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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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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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