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Two opposing viewpoints:
Why I voted for Barack Obama...by Donald H. Harrison in Kfar Hayarok, Israel

Why I am voting for John McCain.... by Isaac Yetiv in La Jolla, California

Monotheism is not mono-political...by Sheila Oryseik in San Diego

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A touch of class at San Diego State by Norman Greene in San Diego


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—April 14, 1950: Young People’s Division Plans Series of Events; April 22 Dinner Dance
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Why I voted for Barack Obama

By Donald H. Harrison

KFAR HAYAROK, Israel—Friends here in Israel wonder whether Nancy and I gave up the opportunity to vote in such an important U.S. presidential election as tomorrow's by coming here. They are surprised when we explain that we voted absentee, typically responding, "You can do that?" Yes, we explain, and tomorrow when the preliminary results are reported when the polls close, those results will be based on the decisions of absentee voters.

Whether we early voters will be representative of those voters who cast their votes on Election Day will remain to be seen. In the past, absentee voters tended to trend Republican, but it is hard to know if this will be true this year given the large number of newly signed up voters who were energized by Barrack Obama's campaign and the prospect that the first African-American in history will be elected to the very top office in the United States.

This election of 2008 will be remembered by historians as a turning point in American society, an election in which no matter what Americans decided, there would be a "first"--either a first African-American president, or in the case of Republican Sarah Palin, a first woman vice president. Either way, America makes a stride toward its ideal of equality for all persons, regardless of their parents' station, their race, or gender.

I am a believer in that American dream, which holds that every living being must be judged upon his or her own merits, and that our strength is in the diversity of our people, whose origins are from all over the globe. That both the Democratic party and the Republican party sought to actualize this ideal in 2008 fills me with gladness.

Nancy and I both had voted for Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primaries. We are not registered as Democrats, but that party permitted people who "decline to state" a preference to vote in their primary, while the Republicans did not offer such a possibility. The very openness of the Democratic party was impressive to us.

Although Clinton was victorious in the state in which we voted (California), Obama was able to string together enough victories in other states to capture the Democratic nomination. As independent voters, Nancy and I did not feel automatically committed to Obama; over the years we had been impressed by John McCain's willingness to reach across the aisle. We remembered for example, that he and a Democratic senator, Russell Feingold, had sponsored an important bill for campaign finance reform—a progressive bill that caused some entrenched stalwarts in both parties considerable aggravation.

And we were impressed as well by the sacrifice that McCain had made as a POW during the Vietnam War and how, after the war, he was among those who called for reconciliation between the American and Vietnamese people. A lesser man would have harbored bitterness.

On the other hand, we saw the charismatic impact that Obama was having on youngsters, who given recent American political history, might well have succumbed to the false rewards of cynicism. We were reminded of the time in our own youth when we were inspired by John F. Kennedy, much to the distress of older people in the Democratic party who thought it best to remain with Adlai Stevenson, even though he already had lost two elections to Dwight D. Eisenhower. Rather than considering Kennedy's youth a disadvantage, we believed he might bring a fresh eye and new ideas to the political process. Today, youngsters are saying the same thing about Obama, and we believe they are right.

In every election, people can vote either their hopes or their fears. As staunch supporters of Israel, we were scared by some of the rumors that were spread maliciously on the internet about Obama, but we were conforted by the fact that Obama's voting record in the Senate had been pro-Israel. We were gladdened by the fact that during the campaign he visited Israel and got on well with all its leaders. We decided that whereas McCain had more experience in the foreign policy arena than Obama did, Obama could turn for advice to the seasoned Senate veteran, Joe Biden, whom he had selected as his vice presidential running mate. Obama showed excellent judgment in his choice of Biden, which gave us comfort that his other appointees also would be men and women of whom we all could be proud.

When McCain chose Palin as his vice presidential candidate, like the rest of the country we were all fascinated to learn exactly who this governor of Alaska was. What we learned did not please us. The so-called "blue-collar virtues" that Republicans touted in Palin did not impress us as qualifications for the presidency should McCain not survive his term. We wondered why McCain chose glitz over substance, and then as Palin's biography became known, the answer became obvious. McCain, who once could stand up to the Religious Right in his party, now felt the need to reassure them by picking a woman who embodied their philosophy. If this were true of a vice presidential candidate, likely it also would be true of McCain's picks for Cabinet officers, Supreme Court justices, and other important officials.

