February 16, 2007
Rafel Harpaz, acting consul general for the Israeli Embassy in Washington, DC, made his first visit to Tidewater to strengthen the relationship between Virginia and Israel o n economic and cultural levels.
February 14, 1997
Virginia Beach Mayor Meyer Orbendorf was named an honoree for the upcoming National Conference (NCCJ) annual Tidewater Chapter Humanitarian Awards Dinner. Orbendorf was the first directly elected mayor and the first woman mayor in the history of Virginia Beach.
February 6, 1987
Tidewater’s rally for Soviet Jewry took on added significance when an audience of 1,000 heard an emotional testimony from former refusenik Aleksandr Slepak and entertainer Mary Travers of Peter, Paul and Mary fame. Both related their experiences with refuseniks still entrapped in Russia.
February 11, 1977
Area dentists gathered at the home of Dr. Sanford Lefcoe to form the Aleph Chapter of the American Friends of Tel Aviv. The chapter was formed to help meet the needs of the University Dental School, which opened this year. Dr. Emanuel Michaels was chosen to lead the chapter, which includes dentists from Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Virginia Beach.
February 1, 1967
$1 million—a tremendous sum in the history of local philanthropy—has been pledged in the Jewish Community Center Building Campaign. A small, determined and hardworking group of volunteers have arrived at this major turning point on the road to the goal of $1,400,000, led by co-chairmen Leonard Strelitz, Marvin Simon, Julian Rashkind and Harry Weisberg.