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United Jewish Federation of Tidewater 5000 Corporate Woods Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23462 757-965-6100, fax 757-965-6102, www.jewishva.org Executive Vice President: Harry Graber The United Jewish Federation of Tidewater strengthens and perpetuates Jewish life. As a leader and facilitator of collective action, UJFT develops human and financial resources to meet the evolving and vital issues of its world-wide community, partnering with local, national and global organizations. UJFT allocates the funds it raises through the annual campaign to assist Jewish agencies and organizations in Tidewater, internationally and in Israel that provide healthcare, social services and education, and aid organizations that improve human relations and provide Jewish cultural programs. UJFT cares for those in need, rescues Jews in danger, enhances Jewish security and advocates for the State of Israel. The United Jewish Federation of Tidewater nurtures a vibrant, engaged, inclusive and caring Jewish community whose collective action is guided by its values. Klal Yisrael: We are one People, responsible for one another. Tzedakah: We have an obligation to share our resources with our fellow human beings. Tikkun Olam: We are to actively participate in repairing the world. Gemilut Chasadim: We have a responsibility to perform acts of loving kindness. Torah: We are committed to lifelong Jewish learning.
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UJFT’s annual campaign is conducted by more than 100 local volunteer Jewish leaders in partnership with a professional campaign staff. Campaign volunteers commit both time and financial support to ensure the health and vitality of the local and global Jewish community. The annual campaign runs on the Federation’s fiscal year—July 1–June 30 and officially kicks off in September with a community-wide event. Closely following the kickoff are events which set the campaign’s pace—the men’s major gift luncheon, the Young Leadership Campaign kickoff and the women’s Lion-Chai luncheon. In January, the Young Adult Division sponsors Super Sunday, a community phone-a-thon. The Federation board of directors allocates funds at the end of the annual campaign based on recommendations by the finance committee for distribution to the local community; and the Israel and Overseas Committee for distributions to international and Israel agencies and organizations. A description of the programs and services the annual campaign supports are at www.jewishva.org.
Director: Robin Mancoll, 757-965-6120 The Community Relations Council (CRC) of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater educates the community on issues impacting the rights of Jews locally, in the United States, in Israel and around the world. The CRC transforms issues into action through the community, public officials and government, the media and other faith and ethnic communities. The mission of the CRC is to establish constructive dialogue, create educational opportunities and maintain positive exchanges within the Jewish community, as well as in other communities throughout the greater Tidewater area. Comprised of members from each Tidewater Jewish community agency and institution, the CRC has five committees: • Legislative Action: Provides education on issues and candidates on the local, state and national levels while creating relationships with officials to ensure dialogue between the Jewish community and area representatives in Richmond and Washington, D.C. • Media: Identifies issues, articulates positions and develops communication strategies designed to advance the objectives of the Tidewater Jewish community. • Israel Education and Advocacy: Advancing advocacy and education on behalf of Israel. • Education: Works with schools and public institutions to sensitize them to Jewish concerns within and around the institutions. • Outreach: Addresses interfaith and human rights issues, builds coalitions between local Jewish and non-Jewish organizations.
Men’s Division Director: Alex Pomerantz, 757-965-6136 The Men's Division of the UJFT is a philanthropic and outreach division that is dedicated to engaging the community in the support of the Federation’s Annual Campaign. The Men's Division is comprised of an executive committee which oversees the division and more than 50 volunteers who are bound together to serve the Tidewater Jewish community, to educate community members about the worldwide Jewish community-building mission of the Federation and to solicit funds through the annual campaign in support of the mission. The Men’s Division raises more than $3 million for Jewish education, health and social welfare, combating anti-Semitism, emergency services and crisis relief.
Women’s Division Director: Amy Zelenka, 757-965-6139 The Women’s Division of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater is the women’s fundraising arm of the Federation’s Annual Campaign, providing the women of the community with opportunities for volunteerism and philanthropy. At the helm of the Women’s Division is the Women’s Cabinet, a leadership committee that meets regularly to learn what’s happening in the Jewish community at home as well as in the greater Jewish world.
Young Adult Division (YAD) Director: Amy Weinstein. 757-965-6127 YAD is designed to promote social, cultural, leadership development and philanthropic opportunities for young Jewish adults ages 22 to 45 (inclusively) in Tidewater. The Young Adult Division’s outreach programs attract wide participation from young singles to growing families. The division holds monthly happy hours, holiday events and outreach events including Family Shabbat dinners, Girl's Night Out and Guy's Night Out programming. YAD leads the annual grassroots community phone-a-thon, Super Sunday. The Tidewater Couples Project brings together married couples to learn about UJFT’s mission and provides opportunities for social networking and leadership skill building. All streams lead to the intermediate Hineni! leadership program followed by the Tom Hofheimer Young Leadership Mission to Israel.
The Federation sponsors two affinity groups—the Maimonides Society for healthcare doctors and the Business/Legal Society for attorneys and business people. Both groups serve to connect emerging and seasoned Jewish professionals and to instill in them a heightened sense of engagement and commitment to the Jewish community. Committees plan events for social and professional networking, educational forums, and philanthropic and service opportunities within the Jewish community both locally and abroad.
Shalom Tidewater Community Concierge Rebecca Bickford, 757-452-3180 Launched in 2011, the Shalom Tidewater program helps create and nurture an inclusive Jewish community. The Community Concierge reaches out to people who have relocated to Tidewater to welcome and encourage them to become active members of the community. The Concierge also assists those who wish to become more active community members. The Concierge works with synagogues and Jewish agencies, real estate professionals and the military to identify, welcome and help newcomers find a meaningful and enriching place in the Tidewater Jewish community.
Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus of the Tidewater Jewish Community Cardo Cafe Hebrew Academy of Tidewater Jewish Family Service Marilyn and Marvin Simon Family Jewish Community Center Tidewater Jewish Foundation United Jewish Federation of Tidewater 5000 Corporate Woods Drive Virginia Beach, Virginia 757 965-6100 Facility Director: Glenn Saucier When the Jewish agencies moved to the Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus in 2004, a department was established to assume the operations formerly administered by each agency. Everything concerning mechanical, heating and cooling, food service including the Cardo Café, janitorial, landscaping, and security is a function of the Campus. This enables the individual agencies to concentrate on serving the Jewish community, and to reduce spending.
