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 and Patricia & Avraham Ashkenazi, 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 2021

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 2021

Screened at various locations throughout Tidewater, the Simon Family JCC’s Annual Virginia Festival of Jewish Film, presented by Alma & Howard Laderberg and Patricia and Avraham Ashkenazi, offer everything from compelling documentaries to poignant comedies that engage and spark conversation throughout the community.

Israel Fest 2020

Our annual celebration of the Jewish state, Israel Fest brings together thousands from across the community to celebrate everything Israel. Eat authentic Israeli street dishes, enjoy Israeli music, pet farm animals while learning about the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo, and much more.

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.