Guide to ewish J L ivin g inTidewater 2014
Jewish News, August 18, 2014
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Published 22 times a year by United Jewish Federation of Tidewater. Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus of the Tidewater Jewish Community 5000 Corporate Woods Drive, Suite 200 Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462-4370 voice 757.965.6100 • fax 757.965.6102 email firstname.lastname@example.org www.jewishVA.org
Guide to Jewish Living in Tidewater
idewater’s Jewish Community Calendar tends to be busy most months of the year. The reason? The myriad of welcoming organizations, synagogues and schools that are brimming with events.
We’re fortunate, and most of us probably don’t realize it. I received a call a few weeks ago from a high school friend who now lives out-of-state. Her mom shares copies of Jewish
News with her. After reading all that takes place here, my friend wanted to know who to talk to about making programs work. Where she lives, she said, not much is happening, even though the Jewish community is about the size of Tidewater’s. Her call was a reminder of Tidewater’s vibrancy.
Terri Denison, Editor Germaine Clair, Art Director Laine Mednick Rutherford, Associate Editor Hal Sacks, Book Review Editor Sandy Goldberg, Account Executive Mark Hecht, Account Executive Marilyn Cerase, Subscription Manager Reba Karp, Editor Emeritus
From multiple places of worship, schools and camps to chapters of nearly every national Jewish organization, there is somewhere for every Jewish person—young or old or in-between—residing in Tidewater to join or participate. Award-winning Beth Sholom Village cares for the elderly, while Jewish Family Service serves nearly every population in need, whether with adoption, rehab therapy, grief or financial services. The Simon Family Jewish Community Center offers athletics, arts, senior and teen programming, as well as educational classes. United Jewish Federation of Tidewater raises funds to support local agencies and groups, as well as those in need around the world. Tidewater Jewish Foundation manages funds for many of these groups. Together, it all forms a thriving Jewish community.
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The 2014 Guide to Jewish Living in Tidewater is designed to be a resource of contact information. We hope you hold onto it until next year and find it useful.
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Tidewater Jewish Agencies
United Jewish Federation of Tidewater 5000 Corporate Woods Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23462 757-965-6100, JewishVA.org, Executive Vice President: Harry Graber, firstname.lastname@example.org The United Jewish Federation of Tidewater nurtures a vibrant, engaged, inclusive and caring Jewish community, guided by its values and its mission to strengthen and perpetuate Jewish life. As a leader and facilitator of collective action, UJFT allocates the funds it raises through the Annual Campaign to assist Jewish agencies and organizations in Tidewater, North America, internationally, and in Israel through partnerships with local, national and global organizations. UJFT cares for those in need, rescues Jews in danger, enhances Jewish security and advocates for the State of Israel. Allocations help UJFT partners provide healthcare, social services, Jewish cultural and educational programs, and initiatives that improve human relations. “Together, we do extraordinary things.”
Annual Campaign UJFT’s Annual Campaign is conducted by more than 100 local volunteer Jewish leaders in partnership with a professional campaign staff. The Annual Campaign runs on the UJFT’s fiscal year, July 1–June 30, and officially kicks off on September 15, 2014 with the Week of Extraordinary Deeds. Other events are held throughout the year to welcome, inform and thank community donors. Donations are welcome at any time, and can be made securely online at JewishVA.org/Donation. 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. Links to programs and services the Annual Campaign supports are at JewishVA.org.
Men’s Division Director: Alex Pomerantz, 757-965-6136, email@example.com The Men’s Division 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 and more than 50 volunteer men who are bound together to serve the Tidewater Jewish community, and to solicit funds for the annual campaign, ensuring funding for Jewish education, health and social welfare, combating anti-Semitism, emergency services and crisis relief.
