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Interfaith ‘Stop the Hate Rally’ planned Sept. 27 in Edison, N.J.

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EDISON, N.J. (Press Release)–Rabbi Bernhard Rosenberg, pulpit rabbi at Congregation Beth El in Edison, got tired of counting swastikas and hearing antisemitic cat calls when he headed home from synagogue. 

And it didn’t help when hate crimes were dismissed as youthful pranks. Nor does it matter which ethnic or religious group is targeted. “The hate,” says the rabbi, “has got to stop.”

Working with local clergy, the rabbi, who teaches at Rutgers and Yeshiva University, called the Metuchen Edison Clergy Association, who came together and called for a “Stop the Hate Rally” for Monday night, September 27 at Congregation Beth El, 91 Jefferson Boulevard in Edison. The mayor and the chief of police will attend, as will other politicians.“The kids think what they are doing is cool. Unfortunately, they are getting lots of reinforcement from the Internet and current events. Since the community can’t be protected from these obnoxious hate crimes, we, as citizens of Edison, must see how we can change these teen behaviors from the pulpit and in our classrooms. Danger lies ahead if we do nothing.”Pointing to the media, the rabbi notes that baiting Muslims and Latinos, going from verbal violence to physical violence is escalating as elections heat up.  “The behavior of those who feel free to express their xenophobia is an indicator of a failure in our educational system. We are Americans who believe in the Bill of Rights and that all people should be treated with respect and dignity. Our children need to know that and live by that–no matter what race or religion they are.”The rally is expected to raise these issues for discussion, and will be followed up a week later with a talk at Beth El by Dr.Clemens Heni, a political scientist from Innsbruck, Austria, who has written extensively about the Holocaust, antisemitism, the far right and anti-Americanism in Germany. He is currently working on a project about Middle Eastern Islamism after 9/11, financed by the Middle East Forum Educational Fund (MEFEF), Philadelphia.*
Preceding provided by Congregation Beth El in Edison, N.J.

Explosive device hurled into empty synagogue courtyard in Kyrgyzstan

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BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan (Press Release)–An explosive device was hurled into the courtyard of the synagogue here on the first day of Rosh Hashanah (Thursday, Sept. 9). There were no injuries because no one was at the synagogue at the time of the attack, but there was damage to the walls of the synagogue from the shrapnel inside the explosive device, which included metal ball bearings and nails.

The Jewish Agency for Israel reported that it is following the situation in Bishkek closely and is in touch with Jewish community leaders, standing ready to assist the community with whatever needs may arise.

The former Soviet Republic of Kyrgyzstan went through a period of violent political unrest in April, and since then the situation has been tense for the Jewish community.

The Jewish Agency has been working to provide support to the country’s 1,500 Jews, almost all of whom live in the capital Bishkek. During the outbreak of violence in April, the Jewish Agency sent a special emissary to Bishkek to assist the community.

Following his visit, twelve community members made aliyah to Israel. Over the summer, the Jewish Agency operated a summer camp, which was run in conjunction with the community’s Jewish school. It provided Jewish children in the community with a respite and safe environment, offering classes, activities and field trips 

The attack Thursday marked the second attack on the synagogue in Bishkek; a first attack took place during the period of political violence in April. In the incident over Rosh Hashanah, congregants escaped what could have been lethal harm because they decided earlier to push off the hour of afternoon services, so no one was in the synagogue at the time of the attack. The efficacy of the explosive device was also diminished because, when hurled into the courtyard, it landed in a tub of water that had been prepared for the traditional tashlich service which was about to take place. Kyrgyz police are investigating the incident.

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Preceding provided by the Jewish Agency for Israel 

Adventures in San Diego Jewish History, March 4, 1955, Part 2

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Compiled by San Diego Jewish World staff
Southwestern Jewish Press, March 4, 1955, Page 3

Marriage Told

Announcement has been made of the marriage of Ben Snyder of San Diego to Dorothy Ethel Shefrin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Palmer of Santa Monica on January 30th. The couple will reside at 1601 Ninth Ave. in San Diego.

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Bar Mitzvah

Southwestern Jewish Press, March 4, 1955, Page 3

On March 11th, Frederick Michael Stein, son of Mr. and Mrs. Sigmund Stein, will be Bar Mitzvah at Temple Beth Israel. Services will begin at 8 p.m.

Mr. and Mrs. Stein will be host and hostess at the reception following. Friends are invited to attend.  (No invitations have been mailed).

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Personals
Southwestern Jewish Press, March 4, 1955, Page 3

Donald Goldman will put aside his corporal’s stripes and settle down to studies at S.D. Junior College. Donald has just returned after two years service in the Army.

