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L’Shanah Tovah 5777

September 19, 2016

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5776: The year in review and more.  

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Donald Trump supporters launch push for American ‘swing state’ votes in Israel

August 14, 2016

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JERUSAlEM (JTA)— On behalf of Donald Trump, Republicans this month launched a get-out-the-vote campaign geared to Americans living in Israel. The initiative, which began Wednesday, August 3 has unprecedented funding and local strategic support. The effort by Republicans Overseas Israel, the main group supporting the party here, reflects it leaders’ conviction that American Israelis overwhelmingly [...]

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Mazel Tov

October 2, 2015

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Dear Readers, Fortunately, there is always a reason to exclaim, “Mazel Tov!” With our 2nd Annual Mitzvah Day just around the corner and our Federation’s Campaign kickoff primed for success, it is fruitful to remember that we do not need to look very far or too hard to find an excuse to celebrate. After all, [...]

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Is lunar eclipse at Sukkot an ominous sign?

October 3, 2014

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by Edmon J. Rodman LOS ANGELES (JTA)—As we usher in Sukkot, will there be a blood moon rising? John Hagee, the San Antonio pastor who wrote the book Four Blood Moons: Something is About to Change, would have us believe so. Hagee predicts that because of a cycle of four lunar eclipses called a tetrad—two [...]

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High Holidays

September 5, 2014

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Dear Readers, In this, the first of our two special High Holiday sections, we devote lots of pages to recapping the events of the worldwide Jewish community of 5774. What a year it was…from the death of Ariel Sharon to the discovery of art confiscated from Jews in Germany to Operation Protective Edge. Don’t worry, [...]

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Operation Protective Edge Updates from Israel

August 19, 2014

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In order to provide Jewish News readers with additional sources of information than may be found in U.S. media, we’ve gathered the following links to a variety of news updates, opinions, analyses, and live blogs from Israel. The views expressed on these sites are not necessarily the opinion of this newspaper. News, Updates, Live reports [...]

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Presbyterian Divestment from Israel discussed with local pastor

August 15, 2014

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by Robin Mancoll, director, Community Relations Council, United Jewish Federation of Tidewater Earlier this summer, the Presbyterian Church USA (PC USA) voted by a very narrow margin (310-303) at its General Assembly in Detroit to divest from three companies who do business with Israel. It passed because of a well-organized, vocal minority allied with the [...]

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First stage of Jewish News Archival Project now online

August 15, 2014

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Thanks to the generosity of contributors, the Jewish News Archival Project is making great progress. In fact, readers can check out the results to date. Small Town Papers is converting old Jewish News issues to a readable format, easily accessed on the newspaper’s site: jewishnewsva.org. In addition to browsing issues, it is possible to search [...]

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Guide to Jewish Living in Tidewater

August 15, 2014

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Tidewater’s Jewish Community Calendar tends to be busy most months of the year. The reason? The myriad of welcoming organizations, synagogues and schools that are brimming with events. We’re fortunate, and most of us probably don’t realize it. I received a call a few weeks ago from a high school friend who now lives out-of-state. [...]

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How much has Israel’s war in Gaza cost?

August 15, 2014

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by Ben Sales TEL AVIV (JTA)—After the missiles have stopped, after the troops have come home, even after most of the wounded are out of the hospital, Israelis will still be feeling the burden of Operation Protective Edge—this time in their pockets. With the recent expiration of a temporary cease-fire, the operation may not be [...]

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