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Dogs in Thanksgiving costume to join Run for the Hungry

September 15, 2010 1 comment

SAN DIEGO (Press Release) – Jewish Family Service and the San Diego Food Bank are teaming up for the ninth annual Thanksgiving Day Run for the Hungry. 

The 10K/5K/ (3.1 mile/6.2 mile) run/walk takes place on Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010 at Petco Park (13th & Imperial) and makes its way through San Diego’s historic Gaslamp District and East Village.

The 10K run begins at 7:10 a.m., and the 5K run/walk starts at 8:15 a.m. Proceeds from the event directly benefit Foodmobile, a program of Jewish Family Service, and the San Diego Food Bank.

Every year family dogs are invited to participate in the run/walk, but this year race organizers are taking doggie participation to another level.  

Officials are inviting run/ walkers to bring their family dogs dressed in Thanksgiving-themed costumes. Read more…

Jewish food fair will assess ‘who makes the best bagel?’

September 13, 2010 Leave a comment

POWAY, California (Press Release)–Organizers say the 2nd Annual San Diego Jewish Food Festival will feature “delicious Jewish cuisine, fabulous music and entertainment, a shopping bazaar filled with Israeli & Judaic art and plenty of activities for children.”
It will take place from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 17,  on the campus of Temple Adat Shalom, 15905 Pomerado Road, Poway.  Admission at the door is $3.00 for adults and free for children 12 and under. Pre-registration and discount tickets are available on-line at for $2.00 per person plus $2.00 worth of free food.

Last year’s event brought 1500 people from around the community.

“The day will be filled with fun activities, unique performances and most of all a festive celebration featuring some of the world’s more exquisite Jewish food,” said Hannah Cohen, Festival chair.

“The event will showcase many mouth-watering delights from around the world including Israeli and middle eastern cuisine, tantalizing corned beef sandwiches, a wide array of traditional holiday food such as latkes, blintzes, kugel and popular deli menu items including knishes, gefilte fish, chopped liver, and falafel.  This year’s event will have a bagel judging contest, where attendees will have the opportunity to vote on San Diego’s best bagel,” committtee member Lori Mathios reported.

The entertainment lineup will include a comedy set, Israeli Folk Dancing, local vocalists, an adult choir and a concert featuring the Simchat Shabbat Band.  To learn more about the 2nd Annual San Diego Jewish Food Festival or to pre-register, visit or call 858-451-1200.

Preceding based on material provided by Temple Adat Shalom

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

September 12, 2010 Leave a comment

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

Marriage Told

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

Bar Mitzvah

Southwestern Jewish Press, March 4, 1955, Page 3

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

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

Southwestern Jewish Press, March 4, 1955, Page 3

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Birdie Stodel Women

Southwestern Jewish Press, March 4, 1955, Page 3

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Southwestern Jewish Press, March 4, 1955, Page 3

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

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

Southwestern Jewish Press, March 4, 1955, Page 3

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

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

Southwestern Jewish Press, March 4, 1955, Page 3

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Lou Levitt

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Southwestern Jewish Press, March 4, 1955, Page 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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, March 4, 1955, Part 1

September 11, 2010 Leave a comment

Compiled by San Diego Jewish World staff

Southwestern Jewish Press, March 4, 1955, Page 1

Kirk Douglas to address United Jewish Campaign Fund “Kickoff” Dinner slated for April 2nd.

Jewish Artists To Entertain at Beth Jacob Center
Southwestern Jewish Press, March 4, 1955, Page 1

Three superb Jewish artists will give an outstanding performance this Sunday, at the Beth Jacob Center, 4473 30th St., at 8:30 p.m.  Sponsored by the Jewish Labor Committee in an attempt to bring the finest of Jewish music, drama and humor to San Diego, the group hopes to preserve the great traditions of the European stage.

The artists include Dora Kalnowna, from Brazil, who made a great name in Warsaw singing in Hebrew and Yiddish; Shmuel Fisher, called the Jewish Charlie Chaplin, who has lived in Israel since 1930.  His humor and song are unique.  Pola Kadison, the renowned concert pianist has appeared in many cities in the United States.  She has been acclaimed as one of the finest interpreters of folk music.

For an evening of nostalgic Jewish humor, drama and song, call Ben Feinberg at BE 2-5525 or BE 3-3524, or Morris Penn, HU 8-5906, and make your reservations for Sunday, March 6, and an unforgettable evening.


Dr. Walter Ornstein Elected To Head Jewish Welfare Agency
Southwestern Jewish Press, March 4, 1955, Pages 1, 5

Dr. Walter Ornstein was elected  president of the Board of directors of the Jewish Social Service Agency at the February meeting of the board.  He will succeed Harry Mallen who served as president for the past three years.

Other officers elected to serve with Dr. Ornstein are: Irving Stone, first vice-president; Mrs. Milton Roberts, second vice president; Mrs. Jack Rittoff, secretary; William Colt, treasurer.

New Board members chosen at the recent annual meeting are Carl Friend, Dr. Harry Ruja, Mrs Leo Sarfan, Mrs. Jack Stern, and David Zwanziger. They will serve along with Zel Camiel, Mrs. Avram Dickman, Dr. George Hermann, Edward Janowsky, Dr. Seymour Kuntz, Mrs. Esther Kupperberg, Mrs. Joseph Kwint, Harry Mallen, Mrs. Anna Peckarsky, Dr. Phillip Rand, Mrs. Elmser Wohl. Mrs. Rose Neuman(n) is an honorary member of the board.  The agency is supported by the Community Chest of San Diego and the San Diego Federation of Jewish Agencies,. It is also a member agency of the Family and Child Welfare Division of the Community Welfare Council.
B’nai B’rith Honors Carl Esenoff at Dinner Mar. 16

Southwestern Jewish Press, March 4, 1955, Pages 1, 78

Eight hundred men and women members of San Diego’s B’nai B’rith will honor Carl M. Esenoff, local community oleader on the evening of Wednesday, March 16, at the San Diego Hotel.

Mr. Esenoff will be presented with a testimonial at the dinner to be held in the Continental Room at 6:30 p.m. for “Americanism in Civic Affairs,” by the B’nai B’rith Lodges and Chapters and the Anti-Defamation League. Chairman for the evening are M. D. Goodrich and Edward A. Breitbard.

Religious, civic and political leaders of San Diego have accepted honorary chairmanship for the testimonial dinner. These include Admiral Wilder D. Baker, President, Community Chest; Anderson Borthwick; John D. Butler; Robert M. Golden; Ewart Goodwin; Graydon Hoffman; Lucius Johnson; George Renter; George Scott; Thomas Selton; Alan J. Sutherland; Herny Weinberger and Judge Jacob Weinberger.

Milton Senn, Director of the Pacific Southwest Region of the Anti-Defamation League, and an acknowledged leader in the Pacific Southwest in the field of human relations and in the fight against anti-Semitism, will be the principal speaker.