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Mrs. Israel Lebb wishes to express her thanks to her friends and the Pioneer Women, Negba Club, for presenting her with a “Garden of Trees” in honor of her contemplated trip to Israel on March 16th.

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The always-ready, helping hands of Blanche Stein and her mother-in-law, Mrs. Osip Tarr, will be missed by San Diego philanthropic organizations. The Tarrs and the Sigmund Steins are opening the North Las Vegas Drug Company in Las Vegas. The best wishes of the community go with them.

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Psychologist Irving Stone is very busy these days getting all the gold braid and scrambled eggs necessary for his promotion to Commander in the Medical Services Corps. of the U.S. Naval Reserve.

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Dr. A.P. Nasatir will be in Stockton on March 19th to deliver a lecture at the College of the Pacific on the California Historical Foundation.

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Dr. Walter Ornstein and Zel Camiel have been named to the National Council of United HIAS service, the Jewish international migration agency.

Both men are long-time workers with the new American group in San Diego.

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S.D. Women Send Care Packages to Israel
Southwestern Jewish Press, March 4, 1955, Page 3

Eight women, who meet each Friday for luncheon and a social afternoon, have quietly been sending CARE packages to needy families in Israel.  The “Friday Club” made at least 45 needy families happy last year through their interest.

Ida Nasatir, who receives on an average of 80 request letters a year, supplies the names of the families to the group.  The “Friday Club” does not neglect local needs and are generous contributors to the Blind Group, the Heart Fund and the Polio Campaign. The eight members are Do Kronick, Frances Sklar, Mae Kornbluth, Frances Gordon, Stella Sarfan, Bess Snyder, June Drexler and Mollie Ratner.

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Birdie Stodel Women

Southwestern Jewish Press, March 4, 1955, Page 3

B’nai B’rith Birdie Stodel Chapter No. 92 will hold their regular meeting on Monday, March 14 at the Beth Jacob Center at 12:00 o’clock.  A very delicious luncheon will be served.

Nomination of officers will be held at this time. The nominating committee chaired by Mrs. Ted Brav will present a slate of officers to be voted on.  Nominations will be taken from the floor.

All members are asked to attend the B’nai B’rith testimonial dinner given in honor of Carl Esenoff, Past President of B’nai B’rith, to be held on March 18.

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Founders Day Set by Bay City B.B.’s
Southwestern Jewish Press, March 4, 1955, Page 3

In celebration of their Fifth Anniversary, the Bay City Chapter is planning a Founders’ Day Luncheon at which time they will honor every Jewish woman’s organization in San Diego.  Invitations have been issued to over 20 groups to participate in the program and it is hoped that a much better understanding of the respective groups will result.

The Mission Valley Country Club will be the locale on Wednesday, March 30th, at 12 noon.  Mrs. Harold Garvin has been appointed chairman of the event.

Although the incumbent and charter presidents will be the guest of the Chapter, Mrs. Jack Meyers, President, extends a most cordial invitation to the entire community to attend this outstanding event.

Reservations may be made with Mrs. Garvin, CO 2-11202; Mrs. Murray Samuels, JU -2-7051.

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Beth Jacob Rummage Sale
Southwestern Jewish Press, March 4, 1955, Page 3

The Beth Jacob Sisterhood will hold its Rummage Sale on March 21, 22, and 23rd, at the Beth Jacob Synagogue 4472-30th.

Chairman Mrs. Robt. Strauss announced that hundreds of articles, used and new, will be offered to the public at very nominal prices.

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Cradle
Southwestern Jewish Press, March 4, 1955, Page 3

“Just what we wanted,” is how the Martin Siegel family of Northridge, Calif., feel about Rochelle Lee, who arrived on Sunday, Feb. 27th.  The Siegels have a son, Michael David, aged two and one-half years.

San Diego paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Robert Siegel; maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Abraham Holtzman of Los Angeles; great grandmother Sophie Weiss lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.

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Classified
Southwestern Jewish Press, March 4, 1955, Page 3

Wanted – Middle-aged woman to share nice apartment for companionship. North Park. Call AT 4-2798.

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

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Calendar
Southwestern Jewish Press, March 4, 1955, Page 3

5th –Sat, 8 p.m.–Pioneer Purim Ball – Beth Jacob Center
6th—Sun – 7:30 p.m – Jewish Artists – Jewish Labor Comm.—Beth Jacob Center
6th—Sun, 7 p.m. – T.Y.L’s Purim Party – Temple House.
8th—Tues, 8 p.m. – Panel Discussion –“Marital Problems” – City of Hope Jr. Aux – T.L. Center
10th—Thurs, noon – Purim Luncheon—City of Hope – Beth Jacob Center.
13th — Sun, 5:30 p.m. – Daughters of Israel Purim Dinner and Package Party – T.I. Center
15th – Tues. eve – Dr. Raanan Weitz – Tifereth Israel Center.
16th—Wed., 6:30 p.m. – Testimonial Dinner, Carl Esenoff, San Diego Hotel
27th—Sun., 6:30 p.m. – Annual Dance of Bay City B.B. Women – Mission C.C.
30th – Wed., 12 noon – “Founder’s Day” Luncehon – Bay City B.B. Women – Mission C.C.

