Volume 3, Number 58
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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

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Financial and political 'blackmail' mar Israeli democracy ... by Rabbi Dow Marmur in Jerusalem
In principle, Israel’s electoral system is very democratic: the 120 mandates in the Knesset are divided in proportion to the votes for each party; parties that get less than 2% are excluded. READ MORE

Jimmy Carter is a friend, not an enemy, of IsraeL ... by J. Zel Lurie in Delray Beach, Florida
Right-wing Jews are trying to remake history in order to feed their prejudice against President Jimmy Carter, whom they wrongly call an enemy of Israel. READ MORE


In Beach Boys Purimsphpiel, Haman wants to 'Hang Ten' ... by Donald H. Harrison in San Diego
Purim shpielers at Tifereth Israel Synagogue last night went on a surfin’ shofar-i  in which the Book of Esther was retold —loosely— with parodies of the songs of the Beach Boys. READ MORE

Mentors and sponsors: a matter of function ... by Natasha Josefowitz in La Jolla, California
You may be at the beginning of a career ladder or you may be at the end of it. You may be the new kid on the block, the new person on a board, or a new resident of a retirement community.

Escape: new novel about Elizabethan Crypto-Jews
... by Karen Primack in Silver Spring, Maryland
Charles Meyers is a scholar who concentrates on Portuguese Anousim in Elizabethan England. He has many published articles, including “Elizabethan Marranos Unmasked,” which appears on the Kulanu website. READ MORE

Shalom Rav, a prayer for peace, is perfect for a duet ... by Cantor Sheldon Merel in San Diego, with audio
Shalom Rav is a prayer for peace and chanted every Shabbat and evening service.  Its text continues to be timely in a troubled world always seeking elusive peace. 

October 31, 1952; Southwestern Jewish Press:

'San Diego Plan' Pays Off READ MORE

Cash Drive Need Told" READ MORE

Allocation Committee Invites Community READ MORE

U.S.O. Week To Be Observed By All Segments Of Community READ MORE

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Financial and political 'blackmail' mar Israeli democracy

marmurBy Rabbi Dow Marmur

JERUSALEM—In principle, Israel’s electoral system is very democratic: the 120 mandates in the Knesset are divided in proportion to the votes for each party; parties that get less than 2% are excluded. As a result, every Knesset has members from about a dozen political parties while another twenty or so parties are eliminated at every election.
In practice, however, Israel’s electoral system leads to dangerous abuses of democracy. The current coalition negotiations are a case in point. Not only has the party with most mandates (Kadima) been excluded, because it cannot muster enough small parties to give its government a Knesset majority, but the second largest party (Likud) has to sell its shirt to form a government by appeasing the nominally minor players.
The two parties that dominate the negotiations are Shas that is being bought off, as in previous governments, with subsidies primarily intended for its constituents and its institutions. It appears that it had struck a deal with Likud even before the elections to isolate Kadima in the belief that Likud would pay more. It now expects to cash in. It’s thus perhaps not so much a threat to democracy as to the integrity of the political process.

It’s different with the second of Likud’s coalition partners in waiting: Avigdor Lieberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu. It’s reported          

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that, in addition to getting the foreign ministry to service Lieberman’s ambition, it’ll also be getting the ministries of justice and internal security, i.e., the police. As Lieberman may soon be indicted for a host of financial irregularities, he may understandably doubt that he has the law on his side. So he wants to make sure that at least he has powerful lawyers who may help to kill the case.
Israeli democracy is thus being perverted. The only way Binyamin Netanyahu can form a government is to yield to the financial blackmail of Shas and the political blackmail of Yisrael Beiteinu. He’s a hostage to the electoral system.
On the page of Monday’s Ha’aretz, where much of this is being reported and discussed, there’s also a large ad signed by some 75 prominent Israelis from different walks of life that calls for a change of the system. Their proposal includes a division of the country into 120 ridings so that the candidate first past the post becomes the member of Knesset, as is the case, for example, in Britain and Canada.
Even if a compromise were struck and only half of the candidates were elected on this basis and the other half by proportional vote, with exclusion of parties that score less than 5% of the votes, Israel would become much more governable.
Lieberman says that he’s in favor of electoral reform. But there are no signs that he’ll pursue it once he’s in the government.
Several leading figures in Likud are said to be very unhappy with Lieberman’s tyranny over Netanyahu, if not with the system as such. They include Silvan Shalom, who, perhaps out of vanity, is sulking because he says that he has been promised the foreign ministry. On matters of principle rather than ego, Dan Meridor and Benny Begin are said to be strongly opposed to let the current minister of justice stay in office, as Lieberman demands, because of the harm he has already done, and is likely to do more in the future, to the country’s judicial system, especially the Supreme Court.
Until now, the Supreme Court has been the wholesome counterbalance to the political abuses of democracy. If it’s diminished, Israel will be in deep trouble.

