Annual Campaign Kickoff invites community

Sidney Friedman

Sidney Friedman

Tuesday, Sept. 10, 6:30 pm

Each year, the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater initiates a new fundraising drive, known as the Annual Campaign.

To inform, inspire and motivate the community about the campaign, the UJFT presents a campaign kickoff—a pep rally of sorts. The 2014 Annual Campaign Kickoff will be held on the Sandler Family Campus in Virginia Beach. The community is invited to attend this free event.

Amy Levy, chair of the 2014 Annual Campaign, says that the kickoff comes at an ideal time, as Jews celebrate Rosh Hashanah and start a new year.

“Our Jewish values of charity, compassion, responsibility and social activism are the driving force behind the Campaign, and by supporting it each year, every donor is making a real difference in our community and around the world.” says Levy.

“The Campaign is the primary mechanism by which we raise funds for our community, and so this Kickoff on September 10 is a great opportunity for our community to come together to celebrate who we are and what we hope to be in the future.”

Following cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and some brief comments from community leaders, featured guest Sidney Friedman will perform for the audience.

Known as the Mentalist to the Stars and Master of All Things Psychic, Friedman combines his entertaining and interactive psychic feats with positive messages to communicate the importance of the Federation’s work, which would not be possible without the community’s involvement.

Levy says she is looking forward to the evening, and a successful campaign year

“The Annual Campaign enables members of our Jewish community to invest in the growth and vitality of our Jewish community,” she says.” There are so many needs across our community from education, to senior services, to health care needs, to children’s programming and social programming. By making a gift to the Campaign, donors are able to use our community’s collective efforts to maximize each gift’s impact. Every dollar truly counts. It is undeniable that together we can, and we will, do extraordinary things.”

The Campaign Kickoff is the result of diligent efforts by UJFT staff, volunteers and lay leaders to ensure that community members, dedicated donors and those new to the idea of Federation, and its giving model, understand the importance of their gifts.

For more information, visit To RSVP, contact, or call 757-965-6115.