The B’nai B’rith Coordinating Council in the announcement made by Stanley Yukon, President, stated that they have selected Mr. Esenoff to be honored because of the many activities on behalf of all communities’ efforts.

Esenoff has been President of the San Diego Federation of Jewish Agencies since its inception four years ago; is a Past President of the Community Welfare Council of San Diego; a leader in the Community Chest; Past President of the Jewish Social Service Agency; a member of the Board of the United Jewish Fund; and the San Diego Hebrew Home for the Aged; as well as a director and participant in many other community activities. He is recognized in his profession as one of San Diego’s leading Certified Public Accountants as is indicated by his service on many C.P.A. committees, locally, regionally and nationally.

B’nai Brith Lodges and Chapters of San Diego stressed that the testimonial dinner was part of its participation and support of the United Jewish Fund campaign in 1955 and are urging all members to attend.  B’nai B’rith agencies which are beneficiaries of the United Jewish Fund include the Anti-Defamation League, Hillel Foundations, Youth Organizations of AZA and BBG, the Vocational Service and Leo N. Levi Memorial Hospital in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

All pledges made to the United Jewish Fund at the testimonial dinner will be dedicated to Carl M. Esenoff and be known in the campaign as the Carl M. Esenoff Fund.

To Lead Drive
Southwestern Jewish Press, March 4, 1955, Pages 1, 7

Brotherhood Week was celebrate by the United  Jewish Fund with the appointment of Anderson Borthwick, president of the First National Trust and Savings Bank of San Diego as the chairman of the Christian Committee of the 1955 United Jewish Fund Campaign.

In accepting responsibility for leadership in the 1955 United Jewish Fund Campaign to raise $220,000, Mr. Borthwick said, “I have accepted this chairmanship, although I have many other businesses and civic duties, because as a member of this committee from its very inception, some ten years ago, I have learned of the tremendous life-saving work that the agencies which are beneficiaries of the Fund have done throughout the world. As a Christian, I sincerely want to be a part of this great humanitarian effort which has the outstanding record of having aided more than 2,000,000 destitute and helpless people wherever they may be found.  The United Jewish Fund is a humanitarian cause deserving the wholehearted support of the entire community. To me the participation of Christians in this work of saving lives carried on by the agencies of the United Jewish Fund is brotherhood in the most meaningful sense.”

Borthwick is president of the First National Trust and Savings Bank, the San Diego Harbor Commission and the Rees-Stealy Clinic Research Foundation.  He is director of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, the Young Men’s Christian Association, the San Diego Convention and Tourist Bureau, San Diego California Club, San Diego Hospital Association, American Cancer Society, the Downtown Association and many other organizations.

Sid Posen Resigns as Center Exec.
Southwestern Jewish Press, March 4, 1955, Pages 1, 5

Edward Breitbard, Jewish Community Center president, announced the resignation of Sidney Posin as Center Director as of February 15, 1955.

Posin, who has been in charge of Center activities for the last two years, left to accept a position as Director of the group work division of San Diego’s Community Welfare Division. In this position he will be responsible for the studies and surveys regarding recreation and leisure  time activities in San Diego as well as planning in this field.

The Center Board in a resolution favoring central administration of local Jewish agencies, has appointed Albert A. Hutler, Executive Director of the Federation of Jewish Agencies to act as Executive Director of the Jewish Community Center.

The personnel committee with Maxwell Kaufman as chairman are now interviewing applicants for the position of Assistant Director of the Center and hope to secure personnel before June 1st.  Breitbard announced that activities will continue as usual at the center and that plans are under way for expansion of the programming.

U.J.F. Top Leaders Accept Campaign Jobs

Southwestern Jewish Press, March 4, 1955, Pages 1, 7

Top organization in the United Jewish Fund 1955 campaign structure was almost completed last week with appointment of David Sapp and Edward Breitbard as vice-chairmen of the campaign.

Campaign Chairman Max Rabinowitz, in making the announcement said that other top community leaders had accepted key spots in the campaign organization.

He also announced that the campaign would be “kicked-off” at a dinner on Saturday, April 2, at the El Cortez Hotel with Kirk Douglas as the guest of honor.

Rabinowitz, in bringing two young leaders to the forefront to aid him in the $220,000 drive, said, “The campaign leadership of these young men whould provide the dynamics needed to conduct an all out effort in the drive.”

Breitbard, local laundry executive is an experience campaigner and community worker having served in various campaign capacities in the past. He has a wide range of welfare activities, President of the Jewish Community Center, Past President of Tifereth Israel Congregation, a Director of the Federation of Jewish Agencies and the United Jewish Fund, and vice president of the Breitbard Athletic Foundation.

Comparatively a short time in San Diego, David Sapp, construction executive, and vice president of Sapp Brothers Construction Company, has given outstanding service to the community.  He is a board member of the Fund, the Hebrew Home for the Aged, and the Community Center.

In filling other top positions, Rabinowitz announced the formation of an Emergency Committee with Carl M. Esenoff, M.D. Goodrich, Rodin Horrow, Irvine Kahn, Louis Moorsteen, Henry Price, Sol Price, Victor Schulman and Ruben Umansky.  Most are former chairmen of campaigns.

Harry Snyder, Fund Treasurer, and Albert Steinbaum, San Diego Hotel operator and a vice-presidentof the Fund, will head the Advance Gifts division.

The “Incentive Group” Committee, which included solicitation and participation of all local agencies and National organizations in San Diego that are beneficiaries of the drive, will be headed by Harry Mallen, past president of the Jewish Social Service Agency and Ruben Umansky, Histadrut leader.

William Colt, locker club operator and Harry Wax, San Diego Janitor Supply, will furnish the leadership for the Business and Trade Division.

Four top professional people will lead the Professional division in Dr. Joshua Rittoff, Chairman, and Dr. Walter Ornstein, Edward Baranov, Certified Public Accountant, and Norman Seltzer, Attorney.

County areas will be organized by Ben Carnot of La Jolla and Alex Maisel of Escondido, both outstanding campaign workers.  Nathan Golden of Tijuana has accepted responsibility for solicitation in Tijuana and Ensenada.

Magic Carpet Day will be under the direction of Bernard Arenson, and Ida Wax. Mrs. Wax has participated in many campaigns in leadership capacity.  Arenson is in his first major post.

Women’s Division Post will be announced in the near future according to Rabinowitz.  All other positions will be filled within the coming week.

Top chairmen will constitute the Campaign Cabinet, which will act in an advisory capacity to Rabinowitz, Sapp and Breitbard in the conduct of the campaign. The Cabinet will include Morris Douglas, Fund President; Milton Y. Roberts, vice-president; M.S. Fisher, Secretary.

Also, Mrs. Gabriel Berg, Mack Esterson, Maury Novak, Seymour Rabin, William Schwartz, Mitlon Fredman, and Zel Camiel.  Women chairmen will be added when announced.

