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Dwight Howard, other NBA stars, to play exhibition ball in Israel

August 19, 2010 Leave a comment

HAIFA (Press Release) – The Maccabi Haifa professional basketball team of the Israeli Basketball Super League, announced on Thursday that the team will host a special preseason basketball clinic and scrimmage on Saturday, September 4 at the Nesher Sports Hall in Nesher, Israel, headlined by current NBA All-Star Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic.
Maccabi Haifa will host the NBA’s “Superman” Dwight Howard, who will conduct a basketball workshop and training session for teenagers in attendance, followed by a dunk presentation by Howard.   Later in the evening, Maccabi Haifa will scrimmage against a former NBA All-Star team led by Jerome Williams (9 seasons in the NBA, 587 games, played for the New York Knicks, Detroit Pistons, Toronto Raptors, and Chicago Bulls), Anthony Bonner (Sacramento Kings, New York Knicks and Orlando Magic), Paul Grant (Minnesota Timberwolves, Utah Jazz, and Milwaukee Bucks), David Wood (1998 U.S.A World Championship National Team), Laron Profit (Washington Wizards, Los Angeles Lakers) and more. The All-Star team will be coached by Dwight Howard’s father, Dwight Howard Sr.
SportsPower International, a non-profit organization that uses current and former NBA players as inspiring role models to make a positive impact on today’s youth across the world, is bringing the group of current and former professional basketball players from the United States to Israel from August 28–Sept 5, 2010 to demonstrate their solidarity with the people and State of Israel.  Through basketball exhibition games and youth clinics they will let Israelis know that they have dedicated friends in America.  While in Israel the players will also learn more about the country and its search for peace.
“With the arrival of superstars the likes of Dwight Howard to host a clinic for teens for such a worthy cause and for our Maccabi Haifa team to scrimmage against former-NBA stars, we are more than happy to rearrange our preseason schedule,” said Maccabi Haifa’s Vice Chairman Arnon Shiran.  “We are excited for our fans to have the opportunity to witness, participate, and interact with our Maccabi Haifa players as well as current and former NBA stars, for such a festive and unique event.”
Maccabi Haifa’s training camp officially begins on Wednesday, August 25 at 7:00 pm local time. Haifa’s roster features former Virginia University guard Sylven Landesberg,  former Cal State Fullerton guard Frank Robinson, former Arizona State guard Derek Glasser, former Washington State guard Derrick Low, former Auburn and Indiana player Marco Killingsworth, Serbian-born Sasha Bratic, and strong Israeli players including Yoni Nir, Avi Ben-Chimol, and Robert Rothbart.
Maccabi Haifa will travel to the United States to play the NBA’s New Jersey Nets in the first preseason game at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ on October 3, 2010.  Maccabi Haifa’s 30-minute magazine TV show, “Inside Israeli Basketball,” ( is aired monthly from November to June on the YES Network (Yankees Entertainment and Sports Network), SUN Sports (home to the Miami Heat), as well as eight other regional sports networks across the United States.  The show captures the intricacies of Israel and the Super League seen through the eyes of Maccabi Haifa’s American players and their Israeli counterparts.

Preceding provided by Maccabi Haifa

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

August 14, 2010 Leave a comment

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.  

Documentary follows Greenberg, Koufax, other Jewish baseball icons

July 29, 2010 3 comments

Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story, directed by Peter Miller, narrated by Dustin Hoffman, produced by Clear Lake Historical Productions.

By Donald H. Harrison

Donald H. Harrison

SAN DIEGO – A new documentary, sure to hit the circuit of Jewish film festivals is Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story. Although actor Dustin Hoffman is the off-camera narrator, the real star power comes from Jewish major leaguers, alive and dead, whose skillfully edited interviews provide first-person perspective on a story that began in the late 1800s and continues to this day.

The longest segments of the 91-minute documentary cover the careers of Hank Greenberg and Sandy Koufax, but plenty of other Jewish players appear in this work of love including Buddy Myer, Harry Danning, Norm Sherry, Ron Blomberg, Shawn Green, and Kevin Youkilis.

The essential thesis behind the documentary is that Jews love America, nothing is more American than baseball, and that success in baseball represents success in America.

There are some great tidbits along the way, and one not so bad pun.  Did you know that the Bible contains the first account of baseball?  Yup, it’s right there in Genesis, which starts “In the Big Inning.”

The first known Jewish baseball player was Lipman Pike, who played for various teams in the 30 years following the U.S. Civil War.  The first Jew to appear on a baseball card was pitcher Barney Pelty of the St. Louis Browns, who pitched during the first two decades of the 1900s.  The New York Giants recruited Jewish players in the 1920s, to win Jewish fans.  Moses Solomon, a big home run hitter, was dubbed “the rabbi of swat,” which was a rhetorical challenge to Babe Ruth of the cross-town Yankees, who was known as the “sultan of swat.”  Another giant Giant was Andy Cohen, who was so popular at the Polo Grounds they sold “Ice Cream Cohens.”

Here’s some impressive trivia:  The second-most sung song in the world behind “Happy Birthday”  is “Take Me Out To the Ballgame,” which was composed by the Jewish musician Albert Von Tilzer.

These kind of factoids were warm ups for the story about Hank Greenberg, which his son, Steve, assisted in telling.  Described as the first Jewish baseball superstar,  Greenberg was a 6’4 first baseman who spent most of his major league career with the Detroit Tigers.  In 1934, he set a precedent for Sandy Koufax, when he decided not to play on Yom Kippur. Rosh Hashanah, ten days earlier, was another matter.  A rabbi found some biblical precedent to permit him to play, and Greenberg hit two homeruns that day to beat the Boston Red Sox.

Abstaining on Yom Kippur prompted some doggerel about Greenberg:

We shall miss him in the infield
We’ll miss him at bat.
But he’s true to his religion
And we honor him for that.

Not everyone honored Greenberg or other Jewish players, however.  Catcalls like “Heeb!” “Kike!” “Throw him a pork chop!” plagued Greenberg, who occasionally did not turn the other cheek.  In 1938, the year historians say was the beginning of the Holocaust with the Kristallnacht in Germany, Greenberg was chasing Babe Ruth’s single season record of 60 home runs.  The documentary debunks the rumor that opposing teams were so anti-Semitic they refused to pitch to him.  Pitch to them pitchers did, including Bob Feller, who was interviewed on camera about one of the last games of the season in which he faced—and tamed—Greenberg.

