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Middle East

Olmert, every crafty, may survive again by Ira Sharkansky in Jerusalem

The Arts

Debra Winger's memoir shows she can write as well as she can act by Yvonne Greenberg in La Jolla , California

Star Trek exhibit in San Diego provides Jewish visitors with reasons to kvell by Donald H. Harrison in San Diego

Temple Emanu-El and San Diego Musical Theatre are saying 'Bye, Bye ECPAC' by Carol Davis in El Cajon, California

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No. 256, Youthful Love

No. 215, Love Notes

No. 104, Everything Is Sexual

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May 22, 1947: JWV Auxiliary

May 22, 1947: Beth Jacob Congregation

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Olmert, ever crafty, may survive again

By Ira Sharkansky

JERUSALEM—Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been prominent in Israeli politics for more than 30 years. He has moved up the ranks from a back bench member of Knesset, through appointments as minister in charge of minor and major departments, with a period as mayor of Jerusalem.

A short while ago commentators were saying that he was a lame dunk, and more likely a dead duck.

The Knesset was scheduled to vote on a proposal to call new elections. There seemed to be a majority assured for the proposal, and Olmert's career was thought to have, at the most, another few months to sputter toward its end.

Then Olmert agreed that his political party, Kadima, would have a primary to select its party leader before the end of September. This caused Ehud Barak to withdraw Labor Party support from the proposal for an early election.

Olmert's colleague and long time ally, who arranged the deal with Labor, said on national television that he did not expect Olmert to run in the party primary.

All this was in keeping with what we have been hearing from prominent journalists, who were repeating what they heard from close allies of the prime minister. Olmert has been preoccupied with his personal problems; and has not shown the decisiveness he previously displayed, and which is necessary to operate a state with the problems that Israel faces.

Again we see that there is not much room for loyalty in politics. Alliances change with assessments of a colleague's strength, and "what's in it for me." Several Kadima party leaders were saying that they hoped Olmert could clear his name, even while they were lining up support for their own candidacies in the coming primary.

Olmert's problems reflect several investigations concerned with criminal violations. Most prominent in recent months was testimony provided an American fund raiser and political operative, Morris Talansky.

For a few hours after the deal was announced to avoid a call for a new election, expectations were that Olmert would time his resignation as prime minister according to the selection of a new party leader. Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni was leading in the polls, and people were thinking that she would be running the country before too long.

Not so fast.

In a heated exchange in the Knesset, Olmert indicated that he would be a candidate in his party's primary, and that it was "business as usual" in the prime minister's office.

Was this anything more than the last gasp of a dying ego uttered in the heat of a parliamentary debate?

Morris Talansky may be as vulnerable in his own behavior as his testimony suggests about the prime minister. Olmert has suggested that Talansky is part of a right-wing campaign to discredit him in order to end any chance of making an agreement with the Palestinians.

Olmert's lawyers will cross examine Talansky in July. A current poll indicates that if Talansky's testimony proves disappointing, and if Olmert runs in his party's primary, he would lead his competitors.

Politics puts a premium on the skills of maneuverability, craftiness, bluffing, understatement, exaggeration, dissembling, timing, and flexibility. None of these may be the traits desired in a close friend with whom one would exchange confidences. But they may be essential in a governmental setting like Israel's. No political party has ever won a majority in a national election. All ruling cabinets are coalitions among politicians looking out for their own interests, who may leave the team at short notice. A prime minister must view his colleagues as potential competitors, and keep them in line. The country as a whole faces tough antagonists on the international front, who are looking after their own interests. There are also intense enemies intent on doing great harm to Israel.

The latest news is that Olmert was booed when he spoke at a public ceremony opening a prominent new bridge at the entrance of Jerusalem.

It is too early to conclude that he will survive another challenge, or is stumbling toward the end of a long career.

