January 21, 2021

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Donors commit $21.5-million to Tidewater Jewish community’s future

In September 2016, Tidewater Jewish Foundation partnered with the Harold Grinspoon Foundation to launch the Life & Legacy program in Tidewater. After four successful years, 332 donors have made 571 legacy commitments worth $21.5 million in current and future gifts to support endowments in the local Jewish community. The initial ‘start-up’ phase of this program [...]

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January 21, 2021

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A bright future ahead for Jewish Family Service

As Jewish Family Service nears its 75th year as a Jewish Service Agency, the non-profit organization is charting its future by focusing on the increasing needs of the community. JFS sees an opportunity to expand and re-energize the agency’s big impact mission-based programs. “JFS is increasing our focus on outreach through our Private Duty Embrace [...]

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January 21, 2021

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Spirit Week and Day of Giving inspires extraordinary level of parent donations at SIASpirit Week and Day of Giving inspires extraordinary level of parent donations at SIA

Strelitz International Academy returned from Winter Break to Spirit Week, January 5–8, culminating in the Day of Giving, hoping to inspire parents to participate in the school’s annual donor fund (ADF) reflecting the power of community. Spirit Week was the brainchild of SIA’s Parent Volunteer Committee and Student Government Association to highlight this important Week [...]

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January 21, 2021

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Food Love. For Life.

A tribe of Jewish restaurateurs and food entrepreneurs have been hunting and gathering meals on behalf of the local community and to address food insecurity for most of their adult lives. These individuals and their food businesses have especially made a variety of contributions to share their love through food during the pandemic. Why are [...]

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January 21, 2021

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Tidewater families light up the night with PJ Library

Hanukkah is celebrated each year when the days are short and the nights are long and dark. For eight whimsical nights, family and friends gather to enjoy precious time together. Delicious meals are prepared, prayers are said, and children play games while the menorah shines. Like so many other holidays and events this year, Hanukkah [...]

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January 21, 2021

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UJFT Society of Professionals embarks on Mission to Israel without the jet lag

In what seems to be an ever enduring global pandemic, tour guides across the world are devising creative ways for visitors to experience other countries without packing a thing. United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s Society of Professionals (SoP) recently embarked on such a journey to explore a ‘Dreamers and Achievers’ three-part virtual mission to Israel [...]

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December 11, 2020

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Kol Yisroel aravim zeh b’zeh

As we approach the end of 2020, I believe most of us can agree that it has been tumultuous and that 2021 cannot come soon enough! Still, in the face of unprecedented challenges, our Jewish community remains strong, engaged, and committed. The strength of our community is demonstrated every day in so many ways—by organizations [...]

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December 11, 2020

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Florence Melton stepped up as a footwear inventor and innovator who created a community for Jewish lifelong learners

After a seven-year recess, the Florence Melton School of Adult Learning is back in session. The name Melton is associated with innovation, activism, and invention. Florence Melton disrupted the footwear industry when she founded the R.G. Barry Corporation with her late husband and adopted the first use of foam in footwear. Though her brilliant mind [...]

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December 11, 2020

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Lee and Bernard Jaffe Family Jewish Book Festival 2020–2021

United Jewish Federation of Tidewater & the Simon Family JCC’s Lee and Bernard Jaffe Family Jewish Book Festival 2020–2021* *events shown only through December 16 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 [...]

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December 11, 2020

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Camp JCC 2.0: Chicken soup for the Jewish camper’s soul – Begins June 2021

Summer camp at the JCC has always been more than a break from school routines and homework. This year, however, playing outdoors, finding a best friend, singing songs together, and tackling new challenges at Camp JCC will be a reprieve from virtually everything and everything virtual. As parents too, JCC leadership is aware that children [...]

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