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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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Border Patrol union rep says asylum system broken

By Donald H. Harrison POWAY, California – The nation’s system for granting sanctuary is broken, says a legislative advocate for Local 1613 of the National Border Patrol Council In a speech to the Men’s Club of Temple Adat Shalom, Christopher Harris – who has served as a Border Patrolman for 19 years – described the […]

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Novel tells of British expats in rural France

Chasing Dreams and Flies: A Tragicomedy of Life in France by Dorothea Shefer-Vanson; © 2016, books on Kindle; 253 pages. By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – Dorothea Shefer-Vanson is an author and writer whose freelance stories are regularly published by San Diego Jewish World, among other publications.  Normally she and her husband Yigal reside in […]

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Novel portrays loves of a family of three women

Cruel Beautiful World by Caroline Leavitt; Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill; © 2016; ISBN9781616-203634; 354 pages; $26.95 By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – This is a story of two sisters and their “aunt” who are thrown together after the parents of the two sisters are killed in a car crash.  When  the younger sister, […]

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A Jewish primer laced with spiritual encounters

The Wondering Jew: My Journey into Judaism by Ellen Brazer; TCJ Publishing; ISBN 9780693-739945; 188 pages including book club questions, $12.95. By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – Novelist Ellen Brazer (Clouds Across the Sun; So It Was Written; Hearts of Fire) has authored a primer on the Jewish religion, perhaps as much for her […]

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A Leonard Nimoy biography for kids

Fascinating: The Life of Leonard Nimoy by Richard Michelson, illustrated by Edel Rodriguez; Alfred E. Knopf publisher; ISBN 9781101-933329;  28 pages, including author’s note, $17.99. SAN DIEGO – With all the ongoing celebrations of Star Trek’s 50th anniversary, the youngsters in your life may be wondering what all the hoopla is about.  This short well-illustrated […]

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German soldier’s WWII story screens at GI Film Festival

By Donald H. Harrison CORONADO, California – The Unimaginable Journey of Peter Ertel,” a documentary showing another side of World War II – that of a pacifistic German drafted into Hitler’s army—will be screened Thursday, Sept. 15,  at the Village Theatres in Coronado. The 104-minute documentary will be one of the offerings of the G.I. […]

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Insight into some secrets of suburban life

Bertrand Court by Michelle Brafman, © 2016 Prospect Park Books;; ISBN 978193-8849800; 255 pages. By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO –Bertrand Court might be found in any suburban city of the United States; its characters are as familiar as your next door neighbors.  Through Brafman’s fictional work, however, you may gain keener insight into your […]

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Letters take readers inside the Holocaust

Every Day Lasts A Year: A Jewish Family’s Correspondence From Poland edited by Christopher R. Browning, Richard S. Hollander and Nechama Tec;  Cambridge University Press; © 2014; ISBN 9781107-668768; 290 pages including index. By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – Richard Hollander, one of the editors of this work, is the son of Joseph Hollander, […]

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Major exhibition to focus on San Diego Jews

By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – A nine-month-long, 10,000 square foot exhibition about the Jews of San Diego, including the community’s history, achievements and troubles since 1850, is now in the design stage with an opening planned in March 2017 at the San Diego History Center in Balboa Park. Joellyn Zollman, a professor who […]

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Brothers together in Israeli restuarant

Hiney ma tov u’ma-nayim shevet achim gam yachad –Here is something good and nice, two brothers together in unity – Psalm 133 By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO –2Brothers Restaurant in San Diego is unabashedly Israeli – a sign above the door proclaims it – and brothers Ofer and Amir Grissaro proudly tell visitors that […]

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In this memoir, pork is a gateway to assimilation

Treyf: My Quest for Identity in a Forbidden World by Elissa Altman; New American Library; 2016; ISBN 9780425-277812; 283 pages; $26. By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – What is not kosher is treyf, literally meaning “torn” but generally meaning “forbidden” and one might anticipate that in Elissa Altman’s memoir, subtitled “My Quest for Identity […]

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