Volume 3, Number 122
"There's a Jewish story everywhere"

Today's Postings:

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

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Strained relationship of Israel, Turkey noticeable in Istanbul ... by Ira Sharkansky in Istanbul
Our visit here had moments of political significance, along with magnificent views and fine food.

Jewish comic creates 'Jewish Mother' app for iPhone ... by Danny Bloom in Chiayi City, Taiwan
Steve Hofstetter knows a thing or two about Jewish mothers, having grown up with one, of course. Now at the age of 29 and touring the United States as a stand-up comedian, Hofstetter his put his memories and his one-liners to good use and created the first ever "Jewish Mother" iPhone app (application) for public use. Got an iPhone? This one's for you.

Syria finds friendship with Iran more useful than with U.S ... by Jonathan Spyer in Herzliya, Israel
In his letter to Congress announcing the renewal of US sanctions on Syria, President Barack Obama was specific regarding the reasons for his decision. Syria, the President said, was "supporting terrorism, pursuing weapons of mass destruction and missile programs, and undermining US and international efforts with respect to the stabilization and reconstruction of Iraq."

Hal Wingard services today READ MORE

Biography of Abraham Klauber, S.D. pioneer, now available READ MORE

Media Watch, aka 'Here's the link' READ MORE

Sandi Masori of Balloon Utopia teaches secret of spiral sword READ MORE


Bible in Pop Culture
Trees yielding fruit ... Genesis 1:12 VIEW IMAGES

Barak and Schiff bring fine credentials to Sim Shalom ... by Cantor Sheldon F. Merel with audio of Sim Shalom
Cantor Roslyn Barak has served Congregation Emanu-El of San Francisco since 1987, one year after her graduation and investiture from Hebrew Union College in New York City. READ MORE


Adventures in San Diego Jewish History

April 3, 1953, Southwestern Jewish Press

Hadassah Regional Conference To Be Held In Tucson April 23rd READ MORE

Brussels-Suchman Marriage Announced READ MORE

Bar Mitzvah {Ronald Cohen} READ MORE

Bethrothal {Barbara Silber-Herb Katz} READ MORE

Personals READ MORE

We continue our examination of Jewish entertainers

Mike Binder does a standup routine VIEW VIDEO

Sara Bernhard mixes a soft song from 'Jesus Christ Superstar' with a driving song of Jimi Hendrix

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Kate Capshaw is the love interest in "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" VIEW VIDEO

Katie Couric grills Sarah Palin on her foreign policy experience VIEW VIDEO


Hal Wingard, who died yesterday morning at age 83, was a valued contributor to San Diego Jewish World, whose songs on subjects both serious and playful revealed a towering intellect, a finely honed sense of skepticism, and a humanitarian instinct that will serve as a model for generations of people who knew him either personally or through his songs. An important force in persuading the San Diego Unified School District to teach foreign languages conversationally, Wingard himself was the most pleasant of conversationalists, able to hone in on any subject. Our deepest condolences go to Eileen Wingard, his wife and fellow contributor to San Diego Jewish World, as well as to all the members of the talented Wingard family. May his memory always be counted for a blessing.


America's Vacation Center
Balloon Utopia
Congregation Beth Israel
Jewish Community Foundation
Jewish Family Service
Jewish National Fund
Lawrence Family JCC
Math Is Easy
San Diego Community Colleges
San Diego Jewish Arts Festival
San Diego Jewish Chamber
Soille San Diego Hebrew Day School
Therapy in Motion Inc.
Tifereth Israel Synagogue
United Jewish Federation
XLNC-1 Radio

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Strained relationship of Israel, Turkey noticeable in Istanbul

By Ira Sharkansky

ISTANBUL, Turkey— Our visit here had moments of political significance, along with magnificent views and fine food.

One was trying to locate the inscription taken by Ottoman Turks from the Siloam tunnel in east Jerusalem. This was King Hezekiah's project to assure a supply of water for Jerusalem in the event of siege (II Kings 20:20). The inscription provides one of the earliest examples of Hebrew writing, and describes how diggers approaching from opposite ends heard one another at work. An article in the distinguished journal Nature offers an analysis of material that links its construction with Hezekiah's period 727–698 BCE.

The correspondence between biblical account, tunnel, inscription, and scientific dating are among the answers to Muslim claims that the Jews never had a historic presence in Jerusalem, or were at most a footnote in a story that is Arab and Muslim.

