February 5, 2016

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Western Wall prayer fight ends with historic compromise

TEL AVIV (JTA)—Israel’s government on Sunday, Jan. 31 approved a compromise to expand the non-Orthodox Jewish prayer section of the Western Wall, putting to rest the decades-long fight between Women of the Wall and Israel’s haredi Orthodox religious establishment. The deal achieves what had been an elusive goal: an interdenominational consensus on Judaism’s holiest site [...]

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February 5, 2016

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Rebuilding homes and faith through Bridges

Zoe Siegel and Shanjida Chowdhury, co-president of Bridges.

I’ve always been fascinated with Judaism because of the many layers of my faith that I see in various aspects of modern day life. With that strong presence, one of the most challenging opportunities we have today is to educate and learn from all types of spiritual and cultural communities. To gently paraphrase Deuteronomy, “So [...]

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February 5, 2016

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Super Sunday success

An “old-fashioned,” Jewish community Super Sunday phone-a-thon still works in 2016. The proof? The 80 volunteers who came to make phone calls and provide support on Sunday, Jan. 31, at the Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus. And the community members who answered their phones and generously contributed to the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater [...]

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February 5, 2016

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Oh frog-et about it!

4th Annual Community Relations Council Israel Poster Contest is going to be wild! Spiders and raptors and frogs, oh my! Those words are not the synopsis of a play starring arachnids, birds, and amphibians, but a few details from the list of Cool Facts about Israel 2016 Edition for the Community Relations Council’s 4th Annual [...]

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February 5, 2016

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Jewish community of Argentina going strong despite challenges

Amy Zelenka, Stephanie Calliott, Don London, Ilana Benson, Michelle Mahoney, Joan Joffe, Mark Gonsenhauser, Victor Nisembaum, Nathan Benson, Charlene Cohen, David Cohen, Leslie Siegel, Larry Siegel, Maggie Erickson, David Maizel, Honey Maizel, and Eric Joffe.

Sixteen members of the Tidewater Jewish community recently returned from a special mission to the Jewish community of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The mission, sponsored by the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, allowed local donors to “follow their campaign dollars” to one of the many overseas communities served by Tidewater’s Annual Campaign. The next few issues [...]

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February 5, 2016

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Studying success Israeli style

Jack Habib, Pat Robertson and Annie Sandler.

Prof. Jack Habib and his colleague Dr. Keri Zelson Warshawsky enjoyed a walk through Seashore State Park on Thursday, Dec. 17 as their last experience in Tidewater before they flew back to Israel. Invited to Tidewater by Annie Sandler, the researchers experienced two days of whirlwind activity orchestrated by Sandler and Robin Mancoll. The prior [...]

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January 22, 2016

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Join the CRC in Richmond for Jewish Advocacy Day

Aaron Goldmeier, Jason Hoffman, Virginia Senator Frank Wagner, Beth Gerstein, and Betty Ann Levin at Virginia Jewish Advocacy Day, 2011.

The annual Community Relations Council’s delegation to Richmond for Jewish Advocacy Day is always a great event, and this year will be no exception. One of the strengths of Tidewater’s community is that so many people reading this article speak up when it comes to issues impacting Israel or Jews locally and abroad. As such, [...]

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January 22, 2016

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Super Sunday: It’s Your Move online, in person and over the phone

Gail Gogan at Temple Emanuel.

Sunday, Jan. 31, 9 am–1 pm United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s annual phone-a-thon, Super Sunday, perpetuates the mitzvah of Tzedakah and is a grassroots, community-driven, community- building effort. This year, a social media aspect is included with the Monopoly themed event, appropriately tagged “It’s Your Move.” Everyone is challenged to get in the game. Community [...]

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January 22, 2016

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Film Festival opens to record crowd

Nathan Drory with Avraham and Patricia Ashkenazi.

The 23rd annual Virginia Festival of Jewish Film, presented by Alma* and Howard Laderberg, opened to a record crowd of 450 at the Sandler Center on Saturday, Jan. 16. After viewing the comedy Dough, a reception catered by Village Caterers was heartily enjoyed. Opening Night and major film festival sponsors were Patricia and Avraham Ashkenazi. [...]

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January 22, 2016

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Mazel Tov

Dear Readers, Probably 95% (I made up the number, it could be more) of us celebrate our simchas on our home turf. For myriad reasons, however, some choose to have destination events. One popular place, especially for b’nai mitzvot, is Israel. As such, we feature two articles about celebrating there. In early November I received [...]

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January 22, 2016

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Women’s PLUS ONE event packs the house for Israel speaker Viva Sara Press

Jodi Klebanoff with Leah Genossar and speaker Viva Press.

In early December, the Women’s Cabinet of the UJFT invited the women of the community to a PLUS ONE engagement event featuring Israeli journalist and blogger Viva Sara Press, who presented to a standing room only crowd at the Sandler Family Campus. To quote an overheard remark made by a few of the participants: “She [...]

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