Volume 3, Number 90
"There's a Jewish story everywhere"

Today's Postings:

Friday-Saturday, April 17-18, 2009

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Lieberman brings Russian-style politics à la Putin to Israel ... by Rabbi Dow Marmur in Jerusalem
Chad Gadya, one ofthe songs with which we conclude the Seder, is still fresh in our memory: “Then came the dog that bit the cat,” etc. etc. Amir Oren, the Ha’aretz columnist, begins his Thursday post-Pesach piece in the same vein: Then came the chief who hit the deputy; then came the minister who hit the chief, etc. READ MORE

Islamists now trying to overthrow Mubarek in Egypt ... by Barry Rubin in Herzliya, Israel
Mahdi Akef, supreme guide of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, has defied his own country’s government to ally himself with Hizballah. What makes this such a remarkable and high-risk step? READ MORE


Tell KPBS that we want Ken Kramer's About San Diego! ... by Donald H. Harrison in San Diego
Our community members are painfully aware that the local news media has been adversely affected by the economy.  The San Diego Union-Tribune shed reporters, news bureaus and pages as the Copley family tried desperately to sell it off.  More cutbacks are anticipated as the new owners try to make the paper profitable again.READ MORE

Catholic and Jewish students broke matzo together ... by Sara Appel-Lennon in San Diego
Cathedral Catholic and San Diego Jewish Academy high school students recently shared a Passover Seder, planned by the Anti-Defamation League, to promote understanding and dialogue between teenagers from the two schools.


Stage fright used to stalk the great Vladimir Horowitz ... by David Amos in San Diego
Stage fright is a subject that has fascinated the listening public and terrorized some performers ever since the first times that people had to face other people and sing, speak, dance, or play an instrument. READ MORE

"Zion" Avenue street sign~II Samuel 5:7 VIEW PHOTO


Cantor Arlene Bernstein to sing in concert of remembrance READ MORE

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders supporting Dumanis' reelection READ MORE

If someone too drunk to consent has sex with you, it's rape READ MORE

Malashock to premiere dances set to Leonard Cohen songs at LFJCC READ MORE

XLNC-1 will host Earth Day concert at Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park

January 9 & 23, 1953; Southwestern Jewish Press

Figure Control Class Begins New Sessions READ MORE
Pianist Harold Zabrack To Be Heard in Concert READ MORE
Pioneer Women READ MORE
City of Hope Sr. Aux.READ MORE
New Hotel Elsinore Invites San Diegans READ MORE
Jewish Welfare Agency Holds Annual Meeting January 29th READ MORE
Goodrich to Serve Second Term as U.J.A. Prexy READ MORE

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We continue our examination of Jewish entertainers

Alan Arkin in "Last of the Red Hot Lovers" with Paula Prentiss VIEW VIDEO

Barbara Barrie plays Aimee in an episode of "The Fugitive" with David Jansen VIEW VIDEO

Richard Benjamin in episode of "He and She" with Paula Prentiss VIEW VIDEO

Steven Berkoff plays a "horse" for Joan Collins in "Decadence" VIEW VIDEO


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Lieberman brings Russian-style politics à la Putin to Israel

