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Telling the stories of Israel and Jews through philately

  By Donald H. Harrison EL CAJON, California – We can thank a Sunday school teacher in Buffalo, New York, for the fact that Donald Chafetz of El Cajon is one of the best-known authorities in the United States on stamps and postal covers of Israel and environs. Chafetz, editor of The Israel Philatelist, an […]

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La Jolla walkway named for Walter Munk, 100

  By Donald H. Harrison LA JOLLA, California–Famed oceanographer Walter Munk  predicted that a beach walkway named for him Wednesday on the eve of his upcoming 100th birthday won’t survive as long as he has unless nations cooperate to fight climate change by converting fossil fuels into renewable energy. At a ceremony at Kellogg Park […]

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A Jewish story everywhere? Yes, along the I-8

SAN DIEGO (SDJW) — The motto of San Diego Jewish World, a daily news website edited and published by Donald H. Harrison, is that “There is a Jewish Story Everywhere.” To demonstrate the concept, Harrison decided to follow the Interstate 8 east from its origin at the Pacific coastline to the Imperial County border 77 […]

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Creative students design, build JFS sukkah

By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – The temporary structures, or sukkahs, in which Jews celebrate the holiday of Sukkot typically are thrown up by Jewish families or congregations to partake in celebratory communal meals and to welcome strangers to our community. However, the sukkah just recently built at the Jewish Family Service (JFS) campus […]

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The Mt. Soledad cross case in retrospect

By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO—Morris Casuto, the retired executive director of the San Diego Region’s Anti-Defamation League, suggests that in retrospect San Diego’s quarter-century-long battle over the Mt. Soledad Cross was a win for civil government. Originally, the large Latin cross atop Mount Soledad was upon public property.  Several levels of courts declared that […]

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Unique calendar can tell yahrzeits far into the future

By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO — Former high school physics teacher Fred Reiss has liked series of numbers since he was a little boy.  He recalls that he was approximately six years old when he would stand on the front porch of his aunt’s house in South Philadelphia and count the number of students […]

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Tijuana Innovadora bolsters border city’s image

By Donald H. Harrison TIJUANA, Mexico –Tijuana philanthropist Jose “Pepe” Galicot says when he was a child, his Sephardic Jewish family was so poor that when they moved from Mexico City to Tijuana, they couldn’t afford to buy food.  So, they packed enough from home for what they thought would last for five days, but […]

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Spy novel finally makes it to the movies

By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO — Author Howard Kaplan wandered 40 years through the movie desert, but unlike Moses, he’s going to enter the Promised Land.  At the upcoming Boston Film Festival, on Sept. 23, the successful spy novel he published in 1977—The Damascus Cover—will finally be premiered as a movie starring Jonathan Rhys […]

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A short story book to keep you in your chair

Timeless Travels: Tales of Mystery, Intrigue, Humor and Enchantment by Joseph Rotenberg, Gefen Publishing House © 2017; ISBN 9789652-299154; 358 pages, $24.95. By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – I haven’t finished reading all of Timeless Travels, and that, in part, is because I like to draw out my reading pleasure, rather than rush it. […]

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1850s teen diarist Victoria Jacobs Franklin recalled

  By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO — The San Diego History Center on Sunday welcomed three Arizona women whose family lent to its museum the diary of mid-19th century teenager Victoria Jacobs for the current exhibition about the history and heritage of the local Jewish community. The visitors included Alden Hardy Carroll, the great-great […]

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Finding oneself–or not–in the land of Israel

The Book of Love and Hate by Lauren Sanders; Akashic Books ©2017; 300 pages; ISBN 9781617-755828. By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – Jennifer is the daughter of a fugitive billionaire, American businessman who is somewhere on the lam in Israel—or is he already dead?  Jennifer’s mother abandoned the family years ago, and her brother, […]

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JNF holds a pre- inauguration for Lizerbram

By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO—An outdoor party at the Hilton Bayfront Hotel on Monday night celebrated San Diegan Sol Lizerbram’s approaching inauguration in November as national president of Jewish National Fund.  The organization, noted Russell Robinson, its executive director, is 115 years old and going strong.  In fact, it is in the middle of […]

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Jewish community day with the Padres

By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – The Jewish community day at Petco Park would have been better if the Padres had won instead of losing 4-1 to the Washington Nationals, but still there was much to enjoy: New hats with Padres inscribed in Hebrew and the Flag of Israel emblazoned above the bill; kosher […]

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Three plots make ‘Karolina’s Twins’ exciting reading

Karolina’s Twins by Ronald H. Balson; © 2016 St. Martin’s Press; ISBN 9781250-089045; 306 pages; $15.99. By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – Author Balson skillfully weaves three plots together.  There’s the story of a Holocaust survivor and the twin girls she hopes are still alive; a court drama prompted by that elderly woman’s son […]

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