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Obama, McCain debate Mid-East tactics by Donald H. Harrison in San Diego


Rosh Hashanah Fair at Soille Hebrew Day orients pupils to tastes of High Holidays by Donald H. Harrison in San Diego

Torah reading may be learned bit by bit by Rabbi Leonard Rosenthal in San Diego

A burial illustrating the power of prayer
by Rabbi Baruch Lederman in San Diego


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Hard to admire these catty, self-indulgent women, but Old Globe play is worthwhile by Carol Davis in San Diego


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Obama, McCain debate Mid-East tactics

By Donald H. Harrison

SAN DIEGO--In their first formal nationally televised presidential debate, Senators Barack Obama and John McCain clashed sharply on whether Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s frequent threats to wipe Israel off the map were sufficient reason for an American president to refuse to talk face-to-face with him.  McCain said he would not deal with Ahmadinejad, while Obama said refusing to talk does not achieve the desired result.

The exchange Friday night was touched off by a question from PBS anchor Jim Lehrer who moderated the presidential debate on the campus of the University of Mississippi.  He asked the candidates for their reading of the “threat from Iran concerning the security of the United States.”

McCain responded that the prospect of Iran acquiring nuclear weapons “is an existential threat to the State of Israel and it is a threat to the region because the other countries in the region will feel a compelling requirement to acquire nuclear weapons as well.

“Now, we cannot allow a second Holocaust, let me make that very clear,” McCain said.

The Arizona senator and Republican presidential nominee went on to say that Russia has blocked meaningful sanctions against Iran in the United Nations General Assembly and that the United States and other democracies such as Britain, France and Germany should form a “League of Democracies” to use their considerable economic power against Iran.

“We can impose significant, meaningful, painful sanctions on the Iranians that I think could have a beneficial effect.”

When his turn came, Obama said that he agreed that “we cannot tolerate a nuclear Iran.”  He said if Iran acquired the weapons not only would it threaten Israel, a staunch U.S. ally, but would set off an arms race in the Middle East.   However, he  aid that Russia is a significant trading partner of Iran and that if sanctions are to work, Russian cooperation should be sought. 

The Democratic presidential candidate, an opponent of the War in Iraq, said that by taking over control of Iraq, the United States relieved Iran of its biggest regional adversary.  With Iraq no longer a threat on Iran’s western border, Obama said, Iran has been emboldened in its foreign policy.  He noted that Iran has funded Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza, two organizations the United States considers to be terrorist organizations, and said that Iran went from having zero centrifuges used to develop a nuclear capacity to 4,000 centrifuges.

“We are also going to have to engage in tough, direct diplomacy with Iran—and this is a major difference I have with Senator McCain,” Obama said.  “The notion that by not talking to people we are punishing them has not worked.  It has not worked in Iran; it has not worked in North Korea…In each instance our efforts have accelerated their efforts to get nuclear weapons.”

McCain responded that “Ahmadinejad is now in New York (for the United Nations General Assembly meeting) talking about the extermination of the State of Israel, of wiping Israel off the map, and we are going to sit down without preconditions across the table to legitimize and give a propaganda forum to a person that is espousing extermination of the State of Israel…?”

Obama countered that “in North Korea we cut off talks and you know what happened?  They quadrupled their nuclear capacity and tested missiles; they pulled out of the non-proliferation agreement and they sent nuclear secrets to countries like Syria.”

Responded McCain: “What Senator Obama does not seem to understand is that (if) without preconditions you sit down across the table with someone who is calling Israel ‘a stinking corpse’ and wants to destroy that country and wipe it off the map, you legitimize those comments. This is dangerous.  It isn’t just naïve, it is dangerous…”

Obama responded that “the notion that we are simply silent when it comes to our enemies, and the notion that we would sit with Ahmadinejad and not say anything about him spewing his nonsense and his vile comments is ridiculous.”

McCain shot back: “Let me get this straight: we sit down with Ahmadinejad and he says ‘we’re going to wipe Israel off the face of the earth,’ and we say ‘ no you’re not’?”

