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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

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Sublimating more pressing global concerns, Rice pushes her false Mideast priorities by Shoshana Bryen in Washington, D.C.

The Jews Down Under,
a roundup of Jewish news in Australia by Garry Fabian

Record number of Jews enter local politics

Scholarship winner to promote peace efforts

How Jews fared in the Big Run

Nazi Hunter calls for swift extradition

Salcberg's Run at Olympics comes to an end

Survivors on show in Adelaide

Move to block anti-Semitic 'Terror TV'

Police Apology for Vorchheimer

Peres Peace team arrives in Australia

Brisbane Jewish community supports victim of violence

Jewish Issues get airing at Writers Festival

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Sublimating more pressing global concerns, Rice pushes her false Mideast priorities

By Shoshana Bryen

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Establishing American foreign policy priorities is difficult, given the number of events competing for attention. Events not under our control often dictate changes in policies and changes in the order of priorities. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has to orchestrate among Iraq, the collapse of the governing coalition in Pakistan, Russia's invasion of Georgia and NATO's lack of timely response. She also has to consider Iran's progress on nuclear capability, North Korea, Venezuela, Afghanistan and the resurgent Taliban. Not to mention Lebanon under Hezbollah and Hezbollah in Latin America, the Jordanian government's three meetings with Hamas and two trips to Moscow, Syria's request for Russian missiles and Russian warships in the Syrian port of Tartus.  

Number one on her list is... trumpets, please -

An Israeli-Palestinian agreement on the establishment of Palestine and the possibility of a Moscow "peace conference" later in the fall; Russia being a member of the Middle East Quartet. Speaking on her plane, Secretary Rice said, "We continue to have the same goal, which is to reach (a Palestinian-Israeli) agreement by the end of the year."  

She told reporters that Israel's prisoner release and the lifting of some checkpoints in the West Bank were good, "but on both sides, in terms of Palestinian security and judicial reform, and in terms of movement and access, the Israelis and the Palestinians have work to do." Asked about a role for Hamas, she said, "Gaza has to be resolved... on the basis of Abu Mazen's program for it, which is that legitimate Palestinian Authority institutions have to be reinstated." Asked if Hamas's desire for a political role motivated its participation in the ceasefire, she said, "I think there are multiple incentives and motivations for the calm that is there," and mentioned reconsidering the November 2005 agreement as a mechanism for re-opening the Gaza border crossings.

As if time had stood still. Abu Mazen couldn't implement the border crossing agreement in 2005 when he was the only legitimate Palestinian leader and he was in Gaza with an army. Abu Mazen can't "resolve" Gaza on the basis of his program - he lost the legislative election and lost the civil war and has no power in Gaza at all. What power he has on the West Bank is the result of Israeli military and intelligence operations disrupting Hamas's efforts to replicate its Gaza successes. The cease-fire has allowed Hamas to import more weapons, mine the borders and consolidate its position among the militias of Gaza - preparing for the next round of war against Israel, not peace.

And isn't the Quartet one of those institutions in which Russia should be ignored, like coordinating with the G-7 on aid to Georgia rather than the G-8? Shouldn't we have the Middle East Trio rather than the Quartet?

Having made Palestinian independence - the need for which is unclear - her priority, Dr. Rice has misplaced the longstanding American priority on Arab (and Palestinian) recognition of the legitimacy of the State of Israel in the region and the security that would attend recognition. It was a big mistake.

Bryen is special projects director for the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA)


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Record number of Jews enter local politics

By Garry Fabian

SYDNEY - A record number of Jewish candidates are jostling for a stake in local politics with 11 Jewish candidates contesting seats on Waverley Council and another two running for re-election on Woollhara Council next month. Both areas have very significant Jewish populations.

"It would be an unprecedented field," said long-standing Waverley councillor and former Waverley mayor George Newhouse, who plans to step down in September.

"I'm not aware of that number of Jewish candidates ever running for a council election in NSW before."

Waverley councillor Tony Kay, who is running for re-election on a Liberal ticket for Waverley Ward when elections are held on September 13, also reported a record turnout of Jewish candidates for his party, but added: "This is entirely appropriate since the latest census figures quote 27 per cent of Jews in NSW live in Waverley."

But the increased numbers don't necessarily translate to more Jews sitting on council, Newhouse warned.

"You need to look carefully at where they sit on the ticket," he added "In my experience, it's highly unlikely that anyone other than the first candidate on the ticket will be elected."

The main battleground for Jewish contenders is Waverley Council's Hunter Ward -- one of the council's four wards where seven Jewish candidates are contesting.

Among them, Australian Labor Party candidate Lorin Blumenthal is second on the ticket Liberal candidates Yvonne Coburn and Stan Kruss are second and third, respectively and Greens candidate Boaz Magal is second.

There is also an all-Jewish Independent ticket -- with Miriam Guttman-Jones first, Judi Hall second and Annette Guerry third.

And it's not the only one. Contesting council's Waverley Ward is another all-Jewish ticket, including independents Leon Goltsman, Edward Levy and Anna Reznik.Guttman-Jones said that while she was pitching mainly to Jewish voters, her platform appealed to voters at large.

"I've met many people in my door-knocking who are not happy," she said. "The issues that I'm running on affect both Jews and non-Jews in the community."

Woollhara Council has two Jewish candidates running for re-election - Liberal councillor Anthony Boskovitz for Vaucluse Ward and Isabelle Shapiro for Bellevue Hill Ward - while councillor Marcus Ehrlich will step down for Paddington Ward.

But contrary to the large showing in the eastern suburbs there appear to be no confirmed Jewish candidates running for Ku-ring-gai Council on the North Shore, which covers an area with a relatively high percentage of Jewish residents.

Jewish voters will also be interested to know that first on the Labor ticket for Waverley Council Lawson Ward is Rose Jackson, who was Newhouse's campaign manager during his failed bid to win the seat of Wentworth in last year's Federal Elections.

In November last year it was alleged that Jackson had espoused anti-Zionism during her tenure at the National Union of Students.

Scholarship winner to promote peace efforts
MELBOURNE- Sha’ron Haviv, who heads the Zionist Federation of Australia’s Hagshama organisation, has won this year’s Lippmann Scholarship, which will enable her to attend two overseas training programs aimed at bringing Israelis and Palestinians closer together.

The scholarship was founded 18 years ago by community volunteers, Marion Lippmann and her late husband Kurt, and is awarded annually to a Jewish community worker.

Haviv, who was born in Australia, but has lived in Israel for several years, was selected from seven applicants in Melbourne and Sydney.

