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Five generations of philanthropy

April 19, 2019

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Helen G. Gifford

The Helen G. Gifford Foundation was established in 1997 with a mission to support local Jewish organizations, the arts, and art education. A lifelong area resident, Helen was born in Portsmouth to Belle and Issac Goodman, owners of The Famous, a women’s fashion store. She had two sisters, Elsie and Zelma. Helen’s interest in music [...]

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Celebrating Women and Mother’s Day

April 19, 2019

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On Sunday, May 12 we celebrate Mother’s Day—honoring moms, grandmothers, and, in fact, all important women in our lives…including, in my case, daughters! Our first article is an interview with Bill Hearst about his inspiring and always gracious mom, Helen Gifford, of blessed memory. Helen’s lessons to Bill are good for us all. Among our [...]

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Rabbi Joseph Telushkin teaches kindness in a speech to Norfolk Academy’s Upper School

April 19, 2019

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Dennis Manning, Norfolk Academy headmaster, and Rabbi Joseph Telushkin.

If Rabbi Joseph Telushkin could change America in just one way, he would start at home with the words that parents speak to their children. Many children earn praise for things like academic achievement, athletics, artistic performance, and even their physical appearance. As he ticked down the list of items that garner praise, the audience [...]

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The Jewish community’s impact on Alyssa and Jonathan Muhlendorf, a LIFE & LEGACY™ donor story

April 19, 2019

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Jonathan and Alyssa Muhlendorf.

The Tidewater Jewish Foundation (TJF) recently celebrated a successful second year of its LIFE & LEGACY program. During the community celebration in March, one set of donors, Alyssa and Jonathan Muhlendorf, shared their reasons for giving. The following is an excerpt from their speech. Alyssa: We chose our LIFE & LEGACY recipient organizations because they [...]

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Be on the lookout for the refreshed Hineni!

April 19, 2019

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Hineni, HERE I AM! For those who don’t know, Hineni!, is the young leadership program of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater. Designed 10 years ago to build and nourish leaders, Hineni! is a highly successful program that takes place on alternate years. Hineni! participants engage in workshops to deepen their knowledge of leadership, themselves, [...]

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YAD Mitzvah Purim party recalls Bar and Bat Mitzvah days

April 19, 2019

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David Calliott and Matt Kantro.

Tidewater’s young Jewish adults showed up ready to party at YAD’s Purim party on Saturday, March, 23. It took no time for the popular ‘DJ Richard’ to get the party going with dance hits, games, and glow necklaces as young adults celebrated the festive holiday. This year’s party theme was YAD Mitzvah, channeling Bar and [...]

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Recent JDC Study Mission to the Philippines

April 19, 2019

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This is an open thank you letter to our community, the Tidewater Jewish community, for its unwavering support and care for Jewish communities around the world. This care takes into account our strong values of tikkun olam, the concept of leaving the world a better place than we found it, the responsibility for “repairing the [...]

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