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Peres Peace House inaugurated during center's 10th anniversary by Donald H. Harrison in Tel Aviv 

Livni's call for new elections puts peace with Palestinians on back burner by Ira Sharkansky in Jerusalem

Ten Mideast lessons for next President by Norman Manson in San Diego  


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PERES ARRIVAL—Israeli industrialist Dov Lautman, a longtime supporter of peace projects between Israelis and Arabs, turns in his wheelchair to get a glimpse of Israel's President ShimonPeres (behind him in dark suit and red tie) as he enters the Peres Peace House dinner to fanfare.


Peres Peace House inaugurated during center's 10th anniversary

By Donald H. Harrison

TEL AVIV—Among an international gathering of his friends and admirers, Israel's President Shimon Peres on Sunday night attended ceremonies inaugurating the yet unfinished structure that will be known as the Peres Peace House in a mixed Jewish-Arab neighborhood of Jaffa overlooking the Mediterranean.

Intended to be the home for a large library of materials on peace-making from all over the world, the multi-story glass and concrete structure also will become the equivalent of an American presidential library, serving as a repository for the documents developed during Peres' long service to Israel, starting before the war of Independence and continuing through terms as the director general of the defense ministry, various Cabinet positions, foreign minister, twice as prime minister, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, and now as president.

Moreover, the structure designed by Italian architest Massimiliano Fuksas will be headquarters for citizen to citizen peacemaking efforts among Israelis and Palestinians in such diverse fields as agriculture, sports, medical training and journalism. The buildings exterior features walkways that take advantage of both land and sea views, and there will be a peace garden and sitting area. The land was provided by the munipality of Tel Aviv, whose mayor Ron Huldai participated in the evening's festivities.

Even though the building is not yet finished--and is not expected to be occupied until sometime next year during the city of Tel Aviv's centennial celebrations--the ceremony was timed to coincide with the 10th anniversary meeting of the non-governmental organization known as the Peres Peace Center, which was started by Peres during a period when he was out of the government.

That conference, which began on Sunday and concludes on Tuesday, has thus far attracted to the Dan Hotel in Tel Aviv more than 1,000 participants including some 300 international visitors, 600 Israelis and about 100 Palestinians.

At last night's steak and lamb dinner held in a large tent just outside the Peres Peace House, Ron Pundak, executive director of the Peres Peace Center, gave special recognition to such financial supporters there present as Broadcom founder Eli Broad of Los Angeles; Pierre Besnainou, former president of the European Jewish Congress and Zev Furst, chairman of the Peres Peace Center's Board of Governors and CEO of Fort Lee, New Jersey-based First International Resources.

A contingent from San Diego includes San Diego State University President Stephen Weber, who sits on the Peres Peace Center's board of directors; Sandy Ehrlich, Qualcomm executive director of the Entrepreneurial Management Center at San Diego State University; Bonnie Stewart, executive director of the Hansen Institute for World Peace, which is in partnership with the Peres Peace Center in projects to foster cooperation in agriculture among Arabs and Israelis, and Marvin Spira, a consultant to the Hansen Institute who specializes in bringing food products to market.

Stewart participated in a Monday morning panel of the Peres Peace Center on agricultural cooperation. The Hansen Institute has been working in concert with olive growers in the Palestinian Authority and in Israel to develop a blended olive oil to market.Cooperative efforts for producers of other agricultural products may ensue.

Additionally attorney Tony Dimitroff, trustee of the Hansen Foundation, which provided the seed money for the Hansen Institute's Middle East peace project, is in attendance at the meeting along with his wife, Gail.

SAN DIEGANS ABROAD—Sharing a moment at the board of governors meeting at the Peres
Peace Center's 10th anniversary conference in Tel Aviv are, from left, San Diego State University President Stephen Weber; Hansen Foundation Trustee Tony Dimitroff; Hansen Institute Executive Director Bonnie Stewart; international food marketing consultant Marvin Spira, and Qualcomm Executive Director Sandy Ehrlich of SDSU's Entrepreneurial Management Center.

Uri Savir, who had been a negotiator for Israel in the beginning stages of the Oslo agreement when Peres was Israel's foreign minister, provide

d much of the commentary at both the dinner and the preceding meeting of the Peres Peace Center's Board of Governors at the Dan Hotel.

