Stories from the March 2014 SDJJ Edition

What’s Going On

by Eileen Sondak

March Madness

Simchas Venues

Venues: B San Diego Marriott Del Mar 11966 El Camino Real (858) 523-1700 Capacity: 120-420 Room cost: varies by event date and requirements Advance booking recommended: depends on the season desired Outside catering allowed: Yes B San Diego Marriott – La Jolla 4240 La Jolla Village Drive (858) 597-6384 Capacity: groups of 80-700 […]

Simchas Photography

Photography/Videography B Del Rio Studios (760) 480-7553 Services: photography and videography   B Bob Hoffman (858) 576-0046 Services: photography and videography   B Aaron Huniu Photography (949) 307-8499 Services: photography   Daisy Varley (619) 405-4780 Services: photography and videography   Leetal Elmaleh (858) 692-3418 Services: photography   Alon David […]

Simcha Invitations

Invitations/Favors/Judaica/Decorations B Shirley Sharff (858) 675-0509 Products: invitations, Tallit, Kippot, accessories, Simcha scroll   B The Finished Touch (858) 342-7774 Products: invitations, accessories, party favors   B Charming Expressions (858) 674-1664 Products: bracelets, photo frames, flip-flops, necklaces   B Lickety Split Balloons (760) 207-4675 Products: balloons   B The Center of […]

Simcha Event Planners

Event Planners/Decorators: B Mitzvah Event Productions (619) 548-3485 Years in Business: 19 B The Party Link (619) 464-3800 Years in Business: 15   B Sherrill Kinsler Events (858) 647-1644 Years in Business: 20   2014 SIMCHA DIRECTORY: CATERERS ENTERTAINERS INVITATIONS PHOTOGRAPHY VENUES HOME

Simcha Entertainment

Entertainment/DJs B Classy Event Group (888) 978-8998 Services available: DJs, photo booth, green screen, graffiti wall   B Sundance Productions (619) 286-DJDJ Services available: MC/DJ, dancers, video projection, party props, lighting   B Second Avenue Klezmer (619) 275-1539 Services available: live music   B Maximum Impact (760) 929-9669 Services available: DJs, […]

Simcha Caterers

Caterers: B The French Gourmet 960 Turquoise St. (858) 488-1725 Food cost/person: $25-35 Food style: French   B Terra Catering 11860 Carmel Creek Rd. (619) 985-8202 Food cost/person: $30-35 Food style: customized farm-to-table   B Shalom Catering 11860 Carmel Creek Rd. (619) 985-8202 Food cost/person: $35-40 Food style: kosher   B Dippin’ […]

THEATER: “Harmony” On and Off the Stage:

by Pat Launer

Longtime collaborators Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman talk about their new musical


by Alanna Berman

A Season for Giving


by David Ebenbach

Beauty and the Beastly

A Purimshpiel From Ancient Texts to Modern Times

by Translated from ancient Persian by Curt Leviant

An Anonymous Writer Analyzes the Story of the Book Of Esther

Playing with Matches

by Jennifer Garstang

The Case for Texting

Palm Springs

by Pamela Price

Mitch Gershenfeld Brings Music And More To The Mccallum Theatre

Musings From Mama

by Sharon Rosen Leib

Protecting a Legacy


by Andrea Simantov

When Johnny Comes Marching Home

ISRAEL: An American Half-Jew in Israel

by Natalie Jacobs

My Trip to Israel through Birthright


by Rabbi Philip Graubart

Where Does God Live?


by Tori Avey

Erika’s Unorthodox Rugelach

Rebranding Israel

by Natalie Holtz

Jewish National Fund

“Believe in Love”

by Alanna Berman

JFS’s annual Heart and Soul Gala

You’re Fabulous, Darling

by Natalie Jacobs

The Fabulous Rag in Pacific Beach Has Dresses for Every Occasion and Body Type

BOOK REVIEW: The World of Our Grandmothers

by Sharon Rosen Leib

Judith Fein’s “The Spoon From Minkowitz” is a journey through shared ancestry

Of Lost Art and Modern Technology

by Nikki Salvo

A missing painting is the subject of a new book and a landmark case involving the Jewish Federation


The Carnivalesque Quality of Purim

2014 Simcha Section

by Natalie Jacobs

A Complete Guide to Your San Diego Simcha

The History Hunter

by Alanna Berman

Local expert unlocks mysteries of World War II