For the Love of Soldiers

Mon, 10/19/2015 - 7:46am

Posted in: Special Events

If you’ve been to Israel, you know that it is just as common to see soldiers on the street as it is to see kids playing in the park.

You have pictures of them in your photo albums and maybe you even have a child or a relative that has served as a “lone soldier” in the Israeli army. If you haven’t made it to the Holy Land yet, then you’ve either met a soldier who was visiting the U.S. or you’ve gotten to know them personally through last year’s Tidewater movie screening of Beneath the Helmet.

They are the brave young men and women who risk their lives day in and day out to protect the homeland of the Jewish people. Many of them know little about their heritage or history, and 30% have never even been to Jerusalem.
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What this mitzvah project means to the children of Pardes Katz

Fri, 10/16/2015 - 3:35pm

Posted in: Special Events

By Marilyn Johns, project chair

Music Education has been a passion of mine for over 35 years.  This year I am celebrating 31 years as a music teacher in the Virginia Beach public school system, and 40 years as a Jewish music educator and performer. 

I have seen the positive impact music has on people’s lives, when they are given the opportunity to create their own music and play their own instrument. 

During our Jewish Women’s Renaissance Program (JWRP) trip to Israel, summer of 2014, the women from the “Tidewater group” spent the morning visiting Pardes Katz (our sister JCC).  After a tour of the center we were given the opportunity to help preschoolers with a craft that they were working on. 

There was a piano in the room, so I naturally had to open the lid to the piano and began to play.  The children and teachers sang along. 
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Learn a Mitzvah, Do a Mitzvah: Havdalah at Home

Fri, 10/16/2015 - 3:28pm

Posted in: Special Events

By Brenda Kozak and Marcy Mostofsky
Project co-chairs

My introduction to the real meaning of havdalah came during my J.W.R.P. (Jewish Women’s Renaissance Program) trip to Israel in the summer of 2014.

Over the course of the nine-day educational excursion, the speakers were amazing, and each one brought my Jewish awareness to a higher lever. After a full week of traveling and activities, I joined my Tidewater friends by packing up my technology and purse for safe keeping over the next 27 hours of Shabbat.
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Mickey Kramer’s legacy of learning continues with Tidewater Together

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 2:38pm

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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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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

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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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