Marty Einhorn: Sharing Traditions, Securing the Future

Tue, 09/22/2015 - 3:48pm

Marty Einhorn, president of the Simon Family JCC and the shofar blower, or ba’al tekiah, for Ohef Sholom Temple, recently took time to meet with Sam Sachs, a young man with an affinity, and a talent, for the age-old instrument.

Without prior discussion, the two showed up wearing similar clothing. Great talents dress alike?! They also had a similar look of intense concentration when they brought the shofars to their lips and took turns sounding them for captivated audiences in the Simon Family JCC Cardo and on the playground at the Strelitz Early Childhood Center.

Marty shared his thoughts and feelings about the responsibility of blowing the shofar with readers of the Jewish News in this article.

The video below shows footage and photos captured during Marty and Sam’s introduction to one another.

Sharing traditions, building strong Jewish identities, and providing religious education, opportunities, and cultural enrichment for all Jewish residents illustrate important goals of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater. Financial gifts donated to the UJFT’s Annual Campaign help meet the challenges facing our Jewish community, and work to secure the future for generations to come.

The Simon Family JCC receives funds raised in the Annual Campaign. Keep up the great work, JCC!
Marty Einhorn is the managing shareholder of Wall, Einhorn and Chernitzer, a CPA and consulting firm in downtown Norfolk.

Shifting Perspectives: Virginia Tech Student Adam Zelenka and the importance of Hillel

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 7:59am

Posted in: Tidewater Jewish Foundation, Shifting Perspectives

The Tidewater Jewish Foundation recently partnered with Hillel at Virginia Tech for an event at the home of Brenda and Abbey Horwitz. This was an opportunity for local alumni, donors, parents, students and future students to learn more about what’s going on at Tech, the programs that are available through Hillel, and the importance of these programs to the students—and to ensure they are available for the next generation of Jewish students. One of our local Virginia Tech students, Adam Zelenka (sophomore), shared his feelings about Hillel:


Virginia Tech students Austin Sheffer, Adam Zelenka and Whitley Miller with Tech's Hillel Executive Director, Sue Kurtz

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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.

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 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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