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Ballot Recommendation: Let's have a 'Block vote' in 78th A.D., a San Diego Jewish World editorial by Donald H. Harrison

Thalheimer endorsement draws disagreement,
letters to the editor from Marsha Sutton and Larry Gorfine

Grandfolks hep to the 'Great Schlep'
by Gary Rotto in San Diego


Authorities try to calm Acco, rest of Israeli nation in wake of Arab, Jewish rioting by Ira Sharkansky in Jerusalem

Dogs may hate hot air balloons, but for some of us humans, they're romantic by Ulla Hadar in Sha'ar Hanegev,Israel


Unexpected connection surfaces at simcha by Donald H. Harrison in Carlsbad, California


1930's drama resonates in hard times by Carol Davis in La Jolla, California


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BALLOT RECOMMENDATIONS San Diego Jewish World endorsements

Let's have a 'Block vote' in 78th A.D.

SAN DIEGO—In California's 78th Assembly District, which proceeds south from the Tierrasanta section of San Diego to the eastern portion of Chula Vista, San Diego Jewish World calls enthusiastically and unabashedly for a Block vote.

A Marty Block vote.

If ever there has been a candidate who has demonstrated he puts the ethical beliefs of our Jewish community into action, it is Marty Block.

Over the years, Block has served on the board of Hillel at San Diego State College, where until his recent retirement he served as an assistant dean of the School of Education. He served on the Jewish Community Relations Council of the United Jewish Federation. He was an organizer in San Diego of the National Jewish Democratic Council. He served as president of the American Jewish Committee. In the latter capacity, he helped to organize the Latino-Jewish Coalition, which brings together members of both communities in common purpose.

For the last 16 years, Block has been an elected official--the first eight as a member of the San Diego County Board of Education; the second eight years as board chairman of the San Diego Community College District. Putting his beliefs in educational outreach into action, Block helped spread the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) through the county school system. He also backed an educational program for homeless and unattended children that won national recognition and designation for the program's originator,Sandra McBrayer, as National Teacher of the Year.

With Block working for all of us in San Diego, we know he'll work hard to make sure that even in these tough economic times, California's school children will receive the best possible education.

Donald H. Harrison

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Thalheimer endorsement draws disagreement

Editor, San Diego Jewish World:

Choosing between someone who supports the Mt. Soledad cross and someone who opposes Hillel is no choice at all.

The only moderate in the primary, Marshall Merrifield, was defeated by polarized politics that managed to attract voters from the radical sides of both parties -- and hardly anyone in between. Thus Merrifield, the clearly superior candidate of the three, was eliminated. I'm writing Marshall's name in.

Marsha Sutton
San Diego


Editor, San Diego Jewish World:

We could have stayed neutral in the First. 

Larry Gorfine
San Diego

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Grandfolks hep to the 'Great Schlep'

By Gary Rotto

SAN DIEGO--”Hi Grandma.  Are you voting for Barack Obama?  That was the question that my niece, a student at Cornell, posed to her grandmother via telephone just before Kol Nidre.  Apparently, she was participating in a program called “The Great Schlep," sponsored by the Jewish Council for Education and Research. 

The Great Schlep is an outreach program designed to encourage young liberal Jews to reach out to their grandparents, especially those in Florida, to increase support for Senator Obama in battleground states.  If my folks lived in Florida, they would likely have a niece on their sofa right now talking about support for the Obama-Biden ticket.  But my folks live here in San Diego, in the very blue state of California and many hundreds of dollars in airfare away from upstate New York.  So instead, they received a call. 

The Great Schelp has two parts:  the main action was for grandkids to schlep to Florida over the Columbus Day weekend holiday to make reassure their grandparents that it’s okayto vote for Barack Obama.  That in fact, the views of Barack Obama are closely aligned with their own views on issues such as preserving Social Security from privatization, knowledge and support for Israel, opposition to a nuclear Iran and preservation of Women’s Rights.  Option two is to call grandparents and talk with them about Senator Obama.  The grandkids ideally will share their enthusiasm for the Obama-Biden ticket and reassure their grandparents, even encourage their grandparents to cast a vote for this ticket.