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Debra Winger's memoir shows she
can write as well as she can act

By Yvonne Greenberg

LA JOLLA, California—"Although I have participated in the odd film project here and there over the last twelve years, I had no  real desire to hop back on that merry-go-round.  I love the work and don't much care for the business," wrote  Debra Winger (right), the three-time nominee for an Oscar, in her debut book, Undiscovered. The recently released book consists of a series of creative real-life vignettes.  

Winger was interviewed by Dana Iris Harrel, the new Associate Producer at the La Jolla Playhouse, on June 17 at the David and Dorothea Garfield Theatre of the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center.

 To prepare for the on-stage question/answer session, Harrel had analytically read the book, and said later that she was “especially moved by her reaction to losing her mother.  There were some beautiful images in Winger's writing of her immense grief.”

Additionally, said Harrel:  “She is a lover of nature. Debra is still figuring who she is, like the metaphor she has in her book, trying to open many doors. In many ways I think she is old fashioned.  They do not have a computer at home.  She likes writing letters and she is a romantic. Debra is very conscious of her audience, which is great.  Also, she is very witty."

In a separate email interview with San Diego Jewish World, Winger said that in much of the book, “
"I write myself out of scrapes–hence the numerous sections."   What did she find most rewarding, difficult, and challenging about writing the book? she was asked. "Since writing is a natural response to observation for me, the challenging part was once it was sold, there were suddenly deadlines."

Did the process of writing the book change you in any way? "Writing synthesizes the heart and mind–it makes reality tolerable when it is not and makes it intolerable when it gets boring,” she responded.  "Expressions come in different forms, I wanted a girl and have all boys.  I wish for a poem and I get prose.  I think of my mother and it's a verse.  I sing."

Winger, whose work was acclaimed in such movies as  An Officer and a Gentleman, Terms of Endearment and Shadowlands,  was raised in an Orthodox Jewish family.  In the early 1970's she spent time in a youth program at Beit Zera, a kibbutz in Israel.

Greenberg is a freelance writer based in San Diego

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STARSHIP ENTERPRISE BRIDGE—Betsy and Amnon Markusfeld pose as loyal crew of Shor
Masori, posing as Captain Kirk, at the Star Trek exhibit in San Diego's Air & Space Museum


Star Trek exhibit in San Diego provides Jewish visitors with reasons to kvell

By Donald H. Harrison

SAN DIEGO—There is so much for a Jewish boy to kvell over at the 15,000-square-foot Star Trek exhibit now offered at the San Diego Air & Space Museum.  The two Jewish stars of the original television series, William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy, played the immortal roles of Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock, and visitors can follow in their footsteps on the bridge of the fabled U.S.S. Enterprise, or into the transporter room, or even through a time portal.

My grandson Shor, 7, did all those things with great elation when we visited the exhibit on Tuesday, June 24.  Shor became a confirmed Star Trek fan ever since we began watching together three seasons of DVDs containing all the episodes of the original series.

Assuming we go on to buy the videos of subsequent Star Trek series,  Shor also got a preview of such coming heroes to worship as Captain Jean Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) of Star Trek: The Next Generation; Captain Kathryn Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) of Star Trek: Voyager, and Captain Benjamin Sisco (Avery Brooks) of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

However, I noticed that Shor was very much the loyalist, exhibiting only passing interest in those future heroes while gleaning every detail he could about the characters of Mr. Spock and Captain Kirk, especially Spock.  Not being a child of the 60’s, Shor refers to the ever-logical Vulcan science officer and second-in-command of the U.S.S. Enterprise as Mister Spock , while those of us who watched the series on television sometimes slip in our memories and call him “Doctor Spock,” the name of a famed baby doctor and anti-war activist of the same period.

On the bridge of the U.S.S. Enterprise (which on each DVD disk is the interactive selection point to choose a specific episode for viewing), Shor sat in Captain Kirk’s chair, with Amnon and Betsy Markusfeld, our visiting friends from Oviedo, Florida, standing behind him like loyal crew.  Shor also made it a point (at left) to find and stare into the viewing tube that Spock used to analyze whatever anomaly in space Enterprise might be encountering.