Marmur is rabbi emeritus at Holy Blossom Temple in Toronto. He divides his time between that city and Jerusalem, and may be reached in either place via marmurd@sandiegojewishworld.com

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Jimmy Carter is a friend, not an enemy, of Israel

By J. Zel Lurie

DELRAY BEACH, Florida—Right-wing Jews are trying to remake history in order to feed their prejudice against President Jimmy Carter, whom they wrongly call an enemy of Israel.

Israel’s peace and security is a “top priority” the 84-year-old Nobel Prize winner told Ha’aretz in a recent interview. He said:

“The top priority in my life for international affairs in the last 30 years has been to see Israel as a Jewish state living in peace and security.”

These are the statements of a firm friend of Israel. He went on to praise President Obama’s appointment of George Mitchell as his Mideast peace envoy as “the best American he could have chosen.”

But right-wing Jews cannot forgive Carter for revealing to the American people, in a best-selling book two years ago, the evils of the occupation of the West Bank. Carter’s books ( a new one called We Can Have Peace in the Holy Land has just been published) detail the apartheid system of roads with the Palestinian residents forbidden to use the new paved highways. He writes about the humiliations at numerous checkpoints between Palestinian towns far from Israel’s borders; about the encroachment on Palestinian land by the expanding Israeli settlers; about the harassment of school kids; the uprooting of tens of thousands of olive trees and the ongoing demolition of thousands of Palestinian homes and the fence which separates farmers from their fields.

For revealing this blight on the character of Israel and Zionism right-wing Jews must punish Carter by belittling his prime role in the first peace treaty between Israel and its prime Arab enemy, Egypt

“Jews should and do despise Carter,“ wrote Irving Baker of Sunny Isles Beach, in last week’s Jewish Journal
(of South Florida). Carter had “little to do with the Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty.” said Baker.

Carter had everything to do with the peace treaty, which will celebrate its 30th anniversary on March 26.

Here are the incontrovertible facts, Mr. Baker.

On November 17, 1977 Anwar Sadar arrived in Jerusalem. I happened to be in Israel at the time and I remember well the euphoria of the Israeli people as his smiling face emerged from his plane.

Seventeen long months later the peace treaty was signed in Washington with a smiling Jimmy Carter standing between Anwar Sadat and Menachem Begin.

Dan Pattir, who was Begin’s spokesman reports in the current issue of the Jerusalem Report on the long. hard and complex negotiations on the peace treaty in which Carter was involved in every step. Included were thirteen days fin which the three men, Carter, Sadat, and Begin lived together at Camp David followed by Carter’s trips to Jerusalem and Cairo devoted to bridging the many differences,

Finally, relates Pattir, on March 13, 1979 Carter phoned Begin from Cairo. Carter had spent the previous three days in Jerusalem arguing with Begin over every word in the final draft treaty. “It was a stormy visit,” says Pattir. In the morning Carter had flown to Cairo and in the afternoon he phoned Begin: Sadat had accepted the last version of the treaty.

After thirty years, which might be a relatively long time for a treaty, “it is still going strong” says Pattir.

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The Egyptian street is full of demonstrations against Israel’s treatment of Gaza, but the Egyptian leadership is firmly on the side of Israel in its war against Hamas. Egypt has outlawed Hamas’s allies in Egypt, the Moslem Brotherhood.

But Egypt talks to Hamas on behalf of Israel. Egypt is the go between in trying to free Copl. Gilad Shalit. Egypt is trying to negotiate a long term truce that would stop the rockets still being fired into Israel.

Egypt’s friendship is the legacy of Jimmy Carter.

Meanwhile Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu is dithering on forming a coalition that will rule Israel for the next four years. He has an almost impossible task and he will probably use all of the six weeks allotted to him by law, while Ehud Olmert’s cabinet continues to govern Israel.