“Yes,” said Obama.

“Ah, please,” shot back McCain derisively.

A subordinate conversation had to do with what is the position of former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger on direct talks with Iran.  Obama said Kissinger, who is an advisor to McCain, favors direct contacts.  McCain said Kissinger does not approve of talks at the presidential level.  Obama said he didn’t say that was Kissinger’s position, but that there should be direct contacts.

As part of their discussion on the economy during another segment of the debate, McCain talked mainly about cutting government programs and reducing waste, whereas Obama spoke about fostering an alternative energy industry to create jobs at home and reduce U.S. dependence on Middle Eastern oil.

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SWEETS FOR THE SWEET—Younger students sample challah and honey after being led in saying Ha Motzi, the blessing over bread, by the older students, behind tables, at Soille San Diego
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Rosh Hashanah Fair at Soille Hebrew Day
orients pupils to tastes of High Holidays

By Donald H. Harrison

SAN DIEGO—Pupils in the lower grades got a taste of pomegranates, grape juice, challah, and apples and honey, while 7th and 8th grade students got a taste of what it’s like to be a teacher.  The Rosh Hashanah Fair at Soille San Diego Hebrew Day School was, so to speak, very tasty.

Rabbi Chaim Hollander, who heads the Orthodox school’s Judaic program, explained that by going from table to table, the little children learned some of the major aspects of Rosh Hashanah “in a way that hopefully they will remember and enjoy.  By tasting the different foods, smelling, and blowing the shofar—all these different things—will give them a taste of the holiday.”

Older children had short scripts to memorize or read for their presentations at the different stations.

“The first station here is Kiddush (the blessing over the wine or grape juice) and we explain to the children why we make Kiddush and we give everybody a glass of grape juice,” said the rabbi, who kindly consented to serve as my tour guide.  “We also have apples dipped in honey which, of course, is for a sweet year, and then the custom is to have round challot to show that the year goes around and we are responsible for what went on the whole year round.”

We continued to the next table.

“Another station is (gefilte) fish, which represents the idea that fish are very productive, so we will try to be productive.  We will be producers in our observance of mitzvoth (God’s commandments.).”

Productive? I asked, momentarily trying to envision a fish doing some sort of work.

“They are very productive—they reproduce—and we try to produce ideas, and to increase our observance of mitzvoth and the merits of ourselves,” instructed the rabbi, who also serves as spiritual leader at Young Israel of San Diego, located in the San Carlos section of the city.

I asked one of the students if she ever had tried to catch a gefilte. "No," she responded brightly, "gefilte means chopped." "Still," I said, not wanting to abandon the joke, "they're awfully hard to catch."

Pointing to another display on the table, Rabbi Hollander said, “we also have some foods that we don’t eat because they are bitter or sour, because we don’t want a bitter or sour year.”  Among the foods displayed was a lemon, and I could not help but wonder what my wife, Nancy, would think.  She is one of the few people I know who likes to quarter a lemon and then eat the insides the way other people enjoy oranges.  I tried to remember if she ever had served lemon for a Rosh Hashanah meal.

“Lemon for Rosh Hashanah?” she later asked me incredulously.  “When have I ever done that?” 

“Umm, never I guess,” I replied.   On such matters as kashrut and ceremonial Jewish foods, she has been way ahead of me all our lives.

TASTES OF ROSH HASHANAH—Younger students say the Kiddush (blessing over the fruit
of the vine) before being served small glasses of grpae juice; at right, Rabbi Chaim
Hollander stands with Jonathan Levine, holding a plate of pomegrantates, and David Reich, hodling a bag of carrots

The next table to which Rabbi Hollander conducted me had pomegranates, “which have many seeds—again the idea is as they reproduce so many seeds, and we want to increase our merits, and our mitzvoth observance as well.”  

“We also have carrots,” he said. 

“Probably for the rabbits, who are well known reproducers,” I thought.  

