Archive | February, 2015

Hundreds of costumed young adults expected at Purimpalooza

February 23, 2015

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Saturday, March 7, 8 pm, Sandler Family Campus “The party of the year.” Purimpalooza hasn’t taken place yet, but the buzz from those who have gone to community-wide, Jewish, young adult holiday parties like this one in the past five years, say that it shouldn’t be missed—it’s going to be epic. Hosted by the Young [...]

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American with a Jewish Accent series: The Rag Race: The Schmatta Trade

February 23, 2015

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Sunday, March 1, 2pm, Jewish Museum and Cultural Center Dr. Adam Mendelsohn, associate professor of Jewish Studies at the College of Charleston, will speak about “The Rag Race: the Schmatta Trade,” as the final lecture in the Jewish Museum and Cultural Center’s series, American with a Jewish Accent. Mendelsohn will discuss the prominent role the [...]

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Why Israelis will save their enemies: Israel Today Forum—Dr. Ofer Merin

February 23, 2015

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Sunday, March 15, 7:30 pm, Sandler Family Campus When faced with a decision over which patient to provide medical treatment to first—an alleged Hamas terrorist in critical condition or one of his victims whose wounds were less severe— the medical staff at an Israeli hospital looked beyond politics and personal biases. They tried to save [...]

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Tidewater Together brings new scholar and ideas

February 23, 2015

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Rabbi Sharon Brous

The Tidewater Together community weekend held last year in March was optimistically billed as “the first annual.” Positive thinking and feedback, as well as audiences totaling more than 1,000 over the four days of events, ensured that a “second annual” would be held this year. Scholar-in-residence Rabbi Sharon Brous will lead community conversations that are [...]

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Community Relations Council’s 3rd Annual Israel Poster Contest for first through 12th graders

February 23, 2015

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Leo Kamer, 2014 Poster Contest winner, with Harry Graber, UJFT executive vice president.

Deadline for submission: Monday, March 2, 4:30 pm Students throughout Tidewater are eligible to participate in United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s Community Relations Council’s third annual Israel Poster Contest. Each student should choose one fact from the list below to serve as the poster’s theme. Posters are to be submitted on an 8.5-by-11-inch sheet of [...]

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As 4,000 Jewish teens gather in Atlanta, funders urge more support for programs

February 23, 2015

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BBYO and NFTY teens together in Atlanta.

ATLANTA (JTA)—More than 3,000 teenagers from multiple Jewish youth groups gathered in Atlanta over President’s weekend for a series of events aimed at strengthening Jewish identity among teens and rallying philanthropic support for such programs. The main attractions were the annual conventions of BBYO and NFTY, which were held for several days in adjoining hotels [...]

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Across Oceans and Generations—A Jewish History of Tidewater, VA

February 23, 2015

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Documentary of Tidewater Jewish community’s past, present and future Across Oceans and Generations—A Jewish History of Tidewater, VA Sunday, March 8, 4 pm, Sandler Family Campus A keen interest in history and the desire for what she thought would be a relatively small project, brought Joan London Baer a big, new title she never expected: [...]

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Date With the State 2015

February 23, 2015

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The 2015 Tidewater delegation arrives in Richmond for the CRC’s annual Virginia Jewish Advocacy Day.

More than 30 members of the local Jewish community traveled to the Virginia General Assembly in Richmond to be part of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s Community Relations Council delegation for the annual Jewish Advocacy Day on Feb. 4. The Tidewater delegation joined with 150 Jews from around the Commonwealth of Virginia who were [...]

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Denmark synagogue attack seen as ‘wake-up call’

February 23, 2015

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(JTA) – From the window of the Jewish Community of Copenhagen’s crisis center, Finn Schwarz can see his country changing before his eyes. Hours after the slaying of a guard outside the Danish capital’s main synagogue early Sunday morning, Feb. 15, two police officers toting machine guns were on patrol outside the center—a common sight [...]

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Did Purim really happen?

February 23, 2015

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It’s difficult to learn accurate history from the rabbis of the Mishnah and Talmud. “The early Rabbis did not save any historical sources besides the Bible for the biblical or post-biblical periods,” states Hebrew University Professor Moshe Herr. A perfect example of his point is the Persian (Achaemenid) period: The rabbis believe that it lasted [...]

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