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Beth Sholom Village’s Micro Farm

September 2, 2021

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Farm to table has become accessible to Beth Sholom Village by way of a very futuristic-looking farm. The “farms” are in towers that resemble modern art sculptures. The crops can be seen in the beautiful six-foot case that emits a warm light and varying hues of green. One “farm” is in the dining room of [...]

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PJ Library in Tidewater receives grant to strengthen social connections, increase opportunities for Jewish experiences and learning

September 2, 2021

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Tidewater families raising Jewish children will now have more opportunities to participate in Jewish life, thanks to a grant recently awarded to United Jewish Federation of Tidewater by PJ Library®, the flagship program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation that provides free books to families raising Jewish children throughout the world. PJ Library in Tidewater received [...]

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End of Summer Shabbat includes competitions, blessings, and dinner

September 2, 2021

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Forty families gathered by the pool at the Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus to welcome Shabbat on Friday, August 27. Hosted by PJ Library in Tidewater, in partnership with United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s Young Adult Division, the night began with pool games, including a swimming relay for parents, and for all ages, a [...]

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Simon Family Passport to Israel: Ethan Prince has life-changing experience in Israel

September 2, 2021

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On July 12, I hopped on a nine-and-a-half-hour plane ride with two of my best friends and 41 other teens to visit the land of Israel for 22 days. I always knew that visiting Israel would shift my perspective on being Jewish, but being able to experience that change with 43 other like-minded teenagers was [...]

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Looking forward to 5782

August 19, 2021

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Who would have thought 18 months ago, that we would still be speaking about COVID-19 as we approach another Jewish New Year? With our nation and world, we continue to combat the virus. But now we fight in a stronger position—with vaccinations—as we pivot daily and return as much normalcy as possible to our lives. [...]

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JCRC shares holiday calendar with schools, civic organizations

August 19, 2021

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Elka Mednick As summer comes to a close and the High Holidays approach, annual concerns regarding conflicts between the academic calendar and the holidays are brought to the forefront. This year, the usual first day of school for public school students, the day after Labor Day, coincides with the first day of Rosh Hashanah, the [...]

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High Holiday Services in Jewish Tidewater 5782

August 19, 2021

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Compiled by Ronnie Jacobs Cohen, Shalom Tidewater Editor’s note: This listing is current as of Wednesday, August 18. Due to the evolving nature of COVID-19, it is advised to check with congregations to learn specific protocols for attending High Holiday Services, including ticket requirements. Beth Sholom Village www.bethsholomvillage.com 757-420-2512 Services take place in the Beth [...]

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Be A Reader program enters 22nd year prepared to help students

August 19, 2021

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 Robin Ford As another potentially challenging school year is about to start, the Jewish Community Relations Council of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s Be a Reader (BeAR) program is gearing up for 2021–22. The program’s volunteers and staff hope to be able to enter schools in October – ready to help struggling students sharpen [...]

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TJF Community Impact Grant helps Toras Chaim renovate auditorium

August 19, 2021

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Thomas Mills Tidewater Jewish Foundation awarded a $7,500 Community Impact Grant in March to Toras Chaim to renovate their auditorium. Serving Tidewater’s Jewish community for almost 20 years, the school has undergone an extensive beautification project. Renovations include painting hallways and classrooms, replacing the roof, waxing the floors, and installing a perimeter fence around the [...]

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Camp JCC campers make mitzvot the center of their camp experience

August 19, 2021

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Michelle Fenley Two special groups of Camp JCC campers demonstrated this summer that joy can be found through doing mitzvot. Despite the limitations that COVID‑19 placed on summer experiences, the two oldest groups of campers at the Simon Family JCC’s summer camp creatively developed several community service projects in which they could help others and [...]

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