November 5, 2020

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Elaine Luria holds her seat

Elaine Luria has held onto her Second Congressional District seat, defeating Scott Taylor. Luria is a Jewish member of the so-called “Gang of Nine,” a group of moderate Democrats with national security backgrounds who were elected in 2018 to seats that had previously been held by Republicans. Luria, a Navy veteran, was defending her incumbency [...]

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November 5, 2020

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Together even while we’re apart: Second Sunday community Phone-a-Thon to go virtual

Sunday, December 13, 10 am–1 pm The United Jewish Federation of Tidewater has a long and storied history with its much beloved Super Sunday Community Phone-a-Thon. It’s a day that harkens back to Super Sundays held on Newport Avenue, some years on Thompkins Lane, and more recently in the Fleder Multipurpose Room at the Sandler [...]

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November 5, 2020

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Birthright Israel: Smell the shawarma and feel the feels

A free, 10-day trip to Israel sounds like an easy sell. College students live to drink beer, eat ethnic foods, and hook up with peers on the beach, any beach. It might surprise you to know that convincing Jewish kids to indulge in Israel’s unique magic on someone else’s dime is not as easy as [...]

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November 5, 2020

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Help JFS put a smile on a child’s face with its Chanukah Gift Program

In its 28th year, Jewish Family Service’s annual Hanukkah Gift Program is now underway. The first night of Hanukkah is December 10. Like nearly everything, the holiday is going to look a little different this year. Still, JFS’s core mission will remain the same: helping local Jewish families in need. This program provides holiday gifts [...]

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November 5, 2020

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United Jewish Federation of Tidewater & the Simon Family JCC’s Lee and Bernard Jaffe Family Jewish Book Festival 2020–2021*

All events are open to the community with RSVP or tickets required and will take place virtually until further notice. For more information about the Festival, to register, sponsor, or volunteer, contact Patty Shelanski at 757-452-3184 or Pshelanski@ujft.org or jewishva.org. To register for events, go to Jewishva.org/bookfest *events shown only through December 16 The Way [...]

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October 23, 2020

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2021 Campaign offering limited-time matching incentive during week of Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 22 through Giving Tuesday, December 1 The 2021 Community Campaign of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater has come out strong, raising more than $3.4 million in its first four months. In a year which promises to be exceptionally challenging for Jewish Tidewater’s agencies, programs, and community members, successful fundraising is an imperative. [...]

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October 23, 2020

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Federation seeks to capture lightning in a bottle with second community phone-a-thon in December Sunday, December 13, 10 am–1 pm

What does an organization do when the success of a new program exceeds its wildest imagination? Well, that’s an easy question to answer… REPEATS IT! Or at least try to come as close as possible to “capturing that lightning in a bottle.” On the second Sunday of December (also the third day of Hanukkah), United [...]

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October 23, 2020

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Giving opportunities for you and your family during COVID-19

2020 has been a tumultuous year, to say the least. As you and your advisors sit down to discuss year-end tax and charitable planning, there are several additional factors this year that can influence key decisions. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact virtually all aspects of the economy; and the upcoming election is bound to [...]

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October 23, 2020

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UJFT & the Simon Family JCC’s Lee and Bernard Jaffe Family Jewish Book Festival 2020–2021

*Events shown only through November 15 All events are open to the community with RSVP or tickets required and will take place virtually until further notice. For more information about the Festival, to register, sponsor, or volunteer, contact Patty Shelanski at 757-452-3184 or Pshelanski@ujft.org or jewishva.org.   Michael Ian Black author of A Better Man, [...]

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October 23, 2020

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Type A. Plan B. Tom Purcell takes first place in the JCC 100-day Summer Fitness Challenge

For Tom Purcell, summer 2020 was the best of times and the worst of times. The pandemic continued to keep people away from their favorite sushi joints, hair salons, and gym-based training sessions. Purcell is Type A and Plan B. When it comes to fitness and his clients, the Simon Family JCC wellness director is [...]

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