At pre-Yom Kippur dinner, my father mentioned the Great Schlep and through that Granddaughter Beth may have been motivated by the call to action.  Luckily, my father has not seen the video by Sarah Silverman.  And for someone who is appalled by foul mouthed comedians, this is a good thing.  The video on The Great Schlep website is vintage Sarah Silverman. Funny, edgy, punctuated with four letters words, Sarah is the Lenny Bruce of this generation, pushing limits to make a point, and still mainstream in involvement politically.

But all Grandpa Dan needs to know is that his loving granddaughter is politically involved.  And yes, he is voting for Barack Obama as well.

Columnist Rotto may be reached at rottog@sandiegojewishworld.com


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Rabbi Rosenthal leads discussion on
My Father, My Lord

My Father My Lord
Sunday, Oct. 19, 2008, 7 p.m.

In this hauntingly beautiful drama by director David Volach,acclaimed Israeli actor Assi Dayan stars as an ultra-Orthodox rabbi whose devotion to his religious faith blinds him to the needs of his wife and young son. A wrenching, contemporary retelling of the Abraham and Issac tale, "My Father My Lord" won the Best Feature Film award at Tribeca Film Festival.*

*A discussion led by Rabbi Leonard Rosenthal will follow. Directed By: David Volach, Hebrew with English Subtitles, 80 min., Drama

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Authorities try to calm Acco, rest of Israeli nation in wake of Arab, Jewish rioting

By Ira Sharkansky

JERUSALEM—As if the global financial meltdown is not enough to worry us, there has been ethnic rampage in the mixed city of Acco. What started on Yom Kippur as a street corner incident has ignited concern throughout the country.

Yom Kippur is a time when Israeli Jews leave their vehicles at home. The roads are empty, except for the occasional police car or ambulance, and hoards of youngsters who congregate on the main streets and ride bicycles, skate boards, roller blades, and scooters. Where Arab neighborhoods abut Jewish neighborhoods, the police may erect temporary barriers to direct non-Jewish traffic toward other roads.

The trouble started in the evening that began Yom Kippur. An Arab, said by some to be drunk, and playing his car radio at full volume, drove into a Jewish neighborhood. A confrontation spread to stone throwing between Jews and Arabs, and several cases of burning the apartments of Arabs living in predominantly Jewish neighborhoods.

The police have arrived in mass, along with national politicians, but the violence has continued for three nights.

Politicians and religious leaders on both sides of the ethnic divide have urged restraint. Other politicians and religious leaders have contributed their voices to incitement. Imams have urged their followers to gather knives and guns, and prepare for an active defense. According to one rumor, the Arab who began the problem with his car and music was killed on the spot by a Jewish mob. He seemed healthy when interviewed on Israeli television a day later.

The head rabbi of Acco rejected a letter from Muslim religious leaders asking for peace and denouncing the driver whose actions ignited the fracas. According to the rabbi, "It is impossible to compare the responses of the Jews to the desecration of the holy day by the Arabs." Israeli media have broadcast interviews with Jews and Arabs talking about their inter-ethnic friendships and asking for calm, as well as members of both communities calling for blood. A Muslim cleric from outside Acco who has been in trouble several times for inciting violence has not let this opportunity pass. Hamas leaders in Gaza see this as yet another opportunity to inflame the entire Middle East.

Acco (or Acre) is a city of about 50,000, a few miles north of Haifa, with an ancient port that has figured in the biblical period, the Crusades, an effort of Napoleon to invade the area, and the early history of the Baha'i faith. Its Old City is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and attracts tourists to its shops, restaurants, alleys, and sea-side citadel. The current population is about one-third Arab and two-thirds Jewish. The averages on income, education, and other social indicators are lower than in the country as a whole.

The immediate concern is to prevent a jumping of the flames from Acco to other mixed cities. Haifa is the closest. Also vulnerable are Upper Nazareth, originally a Jewish city built on the heights above the Arab city of Nazareth, but now with an Arab population as well; Jaffa alongside Tel Aviv; Ramle and Lod a few miles east of Tel Aviv; Hebron; and of course Jerusalem.

The tensions are most delicate in mixed neighborhoods. Especially tense are Arab neighborhoods of East Jerusalem where intensely religious and nationalist Jewish families have been moving into buildings purchased by patrons from overseas. Jewish neighborhoods have attracted Arab families that earlier left their crowded neighborhoods for areas outside the city. Now they have sought to avoid problems caused by the newly constructed security barricade by moving back into the city.

