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Adventures in San Diego Jewish History, November 28, 1954, Part 2

Compiled by San Diego Jewish World staff

Ida Urbach Wed to Julio Liberman In Candlelight Ceremony
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 18, 1954, Page 3

Ida Urbach, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Urbach, was wed to Julio David Liberman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Adolfo LIberman of Van Nuys, in a candlelight ceremony November 21 in Tifereth Israel Synagogue.  Rabbi Monroe Levens, assisted by Cantor Joseph Cysner, performed the marriage rites. The canopy, altar and aisles were decorated with spider chrysanthemums, pompom mums and gladioli.

The bride’s gown of ivory satin and lace featured a two-foot train and scoop scalloped neckline. Her finger-tip length veil fell from a tiny bonnet and she carried a bouquet of ivory mums, white orchids and stephanotis.

Mrs. Gabe Bloch of Albuquerque served as matron of honor for her niece and Barbara Shames acted as maid of honor.  Mrs. Sadie Urbach of Houston, Mrs. Arlene Silverman of Los Angeles and Esther Szmul of Los Angeles, cousin of the groom were bridesmaids. Marilyn  Eldex, cousin of the bride, was junior bridesmaid.  The attendants wore full-skirted, ankle length gowns of crystalette in coral, deep aqua and pale aqua.

Linda Neumann, daughter of MR. and Mrs. Sidney Neumann, was flower girl in ruffled coral and Michael Urbach, the bride’s nephew, was ringbearer.

Jose Liberman of Los Angeles acted as his brother’s best man with brother, Elias, as usher.  Other ushers were Max Maisel, great uncle of the bride, Henry Silver, uncle of the bride, Henry Rose and Bernie Nizinsky, both of Los Angeles and cousins of the groom.

A five-tiered colonnaded wedding cake with centerpieces of white pom-poms and candles were the table décor for the dinner and reception for 300 guests at the House of Hospitality.

Mrs. Urbach received in grey lace over pink taffeta and Mrs. Liberman wore powder blue and navy lace.

Following a ten-day honeymoon in Mexico City and Acapulco the newlyweds will make their homes in Los Angeles.

Out of town guests, other than those in the wedding party, were Mrs. Joseph Nizinsky, Mexico City; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Weinryb, Albuquerque; Mrs. Leah Bloch, and Gabe Bloch, Albuquerque, and Mr. and Mrs. Samuel H. Urbach, Houston.

Couple Honored At Silver Anniversary
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 18, 1954, Page 3

Silver invitations inviting  members and friends of the Shoshona Group, Pioneer Women to join them in honoring Mr. and Mrs. Si Rich on their 25th anniversary are in the mail.

A special anniversary dinner is planned for December 12 at 7:00 p.m. in La Sala of the House of Hospitality by chairman, MRs. Samuel Brown, assisted by Mrs. Herman Dromen and  Mrs. Arthur Lavine.

For invitations or reservations  call Mrs. Brown, JU 2-9545 or  Mrs. Lavine, HO 9-6426 before December 7.



Southwestern Jewish Press, November 18, 1954, Page 3

Honoring Ida Urbach and Julio Liberman prior to their marriage on Nov. 21, Mr. and Mrs. Dave Shapiro entertained at a dinner in their Coronado home on  Thursday, Nov. 18.  The families of the engaged couple and out of town visitors, here for the wedding, were guests.

Mr. and Mrs. Max Maisel and Mr. and MRs. Henry Silver were hosts for the wedding rehearsal dinner  party on Saturday, Nov. 20.

Mr. and Mrs. Meir Bleiberg will spend many nights staying up late and talking with Mrs. Bleiberg’s sister, Tova Goldwasser, whom they haven’t seen in 12 years.  Mrs. Goldwasser has lived in Israel for the past eight years, but now ill make her home here.

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Snyder are back in town after a two month visit back east. Their trip to Boston and New York included Broadway shows and parties with their many friends in both cities.

Preceding the annual Temple Beth Israel Men’s Club dinner, November 27 at the Admiral Kidd Club, board members and their wives will gather at President Richard Lustig’s home for cocktails.

Those preent will be Messrs. And Mesdames Charles Silverman, Hebert Blakesman, Harley Babbitz, Ben Carnot, Al Brooks, Morrie Douglas, Hubert Wolff, Mack Esterson, Don Pogrell, Richard Silberman, Sam Goldberg, and Lester Apfelbaum.  Present as guests of Mr. and Mrs. Lustig will be Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Steinberger and Mr. and Mrs. Hebert Bachrach.

To Be Bas Mitzvah
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 18, 1954, Page 3

Deanna Steckel

Mr. and Mrs. Harold D. Steckel have the delightful pleasure of announcing the Bas Mitz ah of their daughter, Deanna Rene, on Friday, December 3rd.  Services, conducted by Rabbi Monroe Levens and Cantor Joseph Cysner will be held at Tifereth Israel Synagogue at 8:15 p.m. followed by a reception for family and friends. 

A party for Deanna and her close friends is planned for the following evening at Mission Valley Country Club.

