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Synagogue clean-up day: Jan. 22, 8-11am
   This time around, we'll need lots of hands to help clean the sanctuary and the storage area under the stairs.
  
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2012-01-17 20:10:32
Shabbaton in St. John January 28 with Rabbi Moch and Cantorial Student Rachel Harrison
   Join us on St. John to celebrate Shabbat with story-telling, singing, sand and water. This is a family day, with activities for all! RSVP now to 774-4312.
  
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2012-01-17 20:08:24
MLK service honors seven high schoolers
   The Hebrew Congregation honored seven special high school students at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Shabbat service, which focuses community attention on young people who are attempting to live Dr. King's dream.
  
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2011-01-11 14:37:25
Rosh Hashanah care packages sent to kids away
   Holiday care packages connected our Congregation with young people away at college or in the military. Adam Ringel, for one, was delighted.
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2010-09-17 13:25:30
Hanukkah party closed out a wonderful yearAranah and Judah Macabee
   The holidays have come to an end, the Roman Calendar has ushered in its new decade and I look back on my first year as a member of the Hebrew Congregation with pride and joy in being a part of such a dynamic, caring group of people.
  
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2010-01-05 11:02:10
Max Nickbarg wins national sailing trophy
   Mazal tov to Max Nickbarg for winning the prestigious Cress Trophy at the recent National High School Single-handed Laser Championship competition in Corpus Christi, Texas.
  
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2009-11-18 11:06:28
Dee Greene Fund helps make Phebe's study affordable
   Thanks to a grant from the Synagogue's Dee Greene Fund, a prestigious summer program at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., is a little more manageable for this art teacher.
  
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2009-06-26 12:29:07
Pesach packages are a hit with 18-24 year oldsDylan Rosenberg, one happy recipient
   Rabbi Moch and a group of congregants put together a package of goodies for college students and military personnel away for the holidays -- and the response was great!
  
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2009-04-29 14:19:11
Social Action Committee needs you!
   The congregation's Social Action Committee has put out a call for volunteers. This is a very important committee that can and does make a difference for our community.
  
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2009-04-20 12:23:31
Sisterhood seeks sponsors for Onegs, flowers, Mazon
   Sisterhood President Diane Ringel is making an appeal to all congregants to sponsor a special Shabbat gift in 2008 in honor of life-cycle events or in memory of a loved one.
  
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2007-12-18 12:22:30
Diane Becker Krasnick is our cantorial soloistRabbi Starr and Diane Krasnick
   Diane and her husband, Marc, have jumped headlong into the life of the congregation. Here's some background on our cantorial soloist.
  
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2007-12-15 17:35:54
A Sukkot blessing, and then pizza in the hutParents hold a large tallit as Rabbi Starr blesses the new students
   "Z'man Simchatenu - the season of our rejoicing" drew a happy group of congregants to celebrate Sukkot in the Synagogue and enjoy "pizza in the hut" at our Lilienfeld House sukkah.
  
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2007-10-02 11:37:01
High Holy Days 5768
   The quality and character of the High Holy Days differ from all other holidays in the Jewish New Year. The ten day period beginning with Rosh Hashanah on the first of Tishri and concluding with Yom Kippur on the tenth of Tishri is known as Yamim Noraim, the Days of Awe.
  
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2007-08-17 15:38:17
Friends of the Congregation make a big difference
   Friends of the Hebrew Congregation give generously each year to bridge the gap between revenues from our traditional sources -- dues, Chai membership, fund-raising -- and the expenses of running our Synagogue. We are grateful to all of them.
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2007-06-12 17:58:36
Tachlich at Magens Bay
   As part of our High Holy Days observance, congregants gathered at Magens Bay for a special Tashlich service.
  
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2006-09-24 13:10:59
A very special baby-namingAdam Sandler with Sadie Madison
   Was that Adam Sandler in our Synagogue, sitting with his wife and baby in one of our mahogany pews? It certainly was!
  
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2006-08-08 17:38:27
Congregants leading summer services
   It's summertime, the rabbi and Linda are in the states, and congregants are leading Erev Shabbat services. Here's the rundown of stand-in rabbis. Please support them by attending services!
  
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2006-07-11 11:08:11
Doris Pomeranz is 2006 Person of the YearDoris Pomeranz
   And was she ever surprised! Doris was honored for her behind-the-scenes work with children, the elderly and the auction.
  
