September 13, 2019

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For Alfred Moses, luck comes in threes

When three teenage Jews approached an American lawyer on the streets of Bucharest with three bold questions, they unknowingly inspired a future U.S. Presidential advisor, UN Watch chairman, and U.S. ambassador to Romania who changed the lives of countless Romanian Jews looking for a way out of a brutal existence. Alfred Moses answered yes to [...]

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September 16, 2019

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Rosh Hashanah

Dear Readers, While the holidays feel a bit tardy this year (you know how they’re never on time…), it is still hard to believe that it’s the season again for apples and honey and shofar calls and sermons and holiday meals. And, for reflections. We asked some folks for their thoughts on the holiday and [...]

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September 16, 2019

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Rescue of S.S. Quanza refugees took place nearly 80 years ago

Ohef Sholom Temple Archives Passengers of the S.S. Quanza, docked in Norfolk harbor, 1940, while their fate hangs in the balance, prohibited by US immigration law from disembarking.

This past Wednesday, September 11, marked 79 years since a rejected refugee ship arrived on Tidewater’s shores, sparking a battle of wills that reached all the way to the White House, and the narrow rescue of 81 refugees fleeing the horrors of Nazi-occupied Europe. For Elise Margolius, a young wife, mother, and president of the [...]

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September 16, 2019

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The Jewish community of Selma, Alabama

Amy Milligan at Temple Mishkan Israel.

Prior to coming to Old Dominion University, I taught at Elizabethtown College in central Pennsylvania. It was there that I met one of my dearest friends, also named Amy, who is one of the college chaplains. When she told me that she was taking her students on an interfaith Civil Rights trip, I challenged her [...]

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September 16, 2019

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Ignite, reflect and envision as we usher in 5780

Betty Ann Levin

Last September, a room filled with members of our community joined together to kick off our 2019 Community Campaign and Arts + Ideas season. The results? An accelerated campaign with a significantly increased level of community support and our ability to meet additional needs in Tidewater’s Jewish community, on college campuses throughout Virginia, and in vulnerable communities [...]

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