JERUSALEM—Chad Gadya, one ofthe songs with which we conclude the Seder, is still fresh in our memory: “Then came the dog that bit the cat,” etc. etc. Amir Oren, the Ha’aretz columnist, begins his Thursday post-Pesach piece in the same vein: Then came the chief who hit the deputy; then came the minister who hit the chief, etc.
The original dispute was between Chief of Police Dudi Cohen who dismissed the Police Deputy of the Southern Region, Uri Bar-Lev. Then there was a shift of government and Israel got a new Minister of Internal Security, Yitzchak Ahronovitch, himself a former high ranking Police officer, who appointed Bar-Lev as the Police representative in Washington.
Then came the party boss who hit the minister. Ahronovitch is one of the ministers of Yisrael Beiteinu, the party led by Avigdor Lieberman. If there was any doubt that Ahronovitch does the bidding of his party boss, the fact that Lieberman was present when Ahronovitch took over the ministry was a way of telling all and sundry who’s really in charge. It’s now assumed that the appointment of Bar-Lev to Washington has been engineered by Lieberman in order to teach Cohen a lesson.
Chief of Police Cohen is obviously ultimately responsible for high level investigations in his force. Since Lieberman entered the government he has been interrogated three times for a host of financial irregularities. If indicted, he could remain a Member of Knesset but, according to existing rules, would have to resign as Foreign Minister, a post he has obviously coveted for a long time.
The risk of having to leave the government would be a much more serious blow to Lieberman than the recent threat by Egypt’s foreign minister that Lieberman wouldn’t be allowed into his country. Though experts warn against too much Israeli jubilation over the current Egyptian-Iranian conflict, there’s little doubt that the Lieberman factor is no more than an irritation, because Egypt now needs Israel more than ever.  
The Police investigation, on the other hand, is a serious threat to Lieberman. Though he told his party that he’d continue to be a member of the government for its full term, he must know that it ain’t necessarily so. One reason for his declared self-confidence is the decision to teach Chief Cohen a lesson in the hope that Cohen would ease the pressure. Cohen’s initial response has been that he doesn’t intend to resign from his post, which means that the investigation will continue under his watch.
Will there be a next verse: Then came the Prime Minister and fired the party boss? Alas, no! Netanyahu will probably try to keep out of the dispute as much as possible, because Lieberman’s presence in the government is essential for its

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survival. It’s therefore possible to speculate that Lieberman isn’t only the boss of the foreign ministry and the minister of internal security but also of the Prime Minister himself. I find it difficult to get the image of Putin out of my mind.

Those who see this as an argument in favor of electoral reform that would eliminate smaller parties should bear in mind that it could lead to Lieberman actually becoming the next Prime Minister: when he (a) organizes Netanyahu’s political demise, (b) merges his party with Likud, and (c) gets himself elected leader of the new majority party. Start worrying about Avigdor Putin; details to follow.

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

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Islamists now trying to overthrow Mubarek in Egypt

By Barry Rubin

HERZLIYA, Israel—Mahdi Akef, supreme guide of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, has defied his own country’s government to ally himself with Hizballah. What makes this such a remarkable and high-risk step?

--The Muslim Brotherhood is Sunni Muslim; the Lebanese Hizballah group is Shia. Brotherhood leaders do not view Shia Islamists as brothers and in the past have been alarmed at the rising power of Shia forces in Lebanon and Iraq.

--Hizballah is a client of Iran’s regime. As a Shia and non-Arab power, Iran is not on the Brotherhood’s Ramadan greeting card list.

--Egypt’s government has just announced a major Hizballah effort to destabilize the country by staging terrorist attacks there. Hizballah leader Hassan Nasrallah has openly called for the overthrow of Egypt’s regime. He has now acknowledged connections with the arrested terrorists, though he claims their mission was to help Hamas and attack Israel. The Egyptian government has rejected this justification. As a result, siding with Hizballah risks a government-sponsored wave of suppression against the Brotherhood.

--This step also makes the Brotherhood look unpatriotic in Arab and Sunni terms to millions of Egyptians by siding with Persian Iranians and Shia Muslims.

--Akef’s statement tears the chador off the pretension that the Brotherhood has become moderate. Of course, while not engaging in political violence within Egypt, it has long supported terrorism against Israel and the United States (in Iraq). Now, to this is added backing an Iran-Syria takeover of Lebanon and at least the image of accepting armed struggle against the Egyptian government by others.

--And most importantly of all, Akef has endorsed the strategic line of the Iran-Syria-Hizballah-Hamas axis in open defiance of not only Egypt’s government but of the country’s national interests as well.

What did Akef and his colleagues say that was so significant? The story is told in the London-based Arabic newspaper Al-Sharq al-Awsat, April 15. Put into a seemingly innocuous framework of supporting the Palestinians, the Brotherhood’s new line ends up in some shocking conclusions.

Akef said that Hamas should be supported, “By any means necessary.” The implication is, since the Brotherhood has always favored abrogation of the Egypt-Israel peace treaty that Egypt should go to war with Israel on behalf of the Palestinians. A Brotherhood government would probably do just that.

Hussein Ibrahim, deputy leader of the Brotherhood’s parliamentary bloc, which includes about 20 percent of the legislators, in calling for full Egyptian support of Hamas, stated, "Our enemy and Hizballah's enemy are the same." That enemy would seem to be Israel. But is Israel the only such enemy?

