Carl and Julie Katz moved from New York to Norfolk in 1952, and settled in the Wards Corner neighborhood. They made friends and quickly became a part of the Jewish community. They began their family in 1954 with the arrival of Lawrence, followed by Jeffrey and Andrea. Julie and Carl's vision of the Norfolk Jewish community included a synagogue within walking distance and a school for their children which taught the Jewish life that they were living. Julie and Carl were among the founding members of Temple Israel and the Hebrew Academy of Tidewater. Carl was soon president of both groups, while Julie became president of the synagogue’s sisterhood and of the school’s PTA.
In the tradition of L'dor V'dor, not only are their three children graduates of the Hebrew Academy orf Tidewater and involved in Jewish community life, their two local grand daughters attended HAT beginning in pre-school. Their grandsons in Providence, RI attended a Jewish day school in their community.
Carl was also a leader in the Jewish Federation of Tidewater, in B'nai Brith, and in other organizations- Jewish, secular and professional. He served on the national board of the National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Committee and, shortly before his death, he was appointed to the national board of the American Association for Jewish Education, now called JESNA.
Julie served as president of a local Hadassah chapter and was on the Beth Sholom Home Auxiliary board for many years. After Carl passed away, Julie worked for Cenit Bank, retiring as Vice-President of Human Resources.
Julie and Carl have left a lasting legacy to their family and to the Jewish community of Tidewater. They taught us the way and the Katz family is following in their footsteps.
Dedicated by: Lawrence, Jeffery and Andrea Katz