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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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Author Gaines recalls his mental illness treatment

One of These Things First by Steven Gaines; © 2016 Delphinium Books; ISBN 9781883-285715; 196 pages; $14.95. By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – If you like a story well told, with perhaps a smidgen of name-dropping, you’ll be entertained by author/ columnist Steven Gaines’ recollections of his tumultuous adolescence. It was a period when […]

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A minyan of Jewish stories

Minyan: Ten Interwoven Stories by John J. Clayton; © 2016 Paragon House; ISBN 9781557-789204; 262 pages; $17.95 By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – Author John J. Clayton is a masterful story teller, whose universal plots are enriched by his familiarity with the Jewish idiom.  Whether he is writing about children acting out in protest […]

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A mystery behind a mystery novel

Murder at the River Ben Retirement Resort by Stan Schatt; © 2017; SelfPub: ISBN 9781548-656195; 235 pages. By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO –  The fictional Miriam Lipsky writes detective novels, but when a friend accused of murder asks her to sleuth out who really dunnit, she finds the doing is not as easy as […]

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Pain, loss propel 2 U.S. ex-pats in this novel

Strangers in Budapest by Jessica Kenner; Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill; © 2017; 337 pages. By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – Edward, a Jewish man in his 70s, and Annie, a young married woman in her 30s, are brought together by a mutual acquaintance back in the United States, a woman who asked Annie […]

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Former IDF clerk finds identity in cartooning

Story by Donald H. Harrison; photo by Shor M. Masori SAN DIEGO – Miriam Libicki, whose graphic memoir about life as a clerk in the Israel Defense Forces was on sale at the annual Comic-Con Convention, has been plunging into issues of personal identity:  hers and those of Russian-born friends. She grew up in Ohio […]

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United Way removes barriers so kids can read

  Story by Donald H. Harrison; photos by Shor M. Masori SAN DIEGO – Rabbi Laurie Coskey takes it as an article of her civic faith that “until third grade children learn to read, and after third grade they read to learn.”  If a child doesn’t read by the end of third grade, the rabbi […]

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Jewish daughter atones by creating a comic book

Story by Donald H. Harrison; Photos by Shor M. Masori SAN DIEGO – Trina Robbins is known in the comic book industry as the first female artist to draw Wonder Woman, back in 1986 for D.C. Comics.  She went on to become a mentor for other women comic book artists, and that was apparent on […]

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Spiritual quest led her to Elko’s Jewish community

  Editor’s Note:  Editor Donald H. Harrison and his grandson Shor recently completed a 2,000-mile journey through California and Nevada, collecting and photographing Jewish stories along the way.  This article is the sixth and final article in a series generated during that trip. By Donald H. Harrison ELKO, Nevada – It’s approximately 600 miles roundtrip […]

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Know who Jacob W. Davis was? He invented Levi’s

Editor’s Note:  Editor Donald H. Harrison and his grandson Shor recently completed a 2,000 mile journey through California and Nevada, collecting and photographing Jewish stories along the way.  This article is the fifth in a series generated during that trip. Story by Donald H. Harrison; photos by Shor M. Masori RENO, Nevada —  Instead of […]

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Rare, historic garments preserved by Levi Strauss & Co.

Editor’s Note:  Editor Donald H. Harrison and his grandson Shor recently completed a 2,000 mile journey through California and Nevada, collecting and photographing Jewish stories along the way.  This article is the fourth in a series generated during that trip. Story by Donald H. Harrison; Photos by Shor M. Masori SAN FRANCISCO – In the […]

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Torah, Jewish history prompt B’nai Israel of Sacramento to offer itself as a sanctuary for undocumented persons

Editor’s Note:  Editor Donald H. Harrison and his grandson Shor recently completed a 2,000 mile journey through California and Nevada, collecting and photographing Jewish stories along the way.  This article is the third in a series generated during that trip. Story by Donald H. Harrison; Photos by Shor M. Masori SACRAMENTO  — Congregation B’nai Israel, […]

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The Jewish frog man of Madera

Editor’s Note:  Editor Donald H. Harrison and his grandson Shor recently completed a 2,000 mile journey through California and Nevada, collecting and photographing Jewish stories along the way.  This article is the second in a series generated during that trip. Story by Donald H. Harrison; photos by Shor M. Masori MADERA, California – Stuart Weil […]

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