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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

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RJC brandishes Jesse Jackson quote; NJDC flails McCain on energy; press releases from the campaign front

Vice presidential candidates compared by Gary Rotto in San Diego

Letter to Editor: Gert Thaler says she's for Obama too


Avinu Malkaynu by Janowski is a classic by Cantor Sheldon Merel in San Diego, with a recording of him performing Avinu Malkaynu


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

Rival organizations clash over how to commemorate Sir John Monash

Financial market insecurity to impact on fund raising

New chair for communal appeal

Community groups call for tolerance

75 Years for Elwood Shul

Student with Down Syndrome graduates

Rules for the observant during seven days of Succot

Australian web application a hit in San Francisco

Growing etrogim in Australia?

Concerns about anti-Israel blogs


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RJC brandishes Jesse Jackson quote;
NJDC flails McCain on energy

WASHINGTON, D.C (Press Releases) Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) Executive Director Matt Brooks issued the following statement today on remarks made by Rev. Jesse Jackson:

"Jesse Jackson confirmed the Jewish communities long-standing concerns with Barack Obama's policies on Israel and the Middle East," said Brooks.

As reported by the New York Post, Jackson said at the World Policy Conference last week, that Obama would bring "fundamental changes" to US foreign policy in the Middle East. The Post also reported that Jackson said, "'decades of putting Israel's interests first would end. Zionists who have controlled American policy for decades would lose a great deal of their clout when Barack Obama enters the White House."

Obama national campaign co-chairman Gen. Tony McPeak echoed Jackson's sentiments in a 2003 interview with The Oregonian. McPeak said progress had not been made in the Middle East peace process because of the Jewish community in New York City and Miami. "We have a large vote -- vote, here in favor of Israel. And no politician wants to run against it," said McPeak.

"That those with such virulent anti-Semitic and anti-Israel views support an Obama presidency continues to be deeply troubling to the Jewish community. It highlights why Obama continues to have problems in the Jewish community," said Brooks.

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Meanwhile, the National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC) launched a new ad on Senator John McCain?s support for big oiland his opposition to renewable energy. This is the latest ad in a
national ad campaign that will continue across the country until Election Day.

"Senator John McCain?s support for big oil and his repeated votes against renewable energy shows that he isn't serious about getting off our dependence on Middle East oil," said Ira N. Forman, Executive
Director of NJDC.

The ad, which focuses on energy independence, states:

Energy independence?

McCain's ties to Big Oil keep us dependent on Middle East oil.

John McCain has promised to give $4 billion in tax breaks to Big Oil while it is raking in record profits. He has collected more than $1.6 million in campaign contributions from oil and gas executives and
employees. McCain isn?t serious about getting us off our dependence on foreign oil since he has repeatedly voted against renewable energy, even missing two key votes where he could have been the tie breaker. It's time to end our dependence on Middle East oil.

The preceding press releases were provided by Suzanne Kurtz of the Republican Jewish Coalition and Aaron Keyak of the National Jewish Democratic Council

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Vice presidential candidates compared

By Gary Rotto

SAN DIEGO—Now that Palin mania and Biden enthusiasm have been tempered, it’s time to look at the Vice Presidential candidates, their positions and their experience.

Support for Israel is perceived as the top issue within the Jewish Community.  While Governor Palin has a good relationship with the Jewish community of Alaska and has spoken out for a strong Israel-US partnership, she lacks depth on this issue.  The Governor has not been to Israel, albeit because she has only been in office for less than two years.  But that also indicates the relative lack of importance in terms of trade between Alaska and Israel.  Her religious affiliation suggests that she would have an instinctual affinity for Israel.  But she clearly lacks experience and depth.  It might sound important to be the “Commander in Chief” of the Alaska National Guard, however, no governor takes part in national defense activities.  A governor does oversee the guard when there is a natural disaster or state emergency, but this is a far cry from overseeing or understanding national defense and understanding the nuances of international diplomacy.

Senator Biden has been in the US Senate since 1972.  He is the chair of the Foreign Relations Committee, becoming the ranking member in 1997.  During Palestinian violence directed at Israel in 2007, Biden said, “The responsibility rests on those who will not acknowledge the right of Israel to exist, will not play fair, will not deal, will not renounce terror.” He has a long history with AIPAC.  I can recall him speaking to an AIPAC group in the mid-80’s.  He has served as the co-chair of the NATO Observer group in the US Senate and has been actively involved in arms control through the SALTII negotiations and Senate deliberations. He also engaged in the Bosnia conflict through exposing war crimes, lifting the arms embargo to the Bosnians and advocating for NATO air strikes against the Serbs. He advocated for a “third way” in Iraq, federalizing Iraq and giving the Kurds, Shiites and Sunnis “breathing room” in their own regions rather than simply withdrawing US troops or continuing the ongoing engagement.  

Senator Biden was the author of the landmark, Violence Against Women Act of 1994 (VAWA), which contains a broad array of measures to combat domestic violence and provides billions of dollars in federal funds to address gender-based crimes.  Biden is seen as a pro-choice moderate, supports Roe vs. Wade, but opposes public funding for abortion.  The National Abortion Rights Action League had this to say about him: “Sen. Biden, who is a co-sponsor of the landmark Prevention First Act, also has joined us in supporting common sense efforts to prevent unintended pregnancy by improving women’s access to birth control, ensuring teens receive accurate sex education, and supporting family-planning programs.”

While there is little legislation to point to in the 20 plus months that Governor Palin has been in office to indicate where she stands on "Women's Issues", she is the working mother of five children.  In  regards to the abortion, she is pro-life, believing that life begins  at conception.  This has lead to criticism of a a law in Wasilla, Alaska, that required rape victims to pay for the "rape kit" used to  collect forensic evidence, on the books when Palin was mayor there.  The law was later overturned by state legislation before she became governor.  Asked about this by the Frontiersman, a local paper in Alaska, the Governor wrote: "The entire notion of making a victim of a crime pay for anything is  crazy. I do not believe, nor have I ever believed, that rape victims
should have to pay for an evidence-gathering test. As governor, I  worked in a variety of ways to tackle the problem of sexual assault and rape, including making domestic violence a priority of my administration."But this does not explain why then Mayor Palin did not seek to reverse this law at the local level.  On the other hand, the Governor is pro-contraception and stated such a position in  a Juneau debate in 2006, "I'm pro-contraception, and I think kids who may not hear about it at home should hear about it in other avenues."