Purim – Feast of Lots (Editorial)

Southwestern Jewish Press, March 4, 1955, Page 2

Purim, jolliest of the Jewish holidays, begins at sunset, Monday, March 7. The holiday commemorates a grim episode from Biblical history but its observance has always been marked by a July-Fourth like gaiety. Basis of the holiday is the overthrow of the Persian tyrant, Haman, who sought to have all men bow down to him.  When Mordecai refused because his Jewishness forbade hm to worship any but God, Haman sought to destroy the Jewish people. The Scriptural Book of Esther recounts how the Jews were saved through the intervention of beauteous Queen Esther.

Synagogal commemoration of the holiday includes the offering of special prayers on behalf of human freedom plus music and sermons devoted to the same theme.

Although the festival lasts but one day, preparations for the holiday begin months in advance. In religious schools, plays, pageants, mock beauty contests, and masquerades mark the occasion.  One Purim requirement, stated in Scriptures, is the giving of gifts to the poor so that the spirit of gladness may be widespread The Queen Esther Ball, held annually by the Pioneer Women this Saturday, helps preserve this delightful holiday.

The word, Purim, pronounced, Poor-im means Lots, and refers to the casting of lots through which Haman sought to determine the date of his intended massacre.

Turn About (Editorial)
Southwestern Jewish Press, March 4, 1955, Page 2

Very quietly last month, without causing a ripple, something happened that made no headlines and was hardly reported. We were all too busy with the atom bomb and Formosa.  But what happened was as important as any single event during the last decade.

The U.S. Government repudiated its historic position under which heads of enemy nations at the end of the last war, were hanged or punished for the crimes of war. Without benefit of debate in Congress or an explanation to the people, the Government reversed itself on the principle that not nations but individuals made war and therefore accept the responsibility.

The laws initiated at Nuremberg, under which the Nazi leaders were punished were drawn up with the aid of Britain, France and Russia. These laws were to be incorporated into the United Nations Charter as an aid to keeping world law and order. We were to use these laws as a warning to those reckless leaders who might be tempted to take nations into another blood bath.

On November 17, 1954, Charles H. Mahoney, U.S. representative to the United Nations, explained our position to that group.  He stated that “the project for a code of crimes under international law in today’s world is impractical and inappropriate.”  He also said that “the U.S. did not wish to subject its citizens to those regular and continuing processes of investigation, prosecution and trial, by international agencies, which would be necessary for real enforcement of an international code.”

Impractical?  Must we wait until a billion human lives are destroyed before we decide something should be done about the principal of individual responsibility?  Is it practical to construct an elaborate legal mechanism in the name of justice and then turn away from it when it fails to serve our purpose?

Inappropriate?  Is there anything more inappropriate than to be guilty of a double standard in the eyes of the world.

Speaking of individual responsibility, we do not believe that laws formulated by four major nations, after careful study and consideration, should be reversed in the name of the people of the United States without the matter being brought before their elected representatives in the government.


Candidates State Views on Religion in the Schools

Southwestern Jewish Press, March 4, 1955, Page 2

The Jewish Press asked the three candidates for the Board of Education in the coming election vital questions relating to the separation of Church and State.

“The state law now allows the Bible to be read in the schoolroom but no interpretation can be made. This is as far as I think the school should go and I would only favor that if there’s no objectijon from any parent.

“When I was a child, my parents read the Bible to us every day with whatever explanations they wanted to make.  I think it is the responsibility of the home to teach religion to their children. The schools are doing a fine job integrating moral and spiritual values into the whole curriculum from kindergarten through Junior College. These values are the basis for any religion.  Gideon New Testaments are now distributed to high school seniors at graduation time. They may take them or not. I believe all other faiths should have the same privilege of distributing their Bibles.

“I do not favor ‘Released Time for Religious Education.’  It was tried experimentally in ten of our elementary schools for one year and was not considered successful by a majority of those concerned.”   — Mary L. Fay.

“Before making direct answers to the three important questions asked, I would  like to express my feelings in a more general way. Since the citizens of our great country are divided into three major religious groups who hold very sacred their different faiths, principles and beliefs, I feel the Board of Education should adopt policies which would not in any way infringe on the religions of any of the children intrusted to their care. Teaching of religion is not a proper function of the public schools, but it is the obligation of the home and the church, and should be left to them. 

“In spite of the above statements, I feel keenly that our public schools cannot carry out their function of education in their most effective manner without recognizing the importance of spiritual and moral obligations of the students.

“It is my feeling that benedictions at graduations, dedications, et cetera, play a more important part I these programs than most people realize.  Likewise, I feel that a school day started with a simple prayer, recognizing and asking for Divine guidance, tends to create a greater respect and better relationships between students and teacher.

“It is also my belief that any teachers wishing to substitute a passage from the Bible for the above prayer should be allowed to do so, provided she confines herself to the Old Testament and that it should be read without comment. I feel that this should be the limit of the use of the Bible in the public schools.

“A few years ago the Board of Education and the religious leaders of our community made a complete and thorough study of the subject of released time for religious training. Their conclusion was that training of this kind should be done outside of school hours.  I concur in this finding.

Recently, the Board of Education requested a legal opinion from the District Attorney relative to the matter of Gideon Bibles in schools.  I shall be guided by the decision of the District Attorney which, at this writing, has not been received.”

–Robert C. Dent

“It is my sincere intention to be absolutely fair and unbiased representing to the best of my ability all the people of this city.  Our public schools will remain the foundation of our freedom only so long as they uphold American fundamentals.  I shall seek, therefore, to sustain in spirit as well as letter the Separation of Church and State.  The constitutionality of Bible reading in public schools, according to Attorney General Pat Brown, is awaiting court decision.

“If that decision favors Bible reading, my thought now, subject to later revision, is that the Bible in its entirety, as part of the rich cultural heritage of this nation, if used without comment and without prejudice to any race or religion, could be included to good advantage in our schools in such times as these; providing, of course, that the same privilege is accorded to other inspiring literary works.

“Since Released Time has been recently tried and after a year withdrawn, it is not an issue so far as my own campaign is concerned.  I am running for the School Board as a man, experienced in business, with a taxpayer’s point of view; who is also trained in Education; and vitally concerned in moral and ethical standards of conduct, I am not running to promote either my own or anybody’s religious faith.

“If a majority of people desire Released Time and so indicate, I feel that I should approve it if convinced at that time that it could be practically carried out with fairness to all relgions, and non-religious groups, as well.”

–Frank Lowe

Bnai Brith Briefs
Southwestern Jewish Press, March 4, 1955, Page 2

By Morrie Kraus

By way of note – I can hardly believe it myself, hammering out this colum for The Press after all these many years. But that old adage about printer’s ink still holds good and this will be my own mall way of making Mickey Fredman’s row a little easier to hoe.  Too many people in San Diego do not really know what B’nai B’rith is, what it does, how it does what it does, when, where and why.  As a matter of fact, this goes for many of its own members. If this column can in an informative way bring “home” to you the largest and oldest Jewish service organization in the world, then I will have been of service to the organization, the community.


