The Reflector Volume 66, Issue 2 February 2018

AGENCIES in this issue PJ LIBRARY page 2 FEDERATION Jewish Community Federation OF RICHMOND R eflector the Volume 66 | Issue 2 Shevat/Adar 5778 | February 2018 REELABILITIES page 8 camps FEDERATION 2 AGENCIES 8 CAMPS 14 SYNAGOGUES 18 HADASSAH 20 COMMUNITY 22 FOUNDATION 25 ANNUAL CAMP ISSUE WE HAVE CAMPS pages 14-17 M ark your calen- dar for the Jew- ish community’s most fun and festive costume party of the year on Feb. 25 starting at noon at the Weinstein JCC! The Purim Carni- val is sponsored by the Richmond Council for Jewish Education with a generous grant from the Jewish Community Federation of Rich- mond. The annual event will have something for every member of the family to enjoy – food, music, carnival games, prizes, moon bounces, face painting and a Purim spiel. This year the event is going back to the future, with a 1980s theme. All carnival-goers are encouraged to come in costume to win a prize! In addition to all the fun and games, there will be an opportunity to make a significant impact on someone’s life by Ashley Noell has ‘powerful’ trip to Israel and Poland Community Purim Carnival set for Feb. 25 Addison VanStory gives a big smile at last year’s Purim Carinval. Photo by Jessie Crowe Purim Carnival More on page 6 Richmonder Ashley Noell stands at a barbed-wire fence at Aus- chwitz in late November. Contributed Photo R ichmond BBYO happily hosted three teens and a staff member from Richmond’s partner community, Zaporozhye, Ukraine, over the winter break. The three teens, Liza Pedash, Tymur Bielousov, and Alexandr Goro- detsky, are members of BBYO’s sister organiza- tion Active Jewish Teens. They had been par- ticipating as pen pals throughout 2017 and this was the first opportunity for them to travel to the United States and meet their pen pals in person. The teens and staff arrived on Dec. 18 and Richmond BBYO hosts teens from Zaporozhye celebrated their first night in America by light- ing the community me- norah with BBYO for the 8th night of Hanukkah at the Weinstein JCC. Our Ukrainian guests were able to see all that Rich- mond has to offer With tours of the Virginia Ho- locaust Museum, Monu- ment Avenue, Virginia Liza Pedash and Alexandr Gorodetsky, two teens from Zaporozhye, Ukraine, take part in a panel discussion at at BBYO Eastern’s Region Regional Convention in Ra- leigh, N.C. Contributed Photo BBYO More on page 24 A shley Noell, a Federation board member and leader in Network JCFR and JCFR Young Leadership programs, recently took part in the Frank Family Leadership Mission to Is- rael and Poland sponsored by the Jewish Council for Pubic Affairs from Nov. 29 - Dec. 8. Earlier in 2017, Noell was selected to the prestigious JCPA Frank Family Leadership Insti- tute for Emerging Leaders. This fellowship is a unique mentoring opportunity for emerging lead- ers in the community relations field who want to be active in the areas of public policy, public af- fairs, and intergroup/interfaith relations at both the local and national levels. She is one of 13 participants from across the U.S. to be part of the 5th cohort of Fellows for the year-long program. Noell said, “I wanted to be- come more involved in Jewish initiatives, particularly with in- terfaith programming. When I learned about the Frank Family Leadership Institute, I knew right away this was the right trip and program to put my energy in.” She noted that she made the right decision since the group was able to meet with and often have intense discussions with key deci- sion makers and experts in Israel on regional geopolitics, security- related issues, the Israeli-Pales- tinian conflict and other relevant topics. The meetings helped her and the 12 others learn about the nuances and challenges Jews face, often with no easy answers or conclusions. “We had the most amazing speakers in Israel,” Noell said. She singled out several speak- ers and organizations that im- pacted her the most. At the Ziv Medical Center in Safed, they saw first-hand how Syrian men, women and chil- dren are provided medical treat- ment as a result of injuries suf- fered during the civil war in that country. “Entire villages are bombed and these people who suffer Ashley Noell More on page 5