A Guide to Jewish Living in Tidewater

by | Aug 9, 2019 | Uncategorized

Jewish Holidays 5780

All holidays begin at sundown on the evening before the date listed.

Religious Holidays 5780

Rosh Hashanah
September 30–October 1, 2019, Jewish New Year

Yom Kippur
October 9, 2019, Day of Atonement

October 14–20, 2019, Feast of Tabernacles

Shmini Atzeret
October 21, 2019, Eighth Day of Assembly

Simchat Torah
October 22, 2019, Celebration of the Torah

December 23–30, 2019, Festival of Rededication, also Festival of Lights

Tu BiShvat
February 10, 2020, New Year for Trees

March 10, 2020, Story of Esther

April 8–16, 2020, Passover

Days of the Omer
Seven weeks from the second night of Pesach to the day before Shavuot

Lag BaOmer
May 12, 2020, 33rd day of counting the Omer

May 29–30, 2020, Festival of Weeks, commemorates the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai

Tish’a B’Av
July 30, 2020, The Ninth of Av, Commemorates destruction of the two Temples

Tu B’Av
August 5, 2020, Jewish holiday of love

Modern Holidays 5780

Yom HaShoah
April 21, 2020, Holocaust Memorial Day

Yom HaZikaron
April 28, 2020, Israeli Memorial Day

Yom HaAtzma’ut
April 29, 2020, Israeli Independence Day

Community Resources

United Jewish Federation of Tidewater

5000 Corporate Woods Drive, Suite 200, Virginia Beach, VA 23462
Executive Vice President: Betty Ann Levin

United Jewish Federation of Tidewater nurtures a dynamic, committed, inclusive, and caring Jewish community, guided by its values and mission to support and preserve Jewish life.

Funds donated to the UJFT Campaign come from almost 1,400 generous community members. They are then distributed to trusted Jewish agencies and institutions as part of a thorough allocation process. This model of communal giving assists Jewish agencies and organizations at home in Tidewater, in Israel, and in Jewish communities around the globe.

UJFT cares for those in need, aids Jews in danger, enhances Jewish security, and promotes Israel.

Gifts help UJFT partners provide healthcare, social services, Jewish cultural and educational programs, and initiatives that improve human relations. As a result, UJFT, as part of the Jewish Federations of North America, impacts Jewish lives around the world.

Community Campaign

Director: Amy Zelenka, 757-965-6139, azelenka@ujft.org

UJFT holds an annual community fundraising effort each year to help meet the needs of Jews locally, globally, and in Israel. More than 100 local Jewish volunteers raise funds for the campaign in partnership with a small staff of development professionals.

Campaigners strive to engage all donors in the community in discussion of Jewish values and concerns. And, the Federation seeks to provide opportunities to show donors how their support impacts beneficiaries at home and abroad.

The Community Campaign runs on UJFT’s fiscal year, July 1–June 30.

At the end of the campaign year, the UJFT board of directors allocates funds based on recommendations by the Finance committee for distribution to the local community, and by the Israel & Overseas committee, for distributions to international and Israeli agencies and organizations.

Donations to the Annual Campaign are welcome at any time, and can be made securely online at JewishVA.org/Donation.

Men’s Division

Director: Amy Zelenka, 757-965-6139, azelenka@ujft.org

UJFT’s Men’s Division is dedicated to engaging the community in support of UJFT’s Community Campaign. The Men’s Division is comprised of more than 40 volunteers who serve the Tidewater Jewish community by soliciting gifts of support. These volunteers help ensure funding is available for Jewish education, health and social welfare, the fight against anti-Semitism, emergency services, and crisis relief.

Women’s Division

Director: Amy Zelenka, 757-965-6139, azelenka@ujft.org

The Women’s Division is the women’s fundraising arm of the Community 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, which meets regularly to learn what’s happening in the Tidewater Jewish community and the Jewish world.

Not only do they serve as ambassadors and role models for women of all ages in the community, the Women’s Cabinet takes the lead in volunteer fundraising for the Women’s Division of the UJFT Community Campaign. In addition to fundraising, the Women’s Division reaches out to women in the Jewish community through a series of events and activities throughout the campaign year.

Young Adult Division (YAD)

Young Leadership Campaign Manager: Jasmine Amitay, 757-965-6138, jamitay@ujft.org

The Young Adult Division promotes social, cultural, leadership, and philanthropic opportunities for young Jewish adults.

YAD fosters Jewish identity, involvement, and responsibility among young Jews in Tidewater in order to sustain and enrich the vibrant community at home, in Israel, and around the world. YAD aims to cultivate relationships, build networks, and develop highly skilled leaders to ensure the future of the Jewish community.

YAD hosts numerous programs such as monthly happy hours, holiday parties, business networking, Shabbat dinners, and men’s and women’s specific programs.

YAD also spearheads Super Sunday, the community’s annual fundraising phone-a-thon.

YAD’s Hineni Fellowship is a leadership path for future leaders to learn about UJFT’s mission, network, gain leadership skills, and most importantly, create community. Hineni fellows are entitled to participate in the week-long, exclusive Tom Hofheimer Young Leadership Mission to Israel.

Society of Jewish Professionals

Development Director: Barb Gelb, 757-965-6105, bgelb@ujft.org

The Society of Jewish Professionals (SOP) is dedicated to educational, social, and philanthropic activities, and provides opportunities to network, socialize, and become active through a financial commitment to the Community Campaign. Members also serve as role models for their colleagues, family, and friends, and provide funding for Jewish survival, welfare, and continuity.

