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Ulla Hadar in Kibbutz Ruhama, Israel: Blammmm! A Kassam in my back garden?

Donald H. Harrison in San Diego: JACC theme: 'Keeping Israel on the map'

Rabbi Baruch Lederman in San Diego: Slain Torah scholar started as dishwasher

Rabbi Leonard Rosenthal in San Diego: 'Sanctified shekel' hints at money's purpose

Isaac Yetiv in La Jolla, California: 'If the shoe fits' ... Obama and appeasement

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PULVERIZED TRUCK—Israeli Army photo shows a truck completely destroyed by the explosives
carried by a suicide bomber at the Erez Crossing at the top of the map showing Sha'ar Hanegev. Ruhama, the kibbutz where our correspondent lives, is on the extreme right side of the map.


Blammmm! A Kassam in my back garden?

By Ulla Hadar               

KIBBUTZ RUHAMA, Israel—Last Thursday morning I woke up as usual, had my coffee and sat down to see the morning news and weather. My husband and I tend to cherish these moments in the morning before we are off to work.

Settled down in the sofa I suddenly heard an enormous blast. that shook our house. The windows rattled and there was a feeling that the house was swaying from one side to the other.

I looked at my husband and said in a quiet voice: "I think they have shot a Grad rocket at us ".

Kibbutz Ruhama being situated farther inland is not immediate danger of being hit by the Kassam rockets but a Grad can reach us. It would be difficult though to hit us directly being a secluded settlement in the middle of vast fields.

After 15 minutes everything was becoming a bit more clear. In Israel you have continuous news updates. The population knows what is happening straight away. Just hook on to the internet and everything is revealed.

A truck near the Erez crossing (between Gaza and Israel) filled with several hundred kilos of explosive blew up right next to the crossing. The quick and correct response of the Israelis soldiers prevented a
huge terrorist attack. One Palestinian was killed in the incident and the truck was totally destroyed. A jeep was turned upside down. This jeep was apparently awaiting the terrorist to bring soldiers back as hostages.

The Fatah and Islamic Jihad organizations took responsibility for the attack, claiming the truck had been filled with four tons of explosives. The terrorist killed in the blast was 23-year-old Ibrahim Nasser from the refugee camp Jibaliya situated in the northern part of the Gaza strip.

The intense explosion was heard and felt in the area of Israel encircling the Gaza strip. The settlement Nativ Essera situated just on the Erez crossing suffered huge material damage from the blow.
Most people thought a rocket had landed in their house.

As a precaution, the population of this settlement was requested to stay indoors until it became clear that no further terrorist attacks were on the way.

Israel Army at point facing Gaza (Zafrir Aviov photo)

The Erez crossing has for manyyears served as the main passage for Palestinian workers entering Israel. However, as a result of many terrorist acts in recent years the crossing  has been used only for humanitarian activities and for delivering supplies from Israel to the Palestinian people.

There is great anxiety in the security forces, prompted by concern that terrorists are determined to take soldiers as hostages. Several incidents in the last few weeks have validated this assumption.
There have been terror acts initiating explosions and exchange of fire  between terrorists and the Israeli soldiers.

Finishing my coffee, I reflected that although Kibbutz Ruhama is more than 20 kilometer away from the Erez crossing the feeling was that a rocket  had landed on my house. That is just one indication of how big the blast was.

'If the shoe fits' ... Obama and appeasement

By Isaac Yetiv, Ph.D

LA JOLLA, California—In a speech before the Knesset, on the occasion of Israel's 60th anniversary, President Bush denounced those "who believe that we should negotiate with the terrorists and radicals, as if some ingenious argument will persuade them they have been wrong all along." He added that "this foolish delusion yields the false comfort of appeasement, which has been repeatedly discredited by history." He then quoted a U.S. Senator who said, when the Nazi tanks crossed into Poland :"Lord, if only I had a talk with Hitler, none of that would have happened."

The President expressed his views in general terms in a venue that couldn't be more propitious. He didn't cite names of individuals or political parties. The Israeli audience applauded with admiration and respect. But the next day, Barack Obama and his acolytes attacked the President vehemently; they denounced his "outrageous" pronouncements. Obama recognized himself as accused of "appeasement" and was indignant. "Methinks, the lady doth protest too much!" wrote Shakespeare.
cbiIf Obama is really against appeasement, a proper way to respond to Bush was to agree with him that
"appeasement" is delusional and dangerous, and that, if he becomes president, he will not seek an
unconditional meeting with Iran’s leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. But no! Obama and his defenders want to eat the cake and have it too: He boasted in his website that he is "the only candidate" who declared he will hold a presidential meeting with Ahmadinejad and other unsavory leaders without preconditions, and now he is scandalized to be accused , even not by name, of wanting to do so. Even
recently, in response to a question, he reconfirmed and defended his pledge "to have a conversation (!)with somebody like Ahmadinejad."

