We all stood at Sinai - Shavuot 2014

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 2:30pm

1664 As we prepare to observe Shavuot -- the Jewish festival celebrating the giving of the Torah to the Jews at Mount Sinai -- the saying "We all stood at Sinai" comes to mind.

For us, at the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, those words are powerful reminders of the interconnectedness of the Jewish people -- past, present and future.
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TJF celebrates 30th anniversary, Simon Family Legacy Society And retirement of its President & CEO

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 11:36am

Posted in: Tidewater Jewish Foundation, Special Events

1657 On April 24th, the Tidewater Jewish Foundation celebrated its 30th anniversary, acknowledged the members of the Simon Family Legacy Society and honored Philip Rovner on his retirement from the Foundation after 18 years of service.

Approximately 150 people were in attendance. The program included a welcome by the Foundation’s Chair, Ron Kramer, a brief history of the Foundation by Hal Sacks (TJF’s Executive Director Emeritus), and remarks by Kim Simon Fink on behalf of the Simon family.

“We are an effective, efficient machine. We give so that we can sustain, we increase our giving so we can build and grow,” said Fink. “It gives me great pride that the legacy continues.”

Philip Rovner was then honored by Miles Leon, Chairman of the UJFT, and Harry Graber, Executive Vice President of the UJFT. Rovner was presented a cherry tree, planted on Campus, by Randy Parrish, CFO of the Foundation, on behalf of TJF’s staff.

“Like this tree, this organization is very healthy, its roots are very firmly in the soil, and I fully expect that Philip’s work will generate great things and continue to grow in the future,” said Parrish.

Rovner concluded the program with his remarks about his mentors and inspiration over his 18 years of service. “This evening we are celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Tidewater Jewish Foundation.  I’ve been so very honored, humbled and fortunate to have been its President and CEO. You have heard and viewed some of the history of the Foundation from others tonight. What I wish to share with you is a sense of community and commitment that most every one of our donors has expressed as to why they have left their names and their financial resources to this marvelous venture, as testimony to the future of our Jewish community.”

The Foundation would like to thank everyone who celebrated with them on April 24th. If you would like to make a donation in honor of Philip Rovner’s retirement, please contact Shelby Tudor at 757-965-6105 or studor@ujft.org.

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Honoring Those Who Preserve Freedom

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 7:47am

Posted in: Community Relations Council

On the weekend of May 3-4, 2014, Temple Israel will be paying tribute to those who defend the freedom of America and Israel.

It’s become a cliché to say that freedom isn’t free.  But the truth should never be a cliché.  Most people who have grown up in the United States take their freedom for granted.  They think freedom is the norm.  In the course of history, it has been the rare exception.  Today, every American enjoys freedom and opportunity unparalleled in the history of the world only because freedom was won, and has been preserved and protected, by the United States military.  American Jews should be especially thankful.  In our long and often somber history, we have never had a home in the lands of the Diaspora as open to Jewish life and practice as the United States. Giving thanks for our blessings is a basic tenet of Judaism.  With the high concentration of military bases and facilities in the area, a congregation in Hampton Roads has a unique opportunity to show the thankfulness and respect for our military that all Americans should feel. 
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Share-itage your Heritage!

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 9:50am

Posted in: Shalom Tidewater

1636 May is Jewish American Heritage Month!

Since 2006, Jewish communities across the nation have celebrated our shared heritage and history through gatherings, book clubs, movie nights, festivals, and more. Museums, national organizations, and even the White House have joined in to honor Jewish contributions to the United States of America.

This year, in honor of the 100th anniversary of The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, the theme of Jewish American Heritage Month (JAHM) is "American Jews and Tikkun Olam: Healing the World."

Our Tidewater Jewish community is rich with history both regionally and on an individual basis. Let's take the time to celebrate our community heritage and contributions to our country!
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FAQ: Jewish Tidewater 101

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 1:31pm

Posted in: Shalom Tidewater

1605 Relocating to a new state or city can be a daunting task; and whether you’re moving alone or with your entire family, the preliminary work of researching your new town can prove overwhelming. Shalom Tidewater offers numerous free services to help alleviate some of the stress of starting over in a new place.

Over the past three years, we have worked with dozens of new community members and we have complied a list of some of the more frequently asked questions about the Tidewater/Hampton Roads area and living Jewishly.
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A Pesach Rhyme, If You've Got the Time

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 2:32pm

Posted in: Shalom Tidewater

1617 It started one day, many years ago
when young Jewish boys weren't permitted to grow.
Moses' mother, with high hopes for her boy,
floated him down the Nile to be raised by a goy.

Baby Moses was rescued by Pharaoh’s young wife,
and grew up as royalty, living a palace life.
During his youth, he became suddenly aware
he was not who he thought, the Pharaoh’s young heir.
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How-To Celebrate Pesach 5774/2014 in Tidewater

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 2:13pm

Posted in: Shalom Tidewater

1605 The How-To Live Jewishly in Tidewater blog will feature posts throughout the year with information about Jewish life in Tidewater. Articles will discuss topics such as how-to celebrate the holidays in Tidewater, how-to keep kosher in Tidewater, how-to give back in Tidewater, and more! Feel free to contact Rebecca Bickford, Community Concierge, if there is something specific that you would like more information on.