SOP is an evolution of the once separate groups Maimonides and Business & Legal Societies, whose members decided to merge in light of their common Jewish and communal interests, and to enjoy the programming and benefits. All healthcare, business, legal, media, real estate, entrepreneur, and service provider professionals are invited.

Shalom Tidewater

Development Director: Barb Gelb, 757-965-6105, bgelb@ujft.org

The Tidewater Jewish community is a hub of activity, spanning five cities: Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Portsmouth and Suffolk. A wealth of resources is offered for newcomers to the Tidewater Jewish community. Whether interfaith, unaffiliated, or anything in between, the Tidewater Jewish community celebrates diversity every day, and Shalom Tidewater is available to help everyone find their place.

Shalom Baby

Development Director: Barb Gelb, 757-965-6105, bgelb@ujft.org

Shalom Baby is an exciting new gift bag delivery program made possible by a partnership between the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater/Simon Family JCC and Strelitz Early Childhood Education Center and PJ Library. Whether this is a first or fourth child, birth or adoptive, Shalom Baby wants to help parents celebrate the arrival by showering them with fun and relaxing gifts and helpful resources for Jewish babies.

Community Relations Council

Director: Robin Mancoll, 757-965-6120, rmancoll@ujft.org

The Community Relations Council educates the community on issues impacting the rights of Jews locally, in the United States, in Israel, and around the world.

The CRC’s mission is to establish constructive dialogue, create educational opportunities, and maintain positive exchanges with public officials and government, the media, the Jewish community, as well as with other faith and ethnic communities throughout Tidewater.

The CRC offers numerous opportunities for engagement for the entire community throughout the year, including Jewish Virginia Advocacy Day and the popular speaker series, Israel Today.

The Holocaust Commission

Director: Elena Barr Baum, 757-965-6129, ebaum@ujft.org

The Holocaust Commission encourages teachers, students, and the community to apply the lessons of history to the moral decisions they make each day. The Commission offers programs, 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 its many events and programs, the Holocaust Commission offers What We Carry, a multimedia program for schools, community, and military groups; a yearly community gathering for Yom Hashoah, the commemoration day of the Holocaust; the annual Elie Wiesel Writing and Visual Arts Competitions for students; annual educators’ awards, and Biennial Educators’ Conferences. The Holocaust Commission’s website provides more information on how to participate in and support its various programs.

PJ Library


Something magical happens when parents sit down to read with their children. PJ Library sends free Jewish children’s books to families each month, sharing stories that can help foster conversations about important values and traditions. Families with kids ages six months through eight years old with Judaism as part of their lives—affiliated, unaffiliated, interfaith, or non-traditional—are welcome to sign up by visiting pjlibrary.org. Local PJ Library programs bring the books to life with other PJ kids.

Jewish News

Editor: Terri Denison, 757-965-6132, tdenison@ujft.org

Published 20 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 mailboxes each month, and reaches tens of thousands through its easy-to-navigate website. Electronic editions of the Jewish News are available online.

Hal Sacks Jewish News Archives


Research, laugh, remember, and browse through the Hal Sacks Jewish News Archives, an online site to access past issues of the Jewish News since 1947.



Chabad House, 1920 Colley Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23517
Director: Rashi Brashevitzky, 757-616-0770

Camp Gan Israel, “Gan Izzy” is part of the largest worldwide network of Jewish day camps. At Gan Izzy, campers’ days are filled with games, crafts, field trips, sports, swimming and more—all with a Jewish twist! Each day of Gan Izzy also includes prayers and a Jewish lesson delivered in a child friendly and relevant fashion. The Gan Izzy experience is filled with great spirit and a love for Jewish heritage—campers have been known to wait all year long to return to Gan Izzy and start the fun all over again!

Sababa Beachaway


A Jewish co-ed sleepaway camp in Virginia Beach, Sababa is committed to helping young people grow their best sense of self, build meaningful relationships, immerse themselves in passionate, fun pursuits, and stoke their innate spiritual flame while having a great time at the beach.

Campers have the opportunity to gain expertise in specialties that include sailing, scuba diving, surfing and seaside media, make new friends and experience Shabbat on the beach.

Residing at Old Dominion University, Sababa’s ultimate goal is to have campers leave camp with the knowledge that they matter, not for who they may become in the future, but rather, for who they are today.

For boys and girls, rising 5th–12th grade. Two-week sessions.

Sababa Beachaway is a recipient of the Foundation for Jewish Camp Incubator Grant, funded by the Jim Joseph and Avi Chai Foundations.

Simon Family JCC Summer Camp

Simon Family JCC | Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus
5000 Corporate Woods Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23462
757-321-2338, fax 757-489-4427, www.SimonFamilyJCC.org

Camp JCC provides children with a rich and unique day camp experience. This dynamic program allows every child to explore their own interests and try new activities within a safe camp atmosphere. For two-year-olds through eighth grade. CIT opportunities for ninth through 11th grades. Summer camp runs mid-June through early August, with three weeks of post camp until Labor Day.

Community Centers

Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus of the Tidewater Jewish Community

Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus of the Tidewater Jewish Community
5000 Corporate Woods Drive, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462
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. Mechanics, heating and cooling, food services—including the Cardo Cafe—janitors, landscaping, and security is a function of the Campus. This enables the individual agencies to concentrate on serving the Jewish community and reduces spending.

Simon Family Jewish Community Center

Simon Family JCC on the Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus
5000 Corporate Woods Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23462
757-321-2338, fax 757-489-4427, www.SimonFamilyJCC.org
CEO: Betty Ann Levin

The Simon Family Jewish Community Center serves the entire Jewish and greater Tidewater community, from infants to seniors. Everyone is welcome, regardless of faith.It is a division of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater.


