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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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‘Wiesenthal’ influenced by playwright’s father

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By Eva Trieger SAN DIEGO — Many powerful lessons are learned first-hand.  Others are absorbed through observation and osmosis.  Still, other maxims are taught us by loved ones and internalized until they become like a codon in our own discrete DNA. Wiesenthal a one-man play conveys many things, but most pointedly, a rejection of collective […]

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Plight of Sderot pupils subject of upcoming lecture

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By Eva Trieger Update, March 2, 2014–Due to unforeseen events, Michael Snyder and Brandy Gold have had to postpone the showing of Shelter Me Sderot.  Further information will follow with a new date when it is scheduled. * SAN DIEGO — “Mom,” your daughter whines “My English teacher says I need a new composition book.”  […]

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Memories of ‘Commie Camp’

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By Eva Trieger LA JOLLA, California — Hearing  terms like “bug juice,” “arts and crafts time,” “bunks,” and “head counselor ” conjures up one mental picture: Summer Camp.  However, imagine to these terms are added “social action”, “Democratic process” and “nonviolent resistance.”  Filmmaker and stand up comedienne, Katie Halper, described her current offering for the San […]

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‘Shoes,’ in just 18 minutes, quite a feat

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  By Eva Trieger LA JOLLA, California — When words are not only unnecessary but may get in the way of delivering a beautiful, haunting, dark message, they are left out.  When a story is so universal that we need not attach a face to the experiences, the camera omits the visage.  Such is the […]

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Moviemaker laughs through the pain

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By Eva Trieger LA JOLLA, California –Ever meet someone who just seems to know how to make lemonade out of lemons?  When the glass is half empty, someone that can see the space as free to fill with a fine wine?  This very optimism and desire to find humor, promise and possibility is in our […]

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Sukkot so original, you’d like to keep them

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  By Eva Trieger LA JOLLA, California –This is not your father’s sukkah!  Joshua Foer fondly remembered the nearly annual sukkah construction in his parent’s home, though he learned that he was in the mere 5 percent of American Jews who do so. When nostalgia set in, this secular Jew had a flash of inspiration.  […]

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North Coast Rep spoofs Christmas season

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By Eva Trieger SOLANA BEACH, California -It is rumored that even Tchaikovsky disliked “The Nutcracker Suite” but was commissioned to write it back in 1892.  If you’ve seen it every year since its inception, North Coast Rep has a suggestion for a way to shake things up this holiday season.  “The Humbug Holiday Spectacular” has […]

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A ‘very Jewish Christmas’ show?

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By Eva Trieger SOLANA BEACH, California — “It’s a very Jewish Christmas show, or a very Christmasy Hanukkah show,” reports Omri Schein, describing “Humbug”, North Coast Repertory’s holiday musical. The show was co-written by Schein and one of San Diego’s favorites, Phil Johnson.  If those names jingle bells, perhaps you’ll recall the talented pair from […]

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Disney ‘Freak’ directs J*Company’s ‘Little Mermaid’

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By Eva Trieger LA JOLLA, California–When Becky Baird, the former Artistic Director of J Company, announced she would be going on maternity leave, Joey Landwehr lept to the fore and said, “I want your job.”  And thus a star was, well not born, but launched, in our own Lawrence Family’s JCC galaxy. Landwehr realized that […]

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