December 5, 2016

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With the wildfires tamed, Israelis seek answers

JERUSALEM (JTA)—As the wildfires that raged across this country for nearly a week were subdued Sunday, Nov. 27, Israelis surveyed the devastation in search of answers. The fires, which continued to flare, consumed as many as 32,000 acres of forest and brush across the country – an area more than twice the size of Manhattan. [...]

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December 5, 2016

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TJF honors Veterans with Veterans Day ceremony

Approximately 60 people attended Tidewater Jewish Foundation’s 7th Annual Veterans Day ceremony on Friday, Nov. 11. Scott Kaplan, president and CEO of TJF, welcomed guests to the ceremony and Captain James Eilberg, SC, USN (Ret), officiated. Other local clergy who participated include Cantor Aaron Sachnoff, USN; Cantor Elihu Flax; Rabbi Israel Zoberman, IDF (Ret); Rabbi [...]

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December 5, 2016

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Local high school students selected to attend AIPAC’s Schusterman Advocacy Institute in Washington

For three days last month, more than 400 high school students from across the nation attended AIPAC’s Schusterman Advocacy Institute High School Summit in Washington, D.C for Israel advocacy and political activism training. Six students from Tidewater attended, with two nominated by local synagogues: Haley Bartel, a Norfolk Collegiate junior from Ohef Sholom Temple, and [...]

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December 5, 2016

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Joyce “Gila” Strelitz—A Woman of Valor January 9, 1932–November 5, 2016

Joyce Strelitz demonstrated her kindness and caring for others each and every day, inspiring peers and young leaders alike to joyfully engage in Tikkun Olam. Having served on (and often chaired) nearly every local Jewish board in Tidewater, as well as on area cultural, medical and education boards, and on the national board of the [...]

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December 5, 2016

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Created with love—Ohef Sholom Temple crafters sew one-of-a-kind quilts to give to JFS clients

The Leon Family Art Gallery wall on the second floor of the Simon Family JCC has been awash in both color and love the past few weeks. Twelve handmade, one-of-a-kind quilts showcased the craftsmanship of their creators, members of the Tzedakah Quilting Group, part of Ohef Sholom Temple’s Caring Committee. The four women who came [...]

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December 5, 2016

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New Hanukkah Forever Stamp gets warm reception at dedication ceremony

Music, dance, and a few, brief history lessons were part of the buildup which led to the colorful unveiling of the United States Postal Service’s 2016 Hanukkah Forever Stamp on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk. An enlargement of the stamp was placed center stage, covered by a drop cloth, [...]

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December 5, 2016

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Happy Hanukkah

Jewish News Hanukkah, December 5, 2016

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December 5, 2016

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End of year giving opportunities

This is the time of year we think about other people, friends and family. This year, I hope you will also think about your community and the many ways you can make a difference. Before 2016 comes to an end, consider these exciting programs and matching gift opportunities through the Tidewater Jewish Foundation (TJF) that [...]

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December 5, 2016

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Top U.S. firefighters “dropped everything” to help Israel battle the blazes

TEL AVIV (JTA)—Call them Israel’s American volunteer fire brigade. Dozens of firefighters from across the United States put their lives on hold— leaving behind jobs and families—to help subdue the wildfires that swept Israel last month. While they all share a love of Israel, only a handful of them are Jewish. “We’re just firefighters. When [...]

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