Winning the scholarship has made it possible for her to fly to New York this month to attend a training program with Encounter, an organisation founded by American rabbi, Melissa Weintraub, which arranges for Jews to spend time with a Palestinian family.

Haviv will also fly to Israel to attend the seventh annual conference of the Sulha Peace Project, an outdoor event that attempts to encourage ­reconciliation.

“Mediation sessions are conducted in listening circles held in tents. There are circles for all aspects of the conflict – for bereaved families, religious and spiritual sessions, for members of the IDF [Israel Defence Forces] and one specifically for women,” Haviv said in a recent interview.

A spokesperson for the Lippmann Scholarship Trustees said Sulha provides “a safe respectful environment in which Christians, Muslims and Jews share, listen and celebrate each other’s similarities and differences”.
Sulha has branches in several countries, including Sulha Oz, an Australian group in Sydney, and when Haviv returns, she hopes to establish a Melbourne group.

How Jews fared in the Big Run

SYDNEY -Every year scores of Jews make the pilgrimage from William Street to Campbell Parade as part of the Sun-Herald City-to-Surf run. It was no different this year.

Scores of runners, joggers, walkers and strollers dusted off their sneakers for the annual 14-kilometre trek.
Jonathon Clennar, a veteran of 10 City2Surf races, was the first Jew to finish when he completed the course in 52 minutes and 32 seconds, crossing the line in 266th place.

Clennar, 42, motors through 70 kilometres a week in his six running and two swimming sessions. He sees the City2Surf and Sydney Half Marathon as the highlights of his sporting calendar.

"It's a very special day," the Wollongong resident said. His peak performance came in 1993, when he navigated the course in just 47 minutes.

Andrew Ross, 26, was another runner delighted at cracking the magical 60-minute mark for the first time, finishing in 57 minutes 59 seconds in his ninth race.

"I'm over the moon ... the weather made for perfect running conditions. I think I'm retiring from running competitively this year. Next year I'll dress up as a gorilla," he joked.

Shaun Greenblo, 22, not only completed the race in a formidable 58 minutes and 13 seconds, but also raised $2,000 for Camp Quality.

"It wasn't as hot as last year, so the cooler weather and better conditions made for a better run," he said.
Young tennis protegee Gavin Levy, 16, came in 657th place with a time of 56 minutes and 47 seconds.

Nazi Hunter calls for swift extradition

PERTH—Dr. Efraim Zuroff, the man who brought the allegations against Charles Zentai to the world’s attention, has called on the alleged war criminal to be extradited “as quickly as possible."

Zentai, 86, was granted bail on Wednesday (August 20) afternoon by the Federal Court after earlier being found eligible for extradition by Magistrate Barbara Lane. It is understood that Zentai’s lawyer will appeal the decision.

Dr Zuroff, the Israel director of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, welcomed Magistrate Lane’s decision.
“Today’s decision brings us a giant step forward toward achieving historic justice,” Dr Zuroff said.
“Our thoughts are with the family of Peter Balazs, who Zentai is alleged to have murdered in Budapest in November 1944. It is only thanks to Peter’s father Dezso and he brother Adam, who collected the evidence of Zentai’s [alleged] role in Peter’s murder, that the Weisenthal Centre was able, more than three years ago, to track down the person [believed to be] responsible for the crime.”

Late on Wednesday, it was reported that Zentai was released on a $50,000 bail. A Federal Court judge decided that because of his failing health and the fact that his family and friends all live in Australia, there was little risk of him fleeing the country. He was ordered to stay near his Perth home and had to surrender his passports.

It was also reported that Bob Debus, the minister for home affairs, will make the final call on Zentai’s extradition, rather than Attorney General Robert McClelland.

Salcberg's Run at Olympics comes to an end

BEIJING -– Table tennis player David Zalcberg's Olympic campaign has come to an end at the preliminary singles stage with a straight-games loss to Vietnam's Kien Quoc Doan.

Zalcberg, who will retire at the end of the Beijing Games, fought hard against a more experienced, higher-ranked player but was outclassed, eventually succumbing in just under half an hour.

Competing at his second Olympic Games, Zalcberg pushed Doan, before going down 11-8, 11-7, 12-10, 11-5.
Last week Australia lost to Austria, China and Greece in the teams event, with Zalcberg and doubles partner William Henzel producing some top-shelf table tennis against the hosts and eventual gold medalists despite going down in straight games.

Survivors on show in Adelaide

ADELAIDE - An exhibition that examines the stories of Word War II survivors opened last week at Adelaide's Migration Museum.

Titled Evidence of Survival: The Impact of Word War II Documents, the exhibition utilises drawings, documents and personal papers to piece together 11 different stories.

Included are stories of  a Polish double agent, who smuggled weapons and amunition for the local underground, as well as a Polish satirist who drew caricatures and sketches in opposition to the Nazi regime.

Move to block anti-Semitic 'Terror TV'

CANBERRA - Authorities are trying to stop an anti-Semitic satellite TV station broadcasting into Australia from Indonesia ­ which has already rejected US efforts to take the channel off the air.

It is the third time Australia has acted against al-Manar, a channel owned by Hezbollah, the militant Shiite Muslim Lebanese political party. The United States lists it as a banned terrorist organisation. Australia lists only its armed wing, the External Security Organisation.

Al-Manar promotes and raises money for terrorism, particularly against Israel. It has just started broadcasting again into Asia and the Pacific from Indonesia, using a company part-owned by the Indonesian Government, and is available to people with satellite dishes.

The station is viciously anti-Semitic ­ perpetuating the medieval "blood libel" that Jews use the blood of Christian children in their Passover meals ­ as well as anti-Israel and anti-US. Hezbollah triggered a war with Israel in 2006 after kidnapping two Israeli soldiers.

Al-Manar's political talk shows feature guests from terrorist organisations. It has shown the decomposing bodies of Israeli soldiers. It also screens mundane programming, such as educational children's shows.

Australian Arabic Council chairman Roland Jabbour said it was hypocritical for a government that believed in freedom of speech to ban al-Manar. He said the channel was very popular and widely watched by Arabic speakers in Australia.

"Hezbollah's political wing represents many people in the Lebanese Parliament, and there's nothing military about the television station," he said. He added that "nearly every television channel from the Middle East" can be viewed in Australia, and that others were more likely to advocate violence.

Australia-Israel Review editor Tzvi Fleischer said al-Manar's reappearance was of deep concern.
"It's not only a fund-raising and recruiting tool for a terrorist organisation but is very anti-Semitic, with some very nasty stuff. We hope the authorities look hard at whether they can stop it.".