Akef took Hizballah’s side against Egypt’s rulers. Since Hizballah leader Nasrallah had denied he was doing anything against Egypt, everyone should take his word for it rather than that of Egyptian President Husni Mubarak.
In a statement to Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, Akef said there were two competing camps in the region, respectively waving the banners of “cooperative resistance” and of the “protection of the state's sovereignty." Countries like Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia are rejecting Iranian influence and Islamist takeovers in the name of their own continued sovereignty.

Yet “resistance” is the basic slogan of the Iranian-led coalition. Akef insisted that he didn’t seek to compromise Egypt’s sovereignty. But asked how he could reconcile these two “axes” and why Egypt should help Hizballah he responded:

"There are two agendas [in the region]…an agenda working to protect and support the resistance against the Zionist enemy, and an agenda that only cares about satisfying the Americans and the Zionists."

Any Arab listener must take this to mean that there are the properly struggling forces—Iran, Syria, Hamas, Hizballah—and the vile traitors—Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and the Iraqi government.

Ibrahim made another telling statement in saying that the Muslim Brotherhood "do not see any contradiction in supporting the resistance and protecting the state's sovereignty. We are in support of the resistance, in Gaza, and Palestine, and Lebanon….”

Why, however, did he include Lebanon? After all, the overwhelming majority of Lebanese Sunnis oppose

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Hizballah, viewing it as an arm of Syrian-Iranian power. The apparent answer is that Hizballah is fighting Israel and that the Palestinian issue overrides every other consideration.

Yet the Brotherhood is making choices. It certainly doesn’t support the Palestinian Authority, controlled by nationalist forces, but only the Islamist Hamas. And it opposes having an independent Palestinian state created through a peace process with Israel.

Moreover, so what if both Hizballah and the Brotherhood support Hamas? One would expect that the Brotherhood would feel itself engaged in a battle of influence with Hizballah as to who would be Hamas’s patron, and that of a supposed future Islamist Palestine. Could Brotherhood leaders not have noticed that in Lebanon there is no Hamas among Palestinians there because Iran and Hizballah seek to control them directly?

 Under cover of supporting “the Palestinians,” then, the Brotherhood’s priority is on backing Islamist revolution in Iraq, Lebanon, among the Palestinians, Egypt, and elsewhere. The Brotherhood doesn’t engage in violence not out of principle but because the Egyptian government is too strong, the Brotherhood is too weak, and it hopes to make gains through elections aided by “useful idiots” in the West.

If it feels the power balance shift in the future, it would have no compunction about launching a revolution. And as it gains in power, the extremism of its program will be more openly exposed.

When Ibrahim says, "Our enemy and Hizballah's enemy are the same," it sends two messages to the Egyptian government and those who oppose an Islamist Egypt. First, that enemy includes the Egyptian regime itself. Second, the Brotherhood’s friends and Hizballah’s friends are also the same.

In this analysis, the conclusion is inevitable: who is fighting the hardest and being the most intransigent? The “resistance” led by Iran, which may have nuclear weapons in a year or so.

Source: http://aawsat.com/english/news.asp?section=1&id=16390

Barry Rubin is director of the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center and editor of the Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA) Journal.

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Tell KPBS that we want Ken Kramer's About San Diego!

By Donald H. Harrison

SAN DIEGO—Our community members are painfully aware that the local news media has been adversely affected by the economy.  The San Diego Union-Tribune shed reporters, news bureaus and pages as the Copley family tried desperately to sell it off.  More cutbacks are anticipated as the new owners try to make the paper profitable again.

Other local media victims are television stations, which are laying off cameramen, retiring veteran reporters and on-air personalities, and canceling locally produced programming such as KNSD's (Channel 39/ Cable 7) About San Diego which meticulously unearthed human interest stories about our county's history.

The show's producer and on-air talent, Ken Kramer, is now trying to persuade other local stations to consider taking the show on which he teamed for many years in a wonderful interfaith partnership with cameraman Rand Levin, whom many in our community know as the current president of Beth Jacob Congregation.  

