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Poverty rate in Israel higher than in Mexico

August 24, 2010 1 comment

Editor’s Note:  The following story, “The Threat from Within,  is reprinted with permission from The Forward, in which it appears in the August 27 issue.

In May, when Israel was invited to join the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, a 31-nation club of the world’s most elite, developed economies, Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz called it “a badge of honor.” Indeed, it is.

Acceptance means that Israel can now access sources of capital investment available only to developed countries, but it means something even more rewarding: It’s a legitimization of the tiny country’s economic strength and innovation capacity, reinforcing the image of the scrappy “start-up nation” — where once early Zionists made the barren deserts bloom, now their 21st-century heirs are driving a high-speed technological revolution.

No surprise that the number of millionaires in Israel soared by 43% in just one year, from 2008 to 2009, a rate bested only by Hong Kong and India.

But the “start-up nation” narrative hides another story: Poverty in Israel is more widespread than in any of the other OECD countries, worse than even Turkey and Mexico. Almost one in five Israelis live in poverty, according to OECD guidelines; for children, the rate is nearly one in three.

This economic inequality, among the highest in the world, poses a serious danger to Israeli society beyond that caused by war or terrorism. Poverty in Israel is a direct result of non-employment, the fact that many Israelis will not or cannot work. The two largest segments of citizens outside the labor force are Haredi men, 67% of whom study full-time, helped by government subsidy, and Arab women, 80% of whom are at home, prevented by culture and discrimination from participating in the workforce. A government report issued in July said that Haredi unemployment alone will cost the Israeli economy $1.55 billion in 2010 — 300% higher than the comparable cost in 2000.

And the consequences are not just economic. Those who don’t work generally don’t serve in the Israel Defense Forces, absenting themselves from a fundamental pillar of Israeli life, sowing resentment among the majority and, given the high birth rate among the poor, threatening military capacity in the future. With nearly half of Israeli primary school students either Haredi or Arab, who will defend the country in 20 years?

‘When this country was very poor, we had our act together,” notes Dan Ben-David, an economist and executive director of the Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel, a think tank and research center supported by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.

“Now the percentage of families dependent on government is growing all the time.”

“The fundamental problem is that a large and increasing share of the Israeli population is receiving neither the tools nor the conditions to work in a modern community,” he says. “It harms them personally. It harms us nationally.”

It should be noted that while Ben-David’s data are generally accepted, his interpretation has been disputed. Gidi Grinstein, founder and president of the Reut Institute, another nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank in Israel, believes that the Haredi community has awakened to the challenge and is entering the workforce in ever growing numbers.

“Very few societies drive themselves over the abyss without survival mechanisms kicking in,” Grinstein argues.

Nonetheless, among the Haredim this shift is slow and fraught with resistance. Back in June, ultra-Orthodox protests against a high court ruling on a school segregation case nearly shut down Jerusalem for a day, but another ruling issued earlier that week was arguably more important. The court ordered that, by the end of this year, the government stop paying welfare to an estimated 11,000 married yeshiva students who chose study instead of work.

While Haredi political leaders have vowed to restore those cuts, they must be rebuffed; government action is essential to turn around this dangerous trend. The numbers of Haredi unemployed surely would be even higher had not then-finance minister Benjamin Netanyahu instituted cuts in child allowances and yeshiva subsidies in 2003.

But simply cutting off benefits won’t address the root causes of non-employment, and is hardly the right step for a moral society. Israeli Arabs want to work, but are isolated from employment centers and discriminated against by employers; Arab women face the additional hurdle of living in a culture where female autonomy is suppressed. In far too many Haredi communities, full-time learning is prized above economic self-sufficiency — a relatively new phenomenon. Ben-David points out that 30 years ago, the rate of non-employment for Haredim was 21%. Now it is more than three times that amount.

Clearly what’s needed is a committed investment in education and social programs to provide the wherewithal for these significant minorities to integrate into the high-tech economy of Israel’s future. There truly is no time to lose. Ben-David estimates that if present growth rates continue, by 2040, 78% of Israel’s children will be studying in the Haredi or Arab education systems.

And if the fate of worldwide Jewry is tied to the fate of Israel, as we believe, then this stark situation — generally hidden from most Diaspora Jews — must not be ignored or denied. Ben-David has been amassing and analyzing this worrying economic data for years, but only recently put aside his concerns about going public because of the urgency of the message.

“This country is on an unsustainable long-term trajectory,” he warns. “We’re a very young country — if we educate our youth, the sky’s the limit. But we’re quickly reaching the point of no return. This is the only Jewish country we have. This better concern the Jewish people.”

Preceding provided by The Forward via the Trylon SMR Agency

Notes from a trip

August 19, 2010 2 comments

By David Amos

David Amos

SAN DIEGO –From the title of this article, you may surmise that I will be sharing with you some conducting and/or recording adventure in a far-away land. But this time, it is not the case, but rather, a two-week vacation just completed, which my wife and I survived with our two grandchildren, 6 and 9.

There were many elements of interest, some of which seriously related to classical music and its preservation to future generations.

We toured the four Southwestern states, and without a doubt, visited every possible bathroom facility that exists in California, Utah, Nevada, and Arizona. In between these necessary stops, attitudes, skirmishes, together with hats, sunscreen, sun glasses, delightfully ditsy waitresses, 100-plus degree temperatures, and the obligatory food treats, we were able to sneak in a remarkable number of interesting places.

We visited Las Vegas, Hoover Dam, Bryce, Zion, and Grand Canyon National Parks, Meteor Crater, Petrified Forest and Painted Desert Parks, Sedona, Flagstaff, Walnut Canyon, Montezuma’s Castle, Phoenix, and in the Tucson Area, The Desert Museum, Colossal Caves, Biosphere 2, and an attempt at the Jewish Museum. More on the latter, later.

In Las Vegas, at the Mandalay Bay Hotel, we saw the musical The Lion King. Although the children seemed to enjoy it and the costumes and sets were colorful and spectacular, I found the music to be dreadfully repetitious and lackluster. There was a sameness of style from song to song, and the fine vocal renditions could not save it for me.

The true lifesaver for this trip was the recent acquisition of the XM-Sirius radio. This satellite service offers about 200 channels, which can be heard static-free at the remotest locations. Our favorites were the two classical music channels, the vocal-operatic one, and the one featuring Broadway favorites. For news, the BBC and CNN options were good, but there are many more choices of music, talk, and comedy for practically every taste.

A real disappointment is when we drove past Tuba City. From the highway, we could not hear a sound from this noble instrument, and there was no mention of even sousaphones or trombones in the tour guide. Nothing, nada, shum davar. Maybe its local chamber of commerce can correct this omission sometime in the future.  Here is a good challenge for Professor Harold Hill.

From the highways, we saw synagogue signs in Henderson and Sedona. Always a pleasure.

Also, in our many stops, we delighted in hearing so many foreign languages from other tourists. There were too many to mention, but my wife and I exchange smiles when we hear Hebrew from animated Israeli tourists.

In the train ride from Williams, to visit the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, we were entertained by Country and Western singers. It was certainly the right place and time for this music, and the performances sounded authentic to us. But, I wonder what all this guitar strumming and songs of the West communicated to the many Asian and European tourists, who would not know from Frankie Lane to Franco Corelli.

We were also aware of the obvious absence of Mexican tourists. Could this be because of Mexico’s latest challenges, and/or the boycott of Arizona locations and attractions?

We did not succeed in visiting the Jewish Museum in Tucson, which is advertised as being one of the most interesting ones of its kind in the U.S. The hours listed in the brochure information failed to mention that during the summer, the museum is open for only the morning hours until 1:00 p.m.

But, one of our greatest pleasures was the opportunity to introduce our grandchildren to great classical music during the long drives between destinations. After all, they were a captive audience, and gratefully, ready to lean, absorb, and enjoy the music we presented to them. We heard and discussed Prokoffiev’s Peter and the Wolf, Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, Ferde Grofé’s Grand Canyon Suite, Copland’s Billy The Kid, and the complete Broadway musicals, Oklahoma, and Annie Get Your Gun.

As I have said many times, only through a positive exposure to the classics, we will develop the next generations of serious music lovers. Otherwise, we will soon be relegated to being the caretakers of a dead art form, more suited to a museum and dusty archives. It is our duty to reverse the present trends.

A humorous finale to our trip, and as an exclamation point to my previous paragraph, was when we reached our home to conclude this grand journey. Our six year old discovered our Yamaha grand piano, opened the lid, looked at it for a few moments, and asked her brother, “How do you turn this on?”

Amos is conductor of Tifereth Israel Community Orchestra and has guest conducted professional orchestras around the world.

Adventures in San Diego Jewish History, December 10, 1954, Part 1

August 9, 2010 Leave a comment

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Jewish Center Plans Big Invitation Dinner
Southwestern Jewish Press, December 10, 1954, Pages 1, 6

“You can help make a dream come true” will be the theme of the invitation on behalf of the Building Fund of the Jewish Community Center on Saturday, January 8, 1955, in the Don Room of the El Cortez Hotel.  In announcing the meeting, Harry Wax, campaign chairman, also stated that Rodin Horrow has accepted the chairmanship of the event.

