Volume 3, Number 79
"There's a Jewish story everywhere"

Today's Postings:

Friday-Saturday, April 3-4, 2009

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Israel has new political drama, unfortunately not on stage ... by Ira Sharkansky in Jerusalem
For those who enjoy political drama, the new Israeli government may be their cup of tea. The problem is that the drama is not on the stage, but here and now. READ MORE

How long will Lieberman be Israel's foreign minister? ... by Rabbi Dow Marmur in Jerusalem
Avigdor Lieberman has been very busy the last two days. Wednesday, immediately after the ceremony at which the Olmert government was replaced by the Netanyahu government, he went to his formal takeover (yes, that’s the word) as Foreign Minister. READ MORE

Bill Kolender, S.D.'s Jewish sheriff, announces retirement ... by Gary Rotto in San Diego
Sheriff Bill Kolender concludes a distinguished career in law enforcement with his retirement on July 2nd.  A man of many distinctions, Sheriff Kolender is the oldest active county sheriff in California as well as the state’s only Jewish sheriff.  READ MORE

Deflating another myth about conductors ... by David Amos in San Diego
I am approached by many an enthusiastic concertgoer at the end of an orchestral program with a wide-eyed comment such as “He is such a good conductor, directing without a score!” I smile weakly and comment little.READ MORE

Ode to the Rosenbergs ... a poem by columnist Sara Appel-Lennon in San Diego READ MORE


December 12,1952; Southwestern Jewish Press

Pioneer Women READ MORE
J.W.V. Auxiliary READ MORE
Fiesta Club READ MORE
CBS Radio Network Switches to KFMB Radio Station READ MORE
Lasker Lodge B’nai B’rith To Install Officers; Harry Wax New PrexyREAD MORE
Si Rich Meat Department Advertisement READ MORE
Historic Classified Advertisement READ MORE

We continue our examination of Jewish entertainers

Buddy Hackett tells the story of a hunter and a farmer arguing over a duck (last of several stories) VIEW VIDEO

Eddie Fisher sings "Ain't She Sweet" on his TV Show VIEW VIDEO

Lee Grant has her hair cut by Warren Beatty in Shampoo, when Goldie Hawn isn't interrupting VIEW VIDEO

Monty Hall reprises his "Let's Make A Deal" game show on "Good Morning America" VIEW VIDEO

Bonus: Michelle Citrin and William Levin tell 20 things to do with left over matzah VIEW VIDEO


Carol Ann Goldstein: Can you do this math puzzle? READ MORE

Jewish Community Foundation: Jewish Community Foundation continues strong grant-making, generosity, innovation READ MORE

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Anticipating Passover, Carol Davis, our San Diego theatre reviewer, alerted us to this YouTube video on what you can do with matzoh, starring Michelle Citrin and William Levin


America's Vacation Center
Anti-Defamation League
Balloon Utopia
Carol Ann Goldstein
Congregation Beth Israel
Jewish Family Service
Lawrence Family JCC
San Diego Community Colleges
San Diego Jewish Chamber
Seacrest Village Retirement Communities
Soille San Diego Hebrew Day School
Tifereth Israel Synagogue
United Jewish Federation
XLNC-1 Radio


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Israel has new political drama, unfortunately not on stage

By Ira Sharkansky

JERUSALEM—For those who enjoy political drama, the new Israeli government may be their cup of tea.

The problem is that the drama is not on the stage, but here and now. The disappointment may be greater than pop corn with too much salt.

The opening scene was Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman giving his first speech in office. To take him at his word, he will change the rules of the game. The time of one-sided Israeli concessions is over. They have not brought peace. Palestinians and other Arabs will have to match Israel with concessions. He did not denounce the goal of a Palestinian state, but seemed to be pushing it somewhere over the horizon. He will welcome peace with Syria, but not at the cost of withdrawing from the Golan Heights. He respects Egypt as an important force that works to stabilize the Middle East, but the era is over of the Israeli foreign minister visiting Egypt, when Egyptian leaders cannot tarnish their reputations by visiting Israel.

Counter thrusts in this drama were not long in coming. US President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown took a few moments from their meeting on the world economy to indicate that their governments stand by the two-state solution for Israel and Palestine. A Palestinian spokesman said that no one could force the Palestinians to sit around the negotiating table with a racist like Lieberman. A leader of the opposition MK's of the Labor Party (i.e., those opposed to their colleagues who joined the Netanyahu government) said that the country's chief diplomat was using his first speech to speak about war. An Egyptian spokesman reiterated the posture that Lieberman would get no invitation to visit Egypt until he apologized appropriately for his earlier insult of President Mubarak..

