Community Campaign and Lee and Bernard Jaffe Family Jewish Book Festival launch

by | Sep 13, 2019 | What’s Happening

Thursday, September 26, 7:30 pm
Sandler Family Campus

Everyone has an important story—a story that impacts the community. Together, Tidewater’s Jewish community has a story of transformational impact both locally and globally.

The inaugural IGNITE 2020! will be a time for stories to be told and the impact and strength of the community celebrated. Formerly known as Campaign Kickoff, IGNITE 2020! will bring the community together like never before to spark United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s Community Campaign and launch the Lee and Bernard Jaffe Family Jewish Book Festival, featuring current UN Watch chairman and former U.S. Ambassador to Romania, Alfred Moses (See page 33).

“This is our hallmark community event where we celebrate our successes of the past year and spark what has begun and is to come in 2020,” says Betty Ann Levin, UJFT executive vice president/CEO. “We have created an experience that will recognize the important role we all play in building community and ignite more involvement.

“All members of the Tidewater Jewish community are invited to embrace, share, and add to our 2020 Vision as we work to build and strengthen our community and envision our future,” says Levin.

Amy Levy, UJFT president, says, “I am hopeful that our message at Ignite 2020! will speak to all members in our community, those who are engaged and those who may be a little less engaged and spark a new connection with our mission, like never before.”

“As a long-time community member, kicking off the campaign has always been an exciting time for me because I love and care about this community so much,” says Jodi Klebanoff, UJFT 2020 General Campaign chair. “This year is even more meaningful. I’m stepping into a role as Campaign chair, which is a special honor and privilege. I look forward to bringing the IGNITE 2020! vision to life with so many talented members of the community, some of whom will be dynamic future leaders.”

For more information and to RSVP, go to or contact Patty Malone at 757-965-6115.