Volume 3, Number 89
"There's a Jewish story everywhere"

Today's Postings:

Thursday, April 16, 2009

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If U.S. goes to Durban II, let it upbraid evil regimes ... by Shoshana Bryen in Washington D.C.
Remember Durban 2001? Some people have taken a very narrow view of Barack Obama - that the color of his skin, rather than the fact that he is President of the United States - should determine his policy regarding the UN-sponsored travesty called the "World Conference Against Racism."READ MORE

Ivan the Terrible should be tried for sake of his victims ... by Rabbi Dow Marmur in Jerusalem
Some ten years ago I met by chance in a hotel in a European capital a distinguished Israeli judge who had been involved in the appeal trial of John Demjanjuk, the Ukrainian-born, now ex-American citizen, known in the Treblinka extermination camp as Ivan the Terrible. READ MORE

Oceana provides day for Wylie-ing away hours at beach ... by Cynthia Citron in Santa Monica, California
Oceana is an organization that everyone living along the coastlines of the world should know about---and support. Comprised of some 300,000 activists from more than 150 countries, Oceana’s teams of marine scientists, economists, lawyers and advocates have been dedicated, since the organization’s founding in 2001, to devising policies to reduce ocean pollution and to prevent the irreversible collapse of the oceans’ populations of fish, marine mammals, and other sea life.READ MORE

Here is a preview of the portion we'll read this coming Shabbat
G-dcast provides animated preview of Shimini VIEW VIDEO

Jewish scriptures infuse popular culture... by Donald H. Harrison in San Diego
The two photos above--picturing Levi & Sons jewelry store and the Fantastic Sam's haircut chain, are ordinary enough. But within a wider context, they help to tell how names found in Jewish Scriptures have become pervasive in our lives--no matter where in the world we live.READ MORE


Thursday with the songs of Hal Wingard

#250 -- Failure READ AND HEAR
#307 -- The Virtue of Patience READ AND HEAR
#159 -- And I'll Be an Actor READ AND HEAR


Alan Bersin to return to position as 'border czar' under Obama READ MORE

Rosenberg new managing director at La Jolla PlayhouseREAD MORE

Poway Interfaith Team tells four Jewish-community events for April READ MORE

January 9, 1953; Southwestern Jewish Press

Synagogues Sponsor Jewish Institute READ MORE
Council of Jewish Women READ MORE
Beth Jacob Sisterhood READ MORE
Hadassah READ MORE
Hebrew Home for the Aged READ MORE
Juster Opens Office as Investigator READ MORE
Center Tells of New Membership Rates READ MORE
Historic Ad~Snyder Uniforms READ MORE

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We continue our examination of Jewish entertainers

Anouk Aimée in "A Man and a Woman" (Un Homme et Une Femme) French with English subtitles. VIEW VIDEO

Gila Almagor sings a love song in HebrewVIEW VIDEO

A montage of Shelley Winters' memorable films VIEW VIDEO

Woody Allen in opening of "Annie Hall"VIEW VIDEO
Bonus: Parashat Shimini VIEW VIDEO


We are looking forward to many contributions from our regular correspondents and from the public to the new ongoing feature making its debut today and documenting how "Jewish Scriptures infuse popular culture." We also continue to solicit photos of Jewish license plates.


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
Therapy in Motion Inc.
Tifereth Israel Synagogue
United Jewish Federation
XLNC-1 Radio


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If U.S. goes to Durban II, let it upbraid evil regimes

By Shoshana Bryen

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Remember Durban 2001?

Some people have taken a very narrow view of Barack Obama - that the color of his skin, rather than the fact that he is President of the United States - should determine his policy regarding the UN-sponsored travesty called the "World Conference Against Racism." The Administration currently leans against participating.

The Washington Post onTuesday quoted a senior director of the TransAfrica Forum saying, "For President Bush not to participate, that would have been expected. For Barack Obama's administration not to participate sends a disappointing signal." TransAfrica sent the President a letter, signed by Jessie Jackson, the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, and the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation. The letter reads, in part, "U.S. participation in the conference is critical for both symbolic and political reasons... Reduced global participation would mark a significant setback to efforts to overcome racial inequality around the world."

