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Adventures in San Diego Jewish History, February 4, 1955, Part 1

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B.B. District Grand Lodge President To Attend Joint Meeting February 4
Southwestern Jewish Press, February 4, 1955, Page 1

San Diego will be honored by a visitation of the District Grand Lodge President of B’nai B’rith, David A. Chertkow of Canada, on Monday, Feb. 14, at 8:15 p.m., Temple Center, at a joint meeting of S.D. Lasker and Samuel I. Fox Lodges, according to Mickey Fredman and Dave Schloss, respective presidents.

Members and prospective Ben B’riths are urged to attend this event, one of the few times a Grand President visits our community. An interesting program has been planned and Mr. Chertkow will give an inspiring talk on “B’nai B’rith—A Way of Life.”

Prior to the meeting, a dinner will be tendered the Grand President at the El Cortez at 6 p.m. to which all officers of the lodges and friends are cordially invited to attend.  Reservations must be made with executive board member Morrie Kraus, chairman, at CY 5-4834, Eddie Breitbard at AT 4-3458 or Stan Yukon at JU 2-5684.

Following the3 meeting special refreshments will be served by Jerry “Chief” Aronoff. The regular social will round out the rest of the evening.  Plan to attend so that San Diego B’nai B’rith will live up to its reputation of always turning out for the Grand President and making him welcome.


Southwestern Jewish Press, February 4, 1955, Page 1

Rae Katz, Jane Lustig and Louise Hertz examine country fair merchandise. (Photo: Wm Pierce Studio)

Sisterhood “Country Fair”

A “Country Fair” is traditionally a family outing, and the 4th Annual Country Fair sponsored by Temple Beth Israel Sisterhood, Sunday, February 6, will be no exception.  From the time the doors open on the rural atmosphere at the American Legion Hall, 2690 B St., at 3 p.m. until closing time at midnight , there will be activities and entertainment for all ages.  Louise Hertz, Zelma Goldstein and  Charlotte Haas have planned an outstanding buffet supper, at $1.85 for adults and 85c for children to be served from 5 until 8 p.m.  The younger sets will find amusement in the game booths under the direction of Betty Karel, and at the Grab Bag set up by Bertie Leeds.  Those who shop will find a wealth of merchandise of every sort, collected or made by such active Chairmen as Mollie Kerper, Gift Items; Lillian Novak, Sewing; Blanche Cohen, Plants and Corsages; Janice Rabin, Knit Goods; Virginia Friedman, White Elephants; Belle Karp, Dolls; Betty Sugerman, Toys: and Items made by Dora Friedman and at Temple House Kaffee Klatches.  Food for the pantry and the freezer will be found at the Delicatessen Booth, under the direction of Rae Katz.

Ethel Pogrell has the games and booths in the Hall, while Harriet Dickman is in charge of decorations.  Mona Sharpe, Merchandising, and Helen Sinder, gaming booths.

There will be no admission charge, so accept the invitation of Country Fair Chairman, Jane Lustig, and her co-chairmen, Ethel Pogrell, Mona Sharpe and Louise Hertz to join in the fun at the gala 4th Annual Cou9ntry Fair, Sunday, February 6, at 2690 B. St.

United Jewish Fund Sets Date For Opening Drive
Southwestern Jewish Press, February 4, 1955, Page 1

In preparation for the 1955 Combined Jewish Appeal the Fund Board has begun working on two very vital questions which are preliminary to announcing the goal and agencies benefitting from the drive.

Morris Douglas, President, in announcing that the 1955 campaign would open on March 24, also announced the appointment of Milton Y. Roberts to head the committee to investigate the multiplicity of campaigns, and to determine whether budgeting and allocations shall be completed before the campaign opens.

The committee is working on a formula which will give an incentive to organizations in the local community to aid the drive directly.

National organizations which fall into this group are B’nai B’rith, Jewish War Veterans, City of Hope, Histadrut, Jewish Labor Committee, Pioneer Women, Congregation Beth Israel, Union of American Hebrew Congregations, Beth Jacob, Union of Orthodox Synagogues and Tifereth Israel Jewish Theological Seminary and the Jewish Welfare Board.

Locally the Jewish Social Service Agency, Hebrew Home for Aged, and the Community Relations Council are recipients of the Fund and will be expected to join in the effort.

Indirectly affected by the Fund drive are Hadassah, and National Council of Jewish Women.

