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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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Super Sunday 2021—A Different Kind of Day

September 18, 2020

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In a “normal” year, Super Sunday—a much beloved tradition—is simply one part of the Tidewater Jewish community’s fundraising lifecycle. In a critical fundraising year, with rising needs and a true imperative to meet them with immediacy, Super Sunday 2021 became a different kind of day. Tidewater’s Super Sunday has traditionally heralded the closing of the [...]

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Students return to SIA on Campus

September 4, 2020

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Strelitz International Academy students returned to the Sandler Family Campus for in-person learning on August 24. After almost six months away from their school and their friends, SIA students were clearly excited to be back. It was a unique and busy summer as SIA prepared to return to Campus. Since March 13, when SIA went [...]

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How is this Super Sunday different from all other Super Sundays?

August 13, 2020

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Sunday, September 13, 10 am–1 pm PREDICTION: This year’s United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s Super Sunday Community Phone-a-thon will go down as “one for the record books.” Am I predicting an all-time high in the number of cards closed or the total of dollars raised? Not necessarily (although I hope so). I am predicting a [...]

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Konikoff Center for Learning. Spark one mind. Change many lives.

July 9, 2020

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David Konikoff didn’t come up with the legacy phrase “A mind is a terrible thing to waste,” however it aptly describes his life purpose and why he imagined the Konikoff Center for Learning at the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater and Simon Family JCC with that mantra in mind. “As we learn, we grow and [...]

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Special Senior Edition

June 18, 2020

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Today’s ‘seniors’ are some of the most active people I know. Whether concentrating at work or relaxing in retirement, ‘busy’ and ‘engaged’ are more than buzz words for the over 55-year-old set. And, the articles in this section prove the point. Lisa Richmon spoke with Alan Bartel and Gloria Siegel, two very involved members of [...]

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Simon Family JCC reopens Monday, June 8

June 8, 2020

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Governor Ralph Northam announced on Tuesday, June 3 that he would move the portion of the Commonwealth that includes Tidewater into Phase 2 of reopening effective Friday, June 5. With his announcement, the Simon Family JCC made final preparations to open its doors—with an abundance of new safety and sanitizing procedures in place. “We are [...]

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