Alerted  this week to al-Manar's presence, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) yesterday confirmed it had begun inquiries.

Al-Manar is banned in the US. A US embassy spokesman in Jakarta last week confirmed it had made representations to Indonesia about the station.

"The US Government has expressed, and will continue to express, its concerns about Hezbollah and al-Manar television worldwide, and remains firmly opposed to their exploitation of the media to promote terrorist acts," he said.

Indonesian Communications Minister Muhammed Nuh said: "We can't stop anyone here as long as they aren't violating our regulations.

"The US Government has no right to intervene in Indosat's affairs" a reference to the satellite broadcaster.
The Indonesian Government owns 14% of the satellite company and has the right to veto strategic decisions, according to a media report.

In 2004 ACMA stopped a Sydney-based provider transmitting al-Manar as part of a package of Arab stations. In January this year ACMA alerted a Thai company that was broadcasting al-Manar into Australia. The company dropped the station.

Yesterday ACMA spokesman Donald Robertson said the authority imposed program standards on terror-related content after investigating al-Manar in 2004.

Mr Robertson could not say exactly what ACMA proposed to do about the Indosat broadcasts. He said the authority's legal power to enforce anti-terrorism standards was not confined to Australia. "ACMA may still issue a notice to an overseas service provider directing it to comply with the act," he said.

A spokesman for Federal Communications Minister Stephen Conroy said the minister was aware of ACMA's inquiry and he would work with the authority as the matter developed.

According to the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, al-Manar, launched in 1991, transmits 24 hours a day worldwide and is bankrolled by the Iranian Government. The station regularly broadcasts speeches by Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah and fatwas (Muslim legal rulings) endorsing suicide bombing as legitimate.

Greg Barton, Monash University professor for the study of Indonesia, said the West had little prospect of getting Indonesian co-operation. "It highlights the diminution of soft power for the West in general and America in particular as a direct result of Iraq," he said.

Professor Barton, an adviser to Abdurrahman Wahid when he was Indonesian president, said: "I can't see President Yudhoyono listening to the Americans on this one."

Australia should investigate jamming an anti-Semitic, pro-terrorism television station being broadcast into Australia from Indonesia, a Jewish advocacy group says.

Anti-Defamation Commission chairman John Searle said yesterday he was disappointed that Australia's Arabic community was supporting the station, al-Manar.

Mr Searle said al-Manar went beyond acceptable limits of free speech and was renowned for inciting violence and hatred.

He said he was disturbed at statements by Australian Arabic Council chairman Roland Jabbour in The Age yesterday that the channel was popular and should not be restricted.

"I would have hoped that a station broadcasting programs which describe Jews as the offspring of apes and pigs and which advocates their annihilation would not receive the support of Australia's Arabic community," he said.

Mr Jabbour responded yesterday by saying that anti-Semitism was wrong and that Judaism should be respected, but that Hezbollah was not anti-Semitic.

"We need to make a clear distinction between anti-Israel and anti-Semitic, and between a terrorist organisation and a resistance group," he said.

He said he would not call Jews the offspring of apes and pigs, but that in the context of "the crimes of the state of Israel" it was reasonable for al-Manar to do so and to portray Israeli rabbis as killing Christian children to use their blood in Passover meals.

He said The Age yesterday referred to Hezbollah kidnapping two Israeli soldiers. "That resulted in the release of 500 prisoners rotting in Israeli jails. Israel understands only the language of force. An occupier cannot claim self-defence," he said.

Communication specialist Paul Budde said jamming broadcasts into Australia from a satellite was relatively simple with military equipment, but would require a political decision by the Government rather than a regulatory decision by the media authority.

Communications Minister Stephen Conroy said the authority was analysing al-Manar broadcasts to see whether they offended the counter-terrorism standards.

Police Apology for Vorchheimer

MELBOURNE—After almost two years, Menachem Vorchheimer’s battle for justice appears to be over.
Vorchheimer, flanked by his lawyers Robert Richter QC, Remy Van de Wiel QC and Norman Rosenbaum, and Victorian Police Deputy Commissioner Simon Overland fronted the media on Tuesday (August 19).
Vorchheimer and his children were victims of an anti-Semitic attack perpetrated by a group of footballers from Ocean Grove on October 14, 2006 during Simchat Torah.

Three of the men involved faced criminal charges in court and Vorchheimer took civil action, which was dropped last Thursday, against the off-duty policeman who was driving the bus in which the attackers were passengers.

In a statement read on his behalf, Senior Constable Terry Moore -- the bus driver -- expressed regret “that he did not immediately confront those persons [the bus passengers] in an attempt to stop any further act of racial and religious vilification by some of the occupants of the bus."

He said that he would use his experience to assist in educating other police officers as to how to respond to a similar situation.

Deputy Commissioner Overland added that Senior Constable Moore “made an error of judgement and did not act in a positive manner to intervene at the earliest opportunity."

Even though he was off-duty, Senior Constable Moore was still obligated to fulfilll his duties.

“When confronted with a serious breach of the law, a police officer is never ‘off duty’,” said Deputy Commissioner Overland.

He conceded that the investigation into the anti-Semitic assault took too long, but said there was a positive to come out of the “disturbing event."

“The Chief Commissioner proposes to issue a new instruction to all members of the Victoria Police force to emphasise to them their obligations to uphold and enforce the rights of all people in Victoria not to be subjected to unlawful discrimination on grounds such as race, religion, sexual preference or gender, and to act promptly and effectively on legitimate complaints made to them about such discrimination,” he said.
Both the Ocean Grove Football Netball Club and a group of passengers who witnessed the assault released a statement as well.

They both asked Victoria Police to establish a “hate/bias crime unit” as a result of the assault.

“We are calling on the Victorian State Government and Victoria Police to establish a unit comprised of dedicated officers and resources with the specific responsibility to investigate crimes where hate/bias may be a motivating factor,” the statement read.

Peres Peace team arrives in Australia

MELBOURNE - The Peres Peace Team will have its first hit-out on Australian soil when it takes on a composite team, including eight former AJAX players, in a practice match on Sunday.

The side will be looking for a good showing just three days out from its opening game in the Australian Football League's  (AFL) International Cup next Wednesday against Great Britain at Ransford Oval, Royal Park.

The competition includes teams from more than 16 countries and is part of the AFL’s ongoing efforts to grow the game around the world.

The Peace Team’s opponents in Sunday’s practice match, dubbed the “Unity Team”, will also include players from Old Brighton Grammarians as well as several Muslim footballers, with the AFL’s first Muslim player, Essendon midfielder Bachar Houli, also on board to assist the game-day coaching staff. 

