The Reflector Volume 67 / Issue 1 January 2018

AGENCIES in this issue SUPER SUNDAY page 2 FEDERATION Jewish Community Federation OF RICHMOND R eflector the Volume 67 | Issue 1 Tevet/Shevat 5778 | January 2018 RUN-a-LATKE page 14 community FEDERATION 2 AGENCIES 8 SYNAGOGUES 15 HADASSAH 20 COMMUNITY 21 FOUNDATION 26 The Richmond Jewish Food Festival is back! Jewish Community Federation of Richmond selects Daniel Staffenberg as its new CEO JEWISH ADVOCACY DAY, JAN. 30 GLOBAL SHABBAT page 22 I n just a few weeks’ time, the Richmond Jewish Food Festival returns to the Weinstein JCC. On the Sunday and Monday of Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, Jan. 14-15, from 11:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m., each day, you will be able to enjoy a multitude of your Jewish food favorites. There will be traditional Ashke- nazi foods such as brisket, Cholent, Kasha Varnishkes, Tzimmes and Kugel, along with Sephardic dishes such as Falafel, Shawarma and Shakshuka – our deliciously spicy Middle-Eastern tomato and egg dish! As always, vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free items are available. Everything is strictly Kosher and all ingre- dients are peanut-and dairy-free. Getting to the festival is easy. The complimentary fes- tival shuttle will transport guests parked in the neighbor- hood across Monument Avenue to and from the Wein- stein JCC. On your way in, you can help the Richmond com- munity, and we will help you. An American Red Cross bloodmobile will be present on both days. Donate blood and we will give you a $5 food voucher! When you arrive, head for the food tents – 6,000- square feet of heated space. You will find delicious meals at both the Ashkenazi and Israeli serving stations. Choose your beverages and pay for it all right there. Cash and major credit cards are readily accepted. Then Food Festival More on page 24 This billboard on I-95 says it all. The Richmond Food Festival will be here soon. It is set for Sunday and Monday, Jan. 14-15 at the Weinstein JCC. Contributed Photo F ollowing an extensive national search, the Jewish Community Federation of Rich- mond is excited to announce the hiring of our new chief executive officer, Daniel Staffenberg. Staffenberg has worked as a Jewish commu- nal professional for over 20 years, most recently as the chief development officer of the Jewish Federation and Jewish Community Foundation of Greater MetroWest New Jersey. Throughout his career, Staffenberg has focused on creating strong integrated and collaborative fundraising environments, bringing together philanthropists and community leadership to meet the short and long-term needs of the community. As a community builder, he has helped launch several new initiatives including a cen- ter for strategic philanthropy, young adult and affinity group engagement programs, Create a Jewish Legacy and numerous large-scale mis- sions to Israel. Staffenberg has partnered with philanthropists on a suite of programs to ad- dress affordability and connectivity in the Jewish community, including Jewish overnight and day camps, day school affordability and community inclusiveness. He has effectively partnered with a broad and diverse group of donors and community leadership to grow Annual Campaigns, expand the Federations’ reach and grow the long-term endowment assets of the community. Prior to his three years in New Jersey, Staffen- berg worked at the Greater Miami Jewish Feder- ation from 2007-2014 in a variety of increasing roles, rising to the role of director of principal gifts. He earlier held senior roles at the Tampa JCC/Federation for five years and with BBYO for four years as an assistant regional director. Staffenberg is a graduate of the University of South Florida and a proud member of the inaugural cohort of Jewish Federations of North Americas Fundraising University, a highly selec- tive and intensive year-long executive develop- ment program. In addition, he is a Myron J. Brodie Professional Award recipient. He is married to Jill Staffenberg, a speech language pathologist, and they have three chil- dren – Kaden, (9) Eli (7) and Logan (5). In ad- dition, the two count among their family Coral Sasson, a 19-year old Israeli shinshin (emissary) who recently spent seven months living with the family before returning to Israel to serve in the IDF. Daniel Staffenberg Contributed Photo New CEO More on page 4