December 22, 2014

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22nd Annual Viginia Festival of Jewish Film

With multiple venues and times, there’s a show for everyone When the Virginia Festival of Jewish Film presented by Alma* and Howard Laderberg opens next month, it will celebrate its 22nd year, one of the longest running festivals of its kind in the nation. In an effort to bring the Festival to the audiences, six [...]

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December 23, 2014

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Mini-mission brings home importance of Super Sunday success

Josh Mallenbaum, Morgan Bober, Meryl Mulligan, Sean Mulligan, Eliot Weinstein, Jade Rouzeau, Samantha Golden, Eric Miller, David Calliot, Joash Schulman and Benyamin Yaffe at BSHEV.

Super Sunday, January 25, 2015 • 9 am–1 pm • Volunteers needed for two shifts Planning a successful fundraising event often involves many hours spent strategizing and meeting inside boardrooms or offices. In the case of Super Sunday, the largest, single Tidewater Jewish community-wide fundraising day of the year, that’s the norm as well, for [...]

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December 22, 2014

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Terror from Tehran: Iran as an international threat

Chuck Berk and Mark Dubowitz.

On the evening of Wednesday, Dec. 3, the Community Relations Council and community partners presented the second of its Israel Today lecture series to a packed audience on the Sandler Family Campus. While additional chairs had to be set up just before the program began, it’s a shame that the entire community couldn’t have heard [...]

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December 5, 2014

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Happy Chanukah

Dear Readers, Remember last year when we ate our latkes with cranberry sauce, as the first night of Chanukah landed on Thanksgiving? This year’s holiday seems ‘more on time,’ starting on the evening of Tuesday, Dec. 16, just as schools are about to close for the winter break. For families, that translates to more celebration [...]

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December 5, 2014

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Voices of the Generations creator visits Tidewater

Vivian Turok, Babbi Bangel, Shelley Slone, Denise Goldwasser and Lynn Segal.

On a chilly Sunday morning, more than 60 women came to the Sandler Family Campus to hear from guest speaker Julie Kohner, creator of Voices of the Generations. As the second in a series of “Women’s Cabinet PLUS ONE” events, participants were welcomed by Cabinet Outreach and Engagement chair Janet Mercadante, who was followed by [...]

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December 5, 2014

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Why I halfheartedly sent my child to Jewish Day School for Kindergarten, and enthusiastically stayed for first grade

Elijah Muhlendorf grade 1 Nyla Muhlendorf 4 year

Confession : My son did not go to Jewish preschool. In fact, when he turned 2½ we moved. Although our new home was close enough to the local Jewish preschool, my daughter was to be born during the High Holy Days, and I could not conceive having a newborn and wrangling my temperamental toddler by [...]

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December 5, 2014

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Tidewater premier of Beneath the Helmet brings pro-Israel communities together

Those serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, Veterans of both the U.S. military and the Israel Defense Forces, teens, seniors, students, professors, Christians and Jews comprised the audience of about 600 for the premier of the new documentary, Beneath the Helmet: From High School to the Home Front. Taking place at the Regent University Theatre [...]

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December 5, 2014

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Super Sunday Committee blends tradition and trends for 2015 Phone-a-thon

YAD Super Sunday 2015 Steering Committee Brandon Terkeltaub,Morgan Bober, Eliot Weinstein, Joash Shulman, Callah Davis, Eric Miller, Jeremy Krupnick, David Calliott, Jade Rouzeau, Samantha Golden, Benyamin Yaffe and Joshua Mallenbaum. Missing: Meryl Mulligan and Sean Mulligan.

For the past several years, the volunteer committee in charge of planning the Tidewater Jewish community’s annual phone-a-thon has asked itself the same question: “Is calling people on their telephones, asking for donations to help their fellow Jews, still relevant?” The 13 members of the 2015 Super Sunday steering committee took less than two minutes [...]

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December 5, 2014

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The alarming rise of anti-Semitism in Europe

Ron Prosor, Israel’s Ambassador to the UN, with Joy Wolfe.

Joy Wolfe MBE, chairman of StandWithUs UK, shares her concerns about the growing threat of anti-Semitism in Europe, with a particular focus on the UK where she lives. Throughout history, we Jews have been targeted and faced difficult times. In 2014, it appears that this is a rising trend yet again, particularly here in Europe. [...]

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