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On being on the other side of the interview

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By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO—I’ve had the pleasure of being a journalist for more than 52 years, ever since my first byline appeared in the UCLA Daily Bruin in 1962.  Over those years, I’ve interviewed more people than I can count and I long ago lost track of all the stories I’ve written. But […]

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Gloria tells his budget priorities for San Diego

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By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – Although San Diego City Councilman Todd Gloria didn’t identify them by religion, the people who inspired him to go into politics were members of the San Diego Jewish community.  And the man who made him think about quitting politics in despair also was Jewish. The latter was former […]

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Not an MD but Berman is expert on ‘arteries’

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  By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO—While Laurie Berman was growing up as one of the few Jewish girls in her small Michigan city, her parents urged her to become a doctor.   However, volunteering during her high school years at a local hospital, she realized that she didn’t like the sight of blood and decided […]

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Speakers of several faiths stand with Israel

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Story by Donald H. Harrison; Photos by Solange SAN DIEGO – With Islamist terrorism striking globally and Palestinians and their supporters attempting to intimidate Jewish college students across America, StandWithUs put together a multi-religious line-up of speakers Sunday evening, Dec. 7, whose message, taken in the aggregate, was that the Jewish community is not alone, […]

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‘Gelty Pleasure’ gets nod over ‘Oy to the World’

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By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO–When the  IT’SUGAR company of Deerfield Beach, Florida, offered Chanukah candies for sampling, I decided to turn to some local experts: my grandsons, Shor, 13, and Sky, 7; and Shor’s friend, Max Gideon, 13, for a knowledgeable evaluation.  The candy company had two chocolates for tasting. One was a box […]

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Balloon Decorations for the Do It Yourself crowd

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SAN DIEGO (Press Release) – Two West Coast balloon artists—Sandi Masori of San Diego, California, and Rachel Porter of Seattle, Washington—have teamed up to produce a book-and-video combination explaining how do-it-yourself (DIY) party planners can create special decorations for their parties and special events. The DIY Balloon Bible for All Seasons: How To Wow Your […]

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Tearing the covers off San Diego’s underside

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Niputi (The Nephew): Live under the shadow of a Mafia killer by Joseph Bonpensiero (c) 2014 via Create Space, ISBN: 9780989795005; 438 pages plus appendices and bibliography. By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – Joseph Bonpensiero’s Uncle Frank, who spelled his last name slightly differently –Bompensiero—didn’t have much use for Jews.  Every filthy name, every […]

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Chanukah Beer passes amateurs’ taste test

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By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO– Shmaltz Brewing Company, brewers and bottlers of He-Brew Beer, has issued in time for the Dec. 16-24 Chanukah holiday a new special-label beer. It’s called “Hanukkah, Chanukah Beer,” apparently with an eye toward not taking sides in the age-old debate about how the name of the 8-day holiday should […]

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Is Leichtag Foundation supporting anti- Israel groups?

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By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO — Controversial public relations executive Ron Torossian, a pro-Israel activist based in New York City  who was once national president of the North American branch of Betar, on Tuesday, Nov. 18, challenged the Leichtag Foundation in San Diego County to explain its contributions to the New Israel Fund, an […]

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Jewish U.S. Navy pilot shares WWII experiences

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Peter, Bogey, Mike: A Love Story, A War Story, 1942-1945 by Irvin S. Cooper, ©2014 Capitola Book Company, ISBN-13: 978-0-932319-17-3, 289 pages, retail price not listed. By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO—I ran into author Irvin S. Cooper, a Los Angeles-based  nonagenarian with a remarkable memory of his World War II experiences, at the San […]

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Feinstein contrasts fatalism with Judaism

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By Donald H. Harrison LA JOLLA, California – Rabbi Ed Feinstein, in the closing talk Nov. 16 of  the San Diego Jewish Book Fair, contrasted the Mesopotamian outlook on life with the “chutzpah” that Judaism teaches. Author of The Chutzpah Imperative, Feinstein differentiated “chutzpah” from the popular definition meaning “colossal nerve,” suggesting that in reality […]

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The Holocaust and the Temple Library

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By Sheila Orysiek  SAN DIEGO — In setting up and maintaining a library for a Temple, the librarian is faced with a number of choices as to where to place and how to shape the collection on the Holocaust.  The following are a few of my thoughts on the matter. While it is important to […]

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Shavit: ‘A Marshall Plan for Gaza’

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By Donald H. Harrison ENCINITAS, California—Ari Shavit, the Ha’aretz columnist who seeks a new narrative for Israel in his book My Promised Land,  has called on  Israel to engage in a “Marshall Plan” for the Gaza Strip, while at the same time dealing with Hamas “very strictly.” The Marshall Plan, named for U.S. Secretary of […]

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Author faults Israel for 1979 killing of CIA asset

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  By Donald H. Harrison ENCINITAS, California – A Pulitzer Prize winning historian told attendees of the Jewish Book Fair at Temple Solel here that Israel’s Mossad was wrong in 1979 to assassinate P.L.O. intelligence chief Ali Hassan Salameh notwithstanding the fact that he was suspected of helping to mastermind the murder of Israeli athletes […]

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