In 2001, in advance of the Durban conference, a similar group advocated that Secretary of State Colin Powell be the chief U.S. delegate to the conference, for similar symbolic reasons. Not only did he not attend, but recalled the American delegation, saying, "I know that you do not combat racism by conferences that produce declarations containing hateful language, some of which is a throwback to the days of 'Zionism equals racism'; or supports the idea that we have made too much of the Holocaust; or suggests that apartheid exists in Israel; or that singles out only one country of the world, Israel, for censure and abuse."

On 2 August 2001, JINSA wrote, and in 2009 still believes:

The United States has two choices:

1. To skip the conference, which will be a 1970s-style blame-the-West-for-the-ills-of-mankind gripe session anyhow; or

2. To go.

And if we go, never to stop talking. Mr. Lantos [the late Rep. Tom Lantos, the planned chief American delegate] and our other delegates have to stand in front of every microphone and speak on behalf of democracies and democratic interests - ours and Israel's and Taiwan's and Tibet's. We have to bring our own microphones and denounce corrupt and intolerant dictatorships by name and in public. To speak for the right of Iraqis, Iranians, Afghan women, Sudanese and Egyptian Christians, Palestinians living under the PA, Cubans, Indonesian Chinese and Mainland Chinese to live under open, democratic and accountable leadership. And not to forget the suffering of the Lebanese, Syrian and North Korean people, brought on by their governments. To shine light on the rape of

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Chechnya and disfigurement of Islam when it is used as a cover for nasty and dictatorial regimes. To side with the good guys and point fingers at the bad guys. (How come only the bad guys get to point fingers?)

There are mighty moments in world politics, where real leaders can set in motion events that inspire people to take their futures into their own hands for their own betterment. "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!," and "If you will it, it is no dream," come to mind.

Israel is going to be vilified in Durban by dictators, murderers and a few naïve democrats whether we are in the room or not. It is a shame, but it is the truth. Maybe the best we can do is let the people who really need a Human Rights Conference hear the world's greatest democracy stand up for them in front of their oppressors.

We said at the time and believe today that the United States has an obligation to promote freedom, democracy and liberty. We wrote, "In the Pledge of Allegiance we call ourselves 'one nation, indivisible' because when we were 'half slave and half free,' we were fully slave and not free. It wasn't only the States of the Union that were indivisible - our rights as Americans are indivisible by race as well." We still have work to do, but we have the principle in hand: Human rights for any group cannot be promoted while standing on the neck of any other. This is not just about Jews or about Israel, but about all those ignored by conference organizers who blame the evils of the world on Israel and the West and absolve themselves and their cronies.

When President Obama makes a final decision about American participation - or not - in Geneva, we expect he will do it as President of the United States and all of its people. Nothing more - or less.

Bryen is special projects director for the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs. (JINSA). Her column is sponsored by Waxie Sanitary Supply in memory of Morris Wax, longtime JINSA supporter and national board member

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Ivan the Terrible should be tried for sake of his victims

By Rabbi Dow Marmur

JERUSALEM—Some ten years ago I met by chance in a hotel in a European capital a distinguished Israeli judge who had been involved in the appeal trial of John Demjanjuk, the Ukrainian-born, now ex-American citizen, known in the Treblinka extermination camp as Ivan the Terrible.
The accused had been extradited to Israel in 1986 for helping to murder some 29,000 Jewish inmates. He was sentenced to death for crimes against humanity. But in 1993, Israel’s Supreme Court overturned the conviction on the basis of KGB files that had come to light after the collapse of the Soviet Union. These pointed to another man as Ivan the Terrible, not Demjanjuk.
Demjanjuk then returned to the United States and in 1996 regained his citizenship that the American authorities had taken away from him in 1981 on the grounds that he gave false information when he entered the country.
In 2002 he was again stripped of his US citizenship and three years later an American immigration judge ruled that he could be deported. Neither his native Ukraine, nor Poland where the crimes took place, nor Germany, from where the Nazi extermination machine was directed, was prepared to take him. But last month a German court issued an arrest warrant for him and he could now be extradited to Germany. Since then and until this very moment, Demjanjuk’s family and lawyers are fighting against the deportation order.
The outcome is not clear and perhaps, on some level, not that important. The man marked his 89th birthday earlier this month and, judging by the photographs in the papers and on television, he appears sick and severely incapacitated. Apart from whatever hardship he experienced at his various court appearances and during the seven years he spent in an Israeli jail, not much more harm is likely to come his way.
So why the fuss? Because it’s a matter of justice. I remember saying to the judge in our conversation that it was quite obvious from just reading the papers that Demjanjuk was Ivan the Terrible and therefore guilty. The judge agreed: he, too, was sure that Demjanjuk was guilty.  
So why didn’t they convict him? The judge’s reply was memorable: for the sake of justice. Whatever the judges may have felt, the evidence wasn’t sufficiently conclusive to state beyond any reasonable doubt that he was the man. For Israel’s Supreme Court the pursuit of justice was paramount.

