Volume 3, Number 128
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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

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UCSD colleagues recall former Israel President Ephraim Katzir's hideaway life in La Jolla ... by Donald H. Harrison in San Diego
After Ephraim Katzir completed his term as the fourth president of Israel in 1978, he wanted to get away from politics, international affairs, and the stresses of public life and back to his beloved science. 

Editor's Notebook

Obama parries clearly anti-Israel questions from NPR interviewers READ MORE
Boxer mourns murdered abortion provider; calls for peaceful debate READ MORE
GM bankruptcy prompts comments from Jewish officeholders READ MORE

For Hezbollah, victory won't be as sweet as almost winning ...
by Shoshana Bryen in Washington, D.C.
Don't Worry if Hezbollah Wins...Worry if it loses.READ MORE

Stolen prayer stone gave recipient no peace of mind ... by Judy Lash Balint in Jerusalem
A repentant American Christian tourist who had "acquired" an 8-pound piece of a marble column excavated from the Temple Mount 12 years ago, shipped it back to Israel last week.READ MORE

The Jews Down Under... a roundup of Australian Jewish news by Garry Fabian in Melbourne

Deputy Prime Minister to lead Australian delegation to IsraelREAD MORE
Community called on to dig deep for communal appeal READ MORE
Newspaper accused of racism READ MORE
Government money for schools READ MORE
Big day for Rabbinical Council READ MORE
Holocaust denier makes appeal bid READ MORE
Australian Zionist leader wins top gong READ MORE

Journal Serialization
In search of the partisans of Vilna, Part II ... by Laurel Corona A serialization of the journal kept by Laurel Corona as she gathered impressions for the prize winning book, Until Our Last Breath, which she coauthored with Michael Bart READ MORE

The Bible in Pop Culture
Evening and morning, a fourth day, Genesis 1:19 VIEW IMAGE

Rabbis, ministers join in prayer session to console gay, lesbian couples precluded from marriage in California ... by Sara Appel-Lennon in San Diego
SAN DIEGO--Draped in formal robes of purple or white, a coalition of clergy including two rabbis, gathered at the altar of St. Paul's (Episcopal) Cathedral to lead a service of comfort on Monday evening, June 1. The message was one of hope and patience that in time same-sex marriages will be recognized.

San Diego Jewish Academy completes Legacy Sefer Torah .. by Gary Rotto in San Diego
There are many ways to measure a year.  We often talk about flipping the pages on a calendar.  We watch the seasons pass.  We mark special occasions.  But as Jews, we follow the portion of the week.  READ MORE

Each day's issue may be dedicated by readers—or by the publisher—in other people's honor or memory. Past dedications may be found at the bottom of the index for the "Adventures in San Diego Jewish History" page.

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Adventures in San Diego Jewish History

April 17, 1953, Southwestern Jewish Press
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Camp Jaycee READ MORE
T.I. Men’s Club Hold Installation Dinner READ MORE
City of Hope Auxiliary READ MORE
Birdie Stodel B. B. Plan Part, Installation READ MORE
Pioneer Women READ MORE
Temple Beth Israel READ MORE


We continue our examination of Jewish entertainers

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Paul Adelstein plays the guitar and sings in TV series "Cupid"VIEW VIDEO
Ronni Ancona does a comedic impression of celebrity cook shows VIEW VIDEO
Mathieu Amalric is locked into his body in The Diving Bell and the Butterfly VIEW VIDEO


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UCSD colleagues recall former Israel President
Ephraim Katzir's hideaway life in La Jolla

By Donald H. Harrison

SAN DIEGO--After Ephraim Katzir completed his term as the fourth president of Israel in 1978, he wanted to get away from politics, international affairs, and the stresses of public life and back to his beloved science. 

So, keeping as low a profile as possible, he moved with his wife Nina and daughter Irit for six months to La Jolla, California, where he used a fellow scientist’s office on the UCSD campus to rest, recuperate, study and write.

So successful was Katzir in keeping quiet his half-year-long stay at UCSD that following his death last Saturday at age 93 in Rehovot, current-day UCSD public relations officials were unaware that their campus had been the venue for a short chapter in the former Israeli President’s long life.   However, after spreading their information gathering net wide, they eventually were able to confirm the low-profile ex-president’s stay on campus.

William Allison, a researcher who investigated mitochondrial diseases and professor emeritus of biochemistry, subsequently told San Diego Jewish World that while Katzir never became a formal member of the UCSD faculty, he was extended the courtesy of being able to move into the office of Professor Nathan Kaplan to do his writing.  Kaplan at the time was visiting mainland China--one of the first American scientists permitted to do so following the thaw in China’s relations with the United States, Allison said.

Given that his UCSD sojourn was 30 years ago, there is some question over exactly whose office Katzir used, or if perhaps he had used two different ones over the six month period.  Prof. Ed Dennis remembered Katzir using Room 4080 of what was then called the Basic Science Building, and which is now called the Biomedical Sciences Building.

That room was Biology Professor Morris Friedkin’s “scientific office while he was Provost of Revelle,”  and was “adjacent to Nate Kaplan’s office,” messaged Dennis. 

It's possible that Kaplan returned from China while Katzir was still at UCSD, necessitating a change of offices, Dennis suggested. He said he has a recollection of seeing Kaplan and Katzir together at a social function that year.

Regardless of all that, Katzir "was very low key, interested in discussing his science as a biochemist studying protein structure and function," Dennis said.   "I had serveral interesting chats and conversations with him during his stay.”

“I don’t recall there being any security presence or concerns expressed, which is surprising given our current times,” added Dennis of UCSD’s Chemistry/ Biochemistry Department.

Known to scientists around the world as Ephraim Katchalsky before he Hebraicized his surname, Katzir had met Kaplan—a former chairman of the biophysics department at Brandeis University—at various scientific conferences around the world.  Similarly, he had a long-standing friendship with Murray Goodman, then chairman of UCSD’s chemistry department—a relationship that predated Katzir’s acceptance of Israel’s presidency in 1973.

Allison had been a student of Kaplan’s at Brandeis University and, like him, migrated across country to the UCSD campus, where he was assigned the office next door to Kaplan.  That was how he became Katzir’s temporary next-door neighbor, he recalled.

