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Knitted with love

July 12, 2019

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Jewish Family Service of Tidewater volunteers meet every Wednesday at 10 am on the Sandler Family Campus to knit and crochet lap blankets, hats, and scarves. JFS social workers and case managers then give these hand-knitted creations as holiday gifts to residents in local nursing homes. These knitters touch so many people who have no one [...]

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Alan B. Rashkind selected 2019 Eggleston/I’Anson Professionalism award winner

July 12, 2019

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The Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association’s highest honor award, the 2019 Eggleston/I’Anson Professionalism Award, was presented to Alan B. Rashkind by the association. Rashkind is an attorney with Furniss, Davis, Rashkind and Saunders in Norfolk. The Eggleston/I’Anson Professionalism Award is named after former Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justices John W. Eggleston of Norfolk, and Lawrence W. [...]

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A fond farewell to Rabbi Jeffrey Arnowitz

July 12, 2019

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On Saturday, June 15, Congregation Beth El gathered at a special Shabbat Service to honor and wish Rabbi Jeffrey Arnowitz and his family a very heartfelt L’Hitraot—but not goodbye! The Arnowitz family left Beth El’s Congregational family on June 30 to depart first to Camp Ramah and then onto their new home in Massapequa, N.Y., [...]

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A museum on Southern Jews moves its eclectic 4,000-item collection across state lines

July 12, 2019

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(JTA)—A prosthetic leg that belonged to a Russian Jewish immigrant to Lake Providence, Louisiana. An 8-foot neon sign from a hotel that advertised as the only establishment with an “up to date kosher kitchen” in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Two organs from the now shuttered Temple B’nai Israel in Canton, Mississippi. These items made the trip [...]

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Who’s running the show in Israel between elections? An explainer.

June 24, 2019

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JERUSALEM (JTA)—With Israel coming up on its second election in five months with no ruling coalition in power, some may be asking who is actually running the government. They needn’t worry—at least not very much. Israelis went to the polls in April expecting to elect a new government. The incumbent prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, seemed [...]

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Senate unanimously condemns anti-Semitism with resolution co-introduced by Senator Tim Kaine

June 24, 2019

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WASHINGTON (JTA)—The Senate unanimously approved a resolution condemning anti-Semitism, the latest congressional bid to address an issue that has roiled American politics. The resolution passed Thursday, June 13 was introduced by Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Tim Kaine, D-Va. It lists a number of classic anti-Semitic slanders and prohibitions on freedoms imposed on Jews overseas and [...]

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Harold Grinspoon’s LIFE & LEGACY inspires locals

June 7, 2019

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Harold Grinspoon is active, intelligent, quick to crack a joke, and he is only 90 years old. A true renaissance man, he has traveled far and wide, owned and operated a successful business, and has recently begun creating massive art installations, many of which are installed in his and his wife’s, Diane’s sprawling backyard in [...]

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Eurovision in Israel: Celebrating global connections through music

June 7, 2019

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Tel Aviv lit up with magic during the week of May 13 for the 64th annual Eurovision Song Contest. With all of Europe’s eyes on Israel, Tel Aviv did not disappoint. In 2018, Netta Barzili, representing Israel, was announced the winner of the 63rd Eurovision Song Contest for her song about strong women, Toy. This [...]

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Where We Disappear, Simon Fink’s directorial debut set to premiere in Los Angeles

June 7, 2019

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Friday, June 21, 7 pm The feature film, Where We Disappear, directed by Norfolk native Simon Fink, is getting its world premiere in Los Angeles at the historic TLC (Grauman’s) Chinese Theatres. The film is the official selection of the 2019 Dances With Films festival. The festival, as noted by IndieWire, is “widely recognized as the [...]

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Temple Israel bonds over kabobs

June 7, 2019

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No great community event ever happens without mountains of work being done behind the scene. The recent Israel Fest was certainly no exception. Norfolk’s Temple Israel offered festivalgoers a tasty—and healthy!—reprieve from the heat of the day in the form of cool, refreshing fruit kabobs. And while the Temple’s kabob booth was a nice, quiet [...]

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