Savir told the delegates that peace no longer is something that can be imposed by a strong power on a weak one. Although one country may be more powerful than another, the weaker power still can find ways to wreak devestation on the stronger, he said, citing the example of the 9/11 attacks planned by Al Qaeda in the caves of Afghanistan against the United States, a super power.

Not even agreements reached through negotiations between governments can guarantee peace, Savir added. The crucial element, he said, is for a majority of the populations on both sides of the conflict to desire peace. Such majorities can be built through cooperative projects such as those fostered by the Peres Peace Center, he said.

Amplifying on Savir's theme, Pundak said the Peres Peace Center has "dozens and dozens of projects" bringing together in cooperative efforst, Israelis and Palestinians, Israelis and Egyptians and Israelis and Jordanians.

He said there are "people-to-people" programs for Israeli and Palestinian architects, educators, and students; "capacity-building" programs in which Israelis share their knowledge in medical services; agriculture; economics, and business. He said these are not patronizing interactions, from up to down, but rather situations in which Israelis figuratively look Palestinians straight in the eye, knowing that while Israeli knowledge temporarily may be greater, sharing is "with the hope that they will soon become equal."

The most important changes, he said, are in the education of youngsters on both sides of the Israel-Palestine dividing lines, "because we are being educated to hate each other... because we don't know each other."

Saman Khoury, Palestinian Co-Chair of the Palestinian-Israeli Peace NGO Forum and general manager of the Peace and Democracy Forum, told delegates that he was glad to be "among friends" in Tel Aviv, a feeling which he said once would have been almost unimaginable. He expressed belief that the process of peace will be expedited by "doing joint projects together--and I insist on the word 'joint,' regardless of what those projects are."

Although there are frequent political setbacks, such as the takeover by Hamas of Gaza and the political instability of Israel's government hampering decision-making, Khoury said he believes that one day there will be an independent state of Palestine with East Jerusalem as its capital, and a free, independent state of Israel with West Jerusalem as its capital. Furthermore, he said, he believes that someday those two states may voluntarily decide to merge into a single entity in search of a more prosperous future.

"The peace that we are looking for is one that will end the occupation that started in 1967, that will establish the Palestinian State next to the State of Israel." He said such a peace not only would free Arabs from occupation but would free Israelis from the" burden of being occupiers."

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Livni's call for new elections puts
peace with Palestinians on back burner

By Ira Sharkansky

JERUSALEM—The three regimes important to this little place are deep in uncertainty. Israel and the United States are facing elections and political change. As ever, it is difficult to know if we should define Palestine as tragedy or farce. Its nominal president may or may not continue in office, with or without an election at the end of his term in January, with or without popular legitimacy in Gaza or the West Bank.

Tzipi Livni, Israel's prime minister designate, has decided that she cannot, or will not form a government, and has advised the calling of a national election. Excluding the possibility of an indictment, Ehud Olmert will remain as a care-taker, virtually powerless prime minister until the voting sometime in January or February, plus another month or so while the new prime minister designate tries to create a coalition.

Guesses at this point are most tentative. Livni is defining herself as clean and responsible: not giving in to the financial demands of the ultra-Orthodox parties, or their insistence that she not negotiate the future of Jerusalem. In a population tired of corruption in high places, and always unsympathetic to the ultra-Orthodox, those images may be weighty enough against Benyamin Netanyahu. Reports are that he urged the ultra-Orthodox parties to stay out of a coalition with Livni so that he could offer them twice as much when he becomes the prime minister designate. He has also been beating the drum about not negotiating the future of Jerusalem. He is a great speaker, but a record of claiming more than he delivers will be the hallmark of all who campaign against him.

Commentators are counting out the Labor Party, bothered even more than usual with internal problems, and polled to get only 12 seats in the 120 seat Knesset.

The Pensioners Party may disappear entirely, troubled by internal disputes, charges of financial and sexual misbehavior. It should have accepted what Livni was offering, but that might not have been enough to save her from the ultra-Orthodox.

The future of Jerusalem is prominent among the problems that kept Livni from forming a government.

Dividing Jerusalem is either an obvious part of an Israel-Palestine solution, or an insoluble nut that will continue to challenge well-intentioned negotiators.

The attractive idea is to slice off Arab neighborhoods for the benefit of Palestine. So far no one is talking about a referendum. Maybe the residents do not want to become Palestinians. It is not clear if they would lose Israeli medical insurance, other social benefits, and access to jobs in Israel. Moreover, religious and nationalist Jews, with financial support from overseas enthusiasts, have been planting themselves in Arab neighborhoods. 

