The Tidewater Jewish community offers numerous opportunities to meet new people, participate in community events, and to get involved in causes that make an impact locally, nationally, and internationally:

AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee)
The mission of AIPAC is to strengthen, protect and promote the U.S.-Israel relationship in ways that enhance the security of Israel and the United States. AIPAC’s staff and citizen activists educate decision makers about the bonds that unite the United States and Israel and how it is in America’s best interest to help ensure that the Jewish state is safe, strong and secure.
Contact: Kate Samuels, Southern States Area Director
Phone: (770) 541-7610   |   Email   |   Website

B’nai B’rith of Tidewater - Arnold Gamsey Lodge # 1195
B’nai B’rith was founded in 1843. The organization is dedicated to building a strong sense of Jewish identity and unity within the Jewish community. The lodge of B’nai B’rith meets the third Tuesday of every other month. This group welcomes both military and civilian men and women.
Contact: Stephen Markman, President
Phone: (757) 790-0048

Brith Sholom Center
The Brith Sholom Center of Virginia was established as a benevolent, charitable and non-political organization to foster and perpetuate the spirit, ideals, and traditions of Judaism. With about 150 members, men and women of all ages, activities include dances, trips, entertainment and cultural events. Philanthropic endeavors support Jewish education, community organizations that provide services and international groups that assist needy causes. Brith Sholom meetings take place at 11am on the first Sunday of the month at Beth Sholom Village. 
Address: 1132 Pickett Rd., Norfolk, VA 23502
Contact: Dale Helfgott, Manager
Phone: (757) 461-1150

Community Relations Council of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater
The Community Relations Council is the public affairs arm of the organized Tidewater Jewish community. It represents the area synagogues and Jewish agencies on issues impacting the rights and protection of Jews as individuals and as a community. The CRC works to educate the community on public affairs issues and translates these issues into community action with the greater community, public officials, other faith and ethnic communities and the media.
Address: 5000 Corporate Woods Dr., Virginia Beach, VA 23462
Contact: Robin Mancoll, Director
Phone: (757) 965-6120   |   Email   |   Website
Social Media: Facebook

Hadassah – Norfolk/Virginia Beach Chapter
In New York in 1912, the first group of Hadassah was chartered after its founder, Henrietta Szold, returned from Jerusalem. The second chapter of Hadassah was chartered in Norfolk, VA. Hadassah’s original purpose was to bring modern health care to Palestine and today, it is the largest women’s Zionist organization in the world. Today, Hadassah Medical Organization is internationally recognized as a leading authority in healing, teaching, and research; and is the largest organizational contributor to Jewish National Fund. Get involved in your local chapter today: Norfolk, Virginia Beach, and Portsmouth with opportunities for Young Adults, too!
Contact: DeAnne Lindsey, President
Phone: (757) 418-4336   |   Email   |   Website

Hebrew Ladies Charity Society
Celebrating its 110th anniversary in 2012, Hebrew Ladies Charity Society is comprised of women concerned with tzedakah based on the Jewish concept of responsibility to fellow human beings. Members work to support local people in need to help an individual or family survive with pride and dignity, until he or she can be self-supportive. Most referrals to this group come from Jewish Family Service. Confidentiality is always maintained. The group meets once a year. All Jewish women are invited to join.
Contact:  Frances Levy Bernstein, President
Phone: (757) 572-3817

Holocaust Commission of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater
The Holocaust Commission of UJFT encourages teachers, students and the community at large to apply the lessons of history to the moral decisions they make each day.
Address: 5000 Corporate Woods Dr., Virginia Beach, VA 23462
Contact: Elena Baum, Director
Phone: (757) 965-6129   |   Email   |   Website

JCC Active Seniors
Programs are planned for seniors 60+ to promote social activity, educational programs, Jewish holiday celebrations, trips and fun. Social groups include Senior Club, Yiddish Club, Mah Jongg, Knitting, Book Club, Current Events, Bunco, and more!
Contact: Naty Horev, Cultural Arts Program Associate
Phone: (757) 321-2304   |   Email   |   Website

Jewish War Veterans - Old Dominion Post #158
The Jewish War Veterans (JWV) is the oldest active veteran’s organization in America. It meets as a social group, bringing together men and women with the joint ties of a common heritage as Jews and a common experience as active-duty or past members of the Armed Forces of the United States.
Contact: Adam Goldberg, Post Commander
Phone: (831) 917-3996   |   Email   |   Website
Social Media: Facebook