The international scene – B’nai B’rith is making rapid progress in Great Britain, particularly after the establishment of Hillel at the University of London, which proved to be the greatest event of many years in Anglo-Jewish life in that city. (Reminds me of when Hillel was instituted at San Diego State College back in 1947.  Godaink?)

Leo N. Levi Hospital – The hospital has bene put in fine physical shape by a complete renovation. It has been fire-proofed and a new recreation hall built costing $40,000.  Patients from 28 states are being treated. Of the patients, 45% are non-Jewish. Staff morale is very high.  Only weakness of the hospital is I the research department  due naturally to NSF.  (Allocation committee, please note.)

Monsky Foundation – Tourists visiting Washington, D.C. in 1956 will be able to see the new B’nai B’rith building now being erected. The structure will house all the available memos of the Jewish contribution to the growth of this country, including collections of many sorts besides the arts. The value of having our heritage and its influence upon this country’s progress impressed on the “outside” world will be priceless.  By next month the fund will exceed one million dollars. Our District Four is committed for $25,000, fifteen of which is already paid.

Crusade for Freedom – Members of our lodges and chapters are joining millions of other Americans this month in the annual Crusade for Freedom campaign to continue the fight against Communism behind the Iron Curtain itself.  The Crusade supports Radio Free Europe, which beams powerful messages through the Iron Curtain and sends “truth balloons” sailing over it. Those of you who heard Becky Rosenthal not so long ago at the special Oneg Shabbat event sponsored by S.D. Birdie Stodel Chapter got the full impact of this project. Special B’nai B’rith Freedom Scrolls have been distributed locally by the Americanism Department of the order. Be one of the 25,000,000 citizens who will contribute “truth dollars” for this worthy cause. A dollar this way spent may save you hundreds later.

The Local  Scene – Some people say “what do you do; where does the money go; what is it all about?” and any other questions. I can fill columns and columns answering these questions. From time to time these efforts will appear in this paper, touching on the highlights here and there. Everybody cannot be active, we know, but passive membership is just as important I order to do the work B’nai B’rith does.  Have you got a son in training at some distant camp, far away from home?  How would you like to have B’nai B’rith get together with him some Sunday morning, feed him, and make him feel at home?  If it did nothing else you’d say the organization was tops!  Well, we do it all the time here at the naval training stations, for kids that come from all over the country. Take a look at their eyes and faces when we get together.  Take a look at the AZA boys as they introduce their parents at an installation. Take a look at the BBG’s when they meet regularly. Take a look at the Hillel students when they thank us for making it possible that such a group can exist on the campus and be a prime factor in the sphere of interfaith.  Yes, take a look at Brotherhood Week, the ADL, Vocational guidance, Americanism and Civic Affairs, Veterans and Armed Forces, the Israel program, the youth projects, and many others – and then say “I want to belong, even if I never come to a meeting.” Because whether you do or not, someone will always be there to carry on the good work.

B’nai B’rith in San Diego pays homage March 16 to a great personage in our midst. A testimonial dinner will be held for Carl Esenoff, a past president, and an outstanding in the general community as well as ours.  All contributions made to the United Jewish Fund that night, as well as subsequently by B’nai B’rith members, will be in Carl’s name as a tribute to hijs long career in the humanities. You probably have your invitation, please make your reservation.

In July at Spokane, Eddie Breitbard will make his bid for third vice-president of this District. He’s running against two good Los Angeles men, and it will not be easy. But Eddie is going to make a real fight of it, and to help him do it, S.D. Lasker Lodge and the S.D. B’nai B’rith Coordinating Council will in the near fture run a little social to help him on his way.

I started this column by wowing not to think I was on the pulpit. I see now that I have been running true to the long form, so until next time, this must be “thirty.”

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Real People (Editorial)

Southwestern Jewish Press, February 18, 1955, Page 3

The approach of the United Jewish Fund campaign in March mad us acutely aware of the fact that organized charity has developed to the point where it has become difficult to think of those we help as individuals. We have been faced with such enormous problems of starvation, poverty and disease, that we tend to overlook the personalities of All people – even in our own community.

We look to the Home for the Aged to take care of our “older people” – not someone’s father, mother, grandmother or grandfather.  We ask the Jewish Community Center to plan for the cultural and recreational needs of our “teen-agers,” “young adults” etc – not for Jan, Harry or Joseph who need the companionship of other boys and girls. We work with “refugees” or “new Americans” as a group—not as someone who came out of the Hell of Bergen-Belsen, Auschwitz and D.P. Camps, now bearing a name instead of a number.

We give to “causes” that are far away, in remote corners of the world. To most, Israel is a distant land – not a place where Hyman and Sarah, who met in a D.P. Camp, were married and now live with their children in a metal hut in the Negev, turning the desert into a garden.  We read of the Jews in North Africa living in squalor and disease, never knowing when the next pogrom will take place. The child sitting in the darkened doorway with trachoma, almost blind, will someday be a useful citizen, with your help.

And –while we are at it – let us not forget the kindness we can show the individuals who live in our community. We can help the wife who struggles to keep house with a brilliant young boy of school age; the old lady who can’t get to the synagogue on Fridays, the man whose wife has been ill with a crippling disease and must cook dinner and care for two little girls after returning from a day’s work.

We give to schools, hospitals, synagogues and institutions.  These are not just names or places – they all represent service of one kind or another to people who need it – Jewish education, religious training, the easing of suffering and the cure of once dreaded diseases.

We can make our giving so much more meaningful if, when the campaign opens and we make our gift, we remember that our money goes to help real people—not an organization or a group, but living, precious human beings, with names, personalities and faces.

Don’t give because you must – give because you want to with feeling and love in your heart, and of course, give generously.

Prejudice is a Crime (Editorial)
Southwestern Jewish Press, February 18, 1955, Page 3

(This is published in the interest of Brotherhood Week, Feb. 20-27, sponsored by the National Conference of Christians and Jews)

The fact that racial and religious prejudice should, in any form exist in a great democracy, is an incredible mockery of the very word democracy.  It should be considered in the light of a personal disgrace to every citizen of that same democracy.  A disgrace as shocking and as tragic as that of the discovery that a near and dear member of one’s family has become a hardened criminal.

For prejudice is a crime. It is a crime against the democratic ideal, a crime against the teachings of Christianity, Judaism and the great religions, a crime against human decency and a crime against just plain common sense.

Furthermore, it is a crime for which every American citizen directly or indirectly is responsible, if not for its inception, at least for the continuance of its presence in our world today. We are responsible because of our apathy in sidestepping the issue, because of our outmoded-give-it-time, it-will-cure-itself attitude, because of our kidding ourselves with the preposterous fable that it is a special problem to be solved by the special person affected.  The solving of it must be done by us all, each and every man, woman and child of this nation, of every walk of life and of every race, creed or color.

