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Adventures in San Diego Jewish History, May 2, 1958, Part 1

Editor Seeks Assembly Post
Southwestern Jewish Press, May 2, 1958, Pages 1, 6

Maxwell Kaufman

Maxwell Kaufman

Maxwell Kaufman, Editor and Publisher of the Southwest Anglo-Jewish Press in San Diego, is a Democratic candidate in the 79th District.   He has been a resident of San Diego since 1941.  During World War II he operated the second largest U.S.O. Club in this area as well as coordinating activities for the Jewish military personnel.  In 1946, he went overseas for the American Joint Distribution Committee where for three years he directed a program of relief and rehabilitation for the refugees in Austria and Germany for over 30,000 people.

Mr. Kaufman’s background includes a wide experience in business as well as social welfare. (He is a registered social worker of the State of California.)  He directed Eddie Cantor’s School for under-privileged children at Surprise Lake, New York and was Club and Membership Director at the largest Y.M.H.A. in the United States, located in New York City.

His activities in the Jewish community include the S.D. Hebrew Home for the Aged, of which he is President; the Jewish Community Relations Council, Vice-President; he is a Board Member of the Jewish Community Center; on the National Board of the Council and Federation Fund (Committee on Aged Care); a member of the Weinberger Lodge, B’nai B’rith, and a member of Congregation Beth Israel He received the “Man of the Year” award from the Jewish War Veterans, Post 185.

Special recognition has been received by Mr. Kaufman from the Red Cross, United Fund, United Jewish Fund, Heart, Cancer and Polio Foundations for his service to these groups.  He is a former board member of the San Diego Winter Symphony, was Secretary of the U.S.O. Council and served on the Jewish Social Service Agency Board for four years. He is a board member of the S.D. Open Forum, and is a member of the S.D. Zoological Society.

His wife, Julia, is his associate editor and shares his activities in the community.  She is a member of the Fine Arts Society, the S.D. Symphony Women’s Committee, the local chapter of United Nations, as well as the Council of Jewish Women, Hadassah, Women’s Auxiliaries of the Home for the Aged, the Jewish Community Center, Brandeis University, Temple Beth Israel Sisterhood and the Jolly-16 Club.

His son, Paul, is a graduate scholarship student at Claremont Graduate School in Pomona, California.  He was recently accepted by Columbia for further study in Political Science.

Junior Achievers To Receive Award From San Diego B’nai B’rith
Southwestern Jewish Press, May 2, 1958, Page 1

The Southern Council B’nai B’rith will participate in the program honoring Junior Achievement Essay Contest Winners. A banquet will be held on Friday, May 16, at 6 p.m., in the U.S. Grant Hotel, at which time bonds will be awarded for the best essay.

On the committee for B’nai B’rith are Harry Wax, Milton Fredman, and Maxwell Kaufman. The essays will be submitted to judges who will choose the best two.

Center Dedication Set for Sunday, June 8th
Southwestern Jewish Press, May 2, 1958, Page 1

The weather gave the go ahead signal for the formal dedication and grand opening ceremonies of the Jewish Community Center to go ahead.

Morris W. Douglas and Bernard Arenson co-chairmen of the dedication committee set the date which will celebrate the completion of the new $600,000 community building for Sunday, June 8, at 2 p.m.

Civic, communal and religious leaders on a local and state level have been invited to participate in the ceremonies.  Military dignitaries of the district have already indicated their acceptance of the invitation, and the top Navy Training Center Band has agreed to participate, the chairman stated.

Both religious and secular services will be carried on and tours through the building will be conducted following the ceremonies.

Aquatic director Stanley Kisler has arranged a tremendous water show as part of the community festivities. There will also be demonstrations of the programs being carried on at present by the center.

William Schwartz, center president, said that the opening “of the finest community building in San Diego should be an event in which the entire Jewish community will want to participate. It’s a historical event in our Jewish community life which all of us have made possible, and in which the whole community will benefit.”

Fund Shows 8% Increase over ’57:  Over $165,000 Pledge from 550 Contributors
Southwestern Jewish Press, May 2, 1958, Pages 1, 6

The tempo of the 1958 United Jewish Fund Campaign picked up speed in the past two weeks, according to Harry Wax, general campaign chairman, and his vice-chairmen Martin Gleich and Rabbi Morton J. Cohn.  Announced figure for the joint Fund and UJA “Rescue Appeal” was over $165,000 pledge to date. This represents 55% of the $403,000 goal, the largest ever attempted in community history.

In the report presented to campaign leadership by the chairman it was pointed out that the campaign is running almost 8% ahead of the successful 1957 drive which raised $291,000.  The regular drive of the Fund is 11% higher from the same contributor of 1957, while the Rescue Fund for Israel is running at the same level of last year.

Wednesday’s successful $26 minimum luncheon of the Women’s Division headed by Mrs. Harry Wax and her co-chairmen Mrs. Robert Spiegel and Mrs. Alex Wise spurred the Women’s Division leadership to an unusual effort to reach their $52,500 goal.