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The Holocaust Commission Director: Elena Barr Baum, 757-965-6129 The Holocaust Commission encourages teachers, students, and the community at large to apply the lessons of history to the moral decisions they make each day. The commission works on many projects related to Holocaust education, including: • Through the Eyes of a Friend—This professional theatrical production brings Anne Frank’s message of hope to the classroom and performance venues, in an innovative, multimedia format. • Yom Hashoah—The annual commemoration day of the Holocaust, held at a local synagogue, honors those who perished and those who survived, as well as survivors, liberators, and rescuers who have made their homes in Hampton Roads. • Elie Wiesel Writing and Visual Arts Competitions—providing annual opportunities for students to explore Holocaust history, justice, and moral courage, as well as peer pressure, indifference, and unthinking obedience to authority. Cash prizes are awarded to winning students, who are honored at the Yom Hashoah commemoration. • The Goldman and Kroskin Awards for Excellence in Holocaust Education—honoring educators who demonstrate dedication to and excellence in guiding their students through the complicated issues of the Holocaust. • Educators' conferences for elementary, middle, and high school public and private school educators are offered biennially. • What We Carry, the successor program to the Speakers' Bureau, presents an individual survivor's history through a documentary film of the survivor telling his own story, accompanied by archival footage, a suitcase full of replicas of personal mementos and artifacts, and a trained docent to facilitate the experience for school, military, or community audiences.
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Jewish Family Service MAIN OFFICE 260 Grayson Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23462 Administration 757-321-2222 Counseling and Adoption 757-459-4640 Home Health 757-489-3111 Fax 757-489-1958, www.jfshamptonroads.org Executive Director: Betty Ann Levin SATELLITE OFFICES Personal Affairs Management Program 5000 Corporate Woods Drive, Suite 300, Virginia Beach, VA 23462 757-938-9130 United Jewish Community of the Virginia Peninsula 2700 Spring Road,Newport News, VA 23606 757-930-1422 Jewish Family Service of Tidewater, Inc. is a fully accredited home health and social service agency that has served Tidewater since 1946. The agency has earned a national reputation of responding to community needs by the creation and expansion of programs for the elderly, children and youth, families, individuals, the developmentally disabled and the chronically mentally ill. JFS depends on the generosity of the Jewish community, as well as the larger Tidewater community for support. Primary funding sources include United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, United Way of South Hampton Roads, United Jewish Community of the Virginia Peninsula and United Way of the Virginia Peninsula.
COUNSELING FOR CHILDREN, YOUTH AND FAMILIES Jewish Family Service provides confidential clinical services such as individual, marital, and family therapy, as well as educational and support programs to children, teens, and adults experiencing stress and difficulties adjusting to life’s challenges. JFS provides specialized counseling for adults and teens concerned about substance abuse. The Dozoretz Center for Family Healing and Jessica Glasser Children’s Therapeutic Pavilion are designed to
support children and their families through the process of grief, loss and other life transitions. A full range of counseling services is offered for those dealing with divorce and separation. In collaboration with the Edmarc Hospice for Children, JFS co-sponsors age-appropriate support groups for children and teens who have lost a loved one. Each spring, during the Month of the Grieving Child, JFS showcases artwork by area children who have experienced a significant loss. JFS also provides educational advocacy and assessment services for children and teens experiencing school- or learning-related difficulties. The JFS Parent Resource Center, including the Annabel Sacks Collection, is a lending library addressing a wide range of parenting issues. A catalogue is available at www.gurulib.com/jfslibrary.
SPECIAL NEEDS JFS offers a variety of services to Jewish children and adults with special needs and their families: • SIMCHA, a socialization and recreation group for Jewish adults with mental illness, offers cultural and recreational outings. • CHAVERIM, meets the cultural, socialization and recreational needs of the Jewish developmentally disabled. • Special Needs camp. In cooperation with JCC staff, special needs children are integrated into summer programs and activities, enabling them to participate with their non-disabled peers.
ADOPTION Adoption Resources of Jewish Family Service is a licensed child placement agency offering services to guide families through the beginning of a family through adoption. Professional staff counsel birth parents and assist adoptive parents. Adoption Resources staff members are cognizant of Virginia law and are experienced in working with attorneys and other agencies to facilitate parental placement adoptions, domestic adoption, and international adoptions. Counseling services are offered to any family facing an unplanned pregnancy.
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE Financial assistance is available for Jewish families coping with unplanned financial debt and obligation. Case managers help with budgeting, financial planning and payment arrangements. This program is made possible by the generosity of the Pincus Paul Fund of the Jewish Family Service Foundation and the Hebrew Ladies Charity Society, along with the support of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater and the United Jewish Community of the Virginia Peninsula. Individuals and families fund special projects, including holiday food baskets, Chanukah gifts for children, grocery certificates and clothing donations. To make donations, contact JFS. Individuals and families under 60 years of age who need assistance should call 459-4640. Mature adults and families over the age of 60 who need assistance should call 321-2222.
OLDER ADULTS Aging brings many challenges. JFS is there to help ensure that older adults live their lives with dignity and the greatest degree of independence possible. Agency professionals work closely with patients, families, health care providers and other organizations to design comprehensive care plans.
JFS HOME HEALTH CARE When people face serious illness and the process of recovery, skilled home health care may be prescribed. This care helps patients heal and rehabilitate at home. The award-winning department offers a comprehensive array of services provided by highly skilled professionals: • Professional nursing care • Psychiatric nursing • Medical social work • Home health aides • Speech, occupational and physical therapists. JFS is the only Home Health Care service provider in Tidewater to offer lymphedema treatment, the swelling of extremities due to surgical or other trauma to the lymphatic system, by a certified Lymphedema Therapist. Certified Nursing Assistants and nurse’s aides can provide services such as dressing, bathing and personal care, supervision of medication, meal preparation, ambulation assistance, range of motion exercise, private care while hospitalized, transportation and accompaniment to medical appointments, outpatient procedures and shopping, in addition to companionship and family support. For more comprehensive care, Licensed Practical Nurses can provide these services: medication administration, blood pressure monitoring, catheter care, diabetes management, tube feedings, and others. The JFS Home Health program is Medicare-certified and accredited by Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP).