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Beth Jacob News
Southwestern Jewish Press, March 4, 1955, Page 4

Purim Observed in the Synagogue – The Purim Festival this year falls on Tuesday, March 8. The traditional reading of the Megillah will take place on Monday, March 7 at 5:45 p.m. and Tuesday morning at 7:00 a.m.  Children attending these services will receive groggers (noisemakers) to deafen Hamen during the Megillah reading. It is an old Jeish tradition to exchange gifts among friends, known as “Sh’lo-ach Monos.”

P.T.A. To Sponsor Purim Carnival – On Sunday, March 6, from 10 to 12 a.m. (sic, p.m.) the PTA will sponsor a Purim Carnival for the children of our Sunday and Weekday Religious School.

All children will wear costumes. There will be games and booths and delicious refreshments.

Co-chairmen Ronnie Weisman and Hope Solomon are working hard to make this event a success.  We hope you will join us in the joyous Purim spirit and bring your friends to the Carnival on March 6.

Youth Advisor Appointed – We wish to thank Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Schwartz, Youth Group advisors, for the notable contribution they made to our Youth League, and are happy to announce the appointment of Ed Goldsmith as the new Youth Group Advisor.  Ed Goldsmith is a professional teacher and is also on our Sunday School staff.

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Lasker Lodge News
Southwestern Jewish Press, March 4, 1955, Page 4

By Lou Levitt

Every member of B’nai B’rith should feel obligated to attend the fine tribute to Carl Esenoff on March 16th.

Jack Spatz, Membership Retention Chairman, informs us that more than 50% of the lodge have already paid their 1955 dues.  Gold menorah cards will be given for another 30 days to those who pay their dues. At the last regular meeting a jack pot drawing was started that will qualify any paid upo member in attendance at the meeting to win.  Last week’s prize was won by a very surprised Dr. Jerry Kopernick.
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Jewish Center News
Southwestern Jewish Press, March 4, 1955, Page 4

The spirit of Purim will prevail at the Center during the holiday week. On Tuesday, March 8th, the Young Adult Group will entertain with a Purim Party – “A Hamen-tash Koffee Klotch” with dancing, special entertainment to make the evening a festive one.  All young people between the ages of 21 and 30 are invited.

The Junior High Group and the Cooperative Nursery will also carry out the Purim theme during their regular activities.

Plans are going forward to stimulate greater interest in the various Center activities. Last week, a special meeting of a committee of parents of the teenage group was held in order to bring about a closer relationship between the parents and the teen-agers with relation to the program.  It was agreed to have parents serve as volunteers on Thursday. Those who volunteered to assist in this capacity were Mesdames Rose Aved, Henry Gardner and Max Kaufman.  Mr. and Mrs. Al Hutler will have a meeting soon in their home at which time all parents of the boys and girls of this group will be invited. It is, thus, hoped to develop a rotating group of parent volunteers to assist with this very important program.

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City of Hope
Southwestern Jewish Press, March 4, 1955, Page 4

City of Hope Auxiliary invites you to the Beth Jacob Center on Thursday, March 10th, at 12 noon to enjoy a lunch prepared by Chairmen, Gladys Tappan and Rose Barr (with home-made Homen-Tashen) and spend a pleasant social afternoon with your friends!  We’d love to have you!

Please phone Anna Lazarowitz, Rummage Chairman – BE 9 4831 for pickups.

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Deceased
Southwestern Jewish Press, March 4, 1955, Page 4

Israel Lebb, 68, of 2009 28th St., passed away on Sunday evening, February 16th.  Interment was at the Home of Peace Cemetery.

Mr. Lebb was a member of the Beth Jacob Congregation and Men’s Club; Poale Zion and B’nai B’rith.

He is survived by his widow, Florence; two sons, Harry and Joseph; two daughters, Mrs. Edith Haimovitch and Miss Anna Lebb; two step-sons, Milton and Wm. Kraft and a step-daughter, Mrs. Sylvia Shulkind.

The family of Irael Lebb wish to thank everyone who showed them kindness during their recent bereavement.

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A.Z.A. News
Southwestern Jewish Press, March 4, 1955, Page 4

At the February meeting of the San Diego. A.Z.A., it was decided that the chapter needed more baseball players for their new baseball team. Now is the time for volunteers to sign up for early Spring training.