With anti-Semitism rampant in Nazi Germany and with some Bundists hoping to import similar hatred to the United States, Greenberg considered every good game he played – every home run – a way to show the world how wrong Nazi racial myths about Jews being inferior really were.

At the height of his career, Greenberg went into the Army to fight in World War II.  “I’m in the Army now, and now I’m playing on Uncle Sam’s team,” he said in one news clip.

Greenberg played his last season when Jackie Robinson, the first African-American major leaguer, played his first.  The documentary described a collision at first base when Robinson was running for a single.  “Fans,” who were yelling cat calls at Robinson from the stands, wondered whether there would be a fight between the two men. Instead, Greenberg helped Robinson up, and told him not to worry about  the invective some people screamed.  They used to yell similar things at him, Greenberg told Robinson.

Greenberg mentored Al Rosen, and later disappointed him when he decided to trade Rosen from the Cleveland Indians,  which Greenberg served as a general manager in his career off-the-field.  Rather than be traded, Rosen decided to quit baseball, a sad chapter.

The story of Sandy Koufax’s career was the next large segment of the documentary.  After his retirement, Koufax shrank from the limelight, so this interview is one of the longest—and most comprehensive—about the superstar Dodger pitcher, who threw a perfect game against the Chicago Cubs one season, and decided not to pitch on Yom Kippur in the 1965 World Series against the Minnesota Twins.

Don Drysdale pitched that World Series game instead, and got drubbed in the first two innings, giving up seven home runs. When manager Walter Alston came to the mound to take Drysdale out, the pitcher quipped that he’d “bet you wish I was Jewish too.”

In the 1950s and 1960s, baseball had a $100,000 salary cap—but Drysdale and Koufax decided to hold out together for a better salary,  shutting out baseball owners who tried to resist their twin juggernaut.  Eventually, their actions helped to empower the baseball players organization – led by Marvin Miller, another Jew.

There were quite a few Jewish owners in baseball, among them Charles Bronfman of Montreal, and Bud Selig of Baltimore, who eventually would go on to become Commissioner of Baseball.

Other Jewish baseballers included in the documentary were Art Shamsky of the 1969 Miracle Mets, Kenny Holtzman of the Chicago Cubs and Oakland Athletics, and Ron Blomberg, a first-round draft pick of the New York Yankees, who later in his career would become Major League Baseball’s first designated hitter.

One player who many folks believed had converted to Judaism was Rod Carew of the Minnesota Twins and California Angels.   In fact, he had not, although Carew’s wife was Jewish and his two children were raised Jewish.  Another African American who did convert to Judaism was Elliott Maddox, an infielder and outfielder who played on six major league teams, and quipped about his conversion: “I always considered myself a good two-strike hitter.”

In the 1990s, Shawn Green of the Los Angeles Dodgers was considered the standout Jewish baseball player, and in the 2000s, Kevin Youkilis of the Boston Red Sox has been a dominant player.

Not all the stories in the documentary were happy ones.  Adam Greenberg was called up from the minors, and as a Chicago Cub pinch hitter, he was beaned on the very first pitch.  The concussion he suffered knocked him out of baseball, although he has not given up on the idea of making a comeback.

Harrison is editor of San Diego Jewish World

Maccabi Haifa signs former Cal Fullerton guard Frank Robinson

July 24, 2010 Leave a comment

HAIFA (Press Release)– The Maccabi Haifa professional basketball team of the Israeli Basketball Super League, announced on Friday, July 23,  they have signed guard Frank Robinson, who played at Cal State Fullerton from 2004-08, to a one-year contract.
Robinson, 26, played three years at Cal State Fullerton, averaging 15.8 points, 6.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.2 steals in 32 games during his senior season. 
The 6-foot-4-inch guard, signed with Olympia Ljubljana (Slovenia) during the 2008-09 season.  He played in 8 Euroleague games, averaging 6.8 points and 3.3 rebounds in 20 minutes.   From Ljubljana, Robinson signed with Ludwigsburg (Germany), where he tallied 11 points and 5 rebounds in 11 games.
During the 2009-10 season, Robinson played three preseason games with the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks before signing with the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA D-League, where he scored 12.4 points and grabbed 4.1 rebounds in 38 games played.   Robinson played for the LA Lakers’ Summer League team this July in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.
“I’m pleased to have Frank Robinson join Maccabi Haifa, because he will bring a lot of athleticism to the team,” said Maccabi Haifa owner and American businessman Jeffrey Rosen from his U.S. base in Aventura, Florida. 
“Frank is an excellent defender and a very good penetrator, which adds another dimension to the team,” said coach Elad Hasin.
Robinson joins a Maccabi Haifa roster that features Sasha Bratic, Yoni Nir, Avi Ben-Chimol, former Arizona State guard Derek Glasser, former Washington State guard Derrick Low, and Robert Rothbart. 
Maccabi Haifa will travel to the United States to play the NBA’s New Jersey Nets in the first preseason game at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ on October 3, 2010.  Maccabi Haifa’s 30-minute magazine TV show, “Inside Israeli Basketball,” is aired monthly from November to June on the YES Network (Yankees Entertainment and Sports Network), SUN Sports (home to the Miami Heat), Comcast Versus (home to the NHL), and Jewish Life Television (available in over 25 million homes in the US).  The show captures the intricacies of Israel and the Super League seen through the eyes of Maccabi Haifa’s American players and their Israeli counterparts.  

Preceding provided by Maccabi Haifa

Adventures in San Diego Jewish History, August 20, 1954, part 2

July 6, 2010 Leave a comment

Compiled by San Diego Jewish World staff

Southwestern Jewish Press, August 20, 1954, page 3

Guest Time – Summer time becomes smug-time for San Diegans.  For no matter what part of the country our guests come, we need never apologize for that “unusual weather.”

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Cohen, had as their guest her sister, Miss Glenna Lipit of New York.  Miss Lipit visited Catalina and relatives in Bevberly Hills and was impressed with all we have to offer, she’s sure to be back soon.

Visiting the Al Hutlers for two weeks are Al’s sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Max Becker and daughter, Frances, of Chicago.

