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Perspectives on basketball, the Holocaust, and what one author calls “Grace”

September 22, 2022

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Dan Grunfeld: Wednesday, November 2, 7:30 pm By the Grace of the Game: The Holocaust, a Basketball Legacy, and an Unprecedented American Dream Dan Grunfeld Triumph Books 262 pages, 2021 The 2022-23 Lee & Bernard Jaffe Family Jewish Book Festival kicks off this year with former professional basketball player Dan Grunfeld, who is the author [...]

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ESPN documentary focuses on Holocaust and Munich Olympics survivor Shaul Ladany

September 22, 2022

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(JTA)—Frank Saraceno has worked for ESPN since 1994 and has produced hour-long documentaries on some of the biggest stars in sports for the cable channel’s Emmy Award-winning “E:60” series. But he thinks working on the episode that premiered September 20, might have been the most powerful experience with the show he has had since its [...]

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Queen Elizabeth mattered. Civil religion explains why.

September 22, 2022

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(JTA)—I am one of those people who gobble up films and television shows about the royal family almost as soon as they come out. And yet, watching The Crown, my thoughts would run like this: “This is great television,” I would say after nearly every episode. “But remind me again why I should care what [...]

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Area religious schools begin year with Israeli flair

September 22, 2022

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Tidewater’s ShinShinim, Aya Sever and Alma Ben Chorin, are adding an Israeli touch to area religious schools this year. Sever will spend three weeks each month during the first semester with Ohef Sholom Temple while Ben Chorin is with Congregation Beth El. They will switch schools in January. Sever and Ben Chorin will spend one [...]

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First Person: The impact of learner-centered Israel education

September 22, 2022

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When I was a child in Jewish day school, we passed around the green, metal JNF box, sang Israeli songs, and watched videos about Israel’s beauty. Israel was our homeland, pure and simple. Since then, things have gotten much more complicated. Young Jewish adults do not have the same attachment to Israel as my generation, [...]

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What’s in the new Iran deal, and what’s holding it up?

September 8, 2022

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(JTA)—Last month, the chances that the United States would rejoin the Iran nuclear deal seemed higher than they had been in years. CNN and Reuters reported that Iran had dropped multiple demands in the ongoing negotiations over a new accord that would update the original reached in 2015. Senior U.S. officials were confident that the [...]

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Ken Burns’ PBS documentary The U.S. And The Holocaust asks hard questions about how Americans treated Jews and immigrants during wartime

September 8, 2022

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Premier Sunday, September 18, 8 pm, WHRO (JTA) — One of the first people introduced in Ken Burns’ new documentary series about the Holocaust is Otto, a Jewish man seen in the series’ first episode who tries to secure passage to America for his family but gets stymied by the country’s fierce anti-immigration legislation. It [...]

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Programs department gets new coordinator

September 8, 2022

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Mia Klein has joined United Jewish Federation of Tidewater as the new programs department coordinator. In her new role, she will work with the directors of Arts + Ideas, Jewish Innovation, and the Jewish Community Relations Council, chief programs officer, and, other areas that are all part of UJFT’s programs department. Klein moved to Virginia [...]

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ShinShinim find a warm welcome in Tidewater

September 8, 2022

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Aya Sever and Alma Ben Chorin, Tidewater’s ShinShiniot, arrived in August and are getting to know the community. Shin Shin is an acronym in Hebrew that means Shnat Sherut—a year of service. Many Israeli teens choose to postpone their military service in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) for one year to volunteer, and the ShinShinim [...]

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2022 Elie Wiesel Writing Competition winner: “Hatred is all too common”

September 8, 2022

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The first place winner in the Holocaust Commission’s Elie Wiesel Writing Competition for her moving and insightful poem about the Holocaust says she doesn’t consider herself a poet at all. “Honestly, I focus a lot on playwriting and screenwriting,” says Avery Britt, a 2022 graduate of Norfolk Academy who entered in the Senior Poetry category. [...]

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