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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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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!!

“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 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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


(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.

“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.

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?

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.

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.

“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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Compiled by San Diego Jewish World staff

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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.


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.

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.

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.


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.

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

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



Southwestern Jewish Press, December 24, 1954, Page 2


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Sidney Rose

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

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

John Ruskin

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

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

William Schwartz

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

University Gets Gift From Local Resident

Southwestern Jewish Press, December 10, 1954, Page 1

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Berenice Soule

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And He’s Pretty Too

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

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

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

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


Dr. Baxter To Give Readings At Globe

Southwestern Jewish Press, December 10, 1954, Page 2

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

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

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

(Immigration Laws)

Southwestern Jewish Press, December 10, 1954, Page 2

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

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

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Adventures in San Diego Jewish History, November 26, 1954, Part 4

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Beth Jacob News
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 26, 1954, Page 8

The Oneg Shabbat Service which takes place every Friday evening at 8:15 discusses great Jewish personalities and their works.  Each session is devoted to a different author – his work and times.  No former knowledge is required since each Friday session deals with a different subject.

The following subjects shall be discussed: The Talmud, “Rashi’s Commentaries,” “Sulchan Arcuch” and “Ahad Ha-Ams’ Essays.”

There will be no Friday evening session on November 26th since our members are urged to participate in the Tercentenary Sabbath designated by the Synagogue Council of America, which will be held at Temple Beth Israel.

Annual Meeting – At the annual meeting of the Congregation the nominating committee proposed a new slate of officers for 1955.  There have also been nominations from the floor. The election of officers will take place November 30th.

Auxiliary Dinner – The Ladies Auxiliary of Beth Jacob are having a delicious Roast Beef Dinner Sunday, December 5th – 6:00 p.m. at Beth Jacob Center.  All are welcome to come – you may be the lucky winner of a Wristwatch. Donation will be $1.75.  For reservations call AT 2-2676.

City of Hope Pleads for Blood Donors
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 26, 1954, Page 8

Blood is urgently needed for the Children’s Leukemia Wing – the Red Cross has been providing this service to the City of Hope free, but the increased requirements and the shortage in the Red Cross Blood Bank will force them to charge $25.00 per pint on future needs.  Unless the blood already used is replaced and a Blood Bank set up with the Red Cross, City of Hope will have to pay approximately $50,000.00 a year for this vital lifesaving blood.  Members, relatives and friends who give blood will also be setting up a personal reserve of blood when the need of a transfusion arises here besides giving the City of Hope credit for blood donated locally. If you can give blood please contact Muriel Strauss, JU 2-0788, or Jeanne Camiel, CY 5-2566 and BE 4-9595.

U.N. Study Groups
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 26, 1954, Page 8

Mrs. D. Lee Worcester has begun her new study group this past Tuesday.  Next meeting: her home Tuesday at 8 p.m., 4027 Brant Street in Mission Hills, 1 short block off No. 3 bus.  It is hoped those who enroll will continue the entire 12 weeks since preparation of the course requires much time and effort.  Mrs. Worcester’s vast and up-to-date U.N. knowledge, plus her natural enthusiasm, makes her study courses most valuable.

Hebrew Home Aux. To Show Recent Films
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 26, 1954, Page 8

Pictures of the recent groundbreaking ceremonies will be shown at the next regular meeting of the Hebrew Home for Aged Women’s Auxiliary on Wednesday, Dec. 1 at 1:30 p.m.  Additional movies will be shown and refreshments served, as announced by Mrs. Paul Cudney, program chairman.

Mrs. Rodin Horrow, chairman, with co-chairman, Mrs. Edward Addleson, has planned an interesting program and the distribution of gifts for the 4th Annual Chanukah Party on Dec. 19 at 2:00 p.m.  The community is invited with a special invitation to the older members of the community.

Birdie Stodel Women Plan Open Tea December 11th
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 26, 1954, Page 8

Birdie Stodel B’nai B’rith Women have invited women’s organizations throughout the city to an Oneg-Shabbat-Tea on Dec. 11 at the Alice Birney School, 4295 Campus at 1:00 p.m. Traditional Chanukah delicacies will be served.

Mrs. Ben Rosenthal of Los Angeles, immediate Past President of the Supreme Lodge of B.B. Women, will be guest speaker.  She has recently returned from a tour of Germany under the sponsorship of the American Heritage Foundation and will relate her experiences. The human relatios film, “Your Neighbor Celebrates” will also be shown.

The community is invited.

Telephone Company Explains Request For Rate Hike
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 26, 1954, Page 8

Pacific Telephone today filed a supplemental application with the California Public Utilities Commission in San Francisco for additional revenue to meet the costs of higher wages recently granted.

Ben Gilmer, vice president of Pacific Telephone’s California Operations, said:

“This request covers only the cost of wage increases recently made effective following union wage settlements. These wage settlements were being negotiated at the time the July 6 order was issued, and their cost was not provided for in the order.  Since payroll costs make up more than half of our operating expenses, wage increases have a heavy impact on our earnings.

“Under the stringent regulation of the California Commission there is no room for absorption of such cost increases. The additional revenue the company seeks at this time will merely restore the company’s earnings to the level authorized by the commission’s decision on July 6 this year.  This is necessary if the company is to be in a financial position to provide for the full telephone needs of its service areas in California.”

The effect of the requested increase amounting to $4,980,000 annually would be relatively small when it is considered in relation to the over 4,000,000 Pacific telephones in California.

Southwestern Jewish Press, November 26, 1954, Page 8

The boy who cried wolf has probably grown up to be the wolf who cries “Boy!”

Southwestern Jewish Press, November 26, 1954, Page 8

Mrs. Bella Lucow, on Nov. 15 at the age of 67.  Mrs. Lucow lived most of her life in Canada, but resided in San Diego the last six years. Services were conducted by Rabbi Monroe Levens and Cantor Joseph Cysner at Greenwood Mortuary on November 17.  Interment was in Home of Peace Cemetery.

She is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Edith Wernick and Mrs. Diana Phomin of San Diego; Mrs. Frances Berger of Los Angeles and Mrs. Goldie Nelson, New York; and four sons, Dr. William Lucow and Martin Lucow, Winnipeg; Sam Lucow, Vancouver, and Benjamin Lucow, a University of California instruct assigned to the armed forces in Japan.

The Jewish Center Goal (Editorial)
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 26, 1954, Page 9

The goal of $269,000 for the new Center Building was set by the Federation and the Board of the Center after careful deliberation. It was known at the time that the sum would not be sufficient to build the kind of plant which San Diego deserves and needs.

The leaders of this movement were actually fearful of setting a realistic figure to cover the cost of a completely equipped Jewish Community Center. They did not know or couldn’t guess the response their appeal would make. The Jewish Press knew all along the $269,000 would not build even a minimum Cenjter, no less a facility that Jews of this community could be proud of for years to come.

When you invest this kind of money, it is not for a few years but for a great many years to come.

1.  It’s got to be big enough, for one thing. (Ask L.A. about their newly completed Center—built for 7500 members, now with 8200—6 months old and it’s already outmoded.)

2. Best advice obtainable is to build now – not to add on later.  Costs keep going up – not down!  And you lose good money when you tear down to build up!

3.   Now is the time to do it right – not to be sorry you did “too little and too late!”

The realistic goal for a real Jewish Community Center should be $500,000!  Why?  Because that’s the least you need to build a center with decent facilities and equipment. We don’t blame the board members who were timid, they really didn’t know that 31 board members would pledge almost $70,000 in none night. But they are taking heart at this demonstration of faith and raising their sights to $500,000.

Some examples: Allentown, Pa, 3000 Jew — $1,000,000 –building going up now!  Scranton, PA, 6,000 Jews (same as our community) –$1,000,000—building just completed.  Oakland, Calif., 7500 Jews –$600,000-plant going up soon!  We could cite many other communities but we are sure you get the idea.

Let’s not be sorry we could not think big.  Let’s do it and do it right!  Get behind the drive and put up a structure we will be proud of for many years to come. The board cannot do it alone.  They have shown the way – now we must follow and put over the campaign for $500,000.