Sidney Rose

Mr. Horrow is an active member of the Center board of directors.  He is also a director of the United Jewish Fund, the Federation of Jewish Agencies; the Hebrew Home for the Aged; and Beth Israel Temple.

An outstanding program is planned with Mr. Robert Levison of San Francisco, national vice president of the National Jewish Welfare Board, and former president of the San Francisco Community Center, as the principal speaker. Assisting Horrow in planning of the dinner are Leonard Zlotoff and Al Solomon.

John Ruskin

Horrow and his committee anticipate that by the time of the dinner meeting, more than $100,000 will have been secured in pledges for the building fund.

“The members of the board of the Community Center,” Horrow said, “have done an outstanding job I giving. They have demonstrated to the community that they are willing to back up their belief and their faith in the fact that San Diego Jewry can have a community building by giving generously. The only way that there will be a community building in which our children and ourselves can actively participate under Jewish auspices is that interested members of the Jewish Community participate in making it possible by giving.

William Schwartz

While money is being raised for the center, the building committee is continuing its work with center architect, George Lykos.  William Schwartz, Sidney Rose, John Ruskin and Maury Novak as well as all key people in the building committee have been meeting regularly in order to implement the needs as expressed by the various committees that met during the community Center survey.

A thorough and complete report both of the population study and center survey will be release to the community in the very near future.  It will contain a complete outline of the facilities that will be needed in the Jewish Community Center.


City-Wide Observance of Tercentenary Set for Dec. 12
Southwestern Jewish Press, December 10, 1954, Pages 1, 6

The American Jewish Tercentenary will be observed in San Diego by the entire Jewish community in conjunction with the 21st annual meeting of the United Jewish Fund this Sunday evening, Dec. 12, 6:00 p.m.  diner at the House of Hospitality, Casa del Rey Moro restaurant in Balboa Park, Fund President Louis Moorsteen and Doctor A.P. Nasatir, Chairman of the San Diego Tercentenary Committee announced.

The joint program was approved by the fund board and has been planned under the direction of Milton Roberts who has been designated as the chairman of the annual meeting. Morris Douglas, First Vice President, will serve as Chairman of the evening.

Mr. Roberts announced tha an original narration in prose and music dramatically telling the story of the 300 years has been written by Mrs. A.P. Nasatir and will provide the main entertainment of the evening.  Appearing in “Roots in This Land” are Mrs. Nasatir, Mr. Alan Soule, Mr. Roberts and Albert A. Hutler.  Music will be by Cantors Julian Miller and Joseph Cysner, and Bruce Dennis.

Greetings on the observance of 300 years of Jewish settlement in America will be brought to the meeting form leading religious, political and civic leaders of the San Diego community.  They include Honorable John Butler, Mayor of the City of San Diego, the Honorable James Robbins, Chairman of the County Board of Supervisors, Most Reverend Charles F. Buddy, Bishop of San Diego, Dr. Leland Cook, President of the San Diego Council of Churches, Gerald A. Mokma, Consul General of the United States, and Rear Admiral T.C. Miller, District Chaplain, 11th Naval District, Rabbi Morton J. Cohn, Beth Israel Temple and Rabbi Baruch Stern, Beth Jacob Synagogue, will participate in the program.

The nominating committee chaired by Mr. Carl M. Esenoff and consisting of Morris Douglas, M.D. Goodrich, Eli H. Levenson, Sol Price, Victor Schulman and Ruben Umansky will present the following names in nomination for the board of directors for a period of two years, 1955-56.  David Block, Mrs. Ted Brav, Zel Camiel, Mack Esterson, Manuel S. Fisher, Mrs. Dora Friedman, Irving Friedman, Arthur Goodman, Ben Harris, Harry Mallen, Jerome Niederman, Maury Novak, Dr. Walter Ornstein, Sol Price, Seymour Rabin, Mrs. Abe Ratner, Dr. Joshua Rittoff, David Sapp, Harry Sugarman, and Harry Wax.

Awards from the United Jewish Fund and the local community will be presented to outstanding community leaders for their services in 1954.

An award will also be presented to O.W. Todd Jr., business and civic leader, for his leadership of the Christian committee in the 1954 combined Jewish Appeal.

Business of the meeting will be kept at the minimum and will include election of the Board of Directors, voting on an amendment to the by-laws and whatever reports are necessary.

“We urge every member of the community to plan to attend the important community dinner and assembly,” Mr. Moorsteen said. “This will be one of the only citywide obsrvances of the significant anniversary of the 300 years of Jewish settlement in America to be held in San Diego and we sincerely hope that every member of the Jewish community will participate.”

Members are urged to attend the dinner if they possibly can at 6:00 p.m., but if they cannot, they are cordially invited to attend the meeting which will start at 7:45 p.m. sharp.  Reservations for the dinner, which will cost $3.50 per plate, may still be made by calling BE 2-5172 or AC-3-8223.

B’nai B’rith Asks Bus Card Comments
Southwestern Jewish Press, December 10, 1954, Page 1

The Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith has placed 100 car cards in the San Diego Transit vehicles in this area.  The cards have been produced by the Institute for American democracy.

Comments on this project are wanted by the B’nai B’rith. It is also suggested that viewers write complimentary letters to the Transit System encouraging such cards.

University Gets Gift From Local Resident

Southwestern Jewish Press, December 10, 1954, Page 1

Irving Salomon has made a gift to California Western Univeristy which will enable the fast growing campus on Pt. Loma to remodel its Little Theatre. The  theatre will be called the Irving Salomon Hall and will be dedicated later this month.

Irving Salomon, a member of Temple Beth Israel, resides at Rancho Lilac in Escondido.  Currently, a representative of the Ford Foundation, he is a member of the Governor’s Advisory Committee on Educational Television in California.


Fund Appeals For Cash
Southwestern Jewish Press, December 10, 1954, Pages 1, 8

A reminder that pledges to the Combined Jewish Appeal made in 1953 are now overdue, and a plea for payment of 1954 pledges was sounded by Harry Snyder, Treasurer of the United Jewish Fund.

“Not only are the funds desperately needed so that our community can pay the allocations which have been promised to the various agencies included in the campaign, but also,” Snyder said, “everyone should take advantage of the provisions of our income tax law which makes charitable contributions up to 30 percent under certain circumstances by individuals deductible for purposes of computing income taxes.” This rate applies to individuals filing tax returns.

Snyder also pointed out that payments must be received this year if they are to be deducted from income taxes for the year 1954.

It was emphasized that the United Jewish Fund has been unable to make any payments recently to the many national agencies included in the annual campaign, because of lack of cash.

In March, the Fund borrowed $75,000 as an advance to the UJA as part of the refunding loan of $75,000,000 undertaken by the Jewish communities on behalf of Israel and thus far has not been able to make any repayment on this loan to the bank.  Payments must be met semi-annually for a period of five years.

“The United Jewish Fund,” Snyder continued, “will also be expected to make payments shortly to the various national, overseas and local agencies that depend on these grants for continued operations. They can only be paid if pledges are paid so that funds are available.”

Takes Helm
Southwestern Jewish Press, December 10, 1954, Page 1

Max Zemen has been elected president of Tifereth Israel Synagogue, it was announced today.  He succeeds Edward Breitbard who served during the past year.  Mr. Zemen has been active in the Synagogue for many years and has pledge to continue to develop the programs and activities of the Synagogue and its affiliated groups.

Other officers elected are Irving Goodman, 1st Vice President; Robert Cheron, 2nd V.P.; Moss Addleson, Rec. Sec.; Joseph Finkleman, Fin. Sec., and Joe Kader, Treas.


Morris W. Douglas Named New USO-JWB Chairman
Southwestern Jewish Press, December 10, 1954, Pages 1, 6

Morris W. Douglas , outstanding community leader, was elected Chairman of the San Diego armed Services Committee of the National Jewish Welfare Board in a meeting of that group at Temple Center this week.  Henry Weinberger, who has been chairman for the past seven years, was elected Honorary Chairman, in which he joins Mrs. Rose Neumann and Judge Jacob Weinberger.

Other officers elected included Mrs. Sidney Newman, Vice Chairman; Milton Fredman, Representative to the National Jewish Welfare Board Council; and Messrs. Henry Weinberger, Fredman and Mrs. Rose Neumann, JWB Representatives to the San Diego USO Advisory Council.

Mr. Douglas immediately appointed the following sub-committee chairmen for the year 1955: Senior Host and Hostess, Mrs. Rose Neumann and Mrs. Samuel Friedman; Home Hospitality, Mrs. Sidney Newman; Religious, all rabbis plus Joseph Spatz; Junior Hostess-Senior Sponsor, Mrs. Joseph Kaplan; Military Relations, Alex J. Newman; Program, Julie Abraham and Mrs. Tom Turner; Community Liaison, Harry Mallen; War Records, Mrs. David Frank.