I can’t imagine a better fit for this particular show than Diego State University-based KPBS, with its emphasis on education.  But in this economy, picking the show up  will require financial commitments from the station’s viewers.   I hope that our Jewish community will do its part to keep quality programming on the air.

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The new KPBS general manager is Tom Karlo, who worked his way up from a student assistant all the way to the top job.  
A man with media savvy, Karlo doesn’t have to be told how good Kramer’s show is.  What he needs to know is that member support for KPBS will be sufficient to justify taking on the expense of reporting, videoing, editing and producing a weekly half hour show. 

It would be helpful if members of our community were to write to Karlo at KPBS TV, 5200 Campanile Drive, San Diego, CA 92182, or call him at  619-594-1515 to tell him that Kramer’
s and Levin's About San Diego is the kind of programming we’re ready to support with our viewership and, for those who are able, perhaps our sponsorships.

My guess is that somewhere in the neighborhoodl of $250,000 a year would do the trick—and I hope that families who love San Diego—be they Jewish or otherwise—will see the value in having their businesses or foundations sponsor a program that everyone agrees is one of the best local shows that San Diegans have had the privilege of watching.

And if you like high quality news, features and commentaries about San Diego’s Jewish community—as well as the rest of the Jewish world—I hope you won't mind my putting in a plug for the publication you are now reading. I'd be delighted if you also would consider advertising your business on the San Diego Jewish World.  We try every day to bring you highest-quality coverage along with commentaries from all parts of the Jewish political spectrum. Call us at (619) 265-0808 for more information.

Harrison's email is editor@sandiegojewishworld.com


Catholic and Jewish students broke matzo together

By Sara Appel-Lennon

SAN DIEGO-- Cathedral Catholic and San Diego Jewish Academy high school students recently shared a Passover Seder, planned by the Anti-Defamation League, to promote understanding and dialogue between teenagers from the two schools.

Rabbi Leslie Lipson, SDJA’s dean of Judaic Studies, discussed the importance of Passover as a symbol of religious freedom. He stated that “Pharaohs in our lives are represented as tyrants any time there is oppression in our world.” I appreciated his explanation of the significance of dipping our finger in the cup of wine ten times, not only to enumerate  the ten plagues which smote the Egyptians, but also to caution us “not to rejoice when our enemies suffer, because we are all God’s children.”

Lipson shared a personal anecdote about how his two-year-old son started crying during the singing of Dayenu. When he was asked why he was crying, the boy said that “The aynus were told to die.” The rabbi also mentioned that his family left a cup of wine for Elijah the Prophet every year and they noticed that there was always less wine in the cup at the end of the Seder than at the beginning. As it turns out there was a small leak in the cup.

At the interfaith Seder there were eight tables with ten at each table, including teachers. Those who were familiar with Passover were asked to explain it to the others and one person was appointed to pour the grape juice.  Due to the Southern Califoria water shortage Rabbi Lipson washed his hands symbolically for all of the participants. When it was time to eat the matzo, I heard a resounding “yes” from the students.

We sang “The Ballad of The Four Sons” to the tune of “Clementine” and “There’s No Seder Like Our Seder” to the tune of “There’s No Business Like Show Business.” I could see the students start to recline in their seats because the singing helped everyone to feel more at ease.

During the meal I was impressed that the student sitting next to me asked “So, where is everyone applying to college?” Addressing everyone simultaneously worked because of the round table.

Understanding the significance of the Seder rituals, participating by singing Passover songs to show tunes, and conversing with each other during the planned meal. helped to form a bond between the teenagers from the two schools.

Although they practice different religions, they are still teenagers, and have many common interests Eating chocolate matzo for desert, after being seated at a formal religious ceremony, was one of them.

Cathedral Catholic High School students plan to invite the Jewish Academy students to their school for another joint event in the near future to celebrate a Catholic holiday.

Acknowledgements were given at the end of the Seder. The Anti-Defamation’s Regional Director Morris Casuto was introduced. and we were told the ADL has been in existence since 1914. The mission of the Anti-Defamation League is to stop the defamation of the Jewish people, and to secure justice and fair treatment to all citizens alike. In keeping with their mission, they brought the two schools together to celebrate Passover.