Hawthorn legend and game-day coach Robert Dipierdomenico will lead the Peace Team for the first time, and will be confident of a strong performance after his side’s rousing three-goal win against a team of Australian expats and gap-year students in Israel last month.

The game is being sponsored by Delloitte, which has organised the practice match and will be providing specially designed jumpers for both sides and officials for the game as well.

The Peres Centre for Peace, the driving force behind the Peace Team, has hosted many AFL stars in Israel in recent months, with Dipierdomenico and iconic former coach and player Ron Barassi the latest to visit the side.

The Israeli/Palestinian team has a training session in Sydney on Friday with the Sydney Swans and another session with Carlton on Monday, before the highly anticipated round-one clash with Great Britain at Ransford Oval in Royal Park.

And the side will have little time to rest up, with a string of functions, tours, meetings and training sessions to attend before the opening bounce.

Brisbane Jewish community supports victim of violence
BRISBANE - The Jewish community are pulling together this week in a communal outpouring of sympathy and goodwill for Israeli assault victim Tal Naor.

Twice-daily prayers, a bedside vigil and a steady flow of support for the victim’s partner, family and friends have become the order of the day since Naor, 29, was attacked on Monday.

The details of the incident remain sketchy.

According to Inspector Tony Montgomery-Clarke of the Queensland Police Service, Naor allegedly drove his car up to a petrol bowser, and later, when he entered the store to pay for his petrol, he was allegedly confronted by a woman and an argument subsequently developed.

As he left the store, Naor was then allegedly punched and knocked backwards by an associate of the woman. He fell and sustained injuries after knocking his head on the concrete ground.

Naor has since been in a serious, but stable condition at Brisbane’s Princess Alexandra Hospital.
“While the punch itself wasn’t particularly hard or savage, it did result in him suffering quite a serious injury,” Inspector Montgomery-Clarke said.

Although Naor has a strong Israeli accent, police denied that there was any racial motive for the attack.
“All the Jewish community is shocked and upset. He is a young and friendly guy, everyone knows him and everyone loves him,” said Guy Twina, a close friend of the victim. “Everyone is praying for him and doing as much as they can do.”

Twina added that the incident was such a shock because Naor is a “kindly and soft man, definitely not aggressive."

The United Israel Appeal and the State Zionist Council (SZC) of Queensland have requested the community pray for Naor’s speedy recovery.

Prayers will be recited daily at the morning and evening services in Brisbane’s Margaret St Synagogue. Rabbi Levi Jaffe of Chabad of Brisbane has visited the victim in hospital and offered his support.
Henry Malecki, president of the SZC, said that while he did not know Naor personally, “it’s very upsetting to everybody that it happened."

The Israeli embassy in Canberra has been offering consular assistance.

“We are in contact with him, with the family, with the hospital and the police,” said Israeli embassy attache Dor Shapira. “Anything that they need, we will provide,” he added.

Naor’s parents were expected to arrive in Brisbane from Israel today.

Naor, who has lived in Australia for nine years and runs his own handyman business, is expecting his first child with his partner.

The man accused of assaulting Naor, Wilson Daniel Lee, handed himself over to police and appeared in Brisbane Magistrate’s Court yesterday on a charge of grievous bodily harm. He was refused bail.

Jewish Issues get airing at Writers Festival

SYDNEY -Penetrating questions abounded at the Sydney Jewish Writers Festival (SJWF) gala event when panelists American award-winning author Daniel Mendelsohn and former NSW premier and author Bob Carr went head-to-head.

Throughout the event, the two authors debated a number of Jewish issues that arise regularly, both in the literary world and in Jewish texts, including tackling anti-Semitism inherent in world famous literary texts.

Author Alan Gold chaired the event and posed the opening question: “Is the Jewish experience just another ethnic narrative or is there something intrinsic in it, which makes Jewish people unique?”

“There have been other genocides and I think we have to acknowledge the genocide that colonialism produced that may have sprinkled across Europe about eliminating inferior races,” Carr said, adding that there was something that goes “right to the heart” about what happened to the Jews during the Holocaust.

“It reminds us that anti-Semitism has resided in western civilisation going back even before Christianity ... It’s something we’ve got to come to grips with ... It makes us wonder what there is in the human animal to want to eliminate other human beings.”

Carr’s book, My Reading Life, where he lists Primo Levi’s If This is a Man as “the best of all the books of literary of testament," was released earlier this year.

Mendelsohn, who is author of The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million, took a different approach to the question, and said that Jews as writers were in a unique position because they had paradoxically both been authoritative in literature and yet also consistently persecuted.

“To have this esteemed status, which everyone acknowledges, even the Germans, and yet always to be hunted down, positions Jews in a very interesting way in world culture. I think that makes us a people of writers.”

Peta Jones Pellach, director of adult education at the Shalom Institute, said: “Mendelsohn comes from a Jewish background and Bob Carr is not Jewish at all, but yet what they said resonated with all of us Jews.”
More than 300 people attended the gala event, which was held in the law theatre at the University of New South Wales, and close to 400 attended the writers’ sessions held over the three-day festival.

“I was amazed to get such glowing comments of praise from people, it’s well beyond my expectations” said SJWF co-ordinator Elaine Black. “We’re all buoyed up for the next one in 2010.”

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Life turning pleasant circles upon itself

By Donald H. Harrison

SAN DIEGO—Sometimes life has a way of turning circles on itself, and turning and turning, and things that weren’t clear, or which seem unrelated before, come together as if in a grand design.

This particular story had its genesis in 1962 when as a freshman believing himself to be a pre-med student at UCLA, I picked up the Daily Bruin and read an advertisement offering “free donuts and coffee” for anyone who wanted to try out to be a cub reporter.  I had never even written for a high school newspaper, but UCLA was so big, and the offer of free donuts and coffee sounded so friendly, and inviting, that I figured, what the heck, I would answer the ad.  I didn’t know if I could write, or would enjoy being a cub reporter, but I knew I liked donuts and coffee.

Entering the confines of the Daily Bruin, I met the upper classman who was the City Editor.   He would go on in life to become a fairly well known comedian, who used to appear as a regular on Saturday Night Live and later became one of the voices of The Simpsons cartoon series: Harry Shearer.   He told me that the only way it could be ascertained whether I had any writing talent would be for me to be given an assignment and then for me to sink or swim with it.