Mr. and Mrs. Lester Alweis and children, Donald and Lane, of Lewistown, Mont., have been guests of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Alweis.

Mr and Mrs. Richard Moorsteen and Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Slater and daughter, Amy, will arrive next week to be houseguests of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Moorsteen.

Betty, Len, Dick and Pat are ow on a hiking trip through Yosemite Park.

Mrs. H. Berner has young Mike Williams (Michael Schwartz) to thank for prolonging her father’s stay here.  Mr. Cecil Coleman of Venice, Calif., planned to spend just a weekend with his daughter but was so impressed with young Mike’s talents he stayed a full week in order to catch Mike’s TV appearance last Saturday.

Champions in the Making – Judy Karp, daughter of MR. and Mrs. Lou Karp, at 8 years of age, has the makings of a golf champion.  Last year she won her first championship at the Presidio Golf Course Tournament held for girls. This year, playing an exhibition match she made a hole-in-one on a 110-yard drive with a number 7 iron.  She is rated by golf professionals as the best girl prospect for the year.  Judy will defend her championship at Presidio Hills at the tournament to be held about Sept. 10.  Don’t say we didn’t warn you that you will be hearing more from this miniature “Babe.”

Another outstanding athlete to be watched is Martin Schiller of Pacific Beach.  He will compete next week in the 5th Annual Jr. Tennis Tournament in Balboa Park, August 23-26.

Aloha – The picture of the hula dancers on the post card received from Ike Jacobson make it easy to see why Ike finds Hawaii “a wonderful place to enjoy yourself.”

New Home – Congratulations to Sol and Eve Chenkin who have moved into their lovely new home at 5924 Adams Avenue.

Horrors! Florida! – Alan Mishne, president of Zeta Beta Tau State College Chapter will fly to Miami, Florida to attend the 56th Annual ZBT Convention on August 25.  He will be met in Miami by Harvey Goodfriend who, at the present time, is vacationing in New York. Following the convention, Alan will fly to Cleveland to visit with the Mishne family.

Welcome Party—
The Leah Weinberg Memorial Minyan held their meeting Saturday night in the form of a party with all the husbands attending. This was to honor the return of MRs. Louis Stitzel’s sister, Mrs. Shirley Rebuf, to San Diego and the Minyon.

Dinner and cocktails were served in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Stitzel.

Dr. and Mrs. Charles A. Fleischner will leave San Diego on September 4 for an extended four-month vacation through Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean Islands. They will visit with relatives in Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro and Caracas, and on their return trip will spend Thanksgiving with Mrs. Fleischner’s sister in New York and Florida, and also visit with her mother and other members of their family in Chicago.  They will return to their home via New Orleans late in December. The entire trip will be made via Pan American.

Thanks – Lee and Morris Douglas wish to thank all their friends for their many kindnesses during Lee’s recent illness.


Sisterhood Ship to Sail for Membership

Southwestern Jewish Press, August 20, 1954, page 3

You are invited to join the Tifereth Israel Sisterhood aboard the S.S. Memberhip, which will be launched from the Tifereth Israel Patio on Tuesday, August 31, at 8 p.m.

The Membership Ship and dock will be festively decorated by Mrs. Lawrence Cantor and Mrs. Harry Mallen, co-chairmen, while Mrs. Sam Sklar and Mrs. Henry Price will have charge of the galley.

The Membership Skipper, Mrs. Ben Gordon, urges all women who have not received their cruise tickets to call her at CY-5-7143.

The Membership Program Captain, Mrs. Daniel Orlansky, and her crew of sailors, Mmes. Ida Wax, Tillie Gordon, Evelyn Baranov, Betty Feller, Edna Gardner, Dorothy Belkin, Rose Felstein, Raye Lenett, Natalie Smith, Lillian Zemen, Roan Oglesby, Jean Finkleman and Betty Blane promise an entertaining and exceptionally smooth voyage.

Southwestern Jewish Press, August 20, 1954, page 3

Admiration is a polite recognition of another’s resemblance to ourselves


Southwestern Jewish Press, August 20, 1954, page 3

Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Levenson announce the birth of their second daughter, Arlene Lori, born July 28. Big sister, 2 ½  year old Nancy, is delighted with her new playmate.

Grandparents are Mrs. Rhoda Dombroff and Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Levenson.

Deborah Ann Kuntz, born to Dr. and Mrs. Seymour Kuntz, on August 8, will have 4 ½ year old twin sisters, Barbara Susan and Carolyn Louise waiting on her every need.

Grandparents are Hyman Kuntz of Chicago and Anna Kanefsky.
Mr. and Mrs. Louis Packer (Edith Schertzer) announce the birth of their first child, a son, Charles Harvey, on August 13.  Grandparent are Mr. and Mrs. Julius Packer of New York City and Mr. and Mrs. Louis Schertzer.

Present for the Bris to be held August 22  at the Schertzer residence will be young Charles’ great-aunt, Mrs. Rose Schneider, and daughter, Shirley, of New York.

Every day Eleanor has something new and wondrous to report to Irv about “Sandy,” the new master of the Kahn homestead.  Daughter, Barbara, who is away at camp, still awaits the thrill of greeting the new arrival.

Samuel James (Sandy) was born July 21.  Maternal grandmother is Mrs. Samuel Barlin of Santa Monica.  Paternal grandparents are Mrs. Fanny Kahn and Mr. A.J. Kahn.

Southwestern Jewish Press, August 20, 1954, page 3

Large Bedroom with adjoining bath for employed lady in widow’s home.  ½ block to 3 buses. Very reasonable. Phone CY-5-4309.

Southwestern Jewish Press, August 20, 1954, page 3

21st—City of Hope Jr. Aux Barbecue – 6845 Rolando Knolls Dr., La Mesa – 7:30 p.m.

21st—Y.J.C. Club Pot Luck Supper –Tifereth Israel Center – 8:00 p.m.

22nd – Beth Jacob P.T.A. Basket Picnic – 6th and Laurel—10:30 a.m.

23rd—Lasker Lodge Talent Show – Temple Center –9:00 p.m.

26th—Temple Beth Israel Semi-Annual Meeting.

29th—Hebrew Home for the Aged annual Meeting and Installation – 2:00 p.m.

