Kehillat Bet Hamidrash/Kempsville Conservative Synagogue supports Team Meyera

by | Sep 11, 2015 | What’s Happening

Sunday, October 11, Neptune Park, Virginia Beach

Not only was she our mayor, she was our friend. She regaled us with stories of her life and political experiences; she celebrated Shabbat and holidays with us in the synagogue and in our homes. We celebrated and mourned with her. We admired her leadership and her love for her family and friends and we admired her for all she did for the city of Virginia Beach.

And then, Alzheimer’s started to take the Meyera we knew away from us. Even in her diagnosis, the Honorable Mayor Meyera Oberndorf took the opportunity to ‘do good’ and, as she did throughout her life, make a difference. You may remember the newspaper articles about her personal battle with this dreaded disease and her willingness to wear a Virginia Beach Police Project Lifesaver’s bracelet in the hope that others would do the same.

In 2013, in honor of Meyera, 101 current and past city employees, including members of the Virginia Beach Police Department’s Project Lifesaver board and volunteers, formed Team Meyera in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. The team raised nearly $12,000.

Members of Kempsville Conservative Synagogue/Kehillat Bet Hamidrash will join Virginia Beach Project Lifesaver in promoting Team Meyera to continue to “do good” in her memory at the 2015 Walk to End Alzheimer’s. The team hopes to raise $20,000 in Meyera’s memory, while raising awareness and providing funds for care, support, and research.

To make a donation to support the team or walk with the congregation, go to For more information, email

by Ailene Kaufman