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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

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CAMPAIGN 2008

Jewish Studies scholars support Obama by Laurie Baron in San Diego

Tifereth Israel, Temple Solel slate presidential debates by surrogates; SDJW staff report

RJC ads call Obama ‘na´ve’; NJDC ads tout his plans for energy independence; dueling press releases of the Republican Jewish Coalition and National Jewish Democratic Council

NATIONAL

Did Paulson read the Jewish media? by J. Zel Lurie in Delray Beach, Florida


SAN DIEGO

Israeli students see contrasts in education and religion in Israel and the U.S. by Donald H. Harrison in San Diego

ARTS


Adonai, Adonai chant inspired by Sinai
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THE ECONOMY

Did Paulson read the Jewish media?

By J. Zel Lurie

DELRAY BEACH, Florida —I doubt that the Jewish Journal of South Florida  or San Diego Jewish World are read in the august halls of the United States Department of Treasury in Washington.                                              

It would be foolish of me to claim that my last column in which I described the takeover of the three leading banks of Israel by the government to avert a financial collapse, induced Secretary of Treasury Henry Paulson to abandon Republican ideology of “small government” and invest a quarter of a trillion dollars of the taxpayers funds in American banks.

In 1983 greed and deception had caught up with the Israeli banks. They had oversold to the public millions of dollar bonds which had little  backing.

In 2008 greed and deception caught up with banks world-wide. They had played fast and loose with subprime mortgages. American Wall Street geniuses had sliced them up into triple A securities and  had sold them all over the world. They  had insured them with phony  credit default swaps which were not actually insurance that was subject to government regulation,

When the housing bubble burst this whole house of cards collapsed. Twelve million Americans have lost the equity in their homes.  About five percent are being foreclosed or the owners  are simply walking away from a house worth less than the mortgage,

Secretary Paulson’s original idea was to bail out the banks by buying the bad mortgages. He wasted two weeks pushing a 700 billion bailout bill through Congress. He told Congress that investing directly in the banks was a bad idea  He didn’t mention that Chinese banks are government run and are the strongest in the world. He didn’t know that the Israel banks were government owned for a decade after which they were sold to the public for a profit.

“The Israeli currency is now one of the strongest in the world,” says Ari Rath, the retired editor of the Jerusalem Post.

It was our junior partner, Gordon Brown, Prime Minister of Great Britain, who persuaded Paulson that the bailout was too cumbersome and would not work. Also, it would be the bank managers who would evaluate and price the mortgages that the treasury would buy so the public would once again be screwed.

Gordon Brown said that the quickest and fairest way to use taxpayer funds to solve the economic crisis was to inject government money directly into the banks’ capital structure.  All of the European central  banks followed suit. Paulson was more or less forced to join in and reverse his course by 180 degrees.

The details of Paulson’s  offer to American banks differ from Gordon Brown’s and reveal the vestiges of Republican ideology to keep the government out of public business. The government will buy senior non-voting preferred stock especially created which will pay 5 per cent interest for five years after which the interest will be raised to 9 percent. The keyword here is non-voting. The banks will be managed by the same geniuses who created the mess. The government will have no say in their decisions, good and bad.

The interest rate will be below market for five years as an incentive for the banks to buy back the government’s shares.

Warren Buffet received  specially created 10 percent preferred voting shares for  the billions he has recently invested in American banks. I am getting 9 percent on the JP Morgan Chase preferred shares that I bought on the open market and a bit more on Deutshe Bank preferred shares. So the banks selling five percent shares to the Treasury is a helluva good deal for the banks..

However, the banks must agree to limit executive pay to half a million dollars. If they pay more than half a million they can’t deduct the excess as a business expense. Furthermore they must end the golden parachutes which retiring executives have been getting.

It is unlikely that Wells Fargo, the San Francisco-based bank which is taking over Wachovia’s banks, will participate in the government handouts. Its CEO, Richard M. Kovacevich, told a meeting of nine leading bankers with Mr. Paulsen that his bank was not in trouble and had not participated in the traffic in exotic mortgages.

Mr. Kovacevich plans to retire after the Wachovia deal is concluded. He has arranged retirement benefits worth about $43 million, according to the New York Times. He will also have accumulated stocks and options worth another $140 million.,

After the Israel government bought the banks in 1983, Ernst Jaffet, the chairman of Bank Leumi, retired to a villa in Germany with $5 million retirement pay and an annual pension of over three hundred thousand dollars.

Responding to the public uproar over this golden parachute by a failed bank which had robbed the public with fake dollar bonds (although the government promised every bond holder his money with interest in two years) the Government asked Mr. Jaffet to return part of the money. He did not do so. I suspect that the Wells Fargo executive will likewise receive his golden parachute intact.





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Jewish Studies scholars support Obama


By Laurie Baron

SAN DIEGO—For the last six months, I have been receiving scurrilous e-mails  designed to scare Jewish voters about the prospect of an Obama  presidency.  These contend that he's a Muslim; he's anti-Israel; he'll speak to leaders  of avowedly anti-Israeli regimes; he consorts with  terrorists.  Frankly, I am ashamed that some Jews and I suspect McCain surrogates have resorted to such a smear campaign.  As someone  whose family still lives in Chicago, I have followed Obama's career  long before he spoke at the Democratic Convention in 2004.  He is a  Christian (not that being a Muslim means he would be an Islamic radical) ; he is a pragmatic and progressive leader who has developed  strong relations with Chicago's Jewish community. 

On economic and social issues, his voting record more closely resembles that of the Jewish community than the views held by McCain and Palin.  He  possesses a unique multi-cultural perspective that exhibits more sensitivity to religious and racial differences than that of McCain  and Palin.  Dennis Ross advises him on MIddle Eastern Affairs, indicating his policy towards Israel will be more like Clinton's than Bush's, but certainly not anti-Israeli.  When it comes to halting the aggressive policies of rogue nations, he believes you need to engage them diplomatically rather than just ostracize them and rattle sabers, a conclusion that finally dawned on George Bush after seven years as president.  Bill Ayers is a professional acquaintance of  Barack's not his co-conspirator.  

