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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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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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