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Vandals break branch of SDSU Chabad menorah

By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – A branch of a large, free-standing menorah in front of the Chabad House at San Diego State University was torn off early Friday morning by young men–probably students– who were using the religious symbol to do pull-ups, according to Chabad Rabbi Chalom Boudjnah and two witnesses. The rabbi said […]

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Blackstone sells stake in SeaWorld to Chinese firm

ORLANDO, Fla. — Investment firm Blackstone Group has sold its 21 percent stake in SeaWorld to a Chinese company. The deal with Zhonghong Group gives SeaWorld a path into the growing Chinese tourism market and a partner with experience in theme-park development there. Zhonghong Group will buy the stock at $23 per share, Orlando-based SeaWorld […]

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Man arrested for attempting to burn Tifereth Israel

By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – The parent of a preschooler saw a man on Monday, March 20, attempt to set fire to a mezuzah near the entrance of Tifereth Israel Synagogue.The man could not enter the synagogue because of security locks.  The parent reported the intruder to the synagogue staff, who called police. […]

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S.D. Jewish History an open book

By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – Can you imagine shrinking to a tiny size and being able to walk through the pages of an interactive book?  You stop on one page and you see photographs of Jewish pioneers, quotations from newspaper accounts about them, and perhaps a caption summarizing the high points of their […]

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San Diego Jewry exhibit opens at S.D. History Center

Story by Donald H. Harrison; Photos by Shor M. Masori SAN DIEGO — It was no accident that the “Celebrate San Diego! The History & Heritage of San Diego’s Jewish Community” exhibition in Balboa Park’s San Diego History Center opened on Erev Purim. Curator Joellyn Zollman explained to an opening evening crowd on Saturday, March […]

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Another bomb hoax, swastikas aimed at S.D. Jews

SAN DIEGO (SDJW) — The fourth hoax bomb scare of 2017 was communicated on Wednesday to the Lawrence Family JCC– this time by email. Police with bomb sniffing dogs arrived on the scene after 11 a.m. and pronounced the JCC free from danger. Michael Cohen said following a preliminary search, the JCC facilities remained open. […]

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San Diego Jews show support for refugees

Times of San Diego SAN DIEGO — Hundreds of people from San Diego’s Jewish community gathered Wednesday for a second time in a month to show their support for refugees seeking to enter the United States. “We cannot let fear stop us from welcoming refugees,” said Michael Hopkins, CEO of Jewish Family Service. “There are […]

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JFS, Dreams for Change team up to help homeless

  By Mimi Pollack Reprinted with permission from L’Chaim Magazine SAN DIEGO — Here in “America’s Finest City,” the weather is nice year round while rentals are very high, and many families live paycheck to paycheck. This situation is also the reason why there are so many homeless people in San Diego and worse yet- homeless […]

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SDSU President Hirshman to leave for Stevenson U

By Times of San Diego SAN DIEGO –San Diego State University President Elliot Hirshman announced Wednesday he has accepted the presidency of Stevenson University in Maryland. His last day at SDSU will be June 30. Hirshman has served as the president of SDSU since 2011. “The last six years have been the most extraordinary period of […]

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Forum on refugees at Temple Emanu-El March 8

SAN DIEGO (Press Release) –A forum on President Trump’s policies toward refugees will be conducted from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 8, at Temple Emanu-El, 6299 Capri Drive. Titled “We Were Refugees Too: Educate for Action,” the forum will include such speakers as Mark Hetfield, the national chief executive officer of HIAS (formerly known […]

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Officials urge Jews to be vigilant yet unafraid

By Eileen Wingard LA JOLLA, California — Because of concerns due to the recent bomb threats at local Jewish institutions, the Anti-Defamation League organized a meeting at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center on Sunday evening, to address these issues. Tammy Gillies, Director of the San Diego ADL opened the program with a power point presentation, giving […]

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2nd Generation Survivor tells March 8 of helping her mother to write a Holocaust memoir

LA JOLLA, California (Press Release)– Pam Zimbalist, a second-generation survivor, tells her experiences encouraging her mother, Hanna Gendler Rom Young to write the memoir of her life in Kovno, Lithuania, as a child; in the Nazi concentration camp KZ Stutthof where her own mother starved to death, and after liberation in the United States. Her […]

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Works of Jewish poets of Spain’s Golden Age to be recited and sung

By Eileen Wingard LA JOLLA, California — The next Jewish Poets—Jewish Voices program, will feature the works of three of the leading Jewish poets from the Golden Age of Spain, Solomon Ibn Gabirol (1021-1058), Judah Halevi (1085 -1141) and Abraham Ibn Ezra (1092-1167). The free evening, under the auspices of the San Diego Center for Jewish […]

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Seacrest raises $550,000 for charitable retirement care

  ENCINITAS, California (Press Release) – Seacrest Foundation held the 39th Annual Women’s Auxiliary Gala, “Seacrest Vintage 2017” at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla on Saturday, February 25th with Cindy & Larry Bloch serving as Gala Chairs. The event was attended by 350 guests and raised $550,000.  All proceeds raised will support the Seacrest Village Retirement […]

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