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From the Jewish library: ‘Zero Six Bravo’

Zero Six Bravo:  The Explosive True Story of How 60 Special Forces Survived Against an Iraqi Army of 100,000, by Damien Lewis, Quercus Publishers, 2014 By Sheila Orysiek SAN DIEGO — Damien Lewis is a British author who specializes in writing about the elite special forces in various military services; those soldiers who take on […]

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SDJW thanks its February 2016 contributors

SAN DIEGO — This publication would like to thank and express appreciation to the writers and photographers whose works appeared during February 2016 in San Diego Jewish World.  They include: Judy Lash Balint Kenneth Bandler Laurie Baron Boaz Bismuth Dan Bloom Shoshana Bryen Stephen Bryen Cynthia Citron Richard L. Cravtts Jack Forman Donald H. Harrison […]

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From the Jewish library: ‘Life Along the Silk Road’

Life Along the Silk Road, by Susan Whitfield, 2nd edition, University Press, 2015 By Sheila Orysiek SAN DIEGO — The book opens with several explanatory sections:  a “Preface to the Second Edition,” a “Note of Transliteration and Names,” an “Introduction,” a “Prologue,” and a map spread across two pages. The map is arresting.  It shows […]

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From the Jewish library: ‘My Name is Mahtob’

Or the Daughter of Not Without My Daughter By Sheila Orysiek SAN DIEGO — One day in 1991, a huge “skyscraper” size portrait of Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini was draped on full display in Israel and as can be imagined caused quite a bit of consternation.  Police arrived on the scene to find that it actually […]

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In reply to Kamin’s attack on Obama’s adversaries

By Sheila Orysiek SAN DIEGO — I would like to reply to the article written by Rabbi Ben Kamin “In Praise of Barack Obama” on Feb. 11, 2016, in San Diego Jewish World.  My problem is where to begin?  At the beginning…of course….. Rabbi Kamin’s opening sentence in which he describes a political advisor to one […]

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From the Jewish library: ‘Sergei Prokofiev’

Sergei Prokofiev: A Soviet Tragedy by Victor Seroff, Funk & Wagnalls, 1968 By Sheila Orysiek SAN DIEGO — Anton Rubenstein. a composer and one of the greatest piano virtuosos of the 19th century was born to Jewish parents in the vicinity of Odessa.  Though he and Prokofiev never met – indeed Prokofiev was only three […]

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SDJW thanks 43 whose works appeared in January

SAN DIEGO (SDJW) — San Diego Jewish World expresses its appreciation to the 43 writers and photographers whose works appeared during January 2016.  These individuals included: David Amos Eitan Arom Kenneth Bandler Laurie Baron Amber Bartlett Ronnie Blair Dan Bloom Shoshana Bryen Stephen Bryen Cynthia Citron Richard L. Cravatts Judy Friedel Michael Freund Donald H. Harrison Natasha […]

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From the Jewish Library: ‘Timechart History…’

The Timechart History of Jewish Civilization, edited and designed by Meredith MacArdle, World Press Ltd., 2010, Consultant: Judy Gold, Director, London Jewish Cultural Center By Sheila Orysiek SAN DIEGO — This is a  large coffee table sized book that opens with a spectacular full color, sixteen page, unfolding panel which is eleven feet long.  It […]

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Jewish Library: ‘Every Man in This Village is a Liar’

Every Man in This Village is a Liar, by Megan K. Stack, Doubleday Publishers, 2010 By Sheila Orysiek SAN DIEGO — Megan K. Stack, a reporter for the Los Angeles Times writes from distant lands wracked by war and unrest.  She takes the reader to Afghanistan, Yemen, Iraq, Lebanon, Egypt, Libya, various Palestinian areas, Israel and […]

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From the Jewish Library: ‘Isaac Stern’

  Isaac Stern: My First 79 Years, written with Chaim Potok, Alfred Knopf Publisher, 1999 By Sheila Orysiek SAN DIEGO — On any list of the outstanding violinists of the twentieth century, one would surely find the name of Isaac Stern.   Born in 1920, in the city of Kreminiecz, which, as he states in this […]

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From the Jewish Library: ‘Eleanor of Aquitaine’

Eleanor of Aquitaine, A Life by Alison Weir, Balantine Books, 1999 By Sheila Orysiek SAN DIEGO — In a time when chivalry placed women on a pedestal, knights fought for ladies faire and troubadours sang their praises, the reality of existence was quite different, even for a queen.  This is the time from whence many legends […]

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SDJW thanks its December 2015 writers

San Diego Jewish World thanks and acknowledges the wonderful contributions of the following writers whose works appeared on our pages in December, 2015: Stephen Baird Kenneth Bandler Laurie Baron Michal Beruven Dan Bloom Shoshana Bryen Richard L. Cravatts Jonathan Greenblatt Toby Klein Greenwald Ryan M. Greiss Donald H. Harrison Natasha Josefowitz Rabbi Ben Kamin Morton […]

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That ‘Other’ Part of the Family

By Sheila Orysiek SAN DIEGO — Most families have some cousins they would rather not think about.  Our Crowd: The Great Jewish Families of New York, by Stephen Birmingham (Syracuse University Press, 1996) and Poor Cousins by Ande Manners (Putnam Publishers Group, 1972) relate the stories of the powerful Jewish families of New York and […]

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What happened to the trees of her youth

By Sheila Orysiek SAN DIEGO –I first saw this reservoir – er – lake about fifty years ago when quite by accident I wandered down the city street that leads to it. I was very disappointed. Newly arrived from the East Coast of the United States my eyes were used to lush green. The hills […]

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