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August 3-8, 2008: The 2008 Maccabi Games Need Help Housing Athletes

In case you haven't heard yet, San Diego will be hosting its very first Maccabi games from August 3rd to August 8th. It's going to be the biggest thing to hit San Diego's Jewish community and we are expecting 1500 teen athletes from around the US, Israel, and Mexico.

Every single athlete needs to be housed with a family. At least one member of the family needs to be Jewish. Hosting responsibilities include: dropping off the athletes in the morning and picking them up in the evening; providing them with a hearty breakfast and hosting them for dinner on Tuesday night. The rest of the time they will be at the JCC or the different venues.  You are welcome to cheer on the athletes at any of their sporting events if you are available and welcome to join us for opening ceremonies.

Each athlete needs his or her own bed—not his or her own room.  If you do not have enough beds, let us know and we will provide you with air mattresses.  We need you to host at least two (2) kids each.  (Athletes will be between the ages of 14 and 16).  As of today, we are short 400 beds!

If you have friends that would like to host, please forward them the link now in your browser to San Diego Jewish World. Have hem contact Linda Carson at Please email or call (858) 274-0259 for registration forms and information.

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Monday, July 7, 2008

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Middle East

Stopping Iran's growing nuclear threat by U.S Congressman Bob Filner in San Diego


Sometimes 'brown' is better than 'green'
by Sheila Orysiek in San Diego

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Governor Grille, a kosher meat restaurant, makes its debut at Chabad-University City by Donald H. Harrison in San Diego

Adventures in San Diego Jewish History

—June 26, 1947: Birdie Stodel B.B.

—June 26, 1947: Pioneer Women

—June 26, 1947: Jewish Labor Com.

—June 26, 1947: Jolly Sixteen


The Joker: from Catskills to Gotham City by Rabbi Simcha Weinstein in New York

Rose burdened with too many thorns by Cynthia Citron in Los Angeles

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This week's stories on San Diego Jewish World: Sunday, Friday, Thursday, Wednesday, Tuesday, Monday

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Stopping Iran's growing nuclear threat

By Congressman Bob Filner

SAN DIEGO.—Under the current administration, America’s international influence has eroded dramatically. We must take immediate action to reaffirm our global leadership, reassure our allies that the United States will protect their best interests, and promote tolerance and stability worldwide. The sad state of American diplomacy is best exposed by our failure to circumvent Iran’s nuclear goals.

Iran continues to push the bounds of international law and challenge Middle Eastern and, indeed, world peace. Iran has repeatedly affirmed its dedication to obtaining nuclear weapons and to bring about the destruction of Israel, even though it pledged to remain a non-nuclear power when it ratified the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) and is legally bound to declare and place all its nuclear activity under the scrutiny of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

For nearly 20 years, Iran has violated the NPT, operating a covert nuclear program, and it continues to develop its capacity for nuclear enrichment and ballistic missile technology. The United States, Russia, China, France, the United Kingdom, and Germany have offered a significant package of incentives if Iran suspends uranium enrichment, but Iran has refused such offers.

A 2007 National Intelligence Estimate revealed that Iran could have enough highly enriched uranium for a nuclear weapon as soon as late 2009. Iran has supported several terrorist groups, including Hamas and Hezbollah, and its close ties to Syria raise the possibility that Iran could share its nuclear materials and technology with others.

Due to Iran’s growing belligerence and the lack of appropriate diplomatic action from the Bush Administration, I recently co-sponsored H.Con.Res. 362. This resolution, although non-binding, expresses the sense of Congress that Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons and regional dominance poses a serious threat to international peace, stability in the Middle East, and the national security interests of the United States and our close ally, Israel.

The resolution calls on President Bush to put pressure on Iran to verifiably suspend its nuclear enrichment activities, to lead a forceful effort at regional diplomacy that supports legitimate governments against Iranian efforts to destabilize them, and to make clear to Iran that the United States will protect America's vital national security interests in the Middle East.

I believe that if the President took the actions prescribed here, we could make significant inroads to preventing nuclear proliferation and terrorism worldwide.

Filner, a Democrat, represents California’s 51st Congressional District

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Sometimes 'brown' is better than 'green'

By Sheila Orysiek

SAN DIEGO--In the effort to be “green” as part of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) we should consider that brown might be better.  It rarely rains in San Diego in the summer and my lawn is not green it is brown.  In the winter when it does rain, then my lawn is green.

