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

Help Jews in Ukraine

Anywhere around the world, if Jews are in crisis, the Tidewater Jewish community joins together to help. Today, Jews in Ukraine are struggling.

They’re living in combat zones, or have fled their homes, or are trapped—cut off from the rest of the world because of political and economic turmoil in their country.

Your gift to the UJFT Ukraine Assistance Fund will help our partners on the ground in Ukraine provide tens of thousands of vulnerable Jews with the very basics of daily living: food, shelter, medicine and care.

Helping the elderly, children, displaced families, schools, synagogues and community centers is a large reason the UJFT exists. And why your gift is so important.

Please, Donate Today!

2015 Biennial Meeting

You are invited to attend the 2015 Biennial Meeting of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater
Tuesday, June 16
at the Sandler Family Campus
Kosher Hors d’Oeuvres | Cocktail Reception
Free and open to the community

The evening will include:
  • Nomination and election of Jay Klebanoff, new UJFT President
  • Recognition of community members who have given countless hours of time and energy to the Tidewater Jewish community.

Your 2015 Community Honorees are:
Miles Leon - outgoing UJFT President
Dolores and Alan Bartel - Joseph H. Strelitz Community Service Award
Dorothy Salomonsky - Jewish Communal Professional Award
Rachel Shames - Leonard R. Strelitz Young Leadership Award
Anne Diamonstein Fleder - Chair, 2013 – 2015, Holocaust Commission of the UJFT
Amy Levy - Chair, General Campaign, 2012-2014
Linda Spindel - Chair, Israel & Overseas Committee2013-2015

Join the community in a public expression of gratitude.
RSVP Today! Email or call 757-965-6124.

Educators’ Conference

Tuesday, July 28 – Wednesday, July 29

The Holocaust Commission’s 12th Biennial Educators’ Conference continues a tradition of enabling teachers, administrators, student advocates, historians, and humanitarians to better understand, and, in turn, more effectively teach and impact others about one of the most tragic and significant events in the history of humankind.

New this year: Special opportunity for community members and non-educators to attend!

Get more information, and register now!

Across Oceans and Generations - A Jewish History of Tidewater, VA

Across Oceans and Generations—A Jewish History of Tidewater, VA, takes you on a journey of discovery. Learning about the area’s first Jewish residents, the groups of immigrants who settled here, and the  historical events that shaped the thriving and vibrant Tidewater Jewish Community you know today will warm your heart, enlighten you, and provide constant inspiration.

Now available! You can get your own DVDs of this compelling, 2015 documentary from Executive Producer Joan London Baer and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Eric Futterman. 

See a trailer, order DVDs, and get more information here.

Jewish News

The Guide to Jewish Living in Tidewater is now live on the Jewish News website. Check it out!

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.

Nepal Relief Fund

Our overseas partner, JDC, has set up an emergency campaign to provide urgent assistance in the wake of the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal on April 25, and from the quake that followed on May 12.  Thousands died, many were injured, and the destruction in Kathmandu and the surrounding region, including northeast India, is widespread.

It's at times like this, that our shared commitment to Tikkun Olam, repairing the world, finds its deepest expression.

With your generous gifts, the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater and Tidewater Jewish Foundation can continue to support our partners in the unparalleled immediate relief and long-term assistance they provide to victims of natural and manmade disasters around the globe.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Nepalese people, all victims of the earthquakes, and their friends and families.

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