Jill Quigley, chair of Judaic Studies at San Diego Jewish Academy’s Maimonides Upper School, and Monica Bauer, Assistant Director of Anti-Defamation League, were the visionaries for this event, which they originally discussed three years ago. Rabbi Lipson and Joe Cannon of the Campus Ministry of Cathedral Catholic High School, received appreciation for making this event a reality.

Seder sidelights
Cathedral Catholic High School has an enrollment of 1700 students, including those of both junior and senior high. Rabbi Lipson was a guest lecturer at Cathedral High School in comparative religion classes during the past three months. The students were assigned English Haggadah readings because this was the first joint event between the two schools.

Dr. Jeff Davis, Principal of the SDJA Maimonides Upper School, mentioned that SDJA “doesn’t take a perspective that there’s a right way and wrong way to do Judaism.” In other words they cater to Jewish students in general. The cafeteria
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does serve kosher food and the school is closed for both days of Rosh Hashanah. The dress code for boys and girls is for
knees and shoulders to be covered, in addition to a ban on plunging necklines and short skirts for girls.

While I was talking with the principal, I overheard Rabbi Lipson say “between 610 and 620”. I chimed in “613” feeling smug that I knew the number of commandments. It turns out that he was referring to the total enrollment at Jewish Academy in K-12th grade. It became a good icebreaker to start talking with Rabbi Lipson.

I also discovered that my husband hired Jill Quigley when they both worked at SDGE years ago.

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Stage fright used to stalk the great Vladimir Horowitz

By David Amos

SAN DIEGO—Stage fright is a subject that has fascinated the listening public and terrorized some performers ever since the first times that people had to face other people and sing, speak, dance, or play an instrument. These have been countless books and articles written on stage fright and how to combat it.

But, just as with fear of flying, it affects some people and not others. And there isn’t a clear cut rule as to who is stricken with it and who is not.

One can safely say that most performers have felt it at some phase in their lives. Some become physically ill from it, some never adjust to it, and others have to quit performing because of its overwhelming effect on their health.

But, it would be incorrect to say that stage fright strikes only those who should not be on a stage in the first place. Quite the contrary, Vladimir Horowitz, who has been called by many “the greatest pianist of the Twentieth Century," suffered from uncontrollable terror and hysteria in the early and middle part of his triumphal career. His pre-concert antics and post-concert depressions were legendary.

A private music teacher with whom I studied in my early years was for a long time a member of the NBC Symphony Orchestra, playing under Arturo Toscanini. He told me that time after time, before Horowitz was to walk on stage to start his part of the program, he had to be forcibly carried by two strong men to the entrance by the curtain, screaming, begging, and kicking, and practically tossed on stage, where he composed himself and played some unforgettably beautiful recitals and concerts.

This can also be interpreted in that Horowitz (who was also Toscanini’s son-in-law) knew that he had a reputation of excellence to uphold, and was always anxious that he might disappoint his public.

Most of us who have been “on the spot” are not affected so dramatically. But what some may call “stage fright,” others may define as “the excitement and desire to go in front of the public and get started”.

Naturally, extreme stage fright may cloud the mind, provoke memory slips, and rob the player and the audience of what could be a much better performance. This is why another teacher told me a long time ago that “in order to play the performance at 100%, it is important during the practices to achieve 120%!”

Speaking of myself, I used to have a bit of anxiety before a concert, but do not have this any more. It has evolved more

into anticipation, and the desire to make the music happen. I actually feel that I get better during concerts and recording sessions than during practices, simply because I focus more intensely on what has to be accomplished. It is a simple matter of concentrating with the task at hand in order to make the most out of the music, and to give the other musicians, the composer, the soloist, and the listening public the best possible interpretation.

There is always that ultimate, terrible fear of blanking out, “getting lost”, and due to tension, forget where you are in the music. During the 1930’s, a famous violinist was playing a recital at Carnegie Hall, with his accompanist being none other than Sergei Rachmaninoff. In the middle of a movement, the violinist lost his place. In quiet panic, he turned to the pianist and whispered, “Where are we?”, to which Rachmaninoff answered, “Carnegie Hall!”

