Volume 3, Number 65
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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

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Deal for Schalit's return crumbles amid finger-pointing ...
by Ira Sharkansky in Jerusalem
Marathon efforts to reach an agreement on freeing the Israeli prisoner Gilad Schalit have failed. Israelis report that Hamas hardened its conditions and withdrew concessions they accepted earlier.READ MORE

Shalit case points up dangers of dealing with terrorists ... by Rabbi Dow Marmur
The news about the breakdown in negotiations with Hamas concerning Gilad Shalit may be just telling the facts, namely that it’s all over and that there will be no deal.

The Jews Down Under ... Roundup of Australian Jewish News ... by Garry Fabian in Melbourne

Taskforce studies underage drinking among Jews READ MORE

Jewish Care Appeal against the backdrop of hard economic times READ MORE

Fencer aims for Maccabiah history READ MORE

Buy Kosher, Buy Australian, mashgiach says READ MORE

Chabad opens in nation's capital READ MORE

If Palestinians unite what then? A question for U.S. policy makers to ponder.... by Donald H. Harrison in San Diego
Here are two recent press releases from the U.S. State Department in Washington.  The first one describes efforts to prevent arms from reaching Palestinians in Gaza; the second describes an effort to make certain that Palestinians in the West Bank are properly trained in the use of arms. 

October 31, 1952; Southwestern Jewish Press:

News of the Fox READ MORE

Yiddish Film To Be Seen Here Nov. 9th READ MORE

Cottage of Israel READ MORE

Odds and Ends READ MORE

UJF Sets Date For Annual Dinner READ MORE

Tifereth Israel Sisterhood READ MORE

San Diego Jewish Youth Group Conclave To Be Held at Julian November 7th READ MORE

J.W.V. Auxiliary READ MORE

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Deal for Shalit's return crumbles amid finger-pointing

By Ira Sharkansky

JERUSALEM—Marathon efforts to reach an agreement on freeing the Israeli prisoner Gilad Schalit have failed. Israelis report that Hamas hardened its conditions and withdrew concessions they accepted earlier. Perhaps the campaign mounted by the Schalit family backfired. The indications of wide support among Israelis for freeing prisoners "with blood on their hands" may have led Hamas to insist on its demands, or even increase them. Hamas denies those charges and blames Israel for the failure of negotiations. Schalit's father blames Olmert.

Benyamin Netanyahu has avoided comment about the prisoner exchange, but members of his coalition abuilding have spoken out forcefully against freeing a large number of murderers in exchange for one soldier.

The moral issues are well known, and have been debated to exhaustion.

Some convicted killers will revert to terror if released. The results may be more Israeli deaths due to one soldier freed.

Tell that to the family campaigning to pay whatever is necessary to release their son before he dies or disappears, or is broken by continued captivity. They find support among Israelis who feel that their government must do all it can to return home the soldiers sent into combat.

Israel has a long history of paying a heavy price for its soldiers or their bodies. The government paid in live terrorists for a retired military officer who went bad and was captured while illegally in Lebanon to acquire illegal drugs for sale in Israel. Among the concerns in his case was the fear that he would reveal secrets if not ransomed.

The tradition is older than the modern state. Throughout the Middle Ages, Jewish communities collected resources from their members to buy the release of individuals seized by pirates or bandits.

Occasionally an heroic figure says something like, "No negotiations with terrorists." Last night we heard a distinguished professor say that Israel must plan better so that it achieves more in its military campaigns and subsequent negotiations. It should devise clear criteria for how many and what kinds of prisoners may be exchanged for live Israelis or dead bodies. It should pass a law against freeing killers in a way that is disproportionate to the benefits received.

All that would be nice if it were possible. The best laid plans and the clearest laws encounter conditions created by opponents. Those holding Schalit, and those who have held soldiers or bodies in Lebanon may not be as powerful or as well connected as Israel, but they are strong enough to cause a departure from plans and criteria meant to tie the hands of a future government.