Our own neighborhood of French Hill is one of those becoming mixed. It is close to the university, and for several years has attracted Arab as well as Jewish students who rent apartments. More recently Arab families have bought apartments.

Some of our neighbors have expressed strong opposition to the influx of Arabs, urging action to "halt the flood." One neighbor proposed using a vicious dog to chase young Arab children from a playground.

Arab teenagers come out of the nearby neighborhood of Isaweea to gather at intersections and wander the neighborhood after dark. Jews charge that decent people fear strolling in the evening. Arabs also root around in the trash dumpsters looking for useful items, and may scatter the material they do not want on the street and sidewalk.  

In so far as the neighborhood has a high incidence of highly educated and politically correct professionals, the potential for conflict may not develop here. Some of our long time neighbors welcome the diversity, and have been pleased to note that the local primary school contains Arab children, along with Koreans, Chinese, and non-Jewish Europeans children of university students or diplomats. It is charming to look out from our balcony and see Bedouin shepherds with their goats and sheep in a field of Isaweea only across the street.

Others say "So far so good," but warn of problems if the number of Arab families grows substantially. Some are just as much opposed to the influx of ultra-Orthodox Jewish families. The nearby neighborhood of Ramat Eshkol has become largely ultra-Orthodox, producing a flight of secular Jews looking for areas that accept driving on the Sabbath, and women who dress less modestly than demanded by the ultra-Orthodox. French Hill may be next to witness a flight of secular Jews.

We feel secure, but this is not a time for complacency. The tinder is dry, and not far away.

Sharkansky is professor emeritus of political science at Hebrew University of Jerusalem
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Dogs may hate hot air balloons, but for some of us humans, they're romantic

By Ulla Hadar

KIBBUTZ RUHAMA, Israel —It was 5:30 a.m. on Saturday when my husband and I were finishing getting dressed for a run.  We heard a “pssstttt “sound coming from the sky near us.  I grabbed my camera, rushed out the front door, snapped some photos and waved to the occupants of the gondola of the hot air balloon that has become a familiar sight over my kibbutz.

The "psssttt" was the sound of the air being blown into the balloon to keep it aloft as it seemed to just clear my neighbor’s home.

The air balloon flights have been going out regularly from the fields close to Kibbutz Ruhama for more than a year. The flights are run by a private company.

The balloon typically flies low over the kibbutz early in the morning, usually over the weekends. It scares the dogs who get quite scared and bark loudly.

Others might be annoyed by the barking, but there is something so dignified and graceful about a hot-air balloon as it floats quietly in between the clouds and the sky that I don't mind. On Saturday morning, the colors of the sky were a special lilac and turquoise enhanced by the incoming darker clouds.

Flights at sunrise are preferred because the weather is more comfortable and cooler. Israel restricts hot air balloon flights to the morning hours If difficult weather or strong winds occur, the flight will be grounded.  The captain of an air balloon must concentrate throughout the flight to avoid such obstacles as electric cables, antennas and chimneys.

In that Israel is a small country with some less than friendly neighbors, it is of great importance to choose the right direction of the flight. If not, the balloon can end up where it is not wanted. During the flight, there is a constant lookout for open spaces in case a quick landing is needed.
So why are people attracted to fly in an air balloon? Probably the sense of  adventure prompted by the sight of a huge balloon with people hanging in a small basket hanging underneath.

I must admit that one of my dreams is to go up in a hot air balloon and fly over the beautiful area of Kibbutz Ruhama.

It makes no sense as I am terrified to go anywhere in an airplane. Again it must have something to do with the adventure, fantasy and romance that is connected to the air balloon.

With a price of 375 U.S. dollars (1,200 shekels) per person ($300 for a child) I will probably continue to enjoy Ruhama from ground level and let the birds and the air balloon watch me from up above.

A hot air balloon festival is planned to take place in Park Timna (near Eilat) during Succoth. The air balloon operating over Kibbutz Ruhama will be participating there.

Bureau chief Hadar may be contacted at hadaru@sandiegojewishworld.com


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Unexpected connections surface at simcha

By Donald H. Harrison

CARLSBAD, California—At my father-in-law Sam Zeiden’s 90th birthday party, my son-in-law, Shahar Masori, learned how really connected to each other those of us in the Jewish world are.