When I received a copy of the following Jewish Studies Scholar's declaration in behalf of Obama, I  proudly signed as did several other of my colleagues in San  Diego.  This is an historic election.  Honest people can disagree over the issues, but character assassination of the candidates and the distortion of their positions should play no role in deciding for whom we will vote.

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As Americans we support Barack Obama for president because we believe that he is the best person to lead our country through these difficult times. Senator Obama’s firm grasp of the issues, his ability to work with diverse groups of people, and his humane and progressive social vision will bring a welcome change from the governing style and policies of the last eight years.

As scholars of Jewish Studies, we are concerned that distortions of Senator Obama’s record and biography have caused undue anxiety among American Jews about what an Obama presidency would mean for Israel and the Jewish community here. We urge Jewish voters to see through the partisan attacks and recognize how much they have in common with the senator.

Jewish Americans have long played an important role in efforts to achieve a more just society not only for themselves, not just for other minority groups, but for all Americans. The Obama candidacy offers us the chance to play such a role once more. In fact, Senator Obama shares many of the values and positions held by the majority of American Jews:

Senator Obama supports policies which promote equality of opportunity and  social justice:

—the defense of social security against attempts to privatize it
—a fairer tax system, including tax cuts for the elderly
—expanded health coverage and defense of Medicare
—aid to education at all levels.

He calls for energy independence through the development of renewable and environmentally friendly energy sources.

He is consistently pro-choice and pro-civil liberties, resisting attempts to blur the boundaries between church and state.

He opposed the misguided Iraq war from the beginning, understanding it as a distraction from the true war on terror.

Most importantly, Senator Obama has dedicated himself to promoting racial and religious tolerance and coexistence, speaking out against anti-Semitism and bigotry of all kinds. He embodies the Jewish hope for a society in which race, ethnicity, and religion are not barriers to achievement, a dream shared by African Americans.

We urge Jewish voters to vote with their minds as well as their hearts, and not to allow themselves to be misled by pernicious lies concerning the candidate’s religious and ethnic background. We know that most American Jews realize the danger presented by such lies. The truth is that Senator Obama is a strong friend of Israel, a position recognized by many Israeli leaders during his visits to that country. They understand that Senator Obama’s foreign policy is more conducive to Israel’s security than is the bellicose Bush-McCain approach. The Jewish Americans who know him best, those in the Chicago community, also count him as a longtime ally and friend. They know that the rumors that have been circulating among Jews for months – that Senator Obama is a Muslim who would be hostile to Israel and Jewish interests – are patently false attempts to play to Jewish fears.

Finally, we are concerned about the possibility that John McCain’s running mate, Sarah Palin, might become president. Not only has she has shown herself to be unready to take over should something happen to Senator McCain, but she shown herself to be at odds with the values of most American Jews throughout her political career: She supports the teaching of creationism in the public schools, failed to acknowledge the human role in climate change, and opposed the right to an abortion even in cases of rape or incest.

The stakes are high in this election. Hillary Clinton got it right in her convention speech: We can move forward, or we can have four more years of the disastrous Bush policies of war, economic crisis, and cronyism. We hope that Jewish Americans, and all Americans, will choose to move forward by electing Barack Obama president.

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Tifereth Israel, Temple Solel slate presidential debates by surrogates

SAN DIEGO (SDJW Staff Report)—Two presidential debates between local Republican and Democratic surrogates will be held on October 29 at two area Jewish congregations.

The Jewish Community Relations Council of the United Jewish Federation of San Diego County and Tifereth Israel Synagogue will host a Jewish Vote Forum at Tifereth, 6660 Cowles Mountain Blvd, San Diego.  At 7 p.m., Larry Greenfield, California director of the Republican Jewish Coalition and Mitchell Freedman, local attorney and president of Ner Tamid Synagogue, will examine the policies of Senators John McCain and Barack Obama and their views on the issues of concern to the Jewish community.

At 7:30 pm, the Brandeis University Alumni Association and the Republican Jewish Coalition will host a forum at Temple Solel in the Cardiff by the Sea section of Encinitas, 3575 Manchester Avenue. The forum will feature RJC San Diego Chapter Leader Michael Rosen; Ira Lechner, campaign manager for Democratic congressional candidate Nick Leibham; and moderator Alan Lubic.

All are welcome and are invited to come with their questions about the policies of Senators McCain and Obama and their views on the issues of concern to the Jewish community. Both events are free to the community. No reservations are required.




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CAMPAIGN 2008


RJC ads call Obama ‘naïve’; NJDC ads tout his plans for energy independence

WASHINGTON, D.C. (RJC Press Release) —The Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) has released a television advertisement which will run for the next two weeks on broadcast and cable television in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Nevada. The total media buy for this ad is in excess of one million dollars.

The ad features a video clip from the July 23, 2007 Democratic primary debate on CNN, in which Senator Barack Obama was asked whether he would "be willing to meet, separately, with the leaders of Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Cuba, and North Korea?" Senator Obama replied, "I would."

Asked the same question, Senator Hillary Clinton replied, "I will not promise to meet with the leaders of these countries. I don't want to be used for propaganda purposes."

The next day, in a telephone interview with the Quad City Times (7/24/2007), Sen. Clinton characterized Sen. Obama's response as "irresponsible and frankly naïve."

The ad continues: "Hillary was right. The stakes are too high. Concerned about Barack Obama's naïve foreign policy? You should be."

RJC Executive Director Matthew Brooks said, "Barack Obama's willingness to sit down unconditionally with the leaders of these five countries is irresponsible and naïve. Senator Clinton was right that such meetings would be seen as a propaganda victory for totalitarian regimes which persecute their own citizens, sponsor terrorism, and have attempted to develop devastating nuclear weapons."