A team of professional photographers was on hand to picture visitors on the bridge. Their photographs could be purchased or declined at the end of the tour.   Similarly, there were photographers waiting for visitors in the transporter room.  The image they produced, although pricey at $27 each, could prove an unusual memory: a picture which if you tipped one way showed the transporter room, and if you tipped it another way showed you in the transporter room—as if you were being beamed in and out.

When my wife Nancy stepped into the transporter room with Shor and stood close to him to pose, he promptly corrected her: “No, grandma, you have to stand on your own pod.”

Deeper into the exhibit is a portal, in front of a scene depicting a civilization like that of ancient Greece.  With what exuberance Shor leaped from the past back into the present! 

INTERACTIVE EXHIBITS—Nancy Harrison and grandson Shor Masori stand in "transporter"
of the Starship Enterprise awaiting being beamed to who knows where. At right, Shor leaps through a time portal back to the present

In addition to these major interactive stations, the exhibit also included costumes, props like tricorders, medical kits, and phasers, and posters and storyboards galore, which are well worth the reading.

Another Jewish fellow, Albert Einstein, was given quite a bit of credit for inspiring Gene Roddenberry, the Star Trek series’ originator.  One particularly enjoyable poster on relativity posed the question, “what happens when you travel really, really fast?”  

It answered: “That’s a question that led Albert Einstein to devise his theory of relativity.  When you approach the speed of light (about 186,000 miles per second), some very strange things happen: Einstein discovered that time seems to slow down and that objects get shorter and heavier.  In fact, if you could reach the speed of light you’d be infinitely heavy and time would be passing infinitely slowly.  Of course, Einstein also discovered that it is impossible for any object made of matter to travel at the speed of light.

Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry knew about relativity, but he also knew that his series required his characters to visit a different star system every week. This obviously required The Enterprise to have some kind of faster-than-light propulsion system.  (Otherwise, it would take The Enterprise many years to travel between star systems.) That’s why Roddenberry ‘invented’ warp drive for his starship. And that’s why he also decided that warp drive would eliminate the effects of relativity,  like time dilation.

“That’s one of the big advantages that television writers have over real scientists and engineers! Real astronauts won’t have to worry about time dilation anytime soon.  The space shuttle flies at only about 1/37,000th of the speed of light.  NASA has a long way to go before inventing a starship.”

Although I had heard before about the origins of the Vulcan sign of greeting, it was nice to see it acknowledged on another poster in the exhibit:  “Actor-director Leonard Nimoy based Spock’s signature hand salute that accompanies the phrase “live long and prosper” on a boyhood memory.  The split-fingered gesture is used by the Kohanim, or Jewish priests, as they bless a congregation during prayer services.”

The exhibit also included the costumes of the crew of the original Star Trek television series. Amnon and Betsy (at right) posed between the costumes worn by Scotty the engineering officer (James Doohan) and Lieutenant Uhura (Nichelle Nichols)the communications officer.

A side exhibit permits visitors—for an extra $5—to take a simulated ride on a shuttle craft from Star Trek: The Next Generation in which a Klingon officer of the Federation, Worf (Michael Dorn) pilots trusting passengers through some fairly dangerous portions of hostile space. I'm here to write about it, so you know we got through safely. Shor had both Amnon and me on either side of him, so we were well protected.

Adult admission to the exhibit is $24, which includes the $16 regular admission price to the Air & Space Museum.  The exhibit is expected to remain at the museum in Balboa Park through Thanksgiving, although, according to marketing coordinator Jessica Packard, sufficient demand may cause it to be extended into December.  However, she said, in January a new exhibit is scheduled go up in the same space: a tribute to Leonardo Da Vinci.   