“I remember that he was a great biochemist, and that I was in awe talking to him about science,” Allison said in a telephone interview.   “He never talked about the presidency—the only insight I got was that he was very happy that he was no longer president.”

Katzir had served as Israel' president during some tumultuous years.  The Yom Kippur War occurred while he was in office, as did Egyptian President Anwar Sadat’s subsequent surprise offer to fly to Jerusalem, thus beginning the process that led to the Camp David peace accord between Israel and Egypt.

Katzir was among the Israeli dignitaries who lined up to greet Sadat at the Ben-Gurion Airport, a place of considerable pain for him because the same airport was where his brother, renowned chemical physicist Aharon Katzir, was one of 24 persons indiscriminately murdered in 1972 by three members of the Japanese Red Army on behalf of the Popular Front for
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Ephraim Katzir and Murray Goodman in Toronto, 1991
{Photo courtesy of Zelda Goodman}

the Liberation of Palestine. Ben Gurion Airport then was kn0wn as the Lod Airport after the city in which it is located.

Aharon Katzir, like Ephraim, had been on the faculty of the Weitzmann Institute in Rehovot.  During the Independence War, the two worked together to develop explosives for the Hagganah—a process that people used to joke about later because it was so stinky.  In order to keep the project secret—and not to offend the noses of other Hagganah members—the two brothers had to mix up their chemicals in a cave, according to a story told by the Jerusalem Post in Katzir’s obituary.

Eligible  for a second five-year term as Israel’s President, Katzir turned it down, saying his wife Nina had been ailing.

In La Jolla, however, Mrs. Katzir’s health apparently had rallied.  Zelda Goodman, wife of then- department chair Murray Goodman, said the Katzirs rented a house in La Jolla Shores, and that she and Nina often went shopping together.  In contrast to her husband, who was quiet and preferred the company of books and academic colleagues, Nina, an educator who was interested in children's books, was quite social, Zelda Goodman recalled. 

As one who would become a driving force in the development of the San Diego Jewish Book Fair at the Lawrence Family JCC, Goodman and Nina Katzir were kindred spirits.

The Goodmans entertained the Katzirs in their La Jolla home, with dinners often being a time when the men who were scientists would get into earnest discussions about their work.   Sometimes, quipped Zelda, the “more mature ones” remembered to occasionally discuss other topics that their spouses could enjoy as well.

Ephraim Katzir had  a worldwide reputation for his work with polyamino acids, which were useful in developing a drug for the treatment of multiple sclerosis.  Goodman on the other hand was considered an expert in peptides.

Allison said that while Katzir had his own scientific emphasis, he clearly enjoyed hearing about all related areas of biochemistry and biophysics.

After considerable coaxing, Murray Goodman was able to persuade Katzir to give one lecture to scientific colleagues who came from the UCSD campus, from the Salk Institute,  Scripps Clinic  and from various private scientifically-oriented companies near the campus.   Allison recalled that a lecture hall for approximately 400 persons was packed with colleagues.

The ex-Israeli president also would sit in on seminars with graduate students in her husband's seminars, Goodman said.

In contrast, Katzir was quite reluctant to give talks about Israel, not even to the Jewish community, knowing that if he gave one speech, he would be besieged with other invitations—just what he had wanted to get away from, according to Zelda Goodman.

She said that back when Katzir was President of Israel, she and her husband visited him at the Presidential residence in Jerusalem, which was a thrill.  The last time she saw him was about five years ago, shortly before her husband Murray died, when they visited him at the Weizmann Institute, where he had a residence on campus.

She recalled that Katzir at that time expressed a great deal of concern about Iran’s intentions in the Middle East, but in a quiet, thoughtful way, rather than in a bombastic way.  He didn’t urge any particular course of action, she said.

It was in Rehovot that Katzir was buried on Sunday evening.  Although he was eligible to be buried at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem with Israel’s other heads of state and prime ministers, he chose to be buried  close to the Weizmann Institute, with which he had been associated for six decades.

Harrison's email: editor@sandiegojewishworld.com

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International and national news of Jewish interest

Obama parries clearly anti-Israel questions from NPR interviewers

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Press Release)--U.S. President Obama on Tuesday fended off a series of undisguised anti-Israel questions from National Public Radio, refusing to be drawn into negative characterizations of the Jewish state. Obama reiterated his belief in a two-state solution, called on Israel to stop building settlements and on Palestinians to stop incitement against Israel, and waved aside a suggestion by NPR that if he is willing to meet with Iran, perhaps he should also meet with Hezballah and Hamas. Iran, he said, is a nation state; neither Hezballah nor Hamas fall into that category. The President reiterated that if Hamas to deal with the U.S., it must first recognize Israel, agree to uphold past agreements of the Palestinian Authority, and to end violence. Here is a link to the radio interview —Donald H. Harrison

Boxer mourns murdered abortion provider; calls for peaceful debate

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Press Release)--Senator Barbara Boxer (Democrat, California) on Monday issued this statement in response to the murder of Dr. George Tiller:

"I send my condolences to Dr. Tiller's family, friends and patients who relied on him. The debate over abortion rights is very difficult and reaches deep into religion, philosophy and one’s view of Roe v. Wade. Everyone has the right to work for changes in the law.  But to assault a health care worker, a patient or anyone else because of a disagreement about an issue, regardless of how contentious, brings all of humanity down into a dark pit of violence.  Such actions must not be tolerated.

"Many women have attested to Dr. Tiller's steadfast advocacy for women's health care and reproductive rights.  Even in the face of repeated acts of harassment and violence, he remained true to the law and worked to provide women with a safe place to turn.

"Today, we must renew our commitment to work together, across the religious and ideological spectrum, to find common ground and resolve our differences in a peaceful and responsible way.

GM bankruptcy prompts comments from Jewish officeholders

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Press Release) -- Senator Carl Levin (Democrat, Michigan) on Monday issued the following statement on GM's decision to declare bankruptcy.

“There is a huge amount of pain associated with today’s announcements by General Motors. There will be plant closings that will cause great hardship to the hard-working Americans who will lose their jobs and to communities in Michigan and across this country.

“Just as we have all done everything we possibly could to help GM survive, we now need to put our shoulders to the wheel for two goals: supporting in every way we can the people whose jobs are lost, in part with a greater emphasis on new energy technologies that can be developed in Michigan, and doing our utmost to help the new GM become a strong and vibrant company.

