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Adventures in San Diego Jewish History, November 26, 1954, Part 4

Compiled by San Diego Jewish World staff

Beth Jacob News
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 26, 1954, Page 8

The Oneg Shabbat Service which takes place every Friday evening at 8:15 discusses great Jewish personalities and their works.  Each session is devoted to a different author – his work and times.  No former knowledge is required since each Friday session deals with a different subject.

The following subjects shall be discussed: The Talmud, “Rashi’s Commentaries,” “Sulchan Arcuch” and “Ahad Ha-Ams’ Essays.”

There will be no Friday evening session on November 26th since our members are urged to participate in the Tercentenary Sabbath designated by the Synagogue Council of America, which will be held at Temple Beth Israel.

Annual Meeting – At the annual meeting of the Congregation the nominating committee proposed a new slate of officers for 1955.  There have also been nominations from the floor. The election of officers will take place November 30th.

Auxiliary Dinner – The Ladies Auxiliary of Beth Jacob are having a delicious Roast Beef Dinner Sunday, December 5th – 6:00 p.m. at Beth Jacob Center.  All are welcome to come – you may be the lucky winner of a Wristwatch. Donation will be $1.75.  For reservations call AT 2-2676.

City of Hope Pleads for Blood Donors
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 26, 1954, Page 8

Blood is urgently needed for the Children’s Leukemia Wing – the Red Cross has been providing this service to the City of Hope free, but the increased requirements and the shortage in the Red Cross Blood Bank will force them to charge $25.00 per pint on future needs.  Unless the blood already used is replaced and a Blood Bank set up with the Red Cross, City of Hope will have to pay approximately $50,000.00 a year for this vital lifesaving blood.  Members, relatives and friends who give blood will also be setting up a personal reserve of blood when the need of a transfusion arises here besides giving the City of Hope credit for blood donated locally. If you can give blood please contact Muriel Strauss, JU 2-0788, or Jeanne Camiel, CY 5-2566 and BE 4-9595.

U.N. Study Groups
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 26, 1954, Page 8

Mrs. D. Lee Worcester has begun her new study group this past Tuesday.  Next meeting: her home Tuesday at 8 p.m., 4027 Brant Street in Mission Hills, 1 short block off No. 3 bus.  It is hoped those who enroll will continue the entire 12 weeks since preparation of the course requires much time and effort.  Mrs. Worcester’s vast and up-to-date U.N. knowledge, plus her natural enthusiasm, makes her study courses most valuable.

Hebrew Home Aux. To Show Recent Films
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 26, 1954, Page 8

Pictures of the recent groundbreaking ceremonies will be shown at the next regular meeting of the Hebrew Home for Aged Women’s Auxiliary on Wednesday, Dec. 1 at 1:30 p.m.  Additional movies will be shown and refreshments served, as announced by Mrs. Paul Cudney, program chairman.

Mrs. Rodin Horrow, chairman, with co-chairman, Mrs. Edward Addleson, has planned an interesting program and the distribution of gifts for the 4th Annual Chanukah Party on Dec. 19 at 2:00 p.m.  The community is invited with a special invitation to the older members of the community.

Birdie Stodel Women Plan Open Tea December 11th
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 26, 1954, Page 8

Birdie Stodel B’nai B’rith Women have invited women’s organizations throughout the city to an Oneg-Shabbat-Tea on Dec. 11 at the Alice Birney School, 4295 Campus at 1:00 p.m. Traditional Chanukah delicacies will be served.

Mrs. Ben Rosenthal of Los Angeles, immediate Past President of the Supreme Lodge of B.B. Women, will be guest speaker.  She has recently returned from a tour of Germany under the sponsorship of the American Heritage Foundation and will relate her experiences. The human relatios film, “Your Neighbor Celebrates” will also be shown.

The community is invited.

Telephone Company Explains Request For Rate Hike
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 26, 1954, Page 8

Pacific Telephone today filed a supplemental application with the California Public Utilities Commission in San Francisco for additional revenue to meet the costs of higher wages recently granted.

Ben Gilmer, vice president of Pacific Telephone’s California Operations, said:

“This request covers only the cost of wage increases recently made effective following union wage settlements. These wage settlements were being negotiated at the time the July 6 order was issued, and their cost was not provided for in the order.  Since payroll costs make up more than half of our operating expenses, wage increases have a heavy impact on our earnings.

“Under the stringent regulation of the California Commission there is no room for absorption of such cost increases. The additional revenue the company seeks at this time will merely restore the company’s earnings to the level authorized by the commission’s decision on July 6 this year.  This is necessary if the company is to be in a financial position to provide for the full telephone needs of its service areas in California.”

The effect of the requested increase amounting to $4,980,000 annually would be relatively small when it is considered in relation to the over 4,000,000 Pacific telephones in California.

