Natalie Jacobs Natalie Jacobs

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 »

Got Opportunity?


For Merryl Goldberg, it’s a new art-filled day in San Diego. The veteran art educator and klezmer saxophonist is underway with a campaign she hopes will help people see art as important to developing young minds as drinking milk is to growing strong bones. Here’s the big idea – when art is integrated into classrooms… Read More »



An old friend was in town from New York City and we met up for a drink at the Green Flash tasting room in Mira Mesa. I thought I was being so cool and original by taking him to a homegrown craft brewery. Turns out, most of the other old and new friends he met… Read More »