Numerous relatives came to share in the simcha, which included a buffet luncheon at the Ocean House Restaurant here in Carlsbad.  Among those who flew in for the occasion was Jay Jacobson of Minneapolis, a veteran fundraiser for Jewish causes, who is dad’s nephew and a first cousin to my wife, Nancy.

At one point, Jay’s wife Lorita asked Shahar from what part of Israel he had come, and when he replied Givat Olga (a community adjacent to Hadera), Lorita surprised him by saying that she and Jay had stayed there once.

Jay explained that he had come in connection with a science center and recreational center that the Minneapolis Jewish Federation had helped to finance in the town.  Shahar expressed astonishment—that center, he said, may well have played a major role in his life.   He explained that like many residents of Givat Olga, his Yemenite Jewish family had come from modest financial circumstances.  Until the center was built, children used to simply hang around without much to do except to get into trouble

COUSINS BY MARRIAGE—Shahar Masori gives son, Sky, 1, an "airplane ride" at bruncheon
in which he learned that Jay Jacobson had been involved in financing a science center in Israel
that played an important role in his childhood
. Photos by Donald H. Harrison and Shor Masori

“I spent a lot of time in that science center,” said Shahar.  “Who knows, if it hadn’t been there, I might have gotten into trouble with the law, or used drugs—or who knows what.”

But the connection may well have been even closer.  Jay recalled staying at the home of a family in Givat Olga, which may have been either Yemenite or North African in origin. They didn’t speak English, and he didn’t speak Hebrew.  But the father spoke a little Yiddish, which he had learned from a Polish neighbor.  Shahar’s father, Nisim, speaks a little Yiddish, and their neighbor indeed is Polish.  So it is very possible that Jay stayed at the Masori home.  As the year was 1979, Shahar would have been four-years-old at the time, so he can’t be sure.  But, he said, visitors from abroad were not uncommon at his home.

With uncharacteristic emotion, Shahar said, “Can you imagine that I would marry a girl— (my daughter Sandi)— who was part of the same family as one which had been so important in my life and those of other youngsters in Givat Olga?”

As Shahar related the story, I looked at my grandchildren, Shor, 7, and Sky, 1, and thought with pleasure that the genes of Shahar’s family and those of Sandi’s were equally part of their makeup.

Jay told me that the school principal in Givat Olga, Sholom Ashwal, was the main liaison between the Minneapolis Jewish Federation and the local community. As it tured out, Ahswal's daughter, Zoharit, married Matt Heilisher from Minneapolis—another love match!

At the bruncheon, dad was welcomed into the ranks of nonagenarians by his cousin, Rosie Zovod, 94, who recalled that dad had just been a youngster when his mother, Jennie, died.  Jennie had been the sister of Rosie’s mother, Eda, and so it was to their home in Lafayette, Indiana, that dad was sent as his father, Yiddel, tried to recover in Detroit from the shock of loss.

Dad describes Rosie as his “big sister,” although she in fact is his first cousin.  In her talk, she recalled that whereas there was a beautiful park across the street from their house, dad preferred to keep to himself on the porch of the back yard.  It was at this time, he exhibited the tendencies that would lead to his career as an engineer first for Zenith Radio and later for Hughes Aircraft.  As an eight-year-old child he rigged up a primitive pulley system between his new upstairs bedroom and his favorite porch, she said.

Grandson Edward Zeiden, a student at UC Irvine, videoed various relatives as they shared their memories and thoughts about Sam, who many people have likened to the “Energizer Bunny,” of television commercial fame.  Nephew Harry Jacobson-Beyer of Louisville, Kentucky, commented on the video that Sam in old age is everything he hopes to be—very active, lucid, and gracious.

I had the privilege of being dad’s “straight man” at the fete attended by approximately 60 relatives and friends, many of them neighbors from the Ocean Hills Country Club.  To thank everyone, he had me play a reporter (casting according to type), asking him questions about making it to 90.   In the dialogue, he talked about all the people who had come to visit him at the hospital two years ago when he had major  heart surgery and how much he appreciated not only the visits but the home-cooked food that they snuck into him. 

The party inspired the artists in my family.  Sandi, owner of Balloon Utopia, and Shahar created table decorations featuring photos of dad at various stages of his life. Nancy’s niece Heather, a graduate fine arts student, brought from the Boston area a guest book she had made by hand.  Her mother, Barbara, brought down from Modesto a specially-made scrapbook. Edward used a computer program to incorporate hundreds if not a thousand tiny images into a portrait of dad when he was about 25 years old. 