Meeting of Reform Congregations in L.A. February 13-16
Southwestern Jewish Press, February 4, 1955, Page 1

Jeff Chandler, popular Universal-International film star and Vanessa Brown, of stage and screen fame, will be seen in person at the Hollywood Palladium on Wednesday night, Feb. 16, when they enact leading roles in a dramatic presentation at the 43rd Biennial Convention banquet of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations.

More than 2,000 delegates from every state in the nation, Canada and Hawaii are expected to attend the banquet, which will officially close the four-day convention of the national body embracing more than 500 Reform temples.  Host group, the Southern California Council, includes 28 congregations. Rabbi Morton J. Cohn and President Mack Esterson of Temple Beth Israel will attend the convention.

Community Invited

Southwestern Jewish Press, February 4, 1955, Page 1

Special services will be held at Beth Israel tonight to dedicate the newly completed Temple House and the remodeling of the Temple.

Awards will be made to those who contributed their services. Entertainment and refreshments will be provided. The entire community is invited to attend.

B’nai B’rith Sponsors Film at State College
Southwestern Jewish Press, February 4, 1955, Page 1

The film, “The Almanac of Liberty,” A Studio One show, by Wm. O. Douglas, will be shown at State College, Thursday, Feb. 10th, at 11:00 a.m. in room S-101.  For those of you who missed the television show in November 1954 this is a must!  It is the only showing that will be held in San Diego. The B’nai B’rith bringing the film here and Mr. Newman of the Campus Y and Dr. Kinder of the Audio0Visual Dept. of State College, are assisting us. Please invite your friends, everyone is welcome.

There will be time for a question and answer period after the showing, which will be led by one of the professors at the College.

For information regarding same, please call Mrs. Ted Brav, AT 4-3434.

Herzl Sabbath Feb. 12
Southwestern Jewish Press, February 4, 1955, Page 1

Saturday, February 12, has been designated as Herzl Sabbath by the American Zionist Council and the Jewish Agency, it was announced today by Mrs. Rose L. Halprin, chairman of the Joint Herzl Committee of those organizations.

The occasion is part of a worldwide commemoration of the death of Theodor Herzl, founder of modern Zionism, 50 years ago.

Rabbis at 2,200 Congregations throughout the United States have been requested to devote their sermons on that day to Herzl and to arrange special events by their Hebrew Schools and Adult Education Groups.

February 12 was chosen because it is the Sabbath preceding February 14 when, in 1896, Herzl’s historic pamphlet, “The Jewish State,” was published in Vienna and led to the convention of the first  World Zionist Congress in Basle, Switzerland, the following year.

New Subscribers
Southwestern Jewish Press, February 4, 1955, Page 1

Milton Schindler
Daniel L. Gove
Dr. Werner Lehman
American Cancer Society
Cpl. and Mrs. Dean Greenberg
Mrs. David Sapp
Mrs. Lillian Baume
Mrs. R. Gerber

“Holiday” Has Israel Story in Feb. Issue
Southwestern Jewish Press, February 4, 1955, Page 1

The February issue of “Holiday” magazine contains a beautifully  illustrated issue on Israel,  entitled “Land of the Bible” by Joan Comay, wife of Israel’s Ambassador to Canada.

It tells of the dramatic rebirth of Israel two thousand year after Roman legionnaires captured Jerusalem and ended the Jewish State.

Important Announcement
Southwestern Jewish Press, February 4, 1955, Page 1

Morris Douglas, President of the United Jewish Fund, has announced that the 1955 Combined Jewish Appeal will open on March 24 and will continue the intensive campaign for a ten-week period, through June 3.  The period from March 1 to June 24 will be used for campaign organization.

The president is calling upon all Jewish organizations to give the same fine cooperation which they always have manifested in San Diego in avoiding the scheduling of any fund raising events during this ten week period.  This will permit the entire community to contribute their manpower and resources to insure the success of the Fund campaign for funds for over forty-two agencies.

Any question regarding possible conflicting dates may be cleared with the Fund Director, Albert A. Hutler.

Barney-Shames Wedding Told
Southwestern Jewish Press, February 4, 1955, Page 2

On January 16th Barbara Gayle Shames, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. P. Shames of San Diego was wed to Manny I. Barney, son of Mrs. Morris Barney, of Los Angeles.

The couple were married by Rabbi Morton J. Cohn at the Tifereth Israel Synagogue in a candlelit ceremony. Floral decorations matched the gowns.

