Month: June 2014

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Much to do for Purim in Tidewater

Much to do for Purim in Tidewater

Calling all kings, queens, and righteous men! The joyous holiday of Purim begins this year on Saturday evening, March 23, or 13 Adar II, in the Hebrew calendar. Celebrating the Jewish victory over Haman, the reading of the Megillah teaches about acts of bravery in the...

Trends in simcha celebrations… always an evolution

Trends in simcha celebrations… always an evolution

Jews have been celebrating life-cycle milestones for what seems like forever – with events often including traditions dating back for what also seems like forever. . .or at least several centuries. While the significance of a bar or bat mitzvah or Jewish wedding may...

A bag of kippot = memories for local caterer

A bag of kippot = memories for local caterer

Susan Byrne of Catering Concepts recently happened upon a bag of yamakas (kippot) – all from events where she had been the caterer. “It was fun to find them and have all of the memories come flooding back,” says Byrne. “Seeing those yamakas reminded me of viewing...

Make a difference with BeAR

Make a difference with BeAR

“Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” – Albert Einstein We all want to feel that we truly make a difference. Participating in the Be A Reader (BeAR) Literacy Project of the United Jewish Federation Tidewater is an easy and rewarding way to accomplish...

Build strength for a good life

Build strength for a good life

“Strong legs, long life.” This is the mantra voiced by Tom Purcell during the LifeFit class he leads on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at the Simon Family JCC. It is just one among many positive thoughts Purcell shares during every class – all promoting fitness and...

Temple Emanuel’s Casablanca

Temple Emanuel’s Casablanca

Those who weren’t in Casablanca on Saturday, Feb. 3 missed out. Temple Emanuel’s Casablanca-themed Casino Night was the place to be and the numerous Ingrids and Humphreys in attendance can attest to that. It was an energetic, delicious, fun night on the town. Leslie...

Connect with ODU’s Jewish life

Connect with ODU’s Jewish life

A strengthening Jewish presence is emerging at Old Dominion University – one that is quickly confirmed by all the activity on Old Dominion University’s Hillel’s accounts on Instagram and Facebook. ODU’s vibrant Jewish community is promoting a greater understanding and...

New logo, new website for Jewish News

New logo, new website for Jewish News

For the first time since Jewish News created its website in 2012, we’ve built an all new, easy-to- navigate site with loads of information that is both timely and that dates to the 1940s. The address remains the same: www.JewishNewsVa.org. When the site was first...

JCC Youth Basketball “Hoop It Up” at ODU

JCC Youth Basketball “Hoop It Up” at ODU

Old Dominion University’s basketball game on Thursday, Feb. 22 featured the Simon Family JCC Youth Basketball League during halftime. The popular JCC basketball youth league, now more than 60 years old, played on the ODU home court to an entertained crowd that cheered...

YAD: Thriving in 2024 with community engagement and events

Since the start of 2024, United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s Young Adult Division has been bustling with activity, bringing together members for fun, meaningful, and community-building activities by holding events for families and young adults. So far this year,...

Excitement builds for Aviva Pembroke Opening set for October

As the opening of Aviva Pembroke gets closer, excitement continues to build within the community. Operated by Beth Sholom Village, Aviva Pembroke plans to be open this October. The already strong demand for Aviva Pembroke underscores the appeal of its amenities,...

We are the Story

October 7th changed a lot about Jewish life in Israel and the diaspora. Conversations that used to be challenging have become even harder. Students have become confused, conflicted, and pulled by various narratives not knowing what to think. Jewish students have...

17 Jewish organizations push for passage of Antisemitism Awareness Act

Jewish Federations of North America on Wednesday, Feb. 21, led 16 American Jewish organizations in a joint letter to members of the House of Representatives reaffirming their support for the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) Working Definition of...

Mikvah appreciation

Dear Editor, Thank you so much for accepting my article to the Jewish News on the new Keilim Mikvah, the mikvah for immersing vessels. I have received several comments on how much people appreciated seeing this article featured and knowing that we have made the mikvah...

Knowledge is key

Israel’s war with Hamas has resulted in vocal and aggressive anti-Zionism and antisemitism across the globe. Many American Jews lack basic knowledge about Israel to converse with certainty about the sole democracy in the Middle East. Beginning with this column, in...

Date with the State: Virginia Jewish Advocacy Day

On the morning of Wednesday, Feb. 7, a delegation of committed and proud Jews – ranging from ODU students to retirees – boarded a double-decker bus at the Sandler Family Campus in Virginia Beach destined for Richmond. There, we met up with other Jewish delegations...

Annie Sandler receives award in Romania

While in Bucharest, Romania with JDC earlier this year, Annie Sandler was recognized by the Romanian government with Romania’s “Grand Officer of the National Order for Merit.”The ceremony took place on International Holocaust Memorial Day on January 27. Sandler was...

VAF: Bringing ballet to new audiences

Thursday, March 7, 7:30 pm It promises to be a moving experience. More than 1,000 high school students will descend on Norfolk for the Regional High School Dance Festival this week. One of the thrilling highlights of that visit for these talented and highly motivated...

Yom Hashoah to feature Dr. Mordecai Paldiel

Sunday, May 5, 6:45 pm, Temple Emanuel Yom Hashoah is a day of commemoration for the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust, as well as a remembrance of those who survived the Holocaust, particularly those who made Hampton Roads their home. Tidewater’s evening...

Temple Israel plans celebration for its 70th

Sunday, April 14, 12 pm, Temple Israel In keeping with its longstanding tradition, Temple Israel will observe its platinum jubilee anniversary with ample helpings of Jewish music and Jewish food. Tickets and sponsorships, of course, are available. The 70th anniversary...

The Israel-Hamas War: Ambassador Brad Gordon to brief the community

Tuesday, March 26, 7:30 pm Sandler Family Campus Not quite six months after Hamas used its base in Gaza to launch an unprecedented massacre in Israel’s south, calls for a ceasefire and a “two-state solution” have reached a fever-pitch. At the same time, more than 100...

Gerald Bloom

VIRGINIA BEACH - Gerald Bloom (Gerry), 85, passed away on February 18 from a chronic illness. He was born in the Bronx, New York on September 18, 1938, to Sidney and Rose Bloom.Gerald was adored. He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Harriet, son Marc...

Rebecca H. Hermelin

VIRGINIA BEACH - Rebecca H. Hermelin, 73, passed away at home on February 23.She was born on August 25, 1950 in Norfolk to Al and Bea Hermelin, of blessed memory. A brilliant student, Rebecca graduated at the top of her nursing class and worked as a registered nurse...