Director: Tom Purcell, 757-321-2310

JCC membership includes use of a fitness center, three indoor pools, outdoor water park, gymnasium, tennis and pickleball courts, and more in the state-of-the-art facility. The JCC also offers more than 65 free group exercise classes weekly, such as Pilates, Zumba, and yoga. New members receive two free BeWell sessions with a personal trainer, as well as discounts on such classes as karate. All members have access to cultural events.


Director: Tom Edwards, 757-321-2308

A variety of aquatics, sports, recreation, and athletics include youth and adult athleticleagues such as basketball, soccer, tennis, and a swim team. JCC membership is not required to participate, but does provide discounts. The JCC also offers children and adult swim lessons, lap lanes for fitness swimmers, and an outdoor waterpark.


Patti Shelanski, manager, 757-452-3184

Leon Family Gallery
Exhibits featuring Israeli or Jewish artists from around the globe.

The Lee and Bernard Jaffe* Family Jewish Book Festival
Discussions led by visiting authors, special events for children and families, and a curated list of titles to be sold.

Virginia Festival of Jewish Film
Presented by Alma & Howard Laderberg and Patricia & Avraham Ashkenazi. One of the nation’s longest continuous Jewish film festivals, the 27th annual event will feature national and international films created by Jewish or Israeli writers and filmmakers.

Israel Fest
Simon Family JCC’s biggest outdoor community event of the year, Israel Fest celebrates Israel’s birthday with authentic Israeli street food, Israeli art and jewelry, camel rides and so much more.


Programs Department Associate: Leigh Casson, 757-321-2304

Celebrations and fun activities are offered for adults with friendly company. Programs include celebrating Jewish holidays, taking trips to area attractions, participating in a book club or the Yiddish Club, a wide variety of speakers, and playing Mahjong or Bunco. Transportation to JCC provided by Jewish Family Service, 757-321-2304.


Director: Sierra Lautman, 757-965-6107

Jewish Life and Learning promotes Jewish literacy, learning, exploration, and innovation through classes, lectures, family programs, and holiday events. These diverse opportunities for learning and celebration are open to all.


B’nai B’rith Youth Organization (BBYO) (Jewish students 9th–12th grade)
Benita Watts, 757-965-6123

BBYO involves Jewish teens in meaningful Jewish experiences, guiding them into leadership positions that will last a lifetime. Teens meet weekly from September through June at the JCC, and focus on community service and social action programs.

Hillel at Old Dominion University
757-559-1836, oduhillel@gmail.com
Director: Rabbi Gershon Litt

Hillel is the home to the Jewish student community with social activities, educational events, and holiday celebrations on and off campus. Visit www.JewishVA.org/Hillel.


Programs Department Associate: Leigh Casson, 757-321-2304

Children’s classes, Schools Day Out programs, birthday parties, cooking classes, dance classes, gymnastics, yoga, and more are offered. Age 3 through elementary school.

Kids Connection
Sarah Cooper, 757-321-2306

Before and after school enrichment program provides a safe, fun, and educational experience for children Pre-K to sixth grade. Students engage in a variety of activities, such as cooking, music, and reading. They also form friendships through group games and sports activities in a diverse environment. Offerings include holiday camps for Winter and Spring Break, and other days that schools are closed. Open Monday–Friday, 6 am–6 pm during the school year. Transportation provided from many Virginia Beach Public Schools.


Programs Department Associate: Leigh Casson, 757-321-2304

JCamp provides children with a rich and unique day camp experience. This dynamic program allows every child to explore their own interests and try new activities within a safe camp atmosphere. Summer camp runs mid-June through early August, with three weeks of post camp until Labor Day.



420 Spotswood Ave., Norfolk, VA 23517
757-627-7358, fax 757-627-8544
bnaiisrael.org, office@bnaiisrael.org
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



1920 Colley Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23517
757-616-0770, Fax 757-616-0772
chabadoftidewater.com, rabbilevi@chabadoftidewater.com
Rabbi Aron Margolin, Rabbi Levi Brashevitzky, Rychel Margolin, Rashi Brashevitzky, Rabbi Zalman, and Bracha Margolin

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

To help support Chabad of Tidewater, visitchabadoftidewater.com/donate.

Chabad at the Oceanfront

Rabbi Zalman and Bracha Margolin

Chabad at the Oceanfront is a branch of Chabad of Tidewater. Dedicated to serving the Jewish community living near and visiting the Virginia Beach Oceanfront, it offers an array of Jewish holiday, educational, and religious services year-round.


President: Chad A. Bornstein
Soloist: Jim Hibberd

Founded in 1982, Beth Chaverim has been affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism since 1984.

• Religious School • Services at Temple Emanuel Social Hall at the beach

• 7 pm Friday Night Services


422 Shirley Ave., Norfolk, VA 23517
757-625-7821, fax 757-627-4905
bethelnorfolk.com, noelle@bethelnorfolk.com
Rabbi Murray Ezring
Cantor Wendi Fried
Rabbi Arthur Ruberg, rabbi emeritus
Head of School: Dr. Eran Livni
Executive Director: Pam Gladstone

As the oldest Conservative synagogue in Virginia, Beth El has been translating Jewish practice into purposeful living for more than 169 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 with Temple Israel, as well as weekly Shabbat services every Friday evening and Saturday morning (see website for times).

