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Novel tells of Vilna and Brooklyn in 1940s

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The Sweetness by Sande Boritz Berger, shewritespress.com, 2014, 978-1-63152-907-8, 301 pgs.,$16.95 By Eva Trieger ENCINITAS, California — Recently nominated by The American Library Association for its yearly Sophie Brody Award for Jewish Literature, this moving novel revisits one of the bleakest periods, not just in Jewish memory, but in world history.  In this debut work, Sande […]

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Army amputee now a traveling comedian

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By Eva Trieger LA JOLLA, California –Joe Kashnow, Baltimore native, enlisted in the United States Army in 2002.  He was stationed in Iraq with the 4th Infantry Division of Colorado.  He had a dream of becoming a Comanche pilot, manning helicopters.  One year later, Kashnow was the victim of roadside bomb.  By 2005, the young […]

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Dr. Freud meets C.S. Lewis in North Coast Rep play

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By Eva Trieger SOLANA BEACH, California — “And how does that make you feel?” I asked David Ellenstein as we chatted in the rehearsal space of North Coast Repertory Theater. I, in the chair, notepad in hand, and David, director of “Freud’s Last Session” on the chaise. And so began our fifty-minute-hour interview about this imaginary […]

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‘Rothschild and Sons’ actor started in Catskills

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By Eva Trieger SOLANA BEACH, California — “It was the perfect training ground” said Jordan Bennett, reminiscing about the Borscht Belt. Cutting his teeth on entertainment as Social Director of Activities and emceeing shows at the predominantly Jewish Catskills resorts, this singer/comedian learned from the best…sometimes. Other times, he learned what not to do after […]

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Makeovers inside, outside, and throughout

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By Eva Trieger SOLANA BEACH, California- In the words of George Eliot, “It is never too late to be what you might have been.”  What was she telling us?  Mary Anne Evans was petitioning women to become their authentic selves and though she penned these words before the turn of the century, they are no […]

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The man behind the art restorer and spy

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By Eva Trieger LA JOLLA, California — “I am not an Israeli intelligence agent, nor an assassin,” Daniel Silva replied when I asked if his character, Gabriel Allon, was autobiographical. However, after multiple, highly acclaimed novels, the New York Times bestselling author told me he trusts Gabriel’s character to direct the action, stating that he […]

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Desdemona, a woman of valor

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By Eva Trieger SAN DIEGO — Another enchanted evening basking in the clement weather in Balboa Park’s Lowell Davies Festival Theater, as the 2014 Summer Shakespeare Festival opened with the classic tragedy, Othello.   Barry Edelstein directed a cast filled with talented stars, some local and some national, some known and others debuting. A few major […]

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Jewish story evening a theater success

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By Eva Trieger SOLANA BEACH, California – You think it’s just children who yearn for a good bedtime story? Who doesn’t love a good yarn read with shtick? Nu, a good accent, some great facial expressions and characters so familiar you’ll swear you are related by blood. North Coast Rep Theater hosted a very special […]

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‘Mandate Memories’ ensnaring, gratifying and surprising

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By Eva Trieger SOLANA BEACH, California –Wendover, Berkshire, seems a patch of Heaven for Jane Stirling (Rosina Reynolds), a widow in her early sixties, where gardening gratifies her soul, and an upcoming facelift to the cozy house will give it the desired breath of new life.  Stirling has lived in the home her entire life […]

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Leichtag ranch is nursery for innovative Judaism

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By Eva Trieger ENCINITAS, California –The Leichtag Foundation has done it again!  The informal gathering at the Hub was exhilarating, inspiring and surprising.  There was not one vacant seat at a panel discussion, even though the location was a bit off the beaten path.  The evening’s discussion proved how vibrant a Jewish community there is […]

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Playwright mum about ‘Mandate Memories’ plot

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By Eva Trieger SOLANA BEACH, California — Humble, open and with an air of mischief, Lionel Goldstein sits outside the North Coast Rep Theater allowing me to interview him about the upcoming show.  Mandate Memories will preview on April 9th and 10th and run through May 4th.  A few seasons back, North Coast Rep was […]

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Butterflies and emotions soar at JCC exhibit

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By Eva Trieger SAN DIEGO — “I didn’t choose the Butterfly Project…it chose me!” Artist and guest speaker Cheryl Rattner Price is referring to the deeply moving and transformational exhibit currently displayed in the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center’s Gotthelf Art Gallery.  This show is not only poignant and profound, but also artistically compelling and […]

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Hannah Alper is wise, profound, and 11

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By Eva Trieger ENCINITAS, California — You know that moment when the sun crests the horizon, and a new day is filled with hope, possibility and the promise of triumph?  Or that sensation when a billion blinding light bulbs awaken a football stadium?  That is the feeling I had after my phone interview with Hannah […]

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Young actors reflect on Landwehr’s wizardry

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By Eva Trieger LA JOLLA, California –A midlevel thrum filled the rehearsal room at the JCC as nearly seventy actors sat in clusters, largely defined by age, or perhaps by character, here a munchkin, there an Auntie Em.  On this particular Sunday, Joey Landwehr had installed two assistants to oversee the commotion and arrange for […]

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