Stories from the November 2010 SDJJ Edition

A Busy Fall Season for San Diego Entertainment

by Eileen Sondak

The La Jolla Playhouse has the winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama on the boards this month. Starting Nov. 16, “Ruined” will take audiences on a theatrical voyage to the Congo.

Palm Springs – The Desert Celebrates Sukkot

by Pamela Price

Dr. Paul and Stephanie Ross celebrated Sukkot with a flair at their Montage at Mission Hills residence in Cathedral City. Decorated with hanging fruit and vintage memorabilia from Israel, their sukkah put out the welcome mat for their Chabad of Rancho Mirage friends at the two-day “Sukkah Hop.” Paul said about 60 people stopped by, […]

The Little Congregation that Could

by Amy Bentley

Temecula Valley’s Congregation Havurim has thrived for 16 years without its own synagogyue as the only Reform congregation between Poway and Riverside

At San Diego Jewish Academy, Snacks Must be Kosher – Pigskin Allowed

by Edmon J. Rodman, JTA

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (JTA) — The snack bar is always kosher, and the games are never on Friday night. The roster is packed with names like Adam, Isaac, Benjamin and Micah, with an Ori, Ethan, Yuval and Noam thrown in. The players huddle to say the Sh’ma before taking the field; the quarterback calls the […]

Authentic Italian in Our Own Backyard

by Eileen Sondak

Villa Capri does Italian food right — and even a few old-world Jewish dishes

Israel – An Uncommon Friendship

by Jessica Hanewinckel

Jewish and Arab teens from Israel and San Diego break stereotypes and build bridges

Genetically Jewish

by Tinamarie Bernard

Jews are pre-disposed to a variety of genetic disorders, but thanks to modern genetic testing, babies born to Jewish couples have a much lesser chance of inheriting a disease

Camps – Summer Camp Goes Greener

by Alanna Berman

Malibu’s Camp JCA Shalom emphasizes sustainability as much as teaching Jewish values to its campers

Food – Corn Harvest

by Lorraine and Phil Shapiro and Photos by Michael Tov

Enjoy corn like natives to the New World enjoyed it, long before Europeans settled the land

Guest Column – Finding Faith in a Subway Station

by Rabbi David Frank

Excerpted from Rabbi Frank’s sermon during Yom Kippur 5771 at Temple Solel in Cardiff by the Sea

God Talk – Disenchanting

by Rabbi Philip Graubart

Faith is an important tool in bringing children into our imperfect world. In retrospect, instead of telling my son outright that my mother had died, I could have said “She’s with God now.”

Footnotes – Of Bountiful Harvests and Stacks of Books

by Jessica Hanewinckel

Oh my. It’s finally here. That time during the year when cozy slippers replace sandals, when hot tea replaces iced and when a walk at dusk is brisk and breezy rather than steamy and sticky. I’m rejoicing, because this season is my favorite, and I imagine I’m not alone in my opinion. We’re lucky to […]

Torah – Blessings of the Blessed

by A. Simantov

If we create the proper environment for the performance of Torah and mitzvot, if we care enough to try to elevate our lives toward the attainment of Torah and mitzvot, then the Master of the Universe will simply allow that environment to prosper and grow more beautiful with each passing day.

Musings from Mama – Going Private

by Sharon Rosen Leib

Oldest daughter insisted she knew what was best for her. We had to admit she was right. Paying private school tuition for two years wasn’t something we’d planned on. But once we wrapped our minds around the situation, we sucked in our middle-aged guts and tightened our belts. We’d make it work for her.

Love, Laughter and the Occasional Knish – Location, Location, Location

by Steve Hofstetter

Los Angeles has the same problem — any big city does. Despite the geographical closeness of many parts, the perception is that you’re a world away. If you live in Pasadena and try to date someone in Santa Monica, you might as well be pen pals.

Living on the Front Page – When Good is Good

by Andrea Simantov

My gentleman friend wanted to do something “special” for my birthday, the only instruction being, “wear something sporty.” Since I had hoped to celebrate in a more traditional manner — dinner, wine, tiny boxes filled with sparkly things — I was a little nervous. In a Men-Are-From-Mars-Women-Are-From-Venus moment, I was driven to a lonely stretch […]

The Financial Path to Jewish Summer Camp

by Alanna Berman

Affording Jewish summer camp just became easier thanks to a partnership with the Foundation for Jewish Camp and Jewish Federation of San Diego

Mensch in Uniform

by Jessica Hanewinckel

Former sheriff and police chief Bill Kolender has kept the Jewish values of humility, honor and respect at the root of his being professionally and personally

Turkey in the Galil

by Tinamarie Bernard

An American olah attempts to recreate an American Thanksgiving in Israel but finds the task is trickier than she’d imagined

In Celebration of Books


The San Diego Jewish Book Fair returns this month with guest authors to suite every taste