One can view Lieberman's remarks as a refreshing wind that might clear the air of a "peace process" that has not accomplished much in 16 years since the Oslo Accords, as the first step in a dangerous descent to catastrophe, or as not much of anything.

The peace process is stale. As best can be judged from what gets to the media, the Palestinians are stuck in a mode of feeling that they have a monopoly of historical justice. It was their land. Israel took it, and continues to take it piece by piece with expanding settlements. It is moderate of them to demand a return to an earlier division of the land, prior to the 1967 war. They must have a just solution for refugees from 1948.

In such a mode, their demand is for Israeli concessions. They seem hard pressed to accept historical changes on the ground, and to admit that the refugees and their descendants will not return to what they claim as their homes. They are willing to renounce violence, but have not shown themselves capable or willing to resist those Palestinians who continue on the path of violence. Even more problematic is the posture of the Palestinians in control of the Gaza half of Palestine, that they will not recognize Israel's legitimacy.

The slippery slope may not only lead to an escalation in terror, a bloody Israeli response, and who knows what from other Arab countries and Iran. Undesirable responses may come from Europe and the United States, with a lack of invitations for leading officials, harsh words from world leaders, no cultural exchanges, and a cold shoulder the next time Israel wants support in an international forum, an additional dollop of financial aid or guarantees of its loans, and favorable trade terms.

There are several reasons for thinking that not much may come from Lieberman's tenure. The police continue to investigate his financial dealings. Should they reach the point where they recommend an indictment, and the attorney general agrees, Lieberman will have to vacate his office.

If he manages to remain in office, Lieberman's appearance on the international stage comes when the great powers have little time for Israel and Palestine. They are busy with their own economic problems. Moreover, they recognize that the Israel-Palestine process is stale. The two-state solution will not disappear, but those attending the theater may welcome a different performance. At least until the people in Gaza alter their posture toward Israel, there is not much point in pushing hard against the Israelis or the people in the West Bank.

Finally, Lieberman's prime minister is well known for getting Teddy Roosevelt's slogan backward. Instead of speaking

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softly but carrying a big stick, Netanyahu is known for talking tough and acting like a mouse. With all the good reasons for a fresh breeze in the peace process, he may cave in to the first signs of contrary sentiments from the great powers. He has already said that he will work assiduously for peace. With Bibi, it is hard to know what he means.

Sharkansky is professor emeritus of political science at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Email: msira@mscc.huji.ac.il

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How long will Lieberman be Israel's foreign minister?

By Rabbi Dow Marmur

JERUSALEM—Avigdor Lieberman has been very busy the last two days. Wednesday, immediately after the ceremony at which the Olmert government was replaced by the Netanyahu government, he went to his formal takeover (yes, that’s the word) as Foreign Minister.
He used the occasion to declare that Israel, though committed to a two-state solution on his terms, isn’t bound by all agreements with the Palestinians. Quoting the Latin dictum in his characteristic Russian accent he said that, to sue for peace you must prepare for war. This was enough to create something of a furor in the media.
Other activities will no doubt also put Lieberman on the front pages. For he spent 71/2 hours with the police where he was interrogated under caution. The allegations are said to be serious involving a whole range of financial offences. The legal correspondent on Israel Channel Two TV said that he was sure that Lieberman would be charged with several criminal offences and thus forced to leave the cabinet.  
Though the investigation has been going on for years, the police may have stepped in as quickly as they did, because on Wednesday Lieberman also found time to attend – without precedent - the formal handover of the ministry responsible for the police, now in the hands of one of his party members. It was obviously intended as a message.The police investigation may very well have been a response, telling Lieberman that he won’t intimidate those entrusted with the administration of law and order. Good for them!

There are other signs that Lieberman regards every ministry of which one of his people is in charge as his own domain. Thus when Netanyahu is said to have persuaded Silvan Shalom, who very much wanted to be Foreign Minister, to take a lesser portfolio because soon Lieberman would be forced to leave the cabinet, Lieberman responded by telling all and sundry that the Foreign Ministry belonged to his party and, if for some reason he’d be indisposed, another of his party members would get the job.
His deputy minister, Danny Ayalon, is a former Israeli ambassador to Washington and a new recruit to his party. Obviously Lieberman sees Crown Prince Danny as a natural successor should King Avigdor be otherwise engaged. He said that if that’s not the case, his party will leave the coalition. At last some good news!
Seeing the mess into which Lieberman is already getting the Netanyahu government, it’s time for Tzipi Livni to come to the rescue of the country. Though her party has one more Knesset seat than Netanyahu’s, she should accept the fact that she cannot muster a coalition. Netanyahu has shown that
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he can and, therefore, whether or not Livni joins him, he’ll stay as Prime Minister.