When planting a garden considering the amount of water required is important.  Generally, broad leafed plants need more - notwithstanding the morning glory which has broad leaves, hundreds of blooms, loves the sun and doesn’t need much water.  It can be used both as a climber and as a crawler.  Another low water ground cover is the spider plant. Ice plant has the additional advantage of retarding fire.

After spring bloom bushes can be trimmed of spent flowers which will put it to sleep through the dry summer to awake again in the fall when rain is likely.  Evergreens such as cypress, eugenias, peppers, eucalyptus, etc., are drought resistant.

Avoid watering from above - holding up a hose - instead use the drip method (which I believe was perfected in Israel).  Water which interacts with air increases the possibility for evaporation but water supplied directly to the earth sinks in with much less loss. 

Place shrubs and blooming plants out of the direct sun such as the mottled shade of a tree.  Raking is counter productive - fallen leaves provide nutrients as well as a mulch keeping the soil cool and moist.  When sweeping leaves from a paved area - use a time tested method - a broom!  A motorized blower not only uses fuel but is very noisy.  Other garden debris goes into a recycle bin which the city collects and uses as mulch for public plantings. Composting is also a terrific alternative.

Instead of air conditioning, we have fans and after forty-two years of living here find it quite sufficient; only a couple of days of the year are uncomfortable.  But, surprisingly, we manage (so far) to survive. 

In both bathrooms the shower heads have a little button so that the water can be turned off while soaping up, and turned on again (at the same temperature) for rinsing off.  New thermal windows on the house and a thermal blanket around the hot water heater are helpful, too.

The pilot light for the heater is turned off in the summer.  Clocks run on batteries rather than electricity.  The computer and all its accessories are turned off at night.  The dishwasher is never used except to store pots and pans. For two people it takes three days to fill up and who wants crusty dishes waiting around for three days?  The garbage disposal is never used either - why should I put garbage into the water stream?

My clothes line gets regular usage.  Cloth napkins are used instead of paper.  Kitchen counter wipe up clothes knitted or crocheted from cotton yarn (Sugar and Spice) wash wonderfully, and are almost indestructible have replaced paper towels.  I made them many years ago and they are still going strong.  When I make them as gifts - people love them. 

In 1968 I bought some end pieces of sturdy blue denim and made six shopping bags.  The sewing was simple - squares with handles - all one piece. They look like new and can be washed.  Clerks in the checkout line always comment on them but look a bit abashed when I mention that these bags are older than they are.  I didn’t start being “green” recently - but decades ago.

When driving we bundle our stops; a handy list reminds me of the several things I need at a particular store or area in the city. Our big Lincoln Grand Marquis gets surprisingly good gas mileage, but not as good as the Focus.  Thus, for longer trips about town, we use the Focus. 

When eating out we choose a restaurant close to home or close to where we need to go.  The San Diego Public Library will send materials to any branch one wishes. Using the computer to buy something or complete a chore also saves gas. 

As for the energy problem on the national level, the political left has prevented any type of increased production.  Windmills are considered unsightly (Sen. Kennedy D-Mass.).  Nuclear - though very successfully used in Europe - is declared dangerous.  No refinery has been built in over thirty years. Oil: - dirty.  Coal: - a killer (Sen. Harry Reid D-Nev.). 

Well, the reality is we do need energy.  Whatever miraculous energy sources there may be in the future are not as yet viable.  America has the natural resources to fuel its needs and not to develop these resources is economic and geo-political suicide.  Instead we are enriching countries who hate us and China and Cuba plan to slant drill off our coast. This is crazy.

It is an open question that humans are solely to blame for climate change.  The climate has changed drastically long before people were around - and/or enough to have an impact.  The planet has oscillated between ice ages and hot periods many times.  Systematic climate record keeping is much too short - only 100 years - to come to any definitive conclusion.  This doesn’t give us a license to squander - but blanket condemnation is inaccurate. 

The planet has survived meteor collisions, volcanic dust clouds, quakes, continental movement, orbit wobbles, floods, droughts and climate change - long before mammals appeared.  That doesn’t mean we should abuse it - ever.  But much of this recent hype is a political agenda rather than a true concern.  Were it a true concern those trumpeting this accusation would be curtailing their over usage, too.  When someone flies around the country in a private jet and/or has a $30,000 a year gas and electric bill - 20 times the average - (Al Gore) and then blames and instructs me in conservation - well, I doubt that kind of sincerity.  If you want to talk the talk to me - then walk and walk with me.

