Stories from the January 2011 SDJJ Edition

An Education for Life

by Alanna Berman

Chabad Hebrew Academy challenges students to be their best academically and Jewishly

Counting Our Teenaged Blessings

by Sharon Rosen Leib

“The Blessings of a B Minus: Using Jewish Teaching to Raise Resilient Teenagers”

From Start to Finish

by Alanna Berman

Design Studio West designs extraordinary kitchens and baths from the ground up

Home, Sweet Home

by Karen Pearlman

Moishe House opens in San Diego

Jewish Stars of Palm Springs

by Pamela Price

The desert stars come out at night and during the legendary Palm Springs International Film Festival. But during the other 11 months, residents are making their own appearances with style and ingenuity. From novels and music to movies and beauty pageants, desert residents make their mark with a touch of Jewish glitz and glamour. The […]

Precycle, Save a Tree, Do a Mitzvah for the Environment

by Maria Kaplan

My children attend Chai Altman Preschool at Chabad of Poway. When I received an e-mail from Morah Bluma Rubenfeld, the director of religious education, requesting the donation of fruit and a tree for the school’s Tu B’Shevat celebration, I figured I could just drive over to Evergreen Nursery and purchase a tree for the kids […]

Worship in Harmony

by Jessica Hanewinckel

Rabbi Michael Leo Samuel has turned Chula Vista’s Temple Beth Sholom into a percussive, melodious congregation

No Longer Hushed

by Tinamarie Bernard

Sexual abuse victims in insular religious communities find their voices

Compassion is Part of the Curriculum

by Alanna Berman

At San Diego Jewish Academy, study sessions aren’t complete without a little tikkun olam

My Big Fat Jewish Wedding

by Judith Fein,

Twenty-five years ago today, while everyone else in Los Angeles was fervently pitching movie ideas, getting new headshots or splurging on some exorbitant, designer winter surgery, I was getting married. The lead up to the wedding was this: I had lived with my boyfriend Paul for two years. One day, while he was making a […]

Restaurant Review

by Eileen Sondak

New York-style Deli Fare Right at Home


by Lorraine and Phil Shapiro

It’s Borscht


by Andrea Simantov

Teach Your Children Well

Living on the Front Page

by Andrea Simantov

Blue Funk Rising

Musings from Mama

by Sharon Rosen Leib

Crisis Management

Love, Laughter and the Occasional Knish

by Steve Hofsetter

The Jew and the American Tough Guy

Israel and Special Needs

by Andrea Simantov

Flowers Bloom in the Desert Through SHALVA


by Jessica Hanewinckel

I remember when my husband and I began seeking out a religious congregation we could call home. After living most of our lives determining our relationship with God would be on our own terms, out of the control of organized religion, we decided the communal atmosphere and thought-provoking sermons could add a richness that had […]

Happy Birthday, San Diego Symphony!

by Pat Launer

100 years old, and going strong

Wedding Yentas

by Jessica Hanewinckel

Wedding Yentas make wedding planning a piece of honey cake for Jewish brides

A Happy Place

by Jessica Hanewinckel

Lawrence Family JCC’s Nierman Preschool works to make its students as ready as possible for like in kindergarten and beyond, in a fun and happy environment

Yom Limmud

A Complete Schedule

Education on the Main Stage

by Alanna Berman

In its sixth year, Yom Limmud brings an international line-up to the Lawrence Family JCC for a Jewish-education-filled day