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

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Southwestern Jewish Press, March 4, 1955, Page 3

Marriage Told

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

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Bar Mitzvah

Southwestern Jewish Press, March 4, 1955, Page 3

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Birdie Stodel Women

Southwestern Jewish Press, March 4, 1955, Page 3

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Lou Levitt

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

September 11, 2010 Leave a comment

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Flash!
Southwestern Jewish Press, March 4, 1955, Page 1

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

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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.

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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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?)

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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.)

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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.

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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.

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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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Adventures in San Diego Jewish History, February 18, 1955, Part 2

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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!

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(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.

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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.

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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.

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“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.

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“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.

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

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 (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.

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(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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As the Psychologist Sees You

Adventures in San Diego Jewish History, February 4, 1956, Part 2

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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“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.”

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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.

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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.

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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,

Cordially,
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.

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(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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Southwestern Jewish Press, February 4, 1955, Page 1

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

Sisterhood “Country Fair”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Community Invited

Southwestern Jewish Press, February 4, 1955, Page 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Selma Cohen Betrothed

Southwestern Jewish Press, February 4, 1955, Page 2

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

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

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Personals
Southwestern Jewish Press, February 4, 1955, Page 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Marriage Told

Southwestern Jewish Press, February 4, 1956, Page 2

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

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

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Junior Charity Holds Valentine Party

Southwestern Jewish Press, February 4, 1956, Page 2

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

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

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

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

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Cradle

Southwestern Jewish Press, February 4, 1956, Page 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Classified
Southwestern Jewish Press, February 4, 1956, Page 2

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

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

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Calendar
Southwestern Jewish Press, February 4, 1956, Page 2

4th—Fri., 7:30 p.m., Temple Beth Israel Dedication Services.
5th—Sat., 7:30 p.m., Temple Teens Valentine Ball
6th—Sun, from 3:30 p.m. to midnite—“Country Fair” – Beth Israel Sisterhood, American Legion Hall.
8th—Tues, 8 p.m.—City of Hope Jr. “Ladies’ Nite” –T.I.S. Center
10th—Thurs, noon—Jr. CharityhLeague Valentine Card Party.
12th – Sat, 7 p.m., Council of Jewish Women – Valentine Ball—Mission Club.
13th—Sun., 8 p.m.—Rabbi Philip Bernstein –J.C.C. – Temple Center.
13th—Sun., 7 p.m., Yomaco Installation, Dinner-Dance – Casper’s Ranch
13th—Sun—10 a.m. “Snow Party” – Beth Jacob Youth League.
13th—Sun, 8 p.m., — Pioneer Women  celebrate Arbor Day – Beth Jacob Center.
14th—Mon. Lunch – Birdie Stodel – 26th Anniversary, Beth Jacob Center.
15th—Tues, Noon – City of Hope Installation – S.D. Club.
15th—Tues, eve. Temple Men’s Club – Sons and Daughters Nite – Temple Center
19th – Sat., 8 p.m., Couple Club, Speaker, Dr. Harris, Valentine Party – T.I.S. Center
16th –Wednesday noon—Hadassah “Afternoon of Fun”—Luncheon – Meeting
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Adventures in San Diego Jewish History, January 21, 1955, Part 4

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In the Name of “Security” (Editorial)
Southwestern Jewish Press, January 21, 1955, Page 7

The case of Wolf Ladejinsky has again brought into sharp focus the problems facing a people whose precious liberties are being threatened under the guise of “security.”

Ladejinsky, a qualified agriculturist, was dismissed as a “security risk” with no explanation. His proven anti-Communism was used to prove that he could be a spy!

The letter, released by the Agriculture Dept to bolster their stand, lauded the Department’s action on the ground that “a goodly share of those Russian revolutionaries were found among Russian Jews.”  An investigation revealed that the letter was written by a White Russian émigré who admits he never met nor had he ever heard anything derogatory about Ladejinsky.”

The earlier cases of Abraham Chasanow, reinstated after his dismissal from the Navy, and the twenty-four Ft. Monmount scientists, similarly reinstated, aroused grave suspicions that anti-Semitism and other prejudices were operating at various levels of our government.  In spite of formal statements and disavowals these suspicions were never allayed.  Ladejinsky’s dismissal with the mysterious circumstances surrounding his case, the incredible reasons advance to justify the action and the readiness to make use of anti-Semitic material confirms theses suspicions.

