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

Southwest Jewish Press logoWhat’s In A Name?
Southwestern Jewish Press, May 2, 1958, Page 3

The Senate subcommittee on immigration had two long lists of “foreign-sounding” names read to it.

The first was supplied by William Furlong, representing the son of the American Revolution. They were culled from newspapers, he said, and were “the names of notorious gangsters, gamblers and racketeers.”

“Their national origin is proclaimed by their names,” he added. “They are largely from southern and eastern Europe.”

The second list was supplied a few days later by AFL-CIO legislative representative Hyman H. Bookbinder. It, too, was made up of names taken from newspaper.

“I may not be able to pronounce them the way they should be pronounced, he apologized, “but I will do my best: “Achesay, Antolak, Bertoldo, Birkhimer, Bjorklund, Cawetzka, Dalessandro, De Castron, Devershian, Binkenbiner, Kimbro, Schven, Oresko, Vlug, Shambagh, Westerhold, Stahel, Mestrovich, Grabiarz, Savacool, Krotiak, Gupertz, Prussman, Sype, DeCesnola and Sjogren.

“I wonder if Mr. Furlong would be able to recognize these names. I will help him and tell him that all are winners of the Congressional Medal of Honor. I do not know from what countries these men come or where they live today, if they still do, but I know they have all added new glory to the American story.” – From The Labor Leader, San Diego.

Fairs Important To Community
Southwestern Jewish Press, May 2, 1958, Page 3

Not enough people realize how much a part of the community a regional or county fair, such as the Southern California Exposition at Del Mar, has become.

Since 1933, when the voters of California balloted 905,208 to 478,580 to legalize pari-mutuel betting, they also voted funds to produce the 79 fairs now drawing state support—without local taxation.

Fairs are examples of individual and community initiative. They are the timekeepers of progress.

It is easy to pen tribute to the fairs and the people who produce them when one glances beyond the front gate under the veneer of showmanship and behind the glamour of a harvest time holiday.

Fairs show something more about cows than the drudgery of milking, more in swine than the squeal, more in people than tiredness, unhappiness, disillusionment, fear and meanness.

Fairs form a strong social and political bond among men encouraging emulation for high standards of perfection in products, produce and culture.

As the Psychologist Sees You
Southwestern Jewish Press, May 2, 1958, Page 3

By Irving R. Stone, Psychological Consultant


There are many misconceptions regarding our emotions. Many think that the expression of emotional reactions is a sign of impending doom. These people attempt to maintain an attitude of repression of feeling, a never changing level of emotional expression.

This is far from the truth about mental health. We need not stifle our emotional reactions, even though some of them are not completely comfortable. Even depressions need not be feared, provided they are not too deep, last too long, or recur too frequently. All of us experience period of depression and these not be a cause for alarm because we usually get over them without prolonged difficulty. It is only when the depression interferes with our daily activities, blotting out periods of pleasure and happiness that we need have too much concern.

There is another cause for concern concerning depressions. If the cause is completely veiled and the depression appears to arise without reason we should attempt to unearth some unconscious factors causing the reaction. Sometimes through an association of ideas we are able to recall factor behind this condition. At other times there is a need for professional assistance but just because we have a depression does not mean that we must immediately run for help.

Sometimes what we think is a period of depression is merely a change from an episode of excitement and activity. Instead of causing concern it may be “the pause that refreshes.” It is interesting to note that one of the causes for a depression is a reaction to a feeling of guilt. Another is a reaction to some unpleasant situation and once that condition has been removed, the depression disappears.

If we can accept periods of depression as normal occurrences, common to all of us, we will not be thrown into a panic. We must first try to understand the reason why they happen and then accept them as temporary conditions. IF we can do so, we will be able to weather them, especially if we keep ourselves busy and engage in satisfying activities. Only when they become too severe and too frequent should we seek assistance for them.

Book Review: The Service of the Heart by Evelyn Garfield, $4.50, Yoseloff.

Reviewed by A.P. Nasatir.

