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Activities abound at Beth Sholom Village

November 11, 2019

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A range of activities are always on the calendar at Beth Sholom Village—some for health, and some for fun. Residents at BSV, for example, work with restorative nursing staff six days a week to stay active and prevent falling. Led by CNAs, participants exercise to music and videos and staff toss balloons for fun and [...]

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27 years of bringing light to local Jewish children and teens

November 11, 2019

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A Jewish Family Service client I was in a domestic abuse situation for a long time. I finally got the courage to leave and move back in with family. I was pregnant at the time. Although my family was able to take me in, they were not prepared for the new costs of caring for [...]

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Mikvah construction underway

November 11, 2019

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“It is hard to believe how far we have come with the construction of the Mikvah! So many community members from all over have already come together to support this project. Hoping for continued success!!” says Sarah Lipman. To learn more about the new Mikvah, or to make a donation, contact Barb Gelb, United Jewish [...]

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Israelis are using photos of Greta Thunberg to shame each other over plastic utensils

November 11, 2019

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Israelis who are concerned about a warming climate have a new tactic: using cut-out photos of the prominent teen climate activist Greta Thunberg to shame their colleagues for using plasticware. In workplaces across Tel Aviv, people are placing pictures of Thunberg, 16, in their kitchen areas next to disposable forks, knives and plates, according to [...]

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A Jewish photographer has been capturing Alexander Vindman and his twin for nearly four decades

November 11, 2019

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(JTA)—Carol Kitman remembers meeting Alexander and Yevgeny Vindman nearly 40 years ago in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. The brothers were about 4½ years old and dressed in matching blue sailor outfits with navy caps. Kitman was instantly taken with the twins and asked to take their photo. “They were adorable,” she recalls. Those photos became the [...]

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JFS welcomes three new board of directors

October 28, 2019

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Jewish Family Service of Tidewater recently gained three new board members. Mazel Tov to the new directors and to JFS for adding these women to the board, as each brings different expertise. Rebecca Tall Fun fact—I have triplets (19-years-old, two boys and a girl). And, I lived in Japan. Why?—I feel that JFS serves such [...]

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Saluting Israel’s heroes: the Benson family

October 28, 2019

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Glenn Benson of Bethesda, Maryland, grew up in an ardently Zionist home, the son of South African immigrants who cared deeply for Israel. In high school he attended Jewish day school, participated in a B’nai B’rith Youth Organization summer trip to Israel, visited close relatives who’d emigrated from South Africa to Israel, and, as an [...]

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Congregation Beth Chaverim and Tidewater Chavurah held Joint High Holiday Services

October 28, 2019

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Wonderful, warm, and meaningful High Holiday services were held with Tidewater Chavurah and Congregation Beth Chaverim in the Parrish Hall at Old Donation Episcopal Church in Virginia Beach. Combing the best of both Reform congregations resulted in inspiring services to welcome 5780. Holding the services together was a large commitment for both congregations and took [...]

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Shalom Baby: Moms bond with babies and heritage

October 28, 2019

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Alicia Pahl-Cornelius and Roma, born June 15, 2019.

Bond is exactly what Alicia Pahl-Cornelius did when she started listening to the CD of Jewish songs that came in her personally delivered Shalom Baby basket. Pahl-Cornelius says she loved her basket so much, she referred a friend who was days away from giving birth because she wanted her friend to have a special Shalom [...]

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The other patient, birthday twins and Double Chai

October 28, 2019

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Carly Glikman and Allena Anglen with their newborns.

On June 25, Carly Glikman went to Sentara Leigh Hospital for a scheduled C-Section to deliver her second child. Glikman is United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s outreach manager. When the nurse started to prep Glikman for the procedure, she was told to stop and was pulled away. “I was told, ‘another patient is progressing quicker [...]

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