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Adventures in San Diego Jewish History, October 15, 1954, Part 1

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Bonds For Israel Presents Noted Singer
Southwestern Jewish Press, October 15, 1954, Page 1

Jan Peerce, one of the world’s leading singers, and for twelve years the top tenor of the Metropolitan Opera, will be guest artists, Sunday, October 24, at a city7 wide banquet at El Cortez Hotel in behalf of Bonds of the Israel Government.  This special appearance marks Peerce’s only change in the schedule of his fourteenth consecutive nationwide concert tour.

Murray D. Goodrich, Chairman of the San Diego Committee for Israel Bonds, in announcing the appearance of Peerce enjoined prompt reaction from the community if reservations for the affair are to be made available.

Guest speaker at the B.I.G. banquet will be Alex Lowenthal of Pittsburgh, National Chairman of “Cash Sales for the Israel Bond Drive. Alex Lowenthal is nationally renowned for his dynamic work in behlf of the economic independence of the State of Israel.

City of Hope Honors Memory of Anna Shelley
Southwestern Jewish Press, October 15, 1954, Page 1

The City of Hope Auxiliary of San Diego is honoring the member of its Founder and President for 17 years, Anna Shelley, with a Memorial Fund Luncheon at 12 noon on Thursday, October 21, at the Beth Jacob Center.

The Fund was established to furnish a room in Anna Shelley’s name at the City of Hope Medical and Research Center at Duarte, California – a National free, non-sectarian, non-profit hospital for the care and treatment of those afflicted with the catastrophic diseases of tuberculosis, cancer, leukemia and heart disease (amenable to surgery) who are unable to pay for this care and treatment.

United Nations Group Tells of Plans For Annual Dinner Oct. 18
Southwestern Jewish Press, October 15, 1954, Pages, 1, 6

A committee of Hadassah members, headed by Mrs. Maxwell Kaufman, will decorate the House of Hospitality auditorium for the annual United Nations Dinner sponsored by the American Associoation for the U.N., San Diego Chapter, Monday, Oct. 18, at 6:30 p.m.

MRs. Kaufman, whose committee includes Mrs. Alfred Bobrof and Mrs. Valia Dennis, plans to feature the U.N. mobile designed by Miss Belle Baranceanu and executed by art students at Francis Parker School.  Flower motifs will be done in red, white and blue. Dolls of all nations, loaned by the Brownie Troop 685 and flags will add color to the tables.

Principal speaker at the dinner will be Col. C.M. Nelson, chairman of the A.A.U.N. Southern State Council.  Mary Fay, dinner chairman, states:  “Those  who heard Mr. Nelson so briefly  when he was here Jan. 28 with Colonel Salomon and April 3 with Mrs. Roosevelt, know he combines a vast authoritative knowledge of his subject and a subtle wit and personal magnetism which left our members and friends anxious to hear him in a major address. His topic will be the Challenge of the United Nations.

The program will also feature the premiere showing of a new 12 minute color and sound film produced and directed by Miss Ettilie Wallace, well known newspaperwoman who recently resigned to devote her efforts to film productions, a new process begun as a hobby several year ago. Titled “Come In Jupiter,” the novel film has a co-existence theme, and was commissioned by the A.A. U.N. Southern California Mobile Film Unit.

Dinner reservations are being accepted after 11 a.m. daily at the A.A.U.N. headquarters, Room 16, House of Hospitality, Balboa Park, telephone Belmont 3-2970, or by Mrs. Irving Outcalt,
Cypress 6-6582.  The public is invited.

Hebrew Home Breaks Ground~Ceremony This Sunday

Southwestern Jewish Press, October 15, 1954, Page 1

A groundbreaking ceremony for the new San Diego Hebrew Home for the Aged will be held at 2:30 p.m. next Sunday at the site on 54th St., north of University Avenue.

Eugene M. Rosen, Los Angeles community leader and secretary of the Federation of Jewish Welfare Organizations, will be speaker. City and county officials and civic leaders have been invited to take part.