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The same pursuit has now made it necessary to try the suspect. The fuss is for the sake of justice.
But what about mercy? In view of the man’s age and the many trials – literally – to which he has been subjected, shouldn’t we let him live out the little he has left of his life in Ohio, where he and his family reside? A good question that demands an answer in the form of another question? Who are we, the survivors, to forgive the murderer? All we can do is to apply justice, not to use discretion, however high minded and benevolent we may be.
I don’t believe that any survivor will rejoice that another tormentor has been convicted. But I do believe that every survivor would be scandalized if a murderer like Ivan the Terrible were to be allowed to die in the bosom of his family.   

Marmur is rabbi emeritus of the Holy Blossom Congregation in Toronto. He divides his time between Canada and Israel. email: marmurd@sandiegojewishworld.com

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SAVING THE SURF—Actors Noah Wylie and Tanna Frederick arrive at fundraiser to help preserve the oceans


Oceana provides day for Wylie-ing away hours at beach

Photos and story by Cynthia Citron

SANTA MONICA, California--Oceana is an organization that everyone living along the coastlines of the world should know about---and support. Comprised of some 300,000 activists from more than 150 countries, Oceana’s teams of marine scientists, economists, lawyers and advocates have been dedicated, since the organization’s founding in 2001, to devising policies to reduce ocean pollution and to prevent the irreversible collapse of the oceans’ populations of fish, marine mammals, and other sea life.

On a recent sunny Sunday in Santa Monica , therefore, to support Oceana’s efforts and celebrate its significant successes, a group called Project S.O.S. (Save Our Surf) mounted a Surfathon, an all-day jubilee along the beachfront. Renowned surfers came from around the world to participate and to dazzle the crowds that came to watch the pros in action. In addition, there were Tae Kwon Do demonstrations, environmental guest speakers, team relay races, and yoga sessions. You wouldn't guess that Jews would be very involved in a day like this. Who knew?

After the events of the day, a gala cocktail party and dinner at Shutters on the Beach provided an opportunity for some 300 guests to mingle, shmooze, and bid for exotic gifts in a silent auction as well as a live auction conducted by Jewish actor Noah Wyle and Jewish writer/director Henry Jaglom.

Tanna Frederick, who stars in Jaglom’s upcoming film “Irene in Time,” was the founder and guiding spirit behind the Surfathon and, with Wyle and Jaglom, hosted the evening gala.

The Oceana Sea Friend Award for Outstanding Contribution to Ocean Protection and Preservation was presented to Paul Naude, a South African-born surfer and president of the SIMA (Surf Industry Manufacturers Association) Environmental Fund Board of Directors.

Rob Machado, ranked among the top ten surfers in the world for eleven straight years, and a member of the Surfers Hall of Fame since 2000, was given the Save Our Surf Champion Award for Outstanding Contribution to Ocean Conservation at the Community Level. He lives in Cardiff-by-the Sea in California.

Shaun Tomson

Jewish surfer Shaun Tomson was born in Durban, South Africa, on the coast of the Indian Ocean. He was awarded the Save Our Surf Anchor Award for his Intuitive Understanding of the Ocean and High Level of Commitment to Teaching Others. After winning 19 professional surfing events, Tomson was awarded the surfing world’s top honor: the World Pro Title, in 1977. Last year, the Surfrider Foundation also honored him with its Lifetime Achievement Award.


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Kathy Kohner Zuckerman

Also present among the large contingent of world-class surfers was Kathy Kohner Zuckerman, also Jewish, better known as “Gidget,” who, at 68, is still an active member of the surfing community and gives her time to speaking engagements around the country.

