Month: April 2012

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Passover Sermon: Against the “Wicked Child”

Passover Sermon: Against the “Wicked Child”

This morning, I had a phone call with a former summer camper of mine. She is now a first-year student at George Washington University in DC, and she wanted to talk to me because she is beginning to explore the idea of becoming a rabbi. When I called at the time that...

The first 20 years – a great start!

The first 20 years – a great start!

At the risk of sounding cliché – it seems like yesterday. I joined Jewish Family Service of Tidewater in September of 2003 as the Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus of the Tidewater Jewish Community was under construction. What an honor to attend my first Simcha...

Knowledge is key

Knowledge is key

Jewish News is gathering and presenting some basic facts to equip readers during this difficult time with the confidence needed to engage in conversation about Israel and antisemitism. GenocideThis word is being used by protestors on campuses to describe Israel’s...

Standing Together

Standing Together

Third time’s the charm. You let me know if that’s the case by the time you finish this article – it’s the third one I’ve written where I feel compelled to share an experience with Jewish News. The first was after I completed the March of the Living in Poland. Second...

Jaime Brathwaite: a Sandler Family Campus treasure

Jaime Brathwaite: a Sandler Family Campus treasure

One of the crown jewels of the Sandler Family Campus sports a blue shirt and an easy smile – on a daily basis. Cecilio Brathwaite, better known as “Jaime” (pronounced Hymie for a Jewish reference), has been employed by the Tidewater Jewish community for 42 years,...

Congressman Rob Wittman visits Sandler Family Campus

Congressman Rob Wittman visits Sandler Family Campus

U.S. Representative Rob Wittman spent a couple of hours at the Sandler Family Campus having lunch and speaking with and answering questions from members of Tidewater’s Jewish community on Friday, May 3.Congressman Wittman immediately addressed the current state of...

Israeli American hostage has Virginia roots

Israeli American hostage has Virginia roots

Hersh Goldberg-Polin, a 23-year-old Israeli American hostage held in Gaza, spent part of his childhood in Richmond, Va. before his family made aliyah to Israel in 2008. His Virginia roots go even further back, to Portsmouth, where Hersh’s grandparents and young family...

Norfolk minister offers a benediction for all to appreciate

Norfolk minister offers a benediction for all to appreciate

Those of us who attend major civic events, Jews and some non-Jews alike, wait for it. When a minister delivers the invocation, it is often with some religious fervor and a beseeching to the Savior “in whose name we pray.” But at the Hampton Roads Chamber’s recent...

Steve and Art Sandler: All about the community

Steve and Art Sandler: All about the community

The idea of a central Tidewater Jewish community campus had to start somewhere. That place might be traced to Charlotte, N.C. when a then 39-year-old Art Sandler, who was serving as president of United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, visited that community and saw...

Andrew Fink: Finding the land to choosing art

Twenty years ago, Andrew Fink was instrumental in the land acquisition, construction, and completion of the Sandler Family Campus. His involvement with the Campus continues today as he serves on several committees and boards. Jewish News: You were instrumental in the...

Sandler Family Campus evolves with the times

After 20 years, most buildings experience at least minor updates and refreshes. . . painting, repairs, some renovations. The Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus, however, has added features, revamped spaces, and updated technology, security, and environmental...

Lorraine Fink turned Campus discards into sculpture

One afternoon in 2014, as Lorraine Fink took down her art show at the Leon Family Gallery on the Sandler Family Campus and loaded it into her car, she was drawn by “a silent vibrant cry from a small mountain of metal and plastic at the edge of the loading dock,”...

Celebrating 20 years: Sandler Family Campus and TJF’s legacy

This year, the Sandler Family Campus celebrates its 20th anniversary, marking two decades as a cornerstone for Tidewater’s Jewish community. Tidewater Jewish Foundation has been a partner from the outset, playing a critical role in the campus’s development and...

Merging and moving two schools on the Campus

I can’t believe that it has been 20 years since we moved into the Sandler Family Campus! The opening day of school is kind of blurry, but the memories of the events that occurred before moving day are still crisp.It was my honor to be selected to be the director of...

Next Year in Jerusalem!

It’s almost here! The Humusiya’s digital catering menu will be online through the website (www.humusiya.com) shortly after Israel Fest.With photographs and detailed descriptions, customers will be able to put in a catering order with just a few clicks. With discounts...

Camping with purpose

Jewish summer camps provide safe and welcoming environments for cultural education and communal bonding for young people. These programs help ensure that Jewish traditions and values are learned, celebrated, and embraced.Tidewater Jewish Foundation is committed to...

Jenny’s journey: 2024 Stein Family Scholarship winner

Resilience and determination. These two words are perfectly fitting for Evgeniia (Jenny) Kosatykh, the 2024 recipient of the Stein Family Scholarship. Kosatykh’s remarkable journey from war-torn Ukraine to the halls of Frank W. Cox High School in Virginia Beach is an...

Hearts travel from Hawaii to Virginia to Israel

In February, Jewish News featured a story about Aloha Hearts, fused glass ‘worry hearts’ created by Hawaiian Barry Gitelson. These glass hearts have since been distributed to Israeli children in Sderot as part of Youth Futures, a program that assists at-risk children...

Ohef Sholom Temple hosts an interactive Passover experience

When thinking of Passover, the word ‘order’ typically comes to mind — which, of course, is the meaning of seder.Last month, however, Ohef Sholom turned the ‘order’ of Passover on its head with a fun, interactive Passover experience.On Sunday, April 21, Ohef Sholom...

Community Seder in Virginia Beach

Jewish Virginia Beach celebrated its third annual Passover Seder at 757 Events with more than120 participants. Led by Rabbi Meir Lessoff, the prevailing sentiment of the evening was one of unity and resilience, affirming 'Am Israel Chai' – the Jewish people will...

Birthday celebrations for JCC Seniors at the Sandler Family Campus

In the heart of the Sandler Family Campus, the Joe Fleischmann Lounge at the Simon Family Jewish Community Center becomes a hub of joy and celebration every first Friday of the month at 12:30 pm. This lively celebration is a special initiative of the JCC Seniors Club...

Jewish Family Service’s20th Annual Run, Roll or Stroll

Sunday, May 19, 10 am • Sandler Family Campus Jewish Family Service of Tidewater will hold its 20th Annual Run, Roll, or Stroll at a new location: on the Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus of the Tidewater Jewish Community. In past years, JFS has held events on the...

Ohef Sholom Temple’s Kiddush Cup:A Golf Tournament

Wednesday, May 22, 1 pm Cypress Point Golf Course Golfing buddies are about to have an opportunity to swing their clubs together for a fantastic cause – Ohef Sholom Temple. The Ohef Sholom Temple Kiddush Cup promises an afternoon of fun golfing, an upbeat reception...

A conversation with Chef Yaniv Cohen

An Israeli Chef’s Table Experience • Thursday, May 16, 7 pm • Sandler Family Campus Israeli Chef Yaniv Cohen will visit Tidewater in honor of Israel’s 76th anniversary this week.In this conversation, Cohen offers insight into his world of cuisine, passion, and...