Month: October 2021

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Knowledge is key – Some basic facts

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

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...

Women’s Philanthropy hosts Israel chef at its Annual Spring Lunch

United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s Women’s Philanthropy Spring lunch took place last month in the Fleischman Lounge on the Sandler Family Campus. This annual lunch serves as a ‘Thank you’ event for members of Women’s Philanthropy who are volunteer campaign...

Israeli chef’s table experience

Community members gathered in the beautifully decorated Marty Einhorn Pavilion on the Sandler Family Campus on the evening of May 16 for an Israeli Chef’s Table Experience with visiting Israeli chef, Yaniv Cohen. With his love and extensive knowledge of spices, Chef...

Appreciation extended to BeAR mentors for their dedication

The Be A Reader (BeAR) literacy project, dedicated to fostering a love of reading among 2nd grade students in Norfolk and Virginia Beach’s Title I schools, hosted an end-of-year appreciation luncheon for its mentors last month.Gail Flax, BeAR chair, welcomed everyone...

Unity and pride: Tidewater comes together for Yom Ha’Atzmaut

The annual Tidewater community Yom Ha'Atzmaut gathering, held this year on Sunday, May 19 on the Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus, was a vibrant recognition of Israel’s independence. The atmosphere was electric, as close to 2,000 community members were adorned in...

Knowledge is key. Some basic facts.

 • 26 Iyar (Hebrew date for this issue of Jewish News) – Israel’s Six Day war began in 1967. (fushionglobal.org) • During the third quarter of 2023, Palestinians working in Israel brought back roughly $1 billion in income. In the fourth quarter, that was around $79...

Yom Hashoah 2024: A solemn evening of remembrance and inspiration

The 2024 Yom Hashoah Commemoration honoring the victims and survivors of the Holocaust, as well as liberators and righteous gentiles, brought the community together around awareness, sadness, honor, hope, and the understanding that each day it is possible to choose to...

See something, say something. But please don’t touch it.

Last month, Virginia Beach neighborhoods were again littered with antisemitic propaganda on fliers dropped by a national neo-Nazi hate group, the Goyim Defense League. These flyers, though not signaling a violent threat, are designed to harass, incite fear and...

Coffee & Conversation

Next session: Thursday, June 6, 1 pm • Sandler Family Campus The April session of “Coffee and Conversation” was very thought-provoking with about a dozen participants sharing rich discussions. The group, with diverse Jewish backgrounds, found the dialogue both...

Celebration of Lifelong Learning

Tuesday, June 18, 5:30 pm • Sandler Family Campus The Konikoff Center for Learning of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater is hosting a Celebration of Lifelong Learning to honor the dedication and achievements of those in the community who continue their Judaic...

Car wash for Team Virginia Beach

Sunday, June 9, 1-3 pm • Sandler Family Campus The annual car wash that benefits the Team Virginia Beach delegation for the JCC Maccabi Games & Access will take place again this year in the parking lot of the Sandler Family Campus. This year’s games are in...

Fishing Derby reels in anglers

The Simon Family JCC hosted its annual Catch and Release Fishing Derby on Sunday, May 5. Nearly 100 anglers of all ages tried their luck at the pond, which was stocked with bass, catfish, and bluegill. The largest catch of the day, according to Tom Edwards, athletics...

Friendships continue for Shalom Children’s Center alumni

When Max and Emma Bernstein married this spring, more than 15 friends from their days at Newport Avenue’s Jewish Community Center’s Shalom Children’s Center attended the wedding. The friends all met at the JCC preschool 25 years ago and later went to Hebrew Academy of...

Shavuot: A celebration of cheesecake

Who doesn’t love a good cheesecake?!?  For a group of people who are between 75 and 90% lactose intolerant, we must have a lot of chutzpah because we clearly won’t be denied our love of all things dairy.    When I moved to Israel, I was actually shocked...

A father‘s influence: The legacy of Pete Kramer

As Eddie Kramer prepares to step into his new role as board chair for Tidewater Jewish Foundation, his thoughts naturally turn to the impact his father, Herbert L. “Pete” Kramer, had on his life. For Eddie, Father’s Day is not just a time for celebration but also a...

Mary Duty

WHITE HOUSE, TENNESSEE - Mary Jane Duty, with eyes of blue, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 4, after a long, hard battle with cancer. She was surrounded by loved ones, where she spent her final days in the home of her youngest daughter in Tennessee.  She...

Norma Janet Flax

NORFOLK - Norma Janet Flax, born in New York, New York, passed away on May 22 at the age of 95.  Norma was predeceased by her parents, Esther Sherris Ginsburg and Hyman Ginsburg, and her daughter, Patricia Flax-Jankosky. She is survived by her husband, Jack Flax,...

Diane B. Hoffman

WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA - Diane Berman Hoffman passed away on May 18. Diane was born on July 31, 1927 in West Hartford, Conn. to the late Aaron Berman and Gertrude Wigransky Berman. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 59 years, Herbert Sidney Hoffman,...

Dr. Sidney B. Sward

VIRGINIA BEACH - Dr. Sidney B. Sward, 88, died peacefully in his sleep on March 18.  He was kind and generous and a loving husband and father who put the needs of others above his own.  A talented musician and PhD’d athlete, he taught at NSU for 32 years. He...