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Our Shtetl San Diego: September 10, 2019

San Diego Jewish World

Donald H. Harrison

September 10, 2019

San Diego’s New StandWithUs Director Has Roots in the Region

Although Yosef Condiotti, the new San Diego regional director of StandWithUs, only arrived in San Diego County last month, he is hardly a stranger to the area nor to some of its Jewish leaders. His family has had a significant relationship with San Diego ever since Reba Soches came from Barstow to study biology at UC San Diego and here met Steve Condiotti. The couple was married by Chabad of University City Rabbi Moshe Leider. Yosef’s older sister, Ruth Condiotti, was born in San Diego prior to the time his parents made Aliyah. Yosef, today 30, was born in Jerusalem. His maternal aunts live in San Diego County. Ellen Fox is the school director at Temple Solel in Encinitas, while Beth Palmer is a nurse practitioner at the Veterans Administration Hospital in La Jolla. Being himself Orthodox and having an aunt who is an educator at a Reform congregation has provided Condiotti with a trans-movement perspective. The idea, he says, is that whatever our differences, Jew need to unite against the anti-Semites in the world who hate us all.

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