He handed me a slip of paper about two members of the Bruin Mountaineer Club who had spent that summer hiking around Canada and the United States, collecting pennants that they attached to their walking sticks wherever they went.  Along the way they climbed Mt. Edith Cavell in Canada, and also had the good fortune to meet the world’s best-known mountaineer, Sir Edmund Hillary.   I wrote up their adventures, and the Daily Bruin chose to run it, under my byline.  My mother, Alice Harrison, commented somewhat ruefully that when I got that first story printed, “the world lost a doctor.”    As I look back, it was probably for the best.  I used to get queasy at the sight of blood.

A career in journalism eventuated.  I rose to the position of managing editor of the Daily Bruin.  I summer interned for the Los Angeles Times; then after graduation worked for the Associated Press in the Los Angeles, Sacramento and New York City bureaus.  In 1972, I was recruited by the San Diego Union to be its politics writer—a position I occupied until 1980, when I entered the field of public relations, working as a press secretary for political figures and also developing an expertise in promoting tourism.  But I found myself missing journalism, so began to work as a volunteer for the San Diego Jewish Press Heritage. 

Publisher Herb Brin  paid me in titles instead of money,  and eventually I became the editor of that newspaper.  When Herb became terminally ill, and his empire spun down into financial ruin, forcing him to close the Los Angeles, Central California and Orange County editions of the Heritage, Norman Greene and I thought we could prevent the same thing happening to the San Diego edition.  We purchased it, co-published it, and together lost a half million dollars on the enterprise.  It was a sad day at the end of 2003 when we had to close it.  Thereafter, I threw myself into writing a biography: Louis Rose: San Diego’s First Jewish Settler and Entrepreneur.  Following its publication by Sunbelt Pubications, I agreed to write a column for the San Diego Jewish Times, which though a rival of Heritage’s, was, under the leadership of Mike Schwartz, a friendly rival.  A few years later, however, Mike was forced to close down the San Diego Jewish Times, plagued by the same financial problems that had undone the Heritage.  Former staff members of both newspapers persuaded me that San Diego should have some sort of Jewish news voice that would appear more frequently than the monthly San Diego Jewish Journal, and so shortly after Passover 2007, I began publishing San Diego Jewish World.

After my book was published by Sunbelt Publications, Inc., I had lunch one day with Diana Lindsay, who along with her husband Lowell owns that publishing and book distribution concern.  She asked me how I got into journalism, and I told her the story about the “coffee and the donuts” and the two Bruin Mountaineers.  She recognized the story immediately.  One of those mountaineers I had interviewed, she told me to my surprise, was her husband, my book publisher, Lowell Lindsay.  I couldn’t have been more surprised that unbeknownst to me, or him, the man I, as a rookie reporter, had interviewed more than 40 years before had become the publisher of my book. Life had turned a circle on itself.

Yesterday, I dropped in on Lowell Lindsay, and reminded him of the story.  He asked what I had been doing lately, and I told him that I had recently been released from Kaiser Permanente Hospital, where doctors had treated me for a blood infection, probably brought on by dental treatments in which I had undergone a deep cleaning.  I’m now taking the antibiotic Rocephin to clear up the problem.  I told Lowell that while I was in the hospital, I continued to prove our publication’s thesis that “there is a Jewish story everywhere” by interviewing two Jewish doctors and a Jewish nurse whom I saw at the foot of my hospital bed.  Furthermore, my hospital roommate, Paul Spector, who now has also gone home, was a  fellow Jew with an interesting story that I got to recount. 

I told him that when Sunbelt published books of Jewish interest, I’d be delighted to read and review them.  He went over to his bookcase and pulled out some, one of which was Courage to Heal, a historical novel by Dr. Paul Bernstein about the founding of Kaiser Permanente Hospital.  It told the story of Dr. Sidney Garfield, the Jewish doctor who persuaded industrialist Henry Kaiser that doctors should practice preventive medicine, rather than medicine that derived its profits by charging patients more and more fees the sicker they got.  The story was cast as an epic struggle between Garfield and the American Medical Association and while reading it, I couldn’t help flashing back on the Ayn Rand novels like The Fountainhead and The Citadel that I read at UCLA in which strong, noble protagonists fought without ever compromising their principles against self-seeking parasites. 

And, then I realized my life was circling back upon itself again: that Jewish story “everywhere” was not only at the foot of my hospital bed, or about the patient in the next bed over, it was in fact “everywhere” I could see at the Kaiser Permanente Hospital, because this was an institution that had been built by Garfield, a fellow Jew.

And, turning another circle, I realized that Bernstein’s book had been reviewed last year on San Diego Jewish World, by our talented book reviewer and my former colleague at the San Diego Union, Norman Manson, who will be celebrating his 80th birthday on September 14th.  

It’s amazing how life circles and circles the themes and people who are important to us.

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Jewish high school soccer sensation now a freshman on University of Maryland's team

By Bruce Lowitt

OLDSMAR, Florida—Zac MacMath is just beginning his first semester at the University of Maryland on a full soccer scholarship, and the 16-year-old freshman from St. Petersburg  is already having to begin pondering what could be a life-altering decision.

The  6-foot-1, 160-pound MacMath was a two-time Parade magazine High School All-American soccer goalkeeper and a member of the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National soccer team that competed in the 2007 FIFA World Cup. And he toured China in December with the U-23 team.

He already has had feelers from a few European teams, which means it won’t be long before he’ll want to turn pro if the right offer comes from Major League Soccer or the Europeans.

"A player with his ability has unlimited potential to get to the national and Olympic teams, and the chance to turn pro will come, especially if he allows himself to mature with a couple of years of college," said Peter Mannino, coaching director for the Clearwater Chargers Soccer Club, with whom Zac previously played.

MacMath said he plans to get his degree, "whether it’s sooner or later."  Almost certainly it will be later - with his parents’ blessing.

"We sort of made a verbal commitment to Maryland’s coaching staff that he would stay for two years and we would explore his options and discuss them with him at that time," his father, Gary, said. But he noted, "Maryland has had student-athletes leave early in the past - and if it’s in Zac’s best interest we would encourage that for him."

Maryland was selected because of that likelihood.

"It has a program that allows student athletes that leave in good standing to come back and still have their education paid for," said his father, who played soccer at Penn State and coached his son’s teams from the time Zac was 7.

When his playing days are over, MacMath said, he plans to continue his involvement with soccer, possibly as a coach.

"At the moment, although he’s not sure what his major will be," his mother, Marcy, said, "he’s considering business or communications, so he could stay involved that way."

For now, though, Sacho Cirovski, the University of Maryland’s men’s soccer coach, is excited to have MacMath.

