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 19,000 Jewish households throughout San Diego, Palm Springs and Temecula Valley.

SDJJ has a sister publication, The Orange County Jewish Life showcasing the variety and vitality of Jewish Orange County and can be seen at www.ocjewishlife.com.

Mark Moss – Publisher

Mark 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 – Co-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.



Peter Talhamé – Creative Director

Peter Talhamé may be a Chicagoan at heart, but the head of San Diego Jewish Journal’s creative department has quickly fallen in love with America’s Finest City.  From the sands of Pacific Beach to the conifers and broadleaf trees of Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, Peter has been enthralled with all of the natural beauty he’s discovered while adventuring throughout the area.  Formally trained at Rhode Island School of Design as an industrial designer, Peter has since accumulated more than a decade of experience in graphic design, brand strategy and project management.


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.


Contributing writers
Judith Fein (Senior Travel Correspondent), Rabbi Philip Graubart, Sharon Rosen Leib, Jennifer Garstang, David Ebenbach, Eileen Sondak, Pat Launer,Linda Bennett, Miki Lamm, Andrea Simantov, Michael Hayuntin, Curt Leviant, Nikki Salvo, Pamela Price, Tori Avey, Michael Fox, David Ogul

Contributing photographers
Paul Ross (Senior Travel Photographer), Daisy Varley, Angela Sissa, Leetal Elmaleh, Ediz Benaroya, Daniella DeVarney, Vincent Andrunas, Leigh Castelli, Pepe Fainberg

Advertising representatives
Alan Moss (Palm Springs)