But as the price for her entry, she should make Netanyahu get rid of Lieberman, which he may not find much of a hardship, and in the process some or all of the Orthodox parties, thus saving the country a great amount of money now allocated for bribing them. With a bit of sacrifice of Livni’s ego and some wisdom on the part of Netanyahu, helped by his new side kick Ehud Barak, Israel could get its dream government: 27 Kadima + 26 Likud + 13 Labor (its rebels would then come back, no doubt) = a majority of 66 out of 120: sufficiently comfortable and much more stable than the present arrangement.
I’m always in search of positive conclusions to my reflections. I’d like to believe that this one is for real. Or am I so desperate that I’m clutching at straws?

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Bill Kolender, S.D.'s Jewish sheriff, announces retirement

By Gary Rotto

SAN DIEGO--Sheriff Bill Kolender concludes a distinguished career in law enforcement with his retirement on July 2nd.  A man of many distinctions, Sheriff Kolender is the oldest active county sheriff in California as well as the state’s only Jewish sheriff. 

Since 1956, Kolender has served in various law enforcement capacities rising from a cop on the beat to become the Chief of the City of San Diego Police Department, one of the youngest big city police chiefs in the nation.  He is finishing his 14th year as the Sheriff of San Diego County.  Sandwiched in between, Kolender was the director of the California Youth Correctional Services.

Aged 74, Kolender said he is vigorous enough to complete his term a the end of next year but has decided to retire this July because his wife, Lois, is in ill health. It is anticipated that his Assistant Sheriff Bill Gore, the former FBI special agent in charge in San Diego will be named by the county Board of Supervisors to succeed Kolender .

So how did a nice Jewish boy end up in law enforcement?  “When I was 18 I went into the service, the Navy.  I served for 2 years so I was 20 when I got out,” tells Kolender. “I went to work at Pacific Surplus in sales.  I wanted to go to college so I started at San Diego City College.” He had just gotten married and had difficulty going to college, working and providing for his new family.  “A buddy of mine who I knew from High School was walking a beat and happened to walk by the surplus store.  We started talking and I said ‘gee that sounds interesting’ so I signed up.  And I have just enjoyed doing it.”

Kolender is often cited as running efficient and effective agencies.  He says that a successful organization is based on five key principles that he instills in his employees:

As leaders our people must do the things that we do:
1.  Take your job seriously, but not yourself
2.  Care
3.  Have a slight sense of humor
4.  Have a value system that leads to an internal collaboration in which you work with everyone in a positive way
5.  Have mutual respect for everyone who works with you and treat them accordingly no matter what their rank or job is.

Ever modest, Kolender defers credit for successfully leading large law enforcement agencies to the work of the employees.   “It’s not because of me, but because of them,” is how the Sheriff describes the success of these agencies.

Kolender became a bar mitzvah at Congregation Beth Jacob under the tutoring of Rabbi Baruch Stern.  For Stern, Kolender was his first bar ,itzvah student after arriving from Europe at the end of the World War II.  As his first student, the passage into Jewish adulthood had extra meaning.  “I learned that his children were killed in front of him during the Holocaust,” relates Kolender.

For Kolender, being brought up in an Orthodox home “was not a burden but a pretty good way to live your life.”  Subsequently, je was involved in many Jewish organizations including the Reform Congregation Beth Israel and has a close relationship with Anti-Defamation League Regional Director Morris Casuto. “The respect that he has within law enforcement is pretty outstanding.  If you don’t love Morris Casuto there is something wrong with you,” states Kolender. 

