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Dear Hampton Roads Friends and Family,

April 8, 2021

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As you may have already heard, Rebecca Aleck Koltun, daughter of Virginia Beach native Audrey (Aleck) Koltun and her husband Scott, and the granddaughter of Helen and Warren Aleck, suffered a life-altering, horrific skiing accident on March 13. Rebeca severely fractured her C1–C2 vertebrae which are very high up on her neck. This fracture has denied her [...]

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your dollars at work: Romania Jews enjoy heart-to-heart Passover celebration without face-to-face contact

April 8, 2021

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Like Jews around the globe, Romanian Jews have their own history and reason to be proud to belong to the big family of Bereshit, where they learn together and celebrate Judaism. “As we all turn to preparing for Pesah in our homes, I am proud to share what is taking place in Romania due in [...]

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Brith Sholom installs new board

April 8, 2021

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In February, Brith Sholom held their first successful online elections, which were necessary due to the pandemic. The newly elected officers and board members were installed during a Zoom meeting on Sunday, March 7. The installed officers and board members are: Joe Weintrob, president; Dave Lesser, vice president; Ed Landress, secretary; Jerry Sandler, treasurer. The [...]

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Grants available for first-time campers to Jewish overnight camps

April 8, 2021

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As the world begins to safely open up, many families are beginning to look for activities for their children this summer. For those considering Jewish overnight camps, the Tidewater Jewish Foundation is partnering with the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s One Happy Camper program. One Happy Camper was envisioned as an outreach initiative for children who [...]

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A Time To Mourn From Death to Renewal

April 8, 2021

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Pandemic A dangerous new phenomenon entered our 2020 vision. A novel virus would forever change our lives and our times. Marching us from spring and falling into autumn without even looking. Dementia Her normal eccentricity quickly magnified into the bizarre. Storing ice cream in a “Frigidaire” microwave, becoming a flaming redhead, adamantly denying proof from [...]

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TJF Thanks Legacy Donors

March 18, 2021

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Today, we honor and thank our Legacy donors, who have committed themselves to the future of the Tidewater Jewish community. Your gift(s) will help meet the challenges and needs our community faces for generations to come. Thank you. View TJF Life & Legacy list.

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Yeshivas Aish Kodesh brings students to Norfolk and sends them out in the world, fully prepared

March 18, 2021

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Yeshivas Aish Kodesh Talmudical Academy of Norfolk is a four-year high school for Jewish boys, offering a dual curriculum of Judaic Studies, along with a complete General Studies program —in a religious environment. The pride and joy of the YAK staff is the opportunity to provide exceptional instruction in a small school setting. The average [...]

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Grant helps feed the hungry

March 18, 2021

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Jewish Family Service received a grant from Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation in the amount of $2,500 to purchase food for members of the community who might otherwise go hungry.

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Israeli Supreme Court rules state must grant citizenship to non-Orthodox Jewish converts in Israel

March 5, 2021

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(JTA)—Israel must grant citizenship to Jews who converted to Judaism in Israel under non-Orthodox auspices, its Supreme Court ruled Monday, March 1, possibly igniting another round in the long-running government battle over who the state should recognize as Jewish. The decision, written by Chief Justice Esther Hayut, comes less than a month before national elections. [...]

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Whale watching and Shabbat

March 5, 2021

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Actually standing in a boat looking at a whale in the water, it’s not hard to imagine how one swallowed Jonah. Encouraging her students to be inquisitors, Morah Nicole’s class at Strelitz International Academy has become enthralled with all kinds of whales. That’s how I learned that whales migrate through our area from December to [...]

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