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Teens may apply for tikkun olam awards

September 18, 2014, 8:42 pm

SAN DIEGO (Press Release)– Applications for the 2014 Peter Chortek Leadership Award recognizing Jewish teens residing in San Diego for their extraordinary service, philanthropy and leadership are now open through the Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego at www.jcfsandiego.org/pcla. Read More »

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Sderot women heal and relax in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (Press Release)–Following one of the most stressful and difficult summers in recent years, more than 50 women from Sderot spent a day in Jerusalem with The Koby Mandell Foundation, taking part in healing and stress reducing activities. Read More »

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Refugee influx threatens Jordan, possibly Israel

HAIFA (Press Release) — “In a region of collapsing countries that are in states of internal and external war, Israel must prepare for waves of immigrants from Arab countries to its territory, which may endanger its existence,” maintain Prof. Arnon Soffer, who holds the Reuven Chaikin Chair in Geostrategy, University of Haifa, and Dr. Read More »

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JNS news briefs: September 18, 2014

Iran shows ‘no real flexibility’ in nuclear talks, Israel says (JNS.org) Israel is “deeply concerned” because Iran is showing “no real flexibility” in negotiations over its nuclear program, Israeli Intelligence and Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Read More »

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Want to do teshuva? Here’s how!

Michael R. Mantell, Ph.D. SAN DIEGO– This year it begins on Wednesday evening, September 25th. Our chance, once again, to reset the “character clock” and start renewed, fresh, and cleansed. Read More »

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Before it gets started, anti- ISIS coalition falters

By Ira Sharkansky JERUSALEM — It’s been a week since President Barack Obama’s great speech, and there has been little beyond solemn statements of support, along with reservations about doing anything concrete. The President boasted of a multi-nation coalition. Read More »

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AJC denounces Bolivian anti- Semitism

NEW YORK (Press Release)–The American Jewish Committee (AJC) has called on Bolivian President Eva Morales to urgently take concrete measures to counter the rise in anti-Semitism, some of it violent, in the South American country. Read More »

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UC to have advocates for sex victims on every campus

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Press Release)- U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) on Wednesday, Sept. Read More »

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UCLA unit accused of fomenting anti – Semitism

SAN FRANCISCO (Press Release)- As Congress begins to reauthorize the Higher Education Act (HEA), leading organizations focused on education policy, the Jewish community and civil rights cite an AMCHA Initiative study as primary evidence that the law is not working and needs to be rewritten. Read More »

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Belarus opens Ariel Sharon photo exhibit

By Anav Silverman A memorial event with a special photo exhibition honoring the late Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon took place on Monday, September 15 in Minsk at the National History Museum of Belarus, from where Sharon’s parents immigrated to the Jewish State. Read More »

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Humoring the Headlines: September 17, 2014

By Laurie Baron SAN DIEGO─ Chairman of the joint Chiefs General Martin Dempsey testified to the Senate on Tuesday, Sept. 16, that he couldn’t rule out dispatching boots on the ground to Iraq if circumstances warranted. President Obama continues to insist that he will never reintroduce boots on the ground there. Read More »

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JNS news briefs: September 17, 2014

‘Aramean’ officially recognized as nationality in Israel (JNS.org) Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar on Tuesday approved having “Aramean” as a nationality on Israeli identification cards, a move warmly received by Israel’s Aramean-Christian community. Read More »

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San Diego Jewish World seeks reviewers

SAN DIEGO — As San Diego Jewish World continues to expand, we are looking for reviewers who know how to find the Jewish story. We have openings for reviewers in the following categories: Art, Books, Dance, Popular Music, Plays, Records, and Television. Read More »

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Nir Am resident tells of life near Gaza

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Two High Holy Day recipes from El Al

NEW YORK (Press Release)– With the high demand of travelers, EL AL Israel Airlines is preparing for a sweet new year by offering traditional in-flight holiday treats. Read More »

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Memphis Orthodox Jews recruiting families

MEMPHIS, Tennessee (Press Release)– Faced with an uncertain national economy plus skyrocketing costs of housing and education, an increasing number of young Jewish families are choosing to move to the “vibrant, affordable, and friendly” community of Memphis, Tennessee. Read More »

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Israelis debate the ethics of military spying

