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Chanukah Gift Program assists parents and children—all year long

November 6, 2018

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Donors to Jewish Family Service of Tidewater’s Chanukah Gift Program probably know how much joy they bring to the children who receive the gifts. What they may not know is how much of a burden they lift off of the parents. Without these gifts, many families would have to go without during the holiday, and even throughout the year. Here is what a [...]

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Jewish Family Service of Tidewater gets new chief executive officer

November 5, 2018

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Kelly Burroughs, MA, LAC, BHP, CCTP recently joined Jewish Family Service of Tidewater as the agency’s new chief executive officer. She replaces Betty Ann Levin, who joined United Jewish Federation of Tidewater in July as its executive vice president. Burroughs brings strong experience managing social service and behavioral health programs, from both the clinical and administrative sides, to JFS. As the previous vice president of clinical services for Jewish Family [...]

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Jewish War Veterans Post 158 seeks new members, ramps up activity

November 5, 2018

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When U.S. Naval Lt. Commander Adam Goldberg was stationed in Rhode Island, he was an active member of its Jewish War Veterans Post. So, in 2013 when he was transferred to Norfolk, Va., it was only natural to him that he join JWV Post 158, one of the oldest chapters in the nation. For years having been under the watchful care of [...]

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Celebrating 70 Years of heroes and hope: Israel’s Lone Soldiers and FIDF

November 5, 2018

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The brave men and women of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) put their lives on the line each day to protect the hopes and dreams inspired by the Jewish state. Since 1981, Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) has supported the defenders of Israel with educational and wellbeing programs and facilities. The organization plays an important role in ensuring that [...]

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How can we be unified without being uniform? asks Avraham Infeld

November 5, 2018

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During Avraham Infeld’s recent threeday visit to Tidewater, he made many statements that caught my attention. While here, Infeld spoke with various groups—from BBYO teens to rising young adult leaders, to senior Federation leaders. Infeld is president emeritus of Hillel International. An author and pioneer of Jewish education, he has spent a lifetime building Jewish identity around the world and strengthening our ties to [...]

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HIAS, immigrant aid group vilified by Pittsburgh gunman, vows not to back down

November 5, 2018

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JTA)—Before he shot dead 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue, Robert Bowers blamed one Jewish organization: HIAS, an immigrant aid group that has been helping refugees since the 1880s. “HIAS likes to bring invaders in that kill our people,” he wrote on his website. “I can’t sit by and watch my people get slaughtered. Screw your optics, I’m going in.” In vilifying [...]

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Christ & St. Luke’s Resolution Regarding the Tree of Life Synagogue Tragedy

November 5, 2018

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WHEREAS, the clergy, leadership and congregation of Christ and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Norfolk, Virginia, are committed to striving for justice and peace among all people and respecting the dignity of every human being; WHEREAS, we as a congregation are blessed with many neighbors, friends and family members of the Jewish faith, and we are committed to loving, supporting, protecting and serving our neighbors; [...]

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Standing with Pittsburgh: Norfolk Academy

November 5, 2018

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On Monday morning, October 29, Norfolk Academy Headmaster Dennis Manning spoke to Upper School students and faculty about the necessity to respond to evil by “exercising moral agency” in the world. An excerpt: We have a local, regional, and school  history, all of which is intertwined with the historic Jewish community here in Tidewater. That history’s progenitor, Moses Myers, settled here [...]

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Standing with Pittsburgh: Old Dominion University

November 5, 2018

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Old Dominion University hosted a gathering on Monday, October 29. The program, attended by several hundred people, was sponsored by the Institute of Jewish Studies and Interfaith Understanding, ODU Hillel, Student Engagement and Enrollment Services, and the University Chaplain’s Association. Amy Milligan, the Batten Endowed Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies and the director of ODU’s Institute for Jewish Studies and [...]

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#WeAreAllJews The Jewish media stand with Pittsburgh

November 5, 2018

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(JTA)—Earlier this year, our colleagues at the three leading Jewish newspapers in the United Kingdom published the same front-page headline and joint editorial voicing concern over rising anti-Semitism in Britain’s Labour Party. Today we have found a mournful occasion to follow in their footsteps. For many Jews, the United States has long held a unique role in our collective [...]

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