Stories from the March 2011 SDJJ Edition


by Curt Leviant and Erika Pfeifer Leviant

The Glories of Jewish Cordoba


by Andrea Simantov

Salty Words – In the Jewish religion, salt was even more important. The salt we have on our table teaches us three basic tenets of our religion: the concepts of t’shuva, tzedakah and divrei torah.

Taking the Lead

by Sharon Rosen Leib

San Diego’s new ADL director embraces her mission


by Alanna Berman

Dor L’Dor

Restaurant Review

by Eileen Sondak

Kosher Catering at the Hilton

Purim Holiday Madness

by Tinamarie Bernard

A Frolicking Road to an Elusive Peace

Lesley Gore featured in 20th anniversary season of the Fabulous Palm Springs Follies

by Pamela Price

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Fabulous Palm Springs Follies, and the entire season is billed as “Follies Forever!” For Follies fans, that means seeing lots of Riff Markowitz, the Desert’s answer to Florenz Ziegfeld (regarded as the first great impresario of the American musical theater). Lesley Gore, the petite Jewish songstress and […]

Musings From Mama

by Sharon Rosen Leib

Tiger Mother of a Different Stripe

Love, Laughter and the Occasional Knish

by Steve Hofstetter

Are Wedding Gifts Mandatory?

Living on the Front Page

by Andrea Simantov

Exercising Patience

Celebrating the Circle of Life

by Tamar Caspi Shnall

A birth is one of life’s greatest simchot, even when death comes to older generations


by Tinamarie Bernard

Sleepless in Jerusalem


by Jessica Hanewinckel

Jew-ish…or Jewish?

Spring is in the Air

by Lorraine and Phil Shapiro and Photos by Michael Tov

Enjoy rhubarb during its short spring season

All in the Family — Law

by Alanna Berman

Attorney Myra Fleisher makes some of life’s most unpleasant experiences more tolerable for her clients

Too Sweet!

by Alanna Berman

Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt in Carlsbad and San Marcos serves up sweet treats, and all can be made kosher

The Crème de la Crème

by Alanna Berman

BESA puts its top-tier b’nai mitzvah vendors on display for its annual expo

Being Vilomahed

by Janice Alper

Losing one’s child is a powerful reminder of God’s ownership over humankind

Animal Rescuers

by Jessica Hanewinckel

Kibbutz farm life led an Israeli American to continue supporting animals in a new way


by Sholom Aleichem, as translated from Yiddish by Curt Leviant

A tale of Purim in old-world Russia

Finding My Religion

by Alanna Berman

It’s never too late to become bar or bat mitzvah, and Hillel makes the process accessible for collegiate Jews

Just a Hamishe Guy

by Pat Launer

A sit-down with Qualcomm founder and philanthropist Irwin Jacobs

Three Musically Good Times

by Jessica Hanewinckel

The 12th annual Jewish Music Series brings an eclectic mix of Jewish-inspired music to town

2011 Film Festival Reviews

Reviews from films at the 21st Annual San Diego Jewish Film Fest