Tidewater Together: A weekend of learning with Rabbi Joseph Telushkin


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.

Joseph Telushkin is a rabbi, scholar, and bestselling author of 18 books, including

• A Code of Jewish Ethics 

Jewish Literacy, and 

The Nine Questions People Ask About Judaism, co-authored with Dennis Prager.


Known as “America’s Rabbi” and one of the 50 best speakers in the United States, he is a New York Times bestselling author.


In his newly revised edition of Words That Hurt, Words That Heal Rabbi Telushkin focuses on the words that are used in public and in private, revealing their tremendous power to shape relationships. With wit and wide-ranging intelligence, he explains the harm in spreading gossip, rumors, or others’ secrets, and how unfair anger, excessive criticism, or lying undermines true communication.


Bringing this classic book into present day, Rabbi Telushkin notes that when it was originally written, social media was not even a concept, the internet was in its infancy, and so the spread of information – accurate or not – was not a particle of what it is today.



“In a time when slurs and slights are displacing civility and courtesy (Words That Hurt, Words That Heal), reminds us that the words we choose have an impact on others—and send a message about us,” says Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take and Originals.


 Admission to Tidewater Together is free unless noted.

Tidewater Together with Rabbi Joseph Telushkin – Schedule of Events


Words That Hurt, Words That Heal

Friday, March 29 - 7:30pm · Service & Oneg Shabbat

Ohef Sholom Temple | 530 Raleigh Avenue, Norfolk

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The 21st Century: A Jewish Vision, One Day at a Time

Saturday, March 30 · 9:30am · Service & Kiddush Lunch 

Congregation Beth El | 422 Shirley Avenue, Norfolk 

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How the Words We Choose Shape Our Destiny

Saturday, March 30 - 8:30pm · Discussion & Dessert Reception 

Temple Israel with Kehillat Bet Hamidrash & HUBB (Hands United Building Bridges) | 7255 Granby Street, Norfolk

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The 50 Best Jewish Jokes and What They Say About the Human Condition

Sunday, March 31 · 10:00am Brunch · 10:30am Discussion

Temple Emanuel with Congregation Beth Chaverim | 427 25th Street, Virginia Beach

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For more information, or to RSVP (required for each event), please call 757-321-2304.