It took the action of Harold E. Stassen, Foreign Operations Administrator, to pull the Agriculture Department out of an embarrassing situation which would have made us the butt of international ridicule.

“Security” is the aim of man whether it be for himself or his country.  Where is “Security” for an individual who can be released after years of public service merely because of an accident of birth?

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Banks and Savings (Editorial)
Southwestern Jewish Press, January 21, 1955, Page 7

Savings Week is currently being noted by banks throughout the country. The growth of banking in an Diego has been phenomenal .  Banks and saving institutions have kept pace with this growth by instituting new services to make it easier to save and bank money.  Driveby Banks, Night Deposits and the opening of a large number of branches in every part of the city and ccounties are some of the latest services instituted by the banks.

Travel clubs, Christmas clubs, Bonds and other plans for saving were designed to give the thrifty saver an incentive and a goal to accumulate funds for a specific purpose. 

January is the month for us to lay plans for the entire year. Savings Week is just a reminder that banks are doing all they can to make it easier for us to save. Benjamin Franklin whose birthday is noted this month, extolled the virtues of gathering a nest egg for the future.  He would approve our present day streamlined banking systems.

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False Faces (Editorial)
Southwestern Jewish Press, January 21, 1955, Page 7

The long overdue report on neo-Fascist and Hate Groups by the House Committee on un-American Activities must have been an eye opener to the Congressional investigators. The report plainly shows that these groups invariably turn out to be basically anti-Jewish in character. To quote the forward of the report—“The organized hate group, which masquerades as a defender of our Republican form of government yet conducts hate campaigns against racial and religious minorities in the infamous tradition of the Fascist dictatorships.”

Clearly indicated in the report is the fact that “these Fascist hate groups frequently support the position of the very Communists it allegedly opposes.”  For example, the National Renaissance Party accused the United States Government of seeking to promote a world war to “carry out the economic and political ambitions of a small coterie of international Wall St. bankers.”  Does that sound familiar?  Word for word it comes from the Communist party propaganda.

One of the most virulent of these hate groups has a publication called “Common Sense,” published by Conde J. McGinley, in New Jersey. In contrast to the Fascist National Renaissance Party, the McGinley enterprise appears to be a shrewd and going business.

The report goes on to say that McGinley’s so-called anti-Communist and patriotic publication apparently is not adverse to serving the Communist propaganda cause, and further states that anti-Semitism is the chief stock in trade of “Common Sense” which defines Communism as the “false face of Judaism.”

The Committee Report concludes with the statement that they are continuing their investigation and exposure of Communist conspirators, but that they are convinced that there is also a need for further study, exposure and prosecution of the Fascist hate groups that seek to divide and disrupt the American people.

It is regrettable that any American should contribute to the perpetuation of the hate factories.  If loyal Americans wish to play an active part in protecting their country from subversion, let them remember that there exist agencies well equipped to deal with the traitors from the extreme Left and extreme Right. Beware the 20th Century Janus, who presents two false faces.

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Southwestern Jewish Press, January 21, 1955, Page 7

By Irving R. Stone, Psychological Consultant

Operation Courtship

History books tell us many interesting things—elections, economic depressions, discoveries, war, little known facts that seem to escape the attention of people, except when some Hollywood motion picture company plays it up and makes the news worthy of a potential Oscar award winner.

I refer to what might be termed “Operation Courtship.”  Those of Napoleon, Lincoln, Miles Standish and Marc Anthony are a few that we can mention.  Not that courtship isn’t a familiar happening, for it is as frequent as birth and taxes. But too often we take such things for granted.

The strange thing is that courtship is so important that even the participants are often unaware that it is happening but when they  are, they are completely different in behavior and thinking. Another  fact is that it starts, in many cases, at a tender age and during the teens may be as intense as in mature adulthood.

Courtship is usually expected to be the time for getting acquainted. Fundamental attitudes and expectations should be extended during this period to make later adjustments easier and often possible.  It is the time to work out many of the later problems which arise in every family –children, budgets, special  needs and living arrangements are but a few.

Irving Stone

As the Psychologist Sees You

Parents frequently become quite alarmed over what seems to be an involvement in the form of a courtship by their adolescent boy or girl. In almost every case, this is part of a normal condition of that age level when crushes seem to abound in every direction, and each month appears to be like New Years –“Ring out the old, ring in the new.” It is far better for the youngster to have one or more of these crushes because it gives them a better opportunity to evaluate the situation when true courtship takes place than to be unaware of the method of handling approaching marriage. Too often, the boy or girl who has not had a share in crushes jumps at the first opportunity for marriage without  evaluating its efficacy.