Southwestern Jewish Press, November 26, 1954, Page 8

The boy who cried wolf has probably grown up to be the wolf who cries “Boy!”

Southwestern Jewish Press, November 26, 1954, Page 8

Mrs. Bella Lucow, on Nov. 15 at the age of 67.  Mrs. Lucow lived most of her life in Canada, but resided in San Diego the last six years. Services were conducted by Rabbi Monroe Levens and Cantor Joseph Cysner at Greenwood Mortuary on November 17.  Interment was in Home of Peace Cemetery.

She is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Edith Wernick and Mrs. Diana Phomin of San Diego; Mrs. Frances Berger of Los Angeles and Mrs. Goldie Nelson, New York; and four sons, Dr. William Lucow and Martin Lucow, Winnipeg; Sam Lucow, Vancouver, and Benjamin Lucow, a University of California instruct assigned to the armed forces in Japan.

The Jewish Center Goal (Editorial)
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 26, 1954, Page 9

The goal of $269,000 for the new Center Building was set by the Federation and the Board of the Center after careful deliberation. It was known at the time that the sum would not be sufficient to build the kind of plant which San Diego deserves and needs.

The leaders of this movement were actually fearful of setting a realistic figure to cover the cost of a completely equipped Jewish Community Center. They did not know or couldn’t guess the response their appeal would make. The Jewish Press knew all along the $269,000 would not build even a minimum Cenjter, no less a facility that Jews of this community could be proud of for years to come.

When you invest this kind of money, it is not for a few years but for a great many years to come.

1.  It’s got to be big enough, for one thing. (Ask L.A. about their newly completed Center—built for 7500 members, now with 8200—6 months old and it’s already outmoded.)

2. Best advice obtainable is to build now – not to add on later.  Costs keep going up – not down!  And you lose good money when you tear down to build up!

3.   Now is the time to do it right – not to be sorry you did “too little and too late!”

The realistic goal for a real Jewish Community Center should be $500,000!  Why?  Because that’s the least you need to build a center with decent facilities and equipment. We don’t blame the board members who were timid, they really didn’t know that 31 board members would pledge almost $70,000 in none night. But they are taking heart at this demonstration of faith and raising their sights to $500,000.

Some examples: Allentown, Pa, 3000 Jew — $1,000,000 –building going up now!  Scranton, PA, 6,000 Jews (same as our community) –$1,000,000—building just completed.  Oakland, Calif., 7500 Jews –$600,000-plant going up soon!  We could cite many other communities but we are sure you get the idea.

Let’s not be sorry we could not think big.  Let’s do it and do it right!  Get behind the drive and put up a structure we will be proud of for many years to come. The board cannot do it alone.  They have shown the way – now we must follow and put over the campaign for $500,000.

German Sovereignty (Editorial)
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 26, 1954, Page 9

Several years ago the American Government made the restoration of full sovereignty to a reamed Western Germany, within the framework of the Western alliance, one of the keystones of its foreign policy.  Since then there was little doubt that it was but a matter of time until this goal of American diplomacy would be achieved. The path, however, was strewn with obstacles, and the jubilation in American circles over the signing of the agreement a few weeks ago undoubtedly reflected a deep-felt satisfaction over the final attainment of an arduously sought objective.  But Jews through the world are likely to feel little jubilation over what has occurred. And it might have been better, too, if some of the statesmen involved, particularly from the Unite States, had tempered their own jubilation with some reservations and misgivings.

That is not to say that the argument for the restoration of ‘German sovereignty is without a strong logic of its own. Then strength of that logic ultimately brought even France to support the final scheme.  Whatever one’s views about coexistence with communism, there is general agreement that democratic strength is an important deterrent to communist aggression. The West German contribution to the military strength of the West world can be considerable and even decisive.  Hence the importance of bringing the West German Republic into the Western Alliance. But whatever the logic, Jews everywhere have and will continue to have an instinctive fear of a rearmed Germany.  And that instinct is rooted in some very real and ineradicable memories of people and places—of parents and children and friends, of Belsen and Auschwitz and Buchenwald.  Those memories cannot coexist with jubilation over the prospect of the emergence of another German Wehrmacht – by whatever name.

Letters to the Editor
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 26, 1954, Page 9

Dear Mac:

With unbelief and dismay, I read the following in the “To See or not To See” column of your Nov. 2 issue (referring to an evening of one-act plays in Balboa Park): “If only one evening’s attendance is possible, may I suggest Friday…”

While the sanctities of our religion and the spiritual significance of the Sabbath may have little or no meaning for some individuals of Jewish affiliation, it is inexcusable for a publication serving all elements of the Jewish community to permits its columns to advocate activities which are an obvious desecration of the Sabbath.

The Synagogues have no desire to act in a totalitarian manner and impose their will on any indifferent Jew.  How the individual uses or abuses the Sabbath eve hours is his own concern (although I deplore his absence from worship).  But it becomes a matter of concern and indignation on the part of the synagogues when a publication ostensibly dedicated to Jewish values permits those values to be flouted by such indiscretions in its columns.

