Archive | July, 2014

Rabbi Zoberman marks 40 years in the rabbinate

July 14, 2014

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Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms with Rabbi Israel Zoberman.

An afternoon filled with praise, warmth, dance, song, speeches, proclamations and a packed house, commemorated the 40th anniversary of Rabbi Israel Zoberman’s ordination. On Sunday, June 1, Congregation Beth Chaverim’s sanctuary was standing room only as religious and civic leaders came together to honor, reflect and rejoice with the area rabbi. Virginia Beach Mayor Will [...]

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#Firgun: What’s it all about?

July 14, 2014

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During the winter of 2013–2014, I was a participant on a Birthright trip sponsored by the Hillel at Virginia Tech. When I got back to school I knew I wanted to get back to the land of Israel and help develop the country that made me feel so at home. After a bit of research, [...]

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Hunger Feast: Experiential voyage in Tidewater

July 14, 2014

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Hardly a day goes by when I don’t hear a friend say, “I’m starving” because they haven’t eaten in a couple of hours. I am guilty of it, too. We use this term so lightly because true hunger seems like such a remote problem. We’ve seen the commercials of ‘people in need,’ we’ve heard of [...]

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Amanda Gladstone is Stein Family College Scholarship’s 2014 recipient

July 14, 2014

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Amanda Gladstone

Amanda Gladstone does not know what the term “free time” means. As one of only two Jewish students attending Hickory High School in Chesapeake, she got involved with BBYO to be more connected with her Judaism. And this involvement did not simply entail going to weekly meetings. Amanda immersed herself in BBYO, beginning in ninth [...]

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Temple Emanuel’s rabbi marks his first year

July 14, 2014

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Last June, Rabbi Marc Kraus arrived in Virginia Beach to become the rabbi at Temple Emanuel. Rabbi Kraus’ wife, Alicia Cohen Kraus, was recently appointed Old Dominion University’s Hillel director. Since their arrival, the couple has hosted more than 120 people for dinner. “Hospitality is key value for us,” Alicia Kraus says. “We’ve loved this [...]

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A great collection

July 14, 2014

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The 40s: The Story of a Decade The New Yorker Random House, 2014 696 pages, $30.00 ISBN: 978-0-679-64479-8 When Harold Ross, a hard-drinking, card-playing, heavy smoker, conceived of The New Yorker his plan was to create a Manhattan-centered “fifteen-cent comic paper,” somewhat modeled after the British Punch and the German satirical Simplicissimus. First published in [...]

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Reflections on a tenacious spirit

July 14, 2014

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Paula’s Window: Papa, the Bielski Partisans and a Life Unexpected Paula Berger, as told to Andrea Jacobs Paula Burger, 2013 ISBN:978-1-938859-47-2 $18 In Paula’s Window, Paula Berger nee Koladicki re-spins the wheel of her life. At age five the Russians occupied the very old town of Novogrudek, in Lithuania, home to 6,000 Jews, 50% of [...]

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ATID program highlights future possibilities for community leaders

July 14, 2014

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Members of ATID meet in small groups

The three-year Strategic Plan adopted by the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater in 2011 was developed and instituted to unify and strengthen the Tidewater Jewish community. A key initiative of the plan—one of seven—was to establish a community leadership development program. With representation from almost all area synagogues and all UJFT agencies, but without much [...]

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Promoting change in struggling communities Max Sandler’s efforts continue

July 14, 2014

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Max Sandler

When the Jewish News caught up with Max Sandler two years ago, the Virginia Beach native was adapting to life in Gondar, Ethiopia. Then 26, Sandler had committed to a year living and working in an environment unlike anything he was familiar with, as a Jewish Service Corps Fellow teaching English in a village with [...]

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A Presbyterian disagrees with his denomination’s vote to divest

July 14, 2014

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Let me begin by saying that I am very disappointed with the decision of the General Assembly to divest from three U.S. companies doing business with Israel. I have a great love and respect for the Jewish people, which began even before I was born! I grew up in a Presbyterian Church in Buffalo, N.Y., [...]

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