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Adventures in San Diego Jewish History, June 25, 1954, Part 1

Compiled by San Diego Jewish World staff

Southwestern Jewish Press, June 25, 1954, page 1

Jewish Women Honored for Aid to Hospital

In 1946, a group of Jewish women in san Diego conceived the idea  of aiding in the dream of building a new hospital for crippled children. They offered their services to Mrs. Mort Boyette, chairman of the women’s division for the hospital drive, and they were gratefully accepted as a team in that campaign.

Over $6,000 was raised by Jewish women of our community through direct contributions, affairs and a tremendous rummage sale and given to the crippled children’s hospital for their building fund as part of the contribution of Jewish citizens of our community.

This month, the dream comes true.  The Crippled Children’s Hospital, which has risen on Kearny Mesa, will dedicate its new and beautiful building. At the ceremonies Jewish women of San Diego will be honored by a dedicatory plaque over one of the rooms stating “Presented by the Women’s Division of the San Diego Federation of Jewish Agencies.”

Those, who in 1946 had a vision and faith in that vision and helped it to become a reality, include Mrs. Rose Neumann, who was chairman of that drive, and Mrs. Rose Gordon and Mrs. David Block, who were he co-chairmen.

*Southwestern Jewish Press, June 25, 1954, page 1

J.C.C. ‘Lucky Nite’ Set for Sunday

The Jewish Community Center ‘Lucky Nite’ takes place this Sunday, June 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the Beth Jacob Center, 4473 30th St.

This is the affair you will not want to miss, because it will be an evening of fun and frolic and offer you a chance to break the bank.  Admission is free and open to all. A new and exciting game will be introduced “over and under,” and big prizes for bingo, cards and all kinds of games will be provided.

Food and drink will be available and as an innovation there will be a tremendous sale of specialty cakes.

Proceeds of this event will go towards Camp Jaycee scholarships for some needy youngsters, all kinds of equipment needed for the teenagers to keep them busy and happy at the Center, records, games and more funds for special parties for all the kids which are not provided for in the regular budget.

Come and bring your friends to ‘Lucky Nite’ Sunday where you will meet old and new friends, have a good time, and help the Jewish Community Center’s programming for the youth of our city.

USO-JWB Honors Rose Neumann for Fourteen Years of Service
Southwestern Jewish Press, June 25, 1954, pages 1,8

In ceremonies honoring organizational and individual volunteers for morale services to the armed forces of the United States, Mrs. Rose Neumann, veteran San Diego community volunteer, was accorded highest honors from the National Jewish Welfare Board for fourteen years of unstinting and tireless effort last Wednesday evening at Temple Beth Israel.

Mrs. Neumann  was called to the platform by George A. Scott, campaign chairman of the United Success Drive of 1954, who read telegrams and letters from national JWB officials and presented her with the JWB Gold Pin and Gold Ribbon Certificate.  Scott, too, was honored as Dr. Frank Lowe, USO Advisory Council chairman, presented him with the highest USO-JWB award for fourteen years of service as head of USO in San Diego.

The Gold Ribbon Award was presented to the Jewish War Veterans Auxiliary for the second successive year, while B’nai B’rith women’s chapters, Birdie Stodel and Bay City, received Silver Ribbon Certificates.  Nancy Weitzen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Weitzen, was recipient of the Jr. Hostess of the Year Award.

Awards were also presented to military officials, including Rear Adm. George C. Dyer, Commandant of the 11th Naval District; Rear Adm. Thornton C. Miller, District Chaplain; Capt. Harris W. Howe, Center Chaplain of Naval Training Center; Commander E. Richard Barnes, Force Chaplain, Amphibious Pacific Forces, and others.

Chairman for the evening was Milton Fredman, vice chairman of the 6th Army Area JWB Armed Services Division.  Henry Weinberger, San Diego USO-JWB Armed Services Committee chairman, delivered the welcome address.  Also participating in the program were Rabbis Morton J. Cohn, Monroe Levens and Baruch Stern, and Harry Mallen and Mrs. Sidney Newman.

Following the ceremonies, a fast moving show of top Hollywood talent, calling itself the USO-JWB Troupers, presented “New Faces of 1954.”  Dancing and refreshments ensued to top off a thoroughly enjoyable evening. 