This is a central foreign policy plank of his platform; he touted it as a point of differentiation
between him and the other candidates but now he recoils, or pretends to recoil, at a nameless hint of
the truth by the President. If he was "offended" by an anonymous and indirect formulation of the president's general policy denouncing appeasement, it is only because he is, in fact, an appeaser.
This is his weltanschauung, his worldview, which is espoused by the far left wing of his party, and it is
legitimate to claim and defend it and persuade the voters, but not to be insulted if somebody attacks it.
The colloquial English has an expression for it: "If the shoe fits..." Other cultures illustrate this situation with  more vivid imagery .  The French say: Qui se sent morveux se mouche! (If you feel your nose full of phlegm, you should blow your nose.)   It is interesting to note that the most picturesque
aphorisms are in Hebrew and Arabic, stupendously similar in their background settings that usually
generate the adage:

So goes the Hebrew story : A golden jewel was stolen from the king's palace. Hundreds of people were
arrested and brought to the palace court. The king's minister addressed them from a high platform , talked about the value of the jewel, and then said: " I know who the thief is; he is now standing among you, and on his head there is a burning hat." And from his high perch, he saw one of the men putting his hand over his head. He ordered the soldiers to bring the man to justice: restitution and decapitation. Hence the saying: " On the head of the thief, the hat is burning." (Al rosh haganav, bo’er hakova). In the Arabic version, same story with a "feather" replacing the "hat,"  giving the following: "On the head of the thief, there is a feather." (Elmenbub ‘ala rasu risha

 An unconditional presidential tete-a-tete meeting with the Islamic fundamentalist Iranian president--
who denies the holocaust while preparing a second one with his nuclear program, who recently called Israel a "rotten corpse" after repeatedly pledging to" wipe it ,the little Satan, from the map" and to destroy the great Satan, the United States-- will legitimate his monstrous regime, boost its prestige, frighten and disappoint the pro-American young generation in Iran which is fed up with the mullahs,  scare the Sunni Arabs in the area , and increase the danger to Israel.

We recently learned that the Iranian government is preparing an academic conference on "how to end
Israel," with participants from all over the world,including France and the United States. Obama, and forthat matter,  the other two candidates and President Bush, should be calling for the expulsion of Iran from the U.N. for all its violations of the U.N. charter, rather than seek a meeting with him.                 
Obama, or any American leader for that matter, is no match to the shrewd bargainers and hagglers in the Middle-East bazaar. They will ask for a free hand in Iraq, a carte blanche in the production of a nuclearbomb, and the abandonment of Israel. Maybe the extreme anti-American and anti-Israel Left (George Soros,, daily Kos, and others) would willingly oblige, but certainly not the mainstream of the Democratic party which, unfortunately, is an acquiescent silent majority that has yet to wake up.

The fear is that Obama, the most leftist senator, will follow the extremists of his party and their
defeatist-appeasers. His past associations with the pastor Jeremiah Wright for 20 years, his indirect
connections with Farrakhan, his present "friendship" with the unrepentant terrorist William Ayers who bombed the Pentagon in 1960, his choice of advisors, many of whom are anti-Israel, his wife's astonishing pronouncements, will come back to haunt him if and after he gets the nomination. His own declarations that "the Palestinians are the most oppressed people in the world" and that the terrorist groups "have legitimate rights," which brought a strong endorsement by Hamas, and his call for an international conference with Muslim leaders to "hear their concerns" (the existence of the "pestilence" Jewish state), all these will be rehashed if he gets the nomination, and not in his favor.

In conclusion, for those who, like me, place the national security of the U.S. and Israel at the top of
our concerns, an Obama presidency is a frightening prospect. Senator Joseph Lieberman quoted Dean Acheson as saying: "No people in history have ever survived, who thought they could protect their freedom by making themselves inoffensive to their enemies." We better heed this advice.