Senator Biden has spoken against teaching intelligent design alongside evolution in public school science classrooms.  When asked about the Thomas Jefferson’s writings on the wall between church and state, Senator Biden had this to say: “The best way to look at it is to look at every state where the wall's not built. Look at every country in the world where religion is able to impact ... the governance. Almost every one of those countries is in real turmoil.  Look, the founders were pretty smart. They had gone through, you know, several hundred years of wars - religious wars. And they were in the midst of religious wars in Europe. And they figured it out: The best way to do this is to keep the government out of religion. They took religion out of government. But they didn't mean religion couldn't be in a public place, in the public square.”

In contrast, Governor Palin has supported the teaching of creationism alongside evolution in the classroom, but she has not mandated that the concept be taught. According to FactCheck.Com, Governor Palin had this to say in a 2006 debate: “Teach both. You know, don't be afraid of information. Healthy debate is so important and it's so valuable in our schools. I am a proponent of teaching both. And you know, I say this too as the daughter of a science teacher. Growing up with being so privileged and blessed to be given a lot of information on both sides of the subject – creationism and evolution. It's been a healthy foundation for me. But don't be afraid of information and let kids debate both sides.” 

When Katie Couric asked Governor Palin the same question about Thomas Jefferson’s writings on the Separation of Church and State as posed to Senator Biden, the Governor had this to say:

“His intention in expressing that was so that government did not mandate a religion on people. And Thomas Jefferson also said never underestimate the wisdom of the people. And the wisdom of the people, I think in this issue is that people have the right and the ability and the desire to express their own religious views, be it a very personal level, which is why I choose to express my faith, or in a more public forum. And the wisdom of the people, thankfully, engrained in the foundation of our country, is so extremely important. And Thomas Jefferson wanted to protect that.”

While much has been made of Governor Palin’s conservative religious affiliation, her State of the State speeches have been devoid of religious reference and overtones.  According to Jeffrey Weiss of the Dallas Morning News, the only religious reference is a quote from Proverbs when discussing the need to pay attention to child abuse.  Other than a mention of home schooling and general ethics, no references to anything in connection to religion appear in the remarks. 

There is a struggle within the McCain-Palin campaign on whether to continue to attack Senator Obama on his affiliation with a church run by Reverend Wright and for sitting on a board with William Ayers.  Governor Palin has raised the issue of why Senator Obama “condoned” the remarks of Reverend Wright.  But Governor Palin tolerated this diatribe about Jewish influence on Wall Street from a guest minister:

"The second area whereby God wants us, wants to penetrate in our society is in the economic area. The Bible says that the wealth of the wicked is stored up for the righteous. It's high time that we have top Christian businessmen, businesswomen, bankers, you know, who are men and women of integrity running the economics of our nations. That's what we are waiting for. That's part and parcel of transformation. If you look at the -- you know -- if you look at the Israelites, that's how they work. And that's how they are, even today. When we will see that, you know, that the top transporters in the lands, we see, you know, the bankers, we see the people holding the parts, they are believers, we will not have the kind of corruption that we are hearing in our societies."

This begs the question of why Governor Palin “condoned” these remarks, even joining him on the pulpit minutes later. But Governor Palin, in a Jewish Telegraphic Agency report, did distance herself from remarks made by David Brickner, Executive Director of Jews for Jesus to the congregation in August of this year. The question still remains whether Governor Palin should go down the Wright road, even though a vice-presidential candidate is often thought of as the “pit bill” of attacks on the opposing presidential candidate.


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Gert Thaler says she's for Obama too

Editor, San Diego Jewish World

Mazal Tov, Don.  You have out done yourself in your choice of words outlining the pros and cons of our electing either one or the other of the Presidential candidates (hardly touching on their V.P. choices).  I am sick and tired of getting numerous e mails every single day with rampages about
Obama with phony bylines and information sources.  For a long time I was on  the fence but when I finally made up my mind where to put my yes vote I see you and I coincide with our choice.  November 4th can't come soon enough for me. 

However, as an aside I sat opposite a man I have never met, attending a Jewish event and told me two stories about himself that left me speechless.

I thought a good conversation opener would be to ask if he had been to Israel LATELY.  I should have stopped after Israel because he informed me that he had never been there nor would he be going because he does not want to be a burden to Israel because it is his understanding that when a
tourist comes to Israel the army assigns a soldier to guard him all during his stay and thus he would be depriving the military of one of their men.
His second statement, after I decided to not even comment on that opening one, was to tell me that he carefully reads his e mail each day and he is so glad to receive all the information about Obama's non-support in any way of the State of Israel.  When I could no longer contain myself I explained to him that much of what he is getting is hogwash he disputed me by saying that nobody could send any wrong articles through e-mail or it would be illegal.

He scares me.  Because I truly believe many people are getting the same e-mail trash and believing it.

If I had continued my conversation with the gentleman I think I might have been able to sell him a bridge in Brooklyn. 
Thanks for San Diego.Jewish World  At least people can find out on a daily basis  what is going on in our town.  There is absolutely no other source that serves the entire public.

Gert Thaler
San Diego


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Avinu Malkaynu by Janowski is a classic

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By Cantor Sheldon F. Merel

SAN DIEGO—Avinu malkaynu, (our father and our king) is an important prayer in our holy day services, with confessionals of sins against God, prayers for our children and for a better world.  It concludes by asking God to inscribe us for blessing in his book of life, a theme continued from the uneh-ta-neh tokef prayer, which portrays God as a shepherd determining who will live, and how they will die.

