Asking questions and a lifelong pursuit of knowledge is part of the fabric of Jewish life; here we call this 'Jewish Innovation.'







Konikoff Center for Learning


The Konikoff Center for Learning (KCL) is Tidewater’s hub for experiential Jewish education and engagement of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater and Simon Family JCC. These are high-impact learning experiences that include programs, classes, workshops, and symposiums that span generations and interests. KCL engages, educates, equips, and inspires individuals to deepen their Jewish knowledge and connection.


Upcoming KCL Events


  • A monthly gathering to connect more deeply with ourselves, each other and the sacred flow of the Hebrew calendar.


    We invite you into a tradition that spans thousands of years: a monthly holida...


The Florence Melton School of Jewish Learning in Tidewater engages adult learners in a life-enhancing study of Jewish texts and ideas that nurtures and deepens Jewish community. Through classes (both in-person and online) and travel seminars, Melton learners find Jewish texts and ideas accessible and relevant to their lives. They become part of a worldwide movement of committed learners who are empowered to enrich Jewish life.

Melton is the largest pluralistic adult Jewish education network in the world, with 50 Melton communities throughout the United States, Canada, Australia and South Africa. More than 50,000 learners have experienced Melton’s professionally developed curriculum and lively interactive classes.

Inventor and activist Florence Zacks Melton z”l (1911-2007) envisioned and endowed The Florence Melton Institute in 1986 as a project of the Melton Centre at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She sought to bring to life a comprehensive and sophisticated program of Jewish learning for adults. To this day, Melton attributes its values of accessibility, open-mindedness, integrity, community, and innovation to her enduring vision.


Upcoming Courses

Stay tuned!  New Melton courses coming soon.








Contact Sierra Lautman, Director of Jewish Innovation,at or (757) 965-6107.



Previous Courses

From Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning

  • Exploring a Forgotten World: A Social History of Medieval Jewry - January - March 2023

  • Jews in America: Insiders and Outsiders - January -March 2023

  • The Holocaust as Reflected in Diaries and Memoirs, October 2022

  • Biblical Women: Emerging from the Margins through Midrash • January 2022

  • Jewish Mysticism: Tracing the History of Kabbalah • January 2022

From the Konikoff Center for Learning

  • Jewish Roots of Modern American Star-chitects - March 2023

  • 10 Really Dumb Mistakes that Really Smart Couples Make - March 2023