Month: May 2016

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Body, Soul and Summertime

Body, Soul and Summertime

Food is always a Jewish topic, and every Shabbat and Jewish holiday are new opportunities to overindulge.Maimonides famously says (Deot 4:15) that overeating is unhealthy and everyone knows that keeping healthy makes good sense. But to what extent is a healthy body,...

Israel: Reflections on the Past Week

Israel: Reflections on the Past Week

FIRST PERSON: A view from Israel When my mom asked my husband and me to write about our feelings and reactions to the events in the past week (June 3 – 9) in Israel (increased rocket and drone attacks by Hezbollah, raging fires across the Upper Galilee and the Golan...

Jewish Tidewater’s Graduates

Jewish Tidewater’s Graduates

Ayden Cohn Virginia Tech Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering and a Master of Science in Business Administration (Business Analytics).  Ayden was awarded the Virginia Tech Engineering Outstanding Master’s Student award. Next: Ayden will work as an engineer...

National Senior Health and Fitness Day 2024

National Senior Health and Fitness Day 2024

Adults over the age of 55 visited the Simon Family JCC to celebrate National Senior Health and Fitness Day on Wednesday, May 29. The day was filled with fun, laughter, health, and fitness – deeming it a huge success.Vendors from all over Tidewater offered information...

Two new rabbis have Tidewater roots

Two new rabbis have Tidewater roots

Rabbi Madeline Torop Budman and Rabbi Aaron David Torop Budman were ordained at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion on Saturday, June 1. The ordination took place at the historic Plum Street Temple, a 158-year-old landmark in Cincinnati, Ohio. A Norfolk...

Local arts leaders unite to combat antisemitism

Local arts leaders unite to combat antisemitism

In a time of unprecedented antisemitism, United Jewish Federation of Tidewater organized a workshop on combatting antisemitism in the arts. The event, held on Wednesday, May 15 at the Chrysler Museum of Art, focused on creating a more inclusive and welcoming...

20th Annual Run, Roll, or Stroll 

20th Annual Run, Roll, or Stroll 

Blue and White Fun Run a big (and messy!) success Jewish Family Service’s 20th Annual Run, Roll, or Stroll was held on Sunday, May 19 on the Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus of the Tidewater Jewish Community. In conjunction with Yom Ha’Atzmaut activities, the campus...

A Memorable Evening with the Simon Family Legacy Society

Laughter, camaraderie, and the unmistakable spirit of Tidewater’s Jewish community filled the Sandler Family Campus’ Fleder Multipurpose Room on the evening of May 15. The occasion was the Simon Family Legacy Society’s celebration event dedicated to honoring those who...

Getting creative: Three ways to support education

In addition to the celebrations of graduation season, education tends to get a lot of attention.Tidewater Jewish Foundation can help donors make a difference in the lives of young people by funding education. While establishing a scholarship fund at TJF is one way to...

Jewish American Heritage Month celebrated at the White House

Biden affirms commitment to Israel and fighting antisemitism The White House’s Rose Garden provided the festive backdrop for the celebration of Jewish American Heritage Month on Monday, May 20.Approximately 250 – 300 people attended the event at the invitation of...

Knowledge is key – Some basic facts

In the third quarter of 2023, roughly 150,000 Palestinians from the West Bank were working in the Israeli economy. In Quarter 4, that went down to 17,000. (marketplace.org) The blue ribbon symbolizes support and solidarity for the safe return of the hostages taken by...

William Alperin

Norfolk – William Alperin was born in Norfolk, Virginia on July 30, 1933 and transitioned peacefully on June 5, 2024.   Some of his nicknames were Will, Bill, Mr. Bill, Mr. Will, Willie, and Little Willie. He was the middle son of Sam and Jean Alperin (both...

Norma Janet Flax

NORFOLK - Norma Janet Flax passed away on May 22 at age 95.  Born in New York City on August 15, 1928 to Esther Sherris Ginsburg and Hyman Ginsburg, she was proud to have lived in all five boroughs before meeting her husband, Jack Flax, on a Norfolk tennis court....

Gratitude for To Life: The Past is Present

Elka Mednick, director The Holocaust Commission of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater:Thank you for the donation of To Life: The Past is Present. This book will be a useful addition to the Reference collection in Dinwiddie High School (DHS) Library.At DHS,...

Sally Marx Hyman

Boynton Beach, Fla. – Sally Marx Hyman died peacefully on May 19 at Brookdale Senior Living. She was 91.  The daughter of Edward Marx and Augusta Ehrlich Marx, Sally was born and grew up in Norfolk. As a student at Maury High School, she was editor-in-chief of...

Zipora Katz

VIRGINIA BEACH - Zipora Katz, 96, died on June 7.   She was born in Łódž, Poland on March 4, 1928, and survived the horrors of the Holocaust. She immigrated to Israel in 1950 where she later met and married Herbert Katz, who brought her to the Tidewater area in...

Toby T. Newman

VIRGINIA BEACH – Toby Newman (nee Tasgal), born on May 26, 1931, peacefully passed away on May 31, at the age of 93. Toby was born in the Lower East Side of New York City to Pauline and Jacob (Jack) Tasgal. She is preceded in death by husband Raymond C. Newman and is...

Richard “Rick” Phillips

CHESAPEAKE – Richard “Rick” Phillips passed away unexpectedly at the age of 70 on June 4 at his home.  Born on May 31, 1954, in Paterson, N.J., to parents William Phillips Jr. and Kathryn Vanderstad, Rick grew up in Norfolk, where he attended Lake Taylor High...

Dr. Ronald Jay Portman

EWING TOWNSHIP, N.J. - Dr. Ronald Jay Portman passed away peacefully on May 30, surrounded by his loving family.  Ronald is survived by the love of his life for more than 50 years, Joan (Joni) Portman. Together they had three children, Wendi Portman Fried, Shayna...

Arthur Harvey Rosenfeld

NORFOLK – Arthur Harvey Rosenfeld, born in The Bronx, N.Y., on June 11, 1936, to Murray and Sophia Rosenfeld, left a profound legacy of intellectual curiosity, professional achievement, and compassionate leadership. He passed away on May 27, surrounded by his family,...

Jewish Tidewater’s Graduates

This year’s graduation season began with plenty for Jewish Tidewater’s graduates and their families to celebrate.Graduations provide time to recognize achievements, formally bid goodbye to a treasured educational institution, and move on to life’s next chapter. And...

Cheers to Dads!

“When the kids are laughing that dad doesn’t know what is going on, you’ve arrived. If kids think dad is cool, something has gone terribly wrong,” Jerry Seinfeld once mused.Describing their dads ahead of Father’s Day, these adult children may have once subscribed to...

Rabbi Zoberman recognized for 50th anniversary in the rabbinate

In honor of his 50 years in the rabbinate, Rabbi Israel Zoberman has received numerous local, state, and federal recognitions for this milestone achievement.A member of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, Rabbi Zoberman received an Honorary Life Membership for...