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.

It was in that moment I unknowingly began my journey into Judaism.

I met Brandon Terkeltaub when I was 14 years old—only a year after I told my parents that I didn’t want to be confirmed in the Catholic faith. We quickly became fast friends and high school sweethearts; at this point in my life I knew of Judaism but I had no idea how greatly it would impact my life.

Throughout my high school and college career I attended numerous functions with his family and was able to experience some of the culture and tradition through countless holiday celebrations and his two youngest cousins’ bat mitzvah.

In the winter of 2012 when Brandon decided to go on the Taglit-Birthright trip I became fascinated with Israel and Judaism as a whole. I couldn’t study and research enough and it seemed like the pictures and updates he sent me during his 10-day trip only whetted my appetite more. When he arrived back in the states we began exploring Judaism together and started Shabbat dinners at home, among other home observances. A few months later, I began researching conversion options.

In April of 2013 after a year of research and late night talks, we sat both sets of parents down and told them my intentions to convert to Judaism.

We were met with the utmost support and unconditional love and we quickly began researching which movement fit our life together the best. I met with Rabbi Rosalin Mandelberg from Ohef Sholom Temple in May of 2013 and with her advice began attending services and reading books on conversion and Jewish life as a whole. In July of 2013 I began researching the Conservative movement and began attending services at Beth El Temple where I fell in love with Judaism and its rich culture of traditions.

I spent the greater half of my life trying to fill a void that I felt should have been fulfilled by religion and faith and it wasn’t until my twenty-third birthday in August of 2013 that I realized I had finally found my home.

I feel blessed everyday to have found what I felt was missing in my life.

My husband spent an entire year helping me study for Hebrew exams, attending services, answering my never ending questions and watching my trial and errors with various challah recipes. I could not have asked for a better partner throughout this process and although my conversion has “ended” I feel as if I will spend my entire life learning and studying Judaism.

Many people who decide to convert are faced with a long road of isolation, confusion, and an overall sense of not quite belonging to either culture. It takes courage to go against the grain and declare yourself as “different” from family and friends.  I was fortunate enough to be supported by the people around me—however not every convert’s experience is the same.

I will always speak of my conversion with pride because there is something beautiful about choosing your faith for yourself and I chose Judaism.

I feel like my story is just beginning.

What’s your story?


Please share your Jewish story on the UJFT Facebook page and add the hashtag #shareyourstory757




Callah Davis Terkeltaub is newly wed (December, '14) and newly involved in the Young Adult Division of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater as part of YAD's 2015 Super Sunday Steering Committee. She’s excited and eager to take part in helping write the next chapter of the Tidewater Jewish Community's story.

 


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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Sunny with a Chance of Rockets: Part 6

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 3:36pm

Posted in: Holocaust Commission, Stop the Sirens

1728 By Elena Barr Baum
Read Part 5 here.

Friday morning dawned, and we were no longer under the protective wing of Yad Vashem, what to me felt like, next to the Knesset, the safest place in Israel. We looked at the forecast for Tel Aviv on the Ha’Aretz website. It was SUNNY, WITH A CHANCE OF ROCKETS. I think that headline tipped the scales for us.

After much back and forth – wanting to be tough; wanting to believe that everything would be ok; wanting to stand strong for Israel; and not seem like we were “abandoning it” when it needed us and our economic boost the most - I finally took the advice of my Israeli friends, and listened to my concerned family back at home, and rebooked myself to come back to the US early. The first flight I could get on at that point was late Saturday night. Deb worked out her travel plans, also to leave earlier than scheduled, on Sunday morning. Mickey was scheduled to fly out Friday night, so she, Deb and I did not go to Tel Aviv Friday as originally planned, but took in some of Jerusalem, since we had not seen much but Yad Vashem since we arrived. We had a lovely day, wandering, dining and shopping. Deb and I waved farewell to Mickey’s taxi that evening and sent her off to the airport. (She can tell you about that story!).
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