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S.D. Jewish World authors: Dorothea Shefer-Vanson

Editor’s Note: San Diego Jewish World is fortunate to have among its contributors the authors of many books. To acquaint you with them, and their literary output, we will from time to time offer articles by the authors telling about their works.  This article is by Dorothea Shefer-Vanson, a second-generation Holocaust survivor who made aliyah to Israel […]

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Books giving way to the Internet

By Dorothea Shefer-Vanson MEVASERET Zion, Israel — A few years ago a friend added me to the mailing list of a British publication that lists books (not ebooks) that are available at a reduced price. The masthead proudly proclaims that it is ‘Britain’s Best Postal Book Bargains.’ And at the side is the royal crest that […]

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Speaking out against male predators

By Dorothea Shefer-Vanson MEVASERET ZION, Israel — “Predators.” No, the term doesn’t apply to all men, but it would seem to be a corollary of the power that many men have obtained, by fair means or foul, over women, particularly in the workplace. The recent revelations about the way Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein appears to […]

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War, nationalism, viewed in hindsight

By Dorothea Shefer-Vanson MEVASSERET ZION, Israel — To celebrate my birthday we went to see the film Frantz, not knowing quite what it was about. This joint French-German production was well-received by the critics, so it seemed like a good idea. At least, we thought, we’d be able to practice our French and/or German a […]

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Anatomy of a gang of spies

Stalin’s Englishman: the Lives of Guy Burgess by Andrew Lownie (published by Hodder and Stoughton, 2015) By Dorothea Shefer-Vanson MEVASSERET ZION, Israel — The defection to the USSR of Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean in 1951 remained prominent in the British press for almost a decade. Their defection was followed  a few years later by that of […]

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An Evening with the Author of  ‘Woman in Gold’

By Dorothea Shefer-Vanson JERUSALEM — When I heard that Anne-Marie O’Connor would be speaking at the Tower of David Museum in a dialogue with fellow-author Ora Ahimeir I jumped at the opportunity to see and hear the author of the monumental book Woman in Gold in person. As readers are doubtless aware, the book relates the saga […]

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Home sweet eretz!

By Dorothea Shefer-Vanson MEVASSERET ZION, Israel — It’s two o’clock in the morning as the ‘Fasten Seat-Belts’ sign comes on in the plane bringing us back to Tel Aviv. We anxiously scan the darkness outside for the first signs of the city that never sleeps. And suddenly, there it is. The strings of lights that tell […]

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‘Judas’ a theme of Amos Oz book on early Israel

Judas by Amos Oz; Hebrew Language, Keter Books.   By Dorothea Shefer-Vanson MEVASSERET ZION, Israel — Amos Oz, the doyen of Hebrew writers, was not awarded the prestigious International Man Booker literary prize, which went instead to David Grossman’s book, A Horse Walks into a Bar. Having read both books in the original Hebrew, I am unable to […]

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Thoughts of two homelands while on vacation

By Dorothea Shefer-Vanson DOMEYROT, France –Although we’re coming to the end of our vacation in France we have not been cut off from happenings in the rest of the world, specifically Israel and England. Summer in Israel is always hot and this year it seems to have been hotter than usual, at least according to […]

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Book lovers delight in festival in French town

CHARROUX, France — In this picturesque village in Central France I was able to attend a literary festival held in French and English. The three-day event was crowded with interesting talks, some in French but most in English, given by a wide range of writers. I wasn’t able to attend all of them, or even […]

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Surprise klezmer music in a French church

By Dorothea Shefer-Vanson DOMEYROT, France –Spending  part of the summer in central France has constituted our annual vacation for several years now. We enjoy the peaceful atmosphere, the beautiful scenery, and the cooler weather. If there are any musical events we are happy to attend them, but they are not the main reason for our […]

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Agony of a vacation sickness

By Dorothea Shefer-Vanson DOMEYROT, France — How typically British. Even if a person isn’t feeling well it must be somehow be connected with the weather — that subject of eternal fascination for the true Brit. In my case, however, at least to the best of my knowledge, it didn’t have anything to do with the […]

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The author’s joke, alas, is on the reader

A Horse Walks Into a Bar by David Grossman (published in Hebrew by Hasifriya Hahadasha) By Dorothea Shefer-Vanson DOMEYROT, France —   I am proud to announce that I have completed my first vacation task, namely, to read the Hebrew version of David Grossman’s book, the English translation of which was awarded the prestigious Man Booker […]

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Taking Israeli children on a London visit

By Dorothea Shefer-Vanson LONDON, England — As is our custom, Yigal and I take each grandchild to London as a bar-or bat-mitzva present and in order for them to familiarize themselves with their ‘roots.’ These are truly rather farcical roots, as the fact that their grandmother (i.e., yours truly) was born and brought up in […]

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