We assume that global warming - if it is really happening in the long term - is bad.  But is it?  If the oceans rise - we will need to build more inland.  If the polar bear is threatened - it will adapt and grow brown fur as at one time it probably adapted and grew white fur.  If Greenland loses its ice - then it will more closely resemble the land it was when the Norse named it.  Farms will blossom again.  Is this bad?

On the one hand we are told that global warming will bring droughts - but also more storms and rain.  Well, which is it?  Whichever it is - perhaps both - people will adapt.  Adapting to climate change is what has shaped life since life first wriggled into being alive. 

In my small way I’ve been conserving resources for several decades - as a conservative that’s part of the definition.  All living things use the resources of the Earth.  Since people have the ability to use these resources responsibly - of course we should.  But silly nonsense (such as Sheryl Crow’s advice to use only one square of toilet paper) and blame doesn’t forward conservation.  Marrying it to a political agenda is farcical and doesn’t invite cooperation.  The California Legislature’s proposal to remotely control AC thermostats in private homes - is Orwellian.

Speaking of thermostats…we recently replaced one and discovered California bars those using mercury.  However, regulations scheduled to take effect in 2010 will mandate the use of CFL’s (compact fluorescent lamps), which contain mercury and are toxic if broken.  Huh?  I am much more likely to drop a CFL than the thermostat attached to a wall. 

The notion that if we lived as people did back in the good ole days in log cabins in pristine splendor - at one with nature - is a fallacy.  Their waste went untreated into the nearby stream.  That cabin was smoky from the wood burning fire place - and that smoke streamed out into the air - untreated.  They cut down trees for fuel and shelter.  Making tallow for candles is a messy polluting chore as is disposing of unused parts of butchered meat and making soap, preparing hides, etc. 

People seldom washed themselves and dust and insects invaded the cabins and food.  No refrigeration meant food illness. Water bourn illness was endemic.  It’s no accident that longevity was half of what it is now.  The same is true of nomadic people - when the resource is used up in one area - they move on.

I am glad that rivers have been cleaned up and no longer catch fire (Cuyahoga River, Ohio, 1969), that open pit mining is done more carefully, that trash dumps are covered over, recycling has been expanded and that the American Bald Eagle is no longer endangered.  But don’t try to regulate my home thermostat from Sacramento, because next someone will try to stop me from using my clothes line.  Oh wait!  If you live in a homeowner controlled area - that’s already happened.

It is important to remember that a prosperous country has the means to clean and/or prevent pollution - destroying our economy by denying it resources will negate that ability.

Orysiek, a freelance writer in San Diego, may be contacted at

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BEGINNINGS—Larry Barnes points out to Rabbi Moishe Leider of Chabad-University City the
barbecue where he will grill "home-made" hamburgers at the Governor Grille; at right, Sam Zeiden, the kosher establishment's first customer takes a first bite from the first hamburger


Governor Grille, a kosher meat restaurant, makes its debut at Chabad-University City

By Donald H. Harrison

SAN DIEGO—It has been a sad fact that for people who keep kosher, options for restaurant dining in San Diego have been extremely limited.  Now the Chabad House in University City has decided to offer kosher meat meals daily except for Shabbat.  Known as the Governor Grille, after Chabad’s street address at 3232 Governor Drive, the new venture opened for lunch last Friday.  Possibly, if this effort is successful, other Orthodox congregations will utilize their kitchen facilities to offer daily kosher dinners in other parts of the county.

Rabbi Moishe Leider, spiritual leader of the Chabad of University City, told me that his sons had opened a forerunner to the new restaurant last summer, offering “a limited menu of hot dogs and hamburgers and things like that.  It was very loose and informal, and very successful, so Larry Barnes approached us and said he would like to do it full time throughout the year.   So we took him up on it.”

The rabbi said the restaurant currently is directly under Chabad, but if it proves successful Barnes may become a tenant of Chabad’s, paying rent. 

“This is definitely an addition, especially for people who want kosher food in the La Jolla and University City communities and we are very excited about it,” said Leider.  “Last summer, we had music one night a week and we’ll probably do that again.  People can make parties here; it’s lots of fun.”

I talked with the rabbi as Barnes was setting up the outdoor grills for the first afternoon of business.  Barnes had been in the music business and had operated arcades, which had included restaurants, in Michigan. In California , he became a partner in a business that grew flowers in Encinitas and Valley Center, and supplied them for resale to supermarkets.  More recently he has been involved in various real estate investments, and has served as a “shamus” at the sister Chabad congregation in downtown San Diego.