As we considered all this, we looked at the multi-racial, multi-ethnic, diverse crowds, that seemed to gather wherever Obama went. We saw in one campaign the promise of inclusiveness, and in the other campaign a narrowness. Ultimately, Nancy and I both decided to vote for the Democratic nominees.

My hope is that Obama will further unite our country. My hope is that he will represent not only to African-Americans but to members of all minority groups the promise that is America.

So that is why I voted for Obama, a mensch, over McCain, another mensch.

Harrison may be contacted at editor@sandiegojewishworld.com

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Monotheism is not mono-political

By Sheila Orysiek

SAN DIEGO—President George Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King shared a similar belief that content of character is the most important quality necessary in a leader.  A candidate’s stated policies while campaigning for political office can - and usually do - change when faced with the reality of facts on the ground after assuming office.  Either the circumstances change or the access of the leader to hitherto unkown information changes.  But character does not change.  We have had some very capable leaders (Nixon, Clinton) who have disgraced their office while others whose leadership qualities were initially in doubt (Truman), content of character carried them through.

Thus, while I don’t ignore the agenda a candidate touts, I concentrate more on what I can glean of that candidate’s character.  What really gets my negative attention is the candidate who promises me gifts. I’m not to be bought.  I’m not interested in gifts from the government.  They aren’t gifts - the government has nothing to give to me it hasn’t taken from someone else.  I just want the continued opportunity to supply my own gifts.  A safety net for those truly unfortunate is good - necessary - but not a cornucopia of entitlements for those not truly in need.  That’s counter productive.

Jews are said to vote as a block – on one side of the aisle.  Watching my parents vote, I know they did this automatically; they were completely uninterested in listening to the other side.  The lever went down without hesitation - they never even contemplated voting by individual merit.  Any group be it Jewish or Black or Hispanic, etc., which votes as a block will become just that - a block; courted during an election and taken for granted after the election.

Should ethnic/religious/racial groups base their vote only on what the candidate promises to do for that particular group?  I think not.  Such a voting imperative Balkanizes the country. Kennedy’s “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country” - is not just a catchy phrase.  It’s an entire political philosophy.  Government is not about “doing for you” - its first mandate is defense of the country.  Its second mandate is to allow us to “pursue happiness” - not to guarantee it.  Promoting the “general welfare” is not guaranteeing individual welfare - but by “insuring domestic tranquility” to allow it to happen.

When someone says to me “I vote for the individual, not the party” but somehow still always does end up voting for the same party, I know this person hasn’t really considered voting for the individual; it just sounds good to say so.  It is not possible that one party - one side of the aisle - is always correct, always houses the virtuous, always the best of the choices.

Scoundrels exist on both sides of the aisle.  Good ideas - and bad - exist on both sides of the aisle.  No one side of the aisle can possibly have all the good ideas or the best candidates.   Any time one side of the aisle controls all sectors of government, corruption increases.  We need both sides as part of the check and balance.  This check and balance is necessary not only as a check on ethical behavior, but also against any one ideology running away with itself.  Power induces arrogance and complacency and both lead to corruption and poor leadership.

Politically both sides of the aisle present varying shades of opinion.  There are many quite conservative Democrats just as there are a number of liberal Republicans.  This keeps each party in balance within itself, but each party needs to be strong enough to keep the other in check and balance.  I don’t want any particular party to win everything.  When that happens the usual venality and chicanery increases. 

Just as no one side of the aisle could possibly have all the answers to the complex problems we face at home and abroad, I don’t want any particular side of the aisle to be so sure of my vote that it is taken for granted.  I don’t want to be seen as part of a voting block.  What worked for Bubby and Zeyde, or even our own parents, doesn’t necessarily work now.  As Jews, the friend we thought we had in FDR has proved not to be so.  Same with Jimmy Carter.

The ideological agenda of political parties tends to move to and fro across the political scale.  If one reads President Kennedy’s speeches today he sounds very much like a political conservative. The idea of lowering taxes (including on the wealthy) to stimulate the economy was his idea.  He probably wouldn’t fit into the same party today as a leader.  As Joe Lieberman said – he didn’t move away from the Democrat party – it moved away from him.  Kennedy would not fit into today’s Democrat party.

Which brings me to the question: “How can a particular political candidate gain my vote?”  My answer is certainly not by promising me things. I don’t like to hear one party claim that Jews vote for that party as a block - I’d rather hear that each party is unsure of the Jewish vote.  I’d like it even more if the Jewish vote was perceived as just as diverse in opinion as any other group.