The role of the man in the Synagogue is paramount. There can be no official prayer unless the required number of ten men are present; men, not women, are called to the Torah, and most often, men, seldom women, are the rabbis and teachers within the Synagogue. Yet, oddly enough it took a woman to write a brilliant and moving Guide to Jewish prayers, a remarkable book called “The Service of the Heart.” Dr. Evelyn Garfiel, the writer, has unique abilities. Simply and clearly, in an interpretation acceptable to all Jewish groups – Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform, she reveals the significance of our various prayers, she defines the moral and ethical concepts that lie at the root of Judaism, and she gives the historical background of the material contained in the Siddur. She demolishes the charges of harsh divine jurisdiction in Judaism and the much maligned idea of chosenness. She makes it quite clear that being Jewish is a faith of deeds rather than of theology, and she pays her respects to those self-appointed “philosophers” who have almost destroyed Judaism by their endless preoccupation with esoteric thoughts instead of “mitzvoth maasiyot.” She shows how and why tradition and ritual laws cannot be disassociated, though the ethics be prominent.

Ably she discusses the function of the Siddur, a living book, and the popular misconceptions about Judaism; clearly she writes about the Idea of God in the Siddur, the Morning, Afternoon and Evening Service, and why it is the Jew is so devoted to prayer – its meaning and implication for him as an individual.

“What is the ‘Service of the Heart?’ … It is Prayer.” Indeed a slow and thoughtful reading of this beautiful book is not only profoundly rewarding – but it can be in itself a “Service of the Heart.” Author Evenly Garfiel, graduate of Barnard College, Ph.D in psychology from Columbia University, acclaimed lecturer and teacher has added to her achievements a book recommended to the fullest to all Jews. She has captured the majestic beauty of Jewish prayer and has succeeded in portraying this beauty via the medium of the powerful word.

Letter to the Editor
Southwestern Jewish Press, May 2, 1958, Page 3

Mr. Maxwell Kaufman
Southwest Jewish Press
333 Plaza
San Diego, Calif.
Dear Mr. Kaufman:

Another Heart Fund Campaign has been completed and we would be remiss if we didn’t let you know how much we appreciated the fine cooperation and support you and your staff provided.

Our relations with you have always been so enjoyable thru-out the year, and it is most difficult to express our thanks adequately.

The fight against this dread disease must go on and our progress would be greatly impaired without the full cooperation of all publicity media. Since we consider the educational value of our annual Heart Fund campaign to be of equal value to the fund-raising itself, thanks a million for your valuable help.

Gratefully yours,
O. Martin Avison,
Executive Director
S.D. County Heart Assoc.


La Jolla Playhouse Opens Season June 30

Southwestern Jewish Press, May 2, 1958, Page 4

La Jolla Playhouse will being its twelfth season of professional summer theatre entertainment on Monday, June 30th, it is announced by Lamont Johnson, producer.

Opening on a Monday night marks a new change in policy since the Playhouse has always opened its season and each play of the series on Tuesday nights.

The new opening night has been selected in order to cooperate with the San Diego Summer Symphony and avoid the conflict that arises from the fact that the Symphony concerts are on Tuesday nights, Johnson explained.

“Five plays will be presented during the ten-week season, closing Saturday night, September 8th,” Johnson said. Performances will be nightly at 8:30 Mondays through Saturdays, with matinees 2:30 p.m. Saturdays. There will be no performances Sundays.

Season tickets to all five plays may be purchased at a ten payment discount and will go on sale by mail order only in the middle of May. Box offices will open June 16th, meanwhile anyone desiring information may obtain it by writing La Jolla Playhouse, Box 112, La Jolla.

Yo-Ma-Co News
Southwestern Jewish Press, May 2, 1958, Page 4

Irv Goldman entertained the club at the final meeting at the Landis Street Center. His subject was “The Science of Gemology.”

The next meeting of May 14th will be the first held in the new Jewish Community Center, at which time guests are invited to join in some planned entertainment and refreshments.

Last call for tickets to the baseball game in L.A. on June 8th! Tickets are now being sold to friends of the Yo-Ma-Co’s—“$6.47” includes transportation and reserved, grandstand seat. Call Vic Silverstein, BE-9-3229 or JU-2-0332.

Summer Camp Opens For Registration
Southwestern Jewish Press, May 2, 1958, Page 4

Camp Ramah, located in Ojai Valley, Ventura County, 80 miles north of Los Angeles, will open its camp season on July 1st. Sponsored by the United Synagogues, the 35-acre camp will be staffed by an outstanding group of well-known educators and rabbis.