Brooks continued, "We are investing considerable resources in getting this message out because we believe that Senator Obama's naïve foreign policy thinking raises serious concerns about his judgment. Our country needs experienced, thoughtful leaders to take us safely through the tough times ahead."

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WASHINGTON, DC (NJDC Press Release)—This week, the National Jewish Democratic Council
(NJDC) launched a new ad about Senator Barack Obama’s and Senator Joe Biden’s record on Israel and their plan for energy independence. This is the latest ad in a national ad campaign that will continue to
appear in local Jewish newspapers across the country until Election Day.

"Senators Barack Obama and Joe Biden both have impeccable records in support of Israel and will continue to fight for Israel’s right to live in peace and security as a Jewish state," said Ira N. Forman,
Executive Director of NJDC.

 The ad states:

Obama and Biden will protect Israel and lead us to energy independence.

Senators Barack Obama and Joe Biden believe Israel is our only democratic ally in the Middle East. They will fight for Israel’s right to live in peace and security as a Jewish state.

Obama will fight terrorism.

Obama introduced the Iran Sanctions Enabling Act of 2007, co-sponsored the Palestinian Anti-Terror Act, and called upon the European Union to add Hezbollah to its list of terrorist organizations.

 Obama has a plan for energy independence.

Obama’s comprehensive energy plan moves the country to alternative sources of energy and significantly reduces our dependence on Middle East oil, enhancing the U.S.-Israel relationship.

 ‘No one in the United States Senate has been a better friend to Israel than Joe Biden. I would have never, ever joined this ticket were I not absolutely sure Barack Obama shared my passion.’ {Senator Joe Biden Vice-Presidential Debate, October 2, 2008.}

The preceding press releases were issued respectively by the Republican Jewish Coalition and the National Jewish Democratic Council



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THE JEWISH CITIZEN

Israeli students see contrasts in education and religion in Israel and the U.S.

By Donald H. Harrison

SAN DIEGO—A dozen Israeli students from Sha'ar Hanegev High School have been in San Diego the past two weeks seeing how Americans do things.

After observing the way we locals celebrate the Jewish holidays, and the routines that their peers follow at San Diego Jewish Academy, two of the students interviewed by San Diego Jewish World noted that there are considerable differences between customs in the two countries. Discerning consumers that they are, students Neta Nachmias of Moshav Kohav Michael and Erez Rosencheck of Kibbutz Bror Chail said that in some cases they might like to try American ways in Israel, and in other cases they prefer the Israeli ways of doing things.

Because they were here during the period of the Jewish High Holidays, the students got to experience American-style Judaism. Their reactions were mixed. Nachmias, who attended Yom Kippur services at Congregation Beth El, said she liked the idea of men and women praying together and not being divided by a mechitza, as they are at the synagogue at her community in the Hof Ashkelon municipality, which is close to Sha'ar Hanegev. She said she also was mpressed by the sight of women reading Torah, and wearing kippot and tallisim. But Rosencheck, who attended services at Congregation Beth Am, said prayer without a mechitza seemed strange to him. When he subsequently attended a service at a Chabad House, he commented, he felt more at home.

Congregations Beth Am and Beth El both are affiliated with the Conservative movement of Judaism, which in Israel is represented by the tiny Masorit movement. In the midst of rebuilding the Sha'ar Hanegev High School, both to make it more safe from Kassam rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip and to enhance its offerings and become a magnet school, school authorities say one new feature will be a Beit Knesset—or synagogue—like the one that can be found at San Diego Jewish Academy.

As a trans-denominational Jewish school, San Diego Jewish Academy provides opportunities for its students to divide into Orthodox and non-Orthodox minyans, so that students can pray in the manner they are accustomed to with their families. Nachmias said while there already is religious instruction at Sha'ar Hanegev High School, having a synagogue will be good for students "because they will have the ability to do what they want." However, she predicted that many students will choose not to go — brought up as many have been in secular kibbutzim.

Both Rosencheck and Nachmias commented on how different the feeling was on Yom Kippur between being in Israel and being in the United States. In San Diego, "on Yom Kippur, everyone is driving; it is pretty hard to understand after you have been in Israel," Rosencheck commented. "In Israel no one drives and while not everyone fasts, it is easier to fast there because there are people fasting with you all the time."

Nachmais said that in San Diego, where Jews are in the minority, Yom Kippur seems like a regular day—with people driving on the freeways and eating in the restaurants. In Israel, where Jews are decidely in the majority, the roadways are deserted of cars, and most restaurants are closed.

The two students noticed differences as well in the way schools are operated. For example, said Nachmias, in Israel, students tend to stay in one classroom, with the teachers of different subjects coming to them. In San Diego, on the other hand, teachers seem to have their own specialized classrooms, and the students go to them. Nachmias said she likes the idea of moving from classroom to classroom; "if you go to a biology class, you will see aquariums and things on the walls. It is easier to get your mind on the subject."

Einat Haimi, who is principal of the Sha'ar Hanegev middle school (grades 7-9), served as one of two chaperones on the student trip to the U.S. She suggested that there may be a psychological difference between teachers going to the students' classrooms and vice versa—the teacher feels like he or she is on the students' turf. "I don't like it," she said. However, she added, in Israel there often are not as many classrooms as there are teachers, so there is a pragmatic reason for the system.

Nachmias suggested that the relationship between teacher and student tends to be more formal in the United States. Teachers usually are called by their last name in San Diego (with a few exceptions like SDJA Art Teacher Doug Kipperman, whom everyone calls "Doug"). In Israel, calling a teacher by his or her first name is the rule rather than the exception.

Rosencheck said he noted that there are more computers at SDJA than at the Sha'ar Hanegev High School, and that teachers at SDJA seem more wedded to the curriculum than are teachers in his school. He said teachers will spend a lot of time teaching matters off the curriculum, such as about morality and other lessons that will stay with students throughout their lives. He said one reason for this kind of mentoring may be the fact that whereas American students remain in the educational environment by typically going from high school right into college, Israeli students enter the Army after their high school graduation, and don't go onto college until they are older. Perhaps, I surmised, those off-curiculum lessons may be needed earlier by Israelis.

