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Cast of ‘Reasons to Live’ tries too hard

23 November 2014

By Cynthia Citron LOS ANGELES — Okay, so we all have dysfunctional families.  And their doppelgangers have been running rampant, loving and hating one another, as in August–Osage County, or attempting to provide hilarity onstage a la Kaufman and Hart’s You Can’t Take It With You.  So enough already! The latest entry in the “whimsical family” category is a heavy-handed attempt […]

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Ruins of fortified town of 2100 BCE found near Gaza

23 November 2014

By Tzvi Zucker JERUSALEM (Tazpit) — Archaeological excavations in Netiv Haasarah have uncovered a Persian era military installation. Netiv Haasarah is a town in the “Gaza envelope” with a population of about 700. The dig, being headed by Dr. Yael Abadi Rice, found a fortified town and a military tower, from approximately 2,100 years ago. […]

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Acid thrown on car of Imam who promotes peace

23 November 2014

By Tzvi Zucker JERUSALEM (Tazpit) — Sheikh Samir Aasi, Imam of the main mosque in the city of Akko, openly condemned the massacre that took place last week in a Har Nof synagogue. This terror attack was perpetuated by two Palestinian men, who entered during morning prayers and shot worshipers dead as well as stabbed […]

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From the Jewish library: Waddeson Manor

23 November 2014

  By Sheila Orysiek SAN DIEGO — Once upon a time a man with endless buckets of money decided to build a big house;  he wanted  it look like a French Renaissance chateau.  It would be filled with rare art treasures of every kind, but especially French art. He wanted to set this jewel of […]

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Progress comes in increments, not grand schemes

22 November 2014

By Ira Sharkansky JERUSALEM–The more we know about politics, the less we should try to explain anything, or propose how to solve problems that have proven to be insoluble. What limits us is the great variety of influences on what happens next. That makes politics and policymaking a crap shoot. It’s not only the economy, […]

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Rabbi, Council member to cook, deliver turkey

22 November 2014

SAN DIEGO (Press Release)– On Monday, Nov. 24, City Councilmember Marti Emerald and Rabbi Laurie Coskey will cook and deliver a Thanksgiving meal to fast-food worker Nicolas Cervantes and his family. “Receiving this Thanksgiving meal from Councilwoman Emerald and Rabbi Coskey will be a blessing for my family,” said Cervantes. The Burger King employee earns […]

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Book Review: ‘To Be An Actress’

22 November 2014

To Be An Actress by Nava Shean; 2010, Hamilton Books. By Dorothea Shefer-Vanson MEVASSERET ZION, Israel — The life and times of actress Nava Shean, born Vlasta Schonova in Czechslovakia in 1919, embody many of the events experienced by the Jewish people during the course of the twentieth century. But above everything towers her dogged […]

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Key Congress members to Abbas: End incitement

21 November 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Press Release) –Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY), Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee and State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee, Congressman Harold Rogers (R-KY), Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, and Kay Granger (R-TX), Chairwoman of the State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee, on Thursday, Nov. 20, wrote Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to urge decisive […]

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Clearly that column was not stellar reporting

21 November 2014

By Dan Bloom CHIAYI CITY, Taiwan — I am sure New York Times columnist David Brooks meant well when he wrote his “Love and Gravity” column the other day about the faith aspects of Christopher Nolan’s new Interstellar movie. Brooks is a very good writer, a bit on the rightwing side of things and with a […]

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Who are Abraham and Sarah’s other descendants?

21 November 2014

By Rabbi Leonard Rosenthal SAN DIEGO–This week’s parasha begins with Yitzchak’s genealogy: “These are the generations of Yitzchak the son of Avraham. Avraham begot Yitzchak.” (Gen. 25:19) Usually when we think about generations of human beings and their descendants we are referring to their children, grandchildren, nephews and nieces, and other family members of the next […]

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JNS news briefs: November 21, 2014

21 November 2014

Shipment of knives and fireworks seized en route to eastern Jerusalem (Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) A massive shipment of weapons bound for the Beit Hanina neighborhood of eastern Jerusalem was intercepted by Israeli authorities on Thursday at the Ashdod port. The recipients of the cargo, sent from China, claimed they were receiving a shipment of […]

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How can Israel deter Arab violence and terror?

20 November 2014

By Ira Sharkansky JERUSALEM — The killing by two brothers of four Jews praying at a synagogue in an ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Jerusalem–as well as a Druze police officer who came to their defense–has brought forth wide condemnation. But it has been mixed with support for the carnage. A Palestinian member of the Jordanian parliament […]

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UCSD: $131 million raised for Jacobs Medical Center

20 November 2014

SAN DIEGO (Press Release) — Committed to fostering the future of health care in San Diego, more than 1,000 donors have contributed $131 million to UC San Diego’s Jacobs Medical Center. Included in the total are gifts that matched a donation of $25 million, meeting the Challenge goal of the initiative. The campus announced  on Thursday, […]

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SDHRC honors Hunger Advocacy Network

20 November 2014

SAN DIEGO (Press Release)– The San Diego Human Relations Commission (SDHRC) has chosen to honor the Hunger Advocacy Network (HAN) as one of the recipients of its 2014 Commission Partner Awards. Jewish Family Service (JFS) serves as the Network’s neutral convener and the Leichtag Foundation has provided generous funding to support the Network. The SDHRC recognizes […]

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