It is so much a matter of mindset, of having supreme confidence in oneself. I remember a pianist who was so nervous about her upcoming recital, that she spent the two weeks before the program telling everyone she knew that “wait, and you will see that I will have memory slips at my recital.". And for two weeks after the concert, she told the same people, “I told you that I would have memory slips during my recita1:” Self-fulfilling prophesies, as it is said.

Another nameless pianist was so upset before his recital, that he had one too many alcoholic drinks, hopefully to calm himself down. He stepped on stage, faced the public, and took his initial bow in response to the applause. He fell head first into the orchestra pit!

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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Cantor Arlene Bernstein to sing
in concert of remembrance

LA JOLLA, California (Press Release)—The universal language of musc expresses the sorrow of the past and our hope for the future. In observance of Yom HaShoah, Cantor Arlene Bernstein presents a concert of remembrance with the Congregation Beth Israel Choir and Ensemble at 7 p.m., Monday, April 20.

The evening honors Holocaust survivors with the lighting of memorial candles and concludes with the congregation singing Hatikvah and gathering afterwards for a reception.

The event, sponsored by the Men's Club of Congregaiton beth Israel, is free. For more information call Bonnie Graff, the CBI program director, at (858) 535-1111.

The preceding was provided by the Beth Israel Men's Club

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders supporting Dumanis' reelection

SAN DIEGO (Press Release)--San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders is sending out fundraising appeals in support of the reelection of District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, who is a member of the local Jewish community.

"I am writing today to request your support of a great friend and an even better elected official, District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis," said the mayor. "

"I am hosting a fundraiser for Bonnie to support her re-election campaign on Wednesday, May 20th from 5:30-7:30p.m. at Athens Market downtown - 109 West "F" Street, San Diego 92101."

"Bonnie is a tremendous public servant. Over the years I have seen her commitment to San Diego and its citizens firsthand.  As San Diegans we are privileged to have Bonnie and her office on the job to ensure our safety and the safety of those who visit our city and county...." 

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If someone too drunk to consent has sex with you, it's rape

SAN DIEGO—San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie M. Dumanis and a diverse group of community leaders on Thursday announced a new public education campaign aimed at preventing sexual assaults connected to drinking.  As part of the campaign, a new website (www.KnowThePrice.org) went online aimed at educating young people about the crime of rape by intoxication.

“There is an urgent need to provide accurate information about this specific and growing crime to people in a wide age range,” said DA Dumanis.  “Our previous education campaign reached out to college students, but the reality is that younger kids also need to know the law.”

The new website aimed at youth 18-years old and younger includes compelling videos featuring interviews with sexual assault victims, a prosecutor, a police detective, a sexual assault response team doctor, and college fraternity members—all giving first-person accounts designed to educate young people about rape by intoxication.  Ads for the campaign are also scheduled to run in movie theaters in San Diego County this summer.

“With the number of reported cases of rape by intoxication in San Diego County increasing 60 percent from 2007 to 2008, this campaign will provide the community with a valuable resource and help educate youth on the dangers and repercussions of this very serious crime,” said former San Diego Mayor Susan Golding, CEO and President of the Child Abuse Prevention Foundation.  The foundation provided major funding for the outreach campaign and new website.

“It is through these collaborative efforts between educators, law enforcement, social services groups and prosecutors that we hope to reduce the number of rape by intoxication incidents,” said San Diego Police Chief William Lansdowne.

The District Attorney’s Office filed rape by intoxication-related charges in 39 cases in 2007 and 61 cases in 2008.  Charges of rape or sexual assault by intoxication are brought when a woman is too intoxicated to give legal consent to have sex.  It’s estimated that alcohol is involved in the majority of rape cases prosecuted by the District Attorney’s Office.

“We applaud the district attorney’s office in taking a leadership role to raise awareness about this very serious crime,” says Verna Griffin-Tabor, executive director of Center for Community Solutions, a non-profit agency that offers a complete range of sexual assault and domestic violence prevention and intervention services. “Together we can educate students about the role that alcohol often plays in

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the perpetration of sexual assault and violent crimes. There is no better time to address this growing problem in our community, especially since April is recognized nationwide as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.”

The new education campaign comes amid outrage over a movie currently being shown in theaters.  “Observe and Report” includes a scene portraying rape by intoxication in a humorous and acceptable context.  The scene, which is a mainstream validation of date rape, shows why more education about the law is needed.

