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

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Help the victims of the tragedy at the Tree of Life* Or L’Simcha, Dor Hadasha and New Light.

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Annual Veterans' Day Service

Monday, November 12 at 9:30 AM
Reba & Sam Sandler Family Campus
Brunch will be served

We hope you will join us on November 12th to honor those who have served our country, and continue to serve, with true dedication and bravery. After the service, join us for a special screening of the film, “When the Smoke Clears,” presented by the Community Relations Council of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater and The Virginia Festival of Jewish Film presented by Alma & Howard Laderberg* and Patricia & Avraham Ashkenazi. RSVP to Ann Swindell at or (757) 965-6106 by Monday, November 5th.

The Lee & Bernard Jaffe* Family Jewish Book Festival

Tuesday, October 30 – Sunday, December 2 | Reba & Sam Sandler Family Campus.
All events are open to the community with RSVP or tickets required unless noted

The Lee & Bernard Jaffe* Family Jewish Book Festival is an annual celebration of authors, books, and ideas which seeks to enrich Jewish culture throughout Tidewater by presenting themes that engage, educate, and inspire. The stories and ideas presented during the festival highlight and celebrate original and inventive philosophies on an array of facets which constitute the human experience. Click here for the full list of authors and books. *Of blessed memory



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Help Those Hit by Recent Hurricanes

Hurricanes Michael and Florence wreaked havoc on the South and Southeast from the Florida panhandle through Georgia and the Carolinas and here into Virginia, and we know there is the possibility of more storms to follow. When disaster first strikes, immediate aid is needed to help communities get back on their feet. Afterwards, rebuilding and strengthening resilience can take years. But, just as with Hurricanes Katrina and Harvey, Jewish Federations are there —helping make sure that the urgent needs of the most severely impacted are met. Help these hurricane victims today.

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TJF's B'nai Tzedek Teen Philanthropy Program

The Tidewater Jewish Foundation is excited to debut an exciting new program just for teens! The B'nai Tzedek Teen Philanthropy Program encourages teens to become involved in tzedakah by establishing a fund for Jewish charitable giving. Opening B'nai Tzedek fund gives your teen a chance to play a part in improving your community and the world. In essence, we are empowering Tidewater's teens to take ownership of their own philanthropy—a valuable lesson that we know pays off!

For more information, click here.

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.