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Memoir relates journey from Hasidism to lesbianism

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Uncovered by Leah Lax; She Writes Press; © 2015; ISBN 978-1631529955; $16.95 By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – This touchingly written, respectful yet controversial, woman’s odyssey from unhappy, repressed childhood to Hasidism and thence, in middle age, to freedom and the personal security found in lesbianism, is bound to be earnestly debated by readers. […]

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I-8 Jewish Travel: Mission San Diego

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-20th in a Series- Exit 8, Mission Gorge Road, San Diego — Mission San Diego By Donald H. Harrison

 SAN DIEGO –Under any circumstances a trip to Mission San Diego is worthwhile because it is the oldest mission in the chain that runs more than 600 miles along the coast of California and served as […]

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Renewing friendships amid kosher Jelly Belly candy

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    By Donald H. Harrison FAIRFIELD, California – On a day that my son David and his wife Cathy had to go to their work, and our grandchildren were in schools, my wife Nancy and I arranged to meet former Escondido residents Gerry and Judy Burstain, and Judy’s mother, Eleanor Lieb, halfway between the […]

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A hearty thank you to SDJW’s August contributors

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SAN DIEGO (SDJW) – During the month of August, San Diego Jewish World was privileged to publish works by the following writers and photographers.   We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you and to publicly express our appreciation. To access works by these contributors on San Diego Jewish World, type or copy their name into the […]

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Catholic college fosters religious pluralism

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  By Donald H. Harrison MORAGA, California — Prof. Barbara McGraw of Saint Mary’s College of California likes to tell of an interfaith conference she attended at which delegates representing a wide specturm of religious beliefs all were in attendance. As was the custom at such gatherings, people in the audience asking questions first would identify […]

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I-8 Jewish Travel: S.D. Family History Center

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-19th in a Series- Exit 8, Fairmount Avenue, San Diego — San Diego Family History Center By Donald H. Harrison   SAN DIEGO — It may seem strange that a series focusing on “Jewish stories” along the Interstate 8 would direct you to a facility operated by the Church of  Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but if it’s […]

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‘Violet,’ a musical that gets beneath the skin

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By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO—As we exited Violet, a musical now playing at the San Diego Repertory Theatre, my 14-year-old grandson, Shor, said he wished the title characters, Violet as an adult (Hannah Corrigan) and Violet as a child (Katelyn Katz) had been made up with a terrible scar on the right side of […]

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Only a shlemiel would judge this book by its cover

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The Jews That I Knew: Voices From the Invisible Ghetto  by Ed Schwartz; Create Space © 2014, ISBN 979-1500-1507-61; 96 pages. By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – From its cover to its conclusion, too few pages later, this is a quirky yet enjoyable book.  You might get the idea looking at the cover that […]

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Chabad of La Costa celebrates ‘floor of the present’

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By Donald H. Harrison CARLSBAD, California – Chabad of La Costa on Sunday, Aug. 23, celebrated the completion of what its spiritual leader,  Rabbi Yeruchem Eilfort,  called the “floor of the present” containing an 88-seat sanctuary, offices, a small library,  and a kosher kitchen. Already roughly constructed, but needing such important finishing touches as an […]

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A Holocaust tale for middle schoolers

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Somewhere There Is Still A Sun by Michael Gruenbaum with Todd Hasak-Lowy; Aladdin Books © 2015; ISBN 978-1-4424-8486-3; 378 pages including after words; $17.99 By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – This book is what you might call a combination of a memoir and historical fiction—the two genres mixing in a tale intended for middle […]

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I-8 Jewish Travel: Shuls on the move

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  -18th in a series– Exit 6, Texas Street, San Diego — Old Tifereth Israel, Beth Jacob By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO –Although San Diego’s Jewish community started in Old Town San Diego in the 1850s, moving to downtown and environs in the late 1800s and early 1900s, it was on the move again […]

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A refugee and the great American hope

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Oskar and the Eight Blessings by Richard Simon and Tanya Simon, illustrated by Marc Siegel, Roaring Brook Press of MacMillan Children’s Publishing Group; ISBN 978-1-59643-949-8; 40 pages; $17.99. By Donald H. Harrison   SAN DIEGO — Back in the early 1970.s, when I worked for the Associated Press in New York City, I was always […]

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The Jewish angle: Naming a helicopter and a ship

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By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – I find myself wondering why San Diego Gas & Electric decided to name its giant fire-fighting helicopter “Goliath.”  Sure, it’s big, and Goliath of biblical infamy was big, but there the similarity ends.  Goliath, a Philistine who stood between 12 and 13 feet tall, was a bully.  He […]

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I-8 Jewish Travel: ‘Team Davis’

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–17th in a series– Exit 6, Texas Street, San Diego ~ District Office of U.S. Rep. Susan Davis By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO –The distance between this city and Washington D.C. is approximately 2,690 miles, or a five-hour jet plane ride.  Impractical to go back and forth every day between work in Washington and constituents […]

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