German Sovereignty (Editorial)
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 26, 1954, Page 9

Several years ago the American Government made the restoration of full sovereignty to a reamed Western Germany, within the framework of the Western alliance, one of the keystones of its foreign policy.  Since then there was little doubt that it was but a matter of time until this goal of American diplomacy would be achieved. The path, however, was strewn with obstacles, and the jubilation in American circles over the signing of the agreement a few weeks ago undoubtedly reflected a deep-felt satisfaction over the final attainment of an arduously sought objective.  But Jews through the world are likely to feel little jubilation over what has occurred. And it might have been better, too, if some of the statesmen involved, particularly from the Unite States, had tempered their own jubilation with some reservations and misgivings.

That is not to say that the argument for the restoration of ‘German sovereignty is without a strong logic of its own. Then strength of that logic ultimately brought even France to support the final scheme.  Whatever one’s views about coexistence with communism, there is general agreement that democratic strength is an important deterrent to communist aggression. The West German contribution to the military strength of the West world can be considerable and even decisive.  Hence the importance of bringing the West German Republic into the Western Alliance. But whatever the logic, Jews everywhere have and will continue to have an instinctive fear of a rearmed Germany.  And that instinct is rooted in some very real and ineradicable memories of people and places—of parents and children and friends, of Belsen and Auschwitz and Buchenwald.  Those memories cannot coexist with jubilation over the prospect of the emergence of another German Wehrmacht – by whatever name.

Letters to the Editor
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 26, 1954, Page 9

Dear Mac:

With unbelief and dismay, I read the following in the “To See or not To See” column of your Nov. 2 issue (referring to an evening of one-act plays in Balboa Park): “If only one evening’s attendance is possible, may I suggest Friday…”

While the sanctities of our religion and the spiritual significance of the Sabbath may have little or no meaning for some individuals of Jewish affiliation, it is inexcusable for a publication serving all elements of the Jewish community to permits its columns to advocate activities which are an obvious desecration of the Sabbath.

The Synagogues have no desire to act in a totalitarian manner and impose their will on any indifferent Jew.  How the individual uses or abuses the Sabbath eve hours is his own concern (although I deplore his absence from worship).  But it becomes a matter of concern and indignation on the part of the synagogues when a publication ostensibly dedicated to Jewish values permits those values to be flouted by such indiscretions in its columns.

It is hoped that henceforth “if only one evening’s attendance is possible” at plays or concerts, the Jewish Press will recommend some evening other than Friday.  Let all Jews ask themselves the all-important question, “Are you consecrating the Sabbath – or desecrating it?”

Sincerely yours,
Rabbi Morton J. Cohn

Editor’s Note:  The Jewish Press has no desire to advise people to “desecrate” the Sabbath, if that is what happens when you don’t go to shule and go to a play, instead.  But we are willing to take the good grey Rabbi’s word for it.  The Jewish Press wishes to go on record as advising all Jews to attend to the Sabbath by going to the Synagogue of their choice – no matter what they read in the paper.

For the record, though, we must report that only two Jews were present at the plays in question last Friday and that one was in them and the other reviewed them for the Evening Tribune.

“Heart Clubs” Help Overweight Reduce

Southwestern Jewish Press, November 26, 1954, Page 9

San Diego overweight adults are losing weight by the ton!  Enthusiasm for the San Diego Heart Association’s free and voluntary weight-reducing “Heart Clubs” is running high and members of the first five charter clubs have already pledged themselves to lose over 2,000 pounds on the advice of their physicians.

The Heart Association cordially invites any adult 15 or more pounds overweight to get together a group of their own overweight friends or neighbors and form their own “Heart Club.”

Based on the idea of “group dieting”, these Heart Clubs have had excellent success in other cities and states in helping overweight adults lose weight through weekly meetings, weekly check-up on their weight loss, and association with members of a group having the same weight problems. There are on dues or fees.

Complete details may be obtained from the San Diego County Heart Association, 1651 4th Avenue, San Diego 1.

Christmas Seal Drive Opened Monday
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 26, 1954, Page 9

San Diego County’s 1954 Christmas Seal drive opened Monday, with more than 180,000 local families receiving personal envelopes of the colorful anti-tuberculosis seals in their mail boxes.

“Tuberculosis strikes on American every five minutes,” Mrs. Anderson said.  “Christmas Seals offer every resident an opportunity to strike back at the disease that is the nation’s number one killer among contagious disease.”

(Death Rate Cut)
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 26, 1954, Page 9

The death rate from lung cancer could be cut in half if all men over 45 years of age had chest x-rays twice a year, according to the American Cancer Society.

Chapter 47: More About Three Hundred Years in America: Jewish Contributions To American History
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 26, 1954, Page 9

By Dr. Philip L. Seman, University of Judaism

There is no such word as charity in the Jewish Code.  Charity is not something left to the individual will or whim. It is not a matter of patronage, but rather of duty.  One may search the whole credo of Biblical or rabbinical regulations providing for the relief of every condition of want, from the cradle to the grave, and the word charity in the usual interpretation, or as it is commonly accepted can not be found. That which is exemplified as the highest virtue in Jewish life is not called charity, but rather justice and righteousness.

The Hebrew word Tzadokah means justice, and when the Jew speaks of doing a service to his lest fortunate fellowman, in any form he speaks of it as a Tzadokah. The word indicates the true attitude toward helpfulness. Tzadokah is help given because it is right, just, fair, kind and merciful. All of these motives are blended into this one word.

In the obligations of human relations, one principle is fundamental and paramount – it is voiced in the outburst of the Psalmist: “Blessed are they that consider the poor.”

Consideration or the last fortunate is the key to the Jewish Social Service: The poor must never be put to shame. All emphasis was put, not on the gift, but on the spirit in which it was given. Thus an astute and exceedingly interesting description of the eight classes or types of givers was offered by Maimonides, the Jewish sage, whose Eight Hundredth Anniversary was celebrated eighteen years ago, the world over.

Not for the rabbis or scholars is the following of Maimondies who spoke of these eight classes presented, but rather for those who are not acquainted with these principles that the best in Jewish as well as non-Jewish social service servants, have looked with great conviction that these principles are ideal in the fullest sense, even if to some extent impractical, nonetheless a goal to strive for. Indeed the story to be told of Jewish social service is this and a number of future chapters of this series will indicate how and two what extent Jewish social service has made a real contribution to American history, particularly during the last sixty years, though there are indications of these ideals in the history of the Jews in America over three hundred years. Maimonides speaks off these eight classes referred to in the following manner.

“The meanest type of giving is that of the one who gives relief, but does so with bad grace, i.e., in a reluctant manner, and with a sour countenance. His gift is thereby wanting in the true spirit, and is deemed next to worthless. A little better is the next type, the one who gives very graciously, but yet very sparingly.  (To be continued)

(Jewish Canadians)
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 26, 1954, Page 9

Of 85,765 immigrants who entered Canada in the first month of 1954, only 786 were Jewish.

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Free Jewish Press Makes Better Jewish Community
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 26, 1954, Page 5

(Jewish Communal Leader in Los Angeles)

It is not enough for the Jewish business or community leader to insert an occasional “greeting” in the independent Jewish newspaper. They must, instead, recognize their economic soundness is the only solid foundation upon which a newspaper’s editorial freedom can be built.

Without support from the business community, to augment that of the readership, the free press cannot expand in terms of more service to the community.  More expansion, of course, means more readers who will be informed, integrated and made aware of their Jewish heritage and its values for today.

Such support will provide more direct contact, on a genuine readership level, with a vast and growing audience whose cultural and spiritual heritage is both Jewish and broadly American.

Such support will return extra dividends to both advertisers and the community in the form of alert and loyal readers.

Pioneer Women Plan Bazaar and Carnival
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 26, 1954, Page 5

The annual Bazaar and Carnival of the Pioneer Women Negba Club has been set for January 30, according to Rose Brooker, chairman.  She is assisted by Rose Abrams and Goldie Kitaen in the task of encouraging members to collect and make articles to be sold. Proceeds from the Bazaar will be used for Pioneer projects in Israel.

Pioneer Women have launched a collection of Chanukah gifts for children in Israel, with clothing the most needed item.

An interesting program has been planned for the next regular meeting of the Negba Club on Thursday, Dec. 2, at noon, at Beth Jacob Center.

Harmony Homes Offers ‘College View Estates’
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 26, 1954, Page 5

Harmony Homes is showing one of the finest community of homes ever to be offered in San Diego.  “College View Estates” was planned and designed by Charles and Arthur Schreiber, nationally known architects who are associated with Harmony Homes in this development.

