Shifting Perspectives: Jewish Communal Work at the UJFT

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 2:31pm

Posted in: Tidewater Jewish Foundation, Shifting Perspectives

This article is the first of a continuing series that will spotlight local members of our Jewish community and its communal professionals. The Tidewater Jewish Foundation provides support for the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater and all of our local Jewish agencies, plus many of the temples/synagogues.

1865 AMY WEINSTEIN
Hometown: Chadds Ford, PA
Favorite Color: Purple
Occupation: Young Adult Division (YAD) Director of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater

What do you find most fulfilling about your job?

As the YAD Director for the Federation, which is a very communal-based agency, I am in a unique position to be at the forefront of meeting the future leaders of our community, and seeing what they’re all about. I get to find out what’s important to them, and how we can make sure that our mission, our projects and our programs reflect those interests, to keep them engaged.

When you meet people who are interested in getting involved because they have heard how great YAD is, or how much fun their friends are having at YAD events, or how incredible a YAD leadership program is, and to see the same people keep coming back year after year, spreading the message and bringing new people with them—that’s really fulfilling. At a family Shabbat, when you see the same people you’ve been seeing for the last six years—plus ten new families who want to be engaged in the community—that’s really satisfying.
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Mickey Kramer’s legacy of learning continues with Tidewater Together

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 2:38pm

Posted in: Special Events

1826 Everything about Tidewater Together would have pleased Mickey Kramer.*

The learning, the diversity, the scholars, the extension of Jewish values and the community— especially the community—were some of the most important things in the world to him, says his son Ron Kramer.

“My father would just love it—he worked his whole life for this community and the Federation—and to him, it didn’t matter whether you were Reform or Orthodox or Conservative, whether you liked the Tigers of the Yankees,” says Kramer. “What mattered was that we’re here for each other, and that we’re continuing to learn. He was a mensch and a great role model.”
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'I-Am-From-The-IRS' Phone Fraud

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 3:10pm

Posted in: Tidewater Jewish Foundation

1817 At a Senate Finance Committee hearing on March 12, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration Deputy Inspector General for Investigations, Timothy Camus, explained the growth of an IRS "phone impersonation scam." Camus called the "I-am-from-the-IRS" phone fraud the "largest, most persuasive impersonation scam in the history of our agency."

The scam usually starts with a fraudster using a fake name who calls a victim. The fraudster gives a false "badge number" and claims the victim owes taxes. The scammer frightens the victim by claiming there is criminal liability without an immediate payment.
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IRS "Tax Time Guide" Helps Taxpayers

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 1:11pm

Posted in: Tidewater Jewish Foundation

1812 With tax filing season now at full speed, the IRS published a "Tax Time Guide" with many tips that will help taxpayers.

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen noted, "We are doing everything we can to help taxpayers get the assistance they need this tax season. Our phone lines are extremely busy this year, so this series will offer taxpayers tips on how to get help. There also are important options and issues to keep in mind as the April 15 deadline approaches."

There are many online services on www.irs.gov to assist taxpayers.
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Personal Planner

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 12:39pm

Posted in: Tidewater Jewish Foundation

1811 Gifts of Stock

What will the market do this year? Perhaps the best answer is, "It will go up and down." Stock returns vary to a significant degree each year. However, long-term stock returns have been reasonably substantial.

Between 1990 and 2010, the average stock return was about 6%. While there was a very substantial increase during 1990-2000 and decreases during 2002 and 2008, the total return over two decades was approximately 6%.

Longer holding periods have generally resulted in higher total returns. The total stock return for seven decades between 1940 and 2010 was in excess of 10%. Returns for long periods of time have paralleled this amount.

Because many stocks have increased in value over time, you may hold stocks with substantial appreciation. If you're considering a major gift or end-of-year gift, a gift of public company stock to charity provides two major benefits. First, there is a charitable deduction for the value of the stock. Second, the charity does not pay tax on the sale of the stock so you bypass the capital gain.
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Do You Need To File A Tax Return in 2015?

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 2:21pm

Posted in: Tidewater Jewish Foundation

1810 What are the IRS income tax filing requirements for retirees this tax season? I didn’t have to file last year, but I picked up a little income from a part-time job in 2014 and I’m wondering whether I need to file this year.

