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Ellen Rosenblum installed as new president of Jewish Family Service of Tidewater

July 12, 2019

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Jeff Cooper, JFS immediate past president; Kelly Burroughs, JFS CEO; Ellen Rosenblum, JFS president, 2019-2021; Scott Rosenblum; and Lawrence Steingold, JFS past president.

With a theme of “Honoring Our Past, Envisioning Our Future,” Jewish Family Service of Tidewater (JFS) held its 64th Biennial Meeting on June 17. At the meeting, JFS installed Ellen Rosenblum as the president for 2019–2021, thanked Jeff Cooper for serving as president 2016–2019, installed new board and executive committee members, and presented several recognition [...]

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Bill Nusbaum named to Virginia Israel Advisory Board

July 12, 2019

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Bill Nusbaum.

Richmond, Va.—On behalf of the Virginia House of Delegates, Speaker Kirk Cox has named Bill Nusbaum to the Virginia Israel Advisory Board (VIAB). Nusbaum is an attorney with Williams Mullen. VIAB is a government agency that helps Israeli companies locate and grow their U.S. operations in Virginia and to team up with Virginia businesses to [...]

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Legal Matters in the Jewish Community

July 12, 2019

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg donates $9,000 to Israeli schools teaching Arabic and Hebrew Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says she is donating $9,000 to a network of bilingual Hebrew and Arabic schools in Israel. The grant to schools operated by Hand in Hand comes from prize money that Bader Ginsburg, who is Jewish, was awarded [...]

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Virginia Council BBYO elects several from Tidewater

July 12, 2019

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Local BBYO members were recently elected to serve on Virginia Council’s board. They are:

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There’s a new rabbi in town: Rabbi Murray Ezring at Beth El

July 12, 2019

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Rabbi Murray Ezring

Rabbi Murray Ezring doesn’t hold a grudge. But he does get even. Thirty-one years after he was a candidate to be the rabbi of Congregation Beth El in Norfolk, he is returning to Beth El to serve as an interim replacement for Rabbi Jeffrey Arnowitz, the man who succeeded Rabbi Arthur Ruberg, the man who [...]

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Emerging Philanthropists Council distributes first funds

June 24, 2019

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Emerging Philanthropists Council: Yael Schranze, Danial Watts, Zach Sissel, Marah Gordon, Joshua Sissel, Johny Williamson, Leo Kamer, and Lindsey Foer. Not pictured are Evan Gordon, Ellie Gordon, Liora Kaplan, and Jonathan Peck.

The Emerging Philanthropists Council was established with a Fund created at Tidewater Jewish Foundation to help Jewish teens learn about philanthropy by conducting their own grants process. In its first year, the EPC learned about tzedakah and how to think about different needs of individuals and communities when making philanthropic decisions. Representatives from Chabad of [...]

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JFS organ donation program dispels myths, spreads awareness

June 24, 2019

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Jeff Cooper, JFS president; Kelly Burroughs, JFS CEO; Kathryn Barrett, moderator; Thom Hutchins, donor family; Dr. Janet S. Wright, acting director of Science & Policy, Office of the U.S. Surgeon General; Al Diaz, donor family and recipient; Patti Wainger, JFS board member; and Rabbi Jeffrey Arnowitz, Congregation Beth El.

The theme throughout the evening was awareness, but as the stories unfolded, an even stronger message came through: organ donation is LOVE. The Thursday, May 16 program, “Organ Donation: The Gift of Life” featured keynote speaker Janet S. Wright, MD FACC, acting director of science and policy with the U.S. Surgeon General’s office, along with [...]

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Games and camaraderie make YAD’s Beachside Social successful

June 24, 2019

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David and Alexandra Calliott.

YAD’s Beachside Social event was a huge success. New people, people who haven’t been to an event in years, people who aren’t new to the area, but are new to the Young Adult Division of United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, as well as loyal ‘YADians,’ attended.

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Amy and Kevin Lefoce honored at Toras Chaim Annual Dinner

June 24, 2019

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Rabbi Yisroel Stein, Kirk Levy, and Kevin and Amy Lefcoe.

Toras Chaim held its annual dinner at B’nai Israel Congregation on Monday, June 3, honoring Amy and Kevin Lefcoe with the Gesher award for building bridges in community and education. The Lefcoes have been involved with the Jewish community on so many different levels and in so many different ways. Whatever they do, and wherever [...]

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Senior Living

June 24, 2019

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Still going strong! Last year, Hadassah focused practically an entire issue of its magazine on ‘The Art of Aging.’ The idea being, of course, that age is just a number. It’s possible, according to nearly every article in that issue, to ‘grow older, without getting old.’ Who wouldn’t appreciate that philosophy? I certainly subscribe to [...]

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