“Carrots in Yiddish is mer’n,” Rabbi Hollander continued.  “The word mer means ‘to be more’ so again the idea is to be more.   These all are symbols for sweetness or for being more reproductive.”

WATER, WATER—In photo at left, pupils are shown how to ceremonially wash their hands
before partaking of food. At right, pupils wait to throw crumpled up papers into a pot of
water in a tabletop demonstration of Tashlich, when sins are cast upon the waters.

On we continued, where kindergarteners were lined up in front of a table which had a great big pot of water on it, along with little pieces of paper bearing the names of various sins.  Each child was instructed by the seventh and eighth graders to crumple up  a piece of paper and throw it into the pot.  After a few demonstrations, the water in the pot turned blue—from the ink used in writing the names of the sins.  It had to be replaced.  Not unlike Mission Bay, I found myself thinking.

The water in the pot was a representation of Tashlich, “where the custom is to go to a nearby river or a free body of water,” Rabbi Hollander said.  “It should have fish in it, and the idea is to symbolically throw away your sins.”   As adults use pieces of bread, rather than paper with words on it, Tashlich must be the favorite holiday of those productive fish, I thought.

On we went to a station where there were several shofars, which each child, in turn, took a turn blowing (after the mouthpiece was wiped clean with antiseptic wipes.).  “The reason that we blow the shofar is that it reminds us of the horn of the ram which Abraham sacrificed in place of his son Isaac,” Rabbi Hollander said.

Boys staffed tables in one assembly area , and girls staffed tables in another, the identical displays set up in order to be able to accommodate all the lower school classes in the allotted time.  While girls and boys in the upper grades study secular subjects together, they have separate Judaic classes, the rabbi noted.

Harrison may be contacted at editor@sandiegojewishworld.com

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Torah reading may be learned bit by bit

By Rabbi Leonard Rosenthal

SAN DIEGO—Tifereth Israel Synagogue is blessed with an excellent cadre of Torah readers. Our ba'alei kriyah read the Torah during daily minyan, on Shabbat, and on the High Holy Days. We have many volunteers but could always use more.

Many congregants have told me that they would also like to chant the Torah but are intimidated by the prospect of acquiring the requisite skills. They listen to our experienced congregants chanting long aliyot and wonder if they could ever do the same. Their fear of attaining perfection keeps them from even starting.

In this week's parasha Moses speaks to the children of Israel about their ability to learn Torah: "Surely, this Instruction which I enjoin upon you this day is not too baffling for you, nor is it beyond reach. It is not in the heavens, that you should say, 'Who among us can go up to the heavens and get it for us and impart it to us, that we may observe it?' Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, 'Who among us can cross to the other side of the sea and get it for us and impart it to us, that we may observe it?' No, the thing is very close to you, in your mouth and in your heart, to observe it." (Deut. 30:11-14)

Rabbi Yanai said: "To what may this [the acquisition of Torah] be compared? To a loaf of bread suspended in the air. The unthinking person says: 'How can I reach it?" The wise person says: 'Surely someone put the bread up there, so there must be a way to get it down. Get me a ladder or a long stick and I will bring it down!"

"Similarly, the unthinking person says: 'How am I going to learn the entire Torah?' As a result they do not even begin to study.  But the wise person studies a small section each day until they complete the entire Torah."

"God says: 'This instruction which I enjoin you this day, if it is obtainable it is because you deem it so!'" (Parparot Shel Torah, Deut., p. 210)

The acquisition of any new skill does not come all at once. One learns slowly over time and eventually becomes competent and skilled. So it is with learning to chant from the Torah. It takes time, practice, and the willingness to take baby steps before one runs.

We are very fortunate to have in Dr. Zev Bar Lev a skilled Torah reader and teacher in our congregation who makes himself available to anyone who wishes to learn to be a ba'al koreh (Torah reader).

