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Tzipi Meets Her Match

 

Back in March, I shared the story of Tzipi Tivon and her team of kidney transplant advocates from Chabad Hebrew Academy. That story started when Tzipi was diagnosed with end stage renal failure back in January 2016, on her birthday. This portion of Tzipi’s story starts in a second-grade classroom on an uncharacteristically overcast day,… Read More »

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It’s hard to talk about myself right now, but I’ll need to eventually. As I write, a person in Barcelona has driven a van into a crowd along the famous tourist street La Rambla. I hesitate to call this person a terrorist because I’m growing ever more confused about what constitutes big-T Terrorism and what… Read More »

Summertime Serenity

 

Summer is the perfect time to bask in the serene lifelike sculptures of Carole Feuerman’s swimmers. That’s what Madison Gallery in downtown La Jolla was thinking when they arranged for a two-month showing of the hyper-realistic sculptor’s notable works. On display in the entry gallery, Feuerman’s monumental “Durga Ma,” debuted at the 2015 Venice Biennale,… Read More »

Jerusalem and its Latest Watershed Moment

 

Jerusalem is situated on a watershed, or geographical drainage divide. Water that falls in West Jerusalem drains into the Mediterranean Sea. Rains in East Jerusalem make their way down the Jordan Valley and into the Dead Sea. Taken metaphorically, the concept of a watershed, and of Jerusalem, invites examination of the points in which people… Read More »

Irwin Jacobs Talks Technology, Israel and a New Campus for Fostering Innovative Entrepreneurship

 

In 2010, New York’s then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a competition to create an applied sciences graduate school within New York city limits. Many of the top American universities competed for the roughly $100 million in city funding plus land dedicated to the school. In 2011, Cornell University and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology won that… Read More »

Helping Jewish Education Reach a New Plateau

 

Before we begin, let me lay out some guidelines. This story focuses on the congregational schools at Tifereth Israel in San Carlos and Temple Emanu-El in Del Cerro. The two synagogues are somewhat around the corner from each other and they’ve been offering a joint Community Jewish High program for years. Now, each is focusing… Read More »

A World Away

 

Just as we were putting the finishing touches on this issue of the magazine, I received an email pitch from a man in Tel Aviv. He was sharing photos and details on a photography exhibition finishing up its run at the Jerusalem Theatre. Based on a photo book “Passages to Israel,” the exhibition expanded on… Read More »

Let Me Explain

 

At a conference recently, I heard a panel moderator say, “You don’t manage millennials, you inspire them.” He was being both pejorative and supportive, sarcastic and enthusiastic, curmudeongly and complimentary. And that’s the same mish-mash of emotions that everyone – even the millennials themselves – have when they turn to their crystal balls and try… Read More »

Conceptual Art at its Most Playful

 

When I think of Mission Valley I think of condos, Costco and contentious sports stadiums. Also traffic, my credit union, Target, that weird new indoor skydiving place and more condos. I’m pretty sure it’s not just me who would say contemporary art in the ever-developing neighborhood doesn’t make total sense. But there is a big empty… Read More »

When “Where Are You From” Is a Very Loaded Question

 

No matter how you slice it, the Jewish story is an immigration story. Setting aside thousands of years and focusing just on contemporary history, Jews in every corner of the world have answers to the question “Where are you from” that are equal parts very similar and totally different from each other. Filmmaker Isaac Artenstein… Read More »