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CARE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM This program assists individuals and their families in assessing the medical, personal and social service needs of the elderly, and, with the cooperation of the client and their families or legal guardians, helps design a long-term care plan. This plan allows the frail and vulnerable elderly person to remain in their own home for as long as possible. Care managers address the practical needs of daily living with older adults. Programs include kosher Meals on Wheels program, volunteer friendly visitors, senior companions, and transportation services. The Embrace program, currently funded by the Celia K. Krichman Charitable Trust, reaches out to older adults who anticipate needing help in the future. This provides a link to JFS programs and community services for people who recognize that while they might not need help now, they want to know where to find help when a more acute situation arises.
PERSONAL AFFAIRS MANAGEMET The Personal Affairs Management (PAM) Program at JFS safeguards the personal and financial affairs of vulnerable adults, 18 years of age and older, with physical, cognitive and/or mental disabilities. The PAM Program has been recognized as a Model Program by the Governor’s Advisory Council on Aging and is approved as a Regional Public Guardian and Conservator Program by the Virginia Department for the Aging and Rehabilitative Services. The PAM staff work with clients and the judicial systems to provide multiple levels of service as guardian and/or conservator. On-call case management is available 24 hours a day to improve clients’ quality of life and manage personal and medical care. PAM services also include management of financial services for clients.
COUNSELING FOR OLDER ADULTS The golden years of life are sometimes tarnished by relationship problems, adjustment to retirement, financial shifts, losses such as the death of a loved one or relocation, changing relationships with adult children, and a variety of health concerns. JFS therapists offer an opportunity to speak openly and confidentially, allowing older adults and their families to explore feelings, ideas and options. JFS therapist services are covered by Medicare and Medicaid, and by many private health insurance companies. Services can also be provided on a sliding scale fee basis to those without insurance who qualify.
WEEK OF HEALTHY LIVING Each spring, JFS’s Week of Healthy Living, provides opportunities for education, fitness and fun. Activities include the JFS Run, Roll, or Stroll (a race along the Virginia Beach boardwalk), seminars and speakers on a variety of topics to encourage healthy bodies, minds and spirits.
Freda H. Gordon Hospice and Palliative Care of Tidewater 260 Grayson Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23462 757-321-2242, Fax 757-321-2236, www.hospiceandpalliativecareoftidewater.com Freda Gordon, of blessed memory, spent her life quietly and humbly nurturing her family and her community. Now her legacy of caring and compassion lives on through the Freda H. Gordon Hospice and Palliative Care of Tidewater. HPCT’s vision is to exceed the expectations of patients and families in providing outstanding care, and encourage patient choice resulting in improved quality of life. The hospice team is committed to providing comfort and dignity through physical, emotional, and spiritual support. Freda H. Gordon Hospice and Palliative Care of Tidewater has received the Gold Seal of Approval® from The Joint Commission.
Tidewater Jewish Foundation 5000 Corporate Woods Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23462 757-965-6111, www.jewishva.org President and CEO: Philip S. Rovner The Tidewater Jewish Foundation (TJF) is dedicated to the creation of permanent resources to help meet the challenges and needs of the Jewish community for present and future generations. Founded in 1984 as a single endowment fund under the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, TJF has grown to approximately $95 million in assets. TJF is leading the community’s Create a Jewish Legacy initiative—to raise awareness about planned giving and endowments and to encourage bequests. This undertaking is designed to help individuals
and families support the Jewish causes they care about; building a strong, vibrant community, now and in the future including developing bequests for permanent endowments. It promotes the message that everyone, regardless of age, wealth, or affiliation, has the ability to make a difference for future Jewish generations. As of August 2013, the Create a Jewish Legacy initiative has raised approximately $30 million of its $50 million goal. Planned giving is a powerful commitment to the future. It is the process of making a lasting charitable gift (now or after one’s lifetime) that can financially benefit both the donor and the institution receiving it. Whether the gift is used to secure the future of Jewish organizations, provide for the needs of the Jewish poor, assist the elderly, rescue Jews in need around the world, or to fight anti-Semitism—no matter where or when in the future—donors are there to help. If an individual already has a fund at TJF, is thinking about establishing one, has a family foundation, or is just beginning the estate planning process, TJF can assist in accomplishing philanthropic goals. This can be done through strategic collaborations with UJFT, family foundations, area agencies, temples/synagogues and other charitable organizations. The Simon Family Legacy Society is TJF’s donor recognition program to honor those who have committed to providing for the future of the Jewish community. The Society welcomes donors who have either pledged to leave a bequest, created another planned gift or already maintains a restricted or unrestricted gift for Jewish causes at TJF. TJF supports the needs of the community through grants and donor-advised funds. It helps secure a vibrant future with thoughtful estate planning and securing bequests, ensuring that future generations will have strong programs and solid institutions with permanent endowments. Most importantly, TJF helps people help others.
Beth Sholom Village The Berger-Goldrich Home 6401 Auburn Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23464 757-420-2512, fax 757-424-0657, www.bethsholomvillage.com Executive Vice President/CEO, David R. Abraham Since 1980, The Berger-Goldrich Home at Beth Sholom Village (formerly Beth Sholom Home of Eastern Virginia), has served as the only nursing facility in Tidewater, which embodies traditional Jewish values, customs and traditions. A full time religious leader, kosher food, holidays and special observances enable residents to continue to live with dignity, and as Jews. The Home is a 120-bed licensed skilled nursing facility providing multiple levels of care tailored to the individual. The Home accepts all Medicare as well as all payer types including private pay. The Home also accepts managed care plans for short-term rehabilitation and other approved services. Professional affiliations exist with Jewish Family Service, The Freda H. Gordon Hospice and Palliative Care Center of Tidewater, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Sentara Healthcare System, Glennan Center and others. The Home is a five-star facility—the highest rating available in Virginia. Services • T he Rose Frances and Bernard Glasser Health and Wellness Center serves residents and staff of The Village, as well as those in neighboring communities. Lara Nance, Nurse Practitioner is the clinic director. • A coordinated approach to care, including physical, occupational and speech therapy in two stateof-the-art therapy gyms. One gym includes a practical kitchen for residents to relearn skills necessary for their return home. • Team of nursing personnel, therapists, social workers, and an activities department with certified activity therapists. • Dentist, ophthalmologist, and podiatrist. • Out-patient physical therapy department. • Variety of programs and activities. • Kosher meals and snacks. • Daily and Sabbath services, as well as holiday services. • The Kantor Café. Open to the public, kosher; serves breakfast, lunch and snacks. • Dedicated and caring staff. • A 40-bed Special Care Unit for residents with advanced dementia. • Beds certified for Medicare and Medicaid in private and semi-private rooms. • Excellent staff to resident ratio. • Hair salon with full-time hairdresser. • Outdoor gardens, patios and secure courtyards. • Auxiliary Gift Shop. • Auxiliary with almost 1,000 members bringing enhancements to the lives of the residents. The Berger-Goldrich Home is a recipient agency of United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, UJC-VA Peninsula, TJF, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, VEJA, and BSHEV Foundation.
