Archive | September, 2018

Not the neighbor’s Yom Kippur

September 14, 2018

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The first Jews were part of the Ancient Near East. They knew the habits of thought, the default assumptions, of their society. But as Jews, they were revolutionaries, rejecting the depravity and the inhumane expressions of Bronze Age life, with its murderous despotism in the political realm and its debasement of human life in a slavery-based social system. This combination of indebtedness to, and protest against, the traditions of the neighbors characterizes Biblical religion in virtually every domain.

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What a start to 5779!

September 14, 2018

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It was wonderful to see so many of you on Thursday, September 6, as our community came together to launch our 2019 Annual Campaign, our Patron of the J Campaign and the Lee & Bernard Jaffe* Family Jewish Book Festival. Whether you were part of the standing-room only crowd, or had participated in another event that was held during our “Kickoff” week, I sincerely thank you for being among the first to step forward and help begin what I know will be a great year in our community.

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Federation launches 2019 Annual Campaign

September 14, 2018

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The United Jewish Federation of Tidewater kicked-off its 2019 Annual Campaign to a standing room only crowd on Thursday, Sept. 6 at the Sandler Family Campus. Featured speaker Izzy Ezagui— IDF soldier and author—addressed the packed room, and kept the audience spellbound as he recounted the harrowing and heartening experiences of his life.

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The Year of the Pen

September 7, 2018

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In services on the Yamim Noraim, the Days of Awe, tradition requires us to recite the masterwork of prayer U-netaneh Tokef on both Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur. These awe-filled days are times of questions. There are the spiritual questions that teshuva, repentance, demands: Who am I? Am I on the right path? Have I [...]

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Become a Book Club Insider

September 7, 2018

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The Lee and Bernard Jaffe* Family Jewish Book Festival has fall reads for book clubs. Register a community book club and receive the following exclusive perks: discounts on group tickets, reserved seating with book club at author events, book club mention during program welcome remarks, and a special book clubs only reception with a book [...]

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Engagement: Aaron Brenner and Kate Belleman

September 7, 2018

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Aaron Brenner and Kate Belleman on their engagement. Aaron is the son of Janet Peck and Jeff Kramer, and Martin and Pam Brenner. He is the grandson of Nancy and Stanley Peck, and Ramona and Lawrence Brenner. Kate is the daughter of Nancy and Scott Belleman of Richmond, and the granddaughter of Gilbert Rosenthal, as [...]

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Leon Family Gallery: Faces: Portraits from Madonna to the Pope

September 7, 2018

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Leon Family Gallery, Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus October Faces: Portraits from Madonna to the Pope Hanoch Piven Giving the art of caricature an innovative look while shedding new light on today’s most familiar faces, Israel Today Artistin- Residence’s Hanoch Piven’s caricatures have appeared in major American magazines and newspapers such as Time, Newsweek, [...]

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Super Sunday is early this year

September 7, 2018

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Sunday, October 21, 10 am–1 pm Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus The Tidewater Jewish community’s annual fundraising phone-a-thon, Super Sunday is a volunteer-driven day. Super Sunday is being held earlier than in previous years to accelerate the Annual Campaign and will feature a family portrait workshop with Israel Today’s artist-in-residence, Hanoch Piven. Bring the [...]

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Leon Family Gallery: Shana Tova! Rosh Hashanah Greeting Cards from the 1920s–1940s

September 7, 2018

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Leon Family Gallery | Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus | September Shana Tova! Rosh Hashanah Greeting Cards from the 1920s–1940s Shana Tova greeting cards are a surprisingly ancient tradition—dating back to 14th century Germany and preceding Christmas cards by nearly 500 years. Until the introduction of postal stamps and post cards in the 19th [...]

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Friends of the IDF to hold first Virginia Gala

September 7, 2018

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Thursday, Nov. 29, 6 pm Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) from all areas of the Commonwealth of Virginia will gather for the first-ever FIDF Virginia Chapter Gala to support well-being and educational programs for the IDF soldiers. Co-chaired by Joel and Emily Nied, the inaugural gala will focus on [...]

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