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Simon Family Passport to Israel Program grant recipient learns the importance of Israel

July 16, 2018

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When I first walked off the plane into the Ben- Gurion Airport, I stepped straight onto a large bus that took me to my home for, what I believed, was just the next four months. I first noticed that Israel was not just a large desert, but it was more of a wonderland filled with [...]

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Interest-free loans available for higher education for Jewish students

July 16, 2018

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JELF (Jewish Educational Loan Fund) has assisted the Jewish community since 1889 when the doors of the Hebrew Orphans’ Home first opened in Atlanta, Georgia. Since its inception, JELF has served the five-state region of Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia (excluding metro-DC). JELF assists students with ‘last dollar’ loans. In 2017, nine [...]

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Reduce your taxes with an IRA Gift in 2018

July 16, 2018

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Starting this year, the standard deduction has doubled, which will significantly reduce the number of taxpayers who itemize their deductions. If you are 70½ or older (or know someone who is), here is an easy way to help the Jewish community. Rather than simply take your withdrawal this year, you can direct your IRA administrator [...]

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In Jerusalem, Ruth Bader Ginsburg celebrates her commitment to tikkun olam

July 16, 2018

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JERUSALEM (JTA)— Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg described how grateful she was for her Jewish heritage during a screening of a new documentary film about her life and career at the Jerusalem Cinematheque. “The demand for justice, peace and enlightenment runs through Jewish history and tradition,” she said Thursday, July 5, describing how she [...]

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Retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s Jewish legacy

July 16, 2018

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NEW YORK (JTA)—Not an hour after Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement as associate justice on the Supreme Court, the National Council of Jewish Women tweeted its dismay. “Justice Kennedy’s retirement could drastically shift the balance of the Supreme Court, and threaten the very rights and liberties we’ve fought so hard to protect,” NCJW tweeted. “We [...]

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Local rabbi represents community at Pride event

July 16, 2018

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During the week in which the LGBTQAI community celebrates its local presence, Rabbi Ellen Jaffe-Gill, spiritual leader of Tidewater Chavurah, represented the Jewish community at Hampton Roads Pride’s interfaith event on June 26 at New Life Metropolitan Community Church in Norfolk. “One of the fundamental precepts of Judaism is that every human being was created [...]

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JFS award-winning home health aide is dedicated to her clients

June 22, 2018

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When Jewish Family Service of Tidewater’s nurse’s aide Tiphaney Powell speaks about her clients, she does so with a great deal of respect, love, and admiration. After all, when your clients are two 93-year-old women and a 96-year-old man, a lot of life lessons may be learned from them. Powell was recently honored at JFS’ [...]

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The Birthright Israel Experience

June 22, 2018

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I recently returned from leading my 38th Birthright Israel trip. Virginia-based students on this trip were from William and Mary, Christopher Newport University, and Old Dominion University. Students always ask if the trip gets old for me. After all, we go to mostly the same places, see the same things, and just about keep the [...]

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Elsie’s Story

June 22, 2018

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She speaks with a slight, but distinct, accent whose origin I had long suspected, but, given her age and all that implied, been hesitant to ask. One night at dinner, though, I posed the simple question to 95-year-old Elsie Hirsch, “Where are you from?” She looked at me with an imperceptibly sad smile and, after [...]

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CRC and JCC partner with Virginia Beach public libraries for National Jewish American Heritage Month

June 22, 2018

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On April 20, 2006, President George W. Bush proclaimed May to be Jewish American Heritage Month (JAHM). The announcement was the crowning achievement in an effort by the Jewish Museum of Florida and South Florida Jewish community leaders. Their dedication resulted in resolutions introduced by Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida and Senator Arlen Specter [...]

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