• Religious and Hebrew School • Adult clubs and classes • Teen programming


Corner of Maryland Ave. and Gilbert St., Naval Station Norfolk
Rabbi Gershon Litt

The Commodore Levy Chapel is the oldest land based Jewish Chapel on a Naval Station in North America. Established in 1942 and named for Commodore Uriah Philips Levy in 1959, the Levy Jewish Chapel celebrated 50 years of service to God and Country in 2009. Access to worship services is available to Active Duty and Reserve Military, their dependents, military retirees, and Civil Service employees. Guests are allowed, when accompanied by sponsors from the above groups or by special permission from the Base Chaplain’s Office.

Kehillat Bet Hamidrash

952 Indian Lakes Blvd., Virginia Beach, VA 23464
kbhsynagogue.org, kbhsynagogue@gmail.com
Chazzan M. David Proser

Kempsville Conservative Synagogue (Kehillat Bet Hamidrash) is a place for traditional, yet egalitarian Jews to celebrate all things Jewish in a comfortable and inviting atmosphere.

Services take place on Shabbat (Friday evening and Saturday morning) and holidays. The synagogue provides opportunities for praying, learning, socializing, celebrating life cycle events, and supporting its local and greater Jewish community. Kehillat Bet Hamidrash (KBH) shares some activities with its programming partner, Temple Israel. KBH was established in 1978 and is centrally located in Tidewater, not far from Town Center and the Sandler Family Campus. As a small congregation, members have the opportunity to play an active role in the life of the synagogue.

• Shared Religious School and Youth Programs • Adult clubs and classes

• Shabbat Experience for Young Families

Ohef Sholom

530 Raleigh Ave., Norfolk, VA 23507
757-625-4295, fax 757-625-3762
ohefsholom.org, linda@ohefsholom.org
Rabbi Rosalin Mandelberg
Cantor Jennifer Rueben
Executive Director: Linda Peck
Religious School Director: Kitty Wolf
Music Director: Charles Woodward
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 all who are in search of a spiritual home, including interfaith families, LGBTQ, singles, and empty nesters. A Union for Reform Judaism congregation, we are committed to innovative worship, deep Torah learning, fostering meaningful relationships, and tikkun olam (bettering our world through social action).

• Religious school for preschool through grade 10

• Programming for babies and toddlers, children, teens, and families

• Intro to Judaism classes • Diverse adult study opportunities

• Dynamic, musical worship • Social justice and social action initiatives

• Library • Gift shop • Archives • Youth Groups


424 25th St., Virginia Beach, VA 23451
tevb.org, office@tevb.org
Rabbi Marc Kraus
Office manager: Gail Gogan

Temple Emanuel is a thriving oceanfront Jewish community located in Virginia Beach. It is intimate, accepting, and open to all. Temple Emanuel embraces the many ways to express Jewishness and spirituality, welcoming people of all family situations, ethnicities and sexual orientations. Located at the beach, it offers a relaxed, informal atmosphere with creative worship services as well as cultural programming for all. Religious School is cutting edge.

Learn more about Temple Emanuel at tevb.org/about.


7255 Granby St., Norfolk, VA 23505
757-489-4550, fax 757-489-3425
templeisraelva.org, TempleIsraelVA@aol.com
Rabbi Michael Panitz
Executive Director: Nancy Tucker

Temple Israel is a vibrant, egalitarian, full-service synagogue that has served the Jewish community for 65 years by meeting the spiritual, educational, life cycle, and social needs of its diverse membership. Through the fulfillment of mitzvot, it provides opportunities for meaningful Jewish living for its members.

Temple Israel maintains a full schedule of joint programs with the Kempsville Conservative Synagogue, and is a stakeholder with KBH and Congregation Beth El in the Beit Sefer Shalom religious school and high-school level Midrashah, providing for the Jewish-educational and social needs of children and teens. Adult education is one of the hallmarks of Temple Israel, including ongoing studies on a variety of topics, as well as adult bar and bat mitzvah classes.

Temple Israel enthusiastically embraces tikkun olam (repairing the world) and values every individual’s unique participation. With one eye firmly on tradition and the other fully focused on the challenges of today’s world, Temple Israel welcomes innovative ideas and new voices into its family.

• Adult Clubs and Classes • Library • Gift Shop


757-499-3660 or 757-468-2675

Rabbi Cantor Ellen Jaffe-Gill
Contact: Carol or Reesa

Tidewater Chavurah, is a “synagogue without walls” involved in Jewish fellowship. Formed in 1998, Tidewater Chavurah has been an alternative to the formality of religious institutions since its inception. Tidewater Chavurah welcomes singles, couples, and families in interfaith marriages, people of all ethnicities, gender identities, and sexual orientations while remaining a small, vibrant, and friendly group. The Hebrew term chavurah means “fellowship” and generally denotes a group of like-minded people who interact within a Jewish context.

Tidewater Chavurah holds monthly Shabbat and High Holiday services, using prayer books of the Reform movement. Rabbi Jaffe-Gill also leads holiday celebrations and facilitates Jewish-themed learning experiences.

Temple Lev Tikvah (Heart of Hope)

The Church of the Holy Apostles
1593 Lynnhaven Parkway, Virginia Beach
757-617-0334 or 757-937-8393
Rabbi Israel Zoberman

The newest Jewish congregation in Hampton Roads meets in The Church of the Holy Apostles in Virginia Beach. The church is the world’s only Episcopal and Roman Catholic congregation. Now, it is the only place in the world where Episcopalians, Roman Catholics, and Jews meet under one roof.

Rabbi Dr. Israel Zoberman is the founder and spiritual leader.


