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Adventures in San Diego Jewish History, January 7, 1955, Part 4

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Compiled by San Diego Jewish World staff

Southwestern Jewish Press, January 7, 1955, Page 7

1955 is the beginning of another year,
Here’s hoping it will be with filled with good luck
   and good cheer

Starting off the holiday season was the annual Hi-Debber Ball which many of the our “Kosher Krowd” attended and labeled as “fabulous.”

Congrats are in order to Jeff Lustig who was elected president of the Student Body of Cabrillo School.  Nice going Jeff.

Greeting 1955 with a bang with host Stan Breitbard and his date Zena Feurzeig, Diane Fogelman ‘n Alan Friedman, Linda Zuckerman ‘n Roger Brenes, Ruth Moskowitz ‘n Gary Naiman, Roberta Wylogue ‘n Merv Brenes, Henrietta Faquet ‘n Ronnie Doctor, Barbara Silverman ‘n Buddy Kader, Marsha Samuel ‘n Art Pogrell, and Stan Camiel, Gary Cantor, Irwin Schatzman and Gary Breitbard.

Saying “good bye” once again after an all-too-short vacation were the College gang who went to their respective schools. See you in the Spring, and good luck on your finals.

Bye now – CY-5-0679.

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Pioneer Women To Hold Annual Bazaar
Southwestern Jewish Press, January 7, 1955, Page 7

Pioneer Women, Negba Club, will hold their Annual Bazaar on Sunday, January 30, at Beth Jacob Center.  Delicious foods will be served all day and new merchandise will be on sale at the most reasonable prices. Mrs. Rose Brooker is Chairman with Mrs. Rose Abrams, Co-Chairman.  Mrs. Goldie Kitaen is Food Chairman. All members and friends are urged to attend as funds must be raised to complete our quota for the needy children in Israel.  Keep the date in mind an bring the whole family for fun and fine food.

A Seminar for members will be held at the home of Mrs. Seymour Gates at 2420 Meade Avenue, on Tuesday, January 11, with Mrs. Bess Spanner as guest speaker.

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Jewish Center News
Southwestern Jewish Press, January 7, 1955, Page 7

Young Adult Group –Of particular interest to the Young Adult group which meets regularly on Tuesday nights is a series of special fun nights to be sponsored the third Tuesday of each month.

The initial party, “A Calico Hop” will be given on Tuesday, January 18 at 8 p.m. Co-chairmen for this fun frolic are Reitha Stokes and Maury Gross. There will be special entertainment and refreshments.  All young adults between the ages of 21 and 30 are invited.

Junior Activities – All juniors from 5- 10 years of age are welcome to participate in an afternoon of fun, ballet and creative dance classes, and arts and crafts.

The dance classes under the supervision of Mrs. John Timen are organized into 3 different age groups, teaching ballet and modern creative dance.

Arts and crafts with Miss Ettie Mallinger as leader provides an opportunity for all to fulfill a basic desire, the drive to create. One does not have to be especially talented top experience the satisfaction to conceive an idea , develop it and complete it to the best of one’s ability.  Its fun and all are welcome to attend.

Junior High School Age
  — Ballroom dance classes with Miss Gloria Molina as instructor will resume Monday at 7 p.m. for all tween-teenagers ages 11-14. Classes are held at Tifereth Israel Center, 30th and Howard and after one hour of instruction the class joins other tween-teeners in an additional hour of dancing, games, refreshments and loads of fun. Why not saunter down to the group on Monday evening when we have our activities? If you don’t, you’ll be missing all the fun.

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Rabbi Philip Bernstein To Be Presented by Center in February
Southwestern Jewish Press, January 7, 1955, Page 7

The Jewish Community Center will present Rabbi Philip Bernstein, president of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, Sunday evening, February 13, at 8 p.m., at Temple Beth Israel.  Rabbi Bernstein’s topic will be “The Challenge of Religion in a Democracy.”

Rabbi Bernstein is the author of the Life magazine’s articles “What the Jews Believe” which evoked the most enthusiastic response in the history of that publication. His book, an explanation of the article, is a best seller.

He is currently rabbi of Temple B’rith Koesh in Rochester, New York, and was advisor on Jewish Affairs in post-war Germany to the United States Army in Europe.

As president of Central Conference of American Rabbis, Rabbi Bernstein led an historic seminar of reform Rabbis in Israel during the summer of 1951.  They covered the country from Metulah to Elath; talked with most of the leading personalities, as well as with the rank and file of the people.

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(The cheapening price)
Southwestern Jewish Press, January 7, 1955, Page 7

The man who cheapens himself in public is sure to be marked down by his neighbors.

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Arthur Godman and A. Louis Solof ready for Mr. Hadassah fashion show

Hadassah To Honor Men In “Turn-About” Dinner Fashion Show
Southwestern Jewish Press, January 7, 1955, Page 7

Celebrating the 21st anniversary of Hadassah’s Youth Aliyah project, the San Diego Chapter of Hadassah will honor the occasion by a gala Dinner-Fashion Show to be held Wednesday evening, January 26, at the Mission Valley Country Club.  “Turnabout” being fair play, the husbands of our Hadassah officers and board members will hug the spotlight as a special tribute to them, and the women will pay them homage on “Mr Hadassah” night this time in the background.

Mr. Hadassah President will be capably filled by Harry Felseon, and the evenings program will be presided by Mr. Hadassah chairman, Lewis Solomon, and co-chairman, Rudolph Hess. Following a delectable dinner a fashion show sponsored by Lou Solof’s and Gladys Scott will enlighted as to what the well dressed Mr. and Mrs. Hadassah will wear modeled by many of our own members and husbands, among who will be Louis Steinman and Arthur Goodman. A surprise Hollywood entertainer will also be on the program.  Mrs. Lewis Solomon, chairman, and MRs. Rudy Hess, co-chairman, are assisted by a capable committee of Mmes. Morton Thaler, Victor Selten, David Schissell, and John Ruskin who is in charge of reservations. Dinner will be $8.00 per couple and reservations must be accompanied by check to Mrs. Ruskin, 4308 N. Talmadge Dr., or to any Minyan captain.

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Adventures in San Diego Jewish History, January 7, 1955, Part 2

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Compiled by San Diego Jewish World staffSouthwestern Jewish Press, January 7, 1955, Page 3

Hoffer-Solomon Vows Exchanged

On Sunday, Jan. 2, at 7:00 p.m., Barbara Solomon, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leon M. Solomon of San Diego, was wed to Harold Hoffer, son of Mrs. S. Hoffer of New York City.

Rabbi Morton J. Cohn officiated at the services held in the Beth Israel Temple.

The bride wore an original ballerina-length gown of all-over embroidered, shimmery, white satin. The fitted, princess style bodice was accentuated by a full, billowy skirt and a deep V-back  neckline.  The shoulder length veil was caught to a lace crown. Barbara carried a bouquet of white orchids and Roman hyacinth.

Bridesmaids Isabelle Bank and Sandra Schoenkopf wore pastel gowns and carried nosegay bouquets.  Ushers were Jerry Solomon and Dr. Larry Solomon.

Two hundred and twenty-five guests attended  the buffet dinner dance held after the ceremony at the Mission Valley Country Club.  The music for dancing was provided by Pauline Gleason and Orchestra.  The bride’s mother welcomed the guests in a short formal of dusty rose lace.  The groom’s mother wore a grown of midnight blue silk.

Barbara left for her honeymoon, at Big Bear Lodge and Las Vegas, wearing a slate grey suit with winter white accessories.

Out of town guests were Messrs. And Mesdames Max Goodman, Jack Goodman and Mrs. Sonya Ariel, of Tiajuana; Mr and Mrs. Al Burton, of Burbank, Messrs and Mesdames Joe Rosenberg and Al Cassel of Sherman Oaks; Jerry Solomon, Marcia Knight, Mr. and Mrs. Lon Solomon, Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Lewis and Miss Bobbi Marks of Los Angeles; Mr and Mrs. Frank Linneen of Hollywood, and Mr. and Mrs. Segall of Glendale.

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Green-Berkun Wedding Announced
Southwestern Jewish Press, January 7, 1955, Page 3

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Berkun of 4568 Marlborough Dr. announce the marriage of their daughter, Anita, to Calvin Green, son of Ernest Green of Escondido on December 19th.

Rabbi Monroe Levens officiated at Tifereth Israel Synagogue.

The bride wore a gown of white Chantilly lace and tulle with lace-edged veil, and carried white roses. She was given in marriage by her father.

Miss Marilyn Berkun, maid of honor, was gowned in peacock blue tulle. Bridesmaids, dressed in coral tulle, were Misses Miriam Gralnick, Bernice Kaufman and Frances Samuels.

George Green was best man for his brother; ushers were Richard Pick, Jerry Krasne and William Kolender.

A reception and buffet supper for 250 guests was held in the Synagogue Hall following the ceremony. After their return from their honeymoon in Las Vegas the young couple will reside in San Diego, where the bridegroom will continue his studies at State College.