The only cure for hasty marriages is courtship. It affords planning, evaluation and reevaluation.  It is the intervening step between a crush and a marriage. So, when your child enters a courtship, remember that your youngster is growing up and not just getting older.

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More about Three Hundred Years in America~Jewish Contributions to American History

By Dr. Philip L. Seman, University of Judaism

The last installment of early experiences and records of the synagogue as the Jewish Community Center is an indication that the Jews have for thousands of years recognized the need for centrally located places where the community was given an opportunity to function as social human beings as well as in a civic manner.

However, with the growth of our American communities, the question of the Community Center became a problem. The real problems, so far as the Jew in America is concerned, were not aggravated, however, until 1881, when the Jews of this country were confronted with a large immigration as the result of the pogroms of 1881 in Russia and Poland, and similar atrocities in Rumania in 1902 and 1903.  It was during these years that the number of immigrants arriving in the United States kept increasing in almost impossible proportion to the ability to assimilate them, and meet the many social and economic problems that congestion and large numbers of new comers into a comparative complacent population create.  The immigration, reports show that beginning with the year 1820 to the year 1912 the total number of immigrants that arrived in the United States was 29,000,000 of which approximately 3,000,000 represented Jews. The high water mark was in 1907 when the total immigration was 1,285,000 of which 150,000 represented Jewish immigrants. From the year 1900 to the year 1912, there came to the United States a total of 10,000,000 immigrants of which number approximately 1,500,000 were Jews.  In other words, one-third of this country in 1912 came within a period of 10 or 12 years. These facts alone indicate what an enormous problem American Jewry was confronted with in the matter of adjusting such a huge army of newcomers to an entirely new environment.

It was during these years when the communal workers particularly in New York, but likewise in other large American cities throughout the country, realized the importance of providing facilities for the construction educational, recreational and social life of those who made up in a large measure the congested sections of these cities.  It was during this period that there was developed such agencies as the Educational Alliance in New York; the Young Men’s and Women’s Hebrew Association (now known as the Jewish Community Centers), the Hebrew Technical Institutes and many other similar institutions all over the country where Jews settled in large numbers.  (To Be Continued).

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(Reputation and business)
Southwestern Jewish Press, January 21, 1955, Page 7

A good reputation always proves to be a good business capital.
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(Resolutions)
Southwestern Jewish Press, January 21, 1955, Page 7

Often a man and his New Year’s resolutions go broke together.
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(Spare time)
Southwestern Jewish Press, January 21, 1955, Page 7

The man who makes the best use of his time has the most to spare.

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Famous Group of Jewish Artists Here Sunday March 6th
Southwestern Jewish Press, January 21, 1955, Page 8

Dora Kaliowna and Schmuel Fisher in their first American appearance and also Pola Kadison, talented pianist, will appear in a program of Jewish songs, sketches and comedy.  The Concert will take place at Beth Jacob Center of Sunday, March 6th at 8 p.m. under the sponsorship of Jewish Labor Committee

Dora Kaliowna was born in Lodz, Poland. After she graudated from the government dramatic school in Warsaw, she remained for the theatre a short while and later devoted her talents to solo appearances.

Schmuel Fisher, who is called the Jewish Charlie Chaplin, lived in Israel since 1930, was educated in the University of Art and Literature at Tel Aviv.  He was in the army and gave 500 of his outstanding performances on the fronts during the historical battles of the Israel liberation.  His source of humor and song is unique.

Pola Kadison, the renowned concert pianist, has appeared in many cities in the United States.  She has been acclaimed by the critics as one of the finest interpretes of Folk and Classic music.

For an evening of nostalgic Jewish humor, drama and songs, call Ben Feinberg at Belmont 2-5525 or Belmont 2-3524.  Mrs. Ira Gordon at Cypress 8-6230 or Morris Penn at Hudson 8-5906.

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Dog Show
Southwestern Jewish Press, January 21, 1955, Page 8

The Annual All-Breed Dog Show will open on Sunday, Feb. 13, in the Electric Bldg., Balboa Park.  Entries will come from Canada, Hawaii, Mexico, Alaska and South America.  Entry blansk may be obtained at any pet shop or phone HI 4-4714.