The original inscription was crudely removed from the tunnel wall and its fragments taken to Istanbul during the Ottoman period. Against an Israeli request for its return, the Turkish government asserts that its ownership derives from the regime that prevailed at the time of its discovery and transfer.

Its home is the Archaeological Museum, located on one of Istanbul's iconic sites close to the Topkapi Palace. The several buildings of the museum display monumental items, some of great size, spanning the periods of Sumerian, Egyptian, Hittite, Assyrian, Babylonian, Greek, Roman, and Turkish prominence.

None of the museum personnel questioned knew of the inscription's existence, or enough English to help us locate it. Going back and forth in the rooms allocated to Syria and Palestine, we could not find it on a wall or upright along with other inscriptions. A guard had moved a bench in front of a pedestal, and was resting her head on her arms that she had folded across its glass cover. Only when she took another position to relieve her boredom did we see that she had been using the inscription for her pillow.

The different sides of Turkey's relations with Israel also appeared in an encounter with a couple and their two young boys, dressed like others we saw in or near the mosques. They wore white shoes, pants, jacket, cape, sash, and plumed helmet, and carried a gold colored scepter. The parents were pleased to have them photographed, and we sought an explanation for the splendor.

The father's English was not up to the task, but when he learned that we came from Israel, he managed to say, while remaining polite, that he hated our country of killers. There was no point in carrying on a discussion through the language barrier, and we shook hands while continuing to pursue the reason for the boys' costumes through gestures. A bystander explained that the clothes were part of a celebration prior to circumcision. He pointed to his crotch and moved his fingers like scissors, but we understood without those gestures..

A website describes the fancy dress, along with a tour, party and music that are meant to distract Turkish youngsters from the time they must be held down for a surgeon to perform his job.

Muslim friends here do not recognize the costume that I described, and tell me that "modern people" circumcise their sons shortly after birth, in the hospital.

The Turk who provided the explanation in Istanbul was pleased to meet us. He is a cadet in the air force, and looks forward to training in Israel on F-16s as part of the deal that allows Israeli pilots to use Turkish airspace for maneuvers.

Our few moments of politically relevant tourism did not depart from expectations appropriate to a Muslim country. We did not expect admiration, especially from families in the midst of a religious celebration. We never experienced personal antagonism when we mentioned our connection with Israel.

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We found a bit of Jewish history barely visible in a museum department allotted to Palestine. It was nothing like the relics preserved from the ancient empires, but ours is a heritage of ideas more than conquests, statues, mosaics, or elaborate tombs. There was nothing in the Palestine department attributed to a Palestinian regime. The cadet expected to receive something of value from Israel, and was pleased that his country would compensate with a loan of the airspace that Israel lacks.

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

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Jewish comic creates 'Jewish Mother' app for iPhone

By Danny Bloom

CHIAYI CITY, Taiwan—Steve Hofstetter knows a thing or two about Jewish mothers, having grown up with one, of course. Now at the age of 29 and touring the United States as a stand-up comedian, Hofstetter his put his memories and his one-liners to good use and created the first ever "Jewish Mother" iPhone app (application) for public use. Got an iPhone? This one's for you.

The app has been for sale since and is catching on fast within the Jewish community nationwide. There have been newspaper stories and blog items and a lot of good PR for Hofstetter's humorous andheartwarming app.

So what does this Jewish mother say on the iPhone app? Things like:

"Happy Hanukkah, bubbelah. Of course, I’d be happier if you had kids.”

“Your father didn’t work 16 hours a day for you to go to a state school.”

When asked in an email interview if the Jewish mother in his app is modeled on real people or a stereotype, Hofstetter, 29, said: "Every stereotype is based on truth. My mother, like anyone's mother, is both the stereotype and nothing like the stereotype. She said herself that its nothing like her, but it reminds her of her own mother."

He said he wrote the words for the app in about a month and worked with a team at Gotham Wave Games to do it. "They asked me to write a character to live in the phone, and it was natural to create a character I knew well," he said.

The comedian has a reel of some of his TV moments on You Tube:

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A native of New York, Hofstetter said his his parents still live in Queens, adding: "My future plans are to keep touring and keep writing, and while there's some TV in development, I can't discuss this until happens. My goal is to just do more of the same. I do love my career as a writer and comedian."

