Future is bright for Jewish Tidewater

December 15, 2022

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As we light our menorahs during Hanukkah and approach the end of 2022, I think back on all we have accomplished together.

When Russia attacked Ukraine, Jewish Tidewater responded quickly, as we always do, raising almost $800,000 to provide support directly to Ukrainians through the creation of our Tidewater Ukraine Emergency Fund. This was in addition to the more than $4,800,000 in funds United Jewish Federation of Tidewater allocated through our 2022 Annual Campaign to meet the needs primarily of local institutions and organizations, in addition to vulnerable populations around the world through our overseas partners.

Our community joined together to build the Marty Einhorn Pavilion on the Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus of the Tidewater Jewish Community. The 2,400-square-foot outdoor structure quickly became a gathering place for outdoor learning for the students of Strelitz International Academy, for campers at Camp JCC, and for community members through numerous celebrations and gatherings throughout the year.

Our community came together for Yom Ha’Atzmaaut—more than 2,000 strong—to celebrate Israel’s 74th birthday. The Campus had a “pre-pandemic” feeling of togetherness and COMMUNITY which continued into the summer and fall through various events, and as we prepare to celebrate Israel at 75!

Through your support, these accomplishments, these events, and so many more, the bright light of Jewish Tidewater proves to be strong and enduring.

There perhaps has never been a more important time for the Federation to shine our light, which your support makes possible, to support Jewish education, Jewish identity, care for the vulnerable, secure our community, and combat hate, bigotry, and antisemitism.

Thank you for your generosity, your involvement, and your commitment to our community and its future.

From my family to yours, I wish each of you a safe, meaningful, and festive season as, together, our community continues to shine bright.

 

Betty Ann Levin

Executive Vice President/CEO

United Jewish Federation of Tidewater/Simon Family JCC

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