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2006-05-06 11:31:51
New slate of officers nominated
   Helen Goldman has been nominated for president and Greg Ebenholtz has been nominated for vice president of the board of representatives. The vote will be at the Annual Meeting on May 31.
  
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2006-05-04 11:10:53
Hurricane Katrina brings Biloxi family to St. Thomas
   Responding to Hurricane Katrina, Rabbi Starr offered to hold a Bar or Bat Mitzvah ceremony here for anyone whose special day was derailed by the storm. And so Brandi Moore of Biloxi, Miss., will become a Bat Mitzvah in our beautiful sanctuary on Oct. 15.
  
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2005-09-14 15:43:20
'When you're a Jew: the essence of Jew power'
   Rachel Rampino, newly back from Eisner Camp, gave this talk in late August when she and her mother, Agnes, led the Erev Shabbat service.
  
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2005-09-14 14:43:07
Horwitzes share honors as Persons of the Year
   Iris and Herb Horwitz were honored as the 2005 Persons of the Year at a special Shavuot service June 12. They each contribute so much to our Congregation in so many ways, as Marilyn Blackhall's moving tribute spelled out.
  
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2005-06-15 11:35:12
Archie Ogden wins 2004 Person of the Year award
   Archie Ogden -- a person whose contributions to the Synagogue are myriad -- was named Sisterhood's 2004 Person of the Year at a special Erev Shabbat service April 23.
  
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2004-04-26 10:59:05
Sussman gives major grant to UVI for science educationDonald Sussman, Gwen Moolenaar
   Congregant S. Donald Sussman has donated $335,000 to the University of the Virgin Islands for a science and mathematics research and education program. His generous gift provides the local match for a 4-1 grant from the National Science Foundation. Thus, the islands' schools can benefit to the tune of $1.3 million from his donation.
  
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2003-10-10 17:11:46
Hank Feuerzeig is 2003 'Person of the Year'
   Hank Feuerzeig, a man who has contributed in countless ways to the Hebrew Congregation and to the St. Thomas community for 31 years, has been named the Synagogue's "Person of the Year" for 2003.
  
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2003-04-14 14:16:03
Arthur Starr becomes Congregation's new RabbiRabbi Arthur Starr
   Rabbi Arthur Starr has become the Hebrew Congregation of St. Thomas' new spiritual leader. He recently retired after 31 years as Rabbi of Temple Adath Yeshurun in Manchester, N.H.
  
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2002-08-17 05:40:25
Congregation pitches in to help Kidscope
   The Congregation's community tzedakah program is focusing on Kidscope, an agency that helps abused children and their families.
  
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2002-06-03 14:04:04
Trudie Prior is Sisterhood's 'Person of the Year'
   Trudie Prior -- a woman who has been involved in every aspect of Synagogue life -- was named Sisterhood's "Person of the Year" during the Friday night, March 23, Erev Shabbat service.
  
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2001-03-24 10:37:56
Camille Pissarro: a most illustrious former memberCamille Pissarro
   Camille Pissarro, the father of French Impressionism, was born on St. Thomas -- and his birth is recorded in the archives of the Hebrew Congregation of St. Thomas.
  
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2000-07-05 11:28:09
Jews first settled in St. Thomas in 17th century
   The island of St. Thomas was officially settled in 1665. There is documentary evidence that Jews lived here from that time, having come to the island as shop owners, ship chandlers and brokers, entrepreneurs in sugar, rum and molasses and traders between Europe and the American colonies.
  
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2000-07-05 11:27:42
Our rabbis
   The Hebrew Congregation of St. Thomas has had only 10 Rabbis throughout its years. The first two Rabbis, David Cardoze and Moses Sasso, served for a combined 102 years, from 1864 to 1966.
  
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2000-07-05 11:26:57
Past presidents of our congregation
   The Hebrew Congregation boasts two former Virgin Islands governors among its past presidents: Morris F. deCastro and Ralph M. Paiewonsky.
  
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2000-07-05 11:26:26
Woman of the Year/Person of the Year
   Here's the list of Sisterhood honorees as Woman of the Year from 1981 to 1997 and Person of the Year in 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2004.
  
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2000-07-05 11:24:58
Past Sisterhood presidents
   The women of the Hebrew Congregation have historically been a strong and vibrant force in the synagogue's community life. This is thanks in part to strong, vibrant leadership.
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2000-01-13 11:04:44

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