In addition to the new website, additional content and video interviews have been added to a previous outreach campaign hosted at the website www.wastedsex.com.  That site is aimed specifically at college students.

Both campaigns are a collaborative effort between the District Attorney’s Sex Crimes and Stalking Division, Child Abuse Prevention Foundation, San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, San Diego Police Department, Center for Community Solutions, Sexual Assault Response Team, San Diego State University, University of California at San Diego, University of San Diego, Chadwick Center for Children and Families at Rady Children's Hospital, Javelin Web and Media, San Diego-area community colleges and the U.S. military.

More information on the crime of rape by intoxication can be found on the District Attorney’s public website: www.SanDiegoDA.com.

SAN DIEGO (Press Release)--"Shadow of Mercy" choreographed by John Malashock based on15 songs written by Leonard Cohen will have its world premiere April 17-19 at the Garfield Theatre in the Lawrence Family JCC.

This poetic and powerful dance theater performance blends the dark and humorous lyrics of Cohen with the provocative and deeply human choreography of Malashock.

The beauifully trained company of ten dancers sustains the powerful movement, exquisite partnering and dramatic artistry that are signature elements of Malashock's unique work.

Preceding submitted by Malashock Dance Co.

XLNC-1 will host Earth Day concert at Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park

SAN DIEGO (Press Release)—This Sunday, April 19, XLNC1 will be hosting the entertainment on The Spreckels Organ Pavilion stage during the world's largest environmental fair and earth day celebration.

Performances on the Spreckels Organ Pavilion stage will begin at 11am: and will include Saxophone Quartet, San Diego Youth Conservatory;Guitar Duet, Alberto Ubach and Marco Labastida; Heali’i’s Polynesian Revue; Caprice Strings, String Quartet; Virtual Strangers, Bluegrass Band; AND Dr. Carol Williams, San Diego Civic Organist

An estimated 70,000 people will be attending this event. Come by our booth located adjacent to the pavilion and enjoy the performances.

The preceding was submitted by XLNC-1 Classical Radio Station

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

Figure Control Class
Begins New Sessions

Southwestern Jewish Press January 9, 1953, page 6

The Figure Control Class will reconvene Tuesday, January 13, 1953 at 10:00 a.m. in the Jewish Center, 3227 El Cajon Blvd.  Lilo Berger will continue to instruct the class and the fees will be $3.00 per 10 sessions and 50 cents per single session.  Child care will be furnished.

A minimum of twenty is the required attendance.
Please notify the office if you plan to attend—Jewish Community Center, 3227 El Cajon Blvd., T.1-7744

Pianist Harold Zabrack
To Be Heard in Concert

Southwestern Jewish Press January 9, 1953, page 6

Tifereth Israel Synagogue will sponsor Harold Zabrack, young American pianist, in recital on January 25th, 1953 at 3:00 p.m.  The concert will take place at the Synagogue.
Mr. Zabrack is a protégé of the noted musician, Rudolph Ganz, and has received both his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees at the Chicago Musical College  under Ganz.

Mr. Zabrack arrived in San Diego four months ago and has recently opened his piano studio at 4343 30th Street, R-8978, where he is now accepting students.

Pioneer Women
Southwestern Jewish Press January 9, 1953, page 6

Pioneer Women’s “Supplies and Clothing for Israel” drive will be culminated with a social evening on Thursday, Jan. 15th at Beth Jacob Center at 7:30 p.m., admission being a package of good usable clothing, linens or general supplies, which will be shipped immediately to Israel at a time when these are most urgently needed during the winter rainy season.  If you wish pick-up service for your package call Pauline Press at W-2020; Rose Domnitz at T.1-8236 or Esther Moorsteen at W.5-4370.

At our last regular meeting plans were made for a Tu-B Shvat Dinner in honor of Arbor Day, to be held Sunday, Feb. 1st at Beth Jacob Center, with twelve hostesses under the chairmanship of Anna Shelley.  Call her for reservations at J-2566 for an enjoyable evening with a delicious dinner and a fine musical program planned.