“The ultimate outcome of today’s announcement -- GM’s survival and rebirth -- is by far a better outcome than the alternative of GM’s liquidation. GM’s future today looks better overall than it looked a month ago because of agreements that have been reached with the UAW and with a majority of GM’s bondholders. This will make it possible for GM to come out of a

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bankruptcy process faster and more successfully than might otherwise be the case. GM has also made an important new commitment to build more small cars in America, which will increase the share of GM vehicles sold in the US that are built here.

“I join President Obama in looking forward to a new GM that ‘is once more a symbol of America’s success.’”

Other Jewish public officials had these comments:

Congressman Steve Cohen
(Democrat, Tennessee): "This morning, along with other Members of Congress and Governors, I participated in a conference call with the CEO of GM.  I asked the first question of the CEO, regarding the status of the Spring Hill, Tennessee facility and also asked about the future of the GM Parts Distribution Center (PDC) in Memphis.  While I was disappointed to learn that the Spring Hill facility has been placed on standby status, I was pleased to learn that the GM PDC in Memphis will remain open, even though many other PDC’s around the country are closing. 

“As the Chairman of the House Subcommittee that deals with our nation’s bankruptcy laws, I am deeply concerned about the health care and pensions of GM’s workers and retirees.  Tennesseans have earned these benefits through their hard work and are entitled to them.  The plan that GM outlined this morning would allow these commitments to be met, and I will be watching closely to see that they are.

“In the weeks to come, I believe that government leaders must work together to help Tennessee’s small businesses, employees and their families weather this new economic challenge.  It is critical that we work to preserve the jobs we already have and be prepared to take bold steps to attract new business to our state.”

Congressman Sander Levin
(Democrat, Michigan): “The accelerated downsizing of General Motors brings significant pain for families and communities even as we now have important assurance of the long-term viability of this restructured company. 

“Because of the leadership of the UAW, and the willingness of the workers to make additional sacrifice to preserve GM’s future, GM enters bankruptcy with important agreements in place that should facilitate a quicker exit from court.  Workers and suppliers will continue to get paid, and health care and pension benefit obligations will move forward with the new company.

“Chrysler’s exit from bankruptcy today and their ability to finalize an agreement with Fiat is an important indicator of the ability of all stakeholders, with the support of the Federal government, to come together to preserve a vital company’s future.

“We must re-double our efforts to support suppliers during this next period and the families and communities who are receiving difficult news today of additional plant closings and job loss. 

“After many months of countering the arguments of the opponents of efforts to stabilize the domestic auto industry, the federal government’s commitment to and investment in the future of a domestic auto industry is clear.   The government has also made clear, as re-iterated by GM CEO Fritz Henderson this morning, that business decisions have been -- and will continue to be made -- by GM’s management, not by the federal government.  A successful restructuring is not only vital to America’s economic base but also to a return to the taxpayer of the investment of our taxpayer dollars.

 “Importantly, the common efforts of many led to changes to the GM restructuring plan that will increase the percentage of domestic production.  It is vital that we finalize a voucher program to spur consumer demand and that we accelerate federal programs that leverage investments in the advanced technologies that will power the car of tomorrow as we re-build the domestic auto industry.”

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For Hezbollah, victory won't be as sweet as almost winning

By Shoshana Bryen

WASHINGTON, D.C.--Don't Worry if Hezbollah Wins...

Worry if it loses.

Vice President Biden went to Lebanon to support the pro-Western Siniora side of the hybrid Lebanese government. It is a hybrid because Hezbollah shot its way into a veto-power position in the Lebanese Cabinet last year. Mr. Biden told Lebanese President Michel Suleiman, an ally of Hezbollah, "We will evaluate the shape of our assistance programs based on the composition of the new government and the policies it advocates."

He meant that if Hezbollah wins a majority, the United States would have to re-evaluate the millions of dollars our government is spending arming and training the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF). The United States cannot support a military controlled by the organization that killed 241 United States Marines, and gruesomely murdered Col. Rich Higgins, James Buckley and U.S. Navy Diver Robert Stethem.

But in Lebanon, winning won't be the goal if losing the election leaves you in a better position to win the war. Winning makes you responsible, and Hezbollah has learned that responsibility can be painfully counterproductive.

Hezbollah was the sole military power in the southern part of Lebanon in June 2006. Having initiated a direct attack on Israel, it suffered a major military setback when the Israeli government responded in force. Regardless of the difficulties the IDF encountered from its point of view, it succeeded in changing the situation on the ground through an expanded UNIFIL and the introduction of the LAF to the south. Both provide some level of deterrent to Hezbollah activities against Israel, as seen during the Cast Lead operation in Gaza in December and January.

Cast Lead was also an object lesson for Hezbollah. Hamas was the sole military/political power in Gaza. When Israel couldn't tolerate the rain of rockets and mortars Hamas had been launching against its civilian population, the Israeli government acted to degrade both Hamas leadership and its arsenal.

So Hezbollah found a different mechanism for pursuing its war against Israel. Since 2006, Hezbollah has worked out a collaborative mechanism with the LAF in southern Lebanon (including having local Shiites join the LAF, so there are brothers and cousins on both sides of the equation), and the LAF has a collaborative mechanism with UNIFIL and a separate cooperative relationship with the United States. The LAF and UNIFIL both insist they see no evidence of Hezbollah rearming,

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and that suits the United States - although it doesn't do much for the long-term security of Israel.

If Hezbollah wins the election, the United States will have to restrict its dealings with the government. But if the Siniora forces win a plurality and Hezbollah comes in 5-10 percentage points lower, Hezbollah will be able to claim minority status while pursuing its long-term agenda. Claiming that Hezbollah isn't actually in charge would allow the United States to continue providing economic aid to Lebanon and arming and training the LAF. That would suit Hezbollah and suit the United States - although it doesn't do much for the long-term security of Israel.

And it will likely destroy any remaining hopes for the long-term prospects of Lebanon as a pluralistic, pro-Western, democratic country.

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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Stolen prayer stone gave recipient no peace of mind

By Judy Lash Balint

JERUSALEM--A repentant American Christian tourist who had "acquired" an 8-pound piece of a marble column excavated from the Temple Mount 12 years ago, shipped it back to Israel last week.

