TJF grant recipient Hillel at Virginia Tech: Hillel’s Kitchen

Tue, 01/28/2014 - 10:59am

Posted in: Tidewater Jewish Foundation

1591 In September of 2013 the Tidewater Jewish Foundation awarded a grant to Hillel Virginia Tech for their kitchen. When Hillel at Virginia Tech moved into their new building, the Malcolm Rosenberg Hillel Center, they were finally able to supply kosher food made in their kitchen for Shabbat meals. Programming with food, education about kashrut laws, cultural foods, celebrations with traditional meals and catering kosher food on the Virginia Tech campus can now all take place. Hillel has a plan for innovative and fun programming to deepen their relationship to food and each other.

The Tidewater Jewish Foundation recently received the outcomes report for this initiative. We invite you to read the delightful letter provided by the Executive Director at Hillel at Virginia Tech, Sue Kurtz. Click here.

TJF’s CFO, Randy Parrish, Named Super CPA by Virginia Business

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 12:09pm

Posted in: Tidewater Jewish Foundation

1582 View the article and full list of Super CPAs here

About Randy…

Randy Parrish has been the Chief Financial Officer of the Tidewater Jewish Foundation (TJF) since early 2009.  Randy comes to TJF with more than 25 years of experience in healthcare, non-profit financial management, and municipal government. Most recently the Vice President of Finance/CFO for a non-profit retirement/healthcare facility, he had previously served as CFO for several operating units of a diversified multi-state healthcare operation and held senior management positions in municipal finance.

Randy has managed finance, human resources, information technology, and facility management functions including oversight of operating and capital budget functions, financial planning and debt management, human services administration, systems development and implementation, local tax administration, and grants management. 

Randy currently serves on the Board of PrimePlus, the Norfolk Senior Center and as their President, and he is the past Treasurer and chair of the Finance Committee.  He is a Certified Public Accountant and earned his Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from the College of William and Mary in Virginia.

Getting to Know Gil: Gil Troy, Israel Today Forum Speaker, on Zionism, Past and Present

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 9:21am

The CRC and community partners present Gil Troy, Wednesday, January 29, at 7 p.m , speaking about Zionism as part of the Israel Today Forum. Free and open to the community at the Sandler Family Campus. RSVP here.

 

1581 From the desk of Robin Mancoll, Director, CRC:


I caught up with Gil recently to discover what we can expect to hear and learn during his visit to Tidewater.

First, though, a little background—Gil is an engaging speaker, an invaluable teacher and a widely published author. His most recent bestseller is Moynihan's Moment: America's Fight Against Zionism as Racism, which explores the previously untold story of the 1975 United Nations resolution that called Zionism a form of racism. Gil examines events that led to the drafting of the resolution, America’s fight—led by legendary statesman Daniel Patrick Moynihan—to prevent its passage, and the effects it had, and continues to have, on the UN, U.S.-Israel relations, and world opinion.
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What Community Looks Like to Me

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 9:31am

Part 1 of a series of reflections, memories, observations and images shared by members of the Tidewater Jewish community. Super Sunday 2014—and beyond. On Super Sunday, January 26, 9 am – 1 pm, be extraordinary. Take the call. Make a gift. Volunteer your time.

1564 Members of the 2014 Super Sunday Steering Committee share their definitions of community:

Guy Berkowitz, 36
Community to me is a feeling of belonging between its members that comes with a strong bond to support and help each other and keep our traditions. As an Israeli leaving abroad, I appreciate the importance of our community life here in Hampton Roads. I see Super Sunday as more than a fund raiser, it's actually an acknowledgement and support from community members to the important initiatives and activities that the UJFT is taking -  not only by giving back to our community but also by supporting others in need, locally and worldwide.
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An Israeli Bedouin: an unusual story of an unusual man!

Tue, 12/10/2013 - 3:54pm

1544 Ishmael Khaldi
Diversity in Israel Today
Thursday, December 12th at 7:00pm
Sandler Family Campus
Free and open to the community with RSVP.


Here's a fact: I am a Bedouin and proud Israeli citizen.


