Stories from the September 2007 SDJJ Edition

I Think I Can Dance

by Pat Launer

How I Got Twinkle Toes for Malashock Dance Competition Well, John Malashock thinks I can dance, anyway. The choreographer and founding artistic director of Malashock Dance called to ask if I’d like to be a celebrity contestant in “Malashock Thinks You Can Dance,” a fundraising gala that kicks off his company’s 20th anniversary season and [...]

Psychedelic Shabbat

by Judd Handler

At the Universal Temple of Higher Consciousness, Judaism is Groovy, Man The drive out to the Universal Temple of Higher Consciousness (UTHC) from San Diego takes an hour. It’s at the UTHC where for the last year a weekly psychedelic, operatic, cinematic and ecstatic Shabbat has taken place, hosted and performed by three creative, liberal [...]

The Allure of Chambrey

by Curt Leviant and Erika Pfeifer Leviant

A French Gem Sparkles with Buried Jewish History Chambery (Shahn-ba-ree), in the Alpine region of southeastern France known as the Rhone Alps, is located in a lake-dotted valley between two mountain ranges. For many years it was the capital of the fiercely independent and powerful Duchy of Savoy (Savoie, in French) until it became part [...]

The Producers

by Joel D. Amos

“Camelot” and “Chicago” make it a September of Broadway Jewry at the Civic Theatre Overture When it rains it pours for San Diego theater with the Jewish touch. And September, it seems, is monsoon season. Two Broadway classics land in America’s finest city during September and both are produced by members of the tribe. Frankly, [...]

Romance on Gold Mountain

by Tinamarie Bernard

A Local Getaway for Lovers The familiar scenario of love and courtship goes something like this: Boy meets girl, boy and girl like each other, fall in love, marry in a lavish ballroom wedding, have children and live happily ever after. It’s a fable maintained by Hollywood, fairy tales and little princesses dressed in beautiful [...]

The Human Journey

by Macie Schreibman

Archaeology in the Holy Land shares a unique piece of history “It’s about expression,” says Dr. Mari Lyn Salvador, executive director of the San Diego Museum of Man, about the Journey to the Copper Age Exhibit. And as a photographer, potter, and former professor of art anthropology and museum studies, she is a woman you [...]

guest column

by Kimberly Gadette

camping for jews The holiday of Sukkot is referred to as “the time of our joy.” Per the Torah, Leviticus 23:40: “And you should be happy before the Lord your God for seven days.” It’s no coincidence that the Yiddish pronunciation of Sukkot (“sook-us”) rhymes with tuchis, since there’s a whole lot of sitting around [...]

living on the front page

by Andrea Simontov

the beauty of nice Almost a year after closing my beauty-consulting firm, the phone still rings. The calls arrive mostly from people who live overseas and, planning to wed in Israel, they discover an outdated advertisement for my Bridal Day Beauty Package. Despite being happily ensconced in a new career, it still hurts to turn [...]

musings from momma

by Sharon Rosen

a death in our family My mother died in August. My daughters, husband and I were with her during her final hours. She died at our family home of 34 years, where she could lie in bed and gaze out her windows at the Pacific Ocean and her native Los Angeles. She suffered a lot [...]

the other side of single

by Dana Greene

a trace of uncle charlie in jewish india She looked American. I hadn’t seen one, except for my husband of course, in about a month. I leaned over and said hello. She instantly knew I was an American Jew. We started whispering. The Shabbat service hadn’t begun just yet. She was from Brooklyn. Her cruise [...]

this just in

by Debra Kamin

my grandmother doesn’t love the high holy days When we were all much younger, she used to represent an automatic, instinctive connection to all things Jewish. Savta, we called her, and still do – the Hebrew word for Grandmother. It’s not that she was particularly adept at making chicken soup, or that she even teased [...]