May 4, 2018

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Simon Family JCC’s Israel Fest 2018

Promoted as a major celebration of the Jewish state on the eve of its 70th anniversary, Israel Fest lived up to its billing on Sunday, April 22. Some 2,500 persons from across the community, double what attended in 2017, filled the backlot of the Simon Family JCC to ride a camel, eat authentic Israeli street [...]

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May 4, 2018

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Lessons quickly learned from What We Carry

The following letter was sent last month to Elena Baum, director of United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s Holocaust Commission: I am writing to you from Princess Anne Middle School. I am a school counselor here and wanted to reach out to you to thank you personally for bringing to our campus the presentation entitled, What [...]

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May 4, 2018

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Israel Story enthralls Tidewater audience

In May 1967, the world heard the song Yerushalayim Shel Zahav, Jerusalem of Gold, for the first time as Shuli Nathan stood on stage and sang the words written by Naomi Shemer. At the time, the Old City of Jerusalem was still under control of the Jordanians, and the Jewish people were banned from the [...]

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May 4, 2018

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Holly Berger Markhoff art at Stravitz Galleries Through May

A contemporary mixed media artist known for her emotive figurative and expressionist paintings, Holly Berger Markhoff’s stunning paintings are now on exhibit at Richard Stravitz Sculpture & Fine Art Galleries in Virginia Beach. Influenced by the elongated figures of Modigliani and the gilding of Klimt, her painting incorporates sculptural elements and a variety of mixed [...]

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May 4, 2018

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Yom Hashoah moves the community

This year’s Yom Hashoah Commemoration, honoring the victims and survivors of the Holocaust, as well as liberators and righteous gentiles, brought the community together around not just awareness and sadness, but honor and hope for the future. Yom Hashoah co-chair Elka Mednick, says, “This event reminds us that we must “never forget,” and we must [...]

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May 4, 2018

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Harry Graber Retirement

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