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1049 College Park Blvd., Virginia Beach, VA 23464 757-282-2384, fax 757-361-0151 www.bethsholomvillage.com Administrator: Pam Guthrie Seniors who are no longer able to live on their own find a new lease on life at The Terrace at Beth Sholom Village. The Terrace, a Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Assisted Living Center, can accommodate 75 residents in 69 units. The Terrace provides gracious assisted living where residents can live comfortably in their own studio, one or two-bedroom apartment. Three levels of care are offered to assist residents with their activities of daily living in a secure and comfortable environment. Three kosher meals a day are served by the wait staff in the dining room, and snacks and drinks are always available in the Club Room. The activity calendar is filled with entertainment, outings, art programs and a wide variety of in-house activities, including daily exercise. A caring staff provides scheduled transportation for shopping and doctor appointments. Licensed nurses attend to residents’ regular medical needs and are available for more urgent situations. The Memory Enhancement Center allows residents with Alzheimers or dementia related illness to be as independent as possible within a safe and secure environment. This secure unit has 18 individual apartments which surround a well-lit central atrium with areas designated for dining, activities and relaxing. The secure walking path is accessible through the screened-in sun porch or the music room.
Director of Cultural Arts: Michele Goldberg, 757-321-2341 VIRGINIA FESTIVAL OF JEWISH FILM presented by Alma* and Howard Laderberg Celebrating its 21st season, this is one of the nation’s longest continuous Jewish film festivals and takes place this year Jan 18–Jan. 26, 2014. THE LEE AND BERNARD JAFFE* FAMILY JEWISH BOOK FESTIVAL With more than 500 titles for sale, lectures, panel discussions, and special events for children, the Book Festival takes place Nov. 3–Nov. 17, 2013. Performing Arts at the J presented by Leah Wohl* Brings comedy, music, and theater to the JCC. ART Exhibits Local artists exhibit work in the Leon Art Gallery. Children’s Cultural Art Series Partners with local arts organizations (Virginia Opera, Virginia Symphony, Virginia Stage) to present family-friendly performances. Israel Festival Annual celebration marking Israel’s Independence Day: May 18, 2014.
Marilyn and Marvin Simon Family Jewish Community Center 5000 Corporate Woods Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23462 757-321-2338, fax 757-489-4427 www.simonfamilyj.org Center Director: Scott Katz The Marilyn and Marvin Simon Family Jewish Community Center serves the entire Jewish and greater Tidewater community, from infants to seniors. Everyone is welcome, regardless of where they might find themselves on their Jewish path. Within its walls are toddlers learning Jewish culture or how to swim, seniors planning field trips or participating in Jewish book fair discussions, teens making life-long friends by attending socials or participating in Jewishly inspired social action projects, and adults exercising their bodies and minds with adult Jewish education and cultural events.
JCC MEMBERSHIP Membership Director: Howard Schwartz, 757-321-2327 JCC membership includes discounts on classes and cultural events, use of state-of-the-art fitness equipment and gymnasium, free babysitting services, complimentary towel service and locker rooms equipped with steam and sauna rooms. All new members receive two free personal training sessions, which include a fitness assessment and a results based exercise plan.
FITNESS AND AQUATICS General Manager, Membership, Fitness, Aquatics: Larry Mestel, 757-321-2322 One of the largest and most varied facilities in the area with a full time professional and certified staff, the JCC offers a place to get fit and learn lifetime skills and sports. Indoor and outdoor pools, tennis courts, cardiovascular and strength equipment, unlimited group exercise classes including Spin, Boot Camp, yoga, Pilates, Zumba, and group training classes.
SPORTS AND Recreation Coordinator: Tom Edwards, 757-321-2308 Youth, teen, and adult basketball; youth soccer; adult volleyball; youth tee ball; youth swim team; and much more. Membership is not required to participate.
ADULT PROGRAMS Coordinator: Sherry Lieberman, 757-321-2309 Celebrations and fun activities, friendly company, interesting programs, beautiful new lounge with TV; Book Club; Yiddish Club; Current Events; Mah Jongg; Bunco; Rummikub; and snacks. Programs include Jewish holidays, trips to area attractions, and so much more. Transportation to JCC provided by Jewish Family Service, 757-321-2222.
ADULT JEWISH EDUCATION Director of Jewish Life and Learning: Miriam Brunn Ruberg, 757-321-2328 FLORENCE MELTON SCHOOL of Adult Jewish Learning With its international headquarters at Hebrew University Jerusalem, The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning is at the forefront of adult Jewish learning. The school offers the opportunity to attain a level of Jewish literacy through the study of Jewish texts in an interactive, pluralistic and non-denominational environment. No exams, no quizzes, and no homework. The only prerequisite is a commitment to learn. CLASSES TO ENHANCE JEWISH JOURNEYS From Jewish architecture to an Israel Advocacy series, the JCC has classes for every Jewish journey.
TEEN DEPARTMENT Director: Ellie Bernstein, 757-321-2324 The Teen Department promotes a community where teens build social and Jewish connections. A variety of programs in social action, community service, athletics and socialization give teens a place to find their strengths and form positive relationships. Middle School Programming (Jewish 6th–8th grade) Middle Schoolers join other Jewish teens to make a difference in the world while having a great time. Community service programs, social and athletic events. BBYO (Jewish 9–12 grade) BBYO is the largest Jewish teen organization in Tidewater. Teens meet weekly at the JCC to program within the folds of BBYO. Activities involve community service, social, athletics, social action and Judaic. BBYO involvement guides teens into leadership positions that will last a lifetime. See page 41. JCC Maccabi Games (Jewish teens 13–17) The JCC Maccabi games are an Olympic style sporting and Arts completion held each summer. The competitions provide teens with a supportive environment that fosters mutual respect and sportsmanship, in a fun environment. Hillel, Old Dominion University A student organization created to welcome Jewish college students in intellectual, spiritual and social growth, Hillel helps students find a balance in being distinctively Jewish and universally human by encouraging them to pursue tzedekah (social justice), tikkun olam (repairing the world) and Jewish learning, and to support Israel and the global Jewish peoplehood. Go to www.jewishva.org/hillel.