The home, which will be situated on a 2 ½ acre site, will cost $200,000 of which $130,000 has already been raised.  It will replace the present home, which is situated in a remodeled house at 2750 4th Ave. and accommodates 15 guests.

There will be facilities for 25 guests living in private rooms in the new home.  Occupying about 20,000 square feet, it will be a contemporary modern ranch-style, one0story structure.

The San Diego Hebrew Home for the Aged was organized 10 years ago to provide Jewish surroundings and care for Jewish persons 65 years of age or over, regardless of their ability to pay.

Licensed by the state, the home is a member of the San Diego Federation of Jewish Agencies.  Operating costs are provided with funds raised in the annual United Jewish Fund campaign.

Each room in the new home will have a private bath. There will be a four-bed ward for guests who become ill, a dining room, lobby, two lounges for entertaining visitors, a kosher kitchen and chapel.

Invited guests to the ceremony are Messrs. John Butler, Mayor of San Diego; James A. Robbins, Chairman, Board of Supervisors; Gerald C. Thomas, President, Community Chest of San Diego; George A. Scott, President, Walker-Scott Company; Joseph Dryer, President, Heaven-On-Earth Club; Allen J. Sutherland, President, Security Trust & Savings Bank; O.W. Campbell, City Manager, and Rabbis Morton J. Cohn, Monroe Levens and Baruch Stern.

The committee for the ground-breaking ceremony consists of Alex Newman, chairman; Mrs. William Moss, co-chairman; and Max Maisel, Rodin Horrow and Allen Ferer.  President of the Home for the Aged is Victor Schulman.

New Subscribers

Southwestern Jewish Press, October 15, 1954, Page 1

Eli Witt
J. Olsher
Al Rosen
Nat Mallinger
Dr. H.A. Brookler
Edward Binder
Mrs. F.M. Goldberg

Mrs. F.D.R. to Speak At Russ Nov. 11 for J.C.C.

Southwestern Jewish Press, October 15, 1954, Pages 1, 4

Chairmen for the Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt lecture were announced last week by general chairman, Jack Rittoff.

Mrs. Roosevelt will be in San  Diego to speak under the sponsorship of the Jewish Community Center on the evening of Armistice Day, Thursday, November 11, 8 p.m. at the Russ Auditorium.  Proceeds from the meeting will go toward the operation of the San Diego Jewish Community Center, according to Rittoff.

The subject of Mrs. Roosevelt’s address “Is America Facing World Leadership” is exceptionally timely.  Mrs. Roosevelt has been in the forefront of world leadership, has traveled extensively talking to world leaders and is well-prepared to discuss America’s place on the world scen e.

The Advisory Committee of Sol Price, Rodin Horrow, Louis Steinman, Mack Esterson, Edward Breitbard, Morrie Kraus, Seymour Rabin, William Schwartz, Sidney Rose, Henry Price, Maury Novak, Murray Goodrich, Louis Moorsteen, Carl M. Esenoff, Max Rabinowitz and Myron Lustig, have assisted in completing plans for this major event.

Then list of patrons and patronesses who have made possible the presentation of Mrs. Roosevelt in San Diego, will be announced in the near future, according to  a statement from Rodin Horrow, chairman of the committee.

The ticket committee is headed by Dr. Milton Schwartz, chairman, with Mrs. Ted Brav as co-chairman. Cooperating in the sale of tickets are most of the Jewish organizations in the community and several civic organizations.

Mrs. Sidney Rose is the coordinator for all women’s efforts on behalf of the coming event with the Reception Committee being headed by Mrs. Milton Roberts, president of the San Diego Section, National Council of Jewish Women.  Mrs. Victor Selten of the Community Center Women’s League will head the Arrangements Committee.

Publicity Committee will be chaired by Maxwell Kaufman, editor and publisher of Southwest Jewish Press, with Mrs. Alan Soule as co-chairman; Mel Goldberg is chairman of the Program Committee.