It may be solved by our actions, by our words and by our thinking>>And if we and our children are to survive as living creatures worthy of the name of human beings it must be solved not in a theoretical future, not tomorrow, but now, this very instant
–Cornelia Otis Skinner

Advertising Benefits Everyone (Editorial)
Southwestern Jewish Press, February 18, 1955, Page 3

This is Advertising Recognition Week. We in the publishing business and our friends in the advertising  business are aware of the importance of advertising in America.  Once each year there’s a concerted campaign to give all Americans facts about advertising as a marketing tool.

In a system of free choice, such as we have in this country, advertising is the spark plug that keeps business running smoothly.  It’s the means whereby customers find out about new and better products.  Advertising provides a “forum” for comparative values of merchandise offered by competitive companies to consumers.

You benefit from advertising because you get information that helps you make a wiser selection of merchandise in the free choice market place.  Advertising benefits you through the building of brand names. These brands on products you buy mean quality and value to you. These products and their trademarks have a reputation because advertising has truthfully told you what the merchandise will do for you.

Of the numerous weeks during the year calling to a wide variety of organizations and projects in America, one of the most important of these is Advertising Recognition Week.

More About Three Hundred Years in America~ Jewish Contributions to American Jewish History
Southwestern Jewish Press, February 18, 1955, Page 3

By Dr. Philip L. Seman, University of Judaism

Equal Rights and the Community Center.

As we continue our story of the Jewish Community Centers, we cannot help but observe that a great democracy like ours, counting in its population nearly 160,000,000 people of all nations and races, must be more alive and intelligent,. In order that it may be a “perfect union,” it must be democratic.

From the very beginning, we as Jews, have been glad of the opportunity to be part of the fine expression of this political philosophy.  The Jewish Community Centers, which in a large measure has been our contribution to this philosophy, is and should be, a “little democracy,” for it is here that the people of our respective neighborhoods come together to discuss their community interests and devise helpful methods of cooperation.

A veritable social center, the Community Center is especially fitted as a place where all the people can come together in a neighborly way on terms of democratic equality. Here they can learn to know each other and extend and enrich community sympathy.

Here they find the Center belonging to no individual or creed. Zionist and non-Zionist; reformed, conservative or orthodox; republican, democrat or socialist – they find the center non-partisan, embracing Jews of all shades of political thinking. It is the common property of all, the one place in which all have equal rights and are equally at home.

The Center should and in most instances is sacred to every family in the neighborhood as the “home” of the children as well as of the parents. Because the Center is the training place for the development of find constructive citizens and meaningful Jews, all members of the community may appropriately send themselves to “school” (as they do in well organized centers throughout the country), and learn from each other things pertaining to the life of the local community, of the nation and of the world.

In a sense, the Jewish Community Center should be the home of the Jewish Community, for to it come the boys and girls and the young men and women in order to become immersed in the mellow heritage of the Jewish people.  By withdrawing so to speak, to the privacy of their “communal home,” they may be rejuvenated – they may turn the ugliness and pettiness of the world outside into beauty of mind and generosity of spirit. Then they can go forth into the larger community and take their places as men among men.

Southwestern Jewish Press, February 18, 1955, Page 3

By Irving R. Stone, Psychological Consultant

In our daily experiences we often come across situation that appear to us to be completely obvious but when they are examined more carefully are found to be entirely the opposite.  While this may appear in commonplace situations, they are equally true when they concern our emotions.

Perhaps one of the most flagrant is that pertaining to the emotion that seems to change directions at will. This column shall be devoted to that emotion and I shall call it “Your Hostility is Showing,” for the emotion of hostility may be directed in many ways, some not always obvious.

The most common form of hostility is that of aggression toward some person or thing. The interesting factor about it is that not always is it directed against the cause of the hostility, but may be against an innocent individual.  This is especially true when the hostile individual feels that the cause of his emotion is too strong or important for him or is not available.  For example, the husband is hostile toward his wife, and takes it out on the children, the cat, or a chair that stands in his way.

Frequently the hostile action is directed against one’s self.  This may be to “get even” wit the one who caused his difficulty in order to make that person sorry for what he did, or else as self-punishment for some error he has made which put him in an unsatisfactory light.  The latter may result because of feelings of guilt.

Hostility may take another form, even less obvious than the others. This may show itself in complete withdrawal from personal contact or communication.  The individual feels hostile towards some person or society in general and as a result shuns all social relationships, becomes solitary, or in extreme cases withdraws from reality and the environment about him.  In many cases it is done to deprive the person toward whom the hostility is felt from the pleasure of one’s company, love, or sign of affection. In other cases it is to save oneself from being hurt again.

Children often express their hostility in aggressive behavior toward society by committing acts of vandalism. Stealing or even destroying a favorite toy. They cannot put it into words or even formalize the cause of their hostility but it frequently stems from their lack of security, the feeling tht they are not wanted, or because of their frustration in not being able to live up to all that is expected of them..

Hostility should be expressed and not inhibited. This does not mean that one should beat up the person toward whom you are hostile but it should be talked out, understood, and channelized into a satisfying direction.  Hostility is a normal reaction to an unsatisfying condition and the person should not feel guilty for experiencing it. How it is handles is far more important than whether one does feel it.

Temple Beth Israel Interfaith Sabbath
Southwestern Jewish Press, February 18, 1955, Page 4

Friday evening, February 18, under the auspices of the Sisterhood, Temple Beth Israel will observe the second annual Interfaith Sabbath. Parents of the Religious School children will invite their public school teachers and principals to be their guests at Sabbath Eve worship.

Rabbi Cohn’s sermon subject will be “What Do Jews Believe?” The Religious School Committee members will be hosts at the social hour, which will be followed by a question and answer period of discussion, led by the Rabbi.

Mrs. Irving Hertz and Mrs. Dennis Price assisted by Mrs. Robert Beltscher, Mrs. Mack Esterson and Mrs. Mortimer Rosenbaum, together with other members of the Sisterhood, are preparing a series of ceremonial tables depicting various holidays of the Jewish year.

All Temple members and friends are cordially invited to bring to this worship service on February 18 their non-Jewish neighbors and associates. The service will begin at 8 p.m.

Yo-Ma-Co Club
Southwestern Jewish Press, February 18, 1955, Page 4

We’re hoping to have a terrific turnout at our next meeting which will be Wednesday, February 23rd.  Entertainment chairman Doris Kossy has announced the presence of Cantor Julian Miller, of Temple Beth Israel, whose voice has thrilled San Diegans. Guests are welcome…Come prepared for a most delightful evening with Cantor Miller.  Wonderful refreshments are always served. 

Another highlight of the meeting should be the recommended report of the JCC Committee, headed by Norman Gelman, Al Solomon, Len Zlotoff and Sid Rose.

If you haven’t made your contribution to our Eleanor Kitaen Memorial Fund, you may do so by phoning Tully Kitaen, AT 1-4140.