Elected to the Armed Services Committes were Mrs. Marcy Berwin, Mrs. George Katz, Mrs. Joseph Kaplan, Alex J. Newman and Chaplain E. H. Rickel.

With the advent of the new administration, the Amred Services Committee voted a special commendation to its executive Abraham Friedman, for his work since his arrival two years ago.

To See or not To See
Southwestern Jewish Press, December 10, 1954, Page 2

By Berenice Soule

Death on an Island – Anyone interested in building a mountain lodge, a summer home off the coast of Devon, or  rustic house near a stone quarry, should contact Robert Jillson.  Jillson, set designer-technical director for the Globe’s Ten Little Indians, has dressed up a beamed ceiling living room featuring a raised-hearth “natural stone” fireplace so attractive that through all the blood and gore of the Agatha Christie mystery it remains charming and inviting.

Eight corpses are stackled neatly (at least the audience assumes that the 2 remaining “Indians” treated death with respect and stacked them neatly) in the den (the glimpse of book-line walls off-stage rt, seemed attractive, too) in the last scene.  By this time many kinds of murder have been done, screams have torn the darkness and, in the words of an 11 year old friend who viewed it opening night, “It’s better’n Dragnet!”The “Ten Little Indians” refer to the ceramic Indian figurines on the mantel and the ten guests called together by a mysterious host in a house on Indian Island, off the coast of Devon. The guests are all accused of some form of murder and then are knocked off, one at a time.  It wouldn’t be cricket to divulge which cast members were “done in” early in the play, but we lost some of our best actors that way.

Most fascinating is Ava Carmichael, new-comer to the Globe – almost the makings of a young Katherine Cornell—that awkward gracefulness and mobility of expression. The cast as a whole is exceptionally well
balanced and capable. Due for particular mention are Mickey Kohut, Herb Cherin, Bernis Kennedy, John Murphy and Charles Turley. Also doing well are Burt Miller, Velma Jones, Jack White, James Howell and Fred Welch.

Because of the holidays, the show will run only through December 18.

Talk Pays Off—Our “Adventure in Living” man – John Robert Clarke—had been placed under the management of Edna Stewart, considered one of the top booking agents of New York and Beverly Hills. Clarke, in his fifth San Diego series of lectures, said he was “not expecting this to happen.”

He’ll be travelling among some of the best Miss Stewarts “Celebrity Management” handles, among others, Jose Greco, Lowell Thomas, Senator Paul Douglas, Drew Pearson and Eva le Gallienne.

This new sponsorship will not affect his current local series of lectures; engagements this winter will be limited to the southern California area. He expects to soon start a Hollywood “Adventures in Living” series but it will not interfere with his Tuesday night talks here.

This personable young man found himself in San Diego completely by accident, but it has been a fortunate accident. Three years ago John’s yacht with himself and three friends sailed out of San Francisco headed for Ensenada. Due to slight miscalculations—just something trivial like losing a day or two—they entered San Diego harbor. John has stayed ever since, living on his yacht, tied up at Pot. Loma landing.

Whether people know how to communicate with one another, will be his subject on December 14th when he speaks on “Finding Friends in Babel’s Towar” at the House of Hospitality, 8:00 p.m.

Talent and Red Hair
–Don’t know if a raise in “pay” went with this promotion –but Eifi Schwitkis, who has been the Globe’s make-up artist, has now been made head of their art department. We’re not sure what the art department does, but doesn’t it sound good?  Maybe it’s because of all that gorgeous copper and enamel jewelry she’s been making.—Theodor Uppman, baritone, due here in concert January 26, is a native Californian. He won a scholarship to Curtis Institute and was a winner of the Atwater Kent auditions. Before entering the Army, he studied music and drama at Stanford and after the war he appeared in operettas and operas in Los Angeles and with the San Francisco Opera Company. He has been called “mellow voiced,” “a resplendent signer” and “a fine figure of a man, withu a personality that matches his vocal prowess.”

And He’s Pretty Too

According to reports, no build-up is too big.

Famed Marionettes Here From Salzburg
Southwestern Jewish Press, December 10, 1954, Page 2

Famed as a feature part of the Austrian village of Salzburg Music Festival, the Salzburg Marionette Theatre comes to San Diego to present three performances on Saturday, January 15, 1955, at Roosevelt Auditorium, Park Blvd at Upas Street. Two matinees at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. will show “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” and the evening show at 8:30 p.m. will play the complete opera in English “The Fiedermaus” and “the Blue Danube” pantomime ballet.

Tickets are reserved for the evening performances only with prices of $2.76, $2.21 and $1.66. All tickets for the matinees are available at $1.66. It is suggested that patrons mail their orders immediately as Roosevelt Auditorium has a limited seating capacity.  Mail orders are accepted now by the deLannoy & Howarth box office, Room 230, U.S. Grant Hotel. It is thought that tickets to this interesting and exciting entertainment can very well serve as Christmas gifts for both adults and children.


Dr. Baxter To Give Readings At Globe

Southwestern Jewish Press, December 10, 1954, Page 2

As part of the extensive project whereby the University of Southern California is celebrating its Diamond Jubilee Year throughout the southland, the Globe Theatre will present Dr. Frank C. Baxter in a program of Christmas readings. There will be no charge for his two performances on December 16, at 4:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. in the Old Globe Theatre.

Besides having established himself as a leading television personality, Dr Baxter possesses many fascinating vital statistics.  He ranks among the eight most popular university professors in the U.S. Specializing not only in Shakespeariana, Dr. Baxter has made a study of the history of humor! Among his reading selections will be the works of such modern humorists as Ogden Nash.

The Old Globe Theatre takes pleasure in offering Baxter’s programs as a Christmas gift to its audiences. Free tickets may be reserved by calling the Globe Box Office (BE-9-9139) throughout the week of December 6-11.

(Immigration Laws)

Southwestern Jewish Press, December 10, 1954, Page 2

“My ancestors,” boasted the blueblood society woman to Groucho Marx at a party, “came over on the Mayflower.”

Groucho nodded, “It’s a lucky thing they did,” he said quietly.  “The immigration laws are so much stricter now.”

“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.  

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

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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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San Diego to get its own U.S. Passport Office

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SAN DIEGO (Press Release)–A San Diego Passport Agency is scheduled to open to the public in the spring of 2011, according to the U.S. State Department.

“I’m very excited about expanding our presence to the San Diego area,” said Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Passport Services Brenda S. Sprague. “As passports are required for cross-border travel to Mexico, the new agency will help us better serve U.S. citizens in the region and create jobs and contribute to the local economy.”

Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the San Diego Passport Agency will be centrally located downtown in Columbia Center at 401 West A Street, making it easily accessible by public transportation. The new agency will be capable of issuing U.S. passport books and passport cards onsite for U.S. citizens who plan to travel within 14 days.

The San Diego Passport Agency’s proximity to San Diego International Airport and the U.S.-Mexico border will help facilitate the travel needs of local residents affected by the border-crossing requirements of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI), which went into full effect June 2009..

For general passport information, to schedule an appointment at one of our other passport agencies, or to the check the status of a passport application, please contact the National Passport Information Center toll-free at 1-877-487-2778 or TDD/TTY at 1-888-874-7793. You may also visit the passport agency’s website.

Preceding provided by the U.S. State Department

Adventures in San Diego Jewish History, November 12, 1954, Part 3

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Welcome to Mexico…The Tourist Wonderland
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 12, 1954, Page 5

Ensenada-Tijuana – In the extreme Southwestern portion of the United States, just across the border from San Diego, Calif., is a region of great tourist transformation in recent years to meet the exigencies of the traveler and the tendencies of the times.

The Northern portion of Mexican Baja California is on the Western side of that great range of mountains that gives California and especially San Diego its famous spring-like climate.  The mountains divide this slice of Old Mexico into two distinct climactic and economic areas.

The Eastern portion, with the busy city of Mexicali, the capital as its center, is largely arid desert land. At places it is below the level of the sea. These lands, reclaimed on both sides of the border through the harnessing of the Colorado River is now thriving under agricultural production.

Tijuana and Ensenada are familiar places to  most Californians and merit consideration from pleasure and rest seekers and sportsmen. To the long range motorist, especially those who come west to escape wintry blasts and summer heat, the attractions of these two resorts should appeal in the hunt for new fields of conquests.

In the past Tijuana was famous because of its licentious atmosphere and the gambling at Agua Caliente, the scene of the Agua Caliente Fiesta.

But that belongs to the past.  There is an active tourist bureau which efficiently co-operates with the travelers to secure accommodations.  Tijuana offers the shopper much interest because, since the Territory is a “free zone,” goods go there duty free from all parts of the world and can be brought back to the United States under liberal exemptions.

The beautiful bay within which Ensenada nestles is a famous fishing center and joined to Tijuana by a splendid 64 mile scenic paved highway, most of it running toward the ocean.

