April 30, 2020

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Jewish Tidewater Volunteers: Your value as a volunteer is priceless

Looking to stay safely connected to real human beings while quarantined? Helping others is a good way to survive and add new meaning to your life. United Jewish Federation of Tidewater recently launched an initiative to meet urgent needs imposed by COVID-19’s disruptive impact on daily life. Jewish Tidewater Volunteers seeks caring volunteers to reach [...]

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April 30, 2020

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At 75, Jewish Family Service of Tidewater proves that its core mission remains disaster-proof

Make no mistake. At times like this, when record numbers of jobs are lost, restaurants are closed, hospitals are beyond capacity, social isolation is the ‘safe’ choice, and no live fundraising events can be scheduled for the foreseeable future, Jewish Family Service must steady itself and carry on at full capacity as the community’s rock-steady [...]

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April 30, 2020

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Tidewater teens attend BBYO International Convention

At BBYO International Convention 2020 in Dallas, Texas, more than 3,000 teen leaders from 45 countries joined together for five days of leadership development, community building, and celebration. From incredible learning and service opportunities to spectacular speakers and performances, IC 2020 brought teens together from every corner of the globe to declare “Tomorrow Happens Here.” [...]

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April 30, 2020

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Got a 2020 Graduate?

The Class of 2020 may be without a traditional graduation ceremony, but they shouldn’t be without recognition. Jewish News wants to honor Jewish Tidewater’s 2020 graduates so that they get at least some of the acknowledgment they have earned and deserve. High School, College, Graduate School… Help us honor these students by submitting their: Name [...]

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April 30, 2020

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Grassroots Giver: Former emergency department nurse leads a community-wide movement to feed ‘her people’

The distressing effect of COVID-19 on overworked health care professionals at Sentara Princess Anne Hospital (SPAH) roused more than sympathy. It led to an outbreak of grassroot organizers like Pam Moss Blais. Blais, a former Emergency Department (ED) nurse didn’t realize how much she missed bedside nursing, and her fellow workers, until COVID-19 put them [...]

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April 30, 2020

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Jewish Tidewater Responds to urgent COVID-19 need with Emergency Relief Fund joining #GivingTuesdayNow in Global Day of Giving and Unity – Tuesday, May 5

Kol Yisroel Aravim Zeh b’zeh. All Jews are responsible for one another. COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund of the Tidewater Jewish Community opened earlier this month in response to growing anticipated needs of the community—for local agencies and institutions, as well as for individuals. The current COVID-19 pandemic makes our responsibility to take care of one [...]

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April 10, 2020

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Connect with Jewish Tidewater’s Virtual Resources

Stay connected with Jewish Tidewater through virtual resources, classes, programs, services, and each other. During the COVID-19 pandemic, physical doors may be temporarily closed, but Jewish agencies, schools, and synagogues are all virtually open. At JewishVa.org, find everything virtual, including fitness classes, suggestions for celebrating holidays, children and family programs, and arts opportunities. You can [...]

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April 10, 2020

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Bubbes and bunkmates: Clashing secret weapons foster forever Jewish identity

In ways both similar and different, Jewish summer camp and Jewish bubbes create a space for kids to grow up feeling good about being Jewish. The Jewish bubbe is fun, free, and a little twisted: She sees no harm in spoiling her grandkids with chocolate chip pancakes for dinner and television 24/7. Her justification is [...]

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April 10, 2020

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SIA Distance Learning is out of this (virtual) world

In a time of unquestionable uncertainty, one thing is certain, the students at Strelitz International Academy continue to learn, engage, and connect virtually with their classmates and teachers since school went online on March 16. Early in March, when no one would have believed the impact of the Coronovirus on the U.S., Heather Moore, SIA [...]

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April 10, 2020

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The Eleventh Plague

What is Passover without a plague? This year, an 11th plague! Passover is also called the second New Year. It often arrives at the same time as Nowrooz, New Day, the spring holiday that is celebrated in Iran, my country of birth. Judaism draws numerous customs from Zoroastrianism, the faith of our Persian savior Cyrus, [...]

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April 10, 2020

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Sick with worry, life goes on-line in a new sacred space

Even before COVID-19, social media has proved itself to both—a cause of, and cure for—social isolation. Then Facebook Live and Zoom zoomed in to save the world. You know the world has changed when the social editor for the New York Times travel section issues the first reader-generated ‘travel’ column in the paper’s long history. [...]

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