Bibi’s task task is complicated by a prior commitment to Shas, the fundamentalist Orthodox movement with 11 seats and the necessity to bring in Avigdor Lieberman’s largely Russian party with 15 seats. Shas and Lieberman hate each other. In the election campaign , the Shas leader declared “ a vote for Lieberman is a vote for the devil.”

Lieberman is accused of racism and financial misdealings, but his is the only party which campaigned for human rights. The police are investigating many allegations including money laundering but he campaigned for the human right of civil marriage. It is estimated that 300,000 of the million Russian immigrants can’t be married by the Orthodox Rabbinate.

Shas, of course, will fight to the death to maintain the Orthodox monopoly over marriage.

Tsipi Livini’s Kadima party, with 28 seats as against Likud’s 27. would also vote for civil marriage. But she would not countenance joining with Bibi’s Likud unless Bibi accepts the dictum of two states for two peoples.

So far Bibi has refused to support a Palestinian state on the West Bank

How will Bibi solve this dilemma? Read my next column in two weeks.

Lurie's column also appears in the Jewish Journal of South Florida

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Escape: new novel about Elizabethan Crypto-Jews

By Karen Primack

SILVER SPRING, Maryland— Charles Meyers is a scholar who concentrates on Portuguese Anousim in Elizabethan England. He has many published articles, including “Elizabethan Marranos Unmasked,” which appears on the Kulanu website. He is co-editor with Dr. Norman Simms of Troubled Souls: Conversos, Crypto-Jews, and Other Confused Jewish Intellectuals from the Fourteenth through the Eighteenth Century.

In Escape,his first venture into fiction, Meyers tries to fill
some gaps in the historical record he has been studying for 35
years. His historical subject is Dr. Hector Nunes, a 16th century physician from a Jewish Portuguese family who relocated in England, married “a pious Jewess,” and practiced espionage as well as medicine and commerce. His novel’s protagonist is Dr. Heitor Nunes, whose story parallels the historical record, but details are fleshed out from Meyers’s imagination and knowledge of the period.

The book begins with Nunes’s persecution by the Holy
Office of the Inquisition as a medical student in Coimbra,

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Portugal, and continues with his terrifying escape on a cargo ship to Bristol, his unsatisfying life with his uncle’s family in that city, and his departure to make a life for himself in London.

Meyers is working on a sequel novel, to be titled Alien Sojourn.

The author’s scholarly grasp of the period gives the reader
vivid descriptions of everything from the public streets in England (dung-filled), to the food (available edibles are itemized in great detail, as are the Portuguese delectables Nunes profoundly misses), to Elizabethan shipping procedures and cargoes, to the British treatment of foreigners (dismissive at best). Personalities of the factual and imagined characters are fleshed out (Nunes comes off as a querulous brat).

Meyers cites the theme as Nunes’s drive for social acceptance
and social mobility, regardless of the cost. This persistent
drive comes across well.

The book is self-published, and it is to be hoped that future
printings will have the many typos corrected. The book is engrossing and certainly brings the reader into the period. To
order a copy, contact the author at scholar3@hargray.com.

Karen Primack has been editor for 15 years of the Kulanu Newsletter (www.kulanu.org), from which this article is reprinted.  She has also edited two books:  Jews in Places You Never Thought Of (1998) and Under One Canopy - Readings in Jewish Diversity (2003).

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PURIMSHPIEL—As Haman (Seth MacNeely) sings his swan song, he is watched, from left, by Queen Esther (Esther Fionda); Mordechai
(Jerry Hermes); serving girl (Betty Menkin), and the Aflac duck (Martha Greenstone), among other cast members.


In Beach Boys Purimsphpiel, Haman wants to 'Hang Ten'

By Donald H. Harrison

SAN DIEGO—Purim shpielers at Tifereth Israel Synagogue last night went on a surfin’ shofar-i  in which the Book of Esther was retold —loosely— with parodies of the songs of the Beach Boys. 

For congregants who grew up in the 60’s—and who now are in their 60s— the parody written by New York composer Norman Roth was a ride in a woodie down memory lane.  For youngsters, who sat crossed legged on the floor in front of the stage and who never heard of  Wilson brothers Brian, Carl and Dennis, nor their cousin Mike Love, it was a rollickin’ introduction to their grandparents’ era as well as to the craziness of a Megillah reading.

