Archive | November, 2015

Family Fun at the Simon Family JCC

November 20, 2015

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In November, the weather tends to cool a bit and family activities start to move indoors. This month, the Simon Family JCC drew crowds for three special events. On Saturday, Nov. 7, families gathered for Hoedown Havdallah, complete with a petting zoo. Children helped groom a mini-pony and donkey and watched as hens laid eggs. [...]

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Locals attend AIPAC’s annual Schusterman Advocacy Institute High School Summit

November 20, 2015

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Grant Campion and Matthew Specht on AIPAC’s main stage.

The first day of a three-day-long Israel advocacy summit began before the crack of dawn on Sunday, Nov. 1. A dark and cold morning, the clocks had just turned back an hour and some were still awake celebrating Halloween. However, three Jewish nomads were on a mission greater than candy, horror, costumes, and pranks. We [...]

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Participation in 2016 Week of Extraordinary Deeds exceeds expectations

November 20, 2015

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The week of October 19-25 was billed as an extraordinary one for the Tidewater Jewish community. Volunteers worked on committees and with the staff at the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, planning events to help make life better for others, while also strengthening the community by working together to embrace the Jewish value of Tikkun [...]

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Tavia Gordon—Tavia ben Yitzhak Pesach v’Malka

November 20, 2015

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February 23, 1929–October 30, 2015 A giant in the community, Tavia Gordon is remembered by Rabbi Jeff Arnowitz and Rabbi Arthur Ruberg. Their eulogies from his funeral at Congregation Beth El are excerpted here: As we gather to remember and celebrate the life of Tavia Gordon, it seems that there is no better place to [...]

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Federation Women’s Luncheon honors new milestone givers

November 20, 2015

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Carin Simon, New Tikva Honey Maizel, Joan Joffe, Leslie Siegel, Jodi Klebanoff, Sarah Benkmoun (guest speaker), New Ruby Lion Charlene Cohen, Ann Copeland, Deb Segaloff, Hilde Deutsch, and Ilana Benson.

The Women’s Division of the UJFT held its annual Lion Tikva Chai Luncheon on Wednesday, Oct. 28 at the Sandler Family Campus. Guest Speaker Sarah Simha Benkemoun shared her personal Aliyah story with the luncheon participants, explaining her reasons for leaving France and making her new home in Israel. Hers was truly a joyous aliyah. [...]

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Hazak gets healthy

November 20, 2015

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Congregation Beth El and Hazak ‘Got Healthy’ on Sunday, Nov. 1 when Hazak hosted a program exploring the benefits of maintaining a healthy lifestyle to achieve longevity. Approximately 80 people attended. The morning began with a breakfast buffet that included healthy homemade mini-muffins and granola, as well as a yogurt bar. Sandra Porter Leon, professor [...]

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15-year holiday tradition of helping others continues at Sandler Family Campus

November 20, 2015

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This holiday season, Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus security manager Jason Capossere is again collecting gifts, food donations, and cleaning and pet supplies to donate through area organizations to people—and animals— in need. This is the 15th anniversary of the gift drive, which began as a community service project to help make children living [...]

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Culture Shock

November 20, 2015

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The Medrash tells us about a man named Yosef Meshisa. The context of the Medrash makes it sound like he lived at the time of the Greeks. He was what we would call a traitor. He joined the Greeks, adopted their culture, and assisted them in military strategy. When the Greeks ascended Temple Mount and [...]

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Congressman Whitman meets with community leaders

November 6, 2015

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Ron Kramer, Jon Crockford, Congressman Rob Whitman and Arnold Leon.

Congressman Rob Whitman, 1st District, met with members of the Jewish community at the Sandler family Campus on Friday, Oct. 30. Among the many topics discussed were the Iran Nuclear deal, Israel, the U.S. budget, election of Paul Ryan as Speaker of the House and the 2016 election.

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Holocaust trauma psychiatrist Henry Krystal

November 6, 2015

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Dr. Henry Krystal, a concentration camp survivor and Holocaust trauma expert, has died. Krystal, a psychiatrist whose research focused on former concentration camp inmates, passed away Oct. 8 at his home in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, from complications caused by Parkinson’s disease, The New York Times reported. He was 90. Krystal was best known for his [...]

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