"Zac is the best high school goalkeeper in the country," Cirovski said in February on Maryland’s sports website, when he announced his recruiting class. "He has incredible experience for such a young player. He is a calming presence in goal, a great distributor with his hands and feet, and plays with a maturity beyond his years."

That ability and maturity gave MacMath the opportunity to be a part of the U-23 squad that visited China for a couple of matches.

He was the youngest member of the team, the only one still in high school. A few still were in college but most were professionals from MLS and Europe, "a lot of guys you grow up watching on TV, guys who were your idols," he said.

MacMath also had been invited to participate in the Pan-American Maccabi Games in Buenos Aires in December, but the trip to China "was just a great experience for me," he said.

"I didn’t get (to play) in either of the games but we had a crowd of about 30,000 for the first game, and just being out there was pretty good. It was something I just couldn’t pass up."

There were the usual jokes about MacMath being the youngest player "but as the trip went on they got comfortable with me and I got comfortable with them. But they still made jokes about me, like I could barely drive, and of course I always carried the balls and all the rest of the equipment."

Not all the jokes were — or are — funny, not with the U.S. U-23 team; not with other teammates at other matches. Those are the Jewish jokes.

"I’ve heard the jokes — not directed at me — just jokes about Jews in general," said MacMath. "It’s hard to take it when people talk about your religion that way. I mean, there are very few soccer players who I know that are Jewish.

"I don’t think they were doing it to hurt my feelings. Most of the time they never knew I was Jewish. I think they were doing just because they thought they were funny. I’ve told teammates I was Jewish and they’d say, ‘I’m sorry’ and apologize, and then there have been times when I just let it go and dealt with it.

MacMath became a bar mitzvah at Temple Beth El. He attended St. Petersburg High as a freshman, then moved to the elite IMG Soccer Academy in Bradenton. It has, among its graduates, more than 50 players who have moved on to MLS or European teams. In Bradenton, he said, the dormitories and classes at IMG’s Edison Academic Center were for athletes. His dorm consisted of his soccer team, some basketball and tennis players, and a few golfers.

There he met Roy Steinberg, an Israeli golfer, "an outgoing kid, really funny," MacMath said. "He and I hung out at school and became really good friends. We still have that bond of being Jewish.

"Roy speaks English, but when we first met he wasn’t very good at it. We were in the same English class this past year and had a lot of writing assignments. I’d usually finish quickly and then help him with his papers, help him read books, and get through it all," MacMath said. "He graduated, so I guess he did pretty well."
MacMath’s religion hasn’t conflicted with his soccer, he said. He’ll play on Friday nights and Saturdays but not on holidays.

"I don’t think it’s given that people know (I’m Jewish)," MacMath said, "but if I tell my coaches about it they have been very understanding and respectful." There has never been an instance, he said, of a coach insisting he play rather than attend services.

He said his father never pushed him to follow in his footsteps. Still, it was a natural progression and, after playing baseball and basketball as well for a while, he chose soccer, which eventually led him to Maryland.

MacMath has been away from home before, often for a few weeks at a time, "but this is different," he said. Most of his friends have been involved with soccer in youth leagues and with the Chargers.

Now he has his teammates; most live in the same dorm.

"A lot of them are from out of state, too," MacMath said, "so we’re all having to adjust."

The preceding story originally was published in the Jewish Press of Pinellas County, in Florida. Lowitt may be contacted at lowittb@sandiegojewishworld.com

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CHEF AND CUISINE—Geoffrey Yahn is pictured alongside his duck confit in bing cherry sauce


Jewish tam at Currant American Brasserie

By Lynne Thrope

SAN DIEGO—Last Shabbat, my husband and I dined at Currant American Brasserie. It was the first time in San Diego that we were greeted in a mainstream restaurant with a rousing, “Shabbat Shalom!” Native Seattle son Geoffrey Yahn was our greeter; he’s also the new executive chef in this downtown bistro that bustles with tourists and locals looking for great food offered in a friendly French environment. Every day this establishment serves breakfast, lunch, and supper street side in the Sofia Hotel (longtime San Diegans will remember it as the Pickwick on Broadway). 

While my husband perused the succinct and well-balanced menu, I sipped my very dirty dry martini while kibitzing with Chef Yahn about eating Jewish in San Diego, his mother’s Passovers in Seattle where he makes the gefilte fish, of course from scratch, and his daily mantra: prepare and serve fresh seasonal food with uncompromising quality. And I would add, “that is beautifully presented.”  Chef Yahn is, indeed, an artist. He even sports an arm tattoo depicting the essential mire poi, which is a mixture of equal parts carrots and celery and twice as much onions; it’s his constant reminder to “never stray from the basics.”  Complex mixtures fly out the window on this guy’s turf and probably land on the pretentious plates far from Currant American Brasserie.

My first gander at Chef Yahn’s culinary artistry was his simple organic gazpacho made with farm grown heirloom tomatoes. I always think my gazpacho recipe is the best, but his variation won me over.  If it’s not on the menu, ask your server for it anyway. There may be some left over from lunch.  If you ask for Frank to serve you, he will be more than enthusiastic to try his best to find it.  He is most accommodating, pleasant, and professional. Following the soup was an outstanding duck confit served in a perfectly flavored bing cherry sauce with a dollop of lentils and champagne grapes to round out the plate’s color and texture.

Frank suggested I have a glass of Zinfandel, a 2006 Fuedi Primitivo from Italy. With its full body and peppery finish, it was an excellent choice. It also complemented my husband’s Brandt grilled flank steak which, he said, was cooked to perfection. We also enjoyed the spin on fries in which Chef Yahn uses thyme instead of Parmesan or ketchup. 

Although the pastries of Margaret Nolan are listed on the menu as ‘After Thoughts,” dairy and vegetarian dinner patrons will be absolutely unable to resist her banana chocolate soufflé with peanut butter ice cream and chocolate sauce. In fact, have one before or after the theatre since Currant American Brasserie is located a short jaunt from the Civic, Lyceum, and Balboa Theatres.

With Chef Yahn now well integrated into San Diego’s culinary scene, why not stop in and wish Him a “Shabbat shalom!”…B’Tayavon

To make your reservation, call 619.702.6309 or to view the complete menu, visit www.currantrestaurant.com.