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Wedding Told
Southwestern Jewish Press, January 7, 1955, Page 3

Announcement has been made of the marriage, on December 24th, of Bernice Kagen Berner to Dr. Jack Binderman, Jr.

Dr. Binderman, a dentist, will move his residence and officers from Beckley, West Virginia, to San Diego.

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Personals
Southwestern Jewish Press, January 7, 1955, Page 3

Newcomers to San Diego are Mrs. Lillian Baume, and her daughter, Dorie.  Formerly of New York City, they now reside at  3061 Madison Ave., in San Diego.

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The Al Hutler family, with Mrs. Ossie Ehrlich, have just returned from a motor trip East. They visited New Orleans, took interesting side trips and visited relatives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Welcome visitors to San Diego were Morrie and Flo Ackerman and Linda.  Naturally, their grandchild took up most of their time.

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Happy travelers are Mr. and Mrs. Joe Lamon, who have just completed a two months tour of Spain,  Italy, England and France. The Lamons attended a hotel convention in Rome. Before returning to San Diego they visited relatives in New York.

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Betrothal – It was a double-header for the Robert Berkun family. Daughter Marilyn’s engagement to William (Billy) Kolender of San Diego, was announced at the wedding of their daughter, Anita, on December 19th  Billy is at present in the Navy.  No wedding date hhas been set.

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Among the California doctors who attended the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecologists in Chicago was Dr. Walter Ornstein of San Diego.

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Mr. Zel Camiel has been elected to the National Council of United HIAS Service, in recognition of his untiring service to our New Americans.

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Small World Dept – The Maxwell Kaufmans went to Los Angeles to spend New Years Eve with an old friend and were right “at home” with the lively group they joined. Among the revelers were Diane Fischer’s sister and brother-in-law, the Harman Ostrens, a former classmate and good friend of the Levenson brothers, David Hoffman (like Morey, he’s a one-man show at the piano) and of all things, a childhood sweetheart of Leo Beck (her name is Ida too.)  ‘Tis indeed a small world.

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Judging by a card received from Miami, Florida, Thelma and Sam Weiss are having a wonderful time on their trip.  They will be home on the 8th.

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Mrs. Jean Spatz wishes to thank her many friends for their kindness and consideration during her recent illness.

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New Subscibers – Dr. Jack Binderman Jr., Maury Gross, Jack Schulman.

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Jean Goldstein Wed in San Francisco

Southwestern Jewish Press, January 7, 1955, Page 3

Young love scored again when Jean Edloe Goldstein, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sydney Goldstein, was married to Ernest Malamud, son of Dr. and Mrs. Nathan Malamud of San Francisco.  The young couple were married on December 31st at 4 p.m. in the Borgia Room of the St Francis Hotel; Rabbi Irving Reichart officiated.  Edith Malamud was Maid of Honor.

Thirty-five intimate members of both families gathered in the beautifully decorated room to witness the ceremony, which was followed by a dinner.

The groom, a graduate of University of California, will return to Cornell, where he is a Teacher’s Assistant, and will continue his studies for the Masters Degree. The bride will also attend Cornell.

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Betrothal Announced
Southwestern Jewish Press, January 7, 1955, Page 3

Mr. and Mrs. David Schissel of San Diego announce the engagement of their daughter, Sandra, to Arthur Levinson, son of MRs. Ethel Levinson, and nephew of Mandel Weiss, of San Diego.

Arthur is a graduate of Stanford University and Sandra attended UCLA.  A June wedding is being planned.

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Cradle
Southwestern Jewish Press, January 7, 1955, Page 3

A son, Harold Paul, was born to M/Sgt. And Mrs. Morton B. Peskin on Thursday, Dec. 30th, at the Naval Hospital in Corona, California.

Proud grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Sandor Goldberger, on the maternal side, and Mr. and Mrs. Philip Peskin on the paternal side.

M/Sgt Morton Peskin is stationed at March Field and resides at Arlington, Calif.

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Dating will never be a problem to Lisa Emily, newest member of the family of Dr. and Mrs. Carl Hoffman.  In addition to her own three brothers, Robert, James and Laurence, Lisa has eight cousins – all boys. She was born at Mercy Hospital on Dec. 23rd and weighted 6 lbs, 10 oz.

Maternal grandmother is Mrs. Harry H. Goldstein of Arlington, Va.

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A welcome addition to the Max Sturman family is Joan, who arrived on January 34d at the Scripps Memorial Hospital. She weighed 7 lbs at birth. All ready for their new playmate are brothers Andy, 3, and Neil, 1 year.

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Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Fuss, of Brentwood, L.I; paternal grandfather is Benjamin Sturman of New York City.

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Mr. and Mrs. Zane Feldman announce the birth of a daughter, Lisa Rose on December 31st, weight 6 lbs, 12 ozs.  The Feldmans have another child, Bernard, 2 ½ years.

Paternal grandparents are Mr. and MRs. Louis Feldman, maternal grandmother, Mrs. Sophie Law-Zimmer; great-grandparents are Mr. and MRs. Isaac Feldman of Woonsocket, R.I.; great-gbrandmother, Mrs. Bertha Feinberg of San Diego.

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Unveiling
Southwestern Jewish Press, January 7, 1955, Page 3
 

The family of Anna Shelley wish to announced that on Sunday, January 23rd, at 2 p.m. at the Home of Peace Cemetery, services will be held at the unveiling of her stone. Rabbi Baruch Stern will officiate.

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Beth Israel To Hold Annual Dinner Meeting
Southwestern Jewish Press, January 7, 1955, Page 3

The Annual Dinner Meeting of Temple Beth Israel will be held on Thursday, January 30th, at 6:30 p.m. at the Temple Center.  Irving E. Friedman, Chairman urges that members who cannot come to dinner attend the meeting which starts at 8 p.m.  Reservations may be made by calling the Temple Office. (Limited to members only.)

Among the important reports to be given will be that of Rabbi Morton J. Cohn and President Mark Esterson. Dr. Robt. M. Stone, chairman will present the Nominating Committee’s slate for Board of Directors. Nominations are also acceptable from the floor.

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Bay City To Install 33 New Members
Southwestern Jewish Press, January 7, 1955, Page 3

Approximately 33 members will be initiated by the Bay City B’nai B’rith Chapter on Monday, January 10, at Tifereth Israel Center.  Mrs. Harold Garvin, chairman, announced that an original initiation script written by Mrs. Victor Weiss, will be used, augmented by a short membership skit which is being prepared by members of the committee. Special refreshments will be served and an extra special surprise presentation will be made to the initiates. Those assisting Mrs. Garvin are: Mesds. David Cohen, Morris Cahan, Max Felsman, Charles Juster, Wilford Robbins, Abe Hollandersky, Eugene Sacks, Sanford Sacks and David Schloss.

Mrs. Jack Meyers, president, urges all members to attend and extends a cordial invitation to non-members to be guests of the Chapter that evening.

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(Religious Success)
Southwestern Jewish Press, January 7, 1955, Page 3

Success in religion, like any other endeavor, has to be worked at seven days a week.

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Classified
Southwestern Jewish Press, January 7, 1955, Page 3

Women Wanted—Make extra money. Address, mail postcards, spare time every week, BICO, 133 Belmont, Belmont, Mass.

Man Available – For Gardening ..Trucking Services… Pick-Up and Delivery.  Call after 5 p.m. .. BE 9-2780

Art Teacher – B.A. desires work in art, nursery or related fields – Tel. AC-3-7394.

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Calendar
Southwestern Jewish Press, January 7, 1955, Page 3

January
8th – Sat, 6;30 p.m.—Jewish Center Dinner – Don Room, El Cortez
9th –Sun, 6:30 p.m. – Lasker Lodge Installation Dinner Dance – Mission Valley Club
10th—Mon, 8:30 p.m. – Bay City B.B. Women’s Initiation –Tifereth Israel Center.
11th –Tuesday “Sport Night” – Men’s Club – Temple Center
13th-Thurs.—Election of Officers –U.J.F. State Ballroom, S.D. Hotel – 6:30 p.m.
19th—Wed., 12 noon – Se Sola Pools – Hadassah Luncheon
26th– Wed. eve. – “Mr. Hadassah Night—Dinner and Fashion Show – Mission Valley Club
30th-Sun – Pioneer Women Annual Bazaar – Beth Jacob Center

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Irving Friedman To Head Clinic

Southwestern Jewish Press, January 7, 1955, Page 4

Irving E. Friedman has been reappointed president and advisory board chairman of Guadalupe Clinic for his 11th term, Rev. Thomas Byrnes, moderator, said.

Nicholas Martin was reappointed vice chairman and Mrs. Clara Brisco secretary. New members named to the board were Dr. Guy E. Magio, medical staff president; John McCarthy, Robert J. Stirnkorb, and M.D. Goodrich.

Reappointed to the board were Dr. Joseph B. Mullen, president of the dental staff, and Mrs. Thomas F. Dunn, Chester Pagni, Louis Ricca, Sam W. Hamill, Emmet McCabe and William Rule.

During 1954 there were 16,000 visits of patients for clinic care.