Lost Tribe Jewish Motorcycle Club
Motorcyclists that consider and identify themselves as Jewish, whether secular, reform, reconstructionist, orthodox, or just a "Delicatessen Jew." Machinists, dishwashers, welders, business people, military enlisted, even officers and doctors and lawyers will be admitted. There are no dues, no planned meetings, no officers or rankings, no commitments. Just an opportunity presented to ride with fellow Jews.
Contact: Ed Forman
Phone: 757-401-9892 or 757-375-4245   |   Email   |   Website

Men’s Division of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater
The Men’s Division, or Cabinet, is comprised of over 40 volunteer individuals from every walk of life who are bound together to serve as ambassadors throughout the Jewish community to educate community members about the Federation’s purpose as community builder and chief funder and to solicit support for the annual campaign. Men’s Cabinet members raise over $3 million for Jewish education, social welfare, health and community life, and crisis relief here in Tidewater, in Israel and overseas.
Contact: Alex Pomerantz, Director
Phone: (757) 965-6136   |   Email   |   Website

National Council of Jewish Women – Tidewater Council of Jewish Women
The National Council of Jewish Women is a volunteer organization that has been at the forefront of social change for over a century, taking a progressive stance on such issues as child welfare, women’s rights, and reproductive freedom. NCJW embraces women of diverse backgrounds and temperaments, thinkers and doers, who want to play a part at the local, national, and even global level. The Endowment Fund, which provides scholarships and contributions, functions as the Tidewater Council of Jewish Women under the Jewish Family Service Foundation Philanthropic Fund Agreement. Donations may be made to the TCJW Fund through JFS directly.
Address: 260 Grayson Rd., Virginia Beach, VA 23462
Phone: (757) 321-2222

ORT America
ORT America supports vocational and technical training for Jews around the world. More than 300,000 students are enrolled in the ORT network of schools and training programs which include comprehensive and vocational high schools, colleges, apprenticeship programs, and teacher training institutes.
Contact: Abbie Laderberg
Phone: (757) 497-7238

The United Jewish Federation of Tidewater Society of Professionals
A fellowship of Jewish medical, business, and legal professionals dedicated to educational, social, and philanthropic activities. The Society provides a unique opportunity for collegial networking while integrating Jewish concerns. Society programs help Jews in Tidewater connect with one another and their heritage, and realize the contributions they can make to support the greater community.
The Society is committed to the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater's mission of serving vulnerable communities locally, in Israel, and around the world.
Phone: (757) 965-6138 | Contact

Shir Darom “Song of the South” – Tidewater Jewish Community Chorus
Shir Darom’s mission is to bring wonderful Jewish music to the community. They are always looking for new members to join. If your music reading skills are not so great, that’s OK. The desire to make beautiful music is what counts: All voices welcome! Shir Darom meets every Thursday evening from 6:30pm – 8:00pm at the JCC.
Contact: Linda Samuels
Phone: (757) 625-0122   |   Email

Women’s Division of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater
The Women's Division of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater provides a vehicle for women to collectively promote, enhance and celebrate Jewish life. The Women's Division works to strengthen the community while demonstrating the impact a woman can make by voicing her support through the Annual Campaign. Women have traditionally served in volunteer roles as activists and care-givers. Until recently, few have viewed themselves as philanthropists with the power to shape the future of the Jewish community. Statistics tell us that over the next few years there will be a great shift of wealth to the women of the Jewish community. It will then be incumbent upon us to assume the mantle of responsibility to make practical and often difficult decisions about how to fund the institutions that we love and that our community needs.
Contact: Amy Zelenka, Director
Phone: (757) 965-6139   |   Email   |   Website
Social Media: Facebook

Young Adult Division (YAD) of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater
YAD is open to adults ages 22 through 45 (inclusively). YAD fosters Jewish identity, involvement and responsibility among young Jews in Tidewater in order to sustain and enrich the vibrant community here at home, in Israel and around the world. Getting involved with YAD is an exciting way to meet other young professionals who share your values and interests. YAD is for singles, couples and young families. Join us and become part of the next generation of caring Jews who are making a difference in our community - and having a blast doing it!
Social Media: Facebook

Synagogue Social Groups
Tidewater is fortunate to be home to many vibrant, welcoming synagogues. Each synagogue hosts a myriad of events throughout the year. Contact your synagogue today to learn more about how you can get involved.

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