Prior to the show, Rabbi Leonard Rosenthal—dressed in his Beach Boy best, including cut off shorts and a straw hat—did an abbreviated reading of the Megillah so as not to deny anyone—not grandchild nor great-grandparent—the opportunity to shake a grogger and loudly boo the villainous Haman.

Next came the surfing shpiel, giving new meaning to “Hang Ten”—at least as Haman might have used the term.

Vashti  (Beth Klareich) sang “I’ve got buns, buns, buns, but I’m not going to show them today,” to explain why she wouldn’t dance before King Ahashverus (Marty Marcus).  The original lyrics to the song spoke about “fun, fun, fun, till daddy took the T-Bird away.”

Once Vashti was banished, a wise man (Alan Goldenberg) wise-cracked that the king was having a “mid-wife crisis.”   Eventually we met Mordechai (Jerry Hermes), who played the part à la Rodney Dangerfield, complaining about getting “no respect” while wearing one shirt tail in and one one out.

He persuades his niece Esther (actually played by an Esther--Esther Fionda) to hide the fact that she was a Jew, and to enter a beauty competition in order to become the next queen.  Gallantly, Ahashverus sang of his “wish they all could be Shushan Palace girls” (California girls) before picking out Esther, who instantly went from a shy retiring type to a queen insisting on all her prerogatives.   She sang, “I Wear a Crown” to the lyrics “I Get Around,” prompting Mordechai to observe “that crown is going to her head.”

Esther persuades Ahashverus to give Mordechai a job (so he can have self-respect) as a guard at the palace gate, where,
singing about some “Bad Vibrations” he was getting, he discovers a plot and  apprehends some would-be assassins of the king. 

But no sooner is Mordechai respected than Ahashverus appoints a new prime minister – get ready to boo—Haman (Seth MacNeely), who decrees everyone should bow down to him.Mordechai loudly objects that it’s God’s decree that “Jews don’t bow down to any man, wo-man, or Ha-man.”   That sets the chorus off on a song, “Bow, bow, bow—bow down to me” to the tune of “Bar-Bar Bar—Barbara Barbara Ann.”

Haman decides the Jews should die on a day to be decided by the casting of lots (that’s where we get the name ‘Purim’ from).   Thereafter, Mordechai persuades Esther to reveal her Jewish identity to the king, and to save her people (“Be

True to Your Shul.” ) She risks death by going to Ahashverus without a summons, tells him all, and asks “Do you still love me, surfer king?” 

Of course, he does and he decides that Haman should go to the gallows.   But Haman  can’t go without doing an anachronistic impression or two or three.  Gallows humor.

SPELLBOUND—Sky Masori, nearly 2, sits spellbound on father Shahar's lap during Purimshpiel at Tifereth Israel Synagogue.

BOOING HAMAN—From left, Judy Gumbiner, Cindy Newman and Lisa Berman-Hernandez twirl noisemakers and boo the villain at Purimshpiel

If the children didn’t understand all the 1960s references, there was one recurring gag that they had no difficulty understanding — the Aflac duck of television commercial fame kept turning up in the play and kept getting ordered off the stage.

The play was directed by Susan Levy and narrated by Sue Hermes.   And Martha Greenstone played the duck; she's a real quack-up.

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Mentors and sponsors:
a matter of function

By Natasha Josefowitz, Ph.D.

LA JOLLA, California—You may be at the beginning of a career ladder or you may be at the end of it. You may be the new kid on the block, the new person on a board, or a new resident of a retirement community.

Wherever you are you have to learn the culture, for every organization has its own way of doing things from what type of humor is acceptable to the dress code, from who goes where for lunch to who’s in charge of what.

In order to become integrated, we all need three hands: one to be held by a sponsor as we’re being pulled along the organizational ladder or introduced to others, another to hold hands with supportive peers, colleagues, other board members, or residents, and the third to pull along those who will arrive after us. It is difficult to make it alone, we all need someone to lead the way, to show us the ropes, to tell us the norms, to encourage, support, and make it a little easier as we try to fit in or move up the hierarchy. But who are those people, and where do we find them? They have been called benefactors, godfathers, patrons, and most often mentors and sponsors. It is important for us to define the terms so that we can differentiate among them.

