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Adventures in San Diego Jewish History, October 1, 1954, Part 4

Compiled by San Diego Jewish World staff

Rabbi Levens Joins Special Program
Southwestern Jewish Press, October 1, 1954, Page 7

Rabbi Monroe Levens of Tifereth Israel will be one of three community leaders to participate in “An American Dedication,” a non-religious program to be presented Sunday, October 10, at 3 p.m. in the Balboa Bowl, according to George A. Scott, chairman of the Second United Success Drive of the San Diego Area Community Chest.

The program, which will feature the unity of all three major faiths dedicated to American ideals, will present American music played by the Starlight Opera orchestra and choral selections by a 250 voice interfaith chorus under the direction of Carl Dewse.

Scott emphasize that he program will not be religious in any way other than an expression of unity toward the American way of life.


Southwestern Jewish Press, October 1, 1954, Page 7

Mrs. Jean Kirsner, 42, on Sept. 18.  Born in Illinois, Ms. Kirsner had lived here the past eight years. Rabbi Morton J. Cohn conducted services on Sept. 21 in Benbough Mortuary. Entombment was in Cypress View Mausoleum.

Survivors are her husband, Sidney, and a son, Steven.

William Rochocz, 687, on Sept. 17.  Born in Germany, Mr. Rochocz came to the United States in 1937 and to San Diego in 1945.  Services were conducted by Rabbi Morton J. Cohn on Sept. 21 in Merkley-Austin Mortuary.  Interment was in Home of Peace Cemetery.  He is survived by his wife, Margaret.

Telephones In Color Now Available
Southwestern Jewish Press, October 1, 1954, Page 7

Do you want a peking red telephone to match your draperies or a yellow one that will blend well with other yellow tones, from lighter lemon shades to buffs and browns.

A limited supply of eight different colors is now being received by the local telephone business office for the first time.

Colors included are green, beige, yellow, ivory, brown, blue, gray and red.  The ivory sets are proving most popular, largely because they are designed to blend well in offices or rooms finished in light colors, such as the bedroom or the kitchen.

Robert Black, Pacific Telephone manager, says there is a waiting list for all colors, due to the heavy demand.  There also is a $10 installation charge.

Noted Legislator To Speak Here Oct. 1
Southwestern Jewish Press, October 1, 1954, Page 8

A man who helped push formation of the State of Israel and has since been one of its staunchest friends – Rep. Sam Rayburn of Texas – will be  a San Diego visitor this week.

Rayburn, House speaker in every Congress since 1940 except the 80th and 83rd—will address the Democratic Party’s annual Jefferson-Jackson fund-raising dinner at El Cortez Hotel Friday night, Oct. 1.

Often referred to as the “greatest compromiser since Henry Clay,” Rayburn served the Roosevelt and Truman administrations through some of history’s most difficult days. Almost alone, he is credited with having saved the Selective Service Act a scant three months before Pearl Harbor.

Jewish leaders have noted that on  issues affecting the formation and support of Israel, Rayburn never has compromised but always brought his legislative skills to bear in helping arouse the support of other key members in Congress.

The Texan also has been active on behalf of Israel Bond issues and is a consistent foe of discriminatory provisions of the McCarran-Walther Immigration Law.

Contributions of $25 and $10 are sought for Jefferson-Jackson Day dinner tickets the funds to be used in support of local Democratic nominees. D.G. Hamilton is dinner chairman.

Rayburn, the evening’s only speaker, will be introduced by Dr. Ross T. McIntire, Democratic nominee for Congress in San Diego’s 30th District.

The program will be broadcast on KFMB radio, beginning at 9:30 p.m.

Council Honors U.N.; Dr. Rust Speaks Oct. 5

Southwestern Jewish Press, October 1, 1954, Page 8

National Council of Jewish Women will honor United Nations Month with a noon luncheon meeting at Temple Beth Israel on Tuesday, Oct. 5

This organization is especially interested in the support of the United Nations, and is one of the few women’s clubs to have an observer there.

Dr. William J. Rust, president of California Western University, will be the principal speaker.  He has chosen as his subject, “U.N. Depends on You.”

Honored guests will be the presidents of local civic organizations, members of the press, and representatives of the Houses of Hospitality, the latter in native costumes. The afternoon will have a wonderful international flavor.

Water Authority Dedicates Second Barrel Saturday
Southwestern Jewish Press, October 1, 1954, Page 8

Another important chapter in the history of water development in San Diego County will be written Saturday with the dedication of the second Aqueduct barrel.  The site is at the south portal of Oat Hill tunnel on  the McMahan Ranch, about eight miles north of Escondido.

The second barrel, on which construction started late in 1952, has been completed several weeks ahead of schedule. It will have been “usably completed” this week, a development that will be highlighted when for the first time Colordo River water is turned into both barrels at the finale of Saturday’s ceremony.

(Never Sorry)
Southwestern Jewish Press, October 1, 1954, Page 8

A man is never sorry for the things he didn’t say.


“Adventures in San Diego Jewish History” is sponsored by Inland Industries Group LP in memory of long-time San Diego Jewish community leader Marie (Mrs. Gabriel) Berg. Our “Adventures in San Diego Jewish History” series will be a regular feature until we run out of history.  To find stories on specific individuals or organizations, type their names in our search box.  

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