Barnes said that he intends to open around 11:30 a.m. Sunday through Friday, and stay open until 9 p.m. on most weekdays.  During the summer, he’ll remain open until 4 p.m. on Friday, giving people plenty of time to pick up a meal and get home for  Shabbos. 

The entrepreneur said the Governor Grille will offer some different kinds of menu items.  “It won’t be a regular burger, or pollo asada or carne asada,” Barnes said. “These will be kosher and we are adding to them a little Mediterranean flavor—hummus and special pita bread from Israel.”

Furthermore, he said, “our burgers are different; they’re like mom’s homemade burger.  We put in different spices, eggs, bread crumbs—just like mom’s meat loaf and they’re great.”

My father-in-law Sam Zeiden, always in search of “something different,” had the privilege of being the Governor Grille’s first customer, ordering a hamburger.  I also had one. And I enjoyed the experience much.  It is quite informal in the outdoor patio area of Chabad of University City, so it is an easy place to strike up a conversation.

I found that among the Grille’s initial customers was a longtime San Diegan, Don Solomon (at right), whom the Governor Grille will record as its first hot-dog customer, and some international newcomers to our city.

Solomon, who also davens at the Chabad in downtown San Diego, is a former president of Jewish Family Service as well as of the Soille San Diego Hebrew Day School.  His brother, Herb Solomon, and nephew, Dr. Steve Solomon, are former presidents of the United Jewish Federation of San Diego.  

Solomon’s parents, Lewis and Rachel (Ray) Solomon, were once the owners of the Southwestern Jewish Press, the newspaper that evolved into the San Diego Jewish Press-Heritage which until its unfortunate demise I had the privilege of co-publishing with Norman Greene.  San Diego Jewish World’s daily “Adventures in San Diego Jewish History” feature, found below, in large measure comes from the Southwestern Jewish Press, for which his Don Solomon’s mother served as editor.

Noting that the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra will be making a return visit to San Diego later this year, Solomon recalled that his mother had helped arrange a previous visit here by that symphony orchestra by persuading various members of the community to serve as guarantors.  These community members didn’t have to put up any money in advance, but promised to make up the difference if there was a shortfall.  The Israel Philharmonic’s San Diego appearance was such a success, Solomon remembered, none of the guarantors had to shell out any money other than their own ticket prices.

Remembering further back in San Diego history, Solomon related that the San Diego Bombers, a local football team largely made up of active-duty servicemen, was playing a game in Balboa Stadium on December 7, 1941.

After news of the attack on Pearl Harbor was known, an announcement was made during the game calling upon all active-duty personnel to report immediately to their units.  Half the team left the field, and “of course the game was canceled,” Solomon remembered.

Like his brother Herb, Don Solomon practiced law—with Native Americans in Florida among his more controversial clients.   In particular there was controversy over whether Seminoles and other Native Americans could sell cigarettes at prices below that which was being charged in the State of Florida.  Solomon espoused what is now a well-accepted doctrine, that on the confines of their reservations Indians have sovereignty.

The new visitors with whom I was able to briefly schmooze at the Governor Grill were Natan Hatout (left) originally of Paris, France, who worships at the Chabad of University City, and his friends Sarah Behar (also at left) from Brussels, Belgium;  Jay Lieuw of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Moti Joseph of Tiberius, Israel.  Hatout was the first to try a chicken and hummus combination. 

Solomon, Hatout and my father-in-law all pronounced themselves well-satisfied with their lunch. 

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The Joker: from Catskills to Gotham City

By Rabbi Simcha Weinstein
NEW YORK—The release of the new Batman movie, The Dark Knight, will inevitably be overshadowed by the untimely death of one of its stars, Health Ledger, who played the Joker. The talented young actor (who actually lived a few short blocks away from me) had devoted himself to creating an original, multifaceted portrayal of the iconic character, arguably the most compelling villain in the Batman canon.

The distinctive look and feel of this latest film was inspired by Frank Miller’s revolutionary graphic novels of the 1980s, which unveiled a more complex and cynical Batman character than the caped crusader who debuted in the pages of DC Comics in 1939.

Batman was the brainchild of Bob Kane and Bill Finger, two young Jewish bruisers who first crossed paths at DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx during the Great Depression.

Back then, in the wake of Superman’s spectacular success, comic book publishers were desperately searching for an equally profitable counterpart. So the DeWitt Dynamic Duo forged a strange yet oddly appealing character: millionaire playboy Bruce Wayne, who fights criminals in the fictional Gotham City while wearing, of all things, a bat costume.