Women’s Division Director: Amy Zelenka, 757-965-6139, firstname.lastname@example.org The Women’s Division is the women’s fundraising arm of the UJFT 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, email@example.com The Young Adult Division is designed to promote social, cultural, leadership development and philanthropic opportunities for young Jewish adults ages 22–45 in Tidewater. YAD’s outreach programs invite young professionals, singles, and growing families to attend. YAD hosts monthly happy hours, holiday parties, and outreach events
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including Family Shabbat dinners, Girl’s Night Out and Guy’s Night Out. Super Sunday, the community’s annual fundraising phoneathon, is led by YAD, and demonstrates the success of the area’s young leaders. The Tidewater Couples Project brings together married couples to learn about UJFT’s mission, to network and to gain leadership skills. Future leaders are further nurtured through YAD’s Hineni! program and the Tom Hofheimer Young Leadership Mission to Israel.
Affinity Groups: Medical and Business and Legal JewishVA.org/Maimonides JewishVA.org/BusinessAndLegalSociety The Federation sponsors two affinity groups—the Maimonides Society for Jewish healthcare professionals and the Business & Legal Society for Jewish professionals in any area or stage of a law or business career. 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 JewishVA.org/ShalomTidewater Launched in 2011, the Shalom Tidewater program helps create and nurture an inclusive Jewish community.
Community Relations Council Director: Robin Mancoll, 757-965-6120, firstname.lastname@example.org The Community Relations Council (CRC) 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. Comprised of members from each Tidewater Jewish community agency and institution, the CRC’s five committees focus on these areas: legislative action, the media, Israel education and advocacy, education of area schools and public institutions, and outreach. The CRC presents numerous events throughout the year, including the popular speaker series, Israel Today, and Bringing Israel Home, for college students.
The Holocaust Commission Director: Elena Barr Baum, 757-965-6129, email@example.com 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 offers programs, provides resources and holds community events related to Holocaust education and remembrance. Dedicated volunteers from the community guide and foster the Holocaust Commission’s work. Among other events and programs, the Holocaust Commission offers: the innovative What We Carry multimedia program for schools, community and military groups; a yearly community gathering for Yom Hashoah, the commemoration day of the Holocaust; the Elie Wiesel Writing and Visual Arts Competitions for students, and annual educators’ awards.
Jewish News JewishNewsVA.org Editor: Terri Denison, 757-965-6132 Published 22 times annually, Jewish News connects the Tidewater Jewish community with news of Jewish interest from local, national and global spheres. The Jewish News is delivered to thousands of homes in Tidewater, and can be viewed in a variety of online formats.
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 401 Middle Ground Boulevard, 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. Local funding sources include the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, United Way of South Hampton Roads, the United Jewish Community of the Virginia Peninsula and many generous foundations and donors.
JFS HOME HEALTH CARE Patients have the right to choose their home health care provider and can tell the hospital discharge planner or physician to use JFS. When people face surgery, serious illness and the process of recovery, physicians may prescribe skilled home health care to help patients heal and rehabilitate at home. Skilled home health care is reimbursed by Medicare as well as private insurances. The award-winning department offers a comprehensive array of services provided by highly skilled professionals: • Professional nursing care by Registered Nurses (RN’s), including a Certified Wound Care RN • Psychiatric nursing • Physical, occupational and speech therapists. • Medical social work • Home health aides • Dietitian • Wellness/Recreational Therapist. JFS is the only Home Health Care 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 Physical Therapist. The JFS skilled home health program is Medicare-certified and accredited by Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP). Under Private Duty Care, 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 (LPN’s) can provide these services: medication administration, blood pressure monitoring, catheter care, diabetes management, tube feedings, and other services.
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. 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. Additionally, specialized substance abuse counseling for teens, adults and support for family members is available. 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.
SPECIAL NEEDS JFS offers a variety of services to Jewish children and adults with special needs and their families: •S IMCHA, a socialization and recreation group for Jewish adults with mental illness, offers cultural and recreational outings. •C HAVERIM, meets the cultural, socialization and recreational needs of the Jewish developmentally disabled. •S pecial Needs camp. In cooperation with the Simon Family 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 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.
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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, volunteer friendly visitors, senior companions, and transportation services. The Embrace program reaches out to older adults who anticipate needing help in the future.
PERSONAL AFFAIRS MANAGEMENT The Personal Affairs Management (PAM) Program at JFS safeguards the personal and financial affairs of vulnerable, incapacitated adults, 18 years of age and older, with physical, cognitive and/or mental disabilities. Guardian and/or conservator services are provided based on court order. 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. On-call case management is available 24 hours a day to improve clients’ quality of life and manage personal and medical care.