Like Tijuana, Ensenada has its history of romance and adventure.  Fishing has always been the dominating factor, because the great ocean has spewn forth for generations endless quantities of fish, lobsters, the rock-clinging abalone and other sea products.

Tijuana and Ensenada are vacation-lands for all to enjoy. They have the touch of Mexico and it is with the spirit of their traditional friendliness that the Tijuana delegation of the Mexican Federal Industrial Chamber of Transformation invites you to visit “Old Mexico.”

Lasker Lodge News
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 12, 1954, Page 7

This Saturday, November 12th, is Lakser Lodge’s ‘Boom Nite.”  It will be held at the Veterans War Memorial Building in Balboa Park (Upas at Park Blvd.)

Exciting games, good food, and gayety will be the order of the evening.  This affair is open to the public and members are urged to ask their friends to attend and enjoy the fun. A valuable door prize will be offered.  This is the affair of the year … the one that all your friends will not want to miss.

Birdie Stodel Women Ask For Book Gifts
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 12, 1954, Page 7

The B’nai B’rith Birdie Stodel Chapter No. 92 are hostesses at the U.S.O. dances at the Temple Center the 1st Wednesday of the month. Ada Most, chairman, and Lillian Berwin are always in need of cakes. If you care to bake a cake, and make the boys happy, call AT -4-2992 or BE-3-6909 and they will be most happy to pick them up.

Veteran Chairmen, Mrs. Hank Gardner and Mrs. Meyer Schneider, deliver fruits to the boys one day every month and have a party for them every other month.

Now that Chanukah is so close, Mrs. Morris Wax and Mrs. Milton Fredman, Hillel Chairman, would like to remind all those that would like a book placed in the College Library in honor of or in memory of a beloved person to please call for information.  In placing a book in the library you do a two-fold job—giving honor to the one in whose name it is place and giving a book to the students who can use it.  Call AT-1-8960 or AC-3-0775 for details.

Double Talk
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 12, 1954, Page 8

There’s more excitement week by week:

Football, parties, friends galore
Homework, exams – things never bore
So here’s some news ‘specially for you.
Written by both of us; hope it will do.

Trying their darndest to keep Alan Friedman’s party a surprise were Susan Solof, Gary Naiman, Linda Zuckerman, Stan Breitbard, Carole Toole, Jackie Sharpe, Ronnie Doctor, Ruth Moskowitz, Eddie Naiman, Roberta Wyloge and the hostess, Dianne Fogelman. The kids said it was hard to keep the secret but they succeeded and it was a fabulous party.

Heading the winners box at Hoover High is Sherry Newman, newly elected president of the Senior Class.  Congratulations, Sherry.

Scavenger Hunt, Dancing and refreshments were the main features of a get-together given by Marcia Ruskin in honor of her thirteenth birthday. Those getting together were Jacke Wixon, Charlene Zeman, Rhoda Esenoff, Phil Brenes, Norman Kellner, Donny Aved and Raphael Levens. It was rated “tops” by all who attended.

Oooh’s and Aaah’s were shouted by the girls as they were seated at the luncheon table at Sheila Beth Smith’s eighth birthdayparty. The table was decorated with beautiful dolls that were given as favors. Helping Sheils celebrate were Susan, Anita and Julia Merkin, Faye Sarfan, Marcia Jaffee, Gale Raborn, Cheryl Sima, Donna and Sally Greeson, Barbara Squires and Cathy Beitcher.

Jewish Center News
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 12, 1954, Page 8

Fiesta Club – Fiesta Club will hold a meeting on Sunday, Nov. 14th at 8 p.m. at the Ceneter. Young adults 25 years of age and over are invited to attend. There will be a short meeting, dancing and refreshments.

Winter Camp Jaycee—Mr. Leonard Zlotoff, chairman of the Day Camp Jaycee committee, announces that registration is now open for the Winter Day Camp Jaycee which will be held during the school vacation from Monday, December 20th, through Friday, December 31st.  Camp is open to all youngsters age 5 to 11 years, and will operate five days of the week from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. For purposes of programming and to make for more mutual interest and fun for all, the camp will be divided into specific age groupings. A varied interesting program is scheduled which will include swimming, roller skating, nature hikes and group projects. The fee for the program will be $10,00 per week for Center members with the usual discount for 2 or more children in the family.

Tuesday Evening Dance Class—Young adults ages of 18 to 30 are invited to participate in the Latin American Dance Class now being held on Tuesday evenings at 8 p.m.  Fee for Center members is $3.00 for four lessons and for others, $4.00.

Junior High Schoolers Organize Clubs—The “Gents” the newly organized boys’ club, elected Marty Freedman, president; Melvin Brav, vice-president, Randy Selten, secretary, and Sonny Baranov, treasurer.  This club meets every Monday evening at 7 p.m. and is planning a varied program of activities. The first special event will be a roller skating party on Monday, Nov. 22nd at 7 p.m. at the Palisades Gardens.  All 12 or 13 year old boys are invited to attend.

The newly formed Girls’ Club elected Debby Schulman, president; Roberta Schwartz, vice president; Linda Hess, secretary, and Leslie Martin, treasurer.  Monday at 7 p.m. is their meeting time and interesting and stimulating activities for its membership are being planned.  Miss Ettie Mallinger is the club advisor.

Bay City B.B. To Have “Big Payoff”
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 12, 1954, Page 8

Members of the Bay City B’nai B’rith expect the “big payoff” with two affairs planned for the month. The Donor Dinner-Dance scheduled for Sunday, November 14, at 6:30 p.m. at the Mission Valley Country Club will constitute a “pay-off” to those members who have so diligently worked to earn their Donor. Mrs. Ralph Schwartz, chairman, urges those who have not already done so to contact her or her co-chairman, Mrs. Sydney Rose, immediately for their reservation.

Mrs. Jack Meyer, president, announces that program chairman Mrs. Max Felsman is planning a big surprise program based on the “Big Payoff” TV Show for the next meeting to be held Monday, November 212 at Tifereth Irael Center at 8:15.  Presentation of Membership Awards will also be made at the meeting and Thanksgiving refreshments will be served.

As the Psychologist Sees You
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 12, 1954, Page 8

By Irving R. Stone, Psychological Consultant

The Assets of Your Personality

Each week we learn of some new fundraising campaign to aid some organization in its financial need.  We hear of corporations issuing stock or of a municipality floating a bond issue to improve their financial condition.  All of them hope that these measures will make their assets show a more favorable picture. But, we humans cannot go to outside sources to improve our psychological assets: we must make the most of what assets we possess.

The Assets of Your Personality are like those of philanthropic organizations, corporations, or municipalities in that they represent the extent to which we can carry on our business of living, but whatever help is needed to improve our personality picture must come through our own diligent efforts. Like other assets, they must outweigh our liabilities and must be available when we need to use them to best advantage.

Personality is never something that we can have in storage for then it does us no good. We draw upon it constantly, showing it to our public, and aiding us in our daily living.  It is never a static, unchanging commodity, but is constantly in need of consideration and improvement.  We are not born with it but rather develop it as we grow older.

Too often we present the best merchandise of our personality for general consumption, whenever we meet strangers. We forget that the value of our most treasured form of our personality lies in its use at home.  Because we imagine that the home represents the place where we can be ourselves, perhaps relaxing, that we need show only the last valuable or favorable qualities.  Perhaps this is our true personality, and the other is only some trimmings that we use to brighten up our merchandise to confuse the public.

Too often we do not make the most of the assets of our personality.  It is like merchandise that is in its raw state, a commodity that has potentialities.

Let’s put our personal business organization in a solvent state. Our net worth lies in the excess of our assets over our liabilities.  The value of the assets of our personality lies in the buying power of our merchandise, whether it be at home, on our jobs, or among friends.  It can bring us a return for our investment in happiness, acceptance and love.

Tercentenary Books Shown At Library
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 12, 1954, Page 8

The San Diego Public Library will feature a display of Jewish books from Nov. 15 to Dec. 3 observing two occasions.  First, and most important, the dates celebrate the 300th anniversary of the landing of the Jews in America; and second, it is Jewish book month.

The exhibit, which will be in the Literature and Language section of the Central Library, 8th Avenue and E Street, will include books by outstanding Jewish writers in all fields—fiction, drama, history and others.

The display is under the auspices of Tifereth Israel Synagogue with Mrs. Arthur Gardner as Cultural Chairman.

Jewish Couples Club Prepares Surprise Party
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 12, 1954, Page 8

The Jewish Couples Club is celebrating Thanksgiving with a surprise party which promises to provide members and visitors alike with lots of fun and intrigue.

The big surprise is top secret but other details can be had from Betty Kress, HO-6-8074.  Wear jeans if available. Remember, all are invited. The affair will be held in the new building of the Tifereth Israel Synagogue on Saturday, November 20th at 8:00 p.m.  Refreshments will be served.