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Birdie Stodel Women
Southwestern Jewish Press, January 7, 1955, Page 4

Birdie Stodel Chapter No. 92 members are deeply grieved by the passing of Mr. William Schusterman, husband of our beloved member, Goldie Schusterman.

The chapter is postponing its regular meeting which was to have been held on Monday, January 10, because of the death. The next meeting will be held Monday, January 24th.

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Deceased
Southwestern Jewish Press, January 7, 1955, Page 4

Elinor B. Kitaen, beloved wife of Joseph Kitaen, died Sat., January 1st at the age of 37 years.  She is survived by her husband and three children, Darreld, Terry and Susan, and a brother, Jack Ellis, of Los Angeles.

Services were conducted by Rabbi Morton J. Cohn at the Lewis Colonial Mortuary and interment was in the Home of Peace Cemetery.

Mrs. Kitean was a member of the Temple Beth Israel Sisterhood, the Yo-Ma-Co Club and Hadassah.

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Harry Cohn, husband of Rebecca Cohn, passed away on Friday, Dec. 31st, at the age of 59 years.  He is survived by sons, Leroy, Lyman and Irvin, and daughter, Mrs. Barbara Schloss.  Services were held at the Lewis Colonial Mortuary and interment was at the Sholem Mausoleum.  Rabbi Morton J. Cohn officiated.

(Hebrew Home for the Aged)

Southwestern Jewish Press, January 7, 1955, Page 4

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

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Adventures in San Diego Jewish History, January 8, 1955, Part 1

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Compiled by San Diego Jewish World staffSouthwestern Jewish Press, January 7, 1955, Pages 1,8

Jewish Welfare Agencies Hold First Annual Meeting

San Diego’s Jewish Welfare organizations will gather for a joint annual meeting on Wednesday, January 19, 1955 in the Don Room of the El Cortez under the sponsorship of the San Diego Federation of Jewish Agencies.

The dinner meeting will hear Julius Bisno, Executive Director of the Jewish Welfare Fund and the Jewish Community Council of Los Angeles and a noted community organization expert deliver the feature address.

Carl M. Esenoff, President, will summarize the work of the Federation at this meeting.  Election of new members of the Board of the Federation as well as for the Jewish Social Service Agency, Jewish Community Center and Jewish Community Relations Council will also take place.

This year’s Annual Meeting will mark the completion of five years of San Diego Federation Activities.  Formed in 1949, with Carl Esenoff as its first president, the Federation is the central planning , coordinating and financing body for a group of four vital local agencies: Jewish Social Service Agency, Hebrew Home for the Aged, Jewish Community Center and Jewish Community Relations Council.  Funds for the operations of the Federation and its constituent agencies are provided through the United Jewish Fund campaign.

Mr. C.W. Carlstrom, local business executive and Civic leader who has been interested in the work of the Federation and who has assisted it in many ways will be honored at the Annual Meeting for his interest in assisting needy children of all races, creeds and nationalities in San Diego. MR. Carlstrom made it possible a few years ago for the Federation of Jewish Agencies to accumulate a fund of money to be used for Jewish children in San Diego.

A pictorial display by all of the local agencies will be on exhibit for all members of the Jewish Community to view. Reports of the activities of the Federation Agencies will be printed and reviewed at the meeting.  Federation agencies last year were allocated a total of over $40,000 by the United Jewish Fund. The Federation itself is a factor in promoting economies in all the Agencies. It provides a wide variety of essential services to the constituents including a consolidated insurance program, all of which central services make for saving money for the local community. The Federation, in its primary function of planning and coordinat(ing) activities eliminates duplication, assures economical operation and distributes the available funds so as to maintain a balanced social welfare program.

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Attention: All Aliens!
Southwestern Jewish Press, January 7, 1955, Page 1

It is mandatory that you register during the month of January with the Department of Immigration and Naturalization.  Every member of your family who is 14 years old or over must register and file his own form.  Parents file for children under 14. If there is any question about this, or if you need help with the forms, you may go to the offices of the Jewish Social Services Agency, 333 Plaza, Belmont 2-5172 for assistance.

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Jewish Center Dinner Set for January 8th
Southwestern Jewish Press, January 7, 1955, Pages 1, 8

Vince Bennett, star of stage and screen whose comedy antics have spied many an important banquet from coast to coast is coming to San Diego, Saturday.  He will be the principal entertainer at the dinner at the El Cortez Hotel which will open the campaign to raise funds for the Jewish Community Center of San Diego.

Bennett is probably one of the most famous of the “Ribbers” and has insulted everyone from presidents to kings. One of his most famous acts is to be introduced as a famous speaker who is supposed to talk in behalf of some cause. He winds up by insulting everyone connected with it.

Just what he will do at the El Cortez dinner is a secret. Sidney Posin, director of the Jewish Community Center and Irving E. Friedman  are in charge of the event.

Rodin Horrow is chairman and will be master of ceremonies at the dinner. It will be in the Don Room of the El Cortez beginning at 6 p.m.  Other leading personages in the Community Center movement are Ed. A. Breitbard, president of the Jewish Community Center and Maury Novak, Sidney Rose and William B. Schwartz, vice-presidents.

Principal speaker at the dinner with be Robert Levison, vice president of the national Jewish Welfare Board and past president of the San Francisco Jewish Community Center.

The campaign leadership is Headed by Harry Wax, chairman and Leo Beck, Morris Douglas, Rodin Horrow and Louis Steinman, co-chairmen.

The Women’s League of the Jewish Community Center is headed by Mrs. Sidney Rose, president and Mrs. Leo Beck, Mrs. Seymour Rabin, and Mrs. Bernard Lipinsky, vice presidents.

The Jewish Community Center has three acres of land on the east side of 54th Street, north of University Avenue on which they plan to build a Center. IT will contain a gymnasium, swimming pool, club room, arts and crafts, nursery school, library and general offices.

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Hegland, Sankary Start Assembly Duties
Southwestern Jewish Press, January 7, 1955, Page 1

Wanda Sankary, newly elected Assemblywoman from the 79th District today presented a resolution on the Assembly floor which was voted upon and concurred in bythe Senate, commending Mrs. Kathryn T. Niehouse, Mrs. Sankary’s predecessor.

Mrs. Sankary took her oath of office January 3rd, along with 79 Assemblymen, two others of whom are women, and 40 Senators.

The San Diego delegation has succeeded in obtaining desks together so that they are seated in one spot in the Assembly.  The delegation, however, split in its vote upon the Speakership race.  Sheridan Hegland and Jack Schrade voted for H. Allen Smith, whereas Wanda Sankary and Frank Luckel voted for Luther Lincoln, who won the Speakershnip by a vote of 41 to 38.

The reason that the Speakership race was so hot and furious was that the Republican ranks were split, theDemocratic ranks were split, the Labor Unions were split, and as stated above, the team from San Diego, which will ordinarily act as a body, was split in half.

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Lasker Lodge B.B. Holds Installation January 9

Southwestern Jewish Press, January 7, 1955, Page 1

This Sunday at Mission Valley Country Club, the Lasker Lodge No. 370 B’nai B’rith will hold their annual installation of officers for the year 1955.  Milton (Mickey) Fredman has been elected to serve as president for the year.  Other officers to be installed are Dr. Milton Millman, 1st Vice-President; Marshall B. Zucker, 2nd Vice President; Edmund Herman, 3rd Vice President; Joseph Kaplan, Financial Secretary; Lawrence Rubinstein, Recording Secretary; Samuel Bennett, Warden; Hyman Kobernick, Guardian; Ted Brav, Jeremiah Aronoff, Harry Kessler, Louis Levitt, Edward Breitbard, Sidney Rose, Jack Spatz, all elected to the office of Trustee.  Ralph Feldman, retiring president has been elected to the office of Chaplain.  A pre-installation dinner is scheduled at the Mission Valley Country Club to begin at 7 p.m. with a cocktail hour from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

If you are planning to attend the dinner, please make a reservation by calling Joe Kaplan at AT 2-5136.  Those who do not wish to dine but want to attend the installation service are requested to be present at 8:30 p.m.  A dance will follow the installation.

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Dr. and Mrs. De Sola Pool To Speak For Hadassah

Southwestern Jewish Press, January 7, 1955, Page 1

The San Diego Chapter of Hadassah cordially invites all members and friends to attend a luncheon meeting on Wednesday, January 19, at 12 p.m. at the Temple Center, to honor our distinguished visitors,  Dr. and MRs. David De Sola Pool.

Dr. Pool has the distinction of being the spiritual leader of the oldest congregation in the United States,  the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue of New York City, founded in 1654 and now celebrating its tercentenary.  In recognition of her untiring efforts on behalf of humanity, Tamra De Sola Pool was named the “Jewish Woman of Achievement for 1954” by the Women’s International Exposition. Dr. and Mrs. Pool are co-authors of “An Old Faith in the New World,” a 300 year history of the first American synagogue, published by the Columbia University Press.

Mrs. Gabriel Berg and co-chairman, Mrs. Elmer Wohl, have a capable committee consisting of Mmes. William Moss, Rodin Horrow, and Louis Steinman.  Reservations are necessary and must be made with Mrs. E. Al Slayen, HO-9-4434.

