58th Annual VCIC Tidewater Humanitarian Awards Dinner to honor Charlie Nusbaum

February 24, 2022

What’s Happening

Thursday, March 24, 6 pm, Westin Virginia Beach Town Center

The fifth Nusbaum to receive the Virginia Center for Inclusive Community’s prestigious Humanitarian Award, Charles (Charlie) S. Nusbaum is a natural recipient. Previous Nusbaum winners include Justine, V. H. (Pooch), Robert (Bob) and William (Bill).

Adding to that impressive family line-up is Nusbaum’s late father-in-law, Charles Horton, MD.

“So many of these people have been my mentors,” says Nusbaum. In fact, he says that people such as Horton told him “you do things for the community because you want to help, not to get an award.”

A quick glance at Nusbaum’s community involvement and it’s clear that he takes seriously his commitment to the community where his roots are long and established. “I try to help the community whenever I can,” he says.

“It all comes down to what I learned in Confirmation,” says Nusbaum. “’Do not separate thyself from the Jewish community, so our Sages said. It is the body which gives sustenance to each and every living soul.’ Yes, this was part of my Confirmation speech. Every few years I pull it out and read it again. These words keep me grounded and I try to help our community and world by trying to have everyone work together, laugh, smile, and enjoy what we have been given.”

Known for making people laugh, Nusbaum is also known for his myriad commitments to the community and belief in the benefit of a TEAM—Together Everyone Achieves More. “This is a slogan I try to approach and live with on a daily basis,” he says.

Nusbaum is the past president of Ohef Sholom Temple, Norfolk Yacht and Country Club, Norfolk Academy Alumni Association, Tidewater Red Cross Chapter, and Norfolk Crime Line. He currently serves as Tidewater Jewish Foundation’s vice chair, among many other board positions throughout both the Jewish and wider communities.

“Through our work together, I have come to realize that Charlie is one of the most welcoming individuals I have ever met,” says Naomi Limor Sedek, Tidewater Jewish Foundation president and CEO. “Not only is he a passionate leader at TJF and in the community, he has opened both his home and his heart to everyone as if they were family. He has exemplified the values of the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities by making Tidewater and the world a better place. I can not think of a more deserving individual for this award.”

Married to Nancy Horton Nusbaum, they have three children: Michael A. Nusbaum (Rachael), Amy C. Nusbaum (Phillip DeLage), and Stephen Nusbaum.

Nusbaum has served as president of S.L. Nusbaum Insurance Agency, Inc. since 1980.

This year’s VCIC Tidewater Humanitarian Awards Dinner will include an in-person reception and watch party with limited attendance, as well as a virtual presentation option.

United Jewish Federation of Tidewater is gathering reservations of those who would like to purchase a ticket for $175 to represent UJFT and TJF. To participate, contact Bobbie Wilcox at bwilcox@ujft.org.

-Terri Denison
Letter to the Editor