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Golf Greats To Appear At Mission Valley

Southwestern Jewish Press, January 21, 1955, Page 8

La Jolla, Calif – The best playing conditions in years are anticipated this week when two annual golf classics are staged in the San Diego area.

Clear skies and gentle breezes are predicted for the four-day Convair-San Diego Open Tournament starting January 20 in Mision Valley.

The tournament is sponsored by Convair Division of General Dynamics Corporation on behalf of the San Diego Society for Crippled Children.

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Demos Dance on Valentine’s Day February 12th
Southwestern Jewish Press, January 21, 1955, Page 8

“Music in the Morgan Manner,” Russ Morgan and his internationally famous band will be featured in the St. Valentine’s Day dance planned by the Democratic County Central Committee which is to be held February 12 at 8:30 p.m. in the Mission Beach Ball Room.

The dance will be open to the public at popular prices and tickets are available by contacting D.G. Hamilton, chairman of ticket sales, Room 412 Orpheum Theatre Bldg.  Ticket reservations may be had by mail or call BE 9-4070.

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Settlement Cook Book Supports Center

Southwestern Jewish Press, January 21, 1955, Page 8

Milwaukee, Wis – The Jewish Community Center of Milwaukee, whose first home was made possible by a cook book, dedicated its new $1,750,000 building on January 16th.  It was profits from the now world-famous Settlement Cook Book which paid for the site on which the local Center’s forerunner, the Abraham Lincoln Settlement House, was erected at the turn of the century. In the dining room of the new building there is a picture of Mrs. Simon Kander, the mother of the original settlement house, whose pioneering book of recipes for Jewish immigrants first appeared in 1901.

It has since become a perennial best-seller.  The sale of 1,250,000 copies of the cook book in its 34 editions has netted the Jewish Community Center of Milwaukee $350,000 over the years, including $50,000 for the new building, as well as substantial sums for scholarships, day care and other community needs.

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(Consideration)
Southwestern Jewish Press, January 21, 1955, Page 8

Consideration for the rights of others is the strongest link in the chain of human friendships.

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Blanc Qualifies In Mayor’s Race
Southwestern Jewish Press, January 21, 1955, Page 8

Sol Blanc, veteran Broadway businessman and former realtor, today filed for qualification papers in the race for mayor of San Diego.

In announcing his candidacy, the Broadway restaurateur and long-time auctioneer pointed to his long record in public life as qualifying him for the top city office.

He said his platform will include such progressive measures providing more downtown parking, critical and hospital care for indigent and service families, inducing industry to move to san Diego, providing more docking facilities for commercial craft and generally working toward “more jobs for the working people, and therefore more business for the businessmen.”

He said he will concentrate on a “good neighbor” policy between San Diego and its neighboring south-of-the-border towns of Tijuana and Ensenada.

He pledged a “two fisted fight, but no mud slinging” in his bid for the mayor’s post and said he already has been assured the backing of several groups in the city.

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(Past and Future)
Southwestern Jewish Press, January 21, 1955, Page 8

You can get rid of your past by building a future out of it.

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Adventures in San Diego Jewish History, January 21, 1955, Part 3

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Birdie Stodel Women Plan President’s Day
Southwestern Jewish Press, January 21, 1955, Page 5

Past Presidents met at the home of Mrs. David Schwartz to plan “Past Presidents’ Day” which will be held on Monday, Jan. 24, at the Beth Jacob Center. They will be hostesses at the luncheon to be held at 12:00 o’clock.  All past presidents will participate in the program of the day.

Over 25 members will be initiated on this day. The initiation will be headed by Mrs. Robert Siegel who will act as president, Mrs. Jennie Siner as counselor, Mrs. Harry Schwartz and Mrs. David Schwartz will give responses.  All other past Presidents will form a living Menorah.

This year’s class of initiates will be presented in honor of Past President Mrs. Harry Schwartz and Mrs. James Geller.

Mrs. Marco Ratner is in charge of table decorations.

Past President Mrs. Jeremiah Aronoff, who is in charge of affairs for the day, promises a long, pleasant social afternoon.

Mrs. Morrie Kraus, president, urges all members to attewnd.  Make reservations by calling any past presidents.

Don’t forget our chapter’s 26th anniversary will be celebrated in February.  Details and date to follow.