Beit Sefer Shalom

United Hebrew School 2.0
Community Midrashah
Head of School: Dr. Eran Livni

A joint program of Congregation Beth El, Kehilat Beit Hamidrash, and Temple Israel, Beit Sefer Shalom offers classes on Sunday mornings for students from three years old to seventh grade. The school uses a multifaceted curriculum which emphasizes sensory experience of Judaism. Additionally, every student from third to sixth grade receives mid-week private Hebrew language lessons as part of United Hebrew School 2.0. The Community Midrashah provides education for eighth–12th grade students. These are weekly discussion seminars which encourage students to link Jewish wisdoms to their own daily life. Midrashah students are eligible to work as paid teaching aids in Beit Sefer Shalom.

BINA High School

425 Washington Park, Norfolk, VA 23517
757-627-BINA (2462), fax 757-627-2461
binahighschool.com, binahighschool@gmail.com
Menaheles: Aviva Harpaz

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, His Torah and the Jewish people. In a supportive and challenging academic environment, students are given the skills to excel in both Judaic and General studies. BINA’s knowledgeable and professional faculty foster a love of learning and pride in achievement. A BINA student is taught to be proud of her heritage, concerned for her community, and prepared for her future.

Strelitz International Academy

Enrolling students from six weeks old through grade five.
Full-care and summer programs available.

Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus
5000 Corporate Woods Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23462
Facebook: Strelitz International Academy
Head of School: Heather Moore, hmoore@strelitzacademy.org
Director of Admissions: Carin Simon, csimon@strelitzacademy.org

Founded in 1955, the Strelitz International Academy is the first Primary Years International Baccalaureate Candidate School in the area. SIA students are guided by four core Jewish values: Kehillah (community), Kavod (honor), Tikkun Olam (repairing the world), and Torah v’Lishman (love of learning).

Starting with the infant care program, Strelitz offers parents a nurturing and safe place to ensure the growth and development for their baby. The infant curriculum focuses on sensory activities and exploration, stories, songs, and floor time.

As an International Baccalaureate Candidate School, the early years students are seen as inquirers of the world around them. Students experience the joy of learning through hands on activities and nurturing teachers. SIA students learn math and literacy skills, experience Jewish holidays and the world around them through books, arts and crafts, songs, games, and creative play.

At Strelitz International Academy, students are recognized for their strengths and become part of a caring community of learners. The SIA curriculum includes language arts, science, math, social studies, Jewish culture, Hebrew language, music, violin, art, P.E. and more. Through its inquiry-led, transdisciplinary framework, the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program challenges students to think for themselves and take responsibility for their learning as they explore local and global issues and opportunities in real-life contexts.

Strelitz International Academy is open to students of all faiths from six weeks old to grade five. SIA is accredited by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS).

Graduates are ready to meet the challenges of today’s fast-paced world, as evidenced by their acceptance and seamless transitions into the top independent schools, International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program, and public school academies.

What makes the Strelitz International Academy special?

  •  SIA is the only International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program candidate school in the area
  •  Large and sunny classrooms with bathrooms and sinks
  •  Indoor and outdoor play areas
  •  Music, library, swimming, and physical education instruction
  •  Cooking center and Outdoor Learning Garden
  •  Comprehensive technology program using Chromebooks, ActiveBoards, Coding and Robotics Clubs, and student television news program
  •  Advanced Science Program taught in the school science lab starting in kindergarten
  •  Global learning experiences through field trips, virtual learning, and community service experiences
  •  Suzuki Violin program starting in kindergarten
  •  Generous financial aid available
  •  Accreditation by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools

Institute for Jewish Studies and Interfaith Understanding at Old Dominion University

Old Dominion University
2024 Batten Arts and Letters, Norfolk, VA 23529
odu.edu/al/institutes/ijiu, amilliga@odu.edu
Director: Amy Milligan, PhD

The Institute for Jewish Studies and Interfaith Understanding, an interdisciplinary academic program at Old Dominion University, fosters knowledge of Jewish history, thought, cultures, and languages through education, scholarship, and community outreach.

The Institute offers courses in the Jewish religion and literature, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, the Hebrew language, the history of modern Israel and its role in shaping global Jewish identity, the cultures of the Jewish diaspora throughout the ages, and the ethical and philosophical role of Judaism in influencing other world religions and civilizations. The Institute is also involved in community partnerships and hosts a variety of events for the university and local community.

Norfolk Area Community Kollel

420 Spotswood Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23517
757-655-1836, nack@norfolkkollel.com, norfolkkollel.com
Rosh Kollel: Rabbi Boruch Danziger
Executive Director: Rabbi Gershon Litt
Rabbi Ephraim Davis
Rabbi Moshe Prager
Rabbi Eliyahu Segal
Rabbi Shmuel Katz
Rabbi Yehuda Brickman
Rabbi Aron Slone
Rabbi Noach Gruen

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 through rich Torah heritage. The Norfolk Kollel offers programs at college campuses and high schools, as well as lunch and learn programs, “one on one” study sessions, and can “tailor-make” a Jewish education program for specific needs. The motto of the Kollel is “Inspiration Through Education.”

Talmudical Academy

Yeshivas Aish Kodesh
612 Colonial Ave., Norfolk, VA 23507
757-623-6070, dwatyak@gmail.com
Executive Director: Rabbi Shmuel Katz
Judaic Principals: Rabbi Shaul Lefkovitz and Rabbi Avrohom Weinreb
General Studies Principal: David Rowzie
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. 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.