Organizations receiving awards were: Beth Jacob Sisterhood, Beth Israel Sisterhood, Beth Jacob Ladies Aux., Council of Jewish Women, Daughters of Israel, Hadassah, Home for the Aged, Jewish War Vets, Lasker Ldge, B’nai B’rith Men, Pioneer Women Negba, Pioneer Women Shoshana, Tifereth Israel Sisterhood, Tifereth Israel Men’s Club, Yo-Ma-Co,, Jolly Sixteen, United Jewish Fund, Temple Beth Israel, Tifereth Isral Cong., Cong. Beth Jacob, Southwestern Jewish Press, Pi Alpha Lambda Sorority, 7-Seas Locker Clubs, Federal Clothiers, 101 Locker Club and 4.0 Locker Club.

A special award was presented to Dr. Joseph Kwint.  Individuals who received awards included: Miss Julie Abraham, Mrs. Philip Abrams, Mrs. Jennie Bloomfield, Mrs. Alfred Brooks, Rabbi Morton J. Cohn, Mrs. O.E. Ehrlich, Mr. and Mrs. David Frank, Mr. Milton Fredman, Mrs. Max Felsman,  Mrs. Theodore Hermann, Mr. Albert Hutler, Mrs. Arthur King, Mrs. Fred Leeds, Rabbi Monroe Levens, Mr. Harry Mallen, Mrs. Sidney Newman, MRs. Benjamin Ornstein, MRs. Max Rabinowitz, Mrs. Joseph Schulach, Mr. Joseph Spatz, Rabbi Baruch Stern, MRs. Bernard Urbach, and Henry Weinberger.   Extra Indiidual Awards were given to Mr. and MRs. Harry Aronoff, MR. Alex Newman, MR. and Mrs. Al Steinbaum, Mr. and Mrs. Milton Gellens, MR. and Mrs. Zel Greenberg, Col. An Mrs. Irving Salomon.

Other military awards included Lt. Cmdr. Eugene J. Kapalczyski, Commander DeWitt Wright, and Commander Howard M. Day.

Junior Hostess receiving awards for their many hours of service were: Judy Cohen, Selma Cohen, Sandra Flax, Pauline Frankel, Maxine Gerson, Roberta Glickman, Lenore Goldtein, Bunny Goodman, Ethel Hochman, Barbara Mallen, Ada Picaisen, Sally Polak, Rose Rimland, Gloria Rose, Frances Samuels, Shirley Sarfan, Sandra Schissel, Ethel Schwartz, Barbara Shames, Carol Simmons, Norma Simmons, Ida Urback, Jackie Wasserman and Barbara Kahn.

Mrs. Roosevelt to Report on Russia
Southwestern Jewish Press, June 25, 1954, page 1

Flash! Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt will lecture in San Diego on November 11, 1954 under the auspices of the Jewish Community Center.

According to an announcement by Edward Breitbard, president of the Center, contracts have been signed by Center which will bring Mrs. Roosevelt to San DSiego on her return from a visit to Russia as a reporter for Look magazine.

Plans will be made for the use of the Russ Auditorium for Mrs. Roosevelt’s lecture and for a reception honoring her by the Jewish community.

Thank You Dinner Honors Adm. Baker
Southwestern Jewish Press, June 25, 1954, page 1

Among the honored guests at a Community Thank You dinner will be VADM Wilder B. Baker, USN., Ret., who led the first United Success Drive of the Community Chest last fall. The dinner will be held in the Don Room of El Cortez Hotel at 7:00 p.m., Friday, June 25, according tto RADM George F. Neal, USN, Ret., chairman of Thank You Week.

Thank You Week, which is planned to highlight community benefits from fall’s campaign, ends tonight. Climaxing the week, the dinner will present a stewardship report of funds now supporting Red Feather services.  Leadership for the Second United Success Drive will also be introduced.

Chairman for the meeting is La Motte T. Cohu, who has announced that Vincent Price, taking time out from rehearsals of “The Winslow Boy” for La Jolla Playhouse, will be one of the guest speakers.

“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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