By Ira Sharkansky JERUSALEM — Forty-three reserve officers and other personnel of IDF Intelligence Unit 8200 have received local and international coverage for a detailed letter of protest and a refusal to serve further in their function of listening and reading Palestinian communications. Read More »

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Israeli teacher recalls her kidnapped students

By Toby Klein Greenwald KFAR ETZION, Israel — On the morning of June 12, my heart was ripped out of my chest. It was the Friday that, as a teacher in Makor Chaim (“Source of Life”) yeshiva high school, I received a text message that two of our students had been kidnapped. Read More »

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Messinger to judge Genesis Generation Challenge

NEW YORK (Press Release)– The Genesis Prize Foundation announced Tuesday, Sept. 16, that Ruth Messinger, President of American Jewish World Service (AJWS), will join the Selection Committee for the Genesis Generation Challenge, which aims to identify Read More »

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China buys Israeli irrigation company

By Anav Silverman JERUSALEM (TNA) — China’s Yuanda Enterprise Group announced last week that it had bought the Israeli company AutoAgronome Israel Ltd for $20 million in order to expand its business to high-tech agriculture. Read More »

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‘Rothschild and Sons’ actor started in Catskills

By Eva Trieger SOLANA BEACH, California — “It was the perfect training ground” said Jordan Bennett, reminiscing about the Borscht Belt. Cutting his teeth on entertainment as Social Director of Activities and emceeing shows at the predominantly Jewish Catskills resorts, this singer/comedian learned from the best…sometimes. Read More »

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Aiding the media, Israeli style

By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – When Western journalists walk into the American Colony Hotel in East Jerusalem, as many of them often do, they will almost immediately be approached by several Palestinians guides anxious to help them develop their stories, says Aryeh Green, director of Israel’s Media Central. Read More »

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Jewish Collaborative ready for High Holy Days

CARLSBAD, California (Press Release) — The Jewish Collaborative of San Diego (JCo) has announced the formation of a new North San Diego County synagogue describing itself as “multi-generational, post denominational, democratic and highly participatory. Read More »

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Inter- marriage can increase Jewish population

By Arkady Mamaysky TARRYTOWN, N.Y. — Intermarriage is increasingly becoming a subject of concern in Jewish circles. But should it? When two people fall in love, it should be a happy occasion rather than a cause for lament. Read More »

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Fewer older people are having strokes

TEL AVIV (Press Release)— Despite the significant reduction in the overall incidence and death rates from strokes in the United States over the past twenty years, more attention needs to be paid to specific age groups, a recent study found. The new research, conducted by Dr. Read More »

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Lauder: Mideast agitators spread anti- Semitism

BERLIN (WJC) — Judaism is an integral part of Germany’s identity, Chancellor Angela Merkel told thousands at a rally against anti-Semitism near Berlin’s iconic Brandenburg Gate on Sunday, Sept. 14 “Jewish life belongs among us. It is a part of our identity,” Merkel said, adding that the anti-Semitic abuse earlier this year had been appalling. Read More »

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How much are you paying for financial advice?

By Sheryl Rowling SAN DIEGO — Most people know how much they pay a month for Netflix, but do you know what you are actually paying for financial advice? If you are being served by a fee-only Registered Investment Advisor (RIA), you can be sure that your advisor is recommending what is best for you. Read More »

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Rosh Hashanah is special time for the Jewish collective

By Rabbi Ben Kamin ENCINITAS, California — In other denominations, confession is a personal event, often realized between the confessor and a priestly intermediary. The cleric is charged with admonition but also the release, by virtue of so many devotions, mantras and other rituals. Read More »

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Marti Emerald faces breast cancer challenge

SAN DIEGO (SDONA) — The office of San Diego City Councilwoman Marti Emerald has confirmed a report that she is battling breast cancer and is scheduled to undergo outpatient surgery soon. “My doctors say I have an excellent prognosis for full recovery, after the usual protocols,” Emerald said in a post for her Facebook page. Read More »

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IDF honors Israel’s Druze community

By Aryeh Savir HAIFA (United With Israel)–The IDF on Friday, September 12, held a special annual event honoring its fallen soldiers from the Druze community. Titled “For the Boys,” the theme of this year’s happening focused on the extraordinary bond between Israel’s Jewish and Druze citizens. Read More »

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We Jews also have our fanatics