Nachmias said she found that subject levels also were somewhat different; for example, SDJA twelfth-graders are studying for a mathematics test that she took last year, when she was a tenth grader, she said. On the other hand, SDJA offers some subjects unknown in most Israeli high schools, among them, Economics taught by investor Glenn Doshay.

Another difference between Sha'ar Hanegev High School and the San Diego Jewish Academy—in fact, between Sha'ar Hanegev High School and almost every other high school in the world — is that the students there live under the threat of small missiles being fired at them from a short distance away in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.

At their present school—which is not as hardened against attack as the one the municipality expects to build with the help of various international partners, including the San Diego Jewish community—some buildings are "safe," while others are not. When the warning "Red Alert" is announced in Hebrew over the loudspeakers, students have 15 seconds to get into shelters or hardened classrooms located on various parts of the present campus.

"You hear it and then you look for a safe place," said Rosencheck with matter-of-factness. "There are some classes that are safe places, more strong, and then there are the shelters."

Sometimes, said Nachmias, the alert is sounded when students are more than 15 seconds from shelters. "In that case you need to lie on the ground," she said, "but it is for that reason we always try to be next to the sheltered places."

"Two times Kassams fell near my class(room)," said Rosencheck. "One time it was on the class and another time near the class," added Haimi. "But it was Saturday," said Nachmias.

It was lucky that both times were on a Shabbat, when school is out of session, because the Kassams spread lots of metal and other shrapnel when they explode, Rosencheck said.

I asked if any of the students ever were hurt while running to take cover. "It never happened to me but to my friend, let's say he was running and he fell," Nachmias told me. "Another friend "was really scared of the Kassam and there was an alarm and she plassed out, and the teacher carried her to a safe place."

Tthey noted that he last Kassam fired was about three months ago, before a "ceasefire" was reinstated, and the students noted that there have been some families who have moved from Sha'ar Hanegev to the central core of Israel. However, Rosencheck pointed out, "there are other families who come" to Sha'ar Hanegev.

While some see Israelis who live alongside the Gaza Strip as the reincarnation of the Zionist pioneers, Nachmias says she believes people in her community are neither heroes nor crazy people, but simply regular people. "It is a normal life; they (some other Israelis) don't understand that."

The students and their chaperone all said that they love the Sha'ar Hanegev region, and extolled its natural beauty. Declared Rosencheck: "All my friends live there; all the people in my life. I can't leave this place, I love this place."

"Israel is a very, very small country, very small, and you can't be safe anywhere," said Haimi. "If you believe that you need to live in Israel, and you believe in Israel, then the Negev was the most safe place in Israel, but that changed. But not because it changed will I move from Israel. I built my house there. It's a very beautiful house, in a very beautiful place and I don't think I would move. I think I will do everything I need to change the government's mind and make them make me live safely."

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SONGS OF OUR PEOPLE


Adonai, Adonai chant inspired by Sinai

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By Cantor Sheldon Merel

SAN DIEGO—The prayer Adonai, Adonai begins the drama of the Torah service, during the three festivals and Holy Days, and is chanted  before the Torah is removed from the Holy Ark.  In some congregations, it is chanted three times, but once is equally permissible.  It is considered so important, that it is only to be said in congregational worship, not by an individual in private prayer.
Its  words are powerful and deserve appropriate music to highlight its intent. 

Many composers have written music for this prayer, but I prefer the setting by one of my favorite composers, Max Helfman.  He spent many years as choir master for the great dramatic tenor, Chazzan Abraham Shapiro in Newark, New Jersey, and wrote liturgical music especially for him.   I believe this musical setting captures the drama of the moment, standing before the open Ark, as we prepare to remove the Torah from the Ark and march with it (Hakafa) into the congregation. 

Its text, from the Book of Exodus, chapter 34:6, 7, follows just after Moses had descended from the top of Mount Sinai with the first set of tablets, inscribed with the Ten Commandments.   During the forty days and nights he had spent on top of Mount Sinai, the impatient Israelites lost faith and built a Golden Calf to worship.    
 
Exodus 32:19 reports that “as soon as Moses came near the camp and saw the Golden Calf, and the dancing, he became enraged, and hurled the tablets from his hands, and shattered them at the foot of the mountain.”  

Regaining his composure, Moses asked God for a new beginning, and a full pardon for Israel.  Once again, he climbed to the top of Mount Sinai for another forty days and nights, to renew the covenant.
Exodus 34: 4 continues:  ”So Moses carved two tablets of stone, like the first, and early in the morning went up on Mount Sinai, taking the two stone tablets with him."

A new covenant was formed, and this prayer also took on the name, The Thirteen Attributes of God. 
In Verses 6 and 7, it says ”the Lord passed before him and proclaimed: ‘the Lord! The Lord! A God compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in kindness and faithfulness, extending kindness to the thousandth generation, forgiving iniquity, transgression, and sin; yet he does not remit all punishment, but visits the iniquity of fathers upon children and children’s children, upon the third and fourth generations.”
                          
Merel is cantor emeritus of Congregation Beth Israel. He may be contacted at merels@sandiegojewishworld.com




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Tifereth Israel News
Southwestern Jewish Press, March 28, 1950, page 6

Sabbath Eve Services—The Service on Friday evening, March 24, was dedicated to the forthcoming campaign of the United Jewish Fund.  An Oneg Shabbat followed the Service during which time a discussion took place on the needs, purposes and functions of the United Jewish Fund.  Hosts were Mr. and Mrs. Sam Orlansky, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Addleson, grandparents of a new-born boy, and Mr. and Mrs. Louis Addleson, great-grandparents; also Mrs. Sam Tepper.

Sabbath Services—Regular Sabbath Moring Services took place at 9 a.m. The  Junior Congregation met at 10 a.m. Sabbath Afternoon Services began at 5:15 p.m.  The Mincha was followed by a social hour completing the Sholosh Suedos, at which time Rabbi Levens continued the study session in the Bible.

