September 8, 2017

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Jewish groups attack Trump’s call to end DACA immigration program

WASHINGTON (JTA)—An array of Jewish groups and lawmakers attacked as immoral President Donald Trump’s decision to end an Obama-era program granting protections to illegal immigrants who arrived in the United States as children. The Trump administration said Monday, Sept. 4 that it would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program in six [...]

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September 8, 2017

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Nadiv, Young Men’s Giving Circle, caps off successful first year

When we saw the JCC campers playing with oversized Connect4 and checkers boards on the blacktop, an entire year of experimentation and hard work came full circle. Yes, all the effort was worth it. In fall 2016, YAD—United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s Young Adult Division—launched Nadiv (Hebrew for “generosity”), a giving circle for young professional [...]

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September 8, 2017

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HAT begins a new school year proclaiming, “We’re more than a school, we’re family!”

As Hebrew Academy of Tidewater and Strelitz Early Childhood families enter the building this year, they are greeted with friendly smiles, photos of engaged children, and a new bulletin board that announces, “There’s no place like the Hebrew Academy of Tidewater.” On August 22, students excitedly returned to school and parents were welcomed to the [...]

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September 8, 2017

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Tidewater teens in Israel

A pledge brother at Clemson asked me to go on Birthright on a national trip, Shorashim—the only Birthright trip organizer that has Israeli soldiers for the entire 10 days. Those seven Israelis were some of the greatest people I’ve ever met. In the Negev, we stayed in Bedouin Tents, woke up at 3:30 am and [...]

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September 8, 2017

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Beth Sholom Village to add performance stage to its active community room

The Abisl Theater will present entertainment with a “Jewish Twist” It has hosted everything from bingo games to women’s auxiliary lunches, but by summer 2018, what is known today as The Pincus Paul Social Hall, named for a late benefactor, will also house the area’s newest performance space. Nestled inside the Berger-Goldrich Home at Beth [...]

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September 8, 2017

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Shabbat sermon: A remarkable Bar Mitzvah ceremony on a day of concern

I wasn’t here at Beth El last Shabbat, a day that brought concern and anxiety to us Jews in the Commonwealth and beyond. Miriam and I were in Florida so we could be with her father as he celebrated the 80th anniversary of his bar mitzvah. He put aside his walker and walked up on [...]

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September 8, 2017

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Rosh Hashanah

As this High Holiday season approaches, a fresh New Year feels incredibly important for 5778. The news around the globe, nation, and our very own state, continues to have most of us on the edge of our seats and not far from our trusted news sources. Soon, however, we’ll be in our seats in our [...]

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August 11, 2017

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Jewish Family Service, WHRO Public Media, Chrysler Museum and EVMS present Live Each Day: A Talk with Jane Gardner

Sunday, September 17, 2 pm Chrysler Museum of Art, free As a television news anchor, Jane Gardner faced intense pressure, deadlines, and other challenges. But it is off the air where she has faced her toughest challenge of all: fighting cancer—not just once, but four times. Gardner was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1999, then [...]

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