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Board of Rabbis and Cantors of Hampton Roads’ Statement of Commitment to Combating Racism

July 9, 2020

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Tzedek, tzedek tirdof: “Justice, justice you shall pursue” (Deut. 16:20). We, the Jewish faith leaders of Hampton Roads, are appalled not only by the murder of George Floyd on May 25 in Minneapolis, but by the long procession of African-Americans who have been murdered because of the color of their skin. We have been searching [...]

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Israeli Fellows at Virginia Tech provide perspective and an entry point to real-world Judaism

July 9, 2020

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It doesn’t take a campus massacre or a pandemic for Virginia Tech students to bond with a charismatic and culturally distinct Israeli fellow, and to connect Jewishly. According to Sue Kurtz, executive director at Virginia Tech Hillel, students are nervous about the world, their careers, and what comes next. Uncertainty is not an American core [...]

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Tidewater women ‘travel’ to the Jewish communities of Minsk and Sofia…

July 9, 2020

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Over three dozen local Jewish women, led by mission co-chairs Annie Sandler and Mona Flax, along with JDC professional Sandy Katz, made the long trek to the Jewish communities of Minsk in Belarus and Sofia in Bulgaria…all through the “magic” of the internet. Following their donor dollars, these women boarded a virtual plane to explore [...]

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Graduation in the parking lot

July 9, 2020

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Strelitz International Academy Graduation was originally planned for June 2, but like nearly everything else this past spring, was postponed. A special outdoor, mask wearing ceremony took place on Tuesday, June 30 for these special graduates so that they could enjoy a beautiful send off as they embark on their next milestone—Middle School. Next fall, [...]

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Camp JCC In the Cloud

July 9, 2020

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For kids and families seeking some camp-like fun this summer, Camp JCC In the Cloud is ‘to the rescue!’ Unlimited access to online activities is FREE and available to anyone from anywhere. Different themed activities take place each week through August 14.  At Camp JCC In the Cloud, kids get to enter a new virtual [...]

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Camp JCC In the Cloud welcomes Noya Azari as the 2020 Shaliach

July 9, 2020

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Noya Azari is joining Camp JCC In the Cloud this summer as the camp’s Shaliach. A native of Tel Aviv, Noya Arazi, 23, was in Virginia Beach as a Camp JCC Shaliach in 2018. “Dance has always been a big part of my life,” sys Arazi. In fact, she is a certified Zumba instructor. “I [...]

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Tidewater Jewish Foundation welcomes Naomi Sedek, new CEO and president

July 9, 2020

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After a national search, the Tidewater Jewish Foundation is ready to welcome Naomi Limor Sedek as its new president and chief executive officer. Coming from Nashville, Tennessee, Sedek’s lifelong work and passion for the promotion of Jewish life at the Jewish Federation and Jewish Foundation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee made her the stand-out candidate [...]

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Kurt Rosenbach – June 5, 1923–June 6, 2020

June 19, 2020

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Tidewater’s Jewish community lost a giant on Saturday, June 6 with the passing of Kurt Rosenbach. Kurt was equally a man of vision and action. More than all of his volunteer service—often as founder or chair, he continued to press the community to realize financial security and be innovative in programs and projects. In many [...]

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National initiative tops $1-billion in commitments

June 18, 2020

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Tidewater Jewish organizations secure more than $20.6-million in legacy commitments through LIFE & LEGACY® initiative Three hundred and twenty-five local donors have made 550 legacy commitments to support the Tidewater Jewish community since LIFE & LEGACY began three years ago. These commitments are part of a collaborative endowment building effort that includes eight Jewish organizations [...]

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This isn’t just for you, it’s for us too…

June 18, 2020

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As we began to plan for a very different looking summer and reaching out to families in new ways, we realized that our plans and the work we were doing weren’t just for the families, they were for us, too. Being stuck at home has been emotionally draining for all of us. Smiles from the [...]

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