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March of Dimes (Editorial)
Southwestern Jewish Press, January 7, 1955, Page 2

A unique characteristic of our American society is the value we place upon the life and dignity of each individual.

In many lands, the sight of the miserable and ill, huddled in alleys and doorways, is so common that it passes almost unnoticed.  In the United States the life or death of a single person may become a matter of national concern … a  little girl trapped in a well,  a kidnapped baby, a child lost in the woods.

We do not attempt to put a price on a single life nor the value of mending it. We know that here we are dealing with the priceless.

Similarly, we refuse to accept the inevitability of disease and suffering.  We band together and fight them. An outstanding example of this is the fight against polio – the March of Dimes.

In this fight, millions of men and women believing in their individual importance and in their collective strength, have joined hands in typical American fashion.  They move forward with unfailing determination, buttressed by the satisfaction that is common to those who do battle in a good cause.

For the fight against polio… for the task of mending lives… give to your 1955 March of Dimes.

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New Year Wishes (Editorial)
Southwestern Jewish Press, January 7, 1955, Page 2

We wish the best for all our friends and supporters, who make possible the existence of a small, free voice in the ever-contracting world – to the United Jewish Fund for its never-ceasing effort on behalf of people, institutions and causes everywhere—to the federation of Jewish Charities, which is trying manfully to weld this community together –to the Jewish Community Center, now on a drive for funds to build a desperately needed place for cultural, recreational and educational programs for our expanding community – to Beth Israel, Beth Jacob and Tifereth Israel Synagogues for their efforts to make Judaism the focal point of Jewish life – to the any Jewish organizations, who labor so diligently in the fields of Public Relations, Aid to Israel and Community Welfare—to the many unsung and unheard of volunteers who serve the organizations all year round — to the too-few people who try to give our community a little culture to lift us out of the daily humdrum of living –to all those who try to make this city a better place to live in we wish the best for the new year!

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Success Drive is Success (Editorial)
Southwestern Jewish Press, January 7, 1955, Page 2

We’re proud of the community and the people who live in this great San Diego area.

We took on one of the biggest jobs this or any other community ever tackled, and we came through with a truly successful Second United Success Drive.

This is not editorial “we,” for thousands of us planned, worked and gave to bring about the community success.  We all had a share in it, from the initial planning through the public goal setting, to the hard work and considered giving of the campaign itself.

Look at what we have accomplished:

We have raised $1,340,000, the greatest amount ever raised in a single campaign, and $53,000 more than last year.

We have increased the numbers of people working in the campaign from 10,000 to 15,000 and the number of gifts to more than 185,000.

We have combine d three more agencies into the united appeal, thus eliminating three campaigns, and the Coronado Community Chest joined the Success Drive.

We have almost doubled the amount of support for vital Red Feather health and welfare services in two years.

And we have reinforced our national reputation as a community where people know how to get things done. We have discovered that there really isn’t any job too big for us when we work together.

We have united, and we have succeeded in the Community Cause!

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As the Psychologist Sees You
Southwestern Jewish Press, January 7, 1955, Page 2

Irving Stone

By Irving R. Stone, Psychological Consultant

Signs of Maturity

Parents are confronted with a confusing problem early in the lives of their children.  On the one hand, they catch themselves dreaming of the time when their youngsters will be self-sufficient independent beings.  On the other hand, they look with askance and displeasure, with a touch of nostalgia, as they watch the children going their individual ways, wishing “for the good old days” when the youngsters looked to them for direction and support.

Although these signs of growing up may be a source of ambivalent feeling on the part of the parents, the signs of maturity may be less real than they are. There is more to maturity than the desire for independence, although this is one of the earliest indications. Esentially, maturity consists of both physical as well as psychological growth.

Growth involves a process which we call maturation.  We mean, by this, that development which occurs either before or after birth as the result not of learning but of bodily changes determined by heredity acting over a period of time. For example, children will walk when they are ready and not because of training by parents. Physical changes in boys and girls appear because of their maturation process.

Psychological maturity is influenced in much the same way. We are expected to desire independence, in a small measure, even as early as the age of three. While maturity is expected at each age level in our development, in many individuals one or more signs of arrested maturity may appear. We can assume, however, that the proper undertaking of man is to move from immaturity toward maturity.

One sign of maturity is to be found in what we call the psychological age.  This is a basic factor in intelligence and can be determined by psychological testing.  At each age level we expect a child to succeed in ever-increasingly difficult tasks or to indicate greater comprehension of abstract concepts. Reasoning should be clearer and more direct.  Unfortunately, the other signs of maturity do not readily lend themselves to psychological measurement.

Another sign of maturity is found in the ability to resolve emotional conflicts according to socially acceptable methods.  The individual does not allow unresolved problems to follow him all through his life, too afraid or unable to come to grips with them. Essentially, then, a neurosis is one sign of immaturity. That does not mean that every immature adult is neurotic.

There are other signs of maturity.  The ability to learn and to do the things in life expected for the individual’s age, the acceptance of responsibility, the completion of tasks, whether they be imposed on him or self-imposed, the ability to make social relationships and to function as part of a social group, the ability to give as well as to receive, all these are additional signs.  Mere physical development is not enough to attain maturity. Signs of maturity are equally evident in behavior.

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More About Three Hundred Years in America ~Jewish Contributions to American History
Southwestern Jewish Press, January 7, 1955, Page 2

By Dr. Philip L. Seman, University of Judaism

We will in this chapter discuss the Jewish Community Center Movement; we think of it as an entirely new development, or as an invention of modern days.  This is a mistaken idea, for as we look into past achievements as far back as Solomon’s Temple, we are confronted with the fact that there virtually was the first and the most comprehensive of community centers. Not only was this center beautiful in architecture, but it was most complete as far as its physical facilities were concerned for the social and religious functioning of the Jewish Community of Jerusalem and its surrounding territory.

Music and art, poetry and dancing had their being there.  Jewish holidays were celebrated. There was no expression latent in the hearts or in the minds of any of the citizens and the community which did not find an outlet. IT was a real community center, for it expressed the life of the Jew outside his home. Nothing went on with the community without it first having the fullest opportunity for expression in the Temple. 

After the first and second destruction, there was a lull for quite a number of centuries so far as this type of functioning was concerned.  Later, however, with the development of the synagogue in the Middle Ages, the latter took the place, at least in part, of the community center.  Outside of the religious function, the synagogue offered an opportunity for education as well.  To be sure the education was very largely limited, if not entirely, to the study of the Talmud and other Hebrew lore.

The social and recreational life of the people, however, was also given large expression there. All the great holidays were celebrated with magnificence and splendor. The entire community would center within the confines of the synagogue and its environment.  All of the cultural expression of the community found its being there.  For all intents and purposes, recognizing the fact that the community was quite concentrated and all the Jews of the community were known to one another, the synagogue represented the finest expression of the Jewish community center. It meant to the members of the Jewish community what the New England town hall meant to the citizens of the respective communities in Old New England.

In the early days of this country, the synagogue functioned in the same capacity.  One needs only to recall, as we have in previous chapters, the early history of the synagogue in Newport, R.I., to recognize the fact that in this community the synagogue was a community center, not only as far as the Jewish congregation was concerned, but was a focal point for the whole urban community, as was evident during the early revolutionary days, when for some time, in fact it was used as headquarters for George Washington (to be continued).

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(Directional Situation)
Southwestern Jewish Press, January 7, 1955, Page 2

The man who finds himself down and out soon finds his friends are up and away.

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‘Psalms,’ set in Belgium, is unusual Holocaust memoir

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Psalms, A Memoir by Hirsch Grunstein; Create Space; 403 pages; no price listed.

By Norman Manson

Norman Manson

SAN DIEGO–This is, in a number of ways, a very unusual memoir of Holocaust survival. It is not a story of survival in death camps, nor of life on the run deep in the fields and woods of eastern Europe.

Rather, it portrays the recollections of a boy’s life under four years of Nazi occupation in Belgium – a life fraught with stress and anxiety, yet almost devoid of physical harm, at least for young Hirsch (or Henri as he was know in those years) Grunstein.

In some ways the most amazing part of this story is Grunstein’s phenomenal memory, his vivid descriptions of his growing-up years, 65 to 70 years ago. And a section that highlights this phenomenon is his recall of reading the entire biblical book of Psalms, which made a sufficient impression on him that he made it his book’s title.

While Belgium’s Jews certainly suffered under Nazi rule – 25,000 of the 60,00 who lived there were deported to Auschwitz and other death camps and few if any returned – the impression left by this book is that they underwent fewer of the horrors than their East European counterparts did and that, with the help of a few compassionate gentiles, a larger percentage were able to survive.

Grunstein suffered only one really excruciating moment in the course of his wartime odyssey, and what seemed to be a portent of utter foreboding quickly turned into a time of renewed hope. And, in the end, the immediate Grunstein family all survived and were reunited.

