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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December 11, 2020

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Reflections on a sojourn in Bulgaria

As the bus barreled across the Thracian plain towards Sofia, capital of Bulgaria, it followed a five-hour straight course west from my temporary home of Burgas, an ancient port on the shores of the Black Sea. Along this route, 9,000 years of civilization have etched their narratives. The armies of Alexander the Great (and his [...]

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November 25, 2020

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COMING SOON! 8 Days of Hot Hanukkah Deals

Every day from Friday, December 11 through Friday, December 18, there will be a different “Hanukkah Hot Deal,” including discounts for Camp JCC, the Cardo Cafe, the JCC, Virginia Festival of Jewish Film, Melton School, and more. Visit the UJFT Facebook page and website starting December 11 to see each day’s Hot Deal.

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November 25, 2020

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Giving, philanthropy, and life with Matthew Weinstein

Matthew Weinstein has led a fulfilled and busy life. He managed to find success and make an impact through his work, community service, and commitment to family. Not one to let retirement slow him down, Weinstein now puts his corporate healthcare experience to good use as president of Beth Sholom Village’s board—just the most recent [...]

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November 25, 2020

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Teaching Torah at Toras Chaim is an educator’s education on human connection

Former Gomley Chesed Synagogue in Portsmouth has been successfully reimagined as a vibrant hub of Hebrew learning. The Churchland site is the home to Toras Chaim, a lively Jewish community affiliated with United Jewish Federation of Tidewater that stresses Derech Eretz and invokes Torah study as a life guide. In August, Toras Chaim welcomed Rabbi [...]

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November 25, 2020

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Brith Sholom breaks record of giving to the JFS Food Pantry

Brith Sholom did not let the pandemic stop them from taking care of their community. Forced to think out of the box by having its November food drive for Jewish Family Service’s Food Pantry in the parking lot instead of during an in-person meeting, members drove up and were greeted by Joe Wientrob, Brith Sholom’s [...]

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November 25, 2020

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BBYO: Meeting and welcoming new members through COVID-19

Programming for Tidewater BBYO has been a challenge, to say the least. With national BBYO restrictions in place to ensure the teens’ safety, including no indoor gatherings, members have had to be creative and patient. Meeting at the mercy of the weather has probably been the biggest problem. Still, the girls have had great programs including [...]

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