July 24, 2014

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Operation Protective Edge: Day 17

THE SITUATION Iranian-backed Gazan Hamas terrorists have fired a total of 2,114 rockets into Israel since the start of Operation Protective Edge. Three hundred and thirty three of these rockets fired at Israeli urban centers, were intercepted by the Iron Dome defense system. You can see people without shelters taking cover in the stairway in [...]

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July 16, 2014

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Stop the Sirens

United Jewish Federation of Tidewater has initiated an Emergency Stop the Sirens Israel Relief Fund to provide agencies with the funds necessary to provide humanitarian services and support to Israelis affected by this crisis. Visit JewishVA.org/StopTheSirens for more information.

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July 14, 2014

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Linda Spindel honored at Arthritis event

Linda Spindel

Saturday, August 16, 6 pm ‘Seas the Day,’ Arthritis Ball 2014 will honor Linda Spindel at its gala event, which includes cocktails, a program, live and silent auctions, a seated dinner and dancing. “My beloved Grandfather, Jack Leterman, taught us by example the importance of sharing with those less fortunate,” says Spindel. “My husband Ron [...]

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July 14, 2014

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Bringing Israel Home for college students enters fifth year — Sneak preview of film

Bringing Israel Home 2013.

Thursday, August 14, 8 pm, Azar’s at Hilltop, in Virginia Beach — free for college students (with RSVP) The Community Relations Council of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater continues it support of local college students with their fifth annual program, Bringing Israel Home (formerly Sababa Sunday). Designed to educate and motivate young adults while [...]

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July 14, 2014

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Rabbi Zoberman marks 40 years in the rabbinate

Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms with Rabbi Israel Zoberman.

An afternoon filled with praise, warmth, dance, song, speeches, proclamations and a packed house, commemorated the 40th anniversary of Rabbi Israel Zoberman’s ordination. On Sunday, June 1, Congregation Beth Chaverim’s sanctuary was standing room only as religious and civic leaders came together to honor, reflect and rejoice with the area rabbi. Virginia Beach Mayor Will [...]

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July 14, 2014

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Amanda Gladstone is Stein Family College Scholarship’s 2014 recipient

Amanda Gladstone

Amanda Gladstone does not know what the term “free time” means. As one of only two Jewish students attending Hickory High School in Chesapeake, she got involved with BBYO to be more connected with her Judaism. And this involvement did not simply entail going to weekly meetings. Amanda immersed herself in BBYO, beginning in ninth [...]

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July 14, 2014

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ATID program highlights future possibilities for community leaders

Members of ATID meet in small groups

The three-year Strategic Plan adopted by the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater in 2011 was developed and instituted to unify and strengthen the Tidewater Jewish community. A key initiative of the plan—one of seven—was to establish a community leadership development program. With representation from almost all area synagogues and all UJFT agencies, but without much [...]

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July 14, 2014

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Promoting change in struggling communities Max Sandler’s efforts continue

Max Sandler

When the Jewish News caught up with Max Sandler two years ago, the Virginia Beach native was adapting to life in Gondar, Ethiopia. Then 26, Sandler had committed to a year living and working in an environment unlike anything he was familiar with, as a Jewish Service Corps Fellow teaching English in a village with [...]

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July 14, 2014

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A Presbyterian disagrees with his denomination’s vote to divest

Let me begin by saying that I am very disappointed with the decision of the General Assembly to divest from three U.S. companies doing business with Israel. I have a great love and respect for the Jewish people, which began even before I was born! I grew up in a Presbyterian Church in Buffalo, N.Y., [...]

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July 14, 2014

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UJFT Mission to Israel A journey of a lifetime in just eight days

Seventeen members of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater Summer mission to Israel recently returned from an action-packed and highly emotional visit. The adventure began in Jerusalem, with a breathtaking panoramic view of the city atop of the Tower of David. Mission co-chairs Bonnie and David Brand and Jodi Klebanoff welcomed the group (which included [...]

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July 14, 2014

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Notes and appreciation: 75th Commemorative issue

By now, the publication commemorating Tidewater’s Jewish community’s 75 organized years should have made it to everyone’s mailboxes, and, hopefully, been opened, browsed though, and maybe even read. We’ve heard from many readers (who must have opened, browsed and read) in the form of emails, calls and in-person visits to the Jewish News office. Most [...]

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