 "Our Father, our King, hear our prayers, we have sinned against You. Have compassion on us and on our children.  Make an end to sickness, war and famine.   Give us strength, let this be an hour of compassion, and remember those slain for their love of Your name." 

The music for this version of Avinu Malkaynu was written by the late Max Janowski an icon in the world of Jewish music, who composed countless settings for synagogue worship.  Almost immediately after his Avinu Malkaynu was published, it caught on like wild fire in congregations throughout North America.  Similar to the musical setting for Kol Nidre, Janowski’s Avinu Malkaynu arrangement has become almost synonymous with the text.  His Une-ta-neh tokef, and Adon Olam are also available on this web site.

Some years ago, congregation Beth Israel was fortunate to feature the music of Maestro Janowski as its composer-in-residence.  Some of the recordings made on that weekend will hopefully be included on my new CD, Chants of a Lifetime, with Max Janowski accompanying the choir and me at the piano.

Merel is cantor emeritus of Congregation Beth Israel in La Jolla. He may be contacted at merels@sandiegojewishworld.com


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Rival organizations clash over how to commemorate Sir John Monash

By Garry Fabian

MELBOURNE - A senior Jewish community leader has warned that the staging of two events honouring Australian legend Sir John Monash could cast a shadow over the memory of the acclaimed commander known as “the greatest Australian ever”.

Grahame Leonard, immediate past president of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, said the fact that there were two Melbourne events within weeks of each other this year was “potentially confusing”.

The heritage society, Spirit of Australia Foundation (SOA) -– which has been staging commemorations for Monash since 2005 -– has sent out invitations to its October 24 event at Queens Hall in State Parliament.

Meanwhile, a tribute to Monash was staged at St Kilda synagogue, by long-time devotee Allan Blankfield, on September 5.

In an invitation to SOA’s event, Major General James Barry, its deputy chairman, stated that Blankfield’s Monash tribute “may have caused some confusion”, but that he was entitled to stage it.

But Blankfield, who had been SOA’s executive director until this year, said he had resigned from the organisation after “insurmountable philosophical differences as to the direction of the commemoration, which emerged over time. There was more to Monash than just his military career.”

“The foundation’s events had become very military and I didn’t like that,” he said.
Leonard, a member of the Victorian Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women (VAJEX), said that Monash “has a lot to teach young Australians” and he was dismayed by the dispute.

“Our community is extremely proud of the fact that Monash is regarded as the greatest Australian ever and I think we have a responsibility not to tarnish his memory or the efforts that are going on to perpetuate his memory,” Leonard said.

Monash, who masterminded the Gallipoli withdrawal during World War I, without any loss of life, was listed among the top 10 Jewish Australians by historian Dr Suzanne Rutland in an article that appeared in The Australian Jewish News Rosh Hashanah magazine.

After World War I, he returned home to forge an impressive civic career and become a supporter of Zionism.

The annual commemorations, held in October around the date of Monash’s death in 1931, were organised by Blankfield on behalf of the Sir John Monash Foundation from the late 1990s until 2005.

At that time, responsibility for the event passed to SOA with Blankfield appointed as its executive director.

Blankfield was assisted by Major General Barry and the president of the National Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women, Wesley Browne, in organising the annual event.

But differences between Blankfield and other SOA executives led to legal action in the Federal Court, and after a settlement this year he departed from the organisation.

Blankfield organised the tribute to Monash on September 5, which drew more than 200 guests to St Kilda shul, including students from government and independent schools, and Victorian MP Tony Lupton and Federal MP Michael Danby.

Assistant surgeon general in the Australian Defence Force, Professor Jeffrey Rosenfeld, gave the keynote address.

Guests at this year’s parliamentary tribute on October 24 will include armed services representative Rabbi Ralph Genende and Rabbi Yossi Segelman, a senior military chaplain.

Following the service, a luncheon will be held at the Naval & Military Club, with an oration on Monash to be given by Brigadier Michael Arnold, commander of 4th Brigade.

A ceremony staged by VAJEX at Monash’s grave at Brighton Cemetery in the morning will precede the State Parliament tribute.

Since 2005, an annual Sydney ceremony each June, also organised by SOA, has marked the anniversary of Monash’s birth. This year’s event was held at Shaw College in North Sydney.
The legal settlement between Blankfield and SOA restricts the extent to which each party can comment.

When the matter was raised at a meeting of the Jewish Community Council of Victoria (JCCV) a few days ago, Anton Block JCCV president, suggested that the community should use every opportunity to honour Sir John Monash, and not be sidetracked by the seeming conflict of interest between intersecting events.

Financial market insecurity to impact on fund raising

MELBOURNE - With a fluctuating stock market and uncertainty about the future of investments and superannuation balances, shulgoers might have been tempted to linger an extra minute over their pledge cards this Yom Kippur.

However, the presumption that people tighten their belts and their charity donations as soon as the economy begins to waver may differ from the reality.

Helen Imber, executive director of the Australian Jewish Funders, said the Jewish community would continue to open its wallets for worthy causes.

“My gut feeling is that people will still give, but they will give smaller,” said Imber, whose organisation assists Jewish philanthropists to give effectively.

“I think there will be some rather tight adjusting.”

Imber added that she hoped the current economic circumstances would provide a positive opportunity for communication between donors and the organisations, which needed assistance.

“This will be an opportunity for people to start talking to each other and actually thinking more carefully about the way that they do things,” she said.

Dr Michael Liffman, director of the Asia Pacific Centre for Philanthropy and Social Investment at Swinburne University, said research indicated that people do continue to give in difficult economic times.

“There is some data that suggests that in hard times, money does continue to flow and flow more than at other times,” said Dr Liffman.

He said a few different scenarios existed, any of which could occur depending on the outcome of a number of factors, including the length of time it takes for the global economic ship to ride out the storm.

