September 2, 2021

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Help support Hurricane Ida relief efforts

Hurricane Ida has torn through much of the Gulf Coast, leaving survivors devastated by its damage. Roofs have blown off buildings, homes and businesses are severely flooded, while power lines are down and phone service and electricity are out for hundreds of thousands of residents. As a collective, Federations are there, delivering emergency relief support [...]

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September 2, 2021

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Super Sunday Community Campaign Kickoff: We’re back together again (indoors and outdoors)

Sunday, September 12, Sandler Family Campus   Each year, United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s Super Sunday marks the biggest day of impact for Tidewater’s Jewish community. Hundreds of community members participate by answering the call from dozens of volunteers, thus ensuring that the Federation can effectively meet the needs of the community through the Community [...]

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September 2, 2021

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Tidewater Jewish community addresses mental health awareness

Sunday, October 3 and Monday October 4   This year’s Milton Mickey Kramer’s Scholar in Residence Fund of the Congregation Beth El Foundation’s Tidewater Together will bring mental illness and addiction out of the shadows and consider ways that Tidewater’s organized Jewish community can support those who need help. To begin this important work, Tidewater [...]

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September 2, 2021

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Dear Readers

Dear Readers, A recent JTA piece by Rabbi Shira Koch Epstein began, “Over the past year, I have led efforts to teach, guide and coach rabbis and other clergy of every Jewish denomination. We have worked with over 500 individual members of the clergy, serving hundreds of thousands of people since the COVID-19 pandemic began. “So, [...]

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September 2, 2021

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Inaugural Sababa event is ‘Cool’

More than 80 people attended Sababa Social Club’s party at the pool. The inaugural event brought friends together —following the past year and a half apart. Sara Jo Rubin, Sababa Social Club’s chairperson, says, “It was wonderful to see so many old friends, as well as meet new people at the first Sababa Social Club [...]

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August 20, 2021

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Rosh Hashanah

Dear Readers, The High Holidays are about to arrive and I’m not certain that most of us are fully prepared to greet them. Uncertainty over COVID-19 lingers and might be even more so than in 2020, since at this time last year, we knew that the majority of congregations would be worshiping virtually and that [...]

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August 20, 2021

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Back to school means back in school: Local educators long for a new year

In preparation for Rosh Hashanah and the start of school, local Jewish educators share their learnings and longings for an academic and spiritual refresh. By nature, educators are positive people. Guarded optimism is a precious currency going in, out—and back into a new strain of pandemic life. Jewish News spoke to these four individuals and [...]

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August 20, 2021

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UJFT Women’s Cabinet goes to Camp

  The United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s Women’s Cabinet, led by co-chairs Barbara Dudley and Mona Flax, kicked-off the 2022 campaign year by going to camp…at the Simon Family JCC. On a beautiful (albeit rather warm) afternoon, members of the Women’s Cabinet mustered up in the Cardo for a terrific summer camp scavenger hunt planned [...]

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August 20, 2021

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Strelitz International Academy earns International Baccalaureate® World School Authorization

SIA becomes first official Primary Years IB Programme in Tidewater Carin Simon After two years of candidacy, Strelitz International Academy (SIA) received full authorization this month as an International Baccalaureate® World School Primary Years Programme. For more than 65 years Strelitz International Academy has been an exceptional preschool through fifth grade program. Under the IB® [...]

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August 20, 2021

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Decades later, a shaliah returns to Tidewater

  For two busy years starting in 1986, a young Doron Kissinger Kaynar and his family made their home in Norfolk while serving as the shaliah at the Jewish Community Center of Tidewater on Newport Ave. Thirty-five years later, Kissinger Kaynar traveled from Israel to visit a few friends and check out the old neighborhood. [...]

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