September 21, 2020

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Virginia 2020 Elections Important deadlines

Friday, Sept. 18, 2020 — Absentee Voting Begins Monday, Oct. 12, 2020 — Last day to register to vote online, by mail, or in-person at your registrar’s office Friday, Oct. 23, 2020 — Last day to request an absentee ballot via the mail-in form Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020 —Last day to request an absentee ballot via the online form Saturday, [...]

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September 18, 2020

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High Holidays 5781 Special Section

In the most recent issue of Jewish News, we wrote about area synagogues preparing for this most unusual High Holiday season. As we go to press, much of those congregations’ work is complete with boxes and bags of honey and cakes and memorial books and prayer books delivered into the hands of their congregants. The [...]

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September 18, 2020

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Without traditional High Holiday Food Drives, fear of fewer food donations rises

In past years, many area temples and synagogues have supported the Jewish Family Service food pantries through their High Holiday food drives. But this year, with most buildings closed, there will not be bins or trucks available to collect food on Yom Kippur. JFS counts on these High Holiday food drives to stock the pantries’ [...]

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September 18, 2020

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Study: More than one in 10 Americans under 40 thinks Jews caused the Holocaust

(JTA)—More than one in 10 American adults under 40 believes that Jews caused the Holocaust. That’s one finding from a survey published Wednesday, Sept. 16 trying to gauge Holocaust knowledge among millennials and Generation Z, a cohort ranging in age from 18 to 39. The survey found that most respondents had heard of the Holocaust and [...]

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September 18, 2020

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Helping each other: COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund

Dedicated to caring for Jewish Tidewater’s most vulnerable community members and protecting its vital institutions, the COVID-19 Emergency Fund of the Tidewater Jewish Community has distributed more than $100,000 to assist these populations and agencies. Congregations, Beth Sholom Village, Jewish Family Service, and schools have all received assistance through the fund. Dollars have helped JFS [...]

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September 4, 2020

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High Holidays 5781 Special Edition

Dear Readers, For the first time in the vast majority of our lifetimes, most of us will ‘attend’ High Holiday services by watching computer screens, tablets, televisions, and perhaps even our phones. While these strange circumstances brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic will impact practically every synagogue and temple across the globe, here in Tidewater, [...]

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September 4, 2020

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Your Vote is Your Voice Series explains new laws and procedures and encourages participation

The former and late Supreme Court Justice, Louis Brandeis, once noted, “The most important office, and the one which all of us can and should fill, is that of private citizen.” Regardless of party affiliation, voting is a constitutional right—one that must be exercised and defended. The United States recently celebrated the centennial of the [...]

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September 4, 2020

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Tidewater synagogues work overtime to embrace the essence of Rosh Hashanah and touch members they can’t see

A sanctuary overflowing with people in prayer, ties, and high heels has been the picture of High Holiday success for more than a century. Local buzz about a stirring sermon is the new year cherry on top. Two universal truths hit home this year with COVID-19: Modern technology is just one essential piece of the [...]

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September 4, 2020

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Former State Treasurer, UJFT director, and Jody’s Popcorn president brings a full bag of rich and relevant experience to new leadership role as Tidewater Jewish Foundation chair

Saying thank you during a pandemic was Jody Wagner’s first order of business as the new chair of the Tidewater Jewish Foundation. In a short video on Facebook, she said: “Thank you to our donors for making sure our community has the resources it needs, and to our community partners for working with us to [...]

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September 4, 2020

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Super Sunday—Today, Tomorrow, Together

Sunday, September 13, 10 am–1 pm The past year has brought extraordinary challenges to the entire planet which have resulted in massive changes to the way we all do “business.” The Jewish community of Tidewater has certainly not been exempt from those changes—as anyone who’s “attended” a meeting or cultural arts event since mid-March can [...]

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