Rummage Sale To Be Held By BayCity
Southwestern Jewish Press, February 18, 1955, Page 4

On March 2nd, Bay City B’nai B’rith will hold its semi-annual rummage sale. Members and friends are asked to call Chairman Ida Addis at AT 2-6274 or Natalie Meyers, President, JU2-0944 for pickup of any rummageable items.

Bay City’s fifth annual dinner dance, to be held at the Mission Valley Country Club on March 27th at 6 p.m. is being chaired by Mrs. Max Felsman. A delicious buffet dinner will be served with dancing and entertainment planned for the entire evening. Earl Fisher’s orchestra will provide the music.  The cost will be only $3.50 per person.  The entire community is invited to join with Bay City on this festive occasion. For reservations, call Mrs. Felsman at JU 2-0222.

Campus Doings
Southwestern Jewish Press, February 18, 1955, Page 4

Hillel will conduct Friday night services at Tifereth Israel Synagogue Feb. 25 on the theme of Brotherhood Week. On the program will be a seminar and speech by Dr. Harry Ruja, San Diego State College philosophy professor.

Recently elected officers of Hillel are: Martin Weiner, president; Reitha Stokes, vice-president; Barbara Sanders, secretary, and Bob Tuchin, treasurer.

On March 12, Hillel will have a stag or drag Masquerade Purim party at Beth Jacob Center for Hillel members and their guests.  Music will be supplied by Earl Fisher’s combo.

Hillel member, Herb Gross, is now vice-president of the Inter-Faith Council at State College.

Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity will hold its semi-annual initiation dinner-dance at the Cuyamaca Club Feb. 26.  New initiates will be Robert Beck, Bruce Fisher, Sheldon Golden, Robert Myers, Seymour Pomeranz, George Rosenberger and Sigmund Urbach.

ZBTs are now occupants of a fraternity house on 4447 49th St.  Living at the house are Don Solomon and Pledge George Rosenberger.

Prominent Citizen Given Accolade
Southwestern Jewish Press, February 18, 1955, Page 4

Henry Weinberger is honored this month with a profile in the “Circle,” Jewish Welfare Board publication.  Long active in USO work, Mr. Weinberger is one of the founders of the United Jewish Fund and the Hebrew Home for the Aged in San Diego.

“Hank,” as he is affectionately known to B’nai B’rith, which he served for many years (he was President of District Grand Lodge No. 4) was President of Temple Beth Israel, for seven years.  He is on the board of the National Jewish Hospital in Denver and here is something you didn’t know … “Hank” was at one time in his successful career a professional baseball player.  He’s a good man on any team!

(Heart disease)
Southwestern Jewish Press, February 18, 1955, Page 4

Disease of the heart and circulations, responsible for nearly 800,000 deaths yearly, are the nation’s No. 1 health problem.

Pioneer Women Hold Annual Purim Ball To Choose “Queen Esther” March 5th

Southwestern Jewish Press, February 18, 1955, Page 4

The Annual Purim Ball of Pioneer Women, Negba Club, is being held on Saturday evening, March 5th at Beth Jacob Center from 8:00 p.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Earl Fisher’s Orchestra will provide the music for dancing. Sandwiches, drinks and traditional Purim delicacies will be served all evening. The grand march will present candidates for “Queen Esther” of the Ball, with candidates being sponsored by various Jewish organizations of this city.

Early entries for the contest include Joyce Addleson, sponsored by Tifereth Israel Sisterhood and Susan Hutler, sponsored by New Life Club.  Mrs. Jeanette Abrams is chairman, assisted by Florence Conway as Mistress of Ceremonies.  Bessie Leopold is Ticket Chairman, and tickets may be obtained from any member. All members and their friends are urged to keep this date open for an enjoyable evening.

A special Oneg Shabbat of Pioneer Women, Negba and Shoshana groups will be held Friday, feb. 18th at Beth Jacob Center in conjunction with the regular Friday night services. Rabbi Joseph Miller will be the speaker.  Starting time is 8:15.

D.D. Williams For City Council, 2nd District
Southwestern Jewish Press, February 18, 1955, Page 4

A business approach to the increasing number of community problems, with disregard for political considerations, is proposed by D.D. Williams, Jr., who has formally announced his candidacy for the City Council from the Second District.

The district he seeks to represent includes Point Loma, Middletown and part of Mission Hills. This is the first bid for public office.

Williams, president of the D.D. Williams Piggly Wiggly Stores, Inc., has been a resident of San Diego 32 years.

“Do You Believe?”
Southwestern Jewish Press, February 18, 1955, Page 4

Do you believe that the Bible should be taken literally or should be subject to interpretation?  How do you feel about being a Jew?  Do you wish you knew more about your Jewish heritage/

Twenty-five excited Hadassah women are discussing these topics every month.  Come to the next Discussion Tea and let them hear your views. In order to assure your place at these popular Teas, please phone Mrs. John Ruskin, Atwater 1-6802, to make your reservation.

The next Discussion Tea will be held Wednesday, Feb. 23, at 12:30 p.m., at the home of Mrs. Paul Belkin, 4823 Baylor Drive.

“Rabbit Bros.” Book Given Out by PCRC
Southwestern Jewish Press, February 18, 1955, Page 4

The Jewish Community Relations Council of San Diego, according to Harry Wax, chairman, has just completed purchase and distribution of 12,000 children’s books on the problems and question of prejudice and intolerance, titled “Rabbit Brothers.”

The council first sent samples of the book to all youth serving agencies in San Diego and found that it met with success. 750 copies were purchased and forwarded to the San Diego Boy Scout Council for distribution to their sub packs. Other organizations receiving copies of the book for their library or for distribution were YMCA, Camp Fire Girls, Boys Club of San Diego, the Central Library, Bayside Social Center, Children’s Hospital, Family Service Association.

{Editor’s Note: Original headline printed with typo.  ‘PCRC’ in actuality should be ‘JCRC’}

 (Damaged Vessels)
Southwestern Jewish Press, February 18, 1955, Page 4

More than 1,350 San Diego County children suffer from diseases of the heart and blood vessels.

(Sight problem)
Southwestern Jewish Press, February 18, 1955, Page 4

It is next to impossible to make a man see the light if he is blind to his own interests.
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In Concert March 6
Southwestern Jewish Press, February 4, 1956, Page 3

Schmuel Fisher who is called the Jewish Charlie Chaplin, will appear here in a concert along with Dora Kaliwona and pianist Pola Kadison, on Sunday, March 6, at the Beth Jacob Center. Artists are being sponsored by the Jewish Labor Committee of San Diego.

Mr. Fisher lived in Israel since 1930, was educated at the University of Arts and Letters, in Tel Aviv.  He entertained the troops at the front during the war for liberation.

Yo-Ma-Co’s Install New Officers

Southwestern Jewish Press, February 4, 1956, Page 3

The Yomaco Club will have their semi-annual dinner dance installation of officers at Caspar’s Ranch in El Cajon City, Sunday, Feb 13th, 7 p.m.  They have engaged Forest Gantz’s orchestra for the occasion.  Ted Harrmann is the chairman for the installation and a terrific program is expected.

