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Jewish Tidewater: Taking care of each other

March 20, 2020

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The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic engulfing the globe is impacting our every moment. For United Jewish Federation of Tidewater and the Simon Family JCC, it is forcing us to make decisions we never thought possible. It is also challenging us to imagine new ways to conduct our work and the business of taking care of our [...]

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Asian Americans are facing violent xenophobia during the coronavirus outbreak. Jews have a responsibility to speak out.

March 20, 2020

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NEW YORK (JTA)—In recent weeks, we’ve seen an unprecedented epidemic of the coronavirus spread across the world. Unfortunately, we’ve also seen a spike in anti-Asian violence and prejudice. In the U.S., racist and xenophobic outbursts, assaults and discriminatory practices against Asian Americans have been reported from coast to coast. Chinese restaurants are witnessing 30 to 80 [...]

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Rona and David Proser: Celebrating and ensuring Jewish lives in Tidewater

March 20, 2020

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Having lived in Virginia Beach for close to 40 years, Rona and David Prosers’ lives and leadership have been interwoven into the fabric of Tidewater’s Jewish community. Rona taught at Hebrew Academy of Tidewater for 30 years, making a positive impact on the lives of thousands of Jewish children and their families. As chazzan at [...]

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Passover in a pandemic: Families on Zoom, solo seders and broken traditions

March 20, 2020

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(JTA)—Rena Munster was looking forward to hosting a Passover seder for the first time. In past years, her parents or another relative hosted the meal. But this year she had invited her parents, siblings, and other extended family to her Washington, D.C., home. Her husband, an amateur ceramics artist, was making a set of dishes [...]

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Mazel Tov

February 27, 2020

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Dear Readers, We all love a celebration—no matter the reason or occasion. And, why not? After all, celebrations are generally times for laughter and visits and, at nearly every Jewish event, food. Fortunately, myriad reasons abound to say “Mazel Tov!” and throw a party or get together with family and friends. Consider our article on [...]

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UJFT’S Young Adult Division’s Purim in the Wild West

February 27, 2020

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Saturday, March 7, 8 pm, Sandler Family Campus Mozy on over to the Simon Family JCC for the Young Adult Division (YAD) of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater‘s Purim in the Wild West party. YAD wants all young adults, ages 21–45 (and older, if you dare…) to strap on those boots and ride over [...]

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Film critic delights in pulling curtain on women who fight for ‘firsts’ and carry other women later

February 27, 2020

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It was the perfect fit. Elizabeth Weitzman, Tricia Snyder, and members of United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s Society of Professionals got together on a rainy February night, in a trendy boutique backlit with sparkly dresses, puffy winter jackets, iconic illustrations—and girl gusto. Weitzman is the author of Renegade Women in Film & TV. Her compelling [...]

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Game on. Summer Maccabi 2020 is virtually the best year yet for dancers, gamers, and athletes

February 27, 2020

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August 9–14, Pace University, New York City Digital natives, competitive dancers, and athletes who love soccer, basketball, swimming and e-sports will compete in 2020 Summer Maccabi, this year’s Olympic-style competition open to Jewish kids ages 13 to 16. “It doesn’t matter what sport you play, your love for it will grow,” says Tal Zach. “I [...]

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Mazel Tov to a Woman for the World: Annie Sandler is first JDC vice president from Tidewater

February 27, 2020

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As a young married woman living in Virginia Beach, Annie Sandler began to build a rare and rewarding Jewish communal life. Powerful influences include husband Art Sandler; in-laws, Reba and Sam Sandler; Dr. Zvi Feine, and various female leaders on national United Jewish Appeal and United Jewish Communities (UJC), now the Jewish Federations of North [...]

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An update on Virginia Beach City Public Schools 2021–2022 School Calendar

February 27, 2020

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Over the last month, our community has been engaged regarding the Virginia Beach City Public Schools 2021–2022 calendar with the first day of school falling on the first day of Rosh Hashanah. At the February 25, 2020 Virginia Beach City Public Schools School Board meeting, Chairwoman Carolyn Rye made a motion to suspend the use [...]

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