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February 15, 2011 Leave a comment

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— Editor

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September 29, 2010 Leave a comment

SAN DIEGO — San Diego Jewish World has moved to an expanded and upgraded website,

We still will be using the technology brought to you by the innovative folks of wordpress, but with many expanded features.  All the archives on this site have been transferred to the new site, so there will be no lapse in our service to you.

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What’s green and rocks? The Shabbat planned by Beth Am

September 28, 2010 Leave a comment

SAN DIEGO (Press Release)–Congregation Beth Am invites the community to sing and dance at its  Community Rock’n Shabbat Service.  Held every second Friday of the month, the service features live music by Yochanan Sebastian Winston and his band.  The service starts at 7 p.m.

The community is also invited to join us prior to the Rock’n Shabbat Service at Shabbat dinner.  Each month the kosher dinner is a different theme. The next Rock’n Shabbat is Friday, October 8 with the dinner for October, catered by Sima Ross,  themed “Go Healthy- Go Organic –Go Green.”  Reservations and payment are required for dinner only.  Adults are $18; Children ages 2 through 12 are $6; and children 2 and under are free.   Please RSVP by October 4.

Congregation Beth Am is located in the Carmel Valley area of San Diego at 5050 Del Mar Heights Road. To make reservations please call Debra at 858-481-8454 or

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New bill introduced to penalize bias against students from religious ethnic groups

September 26, 2010 Leave a comment

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Press Release)–U.S. Senator Arlen Specter and U.S. Congressman Brad Sherman on Friday, Sept. 24, announced the introduction of legislation to protect students from religious discrimination. 

Recently, there have been multiple incidents involving anti-Se­mitic, anti-Muslim, and anti-Sikh epithets, slurs and obscenities, and even physical vi­olence towards students at American school.

 “All students should be protected from discrimination and harassment on the basis of their religion as well as their race, color, and national origin,” said Senator Specter. “We need to close the loop-hole that allows students to be harassed and threatened because of their religion.  The law specifically forbids discrimination on the basis of religion in virtually every other area, including employment and housing, and it’s about time it protects our students as well.  This legislation will give the Department of Education clear jurisdiction over all incidents involving harassment on the basis of religion and will assure all of our students are equally protected.” Read more…

The Jews Down Under~Roundup of Australian Jewish News

September 26, 2010 1 comment

Garry Fabian

Compiled by Garry Fabian

Appealing for appeal respect

MELBOURNE, 23 September – Communal organisations
have called into question the effectiveness of the Jewish Community Council of Victoria’s (JCCV) campaign calendar.

Despite paying a large annual sum for the exclusive right to fundraise during certain weeks of the year, groups say this schedule is not being enforced.

Magen David Adom (MDA) has accused a number of  community not-for-profits of failing to respect  its exclusive appeal period, which falls for a  week at the end of August and another at the start of October.

A JCCV affiliate, the Australian arm of the  Israeli ambulance service ­ like other organisations ­ pays to guarantee a sole  fundraising window. However, it claims some  bodies have not respected its two-week block. Read more…

J Street leader responds to financing disclosures in Washington Times

September 26, 2010 Leave a comment

Editor’s Note:  Jeremy Ben-Ami, founder of J Street, sent a  letter to his organization’s supporters, with copies to the media, following disclosures in the Washington Times about the sources of the organization’s finances:

By Jeremy Ben-Ami

Within the past 48 hours, you may have heard that the Washington Times published a confidential J Street tax return, containing private information about some of our donors.

I write to provide an explanation, to assume responsibility, and to put the whole matter in perspective in light of critically important events taking place this week on the world stage related to Israel and the Middle East.

You and I have built something spectacular in J Street.  Our success has been phenomenal.  In just two and a half years, our three legally independent entities (J Street, J Street Education Fund and JStreetPAC) have raised more than $11 million from over 10,000 donors. 

As with so many non-profits, our work depends in part on the generosity and support of our largest donors.  Among them are individuals who have provided six-figure financial support and foundations providing major grants to support the work of our Education Fund. 

George Soros and his family decided to donate to J Street in the fall of 2008, well after our launch and two years after he publicly stated that it would not be helpful for him to assist in getting the effort off the ground. The family contributed an average of $250,000 per year over the last three years (2008-2010) and their support amounts to just over 7 percent of the total funds raised by the J Street family of organizations.