Especially at work, it is important to know the difference between a sponsor and a mentor. It is one of function.
A mentor is defined as “a wise and trusted teacher.” It comes from the Greek: Mentor was Odysseus’ counselor. A mentor will teach you a skill or provide you with the knowledge necessary to perform a task. A mentor may or may not be able to influence your career and need not have any particular clout in the organization.

A sponsor, on the other hand, may have very little to teach you about your job but can help your career by vouching for your suitability, recommending you for special projects, or taking you along on assignments. A sponsor must have influence in the organization. Whereas mentors are usually found among your immediate superiors, they can also be colleagues or anyone who can teach you. Sponsors can be your superiors too, but are most frequently a few rungs up the ladder or can even be outside your organization.

This happens in schools were a parent speaks on behalf of a child or on behalf of a new program; it is true in any organization where you represent someone else or someone else’s proposal.

La Jolla has a group who welcome new residents with gifts and information. In a retirement community there is a hospitality committee whose members see to it that newcomers are integrated into the community; they make sure that the new person always has someone to eat with, that questions are answered, and that help is available for the minutia of settling in.

Sponsors have protégés (people they protect or speak on behalf of), while mentors have apprentices (people they teach). A mentor will help by telling you what issues to focus on at the next regional meeting; a sponsor will help by introducing you to the regional vice-president. A mentor sees to it that you gain the necessary competence, a sponsor sees to it that you gain visibility and that you are promoted.

Sometimes a mentor and sponsor are the same person. However, it is important to distinguish between the functions to be certain that both are filled. Each time you reach a new level, you need a mentor to teach you the ropes, but as soon as you know them, you need a sponsor to help you move up again.
There are psychological reasons for becoming a mentor or sponsor. Men and women in their 50s, 60s, and 70s are at a developmental stage where they need to teach and help younger colleagues. I call it occupational parenting. The gratification of helping younger people with their aspirations is very great indeed.

It is important to realize that wherever we are on that organizational ladder, as we are looking for mentors and sponsors to further our goals, we can also be mentors and sponsors to those below us and help them progress in their own aspirations. In all organizations, there are newcomers, minorities, the very young, the shy. All these give us opportunities to make a difference in their lives. It behooves us all to become mentors and sponsors. This is at least as important as taking care of ourselves, and in fact, it is a way of doing just that.

Josefowitz's column also appears in La Jolla Village Voice

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Shalom Rav, a prayer for peace, perfect for a duet

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By Cantor Sheldon Merel

SAN DIEGO—Shalom Rav is a prayer for peace and chanted every Shabbat and evening service.  Its text continues to be timely in a troubled world always seeking elusive peace. 

There are many melodies for this prayer, and sometimes one or two melodies are so popular, people have difficulty in accepting new musical compositions.   I believe it is important to welcome new musical settings for our prayers so we may find new meaning, moods and spirit to even familiar texts, as the Shalom Rav.  

When I first heard Michael Isaacson’s composition sung as a duet, I was touched by its appealing tender quality, and was eager to share it with my congregation.  Isaacson is a prolific and accomplished Jewish composer, who is equally well known for his secular music.  His Shalom Rav was recorded in Toronto when I was guest cantor with the Holy Blossom Temple Singers, under the direction of Cantor Beni Maissner.

“Grant abundant peace unto Israel thy people for ever; for thou art the sovereign Lord of all peace; and may it be good in thy sight to bless thy people Israel at all times and in every hour with thy peace.”

Shalom rav al yisrael amcha tasim l’olam, kee atah hu melech adon l’chol hashalom, v’tov b’aynecha l’vareych et amcha yisrael b’chol ayt uvchol sha-ah b’sh’lo-me-cha. Baruch ata adonai, ham-va-reych et amo yisrael ba-shalom.”

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  Adventures in San Diego Jewish History


'San Diego Plan' Pays Off
Southwestern Jewish Press, October 31, 1952, page 1

Culmination of the San Diego Bond Plan was the presentation of the $125,000.00 check from the United Jewish Fund to Henry Mentor, Executive Vice President of the BIG and Max Lipin, Chairman of the West Coast Economic Conference recently held in Los Angeles, by M.D. Goodrich, President of the UJF. {photo, bottom row}

The story of this San Diego purchase which Henry Montor called the finest plan in America, is told in pictures with Treasurer Nathaniel Ratner {top left” signing the Fund check for $125,000.00 and Secretary Mrs. Gabriel Berg, affixing her signature to the same check in the presence of Harry Beilin, Consul of the State of Israel for the Western Region of the United States {top right}.