3110 Sterling Point Drive, Portsmouth, VA 23703
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 for infants through eighth grade. 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.

William and Mary Hillel

Shenkman Jewish Center
PO Box 8795, Williamsburg, VA 23187
Director: Rabbi Gershon Litt, rabbilitt@wmhillel.org

William and Mary Hillel is open to all Jewish students and is the Jewish organization at William and Mary. Hillel offers social, religious, cultural, and Israel related events, led by student leadership and professional staff. The Shenkman Jewish Center is the new home for W&M Hillel offering kosher meals, programs, and services.


Tidewater Jewish Foundation

Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus
5000 Corporate Woods Drive, Suite 200
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
President and CEO: Randy Parrish (interim)
Director of Philanthropy: Kaitlyn Oelsner

Tidewater Jewish Foundation (TJF) works to ensure the future of the Jewish community through philanthropic fund development, grant distribution, and professional management of local foundations and endowment assets.

Founded in 1984, TJF has since distributed more than $200 million in grants to Jewish and secular charitable organizations. Originally founded as a single endowment fund, TJF has grown to more than $112 million in assets, representing nearly 1,000 active charitable funds managed on behalf of individual donor advisors, the Federation, and more than a dozen local affiliate agencies and synagogues. TJF works closely with donors and their professional advisors to implement tax-advantaged charitable giving strategies that often involve multi-generational philanthropy.

TJF leads the community’s planned giving efforts and is currently directing the LIFE & LEGACY™ Program which has, so far, secured $20 million in estimated future commitments for the benefit of the Tidewater Jewish community. The four-year program is founded on the principle that everyone, regardless of age, wealth, or affiliation, can make an enduring financial impact for future generations.

The LIFE & LEGACY™ program is a partnership between eight local synagogues and Jewish agencies and is jointly funded by The Harold Grinspoon Foundation and TJF. Other TJF programs include the Simon Family Passport to Israel, the Stein Family Scholarship, the B’Nai Tzedek Teen Philanthropy Program, and the One Happy Camper Program.

Additional TJF services include sponsored donor advised funds, fund matching for charitable life insurance, charitable bequests, charitable trusts, reserved life estates, and charitable IRA distributions and designations.

Services and Organizations

American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)

Southern States Area Director: Doni Fogel, 678-254-2622, dfogel@aipac.org

AIPAC is a bipartisan organization of U.S. citizens committed solely to strengthening, protecting and promoting the U.S.-Israel relationship in ways that enhance the security of the United States and Israel. A registered domestic lobby supported by private contributions, AIPAC does not receive direction or financial assistance from Israel, any national organization or any foreign group. AIPAC is not a political action committee. It does not rate, endorse or contribute to candidates. For more than 60 years, AIPAC has worked to make a difference, building a better tomorrow for the United States and Israel.

To attend AIPAC’s annual Policy Conference, visit: policyconference.org.

American Jewish Committee (AJC)

Regional Office Director: Alan Ronkin, 202-785-5475

AJC’s regional office serves as the local gateway to AJC’s global Jewish advocacy network. Often called the State Department of the Jewish People, AJC builds relationships with diplomats and world leaders to keep Jews safe and promote Israel’s place among the nations. With more than 30 offices in the U.S. and around the world, AJC secures the well-being of the Jewish people and Israel while promoting democratic values for all.

ADL (Anti-Defamation League)

Assistant Regional Director, ADL Washington, D.C. Regional Office: Jeremy Bloomstone, 202-384-7281

ADL is a leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. ADL is the first call when acts of anti-Semitism occur. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education and fighting hate online, ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.

ADL has emerged as one of the most formidable anti-hate organizations because of its ironclad commitment to protecting the rights of all people regardless of their race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or level of ability. Since its inception, ADL has believed that America only would be safe for its Jewish people if it was safe for all its people—and that when it was truly safe for all its people, it also would be safe for its Jewish community. ADL’s work has expanded to address anti-Semitism across the globe.

ADL works to protect all marginalized groups from the devastating impacts of extremism, reduce bias in individuals through education, and create an environment of laws and norms where all groups are treated fairly, and hate has no home.

Recognized as one of ADL’s most innovative and effective offices, the ADL Washington, D.C. regional office serves the District of Columbia, Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia, carrying out the mandate “to stop the defamation of the Jewish people…and to secure justice and fair treatment to all.”


Arnold Gamsey Lodge #1195
Officer: President: Wayne Martin, 757-855-0227
Financial Secretary: Jim Eilberg, 757-222-2277

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 of Virginia Inc.

LeeAnne Mallory, secretary, 461-1150 or Brith.sholom1@gmail.com

Brith Sholom Center of Virginia Inc. is a nonpolitical organization which aims to foster and perpetuate the spirit, ideals, and traditions of Judaism. Membership is currently at 250. Applications for men and women 21 years and above are available for new membership. Activities include dinners, dances, trips, entertainment, and cultural events. Its philanthropic endeavor is to support Jewish education and community organizations that provide services, plus international groups that assist needy causes. Brith Sholom meetings take place on the first Sunday of each month (except July and August) at 11 am at Beth Sholom Village in Virginia Beach.

Friends of the IDF

Director of Virginia: Alex Pomerantz, 757-472-9054, alex.pomerantz@fidf.org

Friends of the Israel Defense Forces has a long-standing connection to Holocaust survivors. The organization was founded in 1981 by Holocaust survivors who remember when there was no army to protect the Jewish people. FIDF was their way to provide humanitarian support, to thank the IDF soldiers for their sacrifice, and to ensure that “Never Again” means never again. Today, the FIDF offers educational, cultural, recreational, and social services programs, as well as facilities that provide hope, purpose, and life-changing support for the soldiers who protect Israel and Jews worldwide.