The Temple Mount/Noble Sanctuary has proven difficult enough to scuttle any deal. Who would get what with respect to its several archaeological layers, and competing demands for control, construction, visitation, and prayer? A prevailing Muslim view is that the Jews never were there, and have no rights. Few Jews visit the place, but many are intense in opposing full rights to the Muslims.

Netanyahu makes a shrill case about the importance of a united Jerusalem for Israel's security. He has no convincing solution about the quarter million or so Arabs living in what he calls Jewish Jerusalem or the fully Arab cities that are within easy range of Jerusalem's northern, southern, and eastern borders.

Frustrated Israelis and overseas friends have no end of ideas to solve the problems, or how to adjust the political process so that a respectable party wins a national election and can govern efficiently. None know how to unite a population divided on several dimensions of religion and ideology, or how to satisfy Palestinians even more affected by extremism.

Whatever happens, it is not likely to satisfy George W. Bush and Condoleezza Rice. Israel's political calendar will not enable elections before the end of the Bush presidency. Early in their campaigns, both Barack Obama and John McCain promised even more assiduous efforts to solve the problems of the Middle East. Since then, the American and the world economies have pushed themselves to the fore. Optimists see indications of American progress in Iraq, but not in Afghanistan. There may no quick visits or neat solutions for Israel and Palestine.

This is the season that religious Jews pray for rain, along with their daily prayers for peace and prosperity. The prospects are best for rain.

Sharkansky is professor emeritus of political science at Hebrew University. He may be contacted at msira@mscc.huji.ac.il


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Ten Mideast lessons for next President                                     
Negotiating Arab-Israeli Peace: American Leadership in the Middle East by Daniel C. Kurtzer and Scott B. Lasensky; United States Institute of Peace Press; 190 pages; no price listed

By Norman Manson

SAN DIEGO—This book should be required reading for the next president of the United States. And, when he reads it, he will be further reminded - not that he does not already know it - of the daunting, monumental task he faces in attempting to bring about peace between Arabs and Israelis.
The authors, both highly experienced scholars on Middle East isses, have examined, in frank, unbiased  fashion, the successes and (mostly) failures of the last three administrations - Bush 41, Clinton and Bush 43 - in their efforts to be involved in what has become known over the years as the Middle East peace process. They have derived from this history ten lessons which the next administration (and, who knows, the ones that follow) should learn as this issue comes to take center stage on the country's foreign policy agenda.

 And they are quite emphatic in stating that "the next administration...must be prepared to give U.S. engagement in the Arab-Israel peace process a high priority among our national interests." Further, they emphasize that waiting for the parties to show active interest in peacemaking is an approach
"guaranteed to fail."

 The ten lessons cover a variety of issues and problems, from the general: Lesson One, "Arab-Israeli peacemaking is in our national interest" to the more specific, such as Lesson Eight, "Build broad and bipartisan domestic support and use political capital before it is too late in a presidential term."
Perhaps most instructive is Lesson Four: "The peace process has moved beyond incrementalism and must aim for an endgame solution." Intermi agreements have not succeeded. say the authors, and thus the new approach should "concentrate the minds of the parties on the concessions necessary to end the conflict." A consistent theme throughout the lessons is the need for a proactive U..S. stance (Lesson Three: "The United States must...actively encourage, seek out and create opportunities for peacemaking.")
The critique of the last three administrations' role in the process is in itself illuminating. Kurtzer and Lasensky give the best grade to Bush 41, praising its "clearest sense of strategy, which the administration pursued in a highly disciplined, committed and effective manner." Secretary of State James Baker is commended, especially for his role in the Madrid peace conference in late 1991.

Israel's supporters, in all likelihood, have a different perception of that period, especially as the U.S. linked loan guarantees to Israel with a demand that the Jewish state freeze settlement activity in the West Bank.

 The Clinton administration is given a mixed grade: There was a strong commitment to the peace process, but a less disciplined, less focused approach which led to ultimate failure. Finally, Bush 43  gets the lowest grade - only in the last years or so has it taken an active interest in the search for peace. Some key administration figures have dismissed the importance of the issue, favoring its subordination to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and other problems in the region. By staying on the sidelines, the U.S. "did not increase the pressure on the parties to reach their own solution. Instead, the divide between Arabs and Israelis widened."

