Stories from the January 2012 SDJJ Edition

A Lifelong Education

by Jessica Hanewinckel

A visionary in Jewish education plays a big role at Chabad Hebrew Academy and in the life of Rabbi Josef Fradkin

Passing the Gavel

by Jessica Hanewinckel

JFS bids farewell to CEO Jill Borg Spitzer and welcomes successor Michael Hopkins at annual Heart and Soul Gala

Look and Listen

by Jessica Hanewinckel

The Center for Jewish Culture celebrates the performing arts with a new year-round series featuring comedy, music, theater and dance

The Long and Winding Road — to School

by Alanna Berman

Chabad Hebrew Academy is home to several students from Mexico who commute daily across the international border just to attend school

A Day to Remember

by Alanna Berman

Set against the rolling hills of Poway, Maderas Golf Course is more than just a worldclass location to tee off. Since opening in 2000, the golf course’s majestic setting has been host to more than 50 weddings each year, with Maderas’ professional and attentive staff making that special day for every bride and groom an […]

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On Equal Ground

by Linda Gradstein

Israelis seeking alternatives to traditional wedding ceremonies

A Musical Endeavor

by Sara Trappler Spielman

Tzohar Seminary for Chassidus and the Arts opens in Pittsburgh, with San Diegan Rivka Eilfort in its inaugural class

Torah: Playing Favorites

by Andrea Simantov

The overriding lesson of the parsha is that we must identify our abilities and actively harness them to improve ourselves, our families, our community and people with the hope that the “blessing of Yaakov” comes true: “The angel who delivers me shall bless the children…that they increase in the land like fish.”

Synagogue: Orthodoxy for All

by Jessica Hanewinckel

Young Israel Synagogue of San Diego is widely appealing thanks to its inclusive, welcoming nature and commitment to adult education

Palm Springs: Peppering the Desert

by Pamela Price

By Pamela Price Photo By Victor S. Barocas When Davidi and Lizi Compton arrived in the desert from the Arava Valley in Israel, they planted roots, literally. Davidi, an agronomist with a master’s degree from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, brought with him a wealth of knowledge on desert agriculture, literally coloring the terrain around […]

Living on the Front Page

by Andrea Simantov

The Gift-Horse

Good and Easy

by Lorraine and Phil Shapiro

Pasta offers lots of variety and is easier to make from scratch than is commonly believed

Finding ‘Home’

by Alanna Berman

SeniorSource’s Sandy Lieberman helps older adults find the support they need in retirement and assisted living communities throughout the county

Israel: Dear Home

by Aron Adler

A Letter from a reserve soldier in the IDF


by Jessica Hanewinckel

The Reality of Judaism

God Talk

by Rabbi Philip Graubart

My 50s

Musings From Mama

by Sharon Rosen Leib

The College Admissions Game

A Dream Fulfilled

by Alanna Berman

A lifetime of support for Jewish organizations and a love for Israel culminates in an FIDF-San Diego Gala honoring Julian and Jenny Josephson

Math, Singapore Style

by Alanna Berman

The national math curriculum of Singapore makes its way to San Diego via Soille San Diego Hebrew Day School

Israeli Wedding Culture

by Tinamarie Bernard

Where Less is Simply Grand

Flying High and Taking a Fall

by Pat Launer

The incredible, inspiring story of skydiver Dan Brodsky-Chenfeld