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J.W.V. News

Southwestern Jewish Press, January 21, 1955, Page 5

Members of San Diego Post 185 listened to a very interesting talk given by Bob Elliott, the newly named Padre manager, at their January 19th meeting. Elliott, who was introduced by his friend, Jerry Krakoff, told of his baseball career and his hopes for 1955.  The 40 and 8 organization of the American Legion were also present as guests of the Jewish War Veterans.

A committee of Past Commanders were appointed to choose a slate of officers to be elected in March.  Bud Samuels, Commander, has assigned the duties of Finance Officer to J. David Brooks until the next election.

Post 185 will march in the military parade to be held January 30 in National City for the purpose of raising funds in the March of Dimes campaign. Stanley Yukon, Post Commander, will be in charge of the JWV contingent.

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Council Slates Valentine Ball
Southwestern Jewish Press, January 21, 1955, Page 5


Final arrangements for the “Valentine Ball” at the Mission Valley Country Club have been completed. The date is Saturday evening, Feb. 12, 1955.

Join your friends in the cocktail lounge at 8 p.m. for a social hour. Buffet supper will be served at 8 p.m. and there will be entertainment and dancing. Decorations will be in the Valentine theme.

Make up your tables (you may have as many as twenty at a table) and call your reservation in to Mrs. Ben Lemson, JU 2-7628; Mrs. Paul Moss, JU-2-1504 or Mrs. Monroe Gardner, JU-2-5940.  Reservations close Feb. 8.

Mrs. Sidney R. Silverman and Mrs. Sidney Smith are Co-chairmen of the event.

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Council Women To Have Speaker
Southwestern Jewish Press, January 21, 1955, Page 5

The next regular luncheon meeting of Council will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 1st, at noon, at the House of Hospitality in the Copper Room.

The principal speaker will be Mrs. Joseph Willen of New York City.  Mrs. Willen is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Council of Jewish Women and President of the International Council.  In 1951, Mrs. Willen was chosen as part of a panel of eleven leading American women, and made a four weeks’ tour of Germany under auspices of the State Department.

Mrs. Willen will speak on “Council’s Role Overseas”.   A most interesting and stimulating afternoon is anticipated. Mrs. Harry Blumberg will give a report on Service to the Blind.

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(Religious Principle)
Southwestern Jewish Press, January 21, 1955, Page 5

A big part of any man’s religion consists in getting along with other people.

(San Diego Hebrew Home)

Southwestern Jewish Press, January 21, 1955, Page 5

Application for admission to the Hebrew Home for the Aged may be made through the Jeiwsh Social Service Agency, 333 Plaza, BE 2-5172.

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(Dollars and Sense)
Southwestern Jewish Press, January 21, 1955, Page 5

If the man who is always in debt will keep a record of his expenses he may find it is sense he lacks—not dollars.

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Too many dollars in the wrong man’s pocket soon crowds out the sense in his head.

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Pioneer Women To Hold Annual Bazaar
Southwestern Jewish Press, January 21, 1955, Page 6

Pioneer Women’s Annual Bazaar will be held on Sunday, Jan. 30th, at Beth Jacob Center at 10 a.m until midnight.  Delicious foods will be served all day, prepared under the supervision of Goldie Kitaen, so bring your family and friends for a delightful day of fine food and fun.  New merchandise of all kinds will be on display and will be on sale at prices to please you.

Mrs. Rose Brooker and Mrs. Rose Abrams are chairmen and they are asking the support and co-operation of all members and of all who are interested in the important work of Pioneer Women in Israel.

Mark the date, Jan. 30th, on your calendar and be there.

The next meeting of Negba Club will be held on Thursday, Feb. 3rd and an interesting program and fine luncheon at noon is being planned. Plans are being made for welcoming Pioneer Women’s Delegates from Israel.

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Couples Club To Visit Globe Theatre
Southwestern Jewish Press, January 21, 1955, Page 6

The next social of the Couples Club to be held on January 22nd is a planned theatre poarty to the “Old Globe” to see the comedy, “Affairs of State.” The entertainment committee report hevy bookings and regret that no more reservations are now possible for our particular group.

Take away the sculptor’s chisel or the artist’s paint brush and you deprive him of his most important medium of expression, take away a Rabbi’s voice and you bring about the same result. We of the Couples Club are happy indeed that our Rabbi, Monroe Levens, will soon be blessed once more with his most capable “tool of trade.”