The campaign of the Schalit family attracted the support of more than 60 percent of the population, according to recent

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polls. A demonstration mounted by the families of terror victims, who did not want to release their killers, attracted a small fraction of those who participated in the Schalit demonstrations.

Schalit forces have been strong enough to cause a large number of politicians to say that Israel should "pay a heavy price" for the release of the soldier. Not many of them have been willing to say, "pay any price necessary."

Netanyahu is having trouble putting together a government of small parties, each of which is demanding a great deal as if all depended on it. Even if he succeeds, he may have as few as 61 members of the 120 members Knesset on his side, along with internal problems. He may not be able produce a solution for Schalit, or anything else on the country's agenda.

Avigdor Lieberman, the designated foreign minister, is under investigation by the police. The Attorney General told Netanyahu that there is no legal reason not to make the appointment for the time being, but that may change. An officer speaking for the police says that Lieberman's continuing actions raise suspicion of money laundering and bribery. Investigations are going forward, and will include interviews with Lieberman under warning: "Anything you say may be used against you."

Ultra-Orthodox members of the coalition are making expensive demands for welfare, housing and education. Netanyahu prizes his reputation for financial management, but will have to pay if he wants them in his government.
Lieberman and the ultra-Orthodox will squabble over issues of conversion to Judaism, intermarriage, and the sale of non-kosher meat.

Likud members are chafing at the appointments and other concessions that Netanyahu has given to smaller parties. They may embarrass him by something other than firm support for his proposals, and "unavoidable absences" from crucial votes.
We are hearing from Americans and Europeans close to their governments that Israel's coalition of "right wing extremists" will add to the country's isolation.

Netanyahu asked President Shimon Peres to persuade Kadima and Labor to enter a government of national unity.

Tzipi Livni and Ehud Barak looked at their potential partners, and answered, "No thanks." It is better to watch Bibi twist in the winds caused by a bare majority and internal problems, and wait for the next election.

Our immediate future will be uncertain and unpleasant, but not as uncertain and unpleasant as our adversaries.

Among their problems is the rubble in Gaza. Rebuilding will depend on the flow of supplies, and those may wait until Hamas agrees to free Schalit on terms acceptable to the Israeli government.

An optimist will notice that the grass is not as green across the street.

Sharkansky is professor emeritus of political science at Hebrew University. His email is msira@mscc.huji.ac.il

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Shalit case points up dangers of dealing with terrorists

By Rabbi Dow Marmur

JERUSALEM—The news about the breakdown in negotiations with Hamas concerning Gilad Shalit may be just telling the facts, namely that it’s all over and that there will be no deal. But it’s also possible that what we read and hear in the Israeli media is just a government negotiation ploy to get Hamas to settle for less than it wants.
Not unexpectedly, the Israeli government blames Hamas for the breakdown. Hamas, no doubt, has another version. In the absence of proof, I’m among those who tend to believe the Israeli sources and discard the statements by Hamas spokesmen, who have a proven history of lying and misleading everybody, including their own people.
One of the gruesome possibilities is that Gilad Shalit is no longer alive and Hamas is just playing with Israel by diverting attention from other issues. For the Shalits and their tent outside/opposite the Prime Minister’s office has taken center stage in all forms of news coverage. It’s difficult to imagine that the thought hadn’t crossed the minds of Gilad’s family, especially after Israel’s experience of negotiating with Hezbollah (a Hamas twin) over Goldwasser and Regev who in the end came home in body bags.
Whatever the background and irrespective of the agony of the Shalits and many Israelis who identify with them, there’re others who sigh a sigh of relief that the negotiations have failed. The right-leaning Dan Schueftan (there are different English spellings of his name) of Haifa University said on television last night that just by negotiating with Hamas Israel has suffered a major defeat. I don’t think that he’s heartless

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and doesn’t feel for Gilad and his family, yet as a political scientist he sees dangers in any arrangement that treats terrorists as partners in negotiation.