Engagement Announced

Southwestern Jewish Press, November 18, 1954, Page 3

Mr. and Mrs. Wilfred H. Goodman announce the engagement of their daughter, Margie “Bunny” to Mr. Herbert Hyman, son of Mrs. and the late Mr. Sam B. Hyman of Los Angeles. An early summer wedding is planned.  Miss Goodman graduated from Hoover High School and attended San Diego State College where she affiliated with Pi Alpha Lambda Sorority. Chocolates were passed at the last meeting of the sorority announcing the engagement, in absentia. She is presently attending the University of California at Los Angeles where she is an English major.  Mr. Hyman who is a Zeta Beta Tau affiliate at the same college, was president of the Yeomans and the Kelps, both of men’s honorary associations.  He will graduate in June.

Mr. and Mrs. Louis Altman Golden Wedding
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 18, 1954, Page 3

The daughters, Mrs. Max Selkin, Mrs. Joseph Leeb of New York City, and MRs. Harry H. Schwartz of San Diego, announce the celebration of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Altman, Golden Wedding Anniversary, Sunday, December 5.

A  reception for fifty guests will be give in the home of Mrs. Harry H. Schwartz, 4068 Centre  St., and friends of the feted couple are invited.

The couple were married in 1904 in New York city but have been California residents for twenty years. They now reside in Elsinore, California.

Mrs. Selkin and Mrs. Leeb flew in from New York to be with their parents on this joyous occasion.

The couple has 10 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.


Southwestern Jewish Press, November 18, 1954, Page 3

Ronald Craig, weighting 8 lbs, 1 oz, arrived o Veterans Day, Nov. 11 to join 5-year-old sister Randey Lee, and parents, Mr. and Mrs. Herman Horn.

Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Hornstein of Portland, Ore and maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Mathieu Levy of San Diego.

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Baumgarten (Marian Feinberg) announce the birth of their first child, a daughter, Deborah Susan, born November 3rd, 5:02 p.m. and weighing 9 lbs, 5 oz.

The young lady’s grandfather is Nathan Fineberg and her great-grandmothers are Mrs. H. Flaschbinder of Los Angeles and Mrs. Bertha Fineberg.

Mr. and Mrs. Woodrow Ratner announce the birth of a daughter, Ann Marline, born Oct. 13, weighing 6 lbs, 9 oz.  Ronna, 20 and Richard, 8, are delighted with their new baby sister, as are grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Marco Ratner.


Southwestern Jewish Press, November 18, 1954, Page 3

ROOM FOR RENT – Private bedroom in fine home near transp.  North Park. Call AT 2-6274, JU-2-0944.

WANTED – Couple or lady to share very nice home. Near bus. Call before 11:00 a.m. or after 6:00 p.m.  JU 2-7332.


Southwestern Jewish Press, November 18, 1954, Page 3

26th – Joint Tercentenary and Thanksgiving Services – Temple Beth Israel – 8:15 p.m.

27th – Beth Israel Men’s Club Annual Dinner – Admiral Kidd Club

5th – Beth Jacob Ladies Aux Roast Beef Dinner – Beth Jacob Center – 6:00 p.m.

11th – Birdie Stodel Oneg Shabbat Tea – Alice Birney School – 1:00 p.m.

12th – U.J.F. 21st Annual Meeting and Tercentenary Celebration San Diego Hotel – 6:30 po.m.

18th – Couples ?Club Chanukah Party – Tifereth Israel Cente r—8:00 p.m.

19th—Hebrew Home for the Aged – Chanukah Party – 2:00 p.m.

21st – City of Hope Aux. “Break the Bank Luncheon.”

Double Talk
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 18, 1954, Page 4

Hi Gang!

Our Kosher Kids are really turning to the Political world. This week we send congratulations to Andy Beck who recently was elected to the office of President of Benjamin Franklin Grammar School.  Keep it up Andy.

This week was really one for surprises.  Gail Kahn got the surprise of her life when she walked into Bev Kitaen’s home to see all her friends singing Happy Birthday to her. Trying to sing in tune were: Adrienne Sacknoff, Lois Liff, Faygie Krasner, Donna Godes, Dorothy Hess, Sharlene Stone, Joan Breitbard, Natalie Veitzer, Jane Cohn, Lucy Recht, Arlene Garey, Deanna Brown, Janet Solof and hostesses Sherry Newman and Bev Kitaen.  Pizzas were the specialty on the menu ending the supper with a beautiful cake.  Many happy surprise, Gail.

If only Sheldon Golden had known what was going on behind his back, he would have been awed. But – since he didn’t, what a surprised boy he was as he walked in the door and saw Al Leener ‘n Donna Godes, Bob Beck ‘n Andy Leeds, Herb Sevel ‘n Mary Gasser, Jim Recht ‘n Barabara Stein, Ernie Addleson ‘n Faygie Krasner, Donna Kobernick ‘n Susan Solof, Dan Weinberg ‘n Natalize Veitzer, and Sheldon’s date, Janet Solof.  Dancing and refreshments were the Hi-light for the evening and a good time was had by everyone.  Do you feel a year older Sheldon?

