Archive | September, 2012

A brilliant author

September 14, 2012

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Prague Winter (A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937–1948) by Madeleine Albright HarperCollins 2012 467pages, $29.99 Madeleine Albright, who distinguished herself with service to our nation including as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations (1993- 1997) and the first woman Secretary of State (1997- 2001) under President Bill Clinton, makes history come alive concerning [...]

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Back to Shul Shopping a success for synagogues

September 14, 2012

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Ted Kaufman, Linda Peck, and Cantor Wally Schachet-Briskin from Ohef Sholom Temple.

The Simon Family JCC came alive on Sunday, Sept. 9 as local Jewish agencies hosted various community events. The JCC welcomed potential new members to tour the facility and learn about the programming opportunities, Jewish Family Service brought their staff and lay leaders together for a retreat, and, for the first time in community history, [...]

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Leslie and Larry Siegel Create a Jewish Legacy

September 14, 2012

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Leslie and Larry Siegel and their family.

Although very proud of their family and the roles they have played in Tidewater’s Jewish community for the past 38 years, Leslie and Larry Siegel were not anxious to have their names in this profile. The foundation they created, a donor-advised fund, is designed to do what they believe is what they are fortunate to [...]

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Friends of Melton Alumni Association kick-off

September 14, 2012

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The launching of the Friends of Melton/Alumni Association sets into place a plan for the future of the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School at the Simon Family JCC. Graduates, who have completed the first two years of the Mini-School, recently met to share ideas, experiences, and plans for the school’s future. Approximately 30 former students representing [...]

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Back to school time at Hebrew Academy and the Strelitz Early Childhood Center

September 14, 2012

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It’s been an exhilarating few weeks since the Hebrew Academy of Tidewater Konikoff Center of Learning and Strelitz Early Childhood Center preschool students returned to school on Aug. 27. Hallways and classrooms are bright and inviting, and students are now comfortably learning back in the school zone. Rabbi Mordechai Wecker, headmaster, is also now fully [...]

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Hebrew Ladies Charity Society: Working to Improve Our Community

September 14, 2012

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Past Presidents of Hebrew Ladies Charity Society: Seated: Ada Salsbury, Carole Bernstein and Roz Landres. Standing: Freida Goldstein, Frances Levy Birshtein, Joyce Salzberg, Harriet Dickman and Carol Levitin.

This is the third in a series about the 110th anniversary of the Hebrew Ladies Charity Society. A single Jewish mom with two teenage children is just getting by financially until she hurts her back and can’t work. Her children get jobs after school, but the family still comes up short. For this family, $200 [...]

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Meir Soloveichik vs. David Wolpe: Two rabbis, two parties, two political philosophies

September 14, 2012

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (JTA)—Republicans and Democrats may not have much common ground this election year, yet their national conventions shared one feature: Both gatherings were blessed from the podium by prominent American rabbis. The Democrats had Rabbi David Wolpe, a best-selling author and leader of a prominent (capital-c) Conservative synagogue in Los Angeles. The Republicans had [...]

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Democrats return to the economy after Jerusalem detour

September 14, 2012

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (JTA)—It was the nutsand- bolts convention that nearly broke down over the most ethereal of issues: Jerusalem and God. But by its third and final night, the Democratic National Convention had gotten back on message: jobs, jobs, staying on course with getting the economy back on track, and—oh, yes—jobs. It was a course [...]

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Ethiopian rescue effort has longstanding ties in community

September 14, 2012

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Karen, Nathan and Bernard* Jaffe

In 1991, a call for help went out to the worldwide Jewish community. As a civil war raged in Ethiopia and the ruling government was about to be toppled, more than 14,000 Jews had been secretly gathered and were waiting to be transported to Israel, their biblical, promised land of “milk and honey.” As Israel [...]

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Event celebrates and honors Tidewater’s commitment to Jewish rescue and renewal

September 14, 2012

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Thursday, Sept. 27, 6–8 pm In conjunction with the Jewish New Year, the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater is beginning its 2013 Annual Campaign to raise awareness and much needed funds to strengthen and perpetuate Jewish life in Hampton Roads, in Israel and throughout the world. To celebrate the start of the Campaign, the UJFT [...]

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