Stories from the January 2013 SDJJ Edition

What’s Goin’ On: A New Year of Performance

by Eileen Sondak

Hershey Felder’s “An American Story for Actor and Orchestra” will open at the Birch North Park Theater Jan. 4. The tour de force (based on the music of Stephen Foster) will shed light on the assassination of Lincoln from a different perspective. The brand new work will remain on stage through Feb. 3.

Successful Me

by Jessica Hanewinckel

Soille Hebrew Day rolls out a new leadership and character development program to teach kids how to thrive in the 21st century

Teaching Tikkun Olam

by Alanna Berman

At San Diego Jewish Academy, students learn tikkun olam by actively engaging in relief efforts for some of the world’s worst natural disasters

Lots Accomplished, More to Do

by Jessica Hanewinckel

A Q and A with San Diego State University President Elliot Hirshman

Lifelong Learning

by Jessica Hanewinckel

The CJC offers a vast array of adult education programming, proving it’s never too late to go back to school

Synagogue: An Unconventional Bat Mitzvah

by Jessica Hanewinckel

Carlsbad’s Temple Etz Rimon celebrates its 13th year with a ‘bat mitzvah’ for the congregation

Israel: From Holocaust to Independence

by David Ogul

The San Diego/OC chapter of the FIDF will honor IDF’s Air Force at its annual gala

Living on the Front Page

by Andrea Simontov

The Great Divide

Musings From Mama

by Sharon Rosen Leib

College Applications: Round Two

Playing with Matches

by Jennifer Garstang

Recent Breakup: Rest, Recuperate…Rebound?

Torah: Leaders in the Field

by A. Simantov

To lead a people, one must have patience to endure their burdens, to treat every person as an individual and to pray for the people when they do wrong. Moshe Rabbeinu exhibited these characteristics before he could merit being a prophet and leader.

Food: The Fruit Holiday

by Lorriane and Phil Shapiro; Photos by Michael Tov

Celebrate Tu B’Shevat with sweet fruit dishes

God Talk

by Rabbi Philip Graubart

What Do Jews Want?


by Jessica Hanewinckel

Defensive Nature

Jewish Azores

by Judith Fien; Photos by Paul Ross

A Detective Story

Peace of Mind

by Alanna Berman

The Shalva Children’s Center in Israel serves children with special needs and their families

“An American Story”

by Pat Launer

Hershey Felder returns to San Diego with a world premiere about the night Lincoln was assassinated

Becoming a Mensch

by Jessica Hanewinckel

Chabad Hebrew Academy takes on values education in a new, creative way