By Ira Sharkansky JERUSALEM — Not all the religious fanatics are Muslims. One can think of candidates under the umbrella of Christianity, but here our concern is Jews. Two cases recently in the headlines provoke shame or something else, depending on one’s sense of responsibility or cynicism. Read More »

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The joy of internet book publishing

By Dorothea Shefer-Vanson MEVASSERET ZION, Israel — O, Brave New World! Since time immemorial (well, since the invention of printing) the production and distribution of books has been in the hands of specialists, the people who see to the editing, printing, publishing, and distribution of books. Read More »

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Humoring the headlines: September 13, 2014

By Laurie Baron SAN DIEGO- Even though ISIS held Steven Sotloff captive for over a year before it beheaded him, the group apparently had no idea that he was Jewish or held Israeli Citizenship because he went under the alias of Moshe Cohen. Read More »

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Topping off a perfect Shabbat meal

By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO—Frieda and Dr. Israel Barken had family, machatunim (relatives of in-laws) and friends over for Shabbat dinner, and Frieda, who loves to cook, felt perhaps she had shorted the guests, having prepared only 17 different dishes instead of what is for her the more typical 25. Read More »

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20 Years after VOWA, women still need legal protection

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Press Release) – Congresswoman Susan Davis marked 20 years since President Bill Clinton signed the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) on September 13, 1994 with a call to redouble efforts to end violence against women. Read More »

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San Diego Jewish Book Fair comes again this November

Top-name authors draw big crowds of book lovers at S.D. Jewish Book Fair LA JOLLA, California (Press Release) – The internationally recognized San Diego Jewish Book Fair will be held November 8-10th at Temple Solel in Cardiff-by-the-Sea and will Read More »

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Myths and facts about aging

Michael R. Mantell, Ph.D. SAN DIEGO– There’s a growing sentiment in our population that age is just a number. The new “mantra” is “age be damned.” When a 100 year old man finishes a marathon as happened last year, we know the conventional conceptions of old age must change. September 21-27 is International Active Aging Week. Read More »

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Obama’s recipe for another Mideast failure

By Shoshana Bryen WASHINGTON, D.C. — Secretary of State Kerry is in the Middle East, looking for regional allies for President Obama’s proposal to deal with the threat of the Islamic State (IS). Read More »

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The death cult known as ISIS

By Joe Gandelman SAN DIEGO (SDONA)–Whither the Islamic State? That’s a real double-edged question: where is the group otherwise known as ISIS headed, and can the United States and other civilized nations make it shrivel up and die? The group is and Read More »

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JNS news briefs: September 12, 2014

Hamas hints that it fired rockets from residential areas (JNS.org) The Palestinian terror group Hamas hints that it fired rockets from residential areas amid mounting evidence from Israel that the terror group used civilian areas as cover during the recent Gaza operation. Read More »

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Obama’s ISIS speech a turnaround from Cairo

By Ira Sharkansky JERUSALEM — President Obama conceded, perhaps not in so many words, that his Sept. 10 speech would not defeat Daish and its allies. It had been preceded by days of expectation and commentary, and the actual contents had no surprises. Read More »

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Rodriguez becomes first CAO of JFS San Diego

SAN DIEGO (Press Release) — Jewish Family Service (JFS) has named Debora Rodriguez as the organization’s new Chief Advancement Officer (CAO). Rodriguez assumed the position in September 2014, and is the agency’s first CAO, overseeing fundraising, institutional giving, marketing, and volunteer engagement. Read More »

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Eagle Scout app wins a congressional competition

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Press Release) – Congressman Scott Peters (D-San Diego) announced on Thursday, Sept. 11, that Jacob Chasan was the winner of the inaugural House STEM Academic Competition from the 52nd District for his application entitled ‘Path to Eagle Scout.’ Rep. Peters met with Chasan and his family in the Washington, D.C. Read More »

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Cruz walks off stage after Jews booed

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Press Release) — Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, walked off the stage Wednesday night, Sept. Read More »

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AJC: Action needed now against French anti- Semites

PARIS (Press Release)–The American Jewish Committee (AJC) of France warned on Thursday, Sept. 11, that the dramatic rise in anti-Semitic incidents this year demands urgent attention and action A new report from the Jewish Community Protection Service Read More »

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Israel holds solemn 9-11 ceremony

By Anav Silverman Tazpit News Agency JERUSALEM (TNA) — District firefighters and rescue volunteers, alongside U.S. Read More »