In all respects, this is a deeply scholarly, yet intensely readable study of the current  Middle East situation. Yet, in the context of the current problems facing the U.S., both domestic and international, it seems almost like a voice going unheard in a hostile wind. The Arab-Israeli issue was never mentioned in any of the three presidential debates, and a recent New York Times article, detailing the candidates' views on key foreign policy issues, included not a word about it. At the moment, it seems to be barely flickering on a back burner, lost in the urgency of the economic crisis, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and problems with Iran, Russia and other global hot spots.

 It is to be hoped that Kurtzer and Lasensky's urgent pleas to the next president will not be ignored, at least not for long, for without question the ongoing Arab-Israeli struggle is a major world issue that should not allowed to fester further.

 By the time Kurtzer and Lasensky speak at a San Diego Jewish Book Fair event (Tuesday night, Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m.) in all likelihood the next president will have been elelcted, and it is hoped there will be some indication of his views on this subject. No doubt the authors will face some pointed questions on where we are heading, which should make for a stimulating, provocative evening.

Manson a freelance writer and book reviewer based in San Diego is a retired journalist, and holds a master's degree in history from San Diego State.


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Psychology teacher taught lessons to staff

By Sheila Orysiek

SAN  DIEGO --Dr. Emily Jane Cooper was 67 years old and I was 19 and that was the problem.  I was the executive secretary in the Psychology Department at Drexel University in Philadelphia, and the department was expanding.  I had been told that a new professor was joining us and needed an office, office furniture, and all the other support given to members of the faculty.  In reading the curricula vita of the new faculty member I learned that she was a full professor with a very impressive background.

Before Dr. Cooper arrived I purchased for her from the supply store pens, pencils, paper clips, stationary and other such items I thought she would need.  As the day approached I had her name sign tacked up outside her office.  The office itself, however, was empty.  No desk or chair had arrived.  I called the department responsible and informed them that I had a 67-year-old professor due to arrive and there wasn’t anywhere for her to sit.  My repeated calls finally got results and just hours before she arrived the desk and chair were ready.  I was very relieved, after all at her age I knew she didn’t have the strength to stand for any length of time. 

I was busy at my desk, head lowered over my work when I heard a voice say a very lively “Good Morning.”  I looked up to find a tall lady of imposing demeanor beaming down at me.  Her face glowed with health and happiness crowned by a full head of silver hair.  She had sparkling, laughing blue eyes and rosy cheeks.  In one hand was a large purse and in the other a shopping bag.  I was truly taken aback. This was not the old, fragile lady I had been visualizing.  She seemed to both understand and be amused at my surprise.

When she saw the office she was to occupy she indicated her pleasure at the arrangements, placed the shopping bag on the desk and proceeded to take out of it textbooks, which she lined up.  I realized immediately that I had forgotten to get her some bookends.  I told her I would purchase them, but she waved off the suggestion and said, in fact insisted, she would take care of it.  With that Dr. Emily Jane Cooper left. 

Later in the day she came back with the same shopping bag holding a few rocks, each weighing several pounds.  These she proudly informed me were her bookends.  Then she pulled up a chair and proceeded to give me a wonderful lesson on geology.  These were not ordinary rocks.  She pointed out the scratch marks left by a glacier on one and the compressed granitic characteristic of another.  Where, I asked her, had she found these interesting rocks?  “Oh,” she said, “along the cliffs overlooking the Schuylkill River” - which runs through the City of Philadelphia, close to the university.  I asked her how long she had these rocks.  She looked a bit puzzled and then replied that they had been in her possession only about one hour.  Dr. Cooper had just come back from spending her lunch time climbing the cliffs along the river searching for particular specimens of rock, her 67 years notwithstanding.  That was the beginning of a series of wonderful surprises and lessons I learned from this extraordinary lady.

She came from a very old and prestigious Quaker family in the Philadelphia area.  The family’s home had been a station on the Underground Railroad that had rescued slaves from the southern states and moved them north to Canada and freedom.  It was both illegal and dangerous work.  Dr.Cooper and her husband were practicing Quakers and used the old form of address, “thee” and “thou” in their speech within their home.

She was the most unselfconscious person I have ever met.  Though her background in her profession was of the highest order she never spoke of it.  The population of the university was rather strictly divided along caste lines.  The highest rung was occupied by the faculty; the second by the staff and the lowest order of creatures were the students.  There was little mingling between the levels and most especially partitioned were the social activities.