College View Estates will be open to the public for the entire month of December and is reached by driving out Montezuma Road to 55th Street and then turning north.

Israel-Arab Problem At Open Forum Dec. 5th
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 26, 1954, Page 5

The San Diego Open Forum, 1541 Sixth Ave., will present twin speakers on Sunday, Dec. 5, at 8:00 p.m. at the Unitarian Church. This will be the first pro and con discussion held at the forum in many years. The topic, “The Israel-Arab Conflict” is one of the world’s most controversial issues.

Dr. Guy Davis, Professor of Religion at Chapman College, has recently returned from Israel and the Arab states.  Many people in the community have heard him and know of his sympathetic interest in the new state. Taking the Arab side will be Dr. John Boles, a Moslem, who is professor of Economics at Loyola University, formerly with the U.S. Government in Saudi Arabia.

Admission is free to the public after 7:45 p.m.

Birdie Stodel Hold A.D.L. Workshop

Southwestern Jewish Press, November 26, 1954, Page 5

An open board meeting in which all members are invited is set for Dec. 6 at noon by Birdie Stodel B.B. board members. Cake and coffee will be served while members become better acquainted with the function of the board.

An Anti-Defamation League Committee Workshop under the direction of Mrs. Ted Brav will be held on Dec. 2 at 590 N. Vermont, Los Angeles at 10:30 a.m.  As Southern Area Americanism Chairman, Mrs. Brav has announced “Our Concern and Responsibility in Public Education” as the subject for discussion. For further information regarding attendance at the Workshop, call AT 4-3434.

As the Psychologist Sees You
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 26, 1954, Page 6

Irving Stone

By Irving R. Stone

Childhood Fantasies—The late Fanny Brice is remembered for her many roles but that of her later years as Baby Snooks stands out in our memories as being one of her most beloved.  Among the many atnics of Baby Snooks was the telling of fanciful tales about lions jumping in the window or elephants walking about the room.  Her exaggerations, perhaps, were real to her just as to the young child, calling out in the middle of the night, “Mommie, there’s a bogey man in my room,” it may be as real as the atomic bomb is to adults. It is a threat that is not easily banished.

Childhood fantasies often are a source of irritation to adults because they seem to be so far from reality that they are without basis of fact and not even containing an ounce of probability. As a result, they scold, scorn, and shriek at the children because they believe that the youngster is “making it up,” trying to get attention or doing it to get out of some disliked activity such as going to bed.

Fantasy to the child is as real as taxes, germs and the need to make a living. What we know has been the result of our experiences and as we grow in age, so do we grow in experience.  The ability to differentiate between fantasy and fact is possible only when the store of experiences reaches the point where reality outweighs fantasy.

The child sees Captain Jet, Superman, and Space Patrol as being entirely within possibility because they have no other yardstick of measurement. When the younger child plays house and fills the role of father, mother or baby sister, she is using the one means of instruction open to her, the daily experiences in her own home.  How she behaves is merely how she sees the household and its members.

The child who swaggers around in a cowboy suit feels like a real cowboy, and attempts to act like one. Too often we are prone to criticize him because we view his antics through adult eyes, forgetting that the child sees thing on another level of experience. Let him have his moment of childhood for too soon will he have to face reality. As he grows older there will be a gradual shift so that fact will become greater than fantasy.  Only the emotionally immature remain in that childlike state where reality cannot be accepted and fantasy remains dominant.

Israeli Teacher On Exchange Visit Here
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 26, 1954, Page 6

San Diego has an official visitor from Israel in the person of Haim Dagan. For the next month, Mr. Dagan will be the guest of the City Schools on a grant from the Office of Education, to participate in the Teachers Education Program of the Department of State and the U.S. Office of Education.  Mr. Dagan specializes in the field of administration and supervision.

The visitor, who lives in Tel Aviv with his wife and daughter, is a supervisor in the youth bureau in the Ministry of Education and will spend his time in San Diego studying the City Schools and the recreation features in our community.

To give Mr. Dagan an opportunity to meet the Jewish community, plans have been made for him to live with different families during his stay,.

Jewish War Veterans

Southwestern Jewish Press, November 26, 1954, Page 6

It is expected that Hy Weitzman, Dept. of California Commander will shortly confer with JWV leaders  in San Diego concerning the sale of tickets which is a statewide project to retire the Department debt.  Tickets are offered by all Post members.

The next meeting will be at the War Memorial Bldg., Balboa Park, December 1st.

Jewish Center News
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 26, 1954, Page 6

Ballet and Creative Dance Classes—Classes are now being held at the Jewish Community Center for juniors, ages 5 to 10, in ballet and creative dance and arts and crafts. Mrs. Irene Timen, dance teacher, has had many years of teaching, both classical and modern ballet.  She has studied with Mikhail Mordkin, Doris Humphrey, Charles Weidman, Jose Limon and Pavley and Oukrainsky.  Classes are divided according to the age group.  Miss Ethel Mallinger, J.C.C. staff member is in charge of the Arts and Crafts Classes.

Winter Day Camp—Two weeks of guaranteed fun are available to all youngsters participating in the Winter Camp JC program sponsored by the Jewish Community Center beginning Monday, Dec. 20th and continuing for 10 days through Friday, Dec. 31. Parents are urged to register their children ages 5 to 11 before Dec. 15, as registration will be limited.

Among the special events scheduled are roller skating, swimming, hiking and trips to interesting local sites.  Several member of the summer day camp JC staff including Dave Anfanger, Dorothy Hess, Mike Soule will assist in the program. Limited pick-up and delivery service will be provided. The fee for the two weeks is $20.00 to Center members with an additional charge for pick-up and delivery.  For further information, call the Jewish Community Center, AT 1-7744.

Rhythmic Exercise Class—An opportunity for all women to relax is provided on Tuesday morning 10 a.m. and Wednesday evening 8 p.m. in the rhythmic exercise and modern dance classes held under the leadership of Mrs. Eugene Berger at the Jewish Community Center. Baby care is provided for the housewife on Tuesday mornings at a slight additional charge.  All women are ivnited to participate in the stimulating activity.

An Invitation to Good Living (Advertisement)
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 26, 1954, Page 6

The Foreign Club Restaurant Café and Hotel in Tijuana Old Mexico offers your family and friends the best in food—fun—entertainment.  International dishes, Mexican specialties, Italian food. Courteous and rapid service. Nice atmosphere.  Plus the finest in drinks, in our most modern bar. Fifty spacious rooms, modern in every respect. Good music for your pleasure.  Dancing to make your evening a gay one. We solicit your patronage.  We invite banquets, weddings, club meetings and conventions, plus your personal private parties… You will enjoy every minute you spend in Old Mexico.  Our location is … 364 Revolucion Ave. (Next to Capri Restaurant).

Nathan Golden and Simon Silvershotz, Props.
For Reervation Phone in San Diego, the Jewish Press, Belmont 3-8992.  Tijuana phone 1701-1305. 
We wish you one and all a happy Chanukah.

Baja Opens 15-Day Festival of Freedom
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 26, 1954, Page 7

A 15-day fiesta opened in Baja California Saturday with continuous day-to-day entertainment scheduled at Tijuana, Mexicali, Ensenada and Tecate.

The fete was announced at Mexicali today by Gov. Braulio Maldonado, first elected governor of Baja California. The start of the statewide celebration was set for Saturday—Mexico’s Labor Day – as a salute to labor, the governor said.

The fiesta then will continue through Dec. 5 in commemoration of Baja California’s first year as a free Mexican state, and in recognition of Maldonado’s first year in office.

Events schedule3d include a 24-hour telethon, or TV broadcast in which funds to be contributed to the Committee for Social Assistance, which is headed by the Governor’s wife.

Sra. Maldonado reported all funds realized from the telethon and the two-week fiesta will be earmarked for construction of a hospital for victims of tuberculosis.

Events planned at the four cities include parades, carnival attractions, street dancing, fun rides for youngsters, athletic contests including boxing and wrestling matches, and dog and horse races. There will be an international yacht race Dec. 2 from Newport-Balboa, north of the U.S. Mexican border, to Ensenada.

On Dec. 5, bull fights and a Governor’s Ball are planned at Tijuana.

Hollywood movie stars have booked for many personal appearances. Gov. Knight and several other American officials have been invited to participate in one or more of the statewide events, according to Frank Leyva and Herman Prujan, fiesta directors.