Rabbi Rosenthal is spiritual leader of Tifereth Israel Synagogue in San Diego.  He may be contacted at rabbi@tiferethisrael.com

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Hard to admire these catty, self-indulgent women, but Old Globe play is worthwhile

By Carol Davis

SAN DIEGO—One does have to admire Globe resident artistic director and artistic director of the theatre’s 2004-2008 Shakespeare Festivals Darko Tresnjak for his stick-to-itiveness and passion in wanting to dust off certain period plays that are frivolous, fun and fanciful outside of his Shakespeare duties.

In the past he has mounted San Diego Theatre Critics’ Circle award winning, fun filled Bell, Book and Candle and more recently the stunning The Pleasure of His Company. It left little doubt that his style, wry sense of humor and directorial deftness fits the bill for his passion. His latest ambition, Clare Booth Luce’s The Women, is currently on the main stage of the Old Globe.

Let me say without hesitation that this is an absolutely stunning, no-holds-barred production. From an all-star-studded cast with Kate Baldwin at the lead as Mary, the wronged wife, to the knock-out, gorgeous period costumes by Anna R. Oliver with David P. Gordon’s accurate multi-locales set design, Matthew Richards' spot on lighting and Paul Peterson’s sound design, this show has the look and feel of elegance all over it.

From everything I’ve read for my many attempts at perhaps taking up writing as a serious enterprise, it is suggested that one begin one’s writing from a place of familiarity. Ms. Luce was not born into high society, more like middle class, but was a diligent student nonetheless. Her ambition was to become an actress and after understudying Mary Pickford she enrolled in Clare Tree Major’s School of Theatre but dropped out soon after to accompany her parents on a trip to Europe.

After the failure of her first marriage, she worked in the fashion department of Vogue magazine and developed an interest in writing. Soon after she became associate editor of Vanity Fair and began writing ‘short sketches satirizing New York society and its figures. She married Henry Luce founder of Time magazine, among others.

Luce’s comedy of manners, The Women, is not the only foray into societal mores about which she wrote. Abide With Me, her first play is a psychological drama about an abusive husband and a terrified wife. According to all accounts, her first husband drank too much and abused her. Her 1936 play, The Women satirizes the Manhattan idle and wealthy socialites, divorcées and their extracurricular activities which include backstabbing, spreading nasty gossip and one-upping each other. Interestingly enough, at one point in her life she became interested in women’s rights. One would never have guessed by this play. Later however, she became an archconservative.  

And while Luce was anything but idle, she knew her subject matter only too well as she pursued her career as a playwright. The Women ran for 657 or 666 (depending on the source) performances on Broadway and as it received a cool nod from the critics, was very popular with the audiences.

The original film version opened in 1939 and starred Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, Paulette Goddard, Joan Fontaine and Mary Boland. You couldn’t find more star power than that in one place if you tried. A remake of the movie should be out soon (or is already) and from all accounts, it’s a dud.

Star power is also at the Globe’s production as Tresnjak parades out the glamorous women who make up the ensemble of the rich and richer, the ‘ladies who lunch’, the desperate housewives (but don’t feel sorry for these women, their maids do everything from bringing up the children to waiting on them hand and foot) the betrayed, the infidels, the gatcha’s, the nasty, the nastier. That’s just for starters. Not to worry, however, there are a few good women sprinkled throughout the fox pack.

The story follows a group of friends, all well off Manhattan socialites whose husbands are successful business men (not unlike the current bunch of CEO’s whose money buys anything and everything) with too much time on their hands. The leader of their pack is Sylvia Fowler (Heather Ayers). Not one to spread gossip, (MUCH!), she hears a rumor at her nail salon that the husband of one of her ‘best friends’, Mary Hains, (Kate Baldwin) has a mistress. Sylvia can’t wait to set Mary up so she too hears about her husband’s affair, but not through her. She uses her surrogates, the techs at the nail salon, to spread the news to Mary, but not after she tells all their bridge friends and urges them to keep mum on the topic.

