Archive | March 7th, 2012

‘Thrillah Megillah’ sung to Michael Jackson melodies

SAN DIEGO — Members of Tifereth Israel Synagogue presented a joyously anachronistic dramatization of the Book of Esther — “The Thrillah Megillah” — retelling the Purim story on Wednesday evening,  March 7, with the songs, dances and costumes of the late Pop/ Rock Singer Michael Jackson. After Rabbi Leonard Rosenthal recited an abbreviated version of […]

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Symbolic sculpture donated by Mexican artist to San Diego Jewish Academy

SAN DIEGO (Press Release)– Mexican sculptor José Sacal donated his 7-foot-by-7-foot sculpture First Step, weighing over 700 pounds,  to the San Diego Jewish Academy, courtesy of Jacobo and Hermosa Farca Foundation, at a special unveiling on Wednesday, March 7. This gift was facilitated by the collaborative efforts of WIZO-Tijuana San Diego Organization, KEN Jewish Community […]

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Book sets out the case for burial instead of cremation

Cremation or Burial?  A Jewish View by Doron Kornbluth, Mosaica Press, 2012, 192 pages including appendices, ISBN 978-1-937887-01-8, No retail price listed. By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO — Doron Kornbluth is a prolific writer, having fairly recently published two books: Raising Kids To Love Being Jewish  and  Why Be Jewish? ,both of which have […]

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Some uncanny Purim coincidences

By Rabbi Michael Leo Samuel CHULA VISTA, California — During the Holocaust years, Purim celebrations were forbidden to the Jews. Christians and Jews could not even own the book of Esther. Such decrees did not stop the Nazis from poking fun at the Jews on this Jewish holiday. With diabolical glee, the Nazis frequently orchestrated […]

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CEO updates the community on Jewish Federation activities

By Steven J. Morris SAN DIEGO — The year 2012 has been an eventful one so far for Federation… In a few short months we’ve launched some highly impactful programs and initiatives that enhance our community, help those in need, and build strong lasting connections to Jewish life. Our One Happy Camper program has launched […]

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Some words to Obama that Netanyahu might have added

By Shoshana Bryen WASHINGTON, D.C. — Here are some comments that Israel’s Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu perhaps should have added in his talk with U.S. President Barack Obama earlier this week: “Mr. President, you live in a big country: wide and long with friendly neighbors and oceans. The distance of your journey from Honolulu to […]

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Speculation concerning three different U.S.-Israel-Iran scenarios

By Dow Marmur JERUSALEM — Of all the comments and spins that I’ve heard and read after the last Obama-Netanyahu meeting in the White House and Netanyahu’s speech at the AIPAC rally (or was it a conference?), the one that made most sense to me came from Matthew Kalman, the new editor-in-chief of the Jerusalem […]

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Avigdor Lieberman a pariah to some, hero to others

By Ira Sharkansky JERUSALEM– Avigdor Lieberman is one of the more interesting creatures of Israeli politics. He came to fame as a Netanyahu protege and Director General of the Prime Minister’s Office during part of Benyamin Netanyahu’s first term as Prime Minister (1996-99). Later he went out on his own to create the political party […]

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Why the Israelites turned to a Golden Calf

By Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb NEW YORK — She was a Hindu princess. She was one of the brightest students in my graduate school class. We studied psychology, and she went on to return to her country and become a psychotherapist of world renown. For our purposes, I shall refer to her as Streena. We […]

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