When asked if he thinks that the Jewish mothers sometimes get a bum rap in the world of Jewish comedians, Hofstetter responded: "I disagree.The Jewish mother character is always been one that was created with love. From Portnoy to Seinfeld, the lovable but frustrating Jewish mother character is a common source of humor in Jewish culture.

"I don't think the Jewish mother stereotype makes someone a good or a bad mother. The only thing that a person who did not grow up with a Jewish mother would experience is that they might miss out on the joke."

Hofstetter said he created the Jewish Mother in his iPhone app based partly from his own life, but also based on people he's met or stories he's heard.

Reactions so far, he said, have been "99 percent positive. There have been two negative responses from people who clearly don't have a sense of humor."

Nevertheless, Hofstetter doesn't plan on using this kind of shtick in his stand-up comedy routine. "My live comedy doesn't fit with this," he explained. "I don't do
characters or voices."

Bloom, an American expatriate journalist living in Taiwan, keeps in touch with the rest of the Jewish world by paying close attention to the Internet.

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Syria finds friendship with Iran more useful than with U.S.

By Jonathan Spyer

HERZLIYA, Israel--In his letter to Congress announcing the renewal of US sanctions on Syria, President Barack Obama was specific regarding the reasons for his decision. Syria, the President said, was "supporting terrorism, pursuing weapons of mass destruction and missile programs, and undermining US and international efforts with respect to the stabilization and reconstruction of Iraq."

These three accusations are related to verifiable activity currently being undertaken by the Damascus regime. Syria's activity in turn reflects the firmness of the regime's strategic choice to align itself with the regional alliance led by Iran.

Syria's actions should be observed well by all those currently promoting the feasibility of a "grand bargain" between Israel and the Arab world. They are evidence of the reality of a Middle East Cold War, in which the fault lines are growing ever clearer.

First, let's recall the details. With regard to supporting terrorism, it is well known that the leaderships of Hamas and Islamic Jihad are domiciled in Damascus. Syria has over the last decade built a close, mutually beneficial strategic relationship with Hizbullah. Damascus also serves as a large care home for various superannuated leftist Palestinian groups.

On weapons of mass destruction, reports have surfaced in recent days suggesting that the Syrians have constructed a biological weapons facility, on the site of the al-Kibar plutonium reactor destroyed by Israel in 2007. Certainly, Damascus's interest in both biological and chemical weapons is long-standing.

Syria possesses one of the largest and most advanced chemical warfare programs in the Arab world - including chemical warheads for all its major missile systems. It is known to possess a stockpile of the nerve agent sarin, and is in the process of attempting to develop the more powerful VX nerve agent, according to the CIA's bi-annual report on WMD proliferation. Damascus is also thought by western governments to possess a biological warfare development program.

On the "stabilization and reconstruction" of Iraq - the latest news is that after a short pause, Damascus has in the last month recommenced its practice of facilitating the entry of Sunni jihadi fighters into Iraq by way of Syria's eastern border. At the height of the Sunni insurgency, Damascus airport became a transit point for fighters from across the Arab world and beyond it seeking to make their way to Iraq. In mid 2007, 80-100 fighters per month were crossing into Iraq from Syria. Having fallen to close to zero earlier this year, the numbers are now up to 20 per month.

The charge sheet is both substantial, and formidable. It isn't hard to see why the US administration found it necessary to renew the sanctions. But the interesting question remains that of Syria's motive.

Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman, and NSC senior official Daniel Shapiro have visited Damascus twice in the last two months. Feltman noted that the two sides found "lots of common ground" between them. Syrian Ambassador to the US Imad Moustapha happily described the "new spirit of serious discussion" that he found in his meetings with Obama administration officials.

So why, four months into Washington's courting of the Assad regime, has there been no improvement of any kind in Syria's stances regarding issues of concern to the US? Rather, where there has been change, it has been for the worse - as in the situation on the Iraqi border, and perhaps with regard to al-Kibar.

The regime has evidently done its calculations, and concluded that it has nothing to gain by loosening its relationship with the Iranians at the present time. US sanctions are not toothless. Oil and gas production in Syria has been hit because of lack of access to US technology. The aviation and banking sectors have also been affected. Damascus would substantively gain from seeing the sanctions lifted.

But Syria is also aware that with the region polarized between US and Iranian blocs, moving toward the former entails moving away from the latter. And it is not at all clear that the US could, or would, wish to provide Syria with the very tangible strategic benefits it currently gains from its close relations with Iran.