So what do I consider when looking at the lineup? Experience on the national scene.
Friends and associations the candidate has supported. Voting record. Content of character.
Consistency of basic principles.

What do I consider as major negatives? Lack of any of the above.

What do I consider unimportant? Charisma. Good speaker. Cosmetics. Clothing. Empty slogans.

So, who am I voting for?  Certainly not for a man who voluntarily associated with and supported –for twenty years - anti-Semites like Rev. Wright and Louis Farakhan.  That is a far more important criteria than the social programs he advocates.


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Editor, San Diego Jewish World

I am looking for anyone who may have been in the barrack in Bergen-Belsen in the Star Camp, and may have witnessed or took part in a secret Bar Mitzvah ceremony with Joachim Joseph (Yoya), conducted by Rabbi Simon Dasberg in April, 1944.

A couple of details that might help someone remember. The ceremony happened pre-dawn, with blankets on the windows. At one point the ceremony was interrupted with a knock on the door. It was the young boy’s mother who was smuggled to the barrack by the Rabbi to witness the ceremony. But others in the barrack would not allow her in, so she had to watch from out side. The ceremony lasted about 10 minutes.

Thank you.

Dr. Alex Grobman

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Juber Jubilee in Santa Monica, San Diego

By Cynthia Citron

SANTA MONICA—Laurence Juber uses all 20 fingers when he plays his solo acoustic guitar. You can’t actually see the extra fingers, but you know he couldn’t possibly make the sounds he does with only the normal ten. Juber is a fingerstyle guitarist, named by Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine as Guitarist of the Year in 2000, so when he plucks the six steel strings of his personally designed signature instrument with his right hand while playing what sounds like a whole different number with his left, you know that adding any other instruments to his one-man band would be superfluous.

Juber specializes in jazz, blues, and folk music, but he is a classically trained musician with a Bachelor of Music degree from London University. That education gave him a background in musicology, theory, and a broad perspective: “I was influenced by any player I could see and hear,” he says. Having started playing guitar at the age of 11 (“I just loved the sound of the instrument”), he was chosen to be part of Britain’s National Youth Jazz Orchestra, which gave him, he says, “the experience of playing with great musicians, taught me how to be part of an orchestra, and how to provide great rhythm.”

Later, as a studio musician, he felt that he really “understood” the music and that playing an eclectic selection gave him the opportunity to bring musicianship to the guitar. “There’s a different sensibility to the guitar,” he says. “It isn’t limited by the conventions of music.” But it wasn’t until the early ‘90s that he felt that he’d discovered his “acoustic voice.”

His big break came, however, when Paul McCartney chose him to be lead guitar for his new group, “Wings.” He played with McCartney from 1978 to 1981, until the group disbanded. It certainly beat playing for weddings and bar mitzvahs, which he had done as a teenager in London, where he was born. (“I’m a third generation Cockney,” he says, “born in East London, but we moved to ‘Norf’ London when I was three.”) When “Wings” disbanded, McCartney introduced him to the New York scene, but after a short time in New York he met Hope Schwartz, who was there on a visit from Los Angeles. It was love at first sight for both of them, and so they married and he moved to L.A., where he became a studio musician and began receiving composing assignments for movie scores and television.

Most recently, he and Hope provided the music and lyrics for A Very Brady Musical, since Hope’s father, Sherwood Schwartz, had created The Brady Bunch television series, as well as Gilligan’s Island. They created 14 songs in 14 days for the Brady musical, and after its success here in L.A. they wrote It’s the Housewives!which ran this fall at the Whitefire Theater in Sherman Oaks. That show has legs, Juber says, and they hope to bring it to an Off-Broadway theater in the near future. They are currently also working together on Gilligan’s Island---The Musical. Their collaborative style, he notes, follows no specific pattern. Sometimes the words come first, other times the music. “It depends on how anxious the music is to get out,” he explains.

Meanwhile, Juber has provided the music for Diablo 3, the computer video game, has won two Grammys, and is looking forward to the PBS airing of Lights, a celebration of Chanukah, live in concert with Craig Taubman (of Craig N Co), the renowned creator of albums of Jewish music. Juber occasionally joins Taubman for a gig at Temple Sinai in Los Angeles as well. “The music is transcendent,” he says. “There needs to be music in a religious service.”