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ROCK STAR—James Royce Edwards portrays Conrad Birdie meeting his fan club in Bye, Bye
production of San Diego Musical Theatre at East County Performing Arts Center


Temple Emanu-El and San Diego Musical Theatre are saying 'Bye, Bye ECPAC'

By Carol Davis

EL CAJON, California—In 1958 Elvis Presley reported to the Memphis, Tennessee, Draft Board with his parents and a group of family and friends. In 1957 he had his pre induction physical where he was classified as 1A.  Between the time he received his draft notice in 1953 and registered for the draft, finished high school and reached the old age of 22 he was a super star of recordings, films and concerts.

In 1960 the musical Bye, Bye Birdie opened on Broadway featuring Dick Van Dyke and Chita Rivera as Conrad Birdie’s agent Albert and his long suffering secretary, Rosie. You see Birdie was a famous rock and roll super star who was about to make Albert a rich man. Birdie’s talent and appeal with the teenagers (similar to those of Elvis’) would bring in enough cash to free Albert from the debt his talent agency had incurred over the eight years he had been in business.  One little glitch, however, Birdie was drafted into the Army just like Elvis!

Songwriters Charles Strouse and Lee Adams along with librettist Michael Stewart and director Gower champion had their first big hit with this Rock ‘N Roll musical! At a time when Rock ‘N Roll was the craze whose generation of teens could barely hold their collective and individual screams silent, their world went crazy for the likes of Presley, The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, BB King, The Beatles, Bo Didley, Buddy Holly, Ricky Nelson, Bill Haley and the Comets, Little Richard and Elton John.

San Diego Musical Theatre, one of the newer entrees into the musical theatre scene here in our fair city is currently mounting the second show of their very first season, Bye, Bye Birdie. The show is being produced at ECPAC in El Cajon with Paul Clausen as Albert, Natalie Nucci as Rosie Alvarez his secretary and James Royce Edwards as Conrad Birdie. 

Just to divert, for many years more than I care to remember, Temple Emanu El has been holding High Holiday services at ECPAC and like this production of Bye, Bye Birdie , will be leaving that venue, although for different reasons. The Temple is completing its own new building facility large enough to hold its congregants for the upcoming Holidays and beyond and the Musical Theatre will move to a location (Lyceum, downtown) small enough to be intimate yet large enough to house their last show of this season, Dream Girls.

Unfortunately, when ECPAC, which was built in the 70’s as a cooperative effort with Grossmont College, the College was to manage it and use it for their theatre productions as well as civic meetings in El Cajon. I remember seeing Shakespeare in a little theatre like setting on the steps outside the large hall, with a stage set on the cement at the foot of the steps and the actors using the walkways to enter and exit, a peaceful pond in the background with Martin Garrish, a teacher at Grossmont directing his actors. 

Over the years the management fell into disarray and now ArtBeat is managing it. From news reports, the future of this Arts Building in the center of El Cajon is tenuous at best. The theatre boasts of over 1100 seats. It’s too big for most theatrical productions since the inside is like a huge barn. It works well for concerts, etc. and while the acoustics are hailed by all PR reports to be perfect, it is less than perfect.

On opening night of Bye, Bye Birdie, the sound was either too loud, or too soft. Indeed there were a few technical glitches in both the sound and lighting departments (Larry Esau and Jennifer Edwards) but for the most part the entire evening was entertaining.

The story is a little dated but my eleven-year-old friend loved it.  Briefly, when Albert hears that Birdie is being drafted, a scheme is formed to have him appear on The Ed Sullivan Show (remember him?) with a lucky winner from one of Birdies Fan Clubs to be picked at random to appear with Birdie to give him one last farewell kiss goodbye as a civilian.  The lucky winner was Kim MacAfee (Jill Townsend), aged fifteen, and a sophomore at the Sweet Apple High in Ohio!

You can fill in the blanks of what went right and what went wrong when Birdie and his entourage fall on Sweet Apple Ohio. It’s convoluted, with two story lines weaving through each other. One is the almost love affair between Albert and Rosie and the ploys his mother uses to stop their marriage and the other is Birdie going off to war. They intertwine through each other and thrown in for good luck are the unforgettable songs. The strong ensemble however looks great in the dancing numbers. But don’t mind my cynicism, the show collected four Tony’s.