Yetiv is a frequent lecturer on Middle Eastern affairs as well as a former city councilman of Haifa


'Sanctified shekel' hints at money's purpose

By Rabbi Leonard Rosenthal

SAN DIEGO—In addition to the mandatory offerings given on Shabbat, holidays, in atonement for sin, and on other occasions, the Torah encourages Israelites to make "free will offerings" to God. These "free will offerings" were strictly voluntary and came from the heart. The offerings were not limited to animals and produce but could be donated land as well. The land owner did not literally have to turn over his field to the Kohanim. He was allowed to appraise it and give its monetary value instead.

The Torah specifies that when the field is appraised and valued: "all of your valuations must be computed according to the value of the "Sanctified Shekel."

The Torah's specification of a "Sanctified Shekel" presumably indicates that there must have been more than one monetary system in use at the time. However, Rabbi Aharon Yaakov Greenberg in Iturei Torah uses the Torah's ritual stipulation to make a broader moral point. He writes that it is common for people to judge other people by their wealth. People who are well off are often looked up to and fawned over by the rest of society, regardless of their other attributes. They are often sought after for counsel and advice even when they lack expertise As Tevye put it: "When you're rich they think you really know!"

Rabbi Greenberg, however, suggests that when judging people by their wealth it is more important to consider how they use their money rather than by how much they have. Do people use their money only for themselves or do they share their blessings with others? Do they contribute to evil causes (God forbid!) or to perform righteous acts?  Do they acquire wealth as an end in itself or to serve a higher purpose?

When we consider the acquisition of wealth we would do well to judge by the Torah's standards and ask ourselves if our riches are being used to profane God's name or as "Sanctified Shekels,"- for holy purposes.

Rabbi Rosenthal is the spiritual leader of Tifereth Israel Synagogue in San Diuego     

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Slain Torah scholar started as dishwasher

By Rabbi Baruch Lederman

SAN DIEGO— During Sefiras HaOmer we mourn the loss of 24,000 talmidim (students) of Rebbi Akiva. 24,000 of the best and brightest of Klal Yisroel perished in a plague. To this day we observe the rituals of mourning during the Sefirah period. We do not cut our hair, listen to music, or have weddings during the annual mourning period. In doing so, we reinforce to ourselves and others, the value of a talmid chocham (Torah scholar) and the profundity of the loss suffered by our entire nation through the death of talmidei chachamim - both then and now.

Doron Mahareta of blessed and saintly memory was one of the eight Yeshiva students who were massacred recently in Yeshivat Mercaz HaRav in Jerusalem.

One of the rabbis from Mercaz HaRav told the most amazing story you'll ever hear about Doron's dedication to learning Torah, a story that competes with the Gemara's account of Hillel's near freezing on the roof of Shmaya and Avtalion's Yeshiva (see tractate Yoma, 35b).

Doron wanted to learn Torah in Mercaz HaRav, one of the most prominent of Israel's yeshivas. But, since his early schooling was in Ethiopia, he lacked a strong background in Gemara. The Yeshiva rejected him. He wasn't discouraged. He asked, "If you won't let me learn Torah, will you let me wash the dishes in the mess hall?"

For a year and a half, Doron washed dishes. But, he spent every spare minute in the study hall. He inquired what the yeshiva boys were learning, and spent most of the nights and all of his Shabbatot with his head in the Gemara learning what they learned. It wasn't easy. He had to work long hours learning after long hours working, and his background was most limited.

One day, the "dish washer" asked the Rosh Yeshiva (Head of the Yeshiva) to test him. The Rosh Yeshiva politely smiled and tried to gently dismiss Doron, but Doron wouldn't budge. He forced the Rosh Yeshiva into a Torah discussion. The knowledge and lomdus (not to mention the intensity) that Doron displayed were stunningly unexpected. To make a long story short; the next day, he was no longer a dish washer but a full-fledged yeshiva bachur.

On weekends, when Doron would come home to visit his family in Ashdod, he'd spend the entire Shabbat either in the Melitzer Shul or the neighboring Gerrer shtiebel learning Shulchan Aruch and its commentaries. Three weeks ago, he finished the entire Shulchan Aruch and principle commentaries. Doron achieved in his tender 26 years what others don't attain in 88 years. He truly was an unblemished sacrifice, who gave his life for all of us.

During Sefiras HaOmer we mourn the loss of 24,000 talmidim. The best, the brightest, the most dedicated. 24,000 is an enormous number; but can we even comprehend the greatness of one talmid learning Torah. One Doron. Multiply that by 24,000 and it becomes unfathomable. We are reeling from the loss of our Torah Scholars, as at the same time, we appreciate those who toil in Torah today and in the future.    

