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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...

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...

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,...

Passover at Sandbridge. Who knew?

Passover at Sandbridge. Who knew?

Hundreds of orthodox Jewish families rented homes in the Sandbridge section of Virginia Beach for the duration of this year’s eight-day Passover holiday. Families from outside of Virginia brought their traditions and kosher meals to Sandbridge, with 10 synagogues...

Israeli chef’s table experience

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

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...

Knowledge is key – Some basic facts

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...

Fishing Derby reels in anglers

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...

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...

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

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...

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,...

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

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...

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...

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...