Whether or not you are required to file a federal income tax return this year will depend on how much you earned (gross income), the source of that income, your filing status and your age. Your gross income includes all the income you receive that is not exempt from tax, excluding your Social Security benefits, unless you are married and filing separately.

Here’s a rundown of the IRS filing requirements for this tax season. You probably won’t have to file if your 2014 gross income is below the threshold for your age and filing status. However, if your gross income is above the threshold then most likely you will.
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Callah Terkeltaub - My Jewish Story

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 2:51pm

1791 My story didn’t initially begin Jewish...

From a young age I always knew I was different from my family. Growing up in the Roman Catholic Church the “Christian way” is practically taught to you from birth. I always wanted a deeper connection with my faith and struggled through my preteen and teenage years searching for meaning and trying to fill a void that I felt was in my life. No matter how many books I read and how diligently I studied I never felt a connection with Catholicism.

At the tender age of 13 I decided to not pursue confirmation classes because it became clear that it wasn’t the religion for me.
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A bright road ahead at Tidewater Jewish Foundation

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 2:51pm

Posted in: Tidewater Jewish Foundation

1787 I am thrilled to join the outstanding team at the Tidewater Jewish Foundation and to have the honor to serve this community as its president and CEO. With a rich history and longevity of professional leadership in this position, I hope to build upon our success while bringing a fresh perspective to this role.

I come from a broad background of work experience in the fields of human services as a case manager, human resource management at MassMutual Financial Group and development (planned giving) in the Federation world. For the past seven years I served as the director of the Jewish Endowment Foundation, a division of the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts.
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TJF and the Community Relations Council of the UJFT offer a way to support the children of Ferguson

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 2:41pm

Posted in: Tidewater Jewish Foundation, Community Relations Council

1775 For those of us watching the events in Ferguson, Missouri unfold on our televisions, the images are disturbing and distressing. For the residents of Ferguson, they are reality. The death of Michael Brown and the events that followed, reaching a climax last week, are particular to Ferguson. However, the underlying societal issues at play are, unfortunately, national in scope.

There are long term issues to face. However, right now, the people of Ferguson and surrounding areas are hurting badly. The children of Ferguson, especially, are facing a harsh reality. Libraries have become somewhat of a safe haven for the children in the area.

Following the lead of the St. Louis Jewish Community Relations Council, the Tidewater Jewish Foundation and the Community Relations Council of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater have partnered to offer support by collecting new or gently used children’s books with enclosed notes of encouragement that will be delivered to the children of Ferguson.

Stop by the Sandler Family Campus on Thursday, December 18th from 12-7pm, and drop off a new or gently used children’s book with your message of support and inspiration, or choose messages we’ll have on hand, to include with your donation.

Questions? Contact Shelby Tudor at (757) 965-6105 or studor@ujft.org or Robin Mancoll at (757) 965-6120 or rmancoll@ujft.org.

Regards from Israel

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 11:59am

Posted in: Community Relations Council

by Dr. Einat Wilf
Israel Today Forum Expert
Danger Zone:  What Regional Turmoil Means for Israel
Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 7:30pm at the Sandler Family Campus
For more information or to RSVP today by click here.

Join the CRC and community partners for a “tour d’horizon” of the geopolitical condition of the Middle East and the powers at play as The Honorable Einat Wilf, former member of Knesset discusses what this most recent turmoil means for Israel. Known as one of Israel’s most articulate representatives on the international stage and a leading intellectual and original thinker on matters of economics, education, foreign policy, Jewish peoplehood and society, Dr. Wilf was born and raised in Israel. She served as an Intelligence Officer in the Israel Defense Forces before receiving undergraduate degrees in Government and Fine Arts from Harvard, an MBA from INSEAD in France, and a PhD in Political Science from the University of Cambridge. This mother of three kids under the age of four, offers a strong female voice as the first woman expert to take part in the Israel Today series. For more information on this and other Israel Today Forum events, click here

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Dear Friends,
 
Let’s face it, it has been a terrible summer. Even for those of us lucky enough not to have had to mourn the personal loss of a loved one, this summer of war has taken an emotional and mental toll much greater than many of us initially admitted. The spirit was one of “a stiff upper lip”, but nerves were frayed and, in between the sirens, few of us were able to do anything more than stay glued to the television.
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