The Simon Family JCC celebrates its Biennial Meeting as its staff merges with the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater

Wednesday, June 15, 7 pm

The United Jewish Federation of Tidewater and Simon Family JCC are merging. Starting in January of 2016, JCC leadership initiated a plan for the Center and UJFT to combine resources, creating a stronger staff to support both the Federation and the JCC. That plan should come to fruition at the start of the new fiscal year in July.

“Those visiting the campus for a JCC or UJFT event won’t notice any differences. We’ll still have the same great programs. The JCC will still be the Simon Family JCC. The Federation will still be the Federation,” says Marty Einhorn, JCC president.

“And you’ll see all the same faces in mostly the same roles,” says Einhorn.

“The changes we’ve made include all the existing staff members. We’ve streamlined responsibilities to reduce duplicate efforts and address some areas where we know we can grow,” says Jay Klebanoff, UJFT president.

“We’re able to do more with the same number of people,” he notes.

Collaboration is nothing new to the agencies that have shared the Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus for the last 12 years.

The Simon Family Jewish Community Center, Hebrew Academy of Tidewater, United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, Tidewater Jewish Foundation and Strelitz Early Childhood Center are all under one roof—making it a one-stop-shop for many members of the community. Last weekend, Jewish Family Service joined the other agencies on campus.

Internally, with the JCC and UJFT merger, even more collaboration is happening.

To learn more about the merger and celebrate the JCC, attend the JCC Biennial Meeting for drinks, light fare and the presentation of a few well-deserved community awards. RSVP to