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Dinosaur site draws scholars and tourists

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-Tenth in a Series- By Donald H. Harrison ST. GEORGE, Utah – You’ve heard about St. George and the dragon, but that’s a Christian legend from England which must be taken on faith. On the other hand, you have St. George and the dinosaurs and that’s a secular American tale for which there is plenty […]

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Mob Museum chronicles Jewish gangsters

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-Ninth in a Series– By Donald H. Harrison LAS VEGAS, Nevada – In a former courthouse where U.S. Senator Estes Kefauver (D-Tennessee) once held a hearing to expose the extent to which Organized Crime had corrupted America, Las Vegas today presents “The Mob Museum,” an interactive set of exhibits tracing the rise and fall of […]

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At Hoover Dam, there’s a statistic everywhere

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  -Eighth in a series– By Donald H. Harrison BOULDER CITY, Nevada – Whereas the watchword of this publication is “There’s a Jewish Story Everywhere,” at the Hoover Dam, apparently, the motto is slightly different: “There’s a Statistic Everywhere.” Or so one might believe watching an introductory video and taking a math-laden tour of the […]

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The shimmering mirage of Primm, Nevada

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–Seventh in a series– By Donald H. Harrison PRIMM, Nevada – As grandson Shor and I drove through the California desert, we saw shimmering in front of us what seemed a scene out of Oz, or maybe Xanadu: some tall structures including a giant roller coaster. Was this one of those fabled desert mirages often […]

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Summer heat drives visitors into Calico stores

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  –Sixth in a series– By Donald H. Harrison CALICO GHOST TOWN, California – A few short miles north of Barstow on Interstate 15 stands the revived Calico Ghost Town, presented by the County of San Bernardino as an insight into its mining past. Wooden sidewalks take visitors past late 19th century stores and mining […]

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Home of Eternity: So Cal’s oldest Jewish cemetery

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–Fifth in a series– By Donald H. Harrison SAN BERNARDINO, California –As grandson Shor and I continued our tour up the Interstate 15 from Riverside, it seemed only a matter of minutes until we reached San Bernardino, site of the oldest Jewish cemetery in continuous use in Southern California. The Home of Eternity, at 8th […]

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Hotel celebrates Presidents, Einstein and Newman

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-Fourth in a series– By Donald H. Harrison RIVERSIDE, California –Around the beginning of the 20th century, Frank Miller started collecting bells for what would become the historic Mission Inn here in this city along the Santa Ana River. Eventually, he accumulated 800 bells of various sizes as well as innumerable Christian crosses. People began […]

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Grape Day Park is Sig Steiner’s legacy

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  By Donald H. Harrison -Second in a Series– ESCONDIDO, California –This city’s downtown Grape Day Park is easily identifiable by a play area which features a children’s slide coursing through a large sculpture depicting a bunch of grapes. Large “vines” nearby provide more places for children to climb and frolic. Along one side of […]

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I-15 Jewish sightseeing: Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego

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–First in a Series – By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – Qualcomm Stadium, as it called in its third incarnation since opening in 1967, is a massive concrete structure described as “modernist” by some architects, “brutalist” by others. Either way it is a celebration of structural forms and building materials. Its massive slabs of […]

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Book Review: ‘A Wolf in the Soul’

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Ira T. Berkowitz, A Wolf in the Soul, Leviathan Press, ISBN: 978-1-881927-13-6, 461 pages, $19.99 By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – My father, who would have been 104 years old today, July 4, loved to play this trick with Tank, our pet dog who was half Boxer, half German Shepherd. Dad would get a […]

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San Diego Jewish World to go on summer schedule

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Memo to San Diego Jewish World readers From Donald H. Harrison, publisher SAN DIEGO–Summer time, it seems, is when much of the Jewish world goes on vacation. We know that many of our news sources plan to be off to other places between now and Rosh Hashanah. A lot of our readers are planning vacations […]

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San Diegans recite tehillim for 3 kidnapped Israeli teens

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By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – An overflow crowd exceeding 200 persons gathered in the study hall-sanctuary of Southern California Yeshiva (SCY) High on Sunday morning, June 22, to recite tehillim (psalms) for kidnapped Israeli teenagers Gilad Shaar, 16; Naftali Frenkel, 16; and Eyal Yifrach, 19, who have been missing since Thursday, June 12. […]

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Abayudaya tells of journey in behalf of his fellow Jews

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By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – Some day Armstrong Gidongo will be an airplane pilot, but it’s debatable whether he will ever experience as exciting a trip as the eight-month solo journey that he took  as a boy, not yet 18, from his impoverished village of Navugoya, Uganda, to Israel, where he hoped to […]

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San Diego teacher returns from pioneer’s hometown in Germany; school exchange celebrates Louis Rose

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By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO—At a student assembly in the Grundschule (Elementary School) of Neuhaus an der Oste, Germany, the town’s Mayor Georg Martens proudly received a copy of a proclamation signed by San Diego’s Mayor Kevin Faulconer celebrating the “sister” relationship between the school which Martens was visiting and the Cabrillo Elementary School […]

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