The day’s activities and the auction garnered some $40,000 for the non-profit Oceana organization, and certainly raised awareness of its international ocean conservation mission, at least among the denizens of the Santa Monica beachfront.

Citron, our Los Angeles bureau chief, may be contacted at citronc@sandiegojewishworld.com

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Thursday with the songs of Hal Wingard

wingard SAN DIEGO—Hal Wingard reflects on a variety of themes in this selection, overcoming fear of failure, having patience and carrying through with plans.

#250 -- Failure
#307 -- The Virtue of Patience
#159 -- And I'll Be an Actor

#250, Failure

You're mid-way through a project,
With action you've designed.
You feel the fear of failure.
The fear upsets your mind.

But there's no need to panic.
Have heart as you proceed.
It no way counts as failure,
If first you don't succeed.

And never call it failure,
If things should go awry.
The only time it's failure
Is when you fail to try.

(c) 2009 Hal Wingard; May 3, 1996; Words completed April 30, 1996, while waiting for Marie Cohen's class to begin at Santa Rosa Junior College.

#307, The Virtue of Patience

The virtue of patience is greatly admired
By people whose patience is newly acquired.
The qualities needed aren’t easy to find:
An unfettered psyche and uncluttered mind.
And uncluttered mind.

The folks who have patience have time on their hands.
With time to be waiting, as patience demands;
But I’m in a hurry with much to be done.
There’s no time for patience when I’m on the run.
When I’m on the run.

Nor can I acquire it; I’m too uncontrolled.
I’ve rarely had luck putting time clocks on hold.
I’ve never learned patience, and now it’s too late,
For patience takes patience, and I just can’t wait.
No, I just can’t wait.

(c) 2009 Hal Wingard; January 10, 2003. Verse 1 and 3 completed June 2, 1996, on a flight from San Diego to San Francisco. Verse 2 added January 10, 2003, while creating melody.

#159, And I'll Be An Actor

The thought of performing
Just turns me to mush.
I feel so unready,
So why should I rush?

And I'll be an actor!

Perhaps it is better
To stay off the stage,
To practice in private
And wait to engage.

And I'll be an actor!

I'll pass up performance,
Let others prevail.
I may not succeed, but. . .
I never will fail.

And I'll be an actor!

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Jewish scriptures infuse popular culture
A new game for readers around the world of San Diego Jewish World to trace the influence of our common heritage

GENESIS AND 1 SAMUEL— Levi & Sons, a jewelry store at the Westfield Shopping Center (Parkway Plaza) in El Cajon, California prompts us to recall the verse in the Vayigash portion of the week, Genesis 46:11, "Levis's sons: Gershon, Kohath and Merari." Likewise, the Fantastic Sam's franchise in the Grossmont Shopping Center in La Mesa, California, brings to mind 1 Samuel 1:20,
which states "And it happened with the passage of the period of days that Hannah had conceived, and she gave birth to a son.
She named him Samuel, for [she said] "I requested him from Hashem." {Donald H. Harrison photos, April 14, 2009

By Donald H. Harrison

SAN DIEGO--The two photos above--picturing Levi & Sons jewelry store and the Fantastic Sam's haircut chain, are ordinary enough. But within a wider context, they help to tell how names found in Jewish Scriptures have become pervasive in our lives--no matter where in the world we live.

The names in Hebrew Scriptures can be found not only on businesses, but on schools, city halls, street signs, products in the stores, movies--just about anywhere you look for them.

Whether you are religious or secular, the Hebrew Bible and associated Scriptures (including the Talmud and such revered works as the Shulchan Aruch and The Guide for the Perplexed) have come down to you as part of the fabric of our times. You may take the Bible as the literal word of God, as a metaphor, or simply as a piece of literature--no matter, you are surrounded by its influence. That is one of the reasons San Diego Jewish World has the slogan "There's a Jewish story everywhere."

Because the names of people, places, events and concepts described in the Bible and other Scriptures are used all the time, either directly or by derivation, and sometimes in the most unexpected contexts, we thought that with your help, we would devote some ongoing attention to tracing that influence.

Using The Stone Edition of the Tanach in the ArtScroll Series published by the Mesorah Heritage Foundation to render biblical verses, we thought we would compile as many modern-day illustrations as possible of names that appear in the Bible. As some names appear more than once in the Scriptures, we are willing to accept a corresponding number of pictures bearing the same name--provided none duplicates a business already illustrated.