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Hebrew Academy of Tidewater
Director: Jill Sava, 757-321-2306 Assistant Director: Erika Eskenazi, 321-2342 Programs for children and families offer a wide array of services including classes, family programs, and holiday events. Kids Connection Kids Connection is the Simon Family JCC’s Before and After School Enrichment Program. Provides a safe, fun, and educational before and after school experience for children Pre-K to 6th grade. Also provides care for children who attend half-day Kindergarten (am and pm), full-day Kindergarten, and Early Discoveries. Holiday camps on days schools are closed are offered. Transportation from many Virginia Beach Public Schools is included. Monday–Friday, 6 am–6 pm, during the school year. Children’s Classes (Ages 2 through elementary school) The JCC works with partners to provide classes for these young members to maximize learning and fun. PJ Library For any family with a Jewish connection—affiliated, unaffiliated, interfaith or non-traditional. PJ Library provides a free age-appropriate Jewish book in the mail each month. For children six months through five-and-one-half years old. PJ Library sponsored programs take place throughout the year. Beginnings Infant and Toddler Program Director: Becky Feld, 757-321-2332 A perfect place to bond with one’s baby and make lifelong friends, these programs help and support parents through the first years with their babies. A variety of enrichment classes and programs for parents and children from birth to 36 months old. The program features Jewish values in a nurturing Jewish environment. In addition to various parent and baby classes, the following are offered: Infant and Toddler Full Care, Monday thru Friday, 7:30 am–6 pm, babies 6 weeks and up Beginnings Day Out, 2-, 3-, or 5-day options available, 8 am–12:30 pm Beginnings Extended Day program, 2-, 3-, or 5-day options available, 8 am–3:30 pm.
5000 Corporate Woods Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23462 757-424-4327, fax 757-420-0915, www.hebrewacademy.net Head of School: Rabbi Mordechai Wecker Admissions Director: Carin Simon Since 1955, Hebrew Academy of Tidewater has served as the region’s only Jewish Community Day School, welcoming families of all Jewish backgrounds and practices. The school’s mission is to provide the highest quality Judaic and general studies education and establish a strong foundation for lifelong learning in a dynamic, supportive, and enriching Jewish environment. The strength of the program is built upon a rigorous and comprehensive academic curriculum of language arts, science, math, social studies, Jewish studies, Hebrew language, music, art, physical education, and the use of advanced technology. Our close school community infuses students with a spirit of respect, tolerance, inclusiveness, and ethics that extend from within and beyond the classroom. Immersion in the school’s dual curriculum prepares students for the rigors of academic programs at other fine schools while instilling leadership skills and a strong Jewish identity. They identify as proud Americans, loyal to the State of Israel and their fellow Jews throughout the world. Graduates make confident transitions into the best independent schools, IB academies, honors programs, and Judaic schools of higher learning.
Beginnings also celebrates the birth of new babies with a Chai Baby Basket. Baby Ambassadors deliver the baskets to new moms in Tidewater. The baskets include Judaic toys, keepsakes, and information to help families make connections with other parents.
Education BINA High School 425 Washington Park, Norfolk, VA 23517 757-627-BINA (2462), fax 757-627-2461 www.binahighschool.com Menaheles: Shira Rubin Norfolk’s first and only Orthodox Jewish High School for young women, BINA opened in 2007. The BINA experience aims to enable each student to develop her love for Hashem, Torah, and the Jewish people, and to imbue her with Derech Eretz that guides her actions, speech, and way of dress. The Judaic studies program is primarily skill-based. The secular studies program provides the tools for students to continue education at any institution of higher learning of her choice. Hands-on experiments and field trips create excitement and highlight the relevance of the girls’ studies. Academic areas are complimented with physical education, art and music lessons. Located in a secured wing at B’nai Israel Congregation, the school has a state-of the-art Macintosh computer lab, a student lounge, and access to a kosher kitchen. Boarding is available in local homes.
Kindergarten–fifth grade • Children of all Jewish backgrounds (Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, interfaith and unafilliated) • Centrally located • Facility boasts a regulation size gym, soccer field, tennis courts and indoor pool • Faculty includes general studies, Judaic studies/Hebrew language and multiple resource teachers • Warm and caring atmosphere • Extra help and enrichment available • Clubs and intramurals • Need-based financial aid available • All teachers certified by the Virginia Department of Education or meet other professional accreditation standards • Full membership in and accreditation by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS) and National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) • Founding member of RAVSAK, the Jewish Community Day School Network • Constituent agency of the United Federation of Tidewater
Institute for Jewish Studies and Interfaith Understanding at Old Dominion University Director: Farideh Goldin, 757-683-6816 College of Arts and Letters, Cooper Room, Batten Arts and Letters Building Old Dominion University firstname.lastname@example.org, al.odu.edu/ijiu/, http://www.facebook.com/#!/IJIUatODU 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.
Norfolk Area Community Kollel 420 Spotswood Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23517 757-559-1836, email@example.com, www.norfolkkollel.com Executive Director: Rabbi Gershon Litt Norfolk Area Community Kollel offers Jewish classes and programming regardless of affiliation or practice. Their philosophy is Torah based and centers on gaining spirituality through personal growth. The Norfolk Kollel offers programs at college campuses and high schools, as well as lunch and learn programs, and can “tailor-make” a Jewish education program for specific needs
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STRELITZ EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER An educational partnership of the Hebrew Academy of Tidewater and The Simon Family Jewish Community Center 5000 Corporate Woods Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23462 www.strelitzECC.net, www.simonfamilyj.org Preschool director: Alene Jo Kaufman, 757-321-2307 Admissions director: Carin Simon, 757-424-4327 The Strelitz Early Childhood Center’s mission is to provide the highest quality Judaic and general studies education and to establish a strong foundation for lifelong learning in a dynamic, supportive, and enriching Jewish environment. The Center is comprised of two sections—preschool and Beginnings.