Seven Danger Signals

Southwestern Jewish Press, November 26, 1954, Page 7

According to the American Cancer Society, the 7 Danger Signals are (1) Any sore that does not heal; (2) A lump or thickening in the breast or elsewhere; (3) Unusual bleeding or discharge, (4) any change in a wart or a mole; (5) Persistent indigestion or difficulty swallowing; (6) Persistent hoarseness or cough; (7) any change in normal bowel habits.  They may not mean cancer, but they should always mean a trip to your doctor.

(Efficient Transportation)

Southwestern Jewish Press, November 26, 1954, Page 7

When the Chicago subway was being dug a drunk stopped beside the excavation and called down to the man at the bottom of the pit, “Shay, watcha doin’ down there?”

“We’re building a subway,” the workman responded.

“How long is it goin’ to take to build it?”

“Three years,” came the answer.

“Three years! (hic) To heck with it, I’ll take a cab.”

Promotes Good Will
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 26, 1954, Page 7

Popular Frank A. Thornton, Collector of Customs, Port of San Diego, has been in that position for two years. In that time he has made many friends on both sides of the border. As far as the Mexican nationals are concerned, he has sold America and San Diego to them.  The U.S. Government has a brilliant and loyal servant in this thrifty Scotch-Irishman.

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

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Ida Urbach Wed to Julio Liberman In Candlelight Ceremony
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 18, 1954, Page 3

Ida Urbach, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Urbach, was wed to Julio David Liberman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Adolfo LIberman of Van Nuys, in a candlelight ceremony November 21 in Tifereth Israel Synagogue.  Rabbi Monroe Levens, assisted by Cantor Joseph Cysner, performed the marriage rites. The canopy, altar and aisles were decorated with spider chrysanthemums, pompom mums and gladioli.

The bride’s gown of ivory satin and lace featured a two-foot train and scoop scalloped neckline. Her finger-tip length veil fell from a tiny bonnet and she carried a bouquet of ivory mums, white orchids and stephanotis.

Mrs. Gabe Bloch of Albuquerque served as matron of honor for her niece and Barbara Shames acted as maid of honor.  Mrs. Sadie Urbach of Houston, Mrs. Arlene Silverman of Los Angeles and Esther Szmul of Los Angeles, cousin of the groom were bridesmaids. Marilyn  Eldex, cousin of the bride, was junior bridesmaid.  The attendants wore full-skirted, ankle length gowns of crystalette in coral, deep aqua and pale aqua.

Linda Neumann, daughter of MR. and Mrs. Sidney Neumann, was flower girl in ruffled coral and Michael Urbach, the bride’s nephew, was ringbearer.

Jose Liberman of Los Angeles acted as his brother’s best man with brother, Elias, as usher.  Other ushers were Max Maisel, great uncle of the bride, Henry Silver, uncle of the bride, Henry Rose and Bernie Nizinsky, both of Los Angeles and cousins of the groom.

A five-tiered colonnaded wedding cake with centerpieces of white pom-poms and candles were the table décor for the dinner and reception for 300 guests at the House of Hospitality.

Mrs. Urbach received in grey lace over pink taffeta and Mrs. Liberman wore powder blue and navy lace.

Following a ten-day honeymoon in Mexico City and Acapulco the newlyweds will make their homes in Los Angeles.

Out of town guests, other than those in the wedding party, were Mrs. Joseph Nizinsky, Mexico City; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Weinryb, Albuquerque; Mrs. Leah Bloch, and Gabe Bloch, Albuquerque, and Mr. and Mrs. Samuel H. Urbach, Houston.

Couple Honored At Silver Anniversary
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 18, 1954, Page 3

Silver invitations inviting  members and friends of the Shoshona Group, Pioneer Women to join them in honoring Mr. and Mrs. Si Rich on their 25th anniversary are in the mail.

A special anniversary dinner is planned for December 12 at 7:00 p.m. in La Sala of the House of Hospitality by chairman, MRs. Samuel Brown, assisted by Mrs. Herman Dromen and  Mrs. Arthur Lavine.

For invitations or reservations  call Mrs. Brown, JU 2-9545 or  Mrs. Lavine, HO 9-6426 before December 7.



Southwestern Jewish Press, November 18, 1954, Page 3

Honoring Ida Urbach and Julio Liberman prior to their marriage on Nov. 21, Mr. and Mrs. Dave Shapiro entertained at a dinner in their Coronado home on  Thursday, Nov. 18.  The families of the engaged couple and out of town visitors, here for the wedding, were guests.

Mr. and Mrs. Max Maisel and Mr. and MRs. Henry Silver were hosts for the wedding rehearsal dinner  party on Saturday, Nov. 20.

Mr. and Mrs. Meir Bleiberg will spend many nights staying up late and talking with Mrs. Bleiberg’s sister, Tova Goldwasser, whom they haven’t seen in 12 years.  Mrs. Goldwasser has lived in Israel for the past eight years, but now ill make her home here.

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Snyder are back in town after a two month visit back east. Their trip to Boston and New York included Broadway shows and parties with their many friends in both cities.

Preceding the annual Temple Beth Israel Men’s Club dinner, November 27 at the Admiral Kidd Club, board members and their wives will gather at President Richard Lustig’s home for cocktails.

Those preent will be Messrs. And Mesdames Charles Silverman, Hebert Blakesman, Harley Babbitz, Ben Carnot, Al Brooks, Morrie Douglas, Hubert Wolff, Mack Esterson, Don Pogrell, Richard Silberman, Sam Goldberg, and Lester Apfelbaum.  Present as guests of Mr. and Mrs. Lustig will be Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Steinberger and Mr. and Mrs. Hebert Bachrach.

To Be Bas Mitzvah
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 18, 1954, Page 3

Deanna Steckel

Mr. and Mrs. Harold D. Steckel have the delightful pleasure of announcing the Bas Mitz ah of their daughter, Deanna Rene, on Friday, December 3rd.  Services, conducted by Rabbi Monroe Levens and Cantor Joseph Cysner will be held at Tifereth Israel Synagogue at 8:15 p.m. followed by a reception for family and friends. 

A party for Deanna and her close friends is planned for the following evening at Mission Valley Country Club.

Engagement Announced

Southwestern Jewish Press, November 18, 1954, Page 3

Mr. and Mrs. Wilfred H. Goodman announce the engagement of their daughter, Margie “Bunny” to Mr. Herbert Hyman, son of Mrs. and the late Mr. Sam B. Hyman of Los Angeles. An early summer wedding is planned.  Miss Goodman graduated from Hoover High School and attended San Diego State College where she affiliated with Pi Alpha Lambda Sorority. Chocolates were passed at the last meeting of the sorority announcing the engagement, in absentia. She is presently attending the University of California at Los Angeles where she is an English major.  Mr. Hyman who is a Zeta Beta Tau affiliate at the same college, was president of the Yeomans and the Kelps, both of men’s honorary associations.  He will graduate in June.

Mr. and Mrs. Louis Altman Golden Wedding
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 18, 1954, Page 3

The daughters, Mrs. Max Selkin, Mrs. Joseph Leeb of New York City, and MRs. Harry H. Schwartz of San Diego, announce the celebration of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Altman, Golden Wedding Anniversary, Sunday, December 5.

A  reception for fifty guests will be give in the home of Mrs. Harry H. Schwartz, 4068 Centre  St., and friends of the feted couple are invited.

The couple were married in 1904 in New York city but have been California residents for twenty years. They now reside in Elsinore, California.

Mrs. Selkin and Mrs. Leeb flew in from New York to be with their parents on this joyous occasion.

The couple has 10 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.


Southwestern Jewish Press, November 18, 1954, Page 3

Ronald Craig, weighting 8 lbs, 1 oz, arrived o Veterans Day, Nov. 11 to join 5-year-old sister Randey Lee, and parents, Mr. and Mrs. Herman Horn.

Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Hornstein of Portland, Ore and maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Mathieu Levy of San Diego.

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Baumgarten (Marian Feinberg) announce the birth of their first child, a daughter, Deborah Susan, born November 3rd, 5:02 p.m. and weighing 9 lbs, 5 oz.

The young lady’s grandfather is Nathan Fineberg and her great-grandmothers are Mrs. H. Flaschbinder of Los Angeles and Mrs. Bertha Fineberg.

