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Jewish Tidewater: A survey for the future

October 8, 2019

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It’s been 18 years since Tidewater’s Jewish community conducted any type of survey—and that one focused on demographics. Called the 2001 Jewish Community demographic Study, it revealed where Jewish people lived, how old they were, who comprised what households (ages and number of people) and many other such details. A lot has happened since then—congregations [...]

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For Alfred Moses, luck comes in threes

September 13, 2019

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When three teenage Jews approached an American lawyer on the streets of Bucharest with three bold questions, they unknowingly inspired a future U.S. Presidential advisor, UN Watch chairman, and U.S. ambassador to Romania who changed the lives of countless Romanian Jews looking for a way out of a brutal existence. Alfred Moses answered yes to [...]

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Americans don’t know much about Judaism but love the Jews, survey says

September 3, 2019

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(JTA)—U.S. Jews know more about religion in general than their non-Jewish neighbors, a new survey shows. Americans who are not Jewish, meanwhile, don’t know a lot about Judaism. But they like Jews more than any other religious group. And they think there are more Jews in the country than there actually are. The more non-Jews [...]

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Summer fun with a Jewish lens

August 9, 2019

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Beach and ocean and exotic trips aren’t the only ways to experience summer fun. In fact, for many members of Tidewater’s Jewish community, that fun happens by incorporating something Jewish into a summer trip or activity. Within the following pages, we highlight a few such ‘Jewish Summers’ or ‘Jewish Moments.’ Even more stories are slated [...]

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Restoration continues at the B’nai Israel Cemetery in Norfolk

July 12, 2019

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With a significant contribution from United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s Cemetery Fund, coupled with the tireless work of numerous volunteers, B’nai Israel Cemetery is showing the results of a massive restoration effort that began 14 months ago. B’nai Israel Cemetery is the final resting place for more than 1,100 individuals who lived, worked, and worshiped [...]

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UJFT passes the gavel at Biennial Meeting

June 24, 2019

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UJFT Passes the Gavel at Biennial Meeting

Amy Moss Levy assumes Federation presidency at biennial meeting The installation of United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s new president and a recap of the year’s highlights were among the items that took place during the 2019 Biennial Meeting on Thursday, June 13. The event at the Sandler Family Campus began with a cocktail reception and [...]

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Community mourns and stands strong together following tragic killings in Virginia Beach

June 7, 2019

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The horrific shooting that took place on Friday, May 31 at Virginia Beach’s Municipal Center, resulting in 13 deaths, shook the entire Hampton Roads community and brought world-wide attention and offers of sympathy to the area. It was the type of attention Virginia Beach never thought it would experience. In the days following the shooting, [...]

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Jewish community meets local and global needs

May 24, 2019

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Community Campaign tops $4.8-million and looks to finish strong! The 2019 Annual Campaign is winding down and what a year it’s been. Starting in June 2018, 38 community members participated in the Journey Home Mission to Israel. Co-chaired by John Strelitz, UJFT president, the mission, which honored the 70th anniversary of the founding of the [...]

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Israel Fest 2019

May 3, 2019

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Sunday, May 19, 11 am–4 pm Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus Spring is officially here and that means every weekend is filled with local festivals and outdoor activities. Still, Israel Fest is the one outdoor festival not to miss! Here are five reasons why Israel Fest is the place to be on Sunday, May [...]

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Experience Israel at Israel Fest 2019

April 19, 2019

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Sunday, May 19, 11 am–4 pm Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus, Virginia Beach Celebrating Yom HaAtzmaut, Israel’s 71st anniversary, the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater and Simon Family JCC have exciting plans for the annual event that offers opportunities to experience Israel through food, art, music, and activities for all ages. The event is [...]

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