November 29, 2021

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Business in the Jewish Community

Dear Readers, Business can be very personal, despite the famous phrase from The Godfather. (You know the one…‘it’s not personal, it’s strictly business.’) In fact, business is often very personal. That’s what Lisa Richmon learned when she spoke to Josh Leibowitz and Avidan Itzhak about their return to Tidewater to join their families’ businesses. Leibowitz [...]

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November 29, 2021

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Back in Business. Dentist Josh Leibowitz returns home to ‘co-work’ with his friend, mentor, and father

‘Playing it safe’ used to be a nice way to say cop out. Today, however, safety is the national trend for young professionals returning to the parental home to invest and save money, work remotely, job hop virtually, spend more time with family—and avoid becoming a CDC statistic. For practicing dentist Josh Leibowitz, ‘back to [...]

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November 29, 2021

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Business as unusual. Avidan Itzhak returns home to refresh and recruit at Remedy Staffing

COVID pulls families apart. Covid brings families together. In May 2020, Avidan Itzhak returned home to Virginia where he continued to work as a corporate recruiter for a healthcare company. At that time, he had no intention to leave New York for the foreseeable future. The big city was his home. “It was always in [...]

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November 29, 2021

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The mystery of my Russian Grandpa Joe

Like so many immigrants who came to America around 1900, it took a great deal of courage to leave home. They came to escape persecution and hunger. They came not speaking English and often going to a kind relative they’d never met. My four grandparents were part of this migration and they all came from [...]

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November 29, 2021

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Lee and Bernard Jaffe Family Jewish Book Festival celebrates National Jewish Book Month

Each year, the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater and Simon Family JCC’s Lee and Bernard Jaffe Family Jewish Book Festival celebrates National Jewish Book Month by inviting prominent and emerging authors to share their latest books and projects with the Tidewater community. Over the past month, the Jewish Book Festival stayed true to form, offering [...]

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November 29, 2021

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Chrysler Museum partners with UJFT to diversify Hampton Roads’ cultural landscape

On Exhibit now through December 12, 2021 in the Glass Gallery at the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk: If You Thirst for a Homeland: Flame-worked glass by Dafna Kaffeman. Admission to the museum is free and includes this exhibit.

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November 4, 2021

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Women donors celebrate new milestone givers at annual event

Giving new meaning to the phrase “open tent Judaism,” United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s Women’s Division held its annual Lion Tikva Chai Lunch outdoors this year, under a big, wide tent in the “backyard” of the Sandler Family Campus. Utilizing new, COVID-necessitated technology, Women’s Cabinet co-chair Barbara Dudley broke away from vacation to join the [...]

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November 4, 2021

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Nadiv leads cemetery cleanup

It was a special day on Sunday, October 24 as the members of Nadiv, the Young Men’s Giving Circle through YAD, led the Jewish community in a cleanup of Mikro Kodesh cemetery in Chesapeake. Together with the Norfolk Kollel and community members of all ages, more than 50 people cleared out overgrowth that had covered [...]

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November 4, 2021

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Hanukkah Profiles

Seizing the moment Terri and Lonny Sarfan “We’re going to break the norms this year,” says Terri Sarfan. Playing with the calendar a bit, Terri and Lonny plan to begin their family’s Hanukkah celebration just after Thanksgiving dinner. Terri says they want to take advantage of having all of the aunts, uncles, and cousins together—something [...]

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November 4, 2021

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Noa Tishby discusses truth, social media, and the role she plays

For Noa Tishby, it has become a mission to educate and engage with the rampant antisemitism and anti-Zionist corners of Twitter and other social media platforms. On Wednesday, October 13, Tishby shared her expertise with Tidewater’s Jewish community as the first speaker in the 11th annual Israel Today series presented by United Jewish Federation of [...]

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