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Young adults: Are you a Changemaker? If so, then the Jewish Changemakers Fellowship is for you!

June 18, 2020

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The Jewish Changemakers Fellowship is a three-week online leadership experience, July 6–July 24, free of charge for current and aspiring Jewish leaders, 20–25 years old, focusing on career development, networking, and making a difference in the community. Young adults seeking meaningful Jewish experiences over the summer, but with more limited opportunities due to the global [...]

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That 70’s Show: Senior trailblazers shine in the age of engagement

June 18, 2020

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Freedom and fulfillment can be dubious soulmates. Being free doesn’t necessarily mean getting up in the morning with no place to be and no one to answer to. That would be the antithesis of rewarding for certain local seniors who continue to blaze new trails and seek challenges physically, artistically, and altruistically. For these impact-driven [...]

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Beth Sholom Village renovates to feel safe like home and transition people home

June 18, 2020

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At Beth Sholom Village, cleanliness is paramount. The recent renovation at the skilled nursing and rehab center located in Virginia Beach, completed days before lockdown in March, has already impressed visitors and residents. With the cosmetic and functional changes made, and standard of care untouched, it’s easy to see that inspiration can co-exist with compliance—even [...]

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Sandy Tabachnick: LIFE & LEGACY® donor

June 18, 2020

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Sandy Finberg Tabachnick grew up in Ashland, a small town in northeastern Ohio that was also home to Ashland College, a college founded by the Evangelical United Brethren Church. The Finbergs were one of 10 Jewish families in this small town of 15,000 and Sandy and her older sister, Rochelle were two of just three [...]

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Simon Family JCC Expands Hours

June 18, 2020

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Monday–Thursday: 5 am–7 pm Friday: 5 am–6 pm Saturday–Sunday: 8 am–6 pm   After the first successful week of operations during Governor Ralph Northam’s Phase Two of reopening, the Simon Family JCC made the decision to expand its hours and to remove the requirement to register to use the Fitness Center. Registration for classes, open [...]

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2020 Community Campaign

June 8, 2020

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Not quite what we’d envisioned As the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s 2020 Community Campaign draws to a close, many of us will look back on it as “one for the record books.” The 2020 Campaign—Our 2020 Vision, as we called it—did not turn out to be anything like what we’d envisioned. But it will [...]

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At the J, contactless training is an exercise in reinvention

June 8, 2020

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Tires on cars, in parking lots, is so 2019. Pandemic life touches just about everything and everyone. Some of the efforts to adapt produce marvel-inducing change. When COVID-19 struck and Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s ruling made it no longer possible to use the Simon Family JCC’s state-of-the-art fitness facility, Tom Purcell, Wellness director, and his [...]

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Fierce forces of human nature: Local congregations rise to the occasion

June 8, 2020

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Community leadership calls for more than soliciting donors and volunteers who buy into your vision. Patti Wainger and Dorianne Villani recently passed an overnight crash course on the contact-free fight against local food insecurity. Together with members of their respective congregations from Congregation Beth El and Ohef Sholom Temple, and a core group of military [...]

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New Year. New Mikvah.

June 8, 2020

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The final stages of the new mikvah project at 425 Washington Park are nearly complete, with late June as the projected opening. Then, with a little bit of mazel, and a lot of rain, the existing Norfolk mikvah will get its much-awaited renovation. Staying the course on the new mikvah construction project depends on a [...]

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Jewish Fellowship for young adults

June 8, 2020

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Applications accepted beginning June 15 COVID-19 might have stalled summer plans, but that doesn’t mean that summer has to come to a standstill. Jewish Federations of North America just announced the launch of Jewish Changemakers, an opportunity for Jewish adults, age 20-25, to get three weeks of premier leadership training and networking—all 100% online and [...]

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