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Tidewater grateful for ongoing partnership with Secure Community Network

January 20, 2022

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To better protect the members of the Jewish community who worship and attend area synagogues, day schools, and other Jewish agencies in Tidewater, United Jewish Federation of Tidewater with support from a Tidewater Jewish Foundation community impact grant, joined with the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond and United Jewish Community of the Virginia Peninsula to [...]

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All Texas synagogue hostages ‘out alive and safe’ after harrowing 12-hour standoff, suspect is dead

January 20, 2022

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(JTA)—All four hostages at a synagogue in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas area were declared “out alive and safe” by Texas Governor Greg Abbott at 9:33 pm CST on Saturday, January 15, following a 12-hour standoff with an armed assailant in an unfolding saga that terrified Jews worldwide. The hostage situation unfolded during Shabbat morning services [...]

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‘Quite simply a mensch’: Meet Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker, freed after hostage crisis at his synagogue

January 20, 2022

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(JTA)—Over the course of a harrowing 12 hours on Saturday, January 15, the entire world found out just what the Jews of Colleyville, Texas, think of their hometown rabbi. “Our rabbi is a wonderful human being,” Ellen Smith, who grew up at Congregation Beth Israel, said about Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker during an online vigil while [...]

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2022 UJFT Community Campaign on track for a successful year

January 20, 2022

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On January 14, 2022, the UJFT Community campaign stood at $4,595,000 from 1,000 individual gifts. This total is about $88,000 ahead of where the campaign stood on the same day last year. And even better: there are a good number of potential gifts still “out there” in the community, waiting to find their way into [...]

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The VAAD Hakashrus of Tidewater mission is to make kosher meals available to Jews in homes, at stores, and parties—and in prison.

January 20, 2022

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The word kosher is associated with dietary provisions one chooses to follow in support of deeply held religious beliefs. The role of the VAAD (Hampton Roads’ kosher supervisory resource) is instinctively tethered to Jews’ freedom to enjoy kosher meals in restaurants, homes, and enrichment camps. But what about prisons? ‘Jews in jail’ doesn’t feel intuitive. [...]

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Jewish Family Service helps hundreds of local people during Fall 2021 outreach projects

January 20, 2022

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Now in its 29th year, Jewish Family Service of Tidewater’s Annual Hanukkah outreach programs helped local Jewish families in financial need. Because of safety concerns with COVID-19, families received assorted gift cards for each child, along with a small bag filled with chocolate gelt and dreidels. VISA gift cards were sent to families without children. [...]

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TJF Community Impact Grant helps Kehillat Bet Hamidrash complete water drainage project

January 20, 2022

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Leaders at Kehillat Bet Hamidrash/Kempsville Conservative Synagogue worked on 2020 High Holiday plans for more than two months to create a safe and meaningful holiday experience for their congregants during the COVID-19 pandemic. Then, on September 18, just as Rosh Hashanah was about to begin, a storm dumped more than five inches of rain, rendering [...]

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Amy Markman fills cups with shots of Soup Love

January 20, 2022

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Tender at the Bone is the title of a memoir by Jewish food icon Ruth Reichl. It doubles as a culinary storyteller’s nod to the alchemy of ingredients that make the Soup Love, an Amy Markman original. Fueled by a foodie father, and a healer’s heart, Markman re-imagined the classic care package. While raising two [...]

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Tidewater teens meet at the movies

January 20, 2022

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Nearly 30 Jewish teens came together for an afternoon at the movies on Sunday, December 12. The teens, ranging from sixth through 12th graders, represented OSTY, BBYO, and many area synagogues. Everyone enjoyed popcorn, refills of soft drinks, making new friends, being in-person, and having the Cinema Café movie theater all to themselves while watching [...]

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Temple Israel’s Mitzvah Squad keeps on giving

January 20, 2022

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For Temple Israel, in many ways, 2021 went out with a bang. From collecting more than $3,880 in gift cards for needy children in the community to collecting school supplies for children at Granby Elementary School, which netted more than $8,500, a summer Jewish Family Service Food Drive for young families, to ending the year [...]

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