The staff in our particular department was comprised entirely of young people my age.  We were a very friendly, happy and fun-loving group of youngsters.  Dr. Cooper chose to associate herself with us.  She eschewed the quiet arrogance of academia to join in our often raucous fun.  She laughed with us, played along with our pranks and giggled, without ever losing her way or natural dignity. She didn’t worry about being dignified; that took care of itself.  She was not a silly old woman, she was a fun loving soul who heartily enjoyed us and we soon adored her.  She didn’t care what the rest of the department thought of that.  She could handily hold her own in both worlds, and she did. Dr. Cooper seldom mentioned her Quaker background but I was intrigued.  I asked her many questions and then after much time she invited me to come to a Quaker Meeting.  That became one of the most enchanting experiences of my life.

The Meeting House was located in the beautiful green countryside of Pennsylvania.  The building was over two hundred years old and made of white washed wood with windows that stretched from floor to ceiling.  The old wood plank floors were shining with age and warped with usage.  There was no adornment of any kind, no altar and no chairs set aside for clergy, just rows of wooden benches.  It was late spring and the windows had been fully opened to let in the freshness of the smell of the new grass and growth of spring

People came in quietly, only nodding recognition and sat down.  And there we sat for about an hour.  Only the humming of bees and the songs of the birds was heard.  The peace of the creation around us entered the room and our souls.  A young woman was “moved to speak” and she simply stood up and told us briefly of a day that week in which she had struggled for composure.  Then after about an hour each congregant turned to his and her neighbor, smiled, shook hands, rose and left.  It was over, but the peace of that Quaker meeting has never left me.

As I was about to leave my employment at the university, I invited to my home for supper the wonderful group of young friends from the department.  Being newly married, we did not have enough chairs to accommodate our guests and so we sat on the floor and picnicked.  Life was good and we were all at the beginning of our lives.  And, there in our midst was Dr. Cooper and her husband picnicking with us, happily sharing our good times, our laughter bridging the gap in years.

After I moved from Philadelphia and came to San Diego I eventually lost contact with Dr. Cooper and when I count up the years she would be 112, but I have no doubt she is very much alive wherever she is.  It is now I who am her age - but not nearly so young at heart.

Sometimes as I sit at Sabbath Services, I think about the Quaker Meeting I attended so long ago - it could not be more different.  We sing, pray, share bread and wine.  There are moments given over to silent prayer, which I enjoy and would also like to be able to share with the congregation a difficult day during the week when one struggled for composure.

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Play sculpts Jewish advice columnist whom readers knew as "Ann Landers"

By Cynthia Citron

PASADENA, California---Would you share your most intimate secrets with someone called Eppie?  Or Popo?  And 60 million strangers?  Well, several thousand people did every day for 47 years, in heartfelt letters to Esther Pauline “Eppie” Friedman Lederer---or, as readers of her syndicated advice column knew her: Ann Landers.  (They also wrote to  her younger sister---by 17 minutes---Pauline Esther “Popo” Friedman Phillips, better known as Dear Abby, but that’s a whole ‘nother story!)

In 2005 playwright David Rambo, with privileged access to Ann Landers’ archives and the cooperation of her daughter, Margo Howard, who provided  memories, insights, and details of her mother’s life, Rambo wrote a play called The Lady With All The Answers.  Now onstage at the Pasadena Playhouse, with the elegant Mimi Kennedy in the title role, the play provides a socko, boffo, delicious evening with one of the journalistic icons of the last half of the 20th century.

Set in the luxurious study of Ann Landers’ 14-room high-ceilinged apartment in Chicago, exquisitely designed and furnished by Gary Wissmann, the play revolves around the night in June 1975 when Landers composed the letter to her readers announcing her divorce after 36 years of what she had considered a perfect marriage.  Fidgety over the task at hand, but still buoyant in the face of devastation, Landers paces the room, talking spiritedly to the audience.  She reads from some of her classic letters, rambles on about her writing habits (she read her correspondence in the bathtub, immersed in bubbles), and polls the audience on which direction they mount their toilet paper rolls---a subject which garnered some 15,000 letters in response to a casual opinion she had expressed in her column.

