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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U.S. Trust Study Reveals Disconnects in Philanthropic Conversations Between HNW Individuals and Professional Advisors

Mon, 11/04/2013 - 10:09am

Posted in: Tidewater Jewish Foundation

1502 Originally posted October 9, 2013 by Melody Griffin on the Planned Giving Design Center website, pgdc.com.

This is a must-read for advisors currently working with or wanting to work with HNW families, couples or individuals. Advisors are missing the boat according to the new study just released by The Philanthropic Initiative and commissioned by U.S. Trust. Learn when clients want you to start the philanthropic conversation, what they want to discuss, and what percentage of HNW individuals indicate they would be more likely to choose an advisor who is knowledgeable about charitable giving!

NEW YORK – Professional advisors almost universally agree that philanthropy plays an important role in their high net worth (HNW) clients’ wealth experience, and that engaging clients about their philanthropic ambitions is good for their own business. However, a recent U.S. Trust study reveals several disconnects between HNW individuals and advisors centering on the initiation and substance of philanthropic conversations. For instance, many advisors underestimate their clients’ desire to discuss their charitable goals and passions, and overestimate the importance of tax benefits as a motivation for giving.

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Preparing for another sleepless night….

Tue, 10/22/2013 - 11:44am

Posted in: Community Relations Council

1493 From the CRC Director's Desk

After returning from the AIPAC Policy Conference in March, I found myself experiencing one sleepless night after another, eventually stretching into weeks of restless tossing and turning.  Throughout the conference, I learned more disturbing information about Iran’s progress and intentions with regards to their nuclear weapons program than I had ever wanted to know.  Though I attended the AIPAC Policy Conference with concerns focusing on Israel’s safety and how an Iranian nuclear weapon would affect Israeli security, I wound up learning more and more about what that program would mean to us as American citizens and gaining a profound appreciation for just how concerned we should be.  This information embedded itself in my brain only to resurface, without warning, as nightly wake up calls.

I’ll admit that I’m not a good sleeper anyway; often waking up in the middle of the night mentally tallying off all the things I need to accomplish the next day or later that week, worrying about my family, work, or with anxiety concerning events in and around Israel.  Though this happens often, this is the first time I have woken up with worries about America’s safety.  

What is causing me to lose so much sleep?
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Veterans Day Event

Wed, 10/16/2013 - 8:42am

Posted in: Tidewater Jewish Foundation, Special Events

1492 Monday, Nov. 11, 11 am

When the nation celebrates Veterans Day, a solemn ceremony will also take place at the Jewish Veterans Memorial on the Sandler Family Campus of the Tidewater Jewish community.

Now three years old, the memorial was created through significant donations, as well as by the purchase of pavers inscribed with the names of Jewish veterans who served in the past as well as those currently serving in the Armed Forces. Veterans from Russia, Canada and Israel are also honored.
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Stein family endows the Stein Family College Scholarship

Wed, 10/09/2013 - 7:51am

Posted in: Tidewater Jewish Foundation, Planned Giving

1486 The generosity of a few can impact the lives of generations to come. Case in point—the Stein family, which is helping Jewish students from throughout Hampton Roads fulfill their dreams of a quality college education.

Five years ago, the family established the Stein Family College Scholarship through the Tidewater Jewish Foundation. The Scholarship was renewed annually, and ensured that each year a deserving college student would receive $10,000 to help offset tuition and other expenses; students could continue to receive the scholarship throughout their college careers by maintaining a level of academic excellence. Read more »

Seven Anxieties about Asking for Money And What to Do about Them

Wed, 08/21/2013 - 8:36am

Posted in: Tidewater Jewish Foundation, Planned Giving

1474 It’s been said over and over in a thousand different ways: fundraising is not about money – it’s about relationships.  But still, the vast majority of people who have not earned their Major Gifts Cultivation badge get snagged by various forms of anxiety about money.  If we can name some of those anxieties, maybe we can disempower them, so we can get back to talking about relationships.  Here are seven that I have heard frequently.
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How-To Celebrate the High Holidays 5774/2013 in Tidewater

Fri, 08/16/2013 - 2:31pm

Posted in: Shalom Tidewater

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.