If you would like to participate in this global project--documenting the modern day legacy of Jewish scriptures-- please send to us a .jpg image of the item that you found, preferably in a resolution of 72 dots per inch and measuring 400 pixels wide. If you don't have the equipment to scale your photos, don't worry, we will be happy to do so. The photos may be sent to editor@sandiegojewishworld.com

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In addition to the photograph, we would like you to send us
certain information, so that we can give you credit. (Our publication is all volunteer, so there is no monetary pay, but we are delighted to acknowledge your contribution.) The information that we need is as follows:

1) The name of the city and state the photograph was taken (and if outside the United States of America, the country as well.)

2) Such other identifying information that may be appropriate, as for example the name of the shopping center or mall where the store is located, if that applies.

3) The date that you took the photograph.

4) Your full name.

If we need to contact you, we will do so by return email.

As we receive photographs, we not only will run them in this column, but we also will place them online in a version of the Scriptures that will keep growing with each new entry. Our permanent archive will be accessible through the pull-down tab that says "features" at the top of the page. To see it now, please click here.

The following photograph illustrates how new entry's typically will be displayed:

Numbers 13:13 For the tribe of Asher, Sethur son of Michael.

Santee, California, April 15, 2009. Photo by Donald H. Harrison

With you and other readers participating, this is a project that will take little time, but one which will bear interesting results.


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WASHINGTON (Press Release)—U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano visited El Paso, Texas, Wednesday, April 15, to highlight major DHS efforts to crack down on illegal immigration and cross-border trafficking, which resulted in more than one million apprehensions of illegal aliens in fiscal year 2008—including nearly 800,000 along the Southwest border. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) removed 369,000 illegal immigrants from the United States during the same time period, a 27 percent increase from fiscal year 2007.

“The Department of Homeland Security has taken strong action to put the right resources in key places along the Southwest border,” said Secretary Napolitano. “Thanks to additional technology and personnel along the border, we are getting better intelligence leading to drug and weapons seizures and better identification of illegal and criminal aliens.”

Secretary Napolitano also announced the appointment of Alan Bersin as DHS Assistant Secretary for International Affairs and Special Representative for Border Affairs. Bersin previously served as U.S. Department of Justice Southwest Border Representative.

“Alan brings years of vital experience working with local, state and international partners to help us meet the challenges we face at our borders,” said Secretary Napolitano. “He will lead the effort to make our borders safe while working to promote commerce and trade.”

Secretary Napolitano visited El Paso as part of a three-stop tour of the Southwest border, which will also include visits to Columbus, N.M., and Nogales, Ariz. Secretary Napolitano will then travel to Mexico City to meet President Obama.

Bersin’s responsibilities at DHS will include improving relationships with the Department’s partners in the international community, as well as those at the state and local level. He will lead the Department’s efforts to crack down on violence along the Southwest border highlighted in Secretary Napolitano’s March 24 announcement including the deployment of additional personnel and enhanced technology to help Mexico target illegal guns, drugs and cash.

Mr. Bersin will report directly to the Secretary’s office, and begins immediately. Following the announcement in El Paso, Texas, Bersin will travel to the border communities of Del Rio, Laredo, Hidalgo, McAllen, and Brownsville where he will meet with local law enforcement to discuss coordination across the border and with federal, state and local authorities.

Bersin brings unique experience to the post, as a law enforcement official, educator, and civil servant. Bersin was appointed in 1995 by former Attorney General Janet Reno as Special Representative for the Southwest Border with responsibility to coordinate border law enforcement from South Texas to Southern California. Bersin advised the Attorney General on improvements in immigration law enforcement along the Southwest border in addition to overseeing anti drug and human trafficking programs. Bersin also worked with the Mexican government and local partners on important trans-national issues such as cross-border commerce and immigration.

From 1993 to 1998, Bersin served as the U.S. Attorney for California's Southern District where he tripled felony prosecutions, resulting in the heaviest federal criminal caseload in the country. These prosecutions involved a full range of federal criminal violations, including immigration and narcotics offenses, in addition to violent and white collar crime.

Most recently, Bersin was the Board Chairman of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority. Prior to that position, Bersin served as California’s Secretary of Education and the Superintendent of the San Diego Public Schools. He holds a B.A. from Harvard College, a J.D. from Yale University, and was also a Rhodes Scholar.