In the interview he was critical of the national preoccupation with the Shalit case. He’s, of course, aware of the army ethos here that guarantees every soldier that s/he will be brought home from captivity, whatever the price, even though this is based more on emotion than on tactics and it’s a trait in Israeli society we all admire. Yet he counsels against giving in to emotion over reason and to style over substance. (One wonders if Schueftan would express similar views had his own son been in Gilad’s situation.)
Implicitly or explicitly Schueftan is also saying something about future Israeli-Palestinian relations: don’t negotiate with the Palestinians, particularly now when there’s likely to be a Fatah-Hamas unity government in Ramallah. This seems also to be the stance of the incoming Israeli government. Again, it’s impossible to say whether this is substance or tactics, but in either case, it’s going to make the situation on Israel’s borders even more tense than it already is and the relationship with the United States very precarious, because President Obama is obviously bent on negotiations with enemies.
There’re reasons to ask why the fate of one young man should so preoccupy a country where deaths on the battlefield and in terrorist attacks is, alas, not uncommon and the danger of showing weakness before the enemy a national dogma – unless, of course,  the issue is about much more, as the paragraph above implies.
It’s always trite to say that the next few months are going to be tough and crucial in Israel. They always are. But there’re added reasons to say it today, because, coupled with the economic downturn and the ensuing unrest caused by growing unemployment, the mood here is likely to stay somber. Purim is over in every sense of the word.

Marmur, rabbi emeritus at Holy Blossom Temple in Toronto, divides his time between that city and Jerusalem. His email is marmurd@sandiegojewishworld.com


Jews Down Under ... Australian Jewish news roundup

By Garry Fabian

Taskforce studies underage drinking among Jews

MELBOURNE - A taskforce has been set up under the auspices of the Jewish Community Council of Victoria (JCCV) Social Justice Committee.

JCCV president John Searle said: "Our community can no longer pretend that under-age drinking is not a problem and the JCCV's Social Justice Committee accordingly formed a working group earlier this year to tackle it head-on."

Although the taskforce is new, a number of strategies have already been suggested and the JCCV has pledged to commit resources to help.

Strategies include an education program for years 7 to 12 students and programs aimed at educating parents, many of whom, it appears, are not aware of the extent of the drinking problem.

Sharp, a former vice-president of the Australasian Union of Jewish Students (AUJS), said while drinking is not a problem unique to the Jewish community, it is well equipped to deal with the issue.

"We benefit from having systems already in place and utilising them," he said "We've got the Jewish schools and Jewish Care, but also AUJS and various youth movements."

He added more alcohol-free events for university students would be planned.

Jewish Care Appeal against the backdrop of hard economic times

MELBOURNE - Using data from the 2006 Census, Jewish Care has estimated that more than a third of Jewish families live on less than $1000 per week.

This figure was calculated before the current economic crisis, which has already led to share market crashes and superannuation fund devaluation.

Australian families are also starting to feel the effects of job losses and the fall in property prices.

To help alleviate the distress for Jewish families, this year Jewish Care is seeking to raise $2 million to assist low-income Jewish families during tough times.

Jewish Care president Robyne Schwarz said: "Over a third of families in the Jewish community are struggling to cover basic expenses such as food, housing, utilities, clothing and education."

A report by Access Economics late last year said that Australia's worsening economic situation will "increase the incidence of financial and social stress."

"As a consequence, the demands on the nation's already overstretched social service sector [which includes Jewish Care] will significantly increase" the report said.

In 2008, Jewish Care received 3500 calls for advice and assistance. During difficult times, the welfare agency provides services such as counselling, emergency financial aid, housing and accommodation, as well as job recruitment and training assistance.

"The distressed families in our community need to know that Jewish Care will be there for them, no matter how bad things get," Schwarz said.

"I urge everyone please to give generously to Jewish Care's 2009 annual appeal."

Fencer aims for Maccabiah history

SYDNEY- Tenelie Murray, 18, is one of Australia's elite fencers.

She is ranked 29th in the country and 12th in the junior category, but her short-term goal is to get to Israel in July, where she'll become the first woman to represent Australia in the sport at the Maccabiah Games.