Whether at the Police Department or with the Sheriff’s Department, Kolender’s organizations have had a presence on ADL Law Enforcement trips to Israel.  Kolender explains that law enforcement participants meet law enforcement and members of the Israeli military and the average Israeli, rather than the top leadership of the country.  In this way,

GREETINGS BILL—In this historic shot, U.S. Senator Pete Wilson, Governor Gray Davis and Atty. Gen. Dan Lungren
greet Bill Kolender and other members of his staff.

the participants can share ideas with others involved in security of the country as well as get to know the Israeli people.
One particular visit during his second trip to Israel was quite memorable.  “There was a man in a mobile home who invited us in.  In the mobile home, there was a computer.  None of us had probably seen a computer before as this was the early 80’s.  There was a platform on wheels with a gun mounted and connected to the computer.  We watched as he pushed a button and it went two or three blocks down the road.  We could see the gun moving in the distance as the platform went to where there could be a bomb and he pushed another button and the gun went

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Sheriff Bill Kolender above in dress uniform; below, he is greeted by California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

off and the supposed bomb blew up.  We thought the concept was unbelievable!  He said that friendly countries would give the Israelis things that they could not fix.  They were very innovative.”

As he contemplates his retirement from public law enforcement, the Sheriff states that he is open to enhancing involvement in the Jewish community and the general community.

“I don’t want to be 7/24 any more but I would still like to be involved in the community in a positive way.” 

Kolender's announcement prompted numerous public officials from both sides of the political aisle to praise his service, including these officials who also are members of the Jewish community.

District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, who like Kolender is a Republican, said:

“Bill Kolender is a giant in law enforcement, not only in San Diego County but throughout the State.  He is an innovator, a consensus builder, a champion of victims’ rights, and a strong supporter of diversity.   Throughout his long career, he has shown both passion and compassion.  Sheriff Kolender is universally revered and brought cooperation and collaboration among law enforcement agencies and the community in the County to new heights—the result was a direct increase in public safety.  I have had the honor of working with him for many years and have truly appreciated his unwavering dedication, his friendship, his sense of humor and his mentorship.”

Congressman Bob Filner (Democrat, San Diego) said:

"Bill Kolender’s impact on policing in San Diego (indeed, the nation) cannot be overestimated.  He single-handedly brought a recalcitrant city police department into the modern world of community policing.  And the community responded with support which was the envy of other urban centers. As Councilman for District 8, I used to say I was the only urban Councilman in America who could walk into a black and/or brown audience with cops—and get a standing ovation.  That was due to Chief Kolender—as was a Department understanding of gay (and any other minority) rights. Without Kolender in the right place at the right time, we would be a typical urban center with a population alienated from its police force."

Rotto is a San Diego freelance writer.
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Deflating another myth about conductors

By David Amos                            

SAN DIEGO—I am approached by many an enthusiastic concertgoer at the end of an orchestral program with a wide-eyed comment such as “He is such a good conductor, directing without a score!” I smile weakly and comment little.

Let’s debunk an old, inaccurate idea. Yes, I am most impressed when a conductor directs without a score when I see what is really happening at the podium, and the sound that emerges. I am sorry to disappoint some of you, but you could put Bozo the Clown, wearing a tuxedo, in front of a good orchestra, playing music that the musicians have performed hundreds of times, have him flap his arms with flair, a bit of rhythmic awareness and a lot more of showmanship, and the audience will feel that this was a great performance. Voila! We have a hit in our midst. Not so.

Good orchestras hardly need a conductor in order to “sound good."

On the other hand, many legendary conductors of the past had such a deep, thorough knowledge of the music they were interpreting, that the physical presence of a score was quite needless. In the old school of teaching conducting, we were told unequivocally that before a conductor can face an orchestra for a rehearsal, he or she must know the score so well, that one could re-write it entirely, from scratch, by memory! There is no way that many, if any of today’s conductors could afford the time to study a score to such depth.

But Arturo Toscanini could and did. And so did Dimitri Mitropoulos and other masters of their generation.

What we have today with scoreless conductors is mostly a mix. These maestros certainly know what they are doing, but it all comes down to depth vs. superficiality. The first thing that a conductor needs to do is to give a strong beat, a clear indication on how fast or slow the music should be played. This is basic. My teacher used to say, “A conductor is much more than just a time beater, but he better be a darn good time beater!” However, many other elements come into play.

One of the most obvious is expression, interpretation, and the musical subtleties which differentiate an ordinary, solid reading from an artistic statement. The conductor is primarily there to convey accurately the intentions of the composer, be responsible for the technical part of the performance, the ensemble (playing together), intonation (playing in tune), the tone quality of the orchestra or chorus, and the balance between the various musical voices, so that the important lines are not lost in the overall sound. With everything in place, magic can be created. Sometimes.

But this is where true artistry and quality become harder to evaluate. Take two different conductors directing the same music, the same orchestra, and let’s go further, doing the music at the same tempos and dynamics. How come the results of one turn out to be a vibrant, inspiring, exciting rendition, while the other is a colorless snoozer? It comes down to the conductor’s talent, knowledge, preparation, communication skills, experience, and chemistry with the musicians. The way the conductor’s hands come down has a lot to do with the “sound” of the orchestra.

