Presented by the Milton “Mickey” Kramer Scholar-in-Residence Fund of the Congregation Beth El Foundation.

Tidewater Together is an annual collaboration between the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater and area synagogues including B'nai Israel Congregation, Congregation Beth Chaverim, Congregation Beth El, Kehillat Bet Hamidrash, Ohef Sholom Temple, Temple Emanuel, Temple Israel, and Tidewater Chavurah, to provide opportunities to connect Jewishly on a variety of topics, offering something for everyone. 


All Tidewater Together events are FREE unless otherwise noted.


To RSVP (required for each event), visit the RSVP link beneath the event.
For more information about Tidewater Together contact Sierra Lautman, Director of Jewish Innovation at 757-965-6107 or



Previous Events

Unorthodox LIVE! – April 7, 2022 at 7:30 PM


Featuring Special Guests Congresswoman Elaine Luria and NFL Hall of Famer Bruce Smith


Enjoy a night out at Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art with a LIVE taping of Tablet magazine's leading international flagship podcast, Unorthodox.

Always irreverent with discussions about Jewish news, politics, and so much more, Unorthodox is hosted by Mark Oppenheimer (Tablet editor-at-large/LA Times Columnist/former NY Times columnist), Stephanie Butnick (Tablet deputy editor), and Liel Leibovitz (Tablet senior writer.)


February 5 | 7:30 PM - Virtual Event
Gallery Talk: You Did WHAT To My Comics?!? 

With artist Isaac Brynjegard-Bialik. 


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Experience the current Leon Family Gallery exhibit in a new way during this interactive gallery talk. 

MONDAY, October 4 | 7:30 PM

With Stephen Fried


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Learn about the important work being done locally to address the mental well-being of our community, what work still needs to be done, and how you can help, in this panel discussion featuring Stephen Fried and representatives from local organizations; Jewish Family Services of Tidewater, the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI), the Virginia Beach Crisis Intervention Team, I Need a Lighthouse, and the VB Strong Center. 


Local organizations will have representatives sharing information and resources in the lobby beginning at 7:00 pm. 


SUNDAY, October 3 | 5:30 PM

With Stephen Fried


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This timely discussion with investigative journalist, Stephen Fried, and local Jewish clergy; Rabbi Rosalin Mandelberg, Rabbi Michael Panitz, Rabbi Ron Koas, Cantor Jennifer Reuben, and Cantor Wendi Fried, will focus on why brain health and mental well-being matter to the Jewish people, and what can be done as a Jewish community to bring these topics out of the shadows. 


Dinner begins at 5:30 with table topics, followed by panel discussion. 

THURSDAY, May 14 | 7:30 PM

An Interactive Zoom Experience

With Hip Rabbi Jennifer Krause and Visionary Optometrist Jordan Kassalow

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We all want to make the world a better place, but with busy, demanding lives, most of us have struggled with the where, when, and how. Dr. Jordan Kassalow and Rabbi Jennifer Krause can help you use this time at home to create your path of purpose so that when you are released back into the world, you will be able to make your impact.

VisionSpring Founder and “NY’s Hippest Rabbi” bring their complementary ideas and perspectives to a modern template for living in service to others and making a real difference, without losing sight of personal, family, and financial commitments.


In partnership with the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater & the Simon Family JCC’s Lee and Bernard Jaffe Family Jewish Book Festival and United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s Society of Professionals and the United Jewish Community of the Virginia Peninsula.

Wednesday, April 1 | 7:30 PM
Darchei Shalom: Building Paths of Peace
A Webinar with 2 For Seder founder, Marnie Fienberg
Hosted by Kempsville Conservative Synagogue (KBH), with Temple Israel
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Marnie Fienberg has been on a long journey from victim to activist. Since her mother-in law, Joyce Fienberg, was murdered at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, she has switched careers from business consulting for the Federal government, including the Department of Homeland Security for 15 years, to focus on social action - fighting hate and anti-Semitism at the grass-roots level.  


Marnie speaks about how we are all empowered and needed to put positive language into the national dialogue by engaging with our neighbors and building bridges of support – for the good times and the bad.