Originally from Poland, the Grunsteins immigrated to Belgium in 1930, and were quite well established in Antwerp’s flourishing diamond industry by the time the Wehrmacht invaded in May 1940. They first fled to France, but there was no haven there and they soon returned home, oddly enough with the encouragement of the conquering Nazis. At first, all seemed almost normal, but the Nazis gradually tightened their stranglehold, barring Jews from businesses, schools and much of the city.
In 1942, raids on the Jewish neighborhood were followed by deportations, ostensibly for work.

Finally, in September 1942, it was decided to place young Henri (he was 14) and his younger brother Sylvain with a gentile family in a small village between Antwerp and Brussels. Their hosts, Adrienne and Gaston, put Henri in a small upsteairs bedroom. And, for the next year and  a half, Grunstein spent most of his days in hiding, peering out the window or reading from the small book of Psalms that his father had made him take along.

This segment is the most fascinating and provocative of the story – one can see why he titled the book “Psalms.” Amazingly, he recalls, in minute, precise detail, the impact the psalms had on him, bring back memories of his childhood in synagogue and school, and inspiring visions of various aspects of Judaism.  The family was Orthodox, quite observant, and Henri tries to retain at least some semblance of Orthodoxy in this totally gentile environment. He even managed to fast on one Yom Kippur. And, when not reading the Psalms, he spends much of his time fanstsizing, gazing out the window and describing the scenes, and his fantasies.

This relatively placid existence came to a sudden, jolting end in the spring of 1944, when he (and others) were apprehended by the SS -his description of his capture is also very detailed and suspense-filled. And, for no more than a day, he appears to be doomed. However, he is rescued by the Belgian Judenrat (Jewish council) and spends the last months of the war in a home for children.

Not to minimize the fate of the 25,000 Belgian Jews sent to Auschwitz and other death camps, but this book seems to indicate that at least a significant number of Belgian gentiles hid and otherwise helped their country’s Jews. Relatively little has been written about the Holocaust in Belgium, and his story spotlights the Belgians’ role during that horrendous era. And Grunstein’s recollections of his wartime experiences are truly amazing in their precise, minute detail after almost 70 years.

For someone whose first language is not English, this memoir is quite well written, and the editing also is first-rate.  For a somewhat unusual take on the Holocaust, this is a book well worth reading.

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Manson is a freelance writer based in San Diego

Adventures in San Diego Jewish History, December 24, 1954, Part 3

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 Compiled by San Diego Jewish World staffSouthwestern Jewish Press, December 24, 1954, Page 9

Lasker Lodge News

By Lou Levitt

Congratulations to our newly elected officers for the year 1955.  They are: President Milton (Mickey) Fredman; 1st v. pres., Dr. Milton Millman; 2nd v. pres., Marshall Zucker; 34d v. pres., Edward Herman; fin. Sec. Joseph Kaplan; rec. sec., Lawrence Rubenstein; warden, Samuel Bennett; guardian, Hyman Kobernick; trustees Ted Brav, Jeremiah Aranoff, Harry (Ziggy) Kessler, Lou Levitt, Edward A. Breitbard, Sid Rose, and Jack Spatz.

Our annual installation ceremonies will be held at the Mission Valley Country Club on Sunday night, January 8, 1955. The installation will be combined with a dinner dance, and all members are urged to make reservations as quickly as possible, as we have to have a close approximation as to the number attending. Guests are cordially invited. Contact Dr. Millman, or Mickey Fredman. Dinner will be $5.00 per plate and this includes a very fine steak dinner and tax and tip.

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Bay City Initiates New Members January 10

Southwestern Jewish Press, December 24, 1954, Page 10

Monday, January 10th, 1955, at the regular scheduled meeting at Tifereth Israel Center, at 8:00 o’clock p.m., a special program dedicated to the initiation of new members will be held. Mrs. Harold Garvin, chairman, and her committee of Mesdames David Cohen, Abe Hollandersky, Morris Cahan, Robert Palash, Eugene Sacks, Charles Juster, Wilbur Robbins and Max Felsman have planned a most interesting ceremony.

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The Chanukah Story (Editorial)
Southwestern Jewish Press, December 24, 1954, Page 11

The root of the word “Chanukah” is “honoch” which means “to dedicate.”  Historically, King Antiochus, a demagogue, was determined to deprive the Jew of his religion.  He was clever enough to see that if he was to succeed in crushing the Jews, he must aim at their Judaism, the source of their vitality.  But he miscalculated the strength of the Jew’s attachment to his faith.

An aged priest named Mattathias thought if the Jew had to die for his religion he ought to die for it fighting.

He and his gallant sons, the Maccabeans, few in number, and worse still, without military training, went into battle with a prayer on their lips and with the thought of God in their hearts. The result is well known. The Jew regained possession of Jerusalem and the Temple. The Greeks had defiled the Sanctuary by idolatrous worship.  It was rededicated to theservice of God, on the 25th of Kislev, in the year 165 B.C.E.

It is to commemorate this glorious story that the Feast of Chanukah has been instituted.  The festival lasts eight days, and the traditional explanation is that when the sc red lamp was about to be kindled at the reconsecration of the Temple, only a small flask of oil undefiled by the idolator could be found. But a miracle happened, and it lasted for eight days.

The story of Chanukah is such an inspiring one. But the deeds of heroism are not all that make Chanukah such an important occasion. Throughout the history of our people, we have found similar feats of heroism and valor. For over 2,000 years have we struggled against overwhelming odds against the rage of man and nature, of beast and storm. But the Macabeans taught the Jew to dedicate himself to fight for the holiest causes.

Chanukah cherishes not so much the memory of glorious victories on the battlefield, but rather the triumph of right over might, mind over matter, justice over injustice.  The Maccabeans encouraged the pent-up desire for independence  of countless people over the history of the world. But for them Judaism would have perished. They held aloft the torch of true religion at a time when thick darkness was covering the nations. They set an example of fighting and sacrificing for the principle of religious freedom.

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A Balanced Press (Editorial)
Southwestern Jewish Press, December 24, 1954, Page 11

The sale of the Daily News in Los Angeles leaves the entire Southern California area without a Democratic voice.  In this situation we see a danger, not only because a one-sided Press is not a healthy condition for the Press itself, but the news and opinions expressed in these papers tend to be taken as public opinion.

We have seen many occasions when the Press has been out of step with public feeling and opinion.  Some of the most recent examples were seen during the Roosevelt and Truman administrations.

A Press listening only to its own voice, will hear only what it wants to hear. If there is no other organ to print the deliberate omissions of a slanted press, and point out differences of opinion and interpretation of events, then news published by a biased Press will be accepted as gospel. What will happen to our vaunted “Free Press?”

There is no doubt that rising costs are forcing more and more newspapers out of business, and there is an alarming trend all over the country of consolidation of papers and elimination of competition.

We hold no brief for the Republican newspapers. They have merchandise to sell—that is their own particular point of view—and most of them do a pretty good job at it. What is needed now is a balance to that kind of selling, in order to give the readers an opportunity to judge what is best for the greater number of people.

Will it be necessary or small “splinter” groups to publish newspapers at their own expense, in order to get all the facts before the public?  We hope this is not the answer to the problem of a balanced Press.

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Chapter 48: More About Three Hundred Years in America~Jewish Contributions to American History
Southwestern Jewish Press, December 24, 1954, Page 11

By Philip L. Seman, University of Judaism

Continuing from the last installment of this series on the Jewish Ethical Code we note that voluntary societies and  institutions for the proper fulfillment of the “Camiloth Hasodim”  prevailed. The Burial of the dead stood highest on the list, because the most purely selfless in its propmpting; as far as the dead are concerned no reward can be obtained.  In this connection the writer cannot resist citing one of the most beautiful of these ancient customs. It is depicted in Martha Wolfenstein’s Classic “The Idylls of the Gass.”

When a death occurs, whether in the home of the rich or the poor, the Burial Society sends two locked boxes to the bereaved. One contains the funds of the society, and the other is empty.  The fund must then be transferred from one box to another, and in the process one may add to it or take from it, or leave it intact. The boxes are then returned locked and no one knows or can know who made a donation, or who has been the beneficiary of a charity funeral.

There is every evidence that customs of this character, and the living of this kind of life must have a background, and none needs only to search into the lore of the Hebraic past to learn of this background.

In examining the concepts which were laid down, and which further developed into a social ethics code by which the Jews have through all the centuries guided their lives as far as their relationship of one to the other was concerned we find that if you are a man of distinction and entitled to a prominent seat at an assembly, seat yourself, nevertheless, two or three seats lower, for it is better to be told to  go uip than to be asked to go down.  Hillel said: “If I condescend I am exalted, but if I am haughty, I am degraded.”

Better for you to have no more than two zuzim, which is equivalent to about a quarter, as a means which to gain a livelihood, than to be a man of large capital and employ it in usury.

The Book of Deuteronomy is a veritable source book or code of Social Ethics.  In Deuteronomy laws of justice to all and particularly to the poor, are more detailed and elaborate than anywhere else in the Bible. There are, besides, many regulations that tend to foster the growth of kindness and forebearance to others in our relationship of life.

