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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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Home is where the hearth is

By Dorothea Shefer-Vanson MEVASSERET ZION, Israel — As always, Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom gave her traditional Christmas message, which was televised and broadcast all over the world. Although I don’t usually pay it much attention, this year I happened to catch it live on TV, and watched with greater interest than usual, […]

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‘Journey to a Dream’ had many detours

Journey to a Dream; A voyage of discovery from England’s industrial north to Spain’s rural interior by Craig Briggs; (c) 2012; ISBN 9781480-254930; Prices vary on Amazon By Dorothea Shefer-Vanson MEVASSERET ZION, Israel –Author Craig Briggs describes in great detail the process whereby he and his wife decamped from the north of England to Spain in […]

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Her favorite Chanukah dessert? Ginger bread!

By Dorothea Shefer-Vanson MEVASSERET ZION, Israel –The pungent aroma of baking would often greet me when I came home from school. My mother was an expert baker (and cook) and had a wide range of goodies that she would make in the course of the year, as well as the delicious Challah and rolls she […]

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Israeli team probes how people make decisions

  The Undoing Project; a Friendship that Changed Our Minds by Michael Lewis; W.W. Norton and Co. (c) 2017. By Dorothea Shefer-Vanson   MEVASSERET ZION, Israel — In this book Michael Lewis sets out to describe the way two Israeli psychologists worked together over the course of several years to develop a theory about the process […]

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Fun, food, and visits to Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Mexico

By Dorothea Shefer-Vanson MEVASSERET ZION, Israel — Aboard the cruise ship Carnival Dream, a veritable floating city, we shared the fourteen decks with some 4,000 other passengers Our route took us from New Orleans, down the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico and several Caribbean islands. From conversations with some of our fellow-passengers we learned that […]

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Trip took her here, there, and almost everywhere

By Dorothea Shefer-Vanson MEVASSERET ZION, Israel — Six weeks, eleven flights, six states, one one-week cruise and four countries (not including the USA). That is feeble compared with the Beatles’ tour of the USA in 1965 (twenty-five cities in thirty days), but they were much younger than we are (and probably flew first class). One […]

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Book’s 70 chapters provide picture of U.S. Jewish life

77 Miles of Jewish Stories; History, Anecdotes and Tales of Travel Along I-8 by Donald H. Harrison; Create Space, 2017, 338 pages including index, $19.95.   By Dorothea Shefer-Vanson SAN DIEGO — The 70 chapters of this book appeared originally as individual articles in various editions of  San Diego Jewish World, the website edited by […]

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Global trend to the right began in Israel

By Dorothea Shefer Vanson MEVASERET ZION, Israel — The latest event on the world stage, the not-very-stellar re-election of Angela Merkel and rise of the AfD party in Germany, seems to fit into the pattern that has characterized elections all over the world in recent years, with the rise of right-wing parties. Some people think […]

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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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