The Israeli Antiquities Authority reports:

“In 1997, a twenty one kilogram fragment of a marble column disappeared from one of the excavations the Israel Antiquities Authority was conducting south of the Temple Mount.

Several weeks ago, the IAA received an unexpected e-mail from a priest in the state of New York: “I am requesting forgiveness for a member of my congregation," he writes. “The fellow confessed to me that twelve years ago he took a stone from Jerusalem and his conscience has bothered him ever since. I wish to return the stone to Israel and hope that you will forgive the man for his transgression”.

A letter from the fellow was attached to the heavy stone fragment, which arrived in Jerusalem in a wooden crate that was specially constructed for the flight back to Israel. “I came to Israel on an organized trip. As a student of archaeology, I was very excited when we visited an excavation south of the Temple Mount. I asked how I can purchase a stone from the excavation because I wanted a souvenir with which to pray for Jerusalem and was told it was not possible. On the last day of the trip our Israeli tour guide approached me and took the stone fragment from inside his coat. ‘Take it’, he said. ‘It’s a present from me’. I asked him how he obtained the stone and he replied, ‘It’s okay; don’t worry.' I was very happy and took the stone with me on my flight back to New York. Only later did I realize that he probably took the stone from the excavation without permission. For the past twelve years since then, rather than remind me of the prayer for Jerusalem, I am reminded of the mistake I made when I removed the stone from its proper place in Israel. I am asking for your forgiveness."

According to Yuval Baruch, Jerusalem District Archaeologist in the IAA, who directed the excavation from which the stone was taken, “What we have here is a column fragment that was discovered during the excavation of one of the Umayyad buildings located south of the Temple Mount, similar to others that were found and that are on display in the archaeological garden in the Davidson Center. These are four very large structures that extended over an area of c. 200 dunams, which were probably the official palace complex of the Umayyad caliphs c. 1,200 years ago”.

Shay Bar Tura, Deputy Director of the Unit for the Prevention of Antiquities Robbery in the IAA, stated, “Because of the unique case of sincerity and the fact that the item was ultimately returned, we decided not to take any legal steps against the people who were involved in the incident. In the coming days the stone will be turned over to the State’s Treasures after which it will be returned to the archaeological garden from whence it was taken. It should be emphasized that any activity conducted at an antiquity site requires permission from the IAA. Taking archaeological artifacts from antiquities sites constitutes a severe criminal offense which is punishable by law with imprisonment”.

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So why aren't they going after the tour guide? And, as Aaron Lerner of IMRA notes, one would hope there would be as much or more concern over the wholesale destruction of antiquities on the Temple Mount carried out under the auspices of the Moslem Waqf over the years.

Judy Lash Balint is a freelance writer and blogger based in Jerusalem.

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The Jews Down Under... a roundup of Australian Jewish news by Garry Fabian

Deputy Prime Minister to lead Australian delegation to Israel

CANBERRA- Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard will lead a delegation to Israel next month as part of a bid to strengthen political, business and cultural ties between Australia and Israel.

The tour, organised by pro-Israel lobby group the Australia Israel Cultural Exchange, will include in the 40-strong delegation Liberal MPs Peter Costello, Christopher Pyne, George Brandis, Guy Barnett, Labor MP Mark Dreyfus, QC,
Jewish scientists, academics, businessmen and women, plus conservative News Limited columnists Greg Sheridan , Andrew Bolt and Alan Howe.

An equal number of Israelis will attend the Australia-Israel Leadership Forum, to be held at the historic King David Hotel in Jerusalem.

Leading Israeli politicians from the governing Likud and Labor parties will attend, as well as the Opposition party Kadima, led by former foreign minister Tzipi Livni. Hopes remain that
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will visit.

As Israeli Foreign Minister in 2002, Mr Netanyahu helped to launch the Australia Israel Cultural Exchange with then foreign minister Alexander Downer.

The chairman of the exchange is Albert Dadon, who was an early supporter of Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, first bringing him on a trip to Israel in 2002. In 2005 Mr Dadon accompanied Mr Rudd and his now chief of staff Alastair Jordan to Israel.

In many ways, Mr Dadon represents a new generation of Australian-Jewish leaders. He is emerging to take over the role filled by Mark Leibler, long recognised as the unofficial
leader of Australia's Jewish community and who had a direct line to former prime minister John Howard.

The forum is modelled on the Australia-United States leadership dialogue, established by Melbourne businessman Phil Scanlon.

A spokesman for the organisers said the tour would include a visit to Ramallah in the West Bank to meet Palestinian Authority leaders.

However, the purpose of the forum in Jerusalem on June 25-26 was not to engage with different points of views on the Israel/Palestine question but to promote an exchange of ideas of issue common to both countries such as water, electoral reform and education.

Australians For Palestine spokesman Moamar Mashni said Mr Dadon invited him to accompany the tour as a non-participating observer.

He declined because "I was happy to participate as long as it was meaningful but not to sit in an audience and hear others speak".

Community called on to dig
deep for communal appeal

SYDNEY - With Jewish organisations feeling the pinch as the economic crisis bites deeper, the Jewish Communal Appeal (JCA) is making an urgent call for donations to help meet the community's escalating needs.

Set to launch its annual appeal this week, JCA has reported a surge in requests from Jewish organisations across the board seeking financial relief from the current recession.

According to JCA, JewishCare in Sydney has witnessed a 77 per cent spike in the number of calls it receives for assistance over work-related and mental health issues in the past year.

The Jewish Centre on Ageing is also facing a swell in requests, forcing it to increase its Meals on Wheels program from 40,000 to 45,000 free kosher meals, which are distributed to the frail and housebound.

JCA appeal chairman and vice-president Peter Philippsohn said Jewish schools have also been hit hard, with some parents starting to fall behind with school fees.

"Everybody knows somebody who has lost their job, or there has been upheaval in the family due to financial or other pressures," said Philippsohn.

"For a long time, I think a lot people thought, 'it doesn't happen in our community'. Now they know it does."

Over the next few months, JCA will host a series of donor events to step up its fundraising efforts.

It also plans to host a gala dinner on Saturday, August 15, with a special guest speaker to be announced.

