Archive | May, 2016

The Simon Family JCC celebrates its Biennial Meeting as its staff merges with the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater

May 20, 2016

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Wednesday, June 15, 7 pm The United Jewish Federation of Tidewater and Simon Family JCC are merging. Starting in January of 2016, JCC leadership initiated a plan for the Center and UJFT to combine resources, creating a stronger staff to support both the Federation and the JCC. That plan should come to fruition at the [...]

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Local Lions of Judah welcome Jeannie Opdyke Smith to Tidewater

May 20, 2016

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Hilde Deutsch, Mimi Karesh, Ina Levy, Annabel Sacks, Robin Copeland, Dorothy Zimmerman, Jodi Klebanoff, Jeannie Smith, Miriam Seeherman, Ann Copeland, Amy Lefcoe, and Dolores Bartel.

Yom HaShoah speaker Jeannie Opdyke Smith came to Tidewater a little early to meet with a special group of women. Thirty local Lions of Judah (Jewish women advocates and donors of $5,000 or greater to the UJFT annual campaign) met for lunch with Smith to hear in an intimate setting the courageous and often heart-breaking [...]

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Respect and hope mark community’s 2016 Yom Hashoah Holocaust Day of Remembrance gathering

May 20, 2016

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Elizabeth Hughes, granddaughter of four survivors, lights a candle in memory of children who perished.

From Wendy Juren Auerbach’s heartfelt welcome on behalf of the Holocaust Commission of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater to Jay Klebanoff’s respectful closing remarks as UJFT president, Tidewater’s 2016 Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Day of Remembrance was a meaningful event filled with honor, hope, sadness and awareness. Held in the sanctuary of Norfolk’s Temple Israel, [...]

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Hebrew Academy students write pen pals in Kiryat Yam

May 20, 2016

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Ofek Newman and Shalom Brashevitzky, HAT fifth graders, after reading letters from their pen pals from Amirim School in Kiryat Yam.

Snail mail. Almost a lost art form, yes? Not for Hebrew Academy of Tidewater students. The sending and receiving of hand-written letters with new Israeli pen pals has become a fun way to broaden world perspectives, develop their cognitive and creative abilities and hone skills in the Hebrew language. All letters are written mostly or [...]

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Six ways Israel is counting its blessings on Independence Day

May 20, 2016

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TEL AVIV (JTA)—When Israel entered its 1948 War of Independence, the coastal city of Rishon Lezion was a hardscrabble farming settlement with fewer than 20,000 inhabitants. As waves of immigrants inundated Israel in its founding years, many were settled in temporary camps on Rishon Lezion’s sandy outskirts. The arrivals braved rainy winters in tents and [...]

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Choose Life

May 20, 2016

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Most rabbis have the luxury of building relationships with their congregants that grow and change over the course of decades. They get to see their congregants’ life cycle events, be with them during times of joy and grieve with them during times of sorrow. The college campus, however, is not a normal community. Students are [...]

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From the Hal Sacks Jewish News Archive

May 20, 2016

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May 19, 2006 The Women’s Cabinet Outreach Committee of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, co-chaired by Judy Rubin and Ellen Peck Rosenblum, held two tours of the Chrysler Museum focused on works by contemporary Jewish artists. May 24, 1996 Ada Michaels, who began her tenure at Hebrew Academy of Tidewater as the school’s librarian [...]

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Power and pathos: a visit to the cemetery

May 20, 2016

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This coming Monday, most Americans will celebrate Memorial Day with pilgrimages to malls and outdoor spaces. Shopping and the performance of beginning- of-summer rituals will be the order of the day. But a few of our fellow citizens will reenact the ritual that gave rise to Memorial Day, visiting cemeteries and paying our respects at [...]

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Naro Expanded Cinema’s presentation of The Occupation of the American Mind: Israel’s Public Relations War in the U.S. skews the truth

May 20, 2016

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On Wednesday, May 4, the Naro Cinema presented The Occupation of the American Mind: Israel’s Public Relations War in the U.S. This film is an extremely skewed propaganda piece for the ‘Israel as evil occupier camp;’ those who believe Palestinian suffering is primarily Israel’s fault and therefore any terrorist actions on the part of Palestinians [...]

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Preschool hoop house full of hope Enriching the lives of little seedlings

May 6, 2016

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Caterpillar hoop house at Sandler Family Campus.

A visit to the Strelitz Early Childhood Education Center’s garden reveals some changes. In fact, some rather sizable changes—an eight-foot tall caterpillar, to be exact. Situated next to the garden beds in the back yard of the Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus, the caterpillar is a hoop house, used for yearround growing. A hoop [...]

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