January 27, 2015

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French Jewry 101: From Rashi to Dreyfus to Hyper Cacher

This month’s deadly hostage siege at a kosher supermarket in Paris has French Jews (and some non-Jews) proclaiming “Je suis juif,” or “I am Jewish,” in solidarity with the four people killed in the attack. Who are the Jews of France? Here’s a primer. How many Jews are there in France? About 500,000, the most [...]

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January 27, 2015

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Indian River High School honors Dana Cohen

Dana Cohen is greeted by Craig Blackman.

Dana Cohen does not seem to like to be the center of attention, though that was the case on Friday, Jan. 9, as it was “Dana Cohen Day” at Indian River High School in Chesapeake. Master teacher Craig Blackman, the Holocaust Commission’s Esther Goldman Education award-winning teacher for whom Cohen has been a longtime guest [...]

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January 27, 2015

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The Rise of Anti-Semitism: Not only a “Jewish Issue”

Ira Forman at the Sandler Family Campus.

Amidst horrific reports of anti-Semitic violence emanating from Europe, and just one day before hostages were killed at a kosher French market, the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater presented a timely program, The Rise of Anti-Semitism: A Resurgence of Evil. More than 150 members of the community braved sub-freezing temperatures to gain an informed perspective [...]

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January 9, 2015

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What more can you do? Date with the State

Wednesday, Feb. 4, Richmond The annual Community Relations Council’s delegation to Richmond for Jewish Advocacy Day is always a great event, and this year, it is more imperative than ever to have a good community turnout. Between the conflict with Hamas last summer and the global resurgence of anti-Semitism, this has been quite a challenging [...]

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January 9, 2015

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Congregation Beth El’s From Bimah to Broadway was an afternoon of song

Linda Drucker, Joan Joffee, Meryl Mulligan, Jody Laibstain, Alex Pomerantz, Marlene Rossen and Linda Samuels, committe members for From Bimah to Broadway.

Three cantors and a rabbi walk onto the bimah…. No, it is not the start of a bad Yiddish joke. But there were a few of those quips when Congregation Beth El hosted its largest fundraiser on Dec. 14 since its 150th anniversary celebration in 2000. Rabbi Jeffrey Arnowitz introduced the special guest cantors: Randy [...]

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January 9, 2015

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United Jewish Federation of Tidewater launches The Corporate Partners Circle “Doing good is good business”

A place where philanthropy, volunteerism and shared commitment come together to make a difference in the community and around the world, the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater launched a new initiative, The Corporate Partners Circle, in the summer of 2014. Its mission is to offer a unique opportunity to market companies’ products and services to [...]

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January 9, 2015

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Local mom, author, psychotherapist, Israeli advocate and non-observant Jew becomes surprising ambassador to International Orthodox Jewish Movement

Danielle Leibovici and Allison Josephs (Rachel Renov Photography)

No one is more surprised that this happened, than I am. Several weeks ago, a speaker came to the B’nai Israel Congregation for a United Jewish Federation of Tidewater-funded Scholar in Residence program. Allison Josephs is the founder of Jewinthecity.com, a far-reaching campaign centering on Orthodox Jews. My husband and I are active members of [...]

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