Mr. and Mrs. Woodrow Ratner announce the birth of a daughter, Ann Marline, born Oct. 13, weighing 6 lbs, 9 oz.  Ronna, 20 and Richard, 8, are delighted with their new baby sister, as are grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Marco Ratner.


Southwestern Jewish Press, November 18, 1954, Page 3

ROOM FOR RENT – Private bedroom in fine home near transp.  North Park. Call AT 2-6274, JU-2-0944.

WANTED – Couple or lady to share very nice home. Near bus. Call before 11:00 a.m. or after 6:00 p.m.  JU 2-7332.


Southwestern Jewish Press, November 18, 1954, Page 3

26th – Joint Tercentenary and Thanksgiving Services – Temple Beth Israel – 8:15 p.m.

27th – Beth Israel Men’s Club Annual Dinner – Admiral Kidd Club

5th – Beth Jacob Ladies Aux Roast Beef Dinner – Beth Jacob Center – 6:00 p.m.

11th – Birdie Stodel Oneg Shabbat Tea – Alice Birney School – 1:00 p.m.

12th – U.J.F. 21st Annual Meeting and Tercentenary Celebration San Diego Hotel – 6:30 po.m.

18th – Couples ?Club Chanukah Party – Tifereth Israel Cente r—8:00 p.m.

19th—Hebrew Home for the Aged – Chanukah Party – 2:00 p.m.

21st – City of Hope Aux. “Break the Bank Luncheon.”

Double Talk
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 18, 1954, Page 4

Hi Gang!

Our Kosher Kids are really turning to the Political world. This week we send congratulations to Andy Beck who recently was elected to the office of President of Benjamin Franklin Grammar School.  Keep it up Andy.

This week was really one for surprises.  Gail Kahn got the surprise of her life when she walked into Bev Kitaen’s home to see all her friends singing Happy Birthday to her. Trying to sing in tune were: Adrienne Sacknoff, Lois Liff, Faygie Krasner, Donna Godes, Dorothy Hess, Sharlene Stone, Joan Breitbard, Natalie Veitzer, Jane Cohn, Lucy Recht, Arlene Garey, Deanna Brown, Janet Solof and hostesses Sherry Newman and Bev Kitaen.  Pizzas were the specialty on the menu ending the supper with a beautiful cake.  Many happy surprise, Gail.

If only Sheldon Golden had known what was going on behind his back, he would have been awed. But – since he didn’t, what a surprised boy he was as he walked in the door and saw Al Leener ‘n Donna Godes, Bob Beck ‘n Andy Leeds, Herb Sevel ‘n Mary Gasser, Jim Recht ‘n Barabara Stein, Ernie Addleson ‘n Faygie Krasner, Donna Kobernick ‘n Susan Solof, Dan Weinberg ‘n Natalize Veitzer, and Sheldon’s date, Janet Solof.  Dancing and refreshments were the Hi-light for the evening and a good time was had by everyone.  Do you feel a year older Sheldon?

Attention all post confirmants:  A post confirmation class has begun at Temple Beth Israel.  They have discussion groups on your own topics, from 11 to 12 on Sundays. Try and go, there’s oodles of fun and I’m sure you’d like them.  

That’s all for now – CY-5-0679.

Campus Doings
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 18, 1954, Page 4

By Ed Rosenthal

Hillel, a college group for Jewish students, has started off the semester with approximately 35 members.

The organization’s social calendar has so far included a pizza party at Ettie Mallinger’s home and a bagel and lox breakfast at the Jewish Community Center  In the cultural line, Hillel members are learning Jewish folk songs and dance.

Members sang for Samuel I. Fox B’nai B’rith Lodge Nov. 9.  Hillel holds its annual meetings every other week on Tuesday at Beth Jacob Center.

Newly elected Hillel officers are: Herb Gross, president; Martin Weiner, vice president; Reitha Stokes, secretary.

Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity – Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity at San Diego State College has pledged nine Jewish college men this semester. New pledges are Ernest Addleson, Robert Beck, Bruce Fisher, Sheldon Golden, Darrel Kitaen, Robert Meyers, Seymour Pomeranz, Sigmund Urbach and George Roseberger.

Active members of Beta Lambda Chapter total 25. San Diego’s chapter is the 48th and latest chapter of this national fraternity.

Social affairs this semester have include a swim-dinner-dance at the Kona Kai Club, a Halloween party at the El Morocco, and a semi-annual initiation dinner and dance at the Mission Valley Country Club given in honor of new initiates, Havery Levitt and Harry Slayen.

JBTs (sic, ZBTs) are also planning an open bid college dance and a Founder’s Day dinner-dance.

Officers of ZBT are: Alan Mishne, president; Stephen Kirschtel, vice-president; Noel Fishman, secretary; Donald Solomon, treasurer, and Joseph Winicki, historian.

(Hebrew Home)

Southwestern Jewish Press, November 18, 1954, Page 4

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

‘Comic Books’ Subject of Dr. Barbour Talk
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 18, 1954, Page 4

Director of Child Guidance for the San Diego Schools Dr. Richmond Barbour, whose column, “Parent’s Corner” and “You and Your Problem” are widely read and quoted by San Diegans, is to speak on the subject “Menace of Comic Books” for the National Council of Jewish Women luncheon meeting at Temple Beth Israel on Tuesday, Dec. 7.

The table décor and selections by the Glee Club will have a Chanukah theme and a festive holiday luncheon is planned.

A representative of the San Diego City Schools will be guest of honor with Sidney Posin, Executive Director of the Jewish Community Center.

Couples Club Hold Latka Party
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 18, 1954, Page 4

Latkas, games, Hanukah scenes and decorations are being brewed for the next social of the Couples Club on Saturday at 8 p.m., December 18th in Tifereth Israel Center. As usual, doors are wide open to visitors. For further information call May Radding, AT 2-8032.

New Years Party—To be held at Michaels, Lemon Grove. Tickets are $10 a couple.  It will include a steak dinner, a bottle of champagne, favors and dancing. A special section will be reserved for the Couples Club and its guests. Reservtion deadline December 15. For further details call Jean Finkleman, HO-6-0389.

‘Discipline’ Subject of Nursery Group

Southwestern Jewish Press, November 18, 1954, Page 4

Else Hermann of the Jewish Social Service Agency met with the J.C.C. Cooperative Nursery School mothers at the home of Mrs. Marvin Stein this week and led a discussion on “Discipline.”

Mrs. Melvin Karzan is president of the parents’ group and Mrs. Milton Schwartz acts as Educational Director.

Dorsk House Finds Favor With San Diegans
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 18, 1954, Page 4

San Diegans have been finding an “oasis” in the desert.  Mr. and Mrs. Dan Dorsk, owners of Dorsk House, have been attracting local residents to their Desert Hot Springs Resort. Equipped with hot and cold swimming pools, natural healing mineral water in all units, Dorsk House offers the best sort of vacation during the winter months. Rates are reasonable, starting at $12.50 a day for rooms and $15.00 a day for apartments. All rooms are insulated, air conditioned and equipped with the latest heating units.  Telephones in every room.

Reservations can be made by Dorsk House, 705 E. 6th St., Desert Hot Springs, Calif., or phone 4-2755.

Sisterhood Plans Chanukah Theme
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 18, 1954, Page 4

A Chanukah theme will prevail at the Tifereth Israel Synagogue Sisterhood Luncheon Meeting on Tuesday, December 14, in the Synagogue lounge, 2930 Howard Street, San Diego.

Traditional Chanukah foods will be prepared by the Hostess Circle according to Mrs. Max Zemen and Mrs. Victor Weiss, co-chairmen. The tables will be decorated with the symbols of the coming holiday.

Mrs. Daniel Orlansky announced that the program is to be a “Chanukah Workshop.” Children from the Tifereth Israel nursery school will participate in the program.

For luncheon reservations, please call Mrs. Zemen, AT-4-0274, Mrs. Weiss, AT 1-4571, or the Synagogue office, AT 1-5529.


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Adventures in San Diego Jewish History, November 26, 1954, Part 1

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 Al Solomon, Sidney Rose, Center leaders, confer with Edward Breitbard and Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt

Jewish Center Drive For Funds in Full Swing
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 26, 1954, Pages 1, 5

Almost $80,000.00 has been raised by various directors of the Jewish Community Center in the drive for building funds just opened, according to Edward Breitbard, President of the Center.