As fate would have it, another of Mary’s ‘friends’ Edith Porter (Aaryn Kopp) lets the news slip out to a society columnist. Once the news is out for the entire world to see, Mary threatens to divorce her husband, gambling that he will give up his mistress, Crystal Allen (Kathleen McElfrish), but not before she ignores the advice of her mother (Linda Gehringer is stunning) to leave it alone and it will go away. Mary is the first to blink and finally heads off to Reno to wait for her divorce to become final while her husband remains behind to marry his newfound bimbo.  How little we know about our men.

Once again I can’t begin to think of enough kudos to write about the performers and the look of the show. So what’s my reservation? It’s the play itself. It’s sexist, catty, unbecoming, and socially and politically out of sync with my sensibilities in so many ways that I wanted to leave after intermission.

While the rest of the audience was roaring with laughter, I was wondering what was wrong with me.  Maybe I just can’t identify with that life style, or themes of nastiness or the contrivances deliberately put on women by other women. Do I know it’s done? Yes, I do. Somehow or other, I found it offensive, not funny and difficult to ‘get into’ the antics of these bitchy women. And no, I do not watch Desperate Housewives on television. 

I would be remiss, however, if I did not mention the excellent performances of the entire cast. Baldwin is wonderfully impressive as the trusting wife who transforms herself into a street fighter, after all is said and done. She does this with all the grace of a heavy weight boxer jabbing and weaving while still remaining very feminine. Heather Ayers’ Sylvia has nails and tacks rolling off her tongue as she spews Luce’s words out to her friends and enemies alike. She’s the original gossip queen who gets her comeuppance in the end.

Nancy Anderson is charming as she lures us into her world and ushers us out with three period songs (one sung after intermission. I did stay) sung in a lusty and seductive voice. Amy Hohn as Edith, is perfect as the ever pregnant wife who not only puts the others in their place with her closing monologue by attributing her successful marriage to ‘just to turning a blind eye’ to her husband's dalliances, but she also is a character who never veers very far from who she is.  Ruth Williamson is a riot as the Countess de Lage, a voluptuous woman who always needs a man at her side and usually gets taken by them as well. Conspicuously absent are the very men who are the object of this whole exercise.

Finally, Amanda Naughton is Nancy Blake the playwright’s alter ego who has left us with pages of quotes such as “They say women talk too much. If you worked in Congress, you’d know that the filibuster was invented by men." And not to belabor the point about being politically incorrect and offensive and quoting the playwright, a collective hush fell over the opening night audiences in an exchange between Mary and her mother when her mother was extolling the virtues of being single by telling her daughter that one advantage she had was the luxury of spreading herself out in bed like a swastika.

In a recent conversation with former Lipinsky Chair for Jewish Studies at San Diego State University, Dr Lawrence Baron, he told me that the swastika was already a political symbol for the Nazi party when this play was written. The comment came out of the blue and was so terribly outrageous that we blinked in disbelief. What was everyone thinking?

Quotes come and quotes go, but the play’s the thing and this one with its lack of social sensibilities, will still entertain as long as you turn the other cheek. The overall production is worth the trip to Balboa Park. Just bring your thick skin and love of satire and suspend any sense of decency for about two hours.

The Women continues on the main stage of the Old Globe Theatre through Oct. 26.

See you at the theatre.

Southwestern Jewish Press, February 10, 1950, page 8

With the official groundbreaking ceremonies for the new Synagogue and Center that the Congregation Beth Jacob hopes to build this year, only a few weeks away, the Ladies Auxiliary of Beth Jacob is undertaking a project to help swell the Building Fund.

A group of the Ladies will sponsor a Purim Dinner on Wednesday evening, March 1, at the Beth Jacob Center, 3206 Myrtle Street, the entire proceeds of which will go to the Building Fund.

This delicious home-cooked turkey dinner complete with the trimmings and the season’s traditional goodies will be served at 6:30 p.m., according to Anna Shelley, president of the group.

Inasmuch as the seating capacity of the Center is limited, the sponsors urge everyone who wishes to attend this gala function to make reservations by calling Mrs. Anna Oakley at T-4202 or Mrs. Anna Shelley at J-2566.