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.
COMMITMENT TO HEALTHY LIVING For the past 10 years, JFS’s Week of Healthy Living has provided 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. Look for the Week to expand in 2015!
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Tidewater Jewish Foundation 5000 Corporate Woods Drive, Suite 200, Virginia Beach, VA 23462 757-965-6111, www.jewishva.org Interim president and CEO: Randy Parrish, CPA, chief financial officer 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 just over $100 million in assets. TJF leads the community’s Create a Jewish Legacy initiative—to raise awareness about planned giving and endowments and to encourage bequests. This undertaking was 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 July 2014, the Create a Jewish Legacy initiative has raised approximately $40 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. 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. TJF supports the needs of the community through grants and donor-advised funds. 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. 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 • The Rose Frances and Bernard Glasser Health and Wellness Center serves residents and staff of The Village, as well as those in neighboring communities. • A coordinated approach to care, including physical, occupational and speech therapy in two state-of- 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 withcertified activity therapists. • Dentist, ophthalmologist and podiatrist. • Out-patient physical therapy department. • 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. • 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.
The Terrace at Beth Sholom Village 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 dementiarelated 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.
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Freda H. Gordon Hospice & Palliative Care of Tidewater 260 Grayson Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23462 757-321-2242, Fax 757-321-2236 www.hpctidewater.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. The Freda H. Gordon Hospice and Palliative Care of Tidewater has received the Gold Seal of Approval® from The Joint Commission.
Simon Family Jewish Community Center 5000 Corporate Woods Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23462 757-321-2338, fax 757-489-4427, www.SimonFamilyJCC.org Executive Director: Scott Katz The 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.
JCC MEMBERSHIP Membership Associate: 757-321-2327 JCC membership includes discounts on classes and cultural events, use of state-ofthe-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 Interim director, Fitness and Aquatics, Sharon Giannelli, 757-321-2310 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 with indoor and outdoor pools, tennis courts, cardiovascular and strength equipment and more than 60 group exercise classes offered weekly including Spin, Body Pump, yoga, Pilates, Zumba and group training. Personal training packages and swim lessons are available year round for all ages.
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 more. Membership is not required to participate.
Deli Sandwiches • Cakes • Bakery Treats
CULTURAL ARTS Director of Cultural Arts: Michele Goldberg, 757-321-2341 VIRGINIA FESTIVAL OF JEWISH FILM presented by Alma* and Howard Laderberg One of the nation’s longest continuous Jewish film festivals, the 22nd annual event takes place Jan. 17–25, 2015. 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. 2–Nov. 16, 2014. Performing Arts at the J presented by Leah Wohl* Comedy, music and theater at 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. This year it takes place May 17, 2015.
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Adult Program coordinator, Sherry Lieberman, 757-321-2309 Celebrations and fun activities, friendly company, programs, Jewish holidays, trips to area attractions, lounge with TV; Book Club; Yiddish Club; Current Events; Mah Jongg; Bunco; Rummikub; and snacks. Transportation to JCC provided by Jewish Family Service, 757-321-2222. *of blessed memory
ADULT JEWISH EDUCATION
You are Invited
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 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.
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CLASSES TO ENHANCE JEWISH JOURNEYS From Jewish architecture to an Israel Advocacy series, the JCC has classes for every Jewish journey.
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Young Adult Programming Middle School Programming 6th–8th grade Jewish teens make a difference in the world while having a great time. Programs include Tikkun Sundays and a Mystery Bus Tour. BBYO Jewish 9th–12th grade Director: Ellie Bernstein, 757-321-2324 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 36) JCC Maccabi Games Jewish teens 13–17 The JCC Maccabi games are an Olympic style sporting and arts completion held each summer at a different location within the U. S.