At the same time Breitbard announced that Maury Novak, Henry Price and William Schwartz have accepted chairmanships in the campaign which completes the leadership for the first building fund drive of the San Diego Community Center.

Price will head the young people’s division while Novak will lead the community division soliciting pledges from the entire community.

Center brochure “A dream is coming true,” which pictures the recreational and leisure time needs of the community; memorial gifts that may be made, and other pertinent material has just been completed and will be mailed in the very near future.

At the same time the study of the needs of the Jewish Community has continued.  Meetings of the committee on health and physical education; community relationships of the Jewish Community Center; facilities; internal administration; membership and budgets; and personnel have been held during the past two weeks under the direction of Dr. Myron Blanchard.

The preliminary report of the self study that has been made will be completed within the next two weeks, and then will be studied very carefully by the Study Committee before its issuance.

Leo Beck

A preliminary recommendation of the Building and Facilities Committee has recommended a cooperative nursery for 60 children, an auditorium seating 600; an adult and youth lounge, a game room; kitchen; gymnasium; library; swimming pool; health club; handball courts; seven meeting rooms of varying sizes; crafts room and offices for Jewish Community agencies.

Outdoor facilities will include parking lot nursery play area, basketball, volley ball, dance and skating areas, handball courts, patio with barbecue, outdoor stage and an outdoor camping area.

Invitations will be mailed for the Community Center Building dinner in the very near future. Rodin Horrow, co-chairman of the campaign, will chair the dinner meeting.  Other chairmen are Leo Beck and Louis Steinman.

United Jewish Fund Shows Allocation of Funds Raised

Southwestern Jewish Press, November 26, 1954, Page 1

Funds raised in the 1954 United Jewish Fund Campaign will be distributed to over 36 National, Overseas and Israel organizations according to the report of the Allocations committee returned yesterday.

William Colt, chairman of the committee and his co-chairman, Leonard Drogin stated that though there was not enough money raised in 1954 to take care of the needs of beneficiary agencies, the committee felt that an equitable distribution had been effected after careful study.

In their recommendations to the Directors of the United Jewish Fund, the committee pointed out that the only new agency to be included in the 1954 report was the American Jewish Tercentenary Committee in New York.

Overseas and Israel Agencies  with the exception of the United Jewish Appeal will receive the  same amount as they did in 1953 when approximately 10 percent more was raised in the San Diego campaign, according to the chairman.

National agencies with the exception of Religious agencies and those which received $100.00 or less in 1953 were decreased by 10 percent I keeping with the decrease in fund income.

The United Jewish Appeal, Mr. Colt stated will again receive approximately 77 percent of the amount set aside for non-local distribution.

Overseas and Israel Agencies including the United Jewish Appeal will receive about 50 percent of the gross monies raised in the drive.

Jewish Telegraphic Agencie .. $100.00
Hebrew University …460.00
Weizmann Institute of Science … 280.00
Technion … 260,00
United Jewish Appeal … 78,755.00
(United Jewish Appeal)
(Joint Distribution Committee)
(United Service for New Americans)
American Jewish Congress…450,00
Jewish Labor Committee …540.00
Jewish War Veterans … 360.00
Joint Defense Appeal … 2,700.00
(American Jewish Committee)
(Bnai Brith ADL)
City of Hope Operating … 783.00
City of Hope building … 2,500
Jewish Com. For Per. Serv. ..360.00
Leo N. Levi Memorial Hosp. … 148.00
Hebrew Theological College … 849.00
(Union of Amer. Hebrew Congregations)
(Jewish Institute of Religion)
Jewish Theo. Sem and Eternal Light Properties …667.00
Union of Orthodox Cong … 100.00
Yeshiva University … 300.00
American Jewish Historical Society … 25.00
B’nai B’rith Youth Service ..720.00
Jewish Publication Society …50,00
Yiddish Scientific Institute … 100.00
Amer. Assoc. For Jewish Educ…. 180.00
Nat. Jewish Welfare Board … 2,250.00
Synagogue Council … 30.00


Attorneys-General of Nation Protest Meeting at Resort
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 26, 1954, Pages 1, 6

The Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith has protested to U.S. Attorney General Herbert Brownell, Jr., against the plan of the National Association of Attorneys General to hold its annual convention at Camelback Inn in Phoenix, Arizona, according to a report received from Milton A. Senn, Director of the League’s Pacific Southwest Regional Office.

The League charged that the hotel maintains a restrictive policy which, with very few exceptions, bars accommodations to Jewish guests. Mr. Brownell is scheduled to be the parincipal speaker at the convention which opens on December 8.

“Because the membership of the National Association of Attorneys General is composed of the chief law enforcement officers of the nation and because we are convinced that the association would not want to give any sanction to religious bigotry, we consider it necessary to point out that Camelback Inn does violence to American principles of equality,” Henry Edward Schultz, the League’s national chairman declared in a letter to Brownell.

At the same time, New York’s Attorney general, Nathaniel L. Goldstein, advised the association that he will not accept accommodations at the Camelback because “I could not retain my self-respect as an American and as an individual if I condoned this hypocritical policy.”

The office of California’s Attorney General, Edmund G. Brown, also advised the League that he would not stay at Camelback because of its restrictive policy.  “Mr. Brown,” the statement said, “is opposed to any type of religious and racial discrimination in American life. There should be no local option on citizenship. Clinging to ancient prejudice can only provide comfort to the enemies of our democracy.”

Massachusetts’ Attorney General, George Fingold, likewise informed ADL that he will stay elsewhere. And Oregon’s Attorney General, Robert Y. Thornton, said he was “not at all in favor of the holding of a meeting at an establishment  which practices racial or religious discrimination.”  He promised to “make appropriate protest” at the convention and would “endeavor to make arrangements to stay in another “nearby establishment.”

Meanwhile the Travel Agents Committee to Combat Discrimination in the travel industry, a New York group representing 125 resort  and hotel booking agents, also protested to Brownell to do “all in your power” to have the association cancel out of Camelback Inn. At the same time it wired Attorney General Eugene Cook of Georgia, President of the association, urging a change in site.  “This hotel is notorious for its anti-Jewish policy,” the travel agents said.  Both messages were signed by the group’s co-chairmen, Alfred F. Schmeiss, James L. Sullivan and Karl Tausig.

Senn also stated that the League had received another letter from Camelback’s manager to which he refused “to define or interpret our policy to others.”  The letter asserted that “because of the nature of our business, it seems to us that the matter of selection of our guests must be a personal one … we feel it is best not to attempt to define or interpet our policy to others.”

Board of Education Hold(s) Dinner Meeting

Southwestern Jewish Press, November 26, 1954, Page 1

The City Board of Education trying to get better acquainted with the community it serves, will hold the second of its series of after-dinner business meetings Tuesday, Nov.30, at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Education Center at Park Blvd at El Cajon.

U.J.F. Annual Meeting To Mark Tercentenary of Jews in America
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 26, 1954, Pages 1,5

“You are invited to share in 300 years of American History, at the 21st Annual Meeting of the United Jewish Fund of San Diego, Sunday, December 12, 6:00 p.m. at the House of Hospitality, Casa del Rey Moro Restaurant, in Balboa Park.”

So stated the invitation, extended to members of the Jewish Community, to help in San Diego’s opening celebration of the Tercentenary of 300 years of Jewish settlement in America to which the annual meeting will be dedicated.

Joining in the celebration according to Mr. Milton Roberts, chairman of the meeting, will be many civic, religious, political and military leaders of San Diego. Acceptances have already been received from Mayor John Butler; Chairman of the County Board of Supervisors, James Robbins; Bishop Charles Francis Buddy of the Catholic Diocese; Dr. Leland Cook, President of the San Diego Council of Churches; Admiral T.C. Miller, District Chaplain, 11th Naval District; Gen. James McQueen, Commandant of the Marine Recruit Depot; O.W. Todd, Jr.; A.J. Sutherland; Jesse Haugh; Charles Davies; Eward Goodwin and George Scott.

The short business meeting of the United Jewish Fund will include election of twenty members to the Board of Directors to serve a term of two years, 1955-56.  Those recommended by the nominating committee are David Block, Mrs. Ted Brav, Zel Camiel, Mack Esterson, Manuel S. Fisher, Mrs. Dora Friedman, Irving Friedman, Arthur Goodman, Ben Harris, Harry Mallen, Jerome Niederman, Maury Novak, Dr. Walter Ornstein, Sol Price, Seymour Rabin, Mrs. Abe Ratner, Dr. Joshua Rittoff, David Sapp, Harry Sugarman and Harry Wax.

