Since its inception in 2011, the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater has continued to do its part to build a stronger community by offering the Federation-Synagogue Grants program. Funds are made available for innovative projects that will solidify the role of synagogues as welcoming, inspired and inclusive communities.

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Members of the Tidewater Jewish community enjoy hearing from Dr. Ron Wolfson as part of the Temple Emanuel grant to create a special Shabbaton for their members.

The Federation made the Federation-Synagogue partnership a top priority in 2011 and continues to do so by offering these grants to our synagogues.

The synagogues have discussions with their boards find promising ideas that will meet the criteria of innovation, outreach and engagement, and other strategies that can help their synagogue grow in quality and numbers.

The model for this grants program was taken after the much acclaimed and nationally recognized Synagogue 3000 initiative. The New York City Federation has been a leader in using this model in pioneering a new era of Synagogue-Federation relations. There is no quid pro quo in the NYC model other than the desire to strengthen synagogues, strengthen the community and fill the lives of people with Jewish wonder.

The Federation is honored to continue our commitment to our community in hope to build a better community and to strengthen our synagogues and our partnership with them.

  • Temple Emanuel uses grant to enrich the entire community
  • Ohef Shalom Grant allows Special Needs children to get religious education
  • Beth El brings N.Y. speaker series to Tidewater through 92nd street Y
  • Kempsville Synagogue uses UJFT grant to upgrade communications
  • B’Nai Israel shares its synagogue grant with women of the community
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