Get a flavor of our Clergy Take a taste of our High Holiday services and activities information Experience the smorgasbord of our Programs & Volunteer opportunities Tickle your palate with a Tour of our Building and Religious School Enjoy a tidbit of a Children’s Prayer Service Sample a Torah Study Class & Savor an open Torah up Close
Ohef Sholom Temple is a Member of the Union for Reform Judaism and is the spiritual home for ALL. Whether you are single, married, a senior, a young professional, LGBT, single parent, empty nester.... Ohef Sholom is truly “A House of Prayer for All People.”
Serving the communities of Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Hampton, Newport News, and beyond.
Hillel, Old Dominion University www.jewishva.org/hillel Hillel Director: Alicia Cohen Kraus, 757-943-9410 Hillel at Old Dominion University is the home to the Jewish community on campus. A variety of social activities, educational events and holiday celebrations are held on campus and in the community.
Children and Family Assistant director: Erika Eskenazi, 757-321-2342 Programs for children and families offer a wide array of services including classes, family programs, and holiday events. Camp JCC 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. Summer camp runs from mid-June through early August, with three weeks of post camp up until Labor Day. Kids Connection A Before and After School Enrichment Program, Kids Connection provides a safe, fun, and educational before and after school experience for children Pre-K to 6th grade. It also offers care for children who attend half-day Kindergarten, 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 Mini dance classes to Brickheadz and art. See the JCC program guide at www.simonfamilyjcc.org.
Chesapeake Bay Academy educates bright kids with learning challenges including ADHD, dyslexia and other learning differences (LD), empowering them with the skills and confidence necessary for success in higher education, careers and life.
~ 6/1 Student-Teacher Ratio ~ Individualized Instruction Plans
~ Multisensory Instruction & Project Based Curriculum ~ College Preparatory Program ~ VAIS Accreditation ~ Tuition Assistance Available ~ Kindergarten – 12th Grade
Call 757.497.6200 or visit cba-va.org to schedule an individual tour and learn more. 821 Baker Road l Virginia Beach, VA 23462
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PJ Library For any family with a Jewish connection—affiliated, unaffiliated, interfaith or non-traditional, PJ Library sends a free age-appropriate Jewish book in the mail monthly. For children six months through five-and-one-half years old, PJ Library also sponsors programs. 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 with a variety of enrichment classes and programs for parents and children from birth to 36 months old. 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 six 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 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.
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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c amps 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 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 5000 Corporate Woods Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23462 757-321-2338, fax 757-489-4427 www.simonfamilyj.org Director: Erika Eskanazi, 757-321-2342 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.
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BINA High School 425 Washington Park, Norfolk, VA 23517 757-627-BINA (2462), fax 757-627-2461 www.binahighschool.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Menaheles: Shira Rubin Norfolk’s first and only Orthodox Jewish High School for young women, BINA opened in 2007. The BINA experience enables 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. Academics 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 computer lab, a student lounge, and access to a kosher kitchen. Boarding is available in local homes.
Hebrew Academy of Tidewater 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 program offers 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. 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. Kindergarten–fifth grade • Children of all Jewish backgrounds (Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, interfaith and unafilliated) • 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 • 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 College of Arts and Letters, Cooper Room, Batten Arts and Letters Building 2024 Old Dominion University, al.odu.edu/ijiu/, www.facebook.com/#!/IJIUatODU 757-683-6816, email@example.com Director: Farideh Goldin 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
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.simonfamilyjcc.org Preschool director: Lorna Orleans, 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. (Children under the age of two are welcome in the JCC’s Beginnings program.) Preschool The Strelitz Early Childhood Center revels in the curiosity and potential of youth. 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. Preschool Fast Facts • Welcoming children of all faiths, ages two to four years • Large classrooms, with bathrooms and sinks • Indoor and outdoor play areas for motor development • Music, library, and physical education • Aquatics (ages three and four)
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• Children’s cooking center • Classrooms equipped with technology for ongoing parent/teacher communication • Extended Day and Full Care options • Still in diapers? Not a problem. • Accredited by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS) Membership in the JCC is required for enrollment in the Strelitz Early Childhood Center.