An amendment to the by-laws will be voted upon in order to secure county tax exemption on real estate and personal property according to a law passed last year. During the business meeting awards for outstanding service to the community will be made.

The story of the 300 years of Jewish settlement in America will be presented in a dramatic narration by a quartet consisting of Mrs. A.P. Nasatir, Mrs. Alan Soule, Milton Roberts and Albert A. Hutler. The musical background for the narration will be furnished by Cantor Joseph Cysner and Cantor Julian Miller.


Jewish Community Begins Plans for 300th Year Observance
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 26, 1954, Page 1

Joining other communities throughout the nation in observance of the three-hundredth anniversary of Jewish settlement in  America, San Diego is going ahead with plans for a mammoth Tercentenary Celebration under the leadership of Dr. A.P. Nasatir, noted historian and professor at State College. The first observance announced by the committee will be the Annual Dinner meeting of the United Jewish Fund on Sunday, December 12.

Plans are also included for a community wide affair in the spring; projects with the Council of Churches and the City Schools; and work with all of the Jewish organizations in helping to develop programs within each individual organization.

“Thank You America” Says Local Woman
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 26, 1954, Page 1

San Diego State College was the recipient of a $5,000.00 scholarship from Mrs. Anna Silverman, 73, a Jewish resident of El Cajon.

The scholarship which provides for two men students at San Diego State College regardless of race, creed or nationality, was presented to the student council last wek “to repay in a small way what America has meant to me and my late husband.,”

Known as the David and Anna Silverman scholarship Fund, each scholarship will be worth approximately $125.00 per year. The only prerequisite set up in the fund is “integrity, character, need, and scholarship of the student.”

Three trustees of the fund are Dr. A.P. Nasatir, Dr. Harold Elden and Albert A. Hutler.

To See or not To See
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 26, 1954, Page 2

By Berenice Soule

Channel 10 Gets Van
—Lionel Van Deerlin, ex-city editor of the ex-San Diego Journal and newscaster for Channel 6 for the past two years, has moved over to Channel 10.

His nightly news show at 11 p.m. will follow an NBC network program … a good spot in spite of the lateness of the hour. As before, and to quiet the fears of his fans (he’s had a consistently high rating) he’s been promised complete freedom on subject matter.

His “San Diego Exclusive” at 6:45 p.m. on Fridays should be a fun job.  It’s “an expose type thing.”  He’ll take a topic and “explore it from all angles.”  As subject matter—some have suggested “Call girls and Abortions,” other, “”Smog”—“but I hope it’ll lie somewhere in between.”

When asked if he felt he’d have competition from L.A. channel newscasters, Van came up with one of those lovely tidbits of statistics that’s nice to have handy—Quote: “Competition is really no factor. San Diego has the fattest audience.  85 % or more of the San Diego audience is always tuned to the three local stations.”

Van was vocal on the contrast between newswork for TV and for newspapers. “The essential outstanding difference lies in the fact that thre is no reaction – no rapport between even the byline writer and the reader.  In TV, the relationship is a much more personal thing. It must be because you, as a personality, come into their homes.”  His letters and phone calls have been 10-1 favorable – none of the “Dear Sir, You cur!” variety generally received by newspapers.  (Merchant of Venice revisited)… Now excuse me—off to become a TV newscaster.

As sure reaction-getters, Van lists in order: children (preferably mistreated or under-privileged), Navy dependents, pay, commissaries, medical care. Navy wives are a tremendous source of mail. But never a murmur or response on national or political issues.

But it isn’t all eulogy. The last heavy rain and wet car wires combined made him late for a broadcast and forced the announcers to stall for 12 minutes. In desperation they showed a short subject of a whip expert flicking a cigarette from between the lips of a pretty girl.  It was cut short with Van’s appearance. Once home, he was greeted by son, Jimmie.  “Why did you have to get there so soon. That picture was a lot better than you.”  Oh well.

He’s had his share of awkward moments too. During a Convention of Private Detectives here, he got a good-looking gal private eye for an interview.  During the TV-cast she showed a recording device that can record a two hour conversation.  Impressed Van remarked, “My heavens, it’s small enough to fit in your purse.”  With that, our girl tucked it in “here,” patted it, and replied, “Or here, and it kinda helps if you’re flat chested.”  And there Van sat with his cameras wide open.

Christie Mystery—Ten Little Indians, the Agatha Christie murder mystery that kills them off in wholesale lots, opens at The Globe Monday, Nov. 29.  If you haven’t seen it before we bet you don’t guess the murderer; but even if you do, it’s an entertaining show.

Players Present Comedy –Edith and Murray Schwartz are cast in Good Housekeeping, the University Players first production of the season.  Murray is last remembered as the German speaking Geneva-man in Globe’s

Stalag 17.

The University Players, a college-public dramatic group, is sponsored by the California Western University and will have its showing at Lomaland Hall on the campus Dec. 3 and 4. A former USC and UCLA drama instructor, Bud Coffin, is director of the domestic comedy.

Tercentenary Play—The third of four telecasts devoted to the Tercentenary Celebration will be presented on KFSD, Channel 0 this Sunday, 9:00 a.m. Trapdoor, an original television play, is the story of the secret tunnel under the Touro Synagogue in Newport, R.I.

This is presented as part of the religious series, “Frontiers of Faith,” that can be seen every Sunday at that time and is a public service of NBC.

No Cigar Boxes, These—
The combined value of the instruments played by the Griller String Quartet could make someone a nice little nest egg… although some prefer a bank account. The three violins, a Guarnerius, a Dtradivarius and a Guadagnini, and the viola, an Amati, together are worth $150,000. 

They will be seen and heard by members of the Civic Music Association this Sunday.

Guest Soloist to Open L.A. Philharmonic Concert Dec. 2nd

Southwestern Jewish Press, November 26, 1954, Page 2

A young American pianist, who has been termed “one of the sensational finds of the generation” will be a guest soloist when the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra opens its current local season of 4 concerts Thursday evening , Dec. 2, in Russ Auditorium.

He is 25 year old Gary Graffman, winner of many distinguished awards, soloist with many of the country’s top orchestras and already a recognized master of his art.  His recent debut with the orchestra in Los Angeles brought him ovations from critics and music-lovers.

This year marks the 30th consecutive season for the famed 100 piece orchestra to play a concert series here, under auspices of San Diego Women’s Philharmonic Committee.

Alfred Wallenstein, marking his 12th season as musical director and conductor, will be on the podium for the opening concert.

Program for the Dec. 2 concert will open with Beethoven’s overture to “Fidelio.”  Young Graffman will be heard in Prokofieff’s “Concerto No. 5” and the concluding portion of the program will be Brahm’s “Symphony No. 1 in C Minor.”

Both series and single tickets are available at Palmer Box Office, 640 Broadway.

“Ten Little Indians” Next At Globe
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 26, 1954, Page 2

When Director Craig Noel began to set up publicity shots for “Ten Little Indians,” baffling mystery comedy opening Monday, November 29, at the Old Globe Theatre, he ran into an unusual problem. The play moves so quickly, the unknown murderer strikes so often, that it was difficult to pose scenes in which all of the cast members were seen alive!

Among the bewildered victims trapped on the lonely isle are a gentleman-adventurer (James Howell) and an attractive secretary (Ava Carmichael).  A strong attraction exists between them till each begins to suspect the other of the murders. Among the striking character types sharing this terrifying adventure are a doctor (Charles Turley), a private investigator (Mickey Kohut), a narrow-minded spinster (Bernis Kennedy), a dignified judge (Fred Welch), a sports-car lover (Herb Cherin) and an aging general of the Army (John Murphy). Also in the cast are Jack White, Bert Miller and Velma Jones.

Playing every night but Sunday, this popular thriller will be limited by the Christmas holidays to a run of only eighteen performances.

World-Famous String Quartet to Play At Russ Auditorium

Southwestern Jewish Press, November 26, 1954, Page 2

Now on its ninth American tour, the world-famous Griller String Quartet will appear Sunday, November 28, at 8:30 p.m. at the Russ Auditorium in San Diego. This is the third concert in the winter series presented by San Diego Civic Music Association.

This concert will be open to members of Civic Music Association only.