31st – Tifereth Israel Sisterhood Membership Party – T.I. Patio – 8:00 p.m .

11th –Cottage of Israel 4th Annual Open Meeting –Tifereth Israel Center – 8:00 p.m.

19th—Poale Zion 2nd Annual Dinner –House of Hospitality.

Beth Jacob News
Southwestern Jewish Press, August 20, 1954, page 3

The Beth Jacob P.T.A. will hold a Family Basket Picnic on Sunday, August 22, at Balbo Park, Sixth and Laurel Sts.  Games will begin promptly at 10:30 a.m. Bring your own lunch.  Ice cream and cold drionks will be furnished for the children and available for adults.

There will be fun and surprises for all. Be sure to bring your family for a wonderful relaxing day.

Hebrew School classes at Beth Jacob resumed on Tuesday, August 17 and will meet on Tuesday and Thursday. Bar Mitzvah classes will meet Monday and Wednesday.

If you have a child of 6 years. And upward register him in Hebrew School. There is no tuition for members of the Congregation. All children are welcome.

For information call the Congregation office, AT-2-2676.


Jewish Community Center

Southwestern Jewish Press, August 20, 1954, page 4

Junior Hi — Junior High group found it necessary to postpone plans for a beach party in order to prevent conflict with the Day Camp program.  Party is now scheduled to be held Monday evening, August 30.  All those participating are to meet at the Jewish center at 4:30 … The Day Camp bus will take them to Santa Clara Point. Program includes swimming, wienie roast and cam p fire games with singing, etc.

The following members are responsible for planning the program: Eddie Varon, Mel Brav, Randy Selton, Linda Hess and Roberta Schwartz.  All Junior High youngsters interested in participating are urged to call the Center for detailed information.  A 75c charge will cover the cost of the cook-out and transportation.  The group will return to the Center at 9 p.m. where they’re to be met by their parents.

Parents are urgently needed as chaperons for the above event and are requested to phone the Center to assist in the program.

Volunteer Recruitment Program
—The Center is now busy developing plans for the organization of clubs and special interest groups for the club year beginning Sept. 15. The success of such a program will depend largely upon the support given by the community. We need volunteers to serve as Club Leaders for Junior High and High School age youngsters, play leaders for younger children, and people with special skills such as dancing, musical accompaniment, dramatics, crafts, etc.  People with special hobbies are urged to discuss their interests with a member of the Center staff since such hobbies as stamp collecting, photography, etc., could be developed into excellent Center programs.

Members of the Jewish community are invited to call the Center and let us know whether their youngsters are interested in affiliating with a club. Specific information regarding age and interest will enable the Center to provide a program that will truly meet the needs of the community.

Camp Jaycee—Two hundred forty campers shared in the exciting Camp Jaycee activities which concluded its eighth season on Friday, August 20.  The youngsters learned how to work, live and play together while participating in swimming, horseback riding, hiking, overnight camp-outs, cook,-outs and trips to various San Diego County sites including the military installations of the naval air station, submarine base and coast guard station.  Plans are already under way for the two weeks’ winter school vacation camp period from December 20-31.

‘Call Me Moishe’—A near capacity crowed enjoyed the talents of the Jewish Community Center teen-agers who presented their original musical comedy, “Call me Moishe,” on Saturday, August 14 att Beth Jacob Center.  With the script and music written by Irwin Schatzman, Elaine Shapery and the teens and an orchestra of Ruth Moskowitz, Geo. Wise, Gary Cantor, Gary Fine, Roger Brenes and Sandy Ratner accompanying, the case headed by Leani Leichtag, Irwin Schatzman, Linda Douglas, Gary Cork, Shirley Kaufman, Linda Zuckerman, Sonia Weitzman, Debbie Strauss, Suzy Hutler, Bob Johanis, Steve Rose, Jerry Mendell, Norman Kellner, Phil Brenes, Judy Aved, Diane Fogelman, Adriene Cantor, Janet and Susan Solof, romped through an evening of enjoyable entertainment.

Our hat’s off to Miss Ettie Mallinger and Don Merken, who not only directed the presentation but presented stellar performances in a last minute emergency absence of cast members.


City of Hope News
Southwestern Jewish Press, August 20, 1954, page 4

To beat the heat and most important, to raise money for the new Leukemia Wing of the City of Hope Hospital in Duarte, the City of Hope Junior Auxiliary have planned a Twilight Patio Supper Barbecue Party at the home of Rosalie and Harold Reisman, 6845 Rolando Knolls, La Mesa, on Saturday, August 21, at 7:30 p.m.

For a $1.00 donation they promise dancing, games, prizes, lots of fun and food galore.  Everyone is invited to come and bring their friends. For reservations call Selma Lindenfeld, JU-2-6329.

Cottage of Israel
Southwestern Jewish Press, August 20, 1954, page 4

An exceptionally attractive program has already been set up for our Fourth Annual Open Meeting which will take place at the North Auditorium of Tifereth Israel Center on Saturday, Septeber 11, at 8 p.m. The Nominating Committee has set up the following slate of new officers: President, Seymour Gates; Vice President, Dr. Hy Parrell; Treasurer, Phil Abrams; Recording Secretary, Martha Feiler, and Financial secretary, Bess Borushek, with names of delegates left open.

Election will take place at this meeting.

A special treat for this evening will be an address on the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Theodore Herzl’s death by Mr. John H. Ellsworth, President of the San Diego Museum of Man.

Breitbard Group Invites Grid Stars
Southwestern Jewish Press, August 20, 1954, page 4

SAN DIEGO_-Player invitations have been sent 29 outstanding Southern California high school grid stars to participate in the Breitbard Athletic Foundation’s Sixth Annual Southern California College Prep All-Star Charity Football game here Sept. 1.

All of tho0se invited are graduated high school seniors. Each was invited on the basis of outstanding prep play during the 1953 football campaign.  Only the top available talent is invited each year for the game, which annually pits the All-Southern Cal grads against a similar-picked team of All-Los Angeles City gridders.

City of Hope Auxiliary

Southwestern Jewish Press, August 20, 1954, page 4

All members who offered their services to the United Success Drive are to report to 1266 7th St. between the hours of 8:30 and 5.  You can phone Academy 3-7191 to find out when they need you the most!  Did you know that San Diegans who were patients at the City of Hope in the last five years received 4115 hospital days at a cost of $82,300.00?