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Adventures in San Diego Jewish History, November 12, 1954, Part 1

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Southwestern Jewish Press, November 12, 1954, Pages 1,6, 7

Salute To Tijuana and Ensenada: Jewish Community of San Diego Greets Neighbors

Because of the short distance between San Diego and the Mexican border, Jews of Tijuana and Lower California feel a great deal closer to the Jews of San Diego than they do to any group in Mexico, including those in Mexico City.  Their desire to establish friendships on both sides of the border has brought the organized Jewish community of Tijuana and Ensenada into the fold of the Jewish community organizations of San Diego – the United Jewish Fund and the Federation of Jewish Agencies—as an active group within their framework.

Supporting community activities both financially and morally, the Jewish community of Tijuana receives in return support of their activities from many members of the Jewish community and the services rendered by the agencies of the Jewish community of San Diego.

The Jews of lower California – Tijuana and Ensenada—are a fine group of people with a warmth toward Judaism and in many cases a high degree of Jewish learning. They have exceptionally strong group feelings which leads them to support all good Jewish causes.  Besides their own contributions to the United Jewish Fund, they support many Jewish causes for national agencies, overseas and for Israel. 

It is because of this strong group feeling and the feeling of belonging to the Jewish people that the Jews of Tijuana and Ensenada have formed themselves into social clubs. The Hatikvah Club and the Mogen David Club are both flourishing community centers and supply the social needs of the people. Club meetings are held on Wednesday evenings, starting about 9:30 p.m. and very often guests from San Diego are present and participate in their activities.

From time to time, the Jewish community of Tijuana has large and gracious celebrations to which San Diegans have always been invited and which many San Diegans have attended.

It is our hope in San Diego and the hope of the insiders of the Jewish community of Tijuana that a closer relationship will be established between the two communities. Jews who live so close to each other, even though in different countries, should have a friendly and warm feeling toward each other; should work together, and should aid each other whenever necessary. Both San Diego and Tijuana Jewry can well be proud of their long record of mutual aid and assistance as well as the friendships that have existed for many years.   – Albert A. Hutler, Exec. Dir., United Jewish Fund and Federation of San Diego

A Dream Coming True!: $69,385.00 Raised by Center Board in Pre-Opening Drive
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 12, 1954, Pages 1, 4

Last night, 31 board members of the Jewish Community Center, in an unprecedented gesture, pledged $69,385.00 toward the new building.

Board members of the Jewish Community Center of San Diego expressed their belief that the ten-year dream of San Diego Jewry will come true by pledging almost $70,000 to the building fund at a pre-campaign dinner last Wednesday at the San Diego Hotel.

The goal of $269,000 will make certain of the first section of the Center building which when completely erected will cost over half-million dollars, according to Edward Breitbard, president.

The campaign, which opens next week, is headed by Harry Wax, chairman; Leo Beck, Morris Douglas, Rodin Horrow and Louis Steinman, co-chairmen.  All outstanding business men and Jewish community leaders, they expect to put the Center drive over before the end of the year by heard work, good gifts and enthusiasm. 

Chaired by two outstanding Center workers, Sidney Rose and Morris Kraus, who shared responsibility for pledges of Center board members, the dinner was attended by over forty members of the board of directors and their wives.  Besides making their own gift, each member of the board pledged his time, and energy and work to this community cause, and reported that enthusiasm in the entire community was running high with the hope of beginning to build sometime in late 1955.

“The board of directors dinner was held prior to the November 15th campaign opening date,” Breitbard said, “because campaign leaders felt that the Center could not go to the community for a Center building fund unless its board members indicated their willingness, not only to work, but to give as magnanimously as possible to this cause.”

Campaign leaders agreed that if the results of the Center board dinner were any indication of the feeling of San Diego Jewry with relation to the Center, the campaign would be a tremendous success in a short period of time.  With contributions payable over a period of five years, the Center expects to receive some of the largest gifts in the history of Jewish giving in our community, according to Wax.

The campaign goal of $269,000 will make sure of the beginning of a modern building arising on the 2 ½ acre site on 54th St. just north of University Avenue in late 1955 or early 1956 according to Breitbard. He stated that the plans of the building committee were to build the Center in sections as money was available.  It has been estimated that $269,000 in pledges will be necessary to construct the first section, which will provide all the sorely needed facilities for a Jewish Community building in San Diego including athletic and swimming facilities as well as meeting rooms, library and offices for all of the Jewish agencies in San Diego. When completed the Jewish community will own a building worth over $500,000.

Sandy Ratner and Leoni Leichtag have accepted the chairmanship voluntarily joining the campaign committee to organize a young people’s division so that the younger group will be able to hve a stake in the new building.

Chairman Wax also announced that plans are now underway to hold the community kick-off dinner this month and to bring San Diego an outstanding personality for that meeting.

Notice of Nomination Board of Jewish Fund
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 12, 1954, Pages 1, 4

As part of the regular business of the Annual Meeting of the United Jewish Fund on Sunday, December 12, 6:30 p.m., at the San Diego Hotel, the Nominating Committee will present the following list to the membership as nominees for the Board of Directors for a two year term, 1955 and 1956:

David Block, Mrs. Ted Brav, Zel Camiel, Mack Esterson, Manuel S. Fisher, Mrs. Dora Friedman, Irving Friedman, Arthur Goodman, Ben Harris, Harry Mallen, Jerome Niederman, Maury Novak, Dr. Walter Ornstein, Sol Price, Seymour Rabin, Mrs. Abe Ratner, Dr. Joshua Rittoff, David Sapp, Harry Sugarman and Harry Wax.

Other members of the United Jewish Fund may be nominated according to Article X, Section IV of the By-Laws as follows:

“The Nominating Committee shall receive written petition of nominations made by five members, and containing the name or names of any other member or members for presentation at the Annual Meeting as nominees for the election of directors. The names of the person or persons nominated by petition shall be filed with the secretary of the United Jewish Fund, and be accompanied by the written acceptance of such nominees not later than five days preceding the Annual Meeting.”

Carl M. Esenoff, Chairman
Morris Douglas
Murray D. Goodrich
Eli H. Levenson
Sol Price
Victor Schulman
Ruben Umansky


Welcome Delegates: Committee Prepares Hospitality for JWB Conference; First Time in San Diego
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 12, 1954, Pages 1, 10

The Jewish community of San Diego has prepared a gala welcome to the Western Region Annual Conference of National Jewish Welfare Board (JWB), it was announced jointly by Morris W. Douglas and Carl M. Esenoff, co-chairmen of the San Diego Conference Committee, JWB.

The JWB Conference will be held at El Cortez Hotel on November 12th through 14th. Several hundred lay leaders, military and civilian rabbis, armed services personnel, Jewish Center executives, and special guests from over 40 communities in the 11 Western states will meet to discuss the Armed Services religious, morale and welfare problems, as well as the rapidly emerging developments in the Jewish Community Center field.

The revered General of the Army Omar N. Bradley, will share the rostrum with Samuel D. Gershovitz, JWB executive vice-president, at the banquet on Saturday evening, in delivering an address of momentous impact. Col. Harry D. Henshel, National Chairman of JWB’s Armed Services Division, will keynote the delegates’ talks for 1955 at the Sunday summation luncheon.

Edward A. Breitbard, president of the San Diego Jewish Community Center, Congregation Tifereth Israel, is serving as Program Chairman of the Community Center aspects of the Conference.

The synagogue and their rabbis have declared JWB Sabbath for the Conference weekend.  Rabbi William Z. Dalin, San Francisco area JWB chaplain, will occupy Rabbi Cohn’s pulpit at Temple Beth Israel. At Tifereth Israel Synagogue, Rabbi Samuel W. Chomsky, Los Angeles area JWB Chaplain, will address the congregation from Rabbi Levens’ pulpit.  Rabbi Baruch Stern of Congregation Beth Jacob will conduct a Havdalah service at the hotel just prior to the banquet on Saturday evening.

A coffee lounge in the Terrace Room where delegates may relax and talk Center and Armed Services business, will be operated throughout the Conference by the Women’s League of San Diego Center.  A delegates’ information desk will be manned by Mmes. Tom Turner, Joseph Spatz, Geo. Katz, Henry Weinberger, Harold Garvin, Dora Friedman and Max Rabinowitz.  Mrs. Rose Neumann and a special committee of greeters will receive guests at the cocktail reception.

All Conference Sessions are open to San Diegans the Conference chairman emphasized. A special package deal for non-delegates has been set up for main banquet. The banquet dinner, addressed by Gen. Bradley and followed by the Conference Ball, featuring Billy Carmens’ Aristocrats, is available at $5.00 per person. Further information regarding the Conference may be obtained by calling Conference Headquarters at Belmont 9-3712.

UJF Leaders to Allocate Funds
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 12, 1954, Page 1

Work on the process of distributing the funds raised in the 1954 Combined Jewish Appeal of San Diego’s United Jewish Fund was under way this week as the open hearings were completed last Sunday according to the timetable. Final recommendations as to allocation to the national and overseas agencies will be ready,  William Colt and Leonard Drogin, chairman and co-chairman, announced , for submission to the next United Jewish Fund board meeting and will be announced at the annual meeting of the United Jewish Fund on Sunday, December 12.