Hosted by 35 of San Diego’s Jewish Women leaders the ladies were entertained by Marty Drake, top flight radio and theatre personality who urged them to give so “that others might live.”

Mrs. Wax stated that the next luncheon would be for her Junior Matrons and would have as part of the meeting a sportswear fashion show.  Chairmen for the event will be two of our most attractive young women, Mrs. Frank Goldberg and Mrs. Herbert Solomon.  The innovation in Women’s Division affairs will take place at the El Cortez Hotel on May 15, Mrs. Goldberg and Mrs. Solomon announced.

All divisions are organized and proceeding at top speed according to plan, Chairman Wax stated in his report.  First results from the Campaigners and Marchers division indicate that increases still continue all along the line.  Bulk of the contributors are in these divisions, and chairmen Abraham  Sklar, Bernard Arenson, Joseph Olsher and Ruben Umansky are prepared for an all out effort to bring in the necessary 1500 pledges.

Outstanding results are being shown by Arthur L. Cohen, chairman of the Coronado division whose community has been sending in their results this week. They expect completion in another ten days.

Same kind of results are being seen by Abe Eldex in North County as his chairmen, Ernest Green, Escondido, and Leon Reichel, Oceanside, report on their communities’ activities.

Pace-setters Division reported over 50% of their pledges already turned in with increases over 1957 being made. An outstanding job was being done by Larry Lawrence, pace-setter co-chairman, according to Abe Abramson, division chairman.

Dr. Harry Malin heading the Optometrist Section of the Professional division was first to complete assignments with almost 100% giving by his colleagues according to Dr. Joshua Rittoff, Pro chairman.

With over 250 workers out in the field doing pavement pounding on behalf of this year’s drive for local, national and overseas needs including the Rescue Fund, chairmen are certain of success and completion of the bulk of the campaign by June 15.


Samuel Steiman

Samuel Steiman

Takes Home Post
Southwestern Jewish Press, May 2, 1958, Page 1

Maxwell Kaufman, President of the SD Hebrew Home for the Aged, has announced the appointment of Samuel Steiman as Superintendent for the Home.  He will assume his duties on May 1st.

Mr. Steiman was educated in Boston and after a short business experience was employed by the Public Welfare Dept. in the City of Boston.  He was old age assistance worker until his retirement in 1956.  Since that time he has lived in Los Angeles.

Mr. Steiman and his family will be welcomed to San Diego in the near future.

Southwestern Jewish Press, May 2, 1958, Page 1

The United Jewish Fund and its staff apologize for the inadvertent omission of the names of the following contributors from the 1957 Year Book.

Abraham Abramson…$3,250.00
Mr. and Mrs. Israel Brafman …$25.00
Mr. and Mrs. Solomon Briskman … $300.000
Jack Hosenpud.. $150,00
Mrs. Rose Osser… $100.00
Mrs. John Ruskin …$119.00
Mr. and Mr. Irving Small… $15.00

Southwestern Jewish Press, May 2, 1958, Page 2

Mrs. Jennie Levy “who is convalescing after surgery, wishes to thank her friends for their kindness.  Until she is completely recovered she will spend part of her time with her son and daughter-in-law, Dr. and Mrs. Edward Levy, and with her daughter, Mrs. Elmer Glaser.

If you see a young lady taking off on a bus or train, it will probably be Linda, the prize winning daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rudy Hess.  Linda recently won a gold cup for placing first in original oratory at the S.D. State College Spring Speech Tournament.  This qualifies her for the State finals to be held in Santa Barbara May 2, 3, 4.  She also placed third in Humorous Declamation.  Linda represents Grossmont High School.

Eve and Saul Chenkin will be heading East on May 3rd for an extended visit.  They will share their time between their daughter, Maxine Kreinberg and her family, in Cleveland, and Mrs. Chenkin’s mother, Mrs. M. Rumpler, in Pawtucket, R.I., with whom they will spend Mothers Day.

Harry Golden fans kept him long past the J.C.C curfew hour last Sunday.  The nationally famous publisher of the Carolina Israelite will appear on the Mike Wallace Program on May 28.  He will be in San Diego some time in July to present his book “It Could Only Happen in America.”

Dr. Ben Siegel, son of Mr. and Mrs. David Siegel, has been appointed chairman of the Dept. of English and Speech at California State Polytechnic College in Pomona.  Dr. Siegel is a reviewer of religious literature for three scholarly journals. His most recent article, on Hebraic Law, is being published by the Claremont Graduate School.  His wife, Ruth, is secretary to the medical director of the City of Hope, Duarte. The Siegels reside in Glendora, Calif.

Brenda Heiman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leon Heiman, was initiated into “Cap and Gown,” the Senior Women’s Honorary Society of San Diego State College. She is also a member of Kappa Delta Pi and Delta Phi Upsilon, honorary national education fraternities.

