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Opinion: From vigils to vitriol, the Texas hostage crisis showed social media at its best and worst

January 20, 2022

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(New York Jewish Week via JTA)—It was the best of Twitter. It was the worst of Twitter. During the long agonizing hours of Saturday, January 15, during which a rabbi and three congregants were held against their will at a Dallas-area synagogue, social media performed perhaps as its creators and optimists always thought it would. It [...]

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Virginia Governor signs Executive Order establishing the Commission to Combat Antisemitism

January 20, 2022

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On his first day in office, Saturday, January 15, Governor Glenn Youngkin issued an Executive Order establishing a commission to combat antisemitism in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The order states: “The Commonwealth of Virginia has been a pioneer for religious freedom since the earliest days of our nation. Tomorrow, January 16, 2022, will be the [...]

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Painting among the finalists in state-wide competition for Virginia’s most endangered artifact

January 20, 2022

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vamuseums.org A late 19th century oil painting of Lewis Nusbaum, an early member of both Ohef Sholom Temple and Beth El, is a finalist in the Virginia Association of Museum’s annual competition for Virginia’s most endangered artifact. The oil painting is one of many invaluable artifacts, photographs, and documents in Ohef Sholom Temple’s Mollie and [...]

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Jewish Family Service bids a fond farewell to Sue Graves, welcomes new development team

January 20, 2022

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Anyone who has ever attended a Jewish Family Service of Tidewater event, participated in Run, Roll or Stroll, ordered a Basket of Hope centerpiece for a celebration, or made a charitable gift to JFS, likely encountered Sue Graves. For more than two decades, Graves has been a staple at JFS as the director of development. [...]

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Dear Readers

January 20, 2022

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Dear Readers, Whether one eats to live or lives to eat, food is always a discussion. And, somehow, food is often tied to romance and friendship. Speaking of food and friendship, in November, a friend came to town with three copies of Israeli-born British chef Yotam Ottolenghi’s Test Kitchen cookbook. One was for me (really [...]

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Our mothers, ourselves. Shari Berman in the kitchen.

January 20, 2022

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A catering mentor once told Shari Berman, ‘We eat with our eyes.’ As a young kosher caterer, art lover, and teacher, she took his words to heart and allowed her brain to release childhood memories. “When I was in high school, my mother’s culinary talent impressed everyone but me,” says Berman, owner of Cater 613. [...]

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Former Norfolk resident Bob Saget, comedian and actor

January 20, 2022

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(JTA)—Bob Saget, the comedian and actor famous for playing a wholesome sitcom father figure, but who never lost his flair for raunchy comedy, has died at 65. Saget died shortly after performing in Orlando, on Saturday January 8, where he had delivered a show with his trademark mashup of dark humor and dad jokes that [...]

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Tidewater Jewish community shines local and global light

December 9, 2021

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Along with Jewish communities around the world, we recently shared our Hanukkah candle lightings with friends, families, and our community. From the annual Chabad of Tidewater celebration at Mount Trashmore (the 40th year of lighting that particular menorah!), to synagogue celebrations, to the lighting of menorahs in homes around our community shared on social media—we [...]

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Congresswoman Elaine Luria on CBN about rising antisemitism within Democratic Party

December 9, 2021

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In an interview which aired December 8 on CBN, Congresswoman Elaine Luria spoke about her concern with the growing number of her Democratic colleagues publicly espousing anti-Israel views. “I’ve always viewed the U.S. support for Israel as incredibly strong,” Luria told CBN News. “Israel’s our strongest ally in the Middle East and the U.S. Congress [...]

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Education Matters

December 9, 2021

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