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Letters to Editor {Marking 35th
Anniversary of Southwest Press}

From Rabbi Monroe Levens
From Southwestern Jewish Press, December 16, 1949, page 2

The Jewish Press
333 Plaza
San Diego, California


Tifereth Israel Synagogue joins with its affiliates, the Daughters of Israel, Sisterhood and the Men’s Club, as well as with its Youth groups and Religious School, in extending to the Jewish Press, and to Mr. Maxwell Kaufman, its Editor, its earnest good wishes on the occasion of the thirty-fifth anniversary of the establishment of this periodical. The establishment of a reliable ad trustworthy news organ is a vital factor in the progress in any Community. The potentialities of the Press lie not only in the news gathering and social areas, but can rise to the level of a significant educational instrument for promoting the highest values in Judaism.

We wish the Jewish Pres the continuation of a successful career.  We hope it will be in the forefront of service to Jewish educational, religious and cultural needs, together with the other areas of Jewish life that it serves.  Tifereth Israel Synagogue rejoices on this occasion, and looks forward to a pleasant and beneficial cooperation in the future.

Rabbi Monroe Levens

From Lou Mogy
From Southwestern Jewish Press, December 16, 1949, page 2

Maxwell Kaufman, Publisher
Southwestern Jewish Press

Dear Maxwell:

We are very happy to send you our greetings on your 35th Anniversary.  The Guardians have not forgotten the vital part you played in establishing the san Diego Hebrew Home for the Aged.

During the time you and Julia were in Europe working for the salvation of the distressed brethren we missed your able assistance in this so worthy  project.

On behalf of the officers of the Guardians of the San Diego Hebrew Home for the aged we take this opportunity of greeting you and wishing you the best of success in your new undertaking. We feel sure that the Jewish Press will continue to assist all worthy organizations in San Diego.


Lou Mogy, President

From Rabbi Baruch Stern
From Southwestern Jewish Press, December 16, 1949, page 2

Mr. Maxwell Kaufman, Publisher
Southwestern Jewish Press
333 Plaza
San Diego, Calif

Dear Mr. Kaufman:

Allow me to take this opportunity to congratulate the Southwestern Jewish Press on its 35th Anniversary.  My constituent organizations join me in saying that this fine paper does much to further the work of our combined groups and we are happy to be able to be a part of a community which can boast of such a “helper.”

In looking forward to the building of our new Synagogue and Center, we know that you will do all you can to aid us in this undertaking.

With every sincere wish for your continued success, I am

Sincerely yours,
Rabbi Baruch Stern
Congregation Beth Jacob.

From Rabbi Morton J. Cohn
From Southwestern Jewish Press, December 16, 1949, page 2

Mr. Max Kaufman
Southwestern Jewish Press
333 Plaza
San Diego, Calif.

Dear. Mr. Kaufman:

I am happy to join with your many other well wishers in offering Hanukah greetings and mazoltov on the 35th anniversary of the Southwestern Jewish Press.  I know that I express the sentiments of Congregation Beth Israel in felicitating the Press on its long record of successful public service to the Jewish Community.

Often we take such instruments for granted, and the temporary suspension of publication of the Press over a year ago made us keenly aware of the urgent need which this community has for a privately owned, public spirited Jewish newspaper such as yours. At this Hanukah season we rejoice with you in the “rededication” of the Jewish Press to the service of San Diego Jewry.  May it continue to fill a vitally needed place in the life of the community.

We wish Julia and yourself an ever growing success exceeding your fondest hopes.

With warmest personal greetings, I am

Cordially yours,
Rabbi Morton J. Cohn

From Wm. B. Schwartz
Southwestern Jewish Press, December 16, 1949, page 2

Maxwell Kaufman, Publisher
Southwestern Jewish Press

Dear Maxwell:

The San Diego Lasker Lodge Bnai Brith extends its sincerest greetings on the occasion of your 35th Anniversary.

Our Lodge, one of the oldest Men’s Organizations in San Diego, has developed over the years and has undertaken the widest scope of activities since its inception in 1897.  We hope that we will be able to bring to San Diego the District No. 4 Convention in 1950.

This will be one of the outstanding achievements of the Lodge and we look forward to your continued co-operation in bringing it to a successful conclusion. With many thanks for your past service, I remain
Fraternally yours,

Wm. B. Schwartz, Pres

From Manuel S. Fisher
From Southwestern Jewish Press, December 16, 1949, page 25

Mr. Maxwell Kaufman
333 Plaza Bldg
San Diego 1, Calif.

Dear Mac,

The Jewish War Veterans, San Diego Post No. 185, extends hearty congratulations to the Southwestern Jewish Press on its 35th Anniversary.  To you, Mac and Julia Kaufman, our best wishes for your success.

We feel certain that due to your leadership and wide experience in community affairs, your publication will reach new heights in service to San Diego Jewry.  It will fill a real need in our community.


Manuel S. Fisher,
Commander, Post No. 185

From Julia Steinman
From Southwestern Jewish Press, December 16, 1949, page 25

Mr. and Mrs. Maxwell Kaufman
c/o Southwestern Jewish Press
Plaza Bldg.
San Diego, Calif.

Dear Julia and Mac:

On behalf of the San Diego Section National Council of Jewish Women and myself, may I extend our sincere best wishes to you in your newest venture, the Southwestern Jewish Press.

The work you have done in San Diego in the past years and your experiences have reached their ultimate in your new undertaking. It will be a privilege for the people of San Diego to share with you your vast store of knowledge.

The Southwestern Jewish Press has always been an integral part of our community and has always cooperated fully with all organizations and under your capable leadership may it go on to even greater success and become a source of pride to you and to the community. (Yes, ven to the nation).

Council wishes to express their gratitude to you for the fine publicity in your most recent issue, and to give you their full cooperation whenever necessary.

The best of luck, and may I inject a personal note at this time, I am always eager to receive my copy of the Southwestern Jewish Press.


Julia Steinman
Mrs. Louis Steinman, Pres.
San Diego Section

From Marie Berg

Dear Mac and Julia:

The San Diego Chapter of Hadassah wishes to take this opportunity to congratulate the Jewish  Press on its executive staff.

Speaking for the majority of the membership, whose past association with the Kaufmans has been most pleasant, we pledge our support to make the Jewish Press the most outstanding Anglo-Jewish newspaper on the Pacific Coast.

Good luck!


Marie Berg, President
San Diego Chapter of Hadassah

From Clara E. Breed
From Southwestern Jewish Press, December 16, 1949, page 25

Mr. Maxwell Kaufman
Southwestern Jewish Press
1034 8h Avenue
San Diego 1, California

Dear Mr. Kaufman

Now that we look back upon a successful campaign to pass a $2,000,000 bond issue for the library’s new buildings, we feel that we owe you a great deal of gratitude for the space you so generously gave to the library’s cause. We feel that the favorable vote was largely due to the fact that voters were accurately informed about the need for better library buildings.