In his biography, Kane recalled his tough childhood in the Bronx, where the streets “were melting pots composed of different ethnic groups and often one nationality would be pitted against another. In order to survive, if one were a loner like myself, he would have to join his neighborhood gang for protection.” Bruce Wayne is a loner, too, who through sheer hard work becomes a master thinker as well as fighter.

One by one, Batman’s colorful foes debuted: Catwoman, Two-Face, the Penguin, the Riddler and, most famously, the Joker. Fans owe the Joker’s existence to a chance encounter in the famed Catskill Mountains, a popular resort area and proving ground for the nation’s Jewish stand-up comedians:

“I was taking a respite from my drawing board during the summer at a hotel in the Catskill mountains (probably Grossingers), when I met seventeen-year-old Jerry Robinson,” Kane wrote.

The Jewish journalism student — and future creator of the Joker —- was innocently pacing the tennis court when Kane noticed the young man’s impressive hand-painted jacket and offered him a chance to join his artistic team.

“I have often wondered what I’d be doing if I hadn’t been there on the tennis court that day,” Robinson later commented.

Often barred from joining “restricted” country clubs or staying at mainstream hotels, American Jews created their own, like the one where Kane met Robinson. There were so many of these resorts in upstate New York in the 1940s that the area soon became known as the Borscht Belt. These hotels and clubs gave generations of Jewish performers an opportunity to develop what would become a distinctive performing style. Take one self-deprecating, slightly desperate persona in a cheap tux, add a hostile, rapid fire delivery that belies that nebbish-y exterior, and you’ve got the classic Borscht Belt comic, a figure who gives the phrase “passive aggressive” a new meaning.
So perhaps it’s no coincidence that Kane and Robinson invented a character called the Joker.

The Joker clearly claims the mantle of Gotham City's greatest criminal mastermind. The character’s original and currently dominant image is that of a sadistic yet intelligent serial killer with a deranged sense of humor. This interpretation was briefly but memorably interrupted when the campy Batman series became a 1960s TV hit. That particular Joker was a toned down and tamed version of his former self, an eccentric but essentially harmless prankster and unsuccessful thief. These respective Jokers represented the spirits of their times: the hardened, cruel Joker fit in during the Great Depression and our present day, while the softer, campy Joker personified the colorful, carefree 1960s.

Jack Nicholson's unforgettable tour de force in Tim Burton’s 1989 film Batman blended both Jokers together. Ledger’s portrayal, however, is meant to be far less appealing than Nicholson’s leering charismatic anti-hero. Hiding behind smeared clown makeup are horrible scars hinting at this latest Joker’s tragic, painful past.

"Some men aren't looking for anything logical," Michael Caine's butler Alfred tells Bruce Wayne, who's trying to decipher the Joker's motives. "Some men just want to watch the world burn."
The Joker’s humor is that of a twisted, embittered individual. Luckily, we real life mortals are more likely to use humor to help overcome our misfortunes and maybe even make the world a better place. Humor has always been the way Jews have dealt with hardship and looming terror, going back to the book of Proverbs ("A joyful heart is good medicine, a broken spirit dries the bones"). Humor as a coping mechanism has aided Jews throughout the ages; Emil Fackenheim, a noted philosopher and survivor of Auschwitz, observed, "We kept our morale through humor."
Heath Ledger’s tragic death may well cast a pall over the film and prevent audiences from embracing the charismatic villain in greasepaint this time around. While the Joker’s gift for the memorable one-liner is enviable, one wishes – as with all comic book bad guys – that he’d use that power for good instead of evil.

Rabbi Simcha Weinstein chairs the Religious Affair’s Committee at the New York art school, Pratt Institute. His first book Up, Up and Oy Vey! How Jewish History, Culture and Values Shaped the Comic Book Superhero, received the Benjamin Franklin Award for the best religion book of 2007. His second book, Shtick Shift: Jewish Humor in the 21st Century, will be published in fall 2008. He can be reached at

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Rose burdened with too many thorns

By Cynthia Citron

LOS ANGELES - Rose, which opened this week at the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, is a great acting coup for its star, Naomi Newman.  For its author, Martin Sherman, not so much.