Washington wants a free Lebanon, a stable, strong Iraq, and progress towards peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Syria opposes all of these. Damascus seeks to rebuild its own power in Lebanon, to keep Iraq weak and strife-torn, and to benefit from its own self-proclaimed stance as the expression of pride and defiance in the Arab dispute with Israel.

Allies of Iran and Syria may be about to win elections in Lebanon, and are growing daily more powerful among the Palestinians. The alliance with Iran also makes Syrian meddling in Iraq a possibility, and may well prevent the reemergence of a strong and independent Baghdad.

The firmness of the Syrian stance suggests that Damascus expects US attempts at engagement with Iran to fail - making the issue a zero-sum game. On that basis, the reasons for the Syrian choice become clear. While rapprochement with the US might give the Assad regime something of what it wants, its alliance with Iran gives it most of what it needs.

This article previously apeared in the Jerusalem Post.
Jonathan Spyer is a senior research fellow at the (GLORIA) Global Research in International Affairs Center at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya.


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Editor's Mailbox: miscellanany from here, there, everywhere

Hal Wingard services today

SAN DIEGO--With great pain, we must advise our readers that Hal Wingard, 83, whose folksongs we have been running every Thursday, died at home in his sleep early Monday morning. He had been under the care of San Diego Hospice ever since it had become obvious that his cancer was terminal.

Funeral services will be conducted by Rabbi Scott Meltzer at 4:30 p.m. this afternoon (Tuesday) at Ohr Shalom Synagogue, at Third and Laurel Streets, in San Diego. He and his wife, Eileen, were longime members of the Conservative congregation.

Besides his wife of 56 years, Hal leaves a son Dan, daughters Myla, Tammy and Harriet, three sons-in-law, Lou, Scott and Dan, and four grandchildren.

San Diego Jewish World will provide more extensive coverage of Hal's life and works following the funeral. Early in our weekly presentation of his songs, we ran a feature telling how his teaching career led to his songwriting. Here's the link. To hear any of Hal's songs, or to reread the lyrics, please go to his archive page.

Biography of Abraham Klauber, S.D. pioneer, now available

SAN DIEGO (Press Release)—The Sounding, a 544-page hardcover book telling the story of a 19th century Jewish immigrant crossing the Atlantic from Europe, then the isthmus of Nicaragua to reach the Pacific, and eventually building a life and business in California, has been published by David Klauber, who worked on the project for five years.

The book deals with how Abraham Klauber built an empire in Nevada, hauled goods over the Sierra passes, and with his involvement in the Pony Express and as a 69er and founding father of "New Town" San Diego. Abraham Klauber (1830-1911) was devoted to family, lived a dream and left a legacy for many generations to come. The book has many relevant chapters on events in San Diego County.

Author David Klauber is the great-great grandson of Abraham, and a resident of Julian, California, in the eastern portion of San Diego County.

The Sounding, The Saga of a Merchant Adventurer in the Gold and Silver Rush mining Camps of California and early Nevada Territory, 1830-1911, is now available in a limited 1st edition at an individual price of $45, a 30% savings over the list price when it becomes available on Amazon and Barns & Noble etc. Quantity discounts are available.

If you would like a copy(s) of this beautiful book, e-mail klawbohr@gmail.com, or call Trice @ (760) 420-5437.

Preceding provided by Trice Klauber.

Media Watch, aka 'Here's the link'

Neelie Genya Milstein is a student at UC Irvine. She wrote a piece protesting the annual hate fest on that campus against Israel sponsored by the Muslim Student Union that initially appeared in the Jewish Journal of Los Angeles and subsequently was reprinted by StandWithUS. Here's the link.

San Diego City Councilwoman Marti Emerald reports in her column in the Mission Times Courier that she doesn't want constitutents to have to "shlep" downtown to San Diego City Hall, so she plans to hold office hours in her district every Thursday. Additionally she plans to move Mission Trails Regional Park advisory committee meeetings from downtown to the park's visitor center. Here's the link

Sandi Masori of Balloon Utopia
teaches secret of spiral sword

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Bible in Pop Culture: Trees yielding fruit...

Genesis 1:12

And the earth brought forth vegetation: herbage yielding seed after its kind, and trees yielding fruit, each containing its seed after its kind. And God saw that it was good.

This verse has inspired the imagination of many artists over the years, including two whose works we show and link to in the adjoining panel, John Hector and John Hopper.

