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"I t g "i"  October 30, '1998 5 YZae Yartic/pa00t, of e L 00c/ewa/er 00-'00omania J00'ssion extenJteir /o 00d00eoer/y 00ieor00n ff-fission Gtairmen Mission Participants Ron Kramer Annie Sandier Ron Spindel Linda Spindel Dr. Abbey Horwitz E. J. Strelitz Dr. Alan Wagner Jody Wagner Sonia Stein Mark Goldstein Daniel Lepow Alan Frieden Beverly Frieden Southeastern Virginia Jewish News Community connects to set record pace The first six weeks of the 1999 Annual UJA-Federation Campaign have been extraordi- narily successful. The "season" began with a Women's Sympo- sium held on August 30 at the Hebrew Academy. While it was not a campaign event, its high quality programming and wide- spread appeal set the tone for bringing the Jewish community together. The International Lion of Judah Conference held Sept. 13- 15 in Washington, D.C. brought back to Tidewater (by way of our local Lions) an infusion of energy and spirit which helped get our campaign off and run- ning. Sept. 16 was an All-Cam- paign Day. Three separate events brought the community together at all levels and raised over $1.7 Million. National UJA Leaders Marvin Lender, past President of the UJA, and Mark Wilf, current UJA National Young Leadership Chairman, met with dozens of donors, young and seasoned, at suite solicitations and luncheons during the day. That evening the community came together in force at the Beth Sholom Home to officially begin the campaign at the "Make the Connection" kick-off event. Over 120 donors attended the event, representing boards and committees from across the Jew- ish community spectrum. Lender offered great praise to the Tide- water Jewish community for its enthusiasm and desire to coa- lesce around the campaign. On Sept. 24, the women's campaign put a new spin on the tried and true technique of suite solicitation with the introduction of "Home Sweet Home" at the home of Brenda and Abbey Hor- witz. Blending the beauty of tzedakah with the warmth of the Jewish home, this event head- lined Steven Schwager, Associ- ate Executive Vice President of Operations and Administration of the American Joint Distribu- tion Committee. The following Sunday, Sept. 27, Senator Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut was the featured speaker at the Major Gifts Inter- generational Brunch hosted by Michael and Lori Glassier. With gentle breezes blowing in off the water, nearly 100 guests sat under a tent listening to and chatting with the Senator about issues that spanned the gamut of domestic and international poli- tics. Oct. 8 played host to the Intergenerational Luncheon hon- oring Lion of Judah and Chai Society Members. Held at the Contemporary Art Center of Vir- ginia, guest speaker Letty Cottin Pogrebin, best known as a founder of Ms. Magazine, addressed an audience of over 80 women from Tidewater and the Peninsula. Her presentation was well received, and many stayed afterward to talk with her indi- vidually and have books signed. i  "i Leaving no stone untumedi" already awesome campaign start 13 donors recently" wenttO and returned, incredibly inspired, from a Campaign Leadership Mission to Romania. During this four-day whirlwind mission, par'- ticipants witnessed first-hand our campaign dollars at work--feed- ing, clothing, and providing the basic necessities of life to fel- low-Jews overseas. The mission was an outstand- ing culmination in a series of 1999 Campaign events that have combined to produce almost $2 Million in gifts so far. This repre- sents an 18% card-for-card increase. General Campaign Chairman Ron Kramer along with Men's and Women's Chairs, Alan Frieden and Annie Sandier, encourage each member of the community to keep the momen- turn going. If you've not yet made your gift to the 1999 UJA- Federation campaign, make it soon and make it an increase. Upcoming evenls campaign events will include: a Ben Gufi- on Society Kick-off reception for Young Leadership at the $1000 minimum gift level on Nov. 4 at the Sheraton Waterside Hotel, Fall Phonathons at the UJFT in October and November, an Annual Chanukah Direct Mail Campaign, Super Sunday Com- munity Phonathon on Jan. 24 at the JCCT, and a spring mission to New York to visit UJA/CJF/UIA Headquarters. Come join us. Connect to the People. Connect to the Worht. Connect to the Need. The Campaign Connection Two thumbs up By Daniel Z. Lepow Asst. Executive Director, UJFT don't think it's "kosher" to critique a film that you produce yourself, but here goes. The Federation and Foundation were looking for a way to tell the story of how a community takes care of itself. More specifically, Philip Rovner, Executive Director of the Tidewater Jewish Foundation, and I, both relatively new members of the Tidewater Jewish Daniel Z. Lepow community were discussing how impressed we were about the programs the various agencies were running here in the area. We both had sten the national campaign videos about Jewish communities around the world and agreed that the "Tidewater story" needed to be told. If you look at the various segments of the conmmnity and how we are all working to meet their needs, you will be very impressed. For example, our services to seniors range from a premier nursing facility (Beth Shoiom Home) to daily social recreational and cultural activities at the JCCT. This is not to mention the home care services offered by the Jewish Family Service. Children and youth have the opportunity to attend a marvelous Hebrew Day School, study at the United Hebrew School or meet their friends at the JCCT. With this in mind, the Federation and Foundation combined to hire Joel Rubin to help tell the story. The three vignettes filmed and edited, by the Rubin agency, tell a love story. It's a story about a community that really cares for itself. It looks at us as a community that is striving to meet the needs of a broad range of people. It makes a positive statement that the dollars raised by annual campaigns and through various endowment and planned giving funds are accomplishing what they were intended take care of people. So how do I critique this video? The lowest rating on my scale is "FEH" used extensively by my wife's grandmother and the highest "Tov Maod," very good. I won't tell you about the stories but will assure you that you will probably recognize the people. We look at the young and the old, today's activities and how we are working for the futme, We obviously hope that you will understand how together we are making differences in people's fives. And we hope that when you plan and think about your personal rzedakah, you will recall that what you do makes a difference. I gave it 'l'ov Maod." Call Philip or rne if you want to view this:87Inte s t(j. W . P pro of  I...community is andar glad to be ame to'lAp ,ell the aca'. " "