Others before Bibi and Donald castigated ‘fake news’

By Ira Sharkansky JERUSALEM — Prominent in what’s similar between the Great Leaders of the US and Israel are their claims about the media. Fake news, especially from the mainstream-leftwing print and electronic. Those who worry see these preoccupations as the tricks of demagogues. Some have compared them with how Hitler moved toward the complete […]

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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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No solutions likely for Israeli Jews, Arabs

By Ira Sharkansky JERUSALEM — The label and the concept of Final Solution have no place in Israeli discourse. What’s behind this column is not the Holocaust, nor any perception of dire threat, but the importance of continuity. None should be more aware than Jews that history does not end. And none should be more […]

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Is Diaspora criticism of Israel top-down?

By Steve Kramer ALFE MENASHE, Israel — When I get annoyed at something that I read in our daily newspaper (still delivered to our door), I often quickly dash off a letter to the editor on my iPhone. Often they’re even printed, but I always feel better for having expressed my thoughts in writing. Below […]

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Enough with the criticism of Senator Schumer

  By Ezra Friedlander WASHINGTON, D.C. — In the aftermath of the release of Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin, we’ve seen much jubilation.   But that was followed quickly by speculation from members of our community regarding the role or lack thereof of Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer in the advocacy pertaining to the President’s commutation of Rubashkin’s […]

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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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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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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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Saying U.S. embassy to be moved and doing it quite different; many obstacles await the relocation

By Ira Sharkansky JERUSALEM — Where is the embassy? It’ll be easier–or at least quicker–building it on the moon. In this congested city with narrow streets it’s been impossible to create a coherent network of bike paths. The municipality has been at it for more than a decade. What’s been built goes from marked paths […]

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Shalom Institute honors the Bennetts, raises 200G

By Norman Greene LOS ANGELES — Over $200,000 was raised at the Shalom Institute’s 2017 December Gala which honored San Diegans Linda and Michael Bennett. The successful event, held at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, attracted 400 dinner guests who also celebrated Los Angeles supporters AdamWeiss and Arthur Pinchev. The Bennetts were awarded the […]

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Interviewee turned the tables–and a life

By Beth Sarafraz Reprinted from the Jewish Press, Dec. 15, 2017 issue BROOKLYN, New York — More than 30 years ago, I went to the Synagogue of Deal in New Jersey to interview Rabbi Yitzchak Dwek for a newspaper story. Rabbi Dwek ended up interviewing me: Are you Jewish? Sure. Want to come to my […]

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Deceased politician’s wife blames “that little greasy reporter” for her husband’s suicide

rebecca johnson dan kentucky On Wednesday night, Kentucky politician Dan Johnson took his own life after a local website uncovered his history of alleged sexual assaults. In the first on-air interview since her husband’s suicide, Rebecca Johnson told “TODAY” that her husband’s blood is on reporter’s hands. Rebecca told “TODAY” hosts on Friday morning, “I […]

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Fox seeks to quell uproar over Rupert Murdoch’s comments about sexual harassment

21st Century Fox Saturday sought to tamp down a furor over Executive Chairman Rupert Murdoch’s comments that downplayed the magnitude of the sexual harassment scandal that has roiled Fox News for the past 18 months. During a interview Thursday with Sky News to discuss the Murdoch family’s sale of most of Fox to Walt Disney […]

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