After raising more than $12.2 million in last year's appeal, Philippsohn said JCA is hoping to better that figure and raise about $13.5 million during the forthcoming campaign.

"If we don't have a strong local community, we won't have a community. It's as simple as that," said Philippsohn.

"We are now looking for a lot more people who haven't been giving as much as they could to take up the slack."

JCA CEO Ian Sandler added: "We are determined to
ensure that a global financial crisis does not become a local financial crisis for our communal organisations and the wider community."

Concerned parent Rick Karpin knows personally how integral funding is to get worthwhile projects off the ground. The father of two children with special needs, he helped set up Camp Sababa for children with disabilities.

Now in its third year, the camp is partially funded by JCA.

"There is a great gap in the special needs sector of our community, which has been let down for a long time," said Karpin, whose son Bailey, 11, and daughter Brittany, 13, attend the three-day camp.

"We have an initiative that is of great benefit to people in the community, not just people with disabilities. JCA's help is much appreciated, but it's just a starting point."

Newspaper accused of racism

SYDNEY- A newspaper in Sydney has come under fire after Jewish leaders accused its editor of ignoring racial vilification laws.

Harris Park Journo, a small independent newspaper based in Sydney's west, was criticised after it published what appeared to be an entry from a personal blog under the heading " We will
not forgive the Jews for their silence, for turning Israel into a racist criminal state" in this month's edition.

In a five-page essay, writer Sami Jamil Jadallah slammed Israel and alleged that Jewish soldiers were educated and trained to "simply kill."

Subsequent comments published alongside the article by a contributor under the name of Shaukat declared: "Israel is not a Jewish entity in practice, It's based on  racist, immoral and
homicidal culture. Most of the action classified as great sins in the Torah are open practice in Israel."

In the Harris Park Journo April issue, editor Effie Mats also published posting from the blog Atheo news, which targets Jews and Israelis.  Comments included "The Zionazi regime
is not welcome here, you are a band of thugs and
thieves and need to leave!!!!" and "white trash Zionist cops."

NSW Jewish Board of Deputies (JBD) president Robin Margo subsequently lodged a formal complaint about the racist nature of the comments with the NSW Anti-Discrimination Board this month.

JBD  CEO Vic Alhadeff said he contacted the editor to express concerns. "I pointed out that these expressions were inflammatory and constituted racial vilification. Her response was that she was doing the Jewish community  'a favour' by informing us what people think and we were welcome to  write an article in response.  I tried to make her understand that she had serious reponsibilities as an editor as to what was
published in her newspaper. I emphasised that there are laws against racial vilification in NSW. She seemed to have zero

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grasp of either notion ad insisted that her approach  was in
order and that she would persist with it" Aldaheff said.

When questioned by the Australian Jewish News, Mats said she stood by her decision to publish this material.  "This is mountain out of a molehill. We have not got one complaint from any person of a Jewish background. This is just a
community newspaper and people express themselves
in this fashion. If they're not reading it in (our) newspaper, they're reading it somewhere else," she said.

Anti-Discrimination Board president Stepan Kerkyasharian said it was not the board's  policy to confirm or deny received complaints, and declined to comment on the matter. However, he did give reassurances that all complaints received by the board would be "thoroughly investigated." "If we do have a complaint, we act on it," he said.

Government money for schools

MELBOURNE - The Federal Government announced the
next round of funding as part of the National School Pride program last week. Yesodei HaTorah school was Melbourne's only Jewish school to receive a grant - it got $75,000 to refurbish it's playground.

Perth's Carmel School and Sydney's Masada College were the other Jewish schools to receive funding in the second round of thre program, which was announced as part of the Government's second economic stimulus package. Much of the second
round funding went to government schools, with independent schools 10 percent of the total funds.

Big day for Rabbinical Council

MELBOURNE- It was a double occasion for the Rabbinical  Council of Victoria (RCV) last week when it received both a large grant from the Victorian Government and a visit from the Chief
Rabbi of Tel Aviv, Rabbi Isarel Meir Lau.

James Merlino, the Minister Assisting the Premier on Multi-Cultural Affairs, presented a grant totalling $70,000 to RCV president Rabbi Kluwgant.

"The RCV is keen to implement a number of exciting projects in the coming months and to put to good use the generous funding received from the Victorian Government" Rabbi Kluwgant
said,.  Rabbi Lau addressed the rabbis on biblical matters and discussed  issues affecting rabbinic leaders.  "The RCV is grateful for the opportunity to hear from Rav Lau, who is one of
the contemporary Jewish world's greatest orators, survivors and leaders," Rabbi Kluwgant said.

Holocaust denier makes appeal bid

ADELAIDE- Just before he was jailed for three months for contempt of court, Holocaust revisionist Frederick Toben allegedly approved the posting of a provocative message on the
internet likening his Adelaide prison to Auschwitz.

Under a headline reflecting the sign outside the Nazi concentration camp, "Arbeit Macht Frei" (Work Brings Freedom), is a picture of Yatala Prison, described as "Yatala Gulag".

"Is this the FINAL SOLUTION for Dr Toben?" asks the posting, on the Adelaide Institute website. "Will he be fit for work or will he be gassed immediately upon arrival?"

Toben, the first person in Australia found guilty of contempt for breaching the Racial Discrimination Act over a Holocaust denial, is seeking an extension of time for leave to appeal against a judge's ruling he had committed contempt. His appeal against sentence is due to be heard in August.

Toben, who denies responsibility for the posting, was last month rebuked by Justice Bruce Lander for a web post published hours before his conviction asking whether he, like dying cardboard billionaire Richard Pratt, who was Jewish, would have charges against him withdrawn.

In the Federal Court yesterday, Robin Margo, SC, said the Auschwitz posting constituted a "gross contempt" and the court could clearly find any postings to the institute's website were made with Toben's consent.

The website states that Peter Hartung took over from Toben as the institute's director on May 13 ­ the day Toben was jailed ­ and advises of Toben's new email address.

Mr Margo invited Justice Anthony Besanko to refer the Auschwitz reference to the court's registrar as its continuing publication was scandalising the court.

"The alternative would be that we bring another motion of contempt," Mr Margo said. He said contempt was definitely committed by Mr Hartung and may have been committed by Toben.