Anyone who has attended the seasonal holiday dinners which are given by the Beth Jacob Ladies will remember not only the good food that is served but that there is always entertainment that is highly enjoyed.

The president of the Ladies Auxiliary joins with the ladies who are sponsoring this Purim Dinner in a cordial invitation to everyone to join them the evening of March 1st for the two-fold purpose of commemorating the Purim holiday and of helping the Building Fund of Congregation Beth Jacob.

“Adventures in Jewish History” is sponsored by Inland Industries Group LP in memory of long-time San Diego Jewish community leader Marie (Mrs. Gabriel) Berg.  Our indexed "Adventures in San Diego Jewish History" series will be a daily feature until we run out of history.

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We dedicate today's issue with happy birthday wishes to Jim Lantry, a government affairs consultant and occasional contributor to San Diego Jewish World. His story about the appearance in San Diego of R. James Woolsey, former CIA director, appeared in Friday's edition.

(b) Mitch Gaylord


Friday, September 26, 2008 (Vol. 2, No. 232)

Former CIA Director James Woolsey urges major changes in U.S. energy use by Jim Lantry in San Diego

Sweet memories of the page of honey by Isaac Yetiv in La Jolla
So why does the Jewish new year come in the seventh,not the first, month? by Sara Appel-Lennon in San Diego
'We were naked,'
a poem by Sheila Orysiek in San Diego

Mille Feuille: Oh, how sweet it is! by Lynne Thrope in San Diego

—February 10, 1950: News of the Fox by John L. Kluchin
—February 10, 1950: Daughters of Israel
—February 10, 1950: JCRA by Anna B. Brooks
—February 10, 1950: San Diego Birdie Stodel B’nai B’rith No. 92
—February 10, 1950: Jr. Pioneer Women by Alma Yaruss

Soille San Diego Hebrew Day School: Rabbi Krohn’s Special Visit to Soille San Diego Hebrew Day School

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Republican Jewish Coalition highlights quotes from Democrats in pro-McCain ads by
Suzanne Kurtz in Washington, D.C.

Jews, Druse honor trailblazing soldier's memory near the border of Gaza by Ulla Hadar in Kibbutz Nir Am, Israel

Nice record: 48 of 48 SDJA seniors accepted to four -year-colleges by Donald H. Harrison in San Diego


Thursdays with the songs of Hal Wingard:
—#53, The San Diego Air Disaster
—#13, Yesterday
—#66, Time

How Jewish were the Beatles? by David Benkof in New York

—February 10, 1950: Evening Group Hadassah
—February 10, 1950: Pioneer Women (Negba Club)
—February 10, 1950: Temple Beth Israel Sisterhood
—February 10, 1950: San Diego Hebrew Home for the Aged
—February 10, 1950: Yo-Ma Co Club

San Diego Jewish Academy: L'Shanah Tovah from San Diego Jewish Academy
San Diego Jewish World: San Diego Jewish World tells its High Holy Day publishing schedule
Soille San Diego Hebrew Day School: Soille Hebrew Day Kindergarteners Take The Taste Test

Wednesday, September 24, 2008 (Vol. 2, No. 230)


'Israel's security is sacrosanct,' Obama tells 900 rabbis in conference call
by Eric Lynn and Dan Shapiro in Chicago   
Reversing the high dropout rate from schools priority for Ethiopian-Israelis by Donald H. Harrison in San Diego


The Jews Down Under, a roundup of Jewish news of Australia and New Zealand by Garry Fabian in Melbourne, Australia:

—Security spending for Jewish institutions in Australia varies from state to state
—Sydney Liberal leader has ties to Jewish community
—Jewish candidates make impact in local elections
—Toltz short-listed for the 2008 Man Booker Prize
—Lobby group offers apology
—Australia Arava partnership begins to bloom
—Wheels in motion for Junior Maccabi Carnival
—Vandals Target Maccabi Tennis Centre
—New Zealand shul reopens with fanfare
—Moriah College Student wins junior journalism award