Incoming officers are President, Ray Lowitz; Vice Pres., Leon Solomon; Record. Sec’y, Esther Tempchin; Correspond. Sec’y. Ray Novak; Treaurer, Hy Kitaen; Sg. At Arms, Al Abelson; Membership Chairman, Evelyn Herman; Auditor, Byron Sharpe. 

Newcomers who will be officially welcomed into the ranks of Yomaco are the Sid Roses, the Victor Silversteins, the Al Wittenbergs and the Stanford Brusts. 

A cordial invitation is extended to old members and friends. For reservations call JU 2-0370 or JU 2-4204.

Many thanks to those of you contributing to our Eleanor Kitaen Memorial Fund. Any additional contributions may be made by calling Tully Kitaen, AT 1-4140, and will be gratefully accepted.  Plans are in the making to perpetuate the name of Eleanor Kitaen within the confines of our own Jewish community.

City of Hope JRs. Slate “Fun Nite”
Southwestern Jewish Press, February 4, 1956, Page 3

“Ladies Nite” an evening of “Just For Fun” is being planned by the City of Hope Jr. Auxiliary on Tuesday, February 8th at 8 p.m. at Tifereth Israel Synagogue. This is for women only. Games! Prizes! And Surprises and delicious refreshments, including lox and bagel will be yours.  No admission – no solicitation. Just an evening of fun and relaxation for members and friends. Anyone who would like to come or is in need of transportation please call Mrs. Morton Lieberman, CO 4-0972, or Mrs. Harold Reisman, HO 6-7236.

Ballet Russe Here Two Performances
Southwestern Jewish Press, February 4, 1956, Page 3

Third major ballet company to come to San Diego this year will be the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. The noted company will give two performances here, an evening show on Feb. 26, with a matinee scheduled for the 27th.  Both engagements will be played in Russ Auditorium.

The company is topped by one of America’s prima ballerinas, Maria Tallchief, and Frederic Franklin, British-born star.  Franklin returns to the company after a 2-year tour as Stanley Kowalski in the ballet version of the Tennessee Williams prize-winning play, “A Streetcar Named Desire.”  New to the company and to America is the 22-year-old prima ballerina of the famous Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Irina Borowski.

The dance troupe’s local engagement is a Master Artist Series attraction.  Tickets are available Palmer Box Office, 640 Broadway.

Plays at Russ
Southwestern Jewish Press, February 4, 1956, Page 3

Walter Gieseking, one of the world’s top ranking pianists, will give a concert recital in Russ Auditorium, Monday, Feb. 14 at 3:30 p.m.

This will be Gieseking’s first local appearance in many years.

Throughout the years since his American debut, his extraordinary gift has won him international fame all over the globe, and almost all of his engagements are sell-outs.

Gieseking’s local engagement is a Master Artist series attraction. Tickets are available, Palme Box Office, 640 Broadway.

Cottage of Israel
Southwestern Jewish Press, February 4, 1956, Page 3

At the last meeting of the Board of Directors, plans were outlined for the Israeli Independence Day Celebration which is already scheduled for May 1st on the lawns of the House of Pacific Relations in Balboa Park. Since there will probably be no other public celebration of this event, every effort will be made to provide an outstanding program at that time.

All hostessing and housekeeping of the Cottage has been taken over by a small group of women headed by Mrs. Rose Abrams. The small budget provided for this important Cottage activity is used by these ladies to support their favorite charitable interests.

To those persons who are not yet members of the Cottage of Israel, we would suggest a visit to the House of Pacifric Relations in Balboa Park any Sunday afternoon from 2 to 5.  If a visit convinces them that this important public relations group is worth supporting, they can become members by sending $2.00 (per family) to Bess Borushek, 4902 67th St. or can phone HO 9-2643 for any further information.

“The Greatest Gift?” (Editorial)
Southwestern Jewish Press, February 4, 1956, Page 4

Last week we were invited to inspect the new Children’s Hospital on Kearny Mesa, Route 395, adjacent to the soon-to-be-opened Sharp Memorial Hospital.  Our tour of the hospital was an eye-opener.  We saw a beautifully  designed institution for children with modern, up-to-date equipment to take care of every kind of disability.  The children’s hospital, like the Sharp Hospital, was built entirely by volunteer funds.

Both hospitals are a necessity in our growing city. There are approximately only 1900 beds in general hospitals in the city and county. The Sharp Memorial plans an additional 350 bed hospital. Even with these added facilities, we will be short 1,000 beds, according to national standards.

San Diego Jewry has been active in doing their share toward raising funds for both the children’s institution and the Sharp Memorial Hospital. A group of men have pledged to give almost $50,000 to the Sharp Memorial Hospital for one of their surgeries in the name of the S.D. Jewish Community; others have donated and furnished rooms for the Children’s Hospital.

Hospitals are used by all people and it is no more than right that we shall bear our hare of the burden. Illness knows no color, race or creed.  In other larger cities, Jews have built hospitals, clinics and other institutions so that the entire community could benefit.

We, therefore, cannot agree with the Rabbi, who while commending the group of men responsible for these generous gifts, saw fit to add—“However, let us clearly understand that the greatest gift, in fact, the most significant one lies in the field of Religion. The most meaningful contribution that the Jews can make to America are the Synagogues, just as the churches are the greatest contributions of the Christians…”

Our religion has always taught us to care for the aged, the sick, the infirm, and the needy. Fortunately, the synagogues will not suffer by the generosity of these men.  However, if we must make a choice, in our humble opinion, it would be better for us to give up some of the well upholstered luxuries of the synagogue, in order to bring us close to the “Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood of Man.”

Clear Tracks for U.J.F. (Editorial)
Southwestern Jewish Press, February 4, 1956, Page 4

The United Jewish Fund, on March 24, will open the twenty-second Combined Jewish Appeal for Jewish philanthropy. For almost a quarter of a century the Jewish community of San Diego raised funds for Jewish needs everywhere through this “all in one drive.”

Over the long period of annual fund raising, it is possible that the real meaning and function of the United Drive might have been taken for granted.  The dramatic fact is that the United Jewish Fund is not merely another campaign but actually many campaigns launched into one.

This fact must in 1955 be re-emphasized so that it may be clearly understood by every89 member of our Jewish community. This is a supreme fund raising effort for the institutions overseas, in Israel, in the United States and in San Diego.

Were it not for this united effort there would be a multitude of campaigns which would quickly demoralize the entire community to the detriment of the many agencies we support through this one drive.

More About Three Hundred Years in America~Jewish Contributions to American History
Southwestern Jewish Press, February 4, 1956, Page 4

By Dr. Philip L. Seman, University of Judaism

Most of the institutions referred to in our last installment of this series  had a distinctly philanthropic approach.  Those who were served were not only asked to contribute toward their support, but in most instances were offered stipends to make it possible for them to learn a trade or acquire an education, without having to be confronted with the difficulty of procuring the necessities of life. Those institutions were not looked upon by the community at large as agencies of self expressions that promoted a conscious self-determination of either the individual or the group.  They were very largely superimposed efforts offering educational training and social outlet, which in many instances muzzled the slightest opportunity for free expression and for the interpretation of ideas and ideals.

