Arts + Ideas

Arts + Ideas is made up of inspirational events, presented by United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, the Simon Family JCC’s Lee and Bernard Jaffe Family Jewish Book Festival, Virginia Festival of Jewish Film presented by Alma and Howard Laderberg, Israel Today, and Israel Fest.




Cultural Israel Today

Israel Today brings together speakers, artists, and workshops to educate and bring awareness to issues surrounding Israel to the entire Tidewater community.


Book Festival 2022

Held in coordination with the Jewish Book Council, a national organization whose sole purpose is the promotion of Jewish books, the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater and the Simon Family JCC’s Lee and Bernard Jaffe Family Jewish Book Festival is the annual celebration of Jewish writers, books, and ideas.


Film Festival 2022

Traditionally screened at various locations throughout Tidewater, the Virginia Festival of Jewish Film, presented by Alma & Howard Laderberg, offers a range of cinema experiences, from compelling documentaries to poignant comedies that engage and spark conversations.


Israel Fest 2022

We're taking you on a trip through Israel! You'll experience the highlights of this amazing country without ever leaving Tidewater! Get a taste of Jerusalem, place a note in the Western Wall and haggle at the Shuk. Swim with the fish in Eilat, catch up with the hipsters in Tel Aviv, and enjoy Bedouin hospitality in a desert tent. This is a trip not to be missed! More details about your Israel adventure in celebration of Yom Ha'Atzmaut, coming soon!


Leon Family Gallery

Free and open to the public, the Leon Family Gallery offers a vibrant line-up of art and photography exhibits that represent Israeli and Jewish artists while exploring how art and community intersect.