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Temple Israel holds first Women’s Seder

May 24, 2019

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After a great deal of thought, discussion, planning, negotiating, shopping, cooking, and implementing—not to mention the counting, hard boiling and peeling of no fewer than 96 eggs—Temple Israel held its first Women’s Seder on April 24, 2019. TI member Shirley Cofino-Rehder had long wanted a Women’s Seder at the synagogue. She’d done several before at [...]

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Armed Forces Shabbat at Ohef Sholom

May 24, 2019

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Congresswoman Elaine Luria was Ohef Sholom Temple’s guest speaker for Armed Forces Shabbat on Friday, May 17. She spoke of her experience commanding combatant ships in the Navy, and how this, along with her strong Jewish upbringing, led her to her current position representing Virginia’s Second District in the United States House of Representatives. Following the service, [...]

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More than pain, this book is also about lifestyle

May 24, 2019

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Outsmart Your Pain! The Essential Guide to Overcoming Pain and Transforming Your Life Lisa Barr, MD Illustrations by Tim Sovine Synergy Health Quest, LLC, 2018 ISBN 13: 978-1-7320011-0-7 In the opening pages of Outsmart Your Pain!, Lisa Barr, MD, says, “The science of pain is always changing.” Two pages later, she notes, “The purpose of [...]

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How stuttering helped me accept and embrace my adversities

May 24, 2019

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Moe Mernick

Growing up in Toronto, I could have seemed like an ordinary kid. But there was something that made me sharply stand out. I stuttered. A lot. It began when I was three years old. My parents were told to ignore it—as “merely a stage in a child’s speech development,” speech experts would say and cite [...]

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Holocaust victims and survivors remembered by City of Virginia Beach mayor

May 24, 2019

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Elie Wiesel poignantly stated, “to forget the Holocaust is to kill twice.” Thus, “we must bear witness [for] the living and the dead.” As Lisa Bertini, Holocaust Commission chair, said at the annual Yom Hashoah commemoration on May 1 at Temple Israel, “…for the Commission, EVERY day is Holocaust Remembrance Day.” Yom Hashoah is an [...]

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Shalom Tidewater welcomes new and old to Jewish community

May 24, 2019

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New to Tidewater? Lived here all your life, but are looking to get more involved? The United Jewish Federation of Tidewater would like to offer a special welcome. Through Shalom Tidewater, Carly Glikman, outreach manager, personally delivers welcome information and gift baskets to all new Jewish members of the community. The Federation offers this service [...]

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Amy Weinstein is new director of philanthropy at Beth Sholom Village

May 24, 2019

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The new director of philanthropy at Beth Sholom Village is familiar to many people in the Hampton Roads Jewish community. Amy Weinstein spent six years at United Jewish Federation of Tidewater as director of the Young Adult Division, then two years as director of development at Tidewater Jewish Foundation, before moving on to Eggleston Services [...]

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How Jewish organizations train people to prevent shootings like the one in Poway

May 3, 2019

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(JTA)—Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein said his Chabad of Poway could not afford to hire an armed guard. Had it been able, or if the government had helped the synagogue bring in one, he believes the deadly attack there Saturday, April 27 could have been averted. “If I had the funding, we may have been spared. How [...]

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New York Times says its controversial cartoon shows ‘numbness’ to anti-Semitism

May 3, 2019

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The New York Times editorial board said in an editorial published Tuesday, April 30, that the newspaper’s publishing of “an appalling political cartoon” is “evidence of a profound danger—not only of anti-Semitism but of numbness to its creep.” The newspaper also acknowledged its own historical contributions to the rise of anti-Semitism. “In the 1930s and [...]

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HAT’s Science Fair 2019

April 19, 2019

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Fourth and fifth grade students at Hebrew Academy of Tidewater spent myriad hours of study and planning to prepare for the school’s recent Science Fair, the capstone of weeks of hard work. Almost 100 visitors attended this year, along with HAT’s familiar and dedicated NASA scientist judges, Tyler Hudson and Frank Palmieri. Student research and [...]

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