Nevertheless, when it comes to the basics of playing the music, most good orchestras can do it quite well without a conductor at all. Remember the Symphony of the Air, the evolution of the NBC Symphony in the middle 1950’s? But, as an everyday diet, I do not recommend this.

In a live performance, a conductor is there to reinforce what was done at rehearsals, shape the musical work, and let the audience and musicians feel (interpret) the spirit of the music. The greatest contributor to this art form is obviously the composer who created it, and the conductor is there to make sure that all the above ingredients come together at the time of the concert.

A conductor is also there to add his personality into the music, his own individual style, his stamp. But the margin of deviation from what is indicated in the score is dictated by the style of the music, when it was written, whether we are dealing with a composer who left it to others to shape the music as they saw fit, or as in Beethoven’s case, and others, simply play what’s in the score, and don’t fool with it.

Before recording sessions and concerts, different composers have told me these opposing statements about their music: A) I wrote the notes; take it from there and do what your heart desires, or B) I wrote exactly what I want; do not modify anything. Follow my indications as precisely as you can and must, and do not add anything else on your own.

Most composers are satisfied with a happy half-way point between these two ideas. It’s a cooperative effort. That is, if they are alive.

But getting back to conducting without a score, many conductors who do this are certainly competent enough and

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sincere in their intentions, and feel that a score may not be that necessary in cases when it is music they happen to know quite well. But it comes down to penetrating the details of the music, cueing the musicians for reinforcements in their various entrances, adhering to the subtle indications which the composer indicated, and not falling prey to the lure of showmanship, to look like the grand maestro, like a football hero, or a cowboy, showing all of us how good he is.

A legendary German conductor of the mid-Twentieth Century commented, “Why should I conduct without a score? After all, I can read music!”

The key here is musical sincerity and integrity, not ego and glitz. It’s all there in the written notes.

After a while, it is easy to spot the great ones from the charlatans, and from the many middle of the roaders.

Amos is the conductor of the Tifereth Israel Community Orchestra (TICO) and has guest conducted orchestras all over the world. Email: amosd@sandiegojewishworld.com

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Remembering a great miscarriage of justice

Ode to the Rosenbergs

McCarthy Era

Rampant fear
raised fists

Married couple
sent to hell

lies buried,
future generations tell

Fifty years later
evidence, to the surface

Was the government wrong?
I surmise

Ethel and Julius made a pact,
till death
do they part

Until their executions,
integrity and dignity
filled their heart

Blacklisted names,
government made

Rosenberg’s vow
of silence,|
their lives dearly paid

Their children,
Robby and Michael,
what would they do?

Meeropol family
came through

Senseless murders
by mistake

Errors of terror,



(c) 2009, Sara Appel-Lennon
email: appels@jewishsighseeing.com

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Adventures in San Diego Jewish History
With thanks to Gail Umeham for the transcription

Pioneer Women
Southwestern Jewish Press December 12, 1952, page 13

Pauline Press, Edith Gates, Presidents of Negba and Hoshanah Clubs and Florence Barach, chairman of the Regional Conference with to thank all those who helped to make the Conference the huge success it was.  Reports by our San Diego delegates were given at the last meeting by Anna Shelley, Eleanore Gordon, and Rose Domnitz.  Esther Moorstein presented several readings in her own inimitable style.

Plans were formulated for our Chanukah Latka Party and Social evening to be held on Thursday, December 18th at 8:00 p.m. at the Beth Jacob Center and it is hoped all members and friends will reserve that evening for an enjoyable time.  An Oneg Shabbat will be held at the home of Lil Gordon, 937 23rd St. on Dec. 20th.

Esther Moorstein and Rose Domnitz were appointed chairmen of the Clothes for Israel drive which will take place in January and members are asked to save good usable clothing for this drive.  Anna Shelley was appointed chairman of Pioneer’s part in U.S.O. affairs.

J.W.V. Auxiliary
Southwestern Jewish Press December 12, 1952, page 13

Friday, Dec. 12th, S.D. Jewish War Veterans Ladies Auxiliary will hold their regular weekly Oneg Shabbat for the servicemen at Naval Training Center.  However, in keeping with the Chanukah theme, the ladies will serve the traditional holiday delicacies (potato latkes, etc.) and give each serviceman an individually wrapped gift.  At the regular ‘Breakfast Instruction” session, also a weekly project at Naval Training Center, the boys will have a holiday celebration Sunday, Dec. 14th.  Esther Frank and Joe Spatz are chairmen of this project.