“There are a few perspectives,” he said. “One is that there is less money and that people will be more cautious, which will indicate that there will be difficult times ahead.

“Another view suggests that, in spite of the difficulties, there are a lot of people who will continue to have the capacity to be generous and some of those may appreciate that hard times are times in which one should be more generous, rather than less generous.”

New chair for communal appeal

SYDNEY - The New South Wales Council for Jewish Communal Security has appointed Peter Wise as its inaugural chairman to oversee its $20-million Jewish Security Capital Appeal (JSCA).

“The [appeal] is seeking to raise an extraordinarily large sum because it has an extraordinarily important job to do. Unfortunately, we only have one shot at doing this, so time is of the essence – and that means we have to deal with it right now,” Wise, former president of the Jewish Communal Appeal, said.

Meanwhile, Richard Scheinberg has been selected to work with the council to supervise the allocation of funds.

“As a former chairman of both the JCA Allocations and Capital Planning Committees, together with strong practical knowledge of the building industry and other sectors, he is the ideal person to ensure that we achieve the maximum security benefits,” Wise said.

The appeal ­ which was launched two weeks ago – aims to raise $20 million to upgrade the physical security of 47 NSW Jewish communal buildings and sites. This includes undertaking wall strengthening, shielding walls, glass protection, anti-ramming bollards and perimeter fencing.

But it has recently come under fire by some members of the community, who have questioned the necessity of raising such a substantial sum for security needs.

JSCA chairman Stephen Green, however, defended the appeal, and said it was about doing everything possible to minimise the loss of life and injuries in the event of a terrorist attack against a communal building.

“This is a costly business for example, one steel, reinforced bollard capable of stopping a small truck, travelling at a high speed, costs approximately $2800, and we need many hundreds of these across the community,” he said. Green added that an electronically controlled retractable bollard could cost more than $26,000.

The appeal chairman went on to stress that the capital appeal would not be used for the Communal Security Group or its operations, which are funded through communal and synagogue sources.
“It is the responsibility of every single one of us to support this appeal to the maximum extent we can. No-one wants to contemplate the alternative,” Green ­concluded.

Green added that the Lowy family had confirmed it would be a major contributor to the appeal.

Community groups call for tolerance

MELBOURNE - The Jewish Community Council of Victoria (JCCV) and the B'nai B'rith Anti-Defamation Commission (ADC) have penned a joint submission to the Victorian Multicultural Commission outlining plans for increased understanding and tolerance between Jewish and wider communities.

The submission lists amongst its goals a better knowledge of the Holocaust in the wider community, greater understanding and respect for the Jewish way of life and cooperation between all faiths.

Written by JCCV's executive director Geoffrey Zygier and ADC's Deborah Stone, the submission calls for greater resources for the integration of immigrants in Victoria.

"Migrants who peacefully espouse their own culture should not be discouraged from practicing their particular lifestyles, as long as these lifestyles are compatible with Australian values" the submission states.

The submission also stresses the importance of social cohesion and core values, including "freedom of speech, freedom of religion and equality before the law" an it emphasises the importance of these for full participation in Australian society.

Later this month, the State Zionist Council of Victoria (SZCV) will celebrate its 70th year at the organisation's annual assembly.

Attorney-General Robert McClelland will be the keynote speaker, while the SZCV will award former Governor-General Sir Zelman Cowen with the Jerusalem Prize for his contribution to Jewish life.
SZCV president Dr Danny Lamm emphasised his organisation's role in the community as well as its work with affiliates.

"We are really proud of the fact that our role at the SZCV is not only to represent and interact with the community, but also to promote our affiliates' interaction with community, partnering with them wherever possible and relevant and strengthening them, whether at major events - such as this year's Shuk HaShishim Family Festival for Isreal's 60th anniversary or on a weekly basis via our EventZ newsletter", Lamm said.

75 Years for Elwood Shul

MELBOURNE - Elwood Talmud Torah Congregation (ETTC) celebrated its three-quarter-of-a-century as part of the communal life of Melbourne last week.

It is a 75-year journey that began in 1933 with a small minyan in the home of Joseph and Gitel Fisher, and the third generation of their family are still stalwards of the shul today.

But ETTC was transformed in the years after the Holocaust. The synagogue embraced refugees and provided a spiritual home for many who had lost their faith in the flames, according to the current president, Fred Antman.

It provided a magnet for European arrivals and a counterpoint to the nearby St.Kilda synagogue, which served the established Anglo-Jewish community.

Recapping these seven-and-a-half decades, Antman paid tribute to the late Rabbi Chaim Gutnick, who served the congregation for 46 years, and also became the longest running president of the Rabbinical Council of Victoria.

"He came here with the blessing of the Lubavitcher Rebbe to address the problem of so-called 'non believers' after their experiences in the Holocaust and tried to revive their belief in God and in synagogue life."

The challenge to bring new people into the synagogue has presented itself again in the current decade, with ETTC trying to build numbers and attract young families at a time when some see Orthodox shul life in Melbourne in decline.

The current Rabbi, Mordechai Gutnick, Rabbi Chaim Gutnick's eldest son, has been the key to outreach and targeting young people, particularly in the Elwood area - a southern Melbourne suburb - which has had an influx of young Jewish professionals in recent years.

ETTC has plenty to be confident about, Antman said, and this is symbolised by its recent refurbishment, with the support of philanthropists Les and Eva Erdi.

A DVD that was screened at the function celebrating the milestone, traces the shul's relocation to rented primises in 1938, to its own property in 1943, and the to the present building in 1957.
In 1944, a commemoration of the first anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising was held, and became a forerunner of the communal commemorations of the Holocaust.

The shul's premises were used by Moriah College, which later became part of Mount Scopus College - when it opened a Jewish Day School in 1953. Now the Yesodei HaTorah day schools operates from the shul premises.