David Perkins, for Toben, said there was no evidence "that it could be thought there is any reasonable inference Dr Toben was the author of it or had a hand in it.z'

Justice Besanko will rule on Toben's application for an extension of time.

Australian Zionist leader
wins top gong

SYDNEY - Former Zionist Federation of Australia (ZFA) president Dr Ron Weiser has joined illustrious company as a recipient of the Jerusalem Prize.

ZFA president Philip Chester said: "The Jerusalem Prize is awarded by the ZFA and the World Zionist Organisation to outstanding personalities who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to Israel, Jerusalem and Zionism.

"In deciding to award this year's prize to Ron Weiser, we could think of no-one who, in their very long and distinguished service for Israel and the Jewish people, better exemplified the objectives of this prestigious honour."

Previous recipients of the prize, which is awarded annually by the ZFA, include former governor-general Sir Zelman Cowen, former prime minister John Howard and former foreign minister Alexander Downer.

In announcing him as the winner, ZFA assistant director Dara Podjarski said Dr Weiser was one of the Jewish community's most prominent members due to his 40-year commitment to Zionism and community affairs.

"Ron's 10-year presidency saw the ZFA emerge as a powerful, positive force in many areas, including formal and informal Jewish education, Israel programs and youth," Podjarski said.

"He also greatly enhanced the quality of the Jewish community's representations to government, the media and the wider community."

She was particularly praiseworthy of Dr Weiser's involvement in seeking justice for the victims of the 1997 Maccabiah Bridge collapse.

One of the largest challenges Dr Weiser faced at that time was making sure the Australian Jewish community remained united with Israel and didn't use the tragedy as an excuse for the relationship to sour.

Dr Weiser was only the third ZFA president to serve for 10 years or more.

More news from Australia bureau chief Garry Fabian will run tomorrow. His email: fabiang@sandiegojewishworld.com

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In Search of The Partisans of Vilna, Part II


This is the second of eight installments of a journal by author Laurel Corona describing her 2004 research trip to Vilna in connection with the award-winning book Until Our Last Breath: A Holocaust Story of Love and Partisan Resistance (St. Martin’s Press, 2008). While writing the book, Corona traveled to Lithuania with coauthor Michael Bart to gather information about his parents, whose activities in the Jewish resistance form a major element in the book. 

By Laurel Corona

VILNA Lithuania—Our guide, Regina Kapilovich, wants to give us a general tour of Vilna, but we ask her to take us directly to the ghetto. Her hair is in two loose braids that stay plaited without being tied at the bottom.  She has an easy smile and gentle gray-green eyes, but she is all business. A graduate of Hebrew University, she is fluent in four languages and seems to know everyone in Vilna. She greets one person in Russian, another in Hebrew, and another in Lithuanian within a few minutes.  She takes us across one tidy square in front of the City Hall, down another street and into a minuscule park where two Lithuanian teenagers kiss and talk under a linden tree and a small group of adolescent boys jostle and tease each other. On the other side of the park, Regina stops.  “Here begins the ghetto,” she says.

The streets converge at odd angles onto a small, open space filled with parked cars.  “The gate was here,” she says, by way of explanation.  I am trying to picture a very long, oddly shaped gate when she adds, “There used to be buildings all around.  The streets were much narrower.  The old buildings were bombed.”  Vilna, I realize, is going to require some imagination.

Using old photos and stopping every few yards to explain, Regina begins to paint in the colors and shapes of a world that is gone forever.  We see the site of the old Strashun Library and the home of the Vilna Gaon, but the buildings themselves were destroyed by bombs.  We see a dull new cinderblock building where the beautiful and historic Great Synagogue once stood. It survived the war only to be deliberately targeted for demolition by the Soviets during their occupation, leaving only one of Vilna’s 120 synagogues and prayer houses in existence today. We walk down a street where kosher butcher shops once stood. Devoid today of all smell and sound, the street gives no hint of a time when such a place would bustle with housewives and merchants, and the windows of the store would be filled with dangling sides of meat.

We leave this area, known as Ghetto Two (which existed for only a few months before all its inhabitants were killed or deported), and skirt the edge of Ghetto One.  Gone are the boarded up windows and the wooden fences closing off the streets, creating a concentration camp in the middle of the city. Gentrification has turned the neighborhood into a pleasant venue of small buildings with clean stucco and brightly colored trims, and many tiny and pleasantly shady squares. The grim reality of ghetto life seems to have been erased.  Markers here and there describe events that occurred, but some of these have been stolen, and those that remain are only in Yiddish and Lithuanian, languages unlikely to be familiar to most visitors.  In a city that makes sure to translate into English anything it wants to sell to tourists, I have the uneasy feeling that leaving the memorials untranslated is not really an oversight, but a conscious effort to minimize the city’s acknowledgment of its complicity in the Holocaust.

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Vilna is heavy with ghosts. Michael stares at windows and down alleyways in Ghetto One and says he can sense the Jews who were here. He lost so many of his family that the cries of his kin alone could easily be deafening. In one of these buildings his parents met, and in one of these alleys they had their first kiss.  In the shadows of one of these houses they first declared their love.  Because we do not know exactly where or when such private moments may have occurred, I feel them anywhere, everywhere. As we stand on Rudnitska Street at the site of the ghetto gate, we are placing our feet where Michael’s father, Leizer, used to stand guard.  We walk the same stones as Bluma, Michael’s great grandmother, and his great-aunt Lizzie did when they were marched out of the ghetto to their deaths.  I make a vow to come again here to stand and wait until these stones and these shadows speak to me.  As I say this to myself, the bell of All Saints Church, which stood just outside the gate, peals once.


Regina dashes ahead through an open doorway into a courtyard. It is in such places that the ghetto can most easily be envisioned.  The paint is peeling on the doors and windows, the stucco has fallen away to reveal the bricks beneath, and shabby curtains line the windows. The iron stair

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railings are rusted and wobbly, and junk has taken over the corners of the courtyard. At 6 Strashun Street, we look up at the building of the Judenrat, the Jewish Council, where Jews were sent out on labor details, received identity cards and work permits, and gathered to hear announcements from the German and Jewish authorities.

