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Who was R.M. Levy of the water treatment plant?

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-55th in a Series- Exit 23, Lake Jennings Park Road, Lakeside, California ~ R.M. Levy Water Treatment Plant By Donald H. Harrison LAKESIDE, California — I have a saying that “there’s a Jewish story everywhere” but who would have thought that it would take a former governor of Illinois to put me on the search […]

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Editorial: Chutzpah at SDSU

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By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO–Students at San Diego State University and a representative of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) evidently feel that a strong offense is a good defense.  On Wednesday, May 4, at a campus news conference reported on local television, they called for the resignation of SDSU’s President Elliot Hirshman because […]

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SDSU anti- bigotry statement omits anti- Semitism

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By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – After meeting with some of the students who blocked the campus police car in which he was a passenger  for approximately two hours last week, SDSU President Elliot Hirshman, who is Jewish, and others issued a statement on Monday abhorring Islamophobia but not mentioning anti-Semitism. As reported in Tuesday’s […]

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Butterflies, stones, candles help mourn Shoah victims

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Story by Donald H. Harrison; Photos by Shor Masori LA JOLLA, California – The Six Million Jews murdered in the Holocaust, along with five million other people deemed undesirable by the Nazis, are so hard to conceptualize.  Artists and teachers have struggled to represent the Six Million in concrete terms; for example, Six Million tiny squares; […]

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‘Dough’ bakes up some laughs

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By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – If you didn’t have the chance to watch the John Goldschmidt comedy film Dough at the San Diego Jewish Film Festival in February, you will have another chance when the film begins an exclusive run at the Landmark Theatre May 6. It’s an enjoyable tale about an old Jewish […]

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Survivors reunite, deal with memories in ‘To Life’

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By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – Fifteen years after their liberation from Auschwitz, three female survivors have found each other and decide to celebrate their reunion at the French beach resort of Berck-sur-mer, in To Life, a film by Jean-Jacques Zilbermann. Although the women want to simply enjoy the moments, their repressed memories from […]

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Support candidates who unite, not divide

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By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO –As I weigh the rhetoric of the U.S. presidential election, I find that Donald Trump and Ted Cruz on the right and Bernie Sanders on the left understand that Americans who grew up on the notion that “the United States is the greatest country in the world” have become […]

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I-8 Jewish Travel: Klauber was a Lakeside legend

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-54th in a series– Exit 22, Los Coches Road, Lakeside, California ~ Historic Lakeside By Donald H. Harrison LAKESIDE, California— Los Coches Road translates from Spanish to “The Cars Road” which makes one wonder if, perhaps, somewhere nearby there is “The Trucks Road” or “The Bicycles Road” or yet another road for some other form of […]

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A fictional variant on the life of Frye

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The House of Dreams by Kate Lord Brown, © 2016 St. Martin’s Press; ISBN 978-1-250-08453-8; 304 pages plus author’s note and acknowledgments; $25.99 By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – This historical novel paints a picture of international rescue worker Varian Frye as he smuggles artists and poets out of France in 1940 and 1941 […]

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A shaggy dog story for Israel Independence Day

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Shmulik Paints the Town by Lisa Rose (illustrated by Catalina Echeverri); Kar-Ben Publishing; ISBN 978-1-4677-5239-8; 32 pages; $17.99. By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – Have you ever told your child a shaggy dog story?  Like the one about the man who convinces the manager of the movie theater to let him and his dog […]

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Israeli wildlife advocate impressed by Sea World

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Story and photos by Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – A veterinarian who is the immediate past president of Israel’s Lateva Nolad (Born Free) organization, which treats injured birds, mammals and reptiles and sends them back to nature, gave Sea World high marks for its education, rescue, and conservation programs following a behind-the-scenes tour. “Their goals […]

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I-8 Jewish Travel: CHP officer preaches road safety

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-53rd in a series- Exit 20, Greenwood Drive, El Cajon, California ~ CHP El Cajon station By Donald H. Harrison EL CAJON, California — Most of the 31-mile stretch of Interstate 8 between Greenfield Drive (Exit 20) and Buckman Springs Road (Exit 51) is known to California Highway Patrol officers like Kevin Pearlstein as Beat […]

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SWU choice of venue prompts controversy

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By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – Swirling beneath the planned May 4 appearance of Pastor Dumisani Washington, a leading African-American advocate for the State of Israel is controversy over the relationship between the Jewish community and the Christians who seek to convert us.  Washington’s appearance, sponsored by the pro-Israel organization StandWithUs, is scheduled May 4 […]

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‘Fairy Tales’ tells of family’s Anschluss ordeal, recovery

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Fairy Tales (nonfiction) by James Josef Allina; PublishAmerica (c) 2013; ISBN 9781462659692; 182 pages, $13. By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO —Fairy Tales is a two-part memoir. The first part, in the voice of the author’s uncle, Josef Benesch, focuses on living conditions for Jews in Vienna after the Anschluss with Nazi Germany  The second […]

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