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Volunteers Needed
Southwestern Jewish Press, January 21, 1955, Page 6

An urgent appeal for volunteer workers went out today from the headquarters of the San Diego County Heart Association, 1651 Fourth Avenue.

Any man or woman who can spare even an hour a day for helping in the Heart Association offices, folding literature, stuffing or addressing envelopes, etc. is urged to phone the Heart Association at Belmont 4-5102.

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Public Speaking Class Now Open
Southwestern Jewish Press, January 21, 1955, Page 6

Esther I. Siegel announces that registration is now open for her adult class in Public Speaking which meets every Wednesday morning in her studio in the Barcelona Hotel. The course emphasizes practical training in diction, self-confidence, relaxation and vocabulary building. Anyone interested in becoming more effective in business, social and club life is asked to contact Miss Siegel, Barcelona Hotel, Belmont 2-0153.  Tuition for this course is a special rate of $18 for 10 lessons.  Private and class instruction is also available for children in Speech Arts and Dramatics.

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Temple Sisterhood Gets Set For Country Fair Feb. 6th
Southwestern Jewish Press, January 21, 1955, Page 6

There’s a buzz of activity throughout the Temple Beth Israel family as final preparations get under way for the big Country Fair to be held on Feb. 6 from 3:30 to midnight.

The American Legion Hall at 2690 B St. is being transformed into a rural fairground under the able direction of Harriet Dickman.

There will be fun for all – young and old will enjoy the many activities that are being planned.  Betty Karel is in charge of special games for the youngsters and Helen Siner has planned exciting gaming events for their parents.  Enjoy the delicious buffet being served from 5 to 8 p.m.  Homemade specialties prepared by our own expert cooks, under the direction of Louise Hertz, Zelma Goldstein and Charlotte Haas, at the modest prices of only $1.85 for adults and $0.85 for children.

Many workers are still needed, especially for the buffet.

Help make this event a success – call Louise Hertz, CO 4-3021, and volunteer your services.

Finances for the Country Fair are being handled by Ruth Smoller and Ruth Silverman.

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New Director For Center Nursery

Southwestern Jewish Press, January 21, 1955, Page 6

Mrs. James Fry was made permanent Director of the Cooperative Nursery School of the Jewish Community Center this month after serving on a probationary basis for three months.

Mrs. Fry has had ten years of experience in the educational field, ranging from work with a demonstration class of primary age children at Tufts College to a position as Educational Consultant to the Universalist Church of Japan.

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Open Forum Has India Speaker

Southwestern Jewish Press, January 21, 1955, Page 6

The fourth lecture of the S.D. Open Forum will be held on January 30th, at the First Unitarian Cnhurch, 1541 Sixth Ave., at 8 p.m.

Mr. Amiya Chakravarty, U.N. Advisor to the Indian Delegation, Professor of Comparative Oriental Religions and Literature at Boston University will be guest speaker.  His topic –“An Asian looks at the World.”

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Deceased
Southwestern Jewish Press, January 21, 1955, Page 6

Molli Simon, aged 72, on Tuesday, Jan. 18th.  Mrs. Simon resided in San Diego since 1939.  Survivors are sons, Leo, of New York City and Jack of Denver, Colo.; daughters, Sylvia Greenberg of Detroit, Mich; and Rose Kohn of Los Angeles; a sister, Fern Raphael of Chicago, Ill; a brother, Nathan Niederman, of New York; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Mrs. Simon was a member of Temple Beth Israel, Temple Sisterhood, Hadassah, and the Council of Jewish Women.

Services were conducted by Rabbi Morton J. Cohn at Merkely Austin Mortuary. Final resting place is Greenwood Memorial Park.

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William Schusterman, husband of Goldie Schusterman, died on January 2nd, at the age of 59 years.  He is survived by his wife; son, Arnold; and daughters, Doris Borenstein and Sally Kaplan; two brothers and seven grandchildren.  Rabbi Baruch Stern officiated at services held at the Merkely-Austin Mortuary; interment at Home of Peace Cemetery.  He was a board member of Congregation Beth Jacob and B’nai B’rith Lasker Lodge.

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“Adventures in San Diego Jewish History” is sponsored by Inland Industries Group LP in memory of long-time San Diego Jewish community leader Marie (Mrs. Gabriel) Berg. Our “Adventures in San Diego Jewish History” series will be a regular feature until we run out of history.  To find stories on specific individuals or organizations, type their names in our search box.