November 10, 2022

Comments Off

Joe Perlov’s innovative map exercises create a new understanding of Israel throughout Tidewater

Israel expert Joe Perlov took Tidewater by storm with more than a dozen events over the course of just a few days—engaging with hundreds of people from both the Jewish and general community. Though Perlov focuses on the changing map of Israel, from the 23 border shifts that have occurred since 1948 and the many [...]

Full Story

November 10, 2022

Comments Off

JDC country director briefs community groups on ongoing efforts in Ukraine

In a whirlwind stopover, en route to the JFNA General Assembly in Chicago, Karina Sokolowska, JDC’s (the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee) country director for Poland, gave a series of briefings to community groups in Tidewater. Sokolowska shared her experiences of meeting Jewish (and other) Ukrainian immigrants at the border with Poland and providing them [...]

Full Story

November 10, 2022

Comments Off

Dear Readers: The Holiday Season is About to Begin

Dear Readers, It seems we just finished shaking the lulav for Sukkot and unrolling the Torah for Simcha Torah and here we are in mid-November preparing to set our Thanksgiving tables! And, for some of us, in addition to thoughts of turkey and sweet potatoes, we’ve got brisket and latkes on the mind. We’re getting [...]

Full Story

November 10, 2022

Comments Off

Here come the giant menorahs again!

Chanukah Extravaganza: Sunday, December 18, 4 pm, Mt. Trashmore   According to Rabbi Aron Margolin, director of Chabad Tidewater, in the Hanukkah story, the small army of Maccabees fought for the right to worship God freely. “The purpose of the menorah is to share the idea that the United States is a free country and that we [...]

Full Story

November 10, 2022

Comments Off

Nearly a century and going strong: Interfaith effort brings togetherness in annual Joint Thanksgiving Service

Freemason Street Baptist Church and Ohef Sholom Temple have more things in common than may meet the eye: bringing the community together, breaking bread, giving thanks, and observing their faith in prayer and song for an impressive 95 years. As the story goes, according to OST’s Rabbi Roz Mandelberg, the houses of worship shared an [...]

Full Story

November 10, 2022

Comments Off

Congregation Beth Chaverim celebrates 40th anniversary

Established by five area families in 1982, Congregation Beth Chaverim is “House of Friends” in Hebrew. Initially, the group began meeting in each other’s homes, and as they grew, started meeting in local churches. With the community’s support, the growing congregation built a temple on Stoneshore Road in Virginia Beach and its sanctuary in 2006, their home [...]

Full Story

October 27, 2022

Comments Off

D’var Torah: Veterans and the Torah of Lot and his daughters

With Veterans Day coinciding with Erev Shabbat for Parashat Vayera (Genesis 18-22), I wanted to share a word of Torah (d’var Torah) that bridges the two events. Parashat Vayera is, after all, full of passages that capture the imagination and ignite the Jewish soul! Any Bar/Bat Mitzvah student would kill for this kind of subject [...]

Full Story

October 27, 2022

Comments Off

Federation women welcome a new perspective on community building

  What do you get when you put a truly special Israeli artist in front of a room full of amazing Jewish women leaders? A thoughtful discussion on the “art” of community building. Such was the case at the recent United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s Women’s Lion-Tikva-Chai Lunch held at the Sandler Family Campus. Barbara [...]

Full Story

October 27, 2022

Comments Off

Dear Readers

My first full-time job as an editor was with Tidewater Virginian, a business magazine published by the area Chambers of Commerce. There, I was introduced to the complex world of business and its many facets and stories—so many stories. Like those multiple story subjects I was introduced to at Tidewater Virginian, this section contains articles [...]

Full Story

October 27, 2022

Comments Off

UJFT is going to Israel for her 75th birthday

United Jewish Federation of Tidewater Mission to Israel—March 1–9, 2023 Information Session Thursday, November 10, 6:30 pm Sandler Family Campus Experience an unforgettable week with friends and community and enjoy Israel in the spring. Four nights in Jerusalem, two nights in Kfar Blum (North), and one night in Tel Aviv. Join the Purim festivities and [...]

Full Story
Letter to the Editor