Archive | May, 2014

Community supports Israel at Independence Day event

May 20, 2014

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Shikma Rubin watches as Leo Kamer signs his poster.

The Tidewater community showed its support for Israel at a celebratory event held on May 6 in honor of Yom Ha’Atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day. The Community Relations Council of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, in partnership with the Simon Family JCC’s Celebrate Israel series, presented a free screening of the documentary The Prime Ministers: [...]

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Can a relationship celebrate a Bar Mitzvah?

May 20, 2014

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The “Bar Mitzvah boy” did not receive a fountain pen. There was no sheet cake shaped like a Torah scroll. No band played too loudly, and no one raided a 401k plan to pay for the event. And yet, when two of Tidewater’s Masorti/ Conservative congregations, Kehillat Bet HaMidrash (KBH) of Kempsville and Temple Israel [...]

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Tee up and head out to the Simon Family JCC’s Annual Golf Tournament

May 20, 2014

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Tuesday, June 24, noon Heron Ridge Golf Club Virginia Beach The Simon Family JCC’s 4th Annual Presidents’ Cup Tournament has actually existed as a golf tournament since the 1980s. It was renamed the Presidents’ Cup to honor past presidents who have served as leaders and visionaries of the JCC. For more than 60 years, the [...]

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Yom Hashoah Commemoration honors the past, celebrates the present and provides hope for the future

May 20, 2014

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Holocaust survivor Dana Cohen lights a candle during a Yom Hashoah remembrance ceremony.

Just when you think it can’t get more meaningful, it does. This year’s Yom Hashoah program, sponsored by the Holocaust Commission of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater at Ohef Sholom Temple on Sunday, April 27, was another poignant and powerful tribute to those we lost, those who survived, the righteous gentiles who risked their [...]

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ADL survey: More than a quarter of the world hates Jews

May 20, 2014

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NEW YORK (JTA)—A lot of people around the world hate the Jews. That’s the main finding of the Anti- Defamation League’s largest-ever worldwide survey of anti-Semitic attitudes. The survey, released Tuesday, May 13, found that 26 percent of those polled —representing approximately 1.1 billion adults worldwide—harbor deeply anti-Semitic views. More than 53,000 people were surveyed [...]

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Avoiding pitfalls

May 20, 2014

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The Talmud (Bava Kammah 50a) speaks about digging pits. It is illegal to dig a pit and leave it uncovered and accessible. If there are any damages, the digger is liable. However, if the person digging the pit donates the pit to the public, he is free of all responsibility. This was the practice of [...]

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Jewish groups decry Supreme Court’s town council prayer ruling

May 20, 2014

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WASHINGTON (JTA)—An array of Jewish groups criticized a U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing prayers at town hall meetings. The 5–4 decision along conservative- liberal lines handed down Monday, May 5 reversed a lower appeals court decision in favor of a lawsuit brought by Susan Galloway, who is Jewish, and Linda Stephens, an atheist, in Greece, [...]

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Artwork of Lorraine Fink, On the Run/To or From

May 5, 2014

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Tuesday, May 13- Wednesday, June 18th Images of anthropomorphic animal shapes will soon be seen joyfully dancing, flying and swimming across the walls of the Leon Family Art Gallery at the Simon Family JCC.  In her show, On the Run/ To or From, award winning artist, Lorraine Fink will share her latest original mixed media [...]

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Rabbi Aaron Landes, longtime Naval Reserve chaplains chief

May 2, 2014

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Rabbi Aaron Landes, a Philadelphia congregational rabbi for decades and the longtime director of U.S. Naval Reserve chaplains, has died. Landes died on April 19 following a battle with leukemia. He was 84. He managed some 700 chaplains as head of the chaplains corps until retiring in 1989, according to the Jewish Exponent of Philadelphia. [...]

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Hans John Rosenbach

May 2, 2014

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Chevy Chase , MD—On Saturday, April 19, 2014, Hans John Rosenbach of Chevy Chase, Md., passed away. He was the beloved husband of Joan Kurcias Rosenbach; loving father of Margo (Robert Gottlieb) Rosenbach and Stuart Uri (Guila) Rosenbach; dear brother of Kurt (Rose) Rosenbach. Cherished grandfather of nine and great grandfather of 13. A funeral [...]

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