The University of New South Wales student, who picked up the sport in 2003 at Sydney Girls High, came home with a bronze medal from the recent Junior State Championships.

She competes in the foil element of the sport, which differs from epee and sabre because one can only target their opponent's torso.

Murray is currently in the New South Wales A squad, and is in the midst of a rigorous training regime, practising four times a week under the guidance of Antonio Signorello, a former Italian Olympic coach.

Italy is the sport's powerhouse, and the coach has been brought to Australia to help lift the standard of the low-profile sport.

Murray lives and breathes fencing. If she's not training or competing, she's thinking about it, and that holds her in good stead as she works towards her goals of reaching the pinnacle of her sport by competing at the Junior World Championships, as well as stepping up to the open's competition at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, where the selectors will judge her
rankings and performances as to whether she makes the squad.

But what attracts a young girl to the world of fencing? Murray says it's the elegance and finesse required in the sport, all the while knowing you are in combat.

"It's probably as difficult mentally as it is physically," she said.

"They call it physical chess -- based on strategy but you have to be quite fit. We work a lot on how to react to opponent's advances, but when you're in competition, it's a very long day. You need stamina to get through, and a lot of willpower."

She got her first taste of representing the green and gold in the under-15s in 2005, where she toured New Zealand for the Oceania Cadet Championships.

She then won a bronze in the individual foil at the championships in New Caledonia in 2007.

Murray spent December last year training in China with the Chinese national team, where she learned the incredible discipline and focus shown by the Chinese competitors.

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They trained for four hours in the morning and four hours in the evening for three weeks, performing at a level to which Murray says Australia cannot compare.

In terms of national funding and exposure, fencing is well down the pecking order, and it's the same with the sport's profile heading into the Maccabiah.

Murray doesn't have the luxury of club fundraising, and without some community backing, might struggle to make it onto the plane to Israel.

"I'm so excited ... I'm dying to go. It would be such an amazing opportunity to compete against people from around the world and to see all the different styles.

"It's something so unusual as well -- no woman has represented Australia before so it's pretty cool to be the first."

Buy Kosher, Buy Australian, mashgiach says

According to Kosher Australia general manager
Yankel Wajsbort, national kosher retailers hurt
local kosher production and drive up the cost of
keeping kosher, by importing too many goods to stock their shelves.

Despite the recent spike in the price of imported goods from the Unites States and Israel - largely due to the rising production costs and low Australian dollar - to depend on imported products for their stock Wajsbrot said some
kosher retailers continue to depend on imported
products - "obviously they will do that because they there to make a buck".

"They can pretty much charge as they feel. If they believe they can make more by importing products, they obviously will/" But the consumers end up losing out he said. "With sole dependence on imported products, the impression is that
kosher food is entirely imported and expensive. If people can't afford it and can't keep kosher, that's a serious concern".

Relying in imports also hurts kosher production in Australia. "Local manufacturers want to see their products move into the kosher market" he said.In a bid to promote local brands, Kosher Australia, recently released its guide for 2009,
listing mostly local brands. "Ultimately there is no burning need to buy imported products". But some kosher retailers say they lean towards imported goods because it's a better deal.

"We go for imported goods because we can get them cheaper, and we can be competitive with the large supermarket chains," the owner of a Melbourne kosher store said.

A Sydney kosher retailer said he supported the local market whenever possible. "But the local market is a limited market especially around Pesach time."

While customers like the idea of supporting local brands, he added, many also want to put their money behind Israel. "Even if a Israeli product cost more, some people will prefer to support Israel, while some customers tend to go both
ways, depending on individual products."

But with the recent import hikes - with prices reportedly jumping by 30 percent - the time may be ripe for local manufacturers to make their mark on the market he said. "We are 100 percent open to using local manufacturers," he added.