Events like these typically are three-day affairs.  Sunday’s party was the main event, but for the out-of-towners who came into San Diego a day early, we had  Saturday dinner at our home in San Diego.  Tonight those out-of-towners who lingered in town will be treated to another dinner at the Carlsbad home of my son David and daughter-in-law Cathy.

We Jews have a saying:  “May we see each other, only at simchas.”   We told dad we want to keep having parties for him decade after decade. 

Harrison may be contacted at editor@sandiegojewishworld.com


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TOBACCO ROAD—Members of the dirt-poor Lester family sit on the porch of their dilapidated
home in the La Jolla Playhouse's production
. Photo by J.T. Macmillan.


1930's drama resonates in hard times

By Carol Davis

LA JOLLA, California—“The rich get richer and the poor get children.” I don’t quite remember when I first heard this mantra but I know it was somewhere in my teens. But the actual phrase was: “The rich get richer and the poor get poorer.” In the 1921 song, “Ain’t We Got Fun”, by Gus Kahn and Raymond B. Egan they changed the phrase to “There’s nothing surer: The rich get rich and the poor get --- children”, etc. This later phrase couldn’t apply more to the Lester family in Erskin Caldwell’s depression era novel, Tobacco Road currently in a fine production at the La Jolla Playhouse. 

The Lesters weren’t just poor, they were dirt poor. They also had seventeen offspring many of whose whereabouts, dead or alive, the parents knew not. Caldwell’s novel takes place in rural Georgia during one of the worst years of the Great Depression in 1932. In 1933 it made its Broadway debut and ran for eight years and 3,182 performances. As of 2008 it is the 15th longest running Broadway show in history.

One might ask “Why Tobacco Road now?” My guess is that the scheduling of this play was done long before this country was thrown into the largest economic downspin since the Great Depression, where citizens are not just losing their rural farms, but their homes as well. In fact, The Hand Up Youth Food Pantry of the Jewish Family Services reported that last year 3,290 clients received 11,036 bags of food. Over the last three months 297 more families were added to the list and the year isn’t over yet.

Such was not the case with the Lesters. I’m surmising there was no food pantry in rural Georgia then even though JFS was established in San Diego in 1918. If there was relief for the Lesters, outside of moving to the more industrial centers, word never reached the rural areas.The once fertile lands that produced cotton and tobacco were dirt dry. It had been a biblical seven years since their last crop was harvested. Money, food, fuel and seed had vanished. But the will and the means to survive, for Jeeter in those circumstances was based on the fact that God would provide and one day the landlord, Captain John, would return to extend more credit to them. (His grandfather had lost the farm and the landlord had let them live there rent-free).

The Lesters, especially Jeeter (John Fleck), the patriarch who scrounged, begged, wheedled, cajoled and stole food wherever, whenever and from whomever the opportunity or occasion occurred, is probably one of the most detestable men I’ve met on stage.  Whether this comes from living in abject poverty for so long or it’s a sense of helplessness by being stripped of all human dignity is a question for the sociologists to figure out. By reducing everything to the lowest common denominator, Jeeter brings out the basic animal instincts to survive, no matter what.

There is no shame, conscience, guilt or remorse in this man. It pretty much applied to the whole family as well, or those we are fortunate or not to meet. Jeeter, however, was so blatant and unforgiving that his single purpose of staying on a piece of property not fit to harvest anything, let alone tobacco, was simply the selfish act of an egotistical, lazy and stubborn ignoramus.  

When we meet up with the Lester family, Jeeter, Grandma (Lucy Ann Albert), Ada (Jan Leslie Harding), Ellie May (Kate Dalton), Pearl (Mary Deaton), and Dude (Sam Rosen)--everyone but Pearl-- are milling about on their bare bones piece of property, with a rusty water pump at the fore (David Zinn designed both the scenic and rag tag costumes).

Jeeter is trying to fix an old inner tube from his old broken down car, sixteen year old Dude is bouncing an old rubber ball against the side of the house, grandma is crawling around on all fours like a wounded animal (and is treated that way by Jeeter) and Ada is bemoaning the fact that all she wants is a new dress to be buried in and a little snuff to help her get through the day. Jeeter wants Dude to stop bouncing the ball off the house and Dude is well, a dude with no brains whose only concern is that their worn out car’s horn doesn’t work and how cruel he can be to his parents.

