Archive | January, 2016

Join the CRC in Richmond for Jewish Advocacy Day

January 22, 2016

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Aaron Goldmeier, Jason Hoffman, Virginia Senator Frank Wagner, Beth Gerstein, and Betty Ann Levin at Virginia Jewish Advocacy Day, 2011.

The annual Community Relations Council’s delegation to Richmond for Jewish Advocacy Day is always a great event, and this year will be no exception. One of the strengths of Tidewater’s community is that so many people reading this article speak up when it comes to issues impacting Israel or Jews locally and abroad. As such, [...]

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Sports Illustrated’s “The Jewish Jordan” coming to the Simon Family JCC Israeli basketball player is first Celebrate Israel event

January 22, 2016

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Sunday, Feb. 14, 1:30 pm Would a few injuries and an end to a basketball career in Israel bring a man down? Not Tamir Goodman, who sees the positive in everything, and lives to inspire others. Goodman, dubbed the “Jewish Jordan” by Sports Illustrated in high school, made history as the first Jewish athlete to [...]

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Olga Meshoe, attorney, consultant, human rights activist Challenging those calling for Israel’s destructions— in South Africa and around the globe

January 22, 2016

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Wednesday, March 2, 7:30 pm, Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus The second event in the Community Relations Council of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s annual Israel Today series features Olga Meshoe. A South African, Meshoe will discuss her work throughout the world with her non-profit organization, DEISI (Defend, Embrace, Invest, Support Israel), a [...]

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Jewish Family Service of Tidewater’s holiday outreach takes many forms

January 22, 2016

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Each year during the holidays, Jewish Family Service of Tidewater reaches out to those in the community who need a little help. Whether it is meals, gift baskets, hand-knitted items, or bags of goodies, the gifts serve as a reminder to the recipients that they are thought of and loved. During Hanukkah, JFS distributed 85 [...]

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HAT students amaze with Chanukah De-Lights

January 22, 2016

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Hebrew Academy students put on its annual Hanukkah performance last month, with a show chock full of talent, including singing, dancing, acting and artwork. The production is a cherished school tradition that brings together students, faculty, family and friends year after year. Zohar Ben Moshe, HAT music teacher, practiced for weeks with students, preparing them [...]

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Super Sunday: It’s Your Move online, in person and over the phone

January 22, 2016

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Gail Gogan at Temple Emanuel.

Sunday, Jan. 31, 9 am–1 pm United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s annual phone-a-thon, Super Sunday, perpetuates the mitzvah of Tzedakah and is a grassroots, community-driven, community- building effort. This year, a social media aspect is included with the Monopoly themed event, appropriately tagged “It’s Your Move.” Everyone is challenged to get in the game. Community [...]

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Film Festival opens to record crowd

January 22, 2016

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Nathan Drory with Avraham and Patricia Ashkenazi.

The 23rd annual Virginia Festival of Jewish Film, presented by Alma* and Howard Laderberg, opened to a record crowd of 450 at the Sandler Center on Saturday, Jan. 16. After viewing the comedy Dough, a reception catered by Village Caterers was heartily enjoyed. Opening Night and major film festival sponsors were Patricia and Avraham Ashkenazi. [...]

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Mazel Tov

January 22, 2016

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Dear Readers, Probably 95% (I made up the number, it could be more) of us celebrate our simchas on our home turf. For myriad reasons, however, some choose to have destination events. One popular place, especially for b’nai mitzvot, is Israel. As such, we feature two articles about celebrating there. In early November I received [...]

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Women’s PLUS ONE event packs the house for Israel speaker Viva Sara Press

January 22, 2016

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Jodi Klebanoff with Leah Genossar and speaker Viva Press.

In early December, the Women’s Cabinet of the UJFT invited the women of the community to a PLUS ONE engagement event featuring Israeli journalist and blogger Viva Sara Press, who presented to a standing room only crowd at the Sandler Family Campus. To quote an overheard remark made by a few of the participants: “She [...]

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Tidewater Together Scholar packs a one, two, three punch of experience, wisdom, and passion

January 22, 2016

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Thursday, Feb. 4–Sunday, Feb. 7 For more than four decades, Rabbi Eric Yoffie has embraced his role as teacher, leader, thought-provoker, and change-maker. He’s spoken in front of small congregations and large. He’s met with presidents, prime ministers and leaders of other faith groups. He’s addressed conferences of Reform Jews, evangelical Christians, and Muslims, among [...]

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