In a response to the concern that many large family and community seders will not be able to be held this year, due to COVID-19,  Marnie will also take time during this webinar to share tools and resources for hosting an engaging virtual seder.


In partnership with the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s Community Relations Council.

Sunday, February 23 | 2:00 PM
Susan S. Goode Fine and Performing Arts Center, Virginia Wesleyan University
5817 Wesleyan Drive, Virginia Beach
$10 | Limited seating available. Pre-purchase strongly suggested

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Restoring Tomorrow tells the tale of Los Angeles’ Wilshire Boulevard Temple, built in 1929. With its towering ten-story-high dome, it ranks with the Chinese theater and Griffith Planetarium as one of the great L.A. landmarks, but by the 21st century it was in need of tens of millions of dollars of reconstruction to avoid the wrecking ball.

This against all odds story is told through the personal journey of director Aaron Wolf who, like so many of his generation, had become disaffected from his congregation. In chronicling the Temple’s restoration, he finds himself restored as he reconnects to his synagogue and his community.

The Film will be followed by a conversation with local screenwriter Marc Moss and director Aaron Wolf.

In partnership with the Patricia & Avraham Ashkenazi and Alma & Howard Laderberg Virginia Festival of Jewish Film.

MONDAY, January 27 | 7:30 PM
With Author, Artist, and Teacher Ariel Burger
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Elie Wiesel was a master of thought, words, and deeds in equal measure. His powerful presence inspired lifelong student, rabbi, and artist Ariel Burger to apply those teachings to urgent questions of the day.


In partnership with the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater & the Simon Family JCC’s Lee and Bernard Jaffe Family Jewish Book Festival and the the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s Holocaust Commission, in honor of international Holocaust Remembrance Day.

WEDNESDAY, January 8, 2020 | 7:30 PM
With Investor, Speaker, and CEO Charlie Harary
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Author, attorney, and CEO, Charlie Harary presents a unique combination of science, self, emotion, spirituality, and practical tools to manifest greatness.

Harary doesn’t believe that MIT grads working in Silicon Valley or entrepreneurs are the only people born to innovate. ‘Everyday innovator’ reflects Harary’s belief that anyone can innovate—they just need a few tools and tips.

Harary is a best-selling author and is regarded internationally for his charismatic and forward-thinking lectures, seminars, and keynotes.

In partnership with the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater & the Simon Family JCC’s Lee and Bernard Jaffe Family Jewish Book Festival and United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s Society of Professionals.

SUNDAY, December 8 | 9:30 AM Brunch and 10:00 AM Community Program
With Speechwriter and Author Sarah Hurwitz
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Michelle Obama’s former speechwriter, Sarah Hurwitz, was born Jewish, but wasn’t sold on Judaism’s place in her life until recently. It took a bad break up to create the opening for exploration that lead to a profound spiritual journey. Stepping outside the synagogue, Hurwitz rediscovers her long-lost connection to Judaism in the place where Jewish law co-exists with everyday questions like how to feed your animals or start a business.

Hurwitz encourages us to experience our own rediscovery as she helps us answer the essential question: Why Does Judaism Matter?

In partnership with the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater & the Simon Family JCC’s Lee and Bernard Jaffe Family Jewish Book Festival.

WEDNESDAY, December 4 | 7:30 PM
With Comedy Legends Dave Barry, Adam Mansbach, Alan Zweibel
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$18 admission; $40 admission and book. Special bundle of admission and signed book closes November 27. Limited seating. Advance tickets strongly suggested.

Almost nothing is off limits when an original Saturday Night Live writer, author of New York Times bestseller, Go the F**K to Sleep, and the inspiration for Dave’s World, take one stage.

Sarcasm, self-deprecation, paranoia, wisdom, and culture have never clashed so delectably.

Alan Zweibel, Adam Mansbach, and Dave Barry will rekindle your love of Jewish culture and fill your cup with new things to worry about.

In partnership with the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater & the Simon Family JCC’s Lee and Bernard Jaffe Family Jewish Book Festival.