Director David Schweitzer along with Jack Kirkland’s stage adaptation of the Caldwell novel, takes us on a journey into the underbelly of the Depression-era South making excellent use of his characters to bring out the worst in humankind (there is a chuckle or two at some of the thinking, but mostly tisk, tisking) with the exception of, perhaps, a character named Luv Bensley (Chris Reed) a gentle, hulking young man who had the (he thinks) good fortune to marry Pearl Lester. He’s one of the good guys. Unfortunately Pearl, who was fourteen when she married, wants nothing to do with him, will not sleep with him and runs back home to her mother. He is at wit’s end. Since he works in the city and has a job, he is able to bring little bits of food to the Lesters in the hopes of taking her back. Ada will have no part of it; Jeeter is willing to bargain with Luv to turn over his daughter for food and money. 

Both John Fleck and Jan Leslie Harding are standouts as the Ma and Pa Kettle characters. If the subject matter weren’t so serious, especially now, it would be comical to see this behavior in this century. Kate Dalton’s Ellie May is something to watch as the sexually deprived eighteen-year-old ugly duckling, nymphomaniac of a daughter who just about masturbates in front of us. Jeeter is more than willing to give her over to Luv, but even he doesn’t want her. 

One of the most colorful characters is Sister Bessie (Catherine Curtin) the lady preacher (if you’ll pardon the expression) who seduces Dude with the promise of buying him a new car if he marries her. Unfortunately, Dude doesn’t know how to drive and less than two days after the purchase, the car is minus a front fender and a headlight and he’s run over a Black neighbor. But the horn works.  Ms. Curtin is quite authentic as the Holy Roller preacher who seems to being out ‘the religion’ in all of the Lesters, as she manipulates both Jeeter and Dude.

At one point in the play, a piece of Zinn’s scenery falls back and Grandma straightens up and walks off into the sunset as if to offer herself to the great unknown. Perhaps there, someone will care about her. We never see her again. Lucy Ann Albert (a member of  Temple Emanu El) is amazing as both the victim of circumstances reduced to animal like behavior and a woman in charge. Her small role is wonderfully effective. 

Zinn’s scenery almost takes on a life of its own and it begins to fall apart and crash right in front of our eyes as Jeeter learns that his last hope for the land he had bet his family’s lives on has been in default because the owner fell behind in his payments and now the bank, which will not extend any more credit, owns it. Christopher Akerlind’s lighting and Shahrokh Yadegari’s soft banjo music in the background bring home the feeling. Remember  “Dueling Banjo’s” came from Appalachia?

If the timing of our economic woes wasn’t in our faces and linking the misery of the Lesters to present day homeless, out of work and starving citizens, one might pass Caldwell’s story off as another chapter in our hillbilly history. This chapter is too close to home.

Tobacco Road continues through Oct. 26th. It’s one of America’s classics.

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Southwestern Jewish Press, March 10, 1950, page 4 

We welcome to San Diego Lt. and Mrs. Maurice Finger (Ruth Lansky) and their child, originally of Cleveland, Ohio, and recently of Honolulu.  Lt. Finger is in the Navy Supply Corps.

Mrs. Finger has a number of friends in San Diego whom she would like to see again. Her telephone number is Chula Vista 875J.

Southwestern Jewish Press, March 10, 1950, page 5

The wonderful impression left by the talented Hollywood artists last Sunday night at the J.C.R.A. Concert will linger long in the minds of the people who had the good fortune to hear them.

Headed by Mistress of ceremonies Matilda Barsha, herself a concert pianist, were Hal Horton, a radio vocalist and an ordained cantor; Monya Nova, who sang Yiddish and English songs and was a bombshell of personality, and Duci Kerekjarto, talented violinist who is under contract with Universal Studios, played to mention a few “Serenade,” “Hungarian Rhapsody,” “Kol Nidre” and “A Child’s Dream” which he composed at the age of seven and which has become known the world over. 

Last, but far from least, was Allen Firestone, a handsome young lad in his twenties, who is a protégé of the operatic star Jan Pierce.  Mr. Firestone was a patient in the City of Hope for four years andit was there that Jan Pierce found him and quickly recognized the promising tenor.

