The Tidewater Jewish community offers numerous educational opportunities for all ages and for all levels of knowledge:

Youth Educational Opportunities

BINA High School
Learning Level:
9-12th grade
Norfolk’s first and only Orthodox Jewish High School for young women.  The BINA student is given many opportunities to develop a generosity and kindness of spirit while honing academic skills in both Judaic and General Studies. The education received at BINA will provide students with the foundation for a lifelong journey of self-improvement, growth, and dedication to Torah ideals.
Address: 425 Washington Park, Norfolk, VA 23517
Phone: (757) 627-BINA (2462)   |   Fax: (757) 627-2461   |  Email   |   Website

Camp Gan Israel at Chabad of Tidewater
Learning Level: pre-K through 6th grade
Gan Israel is much more than a physical break from the school routine and winter activities. It’s a comprehensive program designed to strengthen the body and soul. It provides your child with a rich and wholesome summer vacation of fun and excitement along with friendship and meaningful educational experiences. Through culinary arts, stories, songs, crafts, field trips, gymnastics, discussions, and more, the Gan Izzy camper is imbued with a deep sense of pride in their Jewish heritage and a love for the land of Israel.
Address: 1920 Colley Ave., Norfolk, VA 23517
Contact: Rashi Brashevitsky, Director
Phone: (757) 616-0770   |   Fax: (757) 616-0772   |  Email   |   Website

Camp JCC at the Simon Family JCC
Learning Level: 16 months through age 13+
Camp JCC provides children with a rich and unique day camp experience.  A dynamic program allows every child to explore their own interests and try new activities within a safe camp atmosphere. Our engaging and supportive staff encourages campers to have fun, develop skills, and form meaningful relationships.  All staff members are hired for their ability to facilitate memorable experiences for our campers.  All camp personnel have a background check and participate in an extensive orientation program.
Address: 5000 Corporate Woods Dr., Virginia Beach, VA 23462
Contact: Jill Sava, Director
Phone: (757) 321-2306   |   Fax: (757) 489-4427   |  Email  |  Website

Hebrew Academy of Tidewater
Learning Level: K – 5th
Hebrew Academy of Tidewater accepts children from Kindergarten through 5th grade. Hebrew Academy's educational setting promotes not only a superior quality education, but also transmits Judaism's traditions, values and culture. 
Address: 5000 Corporate Woods Dr., Suite 180, Virginia Beach, VA 23462-4370
Contact: Carin Simon, Admissions Director
Phone: (757) 424-4327   |   Email   |   Website
Social Media: Facebook

JCC Beginnings and Infant Care
Learning Level: 6weeks+
We’d love to see you and your little one in our Beginnings program.  It’s the perfect place to bond with your baby and make lifelong friends! Designed to help and support you through the first years with your little one, Beginnings offers a variety of enrichment classes and programs for parents and children from birth to 36 months old as well as full-day infant care for your little ones.
Address: 5000 Corporate Woods Dr., Virginia Beach, VA 23462
Contact: Becky Feld, Director
Phone: (757) 321-2332   |   Email   |   Website

PJ Library
Learning Level: 6 months through age 5
PJ Library is a Jewish family engagement program implemented on a local level throughout North America. We mail free, high-quality Jewish children’s literature and music to families across the continent on a monthly basis. PJ Library is a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, made possible through partnerships with philanthropists and local Jewish organizations. Today, families in hundreds of communities across the United States and Canada are able to explore the timeless core values of Judaism through books and music.
All families raising Jewish children from age six months of age through five and a half years are welcome to sign up. Contact the JCC’s Director of Children and Family Programming, Jill Sava, for more information about participating in PJ Library in Tidewater!
Address: 5000 Corporate Woods Dr., Virginia Beach, VA 23462
Contact: Jill Sava, Director of Children & Family Programs
Phone: (757) 321-2306   |   Email   |   Website

