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Choosing a secular rather than a religious school

By Gary Rotto SAN DIEGO — Just about four years ago, we had to make a very difficult decision. My daughter had attended the San Diego Jewish Academy (SDJA) for nine years – from kindergarten through eighth grade, to the cusp of high school. But we needed to make a decision on where she would […]

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Shul, Ken, and SDJA to share the campus

By Gary Rotto SAN DIEGO — Some believe that there are two types of congregations:  destination congregations and neighborhood congregations.  A destination congregation is so compelling, so well known for its theology, programming, school or rabbinical leadership that people will travel from anywhere in the region to attend or become  a member.  A neighborhood congregation […]

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On packing that last lunch bag

By Gary Rotto SAN DIEGO — I made my final school lunch for my daughter yesterday.  For sixteen years, I’ve made lunches for her.  It all started with a simple brown paper bag.  The ubiquitous brown bag has been the choice of families for lunches for decades. Until she was two, Kelila was under the […]

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Modest San Diego event salutes Israel

By Gary Rotto SAN DIEGO –Under a sun drenched sky with a mild breeze, San Diego celebrated Israel.  Or at least a few hundred people celebrated Israel.  The attendance was significantly below the numbers of years gone by.  Rather than any drop off in support for Israel, the likely factor is the stripped down version […]

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‘Holocaust’ and ‘Shoah’ meanings and emotions

By Gary Rotto SAN DIEGO — As I started out this column, my intent was to make a statement for the “ownership” of the term Holocaust. As long as I can remember, I always had a visceral reaction when this term was used by others to describe a potential disaster.  To me, anything would pale in […]

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Term as shul president over, columnist returns

By Gary Rotto SAN DIEGO–I’ve been on a self imposed sabbatical.  I needed to take a break from writing for a couple of years.  It’s not that I didn’t enjoy it,  Rather, I just didn’t have the time to either write regularly or to create columns worthy of our readership. Most of us hit a […]

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Friendship, not breakthroughs, object of Obama visit

By Gary Rotto SAN DIEGO — President Obama is only the fifth sitting US President to visit Israel and like his predecessor, George W. Bush, waited until after the first term to make such a visit.   Major diplomatic announcements or breakthroughs are not expected in any of the stops – to Israel, the West Bank or Jordan.  […]

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Perhaps we should register body armor

By Gary Rotto SAN DIEGO —The shootings in Connecticut hit me hard.  Just the thought of a gunman coming into a school and shooting children was too much for me.  I thought of the times when my daughter was younger and attended San Diego Jewish Academy  that she would tell me of a Code Red, […]

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Obama has been Israel’s friend

By Gary Rotto SAN DIEGO — This is a full throated endorsement of the re-election of Barack Obama.  Why?  Well, let’s look at what he has achieved: Hunted down and killed Osama bin Laden; But the President understands that the fight against terrorism and Al Qa’ida is not over.  In his National Security Strategy, the […]

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Romney’s idea to arm Syrian rebels is folly

By Gary Rotto SAN DIEGO — To counteract the impression that he didn’t have the credentials to be the commander in chief or positions on key international issues, Governor Romney recently put forward his ideas on Syria.  Actually, he made like a cliff diver and made a huge splash with great risk.  His solution is […]

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Gaza seems a hell on earth

By Gary Rotto SAN DIEGO — I often forget how much modern Hebrew language is influenced by the Torah.  On Kol Nidre, Barbara Carr,one of the great Jewish educators in our community was talking about the scapegoat as part of her D’var Torah. And as she talked about the destination of the scapegoat – Azazael, […]

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Questions I meant to ask my father

  By Gary Rotto SAN DIEGO — I have come to realize that one can never be prepared totally for someone to die.  I thought that I was. My father lived for over 30 years with congestive heart failure.  In May 1981, he suffered a major heart attack.  The heart attack was so severe; the […]

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Daniel Rotto, former Congregation Dor Hadash president, dies

  By Gary Rotto ENCINITAS, California — My father, Daniel Rotto, a founding member of Congregation Dor Hadash who later served as a president of the Reconstructionist congregation, has died at age 89 at Seacrest Village Retirement Community here. Many of the early meetings of Congregation Dor Hadash were held in the Rotto home, and […]

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Remembering Israel’s athletes on their yahrzeits

  By Gary Rotto SAN DIEGO — The question is “How should the International Olympic Committee commemorate and remember the slaying of 11 Israeli Olympic Athletes at the Munich Olympics?” The conversation has focused on one answer, which, of course, is not the question, but only one answer.  Whether on Facebook or via the petition […]

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