Besides baseball, A.Z.A sponsors a basketball league and an annual track meet. Members of A.Z.A. also have an opportunity to take part in various speech and debate tournaments throughout the country, inter-faith and community service activities, and a broad social program.

“With a new pledge class starting,” Says Aleph Godol, Steve Goldfarb, “this is a good time for interested boys between the ages of 14 and 21 to join A.Z.A.”  For information regarding meeting dates, Steve’s number is AC -2-3384.

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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.

Seniors needing rides may still sign up for Yom Kippur transportation

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SAN DIEGO (Press Release)–More than 160 older adults took advantage of free rides to Rosh Hashanah or have reserved for Yom Kippur transportation.

Participating synagogues include members of the Conservative, Reconstructionist and Reform movements:  Congregation Beth Am (C); Congregation Beth El (C); Congregation Beth Israel (R); Congregation Dor Hadash (Rec);  Ner Tamid Synagogue (C); Ohr Shalom Synagogue (C);  Temple Adat Shalom (R); Temple Emanu-El (R); Temple Solel (R), and Tifereth Israel Synagogue (C).

It’s not too late to sign up for rides to Yom Kippur services! Call Jewish Family Service’s  “On the Go” office by 1 pm on Tuesday, September 14, at 877-63-GO-JFS
or 877-634-6537.

High Holy Days Service Areas, with 3-day advance reservation required, are in the following zip codes:

North County Inland Area: 92064, 92126, 92127, 92128, 92129, and 92131

University City Area: 92037, 92111, 92117, 92121, and 92122

College Area: 92115, 92119, 92120, 91941, and 91942 (west of 125).

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Preceding based on material provided by the ‘On The Go’ program

Ideological war pits U.S. against more than Al Qaeda

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By Ira Sharkansky

Ira Sharkansky

JERUSALEM –It is customary to invest little in a serious reading of politicians’ speeches at long standing national holidays, like the 4th of July or Thanksgiving in the United States, Independence Day or Rosh Hashana in Israel. 

What about presidential statements at occasions where the feelings of those who have suffered are still fresh?

September 11, 2010 was such a time. 

*There was still a gaping hole in place of the World Trade Center

*alongside the ongoing construction was a platform where surviving family members recited the names of those killed

*close by were demonstrators with respect to Cordoba House
 
*supporters claimed it as an expression of religious freedom and accommodation

*opponents said it would mark one more stage in an Islamic plan of conquest

*back and forth pronouncements of a Florida pastor who leaped from nothing to a world figure on the basis of saying that he would or would not burn the Koran

*his daughter has said, “Papa, don’t do it,” and “I think he’s gone mad.”

*whether that particular pastor burns it or not, he has produced anti-American demonstrations by hundreds of thousands in Afghanistan and Pakistan 

*and whether the Florida pastor burns it or not, a Tennessee pastor has burned it, but not with the same attention by the media

*anonymous others tore pages from the Koran in public demonstrations, without even having gotten their names in a newspaper.

How should we take President Obama’s remarks that the United States is not at war with Islam, but only with al Qaeda?

With at least a pinch of salt.

He has to say something like that. Not all Muslims have taken upon themselves the task of replacing Western Civilization with their own faith and values. President Obama wants to limit those recruited to the cause.

However, it is more than al Qaeda. Just how much more diverse, and how likely to expand is beyond me. Most likely the details are also beyond the President of the United States, his agencies and advisors.

Remember how the French welcomed Allied soldiers liberating them from the Nazis? If you are not old enough to have seen it as a newsreel along with a double feature at a local movie theater way before the multiplexes, you have probably seen films on television of the parades, flowers, and kisses.

That is not happening in Afghanistan. Westerners have applauded the liberation of Afghan women, but the ladies said to be liberated are not burning their burqas.

The latest news:

Even as more American troops flow into the country, Afghanistan is more dangerous than it has ever been during this war . . .

Large parts of the country that were once completely safe, like most of the northern provinces, now have a substantial Taliban presence — even in areas where there are few Pashtuns, who previously were the Taliban’s only supporters.

As NATO forces poured in and shifted to the south to battle the Taliban in their stronghold, the Taliban responded with a surge of their own, greatly increasing their activities in the north and parts of the east.
It is possible to defeat the armies of an organized state and celebrate a conquest with a formal ceremony. Defeating terror is like more like combating road accidents. One or another tactic might limit the carnage, but victory is something else.

Religion is stronger than political ideology. God is greater than history or nation. Who knows how many individuals are willing to sacrifice their lives for a place in paradise? Attacking the fighters of today helps their preachers recruit others. And there are countries helping with money and the stuff that does the damage.

This wave of violence might not last forever, but the Islamic genie is out of the bottle, and it is bigger than al Qaeda.

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Sharkansky is professor emeritus of political science at Hebrew University