Do you have a photo that you think illustrates how a biblical verse has worked its way into pop culture. Please send it to us for possible publication in this series, "The Bible in Pop Culture."

You may send your jpg photo for posting online to us at San Diego Jewish World, emailing it to editor@sandiegojewishheritage.com. If possible, please send it at 72dpi resolution and 400 pixels wide. Please include the name of the photographer, the date and place the photo was taken, and any other relevant caption information.

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Barak and Schiff bring fine credentials to Sim Shalom
To hear Cantor Barak sing Cantor Schiff's composition, please click here

Sim Shalom, Sabbath Morning prayer, sung by Cantor Roslyn Barak, with San Francisco’s Temple Emanu-El choir and organ. Music by David Schiff.

By Cantor Sheldon Merel

SAN DIEGO—Cantor Roslyn Barak has served Congregation Emanu-El of San Francisco since 1987, one year after her graduation and investiture from Hebrew Union College in New York City. 

She received her musical training at the Manhattan School of Music in New York, and was the recipient of several prestigious vocal awards and honors.  Before entering the cantorate, she was a concert recitalist and opera singer, appearing with the Santa Fe Opera, the Israel National Opera, the Jerusalem Symphony, the Israel Philharmonic, and the  Berlin Jewish Film Festival in 2006. 

She has served on the faculty of the Academy for Jewish Religion in Los Angeles and has given master classes, seminars and lectures throughout the country.  She is a member of the Cantors Assembly and a board member of the American Conference of Cantors, and the editorial committee for the Reform movement’s new prayerbook, Mishkan Tefillah

Cantor Barak has written essays, articles and reviews in various Jewish publications including “American Rabbi”, the “Journal of Synagogue Music” and online for the Union of Reform Judaism’s “Ten Minutes of Torah."  

In addition to her diverse musical career, Cantor Barak also holds a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology.  Her  CD,"The Jewish Soul" is available on line.

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David Schiff   is a Professor of music at Reed College Portland, Oregon where his wife, Judith is cantor at Congregation Beth Israel in that city. He has composed both secular and religious works, among which was the first Jewish service written specifically for a woman cantor to be used in regular Friday evening services.

Sim Shalom, Seventh Benediction in the Amidah section of Shabat morning service. The Prayer for Peace is the last of the “Thanksgiving” benedictions.

“Grant peace , welfare, blessing, grace, lovingkindness and mercy unto us , and unto all Israel, thy people. Bless us, our father, even all of us together, through the light of thy countenance. With the light of thy presence thou has given us, O Lord our God, the teaching of life, lovingkindess and righteousness, blessing, mercy, life and peace, May it be good in thy sight to bless thy people Israel at all times and in every hour with thy peace.”

Merel is cantor emeritus at Congregation Beth Israel of La Jolla

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

Hadassah Regional Conference
To Be Held In Tucson April 23rd

Southwestern Jewish Press April 3, 1953, page 4

The Southern Pacific Coast Region of Hadassah will be having their Eighth Annual Conference in Tucson, Arizona on April 19th through April 23rd.  The Tucson Chapter will act as hostesses to the more than three hundred delegates and guests expected to attend.  The southern Pacific Coast Region of Hadassah comprising sixteen chapters is made up of California chapters from Santa Barbara to San Diego and also includes chapters in El Paso, Texas, Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona.

The delegates from the San Diego Chapter of Hadassah attending will be Mrs. Robert Strauss, Mrs. E. Al Slayen, Mrs. Gabriel Berg, Mrs. Edward Kitaen, Mrs. Leonard Zlotoff, Mrs. Hyman Kitaen, and Mrs. I. Rottman.  Mrs. Slayen is the Treasurer of the Southern Pacific Coast Region of Hadassah; Mrs. Berg is the Regional Membership Chairman and will moderate the Membership Session.  Mrs. Strauss will present a talk on American Affairs.
The program this year has a most timely theme, “Hadassah Faces the Future.” All the sessions will encompass Hadassah’s long range program of aid to Israel.