Talmudical Academy Yeshivas Aish Kodesh 612 Colonial Ave., Norfolk, VA 23507 757-623-6070, fax 757-623-6074, email@example.com Rabbi Shaul Lefkovitz and Rabbi Avrohom Weinreb—Judaic principals Dr. Brian Brennan, Ph.D—General Studies principal Administrative director: Debbie Wilson Yeshivas Aish Kodesh is geared toward the student striving for excellence in Limudei Kodesh and General Studies. The school aims to facilitate the spiritual, personal and academic growth of talmidim, with an eye toward producing well-rounded bnei Torah. Yeshivas Aish Kodesh meets these goals with a full, balanced schedule. The curriculum features Gemara shiurim in both iyun and bekius, as well as regular classes in Chumash, Navi, Halacha, and Tefillah. Yeshivas Aish Kodesh offers a general studies program taught by state-certified instructors. Yeshivas Aish Kodesh’s facilities feature a Beis Medrash, state-of-the-art classrooms, a well-stocked library and a recreation/work-out room. The students can participate in varsity and junior varsity basketball, as well as intermural football and judo. The students have regular opportunities to participate in pick-up basketball games, swimming, ice skating and other activities. Yeshivas Aish Kodesh views experiential learning as an integral part of the Yeshiva’s approach. Visiting and interacting with Gedolei Yisrael, an energetic Oneg Shabbos, a heartfelt kumzitz—ways in which the special ruach and warmth that characterizes Yeshivas Aish Kodesh is extended.
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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.
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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 Arnold Gamsey Lodge #1195 President: Steve Legum, 757-627-6225 Founded in 1843, B’nai B’rith is dedicated to building a strong sense of Jewish identity and unity within the Jewish community.
BRITH SHOLOM CENTER Gail Gogan, secretary, 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 on the first Sunday of the month at Beth Sholom Home of Eastern Virginia.
HADASSAH Norfolk-Virginia Beach Chapter Contact: De Anne Lindsey, 757-418-4336 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 world’s largest women’s Zionist organization. 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’s NorfolkVirginia Beach chapter serves all of Tidewater.
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.
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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 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 Old Dominion Post #158 Adam Goldberg, Post Commander, 831-917-3996 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.
National Council of Jewish Women 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 areas 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.
Norfolk Area Community Mikvah 757-627-7358 The Mikvah serves the entire Jewish community. 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.
Synagogues BETH CHAVERIM 3820 Stoneshore Rd., Virginia Beach, VA 23452 757-463-3226, Fax 757-463-1134 Michelle.Anderson@bethchaverim.com www.bethchaverim.com REFORM, Rabbi Israel Zoberman Administrator: Michelle R. Anderson Founded in 1982, Beth Chaverim has been affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism since 1984. In 2006, the Marilyn and Marvin Simon Family Sanctuary and new religious school wing opened. • Religious School • Library • Adult clubs and classes • Gift Shop • Teen programming
B’NAI ISRAEL CONGREGATION 420 Spotswood Ave., Norfolk, VA 23517 757-627-7358, fax 757-627-8544 firstname.lastname@example.org, www.bnaiisrael.org ORTHODOX, Rabbi Sender Haber B’nai Israel Congregation is an exciting, family-oriented full-service Orthodox synagogue in the heart of a diverse and dynamic Jewish community in the Ghent neighborhood of Norfolk. It offers daily morning and evening prayer services. The synagogue houses the Norfolk Area Community Kollel, BINA High School for Girls, and the Norfolk Community Mikvah. It is affiliated with the Orthodox Union and the National Conference of Young Israel. • Adult classes • Children’s programming • Teen programming
CHABAD LUBAVITCH OF TIDEWATER/CHABAD HOUSE 1920 Colley Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23517 757-616-0770, Fax 757-616-0772 email@example.com, 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 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, Shabbat and holiday celebrations, and innovative programming for children. • Women’s Rosh Chodesh Society • Jewish Learning Institute • Shabbat Youth services • Jewish Art Calendar
THE COMMODORE URIAH P. LEVY CHAPEL 757-444-7361 firstname.lastname@example.org Cantor: Aaron Sachnoff One of the few designated Jewish chapels in the U.S. Navy, the Commodore Levy Chapel serves Jewish military personnel including reservists and retirees. It is the focal point of a growing Jewish life within the military community. This historic chapel is named after Commodore Uriah Levy who was one of only two men ever to move up the ranks, from enlisted to Commodore status. Shabbat Services take place every Friday evening at 7:30 pm. Access to the Naval Station with proper ID, Military escort or by special permission of the Senior Chaplain.