The bride wore an original gown of nylon tulle and lace, decorated with irredescent sequins and seed pearls, with portrait neckline. She carried a white orchid on her bible.  Miss Annette Barney, Maid of Honor, wore pink crystallete; Mrs. Della Epstein, Matron of Honor, wore gold crystallite; attendants Mrs. Reva Geller, Mrs. Ida Liberman and Mrs. Jackie Krahoff wore liqht aqua crystallette.  Marlene Geller, flower girl, wore a yellow dress.

Best man was Ira Shames, ushers were Marty Epstein, John Magidof, Irving Geller, Irving Stein and Chet Greengard.

A dinner and reception was held at the Mission Valley Country Club for 110 guests.  The bride’s mother received in a mauve, taffeta, cocktail dress, trimmed in pink pearls and beads.  The groom’s mother wore a gown of gray lace over taffeta, trimmed in rhinestones.

The bride left for her honeymoon in San Francisco wearing an off-white, jeweled knit suit with white jeweled hat and black accessories. The young couple will reside at 827 N. Alfred St., in Los Angeles.

Out of town guests were Mr. Jack Magidof, and Mr. and Mrs. Martin Epstein of Pittsburg, Pa.

Selma Cohen Betrothed

Southwestern Jewish Press, February 4, 1955, Page 2

Mr. and Mrs. Alex Cohen announce the engagement of their daughter, Selma, to Roland Schiller of New York City.

Selma is a graduate of the University of California in Los Angeles. An early wedding is being planned.


Southwestern Jewish Press, February 4, 1955, Page 2

Thank You Notes – Mrs. Celia Schwartz wishes to thank her many friends and organizations for their kindness to her during her bereavement in the loss of her sister Mrs. Ruth Selkin, who passed away while visiting in Elsinore, Calif.

Mrs. John Ruskin wishes her friends to know how much they helped to make the days fly during her recent confinement to bed.

Many thanks to Dr. and Mrs. H.A. Brookler for sending us their former home paper, the Jewish Post, from Canada.  We were green with envy looking at the 150-page Chanukah edition loaded with Ads. It should happen to the Southwest Jewish Press of San Diego.
Mr. and Mrs. Fritz Lavender wish to thank their friends for the good wishes concerning their newly attained Citzenship.

Mrs. Henry Weinberger is back home after surgery and wishes to thank her friends fo rhteir good wishes and kindness during her stay at the hospital.

Mrs. Al Brav (Ruth) did such a competent job as area chairman for the Community Chest that the Pacific Beach Girls Scouts elected her Neighborhood Chairman of Dist. 9.

Mr. and Mrs. J. Levin have just returned from a twelve-day tour of Mexico City and Acapulco.  Ann says, “the sights are worth living on tea and toast.”
Robert and Lucille Hirsch, nephew and niece of Dr. and Mrs. A.P. Nasatir, left last week for San Francisco. Robert was graduated from State College with distinction and honors. He was third highest in the class. He will attend the University of California, Berkeley, to secure his Master’s degree. The Nasatirs and San Diego will miss Bob and Lucille. Good luck in your new work and come back to us soon.

It was “surprise, surprise” for Niel Himmel when he walked into the home of his children, Mr. and Mrs. Lester Himmel.  Mrs. Himmel planned the family dinner birthday party with her daughter-in-law.  Sharing the happy occasion were Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Lipinsky, MRs. Annie Esenoff, Mrs. Ann Fagelson and Mr. and Mrs. Sam Withall.  Out-of-town visitor was Irving Fagelson of Los Angeles.

Esther Moorsteen left on a flying trip to New York. She will have a reunion with Dr. and Mrs. J.A. Bronner whom she met in Israel five years ago.  The Bronners are visiting their son and daughter-in-law, Zev and Gloria Bronner. Gloria is the former Gloria Haydis, native San Diegan and niece of Mrs. Moorsteen.  Mrs. Moorsteen will stay with her son and his wife, the Richard Moorsteens, and will visit her niece Avia, who lived for a time in San Diego with her aunt. She plans on staying in New York ten days.

Marriage Told

Southwestern Jewish Press, February 4, 1956, Page 2

Announcement has been made of the recent marriage of Rose Minick and Jack Gilmore. The ceremony was solemnized January 27th in Yuma, Arizona. Rose is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Victor Winnick of New Haven, Conn., and Jack is the son of Mrs. Emma Gilmore of Buffalo, N.Y.

