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San Diego Jewish Newspapers Collection

Identifier: MS-0482

Scope and Contents

The San Diego Jewish Newspapers Collection consists of Jewish newspapers published in the San Diego region from 1948 to 1987. About half of the collection consists of bulletins and newspapers from the East County (54th St.) and Lawrence Family Jewish Community Centers published from 1959 to 1986 as Center-Scribe, CENTER PIECE, and CENTERFOLD. Other newspapers published by the local Jewish press, social organizations, and student groups include the B'nai B'rith Record (Southern California B'nai B'rith Council), The Bulletin (San Diego United Jewish Fund), L'Chayim (UC San Diego students), Southwest Jewish Press, and UJF Reporter (United Jewish Federation of Greater San Diego). Non-San Diego publications include a single issue of The Lasallite (De La Salle College, Philippines). The holdings for each title are incomplete, with the dates given only indicating the earliest and latest issue in the collection. The collection is arranged alphabetically.


  • created: 1948 - 1987


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in some or all of these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creator(s) of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of archival collections is such that multiple creators are often applicable and copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. In any case, the user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, obtaining publication rights and copyright infringement. When requesting images from Special Collections & University Archives for publication, we require a signed agreement waiving San Diego State University of any liability in the event of a copyright violation.

Historical Note

The Jewish Community Center Movement, advocated by Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan in his book "Judaism as a Civilization," was the basis for the founding of centers all over the country, as non-religious communal centers for Jewish cultural, sport, and social activities. The Jewish Community Centers of San Diego started as a store front in North Park in the late 1940s or early 1950s and moved to 54th St (East County) in 1957. In the mid 1980s the Lawrence Family JCC was opened in University City.


2.16 Linear Feet (2 newspaper boxes)

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Custodial History

The materials in this collection were donated to the Jewish Historical Society of San Diego in 2001 by Mollie Harris and her son Andrew (JHSSD #2003.09).

Source of Acquisition

The Jewish Historical Society of San Diego transferred this collection to Special Collections & University Archives on August 23, 2011.


2011-051, 2021

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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections & University Archives Repository

5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
San Diego CA 92182-8050 US