By Donald H. Harrison
A Larry Acheatel,
executive director of the San Diego Jewish Academy, could teach
us all something about multi-tasking. From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m .on the grounds
of SDJA's sports field, there will be a concert by Yosi Saffi Levy and
the Sabras that is being billed as both a "Back to School concert"
and as a "Labor Day of Love for Israel." The concert if free,
with attendees encouraged to bring dairy dinners (the school observes kashrut)
and lawn chairs. The United Jewish Federation is sponsoring the event
along with such other organizations as the Anti-Defamation League (ADL),
Jewish Community Foundation, Ken Jewish Community, Lawrence Family Jewish
Community Center JACOBS FAMILY CAMPUS, San Diego Jewish Journal, San Diego
Jewish Times, Seacrest Village Retirement Communities, and the South
African Jewish American Community (SAJAC).
and Eve, for the second time, have been forced to leave Paradise.
The first time, of course, we all know from the story in Genesis. But
recently a painting by an unknown artist of the biblical couple that has been
displayed at the San Diego Museum of Art was learned to have been stolen from
a church in San Juan Tepemazalco, Hidalgo, Mexico. The San Diego Museum of
Art, which thought it had purchased it from a reputable dealer in 2000, was
horrified, and made arrangements to take the only ethical course of action: to
return the painting to the government of Mexico. San Diego
Union-Tribune Anna Cearley reported that the painting was purchased for
$45,000, and that both the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the government
of Mexico are investigating the chain of circumstances that enabled a painting
stolen from a church to wind up on permanent exhibit in a museum in San
Diego.Tthe painting "will be turned over to Mexico's National Institute
of Anthropology and History," according to Cearley's report.
C Judith Copeland and
Dr. Richard A Smith, both members of the local Jewish community, and
Smith's wife, Mina Sagheb, along with the Jewish War Veterans, are plaintiffs
in a new suit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union in opposition to the
Christian cross being on public land at Mount Soledad. The suit is
expected eventually to be consolidated with the original suit filed by Philip
Paulson and heard by the U.S. Supreme Court.
D Did someone say that
congressional recesses are vacations? U.S. Rep. Susan Davis (D-San
Diego) has forums scheduled on disaster preparedness, housing rights, and
identity theft respectively today, Tuesday and Wednesday. Today's from
noon to 2 p.m. at the Downtown Information Center, 225 Broadway, San Diego,
has Davis participating with these scheduled speakers: Jill Olen, San Diego's
of Public Safety and Homeland Security; Jeff
Wieman, CEO, San Diego American Red Cross; Chief Kirk Sanfilippo, San
Diego Harbor Police; Chief Tracy Jarman, San Diego Fire Department; Asst. Chief Joel
Bryden, San Diego Police Department; Barbara
Ayers, program manager of the San Diego Community Emergency Response Team
(CERT), and Sara Matta, Executive Director of 211. Similar comprehensive
line ups are planned at the forum on housing from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 29, at the Sherman
Heights Community Center, 2258 Island Avenue, and at the identify theft
forum, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 30, at the Mission
Valley Branch Library,
2123 Fenton Parkway.
E Rabbi Yeruchem Eilfort of
Chabad of La Costa says that in the current Hebrew month of Elul: "We
blow the shofar each day of the month, we give extra Tzedakah during this
month, many get their Mezuzos and Tefilin checked, and we begin blessing each
other "Kesiva viChasima Tovah, (you should be written and sealed for a
G Larry Gorfine reports
that Philip Paulson, who filed the original lawsuit against the Mt. Soledad
Cross, and U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-San Diego) who pushed through the
legislation to nationalize the Mt. Soledad Cross in order to save it, once
were with him in the same military unit, the 173rd Airborne Brigade, in Vietnam.
Gorfine, a stalwart Democrat, says he still considers both men to be friends,
but that on the issue of the cross, he agrees with Paulson, not with Hunter.
