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Schmooze and News of San Diego area Jews

February 13, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

By Donald H. Harrison

SAN DIEGO—Emails, phone calls and snail mail–an editor never knows what the day will bring.  Here’s the most recent sampling:

HISTORY — San Diego State University professor Lawrence Baron is being congratulated by his academic colleagues for having an article accepted for publication in the upcoming edition of the American Historical Review.  Baron’s article deals with the first wave of films dealing with the Holocaust such as The Search, Me and the Colonel, The Young Lions and The Diary of Anne Frank.  As seen by his book, Projecting the Holocaust into the Present, which prompted Yad Vashem Memorial Museum in Jerusalem to invite him  to Israel to lecture, Baron is becoming known as one of the world’s foremost authorities on films dealing with the Shoah.

ENTERTAINMENT–Gary Jacobs, former president of the United Jewish Federation and the Lawrence Family JCC, also is an owner of Lake Elsinore Storm, a Class-A minor league affiliate of the San Diego Padres.  He’s offering an opportunity that every vocalist may dream about: the opportunity to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” in a baseball game’s opening ceremonies. Auditions will be conducted at the park at Lake Elsinore (up the I-15 in neighboring Riverside County) from noon to 2 p.m., Saturday, March 13. Tracy Kessman at (951) 245-4487 has the details for all you budding singers over the age of 8…. Speaking of San Diego performers, Klezmer musician Yale Strom along with his wife Elizabeth Schwartz and colleague Mark Dresser will be appearing as the Hot P’Strom’i band at 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 27, at Studio Zero, 789 Orpheus Avenue, in Encinitas …

COMMUNITY SERVICE–KPBS and Union Bank will be honoring local Jewish “heroes” during the April-May period and you can nominate people you believe worthy of the honor by visiting the KPBS website at www.kpbs.org/heroes . Categories are for people making important contributions in the fields of the arts, business, community activism, education and or social services.  … Bonnie Diamond of Carlsbad and Leigh Johnson of Solana Beach are the co-chairs this year of Options, the Feb. 24 fundraising event sponsored by the Women’s Division of United Jewish Federation. The speaker will be Judea Pearl, whose son, Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, was murdered by Islamist extremists.

POLITICS — The Voice of San Diego is reporting that District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis may be planning peremptory challenges against Superior Court Judge Laura Parsky, whose court is in Chula Vista.  Given that Dumanis is a Republican, this may prove to be a politically risky move.  Parsky’s father is Gerald Parsky, who is a major fundraiser for national and statewide Republican candidates. … Pro-Israel activist Dan Brodsky is emailing materials supporting Greg Stephens in the Republican primary for the 36th state Senate seat, which includes much of San Diego’s East County. Stephens is likely to cause controversy with one of his proposals: to activate the California National Guard to defend California’s border with Mexico against immigrants entering the U.S. illegally. … Former San Diego Mayor John Butler died on Tuesday, February 9, at the age of 94.  Anyone who reads Gail Umeham’s column in this publication compiling San Diego history knows that Butler was a good friend to the Jewish community, having served during his 19551-1955 term of office as a member of the Christian Committee for the United Jewish Fund, a speaker at the annual meeting of the Jewish Community Center, and at the Lasker Lodge of the B’nai B’rith. 

MIDDLE EAST ECHOES—Congressman Bob Filner (Democrat-San Diego) is among five members of Congress who left February 12 on a J Street sponsored tour of Israel.  According to a news release from the organization Filner, Mary Jo Kilroy of Ohio, Donald Payne of New Jersey, Lois Capps of California and Bill Delahunt of New Jersey will meet with Israeli, Palestinian and Jordanian government officials as well as civil society officials to discuss the state of the peace process.    Jeremy Ben-Ami, executive director of the J Street Education Fund, said “We’re excited to start bringing members of Congress to the Middle East as part of our overall effort to promote strong U.S. leadership to achieve a two-state solution and regional, comprehensive peace.  Our hope is that this and future delegations will help to open up and deepen the conversation in Congress about American policy in the Middle East and, in particular, to convey to their colleagues the urgency of the situation and the need for strong American leadership toward achieving a two-state solution.” …..  We see it on San Diego Jewish World frequently with many articles about Israel drawing responses from pro-Palestinian forces within our community.  Visiting Israeli Prof. Chanan Naveh will be lecturing on Palestinian-Israeli Web Wars at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 17, at the Coronado Library, 640 Orange Avenue. The program is under the auspices of the Agency for Jewish Education…
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  1. don harrison
    March 8, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    Editor’s Note: The following communication was received from Greg Stephens, whose name is mentioned in the column above:

    To the editor,

    I want to set the record straight concerning a comment in your article Greg Stephens running for State Senate.

    The article referred to a position of mine to deploy the national guard to the US Mexican border.

    I would like to set the record straight.

    Only the governor of any state can deploy the guard under their command in times of disaster or emergency.

    For the record I am not in favor of militarizing the border. The border is a federal and a state border. If our governor felt there was a security threat from OTM’s (other than Mexicans) ie. Al Quida or Hammas who ever, then I would support their use as a backstop to the US Border patrol and County Sheriff.

    I recently witnessed border patrol agents sitting in an east county emergency room with detainees. I believe it would be compassionate and a good use of resources to set up a field clinic or field hospital in the mountains of east county to treat injuries and help prevent loss of life due to exposure. This is a job our state troops could certainly perform and I would support this time of humanitarian effort.

    So I am not advocating tanks on the border.

    Thank You for your coverage of issues dear to us all,

    Respectfully,

    Greg Stephens

  2. carol ann goldstein
    February 15, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    “MIDDLE EAST ECHOES—Congressman Bob Filner (Democrat-San Diego) is among five members of Congress who left February 12 on a J Street sponsored tour of Israel. According to a news release from the organization Filner, Mary Jo Kilroy of Ohio, Donald Payne of New Jersey, Lois Capps of California and Bill Delahunt of New Jersey will meet with Israeli, Palestinian and Jordanian government officials as well as civil society officials to discuss the state of the peace process. Jeremy Ben-Ami, executive director of the J Street Education Fund, said “We’re excited to start bringing members of Congress to the Middle East as part of our overall effort to promote strong U.S. leadership to achieve a two-state solution and regional, comprehensive peace. Our hope is that this and future delegations will help to open up and deepen the conversation in Congress about American policy in the Middle East and, in particular, to convey to their colleagues the urgency of the situation and the need for strong American leadership toward achieving a two-state solution.” ….. ”
    I support Rep. Filner and the other four members of Congress and J Street in their trip and efforts.

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