Jewish social service in a modern sense, particularly as it has been developed during the last fifty years is highly specialized and departmentalized, as by necessity it must be, is quite a contrast to the social services described in the foregoing. I our next installment we will discuss The Background of the Jewish Community Center Movement.

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These Public Officials Send Chanukah Greetings
Southwestern Jewish Press, December 24, 1954, Page 11

Sincerest wishes for a happy holiday – Arthur C. Eddy, County Tax Assessor

Greetings – Don Keller, District Attorney

A Very Happy Holiday—Frank Thornton, Collector of Customs

My sincerest holiday greetings – Dean Howell, Supervisor, 5th District

Wishing you a happy holiday – Clair W. Burgener, City Councilman

Holiday Greetings – Charles C. Dail, City Councilman

Greetings from William L. Morrison

Greetings from Frank A Gibson, County Supervisor District No. 1

Greetings from Senator Fred Kraft

A happy Chanukah to all my Jewish friends – Oscar G. Knecht

Greetings – A.E. Gallagher, Coroner & Public Administrator

Holiday Greetings – John Bate, Port Director, Port of San Diego

Season’s Greetings – Jean du Paul, City Attorney

Best wishes for a happy holiday – Chester E. Schneider, City Councilman

Best wishes for the Holidays – James Robbins, County Supervisor

A joyous holiday—San Diego Civic Center

Holiday Greetings – David Bird, County Supervisor

Holiday Greetings – George Courser, Chief, San Diego Fire Dept.

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Southwestern Jewish Press, December 24, 1954, Page 11

Irving Stone

As the Psychologist Sees You

By Irving R. Stone, Psychological Consultant

What’s Been Accomplished This Year?

If you observe a researcher at work you will notice that at all times he seems to be accomplishing nothing, but just sits and contemplates the many notes he has accumulated as part of his project. Strangely enough, an important phase of his research is going on for he is taking stock either of what previous research has been performed by others or else he is studying what findings he has been able to make during the early phases of his own work.

Just as the researcher must study the past, so must we take stock of ourselves. “What’s been accomplished this year?”: As part of our customs, the end of one year and the beginning of a new one seems to be the period devoted to this soul searching.

Perhaps, although we made many resolutions, it may be a strange thing to find that only one or two of them have been kept. We always start out with good intentions but somewhere along the way we get side-tracked.  Maybe it was because the things we resolved to do did not seem to be very important as the year progressed.  Perhaps it was because some unforeseen event or situation made it impossible to attain fulfillment of our purpose.

Sometimes, we make a resolution only half-heartedly, never really intending to carry it out. If that is so, we only kid ourselves and put ourselves in a worse light than we should.   If may have been important to someone else to see that we carried through with this resolution, even though it was unimportant to us.

Possibly, what we planned to do was important enough, but because of our own lack of drive or initative it was never accomplished.  This year that passed can never be regained and there is no opportunity to make fantasy a reality. All that we can give ourselves for our resolution is a large zero—not even a score for effort.

Unfortunately, our scorecard of accomplishments for the year may not be a pleasant sight if we take the trouble to add it up.. Too often, we leave the tally for the end of the year, or else do not even bother to take an accounting. It we were to take a subtotal as we went along, we might find that like the researcher, we could see what has gone before, and in that way avoid making continued mistakes and omissions of purpose.

Let’s make our new resolutions realistic ones, those that can be attained and those that we intend keeping.  In that way we can eliminate the disappointments and guilt over resolutions not kept and at the same time enjoy those accomplished.

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Salzburg Puppets To Show Here Jan. 15
Southwestern Jewish Press, December 24, 1954, Page 12

Wonderful music accompanies the elaborate Salzburg Marionette Theatre when the troupe presents three performances at Roosevelt Auditorium on Saturday, January 15.  At the matinees, 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” will be shown, while a Johann Strauss evening will be presented at 8:30 p.m., including the complete opera, “The Fiedermaus” and “The Blue Danube Pantomime Ballet.”  The dolls are up to 3 ½ feet tall and pay on a revolving portable stage, 27 feet wide, 13 feet deep and 12 feet high. Tickets are available by mail order at the deLannoy & Howarth box office, Room 230, U.S. Grant Hotel.

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City of Hope
Southwestern Jewish Press, December 24, 1954, Page 12

They’re going like hot cakes – order your copy of Samuel Golter’s book “And They Called It The City of Hope” – published by G.P. Putnam Sons—you will find the story exciting and thought provoking!

You can order it through your own favorite dealer at $3.50

Pearl Rubin (JU-2-2482) is in charge of the rental library – the line forms both left and right!

Save your Rummage for our March Sale!!

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Adventures in San Diego Jewish History, December 24, 1954, Part 2

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Compiled by San Diego Jewish World staffSouthwestern Jewish Press, December 24, 1954, Page 3

City of Hope Your Help in Campaign

Two weeks ago a young non Jewish woman from this area entered the City of Hope Medical Center T.B  Hospital.  She was despondent about her condition and worried about the two small children she left at home.

This week a friend of hers received a letter telling how grateful she is to the people who helped found such a wonderful place.  In her own words, “she feels like she is in a private hospital – that nothing is being spared for her comfort and welfare, and she knows that she is going to get well!”

The campaign we are now engaged in is to enlighten those who are not of our faith about this great humanitarian place of healing and research which is open to all regardless of race or creed, and make them aware of the financial obligation they should assume in helping their unfortunate brethren.

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Dan Lawrence Ad Agency Has Phenomenal Growth
Southwestern Jewish Press, December 24, 1954, Page 3

Well known and nationally publicized is the utterly fantastic growth of the San Diego Area.  Since 1945, 133 new industries have come into the area; and the county’s population has soared from 575,000 in 1947 to the present 729,600.  As the pulse of local industry quickens most businesses are recognizing the importance of expansion within their firms to keep pace and to be able to offer assistance to industry’s sound development.

A case in point is the Dan Lawrence Advertising agency which recently announced the establishment of a complete Industrial Advertising Department.

Although the Dan Lawrence Company has been operating successfully for more than eight years, the growing need for specialists in the industrial field prompted the addition of new personnel with industrial training.

Established eight years ago as a “one-man” agency, today’s firm boosts a staff of eighteen specialists who have brought their talents from all parts of the country, including New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Canada.  Offering its clients the services of well-equipped Merchandising, Co-op, Public Relations, Publicity, Research in Marketing, Timebuying, Art, Creative and Industrial Departments, the agency handles all media. It also offers specialized advertising and merchandising needs such as organizing  of sales meetings, internal displays, direct mail, etc.

The agency’s present client list includes Automotive, Department and Specialty Store, Food, Clothing, Paint, Brick and Clay Products, Restaurant, Hotel and Motel accounts in addition to numerous consumer accounts.

The Dan Lawrence Company’s growth, outstanding in such a short period, can well be termed a “success story” … a success that rests wholly on forethought and faith in the San Diego area as a strong, continually growing community, not merely a wartime “boom-town.”

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Convair-San Diego Open Golf Tournament
Southwestern Jewish Press, December 24, 1954, Page 4

Starting January 20, the four-day, $15,000 Convair-San Diego P.G.A. Open Tournament gets underway at nearby Mission Valley Country Club.  A field of approximately 150 professional and amateur champions from all over the golfing world is expected to start in the fifth annual open over the 72-hole route. (18 holes each day).

Pre-tournament favorite at Mission Valley will be Defending Champion Gene Littler.

Also entered is an old timer, Olin Dutra, the 1934 National Open Champion, who has returned to the golf wars after a sojourn in Mexico. Now a home pro at the Mission Valley course, he recently won the San Diego Country Pro Tournament against a classy field. Another Mission Valley pro, Frank Rodia, also is expected to give the younger stars a battle over the 6,800 yard tournament course.

In addition to $15,000 prize money, with $2,400 going to the winning pro, bonus money will be added for daily low rounds, breaking course record (currently 63) for holes-in-one and eagles.

The San Diego Open is underwritten by Convair Division of General Dynamics Corporation on behalf of the San Diego Society for Crippled Children.  John Jay Hopkins, President of the International Golf Association, which sponsors the U.S.-Canada team matches, is chairman and president of General Dynamics.

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Lasker Lodge B.B. Wins ADL Award

Southwestern Jewish Press, December 24, 1954, Page 5

Lasker Lodge, B’nai B’rith was awarded the ADL Lodge Award for the year 1954 for southern California because of “its contributions and service to the community of San Diego.”  The efforts of the lodge have been in the field of Anti-defamation work.

This is the first time such an award has been made in Southern California and the presentation will be made at the ADL Council meeting which will be held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the Southern California Council of B’nai B’rith, Dec. 29, in Los Angeles.

Ralph Feldman, president of Lasker Lodge, also announced that Milton Fredman will receive an ADL award for outstanding achievement.

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Food Care Urged by Health Dept.
Southwestern Jewish Press, December 24, 1954, Page 6

“If you cannot keep hot foods hot, cold foods cold, do not keep them long,” Dr. J.B. Askew, city-county health director, warned San Diegans preparing for parties. He explained that foods left standing at room temperatures are the chief sources of food poisoning.  “Food poisoning can be very serious and sometimes cause death. Even the mild cases cause great discomfort.”