Plans are going forward for our annual Queen Esther Purim Ball under the general chairmanship of Eleanore Gordon.  Tickets are being sold by both Negba and Shoshannah groups and it is hoped everyone will reserve the date of Sunday, Feb. 22nd for this gala affair.  A well known orchestra will play for dancing and a fine program is planned, details to be announced later.

City of Hope Sr. Aux.
Southwestern Jewish Press January 9, 1953, page 6

Be sure to keep Feb. 8th, 8 p.m. open for the City of Hope’s Annual Concert, which as always promises to be most entertaining with wonderful talent.

There will be no meeting Jan. 20th, however, there will be a special meeting, 12 noon, Jan. 29th, preceded by a Board meeting, at 10:30 a.m., at Beth Jacob Center.  Mr. Aronoff has graciously offered to donate all food for the non-profit Luncheon of that day and members and friends are invited.

All monies raised by the City of Hope, San Diego, go to the City of Hope Medical Center at Duarte, a Free, National Non-Sectarian Organization, under Jewish auspices.

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New Hotel Elsinore
Invites San Diegans

Southwestern Jewish Press January 9, 1953, page 6

The new Hotel Lake Elsinore in Elsinore, California has opened for the season and is providing luxurious accommodations at reasonable cost.  Completely renovated, the Lake Elsinore Hotel has facilities for mud and mineral baths of all kinds and a large swimming pool with natural heated mineral water.
Only  a two hour drive from San Diego. The Hotel is located in one of the most healthful areas of Southern California.  An outstanding Eastern Chef is providing delicious food.

Jewish Welfare Agency Holds Annual Meeting January 29th

Southwestern Jewish Press January 23, 1953, page 1

Mr. John C. Mueller, Director, San Diego County Department of Public Welfare, will speak at the annual meeting of the Jewish Social Service Agency on January 29th.  His talk will be of wide interest as he will speak on the “Relationship of Private and Public Social Agencies.” 

Mr. Albert A. Hutler, Executive Director of the San Diego Federation of Jewish Agencies, will outline “Particular Functions of a Jewish Agency in this Relationship.”

Election of new board members will take place at this meeting.  Those nominated by the Nominating Committee for re-election are Morris Douglas, Maxwell Kaufman, Dr. Seymour Kuntz, Harry Mallen, Mrs. Alex Newman, Sol Price, and Irving Stone.  New nominees are William Colt, Edward Janowsky,  Morris Pomeranz and William Schwartz.  Those elected will serve with Dr. John Bloomenthal, Zel Camiel, Mrs. Zel Camiel, Mrs. Saul Chenkin, Carl Esenoff, Mrs. Joseph Kwint, Dr. Walter Ornstein, Mrs. Jack Rittoff, Mrs. Milton Roberts and Mrs. Robert Strauss.

An enjoyable evening has been planned by the following who are serving on the Annual meeting Committee:  Arrangements, Mrs. Frances Strauss; program, Mrs. Jack Rittoff; publicity and invitations, Maxwell Kaufman.

The dinner meeting will be held at Valle’s 2424 Fifth Ave., at 7 p.m.  Dinner will be $2.75.  All persons interested are cordially invited and can make reservations by calling the Jewish Social Service Agency office at Main 5172.

Goodrich to Serve Second
Term as U.J.A. Prexy

Southwestern Jewish Press January 23, 1953, page 1

Murray D. Goodrich was chosen to lead the United Jewish Fund for the second year by the Board of Directors.

Re-elected unanimously as president at the January Board meeting, Mr. Goodrich assumes office after a most successful year in which the accomplishments of the Fund have received national attention.

Joining President Goodrich in the leadership of this central community organization were Jack O. Gross, elected 1st Vice-Pres.; Rodin Horrow, 2nd Vice-Pres.; Mrs. Gabriel Berg, 3rd Vice-Pres.; Harry Snyder, Treas.; and Manuel S. Fisher, Sec.

Elected to the executive committee were David Block, Mac Esterson, Morey Levenson, Harry Mallen, Louis Moorsteen, Sol Price and Milton Roberts.

Albert A. Hutler, Fund director, pointed up the challenges of 1953 in a statement orienting the new board members.  He stated that this is still a year in which Israel and overseas must have top priority from American Jewry.  But with this there has been a shift in emphasis to domestic, national, and local needs.

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