I think of how easily and dismissively I toss around the expression “life and death.” Here is a place where it truly applied every day to what are no more than annoying inconveniences in my life—needing a signature, a stamp, a form.  In the ghetto, this courtyard was the intersection of bureaucracy and survival.

Corona is a freelance writer and professor of humanities at San Diego City College

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Bible in Pop Culture: Evening and morning, a fourth day

Genesis 1:19

And there was evening and there was morning, a fourth day.

StarStone Software Systems of Lake Mary, Florida, created the computer application shown to the left.

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Rabbis, ministers join in prayer session to console gay, lesbian couples precluded from marriage in California

By Sara Appel-Lennon

SAN DIEGO--Draped in formal robes of purple or white, a coalition of clergy including two rabbis, gathered at the altar of St. Paul's (Episcopal) Cathedral to lead a service of comfort on Monday evening, June 1. The message was one of hope and patience that in time same-sex marriages will be recognized.

This service followed two others in response to Proposition 8, which barred same-sex marriages in California. Late October 300 people attended a similar service to pray for a just outcome for the ballot measure; a week later, after California voters approved the measure, there was a service to mourn the result.

The Very Rev. Scott Richardson, dean of St. Paul’s, said in an interview "we're not unfamiliar with setbacks." He had performed same-sex blessings at All Saints Church in Pasadena twenty years ago. After relocating to San Diego, the previous bishop asked him not to perform same sex blessings at St. Paul's' Cathedral until the whole Diocese concurred.

During the service, Mrs. Jan Gaborsky spoke about the prejudice and discrimination and even brutality gays and lesbians have endured from their enemies. She said that the first place where she felt safe as a lesbian was her church. Her partner, Mrs. Bonnie Russell, talked about how glad she was that she and Gaborsky had been married last summer. They both said they won’t rest until there is equality for all.

Rabbi Rochelle Robins, who is affiliated with Sharp Memorial Hospital, expressed surprise and disappointment that same sex marriages are now considered legal in Iowa but not in California.

Robins recited Psalm 118, Verse 22. The stone that the builders once refused has become the chief cornerstone. As she addressed the gay and lesbian community's feelings of rejection, Robins suggested that they also acknowledge the "growing voices of support." She referred to slain San Francisco County Supervisor Harvey Milk, who was one of California’s first openly gay public officials, and encouraged speaking out against social injustice, like he did. "Once rejected but no more."

Rabbi Laurie Coskey is rabbi in residence at St. Paul's Cathedral and Executive Director of Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice in San Diego County. Coskey said she became interested in same-sex political issues because her sister is a lesbian. Her personal commitment of wanting to see more justice in the world has become one of activism, resulting in tikkun olam-repair of the world. Coskey said that she has become more outspoken as a result of leaving the pulpit rabbinate.

An example of her activism was when Coskey distributed leaflets on a rainy Election Day in Pacific Beach with layperson and gay activist Brad Lovelace.  

Lovelace has been in a committed relationship for the past ten years with Chris Harnson, Ironically, they postponed legally getting married last summer, since they couldn't imagine that Proposition 8 would pass.

Rev. Timothy Murphy of the  Pilgrim United Church of Christ mentioned "traveling the road that leads to your shalom." Often people’s perceptions of themselves are clouded images, based on what other people say, he added.

Rev. Canon Albert Ogle of St. Paul's Cathedral asserted that "we can fall in hate as much as we can fall in love." He recommended "looking for God in our enemies.”

“Loving the enemy has become the key to human survival in a nuclear age," Ogle continued. He concluded by reaffirming that reversing Proposition 8 will take time and he encouraged the gay and lesbian community to stick together and invite friends to join them politically.

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TWO RABBIS—Rabbi Rochelle Robins, left, and Rabbi Laurie Coskey participated in service of consolation to gay and lesbian community following California State Supreme Court's upholding of Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriages.

Interspersed between the speeches, the San Diego Gay Men's Chorus sang such hymns as “Oh God Our Help in Ages Past,” the anthem “I Come From Good People,” and “Guide My Feet Lord.”   The whole congregation united in singing “America the Beautiful.”  At the reception in the courtyard, many people exchanged hugs and handshakes.  

Appel-Lennon's email: appels@jewishsightseeing.com

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San Diego Jewish Academy completes Legacy Sefer Torah

By Gary Rotto

SAN DIEGO--There are many ways to measure a year.  We often talk about flipping the pages on a calendar.  We watch the seasons pass.  We mark special occasions.  But as Jews, we follow the portion of the week.  In the Fall, we mark the beginning and ending of the cycle of reading the Torah.  And in the Spring, we mark the grand occasion of the covenant between G-d and his people with the giving of the law, the giving of the Torah.

For the students at the San Diego Jewish Academy, a year was marked by the scribing of the final letter in a Torah.  Over the course of a year, beginning last Shavuot, SDJA students, families, grandparents and Holocaust survivors inscribed the letters in the Legacy Sefer Torah.

The gymnasium was rocking as I entered to take in the celebration.  Popular singer Sam Glaser and his band added to the celebration.  The stands in the gym were packed with students from Kindergarten through the 12th grade, as well as SDJA faculty and staff.  Parents, grandparents and other guests filled another entire section on the floor, not unlike filling seats a concert.  While Mr. Glaser was an attraction, he was the warm up act to the dedication of the Legacy Sefer Torah. 

Scribe Sofer Alberto Attia provided not only the fine lettering in the sacred scroll, but also context.  Of course, I knew that the first letter of the Torah is a Bet, from Bereshit.  I was stumped when he asked the group “What is the last letter in the Torah?”  Since I had not provided the final scribal letter in the Sefer Torah, I did not know that the letter is … a lamed!  Sofer Attia went on to note that a Lamed and a Bet together from the word Lev – or heart.  How appropriate!  The Torah is certainly the heart of our people, recording our history, preserving our traditions, educating our people, providing guidance to us over the centuries. 

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TORAH CHORUS—Second graders sing with entertainer Sam Glaser at ceremony celebrating SDJA's completion of the Legacy Sefer Torah

Besides being our most sacred text, it is the heart of our people. 

“The fact that each one of our students, along with parents and other friends, had an opportunity to help write a letter in this Torah made it incredibly meaningful for everyone,” noted SDJA Executive Director Larry Acheatel

The festivities coincided with SDJA’s 30th anniversary.  SDJA Legacy Donors provided not only funding for the Torah but also an endowment for Jewish Studies.