Rosenberg new managing director at La Jolla Playhouse

LA JOLLA, California (Press Release)— The Board of Trustees of La Jolla Playhouse announces the appointment of Michael S. Rosenberg as the Playhouse’s new Managing Director. A veteran producer in both the not-for-profit and commercial theatre worlds, Rosenberg will begin full time duties on May 4, 2009.

“After an extensive national search, the Board of Trustees is delighted to welcome Michael Rosenberg to the Playhouse. A highly accomplished theatre producer and administrator, Michael shares the Playhouse’s vision for the future, and I am confident that the institution will thrive under his leadership during this important time in our history,” said Playhouse Board Chair David Dolgen.

Michael S. Rosenberg was Co-Founder and Executive Director of Drama Dept., where he produced 21 productions, including As Bees in Honey Drown by Douglas Carter Beane, June Moon by George S. Kaufman and Ring Lardner, The Book of Liz, by David and Amy Sedaris, and the Tribeca Theater Festival in partnership with Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, Craig Hatkoff, the Tribeca Film Festival and American Express.

After twelve years at Drama Dept., he went on to run the theatrical arm of East of Doheny, a theatre and film production company, where he oversaw numerous projects, including the Tony Award-winning Broadway hit Grey Gardens. Prior to Drama Dept., Rosenberg worked on the management teams for Broadway's The O'Neill Plays and off-Broadway's The Real Live Brady Bunch and Stars in the Morning Sky. He also spent several years in Washington, DC, where he produced and managed educational theatre programs for the National Dance Institute at The Kennedy Center, Kaiser Permanente and the Shakespeare Theatre. Most recently he was a producer of the 2008 Broadway revival of American Buffalo, starring John Leguizamo, Cedric the Entertainer and Haley Joel Osment.

“I have been a longtime admirer of La Jolla Playhouse and am deeply honored to be joining this remarkable institution,” said Rosenberg. “Although our nation is going through a difficult economic period, the Playhouse has remained devoted to its mission of producing compelling, adventurous new work and to providing extraordinary theatre artists with a safe haven to explore their craft. I look forward to working alongside Artistic Director Christopher Ashley, the Board of Trustees and staff to help continue this legacy and to build on the Playhouse’s already well-established national reputation.”

Ashley commented, “I am thrilled that one of America's top

theatre producers and arts administrators will be joining the Playhouse team. Michael’s unique combination of passion and
pragmatism, along with his extensive experience shepherding to the stage both large-scale musicals and innovative works in development, make him ideally suited for the position. I can’t wait to begin our partnership.”

The process for recruiting the new Managing Director began in September, 2008, where the Board of Directors formed a search committee and contracted the services of BHK Arts Consultants, Inc., an executive search firm specializing in the arts, led by Benita Hofstetter Koman.

In partnership with the Artistic Director, the Managing Director is responsible for directing overall strategic planning, financial management, marketing, development, production management and labor relations for the organization.

The nationally-acclaimed, Tony Award-winning La Jolla Playhouse is renowned for its tradition of creating the most exciting and adventurous new work in regional theatre. The Playhouse was founded in 1947 by Gregory Peck, Dorothy McGuire and Mel Ferrer, and is considered one of the most well-respected not-for-profit theatres in the country. Numerous Playhouse productions have moved to Broadway, including Big River, The Who’s Tommy, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, A Walk in the Woods, Dracula, Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays, the Pulitzer Prize-winning I Am My Own Wife, Jersey Boys, The Farnsworth Invention, Cry-Baby and 33 Variations.

Located on the UCSD campus, La Jolla Playhouse is made up of three primary performance spaces: the Mandell Weiss Theatre, the Mandell Weiss Forum and the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Center for La Jolla Playhouse, a state-of-the-art theatre complex which features the Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre.

Poway Interfaith Team tells four Jewish-community events for April

POWAY, California (Press Release) -- Here are some upcoming events of the Poway Interfaith Team including representatives of the Jewish community.

The Interfaith team's goal is to increase community awareness and understanding of different faith traditions in a spirit of friendliness and fellowship.