Marriage Announced

Southwestern Jewish Press April 3, 1953, page 4

Mr. and Mrs. Ben Levenson announce the marriage of their sister, Ruth Rochelle Suchman to Mr. Harry C. Brussels on Sunday, March 29th at 2 p.m.  Rabbi Monroe Levens of Tifereth Israel Synagogue officiated.  The bride was given in marriage by her brother-in-law.  Ceremony was attended by members of the immediate family, and a reception followed for their friends at their home from 3 to 5.  The bride wore a shoulder length veil and silver satin shantung dress.  The bride’s sister wore beige silk shantung.  Dinner for the immediate family followed the reception.  Out of town guests were Mr. and Mrs. M. Levine from Philadelphia.

Bar Mitzvah {Ronald Cohen}
Southwestern Jewish Press April 3, 1953, page 4

Ronald Cohen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alex Cohen, was Bar Mitzvah Friday, March 27 at Temple Beth Israel with Rabbi Morton J. Cohn officiating.  Following the services, Mr. and Mrs. Cohen received in the Temple Center for over 200 guests.

The Center stage was banked with a beautiful flower arrangement and the individual tables set up for the guests were decorated with camellias.  Carol Kaufman Eccaveria entertained on the piano during the entire reception, adding to the festive mood.

Among the guests were Judge and Mrs. Eugene Daney, and Judge A. F. Molina.  Out-of-town guests were Mr. and Mrs. Hyman Gruskin of Los Angeles, Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Lindheim of Beverly Hills, and Mr. and Mrs. Max Gradstein of San Francisco.

Bethrothal {Barbara Silber-Herb Katz}
Southwestern Jewish Press April 3, 1953, page 4

Mr. and Mrs. Herman Silber announce the engagement of their daughter, Barbara, to Navy Hospitalman Herb Katz, who recently returned from a year in Korea.

The bride-elect is an education major at State College where she is

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a member of Delta Zeta sorority and holds the assistant counsellorship of Hillel.  She teaches at Temple Beth Israel Sunday School and is past secretary of the BBGs.  Mr. Katz, of Des Moines, Iowa, studies at Iowa State College and Drake University.

A June wedding is planned.

Southwestern Jewish Press April 3, 1953, page 4

”For long time service and continued cooperation,” Elmer Glaser of Oceanside and formerly of San Diego, was presented with an award and made an Honorary Member of the Oceanside Junior Chamber of Commerce at a meeting of that organization last week.

Surprised in their own home by their friends on their 20th anniversary, were Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Beechek on March 19.  The close friends who brought the party with them were Messrs and Mesdames Charles Press, Isador Press, I. A. Gordon, Arthur Press, Paul Nestor, Max Okum, and Mrs. Anna Shelley.

Mr. and Mrs. William Schwartz entertained at a surprise birthday dinner in her home for Mrs. Harold Keen on March 17.  The friends who helped the Keens celebrate were Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Shatz Mr. and Mrs. Jack Fine, Dr. and Mrs. Harry Mallen, Mr. and Mrs. M.  Adler, and Mr. and Mrs. James Holmes.

The Women’s Committee of the S. D. Philharmonic Society are holding their third Rally Luncheon at Valle’s at 12 noon, Monday, April 6.  All women in the community who are interested in doing their part in helping to have a healthy Philharmonic Society are invited to attend and become members.

Dr. and Mrs. Charles A. Fleischner gave a surprise wedding anniversary dinner party in their home Sunday evening, March 22, in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Levenson.  Eighteen guests were present, including Mr. and Mrs. M. Levine, Mr. Levenson’s sister and brother-in-law who are visiting from Philadelphia.

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Weitzman were pleasantly surprised by a group of friends who invaded their home on March 21 to help them celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary.  Since Rose has been having a long convalescence from a recent surgery, it was a double surprise to be able to celebrate with all of her friends on such an occasion.  She also wishes to take this means of thanking the many friends who were so considerate during her stay at the hospital, and invite them to call on her now that she is ready for visitors.

Leonard Veitzer, who left for overseas duties a few days before the 25th anniversary of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Veiter, and his father are gifting Mrs. Veitzer with a long desired trip to Israel in order that she may see for the first time in 32 years, her family of 3 sisters and 1 brother, who are residents of Tel Aviv.  Natalie Veitzer, the popular teen-ager of the family, will take over the management of the household while her mother enjoys the reunion with her family in Israel.

Friends of Betty and Leonard Slater, children of the Lou Moorsteens, will be interested in the March 30 issue of “Newsweek.”  They are the subject of a feature story on the publisher’s page. Leonard was one of the 20 who were stationed just 1 mile from the atom bomb explosion at Yucca Flats.

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