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The Tidewater Jewish community is a hub of activity spanning across the seven cities of Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Newport News, and Hampton. That’s a lot of ground to cover but don’t worry, ShalomTidewater.org is your one-stop-shop to learn all about your new home. Explore the online community directory and start finding your place today. We would love to learn more about you, so take a few minutes to fill out our online form with your information.

Interfaith, unaffiliated, and everything in between – the Tidewater Jewish community celebrates our diversity everyday. We want everyone to feel comfortable and at home so if you’re unsure as to where to start or where you belong, reach out and we can connect you with like-minded locals.

Explore your Jewish community with the click of a mouse. From synagogue to summer camp, the community directory is your best resource for finding your place and the neighborhood map is your at-a-glance reference for local hot-spot, schools, museums, and more.


We are part of one global Jewish community; connected through our shared history, traditions, and values. One of the benefits of being part of such an incredible community are the numerous resources that are readily available to all. Whether you are looking for interfaith family support, tips to becoming a human rights advocate, or anything in between, the general Jewish resources list will point you in the right direction.


Like we mentioned above, Tidewater is a large area made up of seven cities separated by tunnels and waterways. In order to ensure that all our new community members receive the best advice and tips, Shalom Tidewater will assist new residents in the cities of Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, and Suffolk. If you are considering a move to Newport News or Hampton, let us know and we will connect you with our friends over at the United Jewish Community of the Virginia Peninsula.


Virginia is an AMAZING place to live! Our state slogan says it all.

1551 Virginia Fun Facts
Capital: Richmond
Largest City: Virginia Beach
Statehood: June 25, 1788 (10th)
State Bird: Cardinal
State Flower/Tree: Dogwood

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1552 Hampton Roads Fun Facts
Home to the world’s largest naval base: Naval Station Norfolk
Home to the first (of 10) bridge-tunnels around the world: The Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (HRBT) was completed in 1957.
Home to America’s only bridge-tunnels: Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel, and Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel.

Do as the locals do! Check out The Virginian-Pilot’s “Best of” contest winners for top local spots around town.

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More great links for discovering Virginia and Hampton Roads:
Virginia is for Lovers (official state website)
Virginia Tourism Corporation
Coastal Virginia Tourism Alliance
Eastern Shore of Virginia Tourism
City of Chesapeake
City of Hampton
City of Newport News
City of Norfolk
City of Portsmouth
City of Suffolk
City of Virginia Beach

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