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Locals delve into bias through book discussions

January 19, 2023

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For many people, discussions about a book conjure notions of a Book Club—a social gathering of friends to converse amiably about a creative, enjoyable read, possibly one that offers an escape from the daily round of life. A group of intrepid readers gathered at the Sandler Family Campus for a trio of community discussions this [...]

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Rabbi Ari Oliszewski arrives at Temple Emanuel

January 19, 2023

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With his four-year-old daughter Lea nestled on one side and his two-year-old son Ben snuggling the other, Rabbi Ari Oliszewski leans back in his office chair and smiles. A smile is a simple thing, but to Rabbi Ari, it’s everything. His smile is how he introduced himself to Temple Emanuel—smiling was the subject of his [...]

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Dear Readers: Food & Romance

January 19, 2023

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Dear Readers, Food, drink, and romance seem to be as linked as love and hugs. Think about it…do you recall many first dates that didn’t involve a drink or a meal? I don’t. Or can you name many meetups with friends and relatives that don’t feature some sort of food consumption? Not me. Beyond nutrition, [...]

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A Taste of Jewish Soul… The Humusiya

January 19, 2023

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I think my parents did a very smart thing in giving me a very uniquely Jewish-Israeli name. They made it so that my Jewish identity would be inescapable and ever present, although I also think they didn’t realize how much more challenging they would be making my life. Despite having a rabbi for a father, [...]

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A Letter on Antisemitism from VA Attorney General Jason Miyares

December 16, 2022

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Future is bright for Jewish Tidewater

December 15, 2022

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As we light our menorahs during Hanukkah and approach the end of 2022, I think back on all we have accomplished together. When Russia attacked Ukraine, Jewish Tidewater responded quickly, as we always do, raising almost $800,000 to provide support directly to Ukrainians through the creation of our Tidewater Ukraine Emergency Fund. This was in [...]

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Combating Antisemitism report addresses laws, education, definition, and law enforcement

December 15, 2022

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Established by Gov. Glenn Youngkin, the Virginia Commission to Combat Antisemitism released its report earlier this month, receiving national, as well as international attention. On January 15, 2022, his first day in office, the governor signed Executive Order 8, “Establishing the Commission to Combat Antisemitism.” The 15-member commission was convened on May 6 and from [...]

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Education Matters – Jewish News Supplement

December 15, 2022

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Hillel: Growing a Jewish connection

December 15, 2022

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As the executive director at William & Mary Hillel in Williamsburg, Rabbi Gershon Litt’s responsibilities include development, bookkeeping, education, interaction with the university, counseling, and student and faculty meetings. Add all of that to his having headed up nearly 40 Birthright Israel trips, and it’s a wonder he has any time left over in his [...]

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Beth Chaverim celebrates 40th anniversary

December 15, 2022

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Happiness was overflowing on Sunday, November 6 as current and former members of Congregation Beth Chaverim gathered at the Sandler Family Campus to celebrate the congregation’s 40th anniversary with food, drink, an abundance of hugs, smiles, laughter, and memoires. Chad Bornstein, president of Congregation Beth Chaverim since 2019, said he was “very honored to work [...]

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