Camps GAN ISRAEL Chabad House, 1920 Colley Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23517 www.ganizzy.org Director: Rashi Brashevitzky, 757-616-0770 Gan Israel is part of a fast growing worldwide network of Jewish day camps. Held at the Chabad House, campers have ample space for loads of fun both inside and outside. Along with crafts, and sports activities, Gan Israel campers take weekly field trips and enjoy weekly sessions at local gymnastics facilities.
Simon Family JCC Summer Camp
Preschool The Strelitz Early Childhood Center revels in the curiosity and potential of youth as they discover a new world each day. From classrooms and activity centers to individual programs, this is an exhilarating environment infused with Jewish culture and a commitment to lifelong learning. The child-centered program makes liberal use of graphic arts and group work under the direction of teachers who love, nurture, support, and challenge little ones to new heights. The school educates the whole child by providing a balance between academic and social development, helping children grow physically, socially, emotionally and educationally. Thematic learning units from the Jewish and secular worlds provide options for intellectual curiosity and develop emerging readiness skills, preparing students for kindergarten programs.
5000 Corporate Woods Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23462 757-321-2338, fax 757-489-4427 www.simonfamilyj.org Director: Jill Sava, 757-321-2306 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.
Preschool Fast Facts • Welcoming children of all faiths, ages two to four years • Nurturing, developmentally appropriate curriculum • Large classrooms, with bathrooms and sinks • Indoor and outdoor play areas for motor development • Music, library, and physical education • Aquatics (ages three and four) • Children’s cooking center • Classrooms equipped with state-of-the-art technology for student education and parent communication • Extended Day and Full Care options • Still in diapers? Not a problem. • Peanut free • Accredited by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS) • All students must be of age for each program by Sept. 30 Membership in the JCC is required for enrollment in the Strelitz Early Childhood Center.
CHABAD LUBAVITCH OF TIDEWATER/CHABAD HOUSE
TORAS CHAIM 3110 Sterling Point Drive, Portsmouth, VA 23703 757-686-2480, www.toraschaim.net Principal/menahel: Rabbi Mordechai Loiterman Toras Chaim is an Orthodox Jewish Day School committed to providing quality Judaic and general studies education in a Torah environment. The school day is divided into two curricula. First, it offers an academic program of high rigor with a superior set of learning objectives which is accredited by Advanc-Ed, formerly the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Second, it offers a religious curriculum that teaches original texts and traditions that ground the students in a sense of their Jewish heritage and traditions founded on national standards created by Torah Umesorah, the national Jewish day school organization. The staff of Toras Chaim is comprised of committed educators. Religious instruction is taught by religious leaders who live the traditions and values they teach. Secular academics are taught by certified teachers who are exceptional in their fields and who convey both the content and the flavor of their studies. The school year at Toras Chaim also contains many exciting and fun activities to enrich the students’ experience. Students celebrate Jewish holidays, participate in league sports, spelling bees, geography bees, and writing contests that help them be the best that they can in whichever area is their strength.
United Hebrew School 757-489-4550 Principal: Becky Roberts Students from Congregation Beth El, Kempsville Conservative Synagogue, Temple Emanuel and Temple Israel meet Wednesdays at 4 pm at the Sandler Family Campus and on Sundays at their synagogues for Hebrew instruction.
Synagogues 1920 Colley Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23517 757-616-0770, Fax 757-616-0772 firstname.lastname@example.org www.chabadoftidewater.com Rabbi Aaron Margolin, Rabbi Levi Brashevitzky Rychel Margolin, Rashi Brashevitzky Established in 1979, Chabad Lubavitch of Tidewater is dedicated to increasing the awareness, knowledge and observance of Judaism in Tidewater by reaching out to all Jews, regardless of age, affiliation or level of observance. Chabad offers Jewish education for all ages. Its program participants experience the joy and celebration, the intimacy and compassion, the wisdom and knowledge that is inherent in Jewish life and learning. Chabad of Tidewater responds to both the material and spiritual needs of the Jewish community through classes, counseling, holiday celebrations, and innovative programming for children.
CONGREGATION BETH EL 422 Shirley Ave., Norfolk, VA 23517 757-625-7821, fax 757-627-4905 email@example.com CONSERVATIVE, Jeffrey M. Arnowitz, Rabbi Gordon Piltch, Cantor Arthur Ruberg, Rabbi Emeritus Director of Community Learning: Sharon Wasserberg Executive Director: Pamela Gladstone As the oldest Conservative synagogue in Virginia, Beth El has been translating Jewish practice into purposeful living for more than 160 years. Beth El provides a full educational program for all ages, diverse religious services and ritual moments, cultural events and participation in social action projects within the Jewish community and beyond. Beth El holds daily morning and evening services. Weekly Shabbat morning worship services, with babysitting provided, are followed by a kiddush luncheon prepared in Beth El’s supervised kosher kitchen. Youth services for a variety of age groups meet every other week. The Beth El Religious School enrolls children from preK-10th grade Confirmation. Students also attend the United Hebrew School or HAT. Formal education is complemented by Shabbat dinners, family education programs, membership in Kadima and USY, and the Youth Torah Readers program for post- Bar and Bat Mitzvah students. A wide array of programming includes adult activities such as educational Lunch and Learns, Torah on Tap, basic Hebrew courses, Torah study, synagogue skills classes and family workshop sessions on how to celebrate Shabbat and Jewish holidays. The social action agenda includes feeding and housing homeless in the community. Beth El’s Sisterhood and Men’s Club have a history of providing a framework for members to take an active role in this historic congregation.
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GOMLEY CHESED SYNAGOGUE
3110 Sterling Point Dr., Portsmouth, VA 23703 757-484-1019, fax 757-484-5263, firstname.lastname@example.org CONSERVATIVE, Rabbi David Goldstein Administrative Director: Cookie Brady One of the area’s oldest synagogues, Gomley Chesed was founded in 1886. Serving the Conservative Jewish communities of Portsmouth, Suffolk and Chesapeake, Gomley Chesed offers a monthly Shabbos dinner cooked by the Rabbi and Sisterhood, a weekly Sunday morning breakfast, Torah study, and adult education programs. Minyan services are held on Tuesday evenings and Thursday morning, and services are also offered on Friday evenings, and Saturday and Sunday mornings. Everyone is welcome to participate in Gomley Chesed’s educational programs, free of charge, and the first year of membership is free to unaffiliated Jewish individuals. Gomley Chesed owns a cemetery for the community’s benefit.