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 Norfolk-Virginia Beach chapter serves all of Tidewater.


Representative: Frances Levy Birshstein, 757-572-3817

Hebrew Ladies Charity Society of Tidewater supports Jewish Family Service’s food and financial assistance programs.

Jewish Museum and Cultural Center

607 Effingham St., Portsmouth, VA 23704
757-391-9266, 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 lectures, exhibits, 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, chartered in 1896 by an act of congress, the Jewish War Veterans brings together citizens of the USA with joint ties of a common Jewish heritage and the experience of serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. It is the organization’s goal to apply experiences in the military as civilians to “be of greater service to our country, our community, and above all to our fellow veterans.”

JWV Post 158 works to instill the tenets of the National HQ’s mission within the local community by imparting true allegiance to the USA and love of country and flag, combating bigotry and darkness wherever originating and defending whomever it targets, preserving the spirit of comradeship to fellow veterans and their families, honoring the memory and shielding from neglect the graves of the community’s heroic dead, and most importantly to preserve the memories and records of those men and women of the Jewish faith who “did us proud by bearing the brunt of battle in the patriotic service of our great country.”

Follow at: facebook.com/JWVPost158VA/

Join us at: jwv.org/membership/explore-membership/

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 local Endowment Fund 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, 5000 Corporate Woods Dr., Virginia Beach, VA 23462.

Norfolk Area Community Mikvah


The Mikvah serves the entire Jewish community. Call for information or to schedule an appointment. The Mikva is currently undergoing an exciting renovation and expansion to better serve the community. Please call for more details.


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.

Social Services

Beth Sholom Village

The Berger-Goldrich Health Care & Rehabilitation Center
6401 Auburn Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23464
757-420-2512, fax 757-424-0657
CEO: David R. Abraham
Administrator: Rebecca Moralez, RN, LNHA

Since 1980, The Berger-Goldrich Health Care & Rehabilitation Center 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 Health Care Center is a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility that accepts all Medicare, as well as all payer types, including private pay. The facility also accepts managed care plans for short-term rehabilitation and other approved services.

The Berger-Goldrich Health Care & Rehabilitation Center is close to completion of a major renovation and all resident and patient rooms now have a walk-in shower and an upgraded bathroom. The rehabilitation gyms have been expanded and upgraded. All common and multipurpose areas have new and modern décor.

Professional affiliations exist with The Freda H. Gordon Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Generations Home Health, Jewish Family Service of Tidewater, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Glennan Center and Services, as well as ECPI University.

BSV offers:

  •  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 with certified 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 26-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.

The Berger-Goldrich Health Care & Rehabilitation Center is a recipient agency of United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, Tidewater Jewish Foundation, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, and BSHEV Foundation.

The Terrace at Beth Sholom Village

1049 College Park Blvd., Virginia Beach, VA 23464
757-282-2384, fax 757-361-0151
Administrator: Mikelle Rappaport, LNHA

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 are served daily 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.

Jewish Family Service Of Tidewater

Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus
5000 Corporate Woods Drive, Suites 300 and 400, Virginia Beach, VA 23462
Chief Executive Officer: Kelly Burroughs
Administration 757-321-2222
Counseling and Adoption 757-459-4640
Personal Affairs Management/Guardian Program 757-938-9130
Home Health 757-489-3111; Fax 757-489-1958,

United Jewish Community of the Virginia Peninsula
401 City Center Boulevard
Newport News, VA 23606

Jewish Family Service of Tidewater, Inc. is a home health and social service agency providing a continuum of home-based solutions to those in need throughout Tidewater, regardless of religion or financial status. The Hebrew Ladies Charity Society began this work in 1865, which continued through the 1900’s until Jewish Family Service was established in 1946 and incorporated as Jewish Family Service of Tidewater, Inc., in 1969.

The agency has earned a national reputation of responding to community needs by the creation and expansion of programs for children, youth, families, older adults, persons with developmental disabilities, and persons who experience chronic mental illness.

JFS depends on the generosity of the Jewish and the broader Hampton Roads communities for support. Local funding sources include the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, Tidewater Jewish Foundation, the United Way of South Hampton Roads, the United Jewish Community of the Virginia Peninsula and many generous foundations and donors.


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 are cognizant of Virginia law and are experienced in working with attorneys and other agencies to facilitate parental placement adoptions, and domestic adoption. Counseling services are offered to any family facing an unplanned pregnancy.


This program assists individuals and their families in assessing the medical, personal, and social service needs of older adults. By partnering together with the client and their families or legal guardians, JFS helps design long-term care plans that allow elderly people to remain in their own homes 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.


For the past 15 years, JFS’s Spring Into 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.


Life is full of transition and change. JFS recognizes that sometimes individuals and families need support and help to navigate these changes. JFS provides individual, couple, family, and group counseling services to people of all ages, regardless of affiliation. JFS offers grief counseling through the Dozoretz Center for Family Healing, a community resource center established to help people of all ages cope with the death of a loved one, family illness, relocation or divorce, separation, or remarriage. The Jessica Glasser Children’s Therapeutic Pavilion at JFS offers an engaging play-therapy room, which provides a comforting place for children and teens to learn to cope with life issues.

Therapists are highly trained, master’s level, Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSWs), many of whom hold special training in grief, child/teen issues, family stress and gerontology. JFS counseling services are covered by Medicare and Medicaid, and by many private health insurance companies. Services may be provided on a sliding scale fee basis to those without insurance who qualify.