She talks lovingly of her husband, Jules Lederer, a man with a 9th grade education who sold “kitchen stuff” door to door and rose to become the gazillionaire founder and owner of the Budget Rent-a-Car company.  As the story goes, she and her twin sister were engaged and planning a double wedding when they went shopping for their bridal veils.  The salesman for the veils was Lederer, and it was “love at first sight” for both of them.  Three months later the weddings took place as planned, with three rabbis officiating and a different groom from the one she had started with.

After several years of meandering around the country, the Lederers settled in Chicago and Eppie, looking around for something interesting to occupy her time, fell into a job that had just opened up because the original “Ann Landers” had died.  She took over the column in 1955 and saw it grow in popularity until it was syndicated in some 1200 newspapers across the country.  Slightly overwhelmed by the volume of mail---she answered every letter that had a return address---she happily accepted a helping hand from her sister.

“Popo,” she says wryly, “was a quick study,” and a year later Popo began an advice column of her own under the name Abigail Van Buren.

In the play she makes light of this experience and soft-pedals the feud that caused the sisters to avoid each other for years.  And even though Landers’ celebrity brought her into contact and friendships with the movers and shakers of her time, her sister’s Dear Abby column was acclaimed as the “most popular, and widely syndicated column in the world.”

When Landers died in 2002, she had chosen to have her column be discontinued.   Ironically,  Abby also discontinued her column in 2002, but it has continued under the aegis of her daughter, Jeanne Phillips.  Abby is still alive, and 91 years old.

Landers, too, is still alive---at least onstage.  Mimi Kennedy’s portrayal of her, under Brendon Fox’s smooth direction, is warm and funny and very very human.  Kennedy beautifully illustrates one of Landers’ most outstanding characteristics:  her obvious love for her work.  Kennedy apparently also loves the work---both Landers’ and her own.  And you will, too!

The Lady With All The Answers will continue at the Pasadena Playhouse, 39 South El Molino Avenue, Pasadena, Tuesdays through Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 4 and 8, and Sundays at 2 and 7 through November 23rd.  Call (626) 356-PLAY for tickets.


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News of the Fox
Southwestern Jewish Press, March 28, 1950, page 24

Samuel I Fox Lodge meeting of March 14th was a lively one with everyone participating in the discussions.

David Sugarman and Sidney Goldsmith attended as guests.  Barnet Yanett, a B’nai B’rith for over 32 years and a past president, was welcomed as a new member.  He promises to be very active and has already been put to work as Retention Chairman.

Joe Spatz was appointed Ways and Means Chairman with Max Brody as Co-chairman.  Past President Irving Cohen is the United Jewish Fund Chairman for the Lodge.  The Athletic Chairman is Maurice Schwartz who will form the Bowling and Baseball teams.  The Lodge has won the Baseball Trophy 2 years in succession and one more win will make it a permanent possession of Samuel I. Fox Lodge. Sick Committee Chairman Joe Gelman told of his visit to Mercy Hospital to see Nathan Raitzas who is recuperating after an operation.

Scout leader David Sugarman of Troop 99, Lodge sponsored, announced that April 19th will be Parents Night for all parents of scouts.

Sol Randall, 1st Vice-President of the Lodge, has been elected a trustee for the Jewish War Veterans.

Each publication of the Jewish Press will carry an ad announcing Meeting Days or special events of the Lodge.

The following officers attended the Seminar of the Southern California Council in Los Angeles where instructions and suggestions were given on Programming of Meetings: Ernest Green, Sol Randall, Dave Schloss, Stanley Yukon, Harold Garvin and Joe Spatz.

The Sol Randalls celebrated their 7th Wedding Anniversary on March 21st with results to show, a son, Michael.  Sanford Goldman will soon have his new store ready with double the area to serve his women friends. You can spot him at meetings as he always sports a flower in his lapel. Stanley Yukon announces a friendly warning to all to take to the hills as his wife, Lillian is learning to drive.

The meeting closed with one minute of Silent Prayer in memory of the late departed Past Grand President Dr. Nathan Zipperman.

New members are wanted to help make this growing Lodge grow faster. Our next meeting will be a social one on Tuesday, March 28th, and Program Chairman Joe Spatz promises an entertaining evening.  We would like to see you there.

San Diego Birdie Stodel B’nai B’rith Chapter No. 92
Southwestern Jewish Press, March 28, 1950, page 24

Though our obligations to Uncle Sam and our Grand Lodge have been successfully met with by this time, B’nai B’rith women cannot sit back and relax, for the vital programs which our organization sponsors, demand our untiring and continuous support.

