Archive | November, 2013

Follow Me director to speak at Jewish Film Festival

November 22, 2013

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Wednesday, Jan. 22 A variety of venues and film genres and a visit from two of the films’ directors are just some of what’s planned for the 2014 Simon Family JCC’s Virginia Festival of Jewish Film, presented by Alma* and Howard Laderberg. One director, Jonathan Gruber, will visit the Naro Expanded Cinema in Norfolk, where [...]

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Inspiring Story

November 22, 2013

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The Rage to Live Anna Andlauer Create Space, 2012 225 pages, $17.00 ISBN 978-1479322-2893 They were a band of broken children: From infants on the verge of death from exposure and starvation to young children, teenagers, and young adults who had lived through hell and unspeakable horrors. Most were Jewish, but many were Polish, Czech, [...]

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On Potok

November 22, 2013

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Chaim Potok: Confronting Modernity Through the Lens of Tradition Daniel Walden, Editor The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2013 184 pages Chaim Potok, who died in 2002, shared two things with your reviewer. We both graduated with Bachelor-of-Arts degrees in literature in 1950 and we both had our minds opened to literature by Evelyn Waugh (among [...]

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Knowledge is Power: Tidewater Jewish community Jewish genetic screening

November 22, 2013

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Sponsored by Jewish Family Service Sunday, Dec. 15, 10 am–3 pm Simon Family JCC I have recently had the honor of attending two very special Shabbat services, the first at Congregation Beth El and the second at Ohef Sholom Temple. Both Rabbi Jeffrey Arnowitz of Beth El and Rabbi Rosalin Mandelberg at Ohef Sholom chose [...]

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Last pages of Book Festival satisfy diverse groups

November 22, 2013

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Lynn Sher Cohen, Book Festival co-chair, Sherri Wisoff, Michele Goldberg, Anne Kramer, Book Festival co-chair.

With good book sales and attendance, wonderful sponsors and concluding events, this year’s Lee and Bernard Jaffe* Family Jewish Book Festival was among the most successful at the Simon Family JCC. Closing events included Marion Grodin, a stand-up comedian, who had a lunchtime audience doubling over with her witty remarks on an otherwise bleak Tuesday, [...]

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TJF honors veterans at Jewish War Veterans Monument

November 22, 2013

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Captain Marty Snyder addresses the crowd.

Approximately 60 people attended Tidewater Jewish Foundation’s annual Veterans Day Memorial Ceremony on Monday, Nov. 11. Philip Rovner, president and CEO of TJF, welcomed guests at the monument and Captain James Eilberg, SC, USN (Ret), officiated. Cantor Aaron Sachnoff, USN; Cantor Elihu Flax; Rabbi Israel Zoberman, IDF (Ret); Captain Martin Snyder, MC, USN (Ret); and [...]

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2nd Annual Tour De Mensch Bike Ride and JWV Brunch a success

November 22, 2013

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2nd Annual Tour De Mensch participants: Samuel Leibovici, Sholom Mostovsky, David Jancewicz, Adam Goldberg, Craig Schranz, Steve Alperin, Chuck Werchado, Richard Popkin and Joanna Schranz.

The Mens Club of Congregation Beth El teamed up with the Tidewater, Post 158, of the Jewish War Veterans of the United States to help organize the Second Annual Tour De Mensch Bike Ride followed by a community brunch on Sunday, Nov. 3. The Tour De Mensch is a 15-mile bike ride from Congregation Beth [...]

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Holocaust Commission takes its show on the road

November 22, 2013

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Suitcase for David Katz.

While many people spent the evening of Thursday, Oct. 31 shepherding children around seeking sweets, the Holocaust Commission sent its representatives to Roanoke for a different kind of solicitation. Elena Baum, Commission director and Mickey Held, former chair headed west to share the commission’s now two-year-old flagship program, What We Carry, with the Virginia State [...]

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Remembering the Yom Kippur War at Temple Israel

November 21, 2013

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Last month, Temple Israel commemorated the 40th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War. During the ceremony, Eitan Mor, a member of Temple Israel and a native Israeli, offered his memories in a speech titled “Impressions and Departed Souls.” These are excerpts from his remarks: The Yom Kippur war found me walking alone between our community [...]

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Talk to the Hand: Global information operations for the Post-Coup Muslim Brotherhood

November 21, 2013

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News reports claim that one of the last senior Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood (MB) leaders was taken into custody in late October, which may lead some to believe that the radical Islamist organization had been effectively defeated by the new Egyptian military government. But Eric Trager, a Washington Institute for Near East Policy analyst and a [...]

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