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Randall Christopher and the Spy Who Enthralled Him


When Randall Christopher read a front-page article about Adolf Eichmann in the New York Times last year, the San Diego-based artist had only a preliminary understanding of the Holocaust. He was aware that it happened and that it was terrible, but that was about the extent of it. Randall, who is not Jewish, grew up… Read More »

To Be Special, Be Yourself


Unlike the character she portrays in “Zero Motivation,” Israeli actress Dana Ivgy has plenty of reasons to wake up in the morning. And for the next three months, she’ll be doing that waking up in San Diego where she’s stationed as a visiting professor and artist at the San Diego State School of Theatre, Television… Read More »

Incomptabile Truths


An interesting thing has been happening here at the San Diego Jewish Journal. It’s something that public radio innovator Jad Abumrad would call incompatible truths existing at the same time. He used that term – incompatible truths – when I interviewed him for a web story before an event he was doing at the Balboa… Read More »

Radiolab’s Jad Abumrad Brings Storytelling Tips, Live Music and Doubt to San Diego


Jad Abumrad is a genius, according to the MacArthur Foundation and probably a decent amount of people who’ve encountered his music composition, audio production and storytelling prowess on the public radio program he created, called Radiolab. But don’t expect him to utter that word. In fact, since the MacArthur Fellowship Grant, which awarded him $625,000… Read More »

How and Why to Plan a March


After the election was called for Donald Trump in the early morning of Nov. 9, 2016, Sarah Dolgen Shaftel spent a couple days feeling paralyzed. She also felt nervous about what the future might look like for her two-year-old daughter. But she didn’t let those feelings get comfortable. By just a couple days after the… Read More »

Business Networking for Generation Z


High school students don’t get many opportunities to network with business people. Maybe that’s by design, but the Israeli American Council and Tarbuton San Diego see this as a missed opportunity not only to enhance business skills well before going into business, but also to consider entrepreneurial ways to support and promote Israel sooner rather… Read More »

Locals Organize Delegation for Women’s March on Washington


The Leichtag Foundation and the members of its North County Hub have begun organizing a delegation of approximately 20 community members to participate in the Women’s March on Washington in D.C. the day after Donald Trump is inaugurated. Aviva Paley, who works out the the Hub located on Leichtag’s Coastal Roots Farm in Encinitas for the nonprofit… Read More »

Architecture Meets Alzheimer’s


Susan Greer visits her husband at Seacrest Village six days a week. “I come for an hour and a half,” she says. “I have friends that tell me I shouldn’t come that often, but I’m doing it not only for him but for me too.” When we spoke, the couple, in their 70s, were sitting… Read More »

“The Power of Architecture”


“I did not follow the dictates of the scientists,” Louis Kahn said to Heinz Ronner when the two were discussing the architect’s process on the Salk Institute building design for Ronner’s book “Louis I. Kahn Complete Works 1935-74.” Kahn quickly realized that the Salk Institute’s biological scientists who had been working in trailers on the now… Read More »

Political Speech at La Jolla Playhouse


Amidst an unprecedented and exhausting election year, La Jolla Playhouse sprinkled hilarious political comedy into its already killer 2016-2017 season. The decision to host John Leguizamo’s “Latin History for Morons,” The Second City with “Free Speech (While Supplies Last),” and Mike Daisy’s “Trump Card” all in the same season wasn’t rooted in a desire to… Read More »