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.

Tidewater Together with Scholar-in-Residence Rabbi Joseph Telushkin

Friday, March 29 – Sunday, March 31


Tidewater Together, Scholar-in-Residence Weekend is presented by the Milton “Mickey” Kramer Scholar-in-Residence Fund, United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, Tidewater Synagogue Leadership Council, and the Board of Rabbis and Cantors of Hampton Roads, and as part of the Simon Family JCC’s Lee and Bernard Jaffe Family Jewish Book Festival, in partnership with the Jewish Book Council.


Focusing on Rabbi Telushkin’s newly revised edition of Words That Hurt, Words That Heal—a guide on how choosing the right words can enrich relationships and offer insight to improve every facet of our lives – the weekend is open to the entire community, inclusive of all ages, genders, religious affiliations, and degrees of observance.


For more information on the events taking place throughout the weekend, click here.

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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