Daily Minyan—The Synagogue daily Minyon meets Sundays at 8 a.m. and weekdays at 7:30 a.m.  Weekday Evening Service can be arranged for.

Synagogue Junior League Meeting—The regular meeting of the Tifereth Israel Junior League took place Saturday March 25th at 7 p.m.  Cecile Ogelsby, President, presided at a short business meeting followed by a program, dancing and refreshments.

Hayride and Cookout—The Tifereth Israel Young People’s League Senior High held its Second Annual Hayride and Cook Out at the Palomar Riding Stables, March 25th, at 7 p.m.  Girls brought the food and dancing followed in the Recreation Hall.

Congregation Meeting—A regular meeting of the Congregation Tifereth Israel will take place Wednesday, March 29th at 8 p.m. in the Synagogue.  All members, both men and women are urged to attend.

Religious School Model Seder—On Sunday morning, March 26th the Religious School session was devoted to a model Passover Seder.  Seated around the festive tables, the pupils enacted the customs and ceremonies of the Seder, with different ones leading to the recital of the various readings of the Hagaddah.

Sisterhood Passover Institute and Seder— Mrs. Abe Ratner will sponsor a Passover Institute and Model Seder for the Tifereth Israel Sisterhood on Thursday night, March 30th.  Following the regular business meeting, the women will assemble in the Vestry Room for a practical demonstration of the Passover Seder.  Ceremonial foods and wine will be provided.  Participating in the Seder are: Blessing the Candles, Mrs. Ida Pearl; Kiddush, Mrs. Ruth Douglas; the Narration Begins, Mrs. Lucille Weisel; Four Questions (Hebrew) Mrs. Rose Neumann; Four Questions (English) Mrs. Kathrine Fleischner; The Answer From History, Mrs. Esther Addleson; Four Sons, Mmes Jean Spatz, Jean Camiel, Freda Ruden, Trudie Haber; Three Symbols, Mmes Bess Breitbard, Dorothy Bokrass, Frances Moss; Message of the Night; Mrs. Sam Druskin; Responsive Reading, Mrs. Sara Shelley.

Musical selections will be offered by Mr. Norman Holzman.  Rabbi Levens will conduct the service.

Committee in charge of the Passover Institute and Model Seder are: Mrs. Diane Pomeranz, Chairman; Mrs. Esther Frank and Mrs. Jean Spatz, Co-Chairmen; Mmes Becky Rubin, Dorothy Steckel, Tillie Gordon, Esther Levitt, Bertha Sklar, Hannah Kader, Ann Shapiro, Lillian Pomeranz, Ruth Ratner, Mollie Ratner, Mrs. M. Hershey and Mrs. S. Weinberg.

Schedule of Passover Services—The Sabbath before Passover, known as Shabbat Haggadol, will be observed with special services at Tifereth Israel Synagogue, on Friday night, March 31st, at 8:15 p.m. and Saturday, April 1st, at 9 a.m.

The first Seder takes place Saturday night, April 1st.

Services for the First Day of Passover will take place Sunday, April 2nd, at 8:30 a.m.  A special Children’s Service will be held at 11 a.m.; Afternoon and Evening Services at 5:30 p.m.

The Second Day of Passover will be observed on Monday, April 3rd, with holiday services at 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.



Temple Beth Israel
Southwestern Jewish Press, March 28, 1950, page 6

The Feast of Passover will be ushered in at Congregation Beth Israel Saturday Evening with services in the Temple at 6 p.m.  The Passover Seder will follow immediately thereafter at 6:30 p.m. in the Temple Center.  In charge of the Temple Sisterhood Reservations are Mrs. Ben Harris and Mrs. Albert Hutler. The Seder promises to surpass the successful observances of past years. The traditional meal, with wine, matzos, gefilte fish, matzo ball soup and chicken will be served and various members of the Congregation will participate.

The Seder will be of special appeal to the children and all parents are urged to bring their youngsters.  The attractive price of $3.25 for adults and $1.25 for children 18 years old or under has been set.  The annual hunt for the Afikomen promises to add gayety and joy to the event, with prizes offered for those who find it.

Cantor Julian K. Miller and the Temple Choir will attend the Seder and lead the Congregation in the singing of the traditional Passover melodies.

Reservations are now open to the entire Jewish community and should be made immediately, as the physical capacity of the Temple will be reached in a few days.

For reservations, call Mrs. Albert Hutler, Bayview 8223 or the Temple Office, Franklin 9-4631.

Temple Youth League to Hold Sunday Night Seder—
For what is believed to be the first time in the history of the local Jewish Community, a Seder will be held by and for the young people of the Jewish Community on Sunday evening, April 2nd, at 6:30 p.m. in the Temple Center, according to an announcement made by Herbert Solomon, President of T.Y.L.

Assisted by Rabbi Morton J. Cohn and Cantor Julian K. Miller, the young people will conduct the full Seder and sing the melodies. This is not merely a “demonstration Seder,” as the complete Passover meal will be served. Upon conclusion of the seder, entertainment will follow for the remainder of the evening.

Reservations are limited to fifty young men and women of high school or college age, according to Herb, and will be assigned to any young people in the Jewish community on a “first come first served” basis.

Young people desiring to attend are urged to make their reservations immediately with Herb Solomon, Jackson 7241, or the Temple Office, Franklin 9-4631.  The attractive price of $1.25 has been set for the Super-Special Youth Seder Banquet.

Beth Israel Observes Hebrew Union College Jubilee—One of the most impressive services of the year will be held at Temple Beth Israel, 3rd and Laurel, this Friday evening, March 31.  Together with over 400 other liberal Jewish congregations, the Temple will observe the 75th Anniversary of the founding of the Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, the oldest and largest Jewish Rabbinical Seminary in America.

