The spa life of some cool Mexican cats

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By Mimi Pollack TECATE, Mexico — If you are an animal lover, you will be happy if you stay at Rancho La Puerta, a Jewish-owned spa retreat in this city on the U.S. border. Known affectionately as “the ranch” Deborah Szekely and her late husband, Edmond, started the place in 1940. Back then, it was […]

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Humoring the headlines: February 10, 2016

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New Hampshire Primary Results By Laurie Baron SAN DIEGO─ Donald Trump won the New Hampshire Republican presidential primary.  In this year’s Republican primaries, nothing succeeds like excess.  Trump’s victory inspired Benjamin Netanyahu to reveal plans to build a fence around Israel and get the Arab League to pay for it. * Chris Christie is expected […]

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Silverman new AJC director of Muslim- Jewish relations

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By Kenneth Bandler NEW YORK — Robert J. Silverman has been named U.S. Director of Muslim-Jewish Relations for AJC (American Jewish Committee), the global Jewish advocacy organization. The new position represents a major expansion of existing AJC programmatic activities aimed at deepening Muslim-Jewish understanding and engaging in constructive, cooperative interactions. Groundbreaking initiatives in interreligious relations, across […]

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Sanders first Jew to win a presidential primary

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  (JNS.org) Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Tuesday convincingly won the Democratic presidential race’s New Hampshire’s primary over opponent Hillary Clinton, 60-38.3 percent, becoming the first Jewish candidate to ever win a presidential primary. Clinton, the former secretary of state and first lady, had narrowly defeated Sanders in the Iowa caucus earlier this month. Business […]

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Gun control debate turns anti- Semitic

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Ted Nugent blames Jews for gun control By Paul Miller/JNS.org Taking to his Facebook page on Monday afternoon, legendary musician and gun rights advocate Ted Nugent posted an image of Jewish public figures under the tagline, “So who is really behind gun control?” The post features a collage of Jews such as former New York […]

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Obama and U.S., Israel minorities

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By Ira Sharkansky JERUSALEM — A New York Times review of a recent book about Obama’s “blackness” pretty much sums up what we’ve known since he came on the stage a decade ago. He isn’t all that black. He’s no Jesse Jackson. He’s a non-threatening African American, moreso than Americans whose ancestors came centuries ago, insofar […]

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Anachnu: Alan Goldenberg

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By Donald H. Harrison Alan Goldenberg SAN DIEGO — Alan Goldenberg joined the Navy, served eight years, and he still gets to see the world in various civilian jobs that were an outgrowth of his Navy service. The skills he learned as an electronics technician led to positions with a variety of land-based companies that […]

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Jewish interest license plate: Leba

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“Leba” is a Yiddish name meaning “beloved.”  It could refer to the car or the driver, or possibly to both.  Our license plate maven, Melanie Rubin, spotted it.

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South Africans dispute ‘Apartheid’ charge against Israel

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By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – Two black South African students who traveled to Israel to learn if South African BDS advocates were telling the truth about “apartheid” in the Jewish state say the apartheid charge is bogus. Furthermore, said Miyelani Pinini, former president of the Student Representative Council at the University of Cape […]

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U.S. ambassador hails 3G service in P.A.

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RAMALLAH, Palestinian Authority (Press Release) — U.S. Ambassador Daniel Sepulveda, deputy assistant secretary and U.S. coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy, on Thursday, Feb. 4, hailed an agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority for the provision of 3G mobile phone services within the latter’s territory.  Following is a transcript of his remarks delivered at […]

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Broncos are this rabbi’s secular religion

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By Rabbi Jeffrey Lipschultz ROCK ISLAND, Illinois –Thoughts this week fill my mind as we come to our new Parshah on Mishpatim that deals with the laws of the Torah and the command to adhere to all aspects of law, both small and large, to stand righteously with God.  The laws are a sort of […]

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I-8 Jewish Travel: New Jewish pioneers of the West

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-42nd in a Series– Exit 13A, Jackson Drive, La Mesa ~ Chabad of East County By Donald H. Harrison LA MESA, California – If I were to ask you what a pioneer looks like, perhaps you would describe him as a man wearing a coonskin hat, a buckskin jacket and pants, and moccasins.  Maybe you […]

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‘Ghosts’ illustrates reverence for our war dead

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Ghosts: Images of War by Carrie Zeidman; © 2015 Swiss Creek Publications; ISBN 978-0970227652; 71 pages; $40. By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – This is an unusual book of photo essays touring venues of the American Revolutionary War, Civil War, World War I, World War II and the Holocaust.  Photojournalist Carrie Zeidman visits these places […]

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Oh where are candidates who inspire?

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By Rabbi Ben Kamin OCEANSIDE, California — There was a point in one of those debates when Sen. Marco Rubio (who gave a victory speech last night after losing in Iowa) was asked, more or less, if he considered himself the savior of the Republican Party. His underwhelming, cloying, and thoroughly contrived response was that Jesus […]

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