Serve food immediately after cooking or preparation.  Otherwise, store immediately under refrigeration and keep it there. If necessary to reheat, do so just before serving and reheat thoroughly, serving piping hot. Cold dishes should be kept and served cold.  Custards and cream filled pastries must have refrigeration at all times until eaten.

Persons wishing additional information on how to prevent food poisoning cn get “Food for Thnought,” a department publication, by writing or calling the Bureau of Public Health Education, S.D. Dept. of Public Health, Civic Center, tel. BE-9-7561.

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New Life Club
Southwestern Jewish Press, December 24, 1954, Page 6

Carl Friend was reelected president of the New Life Club, San Diego, at a meeting Sunday, December 12 in the Beth Jacob Center.

Other officers elected for 1955 were Charles Tennen, vice president; Fritz Lavender, treasurer; Toni Colm, secretary; Abraham Sonabend, Max Lercher, Edith Lavender, Fanny Mark, board of trustees.

A Chanukah Party will be held at Beth Jacob Center Sunday, December 19, 5 p.m.

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Israel Delegate To U.N. Speaks Jan 5

Southwestern Jewish Press, December 24, 1954, Page 6

Arthur Liveran, Israel’s permanent delegate to the United Nations will attend a dinner in his honor before speaking at the Florence School, 1st and University, on Wednesday, Jan. 5th.  He is scheduled to speak at 8:00 p.m.  Mr. Liveran has been a resident of Israel since 1953 and served as first secretary of the Israeli embassy in Washington in 1951.  He has been at his present post since 1952.

The San Diego Zionist Council has arranged three speaking engagements for Mr. Liveran at San Diego State College, January 5. On Thursday, he will address the student assembly at Cal Western University and then will be guest of Rabbi Morton J. Cohn at a Lions Club luncheon.

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(Chanukah gift)

Southwestern Jewish Press, December 24, 1954, Page 6

For Chanukah – Give a year’s subscription to the Jewish Press. Call BE 4-4353.

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“This And That”
Southwestern Jewish Press, December 24, 1954, Page 7

By Fred Taylor

Are you one of the many San Diegans who is forever lamenting this fair city’s need for a decent after-theatre eating spot?  Saturday evening we had the pleasure of attending the Grand Opening of the answer to that very problem. …”The Imperial Bar-B-Q Drive In, located at 2480 Imperial Avenue. Whether you desire a full course dinner, a quick snack or food to go … this is it.

David Sugarman and Bob Carter, co-owners of this unique eatery, are not unfamiliar figures to the Jewish people of San Diego. Mr. Sugarman has been active locally in the Lasker Lodge, the Community Relations Council and has been first vice president and chairman of the Anti-Defamation League. Mr. Carter has served many local Jewish people as an insurance underwriter and advisor. He was also a cooking instructor at the Naval Training Center in Farragut, Idaho, during World War II.  We wish Bob and Dave smooth sailing in this new enterprise and urge you do stop in, to say hello and become better acquainted.

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Last week the Jewish Press ran a most unusual offer for the Maryan Dance Studios… a special course in ballroom dance instruction for teenagers. We understand that the response has been very good and, for the benefit of those who  may have missed this offer, it has been repeated in today’s edition. Have you been looking for an ideal Chanukah gift for the particular teenager in your family?

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Speaking of food (you are to learn that food is our favorite thought) who has not dreamed of that place where the cooking is real home cooking. But why dream.

Wednesday evening we had dinner at the Café del Rey Moro. Ahhh! To meet the girl who could equal that delicious treat. Helen Thomson, our gracious and charming hostess, seemed to enjoy our ferocious appetites as much as we.

For those very few unfortunates who do not know. .. the Café del Rey Moro, House of Hospitality, Balboa Park.  Hours, noon till eight p.m.

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While on the subject of Wednesday evening … did you see the Old Globe Theatre’s production of Ten Little Indians? We did and it was a thoroughly enjoyable evening as most evenings devoted to a Globe production are. We were particularly impressed with the bad, mad Sir Wargrave who, in real life, is Mr. Frederick Welch. Among his many contribution to the theatre, Mr. Welch somehow finds time to direct the “Hollywood Gateway.”  His extensive background as a dramatic, vocal and speech instructor is almost without parallel. The Hollywood Gateway Studio is located at 2891 University Avenue.

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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.  

Adventures in San Diego Jewish History, December 24, 1954, Part 1

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Morton Thaler Assumes Beth Jacob Presidency
Southwestern Jewish Press, December 24, 1954, Page 1

Morton Thaler

Beth Jacob Congregation has elected Morton Thaler as its new president for 1955.  Mr. Thaler, long active in synagogue and community activities, will be installed in an impressive ceremony to be conducted by Morris W. Douglas, prominent civic leader  this Sunday evening at Beth Jacob Synagogue at 7 p.m.  Elected to serve with the new President are the following: Vice Presidents, Dr. Walter Ornstein, Alvin Garber, Phillip Mollick; Financial Secretary, Max Leopold; Corresponding Secretary, Paul Schraer; Treasurer, Simon Glaser; Guardian, Sidney Ulansky; Gabbai, Israel Lebb. Board members include William Penn, Bernard Arenson, Zel Camiel, Norman Gelman, Tom Garber, Louis Thomas, Jerry Weiman, Julius Penn, Thomas Vetter, Dr. Harry Brookler, Morris Penn, Harry Evans, William Schusterman, Allan Lame, Max Popik, Joseph Kaplan, Ed Herman, Max Okum, Jack Brisker, David Schissell, David Hurwitz, Kurt Sax.  Past President on the board include Chas. Press and Morrie Kraus.  Honorary President for the Congregation is Abe Abramson.

A very delightful installation banquet will be served to guests, with a cocktail hour preceding the festivities at 6 p.m.

David Schissell, General Chairman, has issued a cordial invitation to the entire community to attend this event and reservations may be made with Mrs. Schissell at Juniper 2-0161 or Mr. Thaler, Atwater 1-3275.  Charge for the dinner and cocktail party will be kept to $3,00 per person. 

In celebration of the closing of Chanukah holiday a musical program will be offered.

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United Jewish Fund to Elect Officers
Southwestern Jewish Press, December 24, 1954, Page 1

Election of officers for the United Jewish Fund will be held on Thursday, Jan 13, 1955, San Diego Hotel State Ballroom, according to Louis Moorsteen, president of the fund.

The present officers are Moorsteen; Morris Douglas; Milton Roberts and Al Steinbaum, vice presidents; Harry Snyder, treasurer; Manuel S. Fisher, secretary; Members of the Executive Committee for 1954 are Mrs. Gabriel Berg, David Block, Mack Esterson, Carl Esenoff, Rodin Horrow, Sol Price, Harry Wax.

Newly elected members of the Board of Directors of the United Jewish Fund elected an the annual meeting are Mrs.Ted Brav, Mrs. Dora Friedman, Irving Friedman, Arthur Goodman, Ben Harris, Maury Novak, Mrs. Abe Ratner, David Sapp, and Harry Sugarman.

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Jewish Center Sets Jan. 8 For Big Dinner
Southwestern Jewish Press, December 24, 1954, Page 1

The “Make A Dream Come True” dinner on Saturday, Jan. 8 will open the Jewish Community Center Building drive to the entire community, Rodin Horrow, chairman of the dinner committee announced this week.

To be held at the Don Room of the El Cortez the meeting at 6:30 p.m. will give San Diego Jewry an opportunity to participate in erecting a glorious monument to Judaism in our community.

Edward Breitbard, president of the center in joining Horrow in the announcement said, “The community is now convinced that the directors of the Jewish Community Center mean business and want to see a community building erected in the next year or so for our children, ourselves and our neighbors.”

“51 individuals,” he continued, “have contributed close to $80,000.  These are board members. Now we are asking all to voluntarily participate by attending the dinner.”

Mr. Robert Levison, San Francisco Insurance executive, and National Vice President of the Jewish Welfare Board, will be the principal speaker.  He is well qualified to speak on the center movement and the need for centers, having been president of the San Francisco Jewish Community Center, and at the present time is vice-president of the Jewish Welfare Board.

According to Breitbard, San Diego, a community of over 6,000 Jews, is one of the only cities in the U.S. which does not have a Jewish Community building or a center for its people.

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Jewish Federation Plans 1st Annual Dinner Jan. 19
Southwestern Jewish Press, December 24, 1954, Page 1

Carl Esenoff

San Diego’s Jewish Welfare Agencies will meet in a joint annual meeting under the auspices of the Federation of Jewish Agencies on Wed., Jan 19, 1955, according to Carl Esenoff, Pres.

The dinner meeting in the State Ballroom of the San Diego Hotel at 6:00 p.m. will mark the first annual event of the Federation and the first joint meeting of all the agencies, which include the Jewish Social Service Agency, the Hebrew Home for the Aged, the Community Relations Council, the Jewish Community Center and the United Jewish Fund.