At the next meeting on November 15, the Allocations Committee, which has been studying the over 100 organizations submitting requests to share in the proceeds of the campaign, will be faced with making equitable allocations and, at the same time, achieving an over-all cut of at least 10 percent, according to Colt and Drogin.

National Jewish Welfare Program of Events
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 12, 1954, Page 1

Friday, November 12

9:00 a.m.—Registration, El “Cortez Hotel
12:15 p.m.-2:15 p.m. – Luncheon—Don Room (sponsored by USO-JWB Armed Services Committee, San Diego)
2:30 p.m-4:30 p.m.—1) Workshop Center Division—Franciscan Room – Subject: “Are You Building a Center?”

8:00 p.m. –Religious Services (JWB guest speakers—Community Synagogues)

Saturday, November 13

1:30 p.m-4:00 p.m –Oneg Shabbat – Don Room – Subject: Sabbath practices in centers – its relationship to “service to our youth in civilian and military life – what and how it should be provided.”

6:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. – Reception and social hour – Franciscan Room and Patio

7:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. – Havdalah services conducted by Rabbi Baruch Stern, San Diego

7:15 p.m.—10 p.m. – Conference Banquet – Don Room – Invocation: Rabbi Morton J. Cohn, San Diego – Speakers: Gen. Omar N. Bradley, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, USA, Retired; Samuel D. Gershovitz, Exec Vice-Pres, NJWB

10:00 p.m. –Conference Ball – Don Room.

Sunday, November 14

9:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. – Workshops – 1) Workshop—Franciscan Room – Subject: Clinic on Center Problems.

12:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. – Luncheon – Don Room

To See or not To See

Southwestern Jewish Press, November 12, 1954, Page 2

By Berenice Soule

Our Premiere—The 77 small cities throughout the country that will see Paul Gregory’s “3 For Tonight’ should be pleased with it.  He has brought together Marge and Gower Champion, Harry Belafonte, and the Walter Schumann “Voices”—artists that ordinarily would not appear on a concert stage alone – but as Gregory put it, “deserve to be heard and seen.”

In an informal interview with Paul Gregory just before the premiere of “3 For Tonight’ last week, he said that “the theatre” in his opinion “should not have a message or moralize, but entertain.”

Only because we have come to expect great things from Gregory does this pleasant evening seem to fall short. As producer, with Charles Laughton, of Don Juan in Hell, The Caine Mutiny Court Martial, John Brown’s Body, Gregory is in the unenviable position of a producer of masterpieces whose audiences will never be satisfied with less.  “3 For Tonight” is less and because it is produced by the young genius of the theatre it is disappointing.

But, it is a pleasant evening. The Champions are gay, and young and delightful, but could use on real “dress-up” number.  Belafonte is virile and magnetic needing only a little more variety in his selections; and the Walter Schumann Choir is a joy. There’s no doubt that it should be classed as “entertainment” and that is what the producers meant it to be, so perhaps it’s rapacious to expect “entertainment from Gregory and Laughton to be entertainment!Paul Gregory, himself, is attractive and cordial, but according to him, can be otherwise when irked by pomposity or sham.  He looks like a younger (33, to be exact) Gregory Peck. The marked resemblance simplified the problem of choosing a new name – normal procedure for Hollywood. It was while he was under contract to MGM and cast as Peck’s younger brother that he took Peck’s name, made the minor changes and adopted it as his own.

It would have been profitable to have bought stock in this young man starting with his first theatrical production, when he booked Winston Churchill for a speech at his college in Georgia.  Upon departure, Churchill presented the coming impresario with his (Churchill’s) coat of arms on a chain.  The talisman has proved an open sesame any place in England for Gregory when worn around his (Gregory’s) neck.

The famous “cocktail party” interview in New York that was reprinted throughout the country quoting him as saying he was through with the theatre and would henceforth devote full time to movies caused mild hysteria among theatre devotees. So it was natural (at a cocktail party, here) to ask for an explanation of the disputed quote. For the record, and for evermore to clear Paul Gregory’s good name—he declared that his remarks had been, “If I always had to work with actors like H___ F____, I wouldn’t produce another show.”  (Meet me under Jessop’s clock at noon and for a fee I shall divulge the name of H___ F____). Now that that’s been cleared up, theatre-manes like us can sleep soundly once more.

Of course, what brought this all on, is the fact that Gregory is producing movie, too.  His first, The Night of the Hunter, will be released in March. It stars Robert Mitchum with Lillian Gish, Shelley Winters and Agnes Moorehead. Shooting was done on the RKO lot and along the Ohio River.  Production will start next spring on his second, The Naked and the Dead, also starring Robert Mitchum for which the budget is a nice round two and a quarter million.

Amusingly Yours
– A comedy-farce about prize-winning novels, clubwomen and college professors, Accidentally Yours, is uniformly easy and agreeable under the direction of Betsy Young for the Alpha Omega Players. The Pauline Williams play was well cast and played for laughs in which it abounded.

Dorothy Haven and John Thompson play the college professor-author and his wife: he has written a children’s book so becomes a genius in the eyes of his wife who, perforce, demands a best-seller from his uninspired pen.

With delivery to match the dry humor of her lines, RoseMarie Schwiegen, as the professor’s niece, with Jack Aaronson as a bonafide author, provide the love interest in an off-beat romance.  Nilva Quint delightfully portrayed a Helen Hokinson-type clubwoman and Ethel Swanton was tremendously amusing as a maid who would undoubtedly find difficulty in finding similar employment off-stage.

In a role that suited his talents probably better than any he has had in the past, Elton Ellis as properly indignant, frustrated and crushed in turn.

Others in the cast are Florence Cameron, Ginny Morgan, Doris Smith, Hilbert Smith, Robert McKenna, Carleton Barker and Harry Morgan who was excellent in a small role.  Accidentally Yours can be seen at the Parish Hall Theatre, 1531 Tyler St., Nov. 12, 13, 18.

Keeping Track—The latest news about actor Stephen Elliott is that he can e seen in the movie, 3 Hours to Kill, which should be released here soon. Elliott had done a great deal of excellent work on TV and is appearing in this western with Dana Andrews and Donna Reed. His most avid fans, his parents, are Mr. and Mrs. Louis Stitzel.

Originals—The fourth annual Festival of Original One-Act Plays sponsored by the Little Theatre League of San Diego County will be staged in the Puppet Theatre in Balboa Park Friday and Saturday, Nov. 12 and 13. Curtain time is 8:15 p.m.

Many local writers will be represented, among whom are Virginia Anderson, Bob Gunderson, Ruth Purkey, Dorothy Bonsignore,  Specer Purkey, and Georgette Rankin. Different plays will be presented on each night so it should be interesting to attend both evenings.

(Personal note: if only one evening’s attendance is possible, may I suggest Friday, and that you applaud like mad for the character of Linda in Virina Anderson’s You May See A Stranger.)

Ice Cycles of 1955 Here Nov. 16-23
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 12, 1954, Page 2

“Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” which in its picture form has already had four releases since its original release and the biggest grosser of all time, is now repeating for its first time on ice.  The demand for its return to the ice has been equally great, but this is the first time that the Ice Cycles production schedule would permit its repeat.

This production can be seen at San Diego Glacier Garden anytime from November 16th thru 23rd with performances nightly except Sunday plus a 2:15 Saturday matinee and matinee on Sunday at 1:30 and 5:30.  Tickets are now available at the Glacier Garden Box Office either in person or through the mail.

Rex Miller Next Speaker At Forum
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 12, 1954, Page 2

Rex Miller, former American Embassy official in Turkey and Belgium, and a member of the Christian Science Monitor editorial board, will be the next speaker at the San Diego Open
Forum, on Sunday, Nov. 14, at 8:00 p.m. at the First Unitarian Church, 6th and Date Sts.

Mr. Miller, frequently heard on radio and television, will speak on “Can Western Europe Stick Together?”

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Educational and patriotic thoughts about American music

July 22, 2010 Leave a comment

By David Amos

David Amos

SAN DIEGO–Earlier this month we celebrated our Independence Day. My thoughts brought me to the importance of American music, and the shameful neglect we have allowed music education to be. Part of this was stimulated by an article in the editorial section of the San Diego Union-Tribune by John M. Eger, on July 8.

But first, let me share with you a sensitive, meaningful poem by an anonymous music teacher, circa, well….anytime:


Not because I expect you to major in music.

Not because I expect you to play or sing all your life.

Not so you can relax or have fun.


So you will be human,

So you will recognize beauty,

So you will be closer to an infinite beyond this world, So you will have something to cling to, So you will have more love, compassion, more gentleness,

 More good….in short, more life!

Of what value will it be to make a prosperous living

Unless you know how to live?

