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Book tells of Martin Luther King’s best white friend

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Ben Kamin, Dangerous Friendship: Stanley Levison, Martin Luther King Jr., and the Kennedy Brothers, Michigan State University Press, © 2014, ISBN 978-1-61186-131-0, 256 pages including bibliography, notes and index. By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO—Martin Luther King Jr. had as a trusted aide a millionaire friend, who was an attorney and a successful real estate […]

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IDF soldiers have highs and lows on SDSU visit

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By Donald H. Harrison   SAN DIEGO – Yishai and Ilana are students at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, but they weren’t visiting San Diego County in that capacity earlier this week.  They came as two former active-duty 1st lieutenants of the Israel Defense Forces, and, as such, could be identified only by their first […]

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San Diego Democrats endorse Davis, Keehn

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SAN DIEGO (SDJW) – Two Jewish women won endorsements from the San Diego County Democratic Central Committee for offices that will be on the ballot in June.  One is an  incumbent, Congresswoman Susan Davis, and the other is a lawyer making a bid for a Superior Court judgeship, Carla Keehn. Davis is a familiar name on […]

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New police chief lives by ‘The Zimmerman Code’

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  By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – When San Diego’s new police chief, Shelley Zimmerman, was growing up in a Jewish family with two brothers and a sister in Beachwood, Ohio, their father, Philip, a trial attorney, instilled in them what he called “The Zimmerman Code.”  It sounds very much like the philosophy that […]

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Book review: ‘An American Bride in Kabul’

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Phyllis Chesler, An American Bride in Kabul, Palgrave MacMillan, © 2013, ISBN 9780230342217, 235 pages including index and bibliography, $27 cover price. By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – Feminist Phyllis Chesler tells of the most formative experience in her life, when as a college student she fell in love with a charming young man […]

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Chemistry class project turns into discovery

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  By Donald H. Harrison EL CAJON, California – It was, to his chemistry professor’s surprise, more than just a science project that Jeremy D. Nemetz turned in as classwork.  It was a true discovery showing  that the higher the gravity, the slower chemicals will react with one another. “Jeremy did an amazingly simple experiment.   I […]

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‘San Diego Yesterday’ filled with fascinating tidbits

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Richard Crawford, San Diego Yesterday; American Chronicles: A History Press Series, 2013, ISBN 9781609499761, 158 pages, cover price $16.99 By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO–Anyone who has ever seriously researched San Diego history sooner or later has the pleasure of meeting Richard Crawford, long-time special collections supervisor in the California Room of San Diego’s Central […]

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Book Review: ‘A Gift From the Enemy’

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Enrico Lamet, A Gift From the Enemy: A True Story of Escape in War-Time Italy; 2013 revision of 2007 Syracuse University Press , ISBN-12: 9781493646029, 472 pages in proof, including a glossary. By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO—This book is a love story, written by a man reflecting on his childhood as an Austrian Jewish […]

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Jacobs family tells its La Jolla and JCC history

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By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO—Philanthropists Joan and Irwin Jacobs of San Diego told of four Jewish institutions they had a hand in building—and also disclosed a detour that happened along the way. The couple—who met at Cornell University and later migrated to San Diego where Irwin went on to  co-found the large digital communications […]

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JCCA honors U.S. Sen. Carl Levin

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  By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO — U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, was lauded Tuesday, April 1, by members of the Jewish Community Center Association of North America for legislation that has benefitted Jews and other minorities in America. A presentation by former recipient Ronald L. Leibow of […]

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A visit to the House of Israel

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By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO–Having the pleasure of company from Israel, our correspondent Dorothea Shefer-Vanson and her husband Dr Yigal Shefer of Mevasseret Zion,  I made certain that our itinerary on Sunday, March 30, included some of the  attractions of Balboa Park.  In particular, I wanted them to see how Israelis and American Jews work together to […]

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Wolfson: Make Jewish centers more personal

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  By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – If JCC’s across North America desire to assure their longevity, they need to switch from “transactional” institutions to ones that build relationships among their members, Education Prof. Ron Wolfson of American Jewish University told delegates Sunday, March 30, at the Jewish Community Center Association of North America’s […]

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Novelist depicts survival in a dysfunctional family

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J. Dylan Yates, The Belief in Angels, She Writes Press, ISBN 9781938314643, 314 pages, $16.95. By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO—This is a book bound to prompt mixed feelings among Jewish readers.  It’s well written, engrossing, and offers some important insights into how horror, shame and tragedy can be transmitted and mutated through the generations. […]

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Purim Carnival at Temple Emanu-El

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Editor’s Note: San Diego Jewish World editor Donald H. Harrison and his wife Nancy made the rounds of Purim carnivals at four different congregations on Sunday, March 16, working their way from north to south.  The first one they hit was at Temple Solel in Encinitas, followed by Congregation Beth Israel near University Towne Center, […]

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