At our next regular meeting to be held March 27th, the nominating committee which recently met will present their slate of members to be nominated for office for the ensuing year.  Elections will be held the first meeting in April. Reports of the various project chairmen will also be given at this meeting.

Recently Dr. Ernest Wolf, Hillel Counselor at State College requisitioned a selected list of books for their Hillel Library.  In placing this order with our Hillel Chairman, he wrote, “Let me first say again how very grateful we are to your Chapter for their generosity and support in this matter, (books)… in particular Hillel is an educational agency first and foremost. Books are therefore are main tools. As you will remember perhaps, our Hillel Books are placed on the shelves in the general College Library Thus they are accessible also to the whole student body and the faculty members. Information of an objective and scientific kind is thus spread among a large segment of our college population.  I may tell you and your ladies that very often, instructors refer their students to me for bibliographical help on papers of matters that touch Jewish topics. It is with a great deal of pride that I then have been able to refer them to the volumes of our Hillel Library.” 
This is one small but important phase of B’nai B’rith’s method of spreading interfaith, good will and education.

Our “Aid to Israel” program is at present concentrating on establishing a new B’nai B’rith Children’s Home in Israel for which $100,000.00 has been pledged. These maladjusted victims of war look to B’nai B’rith Women to help them return to normal living.

Birdie Stodel B’nai B’rith Chapter No. 92 must have the complete cooperation of their members for the continued support of B’nai B’rith Women’s challenging program.

Pioneer Women (Negba) Club
Southwestern Jewish Press, March 28, 1950, page 24

By Lee Sporkin, publicity


“Just what San Diego Jewry Needed!”

“Haven’t had an evening like this for years!”
“A real Yiddish ball!”

These and other comments sounded sweet to the tired but happy Chaveras who had worked hard to make the annual Pioneer Women’s Purim Ball the success it was.

Polkas, Scheers, Horas, Square Dances, you had but to name your choice at the Pioneer Women’s Annual Pioneer Purim Ball.

The Negba Club was happy to welcome the representatives of the various organizations who entered as Queen in the Queen Esther Contest, an always outstanding feature of our Purim Festival.  Todas (thanks in Hebrew) to the judges, Mr. and Mrs. Morrie Kraus, Mr. and Mrs. Morrie Douglas, Mr. and Mrs. A. Abramson, Mr. Zel Camiel, who had no easy task.

The Queen Contest ended in a tie.  Marian Gordon (Beth Jacob P.T.A.) was every inch a queen in her regal costume of purple and ermine.  Helen Osher (J.C.R.A.) with her lady-in-waiting, Ruth Bloom, and her most attendant eunuch Jen Camiel, had everyone in hysterics.

Fiko Saltzman (Beth Jacob), Sophie Blanc (Daughters of Israel), Marie Richards (B’na B’rith Birdie Stodel), Betty Gendelman (Poale Zion), Lenore Klug (Hadassah), Sylvia Shulkind (Shoshanah Pioneer Women) and cute little Loretta Goldberger (Beth Jacob Sunday School) were so lovely and gracious.

Bouquets and orchids to the earnest and sincere chairmen and their committees, Anna Shelley, general chairman; Laura Simon and Zelda Statland, program chairman; Florence Lebb, Fanny Goldberger, ticket chairman and to Florence Conway, mistress of ceremonies, you were tops. To the never failing friends, members and merchants who are always there when called upon…thank you so very much for your time, efforts and gifts. 

Chaveras Eleanor Gordon as president and Anna Shelley as over-all Chairman wishes (sic, wish) to use this medium to express their sincere and deep appreciation to all of their committees for their hard work and tireless efforts.

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


Sunday, October 26, 2008 (Vol. 2, No. 255)

Lame duck leaders seek to change conditions in the Middle East pond by Shoshana Bryen in Washington D.C.

