While it is hard to believe we’re wrapping up another calendar year, it is easy to recall that Jewish News reported on a lot of news and activity in 2012. In fact, we printed more pages than ever.
Trips to Israel and Cuba, the elections, unrest in the Middle East, holiday and festival celebrations, Israeli innovations, a temple merger, the Freda H. Gordon Hospice and Palliative Care of Tidewater, a new head of school for HAT, 110 years for Hebrew Ladies Charity Society, the Synagogue-Federation partnership, Tidewater teens’ Jewish experiences …these and hundreds of more stories made it to the pages of Jewish News in the past 12 months.
For Jewish News, our most notable change this year was our new website, jewishnewsva.org, along with our Facebook page. If you ever miss an article, or by some strange accident have recycled an issue, or want to share a story with a cousin living in Israel or a friend in Palm Beach, it’s just a few clicks away on our site. Our e-edition section is really simple to use, so when the need or curiosity arises, check it out.
Many people contribute to the content of the Jewish News. Although all articles, letters, photographs and opinion pieces are appreciated, some writers deserve extra thanks for their consistent commitment. Thank you to:
• Area rabbis and cantors who rotate writing for Torah Thought on page 5;
• Karen Lombart, who spends hours and hours interviewing and writing her very popular Face to Face profile; and to
• Hal Sacks and Rabbi Israel Zoberman, who keep the book reviews coming. (Next month marks 30 years of book reviews for Hal!)
We thank Alvin Wall, president of UJFT for his support, our advertisers for their advertisements, and you, our readers for reading, for your comments when you agree or disagree, when you have your own news to report, and even when you find an error and let us know.
Thank you all for a terrific year and best wishes for a healthy, happy, and peaceful 2013!
Terri Denison, editor