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Southeastern Virginia Jewish News 3 ':|//:[i May22,1998 Through Jerusolern" Tidewater" Jewish" Over 2,000 take "Walk di Zidell, Director i- Culture and Art, JCCT ':":!i!ii!:!::i!!!i!i! Foundation News Over 2,000 people from pub- ! lic and private schools, churches, Grants & distributions aid community !, 4 i organizations, as well as individ- uals, walked through the eight gates of Jerusalem during the exhibit's tour at the Jewish Com- munity Center of Tidewater. The exhibit opened with a private reception on April 21. Chief of the Mission of Israel, Lenny Ben-David, was on hand to deliver the opening welcome. The exhibit, presented by the Jewish Community Center of Tidewater, was sponsored by State of Israel Bonds and The Virginian-Pilot. I00rael 00iii!iiiiili00 i ii iiiiiiiiii00 00iiii00 .... fill .... "A Walk Through Jerusalem" was available for public touring from April 22 through May 14. Roz Landres, chairman of this three-week long program, said, "The community response to this was overwhelming! It was a pleasure to share the history, cul- ture and civilization of the peo- ple of Jerusalem with such a broad segment of the Hampton Roads population. I believe it was a well received learning experience for many that will bring a greater understanding for Jerusalem, its people, and for Israel as a whole. The exhibit was part of the Israel at 50 cele- bration, and served as a wonder- ful opportunity to educate the community in a creative, hands- CONTINUED ON PAGE 20 A crowd gathers for the opening night reception of "A Walk Through Jerusalem" exibit Roz Landres, Chairman, Sally Hymen, Boa Minskoff in front of Herod's Gate. Rabbi Israel Zoberman, Alice Davis, Co-Chair Israel at 50, Lenny Ben-David, Chief of Mission of Israel in front of Zion's Gate New TJF Stoff member: Beth A. Berk - Director of Gift Planning By Philip S. Rovner, CPA, CLU TJF Executive Director • Keeping in line with our mis- Sion, the Tidewater Jewish Foun- dation ("TJF") has recently hired Beth A. Berk, CPA, as its new Director of Gift Planning. Ms. Berk will work in partnership with the Tidewater and Hampton Roads Jewish Communities to meet their challenges and needs, and to preserve their connection to yesterday, today and the new millennium. Ms. Berk comes to TJF via Atlanta, Georgia and pre- viously New York City, although she is a native Flordian from Miami. Ms. Berk has been both active as a professional and vol- Unteer within the Jewish commu- nities of these cities. [ While in New York City, Ms [ Berk worked as an Associate [ Finance Director for Hadassah at | their national home office. In /  Atlanta, Ms. Berk served as a member of the Jewish Family and Career Services' Budget and Finance Committee as well as befriending a PAL (a Jewish big brother/big sister program). She also participated in various activ- ities, including the local Federa- tions, in both New York and Atlanta. Prior to joining TJF, Ms. Berk was a Consultant with KPMG Peat Marwick LLP in their Public Services practice which consults to nonprofits, col- leges and universities, and gov- ernmental agencies. Upon leaving New York City about three years ago, Ms. Berk realized that it was too easy to take her Jewish identity for granted. Aside from being around Jewish friends and attending functions sponsored within the Jewish community, she found herself being extreme- ly aware of this identity. In addi- tion, her previous job was struc- tured in such a way that Ms. Berk never quite felt that she was part of an organization, let alone a community since she was required to travel out of town. As a result, when the opportunity arose to consider a posit!on with TJE Ms. Berk seized the oppor- tunity to not only be part of a community, but a Jewish com- munity. For Ms. Berk, becoming TJF's Director of Gift Planning not only meets her professional needs, but personal needs as well. For those of you who may have already met Beth. you can see why TJF considers her to be an asset, and no pun intended, to our organization. On behalf of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, the Tidewater Jewish Foundation and the United Jew- ish Council of the Virginia Peninsula. we welcome Ms. Bark to her new home. By Beth A. Berk, CPA' Director of Gift Planning Tidewater Jewish Foundation  The Board of Directors of the Tidewater Jewish. Foundation is pleased to announce their most recent grants awarded at their quarterly board meeting. As of the end of its third quarter for the'97-"98 fiscal year, the Foundation has approved over $2,200,000 ::::i:::: ::iiiii:: ::: in grants and distributions. Of this sum, more than  ::: :::::: $31,000 in new direct grants from the Foundation's Unrestricted Fund were approved and will be awarded to the following programs and activities: Both the JCCT and JFS will be embarking on a strategic planning retreat to enable their agencies to evaluate their current and future programming goals and objectives in today's competitive market- place and have each been awarded $3,000. Both Agencies anticipate coming back refreshed with new mission statements and being ready to face the challenges of their changing demographics• A grant has been awarded in the amount of $4,000 to enable the Holocaust Commission of the UJFT to produce an educational video to be used at the middle and high school levels. The stars of the video will be local survivors who reside in the Tidewater area. As you may have already seen on WHRO this month, the video has also been produced in short vignettes designed for televisio n . The Foundation has also awarded JFS a $15,000 grant to help seed a program for clinical social work services for the Jewish elder- ly. This new program will enable elderly patients to age in-place in their own homes• JFS has designed this program whereby it can become self-supporting by collecting monies allowable from Medicare, patient-pay, and secondary insurance. The Agency is also seeking matching funding sources. To share in the Tidewater Jewish community's celebration, the Foundation awarded $585 to the Old Dominion University Ballet Board to help fund their outstanding performance to honor Israel's 50th. Upon viewing a video from the JCC of the Greater Washington, D.C. area highlighting their successful Jewish camp experience for special needs children of all income levels, the Foundation is very pleased to announce its $6,300 award to Tidewater's JCC to seed a summer camp program for our community's Jewish children with special needs. The Foundation has distributed over $2,000,000 in distributions from its Philanthropic Funds and approved Agency and Temple Affiliate's Funds• These distributions have benefited numerous char- itable causes and projects throughout our community, including Jew- ish agencies, synagogues, UJFT and UJC programs, and programs located in Israel. "Philanthropic Fund donors have a unique opportunity to make a charitable contribution to the Foundation, and support worthwhile charities at home and in Israel," explained Philip S. Rovner. Execu- tive Director. "By advising the Board of Directors on donations they would like made, Fund donors can work with the Foundation to effect powerful positive change in our community." To learn more about Philanthropic, Agency or Temple Funds, please call Philip Rovner or Beth Bark at 671-1600• Security in jobl Harculas Fence has been securing Tidewater homes and businesses since 1955 Wa continue to earn s reputation for excellence every day. 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