The celebration also saw the launch of Elwood Talmud Torah Congregation 1933-2008, a 140-page history written by Yossi Aron, whose brother Rabbi Avigdor Aron had been the ba'al koreh since 1978, after he succeded Ze'ev Aron, - his father - who had served there from 1944.

Student with Down Syndrome graduates

SYDNEY - this year, there was something extra special about the proceedings at Moriah College's graduation ceremonies. Walking among the year 12 students was Michael Horrowitz -– the first student with Down syndrome to graduate from Moriah.

Dressed in slacks and a smart white-collared shirt, he later smiled triumphantly as he walked across the stage to accept his high school diploma, with his family watching on.

“It was amazing,” Michael, from North Bondi, said shortly after the ceremony late last month.

“The best part was hanging around with my friends afterwards and enjoying the food.”

Michael commenced in day care at Moriah in 1993, at the age of four. He was later mainstreamed for preschool and primary school, studying alongside his peers -– something his mother, Cara Chriqui, credits for his progress during his early years.

“It helped Michael gain valuable verbal and social skills,” she said, adding: “It was also a positive experience for the other children. They learned acceptance, tolerance and -– above all -– that everyone was different.”

When Michael hit high-school age, he became one of the first students to enrol in Moriah’s Home Room program for students with special needs, which commenced in 2003.

According to his teachers, Michael excelled. He studied his main subjects, with an emphasis on life skills, while also taking up in-school work experience, delivering stationery to classrooms for the past two years.

“Michael has always had a great, big personality, and fitted right in,” said his Home Room teacher Dan Knowles, who recently retired.

“He turned up every day with a great, big smile and a wicked sense of humour. He set about learning as hard as he could.”

Outside school, Michael has started, in the past six months, working once a week at JewishCare’s Print 35, and Franklins grocery store, stacking shelves.

“My goal is to be a cashier,” Michael said, who also plans to take part in coming months in the government-funded Jobsupport program to get further job training.

“I want to work and earn money.”

Still, he said, it was bittersweet to move on from Moriah. “I’m going to miss everyone in my Home Room class. I’ll also miss my teachers,” he said.

Rules for the observant during seven days of Succot

Over the coming days, palm branches and bamboo will be seen being carried around the suburbs where many Jews reside. And those accustomed to paying between $15 and $50 for a bunch of flowers will need to spend anything from $100 upwards. Yes, Succot is at hand.

Halachah provides that during the seven days of Succot, all meals, any consumption of cake, and – if possible – all eating and drinking, must be in a succah.

The succah is a structure that has at least three walls and a roof made from natural plant products (which could extend to rough palings or bamboo specifically prepared for succah purposes) with spaces in between. For details regarding building materials or minimum succah sizes consult a rabbi.

Despite the original concept as an independent, often flimsy structure, which is “able to withstand a normal wind”, it is possible to use a specially constructed part of the house, as long as the area in question has three walls and halachically compliant roof material.

The succah must be under the open sky and not under eaves or tree branches.

If it rains, a person is generally exempt from sitting in the succah. However, on the first two nights a person makes kiddush and must eat at least an olive-sized piece of bread in the succah.

Eating in a succah is compulsory for males. Women who choose to eat there also recite the blessing as they, too, fulfil a mitzvah by sitting in the succah.

It is ideal to sleep in the succah. But that custom has largely fallen into abeyance.

The other element of Succot celebrations is the four species – the lulav and etrog.

On each day of Succot (other than Shabbat), a blessing is made over the set of plants consisting of an unopened palm frond, two willow twigs and three myrtle branches, which are held together with an etrog.

These ingredients are generally imported – in the past hardly any kosher etrogs have been grown in Australia. The Australian Quarantine Inspection Service has made a special provision for the authorised importation of Succot requisites.

Once again, while the primary obligation is on males, women also make the brachah when they shake the lulav. The lulav is also utilised during the morning service, when it is shaken during Hallel and carried in procession for Hoshanot.

While this may not be a specific Australian story, it may interest readers of San Diego Jewish World in the spirit of A Guide to the Perplexed.

Australian web application a hit in San Francisco

SYDNEY - A small Australian start-up company, Melon Media, launched an innovative new product at the TechCrunch50 conference in San Francisco this month.

The web application, which automatically spellchecks websites and provides ongoing spellcheck monitoring, ensures websites remain free from spelling mistakes.

The web tool – called spellr.us – was produced by the team at Melon Media, which is a specialist digital agency owned by Sydney-based Kevin Garber.

Garber said Melon Media understood both the creative and technical aspects of new media projects and also how to “make the creative front-end and the technical back-end meet."

“This product evolved out of a real need that many websites have,” he said. “Websites are becoming more dynamic and carrying larger amounts of content” and because they make use of data from third-party sources, it is very difficult to keep them free from spelling errors, Garber added.

The product is designed as a “set and forget” application and website maintainers are automatically notified of errors on their website as the spellcheck tool crawls the user’s site at regular intervals.

The system is also designed to ensure that reported errors are genuine spelling mistakes and not “false positives." In addition, it is equipped with a content filter so that selected content can be ignored. Different types of English are currently supported and there are plans to implement major European languages in the future.

TechCrunch50 conference – which was founded in 2007 by Jason Calacanis – provides a platform for early-stage, and frequently unfunded companies, to pitch to the technology industry’s most influential venture capitalists, corporations, angel investors, fellow entrepreneurs and the international media.
Companies are selected to participate in TechCrunch50 exclusively on merit and the conference is supported by corporate sponsors, such as Google, Microsoft, MySpace, Salesforce, MSN Money, Symantec, Thomson Reuters and Yahoo.

Garber said his company was “exceptionally excited to launch spellr.us at the conference”, and “the thumbs up we got from Jason Calicanis during the review process was particularly encouraging," he added.

Calicanis, who is a respected internet veteran, was very impressed with spellr.us and said: “I get it. I love it. I want it!”

There were more than 1000 applications to the TechCrunch50 conference, from which 50 finalists were selected with spellr.us chosen as one of several hundred “demo pit” participants.