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Adventures in San Diego Jewish History, November 12, 1954, Part 4

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Three Synagogues Observe Tercentenary Sabbath
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 12, 1954, Page 9

In accordance with the call issued to all Synagogues by the Synagogue Council of America, the official voice of all Orthodox, Conservative and Reform Congregations, Rabbi Morton J. Cohn has invited the Rabbis and members of Congregations Beth Jacob and Tifereth Israel to join his congregation in Sabbath worship on Friday evening, November 26th, 8:15 p.m., in the Temple.

Rabbis Monroe Levens and Baruch Stern have accepted the invitation in behalf of their congregations, and thus San Diego Jewry will unite with their brethren throughout the nation in religious observance of the 300th Anniversary of the first American Jewish community.

A special worship service prepared by the Synagogue Council of America to be used nationally on this date, will be conducted at the Temple.  The musical portions of the service will be under combined supervision of Cantors Julian K. Miller and Joseph Cysner.

Rabbi Levens and Rabbi Cohn will deliver short messages on the Tercentenary theme, and the joint congregation will be welcomed by officers of the congregation. A social hour of Oneg Shabbat will follow the worship service.

The presidents of the three congregations are Morris Kraus, Beth Jacob; Edward Breitbard, Tifereth Israel, and Mack Esterson, Beth Israel. The entire Jewish community is invited to attend this unique and significant service of Thanksgiving for the blessings which this beloved land has given to the Jewish community of America.


Adult Study Institute At Beth Israel

Southwestern Jewish Press, November 12, 1954, Page 9

Member and friends of Temple Beth Israel are invited to participate in the special Tercentenary courses being conducted every Wednesday evening at 7:39 in the Temple House, Third and Maple.

The Adult Institute of Jewish Studies is open to all who wish to attend.  Rabbi Morton J. Cohn teaches the two courses, one entitled “Adventure in Freedom – the Jew in America,” and the other on the subject, “The Greatest Story Ever Told—Your Bible.”  The Temple urges you to take aedvantage of this service to the entire Jewish community.

Beth Jacob News
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 12, 1954, Page 9

A gala Thanksgiving luncheon will be given by the Beth Jacob Sisterhood at the Beth Jacob Center on Tuesday, Nov. 23. There will be entertainment and gifts for members and guests following a short business meeting.

For reservations, call AT-4-8107 or AT-4-3363.

Beth Jacob Youth League –“This is Show Business,” a show sparking with talent, will be presented by the Beth Jacob Youth League Saturday, Nov. 20, at 8:00 p.m, at the Beth Jacob Center.  It’ll be a show you won’t want to miss. Dancing, and refreshments will follow.  Everyone, adults as well as teenagers, are cordially invited to attend. There will be a donation of fifty cents. For further information call CY-6-2905.

Temple Sisterhood To Hear Mr. Samsom
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 12, 1954, Page 9

Temple Beth Israel Sisterhood is having for its November meeting Reverend Peter H. Samsom of the First Unitarian Church who will review the book, “A Fable,” by William Faulkner.  The meeting will be held on November 24 at 11:45 at the Temple Center.  Mrs. Sidney Goldstein is luncheon chairman, and her co-chairmen are Mmes. William Richartz and Jules Levin. Luncheon reservations are being taken by Mrs. Richartz, BE 9-5447 and Mrs. Rose Hillman, CY-5-4309.

Members meet every Monday morning to work together making the beautiful “Originals” which will be a feature of the February Country Fair. Sisterhood asks women to attend the Monday morning “Kaffee Katsches” as assistance is needed even from women who do not knit or sew. They are asked to bring a sandwich, coffee will be served.

Synagogues To Join With Churches In Joint Thanksgiving Service Nov. 25th
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 12, 1954, Page 9

The Annual Joint Thanksgiving Service of Beth Israel Temple, Beth Jacob Synagogue and Tifereth Israel Synagogue, will take place Thanksgiving morning, November 25, at 11;00 a.m. at Tifereth Israel Synagogue.

In the true American spirit of brotherhood, recognizing Thanksgiving as a basic American holiday, with vital religious import, the Synagogues this year have invited several churches to join with them in worship. Ministers of the churches will participate in the conduct of the service. 

Sepaker for the occasion will be Chaplain E. H. Rickel of the Naval Training Center.  Chaplain Rickel, who holds the rank of Lt. Commander in the Navy, has distinguished himself in the Chaplaincy, receiving numerous awards, citations and commendations from high ranking military and government officials.  He was formerly Rabbi of Temple Beth El, Buffalo, New York.

A social hour and refreshments will follow through the courtesy of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Goldberg, Mr. and Mrs. Maury Novak and Mrs. Leo Brett.

Noted Veteran Passes
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 12, 1954, Page 9

We regret the report the passing of Harry Isadore Mankus, brother of Mrs. Frances C. Berenson, who died in Veterans Hospital in Long Beach Nov. 1.

A long time Naval veteran, Mr. Mankus was a member of the crew of destroyers which escorted President Wilson and Franklin D. Roosevelt to the Paris Peace Conference after World War I.

He was buried with highest military honors at the Navy Cemetery at Sawtelle.

City of Hope Auxiliary
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 12, 1954, Page 9

Nomination and Election of Officers will take place at our next meeting Tuesday, Nov. 1th. Bob Adler, Regional Director of Auxiliaries, met with member of the two auxiliaries this week and spoke for City of Hope at the Allocations Meeting of U.J.F.

President Ethel Berwin will lead a discussion group at the Lake Arrowhead Conference this month.

Noted Labor Leader To Speak Here Nov. 21

Southwestern Jewish Press, November 12, 1954, Page 10

The San Diego branch of the Jewish Labor Committee is sponsoring a dinner and concert honoring Benjamin Tabachinsky, National Campaign Director of the Jewish Labor Committee, Sunday evening, November 21 at Beth Jacob Synaogue.

Feigele Panitz, soprano, the beloved nationally known artists, will delight the audience with her exquisite interpretation of Yiddish and Hebrew songs, accompanied by the talented Miss Eugena Bruman at the pinao.

San Diego is looking forward with eager anticipation to this affair.

A home-cooked chicken dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. for $2.00. For reservations call: B. Feinberg – BE 2-3524; Mrs. Ira Gordon – BE 3-3648; or Herman Sonabend—AT 1-7380.

A large delegation will leave San Diego Saturday, November 13 to attend the Annual Conference of the Jewish Labor Committee, which will be held in Los Angeles. The conference will end ith a banquet dinner Sunday evening, November 14.

Jewish Center To Hold Bingo Party
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 12, 1954, Page 10

The Women’s League of the San Diego Jewish Community Center, a recently formed auxiliary to the J.C.C. is planning a bingo party Thursday, November 18th, 1:30 p.m. at the Community Center, 3227 El Cajon Blvd.

There will be cash prizes and gifts for the lucky winners, also a lovely8 door prize. Home-made refreshments will be served. A cordial welcome is extended to all J.C. C. members and their friends. Ida Beck, chairman, and her committee are planning an enjoyable afternoon for your pleasure.

The purpose of this affair is two-fold – to acquaint the community at large of the Women’s Legue of the J.C.C. and, secondly, to raise some money to get bare necessities for the so-called “kitchen” in the center (ladies, do you know there isn’t even a dish towel on the premises at present?)

This affair will benefit your child.  So, come and bring a friend. There will be an admission charge of 50 cents.

U.J.F. Annual Meet Set For Dec. 12th
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 12, 1954, Page 10

Milton Roberts, vice president of the United Jewish fund of San Diego, has accepted appointment as chairman of the 21st Annual Meeting according to an announcement by Louis Moorsteen, president.

To be held on Sunday, December 12, 6:30 p.m. at the San Diego Hotel, the dinner meeting will be dedicated, not only to the work of the Jewish community of San Diego but to the tercentenary of Jewish settlement in America which is now being celebrated throughout the country.

Retarded Children Get New Building
Southwestern Jewish Press, November 12, 1954, Page 10

San Diego Association for Retarded Children took a 5-year long step forward this week when it signed a lease for Valley View School, located on the former site of Anthony Home, with San Diego Board of Supervisors.  Here, after extensive remodeling, the association will establish a Day Center and Training Center for retarded pre=school children and young adults.

A preview of the Valley View plant and its proposed program will be given the public Sunday, Nov. 21sdt from 1 to 4:30 o’clock.

“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.  


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