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Temple Israel pushke hits milestone

November 26, 2018

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“Last call for the pushke!” That’s a phrase one can expect to hear every Friday night in the minyan room at Temple Israel, just as reliably as the psalm for Shabbat or the shema. It’s a tradition with a long history that recently passed a milestone. There have been pushkes in the Temple Israel minyan [...]

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Area Jewish cemeteries need and receive care

November 5, 2018

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After the Revolutionary War, numerous Jewish families moved to Tidewater to take advantage of the tremendous economic opportunities and central location that made this region so attractive. The emergence of these Jewish communities resulted in a variety of congregations and cemeteries. The Torah teaches that when a Jewish community is established, two significant elements are needed. There must be a mikveh, a ritual bath [...]

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Healing Service and Town Hall meeting

November 5, 2018

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  Ohef Sholom Temple held a healing service and town hall meeting on Monday, October 29. Approximately 500 people attended the service. Many who spoke during the town hall portion of the evening represented other faith communities. They expressed condolences and a commitment of solidarity. Susan Feit, a social justice consultant, spoke. An excerpt: My parents are both Holocaust survivors. They [...]

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Salute to Tidewater Jewish Military Connections

November 5, 2018

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More than most every other corner of the nation, we in Tidewater understand and appreciate those who serve in the United States Military. If we don’t have family members who have served, we certainly have friends and neighbors who have. And, so, Veteran’s Day is a day that is and should be treated with respect, as well as celebrated [...]

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Grandparents: Got any advice?

November 5, 2018

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Be ready for the best part of being a parent, grandparenting. Now you’ll finally know what it means to be adored—and to be absolutely, completely, and helplessly in love! —Betsy and Ed Karotkin Jane Isay, author of Unconditional Love: A Guide to Navigating the Joys and Challenges of Being a Grandparent Today, has plenty of advice on grandparenting. Still, Jewish News [...]

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Pop-up bookstore open at Simon Family JCC

November 5, 2018

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With the Simon Family JCC’s Lee and Bernard Jaffe Family Jewish Book Festival in full swing, more than 100 different books by prominent and emerging authors are now available in a pop-up bookstore in the Simon Family JCC’s Copeland Cardo. Works from the genres of fiction, memoir, young adult, self-help, and children—all with a focus on one of the many aspects of Jewish and Israeli [...]

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Hanoch Piven’s creativity spread through Tidewater

November 5, 2018

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Israel Today’s first ever artist-in-residence, Hanoch Piven, took Tidewater by storm with more than 40 events over his two-week visit, engaging more than 1,500 people from both the Jewish and non-Jewish communities. Piven held workshops at the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s annual Super Sunday, for leaders of local synagogue and Jewish agencies, at schools including Birdneck Elementary, Granby High School, Cape Henry Collegiate, and Norfolk [...]

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Super Sunday’s recipe for success: Great ingredients, enthusiastic community

November 5, 2018

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What ingredients made this year’s Super Sunday so successful? Community members of all ages volunteering? More than 215 individual gifts pledged to the 2019 campaign? Social action projects teaching kids Tikkun Olam? The answer, of course, is all of these and more. On Sunday, October 21, Tidewater stayed true to the Super Sunday theme, Rise Up: Be a part of Federation’s Recipe for Success, and [...]

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Jewish Book Festival

October 22, 2018

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The annual celebration of Jewish writers, books, and ideas, Simon Family JCC’s Lee & Bernard Jaffe Family Jewish Book Festival, provides an opportunity to engage with talented authors about their latest books. The month-long Festival also offers the latest titles on the top of Jewish booklists for purchase. The Simon Family JCC is a member [...]

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HAT’s 30th Annual Golf Tournament—The hottest game in town

October 22, 2018

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Winners of First Flight: Chris Lyon, Allan Lyon, Ron Kramer, and Alvin Wall.

Extreme heat and humidity did not keep golfers and volunteers from supporting the Hebrew Academy of Tidewater Konikoff Center of Learning’s 30th Annual Golf Tournament, also known as The Bob Josephberg Classic. With a heat index in the upper 90’s, the golfers toughed out 18 holes at the superb Cypress Point Country Club. Players and [...]

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