Suffice it to say, the kids in the audience loved it and between the dancing and the gyrations of Edwards, AKA Birdie, there were more than a few squeals from the teens in the audience as well. Overall the show was fun and the large cast did what was expected of them. Unfortunately neither Clausen’s Albert nor Nucci’s Rosie struck the funny notes that they were supposed to strike.

Lana Hartwell as Albert’s mother, Mae was about as funny as it gets for slapstick and she was not that funny either. The show is just goofy and some of the gag lines too dated. The star however was Edwards. His costume (Roslyn Lehman), a gold lamé Eisenhower jacket and pants to match was the ‘cat’s meow! His performance wasn’t too shabby either.

Don Le Master, musical director/ conductor should have his musicians in tiptop form for the final performances, which will play through June 29.

See you at the theatre.

Thursdays with the Songs of Hal Wingard

Editor's Note: We continue our presentation of the songs of Hal Wingard, moving this week to songs he wrote on the themes of love and sex.. Here is a link to an index of Wingard's songs published by San Diego Jewish World. To hear Hal performing the song, click on its title.

#256, Youthful Love

Two teens at busy airport
Are lost in tight embrace.
Their puppy love in public
Ignores all time and place.

The pressing crowds of trav'lers
Pass by with scarce a glance,
Too occupied with airplanes 
To notice young romance.

Youthful love.
Youthful love.

What other beauty is there
Amid the push and shove
In passing through life's airports,
If not for youthful love?

Two teens at busy airport
Feel free to share their love.
Perhaps that's what we grown-ups 
All need a bit more of.

Youthful love.
Youthful love.

Two teens at busy airport
Are lost in tight embrace.
Their puppy love in public
Ignores all time and place.

Youthful love.
Youthful love.

(c) 2008 Hal Wingard; Composed September 12, 1996 Words completed March 20, 1996, on flights from Fresno to San Diego via San Francisco, matched to a melody created September 11, 1996.

#215, Love Notes

"Johnnie loves Melissa,"
Spelled with stones in sand
On the shore of old Lake Tahoe,
So the world will understand.

But only birds and lake waves
Will see poor Johnnie's note;
And they, without more schooling,
Can't read what Johnnie wrote.

#104, Everything Is Sexual

Ah, hah ! Ah, hah !
Let’s admit it’s true:
Ev’ry thing is sexual,
Ev’ry thing we do.

Jane sat waiting at the wheel,
With signal glowing red.
But just as soon as it turned green,
Away she quickly sped.


Sam had struck a single match
To give a candle light.
But then he threw the match away
When candle flame burned bright.


Mary, having fixed a lunch
Of beer and corned beef hash,
Drank the beer but left the beef
And tossed it in the trash.


Charlie worked at keeping books,
Began at eight each day,
And daily after five o’clock
He put his books away.

Ah, hah ! Ah, hah !
Let’s admit it’s true:
Ev’ry thing is sexual,
Ev’ry thing we do.

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JWV Auxiliary
From Southwestern Jewish Press, May 22, 1947, page 4

The regular monthly party for the ambulatory patients at Navy Hospital which is sponsored by the Jewish War Veterans Ladies’ Auxiliary will be given Monday evening, May 26th, from 7 to 9 p.m..  This party will be in the form of a “dancing party” and the committee invites young ladies over 18 year of age to attend as hostesses for this affair.

To arrange for transportation to the party call Mrs. Jean Spatz at T-4739 or Mrs. Bess Avrick at T-6568.  If hostesses will be at the main gate of the Navy Hospital at 6:45 p.m., a car will be there to take them to the recreation center.  Attend and make the evening an enjoyable one for the guests at the Hospital.  Refreshments will also be served.

