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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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Emily Myers receives Stein Family Scholarship from Tidewater Jewish Foundation

May 27, 2020

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The annual Stein Family College Scholarship of the Tidewater Jewish Foundation was recently awarded to Emily Myers, a soon-to-be graduate of Tallwood High School in Virginia Beach. Myers is the 12th recipient of the four-year scholarship, which provides up to $10,000 per year to a Jewish student in Tidewater. The Stein Family College Scholarship was [...]

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Jewish Tidewater Community Survey: Results available soon

May 27, 2020

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For the first time in 19 years, Tidewater’s Jewish community conducted a survey to gather information to build a stronger, more dynamic Jewish community. The survey took place in February. The last survey, the 2001 Jewish Community demographic Study, revealed where Jewish people lived, their ages, information about households (ages and number of people), and [...]

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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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