The United Jewish Federation of Tidewater nurtures a vibrant, engaged, inclusive and caring Jewish community whose collective action is guided by our values.

Meet our Congressman, Representative Randy Forbes

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 | 5:30-7:30pm
Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus

Focusing on the importance the U.S.-Israel relationship, from his longtime experience in Washington, D.C., representing Virginia’s 4th District, and as a senior member of the United States House Armed Services Committee and the Chair of its Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces, Representative Forbes will share details important to the Tidewater Jewish and pro-Israel communities.  

It’s important to show up to thank the Congressman for his support over the years and to learn what more you can do to support a strong U.S.-Israel relationship with our Members of Congress in Washington.

For more information or to RSVP, click here or call 965-6107.

FREE and open to the community with RSVP by April 29.

Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day Community Event

Wednesday, May 4th | 6:45pm
Temple Israel, 7255 Granby St., Norfolk
Free and open to the public

The 2016 community Yom Hashoah commemoration remembers Holocaust survivors, victims, liberators and Righteous Gentiles. Special guest speaker is Jeannie Opdyke Smith, who shares the story of her late mother, Polish rescuer Irene Gut Opdyke. The evening includes a candle lighting ceremony, songs and prayers. Student winners of the annual Elie Wiesel Writing and Visual Arts competitions and teachers receiving Holocaust Commission Educators’ Awards will be honored.

Reading of the Names on Yom Hashoah
will take place Thursday, May 5th from 10am-4pm at the JCC. Community members are invited to listen to, or help read aloud, the names of victims who perished in the Holocaust. Sponsored by the Beth El Men’s Club.

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Israel Today - Matti Friedman

Journalist, former Jerusalem Bureau Reporter for the
Associated Press
May 11, 2016, 7:30pm at the Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus, RSVP here.

The AP had more staffers covering the Israel story than in China, or India, or all 50-odd countries in sub-Saharan Africa combined during Friedman’s tenure. Friedman saw first-hand the ongoing omissions, inflations, and has dedicated himself to exposing the anti-Israel media bias he saw for himself from the inside.

What We Carry Premiere

Sunday, May 22 | 2:00pm
Sandler Center for the Performing Arts,
200 Market Street, Virginia Beach
Free and open to the public

The Holocaust Commission of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater invites you to attend the premiere of three new short documentaries in its What We Carry program.

Sharing their stories of courage and survival are Belgian resistance fighter and Righteous Gentile, Dame Mary Barraco, Holocaust survivor, Alfred Dreyfus, and concentration camp liberator, Bill Jucksch.

Due to the subject matter, parental guidance is advised.

To RSVP for the Premiere or for more information, please visit click here, email info@holocaustcommission.org, or call 757-965-6100

Tidewater Jewish Community Directory

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