Hand in Hand—Center for Jewish- Arab Education in Israel, Learning Together Living Together, this Sunday, April 19th, 9:30am and 11:00am services. Fifteen Arab and Israeli Children (6th-9th grade) will be at the Community Church of Poway,13501 Community Rd., Poway. Call: Rev. Glen Larsen at 858-748-3304The youth will speak at services, 9:30am and 11:00am about their personal experiences while attending this first integrated school in Jerusalem.

The school’s purpose and goal is to create a more peaceful, pluralistic, and democratic society in Israel.

Building Bridges of Understanding—Meet our local Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein from Congregation Chabad of Poway, Wednesday, April 22, 7:00 p.m. at the San Rafael Parish Center, speaking on "What Does it Mean to be an Orthodox Jew… Back to the Future?” What do Jews and Catholics Have in Common? 17252 Bernardo Center Drive, San Diego. Patty Ann Born - Facilitator. Call 858-674-1145 for more information.

Medieval Event--Free Medieval Entertainment and Music: Pastor Karla Halverson, San Marcos Lutheran, Pastor Dennis Keating, Emmanuel Faith, and Rabbi David Castiglione, Temple Adat Shalom. Friday, April 24th 3pm-5:30pm, Mission Hills Church in San Marcos,400 Mission Hills Court, San Marcos, CA 92069. RSVP by April 17th Call Nusrat Symons, 760-489-6380 ext. 221.Horse Adventures, “Knights” Pony Rides. Royal feast fit for a King or a Queen, Carnival Games and Activities For All.

From Bimah to Broadway—Saturday, April 25, 2009 7:30pm; Temple Adat Shalom, 15905 Pomerado Road, Poway, CA 92064$36 Regular Admission $50 VIP Reserved Seating and Reception (6:30pm) featuring Cantor Lori Wilinsky Frank, Temple Adat Shalom and Cantor IIan Davidson, Temple Beth El, San Pedro.“Enjoy an unforgettable and entertaining evening as two talented cantors perform Broadway hits, musical favorites and cantorial gems, including a unique tribute to Israel. Call 858-451-1200 or visit www.adatshalom.com

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

Synagogues Sponsor Jewish Institute
Southwestern Jewish Press January 9, 1953, page 5

The Jewish Institute will begin the second semester of the year on Jan. 14 at Beth Jacob synagogue at 7:45 p.m.  the courses are open to all and include the following:

1. Hebrew (Beginner’s and Intermediate); 2. Hebrew (Advanced);   3. Bible. The Five Megillahs;  4. The World’s Religions;  5. History;  6. Music.

The faculty are as follows:  Dr. A. P. Nasatir, Dr. Harry Ruja, Rabbi Morton J. Cohn, Rabbi Baruch Stern, Rabbi Monroe Levens, Leon Elkind, Mrs. Leon Elkind, Cantor Joseph Cysner, and Zel Camiel.

New this year are the Forum Topics:  Do we need an organic Jewish Community?, What is the meaning of Israel’s Political Pattern? What of the Jews behind the Iron Curtain?, Does God have meaning for moderns? Who shall direct American Jewish Public Relations? What is the relationship of Israel and American Jewry? How can we best educate our children in Judaism? Can the Bible function for you? Shall we observe the Shabbos? And is Ritual still meaningful?

Council of Jewish Women
Southwestern Jewish Press January 9, 1953, page 5

The third in a series of evening discussion groups sponsored by the National Council of Jewish Women, San Diego Section, will be held Wednesday, January 14 at 7:45 p.m. in the home of Mrs. David Doctor.  The subject, which is so vital to both San Diego and the entire country, is “Narcotics” and will be jointly discussed by Mr. Rae Vader, Customs Agent in charge of the San Diego district, and Mrs. Simon Healy, President of the Catholic Women’s Clubs of San Diego.

Mrs. Robert Speigel is chairman.  All members and friends of Council are invited to attend.

Beth Jacob Sisterhood
Southwestern Jewish Press January 9, 1953, page 5

A special meeting of Beth Jacob Sisterhood is called by Mrs. Bernard Godes, Pres., Monday, January 19th at 1 p.m. in the form of a Dessert, at Beth Jacob Center.

The next regular meeting will be held January 27th, 12 noon, luncheon to be served at Beth Jacob Center, and followed by a social afternoon.  On our Calendar of Events there is a most important day planned for our regular meeting day in February, which has been set aside for a Membership Event, with a luncheon at Beth Jacob Center, 12 noon, and a book review on a well known best seller, as only the incomparable Mrs. Abe Nasatir can give.