As a delightful courtesy to the bride, Miss Rhoda Jaffee and Mrs. William Sherliss entertained at the Sherliss home Tuesday evening with a surprise shower. The couple will be at home to their friends at 4380 Illinois Street, San Diego.

Junior Charity Holds Valentine Party

Southwestern Jewish Press, February 4, 1956, Page 2

The Junior Charity League is again giving the one money-raising event of the year, a Valentine Card Party, on Feb. 10 at Temple Center, Thursday noon.  The organization, composed of 22 members, has as its purpose charitable and philanthropic work.  A delicious turkey luncheon cooked by the members will be served, and a home made cake sale held afterward.  All proceeds from this luncheon will go to the local Polio Foundation.

President of the club this year is Mrs. Harry Epsten; Vice Pres., Mrs. Wm Moss; Sec., Mrs. Lou Moorstein; Treas, Mrs. Sam Sosna; Soc. Sec., Mrs Paul Nestor.  Chairman of the affair is Mrs. Moss, and reservations may be made with any member. Donation is $1.50.

The Junior Charity League has done work with the blind, thru Mrs. Jerome Cohn, chairman; is collecting funds for Unicef, thru Mrs. Lou Moorstein, chairman; has given donations to the Vauclain Home, thru MRs. Ben Rottman, takes part in Red Cross and many other civic activities.

Two lovely door prizes donated by Mrs. Nathan Baranov  and Mrs. Rod Horrow will be given… Everyone is invited to come.


Southwestern Jewish Press, February 4, 1956, Page 2

Celebrating is going on North, East, South and West over the arrival of Jonathan to Mr. and Mrs. Dan Abramson,  on January 5th. HE was born at Mercy Hospital and weighed 7 lbs, 3 oz.

Paternal grandparents are Mr. and MRs. Abramson and maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Steffel, all of San Diego.

Greatgrandparents are Mrs Hannah Cloner, of San Diego; Mrs. Henrietta Chortack of San Francisco, MR. and Mrs. J.S. Abramson of Detroit and Mr. and Mrs. N. Miller of Chicago.

Friends are cordially invited to the Pidyan Ha-Ben honoring Jonathan’s arrival.  Open House will be held from 1-4 p.m, Sunday, Feb. 6, at 4616 Florida St., Apt. 11.

Mr. and Mrs. Sam Siraton proudly announce the arrival of their first son, Craig Paul, who joined his sisters Julie and Susan on January 16th  Craig weighed seven and one half pounds and measured twenty-three inches.  (More cigars, Sam, the length is above average.)

Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Louis Adams and Mrs. Louis Siraton of San Diego.


Southwestern Jewish Press, February 4, 1956, Page 2

Gardener—No need for your garden to be neglected.  Help is as near as your telephone. Phone BE 4-4353 or BE 3-8393.

Furnished Room – Separate unit; private entrance and bath; hot plate.  North Pk area.  Phone BE 2-1366.

Southwestern Jewish Press, February 4, 1956, Page 2

4th—Fri., 7:30 p.m., Temple Beth Israel Dedication Services.
5th—Sat., 7:30 p.m., Temple Teens Valentine Ball
6th—Sun, from 3:30 p.m. to midnite—“Country Fair” – Beth Israel Sisterhood, American Legion Hall.
8th—Tues, 8 p.m.—City of Hope Jr. “Ladies’ Nite” –T.I.S. Center
10th—Thurs, noon—Jr. CharityhLeague Valentine Card Party.
12th – Sat, 7 p.m., Council of Jewish Women – Valentine Ball—Mission Club.
13th—Sun., 8 p.m.—Rabbi Philip Bernstein –J.C.C. – Temple Center.
13th—Sun., 7 p.m., Yomaco Installation, Dinner-Dance – Casper’s Ranch
13th—Sun—10 a.m. “Snow Party” – Beth Jacob Youth League.
13th—Sun, 8 p.m., — Pioneer Women  celebrate Arbor Day – Beth Jacob Center.
14th—Mon. Lunch – Birdie Stodel – 26th Anniversary, Beth Jacob Center.
15th—Tues, Noon – City of Hope Installation – S.D. Club.
15th—Tues, eve. Temple Men’s Club – Sons and Daughters Nite – Temple Center
19th – Sat., 8 p.m., Couple Club, Speaker, Dr. Harris, Valentine Party – T.I.S. Center
16th –Wednesday noon—Hadassah “Afternoon of Fun”—Luncheon – Meeting
“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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