About Us



The San Diego Jewish Journal is the pioneer Jewish lifestyles magazine on the West Coast. It was founded in October 2001 by Dr. Mark Moss and Mark Edelstein who shared the vision of a Jewish magazine that spoke to Jews of all movements and traditions. The Journal published its first issue in December 2001 and has more than tripled its size since birth. It now reaches more than 14,000 Jewish households throughout San Diego, Palm Springs and Temecula Valley.

SDJJ has a sister publication, The Orange County JLife showcasing the variety and vitality of Jewish Orange County and can be seen at www.ocjlife.com.

Mark Moss – PublisherMark Moss is a long-time veteran of organized Jewish life. From 1983-84, he was president of the San Mateo chapter of Magen David Adom.  1986-90, he was president of the Alpha Omega Jewish Dental Fraternity of San Diego. 1986-92, he served as executive director of Congregation Beth El in La Jolla. And then from, 1995-2000, he was executive director of Congregation Beth Am. He is currently a member of three San Diego area synagogues and is married with three beautiful daughters. His wife of 37 years, Ellen, is a preschool teacher. publisher@sdjewishjournal.com

Mark Edelstein – Publisher & Advertising Director Mark Edelstein is a veteran of three decades in advertising sales. In 1986, he started his own advertising firm, Edelstein, Inc., where he sold in all media, primarily to the Jewish community. A former schoolteacher and would-be stand-up comedian, Edelstein is a member of Congregation Beth Israel in La Jolla, California. He and his beautiful wife Susan have three wonderful children. marke@sdjewishjournal.com

Alex Wehrung – Assistant  Editor Alex Wehrung graduated UCSB in 2018. He wrote at the Daily Nexus for four years and briefly wrote for the Escondido Times Advocate. He also writes fiction.    assistant@sdjewishjournal.com

Derek Berghaus – Art Director Transplanted from Southern Africa first to Los Angles then to San Diego, Derek feels like San Diego is his home. Trained in Los Angeles at UCLA Extension, graphic design and computer graphics program, he honed his Graphic Design skills at advertising agencies and creative advertising departments working in design, layout, photography, video, branding and marketing. Since arriving in San Diego in 2009 he always kept up with the Jewish Journal and is excited to now sit in the Art Director seat. He enjoys the weather and the beach (the coastline reminds him of Cape Town), and the laid back S.D. lifestyle (especially Little Italy for the best coffee and pizza in town).art@sdjewishjournal.com

Jacqueline Bull – Editor-In-Chief Jacqueline Bull is a transplant from southeast Michigan. She graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2016. She has written for magazines for three years and also writes creative nonfiction. editor@sdjewishjournal.com

Contributing writers
Judith Fein, Rachel Eden, Saul Levine, Rabbi Jacob Rupp, Jon Schwartz, Sharon Rosen Leib, Jennifer Garstang, David Ebenbach, Eileen Sondak, Pat Launer, Linda Bennett, Andrea Simantov, Michael Hayuntin, Curt Leviant, Pamela Price, Tori Avey, Michael Fox, Marnie McCauley, Amanda Kelly, Abby Walker, Eva Beim, Edwin Black, Gil Sery, Yael Aires, Lianne Godlsmith