Del Mar “Track Offers $10,000 Handicap Race
Southwestern Jewish Press, August 20, 1954, page 4

DEL MAR, Aug. 20 – Older route horses, priming for the $25,000 added Del Mar Handicap later in the season, get their first big test here Saturday in the $10,000 added San Diego Handicap over a mile and one-sixteenth.

Twelve horses, representing 10 different interests, are slated to clash in the San Diego, a race which annually separates the wheat from the chaff among the top handicap horses sstabled here.

(Hebrew Home)
Southwestern Jewish Press, August 20, 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.

Double Talk
Southwestern Jewish Press, August 20, 1954, page 4

By Janet & Susan Solof

Better get in that extra bit of fun
You better take in the beach and the sun
For school is coming on its way
September 12 is the awaiting day.

“They were having a ball” was what the kids reported about Ruth Moskowitz’s party. Throwing the ball of fun were Jackie Sharpe, Diane Fogelman, Linda Zuckerman, Stan Breitbard, Jan Klaskin, Judy Aved, Ronnie Doctor, Nancy Goodman, Ruth Freidman, Gary and Eddie Naiman, Susan Solof, Roberta Wyloge, Eve Zwanziger, Alan Friedman, Betty Krasnow, Evelyn Witz, Lewis Lucowitz, Carole Toole.

“A line a day?” was what Henry Bray, Alice Lee, Linda Douglas, Martin Winer, Jean Goldstein, Roberta Wyloge, Al Abrams, Elaine Burdman and Ethel Gardiner said to Danny Schaeffer (sic, Schaffer) when they said their good-byes to Danny, at a party given by Judy Yukon. Danny is going to Harvard and we wish him the very best.

Georgette Lesser helped make her cousin, Ken Kadet’s visit memorable. Dancing and eating in her patio with her friends made it quite complete.

It was a surprise when Sandy Byrock walked into a terrific party given by Linda Zuckerman and Susie Hutler and all Sandy’s friends. IT was the official good bye as Sandy is leaving San Diego to live in Santa Monica.

(Speed Ahead)
Southwestern Jewish Press, August 20, 1954, page 4

The man who puts on too much speed ahead may meet reverses.

Southwestern Jewish Press, August 20, 1954, page 4

The unveiling of a monument for Joseph Dembo will take place at the Home of Peace Cemetery on Sunday, August 29, at 2;00 p.m. Friends are cordially invited to attend.

Ensenada Fair to Begin in August
Southwestern Jewish Press, August 20, 1954, page 4

Preparations for Ensenada’s greatest fair, “Feria de Todos Santos,” are in full swing and will be completed much before the August 28th opening date.

A month long event, the fair will feature colorful Mexican entertainment including native dances, rodeos, cock fights, bull fighting demonstrations, grease pole contests and varied fun facilities with each day being highlighted by honoring one of Baja California’s prime attributes.

The fairgrounds, covering several acres of land immediately opposite Ensenada’s luxurious Bahia Hotel, will be a blaze of lights as the colorful concession and carnival gayety create a Mexican version of a “Great White Way.”  All games of chance permitted by the Mexican law will be presented with much wagering expected on all sides.

(Driver’s License)

Southwestern Jewish Press, August 20, 1954, page 4

A driver’s license is a license for life or death – depending on how you use it.

Southwestern Jewish Press, August 20, 1954, page 4

At this time politics are on vacation – but even so considerable bait is being dug.

(Pay Scale)
Southwestern Jewish Press, August 20, 1954, page 4

Nowadays if a man makes half enough to live on he has to be paid twice as much as he is worth.


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Now a Jewish Major Leaguer baseball site

June 26, 2010 1 comment

By Bruce F. Lowitt

Bruce Lowitt

ST. PETERSBURG, Florida — Think Jewish baseball players.

OK, now that you’ve come up with Sandy Koufax and Hank Greenberg, think about, say, a dozen Jewish major leaguers playing right now.

There’s Kevin Youkilis of the Red Sox and Gabe Kapler of the Rays, and … um … Ryan Braun of the Brewers and … and … is John Grabow of the Cubs Jewish? (Yes.)

And Shawn Green of the Mets? Sorry. He hasn’t played since 2007.) Oh, and David Eckstein of the Padres. (Sounds like he might be Jewish, but he’s not.)

And how’s Braun doing this year? (Very well, thank you, as is Youkilis.) And why is it necessary to scour the box scores in the newspaper or online sites to find out how Grabow is doing this year?

It isn’t.

Former St. Petersburg Times reporter Scott Barancik created the Jewish Baseball News, online at in May for just that purpose.

The Rays’ Gabe Kapler is one of the players followed on the new website: It isn’t his first online venture.

He is also the founder, in 2008, of, a news service that researches court cases – about 2,000 so far — for his clients. That venture was an outgrowth of the former American Banker writer and then eight-year Times business reporter being caught up in the first wave of layoffs as the economy slumped.

Looking back on it, he acknowledges, “I think daily journalism was not for me. I always had trouble making deadlines. I was much more into wordsmithing than the job and time allowed.”

He came up with the idea for while researching his family history.

“At some point, probably in my 20s (he turned 46 on May 21), well after I’d become interested in baseball in general, Barancik said, “I started looking into genealogy, trying to find ancestors, immigrants who’d changed their names when they got here or were in some other way concealed by the records of history.”

After a while, he said, “I thought, ‘I’m spending all this time on dead people. … There are all these living (relatives) I don’t know about. Maybe I should concentrate on looking at the family tree going forward.”

He realized he had the same attitude about Jewish ballplayers, about having a sense of pride in the performance of Jewish athletes.

But do an Internet search for Jewish major leaguers and you’ll find that most of the sites take a historical approach, looking back at Koufax, Greenberg, Cal Abrams, Rod Carew, Al Rosen, Moe Berg, Ron Blomberg, and dozens of names rarely mentioned outside of a line or two in the Baseball Encyclopedia’s list of all-time players.

If there are discussions, debates, it often comes down to just what makes a player Jewish. Did Carew convert or did he not? If a player has a Jewish father but a non-Jewish mother, is he Jewish? Does it matter how observant he is?

