Archive | June, 2012

Simon Family JCC’s Meeting recognizes accomplishments and sets goals for Simon Family JCC

June 21, 2012

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Laura Gross, Lynn Sher Cohen and Terri Sarfan.

The 2012 Biennial Meeting of the Simon Family JCC took place on Wednesday, June 13. At the meeting, outstanding accomplishments for the Center were recognized, a president bid her farewell, and another was installed for a two-year-term. Sandra Porter Leon, outgoing JCC president, gave a state of the Center address following Cantor Wally Schachet-Brisken’s melodic [...]

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Yeshiva Aish Kodesh’s tribute dinner honors Jordan Slone

June 21, 2012

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More than 250 friends, family and supporters of Yeshiva Aish Kodesh, the Talmudical Academy of Norfolk, enjoyed a warm celebration of the area’s first and only Jewish Boy’s high school on May 20 at the school’s Tribute Dinner honoring Jordan Slone, founding president of the Yeshiva. Held at the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel, the event [...]

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Florence Melton Adult Mini- School has 10th graduation

June 21, 2012

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The 10th graduation of adults from the Simon Family JCC’s Florence Melton Adult Mini-School took place on June 4. Thirteen adults completed the “core” program which involves two years of classes for 30 weeks each year. After these two years, students celebrate their graduation. In Tidewater, the Mini-School has completed its 11th year, with 156 [...]

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Congregation Beth Chaverim’s 30th anniversary

June 21, 2012

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A grateful founding rabbi, I shall always remember and cherish the transforming birth of what we affectionately called, “the baby.” Much love and tenderness has been bestowed upon the fast-growing “baby,” remaining the newest synagogue in Hampton Roads and the only Reform Jewish temple in Virginia Beach. The congregation’s name, “Beth Chaverim,” was deliberately chosen [...]

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Hukkat: Highly illogical, or, what I did for love

June 21, 2012

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Sometimes I just don’t understand the reason I’m being asked to do something. My initial reaction is to refuse, at least internally. Why should I do it, if I don’t see the value in its doing? God gave me a discerning mind and free will, so it should be my inalienable right to have some [...]

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Federation-Synagogue grants program seeks to build a strong community

June 8, 2012

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Continuing its yearlong effort to strengthen temples and synagogues in the Tidewater community, the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater recently launched its Federation-Synagogue Grants program. Funds are being made available for innovative projects that will solidify the role of synagogues as welcoming, inspired and inclusive communities. UJFT made the Federation-Synagogue partnership a top priority in [...]

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Armond Jay Caplan starts a new century

June 7, 2012

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Armond Caplan arrives each morning at the BB&T building in downtown Norfolk from his home at the Beth Sholom Terrace ready to put in a good day’s work. He mentions with a smile that someday he might decide to retire, but not just yet! Approaching his 100th birthday, June 22, 2012, he still loves the [...]

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Al Gordon, Emmy-winning comedy writer, 89

June 7, 2012

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Al Gordon, who parlayed a chance wartime meeting with an entertainment troupe into an Emmy-winning career as a writer for Jack Benny, the Smothers Brothers and many others, died May 23 at 89. As told to the L.A. Times by his son, Neil, Gordon was in the Air Force on a small island in the [...]

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Harry Kreitzer

June 7, 2012

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Virginia Beach —Harry Kreitzer, 95, passed away on May 28, 2012. He was a 32nd degree mason and a former president of Temple Israel in Staunton, Va. Left to cherish his memory are his son Larry (Elaine), grandchildren; Angela Holcombe, Jennifer Kreitzer, Rebecca Smith (Oren), Jennifer Holcombe (Craig), Mitchell Lebow (Summer), and great grandchildren; Jared [...]

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Donald Higgins

June 7, 2012

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Norfolk —Donald Higgins, 60, longtime social worker, residing in Ghent in Norfolk, died on Monday, May 28, 2012. Donald Ray Higgins was born to the late Ruth Ann Higgins and Harold Bailey Higgins in Easton, Md. He attended Virginia Commonwealth University. Following graduation, he worked for Virginia Beach Social Services and then attended Norfolk State [...]

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