A special service of impressive beauty will be presented in which prominent lay leaders will participate.  Rabbi Morton J. Cohn will preach on the subject “The Old Master Builder.”

Passover Services—Concluding Passover services will be held Friday evening, April 7th.

A Yizkor (Memorial) Service will be incorporated and all members who have lost loved ones in the past should attend this service. Rabbi Cohn emphasized that this festival service is not limited only to those who have suffered bereavement but should be attended by all observant Jews. The Rabbi’s sermon will be on a theme appropriate to Passover.

Junior Congregation—The Junior Congregation Service on Saturday, April 8th, will be held at 11:00 a.m.  Both children and adults alike are invited. Rabbi Cohn will give a Passover Story-Sermon.

The April Birthday children will be called to the altar for the Rabbi’s blessing.  All children of the Religious School are required to attend and their parents are urged to accompany them.

Spring Vacation—The Religious School will not meet on April 2nd, the first day of Passover.  School will be resumed on April 9th.


Beth Jacob Ladies Auxiliary
Southwestern Jewish Press, March 28, 1950, page 6


The next social event of the Beth Jacob Ladies Auxiliary for the benefit of the Building Fund will be a Pesach Card Party to be held on Wednesday evening, April 5th, at the Beth Jacob Center, 3206 Myrtle St.

This gala affair will be sponsored by Mrs. Jerry Aronoff and Mrs. Charles Press. The ladies are planning to serve strictly Kosher Passover refreshments.

Tables will be set for the games of the guests choice and the door will be opened at 8:00 p.m.

With the ground broken for the new building and the construction of the new Synagogue and Center becoming an actuality, the co-hostesses cordially invite everyone to spend a pleasant evening in good company and to help them swell the Fund and this new building. A good time is guaranteed by all who come.

Remember the Pesach Card Party on Wednesday evening, April 5th, at 3206 Myrtle Street.


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Robert H. Abzug, University of Texas at Austin; Evelyn B. Ackerman, Lehman College and Graduate Center, CUNY; Phyllis Albert, Harvard University; Rebecca Alpert, Temple University; Mark M. Anderson, Columbia University; Joyce Antler, Brandeis University; Myron J. Aronoff, Rutgers University; Yael S. Aronoff, Michigan State University; Dianne C. Ashton, Rowan University; Alan Astro, Trinity University and Monique R. Balbuena, University of Oregon.

Lawrence Baron, San Diego State University; Lewis M. Barth, Hebrew Union College – Los Angeles; Judith R. Baskin, University of Oregon; Adam H. Becker, New York University; Ruth Behar, University of Michigan; Elissa Bemporad, The New School; Mara Benjamin, St. Olaf College; Sarah Bunin Benor, Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion; Michael Berkowitz, University College London; Lila Corwin Berman, Pennsylvania State University; Marc S. Bernstein, Michigan State University and David Biale, University of California – Davis.

Lori Gemeiner Bihler, University of Rhode Island; Lisa Bloom, University of California--San Diego; Ilana M. Blumberg, Michigan State University; Linda Borish, Western Michigan University;  Oded Borovsky, Emory University; Ra'anan Boustan, UCLA; Steven Bowman, University of Cincinnati; Daniel Boyarin, University of California – Berkeley; Jonathan Boyarin, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill; Ben Braude, Boston College; Alisa Braun, Hebrew College; David Brenner, University of Houston and Marcy Brink-Danan, Brown University.

Phil Brown, Brown University; Stephan Brumberg, CUNY; Matti Bunzl, University of Illinois; Janet Burstein, Drew University; Andrew Bush, Vassar College; Marc Caplan, The Johns Hopkins University; Nina Caputo, University of Florida; Jules Chametzky, University of Massachusetts – Amherst; Robert Chazan, New York University; Julia Phillips Cohen, Vanderbilt University; Mark R. Cohen, Princeton University; Shaul Cohen, University of Oregon and Steven M. Cohen, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.

Robert L. Cohn, Lafayette College; William Cutter, Hebrew Union College, Los Angeles; Lynn Davidman, University of Kansas; Natalie Zemon Davis, Princeton University; Nathaniel Deutsch, University of California-Santa Cruz; Maureen Dewan, Fairfield University; Hasia Diner, New York University; Leonard Dinnerstein, University of Arizona; Alan Dowty, University of Notre Dame; Lois Dubin, Smith College; Deborah Dwork, Clark University; John Efron, University of California-Berkeley and Peter Eisenstadt, Rochester, NY.

Judith Laikin Elkin, University of Michigan; Todd Endelman, University of Michigan; Marc Michael Epstein, Vassar College; Amir Eshel, Stanford University; Sidra DeKoven Ezrahi, Hebrew University; Ayala Fader, Fordham University; Marcia Falk, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley; Amy Feinstein, Colgate University; Marjorie N. Feld, Babson College; Yael Feldman, New York University; John Felstiner, Stanford University; Kirsten Fermaglich, Michigan State University and David Fishman, Jewish Theological Seminary.

Hilene Flanzbaum, Butler University; Daniel E. Fleming, New York University; Harriet Freidenreich, Temple University; Lewis Fried, Kent State University; Kathie Friedman, University of Washington; Jay Geller, Vanderbilt University; Judith Gerson, Rutgers University; Abigail Gillman, Boston University; Amelia Glaser, University of California – San Diego;
Susan Glenn, University of Washington; Ann Goldberg, University of California, Riverside; Robert Goldenberg, Stony Brook University and Judith L. Goldstein, Vassar College.

Lynn D. Gordon, University of Rochester; Michael Gottsegen, Brown University; Lisa D. Grant, Hebrew Union College; Deborah Green, University of Oregon; Cheryl Greenberg, Trinity College; Daniel Greene, The Newberry Library; Frederick E. Greenspahn, Florida Atlantic University; Ed Greenstein, Bar Ilan University; Atina Grossmann, Cooper Union; Janet Hadda, UCLA; Mitchell Hart, University of Florida and Rachel Havrelock, University of Illinois at Chicago.