“I found that a turnoff,” Barancik said, “and, kind of like with my family history, it made me look to the present. Who’s Jewish today? … I started looking into it and I was blown away that there were more than a dozen last year.

“I started asking my Jewish friends, ‘How many Jews do you think are playing (in the major leagues) today? Invariably they said, ‘One?’ ‘Two?’ Usually Youkilis, maybe Braun.”

He found it interesting that when people say Jewish ballplayer, Koufax and Greenberg – and rarely anyone else – come to mind.

“There’s all of this stuff going on now and why aren’t we celebrating that?” Barancik said. “And I thought, ‘How can I keep track of these guys, keep track of how they’re doing? How can I, y’know, live out the Jewish male fantasy of seeing how these Members of the Tribe are performing on a daily basis.’ ”

Unlike other websites, provides daily and season-total up-to-date statistics of the 12 current “Members of the Tribe” major-league players, plus blogs, news updates, and features, Barancik said.

There are other websites devoted to Jewish athletes in general and baseball players in particular, notably, run by Shel Wallman and Ephraim Moxson.

It’s a one-man operation at the moment — with a lot of assistance from Wallman and Moxson.

“At this point I’m relying on them,” Barancik said. “They don’t call me every time they find someone and say, ‘Hey, there’s a new Jew.’ When they find somebody new they break it in their own publications. But they’ve been very generous in sharing their information with me, the historical stuff they’ve gathered.

“They’re the go-to people for knowing who is Jewish. They call players or their families and try to both confirm that they’re Jewish and comfortable with being identifi ed as Jewish in a publication,” Barancik said.

He is developing a blog for features and opinion pieces. He says he wants to add more bloggers and to establish a give-and-take with his readers and hopes that, over time, he can introduce other writers “who have a voice and are interested in waxing eloquent on the subject of Jewish baseball players.”

He has also learned that feeling pride in the success of one member of a group, whether it’s religious (Greenberg), racial (Joe Louis) or anything else, is commonplace.

“I’ve met folks from the Dominican Republic who can name every one of the roughly 40 Dominican players in the majors,” Barancik said, “and fans who can tell you every Cuban-born player. There’s that sense of pride, and I think that we as Jews feel the same way.”

He wonders if, in fact, there’s anyone else out there with the same passion, the sense of group pride. He thinks there is, although he doesn’t have an answer yet because the site is barely a month old.

But that’s why I created it,” Barancik said, “to indulge my own interest with the hope that others might be interested as well.”

Which begs the question: Why should that many people care about Youkilis as a Jew rather than what he’s doing to help carry the Red Sox? Why should people who aren’t Rays fans care about Gabe Kapler?

“I think it’s fair to say that if you’re not a baseball fan, if you’re not a Rays fan, you’re not going to care about Gabe Kapler,” Barancik said. “Granted, if there’s, say, an incredibly talented Jewish soccer player in the English Premier League, I wouldn’t care about him that much because I don’t really care about soccer.”

Barancik, a Chicago native and Cubs fan, said he was a Youkilis fan before discovering after the 2008 season that the Red Sox first baseman was Jewish.

“I never would have guessed it. Usually you tend to ‘hate’ the best guys on the other team, but I had such an admiration for Youkilis,” Barancik said. “He’s butt-ugly, he has the weirdest (batting) stance, he’ll foul off 10 pitches before he gets the one he likes. And he always seems to have fun. It was like, ‘I wish we had that guy.’ ”

This article previously appeared in the Jewish Press of Pinellas County.

StandWithUs calls for June 25 as day of solidarity with Gilad Shalit

June 23, 2010 Leave a comment

LOS ANGELES (Press Release)– Friday, June 25, marks four long years since Staff Sergeant Gilad Shalit was abducted by seven Hamas terrorists who entered Israel from a tunnel under the Israel-Gaza border and ambushed an Israeli tank from behind. They launched a rocket-propelled grenade at the vehicle and killed two Israeli soldiers, Staff Sergeant Pavel Slutzker and Lieutenant Hanan Barak. Five other soldiers, including Gilad Shalit, were wounded.
That day, less than a year after he began his military service, Gilad was kidnapped by Hamas terrorists and taken to the Gaza Strip, where he has remained captive ever since. Gilad was 19 years old at the time of his abduction. An Israeli and French citizen, he is a quiet person who loves math and sports. Gilad enjoyed following different sports leagues and tournaments all over the world. If one wanted to know the results of a competition in any country—Gilad knew the answer. If Gilad were safe at home with his family in Israel today, he would have undoubtedly been following every game of the 2010 soccer World Cup. Instead, he waits at the mercy of his terrorist captors in an undisclosed location in the Gaza Strip.
Gilad always volunteered to help everyone around him. Now he is cared for by no one, because no one is allowed to see him. For four years, Hamas has denied Gilad even one visit by a humanitarian group, including the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), to provide him with proper medical attention. This is in violation of the Third Geneva Convention.
Gilad’s father, Noam, asked flotilla passengers bringing what they claimed to be “humanitarian aid” to Gaza if they could bring his son one letter and one small package. The answer was no. 
In March 2010, Béatrice Mégevand-Roggo, the ICRC’s head of operations for the Middle East and North Africa, admitted that “from the very beginning…we have repeatedly urged those holding him to treat him humanely and to allow him to exchange news with his family. We have emphasized that they have an obligation to do so under international humanitarian law…On more than one occasion, we have publicly demanded that Hamas allow us to visit Mr. Shalit in order to independently assess his condition. None of our appeals has been heard so far.” Hamas has also rejected the ICRC’s discreet, behind-the-scenes requests to visit Gilad Shalit.
On Friday, June 25, Gilad will have been held hostage for  EXACTLY FOUR YEARS, 1,461 DAYS, by a fanatic terrorist group dedicated to annihilating the state of Israel and the Jewish people. His treatment is inhumane and tragic, and we are left to wonder: Why does the world accept this kind of treatment? Where is the support for his release?
What we are asking for is simple:
One conversation.
One doctor.
One visit by the International Committee of the Red Cross.
And, if possible, one hug, on behalf of his brothers and sisters in Israel and those in the United States and from around the world who want to let him know that we have not forgotten his plight and that we stand with him.