The monthly party held for the 90 children in Sunshine School will be held on Monday, December 15th, with Child Welfare Chairman, Mollie Ratner in charge of arrangements.  Each child will receive a personal gift, ice cream, cookies, and candy.  This Christmas party is a little early because of the school vacation.

In addition to the regular monthly ward parties for the 220 patients in U.S. Naval Hospital Tubercular Ward, another service has been undertaken by the Auxiliary.  The Auxiliary furnishes the patients with photo equipment so that they can spend their leisure hours more pleasantly.  A super Christmas party is planned for these men, to be held Wednesday, December 17th.  They will be served a fine light dinner, play games and receive a nice gift.  Jean Spatz is the very capable Hospital Chairman.

Due to the holiday rush season, there will be no social meeting for the month of December.

Fiesta Club
Southwestern Jewish Press December 12, 1952, page 13

The Fiesta Club of San Diego will hold a general open meeting at the new Jewish Community Center, 3227 El Cajon Blvd., on Sunday, Dec. 14, at 8 p.m.  Membership in the club is open to unmarried people of the Jewish faith over the age of 18 for girls and over the age of 21 for men.

Election of officers will take place and a film will be shown followed by dancing and refreshments.  A cordial invitation to attend is extended to all.  Admission is free to members, 50c to non-members.  Call Belle Samuels, T-4265, for further information.

CBS Radio Network Switches
to KFMB Radio Station

Southwestern Jewish Press December 12, 1952, page 14

The great radio programs of the Columbia Broadcasting System will move to 550 on your radio dial on station KFMB as of Friday, December 12th, it was announced today by officials of KFMB.

The move is unique in San Diego broadcasting history and marks the first time in San Diego that a radio network has moved its network facilities.

KFMB radio station officials pointed out that now such great radio shows and stars as Jack Benny, Our Miss Brooks, Amos and Andy, Art Linkletter’s “People are Funny,” Ed Murrow, Lowell Thomas, Bing Crosby and many, many other will be heard over KFMB, 550 on your radio dial.

John A. Kennedy, Chairman of the Board, and Howard L. Chernoff, General Manager of KFMB and KFMB-TV (Channel 8) are affiliates of the CBS Radio Network and CBS Television Network respectively.

Such favorite local shows and stars as Harold Keen, Molly Morse, Smokey Rogers, and the Sports Camera of the Air with Al Schuss and Al Kaye will remain on KFMB in their usual times, it was announced by KFMB station manager Hobby Myers.

Lasker Lodge B’nai B’rith To Install Officers; Harry Wax New Prexy

Southwestern Jewish Press December 26, 1952, page 1

San Diego Lasker Lodge No. 370, B’nai B’rith, will hold its annual installation of officers on Monday, January 4, 1953 are 8:15 p.m. in the Don Room of the El Cortez Hotel.

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A very fine evening has been planned by Al Hutler, Chairman.  It will include a short but impressive ceremony followed by refreshments, dancing, and entertainment. 

Prior to the installation, officers and friends will have dinner at 6:00 p.m. in honor of the incoming and outgoing officers.  Dinner also will be in honor of the new president, Harry Wax, who will be celebrating his and Ida’s 25th wedding anniversary that night.  Reservations for dinner can be made by any member or friends by calling either Al Hutler or Harry Wax.

Installing officers will be Eddie Breitbard, assisted by Past Grand President, Henry Weinberger.

Officers for 1953 to be seated are as follows:  Harry Wax, President; Albert A. Hutler, First Vice-President; Jack Lowenbein, Second Vice-President; Ralph Feldman, Third Vice-President; Allan Lame, Warden; Gilbert F. Shatz, Guardian; Edward Baranov, Treasurer; Norman Wolf, Recording Secretary; Joseph Kaplan, Financial Secretary; Lou Mogy, Chaplain; Sidney Rose, Lou Levitt, Harry Mallen, Abraham Sklar, and Jack Spatz, Trustees; and Morrie Kraus, Grand President’s Representative.

Also to be seated will be the newly appointed President’s Advisory Committee. Consisting of Morrie Douglas, Eddie Breitbard, William B.Schwartz, Jerry Freedman and Morrie Kraus, all Past Presidents.  Jerry Aronoff has been appointed as special Maitre d’ Meetings for 1953.

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