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Community Relations Council

June 18, 2020

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Recent weeks have been extremely difficult for our country. The Jewish Community Relations Council of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater is appalled and angered by the death of George Floyd at the hands of officers in the Minneapolis Police Department. Our sorrow is further compounded by the killing of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, another [...]

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The Joy of the J – You can’t keep a good senior down

June 18, 2020

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When the Simon Family JCC opened on Monday, June 8, seniors bounced back in real numbers. Even with the necessary implemented regulations and other logistics, “overjoyed” was the overall response. In particular, Silver Sneaker students say they are thrilled to be reunited with Regina in her Fit and Fab class. “All of our classes are [...]

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Mystery Wine Night a huge hit for YAD during quarantine

June 8, 2020

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A Zoom chat room of Young Adult Division (YAD) members was filled with clinking glasses, generous pours, and lots of laughter on Thursday, May 21. That’s because YAD hosted its first-ever, Mystery Wine Night. YADians conducted blind taste tests of four wines and competed to see who could guess each type of wine, the region [...]

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A hero lost, but forever loved: Stan Smolen

June 8, 2020

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When my sister Lynn and I were young, Daddy was our hero. As we grew up and learned his stories we realized he was an American hero, too. Our precious father, Stan Smolen, died last month at the age of 95. He was a veteran of WWII who served his country proudly. He was a [...]

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STEAM fuels the ORT mission. Opportunity and adaptability propel it forward.

May 27, 2020

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Remaining relevant in a world of clashing ideologies and mixed agendas, crisis upon crisis, decade after decade, is the most striking feature of a legacy organization such as ORT. Fixed, yet flexible, the foundation of ORT’s high-tech educational mission is relevance. That box was checked long before ‘Pandemic 2020.’ Barbara Birch joined ORT America as [...]

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Hundreds of layoffs with more to come: We’re tracking coronavirus job losses in the Jewish world

May 27, 2020

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(JTA)—The Jewish Telegraphic Agency is recording layoffs and furloughs at Jewish organizations as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. This story is updated regularly and serves as a running log of layoffs and furloughs imposed at Jewish nonprofits. May 14: 60 laid off from Union for Reform Judaism The Reform movement laid off 60 full-time [...]

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Summer camp is canceled. Here’s how Jewish parents can rise to the challenge.

May 27, 2020

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SHORT HILLS, N.J. (JTA)—The announcement that Jewish summer camps will be closed this year has been tough on parents around the country. If we could just have this one little remainder of normalcy, we told ourselves, we’d be fine. But as with virtually every other aspect of this pandemic, reality hasn’t conformed to our expectations. [...]

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CRC and Holocaust Comission Update: Never Again Education Act Passes Congress!

May 27, 2020

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The U.S. Senate adopted the House version of the Never Again Education Act (H.R. 943/S. 2085), an important Holocaust education bill, which will provide expertise and resources to states, localities and schools on Wednesday, May 13. The bill has now passed Congress and will soon go to the President for his signature. Senator Tim Kaine, Senator [...]

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Be a video star

May 27, 2020

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Due to the COVID-19 virus, Beth Sholom Village residents are not allowed visitors. Want to let these residents of BSV know that they are being thought of and missed? Create a short video (30 seconds—1 minute) of greetings and good wishes or share a special talent (such as playing an instrument or singing a song) [...]

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La Promenade: Virginia Beach lifestyle carousel plays a strong retail game

May 27, 2020

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On a ‘typical’ lockdown Saturday morning before Mother’s Day, a store manager places orange traffic cones strategically in the parking lot outside Nothing Bundt Cakes at La Promenade in Virginia Beach. The popular cake boutique preps for the pre-Mother’s Day surge with curbside attendants to greet and guide customers through “call ahead” and “new order” [...]

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