Strelitz Early Childhood Center
Learning Level: 2 – 4yrs
At the Strelitz Early Childhood Center we revel in the curiosity and potential of youth as they discover a new world each day. One visit to our preschool says it all. From our classrooms and activity centers to our individual programs, you’ll find an exhilarating environment infused with Jewish culture and a commitment to lifelong learning. Our child-centered program makes liberal use of graphic arts and group work under the direction of teachers who love, nurture, support, and challenge your little one to new heights.
Address: 5000 Corporate Woods Dr., Virginia Beach, VA 23462-4370
Contact: Carin Simon, Admissions Director
Phone: (757) 321-2307   |   Email   |   Website
Social Media: Facebook

Toras Chaim
Learning Level: K – 6th
Toras Chaim is dedicated to the belief that Jewish children and their families can join together to create a nurturing environment that fosters a love for Hashem, Torah, and our Jewish heritage.
Address: 3110 Sterling Point Dr., Portsmouth, VA 23703
Phone: 757-686-2480   |   Email   |   Website

United Hebrew School of Tidewater
Learning Level: 2nd - 6th grade
The United Hebrew School brings together students from the Southside’s Conservative synagogues for twice-a-week Hebrew language instruction to prepare them for a lifetime of participation in those Jewish rituals that are read, chanted or sung in Hebrew.  UHS currently offers enrollment to students from Congregation Beth El, Kempsville Conservative Synagogue (KBH), Temple Emanuel, and Temple Israel.
Address: multiple locations; visit website for more details
Contact: Becky Roberts, Principal
Phone: 757-489-4550   |   Email   |   Website

Yeshivas Aish Kodesh Talmudical Academy of Norfolk
Learning Level: 9th – 12th grade
Yeshivas Aish Kodesh Talmudical Academy of Norfolk operates as a four-year high school for Jewish boys, offering a dual curriculum of Judaic Studies along with a complete General Studies program, in a religious environment.  Aish Kodesh students are well prepared for their lives beyond high school, be it advanced Torah studies or advanced academics. In addition, our extensive program of extra-curricular activities and close involvement with the local community provide the students with constructive outlets outside the classroom.
Address: 612 Colonial Ave., Norfolk, VA 23507
Phone: 757-623-6070   |   Website


Adult Educational Opportunities

Community Relations Council of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater
Learning Level: All Ages
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

Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning
Learning Level: 18+
The Jewish Life and Learning department at the Simon Family JCC hosts a myriad of learning opportunities including numerous courses through the Florence Melton School. From beginners to graduates, the Melton curriculum offers adults the opportunity to study Jewish texts in an interactive, pluralistic and non-denominational environment. The “core” program involves two years of classes for 30 weeks each year taught by local instructors.
Address: 5000 Corporate Woods Dr., Virginia Beach, VA 23462
Contact: Miriam Brunn Ruberg, Director
Phone: (757) 321-2328   |   Email   |   Website

Holocaust Commission of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater
Learning Level: All ages
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

Institute for Jewish Studies and Interfaith Understanding at Old Dominion University
Learning Level: 18+
The Institute for Jewish Studies and Interfaith Understanding at Old Dominion University offers programs and events to promote the understanding of Judaism and interfaith relations in the global environment. A variety of college-level courses serve ODU students as well as community members. The Institute actively partners with cultural organizations throughout the area to bring Jewish and Interfaith programming to Tidewater.
Address: 5115 Hampton Blvd., Norfolk, VA 23529
Contact: Farideh Goldin, Academic Director
Phone: (757) 683-6816   |   Email   |   Website
Social Media: Facebook

Norfolk Area Community Kollel
Learning Level: All ages
A Kollel is a group of Rabbis who are dedicated to furthering their education while at the same time offering Jewish educational opportunities to students. The "Kollel" concept is an ancient one based on the idea that every community should have Torah scholars studying at all times. The Rabbis of the Norfolk Area Community Kollel spend time learning and teaching. Their goal is to offer the classes and programming that students want.
Address: 425 Washington Pk., Norfolk, VA 23517
Contact: Rabbi Gershon Litt
Phone: 757-623-TORA(H) 8672   |   Website


Other Educational Opportunities

Religious Schools and Sunday Schools
Contact the individual synagogues for more information regarding their Religious School opportunities for your children.

Tallwood Israeli Exchange Program

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