Newman is an accomplished story-teller, which is fortunate, since she remains seated on a wooden bench for the entire two hours it takes to tell Rose’s tale, her only movement being to take occasional sips of water.  She is sitting shivah, mourning the deaths in her family.  And at 80, she has outlived nearly all of them.  “We Jews,” she says, “don’t have heaven, we don’t have hell, and we don’t come back!”

Rose’s story begins in a shtetl, a small village, in the Ukraine, and eventually encompasses the entire sweep of Jewish history in the 20th century.  Pogroms--Cossak attacks on Jewish villagers---drive her to Poland, where she meets her first husband, the love of her life, and enjoys a few years of happiness.  Then the Nazis come to power and she is herded into the Warsaw Ghetto where people live 12 to a room. “We were no longer cattle; we were sardines,” she says.  Her mother and father, sister and brother, husband and daughter, are killed.  She sits shivah for them for two years in the sewers of Warsaw.

When the war ends, she is saved by an American sailor, whom she marries, and they board a dilapidated old ship for the trip to Palestine.   It’s 1947, and the ship is the Exodus, and, as history records, they are turned away from the Promised Land.  “God is like a policeman,” she observes.  “He’s never around when you need him.”

Throughout her adventurous life she remains an “outsider,” taking great joy in “not belonging.”  As a girl, she says, “I became pretentious in several languages,” and she notes that “the greatest Jewish contribution” to the world is “asking questions that have no answers.”

Eventually, she comes to America with her husband, to his home in Atlantic City (she calls it “Warsaw on the sea”), and has another child: a son. She tries to “surround (her husband) with the illusion of love,”  and when he dies, she mourns, “not for his death, but for his life.”

She gets a job in a hotel.  She becomes a hippie, living in a Connecticut commune with a lover 20 years her junior.  She marries the owner of the hotel.  And so on.  And on.

Rose’s story, filled with pathos and humor, brought many in the audience to tears.  But the performance was moving and static at the same time.  While Rose was as lively as an octogenarian can possibly be, and was certainly well-directed vocally by the Odyssey’s Judy Chaikin, there were segments of her story that were superfluous and many that were even tedious.  More than we needed to know.  Especially since the history that Rose lived through is very familiar, and her life story is comprised of a series of experiences that, appalling as they may be, add nothing new or innovative to the cumulative saga of the Jewish people.

Even the fabulous Olympia Dukakis, who played Rose on Broadway, couldn’t make a success of this non-play play.  She opened in April 2000 and closed in May.  As New York Magazine theater critic John Simon noted at the time, she was “only squirming a little, now and then.”  But, he added, “I myself squirmed more, and left early.”

Rose will continue at the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, 2055 South Sepulveda Blvd., in Los Angeles, Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 and Sundays at 2 through August 31st.  Call (310) 477-2055 for reservations.

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Birdie Stodel B.B.
From Southwestern Jewish Press, June 26, 1947, page 6

At a regular meeting of the Birdie Stodel B’nai B’rith Chapter No. 92 held Monday evening, June 23rd at the temple Center at 8 p.m., the main business of the evening was the giving of the reports of the recent Grand Convention which was held in Fresno early this month.

Delegates were president Esther Schwartz, Lena Kimmel and Ruth Aronoff.  In a beautifully written report submitted by Lena Kimmel, all the highlights pertaining to the many Convention sessions were recorded with special emphasis on the hospitality, graciousness and consideration of the host Lodge and Chapter.

The adoption of resolution changes of law or procedure and other vital monetary facts were included in the report submitted by Ruth Aronoff.  Mrs. Schwartz reported verbally on the convention which was very educational and extremely revealing in the scope of the work being done by the all B’nai B’rith Chapters, according to Mrs. Schwartz. Each delegate thanked the Chapter for allowing them to serve in this capacity and they expressed hope that their attendance will help guide the work to greater heights during the coming year.

It was announced by President Schwartz that a luncheon and social afternoon in place of the picnic will be held on Thursday, July 18th.  The place and details of this affair will be told at a later date. Luncheon chairman will be Martha Feiler, with Selma Lindenfeld as co-chairman.

Program chairman Gertrude Thaler reported that she has secured Rabbi Baruch Stern to be the guest speaker for the next meeting on Monday, July 14th, at Temple Center.  A non-profit luncheon will be served at 12 noon.

Pioneer Women
From Southwestern Jewish Press, June 26, 1947, page 6

A special meeting was held on Wednesday, June 25th, at which a report was given by the various chairmen on the progress of our Donor Dinner to date.  A non-profit luncheon was served and after a brief business session, a social afternoon followed.   The importance of making our Donor Dinner an outstanding success cannot be overemphasized. All proceeds go to meet our Moatzath Hapoaloth (Working Women’s Council of Palestine) quota and following is an extract which gives some factual information concerning its recent vital activities.

