Archive | August, 2014

Hospice helps patients follow tough advice

August 15, 2014

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by Norma Gaetani “It’s time to put your affairs in order.” This euphemism conveys a dramatic message in TV shows or films, but it is also practical advice for patients and families served by Freda H. Gordon Hospice & Palliative Care of Tidewater (HPCT). However, it is not always easy advice to follow. Regardless of [...]

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New leadership roles at Hebrew Academy

August 15, 2014

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by Dee Dee Becker Hebrew Academy of Tidewater and the Strelitz Early Childhood Center will experience several new leadership changes and services for the start of the 2014-2015 academic year. Lorna Orleans, Strelitz preschool teacher, assumes the role of preschool director; Laurie Feldman, MSW, joins the school in the newly created position of coordinator of [...]

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Presbyterian Divestment from Israel discussed with local pastor

August 15, 2014

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by Robin Mancoll, director, Community Relations Council, United Jewish Federation of Tidewater Earlier this summer, the Presbyterian Church USA (PC USA) voted by a very narrow margin (310-303) at its General Assembly in Detroit to divest from three companies who do business with Israel. It passed because of a well-organized, vocal minority allied with the [...]

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First stage of Jewish News Archival Project now online

August 15, 2014

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Thanks to the generosity of contributors, the Jewish News Archival Project is making great progress. In fact, readers can check out the results to date. Small Town Papers is converting old Jewish News issues to a readable format, easily accessed on the newspaper’s site: jewishnewsva.org. In addition to browsing issues, it is possible to search [...]

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Guide to Jewish Living in Tidewater

August 15, 2014

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Tidewater’s Jewish Community Calendar tends to be busy most months of the year. The reason? The myriad of welcoming organizations, synagogues and schools that are brimming with events. We’re fortunate, and most of us probably don’t realize it. I received a call a few weeks ago from a high school friend who now lives out-of-state. [...]

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After Harvard, Alan Dershowitz plans an active—and combative—retirement

August 15, 2014

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by Anthony Weiss CHILMARK, Mass. (JTA)—Alan Dershowitz’s house is a bit of a mess. Most of the rooms in his Martha’s Vineyard home are cluttered with half-unpacked boxes filled with items from his Cambridge house, which he and his wife emptied recently and sold after he retired from his Harvard Law School professorship in June. [...]

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Reflections on two journeys

August 15, 2014

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Elena Baum, Janice Engel, Mickey Held and Deb Segaloff in Israel.

by Mickey Held As a member of the Holocaust Commission for 20 years, I have been privileged to witness the impact we have made on our community with our many programs. As I escorted survivors to share their stories, I became transfixed by their journeys and inspired by their courage. We became family, and my [...]

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How much has Israel’s war in Gaza cost?

August 15, 2014

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by Ben Sales TEL AVIV (JTA)—After the missiles have stopped, after the troops have come home, even after most of the wounded are out of the hospital, Israelis will still be feeling the burden of Operation Protective Edge—this time in their pockets. With the recent expiration of a temporary cease-fire, the operation may not be [...]

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As chapter closes, Shimon Peres hailed by normally divided Knesset

August 15, 2014

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by Ben Sales JERUSALEM (JTA)—In the midst of a grinding war in Gaza, a sometimes near-empty Knesset gallery was packed last month for an uplifting moment: what probably was the final political act of Israel’s elder statesman. Shimon Peres—former Israeli prime minister, defense minister, foreign minister and now former president—stood before the Knesset for the [...]

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Standing room only crowd attends Stand Strong for Israel solidarity gathering

August 15, 2014

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The gathering was moved to the gym due to the large crowd.

by Laine Mednick Rutherford With only three days notice, more than 550 people in Tidewater rearranged their calendars, braved stormy weather, and waited in long lines for security checks, all to show their dedicated and determined support for Israel. Stand Strong for Israel, a gathering planned by leaders of the Tidewater Jewish community and supported [...]

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