September 19, 2014

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Annual Campaign Kick Off: It all starts with one

by Laine Mednick Rutherford Drawing on the past to inspire the future, the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater inaugurated its 2015 Annual Campaign by showcasing the words and deeds of two relatively contemporary Jewish role models. On Monday, Sept. 15, community members took a brief journey back in time to gain inspiration and motivation from [...]

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September 19, 2014

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L’Shana Tova

Dear Readers, The High Holidays have officially arrived. Synagogues have mailed their tickets, Selichot has taken place and meals have been planned, ordered and reserved. Still, there is more to come. So Jewish News offers another packed High Holiday section that recalls 5774 and celebrates the arrival of 5775. Within these next 16 pages we [...]

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September 19, 2014

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Mah Jongg at Beth Sholom Village goes retro

by Marcia Brodie The Annual Janet Gordon Mah Jongg Tournament at Beth Sholom Village proved to be spectacular. After lunch for 120 guests, 91 women played several hours of competitive Mah Jongg. The money raised each year goes directly to Beth Sholom Village. This year’s theme was retro and many players dressed to look the [...]

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September 19, 2014

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Tangier Island—a proud friend to Israel in the Chesapeake Bay

by Betsy Karotkin In July, Eddie and I set sail for two and one half weeks on the Chesapeake Bay, as we do each summer. I don’t know which of us looks forward to it more. Our days are spent navigating, watching for crab pots (a real hazard to boaters), for shoals, for changes in [...]

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September 19, 2014

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Lady Gaga in Israel

Pop icon Lady Gaga gave a show-stopping performance in Tel Aviv’s Hayarkon Park on Saturday, Sept. 13 as part of her “artRAVE: The ARTPOP Ball” world tour. Some 30,000 concertgoers were also wowed with a surprise appearance by the legendary Tony Bennett, who performed a duet with Lady Gaga taken from their collaborative effort, Cheek [...]

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September 19, 2014

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A dream becomes a reality

Zoya Shvartzman, Annie Sandler and Doron Goldstein, make a home visit (to the man in the center) in Bucharest.

by Karen Lombart For a very long time, Annie Sandler has wanted to share her excitement about the Romanian Jewish community with others in Tidewater. This summer, her dream came true. Learning that the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) was taking an Ambassadors trip to the Eastern European country, she decided to invite six [...]

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September 19, 2014

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YAD Family Shabbat filled with friends, food and fun

Hila Moallem, Amelia Portnoy and Randall Nied.

The annual Young Adult Division of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s End of the Summer Family Shabbat took place on Friday, Sept. 5, at the Simon Family JCC outdoor water park. With more than 85 people, this year’s YAD Summer Shabbat claimed the prize of being the most successful event of its kind to [...]

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August 15, 2014

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Guide to Jewish Living in Tidewater

Tidewater’s Jewish Community Calendar tends to be busy most months of the year. The reason? The myriad of welcoming organizations, synagogues and schools that are brimming with events. We’re fortunate, and most of us probably don’t realize it. I received a call a few weeks ago from a high school friend who now lives out-of-state. [...]

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