Chabad opens in nation's capital

CANBERRA - Canberra has a resident rabbi, after a Chabad couple moved to the nations's capital last week. ACT Jewish Community president Dr Anita Shroot welcomed the arrival of Rabbi Dan and Naomi Avital. The couple settled in a house
purchased last year by Melbourne-based Mrekos L'Inyonei Chinuch (Merkos). The initial intention was the property would house a mikvah.

Asked about the building of the mikvah, which has been on the cards for a long time and was desired by a number of Orthodox women in Canberra, Rabbi Avital said there were no specific plans. "The plan at the moment is to meet people and the community. Our aim is to provide the community
with whatever they want us to provide them with", he said.

The couple have brought a Torah scroll with them and plan to eventually hold a minyan in their home. "I am personally very pleased that their coming will ensure that the mikvah will be built. I welcome a Chabad house, and hopefully a mikvah,"Dr Shroot said.

She said she expected the established community would work together with the Avitals. "They're here to help, to increase Yiddishkeit in Canberra, they're here to do outreach work. Our community will remain as it is the two groups under one umbrella of the ACT Jewish Community."Currently Canberra has just one Jewish centre, which houses both Progressive and Orthodox congregations, as well as combined community
events. The Avitals are at pains to stress they will discourage community divisions.

"We are very, very excited to be here, we can hardly wait to meet and help people as much as we can. We don't have a goal of setting up a separate centre in opposition, outside this
shule. Anything we do is with the shule", Rabbi Avital said.
He added the community's religious pluralism was "not a barrier for is at all, we view kit as a positive thing".

Born in South Africa, Rabbi Avital, 23, spent most of his high school years at Melbourne's Bialik College and then studied at Mayanot Yeshiva in Jerusalem.His wife, Naomi 21, move to Melbourne from Adelaide seven years ago. "We were very secular and became more interested in Jewish life" she
said. After spending her last few years of high school at Beth Rivkah Ladies College, she studied at Ohel Chana seminary in Melbourne and then spent a year at Machon Chaya Mushka in
Israel. They are expecting their first child in May, swelling the Canberra Jewish community by one.

Australia Bureau Chief Fabian may be contacted at fabiang@sandiegojewishworld.com

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If Palestinian factions unite, what then?

Here are two recent press releases from the U.S. State Department in Washington.  The first one describes efforts to prevent arms from reaching Palestinians in Gaza; the second describes an effort to make certain that Palestinians in the West Bank are properly trained in the use of arms.  One wonders what the State Department policy will be if Fatah and Hamas are able to conclude a power sharing agreement covering both Palestinian territories.
—Donald H. Harrison

1 The Department of State welcomes the March 13 agreement in London by representatives of nine countries (Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States) on a program of action in response to concerns over continued smuggling of weapons into Gaza. This initiative will strengthen the international community’s ability to support a durable cease-fire. The Program of Action provides a comprehensive platform for enhanced cooperation and coordination in the areas of information and intelligence sharing; diplomatic engagement; and military and law enforcement activities.

The initiative should be seen in the context of relevant UN Security Council resolutions as well as counterterrorism and non-proliferation regimes. Countries will meet on a regular basis to review common efforts.

Working with our partners, the United States is committed to move forward quickly with the new mechanism to seek to block arms shipments to Gaza, which constitute a threat to regional peace and security and put innocent lives of Israelis and Palestinians at risk.

2 U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) David Johnson and Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad formally opened the Presidential Guard Training Center in Jericho on March 17. The training center was built with $10.1 million of State Department assistance.

The center, completed by Palestinian contractors over the course of the past 16 months, has a training capacity of 700 officers and enlisted men, including accommodations and dining facilities, waste water treatment, parade grounds, classrooms, and an obstacle course. The construction was overseen by the United Nations Office for Project Services. The center is the first of several construction projects to be built with INL funds in support of Palestinian Authority security forces in the West Bank.

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Johnson praised the work of the Presidential Guard and the Palestinian Authority in developing a well-trained, professional force to advance the rule of law, which is of fundamental importance to Palestinians.
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News of the Fox
Southwestern Jewish Press, October 31, 1952, page 9

By John Kluchin

The big news of the Samuel I. Fox Lodge is the coming Card Party and Social on November 2nd  this Sunday .  Sandwiches, drinks, a chance to win a $50.00 Defense Bond and a Jolly Good Time, is promised to all.  Come one and all and bring your friends.