Beth Jacob Congregation
From Southwestern Jewish Press, May 22, 1947, page 4

Children of Beth Jacob Congregation will participate in a Schevouth program on Friday afternoon at 2:45 p.m. over radio station KSDJ.   Rabbi Abraham L. Rosenblum will introduce the program, the children will read the Ten Commandments and then sing some Jewish songs.

Jewish War Vets
From Southwestern Jewish Press, May 22, 1947, page 5

This year, we of the Jewish War Veterans will have an opportunity to use the words of Eddie Cantor “Stand up and be counted.”  How, when, why?  On Friday, May 30th at the Memorial Day parade, every man or woman who served this country in time of war will be doing his co-religionists a favor and an honor by showing up in this parade with or without a uniform, with or without a veteran’s cap.  It is our duty to those fine boys and girls who so nobly gave their lives that we the living can go on living in peace and security.

The assembly point of the parade is on the north side of Broadway, on Union, at 9:00 a.m. The portion we assume in the parade is called division eight.  The marshal of this division is Harry Apelman, and the deputy marshal is Jim Dahl, county council commander of the Catholic War Veterans. This division will consist of the following: Salvation Army band; Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.; Canadian Legion and Catholic War Veterans.  Let me say here and now, that the Catholic war Veterans will be out in full strength in this parade and it is equally important that all Jewish War Veterans be there in all their strength. 

There is a very good reason why the Catholic veterans will be there and it should be important that we Jews be there and that is, there is at present in San Diego an organization boasting of 850  members and growing day by day in numbers, backed by Gerald K. Smith and other rabble rousers, with their main objective the elimination of Catholics and Jews from the national life of these United States.  We have a duty to perform, we must show all doubters that we were there, that we fought for our country, let them see our strength and be assured that we take no back seat from them or others of these former friends of the Nazis, America Firsters, Bundists, K.K.K., and the rest of those gentry who are eating at the very roots and foundation of our beloved country, these united States of America.

On Sunday, June 1st, we are holding a memorial service in the Orthodox cemetery, at the graves of our departed comrades. Please make every effort to be there.  Call Talbot 8416 or Mashall Roth at Main 0380 or Joe Tobias at Talbot 1-1202 for further information on any of the above.

Lasker Lodge B.B.
From Southwestern Jewish Press, May 22, 1947, page 5

Last weekend Morrie S. Krause, Hillel chairman, and Ed Breitbard, together with two State College students, Hadarrah Domnitz and Ruth field attended the Western Conference of Hillel Foundation at the Jewish Big Brother Camp in the foothills near Glendale.  Representatives from 14 colleges in California, Washington, Oregon and Arizona, met for the purpose of disseminating information on Hillel and how the individual units function on the various campuses.  Workshops were conducted on social service work, membership, religious training and teaching and Hebrew and Jewish culture all in relation to Hillel.  Deeply impressed by the very prevalent feeling of awareness of their Jewishness displayed by all those present at the conference, our representatives will give a report at the regular meeting of Lasker Lodge Monday night.

Tuesday some 60 students of State college met with representatives of our Lodge, and various officials of Hillel in Southern California at a dinner meeting in the San Diego club to discuss the establishment of a councillorship here.

Very pleased indeed were all concerned with the fine turnout of B’nai B’rith men for baseball at Horace Mann playground last Sunday. Our team will be a strong contender in the league if it continues to play with the same skill and spirit displayed in that game.