About once a year, Juber makes a short tour locally, and that’s coming up right now. “I’m an entertainer,” he says. “I enjoy getting up onstage and giving the audience something to yell or whoop about.” He will perform at McCabe’s Guitar Shop (“a wonderful, intimate venue”) at 3101 Pico Blvd. in Santa Monica on Friday, November 7th at 8 p.m., at Acoustic Music San Diego, 4650 Mansfield St. on Saturday, November 15th at 7:30 p.m., and at The Fret House in Covina on Saturday, November 22nd at 8. To get the full schedule and information, visit his website at www.laurencejuber.com

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A touch of class at San Diego State

By Norman Greene

SAN DIEGO—It may have been a less than capacity crowd for opening night of "A Class Act" at San Diego State, which had fierce competition from a rock concert at the SDSU Open Theater and any number of fraternity Halloween parties, but that placed no limit on the energy exuded by a talented cast of ten performers.

At least for this attendee, it hit home how underutilized a resource we have at our backdoor. State's School of Theatre, Television and Film provided a solid evening of entertainment at reasonable ticket prices in their intimate Experimental Theater facility located within the Don Powell Theatre complex.

My wife and I had seen A Class Act on Broadway soon after it opened to lukewarm reviews. Something about this homage to Ed Kleban, the late Jewish lyricist for the highly successful A Chorus Line, resonated with us. We may have been among the few to have seen it, but we loved the bittersweet tale of Kleban's life as told through his poignant, witty music.

And were State's MFA (Master of Fine Arts) candidates ever terrific! It was hard to believe that they had only been enrolled in the musical theater program since September. To a member, they delivered professional performances in fine Broadway styled voices. Considerable applause should be given to Paula Kalustian for her direction and musical staging, as well as to Billy Thompson for his musical direction and on-stage roles.

Ira Spector portrayed the phobia ridden leading character Ed Kleban with plenty of nervous shtick and a lightness of foot that more than rivaled Lonny Price, who played the part on Broadway and co-wrote the book with Linda Kline. Spector was a delight to watch and has a sweet voice.

The women in Ed's life portrayed by Krysten Hatso, Amy Fritsche, Katie Alexander, and Nancy Snow, each demonstrated their own unique voices and all four of them delivered powerful performances. They were great looking, too as they danced and sang and endlessly moved around the three sided stage. Their portrayals brought life to their characters.

Joe Joyce, the senior member of the cast, portrayed the legendary Lehman Engel, Kleban's mentor, Broadway album producer and leader of the BMI Musical Theater Workshop, with sensitivity to his character's nature and good humor. It was interesting to see him more than keeping pace with the younger members of the MFA class.

Justin Deater, Joshua McKinney and Brandon Joel Maier rounded out the talented cast with Maier enacted three characters, notably Marvin Hamlisch, the Chorus Line composer.

Much credit should also be given to the three musicians, Billy Thompson, Wendy Thomson and Jeremy Reinbolt, who sounded every bit as good as the full Broadway Orchestra.

This delightful evening in the theater is being presented Oct 31st through November 9th. It should be seen by a wide San Diego audience. It will, I am sure, engender even more respect for San Diego State's top notch MFA Theater program.

Greene may be contacted at greenen@sandiegojewishworld.com



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Second Anniversary of Israeli Independence To Be Celebrated

Southwestern Jewish Press, April 14, 1950, pages 4, 6

A day long program of celebration by the San Diego Jewish Community will mark the second anniversary of the rebirth of Israel which falls this year on April 23rd, the Fifth of Iyar.

Festivities which will be initiated by the Cottage of Israel with a special program on the lawns of the House of Pacific Relations will be climaxed by an evening program at the Temple Center at 8:00 p.m. under the auspices of the San Diego Zionist Council

“The Zionist Council believes that the occasion is one of great joy to the entire community and calls for a program in which the community can participate,” according to a statement by its chairman, Mrs. S. I. Goldhammer.

Accordingly, the evening program will include musical and dancing selections, as well as a brief panel discussion and greetings from civic officials.

The musical program will include selections sung by Cantor Julian Miller, a duet by Norman Holtzman and Esther Weitzman, violin selections by Dr David Miller accompanied by Mrs. Belle Cohen, and modern Israeli dances and songs by the IZFA Dance group.  The audience will be invited to join in communal singing led by Cantor Miller and will be encouraged to join in some Horas at the conclusion of the program.