Mourned love found again in a book by Gail Feinstein Forman in San Diego


—February 10, 1950: Seattle Conference Elects Levenson
—February 10, 1950: Letters to the Editor from Mrs. Harold Garvin and A. Fisher
—February 10, 1950: Who’s New


Agency for Jewish Education: L'shanah tovah tikoteva
San Diego Jewish World: San Diego Jewish World begins weekly email service
San Diego Rabbinical Association: San Diego Rabbinical Association announces Kever Avot/ Imahot Services
Soille San Diego Hebrew Day School: Oranges and maps at Solle San Diego Hebrew Day School

Tuesday, September 23, 2008 (Vol. 2, No. 229)

Sarah and George compared, contrasted by J. Zel Lurie in Delray Beach, Florida
What Israelis learn from U.S. elections by Ira Sharkansky in Jerusalem

Ahmadinejad protest planned in NYC on Thursday by a coalition of Jewish groups by Shoshana Bryen in Washington, D.C.

A standing O for the 'girls' in the office by Cynthia Citron in Los Angeles
Song 'Meeskite' is opposite of its name by Cantor Sheldon Merel in San Diego, with accompanying music.

—February 10, 1950: Dr. T.R. Jackman To Speak
—February 10, 1950: Fund To Borrow $75,000 for Critical UJA Position
—February 10, 1950: Mrs. Steinman Elected To Nat’l Board of U.S.N.A.
—February 10, 1950: Overseas News and Views by Maxwell Kaufman


Agency for Jewish Education: AJE to offer immersion classes in Hebrew beginning next month
Lawrence Family JCC: 2008 San Diego Jewish Book Fair to feature celebrity authors Henry Winkler, Jonathan Safran Foer, Martin Fletcher, Evan Handler and 40 other writers
Soille San Diego Hebrew Day School: Soille Hebrew Day second graders learn about the mitzvah of tzedakah

Monday, September 22, 2008 (Vol. 2, No. 228)

Down Syndrome: Advice for Sarah Palin by Rabbi Nechemia Coopersmith in Jerusalem
Obama strongly supports Israel by Howard Wayne in San Diego

Ariel University Center's U.S. fundraising chief had had colorful career path by Donald H. Harrison in San Diego
Impressions of an Ethiopian American tourist on his first trip to Israel by Kassahun Teffera in Rockville, Maryland

Why and how I observe the Shabbat by Sheila Orysiek in San Diego

—January 27, 1950: Temple Beth Israel
—January 27, 1950: Tifereth Israel Synagogue
—January 27, 1950: Beth Jacob

Sunday, September 21,2008 (Vol. 2, No. 227)

U.S. politicians should unite against Iran by Shoshana Bryen in Washington, D.C.

Blessings of the city and the country by Rabbi Leonard Rosenthal in San Diego
The Chasid's mistake maybe wasn't one by Rabbi Baruch Lederman in San Diego

—January 27, 1950: Inside A.Z.A. by Leonard Naiman
—January 27, 1950: San Diego Bay City Bnai Brith
—January 27, 1950: Junior Matrons
—January 27, 1950: Judy Yukon Joins Quiz Kids
—January 27, 1950: Swing Your Partner

—Thalheimer flip flopped; Hillel threatens neighborhood from Alice Goldfarb Marquis, Ph.D, in La Jolla
—Thalheimer article informative; will help voters from Gail Forman in San Diego

A Jew's admiration for a Catholic songwriter produced superb show by Carol Davis in Solana Beach, California

A Bissel Sports Trivia With Bruce Lowitt in Oldsmar, Florida


Lawrence Family JCC: An invitation to 'meet' Pocohantas at the Lawrence Family JCC

San Diego Jewish Academy: SDJA's Ali Tradonsky semifinalist in U.S. Middle School Science competition

Soille San Diego Hebrew Day School: Children’s author Ian Cameron reads at Soille San Diego Hebrew Day School

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