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

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The Jewish Federation of Tidewater is working the Jewish Federations of North America to mobilize a communal response to the situation in Ukraine. JFNA has opened a mailbox for Federations to support relief efforts by our overseas partners to provide urgent support for Jews in Ukraine. JFNA and our global partners continue to assess the evolving situation on the ground. Ukraine is home to one of the largest Jewish populations, including some of the poorest Jews in the world.

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How-To Celebrate Passover in Tidewater

Each year during Passover, we are reminded of the struggle of our ancestors. Their daily dose of bondage that nearly lasted a lifetime. We remember their courage to stand up to a mighty Egypt and their courage to follow a man who, for most of his life, walked side by side with the very whips that scarred their backs. The struggle of the Jewish people did not begin or end in Egypt. The struggle defines our people, warms our Jewish hearts, and propels us forward through hundreds of years of oppression, nationalism, and ultimately, peace without borders.

So what’s happening in Tidewater this Passover? Read more.

Yom Hashoah: Holocaust Day of Remembrance

Sunday, April 27
6:45 pm
Ohef Sholom Temple
530 Raleigh Avenue, Norfolk

Please join the Holocaust Commission’s community observation of Yom Hashoah. During the evening, we’ll honor those who perished in the Holocaust, those who survived, liberators, and Righteous Gentiles. Also, student winners of the Elie Wiesel Writing and Visual Arts competition winners will be recognized and teachers will receive Excellence in Holocaust Education awards. Find out more here.

Israel Today. Geopolitics

Thursday, May 1st

Free and Open to the Community
At the Simon Family JCC on the Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus of the Tidewater Jewish Community, 5000 Corporate Woods Drive, Virginia Beach

Robert Satloff is an expert on Arab and Islamic politics and U.S. Middle East policy. As executive director of The Washington Institute, Satloff is committed to advancing a balanced and realistic understanding of American interests in the Middle East, and promoting policies securing those interests. Respected for his informed opinions of the Arab-Israeli peace process, political Islam, and U.S. public diplomacy in the Middle East, Satloff is a frequent guest on major TV news programs and National Public Radio, and his writing appears in top publications. A bestselling author, Satloff is also creator and host of a satellite TV news show beamed throughout the Middle East.

RSVP today.

The Prime Ministers: The Pioneers

Tuesday, May 6th
Sandler Family Campus
5000 Corporate Woods Drive, Virginia Beach

The first and only insider account of Israeli politics from the founding of the Jewish State to the near-present day. Based on the best- selling book by Ambassador Yehuda Avner, The Prime Ministers: The Pioneers takes the audience inside the offices of Israel’s Prime Ministers through the eyes of an insider, Yehuda Avner, who served as a chief aide, English language note-taker and speechwriter to Levi Eshkol, Golda Meir, Yitzhak Rabin, Menachem Begin, and Shimon Peres. Read more and RSVP here.

Community Mission to Israel
June 18 - 28 2014

Mark Your Calendar! Space is Limited. Itinerary now under construction. Pricing to follow. Contact Amy Zelenka ASAP if you are interested! or 965-6139.

Tidewater Jewish Community Directory

The Tidewater area includes Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Suffolk, and even the cities of Newport News and Hampton. That’s a lot of ground to cover but no worries, the community directory is the best online resource for synagogues, local venues, kosher dining and shopping, arts and culture events, professional networking, youth activities, and more!

Start exploring Jewish Tidewater today.

An Exclusive Look at the Iron Dome

Sunday, May 18th | 7pm
The Regent University Theatre | Free and Open to Community

Learn more about the development and success of the anti-missile system that protects Israelis with special guest Lt. Col. Gideon Weiss, vice president of business and development, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd., Iron Dome’s developer.

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Purim in Crimea

As Jewish communities around the world celebrate Purim, I wanted to share with you a remarkable story.

“We were both Soviet party members and didn’t have a Jewish education to teach us about tradition, but we know what mishloach manot is,” says Asia, 87. “As you brought us mishloach manot, we’re giving you our hearts.”

Read the rest of this amazing story to discover how JDC is working hard to bring the joy of Purim to the Crimean capital of Simferopol and ensure the well-being of Ukraine's most vulnerable Jews.