424 25th St., Virginia Beach, VA 23451 757-428-2591, fax: 757-428-3797 www.tevb.org, email@example.com CONSERVATIVE, Rabbi Marc Kraus Office manager: Gail Gogan Religious School Director/Youth Director: Beth Weiner Gross Temple Emanuel is a member of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (USCJ, and strives to make Judaism meaningful and joyful in a holy and inclusive manner, integrating tradition with the best of modernity. Educational classes are offered in Hebrew, Bible study, Jewish prayer, and more, for adults and children. Teens participate in area-wide USY programs. Programming is designed to meet the needs of members both young and old. For the annual Rabbi Philip Pincus Forum, a scholar-in-residence is engaged for the weekend for both the learning and the enjoyment of the congregation and community.
KEMPSVILLE CONSERVATIVE SYNAGOGUE Kehillat Bet Hamidrash 952 Indian Lakes Blvd., Virginia Beach, VA 23464 757-495-8510, www.kbhsynagogue.org CONSERVATIVE, Chazzan M. David Proser Kempsville Conservative Synagogue (Kehillat Bet Hamidrash) is a place for traditional, yet egalitarian, Conservative Jews to celebrate all things Jewish in a comfortable and inviting atmosphere. Shabbat services are held on Friday evening and Saturday morning; holiday services and celebrations take place regularly. The membership takes an active role in both worship services and running the synagogue. A programming partnership between KBH and Norfolk’s Temple Israel creates meaningful shared learning opportunities, programs, and prayer. An affiliate of the Seaboard Region of United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, KBH members participate in USY, United Hebrew School, and joint Selichot services.
Ohef Sholom Temple 530 Raleigh Ave., Norfolk, VA 23507 757-625-4295, fax 757-625-3762, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.ohefsholom.org REFORM, Rabbi Rosalin Mandelberg Cantor Wally Schachet-Briskin Administrator: Gail Bachman Director of Congregational Life: Linda Peck Religious School Educator: Kitty Wolf Music Director: Charles Woodward Rabbi Lawrence A. Forman, Rabbi Emeritus Ohef Sholom Rabbi Arthur Z. Steinberg, Rabbi Emeritus Temple Sinai Founded in 1844, Ohef Sholom Temple is the largest and oldest Reform congregation in Tidewater. Services take place Friday nights at 6:30 pm and Saturday mornings at 10:30 am. The Sisterhood (Women of Reform Judaism) sponsors outings, the annual Chanukah Dinner, Book Club, Women’s Seder, Sisterhood Shabbaton, and manages the Ohef Sholom Temple Judaica Shop. The Men’s Club sponsors monthly Car Pool Cafés with brunch and guest speakers, monthly Shabbat dinners, and the Sidney A. Snyder Golf Tournament. Religious education at Ohef Sholom begins with Nursery School (3-year-olds), goes through Confirmation, continues with regular Kids and Kiddush programs, and training for B’nai Mitzvah. The Temple operates its own Hebrew School beginning in third grade. Activities for teenagers are through OSTY, the Temple’s youth group, and national and regional organizations. Adult learning opportunities include Scholars-in-Residence, Lunch and Learns, workshops, adult B’nai Mitzvah classes, Introduction to Judaism, and more. A Torah Study group meets Saturday mornings and Tuesday evenings. Young Adult Community (YAC) creates an open, welcoming and fun atmosphere for young adults (25-45), with a variety of social and networking opportunities, while Prime Time offers social activities for the 45-65-year-old age group. Mavens & Mensches plans social and educational programs for seniors. An active caring committee plans social action activities such as an annual Mitzvah Day and monthly Soup Kitchen. The Ohef Sholom Temple Library is recognized as the area’s most complete Judaic library in Tidewater with more than 5,000 volumes. The recent merger with Portsmouth’s Temple Sinai integrated an extensive Holocaust collection into the library. The Temple’s Archives houses a vast collection of artifacts, which recount the history of Norfolk’s Jewish community. Archives are available for research by appointment and online. Ohef Sholom Temple is committed to welcoming interfaith couples.
TEMPLE ISRAEL 7255 Granby St., Norfolk, VA 23505 757-489-4550, fax 757-489-3425 TempleIsraelVA @aol.com, www.templeisraelva.org CONSERVATIVE, Rabbi Michael Panitz Education Director: Kathryn Morton Temple Israel is an egalitarian, racially diverse, full-service synagogue with morning and evening minyan, traditional worship on Shabbat and on all festival days, an innovative women’s service once a month on Saturday evening, and a Junior Congregation on Shabbat mornings twice monthly for children. An active Sisterhood runs the Temple’s gift shop and provides ongoing social and educational programs. Men’s Club activities include building sukkahs throughout the community, hosting cookouts, speaker breakfasts and outreach programs. Sunday religious school is for children ages three through high school. Hebrew classes are through the United Hebrew School. Rabbi Panitz regularly teaches grades seven and up in the religious school, as well as weekly adult courses in Bible, Midrash, and basic Judaism. He also teaches evening classes on various subjects, mid-day lectures for the Sisterhood, an August mini-mester, and a winter lecture series at Kehillat Bet Midrash in Virginia Beach. A monthly series for Israelis and others fluent in Hebrew to learn and socialize is conducted in Hebrew, by the rabbi. The Temple library includes hundreds of reference works and 3,000 books. Displays of ancient Near Eastern artifacts from The Solberg Collection are updated regularly. The congregation has both women’s and men’s chevrah kaddishah groups. A Russian Culture Center, created in conjunction with Jewish Family Service, provides Russian TV, internet hookup, and a library of Russian books and videos. Temple Israel welcomes visitors and newcomers, and is fully inclusive of in matters of faith, race and ethnic identity, and sexual orientation.
