Archive | November, 2018

If You Could See Me: Life,Motherhood, and the Pursuit of Sanity

November 26, 2018

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Richmond author shares personal and universal stories in new book Erin Mahone Motivational Press, 2017 Reviewed by Amy Zelenka Did you ever feel like you were living in that famous idiom: the inmates are running the asylum? Well, Erin Mahone, in her new book, If You Could See Me: Life, Motherhood, and the Pursuit of [...]

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The Lost Family: A Novel

November 26, 2018

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Tragedy impacts generations Jenna Blum Harper Collins Publishing | New York, New York Reviewed by Lynn Woods In The Lost Family, author Jenna Blum explores how tragic grief and loss can impact a family for generations. Years have passed since Peter Rashkin, chef and restaurant owner of Masha’s in New York City, suffered torture and [...]

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The Spy Who Played Baseball

November 26, 2018

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Perfect for baseball and history fans Carrie Jones Kar-Ben Publishing | Minneapolis, MN Reviewed by Sam Levin I had the opportunity to read a great book called, The Spy Who Played Baseball. It is about how Moe Berg played baseball and was a spy. Nobody expected Moe to become famous. When Moe was seven years [...]

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More than 2,000 handmade Jewish stars hung throughout Pittsburgh

November 26, 2018

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More than 2,000 handmade Stars of David were hung throughout Pittsburgh. The stars, created by more than 1,000 volunteers from around the world, were hung on Saturday, Nov. 17 by 40 volunteers. Each star—some crocheted, some made with leather—had a heart in the center. The stars were the brainchild of Hinda Mandell and Ellen Dominus [...]

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How a rabbi saved four Torah scrolls from being destroyed in the California wildfires

November 26, 2018

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(JTA)—The death toll and damage continue to rise in California in the wildfires ravaging the state. Like other Californians, Jewish residents evacuated their homes and are dealing with the devastating fallout of the fires. Synagogues, camps, and a day school have all sustained damage. Here are two remarkable stories of people coming together as a [...]

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End of Year giving opportunities for you and your family

November 26, 2018

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At this time of year, most think about other people, friends, and family. This year, I hope you will also think about your community and the many ways to make a difference. Several exciting programs and matching gift opportunities are available through Tidewater Jewish Foundation (TJF) that will help you to positively impact your Jewish [...]

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Community stands up to hate on Shabbat

November 26, 2018

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On a bright and cozy fall Saturday, I arrived to Temple Emanuel’s Shabbat morning service, to men and women walking toward the door, to cars lining the streets and even propped up on the grass. Three policemen were standing guard by the front door, and two by a table asking to check bags. Their request [...]

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A new year and beginning for Congregation Beth Chaverim

November 26, 2018

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How fitting that Congregation Beth Chaverim’s first service in its new home was for Simchat Torah. This holiday was an extremely special occasion for the congregation as they not only turned the Torah scrolls back to the beginning, but brought them to rest in a new home. For the past two years, Congregation Beth Chaverim [...]

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Temple Israel pushke hits milestone

November 26, 2018

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“Last call for the pushke!” That’s a phrase one can expect to hear every Friday night in the minyan room at Temple Israel, just as reliably as the psalm for Shabbat or the shema. It’s a tradition with a long history that recently passed a milestone. There have been pushkes in the Temple Israel minyan [...]

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Local teens attend AIPAC High School Summit

November 26, 2018

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America’s bipartisan pro-Israel organization, AIPAC holds the Schusterman Advocacy Institute High School Summit in Washington, DC each year for students from across the country. More than 500 teenagers attended the summit this year, including two members from Congregation Beth El, Jordan Parker- Ash and Ethan Myers. They were chosen to represent Tidewater by Rabbi Jeffrey [...]

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