Growing etrogim in Australia?

MELBOURNE - There is a small property in the countryside near Melbourne that has an amazing crop. It is not drought tolerant wheat or a disease-resistant vegetable, but probably the largest and most successful etrog plantation in Australia.

Etrog, a fruit that is one of the four species or arbah minim shaken on Succot, is almost always imported from Israel. Australians have attempted to grow etrogs in the past, but with limited success.
But now, a gentleman by the name of Nick Karakasch has potted 80 etrog trees - some with as many as a dozen fruit on the - growing in a garden alongside a small vineyard.

Karakasch a corrosion and fire protection consultant, was doing a job for an Italian family when they offered him an etrog, or pirettu, as Italians call it.

Being a keen home cook, he took an immediate interest in the fruit. The Italian told him that his family eats it whole, but Karakasch prefers it in a salad, with seafood or sprinkled with a little olive oil.

"He told me that he had brought the seed from Italy many years ago" Karakasch said. After eating a full bag of the fruit, he asked his Italian client for some sees of the tree. "I then went to see a friend who owns a nursery, and after a year he told me he had about 80 seedlings growing."

It wasn't until Karakasch found himself in Jewish company on a trip to Brisbane that he discovered his fruit was highly sought after by the Jewish community. "They sell them for $100, you know" he said amazed. " If I was 25 years younger I think I would develop an orchard of these things and get a jump on it".

Concerns about anti-Israel blogs

MELBOURNE - Members of Jewish groups have raised concerns about blogs written by Australian academics, including one that made a reference linking the "Israeli propaganda machine to the Nazi apparatus under Goebbels."

While these blogs are set up outside universities, "It is an indication that the classroom offerings may be of similar bias," Dr.Colin Rubenstein, of the Australia/Israel and Jewish Affairs Council, told a Senate inquiry.

Dr.Tzi Fleischer, editor in chief of the Australia/Israel Review, published by the council, said one blog, by a Sydney academic, which in July 2005 included Israel-Nazi Germany references, "comes close to violating Australian law."

The two men also criticised a website run by a group of academics from Macquarie University that claimed Israel was responsible for the rise of al-Qaeda against the west in Pakistan and Iraq.

They pointed out the website was not run by the university. The University had no comment to make.
Dr Rubenstein said the council was concerned that "what could be called biased information is creeping into many courses:

Dr Fleischer said Jewish students had complained about biased teaching in Middle East studies and politics courses, but admitted they represented a minority of students.

The professor referred to in the comments - who is an honorary associate professor at a Sydney University in the department of political economy - said he stood by his blog reference to Goebbels.

He added that he wrote the blog as a private individual who holds strong views on Israel, which he considers to be an Illegal state. "As a matter of principle, nowhere do I mention that I was employed by the university. The blog is an entirely separate part of my life."

"As all my teaching has to do with political economy, the word Israel or Palestine would not have appeared in any of my classroom appearances."

"If there is any concern about academic freedom regarding teaching on the Israel-Palestine dispute in Australia, I think the problem exists on the other side," he concluded.

Bureau chief Fabian may be contacted at fabiang@sandiegojewishworld.com


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The Light in the Piazza also illuminates Lambs Players Theatre in Coronado

By Carol Davis

CORONADO, California—When I saw Light In The Piazza a few years ago in New York, I thought I had seen one of the finest shows Broadway had to offer. And after winning the Tony Award for Best Original Score, Best Leading Actress, Best Scenic Design of a Musical, Best Costume Design of a Musical and Best Orchestrations it reaffirmed, at least some of my, er, keen ear for musical theatre!

How exciting, now, that San Diego audiences have a chance to see another excellent regional theatre production and a San Diego premiere, Light In The Piazza, at Lamb’s Players Theatre in Coronado. Exciting because it’s not your average run of the mill, tried and true musicals. For many who might have seen the musical Floyd Collins at the Old Globe several years ago with music and lyrics by Adam Guettel (with book by Craig Lucas) you will immediately recognize the tones. His works are referred to as "vernacular opera."

Guettel is reinventing American Musical theatre by “incorporating stylistic idioms not normally associated with show music." Guettel grew up in the theatre world, particularly musical theatre. His grandfather was Richard Rodgers and his mother Mary Rodgers and he also joins that long and proud list of American Jewish composers and songwriters and American Jewish musical theatre lyricists. He some day plans to write his own opera. At present he is working on The Princess and the Bride. (“The New Web Magazine published Sept. 2006.)

Lamb’s Players Theatre under the astute direction of Robert Smyth, whose good judgment to cast his wife, the very talented Deborah Gilmour Smyth as the leading lady Margaret Johnson, is another reason to head out to Coronado to see this show. Ms. Smyth’s performance, I must admit jarred my memory back to that afternoon I saw the very same show at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre at Lincoln Center in New York, that’s how impressed I was. In reviewing it at the time, I referred to it as a breath of fresh air.

Based on the 1960 novella by Elizabeth Spencer and made into a movie in 1962 starring Olivia de Haviland, Rossano Brazzi, George Hamilton and Yvette Mimieux, the story is set in Florence and Rome (Mike Buckley designed the piazza court yard surrounded by a series of sepia pillars illuminated by Nate Peirson’s subtle lighting) and takes place in the summer of 1953.

Briefly, it tells the story of a mother and daughter (Season Duffy plays Clara) off on holiday to Italy to see the sights and for Margaret to have some space to reflect on her now, empty marriage with her executive businessman husband back in North Carolina even though their romance itself blossomed in Rome. Conflicts between maternal love and young, romantic love dominate the story line.

It’s a tender and sweet love story of two star-crossed lovers, Fabrizio Naccarelli (the charming Stephen Goodwin) and Clara. They meet by chance in the piazza while mother and daughter are sightseeing and a wisp of wind carries Clara’s hat off in the wind and is retrieved by Fabrizio. For Fabrizio, it’s love at first sight. Clara gets caught up in the moment and before the both sets of parents know it, the two are ‘romantically involved’, a la 50’s style.

