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PHAME comes to San Diego school at last

I’m gonna live forever I’m gonna learn how to fly I’m gonna make it to heaven Baby, remember my name! — From “Fame” by Irena Cara By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO –In 1980, Christopher Gore inspired performing arts teachers throughout the nation with his movie FAME, a drama about New York City high school […]

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More than Clinton, Trump understood plight of inlanders

By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – Like others who voted for Hillary Clinton, I was shocked and saddened by the election results.  It took me a while to get my head around the idea that Donald Trump will be our next President.  After a while,  I had an opportunity to reflect.   How could it […]

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Book celebrates 28 of San Diego’s remarkable women

Remarkable Women of San Diego: Pioneers, Visionaries and Innovators by Hannah S. Cohen and Gloria G. Harris; History Press © 2016; ISBN 9781467-118262; 144 pages including index and bibliography, $21.90. By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO –Divided into four time periods that begin in 1850, 1900, 1950 and 2000, this collection of biographical sketches honors […]

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A Ukrainian Jew and her American multi- millionaire

Did You Ever Have the Chance to Marry an American Multimillionaire? by Dora Klinova; DK Corporation; (c) 2016: ISBN 9781533-137852; 245 pages. By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO — This autobiographical work was fictionalized enough to be classified as a novel, but it closely follows author Dora Klinova’s own progress in San Diego in the […]

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Novel takes us on a road to recovery

Faithful by Alice Hoffman, Simon & Schuster, © 2016; ISBN 97814767-99209; 258 pages; $26. By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – “Oh, oh,” I thought while reading the very dark and depressing first chapter.  “This is going to be a very long book.  Do I really want to expose myself to all this pain?” Thank […]

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Tales of a Jewish lawman in the Old West

Devil Out of Texas by Roger Raffee, 2016; Amazon Publications; 456 pages; now on Kindle.   By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – Author Roger Raffee, a fellow San Diegan, has written a novel—and I’ll repeat that word “novel”—purportedly about a great-great grandfather who was a sure-shooting, fast-drawing Texas Ranger who could snuff out a […]

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Novel mixes modern story into ancient Chanukah tale

Dreidels on the Brain by Joel Ben Izzy; Penguin Young Readers Group; © 2016; 318 pages, $17.99. By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – With Chanukah soon approaching, this is an enjoyable school boy’s story about Jewish holidays, magic performances, not knowing that a girl you like reciprocates your crush, an ailing father, and a […]

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Engineering skills now taught at Hebrew Day School

By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – The teacher sets up a buffet of delicious, healthy foods in the classroom and after the students finish their surprise lunch, the teacher asks a deceptively simple question: “What did you eat?” But he or she is not looking for the items that would be listed on a […]

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88-year-old finally becomes a bar mitzvah

By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – Seventy-five years later, Lazar Abramovitch finally had his bar mitzvah on Thursday, Oct. 6, at a special ceremony held at Jewish Family Service’s Jacobs Family Campus. Abramovitch, 88, had hoped to celebrate the advent of Jewish adulthood on his 13th birthday, but the German Nazi invasion of the […]

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Young army recruited for shofar service

By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – In the space of an afternoon, Tifereth Israel Synagogue developed an enthusiastic corps of some 40 shofar blowers ready to sound off during Yom Kippur services Oct. 11 and 12. It all started when Olga Worm, a former president of the Conservative congregation’s Sisterhood signed up to blow […]

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Kindness knows no race

A Narrow Bridge by J.J. Gesher, Prospect Park Books, © 2016; ISBN 9781938-849824; 278 pages. By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – This novel tells of the aftermath of a fictional terrorist bus bombing in Brooklyn that takes the lives of Jacob’s young family. Jacob, a young cantor and teacher in an Orthodox shul, witnessed […]

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‘For the Love of Spock’ proves well-named at preview

Story by Donald H. Harrison; Photos by Shor M. Masori LA JOLLA, California – A special preview of the documentary For the Love of Spock at the Lawrence Family JCC proved to be a nostalgic occasion Wednesday evening, Sept. 21, both on screen and for members of the packed audience.  The film’s  producer Adam Nimoy […]

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Kushner offers mixture of theology, practical advice

Nine Essential Things I’ve Learned About Life by Harold S. Kushner; Anchor Books (c) 2015; IBSN 9780804-173452; 171 pages, $15. By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO — Rabbi Harold Kushner, famous since he wrote When Bad Things Happen to Good People, has a personal ritual which I found fascinating. “Before I sit down to write, […]

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Jews well represented in volume on American trivia

American Trivia: What We All Should Know About U.S. History, Culture & Geography by Richard Lederer and Caroline McCullagh; Gibbs Smith Publisher; © 2012; ISBN 9781423-622772; 144 pages, including some silly riddles at the end; $9.99 By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – Abe and Bea Goldberg attended an event at which co-author Richard Lederer […]

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