In Virginia, more than 170,000 families live below the poverty level. Many of these families are unable to obtain nutritious food. To combat this growing problem, JFS partners with the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia to operate a Community Food Pantry. Individuals and families, regardless of affiliation, can receive food assistance once a month. The Pantry is open Monday and Tuesday, 10 am to noon. Hunger happens in Jewish households, too. For Jewish individuals in need of kosher food, JFS operates its Milk and Honey Food Program.

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 endowment fund of Hebrew Ladies Charity Society, along with the support of United Jewish Federation of Tidewater and United Jewish Community of the Virginia Peninsula. Individuals and families fund special projects, including holiday food baskets, Hanukkah gifts for children, grocery certificates, and clothing donations.

JFS receives food from many generous donors throughout the community. Families or organizations interested in a food drive or to bring food or other household supplies to support the pantry, should contact JFS. Restocking of shelves is always needed.


With many years of experience, JFS clinicians have developed an excellent reputation for providing quality, compassionate, patient-focused care.

JFS’s Medicare-certified skilled home health agency is accredited by the Community Health Accreditation Partner (CHAP) and has built a reputation of providing quality care for decades. This is validated by client outcomes data and patient satisfaction results, as well as by physicians in the community.

Skilled home health care is reimbursed by Medicare and private insurances. When individuals face surgery, serious illness, and the process of recovery, physicians may prescribe skilled home health care to help patients heal and rehabilitate at home. Patients have the right to choose a home health care provider and can convey to the hospital discharge planner or physician that JFS is that choice.

JFS skilled home health offers a comprehensive array of services provided by highly skilled professionals:

  • Professional nursing care by Registered Nurses (RNs), including a Certified Wound Care RN
  • Physical, occupational, and speech therapists
  • Medical social work
  • Home health aides
  • Wellness/Recreational Therapist


Embrace Home Care offers certified nursing assistants and nurse’s aides to provide services such as dressing, bathing, and personal, private care while hospitalized, transportation and accompaniment to medical appointments; meal preparation, shopping, companionship, and family support. For more comprehensive care, Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) can provide medication administration, blood pressure monitoring, catheter care, diabetes management, tube feedings, and other services. Embrace Home Care also offers the services of a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who can help explore other areas of need for the older adult living at home.


JFS helps ensure that older adults live with dignity and the greatest degree of independence possible. Agency professionals work closely with patients, families, healthcare providers, and other organizations to design comprehensive care plans to help meet the medical, social, nutritional, and recreational needs of older adults receiving support services through JFS.


The Personal Affairs Management (PAM) Program at JFS safeguards the personal and financial affairs of vulnerable, incapacitated adults 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.


JFS offers a variety of services to support persons with special or differing needs, and is grateful for funding for these services from the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, the Network of Jewish Human Services Agencies/Legacy Fund, The United Way of South Hampton Roads, and from the support of private donors who care about the social and emotional inclusion of persons with special needs. JFS currently offers the following services for persons with special needs:

  • SIMCHA, a socialization and recreation group for Jewish adults with mental illness, offers cultural and recreational outings.
  • CHAVERIM provides cultural, social, and recreational opportunities Jewish individuals with developmental disabilities.
  • Special Needs camp: In cooperation with the Simon Family JCC staff, children with special needs are integrated into summer programs and activities, enabling them to participate with their non-disabled peers.

Freda H. Gordon Hospice & Palliative Care of Tidewater

Administrator: Thomas Elder, RN CHPN
5000 Corporate Woods Drive, Suite 500
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
Office: 757-321-2242, 757-452-6937

Freda H. Gordon Hospice and Palliative Care agency was formed in 2012.

HPCT’s vision is to exceed the expectations of its 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. As health professionals, HPCT is dedicated to educating the community about hospice benefits.

HPCT offers a comprehensive array of services for adults who want to manage their end-of-life healthcare needs in their own homes, nursing home, or assisted living home.

Youth Groups

B’nai B’rith Youth Organization

(BBYO) (Jewish 9th–12th grade)
Benita Watts, 757-965-6123

BBYO involves Jewish teens in meaningful Jewish experiences, guiding them into leadership positions that will last a lifetime. Teens meet weekly from September through June at the Simon Family JCC, and plan community service, social action, and fun social programs.

NFTY: The reform Jewish

Youth Movement
Mid-Atlantic Region—NFTY-MAR
nfty.org/mar, nftymar@urj.org

Reform Jewish teens from North Carolina, eastern West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Washington DC, 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


Beth Chaverim Youth Group (BEACHY) participates in NFTY-MAR events. For students in grades 9–12.

Ohef Sholom Temple Youth


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. Members participate in community service, regional and national conventions, religious, and other “just-for-fun” events.

United Synagogue Youth (KADIMAH)


Congregation Beth El, Temple Israel and KBH co-sponsor youth programs for students in grades 6–8. The group promotes synagogue identification, fosters friendships and makes Judaism an integral part of life. Activities are recreational, social, and religious and are tied into the philosophies of the Conservative Jewish Movement.


B’nai Israel Cemetery

Cromwell Road, Norfolk, Va., 757-627-7358

Forest Lawn Cemetery

Granby Street, Norfolk, Va., 757-441-1752

Gomley Chesed Cemetery

Shell Road near Frederick Blvd. and George Washington Highway
Portsmouth, Va., 757-484-1019

Hebrew Cemetery

Princess Anne Road and Tidewater Drive, Norfolk, Va., 757 441-2576

Mikro Kodesh

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