Archive | February, 2017

Saffron & Rosewater

February 10, 2017

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Persian Jewish women’s bittersweet songs and stories about their lost homeland of Iran Sunday, Feb. 26 and Monday, Feb. 27, 7:30 pm, Old Dominion University’s Goode Theatre The theater group, Saffron & Rosewater was founded in 2008 by Ronda Spinak in Los Angeles, a city that is home to a large community of Persian Jews, [...]

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YAD Purim Party: Don’t be late for a very important date!

February 10, 2017

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Saturday, March 18, 8 pm, ages 22–45, Sandler Family Campus Callah Terkeltaub and Catherine Heben are already down the rabbit hole, “madly” co-chairing the much-anticipated annual Purim party hosted by the Young Adult Division of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater. This year, the Alice in Wonderland theme might encourage a Cheshire Cat, a Mad [...]

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Calling All Vendors!

February 10, 2017

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Simon Family JCC’s Annual Israel Fest • Sunday, April 30, 11 am • Sandler Family Campus In honor of Yom Ha’Atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day, Simon Family JCC will present its Annual Israel Fest. Vendors to participate in the marketplace are now being accepted. Thousands of guests attend each year, making this a great way to [...]

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Beyond the Book Festival with Jessica Fechtor: Stir: My Broken Brain and the Meals That Brought Me Home

February 10, 2017

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Wednesday, March 15, 12 pm Sandler Family Campus Most people experience some moment when their life skips off the rails, freefalling in uncertainty, bracing for the blow. Some say things happen for a reason and some make their own reasons for the things that happen. For Jessica Fechtor, it was an aneurysm, a vessel that [...]

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Israel Story’s Mishy Harman in Tidewater

February 10, 2017

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Thursday, Feb. 16, 7:30 pm, Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus Originally inspired by This American Life, Mishy Harman, co-founder and host of the award-winning and internationally aired, Israel Story, takes a humanistic approach to story-telling. Harman portrays his version of Israel through the diversity of its people—all of whom he believes has a story [...]

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NFTY takes action against guns

February 10, 2017

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Texas, Ohio, and Florida have passed or are passing laws allowing “open-carry” policies on college campuses, drastically impacting the safety on university grounds. With more than 800 college-bound students, and even more alumni on campuses across the country, NFTY, the Reform Jewish youth movement, has partnered with Metro IAF’s Do Not Stand Idly By campaign [...]

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Relating the past to the present: Holocaust Commission welcomes 2017 student competitions

February 10, 2017

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The Holocaust Commission of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater is well into its 2017 Elie Wiesel Student Writing & Visual Arts Competitions, as the Feb. 15 deadline approaches for the writing and multimedia divisions. Visual Art will be accepted Monday, Feb. 27–Friday, March 10. This is the 20th year the Commission has invited students [...]

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AJC plans meetings in Tidewater

February 10, 2017

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With growing concerns about a secure Jewish future and respect for religious pluralism, AJC is a very busy global Jewish advocacy organization. “AJC is the only organization having long-term strategic relationships with world leaders and opinion-makers around the world. They are the rare group that considers, and presents, all sides of an issue. Given the [...]

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Gitit Shoval—From Gershwin to Dylan: The genius of Jewish songwriters

February 10, 2017

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Saturday, March 25, 8 pm, Simon Family JCC Considered one of Israel’s singing treasures, Gitit Shoval shares her talents and inspiration through musical storytelling. Singing songs from Jewish musicians and composers from around the world, Shoval regales her audience with fascinating anecdotes about them. Her stories offer insights into the lives of the Jewish talent [...]

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With full Talmud translation, online library hopes to make sages accessible

February 10, 2017

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NEW YORK (JTA)—For centuries, studying a page of the Talmud has come with a bevy of barriers to entry. Written mostly in Aramaic, the Talmud in its most commonly printed form also lacks punctuation or vowels, let alone translation. Its premier explanatory commentary, composed by the medieval sage Rashi, is usually printed in an obscure [...]

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