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Weinsteins donate $5 million for cyber- security

RICHMOND, Virginia (Press Release) — Carole and Marcus Weinstein of this city have donated $5 million to underwrite construction of the building that will house the Cyber Security Institute at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) in Beer-Sheva, Israel, it was announced by American Associates, Ben Gurion University (AABGU). Read More »

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Research: Babies born in winter crawl earlier

HAIFA, Israel (Press Release)–The season of a baby’s birth influences its motor development during its first year of life, a new study by University of Haifa researcher’s shows. Babies born in the winter (between December and May) start crawling earlier compared to babies born in the summer (June-November). The research was conducted by Dr. Read More »

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Jewish-interest license plate: ‘Lazuz’

SAN DIEGO– We’re happy to say that the hobby of Jewish-interest license plate collecting is catching on. Stacie Bresler Reinstein, a friend of our license plate maven Melanie Rubin, contributed this one. In Hebrew, Lazuz means “to move” and we imagine some variant of the word is occasionally shouted on Israel’s crowded freeways. Read More »

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Columnist slumbers as nearby gas station is torched

By Ira Sharkansky JERUSALEM–Wednesday morning we woke to our neighborhood in the headlines. My inbox included two notes from overseas inquiring about our safety. Read More »

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‘L’Chaim San Diego’ makes its debut

SAN DIEGO (SDJW)– A new Jewish magazine, L’Chaim San Diego, began delivering its inaugural issue to Jewish venues and early subscribers throughout the county. Its publisher, Diane Benaroya, said it was timed to come out prior to Rosh Hashanah so the San Diego Jewish community could begin a New Year and a new magazine together. Read More »

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Tom Neumann, former JINSA executive, dies

HOUSTON, Texas (Press Release) — Tom Neumann, former executive director of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA), died Tuesday morning, Sept. 9, at the age of 69. Neumann joined JINSA as Executive Director in 1991, and ran the organization until his retirement in 2012. Read More »

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From rockets and mortars to art works

DEL MAR, California (Press Release) — Art pieces made from the fragments of rockets and mortar shells will be exhibited by Israeli artist Yaron Bob, from the Eshkol region near Gaza, at a reception Sunday afternoon from 5: 30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday, Sept. Read More »

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Davis’s principles please principals

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Press Release) – Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) was honored on Tuesday, Sept. 9, for her work on behalf of students, teachers, and principals. Davis has been a leader in Congress on recruiting principals, providing teachers with the tools to excel, and creating a world-class education environment for students. Read More »

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For U.S., Israel: Wars not won, simply managed

By Shoshana Bryen WASHINGTON, D.C. –The Israeli public is in a notably bad mood. The Hamas rockets have, for the time being, stopped; the current cease-fire is holding. Read More »

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Protecting micro tubules may prevent Alzheimer’s

TEL AVIV (Press Release)— As Alzheimer’s disease progresses, it kills brain cells mainly in the hippocampus and cortex, leading to impairments in “neuroplasticity,” the mechanism that affects learning, memory, and thinking. Read More »

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Jewish learning weekend planned in Belarus

VITEBSK, Belarus (Press Release) – Over 600 young Jews, mostly professionals 20-40 years old, will come together on Sept. 12-14 in Vitebsk for Limmud FSU, a festival of Jewish learning. There are currently about 70,000 Jews living in Belarus. Read More »

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Brigitte Bardot opposes kosher, hallal animal slaughter

PARIS (WJC)–The European Jewish Congress (EJC) on Tuesday expressed outrage after the publication of an open letter by former French actress Brigitte Bardot in which she called for a ban on religious slaughter of animals. EJC President Moshe Kantor said Bardot’s text was “deeply offensive and a slur against the Jewish people. Read More »

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A Holocaust play of note

Here is an article by San Diego Jewish World’s regular reviewer Eric George Tauber. Another of our writers, Rabbi Ben Kamin, who made a presentation prior to one of the performances also was moved to write a review, which is linked here. Read More »

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‘Tale of two Abrahams’ interweaves 2 eras

By Dan Bloom CHIAYI CITY, Taiwan — When the Jerusalem publisher of the Hebrew novel A Tale of Two Abrahams told my editor that the book was now available in an English edition, I lept at the chance to exchange a few emails with the Israeli author of Read More »

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