It is hoped that henceforth “if only one evening’s attendance is possible” at plays or concerts, the Jewish Press will recommend some evening other than Friday.  Let all Jews ask themselves the all-important question, “Are you consecrating the Sabbath – or desecrating it?”

Sincerely yours,
Rabbi Morton J. Cohn

Editor’s Note:  The Jewish Press has no desire to advise people to “desecrate” the Sabbath, if that is what happens when you don’t go to shule and go to a play, instead.  But we are willing to take the good grey Rabbi’s word for it.  The Jewish Press wishes to go on record as advising all Jews to attend to the Sabbath by going to the Synagogue of their choice – no matter what they read in the paper.

For the record, though, we must report that only two Jews were present at the plays in question last Friday and that one was in them and the other reviewed them for the Evening Tribune.

“Heart Clubs” Help Overweight Reduce

Southwestern Jewish Press, November 26, 1954, Page 9

San Diego overweight adults are losing weight by the ton!  Enthusiasm for the San Diego Heart Association’s free and voluntary weight-reducing “Heart Clubs” is running high and members of the first five charter clubs have already pledged themselves to lose over 2,000 pounds on the advice of their physicians.

The Heart Association cordially invites any adult 15 or more pounds overweight to get together a group of their own overweight friends or neighbors and form their own “Heart Club.”

Based on the idea of “group dieting”, these Heart Clubs have had excellent success in other cities and states in helping overweight adults lose weight through weekly meetings, weekly check-up on their weight loss, and association with members of a group having the same weight problems. There are on dues or fees.

Complete details may be obtained from the San Diego County Heart Association, 1651 4th Avenue, San Diego 1.

Christmas Seal Drive Opened Monday
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 26, 1954, Page 9

San Diego County’s 1954 Christmas Seal drive opened Monday, with more than 180,000 local families receiving personal envelopes of the colorful anti-tuberculosis seals in their mail boxes.

“Tuberculosis strikes on American every five minutes,” Mrs. Anderson said.  “Christmas Seals offer every resident an opportunity to strike back at the disease that is the nation’s number one killer among contagious disease.”

(Death Rate Cut)
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 26, 1954, Page 9

The death rate from lung cancer could be cut in half if all men over 45 years of age had chest x-rays twice a year, according to the American Cancer Society.

Chapter 47: More About Three Hundred Years in America: Jewish Contributions To American History
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 26, 1954, Page 9

By Dr. Philip L. Seman, University of Judaism

There is no such word as charity in the Jewish Code.  Charity is not something left to the individual will or whim. It is not a matter of patronage, but rather of duty.  One may search the whole credo of Biblical or rabbinical regulations providing for the relief of every condition of want, from the cradle to the grave, and the word charity in the usual interpretation, or as it is commonly accepted can not be found. That which is exemplified as the highest virtue in Jewish life is not called charity, but rather justice and righteousness.

The Hebrew word Tzadokah means justice, and when the Jew speaks of doing a service to his lest fortunate fellowman, in any form he speaks of it as a Tzadokah. The word indicates the true attitude toward helpfulness. Tzadokah is help given because it is right, just, fair, kind and merciful. All of these motives are blended into this one word.

In the obligations of human relations, one principle is fundamental and paramount – it is voiced in the outburst of the Psalmist: “Blessed are they that consider the poor.”

Consideration or the last fortunate is the key to the Jewish Social Service: The poor must never be put to shame. All emphasis was put, not on the gift, but on the spirit in which it was given. Thus an astute and exceedingly interesting description of the eight classes or types of givers was offered by Maimonides, the Jewish sage, whose Eight Hundredth Anniversary was celebrated eighteen years ago, the world over.

Not for the rabbis or scholars is the following of Maimondies who spoke of these eight classes presented, but rather for those who are not acquainted with these principles that the best in Jewish as well as non-Jewish social service servants, have looked with great conviction that these principles are ideal in the fullest sense, even if to some extent impractical, nonetheless a goal to strive for. Indeed the story to be told of Jewish social service is this and a number of future chapters of this series will indicate how and two what extent Jewish social service has made a real contribution to American history, particularly during the last sixty years, though there are indications of these ideals in the history of the Jews in America over three hundred years. Maimonides speaks off these eight classes referred to in the following manner.

“The meanest type of giving is that of the one who gives relief, but does so with bad grace, i.e., in a reluctant manner, and with a sour countenance. His gift is thereby wanting in the true spirit, and is deemed next to worthless. A little better is the next type, the one who gives very graciously, but yet very sparingly.  (To be continued)

(Jewish Canadians)
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 26, 1954, Page 9

Of 85,765 immigrants who entered Canada in the first month of 1954, only 786 were Jewish.

“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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