Archive | December, 2014

Business & Legal Society gets special briefing on Iran

December 23, 2014

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Staring into Syria from the border of Israel’s Golan Heights last summer, Mark Dubowitz encountered an unnerving sight—the black flag of ISIL, also known as ISIS or the Islamic State. With civil war and humanitarian atrocities raging just a few clicks away in Damascus, Dubowitz took a 360 degree turn to consider some of Israel’s [...]

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Highlighting campus sexual assault, Jewish groups have taken a lead

December 23, 2014

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (JTA)—Jewish campus groups were ready for the painful national dialogue that took place in the wake of murky rape allegations at the University of Virginia. That’s because organizations like Hillel and historically Jewish Greek houses such as Alpha Epsilon Pi, Zeta Beta Tau and Sigma Delta Tau had been having the conversations for [...]

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Jewish Tidewater 2014

December 23, 2014

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A look back at some of the notable activities of Tidewater’s Jewish community in 2014 Saturday, January 18 The Simon Family JCC’s Virginia Festival of Jewish Film, presented by Howard and Alma* Laderberg, held its Opening Night at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts. More than 350 people attended to see The Zigzag Kid. [...]

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22nd Annual Viginia Festival of Jewish Film

December 22, 2014

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With multiple venues and times, there’s a show for everyone When the Virginia Festival of Jewish Film presented by Alma* and Howard Laderberg opens next month, it will celebrate its 22nd year, one of the longest running festivals of its kind in the nation. In an effort to bring the Festival to the audiences, six [...]

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Terror from Tehran: Iran as an international threat

December 22, 2014

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Chuck Berk and Mark Dubowitz.

On the evening of Wednesday, Dec. 3, the Community Relations Council and community partners presented the second of its Israel Today lecture series to a packed audience on the Sandler Family Campus. While additional chairs had to be set up just before the program began, it’s a shame that the entire community couldn’t have heard [...]

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Ira Forman to discuss Global Anti-Semitism

December 22, 2014

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Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, 7:30 pm Sandler Family Campus The increases in anti-Semitic acts taking place around the world have sounded alarms in both the Jewish and secular communities. Consider that just last week, Spanish prosecutors were investigating the actions of an imam from a town near Madrid who called for the destruction of Jews; [...]

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Am Yisrael Chai, The Jewish People Lives: Why today’s anti-Semitism is not the anti-Semitism of 1938

December 22, 2014

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On September 21st, as the summer phase of the war with Hamas was coming to an end, respected author and The Times of Israel correspondent Yossi Klein Halevi published a column for the upcoming High Holidays entitled, “At Rosh Hashanah: Grief, fear, hope.” In it, he wrote: “I am fearful for the future of Jews [...]

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Everything they ever told you about Chanukah was a lie

December 22, 2014

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You remember the old story, right? The evil Syrian Greeks sought to destroy Judaism by outlawing the practice of the mitzvot. The valiant Maccabeean freedom fighters fought back and won a great victory, recapturing Jerusalem and rededicating the holy temple. Miraculously a single jar of oil burned for eight days, confirming God’s hand in saving [...]

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Happy Chanukah

December 5, 2014

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Dear Readers, Remember last year when we ate our latkes with cranberry sauce, as the first night of Chanukah landed on Thanksgiving? This year’s holiday seems ‘more on time,’ starting on the evening of Tuesday, Dec. 16, just as schools are about to close for the winter break. For families, that translates to more celebration [...]

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Mike Nichols, director of The Graduate

December 5, 2014

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Mike Nichols, the Oscar-winning director of The Graduate who had escaped Nazi Germany as a boy, has died. Nichols died Wednesday, Nov. 19 at the age of 83, ABC News President James Goldston announced. Nichols was the husband of Diane Sawyer, the former anchor of ABC World News. Along with winning the Academy Award, he [...]

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