In days of martial law, the Moatzath Hapoaloth launched OMNA, model home for young children sponsored by the Canadian clubs, with festive ceremonies in Neve Shaanan, near Haifa.

Conducted three successful bazaars, in Tel-Aviv, Jerusalem and Roshon (sic ) LeZion.  Chaveros worked day and night carting merchandise on their shoulders while transportation was at a standstill.

Proclaimed the first Pioneer Women’s Forest in the Negev, the wasteland now being converted into a flourishing settlement.

Through the tireless efforts of its traveling secretariat, constant contact was maintained with all institutions, essential provisions provided for all and encouragement brought to chaveros everywhere in the pursuit of their vital tasks.  They will go on working and building undaunted in the face of all odds as long as we stand behind them in their difficult struggle.  Our women cannot afford to be complacent in the face of the heroic struggle our sisters across the sea are meeting and resisting.

Jewish Labor Com.
From Southwestern Jewish Press, June 26, 1947, page 6

The annual picnic of the Jewish Labor Committee will be held this year on Sunday, July 6th at Pepper Grove in Balboa Park.  A delicious full-course, home-cooked turkey dinner will be served beginning at 12 o’clock noon.

In announcing this affair, Chairman Ben Feinberg said, “The success of this affair depends upon your generous response and your whole-hearted support. The living remnants of our people in Europe have a right to demand that some concrete action should be undertaken to provide them with an opportunity to return to a normal human existence.  You can help to give them courage and hope, and also become a shareholder in the rebuilding of their new life.”

Plan to come early and bring your friends to enjoy a delightful day. The date is Sunday, July 6th, the time is from noon on and the place is Pepper Grove, Balboa Park.  For tickets please call M-22566 or M-6598.

Jolly Sixteen
From Southwestern Jewish Press, June 26, 1947, page 6

The Jolly Sixteen announces that there are still a few more “Treasured Recipes” Cook Books available and they wish to remind readers that these books make excellent gifts for any occasion. Summer brides will value such a gift, birthdays, thank yous and other such occasions can be commemorated with these books.

The following are some excerpts from letters that were received by members of the Jolly Sixteen. 
“I am sending you a check for the thirty books you sent me. It was a cinch selling them after serving my guests your ‘noodles and rice’ and Mrs. A.L. Cohen’s strawberry pie. I hope you have sold all the cook books by this time. Lots of good luck.”  “Just wanted to include my name, along with the countless others, who sing the praises of your wonderful ‘Jolly Sixteen Cook Book.’ I have repeatedly used various recipes with great success and heartily recommend that whoever doesn’t yet own one of the books waste no time getting it. Again, many thanks and best wishes to your endeavor.”

All proceeds from the sale of the Cook Books will go to the Hebrew Home for the Aged, towards their building fund. The Jolly Sixteen is anxious to dispose of the balance of the books so that they can turn their complete check over to the Hebrew Home. A call to Mrs. Rose Gordon at Jackson 4769, the Cook-book chairman, will bring them to you.

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Sunday, July 6, 2008 (Vol. 2, No. 161)

Middle East
Peres: Peace with Palestinians not possible
by Ira Sharkansky in Jerusalem

The joy and enthusiasm of new Jews
by Rabbi Leonard Rosenthal
The Chofetz Chaim and the Russian soldier
by Rabbi Baruch Lederman
Adventures in San Diego Jewish History
—June 26, 1947: Living Memorials For the Dead {Editorial}
—June 26, 1947: Lasker Lodge B.B.
—June 26, 1947: Day Camp's First Week Big Success

July 4th baseball: Thunder in skies, also in the stands at Storm game in Lake Elsinore
by Donald H. Harrison in Lake Elsinore, California
A bissel sports trivia with Bruce Lowitt
in Clearwater, Florida

Friday, July 4, 2008 (Vol. 2, No. 160)