The foregoing true story was submitted by Mrs. Jennifer Niman, Sherman Oaks, California. Dedicated by Lenny Bromberg in memory of his mother Mrs. Harriet Bromberg.

Rabbi Lederman is spiritual leader of Congregation Kehillas Torah in San Diego

OFFICERS AND AWARDEES—At left, Tibi Zohar, incoming president of the Jewish American Chamber of Commerce, holds "cornerstone of the community" award for Israeli basketball legend Tal Brody; at right, outgoing JACC president Mikael Besnainu and Jerri-Ann Jacobs admire award given to her husband, philanthropist Gary Jacobs


JACC theme: 'Keeping Israel on the map'

By Donald H. Harrison

SAN DIEGO—Former Israeli basketball star Tal Brody and San Diego philanthropist Gary Jacobs, in receiving recognition from the Jewish American Chamber of Commerce as “cornerstones of the community,” agreed Thursday evening, May 22, that through sports, business, education and philanthropy, individuals must do everything they can to “keep Israel on the map.”

Although the imagery may have sounded like a response to Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s threats to “wipe Israel off the map,” in actuality it grew out of a comment that Brody made on international television more than 30 years ago after his team, Maccabi Tel Aviv, played CSKA Moscow in a semifinal European Cup basketball game in Virton, Belgium.

Russia, which had stepped up its support for Arabs in the wake of the 1973 Yom Kippur War, hadn’t been expecting to play Israel in the 1977 tournament, nor to see many Israelis waving their flags in the Belgian stadium, according to Brody

“But we walked in and everyone was singing Am Israel Chai, Am Isral Chai,” he recalled during a dinner speech at the U.S. Grant Hotel attended by 200 persons.  “It was an unbelievable atmosphere that gave us a lot of adrenaline in this game, which we won 91-79.”  When reporters sought team captain Brody, a 6’ 1 point guard, for comment after the game, he declared: “We are on the map.  We are staying on the map, not only in sports but everything.”

On the team’s return to Tel Aviv, a crowd estimated at 150,000 was there to cheer.  Yitzhak Rabin, who then was Israel’s prime minister, invited the team to his office, where Brody quoted him as saying: “Tal, you don’t know what you said and how much it meant to this country in such difficult times—that we are staying on the map, not only in sports but everything.”

Later that year, Israel went for the first time to the European Cup finals, which were held in Yugoslavia—a country with which Israel did not have diplomatic relations.  So, said Brody, all of a sudden El Al was allowed to land in Belgrade. He said that over 6,000 Israelis traveled to the city to support the team, which won the championship by one point, 78-77, over the Mobilgirgi Varese of Yugoslavia.  

The crowd that greeted the team at Park Leumi in Ramat Gan numbered 200,000, Brody recalled.  “Everyone was involved in basketball,” he said, then added modestly: “The reason was that we only had one television station in Israel, Channel One, so nobody could change the channel… So when we won the first time, pandemonium just broke out…”

Maccabi Tel Aviv has gone on to win five European Cups in basketball, but Brody retired in 1980 to become a sportscaster and later an insurance executive.

Last October, Maccabi Tel Aviv played an exhibition game against the New York Knicks in Madison Square Garden, and currently the team is the subject of an exhibition at the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Brody attended the Jewish American Chamber of Commerce dinner in San Diego in the company of his wife Tirza and a former teammate on the U.S. World Cup Team of 1970, Art Wilmore, who today is basketball coach at Pt. Loma Nazarene.   Brody has the distinction of having played basketball on both the U.S. and Israeli national teams.

When Gary Jacobs was called up to receive his cornerstone award, he commented that “it is very important to Jerri and I that we are going to keep Israel on the map, as Tal put it there.”  He explained that he has been involved in fostering both formal and informal educational opportunities both in Israel and in San Diego.

In the formal sphere, Jacobs and his wife are the namesakes of the Gary and Jerri-Ann Jacobs High Tech High School located in Liberty Station,  which is the new name for the redeveloped Naval Training Center.  They are establishing similar schools in Israel.  Teachers say that Israeli students, who are not known for being quiet in class, have shown a marked change of attitude in the new program:  “They are well engaged in their education, their activities, and they are doing incredibly well, and we are expanding the program there at different schools,” Jacobs reported.   Furthermore the Jacobs recently brought to San Diego three dozen educational leaders “to spend a week at High Tech High to understand what is going on and to take that back to Israel.”

An example of informal education is the JITLI (Jacobs International Teen Leadership Institute) program, in which 10 Israeli Jews, 10 American Jews, and 20 Bedouin Arabs (10 from the north of Israel, and 10 from the south) are traveling together in San Diego, Spain and Israel.

