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

Brie Stimson – Editor-in-Chief  editor@sdjewishjournal.com Brie has been writing for most of her life. Originally from Spokane, Washington, she is a comedy writer, playwright, news writer and has freelanced with the San Diego Jewish Journal since 2014. She was hired as the assistant editor of the magazine in October 2016 under Editor-in-Chief Natalie Jacobs, and was promoted to Editor-in-Chief in September 2017. Brie also works as a digital producer for NBC San Diego.

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 – Assistant Editor 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. 

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