Mr. Firestone is just one example of a life saved and a person rehabilitated with the monies J.C.R.A earns from its Annual Concert and other money raising affairs for all proceeds are sent to the Sanatorium at Duarte. 

Concert chairman Jennie Siner, co-chairman Bessye Seigel and Betty Schwartz and president Esther Schwartz thank the many friends of J.C.R.A. for helping to make the Concert an outstanding success. 

Labor Zionist Organization~Chaim Weizmann Branch

By Bess Borushek

One Saturday evening of each month is scheduled by the Labor Zionist Organization for the presentation of either a literary or musical program or both and followed by a social get-together so that members and guests may thus become better acquainted not only with one another but with current issues effecting the well being of the Labor Zionist movement both here and in Israel.

On March 18th such an evening will be presented at Tifereth Israel  Synagogue and all members and friends are cordially invited to attend.  AT a board meeting held Tuesday, March 7th at the home of the B. Veitzers, the program to be presented for the 18th was planned, under the direction of Mr. I. Domnitz, who is program chairman of the organization.

Remember the date—March 18th, the place—Tifereth Israel Synagogue, the time—8 p.m. for an evening of cultural enjoyment.

San Diego Bnai Brith Lasker Lodge 370
Southwestern Jewish Press, March 10, 1950, page 5

By Sam Kimmel

San Diego Lasker Lodge No 370 B’nai B’rith will hold an initiation of new members Monday, March 13, 1950, at the Temple center, 3rd and Laurel Sts., at 8:00 p.m. at an open meeting.

The Initiatory Degree Team composed of Allen Lame, Harry Mallen, Sidney Goldstein, Lou Pollack and Nat Gersten put on their dramatic production last year for lodge members only.  It was so successful that they decided to stage it at an open meeting.  The sound effects will be very ably handled by Edward Breitbard and Morris Douglas.

This Initiation class is to be called the George E. Grossmeyer. He is the oldest member of our lodge, and has been a member of B’nai B’rith for over 60 years.

Milton Roberts is the director of the Degree Team. He announces that all new members since the last initiation will participate in the activities at this meeting.

Very delicious refreshments and a social will follow the ceremony. The meeting is open to everyone so come and ring your wife, friends and relatives.

There will be many new innovations and surprises incorporated in the ceremony.  New setting, props and effects have been obtained to enhance the dignity and mood of the ceremony.

Listen In
Southwestern Jewish Press, March 10, 1950, page 5

KFMB—Nat’l Council of Christians and Jews Presents… Monday, March 13—9:30-9:45 p.m. “Seedling.”  Thursday, March 16—4.15-4:30 p.m. – “Empty Chair.”

“Adventures in Jewish History” is sponsored by Inland Industries Group LP in memory of long-time San Diego Jewish community leader Marie (Mrs. Gabriel) Berg. Our indexed "Adventures in San Diego Jewish History" series will be a daily feature until we run out of history.

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TODAY'S DEDICATION: Today's edition of San Diego Jewish World is dedicated with happy birthday wishes from co-publishers, Don & Nancy Harrison, and from dear friends, Hal & Eileen Wingard, to Nancy's father, Sam Zeiden. His 90th birthday today brought in friends and relatives from far and near to celebrate at the Ocean House in Carlsbad. Please see story above.


Sunday, October 12, 2008 (Vol. 2, No. 243)

Friday, October 10, 2008 (Vol. 2, No. 242)

Ballot Recommendation: No on California Proposition 4, a San Diego Jewish World editorial by Donald H. Harrison

Marty Block, a pioneer in educational outreach, seeks 78th Dist. Assembly seat by Donald H. Harrison in San Diego

Pending leadership changes in Israel, West Bank and U.S. stymy Middle East progress by Shoshana Bryen in Washington, D.C.

