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Living, learning and lunging uninterrupted. Physical separation invites new ways to connect and serve

March 21, 2020

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With indefinite closings looming due to the spread of COVID-19, everyone is trying to adjust to new routines and establish a new normal. The goal throughout Jewish Tidewater is to minimize disruption and provide continuity of care and services. Above all, the Jewish community’s top priorities will continue to be the implementation of procedures to [...]

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Purim around town

February 27, 2020

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Purim begins at sunset on Monday, March 9 Tidewater is fortunate to have many great Purim events taking place this year. Check some of them out here.   Sunday, March 8, 10:30 am A Totally Rad Purim Carnival Ohef Sholom Temple 530 Raleigh Ave, Norfolk www.ohefsholom.org or 757-625-4295. 10:30 am Vendor Fair 11:30 am Purim [...]

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Jewish Tidewater Survey to begin in February

January 16, 2020

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Community ready to learn about area Jewish residents in 2020 After 19 years, the Jewish community has decided it is time to conduct a survey to learn just what is important to Tidewater’s Jewish members. The last survey, which took place in 2001, was a demographic study. It revealed where Jewish people lived, how old [...]

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Jewish Tidewater 2019

December 19, 2019

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The final year of the decade witnessed another robust year for Tidewater’s Jewish community—one filled with elation, intellectual stimulation, fun, and grief. A few highlights, as well as low points, for the community follows. JANUARY 2019 The once fledgling Team Israel’s transformative journey that led to competing in the World Baseball Classic is celebrated in [...]

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Tasty Hanukkah twists and turns

December 6, 2019

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Everyone loves latkes. Making them is another story. is buying frozen potato pancakes at Trader Joe’s selling out? Some say, ‘most definitely.’ This is the first article (of two) featuring serious cooks who ‘play with their food’ and riff on the universally revered potato pancake. Look for the next installment in the December 23 issue [...]

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IT’S OFFICIAL – Strelitz International Academy

November 24, 2019

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Strelitz International Academy—A school wearing many HATs! You don’t have to be Jewish to love Strelitz International Academy. (Still, it doesn’t hurt.) Hebrew Academy of Tidewater (HAT) has been recognized as an exceptional learning experience for nearly 65 years. Building on its success in promoting an excellent Jewish and General Studies education, HAT, now named [...]

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Super Sunday: 2020 Vision

November 11, 2019

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The ways to give just got super easy Sunday, November 17, 9:30 am–1 pm, Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus Super Sunday, Nov. 17 9:30 am—Training 10 am–1 pm—Phone-a-thon 10–11:30 am—Shift 1 11:30 am–1 pm—Shift 2 Super Sunday, as always, is being planned by a group of emerging, visionary leaders. In addition to the Rishon [...]

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Jewish Book Festival 2019-2020

October 28, 2019

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Stirring up Good Trouble. The Science of Snacking. Israeli Innovation. Groundbreaking Genetics and Profit Meets Purpose. The annual celebration of Jewish writers, books, and ideas, Simon Family JCC’s Lee & Bernard Jaffe Family Jewish Book Festival provides opportunities to engage with talented authors about their latest books and projects. The Simon Family JCC is a [...]

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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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