March 21, 2020

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Living, learning and lunging uninterrupted. Physical separation invites new ways to connect and serve

With indefinite closings looming due to the spread of COVID-19, everyone is trying to adjust to new routines and establish a new normal. The goal throughout Jewish Tidewater is to minimize disruption and provide continuity of care and services. Above all, the Jewish community’s top priorities will continue to be the implementation of procedures to [...]

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March 23, 2020

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Passover Envy: A food-focused celebration of freedom is chicken soup for the storytellers’ soul

Passover gets props as one of the most universally celebrated holidays on the Hebrew calendar. Even disengaged and unaffiliated Jews find their way to the Seder table once a year. What is it about Passover that attracts Jews of all stripes, and arouses wonder in non-Jews? Part of the Passover package is inclusivity and universality. [...]

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March 22, 2020

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At UJFT, repairing the world means maintaining a long-term partnership with JDC

For decades, United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s partnership with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, known as JDC, has been an integral component of the Federation’s global outreach. JDC was founded in 1914, during World War 1, as the first Jewish organization in the United States to dispense large scale funding for international relief. Nothing [...]

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March 21, 2020

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Film Festival takes the plunge. Underwater photographer waits 11 years and six days to meet his polar bear family

Great stories have the power to fuel and feed people. Epic ones grab your attention and hold it until your mind’s altered and your heart’s pounding. That lust for transformation never dies and was the driving force behind the 2020 Virginia Festival of Jewish Film. Films chosen reflect tension between the community’s desire for contemporary, [...]

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March 21, 2020

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Virginia Jewish Advocacy Day 2020: A bus ride with people who care about actively practicing democracy is nourishment for me.

On February 5, I joined more than 40 fellow early morning risers and got on a bus to Richmond for Virginia’s annual Jewish Advocacy Day with the Community Relations Council of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater. Nearly 200 advocates from Tidewater, the Peninsula, Richmond, and Northern Virginia came together to meet with our Delegates [...]

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March 21, 2020

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The Charles Barker model for giving: Focus on ‘the kids we leave our world.’

In the car business, mentors make better models. Early in his career, Charles Barker was fortunate enough to work under a successful businessman in the car industry who inspired him and put him on his path to financial and personal success. Before Charles Barker Automotive (CBA) became a brand of its own, with its hit [...]

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