May 24, 2019

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Jewish community meets local and global needs

Community Campaign tops $4.8-million and looks to finish strong! The 2019 Annual Campaign is winding down and what a year it’s been. Starting in June 2018, 38 community members participated in the Journey Home Mission to Israel. Co-chaired by John Strelitz, UJFT president, the mission, which honored the 70th anniversary of the founding of the [...]

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May 24, 2019

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Three Israeli medical students in Tidewater

Donna Gal, May Weinberg, and Shelly Cohn in Israel.

Exchange program between Eastern Virginia Medical School and Bar-Ilan University Medical School Providing high quality community healthcare services to patients at risk both in America and northern Israel is among the major learning insights of medical students participating in an exchange program between Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) in Norfolk, Va., and the Bar-Ilan University [...]

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May 24, 2019

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Healthcare in the Jewish Community

Healthcare impacts us all in one way or another. That’s probably why there’s seemingly no limit to articles and shows on the subject, and why we do this section each year. Our first article on page 18 introduces three young Israeli medical students who are participating in an exchange with EVMS. From their smiles and [...]

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May 24, 2019

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Jewish “Home Away from Home” at William and Mary

The Shenkman Jewish Center ribbon cutting ceremony with Rabbi Gershon Litt, student leaders, and Mark and Rosalind Shenkman.

The College of William and Mary was chartered in 1693. Since then, Jewish life on campus has been difficult, if not scarce, at times. Students got together, met on occasion, tried to find rooms to gather in for holidays, and held occasional social events. Over the past few years that infrastructure grew into a stable [...]

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May 24, 2019

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On Yom Hashoah, the community remembered

Elena Barr Baum, Dana Cohen, and Dr. Ludwig Sternlicht.

This year’s Yom Hashoah Commemoration, which honors the victims and survivors of the Holocaust as well as liberators and righteous gentiles, brought the community together to move forward with tolerance and remember those who have fought for justice and fallen to injustice. Temple Israel hosted this year’s event. After Cantor Elihu Flax of Beth Sholom [...]

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May 24, 2019

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March of the Living affirms and questions

Witold Lisowski, recognized as a Righteous Among the Nations, and Simon Fink.

This trip will leave you with more questions than answers. That’s what our guide, Avi Marcovitz, told our group as we gathered in Warsaw’s airport. By we, I mean the 23 young adults from across the U.S. and two from South Africa, who had come to Poland to participate in the International March of the [...]

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May 24, 2019

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Federation hosts JDC’s CEO at photo gallery gala

Front; Laura Miller, Annie Sandler, Karen Lombart, and Jane Stein. Back: Betty Ann Levin and David Schizer.

Nearly 100 community members cycled through the Leon Family Gallery on the Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus on April 30 to tour the exhibit, Home: Lens on Israel, with David Schizer, CEO of the American Joint Distribution Committee (JDC). Home showcases JDC’s impact around the world through the images of various photographers—amateur and professional. [...]

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May 24, 2019

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UJFT Women usher in new Cabinet and Executive Committee at annual Spring Lunch

Passing the torch for the Women’s Cabinet: Barbara Dudley, chair elect; Mona Flax, chair; and Janet Mercadante, immediate past chair.

On May 7, in the rainbow glow of a giant Chihuly sculpture at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Virginia Beach, the Women’s Cabinet of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, held its annual Spring Lunch and Installation. Janet Mercadante, outgoing chair, completing her term, welcomed everyone and expressed her honor at having been afforded [...]

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