Archive | June, 2016

Turning prayers for Orlando into action

June 27, 2016

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On the Sunday morning following the Capital Pride Parade in Washington, D.C., I slept in and woke up with glitter still on my face. Stickers and handouts I had collected while I marched with National Council of Jewish Women and the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism at the festivities were scattered around my room. [...]

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AJC ad highlights U.S., European Mayors United Against Anti-Semitism

June 27, 2016

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A two-page American Jewish Committee (AJC) ad in the June 6 issue of the Wall Street Journal listed the 508 U.S. and European mayors and municipal leaders who have signed on to its Mayors United Against Anti-Semitism initiative, pledging to combat the rise of anti-Semitism. “Bravo to those urban leaders from cities, big and small, [...]

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Brett Pomerantz is recipient of 2016–2017 Stein Family College Scholarship of the Tidewater Jewish Foundation

June 27, 2016

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The annual Stein Family College Scholarship of the Tidewater Jewish Foundation was awarded this month to Brett Pomerantz, a Hebrew Academy of Tidewater graduate, as well as a recent graduate of Western Branch High School in Chesapeake. The four-year scholarship for a Jewish student in Tidewater is for up to $10,000 per year. When he [...]

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From The Hal Sacks Jewish News Archives

June 27, 2016

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June 23, 2006 The Florence Melton Adult Mini-School held a graduation ceremony for 23, the second largest class to graduate from the school since its inception in Tidewater. June 21, 1996 Jody Wagner, a partner in the law firm of Kaufman and Canoles, was installed as president of Jewish Family Service of Tidewater at the [...]

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Annual Israel Today Forum celebrates five years

June 27, 2016

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Rabbi Jeffrey Arnowitz and Olga Meshoe.

Another successful year of expert speakers and engaging dialogue concluded Wednesday, May 11 when Matti Friedman, former Jerusalem Bureau reporter and editor for the Associated Press visited Tidewater to share his take on mainstream media malfunction in the international press. Friedman’s two-day stay included addresses to leaders in the local Jewish community, Virginia State legislators, [...]

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What We Carry premiere a huge success

June 10, 2016

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Audience members take their seats before the premiere. By the time the film began, the Sandler Center had reached its seating capacity, and reported a standing room only crowd of more than 1350.

Like a blustery March day in 2012, May 22, 2016 was a day full of anticipation for the Holocaust Commission of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater. Four years ago, we had a new product no one had heard of called What We Carry. The innovative and interactive program combined a documentary film in which [...]

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Rabbi Michael Lerner, Billy Crystal asked to speak at Muhammad Ali funeral

June 10, 2016

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Liberal American Rabbi Michael Lerner was invited to speak at boxing legend Muhammad Ali’s funeral. “I am deeply humbled and honored to be invited to speak at Muhammad Ali’s funeral,” Lerner, the editor of Tikkun Magazine, wrote on Facebook. “It has been several decades since I worked with Muhammad Ali in the peace movement challenging [...]

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Brazilian Jewish politician Gerson Bergher

June 10, 2016

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RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA)—Gerson Bergher, one of Brazil’s most prominent Jewish activists, has died at 91. A former president of the Brazilian Zionist Organization, Bergher, who has served as a politician in Brazil for many years, died Monday, May 30 in Rio. He reportedly began his political career based on advice from Israel’s first prime [...]

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Dr. Peter Walker “Pete”

June 10, 2016

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Norfolk —Dr. Peter Walker “Pete,” 67, of the 5400 block of Bulls Bay Drive passed away May 24, 2016 at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. He was born to the late Nettie Robinson Walker and Elijah Walker on January 26, 1949 in Harlem, N.Y. Peter was a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University and received his Doctorate [...]

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Ingrid Schwartz

June 10, 2016

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Ingrid Schwartz died Wednesday, May 18, at 10:10 am. Her big brother, Garry and two wonderful nurses were with her at Mid-Michigan Medical Center. Ingrid was born Dec. 15, 1950. She lived an extremely productive life even though she was mentally challenged from birth. She took every opportunity to make her life as relevant and [...]

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