K Mark Kligman, whose
life as a sports agent and Orthodox Jew, was
profiled on this site, passes on a letter that he received from a young
man in Long Beach, California. It read: "I am a Sports Management
student as well as an Orthodox Jew from the Los Angeles area. I just graduated
Long Beach City College and will be attending Seton Hall University In
January. The other day I was looking online for sports agents to possibly
intern for while I am on break and I ran into your homepage. While
reading the article "Kligman improves his average as an observant
Jew" I thought to myself is this really possible?? Is there really
a Sports Agent who is an observant Jew? ... I just wanted to say that reading
your story was true inspiration for me, because most of the people I have
spoken to about becoming an agent told me I would have to work on Shabbos..."
Commented Kligman in his forwarding note: "Looks like we're
inspiring people....good to know."
L Rabbi Baruch Lederman of
Congregation Kehillas Torah in the Carmel Mountain area of San Diego writes of
his mixed emotions of sending a son off to yeshiva: "Yaakov Shlomo
Lederman is getting ready to board a plane to Milwaukee so that he can learn
in WITS Mesivta Ateres Tzvi High School. It is a very emotional time for us
for many reasons on many levels.
I myself was a talmid (student) of WITS Beis Midrash (post high school
program) back in 1980 - the first year of the Yeshiva's existence. I have the
honor of being the very first
talmid to attend the Yeshiva - I was the first one there on the first day -
and the first WITS alumnus to have a son graduate WITS high school. I am also
the only WITS alumnus yet, to have a son in WITS Beis Midrash. As I send him
off to Milwaukee, I am flooded with memories my own wonderful experiences
there. I vividly remember stepping off the plane 26 years ago and having a
young Shmuel Rennert picking me up from the airport. Everything was so fresh
and new and exciting. I remember Rabbi & Rebbetzin Twerski - how special
and unique they were. I
mostly remember the way the Rebbeim and Rebbetzins opened their hearts and
homes to us, and the incredible camaraderie WITS engendered amongst the
talmidim. WITS just has a way of bringing out the best you in you...."
R Debbie Resnicov reports
that the San Diego chapter of the American Jewish Committee and the San Diego
Latino-Jewish Coalition will jointly sponsor on Wednesday, September 13,
"a celebratory and
interactive evening dedicated to the Jewish perspectives of Renewal,
Introspection and Social Justice through the symbols of Rosh Hashanah, Yom
Kippur and Sukkot." She says guests will
sample "delicious traditional Jewish hors d'oeuvres" and that
in lieu of admission, planners hope attendees will "donate a minimum of
$5 to the Israel Emergency Fund." The
mission of the San Diego Latino/Jewish Coalition is to "promote greater
communication, cooperation, understanding, respect and friendship between the
communities; pursue a collaborative working relationship on issues of mutual
concern, and facilitate programs to benefit Jews and Latinos of all ages in
San Diego County," Resnicov adds,. For
more information please email email@example.com
Howard Rubenstein has a new play, The Golem, Man of Earth, which
will be presented at the 6th@Penn Theatre in San Diego on October 6.
This play is about the monster supposedly fashioned by Rabbi Judah Loew to
protect Prague from its enemies during the 16th Century, and lest anyone
believe that the tale will only be of interest to folklore-loving Jews, the
lead role of the Maharal has been taken by Mikel Taxer, the retired minister
of Westminster Presbyterian Church in the Point Loma area.
Wayne, this area's former state Assembly member, is continuing in the
role as observer and foreign correspondent (at least for friends to whom he
sends emails) in South Africa, while his wife, Mary Lundgren, consults with
that nation's justice department. Wayne's most recent missive deals with
the AIDS crisis in Southern Africa. This stories and others by Wayne
from Southern Africa
may be accessed via this website.
Yarrow, best known as the "Peter" of the
folk-singing group Peter, Paul and Mary, stopped by Congregation Beth Am on
August 24 to acquaint locals with "Operation Respect," his
non-profit educational and advocacy organization dedicated to transforming the
environments of schools, summer camps and other youth-serving organizations in
to more compassionate, safe and
respectful places. If you're disappointed you missed him, don't
fret. He will be back in the San Diego area on October 29 to perform in
a fundraising concert in support of the program.
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