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Jews were both insiders and outsiders in San Diego

Editor’s Note: The following is excerpted from Don Harrison’s presentation on June 22 at the San Diego History Center about the status of pioneer Jews in San Diego County.  Other speakers included Joellyn Zollman, curator of the exhibit at the Center on the Jews of San Diego; Mary Ellen Stratthaus and Phil Shapiro, who both […]

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Harrison is new editor of Western States Jewish History

LOS ANGELES (Press Release) — The Western States Jewish History Association has announced that Donald H. Harrison, editor and publisher of San Diego Jewish World, will also assume the position of editor of the quarterly journal Western States Jewish History, starting with Volume 50, Issue #1 – Fall 2017 Harrison has been a contributor to […]

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Dalai Lama calls for the teaching of compassion

Story by Donald H. Harrison; photos by Shor M. Masori LA JOLLA, California – Ken Stone, a Jewish community member who serves as a contributing editor to the Times of San Diego, figures he did two things right before covering the visit Friday of the Dalai Lama to UC San Diego. First, he got a […]

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History Center to probe bias against Jews, others

SAN DIEGO (SDJW)– A panel presentation at the San Diego History Center will probe the situation of Jews and other religious groups as both insiders and outsiders during the 167 years since San Diego was incorporated as a city in the new State of California. To be moderated by Adam Rosenthal, an attorney who serves […]

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History detective tells SDHC gala of her adventures

By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – If you think of a history researcher as someone who spends nearly every waking hour poring over old manuscripts, you haven’t met Joellyn Zollman, Ph.D She’s the curator of the “Celebrate San Diego! The history & Heritage of San Diego’s Jewish Community” exhibit which is being presented through […]

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Hillel of San Diego keeps momentum as leaders change

By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – Even changes in the organization’s top leadership doesn’t dampen the feeling among Hillel of San Diego’s board of directors that this coming fiscal year will be one of tremendous momentum,  in which some very notable recent accomplishments will be carried forward. At the organization’s annual meeting, held Wednesday […]

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Soille gala features inspiring people, stories

By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – Peter Pan, whose silhouette along with those of other storybook characters provided a backdrop at the New Children’s Museum for speakers at the Soille San Diego Hebrew Day School gala dinner, famously declared that he wanted never to grow up.  That being impossible, speakers who extolled community philanthropist […]

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Sex with the powerful: A story of a D.C. intern

Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin; Algonquin Books of Chapel Hills; (c) 2017; ISBN pending; 307 pages; tentative price $26.95. By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO — Two young Jewish interns, Monica Lewinsky and Chandra Levy, z”l, as written about in the Washington D.C. media became caricatures of themselves. Lewinsky was the intern whose spotted […]

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Many sights at S.D.’s Israel Festival

Photo essay by Donald H. Harrison                       * Harrison is editor of San Diego Jewish World.  He may be contacted via donald.harrison@sdjewishworld.com  

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Clergymen offer perspectives on refugees

By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO — No kidding now, a rabbi, a priest, a minister, and an imam walked into a social hall … They sat together facing an audience at Congregation Beth Israel on Tuesday evening, May 16, and each in turn explained why his religious tradition empathizes with the plight of refugees. […]

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San Diegan Sol Lizerbram to head national JNF

By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO — To considerable applause, Russell Robinson, the chief executive officer of the Jewish National Fund, announced Thursday, May 11, that the next national president of JNF will be San Diegan Dr. Sol Lizerbram. Lizerbram, active with his wife Lauren for 35 years in JNF, will begin his two-year term […]

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The ‘Choices’ refugees must make

Choices: The True Story of One Family’s Daring Escape to Freedom by J.E. Laufer; Little Egg Publishing Co; (c) 2017; ISBN 9781881-669067; 102 pages plus 3 pages of photographs. By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO — The story may be true, but the book officially is classified as fiction because it imagines conversations that the […]

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Mob, murder, and Shoah are elements of novel

Forbidden Night by Joanne Lewis, Soul Attitude Press, (c) 2016; 282 pages; ISBN 9781939-181755. By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO — At first, I was a bit bewildered by this novel; it alternated several stories in different time periods and I wondered how they would all come together. But they did! One story dealt with […]

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Book teaches children about the Holocaust

Somewhere There Is Still a Sun by Michael Gruenbaum with Todd Hasak-Lowy; Aladdin Books of Simon & Schuster Publishing; (c) 2015; ISBN 9781442-484870; 356 pages plus afterword and appendices; $8.99 By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO — This is a Holocaust memoir written for children of perhaps middle school age. It is narrated in present […]

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