Attention all post confirmants:  A post confirmation class has begun at Temple Beth Israel.  They have discussion groups on your own topics, from 11 to 12 on Sundays. Try and go, there’s oodles of fun and I’m sure you’d like them.  

That’s all for now – CY-5-0679.

Campus Doings
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 18, 1954, Page 4

By Ed Rosenthal

Hillel, a college group for Jewish students, has started off the semester with approximately 35 members.

The organization’s social calendar has so far included a pizza party at Ettie Mallinger’s home and a bagel and lox breakfast at the Jewish Community Center  In the cultural line, Hillel members are learning Jewish folk songs and dance.

Members sang for Samuel I. Fox B’nai B’rith Lodge Nov. 9.  Hillel holds its annual meetings every other week on Tuesday at Beth Jacob Center.

Newly elected Hillel officers are: Herb Gross, president; Martin Weiner, vice president; Reitha Stokes, secretary.

Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity – Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity at San Diego State College has pledged nine Jewish college men this semester. New pledges are Ernest Addleson, Robert Beck, Bruce Fisher, Sheldon Golden, Darrel Kitaen, Robert Meyers, Seymour Pomeranz, Sigmund Urbach and George Roseberger.

Active members of Beta Lambda Chapter total 25. San Diego’s chapter is the 48th and latest chapter of this national fraternity.

Social affairs this semester have include a swim-dinner-dance at the Kona Kai Club, a Halloween party at the El Morocco, and a semi-annual initiation dinner and dance at the Mission Valley Country Club given in honor of new initiates, Havery Levitt and Harry Slayen.

JBTs (sic, ZBTs) are also planning an open bid college dance and a Founder’s Day dinner-dance.

Officers of ZBT are: Alan Mishne, president; Stephen Kirschtel, vice-president; Noel Fishman, secretary; Donald Solomon, treasurer, and Joseph Winicki, historian.

(Hebrew Home)

Southwestern Jewish Press, November 18, 1954, Page 4

Application for admission to the Hebrew Home for the Aged may be made through the Jewish Social Service Agency, 333 Plaza, BE 2-5172.

‘Comic Books’ Subject of Dr. Barbour Talk
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 18, 1954, Page 4

Director of Child Guidance for the San Diego Schools Dr. Richmond Barbour, whose column, “Parent’s Corner” and “You and Your Problem” are widely read and quoted by San Diegans, is to speak on the subject “Menace of Comic Books” for the National Council of Jewish Women luncheon meeting at Temple Beth Israel on Tuesday, Dec. 7.

The table décor and selections by the Glee Club will have a Chanukah theme and a festive holiday luncheon is planned.

A representative of the San Diego City Schools will be guest of honor with Sidney Posin, Executive Director of the Jewish Community Center.

Couples Club Hold Latka Party
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 18, 1954, Page 4

Latkas, games, Hanukah scenes and decorations are being brewed for the next social of the Couples Club on Saturday at 8 p.m., December 18th in Tifereth Israel Center. As usual, doors are wide open to visitors. For further information call May Radding, AT 2-8032.

New Years Party—To be held at Michaels, Lemon Grove. Tickets are $10 a couple.  It will include a steak dinner, a bottle of champagne, favors and dancing. A special section will be reserved for the Couples Club and its guests. Reservtion deadline December 15. For further details call Jean Finkleman, HO-6-0389.

‘Discipline’ Subject of Nursery Group

Southwestern Jewish Press, November 18, 1954, Page 4

Else Hermann of the Jewish Social Service Agency met with the J.C.C. Cooperative Nursery School mothers at the home of Mrs. Marvin Stein this week and led a discussion on “Discipline.”

Mrs. Melvin Karzan is president of the parents’ group and Mrs. Milton Schwartz acts as Educational Director.

Dorsk House Finds Favor With San Diegans
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 18, 1954, Page 4

San Diegans have been finding an “oasis” in the desert.  Mr. and Mrs. Dan Dorsk, owners of Dorsk House, have been attracting local residents to their Desert Hot Springs Resort. Equipped with hot and cold swimming pools, natural healing mineral water in all units, Dorsk House offers the best sort of vacation during the winter months. Rates are reasonable, starting at $12.50 a day for rooms and $15.00 a day for apartments. All rooms are insulated, air conditioned and equipped with the latest heating units.  Telephones in every room.

Reservations can be made by Dorsk House, 705 E. 6th St., Desert Hot Springs, Calif., or phone 4-2755.

Sisterhood Plans Chanukah Theme
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 18, 1954, Page 4

A Chanukah theme will prevail at the Tifereth Israel Synagogue Sisterhood Luncheon Meeting on Tuesday, December 14, in the Synagogue lounge, 2930 Howard Street, San Diego.

Traditional Chanukah foods will be prepared by the Hostess Circle according to Mrs. Max Zemen and Mrs. Victor Weiss, co-chairmen. The tables will be decorated with the symbols of the coming holiday.

Mrs. Daniel Orlansky announced that the program is to be a “Chanukah Workshop.” Children from the Tifereth Israel nursery school will participate in the program.

For luncheon reservations, please call Mrs. Zemen, AT-4-0274, Mrs. Weiss, AT 1-4571, or the Synagogue office, AT 1-5529.


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