Archive | October, 2015

The Hope, offering hope for Israel’s future

October 16, 2015

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David and Bonnie Brand, Katharyn and Gordon Robertson, and Joyce Strelitz and Irv Hodes.

It was a day of endless pouring rain, flooded streets, powerful winds, and stormy skies. The perfect conditions for a night at the movies with the Community Relations Council of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater and The Christian Broadcasting Network as they offered a screening of CBN’s newest full length documentary, The Hope: The [...]

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ODU professor on oil and security

October 16, 2015

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Myths of the Oil Boom Steve A. Yetiv Oxford University Press, 2015 251 pages, $29.95 ISBN 978-0-19-021269-8 Does anyone remember (only yesterday?) when “unleaded regular” gasoline approached $4 a gallon? Just this summer, people were grumbling that prices were creeping up from just over $2 a gallon to $2.50. How quickly we have adapted ourselves [...]

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A dismal ride

October 16, 2015

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The Sea Beach Line Ben Nadler Fig Tree Books, 2015 224 pages, $15.95 Author Ben Nadler has created a novel steeped in Judaica, yet a mystery. Izzy Edel, not quite wasted on drugs, determines to search for his father, reported deceased, but possibly alive. What follows is almost picaresque, and might be tallied in the [...]

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Reunion of liberators and survivors filled with reverence and appreciation

October 16, 2015

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Chaplain Jim Fedor, Bill Jucksch and Earl Flanagan.

The banquet room on the other side of the thin partition shook the walls with loud music. The relentless beat, the repeated, “sssslide to the left! [BOOM, BOOM]” practically drowned out the soft accented voice at the all but useless microphone. But the droning drumbeat could not drown out the swelling feeling of pure goodness [...]

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Message from a JFS client: “You brought joy to my children’s faces”

October 16, 2015

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I am someone from the local Jewish community—in fact you may even know my family and not realize we have been going through rough times. It was (and still is) very hard to admit that we need help. Thankfully Jewish Family Service—and the donors who support their work—have been there to help me and my [...]

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New breast cancer stats: What’s an Ashkenazi woman to do?

October 16, 2015

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(JTA)—It’s been a busy couple of weeks for breast cancer. Of course, breast cancer is always busy, exerting its sneaky destruction through abnormal cell growth. But now it’s October and Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the scary fact is everywhere again: One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during her lifetime. This [...]

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HAT Golf Tournament—Swinging for the kids

October 16, 2015

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Rad Davenport, Victor Pickett, Alan Nordlinger and Frank Cowling.

Months of planning unfolded beautifully on Tuesday, Sept. 1 into another well-executed and successful fund raiser. The 27th Annual Hebrew Academy of Tidewater Konikoff Center of Learning Golf Tournament—or Bob Josephberg Classic, as it is often called— had old and new friends swinging for the kids again. Ninety-three golfers enjoyed a stunning course and excellent [...]

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Diverse lineup for JCC’s annual Lee and Bernard Jaffe* Family Jewish Book Festival

October 16, 2015

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Sunday, Nov. 1–Sunday, Nov. 15 Eight authors will speak at the Simon Family JCC as part of the Lee and Bernard Jaffe* Family Jewish Book Festival, enlightening the minds of the young and old, history buffs and environmentalists. Seth M. Siegel will kick off the Festival Sunday, Nov. 1, discussing his recent release, Let There [...]

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Tidewater Jewish Foundation poised for growth

October 16, 2015

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Scott Kaplan

The “millennial-aged” organization of Tidewater’s Jewish community, the 31-year-old Tidewater Jewish Foundation embodies the attitude of a young adult who views his career with endless opportunities, new ventures to be established and relationships to be expanded—all enacted with smart strategies. The arrival just over 11 months ago of Scott Kaplan as president and CEO marks [...]

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Back to the Beginning: The story of Torah

October 16, 2015

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You are putting your children to bed, and the transition is made easier for them by the soothing ritual of the bed-time story. Perhaps a bit restless, you attempt to modify the oft-told tale, but your children bring you up short. “No, Daddy, tell it the right way!” We outgrow childhood—at least partially!— but hopefully [...]

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