On American and modern music: We have been conditioned to believe that if it is called “modern music”, or if the name of the composer is unknown to us, it is probably ugly and not worth our attention. Yes, there is a natural tendency to dislike the unknown, but in music, sadly, we do not even give it a chance to redeem itself. Even the late Karl Haas (from the enormously popular radio program “Adventures in Good Music”) told me that he sometimes received fan letters which warned him that if he as much as mentions the fact that he was about to play music from the Twentieth Century, the radio would be turned off immediately. This is tragic; it is cultural suicide.

I remember sadly an evening of music played by the San Diego Symphony, maybe fifteen years ago. In the first half was music by Robert Schumann, and after intermission, the conductor programmed the fabulous Concerto for Orchestra by Béla Bartók. The latter is to me one of the greatest compositions ever. Period. You can imagine my disappointment, pain, and frustration to see more than half of the audience trampling its way to Symphony Hall’s exits, just to avoid listening to Bartók in the second half! In retrospect, the program order should have been reversed.

The fact is, that there is a vast amount of modern music, a lot of it composed by Americans, which is accessible, enjoyable, even at a first hearing, and very melodious. In other words, it is what I call “listener friendly”.

After being so involved with the subject of American orchestral music (I gave a lecture on the subject to the music faculty of Hebrew University in Jerusalem), I have had many a talk with musicians, critics, and music lovers. One salient fact stands out: The American public has an inferiority complex about its own music. We tend to believe that if it originated in Europe, it is probably better, and if it is from the U.S., it will be lacking in depth and lasting value. Only history will eventually resolve this, but I have noticed in my various travels and conversations that most natives from other countries support and proudly believe in their own heritage, whether it be historic or contemporary. Audiences and musicians alike enthusiastically program and attend concerts of their own composers in Canada, Poland, Denmark, England, Mexico, and the former Soviet republics. I am sure that it is the same in many other places; but don’t get me started on Israel!

Curiously, when I was invited to guest conduct in Lithuania in 1992, when working out the repertory to be performed at the concerts, I was politely asked to “please not bring any Copland, Gershwin, or Bernstein”. At first, I was surprised and a bit annoyed, already thinking of several hidden implications from that request. But after directly asking the director of the Lithuanian Philharmonic as to “why”, the answer was surprising: “We don’t want you to bring us music from these composers, because we program them too frequently, and they are very popular here. We want you to bring to us some different American music”. So, I brought them Paul Creston, Alan Hovhaness, Norman Dello-Joio, Gian Carlo Menotti, and Ernest Bloch. After the fact, the musicians told me how much they enjoyed playing the music of these composers, and the audiences seemed responsive and enthusiastic, in both Vilnius and Kaunas.

As an aside, I was told by a cellist of the Vilnius orchestra, “We are glad that you brought us the music of Bloch. During the Soviet regime, we were not allowed to perform his music, just because he was Jewish”. He also proudly showed me a printed program for later in the month, where he was performing Bloch’s Schelomo, the Hebraic Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra.

Getting back to our American heritage, it is best to quote the words and spirit of one of our greatest composers, Charles Ives. He not only preached, but practiced the concept of “Wake up, America! The culture and traditions of Europe are fine, but stand up, support, and enjoy your own wonderful music”.

I fully endorse that. Let us strive to discover and enjoy totally unknown and lesser known treasures of our past and present. Be careful, you may enjoy what you hear.

Amos is conductor of the Tifereth Israel Community Orchestra and a guest conductor of professional orchestras around the world

Adventures in San Diego Jewish History, October 1, 1954, Part 2

July 22, 2010 Leave a comment

Compiled by San Diego Jewish World staff

Southwestern Jewish Press, October 1, 1954, Page 3

Mr. and Mrs. Sam Shapov of Chula Vista left Monday, Sept. 13 for a month’s tour of Mexico.  They will visit Mexico City and other spots of interest below the border.


We’re  glad to welcome back from Oceanside, Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Levenson, who are, in turn, welcoming their friends in their new home at 6151 Tarragona Way.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Rivers, with daughter Phyllis, and Mrs. Elka Rivers, drove up to the UCLA campus to attend the presentation attending daughter Eileen’s pledging to Phi Sigma Sigma Sorority on Sept. 19.

New Year’s greetings were e3xchanged as guests gathered at Dr. and Mrs. Walter Ornstein’s “open house” and cocktail party on Sunday, Sept. 26th.  Gayly colored tables and umbrellas were set in the lovely gardens of the  Ornstein home, where the guests were served their favorite drink and hors d’oevre, while meeting old friends and greeting new ones. Over 150 friends attended the party.

San Diego’s population increased by five when Mr. and Mrs. Harry Juster chose our city to live in instead of New York. The family, including children Barbara, 20; Tammy, 15, and Jan, 6, reside at 1086 Bangor Street.

Off Again – Friends were saying “hello” and “goodbye again” to Irving Stone, our traveling psychologist.  He recently returned from Hawaii on Navy duty, and left this week for Washington to attend a special Navy conference for the heads of medical reserve units throughout the country.  Mrs. Stone flew to New York to visit relatives and friends with her husband, after his conference.

Anne Peckarsky is back in town in time to spend the Holy Days with her daughter Ruth Colt and family. After her long vacation, she should be ready to assume her duties as a Board member of the organizations in which she is interested.

Another Local Boy Makes Good – Lawrence S. Leonard, son of MR. and Mrs. Fred Leonard, recently joined the Technological group at Shell’s Martinez Refinery.  Lawrence, a graduate of S.D. State College, received his Masters Degree in Chemistry from Oregon State College.

Paris Take Care –The couturier Fashions from Israel presented by Hadassah Sept. 23 sent every woman in the audience home to build a bonfire of the contents of her closet. The gowns, products of the Alice L. Seligsberg School in Jerusalem, gave evidence that Israel will no doubt become a leading exporter of high fashion. Fabric, design and detail were all equally exquisite.

Unforgettable were “Grenadier” a red velvet sheath and jacket featuring front buttoning with pointed flap, bodice heavily embroidered in jet beads; a handsome hand-loomed vertical striped wool dress used the flattering draped cardigan neckline that should become universally popular.

“Queen Esther” was the name given a striking white short evening gown. The strapless sheath was appliquéd with pearls, rhinestones and gold beads from neckline to hemline; and accenting its femininity  was the graceful attached stole.

The most spectacular outfit was a black velvet sheath worn with a jacket – but ah, what a jacket!  It was straight, hip length . of soft-as0kitten’s ear lame, with overlay of appliquéd black velvet and embroidered with jewels. 

Thirty-one designs were displayed, modeled by local club women, and including six designs for children.

On Sunday, Oct. 3, Rabbi and Mrs. Morton J. Cohn will hold their annual New Year “Open House.”

They invite all members of the Congregation to join them from 4 to 6 p.m. on Oct 3 at their home at 4705 Barbarasa Dr. (corner 59th St).


Southwestern Jewish Press, October 1, 1954, Page 3

Laziness grows on people; it beings in cobwebs and ends in iron chains. The more on has to do the more he is able to accomplish.


B.J. Sisterhood To Hold Fashion Show
Southwestern Jewish Press, October 1, 1954, Page 3

Beth Jacob Sisterhood will present a Fashion Show and full course delicious home-cooked dinner at Beth Jacob Center, on Tuesday night, October 26, at 6:00 p.m. at $1.75 per person.

The show will be sponsored by Marsi’s Fashions of Chula Vista, El Cajon and Lemon Grove, and will consist of attractive styles to suit every figure and every budget.

Dinner will be cooked by the famous Beth Jacob culinary artists. Please call and make reservations early – AT 4-9523 or HO-6-2446.


Center Women’s League Elects Officers and Board

Southwestern Jewish Press, October 1, 1954, Page 3

The Women’s League held their first official membership meeting on Sept. 16 at the Jewish Community Center. Mrs. Milton Fredman, temporary chairman, presided. The report of the nomination committee was presented by Mrs. Reuben Aved. The following officer and board members were elected: Pres. Sylvia Rose; 1st V.P., Dorris Lipinsky; 2nd V.P., Ida Beck; Rec. Sec., Janice Rabin; Corr. Sec. Tudo Solomon; treas., Ann Schloss.

Board members are Betty Adler, Rose Aved, Dorothy Belkin, Lilo Berger, Elva Breitbard, Dora Eber, Fay Fine, Naomi Hirsch, Sylvia Karzen, Elaine Kravitz, Shirley Lieberman, Tamara Rand, Lynn Schwartz, Ruth Stein, Ideal Stotsky, Dorothy Tucker, Lois Zlotoff, Thelma Selten, Edith Brav, Esther Brisker, June Ferber, Fay Fredman, Betty Karel, Julia Kaufman, Ruth Kwint, Eleanor Meyer, Nan Schiller, Alice Solomon, Julia Steinman, Gertrude Thaler, Jeanette Wax, Helen Schulman, and Sue Lowitz.

The next meeting of the Women’s League will take place on November 18 at the Center.

