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

Natalie Jacobs – Editor-in-Chief Natalie Jacobs, a San Diego native, has been with the Journal since March, 2013. After studying advertising and public relations in college in Chicago, and working for an agency in both Chicago and New York City, she decided to move back to sunny San Diego to pursue writing full time. She has been published in numerous San Diego publications and continues to hone her skills one story at a time.editor@sdjewishjournal.com

Derek Bio 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

Ronnie Weisberg – Account Executive Ronnie Weisberg’s professional connection to the Jewish Community began in 2007 as a nurse in a group home serving Orthodox youth with special needs. Originally from New York’s beautiful Hudson Valley, Ronnie and her children are delighted to call San Diego “home.” Ronnie is currently a student at Gratz College, pursuing a Master of Arts in Jewish Communal Service and specializing in nonprofit management.ronniew@sdjewishjournal.com

Contributing writers
Judith Fein, 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, Brie Stimson, Amanda Kelly, Abby Walker, Eva Beim, Edwin Black