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Tidewater to celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut: Israel’s 73rd Independence Day

April 8, 2021

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Sunday, April 18, Sandler Family Campus Drive-Through celebration, 12–2:30 pm, free, limited tickets JewishVa.org/IsraelFest Drive-In Movie, 8 pm, $12 per person, limited tickets JewishVa.org/FilmFest Yom Ha’atzmaut, also known as Israel Independence Day, is an opportunity for the community to come together this year to celebrate the Jewish state in fun and safe ways. Israel’s 73rd [...]

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Yom Hashoah

March 18, 2021

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Guest speaker: Marion Weinzweig Thursday, April 8, 6:45 pm Via live stream from Ohef Sholom Temple, on the Holocaust Commission’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/holcommission. Join United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s Holocaust Commission’s annual Yom Hashoah commemoration for an evening to honor local Holocaust survivors and remember the six million Jews who were murdered during the Shoah. MARION [...]

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Here’s a (Jewish) way to redirect your pandemic despair into purposeful living

March 5, 2021

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Editor’s note: This month marks one year since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Throughout this challenging year, Tidewater’s Jewish community has offered enriching and innovative programs, religious services, and even social activities, all while supporting each other and the overall community. This has been a year when we’ve learned new ways to pray, work, [...]

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Virginia Festival of Jewish Film

February 18, 2021

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As one of the longest-running Jewish film festivals in the country, the Patricia & Avraham Ashkenazi and Alma & Howard Laderberg Virginia Festival of Jewish Film educates and engages the diverse Tidewater communities, Jewish and non-Jewish alike, by presenting world-class film premieres, repertory cinema, and programs that are inspired by Jewish history, heritage, and values. [...]

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The Crossing

February 5, 2021

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The Crossing Sunday, February 21–Tuesday, February 23 (virtual cinema!)  |  $12 per household The United Jewish Federation of Tidewater and Simon Family JCC’s Patricia & Avraham Ashkenazi and Alma & Howard Laderberg Virginia Festival of Jewish Film kicks off its 28th season with the screening of The Crossing, offered virtually for 72 hours. A movie [...]

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Tu B’Shvat: A holiday with a history—Thursday January 28

January 21, 2021

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We sometimes fall into the understandable error of thinking that tradition is the opposite of having a history. We think that history is about change, whereas tradition is about resistance to change. That’s true some of the time, but not always. A deeper understanding reveals that tradition itself is developmental, not static. The holiday of [...]

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Looking forward to 2021!

December 11, 2020

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I just took a stroll down memory lane on Jewish News’ website. Although I only looked back one year, it was startling to note the difference between then and now. What a difference 12 months can make. The cover for the Jewish News Dec. 23, 2019 edition featured images of happy faces at the countless [...]

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Giving Tuesday week to provide a special campaign match incentive

November 5, 2020

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Sunday, November 22 through GIVING TUESDAY, December 1 This year—unlike any before it—promises to be exceptionally challenging. And the Jewish community of Tidewater is not exempt from these challenges. A successful Community Campaign is therefore essential to ensure the strength and well-being of Jewish Tidewater’s agencies and community members. Understanding that the longer the COVID-19 [...]

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Registration, lawyers and patience: How Jewish groups are protecting voting access in 2020

October 23, 2020

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(JTA)—If you’re in Arizona or Florida and a 585 area code pops up on your phone, you might want to answer: It could be a Jewish volunteer in Rochester, New York, whose mission it is to help you vote. The Greater Rochester Jewish Federation is one of a number of local and national Jewish organizations [...]

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RBG: One Justice for All

October 9, 2020

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The death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg prompted an emotionally charged deep-dive into her body of work and personal life, including her 20-year long relationship with personal trainer Bryant Johnson. At 67, Ginsburg, aka ‘Notorious RBG,’ who was appointed by President Clinton in 1993, hired Johnson to keep her fit and extend her time on the [...]

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