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Passover 5779

April 5, 2019

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Dear Readers, Passover is in the air. The kinda light, kinda panic feeling arrives each year along with the blossoms and warmer temps. The sense that something good, something unifying, uplifting, and yes, even that something happy is about to take place, comes with Passover—even, and maybe especially, for those who host Seders—those are the [...]

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$17-million reasons to celebrate

April 5, 2019

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Legacy Team members from all community partners.

Community gathers to celebrate second year of the LIFE & LEGACY™ program Tidewater Jewish Foundation (TJF) honored its community partners and donors at the 2nd annual LIFE & LEGACY event on Monday, March 18. The evening celebrated the success of the philanthropic program that has so far, secured 450 new commitments and raised more than [...]

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Men’s trip to the Rebbe’s Ohel

April 5, 2019

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Jason Silverstein at the newly found resting place of his great grandfather.

Its dark and cold, and practically the middle of the night. It’s 4:30 am on Wednesday, January 16 and this morning, I’m standing with a group of eight others, ready to embark on a journey unlike any other I’ve experienced. To be honest, as we load the minibus, which will take us on a whirlwind [...]

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Congresswoman Elaine Luria spoke in support of a resolution condemning Anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry

April 5, 2019

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Congresswoman Elaine Luria

WASHINGTON—In a speech on the House Floor on Thursday, March 7, Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02), a 20-year Navy veteran, spoke in support of a House resolution condemning anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry. The resolution passed later that day, 407–23. A complete transcript of Congresswoman Luria’s remarks follow: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I’m a Jewish [...]

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Brith Sholom hosts myriad speakers

March 22, 2019

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Joe Goldberg, Brith Sholom president, Jerry Sandler, program chair, Joe Weintrob, incoming president, and Pam Northam, First Lady of Virginia, who spoke to Brith Sholom about children’s literacy and volunteerism.

Among Brith Sholom’s many activities, the club often features informative and engaging speakers at its meetings. Jerry Sandler, program chairman, has arranged speakers from such places as the F.B.I, the Virginian-Pilot, and the Red Cross. And, Congresswoman Elaine Luria addressed the group before running for elected office. At a recent meeting, attended by approximately 150 [...]

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Israel’s Threat Matrix: A survey of the challenges on Israel’s borders and beyond

March 22, 2019

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Dr. Jonathan Schanzer with students at Virginia Wesleyan University’s Center for the Study of Religious Freedom.

Dr. Jonathan Schanzer, the Community Relations Council of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, Simon Family JCC, and community partners’ latest Israel Today expert, visited Tidewater February 19–21, where he spoke to more than 1,100 people. The senior vice president for research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Schanzer offered insight into threats that [...]

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2019 Summer Camp

March 22, 2019

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Camp provides a time and space for fun, as well as for development of confidence and new skills—all in a protected and caring environment. In fact, studies consistently demonstrate the long-term benefits of a summer camp experience for both campers and counselors. Perhaps that’s why approximately 11 million kids in the United States attend some [...]

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Leading archaeologist and Jewish Studies scholar to lead new CNU program

March 22, 2019

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Dr. Richard Freund

Bertram and Gladys Aaron Endowed Professorship in Jewish Studies Dr. Richard Freund, a prominent archaeologist, historian, and explorer, has been appointed to a new position at Christopher Newport University where he will lead Judaic Studies and build strong ties with the Jewish community throughout the nation. Freund is the inaugural holder of the Bertram and [...]

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Virginia Jewish Advocacy Day 2019

March 4, 2019

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Forty delegates from Tidewater boarded a bus on the morning of February 6, making their way to Richmond for Virginia’s annual Jewish Advocacy Day with the Community Relations Council of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater. Nearly 200 delegates from Tidewater, the Peninsula, Richmond, and Northern Virginia gathered to hear from Senator Adam Ebbin and [...]

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Artist-In-Residence Hillel Smith leaves his mark on Tidewater

March 4, 2019

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Hillel Smith with his mural for the ViBe District.

With several workshops and discussions on contemporary Judaica, graphic artist Hillel Smith lectured, inspired, encouraged, and produced art during his mid-February visit. Smith led a lunch discussion on his book, Parsha Posters, as a part of the Simon Family JCC’s Lee and Bernard Jaffe Family Jewish Book Festival during his Jewish Book Council tour. Following [...]

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