Be sure to mark March 1st on your calendar and attend a full day and evening of fun at Beth Jacob Sisterhood’s 3rd Annual Spring Festival.

Southwestern Jewish Press January 9, 1953, page 5

Everyone has been talking about the “Diary of a Young Girl.” At the next Hadassah meeting on Wednesday, January 21st at Temple Beth Israel, this extraordinary document of adolescence will be reviewed by Ida Nasatir.  Anne Frank, with her charm and wit, will live again through the magic of Ida Nasatir’s presentation.

"A Salute to the Minyons” will be the keynote of this meeting.  Mrs. Harry Felson and Mrs. Rudolph Hess, co-chairmen of the Youth Allyah Minyons, announce that the following captains will seat their Minyons at individual tables:  Helen Fishman, Katherine Fleishner, Lee Greenberg, Gertrude Harris, B. N. Nathan, Marie Berg, Freda Nestor, Lil Newman, Jennie Schwam, Jean Schwartz, Sylvia Solof, Rose Smith, Sidonia Stitzel, Lorraine Stern, Dorothy Elden, Jean Bass, Lillian Miller and Lia Bronstone.
A delicious luncheon will be served by Becky Addleson and Alice Solomon.  The time,  11:45 a.m.  Make your reservations early.

Bay City B.B.
Southwestern Jewish Press January 9, 1953, page 5

On Saturday evening, January 17th, the Bay City B.B. Women’s Chapter will celebrate its 3rd Anniversary Dinner-Dance at the San Diego Hotel.

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This outstanding event will take place in the Continental room where there will be plenty of elbow room for good, enjoyable dancing, to the delightful music of Jack Sparhawk and his orchestra.  Mrs. Genevieve Wolf, Chairman of the evening, promises unusual entertainment and an excellent zestful menu for dinner.

As this is to be the major fundraising event of the year, we urge all members to invite their friends and come to the 3rd Anniversary Dinner-Dance and enjoy a delightful evening of fun.  Audrey Sack, President, will have on hand a lovely evening bag to present to the member selling the most tickets.  These may be purchased by phoning Ticket Chairman, Mrs. Joseph Kagan, T.1-2543.

Hebrew Home for the Aged
Southwestern Jewish Press January 9, 1953, page 6

The Happy Old Timers Club is being reestablished with headquarters at the Home.  Any person over 60 who wishes to join may do so by calling Mrs. M. Fried, B-4962 or Mrs. D. Greenberg, J-3929.  The dues are $1.00 per year.
The plans for the Jewish Reading Room will be announced soon.

Applications for admission to the Hebrew Home for the Aged may be made through the Jewish Welfare Society, 333 Plaza Bldg., F-1803.

Juster Opens Office as Investigator
Southwestern Jewish Press January 9, 1953, page 6

Charles Juster, well known in local Jewish circles, has opened an office in the Bank of America Building.  Charles will specialize in civil and criminal investigations for the legal profession, insurance companies and confidential business investigators.

Charlie is a recognized authority on fingerprinting and all phases of identification, and is a member of Tifereth Israel Synagogue, where on Friday nights you can hear his pleasant voice harmonizing in the second row of the choir.

Center Tells of New Membership Rates
Southwestern Jewish Press January 9, 1953, page 6

With the opening of the new Center facility the board of directors announce the following membership rates:
Family (children under 14 included)--$5.00 per year.
Adults (18 and over)--$2.00 per year. Intermediates (14-18)--$1.00 per year.  

President Herbert A. Haimsohn announced the appointment of Mr. Mack Esterson as membership chairman, Assisting Mr. Esterson as co-chairmen are Mrs. Sidney Rose, Mrs. Norman Wolf and Messrs. Zel Camiel, Rodin Horrow, Lou Mogy, James Effron, Seymour Rabin, Edward Schwartz, Morton Thaler, Jerome Freedman, Morrie Kraus, Edward Breitbard.

Those interested in obtaining further information regarding membership are invited to call Mr. Posin at T.1-7744.

Movies of the Camp Jaycee activities will be shown Sunday afternoon, January 25th at 1:00 p.m. when Camp Jaycee holds its reunion at the Jewish Community Center.

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