Please send a letter to the International Committee of the Red Cross; Amnesty International; and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon to urge them to demand the release of Gilad Shalit and, at the very least, demand that Hamas allow Gilad Shalit to receive proper medical attention and contact from his family in Israel.  
Preceding provided by StandWithUs

San Diego’s historic places: Admiral Baker Field, Part 2

June 6, 2010 1 comment

Admiral Wilder Baker

By Donald H. Harrison

Donald H. Harrison

SAN DIEGO – Who was the Admiral Baker for whom Admiral Baker Field with its two golf courses is named?

His son, also named Wilder Baker, replied in a telephone interview from Darien, Connecticut, that in the U.S. Navy, Admiral Baker perhaps was best known as the chief of staff to Admiral John S. McCain, whose grandson, John McCain, became a senator from Arizona and the 2008 presidential candidate.

Admiral Baker (1890-1975) was among the senior officers in the theatre at the time of Japan’s surrender in 1945, having led a task force that attacked the Japanese home islands. Before the U.S. entered World War II, he helped develop tactics for anti-submarine warfare while escorting American convoys to England and dodging German U-boats.

For all the wartime action he saw, it was Admiral Baker’s peacetime role as the commandant of the 11th Naval District that resulted in his name being immortalized at the recreational facility located on what had been a portion of Camp Elliott.

When the postwar decision was made to designate a portion of Camp Elliott as Miramar Marine Corps Air Station and to decommission other portions of the camp, Baker urged that a portion of the facility be set aside for the recreational needs of active duty military personnel and retired members of the Armed Services. Over the ensuing decades, Miramar was turned over to the Navy, and then back to the Marine Corps, while decommissioned portions of the huge base eventually were developed into the community of Tierrasanta and left in its natural state as Mission Trails Regional Park.

Baker retired with the rank of vice admiral in 1952 and joined the senior management of Solar Aircraft for several years thereafter. He became active in civic affairs, particularly as president of the San Diego Symphony, and as a board member of the Community Chest (United Way), Scripps Clinic and YMCA, said his son, an East Coast advertising executive who today owns an advertising consultant agency.

The admiral loved to play golf “but you didn’t want to emulate it,” his son chuckled. “He was a hacker. … One of the stories was how he once shot a hole in one—it was up at Mare Island (in the San Francisco Bay area) off a water tower.”

Whether the story of the fortuitous ricochet shot is true or apocryphal, it is an accurate description of the admiral’s game, said his son.

The admiral and his son played together several times on the golf course bearing his name. “It started as a nine-hole course, mostly dirt,” the son remembered. It grew to 18 holes and then a second course was put in.

Another of the family’s favorite stories about the admiral concerned a time they went up to a favorite vacation spot on Squam Lake in New Hampshire. “He was still on active duty, and people knew he was an admiral,” his son said. So you can imagine the townspeople’s amusement the day that “he went down to get in the canoe, but let the boat slip away from the dock (with his foot still on it) and fell into the lake.”

The townspeople used to tease the admiral about the incident, but he took it in good grace. In the military, subordinates used to say that he was “direct” in his approach to people and fair, his son said.

When the admiral lived at North Island Naval Air Station, he liked to shoot skeet and often tried to get his son to come along. But the younger Wilder Baker wasn’t fond of that sport, “so he would get hold of a friend of mine who lived in Coronado, Nick Reynolds,” who became famous as a member of the Kingston Trio.

Wilder Baker said he was pleased to learn that Admiral Baker Field now is cooperating with the Audubon Society for the protection of wildlife species and the ecology.

Coincidentally, he said, his own wife, Vanda, is on the committee of the Weebern Country Club in Darien working to have that facility likewise certified in the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses.

Harrison is editor of San Diego Jewish World.  This article appeared previously on

San Diego’s Historic Places: Admiral Baker Field, Part 1

June 5, 2010 Leave a comment


Admiral Baker Field, San Diego

Donald H. Harrison

By Donald H. Harrison
SAN DIEGO—At Admiral Baker Field, home to two side-by-side golf courses, one anticipates an occasional “birdie” or an “eagle.” However, here you will also encounter herons, egrets, coots and other birds. The golf courses featuring a pair of artificial lakes created from the San Diego River also are frequented by deer, fox, coyote, bobcat and, very rarely, mountain lion.


Admiral Baker Field is operated by the Navy Region Southwest, Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) for the benefit of active duty and retired military personnel. Civilians are welcome as their guests.

Lying down the San Diego River from the Mission Trails Regional Park, Admiral Baker Field has won commendation from the Audubon Society as a wildlife sanctuary and as an eco-friendly golfing environment. In particular, the two par-72 courses are considered excellent nesting places for the California Gnatcatcher and the Least Bell’s Vireo, two endangered species.

Among more than 700 golf courses around the country cooperating with the Audubon Society, Admiral Baker Field has installed at various tees plaques and story boards explaining the conservation program and also alerting golfers to some unusual “hazards.”

For example, if just as they start to tee-off, they suddenly hear “mewing” from the bushes, it’s not a lost kitten that broke their concentration, but a California Gnatcatcher, whose call is amazingly kitten-like.

Education is one component of the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, according to the society’s program manager Joellen Lampman of Albany, New York.

To win certification, golf courses must show that they have an environmental planning program, including documentation about wildlife inventories and water quality sampling, said Lampman in a telephone interview.

There should be programs for wildlife habitat management in the out-of-play areas; reduction of chemical use and safe practices; a maintenance facility with proper storage of chemicals; a water conservation program, and water quality management.

Lampman said there are approximately 16,000 golf courses in the country, with 935 in California. At the end of 2009, Lampman said, Admiral Baker Field was one of 52 facilities in the cooperative Audubon program.

One of the regular golfers at Admiral Baker Field is a retired enlisted man who prefers to be identified as “K.C.” A pair of Ferruginous Hawks that make their homes between the tenth and eleventh holes of the North Course have kept K.C. entertained as he is trudging toward his ball.

According to K.C., three years ago the hawks were nestlings who would be left on their own by their parents. In the second year, these same hawks would chase and play with each other, occasionally trying to mate. In this, the third year, the hawks clearly have romance on their minds.

