ISRAELI AMBASSADORS HEADED TO TIDEWATER, LOCAL HOSTING A WIN-WIN
The Tidewater Jewish community will receive 2 Israeli high school graduates who choose to defer their enlistments in the Israel Defense Forces so that they can spend a year as Israeli ambassadors in communities around the world — “Shinshinim.” During the ShinShinim's year here, community members have the rare chance to connect with Israeli life and build lasting memories while sharing what makes Jewish life in Tidewater meaningful.
This initiative invites local Tidewater families to host one of the two during their yearlong stay in our community. Aya and Alma — our two Israeli "shinshin" — will stay with families for 1 - 3 months; there are also opportunities to host them for a shabbat dinner, a service, a birthday party, a hike, or whatever cultural experience your family enjoys! For your family, it's a tremendous opportunity to bring a bit of Israeli life into your home, and share with your kids and extended family.
Learn more on the Shinshinim page, or contact Nofar Trem (NTrem@UJFT.org) to learn how you can participate.
WORDS STILL MATTER
THURSDAY, AUGUST 4, 8:30 AM
The 15th Biennial Educators' Conference will take place from 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM on Thursday, August 4th, at the Old Donation School in Virginia Beach. Presented by the Holocaust Commission of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, along with Echoes & Reflections and the Virginia Beach City Public Schools, this program is entirely free for educators. This year's theme is "Reflections of the Past: Words STILL Matter."
The day's program will be introduced by Christonya Brown, Coordinator of History and Social Science for the Virginia Department of Education. Topics covered in various sessions will include: intolerance and prejudice, dealing with social media and cyberbullying, media literacy, refugees, historical and contemporary antisemitism, and more.
The Educators' Conference is open to elementary, middle, and high school public and private school educators, in other to all other student advocates.
CLICK HERE to register for the Aug 4th conference, or forward to any educators in your life who may be interested.
SUMMER FAMILY SHABBAT & POOL PARTY
FRIDAY, AUGUST 19 – 5:00 PM
Join PJ Library & PJ Our Way in Tidewater and the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater's Young Adult Division (YAD) on Friday, August 19 at 5:00 PM as we celebrate with an End of Summer Shabbat Dinner and Pool Party at the Simon Family JCC’s outdoor waterpark.
Enjoy a selection of exciting activities for both kids and adults. We’ll kick the night off with Splash Fest games in the pool for all ages. Shabbat blessings and dinner start at 6 PM, which includes summer classics like chicken barbeque, pasta salad, and refreshing adult beverages.
Tickets can be purchased by clicking here: $8 per child, $11 per adult, and $30 for immediate families. All children under 2 years of age are free. Contact Nofar Trem for any questions.
ROCK OUT WITH SABABA SOCIAL CLUB!
THURSDAY, AUGUST 25, 5:30 PM
Rock out with the Fretomology band and Sababa Social Club! Sababa is an adults-night-out experience that brings together community for fun.
Mark your calendars for this end-of-summer al fresco party. We'll have beer, wine, and kosher snacks. You bring friends, smiles, and good cheer. To RSVP click here!
For more information or to RSVP, contact Hunter Thomas, Director of Arts + Ideas at UJFT: (757) 965-6137.
BE A READER SEEKS MENTORS FOR 2022-23 SCHOOL YEAR
If you like to read — and have some spare time to help mentor young readers across Hampton Roads that may be struggling with literacy — we've got a great volunteer program for you.
The Jewish Community Relations Council of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s Be a Reader program (BeAR is looking to add you to their team of young reader mentors. Tidewater students need great trainers and you will never regret helping a child learn to read.
During the 2022-23 school year, you dedicate an hour each week to sitting with your student. Worried about the time commitment? You can "share" your reader with another volunteer, swapping weeks you visit and help them.
Visit JEWISHVA.org/BEAR or contact Robin Ford at 757.321.2304; email her at RFord@UJFT.org to learn more.
SUPER SUNDAY: MARK YOUR CALENDARS & SAVE THE DATE
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
The United Jewish Federation of Tidewater has selected Sunday, Sept. 18th for our annual Community Campaign kick-off event — Super Sunday. The energetic phone-a-thon style fundraiser will take place under the Marty Einhorn Pavilion, which will be dedicated in a special ceremony on the same day. The entire Tidewater Jewish community is invited to participate in Super Sunday, by either making calls or by agreeing to receive them and discuss all the places we allocate funds throughout the year.
Prior experience is not a necessity; we provide everything you need to help make Super Sunday a success — including coffee and snacks! This is also an opportunity to deepen your relationship with the UJFT, and learn more about the ways in which we repair the world (tikkun olam) with the help of our broader community, both in Tidewater, and around the world.
For more information — and to sign up for a volunteer shift on Super Sunday — contact Matthew Kramer-Morning by clicking here, or call: (757) 965-6136.
To read more about our annual campaign, click here.
UNITED JEWISH FEDERATION OF TIDEWATER
5000 Corporate Woods Drive, Suite 200, Virginia Beach VA 23462
Reba & Sam Sandler Family Campus of the Tidewater Jewish Community
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