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

Beth Jacob Sisterhood
Southwestern Jewish Press April 17, 1953, page 6

Mrs. Bernard Godes, President of Beth Jacob Sisterhood, urges attendance of all members to the next regular meeting to be held “Tuesday, April 28th, 12 noon, at Beth Jacob Center. 

This meeting is set aside for nominations and should be of interest, and should also be the responsibility of all members. 

Friends are also invited because immediately after nominations, Mrs. Marvin Bobroff, Program Chairman, promises a very delightful program.

Camp Jaycee
Southwestern Jewish Press April 17, 1953, page 6

Camp Jaycee announces the selection of Dave Anfanger and Nate Naiman as head counselors for the coming day camp season.  Both Messrs. Anfanger and Naiman, in addition to many years of camping experience have been associated with Camp Jaycee during the past years.  Campers can look forward to another exciting camping season, beginning Monday, June 29th under their leadership.

Parents are requested to register their children early as registration will be limited to 150 campers.  Rates will be the same for center members as last years, despite rising costs.
Any adults interested in being a counselor please contact the Jewish Community Center office or phone T.1-7744.

T.I. Men’s Club Hold
Installation Dinner

Southwestern Jewish Press April 17, 1953, page 7

The Men’s Club of Tifereth Israel Synagogue will hold its 5th Annual Installation of officers and board members Sunday, April 19 at the Synagogue at 7:00 p.m.  Dinner will be served for members and their wives.  An entertaining program has been planned.

The officers to be installed are Harry Zell, Pres.; Joseph Spatz, V.P.; Henry Harrison, 2nd V.P.; Joseph Kader, Treas.; Ben Lenenson, Fin. Sec.; Jerry Weisman, Rec. Sec.  New board members to be installed are Moe Hershey, Sidney Newman, Ben Mallen, Lou Tonsky, Ray Toole, Sam Brenes, Henry Bowman, Si Rich, Dave Jacobs.

City of Hope Auxiliary
Southwestern Jewish Press April 17, 1953, page 7

Members and friends are cordially invited to attend a Luncheon given April 23rd, at noon, at Beth Jacob Center, which is being sponsored by Mrs. Harris Lipinsky, in memory of her beloved husband, Harris, and her beloved daughter, Jane.  Chairman for this luncheon is Goldie Schusterman, and on her committee are Anne Shelley, Eliz. Sheinberg, Beckie Bard, Bess Segal, and Betty Schwartz.  All monies from this luncheon on will be donated to the Cancer Wing of City of Hope at Duarte.

Be sure to attend our Annual Mother’s Day Luncheon to be held May 14th at the El Cortez Hotel, at 12 noon.  Talent this year will be more outstanding than ever before.  If you can’t come with your daughter come anyway and enjoy a wonderful afternoon.  Mark the date of May 14th on your calendar of musts of coming events.

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Birdie Stodel B. B.
Plan Part, Installation

Southwestern Jewish Press April 17, 1953, page 7

On Monday, April 20th, a card party will be held in the garden of our president, Ruth Brav, 4575 Estrella Ave.  The purpose of this affair is to raise money for an over-subscription for our philanthropies.  Be sure to attend, and bring all our friends.  Refreshments will be served. Donation is only fifty cents and you’ll have a wonderful time.

Our next meeting will be held on Monday evening, April 27th, at the Temple Center.  Dr. Richard L. Johnson, Assistant Supervisor of Guidance in the San Diego City Schools, will speak on Mental Hygiene.  We urge you to attend this meeting, and bring friends, too.

Elaborate plans are being formulated for our installation of officers to be held on May 3rd.  Ouar own Birdie Stodel will be the installing officer and Elizabeth Harris, First Vice President of District No. 4, will act as marshal.  The following members have been elected as the new slate of officers:  Eve Stein, President; Goldie Schusterman, First Vice President; Thelma Lois Weiss, Second Vice President; Aida Most, Third Vice President; Mitzi Ornstein Treasurer; Rose Aved, Corresponding Secretary; Fran Steffel, Financial Secretary; Jean Camiel, Recording Secretary; Muriel Strauss, Guardian; Betty Friedman, Sentinel.

For those who have no transportation and wish to attend meetings and social functions, please call the Transportation Chairman, Mrs. Mitzi Ornstein, T-2911.

Pioneer Women
Southwestern Jewish Press April 17, 1953, page 7

The next regular meeting of Negba Glub will be devoted to J.N.F. Blue Box collection under the chairmanship of Jeanette Abrams and all members are urged to attend.  Committee members who will assist are Eleanore Gordon, Bessie Fink, Rose Abrams, Phyllis Weisenberg, Lillie Gordon, and Florence Lebb.

Temple Beth Israel
Southwestern Jewish Press April 17, 1953, page 7

This Friday evening at 8:00 p.m. Temple Berth Israel will be hosts to the Young Married Couples of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church of La Mesa.  Rabbi Cohn will preach on the subject “You Live What You Learn,” and the sermon will be of timely interest to these special guests and the members of the congregation.  All are invited to attend.

Religious School Sabbath—On Friday evening, April 24th, at 8 p.m. Temple Beth Israel will observe Religious School Sabbath.  Greetings will be extended by the Chairman of the Religious School Committee, Mrs. Maury B. Novak, and other members of the Committee, together with several members of the School Faculty, will participate in the service.

Mr. and Mrs. Ltd. Dinner-Dance—Mr. and Mrs. Ltd., the young married couples of Temple Beth Israel, will have an evening of delightful relaxation at their spring social affair Saturday evening, April 8th, at 7 p.m.

The group will assemble in the Patio Room of the El Cortez Hotel for a delightful evening of dinner-dancing and the excellent orchestra in the Pacifico Room will provide the music. 

Young married couples who wish to attend are asked to make reservations immediately with Mrs. Charles Salik, Woodcrest 8-3729, or Mrs. Harley Babbitz, Bayview 8230.

“Adventures in Jewish History” is sponsored by Inland Industries Group LP in memory of long-time San Diego Jewish community leader Marie (Mrs. Gabriel) Berg. Our indexed "Adventures in San Diego Jewish History" series
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