Tom Miller, golf operations manager, said that the North Course is the longer of the two parallel courses, running 6,900 yards along fairly broad fairways. The South Course is 700 yards shorter, but it becomes a little more difficult because the fairways are narrower. Golf shots are therefore more likely to land in the rough.

Although it’s possible that Sam Snead may have played Admiral Baker Field “when he worked at the Sail-Ho” Course – another MWR operated golf course in the San Diego area – not too many golf professionals have been spotted at Admiral Baker’s. Owing to the proximity of Qualcomm Stadium farther downriver, one was more likely to encounter professional athletes in other sports – for example Tony Gwynn of the San Diego Padres, or Vincent Jackson, a receiver for the San Diego Chargers. However, now that the Padres have moved from Qualcomm Stadium to Petco Park in downtown San Diego, fewer baseball players seem to happen by, according to Miller.

As star-struck as one might become in the presence of nationally admired athletes, there’s a fellow by name of Dave Riddell, who usually plays at MWR’s China Lake facility, who can draw a crowd of admirers. He holds Admiral Baker’s course record—a seven-under-par 65—shot on the North Course.

Miller, who is more likely to shoot an even-par 72 on the course, says the Number 3 hole with its water hazard by the lake and its nice green is one of his favorite holes. On the other hand, he considers the par-4 North #8 with its long uphill climb and a dog-left to the left the toughest.

On an average day, he said, between 350 and 400 golfers will play at Admiral Baker Field, but there have been days when as many as 600 golfers – 150 foursomes—have teed off an average of seven minutes apart.

The lakes were created by diverting water from the San Diego River. Pumping the water from the lakes to the fairways saves MWR lots of money in irrigation costs and utilizes a water supply that would otherwise flow into the Pacific Ocean. But this system is not without its problems. The San Diego River water has a high saline content, resulting in tons of salt being deposited on the course that must be leached with fresh water from other sources.

To manage the situation, the golf course is installing a city water line to bring the fresh water directly to the greens. Planned renovations of the greens is expected to close the North Course for a period of eight months in 2011, with the South Course remaining open for business.

Admiral Baker Field was named for a Vice Admiral who served in World War II in the Pacific Fleet and who was in theatre in time for Japan’s unconditional surrender. In the early 1950s, Admiral Baker was assigned as commandant of the 11th Naval District which includes San Diego.

It seems almost ordained that a golf course named for Admiral Baker would become recognized as a sanctuary for birds and other indigenous animals. The admiral’s first name was Wilder.

Admiral Baker Field is just off Santo Road, near the junction of Mission Gorge and Friars Road in the Grantville neighborhood of San Diego. Besides the two golf courses, Admiral Baker Field offers breakfast, lunch and catered events at its Mission-style clubhouse. It also maintains an RV park, picnic area, swimming pool with elaborate water slides, children’s playground and ball fields. More information may be obtained from Rosella L. Connors, clubhouse facility manager, at (619) 487-0090, or Tom Miller, golf operations manager, at (619) 556-5520.


Harrison is editor of San Diego Jewish World.  This article appeared previously on

Mural and yacht reflect bassoonist Eichenlaub’s love of music

June 5, 2010 Leave a comment

Mural at Eichenlaub Marine, Shelter Island, San Diego

SAN DIEGO (Press Release)–A colorful mural commemorating a world-famous sailing vessel now adorns the entire side of Eichenlaub Marine on Shelter Island. “Evolution of a Yacht,” by artist Linda Churchill, was officially dedicated Friday, June 4,  at Eichenlaub Marine, located at 2608 Shelter Island Drive.

The mural depicts the racing yacht “Cadenza”, designed, owned and built by Carl Eichenlaub, president of Eichenlaub Marine.  “Cadenza” in music refers to an ornamental solo passage, and music is one of Eichenlaub’s passions. As an avocation, he plays the bassoon with the Tifereth Israel Community Orchestra.

The 45-foot aluminum “Cadenza” has sailed in dozens of high profile races, with its owner proudly at the helm. He has won prestigious races such as the Lipton Cup and the San Francisco Big Boat Series. Just last year, at age 79, Eichenlaub sailed it in the 62nd annual Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race.

Eichenlaub, one of Shelter Island’s first tenants, has been in the boat building business since he was a teenager. His facility on Shelter Island has been a fixture since the 1950s and he is known worldwide for his skill in designing, building and sailing vessels.

Last year, Eichenlaub completed a nearly $1.2 million remodel on his Shelter Island facility. The remodel entailed refurbishing a 3,625-square foot building, changing the building’s façade and reconfiguring the shop/construction space. An additional 2,600-foot building was constructed that included shop/construction space and office space. Additionally, the existing floating docks were replaced with new docks and new electrical and water lines were installed.

As part of its lease with the Port of San Diego, the Eichenlaub redevelopment project was required to include a public art element. Eichenlaub and his wife Jean, who also serves as vice president of the business, commissioned Linda Churchill to paint “Evolution of a Yacht.”

Churchill began the project last summer and completed it in November 2009. The estimated cost of the artwork was $12,000.

Specializing in the trompe l’oeil technique, which involves realistic imagery to create an optical illusion of three dimensions, she has won numerous awards.

She received an Orchid Award in 1989 for her mural painted on Advance Blueprint on Midway Drive in San Diego and a 1993 Orchid for her 40′ x 250′ foot trompe l’oeil mural on the loading dock of Ace Hardware on University Avenue in San Diego. Orchid Awards are part of the annual Orchids & Onion Program, created by the San Diego Architectural Foundation. Orchids are given to projects of excellence and onions are given to those that fail to meet design standards. Churchill also received a 2009 Historic Preservation Award for a mural at the University Heights Library in San Diego.

Her other work includes a mural for international retailer Gucci at the Caesars Forum in Las Vegas and a trompe l’oeil of London’s Paddington Station on the Idar Delapara Restaurant in Mexico City.

A life-long Californian, Churchill received a Bachelor of Arts in Painting from San Diego State University. A self-described novice sailor with a grand appreciation of boat building, she worked closely with the Eichenlaubs on every step of “Evolution of a Yacht.” In 1986, she survived a hurricane onboard a motor yacht off the coast of Nicaragua. She credits this experience with launching her passion of painting seafaring vessels.

Preceding, minus the musical additions,  provided by the Port of San Diego