Archive | May 11th, 2012

Halacha may be adjusted to societal reality

By Rabbi Michael Leo Samuel CHULA VISTA, California — President Obama’s revelation surprised me. I wondered: Why did it take him so long to state his opinion? Wasn’t it obvious? True, the President indicated that he had reservations on whether he should personally endorse same sex marriage, or not. Although I think the President would […]

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Lecturer traces Jewish influence on Mexican cinema

By Mimi Pollack LA JOLLA, California — “Hybrid Culture.” Those words resonated with me because I was brought up in a hybrid culture.  On Wednesday, May 9, there was an interesting platica [discussion] given at the Lawrence Family JCC by Isaac Artenstein, a well-known producer, writer, and director of such movies as A Day without […]

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Lawrence Family JCC gears up for used book sale

LA JOLLA, California (Press Release)– Donations of used books are pouring in for the 12th Annual Used Book Sale of the Samuel & Rebecca Astor Judaica Library, which will take place June 13-15 and 17, at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla. Admission is free. There is a $10 Early Bird […]

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Dumanis opposes declaring San Diego schools bankrupt

-Staff Report- SAN DIEGO — District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, a Jewish candidate for mayor who believes San Diego’s government should take a more active role in how the schools are run, announced opposition to School Board member Scott Barnett’s suggestion that the district should declare itself bankrupt and let the state fix the fiscal problems. […]

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‘Diversity Day’ June 10 will celebrate many cultures

  SAN DIEGO (Press Release)— The New Children’s Museum and the Anti-Defamation League invite children and families to celebrate our differences at Diversity Day on Sunday June 10, from  10 a.m. to 4 p.m. . Offering free admission, the community is encouraged to celebrate the region’s diversity, including the many races, religions, national origins, genders, […]

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Jewish-interest license plate: Maven

TORONTO —  Michael Glassman spotted this expert’s license.   He tells us there are many other license plates with Yiddish words are to be spotted in Canada. We thank him and hope he will send in others as he sees them.

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U.N. Indigenous Rights Declaration a recipe for global trouble

By Shoshana Bryen WASHINGTON, D.C. — In early 2011, President Obama announced that the United States would sign the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Now the U.N. wants us to give Mt. Rushmore to the Indians. James Anaya, U.N. special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, spent twelve days in the […]

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Obama’s support for same-sex marriages ripples through Israel

By Ira Sharkansky JERUSALEM — The country once riled (and still so in some localities) on the subject of alcohol and which has pursued a war against drugs since the 1970s is now beginning a presidential campaign with same-sex marriages as a central issue. Its difficult to decide between ridicule and laughter, sadness and tears […]

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‘Scottsboro Boys’ in minstrel format depicts judicial travesty

  SAN DIEGO—Just recently the curtain came down on Cygnet Theatre’s critically acclaimed Parade, Alfred Uhry’s historical musical drama depicting the story of Leo Frank and the lynching that led to his untimely death after being falsely accused of raping and killing young Mary Phagan. Frank managed an Atlanta pencil factory where Phagan was brutally murdered on the […]

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Zina Schiff features 20th-century composers in nostalgic concert

By Eileen Wingard SAN FRANCISCO — Two distinguished musicians were honored by my sister Zina Schiff at her violin recital in Temple Emanu-El’s concert series in San Francisco last Monday evening. She dedicated her program to the memory of violinist Israel Baker, one of her former teachers and life long friends, and she gave premiere performances to […]

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