Honored guests of the evening will include Mrs. Mary Fay, member of the Board of Education and Chairman of the local chapter, American Christian Palestine Committee, who will extend greetings from the Committee.

A brief panel discussion on the relationship of Israel and America will include as speakers, Mrs. Gertrude Berg, who will discuss the necessity of financial aid to Israel; Dr. A.P. Nasatir, who will point out the need for a Zionist Public Relations program; Mrs. Meir Barach, whose subject will be Chalutzuit, and Rabbi Morton J. Cohn, who will discuss education as the bridge between America and Israel. 

Rabbi Monroe Levens will give the Invocation.  Rabbi Baruch Stern the Benediction.  Mrs. Goldhammer will chair the program.

Organizations represented by the Zionist Council are Masada, Hadassah, Pioneer Women, Negba Group, Pioneer Women, Shashana Group, Poale Zion and Zionist Organization of America.

Guests will be invited to join in refreshments and a social hour. There is no admission charge and no solicitations.

Young People’s Division Plans Series of Events; April 22 Dinner Dance
Southwestern Jewish Press, April 14, 1950, page 5

“All of the young Jewish people in San Diego will be given an opportunity to make their contributions to the United Jewish Fund. A series of affairs has been planned to reach every Jewish youthin town.” This is a statement jointly issued by Mrs. Arthur Goodman, David Anfanger and Richard Silberman, Chairman of the Young People’s Division.

A large dinner-dance at the Marine Room of the San Diego Hotel on Saturday Evening, April 22, will climax a series of smaller events.  Norman Holtzman and Larry Gross are arranging an exciting evening capped by star studded floor show. Ernest Michel, a Jewish youth who barely escaped death at the hands of the Nazis, will be the speaker and guest-of-honor for the evening.  Pete Nuberg and his band will provide music for your dancing pleasure. Reservations for this big affair can be made by phoning F-0171. 

Sonya Goodman announces that a series of luncheons is being arranged for all girls and young women in their various age brackets. The invitations are being drawn up and will be in the mail shortly. Sonya is being assisted by Joan Steinman, State College member of the youth cabinet.

All boys from 12-16 are invited to a gala Sports Night to be held at the Temple Center, Saturday evening, April 15.  Dave Anfanger, chairman of the event has prepared an absorbing program of football, movies and several interesting speakers. There will be free hot dogs and soda pop to keep the appetites of hungry boys satisfied.

Herb Solomon, cabinet member, has contacted the principals of the three Sunday Schools and has helped them arrange U.J.F. programs or assemblies at their schools. The indications are that the Sunday Schools will combine the individual contributions into one large contribution from the school.

All of the young Jewish people in San Diego are aware of their responsibility to Israel and to their local and national organizations. The Young People’s division will help them channel their desire to help.  Every contribution is urgently needed and earnestly requested.

Clear April 22 for the dinner dance and get your reservations in early.  Phone F-0171 for your reservations now.

S.D. Hebrew Home for the Aged
Southwestern Jewish Press, April 14, 1950, page 7

On Sunday, April 23rd, at 2 p.m., the Guardians and women’s Auxiliary will meet at the San Diego Hebrew Home for the Aged to participate in the sixth annual meeting of the Home. All members should be present to nominate and elect officers and trustees, and discuss future plans for the Home

The “Happy Old Timers” will gather for the luncheon and a social afternoon April 26th. If you are 65 years of age or over you are welcome to attend. Just phone Mrs. Saul Chenkin, at R-6155.

In recent years it has been established that the aged need recreation just as much as young people do. Possessed of a surplus of time, old people welcome opportunities for self-expression with enthusiasm.  They want to meet new people to replace the loss of old friends. They want to be liked for what they are, to enjoy new experiences, to continue to learn, to belong and enjoy status in the community.

Can you spare a few hours to visit with the old folks?  Perhaps you’d like to arrange for an afternoon or evening of entertainment. You will find yourself rewarded for your time and effort. Join now either the Ladies auxiliary or the Guardians and become an active member fo the San Diego Hebrew Home for the aged.

Seders at the home were beautiful affairs. As has been his custom for the past six years Mr. Joseph Dembo conducted the Passover services in the usual tradition fashion.  The guests and visitors had a most enjoyable time.