During a workshop period at the recent conference, Mr. Montor in answer to a question of one of the San Diego contingent, made it clear that he felt the San Diego plan was the finest plan devised in this country to assist Israel through the purchase of Bonds of the Israel Government.  He said “any plan which permits a community the size of San Diego to purchase $300,000 worth of bonds for cash in a period of a year and a half is outstanding.”

Full meaning of the purchase of $125,000 worth of bonds is that San Diego will have contributed in excess of $230,000 to overseas and Israel agencies in 1952.

Cash Drive Need Told
Southwestern Jewish Press, October 31, 1952, pages 1, 10

Over 55 percent of the pledges made in the 1952 Combined Jewish Appeal have been collected to date according to Harry Mallen, chairman, Collection Committee.  He further stated that 94.2 percent of the 1951 contributions had been paid in full.

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Because of the urgent needs of money by the United Jewish Appeal and other beneficiary agencies of the Fund, an all out drive will be made in the next 30 days to collect as much cash as possible on 1951 and 52 pleges. Teams of workers will be sent out in the field to stress the importance of converting pledges into cash now so that the money raised in the San Diego campaign can be put to fullest use.

Already over $82,000 has been forwarded to various agencies as an advance on their 1952 request, the bulk of the money going to the United Jewish Appeal for work in Israel.  Besides this $25,000 has been used for the purpose of purchase of $125,000 worth of Bonds of Israel Government in the name of the Jewish community.

Cash is vitally needed now, according to Mallen so that overseas, Israel and national agencies will be able to receive their money before the end of the year.  Constant reminders will be forwarded to all those who made contributions and have not as yet paid according to the plan of the campaign.

Everyone who has not yet paid is urged to immediately reply to the bill which they will receive in the next few days by paying as much of their pledge as they possibly can.

Allocation Committee Invites Community
Southwestern Jewish Press, October 31, 1952, page 1

Members of the United Jewish Fund are invited to Join the Allocations committee and learn what their dollars do on Sunday, November 2nd from 10:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. of the San Diego Hotel.

Meeting for the second time  under the chairmanship of Milton Robert, the Committee will hear representatives from more than 15 organizations who will present their case for a share oof the fund to be distributed.

Robert Levenson, San Francisco Community leader, will be the principle speaker at the Allocation luncheon. Program for the open hearing of Sunday, November 2, as announced by Roberts, will open with a first session at 10:00 a.m. and run to 4:00 p.m.  Reservation for the luncheon may be made by calling the United Jewish Fund office, Main 5172.

U.S.O. Week To Be Observed By All Segments Of Community
Southwestern Jewish Press, October 31, 1952, pages 1, 10

San Diego County Naval and Marine Installations will join with civilian agencies in community-wide celebration of U.S. O. Week Nov. 3 to 8.  Designed to demonstrate the activities of San Diego U.S.O. Advisory Council and its six member agencies, United Red Feather services, U.S.O Week will feature programs daily open to the public.

Ceremonies will begin with a 50-pice military band concert at 7:30 p.m. at Horton Plaza in downtown San Diego, Nov. 3.  All U.S.O. centers will hold open house during the week, with entertainment programs and refreshments for visitors. Speakers in behalf of U.S.O. will appear before 25 luncheon and service clubs throughout the city and county to tell the “U.S.O. Story.”  Special parades in honor of the U.S.O. are scheduled for Friday, Nov. 8 at the Naval training Center and the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, with members of the U.S.O. executive committee and San Diego city officials on the reviewing stands.

Concluding the celebration will be a football game Saturday, Nov. 8, between two of the nation’s top service teams from the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego and the Marine depot at Parris Island, S.C.  The public is invited to attend the game which will start at noon in Balboa Stadium, San Diego.  Tickets will be available without charge at these U.S.O. agencies:  Armed Services Y.M.C. A., 500 W. Broadway; National Jewish Welfare Board, Temple center, 34de and Laurel; National Catholic Community Service , 925 First Ave., Salvation Army, 1050 Second Ave., Travelers Aid Society, Spreckels Bldg and U.S.O-Y.W.C.A.  Hostess Headquarters, Spreckels Bldg.

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


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