Life & Legacy

Students enrolled in The Hebrew Academy of Tidewater (HAT) and the Strelitz Early Childhood Education Center (Strelitz) are intellectually curious, self-disciplined, and independent thinkers. Established in 1955 as the only pluralistic Jewish community day school in Hampton Roads, we provide a high quality, integrated Judaic and general studies education that establishes a strong foundation for lifelong learning in a dynamic, supportive, and enriching Jewish environment.  All families are welcomed, regardless of their denomination or level of observance.  HAT and Strelitz serve as entry points for engaged families to connect within the Jewish community and for many young parents to reunite with their Jewish roots.  Our Jewish community is stronger because of HAT and Strelitz.

Our students are involved in a holistic community where they are engaged in the world around them. They emerge from our program, accredited by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools, as better students, better people, and better citizens because of their enriching experience that builds confidence, critical thinking skills, and strong verbal skills.  They are happy, respectful and devoted to their education because of the close student-teacher relationship, small class size and differentiated learning that takes place in the classes.

Support Jewish education for tomorrow’s generation, by leaving your Jewish legacy today!

For more information about leaving your Jewish legacy, contact Patti Seeman, 757-424-4327 or


Rachel Abrams 


Babbi Bangel 
Laura and Fredric Gross

Erica and Scott Kaplan
Heather and Doug Moore 
Alyssa Muhlendorf 
Jonathan Muhlendorf 
Erinn and Felix Portnoy 
Patti and Paul Seeman 

Deborah and Peter Segaloff

Burle Stromberg
Ashley and Greg Zittrain 


Development Office

Call 757-424-4327 or email:

 Patti Seeman 2Patti Seeman
 Director of  Development


Deborah Moye
Development Coordinator