(Card of Thanks)

Southwestern Jewish Press, October 1, 1954, Page 3

Mr. and Mrs. Harry L. Goldbarg wish to thank their friends for their kind thoughts follo0wing the loss of Mrs. Goldbarg’s mother, Ida Lasky.

City of Hope Aux
Southwestern Jewish Press, October 1, 1954, Page 3

There are twelve patients from San Diego at Duarte, California (The City of Hope Medical Center) from January 1,1 954, who have received 735 hospital days care and forty-five were taken care of in the out-patient department from here!

(Anna Shelley Memorial Fund)
Southwestern Jewish Press, October 1, 1954, Page 3

Chairman Liz Gotkin asks that you make your reservations as soon as possible for the Anna Shelley Memorial Fund Luncheon at Beth Jacob Center, Thursday, October 21st.  Proceeds go toward furnishing a room at City of Hope for our founder.


Southwestern Jewish Press, October 1, 1954, Page 3

Lt. and Mrs. B.J. Mallinger wish to announce the birth of their first child, Marc Alan, born August 28th.  Daddy, who is serving in Japan, will be “counting the days” until he meets his son. 

Maternal grandparents are Mr. and MRs. Irving Biales, of Chicago; paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Mallinger, of San Diego.

Mr. and Mrs. Edwin G. Cohen happily announce the birth of their first child, a son, Steven Otto, born Wednesday, September 22 in Bloomington, Ind.  Young Steven weighed 7 lbs, 15 oz.  Mrs. Henrietta Cohen is a delighted grandmother.


Southwestern Jewish Press, October 1, 1954, Page 3

Room for Rent with 2 ingle beds. Kitchen privileges.  BR-7-3361 or CY-6-2905.

Southwestern Jewish Press, October 1, 1954, Page 3

7th-Yo-Ma-Co Yom Kippur Dance
9th—Birdie Stodel B.B. Aid to Israel Night – Beth Jacob Center – 8:00 p.m.
21st—Anna Shelley Memorial Luncheon – Beth Jacob Cetner
25th – Birdie STodel B.B. Donor Luncheon –Mission Valley Country Club—noon
26th—Beth Jacob Sisterhood Fashion Show-Dinner – Beth Jacob Center – 6:00 p.m

“Hearts Clubs” Invite Overweight to Join

Southwestern Jewish Press, October 1, 1954, Page 3

“Shorten the belt line and increase hour life line1”

This might be considered the slogan of the new Help-Your-Own “Heart Clubs” now being formed in neighborhoods thru-out San Diego County to assist overweight men and women trim excess fat by “group dieting.”

The free clubs, sponsored by the San Diego County Heart Association, have met with phenomenal success in other states and San Diego is the first county in California to have such organizations formed in various neighborhoods.

Further information, including a complete booklet about joining these free clubs, may be obtained by writing or phoning the San Diego County Heart Association, 1651 Fourth Avenue, San Diego 1.

As The Psychologist Sees You
Southwestern Jewish Press, October 1, 1954, Page 4

By Irving R. Stone, Psychological Consultant

Religion Knows No Vacation – Whenever anyone takes a trip there are pleasurable moments to look back upon. Some pertain to the places visited, others to the people one meets, and still others to unusual situations or events.  My recent trip to Hawaii is no exception.  But one of the things which stands out in my mind is, perhaps, different than most impressions.

On the aircraft carrier which took me to Hawaii, there were three thousand men.  All were aboard for activities of a far from peaceful nature yet, when church call sounded, the number who responded to the religious services was astounding. From Friday evening, when the boys of the Jewish faith met to conduct services, to the four services on Sunday morning for those of the Protestant and Catholic faiths, one thought was in their minds—the need for spiritual uplifting.

None of these men were forced to attend services, none met to get out of some unpleasant chore, yet all appeared to gain by the experience.  IT was like they had a great desire to participate in an undertaking for which they and they alone would benefit from something apart from military life.

On Friday evening, while in Honolulu, I went to the one Jewish house of worship, Temple Emanuel.  Rabbi Siegel told me that his first pulpit was in San Diego, many years ago. I found that, truly religion knows no vacation for the small but crowded Temple was filled almost to overflowing by the many tourists who were in Hawaii for a rest and vacation but who felt the same need for religious participation as did the men on that large aircraft carrier. Again, there was no need to attend services because they were members of the congregation or because there was nothing better to do. They came because they wanted to, giving up one important evening in a short vacation period.

Why does religion know no vacation?  Perhaps it is because there is a feeling of acceptance, a feeling of kinship, a feeling of humility, or a feeling of devotion, which only religious worship affords. Perhaps it makes people feel as though home is wherever they might be.  Or perhaps they feel that only through some religious affiliation to they become a total in dividual.

One question I cannot answer is, “Why is it that the need for religion is neglected when one is in the familiar surroundings of one’s home environment, yet is recognized when one is in unfamiliar and distant places? “


Southwestern Jewish Press, October 1, 1954, Page 4

Good times is the period when you accumulate debts you’re unable to pay in bad times


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Israel is not the only country with its pecularities

July 13, 2010 Leave a comment
By Ira Sharkansky

Ira Sharkansky

JERUSALEM –Israel is a normal country, but is strained to preserve that status against the rest of the world that is even less normal.

That is not a sentence one would expect from a confirmed social scientist. It does not make sense according to the elemental rules of logic, but it does make sense when viewed through wider perspectives of judging normalcy. 
What is a normal country? 
Is it Germany, with no practical speed limits on major highways? The United States, with the power of the gun lobby,  the rise of libertarians, God soaked movements against abortion and gay rights, and four to five times the incidence of its population in prison compared to other western democracies?  

Countries of the Third World, where rates of HIV/AIDS range to  260 times those in Western Europe and North America?   

Mexico, where the rate of killings over drug smuggling to the US has reached 13,000 per year?  

NATO and other countries that have sent troops to Afghanistan and Iraq for tasks able to produce nothing beside the slow drain of outsiders’ lives and the more rapid drain of Afghan and Iraqi lives?

All countries have their individual peculiarities, and Israel’s hardly seem greater than others. Comparison is more a matter of personal preference than any serious weighing of traits not equivalent to one another. Who can say that the life style and political demands of ultra-Orthodox Jews  or Religious Zionists are any less normal than those of committed Christians or Muslims? Is Israel’s concern with defense against threats from near neighbors less normal than efforts of the United States, Great Britain, and other countries that send their troops against distant threats?
What is most abnormal is the animosity toward Israel among foreign governments and individuals. There are also Israeli Jews who express severe opposition to their government’s activities, but this may not be different from the incidence of Americans or Europeans who act against their governments.
My temptation is to say that Israel is normal, while the rest of the world is crazy.
That may be true, if we excuse the vast majority of individuals who do not know what Israel is, or what it does, and could not care less.
There are several reasons for the animosity. While not all who oppose Israel are anti-Semites, there certainly is anti-Semitism in the mix. Since the Holocaust, traditional Christian anti-Semitism has declined. However, Muslim anti-Semitism has taken over the stereotypes and coupled them with the weight of numbers, votes in international forums, and the influence that derives from energy resources.

In several places, a posture against Israel is part of anti-Americanism. Political fashion helps to spread a simple assumption that Israel is evil, while Palestinians are innocent victims. Pictures of deaths and destruction due to Israeli concerns for its security are currently more powerful than pictures showing more deaths and destruction due to the personnel of  countries not on the current hit list.

Why have international fashions turned against Israel is a question with no better answer than an old Jewish story, set about 15 miles to the west of here in Emek Elah. Remember David and Goliath? The Palestinians benefit from their image as the weakling going up against the giant. In this case, the weakling is the darling of a billion Muslims and the giant is the size of New Jersey, but who says that fashion is  objective?
What to do? There is no magic button. 
Claims that Israel does not explain itself are nonsense. There is no shortage of explanations coming from official organs and individual Israelis. Overseas Jews help, at least those who are concerned, and not wedded to the anti-Israel fashion.

There is no shortage of non-Jews who identify with the downtrodden. Among them is former Spanish Prime Minister José María Aznar, who is promoting the theme that Israel’s failure  will condemn western civilization.  A Christian network in Canada is distributing an hour long discussion of international law that claims a firm basis for Israel’s maintenance of control over Jerusalem, against counter claims from Muslims and Christians. Subscribers of MEMRI  see that there are Muslim and Christian Arab  intellectuals who ridicule anti-Israel diatribes.

Music and humor may help at least as much as the hard sell of speech and writing.  We con the world  won praise as a cutting parody, but went over the line of political correctness. Israel’s Foreign Ministry initially publicized it, but then timidity prevailed. YouTube pulled it for reasons that critics see as out of step with what it allows to remain on the site.  Only Israel is  softer, and may last longer. 
Efforts at explanation generally reinforce  those already committed, add to the animosity of those opposed, and otherwise fall on deaf ears. Singing to the choir is useful, but it is important to know the limitations.
Sharkansky is professor emeritus of political science at Hebrew University