Middle East
Few parallels between U.S. operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and Israel-Palestine by Ira Sharkansky in Jerusalem
California and San Diego
What does the state budget proposal say about California's moral compass? by Gary Rotto in San Diego
How do you spell tikkun olam? G-R-E-E-N by Donald H. Harrison in San Diego
San Diego Jewish Trivia: Movies by Evelyn Kooperman in San Diego
Adventures in San Diego Jewish History
June 19, 1947: Yo-Ma-Co
June 19, 1947:
Birdie Stodel B.B.
June 26, 1947:
Eli Levenson Elected To Executive Comm. of B'nai B'rith
June 26, 1947:
Hearings to Be Held On U.J.F. Allocations
Klezmer with knishes, juice and 'p'stromi' by Carol Davis in San Diego
Chapter Fifteen of Reluctant Martyr, a serialized book by Sheila Orysiek in San Diego

Thursday, July 3, 2008 (Vol. 2, No. 159)

Middle East
Carnage again stalks Jerusalem's buses by Judy Lash Balint in Jerusalem
Victory in Iraq is well-worth fighting for by Shoshana Bryen in Washington, D.C.
Biking can make you and planet more fit by Ulla Hadar in Kibbutz Ruhama, Israel
United States of America
American Jewish civics quiz for July 4 by Sheila Orysiek in San Diego
San Diego
Confronting abuse in the Jewish community by Rabbi Jeff Brown in Cardiff by the Sea, California
Adventures in San Diego Jewish History
—June 19, 1947:
Hashomer Hatzair to Have Summer Camp
—June 19, 1947:
Program Completed for Day Camp
June 19, 1947:
Jewish War Vets
Thursdays with the songs of Hal Wingard
# 308,
Great New Diet
—# 74,
Bad Booze Blues

Wednesday, July 2, 2008 (Vol. 2. No. 158)

Middle East
'Standupistim'—That's Hebrew for 'Stand Up comics'—wow 'em in Israel by Judy Lash Balint in Jerusalem
Only in Israel? A Tale of Four Chickens by Dorothea Shefer-Vanson in Mevasseret Zion, Israel
The Jews Down Under, Jewish news of Australia and New Zealand by Garry Fabian
Progessive view on Rabbi Jonathan Sacks ... Historic agreement on emergency management ...Graeme Samuel explains silence on Pratt case ... Being 'green' is the Jewish thing to do .. Salary hikes impact on Jewish school ... New Zealand's Jewish Community doubly celebrates ...
Australia -Israel link on celluloid...Antisemitism after the Holocaust
San Diego
The 20-gallon challenge; can you save water each day, help preserve Earth's resources? by Donald H. Harrison in San Diego
Adventures in San Diego Jewish History
June 19, 1947:
U.J.F. Campaign Continues
June 19, 1947:
Newcomers to Country Welcome Baby Boy
June 19, 1947:
Francis W. Parker School Packs 20 Boxes for S.O.S.
June 19, 1947:
Temple Sisterhood Sponsor New Project
When the extended family met at the grandparents' house in Newark, N.J. by Gail Feinstein Forman in Newark, N.J.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008 (Vol. 2, No. 157)

Middle East
Israel's painful deal with Hizbollah by Ira Sharkansky in Jerusalem
What the devil is O.C.S.? or how to end importing Middle East oil by J. Zel Lurie in Delray Beach, Florida
In aftermath of Golubchuk case, Canada grapples with when a patient is dead by Rabbi Dow Marmur in Toronto, Canada
San Diego
San Diego Mesa College librarian Jack Forman a connoisseur of Jewish books by Donald H. Harrison in San Diego
Adventures in San Diego Jewish History
Honor Your Loved Ones On-line
June 12, 1947:
Pioneer Women
June 12, 1947:
Birdie Stodel B.B.
June 12, 1947:
June 12, 1947:
Gerald Schissell Elected To Office
Pop proudly gives a tour of his 'palace' by Gail Feinstein Forman in San Diego

Monday, June 30, 2008 (Vol. 2, No. 156)

Middle East
Sarkozy should butt out of Israel's affairs by Isaac Yetiv in La Jolla, California
Midbar kvetching:complaints in the desert by Sheila Orysiek in San Diego
Adventures in San Diego Jewish History
Honor Your Loved Ones On-line
June 12, 1947: U.J.F. Announces Close of Campaign
June 12, 1947: Telegram from Henry Morgenthau Jr. to Albert Hutler
June 12, 1947:
Admiral Badger Accepts Placque (sic)
The Arts
Cast of Morgan-Wixson's Cabaret weak by Cynthia Citron in Santa Monica, California
Dancing their way through the senior years by Donald H. Harrison in Oceanside, California
Menus come on parchment in Dussini Mediterranean Bistro in the Gaslamp by Lynne Thrope in San Diego

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