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Tax laws in flux: Give now!

December 18, 2017

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Year-end is often the most opportune time to consider financial and tax planning strategies. As this article is being written, Congress and the White House are negotiating significant changes in the tax laws that could, if enacted, impact financial strategies and tactics. This makes it more important than ever to meet with advisors to review [...]

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From Brooklyn to Norfolk State

December 18, 2017

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I grew up in a not so religious American Jewish household in a heavily Orthodox section of Brooklyn in the 1980s. I felt disconnected from my culture and outcast from the community, even though it surrounded me. Only a few generations removed from an Orthodox ancestry, I have learned more about my great grandparents’ Eastern [...]

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Virginia Arts Festival’s education outreach makes learning leap to life

December 18, 2017

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For more than 20 years, the Virginia Arts Festival has brought renowned artists from around the globe to Hampton Roads. In addition to the packed schedule of world-class performances, the Festival reaches out to students each year. In fact, during the past school year, more than 39,000 area students saw performances and many even interacted [...]

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Dance about Kristallnacht inspired by UJFT Holocaust Commission conference

December 18, 2017

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Over many decades of creating choreography that conveys an emotional story, Elbert Watson, Norfolk Academy dance director, has covered many searing topics. Most notably, he has developed dances that explore aspects of African- American history, from slavery to the Civil Rights Movement. Although Watson possessed an active interest in exploring the role of prejudice and [...]

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Setting all students up for success at Hebrew Academy of Tidewater

December 18, 2017

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Jewish Proverb: “Who is wise? The one who learns from every person.” While a Jewish Day School experience is often considered a homogeneous education, within every group of students, a range of abilities always exists. Hebrew Academy of Tidewater’s goal, therefore, is to create a caring community so that students feel comfortable asking for help [...]

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Beth El welcomes the Park Place School

December 18, 2017

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Walking through Congregation Beth El’s education wing on a weekday, one might be surprised to hear the sounds of violins. The source of the music is from students who attend the Park Place School, located at Beth El since August. Each of the 66 second through sixth graders who attend the school take weekly violin [...]

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US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital long overdue

December 18, 2017

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In a move long overdue, the United States of America has finally recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Congratulations to President Trump, congratulations to people of Israel, and congratulations to everyone who prayed to see this day. Over the past 50 years, the people of Israel have served as faithful stewards over Jerusalem and [...]

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What do cars, babies, and donuts have in common?

December 1, 2017

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Local Jewish entrepreneurs participated on a panel, Conversations: Perspectives on Leadership, Success and Community, on Wednesday, Nov. 8, for United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s Society of Professionals. The gathering, sponsored by Insco Insurance and moderated by Danny Rubin, featured Nathan Drory, president of Charles Barker Automotive; Dr. Holly Puritz, OB/GYN and president of The Group [...]

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End of year giving opportunities for individuals and families

December 1, 2017

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During the holiday season , people tend to think about family, friends, and those they care about. This year, why not also think about the community and the many ways it’s possible to make a difference. No matter a person’s age, there are many ways to get involved and make an impact today and for [...]

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Canada issues first Hanukkah postage stamp

December 1, 2017

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MONTREAL (JTA)—Canada issued its first Hanukkah stamp in its official mail carrier’s 150-year-history. Described as part of an initiative to highlight the nation’s cultural diversity, the stamps from Canada Post feature two colorful geometric designs: of dreidels and the menorah. Each pattern also has an online explanation of their relevance to the holiday. “In offering [...]

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