Joel Hecker, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College; Kathryn Hellerstein, University of Pennsylvania; Ronald Hendel, University of California – Berkeley; Deborah Hertz, University of California – San Diego; Daniel Herwitz, University of Michigan; Susannah Heschel, Dartmouth College; Marianne Hirsch, Columbia University; John Hoberman, University of Texas at Austin; Anne Golomb Hoffman, Fordham University; Joshua Holo, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion; Paula Hyman, Yale University and Tali E. Hyman, Hebrew Union College.

Miriam Isaacs, University of Maryland – College Park; Susan Jacobowitz, Queensborough Community College, CUNY; Jack Jacobs, The Graduate Center, City University of New York; Matthew Jacobson, Yale University; Robin Judd, Ohio State University; S. Tamar Kamionkowski, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College; Brett Ashley Kaplan, University of Illinois; Marion Kaplan, New York University; Samuel D. Kassow, Trinity College; Stephanie Katz, Lehigh University; Ira Katznelson, Columbia University and Ellie Kellman, Brandeis University.

Ari Y. Kelman, University of California – Davis; Carole S. Kessner, SUNY Stony Brook; Hillel J. Kieval, Washington University in St. Louis; Ann Kirschner, Macaulay Honors College, CUNY; Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblet, New York University; Rebecca Kobrin, Columbia University; Madeline Kochen, University of Michigan; Risa Levitt Kohn, San Diego State University; Ross S. Kraemer, Brown University; David Krikun, SUNY-New Paltz; Hartley Lachter, Muhlenberg College and Lisa Lampert-Weissig, University of California, San Diego.

Berel Lang, Wesleyan University; Lisa Moses Leff, Southwestern University; Erica Lehrer, Concordia University; Paul Lerner, University of Southern California; Jeffrey Lesser, Emory University; Mark Leuchter, Temple University; Adriane Leveen, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion; Andrea Levine, George Washington University;Daniel Levine, The Johns Hopkins University; Michael G. Levine, Rutgers University; Laura S. Levitt, Temple University;
Rhoda G. Lewin, Minneapolis, MN; Andrea Lieber, Dickinson College and Olga Litvak, Clark University.

Maud Mandel, Brown University; Barbara Mann, Jewish Theological Seminary; Jessica Marglin, Princeton University; Mary McCune, SUNY-Oswego; Keren R. McGinity, University of Michigan; Yitzhak Melamed, Johns Hopkins University; Ezra Mendelsohn, Hebrew University; Tony Michels, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Joel S. Migdal, University of Washington; Nancy K. Miller, City University of New York; Deborah Dash Moore, University of Michigan;
Regina Morantz-Sanchez, University of Michigan and Leslie Morris, University of Minnesota.

Kenneth Moss, The Johns Hopkins University; Andrea Most, University of Toronto; David N. Myers, UCLA; Stanley Nash, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion; Anita Norich, University of Michigan; Malkah Notman, Harvard University; Peter Ochs, University of Virginia; Saul M. Olyan, Brown University; Annelise Orleck, Dartmouth College; Avinoam Patt, University of Hartford; Ilan Peleg, Lafayette College; Derek J. Penslar, University of Toronto;
Daniel D. Perlmutter, University of Pennsylvania and Felice Davidson Perlmutter, Temple University.

Noam Pianko, University of Washington; Annie Polland, Lang College, The New School; Riv-Ellen Prell, University of Minnesota; Dana Rabin, History, University of Illinois; Anson Rabinbach  Princeton University; Sanford Ragins, Occidental College; Mark Raider, University of Cincinnati; Marc Lee Raphael, College of William and Mary; Michael A. Riff, Ramapo College; Meri-Jane Rochelson, Florida International University; Aron Rodrigue, Stanford University; Jordan D. Rosenblum, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Dale Rosengarten, College of Charleston.

Michael Rothberg, University of Illinois; Joel Rubin, University of Virginia; David Ruderman, University of Pennsylvania; Marina Rustow, Emory University; S.I. Salamensky, UCLA; Jack Salzman, Hunter College, CUNY; Seth L. Sanders, Trinity College; Marianne Sanua, Florida Atlantic University; Ray Scheindlin, Jewish Theological Seminary; Ellen Schiff, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts; Jonathan Schofer, Harvard University; Esther Schor, Princeton University; Joshua Schreier, Vassar College and Seth Schwartz, Jewish Theological Seminary.

Naomi Seidman, Graduate Theological Seminary; Robert M. Seltzer, Hunter College, CUNY; Alyssa G. Sepinwall, California State University - San Marcos; Ann R. Shapiro, Farmingdale State College; Jeffrey S. Shoulson, University of Miami; David Silver, University of Delaware

Jonathan Skolnik, University of Massachusetts – Amherst; Mark Slobin, Wesleyan University; Mark S. Smith, New York University;  Naomi Sokoloff, University of Washington; Gerald Sorin, SUNY-New Paltz; David J. Sorkin, University of Wisconsin – Madison; Daniel Soyer, Fordham University;  Michael F. Stanislawski, Columbia University;  Arlene Stein, Rutgers University;  Richard L. Stein, University of Oregon;  Sarah Abrevaya Stein, UCLA; Michael P. Steinberg, Brown University;  Michael Steinlauf, Gratz College;  Elsie Stern, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College;  and Michael Stern, University Of Oregon.

Shelly Tenenbaum, Clark University;  David A. Teutsch  Reconstructionist Rabbinical College; Ellen M. Umansky, Fairfield University;  Agnes Veto, Vassar College;  Val Vinokur, Eugene Lang College/The New School;  Kenneth Waltzer, Michigan State University; Suzanne Wasserman, Gotham Center/CUNY Graduate Center; Dov Waxman, Baruch College, CUNY; Chava Weissler, Lehigh University; Gary Weissman, University of Cincinnati; Steven Weitzman, Indiana University – Bloomington; Beth Wenger, University of Pennsylvania; Stephen J. Whitfield, Brandeis University;  Sam Wineburg, Stanford University; Diane L. Wolf, University of California – Davis;  Elliot R. Wolfson, New York University;  Seth Wolitz, University of Texas – Austin;  Billy Yalowitz, Temple University;  James E. Young, University of Massachusetts – Amherst;  Eric Zakim, University of Maryland – College Park;  Michael Zakim, Tel Aviv University;  Tom Zakim, Sonoma State University;  Froma I. Zeitlin, Princeton University;  Steven J. Zipperstein, Stanford University; and Jeremy Zwelling, Wesleyan University.