Patrons, those who have donated $25.00 for the Roosevelt lecture, will be entitled to two seats in the reserved section of the auditorium, and an invitation to the reception for MRs. Roosevelt to be held at one of San Diego’s leading hotels in order to have the opportunity of meeting Mrs. Roosevelt.

General admission tickets at $1.25 each may be secured at the Palmer Box Office, 640 Broadway; the Jewish Community Center, 3227 El Cajon Blvd., and at the office of the United Jewish Fund 333 Plaza.

Demos Hold Old Time Political Rally Oct. 24

Southwestern Jewish Press, October 15, 1954, Page 1

A good old-fashioned “Fourth of July” political rally with personal candidate oratory, games for the kids, food, drink and fun, will come into being Oct. 24 at Caspar’s Ranch on North Magnolia St., El Cajon, when the Democratic Clubs of San Diego County will hold a Democratic Country Fair.

Sponsored by the Democratic organizations of the party, the affair will be open to everyone regardless of party affiliation. Admission donation of 25 cents per person will be asked at the gate, and inside the grounds merchandise tickets will be purchased at a central booth which can be exchanged for games, goodies, food, drink and all the features usually available at a country fair.

The country fair grounds will be open at 10 a.m., Oct. 24, and the day-time program will be angled toward families with children. A barbecue dinner will be served and in the evening there will be dancing and food and drink for the grownups, according to Carleton Shaw, chairman of the event.

As a welcome change from these days of televised political speeches and second hand pre-election enthusiasm, Shaw said his committee confidently expects a minimum of 10,000 persons to attend the Democratic Country Fair that Sunday.

To See or not To See

Southwestern Jewish Press, October 15, 1954, Page 2

By Berenice Soule

Globe Comedy—Ferenc Molnar’s amusing comedy, The Play’s The Thing, directed by Craig Noel, is scheduled to open Oct. 26 at the Old Globe. The list of cast members promises something special for Globe fans.

As the glamorous actress, Elinor Canedy, is in an enviable position as the only female in the cast and Andy Anderson is portraying, for the first time, an actor. This is significant only in the light of this being Andy’s 14th major role at the Globe. Type-casting, no doubt!

Other popular actors appearing in the comedy are Jack Mason (he of the beautiful voice), Hurdman Wiese, Wes Heinecke, Howard Blake, and Helmut Nienstadt.

Alpine Folklore—A group calling themselves “The Gay Tyroliers” will be presented by DeLannoy and Howarth at the Russ Auditorium on Saturday, Nov. 6.  The merry company of 10 men and four girls from a little village in the Austrian Tyrol will bring yodeling and “Schulplattler” (folk dance) direct from the Austrian Alps.

Some of the songs and dances are over 2000 years old but the company does a complete variety show with dramatic and acrobatic dances, comedy touches, and lively instrumental music.

The only two English-speaking members of the cast are Toni Praxmair, their director, and the young lady who explains each number in the two-hour show.

Don Joe—Popular actor-around-town, Joe Oliver (Front Page, The Silver Whistle, Guest In the House, etc) has been chosen the new Don Diego, colorful host of the Southern California Exposition at Del Mar. Joe will be kept very busy because the romantic Don has also been officially adopted as the sybol of hospitality by the San Diego Convention and Tourist Bureau.

It Didn’t Smell as Sweet—There’s a sequel to the story on the lost of Elfi Schwitkis’s pet skunk. When “The toast of the Coast” was being presented at Camp Pendleton all the cast (friends of Elfi) were sure, when a skunk marched into the auditorium, that the last had been returned until—the animal proved, without a doubt he had never been anyone’s pet, by sending audience and cast, alike, running for the exits.

Back to Normal—Craig Noel, who over the years had earned the title of “The Forgetful Man in Town,” was in danger of losing the title when, for almost a full week he remembered to call for Roberta Ridgely on his way to the Globe evenings.  On the 7th night, however, Roberta had to call a cab when Craig failed to show up at her home.  Upon arriving at her destination, Roberta got not even an “Oh, I’m sorry” fropm her erstwhile chauffeur.  Later, puzzled over Craig’s apparent memory recovery followed by a relapse, Roberta asked why he hadn’t picked her up.  Bewilderedly, our director questioned, “Didn’t I?”