Thank you—and please let me know of ways in which our libraries can be of greater service to you.
Sincerely yours,
Clara E. Breed
City Librarian

Senior Pioneer Women (Negba) Club
From Southwestern Jewish Press, December 16, 1949, page 6

On Thursday evening, December 8th, Chaveras Anna Shelley, Rose Miroff, Gertrude Rawdin and Bessie Fink sponsored a Card Party which was held at Beth Jacob Center and well-attended.

All proceeds from this undertaking went to the “Moatz Hapolot.”

The Senior Pioneer Women are bringing to a successful conclusion a three day Rummage Sale which is in its last day today. The Rummage Sale, given at 3047 National avenue, will help to replenish the treasury so that the important work of this group will go forward.

Mrs. Betty Gendelman, chairman for the Chanukah Dinner which will be an event of Sunday evening, December 18th at Beth Jacob Center, 3206 Myrtle Street, anticipates a record turnout for this Annual event.  Mrs. Gendelman and her committee are preparing a delicious holiday dinner complete with traditional goodies, and they cordially invite everyone to attend for an enjoyable evening.

Musical selections will be played during the dinner in addition to fine entertainment to follow. The evening will be complete with a social hour and cards.

Mrs. I.S. Gordon is president of the Senior Pioneer Women.


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Tuesday, August 26, 2008 (Vol. 2, No. 205)

Filner opposes Saudi nuclear power
by Congressman Bob Filner in Washington, D.C.
Energy Freedom Summit planned in Chicago by Tom Neumann in Washington, D.C.
Does Obama think Ahmadinejad and Assad are rational?
from Mitchell Finkel in North Bethesda, Maryland
San Diego County
United Nations-style family gives Igbo names to the newest children in the clan
by Gail Umeham in San Diego
Tibor Rubin, Jewish recipient of Medal of Honor, heads for San Diego exhibit
by Donald H. Harrison in San Diego
San Diego Jewish History
December 2, 1949: American Jewish Congress
December 16, 1949: ‘Home Beautiful’ Program Impressive
by J(ulia) Kaufman
December 16, 1949: Labor Zionist Shekel Campaign Continues
December 16, 1949: Overseas News and Views
by Maxwell Kaufman

Monday, August 25, 2008
(Vol. 2, No. 204)

Their limited knowledge does not prevent 'intellectuals' from Middle East punditry
by Ira Sharkansky in Jerusalem
A private concert on a sultry Philadelphia night
by Sheila Orysiek in San Diego
San Diego County
ewish Family Service showcases its service to refugees at New American Museum reception by Donald H. Harrison in San Diego
San Diego History
December 2, 1949: Jewish Labor League
December 2, 1949:Temple Senior League
December 2, 1949: 'Hay In Your Hair' by P. Kaufman
December 2, 1949: T.Y.L. 'Hello Dance' by Joel Goldfus
December 2, 1949: ‘What’s Cookin’ at Troop 99?’
The future in The Pavilion just goes on and on by Cynthia Citron in Los Angeles
Jewish License Plates
"Feigele" adorns a Lexus in New York City,
photo by Bill Swersey

Sunday, August 24, 2008 (Vol. 2, No. 203)

Do missile defense systems really defend?
by Ira Sharkansky in Jerusalem
Cracks appear in U.S.-Israel alliance against nuclear Iran; what is trigger point for attack?
by Shoshana Bryen in Washington D.C.
Campaign 2008: Senator Obama and his positions on Israel
by Ambassadors Dennis Ross and Daniel Kurtzer
Judaism's tradition of putting study first
by Rabbi Leonard Rosenthal in San Diego
Remembering Rav. Henach Leibowitz
by Rabbi Baruch Lederman in San Diego
San Diego County
First Shabbat in Emanu-El's new home; 'We are finally facing Jerusalem' by Sheila Orysiek in San Diego
Tall ships on parade on San Diego Bay
by Dan Schaffer in San Diego
San Diego History
December 2, 1949: San Diego Birdie Stodel Chapter B’nai B’rith by Bess Borushek
December 2, 1949: Women’s Auxiliary, San Diego Hebrew Home for the Aged
December 2, 1949: Council of Jewish Women
December 2, 1949: Hadassah
The embarrassment of Israel's 'pro' baseball by Donald H. Harrison in San Diego
A bissel sports trivia with Bruce Lowitt in Clearwater, Florida

Friday, August 22, 2008 (Vol. 2, No. 202)

San Diego
Paul Spector, hospital roommate, served as an international problem-solver
by Donald H. Harrison in San Diego
San Diego History
December 2, 1949: Tifereth Israel Men’s Club
December 2, 1949: Beth Jacob Congregation
December 2, 1949: Tifereth Israel Elects Officers
December 2, 1949: Tifereth Israel Sisterhood

Thursday, August 21, 2008 (Vol. 2, No. 201)

SDSU professors probe common origins, traditions of Christianity and Judaism by Fred Reiss in Winchester, California
Thursdays With the Songs of Hal Wingard:
—#45, Love Is The Promise
—#95, Love Is So Elusive
—#174, Porcelain Love

San Diego History
Adventures' column provides overview of San Diego's Jewish community in late 1940s by Donald H. Harrison in San Diego
Adventures in San Diego Jewish History; articles from the archives
December 2, 1949: Who's New?
December 2, 1949: J.C.R.A. by Jeanne Camiel
December 2, 1949: San Diego Lasker Lodge B’nai B’rith
December 2, 1949: Temple Men’s Club

Wednesday, August 20, 2008 (Vol. 2, No. 200)

Former American, now an Israeli, finds faults with both Obama and McCain
by Ira Sharkansky in Jerusalem
Former captive nations want to be in NATO
by Shoshana Bryen in Washington, D.C.
The Jews Down Under, a roundup of Australian Jewish news by Garry Fabian
Israeli, Aussie paramedics share knowledge
High honour for Australian community leader

Australian Government denies policy shift on Israel
Maccabi provides Jewish sporting and social networks
Security concerns about latest technology
Toben awaits verdict
Gold Coast school shuts its doors
Professionals providing community support
The Promised Land Down Under
Vorchheimer settles civil claim against authorities
The Keeper of Memories
Adventures in San Diego Jewish History

November 18, 1949: American Jewish Congress
November 18, 1949: Cottage of Israel
December 2, 1949:Mordecai Kaplan To Be Honored in Los Angeles
December 2, 1949:Agency Authorizes Fund Campaigns
December 2, 1949: Beth Jacob P.T.A.

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