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SAN DIEGO JEWISH WORLD
: THE WEEK IN REVIEW

Monday, October 20, 2008 (Vol. 2, No. 250)

CAMPAIGN 2008
NJDC says Republicans panicking; RJC accuses Obama of squelching debates; press releases from the warring camps

McCain understands Mideast realities by Charley Levine in Jerusalem
ARTS
Fool for Love incestuous... or is it? by Carol Davis in Carlsbad, California
LIFESTYLES
Bella family circle: Jewish Halloween party by Sheila Orysiek in San Diego
ADVENTURES IN SAN DIEGO JEWISH HISTORY
—March 28, 1950: Big Gifts Committee Goes Over The Top!; Campaign For 1950 Hits Stride
—March 28, 1950: Who’s New
—March 28, 1950: Beth Jacob Breaks Ground For New Synagogue
—March 28, 1950: Beth Jacob Congregation
COMMUNITY WATCH
Jewish Family Service: College Avenue Older Adult Center Holds Annual Health Fair with Flu Shots
San Diego Jewish Academy: “Kindergarten, the Beginning of the Journey” at San Diego Jewish Academy

Sunday, October 19, 2008 (Vol. 2, No. 249)

INTERNATIONAL
Arab-Jewish coexistence at the gym by Ira Sharkansky in Jerusalem

Not buying CITGO gasoline could send an economic message to Venezuela's Chavez by Shoshana Bryen in Washington, D.C.

CAMPAIGN 2008
Letter to S.D. Council candidate Lightner, by Donald H. Harrison in San Diego

JUDAISM
The roomer teaches a valuable lesson by Rabbi Baruch Lederman in San Diego

SPORTS
A bissel sports trivia with Bruce Lowitt in Oldsmar, Florida

ADVENTURES IN SAN DIEGO JEWISH HISTORY
March 10, 1950—Jewish War Veterans Post 185 Auxiliary

March 28, 1950—Chaplain Goldberg Honored at Reception

March 28, 1950—Interfaith Program At State College

March 29, 1950 -- Mrs. Berg Heads Presidents Council

COMMUNITY WATCH
Jewish Family Service: The 7th Annual Run for the Hungry Thanksgiving Day 5K and 10K

Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center: Former Ambassador Daniel C. Kurtzer and Middle East expert Scott B. Lasensky to urge U.S. involvement in Arab-Israeli peace at San Diego Jewish Book Fair

United Jewish Federation: Yitzhak Rabin' Memorial sponsored by the UJF Israel Center

CAMPAIGN 2008
Beware politicians' promises—in any nation, by Ira Sharkansky in Jerusalem
INTERNATIONAL
That 'big elephant' in the Middle East by Shoshana Bryen in Washington, D.C

ARTS
Angel Girl kid's book —too good to be true? by Dan Bloom in Miami, Florida

Mourning, a poem by Sara Appel-Lennon in San Diego

ADVENTURES IN SAN DIEGO JEWISH HISTORY
—March 10, 1950: Temple Beth Israel

—March 10, 1950: Temple Sisterhood

—March 10, 1950: Pioneer Women

COMMUNITY WATCH
Jewish Family Service: “At the Hop” Health Fair & Flu Shot Event

Lawrence Family JCC: Internationally best-selling novelist Jonathan Safran Foer, author of Everything Is Illuminated, to present most recent novel on November 10
Tifereth Israel Synagogue: Israel Advocacy Series at Tifereth Israel Synagogue

Thursday, October 16, 2008 (Vol. 2, No. 247)

CAMPAIGN 2008
Abortion, ending Mid-East oil dependence major topics in final presidential debate by Donald H. Harrison in San Diego
INTERNATIONAL
New Arab-Israeli battleground: textbooks; book review by Norman Manson in San Diego
Making Aliyah is like coming out by David Benkof in New York
ARTS
Thursdays With The Songs Of Hal Wingard:
#87, A Tiny Piece Of Paper
#55, The Whirlpool Of Love
#70, Shadows Of Midnight
ADVENTURES IN SAN DIEGO JEWISH HISTORY
—March 10, 1950: Tifereth Israel Sisterhood
—March 10, 1950: Daughters of Israel
—March 10, 1950: Beth Jacob Ladies Auxiliary
COMMUNITY WATCH
Lawrence Family JCC: Henry Winkler to present critically acclaimed book at S.D. Jewish Book Fair
Tifereth Israel Synagogue: The Great Debate of 2008: Wednesday, October 29th, 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008 (Vol. 2, No. 246)

CAMPAIGN 2008
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
JUDAISM
Avinu Malkaynu by Janowski is a classic by Cantor Sheldon Merel in San Diego, with a recording of him performing Avinu Malkaynu
INTERNATIONAL
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
ARTS
The Light in the Piazza also illuminates Lambs Players Theatre in Coronado by Carol Davis in Coronado, California
ADVENTURES IN SAN DIEGO JEWISH HISTORY
—March 10, 1950: News of the Fox
—March 10, 1950: House of Pacific Relations Election
—March 10, 1950: Tifereth Israel News
COMMUNITY WATCH
Lawrence Family JCC: Sex and the City star Evan Handler to present memoir at book fair on Nov. 8

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

CAMPAIGN 2008
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

JUDAISM
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

ADVENTURES IN SAN DIEGO JEWISH HISTORY

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

COMMUNITY WATCH
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
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