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

Alanna Berman – Editor Alanna is a San Diego transplant from northern California. She received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from San Diego State University, where she
was an editor for the Daily Aztec. She has been writing and editing for six
years and has been published in numerous publications. She loves the San
Diego sun and is happy to love what she does every day!editor@sdjewishjournal.com

Laurie Miller – Art Director 

Laurie Miller, a transplant from Louisiana, heads the art department for the San Diego Jewish Journal. She’s the project manager and when anything is needed, Laurie is there to fix it. She’s been with the magazine for over 10 years and has a collected 13 years design experience. She freelances and loves design as much as she loves being outside. She’s a fine artist whose work has hung in galleries throughout the south.  art@sdjewishjournal.com

Natalie Jacobs – Assistant Editor 

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.


Diane Benaroya – Senior Sales Representative 

Diane is originally from Buffalo, New York. Leaving Buffalo for warmer
climates, she has lived in Atlanta and Israel before settling in San Diego
with her four children.

Diane got her degrees in music and counseling but has worked in advertising
for over 20 years.While not working Diane enjoys cooking, playing piano,
practicing yoga, and meeting new people. dianeb@sdjewishjournal.com

Contributing writers
Judith Fein (Senior Travel Correspondent), Rabbi Philip Graubart, Karen Pearlman, Sharon Rosen Leib, Eileen Sondak, Pat Launer, Tinamarie Bernard

Contributing photographers
Paul Ross (Senior Travel Photographer), Leigh Castelli, Daisy Varley, Angela Sissa

Advertising representatives
Diane Benaroya (Senior Account Executive), Sam Epstein, Alan Moss (Palm Springs)