Tidewater Today is the United Jewish Federation’s regional electronic newsletter. Mailed twice per month, this informative correspondence — sent directly to your email — will keep you informed of the latest happenings & events of interest to you. This is the perfect place to begin your awareness of the Jewish happenings throughout Tidewater.




Israeli Ambassadors Headed to Tidewater, Local Hosting a Win-Win

The Tidewater Jewish community will receive 2 Israeli high school graduates who choose to defer their enlistments in the Israel Defense Forces so that they can spend a year as Israeli ambassadors in communities around the world — “Shinshinim.” During the ShinShinim's year here, community members have the rare chance to connect with Israeli life and build lasting memories while sharing what makes Jewish life in Tidewater meaningful.


This initiative invites local Tidewater families to host one of the two during their yearlong stay in our community. Aya and Alma — our two Israeli "shinshin" — will stay with families for 1 - 3 months; there are also opportunities to host them for a shabbat dinner, a service, a birthday party, a hike, or whatever cultural experience your family enjoys! For your family, it's a tremendous opportunity to bring a bit of Israeli life into your home, and share with your kids and extended family. Learn more on the Shinshinim page, or contact Nofar Trem to learn how you can participate.


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