Bay City Women To Install New Officers at M.V.C. May 7th
Southwestern Jewish Press, May 2, 1958, Page 2

The Bay City B’nai B’rith Women’s Chapter No. 713, will hold their Annual Installation Luncheon at the Mission Valley Country Club, on Wednesday, May 7th.

Mrs. Murray Samuels, chairman, announces that this will be a two-fold celebration as they are installing Mrs. Eugene Sacks for a second term and they have a perfect record of 100% paid-up membership.

The officers to be installed will be Mrs. Murray Samuels, 1st V.P.; Mrs Louis Enten, 2nd V.P.; Mrs. Arnold Gale, 3rd V.P; Mrs. Marco Thorne, Rec. Sec; Mrs. Sidney Derene, Corres. Sec.; Mrs. Manuel Rosenthal, Treas.; Mrs. Ed Masliah, Fin Sec.; Mrs. Paul Housner, Sentinel; Mrs. Samuel Bloom, Historian.  Mrs. Ralph Schwartz will serve a second term as councilor.  Mrs. David Tobias will be secretary to the president.

Mrs. H. Levy of Beverly Hills will install the new officers. She is chairman of the Speakers Board for the 4th District of the National B’nai B’rith.  Mrs. Max Felsman will assist and Mrs. Nat Colker is in charge of arrangements.

A musical program will follow the ceremony and a cordial invitation to attend is extended to all members and friends.

Gary Leeds To Be Bar Mitzvah
Southwestern Jewish Press, May 2, 1958, Page 2

On Friday evening, May 9, Gary Michael, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Leeds, will be called to the Torah in Temple Beth Israel as a Bar Mitzvah.

Friends are invited to attend the services and the reception which will follow.

Southwestern Jewish Press, May 2, 1958, Page 2

Fair haired Terri Lynn is the latest addition to the growing family of Irwin and Carolyn Sklar.  She was born on April 5, weighing 7 lbs, 15 ozs.  Sharing the nursery are David 5 1/2 years, and Lori, 2 1/2 years.

Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Hy Kobernick and paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Sam Sklar, all of San Diego.

Beth Israel Sisterhood Installation At Mission Valley Country Club
Southwestern Jewish Press, May 2, 1958, Page 2

Starlight Stars accompanied by Pauline Gleason Leib will honor “Sisterhood Stars” on Wednesday, May 14, at 11:45 a.m. at Mission Valley Country Club, when Rabbi Morton J. Cohn will install the newly elected officers and directors. President Dora Eber urges all members to attend.

The new officers to be installed are President, Mrs. Herbert Eber; 1st Vice Pres., Mrs. Marvin Jacobs; 2nd Vice Pres., Mrs. Mortimer Rosenbaum; 3rd Vice Pre., Mrs. Joseph Feldman; 4th Vice Pre., Mrs. Harold Rosenbaum; Recording Sec’y, Mrs. Rawdon Libby; Corresponding Sec’y, Mrs. David Garfield; financial Sec’y, Mr. Norman Seltzer; Treasurer, Mrs. Charles Silverman; Auditor, Mrs. Robert Miller; Directors, Mrs. Vailia Dennis, Mrs. Joseph Kwint, Mrs. Nathan Feinberg, Mrs. John Ruskin and Mrs. Nathan Smollar.

Program Co-Chairman Mrs. Morton Jo. Cohn and Mrs. Vailia Dennis have arranged a star-studded afternoon for the final meeting of the year.  A complete financial report of the Sisterhood show, “So Let Em Foreclose,” will be given by the chairman, Mrs. Herbert Haimsohn.  Mrs. Samuel Kerper and her committee are providing original centerpieces.

Reservations are necessary and may be made with any of the following members: Mrs. Marvin Jacobs, JU-2-5364; Mrs. Alfred Brooks, AT-4-6118; Mrs. Herbert Eber, AC-3-6769.  The luncheon cost will be two dollars including tax and tip.  Transportation will be provided if necessary.

Hadassah Asks For Rummage
Southwestern Jewish Press, May 2, 1958, Page 2

Mrs. Edward Binder, chairman of the Hadassah Rummage Sale, announces the opening of  gigantic sale to be held Tuesday and Wednesday, May 13th and 14th, at the American Legion Hall, 2691 “B” Street from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Anything clean and useable is welcome … clothing, dishes, furniture, toys, jewelry, etc., etc.  Remember “your discarded articles will be converted into dollars which will bring life and hope to some Israeli child.”

Members can earn credit to help pay for their donor plate by working on rummage, either collecting, sorting or selling at the sale.

For pick-ups or information call Mrs. Binder, CY-5-9214, or Mrs. Lennie Perl, JU-2-9182, or Mrs. Jack Brisker, AT-4-3363.

Adventures in San Diego Jewish History” is sponsored by Inland Industries Group LP in memory of long-time San Diego Jewish community leader Marie (Mrs. Gabriel) Berg. Our “Adventures in San Diego Jewish History” series will be a regular feature until we run out of history. To find stories on specific individuals or organizations, type their names in our search box, located just above the masthead on the right hand side of the screen.

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