The Center for Jewish Life and Learning promotes Jewish literacy, learning, exploration, and innovation through classes, workshops, lectures, and public forums. The Center’s diverse opportunities for learning and celebration are open to all and addresses adults at every level of Jewish education.

Presented by the Milton “Mickey” Kramer Scholar-in-Residence Fund, United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, Tidewater Synagogue Leadership Council, and Board of Rabbis and Cantors of Hampton Roads


Tidewater Together 2019-2020 is a series of speakers, authors, and thought leaders bringing both old and new perspectives on Jewish life to Tidewater. All Tidewater Together events are FREE unless otherwise noted. For more information, click here.

Lunch and Learn with Amy Lefcoe

"I Want to Pray but What Do I Say?"

Wednesday, September 25 | 12 PM

Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus



In a world with increasingly more questions than answers, more and more people are seeking the serenity that only comes from a relationship with G-d. Prayer is the doorway to that relationship. Come explore this unique opportunity to open your heart and find the words by joining us for “I Want to Pray but What Do I Say?”, a discussion with provided lunch led by community member and teacher, Amy Lefcoe, from 12 pm to 1 pm.


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Torah Studies
Who says there are no free lunches? Chabad, partnering with the Simon Family JCC, is pleased to announce the launch of Torah Studies, a weekly lunch and learn series at the JCC. The lunch and learn will consist of stimulating text and discussion-based classes that will challenge you intellectually, spiritually and emotionally. They will also explore contemporary issues through a Torah perspective as well as tackling timeless questions in the Jewish tradition.

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Pirkei Avot
For over two thousand years, Pirkei Avot, or, Ethics of Our Fathers, has been a basic text on the Jewish approach to character development and personal development as Jews. Each paragraph of Pirkei Avot was authored by a different Rabbi of the Talmud presenting his world view and his message to the generation. Rabbi Haber, who has been teaching Pirkei Avot for almost two decades, will be exploring the life and times that served as the backdrop and impetus for their message. He will then show how it has deep meaning in our lives and society today. No prior knowledge is required.

Topic and class TBA.

PJ Library
PJ Library is a Jewish family engagement program implemented on a local level throughout North America. We mail free, high-quality Jewish children’s literature and music to families across the continent on a monthly basis. PJ Library is a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and made possible through partnerships with philanthropists and local Jewish organizations.


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