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Miriam [Mimi] Pollack was born in Chicago, but moved to Mexico City when she was five years old. She lived and worked in Mexico for over 20 years. She currently resides in San Diego and worked as an ESL instructor at Grossmont College and San Diego Community College Continuing Education until June 2018. She writes for various local publications.

Herbie and Abbie- A Fine Match

What do actor Herbert Siguenza and the late activist Abbie Hoffman have in common? Having had the honor to meet them both, I can say they are not only warm and charismatic, but they...

Lizet Benrey

An artistic streak runs in Lizet Benrey's family. Her late mother, Shirley Chernitsky, was a painter, and Benrey has followed in her footsteps. However, Benrey takes her creativity one step further. Not only is...

Book about Kurdish Jews and the Aramaic Language

My Father's Paradise About 15 years ago, a student of mine with blue eyes told me he was a Kurdish Jew. I was surprised because most of my Kurdish students at Grossmont College in nearby...

Lions, Tigers and Bears

Wild animals should not be behind cages! That might be your first impression when you see the pictures from Lions, Tigers, and Bears, an animal sanctuary in Alpine, Ca. However, did you know that...

A New Life for Former San Diego Rabbi

Rabbi Tamar Malino is full of hope and optimism. She has started a new life in Spokane, WA after leaving San Diego in 2008. She still has fond memories of her former congregation in...

The Centro Cultural and Kumeyaay Museum in Tecate

There are only 70 to 80 people left in Baja California who speak Kumeyaay, according to Michael Wilken Robertson, an anthropologist who also specializes in ethno-botany. When Wilken-Robertson first started his journey studying the...

“El Primero” and “Teatro Punto y Coma”

The line, a play by Israel Horowitz is the longest running play on off-off Broadway, having made its debut in 1974. It has been seen in 25 countries and translated into 35 languages. One...

Jews in Mexican Cinema

Hybrid Culture. Those words resonated with me because I was brought up in a hybrid culture. On Wednesday, May 9th, there was an interesting "platica" given at the Lawrence Family JCC by Isaac...

The Dalai Lama’s visit to San Diego

Compassion without Borders. As an ESL teacher who works with students and refugees from all over the world, those words resonated with me. Also, as a Jubu , it was an honor to see...

Bob Gannon’s Odyssey: The Odyssey Continues-Adventures in Africa

Gorilla in Uganda One of Robert Gannon's goals during his odyssey flying around the world was to go to as many UNESCO designated World Heritage Sites as he could. He did just that...