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Humoring the headlines: December 27, 2017

By Laurie Baron January Trump still disputes the findings of American intelligence agencies that Russia hacked the Hillary Clinton campaign: “I know a lot about hacking. And hacking is a very hard thing to prove. So it could be somebody else. And I also know things that other people don’t know, and so they cannot […]

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Does U.N. bill U.S. for refugees who don’t exist?

By Shoshana Bryen WASHINGTON, D.C — Palestinian refugees are a slippery population — but when 285,535 of them go missing from a small country such as Lebanon, it should raise eyebrows. UNRWA in Lebanon reports on its website that 449,957 refugees live under its protection in 12 camps, but a survey by Lebanon’s Central Administration of Statistics, together […]

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Posted in Bryen_Shoshana, Middle East0 Comments

‘Journey to a Dream’ had many detours

Journey to a Dream; A voyage of discovery from England’s industrial north to Spain’s rural interior by Craig Briggs; (c) 2012; ISBN 9781480-254930; Prices vary on Amazon By Dorothea Shefer-Vanson MEVASSERET ZION, Israel –Author Craig Briggs describes in great detail the process whereby he and his wife decamped from the north of England to Spain in […]

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Posted in Books & Poetry, International, Shefer-Vanson-Dorothea

Jewish trivia quiz: Tax reform

By Mark D. Zimmerman MELVILLE, New York –Last week, Congress passed and President Trump signed a major tax reform bill, over the objection of Democrats who say that the bill will primarily benefit the wealthy. Many in the Jewish community weighed in on various aspects of the tax plan. Which of the following comments regarding the […]

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Comparing the tsuris of Bibi and Donald

By Ira Sharkansky JERUSALEM — It’s hard to get away from the men at the top of the two governments most important to these fingers. They appear to be close to one another with respect to policies of mutual interest, and they are both at the focus of severe criticism, with many of their countrypeople, and […]

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Posted in Middle East, Sharkansky_Ira, USA

God blessed America with Irving Berlin

   “I don’t like to be alone. And one thing a song will never do is leave you alone.” –Irving Berlin By Eric George Tauber SAN DIEGO — Hershey Felder has a devoted following in this town made evident by the packed house just a few days before Christmas. A gifted and animated pianist and […]

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Posted in Music and Visual Arts, Tauber_Eric_George, Theatre, Film & Broadcast

North Coast Rep’s David Ellenstein’s advice to young actors, directors: ‘Inundate yourself in theatre’

By Eva Trieger SOLANA BEACH, California — While most kids are reprimanded for “acting up,” not so in the Ellenstein household, where David and his younger brother, Peter, were encouraged to follow in their father’s footsteps. When I suggested that perhaps acting was in his genes, David quipped, “and in my corduroys.” I wanted to know […]

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Posted in San Diego County, Theatre, Film & Broadcast, Trieger_Eva

‘The Immortalists’ examines living in the face of death

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin; © 2018, G.P. Putnam’s Sons; ISBN 9780735-213180; 345 pages; $26. By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – This is a story of four young Jewish siblings who visit a fortune teller in New York City, who tells them the exact dates that they will die.  The woman’s predictions take root […]

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Posted in Books & Poetry, Harrison_Donald_H

Holocaust novel braces the human spirit

We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter; Penguin Books; © 2017; ISBN 9780399-563096; 398 pages plus acknowledgments; $16. By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – Having already achieved New York Times best-seller status in hardback, this novel of survival has now been issued in paperback, hopefully to acquaint an even wider audience with the […]

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Contra Costa County Jewish history exhibit seeks help

By Oliver B. Pollak RICHMOND, California — I am helping in the preparation of an exhibit at the Richmond Museum of History — “Pioneer Jews to the Present: Jews of Richmond and Contra Costa County.” I am reaching out to San Diego Jewish World readers who may have memories, photographs, artifacts or stories about Richmond and […]

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Posted in Jewish History, Pollak_Oliver, USA

Humoring the headlines: December 21, 2017

By Laurie Baron SAN DIEGO−At Mar-a-Lago undocumented elves are decorating Trump Force One to look like a giant sleigh. It will be powered by coal.  Forget hitching up reindeers.  Their survival is sketchy now that drilling will begin in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. * The President doesn’t need much padding to resemble Santa Claus.  […]

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Posted in Baron_Lawrence, Lighter Side

Jewish names: Keeping their ‘witz’ about them

By Joel H. Cohen NEW YORK — A favorite old story of mine (okay, almost all my favorite stories are old), tells of the four Moskowitz brothers – Lowell, Norman, Hyman and Max – who develop what is the prototype of the modern automobile air conditioner. They take their idea to Henry Ford, who is very […]

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How marginal we Jews really are

By Ira Sharkansky JERUSALEM — Trump’s speeches, and what has happened since, remind us once again about the marginality of Jews. Some may feel comfortable, and justly, given his realism about Jerusalem the Western Wall, and non-Israeli sources of problems throughout the Middle East. But Muslims, and Europeans, are rabid, or upset about what he […]

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Posted in International, Middle East, Sharkansky_Ira, USA

Slipping memory for names

Remembering and Forgetting Names (c) Oliver B. Pollak  RICHMOND, California — We lived in Nebraska for 42 years. In 2016 we moved to Richmond on the East Bay in Northern California to be near our children and grandchildren, and less extreme weather. Long driveways, tending the lawn and trees, shoveling snow, borrowing tools, wine on back […]

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Posted in Pollak_Oliver, Travel, Cuisine, & Miscellaneous

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