Prominent rabbi brings insight, wisdom and experience to community for 3rd Annual Tidewater Together

by | Jan 8, 2016 | What’s Happening

Feb. 4–7, Thursday–Sunday, six locations

Rabbi Eric Yoffie joins an elite group of rabbis who have visited Tidewater over the past two years to lead the Milton “Mickey” Kramer Scholar-in-Residence Fund’s Annual Tidewater Together: a four day weekend of Jewish exploration, learning and growth.

An internationally esteemed religious leader, speaker, and author, Yoffie was chosen as this year’s scholar-in-residence by the members of the Tidewater Synagogue Leadership Council.

Comprised of area rabbis, cantors and religious organization presidents, the Council looked at the community’s response to Yoffie’s predecessors, Rabbis Brad Artson and Sharon Brous. The group determined Yoffie could bring inspirational thought to Tidewater and could spur discussion and cohesion, across all denominations of area Jews, just as Brous and Artson had.

Unlike Brous and Artson, who are ordained within the Conservative movement, Yoffie’s involvement in North American Jewry is in Reform Judaism. He is currently president emeritus of the Union for Reform Judaism after having led this country’s largest Jewish denomination from 1996 through 2012.

The choice of Yoffie to lead the 3rd Annual Tidewater Together is symbolic of one of the major goals of this unique and ambitious four-day weekend: to bring together all members of the Jewish community, regardless of age, gender, background, or degree of observance, in an environment of collaboration and respect.

For topics, a schedule, and locations of the 3rd Annual Tidewater Together discussions, visit, or call 757-965-6136. Easy, online registration is requested for hosts’ planning purposes.