May 19, 2022

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Israel’s 74th celebration is a day to remember in Tidewater

Thousands of people visited the Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus of the Tidewater Jewish Community for a celebration of Yom Ha’Atzmaut on Sunday, May 1. The Israel Independence Day celebration was the first large-scale in-person event for the holiday since before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. “There is no replacement for the feeling [...]

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May 19, 2022

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Rabbi Sender Haber to leave B’nai Israel

Rabbi Sender Haber.

Many communities have a rabbi. In the times of the Talmud, that term was deemed somewhat narrow for the many responsibilities devolved on the community leader. Another term was needed and coined: Mara D’asra, literally ‘leader of the community.’ Such a leader is Rabbi Sender Haber who recently announced his retirement from B’nai Israel Congregation. While [...]

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May 19, 2022

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Survivors Room honors area survivors

An active Holocaust Commission has been part of United Jewish Federation of Tidewater for more than 30 years. Among its numerous programs and projects, the Commission established a Speakers’ Bureau comprised of local Holocaust survivors. Escorted by Commission members, survivors regularly shared their stories throughout Tidewater and beyond. Today, many of these stories live through [...]

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May 19, 2022

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75 years of Jewish News

Dear Readers, My first connections with Jewish News took place in the mid-1970s when, as an active teen in Tidewater’s Jewish community, my name and photo would sporadically appear on its pages. As I renewed my activity in the community as a young adult, I’d find my name mentioned for serving on one committee or [...]

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May 19, 2022

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Jewish News editors make certain the paper evolves

In the paper’s 75-year history, surprisingly few have served as editor. In fact, many of the first editions list no editor at all, but rather the executive of the Norfolk Jewish Community Council (in one instance Sydney S. Abzug) and in others, just editorial boards, comprised of men (they were all men) such as Stanley [...]

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May 19, 2022

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UJFT Society of Professionals host offshore wind panel discussion

Panel moderator Joel Rubin may have summed it up best, when he said, “The wind is definitely blowing in the right direction…” for the region’s new offshore wind farm, whose turbines will soon be generating power to light up area homes, power area businesses, and reduce the area’s collective carbon footprints. On Tuesday, May 3, [...]

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May 19, 2022

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Donors and philanthropic accomplishments celebrated at 2022 Simon Family Legacy Celebration

Tidewater Jewish Foundation celebrated donors, community milestones, and philanthropic accomplishments at the 2022 Simon Family Legacy Celebration on Sunday, May 17 at the Sandler Family Campus. The first in-person event in three years, the celebration highlighted the continued success of the LIFE & LEGACY program, new initiatives such as the Jewish Future Pledge, and the [...]

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May 19, 2022

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Yom Hashoah Commemoration returns to the community

This year’s Yom Hashoah Commemoration, honoring the victims and survivors of the Holocaust, as well as liberators and righteous gentiles, was the first in-person gathering for the purpose since 2019. After cancelling the public commemoration in 2020 and having a livestreamed commemoration in 2021 with survivor Marion Weinzweig speaking from her home in Arizona, this [...]

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May 5, 2022

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Stay Alive

Karina Filonenko evacuated from Ukraine to Poland with her two children just after the start of the war. A challenge for each person who lived in Ukraine after February 24, is to ‘stay alive.’ Could you ever expect that in the 21st century, the word “genocide” will be heard and seen? The Jewish Holocaust and [...]

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May 5, 2022

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Leia Morrissey receives Stein Family Scholarship from TJF

The annual Stein Family College Scholarship of the Tidewater Jewish Foundation is awarded this year to Leia Morrissey, a soon-to-be graduate of Granby High School in Norfolk. Morrissey is the 15th recipient of the four-year scholarship, which provides up to $20,000 per year to a Jewish student in Tidewater. The scholarship was established in 2009 [...]

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May 5, 2022

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Tom Purcell competing for Mr. Health and Fitness

Muscle and Fitness magazine’s Mr. Health and Fitness competition is underway with the Simon Family JCC’s Tom Purcell a strong competitor. Purcell, the JCC’s Wellness and Fitness director, says “My goal each day is to help others obtain good health.” A 56-year-old personal trainer who has run more than 100 half and full marathons, Purcell [...]

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