The theme of the meeting as announced by Harry Mallen, chairman of the annual meeting committee will be “Total Community Planning.”  Julius Bisno, Executive Director of the Los Angeles Community Council and Executive Secretary of the Jewish Welfare Fund of Los Angeles, will be the principal speaker.

Several of the agencies, according to Mallen will elect their Board of Directors that evening. Each agency will display its work to the community.

Members of the Jewish community and board members of the various agencies are urged to place the date Wednesday, Jan 19 on their calendar and to make every effort to be present. Reservations may be made at the Federations office BE 2-5172.

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Please Take Note
Southwestern Jewish Press, December 24, 1954, Page 1

Attention to all members of the United Jewish Fund is called to the fact that in order to get income tax deductions for charitable contributions, payments of pledges must be made on or before Dec. 31, 1954.

In making this announcement Harry Snyder, treasure of the United Jewish Fund also urged that payments be made now since the fund needs cash in order to meet commitments made during the year 1954.

Payments should be sent to the office of the United Jewish Fund, 333 Plaza, San Diego 1, California.

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New Subscribers
Southwestern Jewish Press, December 24, 1954, Page 1

Urban League of S.D.
Max Zemen
Nicholas Elbogen
Mrs. H.M. Horn
Samuel N. Hecsh

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Iris Leeds Wed Charles Strauss in Double-Ring Rites

Southwestern Jewish Press, December 24, 1954, Page 2

Iris Lynn Leeds, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred S. Leeds, was wed to Matthew Charles Strauss, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bert Strauss, in a double-ring ceremony at Temple Beth Israel on December 19, at 5:30 p.m.  Rabbi Morton J. Cohn performed the marriage rites with music by Cantor Julian Miller.

The bride’s candelight satin period gown featured alencon lace set into diamonds on the skirt from which pleated nylon tulle fell into a sweeping train. The portrait neckline and the pointed bodice were edged in lace. Her elongated fingertip illusion veil fell from a hand jeweled tiara.  She carried a prayer book to which was attached a giant white orchid, white roses and stephanotis.

Maid of honor, Andrea Leeds, and matron of honor, Norma Dreifuss, were gowned in pale pink tulle with wine velvet hats, shrugs, and mitts. Bridesmaids Arlene Mihlman, Margie Goodman and Eileen Rivers wore aqua tulle with turquoise velvet hats mitts and shrugs.  Marsha Starr, in aqua velvet, was junior bridesmaid.

Werner Dreifuss was best man and ushers were Ira Shames, Dan Weinberg and Lawrence Strauss.

A dinner dance for 250 guests was held immediately following the ceremony at the Mission Valley Country Club.  Mrs. Leeds received in sequin embroidered satin with full skirted overdress of toast colored Chantilly lace. Mrs. Strauss, the groom’s mother, wore pink poie de sole.

After a week’s honeymoon in Palm Springs and Las Vegas, the young couple will make their home in San Diego.

Out of town guests were Mr. and MRs. Milton Leeds of Highland Park, Ill., aunt and uncle of the bride and Mr. and Mrs. Sid Stackler of Highland Park, aunt and uncle of the groom.

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Personals
Southwestern Jewish Press, December 24, 1954, Page 2

We hope the new Jewish Center will build good handball courts. We have a championship team all ready.  Bill and Dave Starr just copped the doubles crown at the S.D. Rowing Club.

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Did you catch the item about our swimming champs, too?  Mission Valley Country Club has good prospects in Linda Press, Larry Cantor and Andy Beck.

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In honor of Barbara Shames forthcoming marriage to Manny Barney of Los Angeles, Mrs. Jerry Krakoff (Brodman) entertained Barbara with a miscellaneous shower on December 11.

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Flying to New York for the holidays are Sam and Bea Cohen and Irwin and Eleanor Kahn. They will spend two weeks in the east seeing the sights and shows in New York and visit with relatives.

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Mr. and Mrs. Paul Belkin celebrated Chanukah with an Open House for friends on Sunday, Dec. 19th. For those unable to attend, they are extending an invitation to visit them anytime during the holidays.

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Lawrence Schiller, Pepperdine freshman, was announced winner of the 1954 U.S. Camera Photo Contest last week.  He was ranked, for the second year, as the number one photographer in the United States under 25 years of age and 187 in the world against all photographers.

Lawrence is attending Pepperdine on a four-year full-tuition scholarship earned throughhis photographic work.  He became a professional at the age of sixteen and has been a consistent top honor winner in national and international contests ever since.
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Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Lawrence Cohen, of Coronado, have recently returned home from a two and one-half months trip to 16 nations on four continents.  Like all returning travelers they are full of their recent experiences and ready to share them. Mrs. Cohen says that “There is no place like Southern California.” The Cohens were particularly impressed with Israel. They heartily recommend the deluxe Mediterranean cruise which gave them so much pleasure.

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Dick and Jane Lustig got off to a flying start with their family on December 24th, when they headed East. They will join a large family group at Wooster, Mass., in celebration of the 75th birthday of Jane’s father.

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Venis-Rimland Vows Told
Southwestern Jewish Press, December 24, 1954, Page 2

Mr. and Mrs. Meyer Rimland of San Deigo announce the marriage, on November 25th, of their daughter, Rose, to Matin Allen Venis, son of MRs. Edith Venis and the late Meyer Venis of Toronto, Canada.

The wedding took place at the Synagogue Mogen David in L.A. with Rabbi Abram Maron officiating.

Rose is an honor graduate of S.D. State College and has a M.A. degree in business education.  Martin is stationed with the Air Force in San Diego.  The young couple will reside here.

On December 19th an Open House was held at the Rimland home in honor of the newlyweds.

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Council Sets Valentine Ball
Southwestern Jewish Press, December 24, 1954, Page 2

National Council of Jewish Women has scheduled its Valentine Ball for Saturday evening, February 12, at the Mission Valley Country Club.  Tickets will be available after the first of the year.

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Southwestern Jewish Press, December 24, 1954, Page 2

8 little candles sitting in a row
Telling the story of the Macabees’ woe
Then wishing a happy Chanukah to you.
Especially from yours truly, Janet and Sue.

“It was a wonderful party,” said Adrian Sachnoff, Sandy Ratner, Jan Klaskin, Joan Breitbard, Ed Ruskin, Andy Leeds, Gordon Levitt, Susan Solof, Gary Cantor, Sharlene Stone, Herb Wenig, Sigmund Urbach, Janet Sheldon Golden, Zena Feurseig, Bob Myers, Robert Wylogue, Stan Breitbard, Judy Aved, Roger Brenes, Debbie Strauss, Linda Douglas, Seymour Pomeranz, and Larry Ratner, of the affair given by Harry Ratner at the San Diego Club with dinner and dancing and a fabulous evening.

All bedecked with corsages, the girls sat around the beautifully decorated table waiting anxiously for the arrival of Henrietta Faguet who was a mighty surprised girl. The scene was the Mission Valley Country Club and the hostesses were Jan Klaskin and Barbara Silverman.

Scoop: Hanukah vacation is a time for us “Kosher Kids” to make some green “lettuce.”  Those filling their pockets are : Rocky Goodrich, Sharlene Stone, LuAnn Blumbereg, Dan Weinberg, Bob Beck, Donn Kobernick, Sheldon Golden, Janet and Susan Solof, Jane Cohn and Sherry Newman.

Bye now.

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(Departure time)
Southwestern Jewish Press, December 24, 1954, Page 2

No man goes before his time – unless the boss has left early.

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Calendar

Southwestern Jewish Press, December 24, 1954, Page 2

December

Sun., 26th Poale Zion Chanukah Party – Tifereth Israel Center – 8:00 p.m.

Sun., 26th – Beth Jacob Installation, 7 p.m.

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January

Weds, 5th – Israeli Delegate, Speaker at S.D. Chapter, A.A. U.N., 8 p.m., Florence School

Sat, 8th –“Make A Dream Come True” Dinner, J.C.C., Don Room, El Cortez, 6:30 p.m.

Sun, 9th – Lasker Lodge Installation, Dinner-Dance, Mission Valley Country Club.

Thurs, 13th – Election of Officers – United Jewish Fund, State Ballroom, S.D. Hotel, 6:30 p.m.

Wed., 19th – Annual Meeting S.D. Jewish Welfare Agencies, 6:00 p.m., State Ballroom, San Diego Hotel

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Classified
Southwestern Jewish Press, December 24, 1954, Page 2

Women Wanted – Make extra money. Address, mail postcards, spare time every week.  BICO, 143 Belmont, Belmont, Mass.

Man Available – For gardening…Trucking Service … Pick-Up and Delivery… Call after 5 p.m. BE -9-2780

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Nursery School
Southwestern Jewish Press, December 24, 1954, Page 2

Jean Fry, Director of the Cooperative Nursery School of the Jewish Community, will conduct an orientation meeting Monday, Dec. 27, at 8:00 p.m. at the home of Mrs. Seymour Gates of 2440 Meade Street.

The dynamics and techniques of child care will be discussed.  A typical nursery school day schedule will be examined for the purpose of understanding the aims of each activity, and knowing the role each mother is expect to play.

After the question and answer period, refreshments will be served.

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