TIDEWATER CHAVURAH 757-496-0745 www.tidewaterchavurah.org Contact: Elaine Levenson The Tidewater Chavurah is a small, friendly Jewish worship and social group formed in 1998 to seek an alternative environment for the practice of Jewish traditions. Free High Holy Day services, held at the Simon Family Jewish Community Center in Virginia Beach, are open to the community, Tidewater Chavurah worships in the Reform and Reconstructionist traditions. Social activities include monthly potluck dinners organized around a Jewish theme, doing charitable acts as part of the “Mitzvah of the Month,” and joining with friends to share life cycle events and High Holiday observances.
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Services and Organizations America Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Kate Samuels, Southern States area director 770-541-7610 AIPAC is a 100,000-member grassroots movement of activists committed to ensuring Israel’s security and protecting American interests in the Middle East and around the world. For information on Tidewater’s chapter, call Kate Samuels.
B’NAI B’RITH OF TIDEWATER
National Council of Jewish Women
Arnold Gamsey Lodge #1195 Stephen Markman, president, 757-490-0048 Founded in 1843, B’nai B’rith is dedicated to building a strong sense of Jewish identity and unity within the Jewish community.
Established nationally in 1893 and locally in 1905, NCJW is the oldest Jewish women’s organization in the U. S . The group’s educational and legislative efforts have helped bring about action in area of concern to women and children. The Endowment Fund, which provides scholarships and contributions, functions as the Tidewater Council of Jewish Women under Jewish Family Service Foundation Philanthropic Fund Agreement. Donations may be made to the TCJW Fund through JFS, 260 Grayson Rd., Virginia Beach, VA 23462.
BRITH SHOLOM CENTER Dale Helfgott, Manager, 757-461-1150 Brith Sholom Center of Virginia was established as a benevolent, charitable and non-political organization to foster and perpetuate the spirit, ideals and traditions of Judaism. With about 150 members, men and women of all ages, activities include dances, trips, entertainment and cultural events. Philanthropic endeavors support Jewish education, community organizations that provide services and international groups that assist needy causes. Brith Sholom meetings take place at 11 a.m. on the first Sunday of the month at Beth Sholom Home of Eastern Virginia.
HADASSAH Norfolk-Virginia Beach Chapters Co-president: De Anne Lindsey, 757-418-4336 Vice-president: Jamie Zelig, 757-431-2962 In New York in 1912, the first group of Hadassah was chartered after its founder, Henrietta Szold, returned from Jerusalem. The second chapter of Hadassah was chartered in Norfolk, Va. Today, Hadassah is the largest women’s Zionist organization in the world. The original purpose of the organization was to bring modern health care to Palestine. Today, the Hadassah Medical Organization is internationally recognized as a leading authority in healing, teaching, and research. Hadassah is the largest organizational contributor to Jewish National Fund. Hadassah has chapters in Norfolk-Virginia Beach, Newport News, Portsmouth and a Young Women’s Chapter.
HEBREW LADIES CHARITY SOCIETY President: Frances Levy Birshtein, 757-572-3817 Celebrating its 110th anniversary in 2012, Hebrew Ladies is comprised of women concerned with tzedakah (charity) based on the Jewish concept of responsibility to fellow human beings. Members work to support local people in need to help an individual or family survive with pride and dignity, until he or she can be self-supportive. Most referrals to this group come from Jewish Family Service. Confidentiality is always maintained. The group meets once a year. All Jewish women are invited to join.
Jewish Museum and Cultural Center 607 Effingham St., Portsmouth, VA 23704 757-391-9266, www.jewishmuseumportsmouth.org Administrator: Barbara Rossen The Jewish Museum and Cultural Center is housed in the beautifully restored Chevra T’helim Synagogue, the interior of which is a rare surviving example of Eastern European Jewish Orthodoxy. The Center now offers monthly programming, an annual lecture series, a summer music series, as well as school programs, adult programs, and tours.
JEWISH WAR VETERANS of the United States of America Adam Goldberg, Post Commander, 831-917-3996 Old Dominion Post #158 The oldest active veterans organization in America, Jewish War Veterans brings together men and women with joint ties of a common heritage as Jews and a common experience as active duty or past members of the U. S. Armed Forces.
Norfolk Area Community Mikvah 757-627-7358 The Mikvah serves the entire Jewish community. Please call for information or to schedule an appointment.
ORT AMERICA Abbie Laderberg, 757-497-7238 ORT America supports vocational and technical training for Jews around the world. More than 300,000 students are enrolled in the ORT network of schools and training programs which include comprehensive and vocational high schools, colleges, apprenticeship programs and teacher training institutes.
Youth Groups B’NAI B’RITH YOUTH ORGANIZATION, BBG/AZA (Grades 9–12) City Director: Ellie Bernstein, 757-321-2324 BBYO is one of the world’s leading Jewish movements, connecting teens of all backgrounds to become inspired to live Jewish lives while making a difference in the world through AZA and BBG. Recognized as the preeminent leadership training and character development program for teens, BBYO’s umbrella of innovative experiences—service and action, college and career prep and travel—and technologies provide a robust and effective way of delivering meaningful Jewish contents. Tidewater BBYO meets Sundays at the Simon Family JCC. In Tidewater, there are two BBG chapters and two AZA chapters.
North-America n Federation of Temple Youth, Mid-Atlantic Region—NFTY-MAR REFORM Congregation Beth Chaverim, 757-463-3226 Beth Chaverim Youth Group (BCTY) participates in Kallahs in Maryland, Delaware and Virginia. For students in grades 9-12. Ohef Sholom Temple, 757-625-4295 Advisors: Amy and Eliot Weinstein Ohef Sholom Temple’s Youth Group (OSTY) is for students in grades 8–12. JOSTY, the Junior Ohef Sholom Temple Youth Group is for 6th and 7th graders. They are active groups participating in community service, regional and national conventions, religious, and other “just for fun” events.
United Synagogue Youth (USY) CONSERVATIVE Advisor: Beth Gross, 757-428-2591 Congregation Beth El, Temple Israel, Temple Emanuel and Kempsville Conservative Synagogue (KBH) co-sponsor two youth programs: Kadimah for students in grades 6-8 (which includes Machar for grades 4 and 5), and USY for students in grades 9-12. Both groups promote synagogue identification, foster friendships and make Judaism an integral part of life. Activities are recreational, social and religious, and are tied into the philosophies of the Conservative Jewish Movement. Contact a local Conservative synagogue for details.
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