Created in 2000, the program has had remarkable success in changing attitudes among teenagers about each other, Jacobs said.  He said often the teens come to the program feeling hatred or stereotyping for the other group, and perhaps are motivated by the desire to validate their hatred, or to prove that others are wrong and that they are right.  But as the teens get to know each other, travel with each other, and realize how much they have in common, they willingly cast away the stereotypes and enter into friendships, he said.

As the owner of the Lake Elsinore Storm, a minor league baseball team within the San Diego Padres organization, Jacobs might have been tempted,  in keeping with Brody’s comments, to spin a few sports stories of his own—his team has some pretty well known alumni, including Padres pitcher and Cy Young Award winner Jake Peavy---but if so, Jacobs resisted the urge.

Jacobs instead told of a program he is working on to help integrate minority populations into the Israeli economy. It involves helping to create some start-up companies, and matching them with venture capital, adding, “I know the JACC will be part of that.”

PROMOTING BUSINESS WITH ISRAEL—Jacob Dayan, consul-general of Israel in Los Angeles, left; his consul for economic affairs Shai Aizin; and Jeremy Glaser, an attorney with the Mintz Levin law firm (who has his microphone adjusted for him by TV anchor Dan Cohen), addressed the Jewsh American Chamber of Commerce

Among other speakers in the program emceed by KFMB-TV anchor Dan Cohen was Israel’s Consul General in Los  Angeles, Jacob Dayan, who quipped that he hailed from “the land of milk a start ups.” 

“The message that I am bringing you from Israel is that Israel is flourishing and Israel is prospering and Israel is stronger than ever,” he said.  “We are strong because we embraced people from 180 countries and we are strong because we are creative… innovative...a democracy…and because the value of life is sacred in Israel … the high tech economy is booming, and also because of you.”

He noted that Microsoft has an active operation that utilizes Israeli high-tech products like computer chips.   He quipped, “we are no longer any more in the business of building walls, we are in the business of opening Windows.”

Shai Aizin, Israel’s consul for economic affairs, added in a short presentation that in addition to its development of “some of the most sophisticated technology in the world,” Israel has a “strong and respected legal system” providing a sense of security for many international companies about doing business there.

Attorney Jeremy Glaser, representing the Mintz Levin law firm which was the evening’s main sponsor, said his firm recently had opened an office in Israel, adding that creating partnerships among high-tech industries and venture capitalists has become a specialty of the firm.  He said that Mintz Levin was started 75 years ago in Boston by two young attorneys who were told by an established firm law that they would never become partners because they were Jews.

The dinner also saw founding president Mikael Besnainu complete his term and welcome as his successor Tibi Zohar, who has been a JACC vice president and also has served this year as co-chairman with his wife, Tami, of the San Diego Jewish Communty’s Israel@60 celebrations.

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Mayor Sends Greetings
From The Jewish Community News, September 20, 1922, page 3

By John L. Bacon
Mayor, City of San Diego

The Mayor of San Diego welcomes this opportunity of extending to the Jewish people of San Diego most sincere good wishes for a happy and prosperous New Year.

There is no characteristic of greater value to a community than a deep-seated respect for constituted authority.  Certainly, one of the outstanding characteristics of the Jewish race is a genuine veneration for law and order, and this characteristic, among many others has made them of peculiar value to the community.

It is hard to adequately express appreciation for the good work which the members of the Jewish race have done for the civic life of the community and so, at this time, as Mayor of San Diego, it gives me particular pleasure to extend the season’s greetings.

Card Party to Raise Funds for Kid’s Camp
From Southwestern Jewish Review, July 6, 1939, page 1.

To raise funds which will enable 35 or more San Diego Jewish children to enjoy a two weeks’ outing in the summer camp at Dehesa from July 28 to August 11, a benefit luncheon and card party will be held in the home of Mrs. Rose Neumann, 4370 Oregon St., at 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 12.

With a $50 donation from the Alpha Phi Pi fraternity and a surplus left as a result of a splendid management of last year’s camp, the camp committee has a good start on the require finances for this year’s project.  No public campaign for funds will be made this year, and the card party will be the only benefit of its kind for the camp.

Through the generosity of Miss Anita Jones, director of the Neighborhood House, the Dehesa camp, which has received a number of improvements, once again will be available.  Miss Ethee Fried, experienced in this type of work, has volunteered her services as camp counselor and has planned and interesting and helpful program.  She will be assisted by boy and girl junior counselors. Kitchen help will be donated, and all expenses will be kept to a minimum. Any person or organizations interested in contributing to the camp fund may call Mrs. Rose Neumann, H. 1077-W. 

