Welcome to the Jewish Community of Tidewater.

Federation  provides critical funding to Jewish agencies, institutions, and programs locally and around the world through our Annual Campaign. With the support of donors and volunteers, the Federation builds and fosters a vibrant and engaging Jewish community. Through its beneficiary agencies, the Federation provides support for Jews in need wherever that need may be, Jewish education for children, teens, and adults, care for Jewish elderly and those with special needs, and support for Israel. Learn more about our Annual Campaign, our ARTS + IDEAS series -- including The Lee & Bernard Jaffe Family Jewish Book Festival, 26th Annual Festival of Jewish Film -- Israel Today, Israel Fest, and The Leon Family Gallery,  read the latest edition of the Jewish News, and visit our community calendar!

Tidewater Jewish Foundation is dedicated to creating permanent resources to meet the challenges and needs of the community for generations. Through planned giving, endowment administration, and the LIFE & LEGACY program, donors can serve the needs of the global Jewish community and create a legacy for future generations. Tidewater Jewish Foundation also administers grants and scholarships on behalf of various private foundations, and partners with all donors to guide a meaningful philanthropic experience. 

We are proud to foster these and other collaborations that ensure Tomorrow, Today.


Membership to the JCC provides everything from recreation to inspiration for you and your family. Enjoy plenty of wellness opportunities, including fitness, enrichment classes, summer camp, and cultural community events. Schedule your tour of the J today, and learn more about the benefits of membership, including: 65+ group exercise classes each week, personal training, free babysitting while you work out, our 3 indoor pools and outstanding aquatics program, outdoor waterpark, as well as discounts on youth athletics and leagues, a competitive swim team, summer day camp, Kids Connection before-/after-school, children’s classes – and so much more!