The story of Passover is one that we learn at a very early age. This is the story of our Exodus from the land of Egypt after suffering as Pharaoh’s slaves for generations. Moses, a man who is raised in Pharaoh’s palace as a son, learns he is of Jewish heritage. He looks out over the land of Egypt and sees his people enslaved, beaten, hungry, and suffering. He decides to join them in the mud pits, toiling under the unforgiving sun. Pharaoh attempts to entice Moses back into the comfort of the palace but Moses is steadfast in his decision. Moses implores Pharaoh to let the Jewish slaves go. He warns Pharaoh that God is on his side and he must obey Moses’ request for freedom. Pharaoh ignored Moses and soon the first of ten plagues is set upon the land of Egypt. It is the final plague that brings mighty Pharaoh to his knees - the killing of all Egyptian firstborn. Moses warns to the slaves to smear lambs blood at the threshold of their homes effectively telling the Angel of Death to “Passover” this house and spare the child. When the Angel of Death reaches the son of Pharaoh, he demands the Jews leave his land. With no time to spare, the Jews pack up their meager lives, strap everything to their backs, and begin the long journey toward freedom. Their bread, not given the proper time to rise, bakes flat on their backs under the desert sun. Matzah, the unleaven bread, is an important component during Seder’s as it represents the haste of the Jews, the heat of the desert, the desperation, and the lure of freedom. 
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How-To Celebrate Purim 5774/2014 in Tidewater

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 11:53am

Posted in: Shalom Tidewater

1605 The How-To Live Jewishly in Tidewater blog will feature posts throughout the year with information about Jewish life in Tidewater. Articles will discuss topics such as how-to celebrate the holidays in Tidewater, how-to keep kosher in Tidewater, how-to give back in Tidewater, and more! Feel free to contact Rebecca Bickford, Community Concierge, if there is something specific that you would like more information on.

Purim is a very festive holiday that is celebrated on the 14th day of Adar (March 16, 2014) to honor Queen Esther, who saved the Jews from the evil Haman. Communities across the Jewish world are gearing up for the most festive and joyous of all Jewish holidays. During Purim, children and adults dress up in costumes and masks as they enjoy the carnival-like celebrations and delicious feasts. There are a few customs that come with Purim including mishloach manot, the reading of the Megillah, and of course, delicious hamentashen. Mishloach manot or “sending of portions” is the act of sending food and drinks to friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, and other persons as well as providing gifts to the poor.

The Tidewater Jewish community knows how to throw a party and Purim 2014 is no exception. From Purimshpiels and hamantashen sundae bars, costume parades to Latke vs. Hamantashen debates - there is something for everyone! So, dust off your graggers, make room for never-ending hamantashen, and get ready to let the good times roll!

So, how can you celebrate Purim in Tidewater this year?
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Expanding Kosher Tidewater: BJ’s Wholesale Club

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 9:04am

Posted in: Shalom Tidewater

1601 Shopping wholesale pays off in dividends for countless families across the nation with clubs like Costco, BJ’s, and Sam’s offering the average consumer access to food, housewares, and miscellaneous goods without the normal retail mark-up. Some club locations even include gas, propane, tires, optometry services, and more. A trip to one of these stores can be an all-day family affair complete with a snack at the lunch counter or “just a nosh here and there” from the friendly employees offering free samples, a new cell phone plan, and freshly developed photos from the last holiday celebration. As families continue to grow, students return home from college, and grandparents retire in our basements, we can’t help but wonder how we can possibly squeeze more value out of these memberships and what the heck does this have to do with the Tidewater Jewish community? Funny you should ask…

The Vaad Hakashrus of Tidewater has been in contact with Rabbi Moshe Dovid Lebovits of the Kof-K Kosher supervision out of New Jersey in the hopes of adding a kosher bakery to a local BJ’s Wholesale Club here in Tidewater. Rabbi Lebovits and the Kof-K have been instrumental in working with communities across the country, setting up kosher bakeries and working toward stocking more kosher products throughout numerous BJ’s locations.
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Tzipi Zipper: Youth, Zionism, Courage, Tragedy and Triumph

Mon, 02/17/2014 - 8:58am

1598 Nechama 'Tzipi' Zipper is a volunteer at the UJFT funded Center for Independent Living (CIL) in Tel Aviv-Jaffa, one of six CILs — operated and supported by JDC's Israel Unlimited program partnership for people with disabilities — that serve as hubs of social, educational, and training programs to connect and empower Israel's disabled population.  At 15, she moved from the United States to Israel, and three years later served in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) in a combat position. Working at a security checkpoint, she was hit by a passenger car and the resulting deteriorating condition led to chronic pain; Tzipi faced a new life in a wheelchair. Alone in Israel, Tzipi found a new family at the CIL. Here, watch a video from Tzipi thanking you, read her account of regaining her confidence – and finishing a race in Tel Aviv!

I've always been strong for my size. That's what allowed me to serve as a Combat Commander for 3 years, and then to work in high-profile security as a heavily-armed guard in checkpoints around East Jerusalem and the West Bank. But long before that, I was a kid who loved sports – the more extreme the better. So, you can imagine that being hit by a car several years ago, and finding myself in a wheelchair more challenging than I ever could have expected. I started mourning the loss of the things I loved to do most. It seemed as if a part of who I was had died or gone missing. So when the JDC's Center for Independent Living introduced sports back into my life, I was overwhelmed with happiness.
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