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Four truths about the college application process

December 24, 2018

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1. It’s not the same as it was when we were applying. Today’s college process hardly resembles what many of us experienced. We applied to the colleges we had heard about through neighbors and family. We took the SATs cold: being in school five days a week was preparation enough. We completed each application individually [...]

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Adding memories to my heart

December 24, 2018

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I have been fortunate to travel to Israel three times in my life; once with the Jewish Federation of Philadelphia during my senior year of high school, once in 2015 with the Tom Hofheimer Hineni! mission and then again, this past summer, with the UJFT Journey Home Mission trip. Israel is truly a magical place; [...]

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VCIC makes history with Hampton Roads office on Virginia Wesleyan University campus

December 24, 2018

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For the first time in its 83-year history, Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities (VCIC) has expanded its physical presence beyond its Richmond home base, establishing an office on the campus of Virginia Wesleyan University in Virginia Beach. The opening of the VCIC Hampton Roads office at Virginia Wesleyan represents a natural extension of VCIC’s commitment [...]

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Our Community—Connected, Supportive, and Vibrant

December 10, 2018

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Several times throughout his recent busy visit to Tidewater, Rick Recht publicly proclaimed his admiration for our Jewish community. A popular musician who travels throughout the nation, he spoke of our community’s inclusivity—how much we did together, regardless of denomination—and how much we did…he couldn’t get over the activity! “It is so touching,” he said, [...]

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Grandparents: Got any advice?

December 10, 2018

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Leading up to the Lee and Bernard Jaffe Family Jewish Book Festival and the arrival of Jane Isay, author of Unconditional Love: A Guide to Navigating the Joys and Challenges of Being a Grandparent Today, who has plenty of advice on grandparenting, Jewish News asked readers to submit their own words of wisdom, humorous anecdotes, [...]

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Two year-end giving strategies to consider before December 31

December 10, 2018

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Yes, it is December and I’m sure you have been inundated with “Giving Opportunities,” but how will the new tax laws for 2018 impact your taxes and your charitable giving? Millions of Americans will take the increased standard deduction and lose the incentive to itemize their taxes, including charitable deductions. Here are two strategies to [...]

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More than 2,000 handmade Jewish stars hung throughout Pittsburgh

November 26, 2018

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More than 2,000 handmade Stars of David were hung throughout Pittsburgh. The stars, created by more than 1,000 volunteers from around the world, were hung on Saturday, Nov. 17 by 40 volunteers. Each star—some crocheted, some made with leather—had a heart in the center. The stars were the brainchild of Hinda Mandell and Ellen Dominus [...]

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How a rabbi saved four Torah scrolls from being destroyed in the California wildfires

November 26, 2018

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(JTA)—The death toll and damage continue to rise in California in the wildfires ravaging the state. Like other Californians, Jewish residents evacuated their homes and are dealing with the devastating fallout of the fires. Synagogues, camps, and a day school have all sustained damage. Here are two remarkable stories of people coming together as a [...]

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End of Year giving opportunities for you and your family

November 26, 2018

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At this time of year, most think about other people, friends, and family. This year, I hope you will also think about your community and the many ways to make a difference. Several exciting programs and matching gift opportunities are available through Tidewater Jewish Foundation (TJF) that will help you to positively impact your Jewish [...]

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Community stands up to hate on Shabbat

November 26, 2018

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On a bright and cozy fall Saturday, I arrived to Temple Emanuel’s Shabbat morning service, to men and women walking toward the door, to cars lining the streets and even propped up on the grass. Three policemen were standing guard by the front door, and two by a table asking to check bags. Their request [...]

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