Cottage of Israel
Southwestern Jewish Press, April 14, 1950, page 7

By Mrs. David Nelson

On April 16 the Jolly Sixteen group will serve as hostesses at the Cottage of Israel in Balboa Park, it was announced by Mrs. Sam Waldman, hostess chairman. On April 23, the Junior Charity League will hostess and the Junior Matrons will serve on April 30.

The Cottage of Israel mourned the passing of the founder of the House of Pacific Relations, Frank Drugin.  Mr. Drugin founded the Houses as a feature of the San Diego 1935-36 Exposition. It was his aim to have a better understanding among the nations of the world.

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—April 14, 1950: The Center Side
—April 14, 1950: Overseas News and Views
—April 14, 1950: Fund Borrows On Good Name
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Friday-Saturday, Oct. 31-Nov. 1, 2008

SDSU's Weber expresses admiration for Peres Peace Center, Hillel Foundation by Donald H. Harrison in Tel Aviv

Sweetness of desert rains by Ulla Hadar in Kibbutz Ruhama, Israel

Multicultural candidate Todd Gloria found his mentors in the S.D. Jewish community by Gary Rotto in San Diego

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"Don't dress for dinner" by Carol Davis in Solana Beach, California

—April 14, 1950: Hadassah
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—April 14, 1950: You Name It
—April 14, 1950: What’s Cookin’ At Troop 99

Thursday, October 30, 2008 (Vol. 2, No. 259)

Syria makes troubles for its neighbors by Shoshana Bryen in Washington DC.

Peace project funder pleased with where Fred J. Hansen's money goes in Mideast by Donald H. Harrison in Tel Aviv

Israel: the land of abiding controversy by Ira Sharkansky in Jerusalem

In political defense of the haredim by David Benkof in New York

Thursdays With The Songs Of Hal Wingard:

—#69 Epitaph
—#96 So Many Ways of Dying
—#306 Never Say Die

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Sweat-equity partners sought for San Diego Jewish World by publisher

— April 14, 1950: ‘Magic Carpet’ In Sight Soon
— April 14, 1950: Christian Committee Opens United Jewish Fund Campaign
— April 14, 1950: Women’s Division of U.J.F. Begins Drives for Funds—Plan Luncheons

Wednesday, October 29, 2008 (Vol. 2, No. 258)

SDSU group gets a VIP tour of Ramallah by Donald H. Harrison in Ramallah, Palestine Authority

Kristallnacht 70 years later by David Harris in New York

The Jews Down Under, a roundup of Jewish news of Australia by Garry Fabian in Melbourne:
— Council gives green light to Chanukah in the Park
— A policy for the whole community
— B'nai B'rith International President Moishe Smith visits Australia/New Zealand
— Living community memories
— Pressure grows for automatic traffic controls
— Israel programs affected by plummeting Australian dollar
— Jewish attendance at Muslim festival
— Tips and tales from genealogist
— Jewish delegates may join Australia's Durban II team
— Russia Holds key to Iran
— Australian Foreign Minister Smith to visit Israel

Election is a joke: Daily Show Democrats by Rabbi Simcha Weinstein in New York

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— March 28, 1950: What’s Cookin’ At Troop 99
— March 28, 1950:You Name It
— April 14, 1950: 1950 Fund Drive Begins Jewish Community Will Meet Obligations; Campaign Off to Good Start!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008 (Vol. 2, No. 257)

Peace-making, solving world food shortage are interrelated necessities by Donald H. Harrison in Tel Aviv

Local religious customs should be observed at the Western Wall by Ira Sharkansky in Jerusalem

Hamas must be 'dealt' with, by Shoshana Bryen in Washington, D.C.

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Adarim: a shepherd's song transformed, by Cantor Sheldon Merel in San Diego

Classical Israeli musicians reunite at Rancho Santa Fe performance


— March 28, 1950: Jolly Sixteen
— March 28, 1950: J.C.R.A.
— March 28, 1950: San Diego Lasker Lodge No 37

Monday, October 27, 2008 (Vol. 2, No. 256)

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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Psychology teacher taught lessons to staff by Sheila Orysiek in San Diego

Play sculpts Jewish advice columnist whom readers knew as "Ann Landers" by Cynthia Citron in Pasadena, California

—March 28, 1950: News of the Fox
—March 28, 1950: San Diego Birdie Stodel B’nai B’rith Chapter No. 92
—March 28, 1950: Pioneer Women (Negba) Club

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)

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Yes, McCain pro-Israel, but... by Gary Rotto in San Diego
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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

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