The October 28th meeting was an entertaining and an educational one on Civilian Defense.

November 3rd will be the kick-off night for a combined B’nai B’rith Membership Drive by Samuel I. Fox and S. D. Lasker Lodges.

Remember to come to Beth Jacob Synagogue this Sunday, Nov. 2nd for a Grand Time at the Card Party and Social at 8:00 p.m.

Yiddish Film To Be Seen Here Nov. 9th
Southwestern Jewish Press, October 31, 1952, page 9

The first film in the Yiddish Film Classics, “A People Eternal” sponsored by the Jewish Community Center will be shown Sunday afternoon 3:30 p.m., November 9th at Temple Beth Israel Auditorium.  Maurice Ackerman, Center program chairman announced that the other films to follow are:  “The Dybbuk” (to be shown the evening of November 27th), “God, Man and Devil,” and “Mirele Efros.”

“A People Eternal, with English sub-titles, is the first million dollar Yiddish production and has a cast of 10,000.  The story is based upon the pageant of life and events revolving about the Eternal Jew—who sees the light of a new day in re-born Israel.
Mr. Ackerman invites the entire family to attend.  Child care will be provided.  There will be no admission charge.

Cottage of Israel
Southwestern Jewish Press, October 31, 1952, page 9

The annual Fiesta if the House of Pacific Relations will be held on November 2nd at the United Portuguese Club, 2818 Addison St., Point Loma.

This is the only fund raising affair which our mother organization sponsors to raise funds for maintaining its program.  There will be continuous entertainment by groups from the various cottages as well as general dancing.  Tickets may be obtained by calling our delegate, Mrs. Wm. B. Schwartz at H. 6-5495 or at the door.

Odds and Ends
Southwestern Jewish Press, October 31, 1952, page 9

Pessimist or optimist?  On the rear window of a car were seen the two stickers, “Madlai for Adlai” and “I Like Ike.”  Between them was “Pray for Peace.”

Spotted in North Park was the sign “Nothing for Sale, Keep Out!”

It’s been said that you’re not crazy if you talk to yourself—only if you listen.

The “American Magazine” for October has a travelogue of Southern California in which the audthor, Don Eddy, declares San Diego County to be his choice of the entire area.

A table covered in a red-checked cloth with a bottle of wine, flowers, franc notes, lady’s fan, etc., was set up on the Russ lobby to carry out the “La Boheme” theme.  Wonder who was responsible for the book of matches advertising Blatz Beer that also graced the romantic setting?

UJF Sets Date For Annual Dinner
Southwestern Jewish Press, October 31, 1952, page 10

The continental Room of the San Diego Hotel will be the setting for the 19th Annual Dinner Meeting of the United Jewish Fund on Sunday, Dec. 14, according to Murray D. Goodrich, President.

Goodrich, in announcing the appointment of the Fund’s three Vice Presidents, Morrie Douglas, Rodin Horrow and Harry Mallen to serve as the Annual Meeting Committee, stated that the meeting will be of the utmost importance to the community and should be well attended.

Plans are under way to include, in the program, an election of 20 members to the Board of Directors to serve a two year term; the annual report of the President and Executive Director; amendments to the By-Laws; and the presentation of awards to outstanding citizens of the San Diego community.  

According to Goodrich, Louis Moorsteen, outstanding communal worker, has been appointed chairman of the Nominating Committee.  Aiding him are Mrs.Gabriel Berg, Richard Levi, Victor Schulman, R’uben Umansky, Eli H. Levenson, Abe Abramson.  This committee has already met and begun its discussion of candidates for the Board of Directors to be elected at the annual meeting.  Mr. Moorsteen urges that anyone wishing to suggest a name for nomination should place the name with Mr. Hutler, Secretary of the Committee and it will be given every consideration.