At our meeting Monday new members will be presented with lapel pins signifying their affiliation with B’nai B’rith.  This ceremony is an innovation which will be continued in the future.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2008 (Vol. 2, No. 152)

Middle East
Are the French modern-day Delilahs?
by Shoshana Bryen in Washington, D.C.
No time for electioneering, Israeli mayors in the Negev tell two Ehuds by Ulla Hadar in Sderot, Israel
The Arts
Remember, a poem by Rebecca Rudin in San Diego
Cantor becomes a conductor—of a tour by Eileen Wingard in La Jolla, California
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May 22, 1947: That's What I Think by Ray Solomon
May 22, 1947: S.O.S. Wants Books!
May 22, 1947: Home Camp Registration Now Being Taken
May 22, 1947: Rabbi Wolf to Speak For Sisterhood

Tuesday, June 24, 2008 (Vol. 2, No. 151)

The Arts
What You See Isn't Quite What You Get by Ronit Hakakha in Netanya, Israel
The awful revenge of a mediocre artist by Donald H. Harrison in San Diego
TICO builds reputation as soloist's haven by Eileen Wingard in San Diego
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Monday, June 23, 2008 (Vol. 2, No. 150)

Middle East
How Sha'ar Hanegev elementary school protects Israeli kids from the rockets
by Ulla Hadar in Kibbutz Ruhama, Israel
Possible attack on Iran, negotiating for hostages prompt many ethical questions
by Ira Sharkansky in Jerusalem
Israel is now appeasing its Arab enemies
by Shoshana Bryen in Washington, D.C.
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Jewish-Catholic dialogue focuses on the crucifixion and on the Holocaus
t by Donald H. Harrison in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California
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April 24, 1947: Variety Show Saturday Nite
The Arts
My Old Friends a joyful romp of the aged by Cynthia Citron in Burbank, California
A Jewish dancer’s road to freedom by Sheila Orysiek in San Diego

Sunday, June 22, 2008 (Vol. 2, No. 149)

Middle East
Murtha owes Marines an apology
by Shoshana Bryen in Washington, D.C.
Conservative movement insists kosher processors treat employees humanely by Rabbi Leonard Rosenthal in San Diego
The importance of a Hebrew name by Rabbi Baruch Lederman in San Diego
San Diego
Garden and square memorialize two favorite professors at San Diego City College
by Donald H. Harrison in San Diego
Adventures in San Diego Jewish History

April 24, 1947: 'And A Little Child Shall Lead Them'
April 24, 1947: Beth Jacob Congregation
April 24, 1947: S.O.S. Still Needs Your Support
April 24, 1947: S.D. To Have Summer Camps
The Arts
S.D. weighs festival of new Jewish plays by Carol Davis in San Diego

Friday, June 20, 2008 (Vol. 2. No. 148)

Middle East
Costs, benefits to Hamas regularization by Eran Lerman in Jerusalem
Wars among the Jews heat up in Israel by Ira Sharkansky in Jerusalem
U.S. and Israel prefer stability among Arab nations rather than real democracy
by Shoshana Bryen in Washington, D.C.
San Diego
UJF backs programs to transport local seniors, build school in Sha'ar Hanegev
by Donald H. Harrison in San Diego
Jackie Gmach receives Marla Bennett Humanitarian Award from AFMDA by Yvonne Greenberg and Paul Greenberg in La Jolla, California
Adventures in San Diego Jewish History
April 10, 1947: Organizations 'working with' UJF
April 10, 1947: USO-JWB Activities
April 24, 1947: San Diego Sends $50,000 From Emergency Fund To Aid European Jews
The Arts

Chapter Thirteen of Reluctant Martyr, a serialized novel by Sheila Orysiek of San Diego

Thursday, June 19, 2008 (Vol. 2, No. 147)

Middle East
Skepticism over Israel-Hamas ceasefire by Ira Sharkansky in Jerusalem
Jews and Canada's First Nations have much to learn from each other's experiences
by Rabbi Dow Marmur in Toronto
Adventures in San Diego Jewish History
—April 10, 1947: Prof. Sheldon Warns of Bundist revival
—April 10, 1947: We Were There by Albert Hutler
—April 10, 1947: Eminent Speakers to Appear in San Diego This Week
The Arts
Thursdays with the music of Hal Wingard
#14 The Dog, The Cat And Me
#153 Have You Hugged Your Cat Lately?
#278 Boasting
Have you ever tried making 'old' friends? by Donald H. Harrison in San Diego

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