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Holocaust Commission’s 2019 Elie Wiesel Competitions

June 7, 2019

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Art display of winner, Gavin Ventura, 1st place, Senior.

The Holocaust Commission of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s month-long 2019 Elie Wiesel Visual Arts exhibit officially closed on May 31. The annual Elie Wiesel Competitions for students include visual arts and writing. TowneBank and the Simon Family Foundation generously support these programs. On May 7, the Holocaust Commission held a reception to welcome student [...]

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Three Israeli medical students in Tidewater

May 24, 2019

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Donna Gal, May Weinberg, and Shelly Cohn in Israel.

Exchange program between Eastern Virginia Medical School and Bar-Ilan University Medical School Providing high quality community healthcare services to patients at risk both in America and northern Israel is among the major learning insights of medical students participating in an exchange program between Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) in Norfolk, Va., and the Bar-Ilan University [...]

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Healthcare in the Jewish Community

May 24, 2019

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Healthcare impacts us all in one way or another. That’s probably why there’s seemingly no limit to articles and shows on the subject, and why we do this section each year. Our first article on page 18 introduces three young Israeli medical students who are participating in an exchange with EVMS. From their smiles and [...]

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Jewish “Home Away from Home” at William and Mary

May 24, 2019

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The Shenkman Jewish Center ribbon cutting ceremony with Rabbi Gershon Litt, student leaders, and Mark and Rosalind Shenkman.

The College of William and Mary was chartered in 1693. Since then, Jewish life on campus has been difficult, if not scarce, at times. Students got together, met on occasion, tried to find rooms to gather in for holidays, and held occasional social events. Over the past few years that infrastructure grew into a stable [...]

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On Yom Hashoah, the community remembered

May 24, 2019

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Elena Barr Baum, Dana Cohen, and Dr. Ludwig Sternlicht.

This year’s Yom Hashoah Commemoration, which honors the victims and survivors of the Holocaust as well as liberators and righteous gentiles, brought the community together to move forward with tolerance and remember those who have fought for justice and fallen to injustice. Temple Israel hosted this year’s event. After Cantor Elihu Flax of Beth Sholom [...]

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March of the Living affirms and questions

May 24, 2019

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Witold Lisowski, recognized as a Righteous Among the Nations, and Simon Fink.

This trip will leave you with more questions than answers. That’s what our guide, Avi Marcovitz, told our group as we gathered in Warsaw’s airport. By we, I mean the 23 young adults from across the U.S. and two from South Africa, who had come to Poland to participate in the International March of the [...]

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Federation hosts JDC’s CEO at photo gallery gala

May 24, 2019

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Front; Laura Miller, Annie Sandler, Karen Lombart, and Jane Stein. Back: Betty Ann Levin and David Schizer.

Nearly 100 community members cycled through the Leon Family Gallery on the Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus on April 30 to tour the exhibit, Home: Lens on Israel, with David Schizer, CEO of the American Joint Distribution Committee (JDC). Home showcases JDC’s impact around the world through the images of various photographers—amateur and professional. [...]

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UJFT Women usher in new Cabinet and Executive Committee at annual Spring Lunch

May 24, 2019

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Passing the torch for the Women’s Cabinet: Barbara Dudley, chair elect; Mona Flax, chair; and Janet Mercadante, immediate past chair.

On May 7, in the rainbow glow of a giant Chihuly sculpture at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Virginia Beach, the Women’s Cabinet of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, held its annual Spring Lunch and Installation. Janet Mercadante, outgoing chair, completing her term, welcomed everyone and expressed her honor at having been afforded [...]

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No fooling for Hey Ladies!

May 3, 2019

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Laura Gross, Rachel Gross, Elka Mednik, and Sara Kruger.

While April 1, 2019 wasn’t your typical April Fool’s Day filled with children’s pranks, laughter abounded at a merged UJFT Women’s Cabinet and Women’s Young Adult Division event, hosted by Leora Drory. For the first time, United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s Women’s Cabinet and the ladies from YAD who give $118 or greater, got together [...]

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J Camp to welcome two Shlichim for the summer

May 3, 2019

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Through The Jewish Agency for Israel’s Shlichim (emissaries) program, two Israelis are spending the summer at the Simon Family JCC’s JCamp. Always a special aspect of camp, each year, Shlichim learn about life in Tidewater, as well as about other parts of the U.S. While here, they teach about Israel and serve as living examples [...]

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