The goal of the UJCVP is to create a Jewish community, respectful of Jewish differences. We outreach to Jews of all backgrounds and are knowledgeable of and committed to Jewish values and practices. We endeavor to support synagogue and Jewish communal life, making Israel a central component of our identity as a community.
It is always our goal to reach as many Jewish households as possible, with a sense of pride, and serve all those who walk through our doors seeking community, connection and support. Our doors are open to all!
Our core activities include:
The UJCVP is located on 17.5 acres in Newport News, Virginia. The campus includes:
The UJCVP is proud to be a part of the global Jewish world, as a member of the national United Jewish Communities Federation system. National UJC represents and serves 146 Jewish Federations and 300 smaller Jewish communities across North America. It reflects the values of social justice and human rights that define the Jewish people and the values of caring that transform lives and perform miracles. Through our overseas partners, The Jewish Agency for Israel and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, national UJC represents and serves one of the world’s largest and most effective networks of social service providers and programs. UJC, JAFI, and JDC professionals and volunteers – dedicated to safeguarding and enhancing Jewish - life help meet the needs of all people, Jews and non-Jews, wherever they live.
As part of this world wide network, the UJCVP engages in an Annual Campaign which allows us to fulfill our mission of safeguarding the viability and growth of our local community while supporting our Jewish brothers and sisters around the world.
Specifically our campaign allows us to:
This annual campaign is planned and executed by a dedicated group of volunteers and professionals who make up the UJC Campaign Council. Each year, the Campaign Council leads the community in our efforts to preserve Jewish life here and abroad. The dozens of solicitors who volunteer endless hours to work on the campaign are committed to reaching as many community members as possible to encourage all of you to support the community vision. When contacted by a volunteer, please answer their calls. Meet with them and dig deep into your pockets to help us reach our campaign goal. Whether your gift is $36,000 or $36, each gift counts!
Our campaign season is filled with many events that encourage education and participation at all levels of our Annual Campaign. Super Sunday is one of our most important fund raising and community building days and one of the most exciting events of our campaign season. Scores of volunteers devote their time to call hundreds of their peers from areas on the upper and lower peninsula and areas surrounding Gloucester and Smithfield. In addition, religious school students from all over the peninsula share a morning together for friendship and learning. It’s not every day that you can improve lives around the world with a single phone call or single answer. If you can’t join us here on campus, please answer the call and help us fulfill our vision for the future.
The Community Relations Council is the central representative body of Jewish organizations and institutions on the Virginia Peninsula, devoted to community relations, information, and action. We believe that religious liberty, free from government promotion, is an indispensable aspect of American democracy.
Please feel free to reach out to obtain needed information. The UJC phone number is 757-930-1422.
All communications with the CRC are, and will be, kept in the strictest confidence.
The UJCVP sponsors the Holocaust Writing & Visual Arts Competition, funded by the Sarfan/William M. & Gary S. Nachman Philanthropic Fund of the UJC Endowment. One of the primary goals of this competition is to encourage young people to apply the lessons of history to the moral decisions they make today. Through studying the Holocaust, students explore the issues of moral courage as well as the dangers of prejudice, peer pressure, unthinking obedience to authority, and indifference. This competition provides students an opportunity to think and express themselves creatively about what they have learned.