February 2, 2023

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30th Annual Virginia Festival of Jewish Film: February 23–March 1, 2023

30th Annual Virginia Festival of Jewish Film February 23–March 1, 2023 The Virginia Festival of Jewish Film, presented by Alma & Howard Laderberg, marks its 30th Anniversary with another exciting line-up of five films. This year’s films include topics as wide-ranging as modern Israeli friendships, the joy in getting older, hiding during the Holocaust, and the [...]

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February 2, 2023

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Dear Readers: Investing and Retiring

Dear Readers, Last month I listened to an Apple News In Conversation podcast featuring an interview with Steve Lopez, author of Independence Day: What I Learned About Retirement From Some Who’ve Done It and Some Who Never Will. In his mid-60s and considering retirement for himself, Lopez, an L.A. Times columnist, interviewed a wide array [...]

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February 2, 2023

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Filling days with family, friends, and activities: Stephanie Adler Calliott

Jewish News: Where were you educated? Stephanie Adler Calliott: I attended the University of Maryland College Park and had the best four years as a Terp. My college roomies and I are still very close. JN: What was your work history? SAC: When I graduated from college, I wanted to be an actress or a [...]

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February 2, 2023

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Playing a good balance: Bernie Mayer

Jewish News: Where are you from and where were you educated? Bernie Mayer: I am from Cincinnati, Ohio. My undergraduate degree was from Miami University (Ohio), and I completed my Master of Science in Social Work at The University of Louisville (Kent School of Social Work). JN: When and why did you move to Tidewater? [...]

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February 2, 2023

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Interests are important: Edward H. Karotkin, MD

Jewish News: Where were you educated? Edward Karotkin: I earned my Bachelor of Science degree at Union College, Schenectady, New York; and attended medical school at Wake Forest, formerly Bowman Gray School of Medicine. JN: What was your work history? EK: I have been on the faculty of EVMS since 1978 in the department of [...]

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February 2, 2023

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Teens learn about and practice charitable giving

The B’nai Tzedek Teen Philanthropy Program encourages teens to become involved in tzedakah by establishing a fund for Jewish charitable giving. The program also aims to help teens explore what Jewish values are important to them for positively impacting the world. Tidewater Jewish Foundation hosted a B’nai Tzedek Teen Philanthropy Program event at the Sandler [...]

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February 2, 2023

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Jewish community of Tidewater gets down to the Tachlis—the brass tacks

Zack Bodner, CEO of the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto, Calif., spends much of his time reflecting on how to ensure that Jewish life remains meaningful, relevant, and joyful for future generations. Through reflections and conversations with colleagues and friends, Bodner concluded that too much time is spent thinking and talking about “being” Jewish [...]

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February 2, 2023

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JCC Youth Basketball League earns cheers during ODU game

The Old Dominion University men’s basketball team played Georgia State on their home turf at Chartway Arena in Norfolk on Thursday, Jan. 19. But for many in attendance, the highlight of the evening came at halftime: When young athletes from the Simon Family JCC Youth Basketball League played a scrimmage. At least 38 JCC kids [...]

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January 19, 2023

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Locals delve into bias through book discussions

For many people, discussions about a book conjure notions of a Book Club—a social gathering of friends to converse amiably about a creative, enjoyable read, possibly one that offers an escape from the daily round of life. A group of intrepid readers gathered at the Sandler Family Campus for a trio of community discussions this [...]

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January 19, 2023

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Rabbi Ari Oliszewski arrives at Temple Emanuel

With his four-year-old daughter Lea nestled on one side and his two-year-old son Ben snuggling the other, Rabbi Ari Oliszewski leans back in his office chair and smiles. A smile is a simple thing, but to Rabbi Ari, it’s everything. His smile is how he introduced himself to Temple Emanuel—smiling was the subject of his [...]

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January 19, 2023

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Dear Readers: Food & Romance

Dear Readers, Food, drink, and romance seem to be as linked as love and hugs. Think about it…do you recall many first dates that didn’t involve a drink or a meal? I don’t. Or can you name many meetups with friends and relatives that don’t feature some sort of food consumption? Not me. Beyond nutrition, [...]

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