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



Monday, January 15 | 6:00pm 
TCC Roper Performing Arts Center
Free and open to the community

Based on an early trial in the career of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, Marshall follows the young lawyer to conservative Connecticut to defend a black chauffeur charged with sexual assault and attempted murder of his white socialite employer. Muzzled by a segregationist court, Marshall partners with a courageous young Jewish lawyer, Samuel Friedman. Together they mount the defense in an environment of racism and Anti-Semitism. The high profile case and the partnership with Friedman served as a template for Marshall’s creation of the NAACP legal defense fund.

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25th Annual Virginia Festival of Jewish Film

January 20 - 28 

Join us as we celebrate the Howard & Alma Laderberg* and Patricia & Avraham Ashkenazi 25th Annual Festival of Jewish Film January 20-28. A special preview of Marshall will be shown January 15.

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Date with the State

Tuesday, January 30 | 7:00am to 4:00pm 
Bus leaves from the
Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus
Cost: $36, includes a kosher lunch and helps defray the cost of transportation 
Early drop off available for HAT/Strelitz starting at 6:45am with pre-registration (required)

Meet your State Senator & Delegate, discuss issues that affect our community. The Governor, Lieutenant Governor & Attorney General have all been invited! Will you be there to hear from them? Share the Jewish Community’s Top Concerns:

• Caring for Virginians: Our Health, Our Social Services, & Our Community Institutions Serving the Elderly & Impoverished
• Support for the Virginia-Israel Advisory Board
• And More!

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Super Sunday

Sunday, January 28 | 10:00am - 1:00pm 
Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus

It’s time for Super Sunday, the Tidewater Jewish Community’s annual fundraising phone-a-thon, organized and run by volunteers like you, and it’s bigger than ever! Two opportunities to volunteer means you can support Super Sunday AND enjoy Operation Hamantashen with your family!

Share a photo, video, or post about places or moments that show what community means to you to your social media using the hashtag #whatcanigive and make sure to tag UJFT, YAD, and JCC on Facebook and JCC on Instagram!

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Israel Today @70 with
Aaron David Miller

Monday, February 12 | 7:30pm - 8:30pm 
Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus

The Vice President for New Initiatives at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and Global Affairs Analyst for CNN offers patterns of the past as the basis for comparison to a wandering and clueless modern-day Gulliver tied up by tiny tribes as a means for recognizing that not all foreign policy problems can be solved: not abandoning hope, but perhaps abandoning illusions.

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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!

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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.