Archive | June, 2018

Elsie’s Story

June 22, 2018

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She speaks with a slight, but distinct, accent whose origin I had long suspected, but, given her age and all that implied, been hesitant to ask. One night at dinner, though, I posed the simple question to 95-year-old Elsie Hirsch, “Where are you from?” She looked at me with an imperceptibly sad smile and, after [...]

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CRC and JCC partner with Virginia Beach public libraries for National Jewish American Heritage Month

June 22, 2018

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On April 20, 2006, President George W. Bush proclaimed May to be Jewish American Heritage Month (JAHM). The announcement was the crowning achievement in an effort by the Jewish Museum of Florida and South Florida Jewish community leaders. Their dedication resulted in resolutions introduced by Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida and Senator Arlen Specter [...]

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The Calming Cove: A remedy for sensory distress

June 22, 2018

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Some children get overwhelmed when exposed to certain sensory experiences and react with behavior that’s not always conducive to social situations. Now, there’s a solution for these children on the Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus. Called the Calming Cove, this new state-of-the-art room is designed to be just as its name describes…a calming place [...]

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Federation women celebrate a successful Campaign year during Annual Spring lunch

June 22, 2018

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The Women’s Cabinet of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater recently hosted its annual spring lunch for cabinet members and others at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Virginia Beach. Featured at the event was Jewish American Philanthropist Jane Weitzman (wife of Stuart Weitzman of foot ware fame). Weitzman serves on the boards and executive [...]

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HAT graduates Class of 2018

June 22, 2018

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A heartwarming graduation ceremony for Hebrew Academy of Tidewater’s Class of 2018 took place on Tuesday, June 5. Almost all of the graduating class had attended the school since they were toddlers, so it was a bittersweet finale to their wonderful years at HAT. The close-knit group of students developed tight friendships, excellent academic skills, [...]

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Senior Living

June 22, 2018

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June 25, 2018 Senior Living

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TJF participates in national LIFE & LEGACY™ conference

June 22, 2018

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In early June, I had the pleasure of joining Lawrence Steingold, Tidewater Jewish Foundation’s incoming board chair, as well as Scott Kaplan, TJF president and CEO, and Sallie Williams, United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s marketing director, along with colleagues from across the country in Springfield, Mass., for the 2018 LIFE & LEGACY ™ Leadership Gathering. [...]

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‘Terror kites’ shake residents in southern Israel, but not their resolve to stay put

June 22, 2018

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NAHAL OZ, Israel (JTA)—Dani Ben David fiddles with his radio, switching between it and his cellphone as he drives through the Beeri Forest, a nature reserve located on the border of Israel and the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip. As his Jeep jolts over the dirt road, he quickly and calmly jumps between multiple conversations, coordinating efforts [...]

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LGBT activist Connie Kurtz, who won equal rights for gay New Yorkers

June 8, 2018

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(JTA)— LGBT activist Constance Kurtz, whose lawsuit against the New York City Board of Education led eventually to domestic partner benefits for all New York City employees in 1994, has died. Kurtz, known as Connie, died in the West Palm Beach, Florida, home that she shared with her life partner, Ruthie Berman, on Sunday, May [...]

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Shoshana Cardin, Jewish leader who broke multiple glass ceilings

June 8, 2018

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Shoshana Cardin, a Baltimore philanthropist who was the first woman to chair her city’s Jewish federation, the national umbrella body of the Jewish federation movement and the powerful Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, has died. Cardin, who was in failing health in recent years, was 91, according to JmoreLiving.com. Known for her [...]

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