Reservations for the luncheon-card party, at 50 cents, must be made before Tuesday morning by calling Mrs. Neumann, Mrs. N. Fried, B. 4962, or Mrs. Ruth Newman, H. 0704-M, as space is limited.  Valuable prizes will be awarded.

Auxiliary to Give Refugee Benefit Event
From Southwestern Jewish Review, July 6, 1939, page 1

To enable the Birdie Stodel B’nai B’rith Auxiliary to contribute to the fund for refugee children and other stricken Jews here and abroad now being raised by the District Grand Lodge No. 4, a dessert luncheon and card party will be held at noon Monday, July 10, in the Temple Center.  Admission will be only 35 cents.  Chairman of the event is Mrs. Minnie Binnard, who also is in charge of Immigrant Aid in the Auxiliary.

The raising of funds locally was decided on after receipt of a letter from Mrs. Lenore De. Underwood of San Francisco, president of the Grand Lodge Auxiliary, addressed to San Diego members.  It stated, in part:

“When young children have to leave their homes, their mothers’ and fathers’ suffering is a living death. WE cannot permit these children to become outcasts on the face of the earth. We must do something for them.  They are being distributed in many parts of the world; but they must eat and they must have a place to sleep and they MUST be given an opportunity for education.

“Can we close our eyes to their suffering?  Can we permit them to become embittered, forsaken and forlorn?  Or are we going to get together and take care f them, at least in part?”

The attendance of the general public at the Birdie Stodel party is invited.

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Friday-Saturday, May 23-24, 2008 (Vol. 2, No. 124)

Carol Davis in Ottawa, Canada: A Jewish rendezvous in Canada  
Ulla Hadar in Kibbutz Ruhama, Israel: Israeli mayors neighboring Gaza demand Israel's goverment stop the terrorist rockets
Sheila Orysiek in San Diego: Chapter Nine in the serialization of her novel, Reluctant Martyr
Ira Sharkansky in Jerusalem: Are peace talks Olmert's diversion?
Howard Wayne in San Diego: Farewell to two dear friends: Lionel Van Deerlin and Mike Gotch
Adventures in San Diego Jewish History: What was the Jewish community news in 1950? Who were the newsmakers? Our archives answer these questions in daily installments

Thursday, May 22, 2008 (Vol. 2, No. 123)

Donald H. Harrison in San Diego: Reelect San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders
Eran Lerman in Jerusalem: 'Peres' Planet': Electric cars, Arab-Israeli cooperation, new cities in the Arava
Hal Wingard in San Diego: His songs "Adira Hee," "Lech L'cha," and "Mitzvah Soup"
Adventures in San Diego Jewish History: What was the Jewish community news in 1950? Who were the newsmakers? Our archives answer these questions in daily installments

Wednesday, May 21, 2008 (Vol. 2, No. 122)

Donald H. Harrison in San Diego: Protecting America's 'House of Pluralism'
Evelyn Kooperman in San Diego: San Diego Jewish Trivia: Balboa Park
Adventures in San Diego Jewish History: What was the Jewish community news in 1950? Who were the newsmakers? Our archives answer these questions in daily installments

Tuesday, May 20, 2008 (Vol. 2, No. 121)

Shoshana Bryen in Washington, D.C—President Bush in Mideast made us kvell
Donald H. Harrison in San Diego: Marti, Marty: Candidates giving us nachas
J. Zel Lurie in Delray Beach, Florida: What we imagine the Bush and Olmert families 'really' said to each other
Dorothea Shefer-Vanson in Mevasseret Zion, Israel: From would-be English grl to Zionist
Eileen Wingard in San Diego: 'Blue' songs detract from Jewish anthology
Adventures in San Diego Jewish History: What was the Jewish community news in 1950? Who were the newsmakers? Our archives answer these questions in daily installments

Monday, May 19, 2008 (Vol. 2, No.120)

Donald H. Harrison in San Diego: Diplomacy, art and food were mainstays of Israel festival at Lawrence Family JCC
Dov Burt Levy in Salem, Massachusetts: Sabbatical shalom: No, it's not a misspelling
Sheila Orysiek in San Diego: A life story contained in six boxes     
Adventures in San Diego Jewish History: What was the Jewish community news in 1950? Who were the newsmakers? Our archives answer these questions in daily installments

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