The Tidewater Federation supports numerous family-friendly programs, events, and opportunities. Our aim is to provide a diverse Jewish cultural experience to the community. On this page, you'll find both ongoing programs + upcoming events and how you can join them.





Encouraging New and Young Readers

PJ Library is a Jewish family engagement program implemented throughout North America as a part of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. With the support of philanthropists and local Jewish organizations, we are able to mail free, high-quality Jewish children’s literature and music to families with children from birth through age 12 across the continent. PJ Library in Tidewater at the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater partners in these efforts and also offers high-quality programming in the Tidewater region with the goal of connecting Jewish families. 


Families raising kids from birth through 9 years old with Judaism as part of their lives are welcome to sign up. PJ Library welcomes all Jewish families, whatever your background, knowledge, or family make-up, or observance may be.

PJ Our Way is the next chapter of PJ Library for kids ages 9-12. It is available free of charge to families throughout the US and Canada raising Jewish children. Every month, kids can come to this site to choose the book they want to receive. Kids can also submit reviews and videos about the books.




Sign up to receive a FREE Jewish book each month. From birth through age 8. 





Sign up to choose a FREE Jewish book each month. From ages 9-12. 






PJ Library FAQs
What does PJ stand for?

Pajamas! PJ Library supports reading anytime of the day, but we know that many families sit down to read books at bedtime, in their pajamas. PJ Library books can be enjoyed any time you want a good story.

Who is eligible to register?

A family must have children from birth to 8 years old with one Jewish parent in the household and reside in the Tidewater area.

What’s the cost?

The PJ Library® is free due to our generous local donors: United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, Simon Family JCC and The Harold Grinspoon Foundation.

What's the catch?

Only one — you need to read the books and listen to the music with your children. That's all!

My child is about to turn 9. Can I sign them up for PJ Library?

Kids across the United States can continue their PJ experience by signing up for PJ Our Way, the next chapter of PJ Library for kids ages 9-12. Kids are eligible to enroll when they turn 8.5 through the day before their 13th birthday. Each month kids go to the PJ Our Way website to choose which book they would like to receive from a selection of age-appropriate books with Jewish themes. Learn more about PJ Our Way at

My child has special needs and would do better with books aimed for child of a different age. What should I do?

We're happy to make an accommodation for any child with any special learning needs. Please contact our Program Professional, Nofar Trem. We welcome your child's enrollment in any age group you deem appropriate.

How do I enroll a new sibling?

Easy! Just submit their information through our enrollment form.








  • The Simon Family JCC and United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, in collaboration with the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, is excited to invite you to a special Sukkot event for students in 6th...

  • Join the Shinshinim in the Simon Family JCC's Sukkah for an afternoon of activities, snacks and Sukkot fun!
    For those that arrive early, "the Zone" will be open to hang out and play games in.

  • Nov


    Baby and Me

    Baby and Me is back at the Simon Family JCC.

    Join Nofar Trem with for an hour of coffee and a sweet treat, baby activities and games, and much needed parent talk!

    for more information contact Nof...





PJ Library in Tidewater are excited to have Parent Connector in the Tidewater are to help build Jewish Community.  To learn more on how to apply, contact Nofar Trem at






Consider this section your "Jewish Holiday Cheat Sheet"! Whether it's a place to turn when your child asks a question about a particular holiday, or, you've volunteered to help in a child's class and need a refresher. Each of these, below, have links to pages with resources, tips, videos, book passages, fast facts, and more to help you make sense of the Jewish holidays we celebrate.












Shemini Atzeret





Tu B'Shevat





Rosh Hashanah





Simchat Torah










Yom Kippur
























In celebration of the trees — Tu B’Shevat — PJ Library in Tidewater friends and families visited the Norfolk Botanical Gardens for a guided tour on January 9th, 2022.


More than 30 children and parents came to learn from garden experts about the trees, plants and flowers that grow in our area. Afterward we enjoyed a read aloud of the book “Trees Make Perfect Pets” by Paul Czajak. The kids each made a Tu B’Shevat craft, inspired by the tour and chat, many of them depicting the wonderful fruits that grow on trees in Virginia. Finally, each attendee received their own potted plant to take home.

Celebrating Tu B’Shevat in nature with friends made for a perfect day!




