November 5, 2018

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Standing with Pittsburgh

Across the nation, vigils, services, and town hall meetings have taken place since the horrific murders at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday, October 27. The same is true for Tidewater. In sanctuaries and in public spaces and in private schools, the Jewish community has mourned and received tremendous support from other faith communities and [...]

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November 5, 2018

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Area Jewish cemeteries need and receive care

After the Revolutionary War, numerous Jewish families moved to Tidewater to take advantage of the tremendous economic opportunities and central location that made this region so attractive. The emergence of these Jewish communities resulted in a variety of congregations and cemeteries. The Torah teaches that when a Jewish community is established, two significant elements are needed. There must be a mikveh, a ritual bath [...]

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November 5, 2018

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Healing Service and Town Hall meeting

  Ohef Sholom Temple held a healing service and town hall meeting on Monday, October 29. Approximately 500 people attended the service. Many who spoke during the town hall portion of the evening represented other faith communities. They expressed condolences and a commitment of solidarity. Susan Feit, a social justice consultant, spoke. An excerpt: My parents are both Holocaust survivors. They [...]

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November 5, 2018

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Salute to Tidewater Jewish Military Connections

More than most every other corner of the nation, we in Tidewater understand and appreciate those who serve in the United States Military. If we don’t have family members who have served, we certainly have friends and neighbors who have. And, so, Veteran’s Day is a day that is and should be treated with respect, as well as celebrated [...]

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November 5, 2018

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Grandparents: Got any advice?

Be ready for the best part of being a parent, grandparenting. Now you’ll finally know what it means to be adored—and to be absolutely, completely, and helplessly in love! —Betsy and Ed Karotkin Jane Isay, author of Unconditional Love: A Guide to Navigating the Joys and Challenges of Being a Grandparent Today, has plenty of advice on grandparenting. Still, Jewish News [...]

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November 5, 2018

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Pop-up bookstore open at Simon Family JCC

With the Simon Family JCC’s Lee and Bernard Jaffe Family Jewish Book Festival in full swing, more than 100 different books by prominent and emerging authors are now available in a pop-up bookstore in the Simon Family JCC’s Copeland Cardo. Works from the genres of fiction, memoir, young adult, self-help, and children—all with a focus on one of the many aspects of Jewish and Israeli [...]

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November 5, 2018

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Hanoch Piven’s creativity spread through Tidewater

Israel Today’s first ever artist-in-residence, Hanoch Piven, took Tidewater by storm with more than 40 events over his two-week visit, engaging more than 1,500 people from both the Jewish and non-Jewish communities. Piven held workshops at the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s annual Super Sunday, for leaders of local synagogue and Jewish agencies, at schools including Birdneck Elementary, Granby High School, Cape Henry Collegiate, and Norfolk [...]

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November 5, 2018

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Super Sunday’s recipe for success: Great ingredients, enthusiastic community

What ingredients made this year’s Super Sunday so successful? Community members of all ages volunteering? More than 215 individual gifts pledged to the 2019 campaign? Social action projects teaching kids Tikkun Olam? The answer, of course, is all of these and more. On Sunday, October 21, Tidewater stayed true to the Super Sunday theme, Rise Up: Be a part of Federation’s Recipe for Success, and [...]

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