But there is something amiss. There is a secret that underlines the excitement of the romance and while Clara and Fabrizio become more smitten, Margaret struggles with how to tell Fabrizio’s family of Clara’s ‘condition’.  The story lurches and bobs back and fourth before we learn that Clara, while having the body of a mature young woman, is socially immature due to horse riding accident she incurred as a child of ten.

It’s nothing one would notice, but terrifies Margaret because since the accident she and her husband have protected their daughter from anything that might hurt her fresh and youthful innocence. While Clara, who is twenty-six and has the emotional maturity of a teenager, she is feeling the first stirrings of romantic love with a dashing and attentive young man of no more than twenty. The more her mother struggles with her motherly instincts to protect her daughter the more persistent the couple becomes to make their dream a reality.

The side story is the one between the American and Italian families and their coming together in the end to support their children. It’s a little soap opera-ish, but plays out beautifully against the musical background of Guettel’s quasi-operatic score and Lucas’ book. In fact, it soars thanks to the fine work of all involved in the production.

Set back in the stage separated by a scrim is a live, chamber orchestra made up of Violin (Kristopher Apple), Guitar (PJBovee), Cello (Diana Elldge), Percussion (Chuck Elledge), Reeds (Brandy Radusinovich), Harp (Leah Panos) and Bass (Zach Pyke) all under Charlie Rueter (piano) baton and G. Scott Lacey’s musical direction. Jeanne Reith’s period costumes are dead on perfect and Colleen Kollar Smith’s choreography is breezy and light.

But what sells the show more are Smyth’s conviction, inner glow and versatility as both a musical talent, seasoned performer and as gifted actress. She all but caries the production even as the large cast is more than supporting and the appeal to the audience is captivating.  That’s the good news and the bad news; Season Duffy is playful, childish and mature as Clara, beyond even her mother’s expectation in her insights but as a singer, her voice is not solid enough to sustain the entire production.

Chanlon Jay Kaufman plays Fabrizio with the charisma and youthful magnetism one would expect of a young man in love courting his favorite squeeze. Stephen Godwin is appealing as Fabrizio’s Dad, Signor Naccarelli, Sandy Campbell is in perfect pitch as Signora Naccarelli and Spencer Rowe is quite lively as Fabrizio’s brother, Giuseppe.

Guettel’s music might not appeal to everyone because of it’s atonal and oft times discordant sounds and perhaps that may be why Light In The Piazza hasn’t made it to our regional theatres before this. That said, this is an outstanding production, one worthy of seeing, and one I’m sure you will recommend to your friends.

Light In The Piazza continues through Nov. 9 at Lamb’s Players Theatre in Coronado. Hats off to Lamb’s Players Theatre.

See you at the theatre.

Davis may be contacted at davisc@sandiegojewishworld.com


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News of the Fox

Southwestern Jewish Press, March 10, 1950, page 6

By John Kluchin

The last day of February was the first social meeting of 1950.  Program chairman Joe Spatz was able to obtain a very interesting color film of the Tuna Fish Industry which is so important to the welfare of San Diego.  The story was told in pictures of the building of tuna ships and of men going out to sea to fish, the skill and hard work, and then the cleaning, steaming, packing of the tuna and other activities that are part of this San Diego industry to get this food product to the shelves for the housewife to buy.

Frank Berman after a long illness was welcomed back by the Lodge. H. Skolnik was introduced as a new member. Joe Gelman was appointed Sick Committee Chairman.

The Bay City Women’s Lodge meeting honored Brotherhood week and was well attended by our Lodge members. The A.Z.A. Card Party also brought out a good representation from the Lodge members.

Varied comments were made on the Lodge activities for the coming year and closer contact will be kept with other Lodges in san Diego and Junior B’nai B’rith functions. It was announced that member E. Max Cohen was elected president of the newly organized B’nai B’rith Coordinating Council which has representation from all San Diego B’nai B’rith Lodges.

The announcement was brought out again reminding the members to volunteer their services to help make the 1950 B’nai B’rith Convention here in San Diego this August a success.

Past President Irving Cohen and President Ernest Green are the delegates to the Convention with Sanford Goldman as alternate.

In order to aid the United Jewish Fund this year, a B’nai B’rith Day will be named when all the Lodges in San Diego will cooperate in obtaining funds for the 1950 drive.

The next meeting will be held Tuesday, March 14th.

Have you subscribed to the Jewish Press? Do so at the next meeting.

House of Pacific Relations Election
Southwestern Jewish Press, March 10, 1950, page 6

The Cottages of the House of Pacific Relations held their Installation of Officers recently at the House of Hospitality in Balboa Park. A dinner and musical program was arranged by the Mexican Cottage for the many guests present who represented 1q9 cottages and 25 different countries.  The House is a modest United Nations for San Diego.

The Good Neighbor Policy was never more  in evidence than when each member of the varied group endeavored to show the other a dance typical to his national background.  Dances varied from the Hungarian Chardes to the American Virginia Reel.

The following officers were installed:  (President) H.P. Jepsen, House of Denmark; Vice President, Ruth Pearson, House of Sweden. Treasurer, Isaac Poltere, House of Israel; Recording Secretary, Elizabeth Buchan, House of Scotland; Social Secretary, Jeanette Lundburg, House of France; Custodian, John Johnson, House of Norway.

The executive body meet monthly and each nation takes its turn to serve and present a program. With this recapture of neighborly spirit, the individual cottage also retains the culture of the nation it represents.

Mrs. S. Waldman, Hospitality Chairman for the House of Israel, desires to express her appreciation for the delightful effect afforded guests on the cottage on Sundays during the month of February. This was due to the charming hostess committee of Beth Jacob Auxiliary, Birdie Stodel Chapter B’nai B’rith and Daughters of Israel.