I was born the third of eleven brothers and sisters, in Khawalid, a small Bedouin village nestled on the hills of the western Galilee, in northern Israel. My mind straddles east and west, with bridges made from fibers of time. I live in two worlds – more than two worlds, actually – east and west, Muslim and Jewish, traditional and modern, secular and religious, conservative and liberal.
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…God used the descendants of Ishmael to save the Jewish nation

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 10:18am

1538 Could one person be a Muslim, a Bedouin, and an Israeli diplomat? Some would say it’s impossible; some would say it’s a miracle.  For Ishmael Khaldi, it’s just his life.  Readers of the great American novel, Moby Dick, will recall that the narrator and protagonist of  that 1851 novel is named Ishmael and it is through his eyes that the reader experiences the story of the ship, Pequod. The Bible declares that Ishmael will be the savior of the Jewish Nation.

Ishmael Khaldi is the narrator and protagonist of this slim memoir. While not about Israeli politics, not about war and conflict, and not about economy and culture, this memoir manages to roll all of the above into the wonderful story of Ishmael’s journey from tending his family’s sheep in a small Bedouin village in northern Israel along the winding path that brought him to where he is today.
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L’Dor V’Dor, and Pass the Turkey!

Wed, 11/20/2013 - 8:49am

1517 Next week American Jews will celebrate the infamous hybrid holiday, Thanksgivukkah. My husband, Eliot, and I, along with the rest of my immediate family, will be altering our Thanksgiving plans this year. Next week we will traverse the overcrowded airports during the most frenzied travel week of the year; we will fly to Florida, to gather with over 50 of my family members.  Every few years my mom and her many first cousins gather all of the children and grandchildren together for a Thanksgiving/family reunion weekend. This year we are doing just that—but this year we have even more to celebrate, and even more to be thankful for.  The family reunion is spurred by the 90th birthday of my great-aunt Rene, who is an Auschwitz survivor, and the only remaining family member of my grandparent’s generation. As a giant, raucous, crazy family, we will celebrate Thanksgiving, light the Chanukah menorah, and light the candles on Aunt Rene’s (surprise) birthday cake. Thanksgivukkah 5774 will be special, indeed.
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The Story of Thanksgivukkah

Mon, 11/11/2013 - 4:41pm

Posted in: Shalom Tidewater


1507 The story of Thanksgivukkah will become American Jewish lore as two holidays, one Jewish and one secular, overlap into the most delicious celebration you will ever experience. This year, for the first time, the first day of Chanukah will fall on Thanksgiving Day. This once-in-a-lifetime holiday, dubbed Thanksgivukkah, will not occur again until the year 79,811!
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How-To Celebrate Thanksgivukkah in Tidewater

Mon, 11/11/2013 - 3:41pm

Posted in: Shalom Tidewater

1506 The stories of Chanukah and Thanksgiving are not so different.  Both tell the tale of a people who, despite all odds, survived and continued to live for generations based on their belief systems, history, and traditions. Both holidays evoke a kindness in our hearts of charity, family, and togetherness. At Thanksgiving, we offer gratitude to those who have assisted and supported us as we recall the surprising bond formed between two strange cultures. During Chanukah, we recognize the great sacrifices made by our ancestors as they fought to preserve our shared culture and traditions. As we recite the stories of the first successful harvest in a new land and the wondrous miracle of the burning oil, it is easy to be overcome with hope for the future.

Thanksgivukkah will become American Jewish lore as two holidays, one Jewish and one secular, overlap into the most delicious celebration you will ever experience. This year, for the first time, the first day of Chanukah will fall on Thanksgiving Day. This once-in-a-lifetime holiday, dubbed Thanksgivukkah, will not occur again until the year 79,811!

So, as you plan your menu (turkey or brisket?), send out invitations, and gather the necessary supplies, ask yourself … how can you celebrate Thanksgivukkah in Tidewater?
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Jews Are Twice as Likely to Leave Bequests Than Non-Jews

Mon, 11/04/2013 - 10:25am

Posted in: Tidewater Jewish Foundation

1501 By Alex Daniels, posted at www.philanthropy.com on October 10, 2013

Twenty-three percent of American Jews have provided for charities in their wills, nearly twice as many as people who don’t follow that faith, according to a study released today.

Jews were also more likely to have wills—74 percent of them do, compared with 60 percent of non-Jews.

What’s more, the study found that the people most likely to leave a bequest to any kind of charity, not just Jewish nonprofits, were Jews who are connected to their tradition—such as those who attend synagogue, take part in Jewish civic organizations, or travel to Israel.

Forty-five percent of Jews who belong to Jewish organizations make planned gifts, the study found, compared with 15 percent of Jews who don’t belong to a faith-based group.
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