Archive | September, 2015

Local teachers attend conference at U.S. Holocaust Museum

September 11, 2015

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There is a face behind every tragedy. A real family living in a neighborhood. A real person possessing a name. A real child clutching a toy. Teaching about the Holocaust is teaching about people. It is not just about dates and places and religions. It’s about people. Real people. This was the underlying principle of [...]

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Beth El Schmoozes at the Shore

September 11, 2015

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For the fourth consecutive year, members of Beth El enjoyed another beautiful summer Sunday at the beach with the annual Schmooze at the Shore by playing in the sand, swimming in the bay, eating a tasty dinner, spending time with friends and meeting new people. It was an especially great opportunity to meet and welcome [...]

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Teens choose Jewish summers

September 11, 2015

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Josh Bensink Program: Kutz Camp Affiliation: Union for Reform Judaism Have you ever woken up from an amazing sleepover with your closest friends and said to yourself “that was the most fun I’ve ever had!”? Has it ever happened 26 times in a row? I had the pleasure of spending four and a half weeks [...]

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A French reconnection

September 11, 2015

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I never thought of myself as a child survivor until April 2011, when the Yom Hashoah guest speaker was Ruth Kap Hartz. It must have been an act of fate, “beshert,” that I met Ruth, herself a child survivor. When she spoke about her experience as a child, hidden in the south of France in [...]

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Tom Hofheimer Young Leadership Mission to Israel: The journey continues

September 11, 2015

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Ashley Zittrain, Jenny Sachs, Risa and Evan Levitt, Jonathan Muhlendorf, Jeff and Monique Werby, Erinn Portnoy, Greg Zittrain.

Final installment of a three-part series The Tom Hofheimer Young Leadership Mission to Israel took place June 22 until June 30. This Mission experience was so powerful, so emotional and so impactful that participants are still talking about it. In their own words: “Our amazing trip to Israel inspired two important takeaways for me. First, [...]

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Inspirational start to the New Year at Campaign Kickoff

September 11, 2015

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The Jewish High Holidays are an annual reminder of what it means to be Jewish, inspiring personal growth and commitment, not just to one’s self, but to the greater Jewish community. A great motivator to start 5776 on a positive note, through awareness and action, can be found at the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s [...]

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Passing the shofar—from generation to generation

September 11, 2015

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At three-years-old, Sam Sachs was visiting his grandparents’ house when he picked up one of his great grandpa’s (Rabbi Sam Sobel, of blessed memory) old shofars. “He just blew the roof off the house,” says his mother, Jenny Sachs. “For my entire life, I cannot get any noise to come out of a shofar. But [...]

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High Holidays 5776

September 11, 2015

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Dear Readers, While the High Holidays seem to be on the “early” side of the calendar this year, I had the feeling on my walk this morning that it was time. Maybe it’s a seasonal sensation…since kids are back in school, it’s dark when I get up, as well as at dinnertime, or because plenty [...]

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Morton Goldmeier: March 4, 1924–August 25, 2015

September 11, 2015

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Morty Goldmeier

A driving force behind much of Tidewater’s Jewish community, Morty Goldmeier passed away on Tuesday, August 25 at age 91. In an interview with Karen Lombart for Jewish News in 2010, Goldmeier said, “The manner in which one chooses to live his life should be based on the lessons taught in synagogue. It is our [...]

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New Business Directory available

September 11, 2015

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The Business & Legal Society of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater recently launched the 2015–2016 Business & Legal Directory, a source for Jewish professionals in Tidewater. This online directory may be found by visiting JewishVA.org/businessandlegaldirectory. Featuring more than 80 professional services from members of the Business & Legal Society, the directory is online-only for [...]

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