1473 The High Holidays are a whirlwind of culture, spiritual revival, and community. Preparations begin more than a week ahead of time to ensure that enough food is prepared and enough beds are made. Family and friends travel, sometimes great distances, to reunite with one another for this most holy of times. We congregate as a People, led by our Rabbis, Cantors, and religious leaders, to reconcile ourselves with G-d, rejuvenate our souls, and rekindle our faith. We rise early before the sun to begin our Fast – we suffer through hunger pains as a reminder of our past transgressions. We suffer so that we may not only cleanse ourselves, but to repent for those transgressions with the promise of “never again.” We do this together, as a People, because on this Holiest of days, we must band together under His guidance, support one another, and nurture the delicate future of our children.

Now, dim the lights, sound the shofar, and ask… how can you celebrate the High Holidays in Tidewater?
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Meet the Christians who Stand with Israel

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 8:24am

1434 On April 23rd Christians United for Israel (CUFI), in partnership with the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, CBN, and The Rock Church International, will hold a Night to Honor Israel at the Rock Church. The event will feature Dr. Pat Robertson and CUFI executive director David Brog.

CUFI is the largest pro-Israel organization in the United States. We have more than 1.2 million members and hold an average of 40 events each month. And yet, there are many in the Jewish community who have heard little if anything about our organization.

CUFI exists to unite Christians in support of Israel. For decades, as Christians across the country began to focus increasingly on the Hebrew Bible, individual churches came to the conclusion that it is our Christian duty to stand with Israel. We see in passages such as Genesis 12:3, which mandates that we bless Israel, and Psalm 122:6, which commands us to “pray for the peace of Jerusalem,” a clear message: Christians must be Zionists. 
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How-To Celebrate Pesach 5773/2013 in Tidewater

Mon, 03/11/2013 - 8:16am

Posted in: Shalom Tidewater

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.

1285 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 ignores 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 "pass over" this house and spare the child. When the Angel of Death reaches the son of Pharaoh, Pharaoh 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 unleavened bread, is an important component during Seders, as it represents the haste of the Jews, the heat of the desert, the desperation, and the lure of freedom.

As the Jews travel from Egypt, they are met with one more obstacle. The Red Sea.

This great expanse of water seemed to barricade the Jews from reaching their land of milk and honey, their freedom. Once more, God intervenes and splits the Red Sea. The waters draw back, allowing safe passage for the Jews to the other side.

As the last Jewish foot touched the opposite bank, the Red Sea converges on the Pharaoh's men who are in pursuit. Still, freedom is not yet achieved.

For 40 years, our ancestors traveled through the desert following the leadership of Moses until finally, they reached the land that is now called Israel.

The word "Israel" can be loosely translated to mean "struggle". Each year during Passover, we are reminded of the struggle of our ancestors. Their daily dose of bondage that nearly lasted a lifetime. We remember their courage to stand up to a mighty Egypt and their courage to follow a man who, for most of his life, walked side by side with the very whips that scarred their backs.

The struggle of the Jewish people did not begin or end in Egypt. It did not end with the slaves safely on the opposite bank of the Red Sea. The struggle defines our people, warms our Jewish hearts, and propels us forward through hundreds of years of oppression, nationalism, and ultimately, peace without borders.

So what’s happening in Tidewater this Passover?
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How-To Celebrate Purim (5773/2013) in Tidewater

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 10:49am

Posted in: Shalom Tidewater

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.

1285 Purim, celebrated on the 14th day of Adar (February 24, 2013), honors Queen Esther, who saved the Jews from the evil Haman in the Book of Esther, also known as the Megillah. 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.

This holiday is a rambunctious celebration of triumph. From Jewish homes across the globe to synagogues full of congregants, the collective sound of thousands of groggers--noisemakers used to “drown out” the sound of the evil Haman’s name--can be heard loud and clear. In-between the sound of the groggers and the costume contests, we feast on hamentashen -- the traditional tri-cornered shortbread treat designed to resemble Haman's hat. Hamantashen can be found with a variety of fillings including chocolate, apricot, raspberry, poppy and more! Some shops are stepping up their Hamantashen game this year to include trendy flavors such as goat cheese and pesto.

Whatever your flavor, put on your costume, enjoy some hamentashen and ask yourself…

So, how can I celebrate Purim in Tidewater?
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