Retirement celebration planned for Harry Graber

Thursday, June 14, 6 pm, Sandler Family Campus

A festive celebration honoring Harry Graber for his decades of service to Tidewater’s Jewish community will take place this week. Months in the planning, the event promises to be meaningful, memorable, and entertaining.

Graber has served as United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s executive vice president for 15 years. Prior to assuming that position, he was Jewish Family Service’s executive director for 15 years. That’s a combined total of working 30 years as a Jewish communal professional in Tidewater. Graber’s official retirement date is June 30, 2018.

The community will honor Graber for his life-long commitment to Jewish life in Tidewater, as well as to Jewish life around the world. The event will be an opportunity to show appreciation to him for his leadership, compassion, and dedication to the Tidewater Jewish community.

“Harry’s devotion to the local and global Jewish communities has inspired all of Tidewater—the secular community, the Jewish community, and the staffs of JFS and UJFT,” says Betty Ann Levin, JFS executive director and incoming UJFT executive vice president. “We hope to build on his many accomplishments to continue his legacy.”

“In addition to attending the event, another way to express gratitude to Harry is to contribute to the newly established Harry and Joyce Graber Family Fund at Tidewater Jewish Foundation,” says John Strelitz, UJFT president. “We hope to have as many people as possible celebrate with Harry on June 14, and just as many participate in the fund.”

To learn more about the Harry and Joyce Graber Family Fund, or to make a contribution, go to or contact Tammy Mujica at 757-965-6124 or The event, which includes kosher hors d’oeuvres, a cocktail reception, and a special program, is free and open to the community. RSVPs are required to Tammy Mujica at 757-965-6124 or