The Jewish Community Centers which have been developed in the lst third of the century and are flourishing now three hundred and forty five of them, with a membership of five hundred and twenty thousand, represent the type of institution where the people themselves hve an opportunity of determining upon the activities to be included in the program and where those who are really interested in each and every activity are the determining factors, the ‘yes” or the “no” of the project.

The 345 Centers in the United States and Canada (and now in Europe and Israel as well) are federated in a national body, the Jewish Welfare Board, and occupy buildings for the most part especially designed and constructed for the conduct of recreational, social, cultural, civic and other group and mass activities.

When we speak of five hundred thousand, it may not mean very much when we speak in terms of a population of 158,000,000 but it speaks volumes when we think of it in terms of a population not over 5,000,000; for this number represents the real Jewish manhood and womanhood of the next very important ten years, the boys and girls, young men and women who are being developed in these 345 Centers, along cultural, recreation and spiritual (in the finest sense of the term) lines. These 525,000 are bound to become, many of them, the leaders of our community, because they are taught to think and to act constructively in terms of leadership.

Letter to Editor
Southwestern Jewish Press, February 4, 1955, Page 4

Dear Mr. Kaufman:

What a joy it is to read your “Southwestern Jewish Press” as it comes to me regularly. It keeps me so close to San Diego, a city I like very much and that I have been coming to now over 40 years, on and off.  You as editor are to be congratulated.  I read the anglo-Jewish Press from all over the country and your Southwestern Press can easily be matched with the best of them.  I feel your readers are unusually well treated. 

With best wishes,

Philip L. Seman

Ed. Note: Praise from the eminent Dr. Seman is praise indeed. Dr. Seman is one of the outstanding educators in the United States and has played an important part in the development and furtherance of Jewish culture and learning.

(Book Review)
Southwestern Jewish Press, February 4, 1955, Page 4

What’s Your Jewish IQ by Harold V. Ribalow, Twayne Publishers, New York, 1954, 106 pages, $2.75.

The author of What’s Your Jewish IQ has published a number of books of Jewish interest. The book covers over 900 questions in the area of Bible, Judaism, Zionism, Israel, Anti-Semitism, American History, Government, Science and Medicine, ‘Famous Men, World Literature, Hebrew and Yiddish Literature, American and Jewish Literature, Music, Journalism, Entertainment, Sports and two sets of General Quiz.  The answers to these 900 questions are in the last half of the book. The book will be of value to anyone, Jew or non Jew who may want to know about Jews, in the areas referred to above.

Ribalow’s  What’s Your Jewish IQ gives answers to his questions in not over a line or two, and in many instances will whet the appetite for further investigations into Jewish History ratherthan serve as a complete course. Just a few examples of the questions, “In what book is the story of Susanna and the Elders told?”  “Do you know who Saadia Gaon was?” “Why is the Dead Sea valuable?”  “Explain the Damascus Blood Libel?”  The section in Ameircan HNistory is particularly of interest now that Jews are observing the Three Hundred Years in America.  And such questions as, “Who was Jacob Barsimon?” “Who was Rabbi Gershom Mendes Seixas?” “Do you know the first American Physician to specialize in the diseases of the nose and throat?” “Who wrote the now famous sentence ‘A Rose is a rose is a rose’?” etc., etc.  Therse are just a few of the 900 questions.

The questions are a challenge particularly to young people, and above all to non-Jews who will benefit much in checki9ng on the answers to many questions that will be, your reviewer feels, strange and unknown, and will help to clarify much that is strange to those who are not close to Jewish History.

–Philip L. Seman
University of Judaism

Notes on Jewish Music
Southwestern Jewish Press, February 4, 1955, Page 4

By Cantor Joseph Cysner

The Jewish music festival, which will be celebrated throughout the United States during the month of February, was initiated by the J.W.B. sponsored National Jewish Music Council, ten years ago, to bring Jewish Music closer to the hearts and minds of the American Jewish Community.

As we are celebrating the Tercentenary, we proudly recall among many achievements, the great contributions Jews have made in the field of Music. We find great Jewish artists on the concert stage, in Opera, on Radio and Television, thrilling millions of people with their talent and artistry.

But what is the status of  Jewish Music today?  Though there are untiring efforts by National and Local Jewish Music Councils to bring our music closer to our people, is there really a greater appreciation of its beauty?  Are we doing our part to transmit our precious Jewish Music Heritage to our children?

Considering the brief period of its revival in America, we see encouraging signs of creativity and originality.  Composers such as Bloch, Weinberg, Saminsky, Milhaud, Achron and many others have enriched Synagogue Music with treasures, which will strike responsive chords in the hearts of future generations.

Are our own people aware of the beauty and the depth of those masters of Jewish Music?  I fear the answer is in the negative!  Any of these compositions are available to anyone who is interested, by means of recordings and sheet music – but very few people avail themselves of the opportunity to become acquainted with our very own creations.

As the great centers of Jewish life have been wiped out – a greater responsibility rests on the remaining centers of Jewish Life – America and Israel. 

It should be our duty to make Jewish Music appreciation an integral part of Jewish Education.  Children should be encouraged to study Jewish Music in addition to their general Music, the Jewish Song should again vibrate in the homes on all festive occasions. Thus we would create a meaningful link with the past and learn to understand the innermost feeling of the Jewish soul.

A living contact with the great artistic reservoir of Israel through the exchange of music would bring new life into both cultures and add greatly to the elevation of Jewish Music here and everywhere.

Is there a better way to revitalize interest in Jewish Music than by worshipping as a Family Unit, joining in the singing of congregational songs, providing our children with recordings for the various Holy Days and encouraging our young to listen and to study Israeli, as well as Liturgical and Folk Music?


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Lecture series will cover documentary hypothesis of Bible authorship

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SAN DIEGO (Press Release)–The Agency for Jewish Education announces a 2-part lecture series with Noah Hadas beginning on September 14th. The title of the class is “Who Wrote The Bible?”

Why do there appear to be two creation stories in Genesis? Why did Abraham ask Sarah to pretend to be his sister two different times? How many animals of each species did Noah bring onto the ark? These questions will lead us to consider the Documentary Hypothesis, the scholarly assertion that the Torah is a compilation of separate sources. In this class, we will begin to untangle these sources and shed light on some of the Torah’s most puzzling stories.

Morning (10-11:30am) and evening (7-8:30pm) sessions are offered. This class meets at the Lawrence Family JCC, 4126 Executive Dr., La Jolla, CA 92037. Tuition is $10. For more information or to register, contact the Agency for Jewish Education, (858) 268-9200 ext.102 or visit AJE’s website.

Preceding provided by the Agency for Jewish Education in San Diego