He further advised that under the by-laws of the United Jewish Fund the names of candidates being nominated by the committee will be published 30 days in advance of the Annual Meeting and then petitions signed by 5 members of the United Jewish Fund will be sufficient to nominate any member for the Board of Directors.  Nominations by petitions must be acceded to by candidates, and be in the hands of the United Jewish Fund at least 5 days before the Annual Meeting.

Invitations to the dinner meeting will be issued in the very near future, but the committee wishes to call to the attention of all members of the Fund that it is not necessary to attend the dinner in order to participate in the meeting.

Tifereth Israel Sisterhood
Southwestern Jewish Press, October 31, 1952, page 10

The ambitious Fall program of the Tifereth Israel Sisterhood is well under way with the major fund raising event to be held on Monday, November 17th.  This will be the 5th Annual Rummage Sale.

At the regular monthly meeting to be held on Tuesday, November 11th at the Synagogue , final plans will be drafted for

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this undertaking.  A delicious luncheon at 12 noon will start the meeting with Mrs. Lillian Newman and Mrs. Ruth Young, the
Circle Two Captains and their committees serving.  Jewish Book Month is being observed and an outstanding speaker will be introduced by the program chairman, Mrs. Ruth Keen.

Pickup committees for the Rummage Sale are complete with the following members eagerly awaiting calls to pick up any and all items that you may have to offer to the Sisterhood to sell at this gigantic sale.  The districts and the pick-up committees are:  Linda Vista, Sylvia Corey, W-7-2255; La Mesa, Jerry Hess, H-6-1957; Ruth Ratner, H-6-4483; Pacific Beach, Jean Schiller, H-8-1100; Chula Vista, Ethel Berwin, H-2-5207; Point Loma and Ocean Beach , Evelyn Stolarsky, B-2-3655; North Park, Minnie Price, T-5502; Ida Wax, R-4352; Tillie Gordon, J-7143; Sadie Breitbard, T-0625; Kensington, Mollie Prager, R-7215; Sylvia Cysner, R-1910; El Cerrito, Ruth Young, T-1-5079; Talmadge, Lillian Zemen, R-0274, or the Synagogue Office, T-1-5529.   

Mrs. Newman appeals to all members to contribute whatever they want to discard that can benefit the Sisterhood.  Anything is acceptable, clothes, furniture, household items, toys, bric-a-brac, anything.

San Diego Jewish Youth Group Conclave To Be Held at Julian November 7th
Southwestern Jewish Press, October 31, 1952, page 10

Here’s the chance to meet with other youth groups and to plan for a dynamic Jewish Youth Council and Jewish Community Center.  This opportunity is available to all youth groups of senior high age and above.  A fun filled and information packed program will begin on Friday evening and continue through Sunday afternoon.  Dr. Ernest Wolf, Hillel director at State College.  Al Hutler, director of Federation of Jewish Agencies and Sidney Posin, director of the Jewish Community Center, will be guest speakers.  Workshops and discussion groups are planned to develop the pertinent questions vital to every American Jewish the conclave is sponsored by Hillel and the Jewish Community Center and reservations must be in by November 3rd.  Call M-5172 for more information.

J.W.V.  Auxiliary
Southwestern Jewish Press, October 31, 1952, page 10

Jewish War Veterans Auxiliary No. 185 and the Post, will hold their regular meeting on Monday November 3rd at 8 p.m. in the War Memorial Bldg., Balboa Park.  Members are requested to attend and bring a prospective member.

On Friday, October 24th, the Auxiliary sponsored a Halloween Party at the sunshine School for about 90 children.  The chairman, Molly Ratner, and Binnie Brooks served the children ice cream, cookies and candy, and the children as well as the grownups, had a delightful time.

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Curly Howard, and other Stooges, portray a "Nazti Spies"

John Houseman reading the telephone book

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Larry Fine of The Three Stooges retrieves cats from the piano

Peter Lorre as Ugarte in "Casablanca" with Humphrey Bogart

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