacific said that the job would require her to occasionally work more than eight hours per day, and to lift articles weighing more than 25 pounds. California’s protective laws prohibited companies from giving jobs exceeding such weight and time limits to women.

According to a narrative board researched and written by Shirley Burman, Rosenfeld’s male-dominated telegraphers union wasn’t interested in coming to her aid. There was not much she could do about the matter until after Congress passed and President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race or sex.

Rosenfeld filed a complaint with the federal Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC), chaired in 1966 by Franklin D. Roosevelt Jr. The station master position, she wrote, was “denied to me and assigned to a junior employee because I am a woman and he is a man. The question of ability was not raised, the company stating only that position might require working more than 40 hours a week or lifting articles in excess of 25 pounds prohibited to women by California Industrial Act.”

She said that while Southern Pacific had used that “excuse” to deny better paying jobs to women, when it came to undesirable jobs, the “prohibition is seldom enforced.” She added that the discrimination worked a hardship against her; noting that “I pay the same for groceries as do men.”

In 1971, “California’s Protective Laws were declared unconstitutional; Leah had won her case,” the narration continued. According to Judge Rolleen W. McIlwirth, the decision not only helped the women of California, but by creating a precedent helped women throughout the United States.

The railroads did not treat women uniformly throughout its history—their hiring and promotion practices influenced by pragmatism and work force availability. As early as the Civil War, Abbey Strubel was working as a telegrapher, even though alarmists “feared that the physical stamina and nervous systems of women would be wrecked if they operated machinery,” according to the narrative.

“Isolated duty stations were preferred by many female operators because they were good places to raise children,” it went on to say. “They could keep their eyes on the kids and still do the jobs.”

In rural communities along the tracks, where trains did not make regular stops, “mistresses like Ina Adkins of Caliente, California, hung the outgoing mail on the mail crane to be grabbed by a hook on the moving post office car. After the train had passed she picked up the thrown off incoming mail.”

Englishman Fred Harvey in 1876 created a series of restaurants in Santa Fe train stations across the country, and “hired young girls between the ages of 18 and 30 of good character and who radiated an image of wholesomeness. The ‘Harvey Girls’ were more than waitresses; they were hostesses. The girls dressed in a simple black dress with a white neck collar and black bow with a starched white apron with no jewelry or make up. The Harvey Girls brought a civilizing influence to many communities with their good manners and social poise. Many married local ranchers, miner and railroaders.”

An offshoot of the “Harvey Girl” program came in 1926 with the establishment of “Indian Detour Couriers” – sightseeing guides who took passengers from trains on detour excursions to break up their transcontinental trips. The women guides were called “couriers” with preferred hires being “college-educated women who had a knowledge of native people, languages, culture and the landscape.”

In 1935, another opportunity opened for women as “registered nurse stewardesses” on passenger trains. “The duties were to assist women and children and to attend to the needs of the elderly on cross-country journeys. The nurses were known for their intelligence and candid friendliness. Babies and small children required extra attention. Formula had to be made and bottles warmed while games kept small children amused on long journeys.” Some railroads created programs in which little girls could be helpers as junior stewardess nurses.

Even before one enters the model railroad museum, one can pick up bits of railroading knowledge. On the bottom floor of the Casa de Balboa, which the museum shares with the archives of the San Diego Historical Society, one finds a semaphore—the old mechanical signaling device for railroads—with an explanation of how they worked.

The device standing besides the track had an upper and lower arm, with the top one telling about track conditions over the immediately upcoming mile-long block; and the lower about track conditions on the following mile-long block. The blade for the upcoming or “home block” was painted red; while the one for the “distant block” was yellow with a fishtail. Red, green and yellow lights in connection with each arm indicated whether the train should stop, proceed with caution or go.

Immediately inside the museum doors one encounters a scale model Cabrillo Yard on the right side of a walkway and the depiction of the San Diego & Arizona Eastern Railway exhibit on the left. Wending one’s way around the San Diego and Arizona Eastern exhibit takes one to the Tehachapi Pass scale model and to the Pacific Desert Lines exhibit.

A sign board informs that “construction on all layouts began in 1982” with some 300 club members volunteering on the average of one night a week to construct the railroad. The volunteers put in over 10,000 hours a year from 1982 to 1987.

“There are approximately 115 scale miles of track in all the exhibits,” said the sign. “This equates to about 6,560 actual feet or 1 ¼ miles” of model railroad, exclusive of the many feet of sidings and yard trackage.

Currently the San Diego Model Railroad Club is working on a diorama that will recreate in miniature downtown San Diego as it appeared in the 1950s. Club members are working from photographs in the San Diego Historical Society’s archives and from Sanborn maps showing the location of each building.

Harrison is editor of San Diego Jewish World.  This article appeared previously on

Dinner held for legacy donors to Seacrest Village Retirement Communities

June 8, 2010 Leave a comment

ENCINITAS, California (Press Release)– Members of Seacrest Foundation’s Legacy of Promise program gathered on May 27, 2010 for an intimate evening of appreciation and gourmet fare in the newly remodeled Mel’s Place at the Seacrest Village Encinitas Campus. The Legacy of Promise provides donors the opportunity to secure the future for the residents of Seacrest Village Retirement Communities while meeting their own philanthropic goals.

The evening began with a cocktail hour on the terrace and moved inside to the beautiful new Mel’s Place café for a delicious four-course meal prepared by the culinary team at Seacrest. Sylvia Geffen, President of the Seacrest Foundation Board, spoke on behalf of the Foundation thanking the generous Legacy of Promise donors for their commitment to ensuring the quality of life for our community’s seniors well into the future. Each guest was presented with a beautiful pin designed just for them. Bob Haimsohn, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, and Pam Ferris, CEO of Seacrest Village, welcomed guests as well and provided a State of the Homes update. Other guests included Michael Berlin, Howard Brotman & Mamie Sorokin, Ellen & Ingram Chodorow, Betty & Melvin Cohn, Esther & Bud Fischer, Merrill Haimsohn, Joyce & Jere Oren, Jane Ottenstein, Linda & Shearn Platt, Jeannie & Arthur Rivkin, Milton Roberts and Paul Roberts.

Jane Ottenstein, touched by the evening, said a few words thanking the other attendees for understanding the importance of planned giving and for sharing in her love for Seacrest Village. She expressed joy in the building of the new Ottenstein Vitality Center which will further enhance the lives of seniors living at Seacrest Village. Guests Jere Oren and Shearn Platt were also moved to say a few words thanking the wonderful staff at Seacrest Village for providing such outstanding care for the residents.

The purpose of Seacrest Foundation is to support Seacrest Village Retirement Communities in its service to the elderly. The Foundation and Seacrest Village Retirement Communities are working together diligently to raise the necessary funds to meet the needs of our growing senior community.

As a non-profit, charitable organization, Seacrest Village provides housing and healthcare services for the community’s elderly. Because Seacrest Village strives to provide these services regardless of one’s ability to pay, an annual shortfall of over $1.3 million must be met through fundraising. Each year Seacrest Village Retirement Communities serves almost four hundred seniors between the Encinitas and Rancho Bernardo campuses. 

For more information on Planned Giving or the Seacrest Foundation please contact Robin Israel at (760) 516-2018 or

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