I accept responsibility personally for being less than clear about Mr. Soros’ support once he did become a donor.  I said Mr. Soros did not help launch J Street or provide its initial funding, and that is true. I also said we would be happy to take his support. But I did not go the extra step to add that he did in fact start providing support in the fall of 2008, six months after our launch. Read more…

Actor Richard Dreyfuss headlines Oct. 9 county library book festival

September 26, 2010 Leave a comment

ENCINITAS, California (Press Release) — On October 9 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., the Encinitas library is hosting the San Diego County Library Book Festival.  The all-ages event will host popular authors, discussion panels, free entertainment and activities, as well as local food vendors.

The Book Festival will feature: a keynote address by Richard Dreyfuss, who will speak on civics and, Pulitzer Prize winning poet Rae Armantrout, and Justin Halpern, author of Sh*t My Dad Says, which has become a television series.  For teens, author of the popular Pendragon series, D.J. MacHale, will be there, along with world-class skateboarder Lynn Kramer who will be hosting a Deck Out Your Deck skateboard art program.  Children can enjoy meeting Gretchen Wendel, author of Becka and the Big Bubble, and Edith Hope Fine, California Young Reader Medal winner, while also taking part in face painting, airbrush tattoos, and a Hullabaloo children’s concert.  Library Director, José Aponte, is “excited to offer the San Diego community this fun all-ages event which also embodies our library’s vision to create and support informed, literate, and engaged communities.”

The San Diego County Library Book Festival is a free, fun-filled day of literacy and entertainment.  For more information, contact the Encinitas library at (760) 753-7376 or visit

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Jewish community well represented in local ‘Star’ awards

September 26, 2010 Leave a comment

By Eileen Wingard

Eileen Wingard

SAN DIEGO —   The 2010 Star Awards at the Balboa Theatre, for volunteers in San Diego’s Arts Community, opened with the shooting-star energy of Culture Shock ‘s dance ensemble. These kids, with bodies as pliant as rubber, did their fast-moving break dance and bebop routines to a cheering audience. The Star Award Singers, seasoned professionals, Kate Alexander, Kyrsten Hafso and Ira Spector, accompanied by pianist Rayme Sciaroni, sang about the volunteers and the arts organizations with original lyrics to familiar tunes. The first group of award winners were already on stage as the program got off to a snappy start.
Unfortunately, as the performances and awards continued, some technical difficulties, such as getting the Wonder Morton Organ elevated from the pit, and changing from one act to the other, caused lagging delays. This resulted in the show’s lasting over two hours without intermission. However, the adroit MC, the J Company’s exuberant  director, Joey Landwehr, managed to engage the audience during the lulls with clever antics and a tap and slap exercise resulting in sounds of rain while the Organ inched its way upward. The magnificent tones, which emanated from this ornate instrument played by Chris Gorsuch, were worth the wait. Read more…

Tense times on front lines of Jerusalem neighborhoods

September 26, 2010 1 comment
By Ira Sharkansky

Ira Sharkansky

JERUSALEM –French Hill is one of the neighborhoods begun soon after 1967 on land included in the enlargement of Jerusalem. Now there are about 8,000 residents, the large majority of whom are Jews. There are also Arab, East Asian, and other students from the nearby Hebrew University, and Arab families who are renters or home owners.

Isawiyya is a neighborhood across an empty field whose buildings begin about 200 meters from our apartment. It is one of the Arab neighborhoods that share with French HIll, Pisgat Zeev, and Neve Yaacov the northeastern sector of Jerusalem The 12-13,000 residents of Isawiyya pass through French Hill on their way elsewhere, and patronize the post office, bank, shops, parks and playing fields located here. Isawiyya is not a run down slum, but a substantial place with construction similar to that of Jewish neighborhoods. The cars that come from there resemble ours.  

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Two IDF soldiers to tour San Diego schools Oct. 6

September 24, 2010 Leave a comment

SAN DIEGO (Press Release)–Two Israel Defense Forces soldiers, Orit and Jonathan whose last names have been withheld for security reasons, will visit San Diego on Wednesday, Oct. 6, during a speaking tour of the Western United States. Scheduled are presentations at Torrey Pines High School at noon, UCSD at 5 p.m., and at  SDSU at 7:30-9pm.  Room number are pending.
Orit and Jonathan will recount their personal experiences of serving in the IDF, discussing such topics as checkpoints, suicidebombers, fighting against Hamas in Gaza in 2009, Hezbollah in Lebanon in 2006 and “facing an enemy that hides behind civilians while the Israeli army does its best to minimize casualties,” according to StandWithUs, the Israel advocacy group sponsoring their appearances.  The soldiers also will discuss their backgrounds, life in Israel and answer questions.   Read more…