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San Diego Jewish World will return on March 1st

By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – I have very mixed feelings about putting San Diego Jewish World and my Facebook account on hiatus for the next two months, from January 1st through February 28th.  I am both looking forward to the change in routine and dreading it. I realize that this two-month break will […]

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The Holocaust seen through its postal history

Holocaust Postal History by Justin Gordon; Six Point Watermark;© 2016; ISBN 9780997-840100; 138 pages plus glossaries, bibliography and index. By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – The author of this richly illustrated book deserved compliments for his persistence as a collector, his clarity as a writer, and his ability as a researcher.  No matter how […]

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Al Jacobs, tailor and musician, 1924-2017

By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – Alfred Jacobs was an unassuming man, yet his graveside service at the Home of Peace Cemetery on Friday was packed with more than 100 friends, fellow congregants, and the rabbis of two neighboring congregations – the Conservative Tifereth Israel Synagogue and the Chabad of East County. Jacobs, 93, […]

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‘American Stranger’ describes several of its characters

American Stranger by David Plante, Delphinium Books © 2018, ISBN 9781883-285759;  239 pages. By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – Nancy is the daughter of Jewish parents who escaped Hitler’s Germany physically, but apparently not emotionally.  There is a distance about them that Nancy never can seem to penetrate. Trying to compensate for their lack […]

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‘The Immortalists’ examines living in the face of death

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin; © 2018, G.P. Putnam’s Sons; ISBN 9780735-213180; 345 pages; $26. By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – This is a story of four young Jewish siblings who visit a fortune teller in New York City, who tells them the exact dates that they will die.  The woman’s predictions take root […]

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Holocaust novel braces the human spirit

We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter; Penguin Books; © 2017; ISBN 9780399-563096; 398 pages plus acknowledgments; $16. By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – Having already achieved New York Times best-seller status in hardback, this novel of survival has now been issued in paperback, hopefully to acquaint an even wider audience with the […]

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Life described of a 20th- century man

He Could Make Words Sing: An Ordinary Man During Extraordinary Times by David Greene, © 2017 DCG Publishing; ISBN 980998-018201; 193 pages plus endnotes; $17.95. By Donald H. Harrison   SAN DIEGO – History teacher David Greene has written a combination social history and biography of his father-in-law, Harry Greissman, an advertising man. We come […]

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Imperial Beach mayor stresses community, ecology

By Donald H. Harrison IMPERIAL BEACH, California – Serge Dedina is a 6’4 surfer, a PhD in geography, a descendant on his Jewish father’s side of Holocaust survivors, a renowned coastal conservationist, and, since December 2014, mayor of the small city of Imperial Beach. There were so many facets of his life to talk about […]

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The arts mean opportunity, former Klezmer musician Merryl Goldberg teaches at Cal State San Marcos

By Donald H. Harrison SAN MARCOS, California – Arts professor Merryl Goldberg of California State University at San Marcos declares that arts equal opportunity. She explains that the more that arts are incorporated into a child’s life, the better career prospects he or she will have as an adult. A former saxophonist with the Klezmer […]

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Dueling poems by Josefowitz, Zahn, charm

He Writes, She Writes: A Dialogue of Contrasting Views Written in Verse by Natasha Josefowitz and Irwin Zahn; © 2017 Createspace; ISBN 9781975-785055; 79 pages plus introductory material; $7 on Amazon. By Donald H. Harrison   SAN DIEGO – After reading this collaboration by Natasha Josefowitz and Irwin Zahn, three descriptive words came immediately to […]

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Jewish author expounds upon a leader’s virtues

The Four Virtues of a Leader by Eric Kaufmann; Sounds True, © 2016; ISBN 9781622-037285; 256 pages, $17.95. By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – Motivational speaker Eric Kaufman and I attend the same San Diego shul, Tifereth Israel Synagogue, and I thought I would do him a favor by reviewing his book.  Turns out, […]

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Israel’s foreign relations improving, SWU gala told

    By Donald H Harrison SAN DIEGO – Amid growing indignation over aggressive Palestinian tactics at universities throughout the Diaspora, Dore Gold, former director general of Israel’s Foreign Ministry, provided a note of optimism at a StandWithUs banquet Saturday night attended by over 500 Israel supporters. Interviewed on stage by Waxie Sanitary Supply Chairman […]

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Music fans, fellow Jews lay George Fogelman to rest

By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO — Fellow Jews and fellow musicians joined forces on Wednesday, Nov. 27, to pay last tribute to George Alan Fogelman, 72, who died of cancer on Nov. 22 while under hospice care, leaving his wife Gail, two children, three grandchildren, nieces and nephews and many friends. Rabbis Joshua Dorsch […]

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‘Dollmaker’ is a Holocaust story with a fictional twist

The Dollmaker of Krakow by R.M. Romero; Delacorte Press, 2017, ISBN 97815247-15403; 316 pages plus notes; $16.99. By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO — R.M. Romero has written a fairy tale that couldn’t possibly have a happy ending. Written for students in the middle school grades, The Dollmaker of Krakow is set in Poland during […]

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