The gathering was moved to the gym due to the large crowd.

August 15, 2014

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Standing room only crowd attends Stand Strong for Israel solidarity gathering

by Laine Mednick Rutherford With only three days notice, more than 550 people in Tidewater rearranged their calendars, braved stormy weather, and waited in long lines for security checks, all to show their dedicated and determined support for Israel. Stand Strong for Israel, a gathering planned by leaders of the Tidewater Jewish community and supported [...]

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August 19, 2014

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Operation Protective Edge Updates from Israel

In order to provide Jewish News readers with additional sources of information than may be found in U.S. media, we’ve gathered the following links to a variety of news updates, opinions, analyses, and live blogs from Israel. The views expressed on these sites are not necessarily the opinion of this newspaper. News, Updates, Live reports [...]

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August 15, 2014

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Leadership group plans community-wide Mitzvah Day

Members of the Mitzvah Day Planning committee: Kara Molin, Karen and Matt Fine, Randi Gordon, Karen Bennett and Karen Kendall. Not pictured, Marcia Brodie.

Sunday, Sept. 21, 1:30–3:30 pm by Laine Mednick Rutherford An unpredicted outcome of the leadership group ATID (Hebrew for future) was the connection its members felt with each other, and with the Tidewater Jewish Community. When the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s Strategic Plan initiative launched last January, many of ATID’s 22 members didn’t know [...]

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August 15, 2014

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Guide to Jewish Living in Tidewater

Tidewater’s Jewish Community Calendar tends to be busy most months of the year. The reason? The myriad of welcoming organizations, synagogues and schools that are brimming with events. We’re fortunate, and most of us probably don’t realize it. I received a call a few weeks ago from a high school friend who now lives out-of-state. [...]

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August 15, 2014

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Reflections on two journeys

Elena Baum, Janice Engel, Mickey Held and Deb Segaloff in Israel.

by Mickey Held As a member of the Holocaust Commission for 20 years, I have been privileged to witness the impact we have made on our community with our many programs. As I escorted survivors to share their stories, I became transfixed by their journeys and inspired by their courage. We became family, and my [...]

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August 15, 2014

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Facing the music at Pardes Katz

Tidewater JWRP ladies at Pardes Katz: Mara Bates, Debi Yarow, Amy Lefcoe, Brenda Kozak, Marilyn Johns, Lesa Leiden, Julie Byers and Melissa Clapper.

by Marilyn Goldberg Johns A visit to the Matnas (community center) at Pardes Katz, struck many chords with the Tidewater Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project. Located outside of Tel Aviv, Pardes Katz has been an Israeli sister community with Tidewater for more than 20 years. The highlight of our visit was a music performance given by [...]

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August 15, 2014

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Stop the Sirens: Israel Under Fire

Since July 7, when Israel initiated Operation Protective Edge, we have been closely monitoring events and praying for an end to the conflict, while mourning each and every life lost. We don’t know how long it will take for authorities to feel that Israelis are safe against the incessant acts of terror perpetrated upon them. [...]

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