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2017 a year for Jewish mysteries, rumination

(c) Oliver B. Pollak  RICHMOND, California — 2017 was an amazing year for five almost supernatural personal interactions. The story satisfies a long pent up interest in simultaneity. It certainly is better than 100 years ago, 1917, when America pitched into Europe’s war At Passover in Jackson, Wyoming I gave a drash at the Second Seder […]

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Holocaust museum completes memorable Portland trip

  (c) Oliver Pollak PORTLAND, Oregon — In the Summer of 2017 we took a 5,500-mile road trip. Richmond, California to Vancouver. The California and Oregon coasts were beautiful. Fish and chips galore. Right turn to the Trans-Canada Highway to a wedding in Winnipeg. Right turn to Omaha, Nebraska. Right turn and back to California. We […]

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Segal’s Holocaust exhibit is gateway to museum art

Editor’s Note:  This inaugurates a new series of stories where a Jewish writer searches out Jewish art in museums, galleries and libraries. (c) Oliver B. Pollak  SAN FRANCISCO –We joined San Francisco’s De Young Museum and the Legion of Honor. On Thursday between Christmas and New Year we spent an afternoon at the much applauded exhibited […]

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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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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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Haiku Hanukkah

     ©  Oliver B. Pollak RICHMOND, California — The November 2016 election rekindled my 1960s haiku habits. I may take the name “17 Syllable human.” An email announced Chabad’s 5 pm Menorah candle lighting at Hilltop Mall in Richmond. Latkes, song, Jews. Tuesday morning another Chabad email stated there would be candle lightings in 798 […]

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Never again? We must speak out about the Rohingya

By Oliver B. Pollak RICHMOND, California — One Saturday in November in the 22-story five-star Sule Shangri La in Yangon, Myanmar, I breakfasted on an Indian egg dosa and my favorite Burmese confectionary, semolina. In the lobby I read the New York Times International edition.  Page 4, was about the plight of the Rohingya on […]

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Here’s to Australia TV’s ‘A Place to Call Home’

© Oliver B. Pollak  RICHMOND, California — Australian, New Zealand and Canadian films take a while to migrate to the US. This can be agonizing, even more than waiting for next seasons Downton Abbey. Season closers leave hooked viewers on the edge of their compassion and anticipation. We’ve binged on A Place to Call Home, set in […]

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Important parts of life obituaries tend to omit

© By Oliver B. Pollak RICHMOND, California — Sports, recreation, athletics promote healthy living, competition and social networks. They can be lifelong habits, even obsessions. When a team member dies they are missed, mourned, and remembered by the remaining teammates. You will not get this from reading newspaper obituaries. Joseph Goldstein and Peter Craig are examples. […]

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Jewish Tourists in Southeast Asia

By Oliver B. Pollak ‘Fellow Travelers’ used to have an awkward anti-communist McCarthyean ring; no longer. Now FT’s are strangers you meet on tours, who travel and dine with you; companions of convenience, from which camaraderie may develop. The New York Times supplements newspaper revenues by sponsoring tours accompanied by reporters to familiar, remote and […]

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