Will Durant Due – The first speaker for the San Diego Open Forum, Will Durant, will have as his topic, “The Conflict of Civilizations.”  Known as a brilliant interpreter of philosophy and culture, through his “Story of Philosophy,” “Story of Civilization,” “The Age of Faith,” etc., he will appear at the First Unitarian Church, 1541 Sixth Ave., Sunday, Oct. 31, at 8 p.m.

French Comedy –“The Baker’s Wife,” the second in the International Film Sereis presented by the University of California, can be seen Tuesday, Oct. 26, at the Rio Theatre, at 7 and 9 p.m.  This French comedy tells about a baker’s wife who runs away with a handsome young shepherd and how the townspeople take it upon themselves to return his wife to the baker so that he will again furnish bread. It will be accompanied by a short subject.  Single admission tickets are 50c.

Blazers with Bowlers?—The 1920s, always good for a laugh and a musical, again serve as the basis for a Broadway show this season. The thing that makes “The Boy Friend” different from its predecessors is the fact that this hit is a British importation.

Written by a young newcomer to the London Theatre, Sandy Wilson, it has a mainly British cast and was a hit in England ten months before crossing the Atlantic.  Broadway reviewers are predicting the same pleased acceptance by audiences in this country.

New Musical Show Set for Russ Nov. 6

Southwestern Jewish Press, October 15, 1954, Page 2

“Three for Tonight,” the long awaited Paul Gregory-Charles Laughton production will have its premiere Saturday, November 6, at the Russ Auditorium.

The show, a variation in the presentation of music, drama and dance, stars Marge and Gower Champion, Harry Belafonte and the Voices of Walter Schumann. Based on material by Robert Wells and staged by Gower Champion, the production is an evening’s adventure in something entirely new in the entertainment world. 

Tickets can be obtained at deLannoy-Howarth Box Office, Room 230, U.S. Grant Hotel, BE 2-3457.

(Blood Money)

Southwestern Jewish Press, October 15, 1954, Page 2

Blood money is what a man salts away in the brine of more unfortunate people’s tears.

Music Teachers Set Scholarship Auditions
Southwestern Jewish Press, October 15, 1954, Page 2

The Music Teachers’ Association of California, San Diego County Branch, announces their auditions for a scholarship of $150.00, will be held at Southern California Music Company Monday, October 18, beginning at 4 p.m. To be eligible all contestants must be students of members of Music Teachers’ Association,  Piano and Violin, age 15 years or under, Voice, 20 years or under.  Applications must be in by October 16.  Mail to Scholarship Auditions, Southern Califo0rnoa Music Co., 630 “C” Street, San Diego.  Calif. Judges will be Mrs. George Roy Stevenson, Peter Nicoloff, and Dr. Alex Zimmerman with Mrs. John Gallagher acting as chairman for the auditions.

The Music Teachers’ Association Scholarship Committee who has worked to make this scholarship possible are Vivian Brown as chairman, Amoretta Ball and William Benner.

Hitchcock’s ‘Rear Window’ Current Big Attraction

Southwestern Jewish Press, October 15, 1954, Page 2

 A shrill scream shatters the stillness of the night. The sound of breaking glass and then silence. A black cat creeps silently in the courtyard below.  A man with a broken leg, confined to a wheel chair with nothing to do all day but gaze out of his window at his neighbors, has reason to believe that a murder has been committed. This is the suspense-filled story line of Paramount’s brand new Alfred Hitchcock thriller, “Rear Window,” which is now playing at the Capri Theatre.

Starring James Stewart and co-starring Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey and Thelma Ritter with Raymond Burr, the spine-tingling tale is set against New York’s fabled Greenwich Village.  Photographed in color by Technicolor, “Rear Window” was written for the screen by John Michael Hayes from a story by Cornell Woolrich.  Suspense-master Alfred Hitchcock directed and produced the thrill-laden film.


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