The guest books have registered over 100 guests  per Sunday and we are reminded of the fact that pleasant memories have been imprinted with these visitations. We regret that on March 5th the scheduled hostess for the day was unable to appear. There is a responsibility attached to the opening of these cottages, and if they are not opened their usage will be forfeited.  The chairman would appreciate a call if for some reason a hostess in unable to keep her date at the cottage.

Hostesses for March 12, 19, 26 respectively are the Guardians, Hadassah and Evening Section Hadassah.

Tifereth Israel News

Southwestern Jewish Press, March 10, 1950, page 7

Cantor Aaron Tishkowsky of Los Angeles will serve as guest  Cantor at the Sabbath services  Friday evening, March 10 and Monday morning, March 11.

Cantor Tishkowsky is a lyric tenor who received his musical training in the LIningrad Conservatory of Music and his Cantorial training from the renown Cantor  David Roitman.  He is a composer of liturgical and classical music used by some of the best known Cantors and stage artists.  He has held positions in New York and Cleveland for a number of years.

The service Friday evening will begin at 8:15 p.m.  Rabbi Levens will deliver the sermon.  An Oneg Shabbat will follow at which MR. and Mrs. M. J. Hershey will preside as hosts , honoring their twentieth wedding anniversary. Assisting hosteses will be the Mmes Lillian Newman, Ruth Newman, Hilda DeSure, Lee Greenberg, Sara Shelley and Libby Teacher.  In honor of their simcha, MR. and Mrs. Hershey will contribute the flowers>

All are cordially invited.

Sabbath Morning services will be held at Tifereth Israel at 9:00 a.m. with Cantor Aaron Tishkowsky officiating. The Junior Congregation will meet at 10:00 a.m. Saturday morning.  All children are cordially invited.

The Bible Readings form this week are taken from Exodus 30: 11-34:35 (Sidra ‘Ki Tisa’) with additional reading from Numbers 19:1-22 (Shabbat Parah); and a lesson from the Prophets is from Ezekiel 36: 16-38.

Sabbath Afternoon Services will take place at 5:00 p.m.

The Dialy Minyan meets Sundays at 8:00 a.m. and weekdays at 7:30 a.m.

Tifereth Israel’s Young People’s League, for all youth of Senior High Age,  will have its regular meeting Sunday evening, March 17th, at 7:00 p.m. They will be joined by the Young People’s Group of the First Church of the Brethren, who will be present at the Synagogue to hear Rabbi Levens discuss and demonstrate Jewish customs and ceremonials. Several moving pictures of musical interestto all will be shown. All are cordially invited.

The Tifereth Israel Junior League, open to all young people of Junior High age, will hold a regular meeting Saturday, March 11th at 7:00 p.m.

The San Diego Sancta Shop, sponsored by Tifereth Israel, has many fine Jewish art objects, records, books, ceremonial items, etc., that can enrich your home and  help solve your gift problems.  Prices are reasonable.  The ancta Shop is open every day except Sabbaths and Holidays. Come in and look around.

The monthly meeting of the Tifereth Israel Religious School Staff will take place Tuesday evening, March 14th, at the home of Mrs. Henry Price. Our staff is very much encouraged by the fine reception given to the first Jewish Education Nigh, which was held recently.  Plans are now being formulated for the organization of a permanent P.T.A.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008 (Vol. 2, No. 245)

Ballot Recommendation: Barack Obama for President, San Diego Jewish World endorsement by Donald H. Harrison

Letters to the editor... from Bruce Kesler and Joel White

Tunisia's great Sukkot legal battle by Isaac Yetiv in La Jolla, California

How you know its Sukkot in Jerusalem by Judy Lash Balint in Jerusalem

Important Jewish history occurred between the birth of Jesus and the Shoah by Sheila Orysiek in San Diego


Pre-1960 gravesites inventoried at the Home of Peace Cemetery by David M. Caterino
Archived stories from Southwestern Jewish Press:
—March 10, 1950: Inside AZA

—March 10, 1950: Hadassah Evening Group

—March 10, 1950: Jr. Pioneer Women

—March 10, 1950: Birdie Stodel B’nai B’rith Chapt. No. 92

Jewish-American Chamber of Commerce: Join us for our best mixer yet in the Beth El Sukkah

Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center: Family Day bookapalooza, Sunday, November 9, 2008; free for all ages

Monday, October 13, 2008 (Vol. 2, No. 244)

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

March 10, 1950—Who’s New
March 10, 1950—J.C.R.A.
March 10, 1950—Labor Zionist Organization~Chaim Weizmann Branch
March 10, 1950—San Diego Bnai Brith Lasker Lodge 370
March 10, 1950 —Listen In

Jewish Family Service: Some Upcoming Activities Offered at College Avenue Senior CenterTifereth Israel Synagogue: Rabbi Rosenthal leads discussion on My Father, My Lord

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

Why I support Barack Obama by Dennis Ross in Washington, D.C.
Ballot Recommendations: Two for the San Diego City Council, San Diego Jewish World endorsements by Donald H. Harrison

U.S. training potential Israel enemies by Shoshana Bryen in Washington, D.C.

Did the Holocaust have a purpose? by Rabbi Leonard Rosenthal in San Diego
The trusting Hebrew women of the Exodus by Rabbi Baruch Lederman in San Diego

A bissel sports trivia with Bruce Lowitt in Oldsmar, Florida

—March 10, 1950: Yo-Ma-Co Club by Lucille Weisel
—March 10, 1950:Letters to the Editor from Jackson J. Holtz and Mrs. Esther Schwartz
—March 10, 1950: Hadassah

Jewish Community Foundation—October 16 Jewish Community Foundation forum cancelled
Jewish Family Service—Great Activities Offered at College Avenue Senior Center
San Diego Jewish Academy—SDJA's Ali Tradonsky a semifinalist in national science fair competition
Tifereth Israel Synagogue—Hebrew Instruction at Tifereth Israel Synagogue

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

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