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

Traditionally screened at various locations throughout Tidewater, the Virginia Festival of Jewish Film, presented by Patricia & Avraham Ashkenazi and Alma & Howard Laderberg, is mostly virtual this year. The film festival offers a range of cinema experiences, from compelling documentaries to poignant comedies that engage and spark conversations in the community. Instead of a week-long event, this year's festival spans several months. We hope to be able to end the festival together!


Israel Fest 2021

This year, we're taking you on a road trip through Israel where you'll get to experience the highlights of an Israel trip without ever leaving your car! 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. Next, visit a kibbutz to learn about the community, ecology, and small farming. On the way out, drive by Lake Kinneret's bicycle path for some sightseeing. This is a trip not to be missed!


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.