Children from ages of 8 to 13 are eligible. Tuition fee for the full season is $475 and the one month fee is $275. Further information may be obtained by writing Morris Hirsch at 5425 Trojan Ave., Juniper 2-0217.

Goodwill Week Set for May 4-10
Southwestern Jewish Press, May 2, 1958, Page 4

Goodwill Week to promote good will toward handicapped people will be observed her May 4-10, sponsored by the Goodwill Industries of San Diego County.

The event is conducted annually the first week in May to call attention to the needs of handicapped people in the community, and encourage support for rehabilitation services which make them self-supporting members of society. It is observed in 118 cities in the United States where Goodwill Industries operates.

Many handicapped people are capable of normal jobs, Dr. Myron Insko, Executive Director of Goodwill Industries of San Diego County, said. Others need training or work experience first, while some fit best in special workshops.

The Goodwill Industries program provides training for people able to move on to normal employment and shelted employment for those requiring special work conditons.

McQuilken In Race for Tax Assessor
Southwestern Jewish Press, May 2, 1958, Page 4

John McQuilken today announced his candidacy to retain his position as Assessor of San Diego County. McQuilken has been in local government for more than 22 years. He served with the City of San Diego for 20 years; during that time, he occupied the position of City Auditor and Comptroller for 12 years, and Director of Finance for 3 years.

He was the unanimous choice of the County Board of Supervisors in August of 1956, to succeed to the position of County Assessor. In 1948, McQuilken won a gold medal for making the most outstanding contribution in governmental accounting in the United States.

In 1954, McQuilken was President of the Municipal Finance Officers’ Association of the United States and Canada. He served as a members of the Board of Directors of the League in California cities.

AZA News

Southwestern Jewish Press, May 2, 1958, Page 4

On April 26 AZA held a dance honoring its officers at the San Diego Hotel. Twenty couples attended. The officers honored were Bartley Doctor, president; Gene Rothstein, vice president; Marty Friedman, secretary; Sidney Winicki, treasurer; Dave Yaruss, sergeant-at-arms; Frank Millman, assistant sergeant-at-arms; Mel Brav, chaplain, and Jerry Newman, publicity. The terms of these officers will end in June.

The next meeting of the San Diego Chapter of AZA will be on Sunday, May 4, in the new Jewish Community Center on 54th St at 1:00 p.m. AZA is a fraternal group for Jewish boys from 14 to 17 years old sponsored by B’nai B’rith. Any interested persons are invited to attend the meeting.

Jewish Center Membership Hits Over 550; Golden Draws Overflow House
Southwestern Jewish Press, May 2, 1958, Page 5

Programming advances continue at the Jewish Community Center as the program committee headed by Morrie Novak continues to make and carry out plans to give San Diego a bigger and better cultural , educational and leisure time program through the center.

Over 500 heard Harry Golden, silver-tongued Southern Jewish publisher talk last Sunday. The overflow crowd, many of whom are subscribers to Golden’s Carolina Israelite, were forced in many cases to take seats in the medium sized clubroom, and the adult lounge of the center, watching and listening by closed-circuit television. Mrs. E. Al Slayen introduced Mr. Golden.

Membership continues to move rapidly as activities, according to Norman Gelman and Bernard Arenson, chairmen. With over 550 family memberships already in, the committee feels that by the time of the formal dedication ceremonies on June 8, the limit of 750 members will be reached. Charter memberships will no longer be available after that day, they added.

Plans for summer programming are now being completed, Novak stated. Besides Camp Jaycee, the Center’s Day Camp for boys and girls 5-12 years old, the activities for all ages will continue if staff and facilities are available.

Next and last in the 1957-58 lecture-concert series of the Center will be the Kadimah Dancers from Tucson, Arizona. They will appear on Tue., May 13, at the Beth Jacob Auditorium.

“California Story” Casting Begins
Southwestern Jewish Press, May 2, 1958, Page 5

Preliminary casting for this year’s “California Story” began this month by Chris Mahan, assistant director.

Local residents who appeared in previous productions are being polled for possible participation again this year, he said. Mahan said that those who have not appeared in the previous presentations, but are interested in joining the cast this year, will have an opportunity to do so during try-outs.