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CONGREGATION BETH EL
422 Shirley Ave., Norfolk, VA 23517 757-625-7821, fax 757-627-4905 www.bethelnorfolk.com, email@example.com CONSERVATIVE, Rabbi Jeffrey M. Arnowitz Cantor Gordon Piltch Rabbi 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., as well as weekly Shabbat morning worship services. • Religious School • Adult clubs and classes • Teen programming
424 25th St., Virginia Beach, VA 23451 757-428-2591, fax: 757-428-3797 www.tevb.org, firstname.lastname@example.org CONSERVATIVE, Rabbi Marc Kraus Office manager: Gail Gogan Temple Emanuel is a member of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism and strives to make Judaism meaningful and joyful in a holy and inclusive manner, integrating tradition with the best of modernity. • Religious School • Adult clubs and classes • Teen programming • Library
GOMLEY CHESED SYNAGOGUE 3110 Sterling Point Dr., Portsmouth, VA 23703 757-484-1019, fax 757-484-5263, email@example.com CONSERVATIVE 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 owns a cemetery for the community’s benefit.
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. • Religious School • Adult clubs and classes • Teen programming
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 Arthur Z. Steinberg, Rabbi Emeritus Rabbi Lawrence A. Forman, Rabbi Emeritus 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. Ohef Sholom Temple is committed to welcoming interfaith couples, empty nesters, singles and seekers. • Religious School • Adult clubs and classes • Teen programming • Library • Gift shop • Archives
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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: Leon Covitz Administrator: Leslie Bradner 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 women¹s service once a month on Saturday evening, and a Junior Congregation on Shabbat mornings twice monthly for children. • Religious School • Adult Clubs and Classes • Library • Gift Shop • Teen programming
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. 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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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. In Tidewater, BBYO meets Sundays at the Simon Family JCC. There are two BBG and two AZA chapters. (see page 27)
J ewish Cemeteries B’nai Israel Cemetery Cromwell Road Norfolk, Va.
Forest Lawn Granby Street Norfolk, Va. 757-441-1752
Gomley Chesed Cemetery Shell Road near Frederick Blvd. and George Washington Highway Portsmouth, Va. 757-484-1019
North-American Federation of Temple Youth
Mid-Atlantic Region—NFTY-MAR REFORM Reform Jewish teens from North Carolina, eastern West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Washington DC, Delaware and far-eastern Tennessee comprise NFTY-MAR. Members come together for learning, fun, worship, community service and fellowship to help young Jewish adults build and strengthen lifetime ties with each other and Reform Judaism.
Congregation Beth Chaverim 757-463-3226 Beth Chaverim Youth Group (BCTY) participates in NFTY-MAR events. 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 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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Princess Anne Road and Tidewater Drive Norfolk, Va. (757) 441-2576
Chesapeake, Va. 757-965-6100
Princess Anne Memorial Park 1110 North Great Neck Road Virginia Beach, Va. 757-481-1097
Rosewood Memorial Park Cemetery 631 N. Witchduck Road Virginia Beach, Va. 757-497-8925
Woodlawn Memorial Gardens 6309 E. Virginia Beach Blvd. Norfolk, Va. 757-461-4054
Workmen’s Circle Chesapeake, Va. 757-965-6100
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Jim Henson’s ‘Sid the Science Kid Live!: Let’s Play January 21, 2015 $10, $15, $20, $25 Mystic India February 6, 2015 $35, $45, $55, $65 Dancing Pros Live February 13, 2015 $45, $55, $65, $75 Riders in the Sky February 14, 2015 $30, $40, $50, $60
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Virginia Roots Ensemble March 5, 2015 $20
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Wynonna Judd December 20, 2014 $45, $55, $65, $80
The Price is Right Live! April 23, 2015 $45, $50, $55, $70
From Tidewater to the Northern Lights January 14, 2015 $20
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