Archive | December, 2015

The Hampton Years offers opportunity for education and conversation between local Jewish and African American community

December 18, 2015

Comments Off

Playwright Jacqueline Lawton. Photograph by Jason Hornick

Sunday, Jan. 31, 2 pm, Wells Theater, Norfolk Emerging from Washington D.C.’s Theater J’s Locally Grown Festival in 2013, The Hampton Years by Jacqueline E. Lawton explores the development of great African American artists John Biggers and Samella Lewis under the tutelage of Austrian Jewish refugee painter and educator Viktor Lowenfeld. Focusing on the pivotal [...]

Continue reading...

Suffolk author to speak about a rabbi’s journey in WWII

December 18, 2015

Comments Off

Sunday, Jan. 24, 2 pm, Temple Sinai in Newport News Lee Mandel, author of Unlikely Warrior: A Pacifist Rabbi’s Journey from the Pulpit to Iwo Jima will speak about his book at Temple Sinai in Newport News. Unlikely Warrior is the story of Rabbi Roland Gittelsohn, who as a student embraced total pacifism. After his [...]

Continue reading...

Interpreting our role in ‘Never Again’

December 18, 2015

Comments Off

Old Dominion University’s Institute for Jewish Studies and Interfaith Understanding offered students the opportunity to visit the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. Twelve ODU students, along with Farideh Goldin, IJIU director, and professor of history, Annette Finley-Croswhite, made the trip on Friday, Nov. 20. The visit began with the core exhibit that starts [...]

Continue reading...

Freda H. Gordon Hospice and Palliative Care of Tidewater receives accreditation from National Institute for Jewish Hospice

December 18, 2015

Comments Off

Joining more than 60 hospices nationwide, Freda H. Gordon Hospice and Palliative Care of Tidewater became the second Hospice in Virginia to become accredited with the National Institute For Jewish Hospice (NIJH). The accreditation links Hospice and Palliative Care of Tidewater (HPCT) with NIJH, which provides staff training, insights on treating terminally ill Jewish patients, [...]

Continue reading...

23rd Annual Virginia Festival of Jewish Film

December 18, 2015

Comments Off

presented by Alma* and Howard Laderberg January 16 – 24, 2016 The Virginia Festival of Jewish Film celebrates and supports International Jewish film and filmmakers, presenting the newest and best films worldwide. The Festival brings together community and provides entertainment and education through various film genres. Click here to view the complete schedule of films.

Continue reading...

Relating the past to the present: Holocaust Commission’s 2016 student competitions

December 18, 2015

Comments Off

The official start of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s Holocaust Commission’s 2016 Elie Wiesel Student Writing & Visual Arts Competitions was announced this month. This is the 19th year the Commission has invited students to enter the writing competition and the 14th year for visual arts. The contests’ namesake is a Jewish Holocaust survivor, [...]

Continue reading...

HAT and Strelitz students celebrate Grandparents Day

December 18, 2015

Comments Off

Rick and Janice Foleck with granddaughter Ameilia Portnoy (kindergarten).

Thanksgiving break was about to begin and excitement filled the air as preschool through fifth graders from Hebrew Academy of Tidewater Konikoff Center of Learning and Strelitz Early Childhood Education Center celebrated during the cherished annual tradition of Grandparents Day. More than 125 grandparents and special guests met in the Fleder Multi-Purpose Room for musical [...]

Continue reading...

Operation Understanding returns to Hampton Roads in 2016

December 18, 2015

Comments Off

Barry and Lois Einhorn with OHUR class of 2003–2004

Founded by Lois and Barry Einhorn in 1998, Operation Understanding Hampton Roads was active until 2006. The program is re-launching in 2016 under the leadership of the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, along with coalition partners, the Community Relations Council of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, the Tidewater Jewish Foundation, the Urban League of [...]

Continue reading...

What Jewish groups have (and haven’t) said about Donald Trump

December 18, 2015

Comments Off

NEW YORK (JTA)—Donald Trump’s call this month to bar all Muslims from entering the United States “until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on” has set off a deluge of criticism in America and around the world, from U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “Prime Minister Netanyahu [...]

Continue reading...

What Americans had to say about Jewish war refugees

December 18, 2015

Comments Off

NEW YORK (JTA)—They were called “so-called” refugees, told they were alien to American culture and warned against as potential enemies of the United States. This heated anti-refugee rhetoric in America was directed against Jews trying to flee Europe, not Mexicans or Syrians. Back in the 1930s and ‘40s, the fear was of Nazi and Communist [...]

Continue reading...