Kadimah Dancers Next On JCC Series
Southwestern Jewish Press, May 2, 1958, Page 5

The Kadimah Dancers of Tucson, Arizona, will present a Dance Concert on Tuesday, May 13, 1958 in the Beth Jacob Auditorium, 4473 30th St, at 8 p.m. under the sponsorship of the San Diego Jewish Community Center.

This unique dance troupe is appearing for the first time on the west coast.

Mrs. Frances Smith Cohen, director of the group, had the lead and choreographed the road show of Finian’s Rainbow. She was a student of Martha Graham, Davis Humphrey, Jose Lamon and Anthony Tudor. Mrs. Cohen toured throughout the east and Midwest with the Bennington Dance Tour.

Sister Jean, T.C. G., was a former pupil of Martha Graham and is an Episcopal Order, working on her PhD at the University of Arizona in education. She studied dance for 10 years before entering the Order and Choreographed for the Kadimah Dancers using themes from the Old Testament. Sister Jean has special permission to remove habit, apply make-up and dance with this group.

Steve Paxton will perform with the Kadimah Dancers for the last time here in San Diego before going on to New York to dance. A former tumbler, he started dancing to improve his tumbling and then decided to stay in dance.

The dance concert will reflect a variety of moods and portray folk tales, old Testament themes as well as modern stories. Story titles include from Ruth and Naomi, and Folk Suite to Kisses Sweeter than Wine.

Tickets for the Dance Concert are available in the Jewish Community Center, 4079 54th St.

Birdie Stodel Installation Set for Tuesday, May Thirteenth at J.C.C.
Southwestern Jewish Press, May 2, 1958, Page 5

The incoming board of the Birdie Stodel Chapter No. 92, B’nai B’rith Women will be hostesses at an installation luncheon Tuesday, May 13th, 12 noon, at the new Jewish Community Center on 54th St.

All paid up members are invited. Donation, one dollar for non-members.

Chairmen in charge are Mrs. Elias Berwin, Mrs. Harold Aved and Mrs. Goldie Schusterman.

The newly elected officers are: President,Mrs. Jeremiah Aronoff; Counselor, Mrs. Lawrence Lassman; 1st Vice Pres., Mrs. Harold Barad; 2nd Vice Pres., Mrs. Herman Cohen; 3rd Vice Pres., Mrs. Sam Rassin; Cor. Sec’y, Mrs. Goldie Schusterman; Recording Secretary, Mrs. Ben Ornstein; Financial Secretary, Mrs. Julius Penn; Tresurer, Mrs. Mac Strauss; Gaurdian, Mrs. Morris Wax; Sentinel, Mrs. Louis Schwartz.

Trustees Mrs. M. Jacobson, Mrs. H. Pollock, Mrs. R. Rivers, MRs. S. Resnick, Mrs. A. Wixen, Mrs. M. Steffel, Mrs. S. Shapov.

Hugo Fisher Is Candidate for State Senator
Southwestern Jewish Press, May 2, 1958, Page 5

Hugo Fisher, Democratic for State Senator from San Diego County, has filed on both Republican and Democratic tickets and promised a vigorous fight to unseat the incumbent Fred Kraft.

Mr. Fisher has announced an 8-point program for a greater San Diego County, a heavy duty attack on his opponent, a promise of more to come, and a pre-primary victory statement. He is the officially endorse Democratic candidate.

As a native San Diegan, born in 1921, he is married to Lucia Sloan Fisher and resides at 4354 Arcadia Drive. The Fisher have two children, Anne, 14, and Girard, 12.

Mr. Fisher attended San Diego State College and received his L.L.B. degree at Balboa University where he was head of the legal honorary fraternity. He has been a practicing attorney with the firm of Sloane & Fisher since 1951. In addition to his Bar Association affiliations he is a member of the Cabrillo Historical and San Diego Historical Society. Presently he is editor of the San Diego Bar monthly publication.

Active in local Democratic circles for some years, Mr. Fisher was a delegate in 1952 and 1956 to the Democratic National Convention. He is at present a member of the Democratic Central Committee of San Diego, and has been a member of the Executive Board of the California State Central Committee.

He is a past president of the Democratic Professional Club and is officially endorsed by the San Diego County Counsel of Clubs in the race for State Senator.


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