Pro-Obama column, endorsement excoriated by Arizona reader — Letter to the Editor from Alan Rockman in Phoenix, Arizona

Campaign rhetoric promoting discrimination against Arabs, Muslims, African-Americans—Letter to the Editor from Carol Ann Goldstein in San Diego

Sweat-equity partners sought for San Diego Jewish World by future-minded publisher — A message from Donald H. Harrison

San Diego teen practices tikkun olam by Sara Appel-Lennon in San Diego

What is meant in Genesis that man was created in God's image? by Rabbi Leonard Rosenthal in San Diego

J*Company's Pocahontas thrilled — even before curtain went up by David Riech in San Diego

This Minority of One Fails to be Enchanted by Cynthia Citron in Los Angele

A bissel sports trivia with Bruce Lowitt in Oldsmar, Florida

—March 28, 1950: Jewish War Veterans, S.D. Post No. 185
—March 28, 1950: Council of Jewish Women
—March 28, 1950: Labor Zionist Organization
—March 28, 1950: Junior Charity Leagu

Friday-Saturday, October 24-25, 2008 (vol. 2,, No. 254)

{Click an underlined headline in this area to jump to the corresponding story. Or, you may scroll leisurely through our report}

Yes, McCain pro-Israel, but... by Gary Rotto in San Diego
San Diego Jewish World endorsements, with links to editorials on which they were based

U.S. Presidents as seen by Richard Lederer by Gerry Greber in Escondido, California

Reprise: Thursdays with the songs of Hal Wingard—Linking problems prevented many people from hearing Hal's songs yesterday, so here are the links to them now. Printed lyrics may be found in Thursday's edition: #41 Old Love Sweet Love; , #91 Together We Will Watch Our Love; #280 To Make Things Fair.

Bleeding Kansas powerful in juxtaposition with U.S. election by Carol Davis in San Diego

—March 28, 1950: The Center Side
—March 28, 1950: Local Leaders Attend Men’s Club Conference in L.A.
—March 28, 1950:Toy Packing Party
—March 28, 1950:Bay City Chapter 713

Thursday, October 23, 2008 (Vol. 2, No. 253)

Obama has a Yiddishe neshuma by Gary Rotto in San Diego
San Diego Jewish World endorsements, with links to editorials on which they were based

U.S. election, Israel coalition building again in Jewish spotlight as holidays end by Ira Sharkansky in Jerusalem

The trouble with improvising Judaism by David Benkof in New York

—March 28, 1950: Support San Diego Jewish Soccer Club
—March 28, 1950: Surprise for Rabbi Levens
—March 28, 1950:Civic Protective Agencies To Be Part Of The 1950 ‘Keep the Miracle Alive’ Campaign
—March 28, 1950: Passover Recipes

Lawrence Family JCC: Documentary on Hannah Senesh at San Diego Jewish Film Festival

Wednesday, October 22, 2008 (Vol. 2, No. 252)

San Diego Jewish World endorsements, with links to our editorials

The Jews Down Under, a roundup of Jewish news of Australia by Garry Fabian in Melbourne
—Musician saved by Oskar Schindler dies at 90
—Australian Government backtracks on Ahmadinejad
—Police regret Yom Kippur jaywalk ticket
—JCCV Calls for urgent meeting with police
—Australia likely to attend Durban II
—Former Melbourne Jewish teacher jailed in the US
—Jewish Students snub B'nai B'rith competition
—Melbourne Jewish Communal launch in 2010

A celebrity's courtship with Torah by Judy Lash Balint in Jerusalem

Holidays help measure time and values by Fred Reiss in Winchester, California

—March 28, 1950: Letters to the Editor from Nixie Kern, B.B., and Pauline Opert
—March 28, 1950: Once Upon A Time {Jews of Libya} by Pauline Oppert

Lawrence Family JCC: Religion and Atheism To Collide at S.D. Jewish Book Fair

Tuesday, October 21, 2008 (Vol. 2, No. 251)

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 ‘naïve’; NJDC ads tout his plans for energy independence; dueling press releases of the Republican Jewish Coalition and National Jewish Democratic Council

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

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

Adonai, Adonai chant inspired by Sinai by Cantor Sheldon Merel in San Diego, with recording of him singing this prayer

—March 28, 1950: Tifereth Israel News
—March 28, 1950: Temple Beth Israel
—March 28, 1950: Beth Jacob Ladies Auxiliary

Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center: NBC News Bureau Chief Martin Fletcher at S.D. Jewish Book Fair Nov 12
San Diego Jewish Academy: “Kindergarten, the Beginning of the Journey” on Nov. 18; $1,000 Tuition vouchers will be raffled

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

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
Fool for Love incestuous... or is it? by Carol Davis in Carlsbad, California
Bella family circle: Jewish Halloween party by Sheila Orysiek in San Diego
—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
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
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