Contact Nofar Trem, Tidewater's PJ Library and PJ Our Way Program Professional, at or (757) 969-3909.






There is no better place to make new friends, create memories, and become the brightest version of yourself than at camp! At Camp JCC we engage children through experiences that help build, support, and reinforce a positive personal identity and strong peer relationships. Throughout the week, our activities invoke curiosity and help campers develop patience, creativity, and responsibility.






Contact Dave Flagler, Director of Camp and Teen Engagement, at or (757) 432-3182.






From science to art class, soccer to basketball, and everything in between there is never a shortage of classes for children at the Simon Family JCC.

Little Ninjas with Spirit Fighting Arts

Children in kindergarten and first grade will learn the foundation of self-defense by recognizing stranger danger and learning how to react. They will become confident in how to deal with emergency situations, like following procedures calmly. Little Ninjas will also improve motor skills, coordination, and concentration.


  • Grades: Kindergarten and 1st
  • Time: Thursdays from 3:30-4:30
  • Dates: September 22 - November 10
  • Location: Studio 2- JCC (Fitness/2nd Floor)
  • Registration: Front Desk or call 757-321-2338
  • Pricing: $109 Members/ $139 Potential Members*
  • *Additional charges for uniform, manual, and belt promotions will be handled through the instructor.




Self Defense with Spirit Fighting Arts

Children from grades 2-5 will learn situational awareness, to be aware of their surroundings and know when there is a threat to themselves or others. They will learn anti-bullying strategies to de-escalate and stop bullying with a non-violence approach. Children will gain self-discipline and confidence as their skills strengthen with biweekly training. Respect for your parents, your teachers, peers, and especially yourself is paramount.


  • Grades: 2nd-5th
  • Time: Thursdays from 4:30-5:30
  • Dates: September 22 - November 10
  • Location: Studio 2- JCC (Fitness/2nd Floor)
  • Registration: Front Desk or call 757-321-2338
  • Pricing: $104 Members/ $135 Potential Members
  • *Additional charges for uniform, manual, and belt promotions will be handled through the instructor.




Soccer Shots

Soccer season can be year-round with Soccer Shots! Learn soccer fundamentals while building character development like teamwork, respect, and determination! For inclement weather and temps below 40 degrees, practice will be indoors in the gym.


PreK 3’s and 4’s

  • Time: Thursdays 3:30 - 4:15 PM or 4:30 - 5:15 PM
  • Dates: September 22 - November 10
  • Location: Soccer Field or Gym- JCC

Kindergarten - 3rd Grade

  • Time: Wednesdays 3:30 - 4:15 PM or 4:30 - 5:15 PM
  • Dates: September 21 - November 16 (no class 10/5)
  • Location: Soccer Field or Gym- JCC

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Israel Club

In the Simon Family JCC’s Israel Club we will discover what Israel’s unique geography is like, talk about (and taste!) the wonderful foods of Israel, see images and learn about the wildlife there, and of course discuss some of Israel’s rich history.

Through fun and engaging discussions, games and crafts, we will enhance our knowledge of all-things-Israel, together, in a really fun environment surrounded by new friends!

The class is lead by our Youth and Family Program Coordinator, Nofar Trem, who is also an Israeli born citizen. She is excited to meet you and bring Israel to life for everyone!


  • Grades: K- 2nd Grade
  • Time: Mondays from 3:30 - 4:30
  • Dates: October 24 - November 14
  • Location: The Zone-JCC
  • Registration: Front Desk or call 757-321-2338
  • Pricing: $55 Members/ $70 Potential Members




Kids Yoga

Yoga and mindfulness have been shown to improve both physical and mental health in school-age children. Yoga improves balance, strength, endurance, and aerobic capacity in children. Yoga and mindfulness offer psychological benefits for children as well.


  • Grades: K - 5th Grade
  • Time: Tuesdays from 3:30 - 4:30
  • Dates: October 25 - November 29
  • Location: The Zone-JCC
  • Registration: Front Desk or call 757-321-2338
  • Pricing: $82 Members/ $104 Potential Members





Kids Night Out

upcoming dates to be announced!






Contact Sarah Cooper, Camp JCC Program Manager, at or (757) 321-2306