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Rosh Hashanah

September 16, 2019

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Dear Readers, While the holidays feel a bit tardy this year (you know how they’re never on time…), it is still hard to believe that it’s the season again for apples and honey and shofar calls and sermons and holiday meals. And, for reflections. We asked some folks for their thoughts on the holiday and [...]

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Rescue of S.S. Quanza refugees took place nearly 80 years ago

September 16, 2019

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Ohef Sholom Temple Archives Passengers of the S.S. Quanza, docked in Norfolk harbor, 1940, while their fate hangs in the balance, prohibited by US immigration law from disembarking.

This past Wednesday, September 11, marked 79 years since a rejected refugee ship arrived on Tidewater’s shores, sparking a battle of wills that reached all the way to the White House, and the narrow rescue of 81 refugees fleeing the horrors of Nazi-occupied Europe. For Elise Margolius, a young wife, mother, and president of the [...]

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The Jewish community of Selma, Alabama

September 16, 2019

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Amy Milligan at Temple Mishkan Israel.

Prior to coming to Old Dominion University, I taught at Elizabethtown College in central Pennsylvania. It was there that I met one of my dearest friends, also named Amy, who is one of the college chaplains. When she told me that she was taking her students on an interfaith Civil Rights trip, I challenged her [...]

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Ignite, reflect and envision as we usher in 5780

September 16, 2019

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Betty Ann Levin

Last September, a room filled with members of our community joined together to kick off our 2019 Community Campaign and Arts + Ideas season. The results? An accelerated campaign with a significantly increased level of community support and our ability to meet additional needs in Tidewater’s Jewish community, on college campuses throughout Virginia, and in vulnerable communities [...]

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Burying Jewish books: UJFT makes it possible

September 2, 2019

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Rabbi Michael Panitz and members of Temple Israel at Mikro Kodesh Cemetery.

On Sunday, August 18, United Jewish Federation of Tidewater took the first step in creating a coordinated community book burial. This came in response to Rabbi Michael Panitz, who contacted UJFT with a need to bury Temple Israel’s unused Holy books. The act of burying Holy books (not simply books written by Jewish authors) is [...]

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Holocaust Commission’s Conference offers educators guidance in teaching difficult history

September 2, 2019

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Elbert Watson Dance Company interacts with the audience.

Is the suffering of others our own? How do we make emotions explicit and use them positively to teach? Why is it so difficult to accept certain facts? How can history be controversial? These were just a few of an abundance of framing questions that educators considered—and truly wrestled with—during the 14th Biennial Educators’ Conference [...]

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Cardon 6: Creativity, uninterrupted

September 2, 2019

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Hosts of a Bat Mitzvah brunch in the Cardons’ kitchen: Jan Konikoff, Stacie Caplan, Rachel Abrams, Elyse Tapper Cardon, Alicia Friedman, and Ashley Zittrain.

“My life is a journey of blessings. I am always growing through open-minded, whole-hearted living and am grateful to have the freedom to express love without fear.” —Elyse Tapper Cardon Elyse and David Cardon’s home life is a visual reflection of their love of each other and their love of artistic freedom. They’ve created spaces [...]

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Home

September 2, 2019

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Home

In some homes, art sits center stage, which is why we’ve made it the focus of this section. Elyse and David Cardon’s Virginia Beach home, for example, is all about expression—art, fun, function, music, entertainment, and love. Artists Jodie Frieden, Abbie Korman, Ivor Kaplan, and David Cardon fill their homes with their work, some of [...]

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A lifetime of giving UJFT’s most senior donor, Bob Liverman

September 2, 2019

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Rabbi Rosalin Mandelberg, Cantor Jennifer Rueben, and Bob Liverman.

Ask anyone to describe Robert G. “Bob” Liverman, and it’s not long before you’ll hear the word “mensch.” “He’s always doing good things for the Jewish people. He’s always been a mensch, a wonderful human being and Jew,” says his great-nephew Kirk Levy. Liverman, who celebrated his 101st birthday with 50 friends and family at [...]

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Simon Family JCC Maccabi delegation excels in Detroit

September 2, 2019

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#TeamVB represented Virginia Beach and the Simon Family JCC at the 2019 Detroit JCC Maccabi Games & ArtsFest opening ceremonies: Tamir Zach, Tal Zach, Matthew Gross and Lior Lehman.

Having the best week of their lives, the members of Team Virginia Beach represented the Simon Family JCC very well at the 2019 JCC Maccabi Games & ArtsFest in Detroit, Michigan, August 4-9. Beyond making many new friends from around the U.S. and the world, the #TeamVB members also earned four medals for their athleticism. [...]

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