Second intifada not officially over, but clearly it has lost almost all its steam by Ira Sharkansky in Jerusalem

Imagine, Israel without any traffic! by Judy Lash Balint in Jerusalem

Sam Sultan was a blessing in our lives by Sara Appel-Lennon in San Diego

—March 10, 1950: ‘New Americans ’in San Diego by Julia Kaufman
—March 10, 1950:Poet's Corner: "Contented" by Abe Sackheim
—March 10, 1950:Hebrew Home for the Aged

Jewish Family Service—Thanksgiving Day Run for the Hungry benefits JFS Foodmobile, S.D. Food Bank

Lawrence Family JCC— Journalist Sheila Weller presents new book on Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and Carly Simon at San Diego Jewish Book Fair on November 6

San Diego Jewish Academy—Gabriela Stratton, originally from Chile, now directs SDJA Admissions

Wednesday, October 8, 2008 (Vol. 2, No. 241)

U.N. won't hamper U.S. defense of Israel, McCain and Obama agree during debate; by Donald H. Harrison in San Diego
Ballot recommendation: Vote No on California Proposition 8; a San Diego Jewish World editorial by Donald H. Harrison
RJC blasts Obama on Iran policy; by Suzanne Kurtz in Washington, D.C.
NJDC ad extols Obama's energy policy; by Aaron Keyak in Washington, D.C.

Jerusalem sights, sounds of Days of Awe; by Judy Lash Balint in Jerusalem

The Jews Down Under, a roundup of Australian Jewish news by Garry Fabian in Melbourne, Australia:
—JNF briefs Australian minister on its efforts to provide environmental scholarship
—Shul merger proposal on hold
—Young footballer on international stage
—Best & Fairest Award caps off great season
—MP calls for bi-partisan support for terror conviction
—Uniting Jews of the Asia-Pacific
—Holiday Havoc - How it impacts on business
—Yom Kippur do's and don'ts
—Toben could face jail in Australia and Germany
—Australia's nuclear free agenda
—How elections are run "Down Under"

Thursdays* With The Songs of Hal Wingard:
—#295, Time To Think
—#311, Father-Son Advice
—#300, Medical Advice

—February 24, 1950: Hadassah by Mrs. Louis Bickman
—March 10, 1950: ‘Keep The Miracle Alive’ Will Take $283,000 For S.D.
—March 10, 1950: United Jewish Fund Rally March 21st To Hear Naval Commander
—March 10, 1950: United Jewish Fund Drive {Editorial}
—March 10, 1950: The Cottage of Israel {Editorial}

—Jewish American Chamber of Commerce: Sukkot Mixer on Thursday 10/16 @ 5:30 p.m.
—Jewish Family Service: Free Transportation To Yom Kippur Services for Older Adults!
—San Diego Jewish Academy: Bogomolny and Decker semifinalist in National Merit Scholarship competition

Tuesday, October 7, 2008 (Vol. 2, NO. 240)

Israel handled its bank crisis much better; by J. Zel Lurie in Delray Beach, Florida

Now it's nuclear India, front and center; by Shoshana Bryen in Washington, D.C.

The dramatic story of the Kol Nidre, by Cantor Sheldon Merel in San Diego, with a recording of him chanting the well known Yom Kippur melody

A stereotype in time for Yom Kippur by Rabbi Simcha Weinstein in New York

Third Story was about three too many by Carol Davis in La Jolla, California


—February 24, 1950: Labor Zionist Organization
—February 24, 1950: Inside AZA by Leonard Naiman
—February 24, 1950: Temple Beth Israel Sisterhood by Lillian Heiman
—February 24, 1950: JCRA by Anna B. Brooks


Jewish Family Service: Free Transportation To Yom Kippur Services for Older Adults!

San Diego Jewish Academy: DeTar returns from Bronfman Youth Fellowship summer in Israel

Tifereth Israel Synagogue: Does the Torah Really Say That? - An Exploration of Midrash Agadah

Monday, October 6, 2008 (Vol. 2, No. 239)

Democrats, please speak up on Israel! by Donald H. Harrison in San Diego

Israel's justice ministry in disarray about what to do about the Katsav scandal; by Ira Sharkansky in Jerusalem

55-year quest resumed, circle completed by Sheila Orysiek in San Diego

Dying City juxtaposes Iraq war, and wars we fight in our homes by Carol Davis in San Diego


—February 24, 1950: S.D. Birdie Stodel Bnai Brith, Chapter No. 92
—February 24, 1950: Tifereth Israel Synagogue
—February 24, 1950: Pioneer Women (Negba) Club
—February 24, 1950: Defy Income Tax Blues


Jewish Family Service: Free Transportation To Yom Kippur Services for Older Adults!

Soille San Diego Hebrew Day School: Soille Hebrew Day preschoolers enjoyed sounds, aroma of Rosh Hashanah

Tifereth Israel Synagogue: October 11 Midrash Shabbat Program: The Ushpizin

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