The Reflector Volume 66/Issue 3 March 2018

AGENCIES in this issue ‘STATEOF ISRAEL’ pageS 2 & 4 FEDERATION Jewish Community Federation OF RICHMOND R eflector the Volume 66 | Issue 3 Adar/Nisan 5778 | March 2018 COMPLETED! page 13 cOMMUNITY FEDERATION 2 AGENCIES 8 SYNAGOGUES 18 HADASSAH 24 COMMUNITY 25 FOUNDATION 30 HAPPY PASSOVER SWISS HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS’ EXHIBIT pages 27 T uesday, Jan. 30, marked Virginia Jewish Advocacy Day, the premier event for the Federation’s Jewish Com- munity Relations Committee. Over 200 Jewish constituents from across Virginia, including 40 Rich- monders gathered to advocate on behalf of the greater Jewish community. The Federation organizers thank all of the attendees, JCRC Chair Richard Samet and JCRC Vice Chair Amy Mel- nick-Scharf for their leadership. The constituents from Richmond, Northern Virginia and Tidewater met and spoke with more than 70 legislators in the morning in their offices in the Poca- hontas Building, and heard from top gov- ernment officials, including Gov. Ralph Northam in the afternoon at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Preceding Northam was Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, and following Northam, the gathering heard from Atty. Gen. Mark Herring. Following their remarks, the three Virginia elected leaders posed for photo- graphs with the attendees and answered questions. The group also heard from Cat Stud- dard, the Richmond Ballet’s outreach director, who spoke on the phenomenal, long-running Minds in Motion program that is supported by the Virginia Jewish Federations as well as the Virginia Israel Advisory Board. Studdard had the entire room up and dancing as a way to show them how Minds in Motion works, and how it has impacted the lives of so many living in Israel – both Jewish and non- Jewish. Prior to meeting with the elected of- ficials, the Richmond group met at the church. In this morning briefing, Samet Virginia Jewish Advocacy Day More than 200 advocate for greater Jewish community JCRC Chair Richard Samet poses with Gov. Ralph Northam following the governor’s remarks at Virginia Jewish Advocacy Day at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Richmond on Jan. 30. JCFR Photo ISRAEL @ 70 is coming! Jewish Advocacy Day More on page 14 T he Weinstein JCC commemorates Israel’s 70th with many special events partnering with sev- eral Richmond agencies. On May 14, 1948, Israel’s first Prime Minister David Ben Gurion publicly read the Declaration of Independence of Israel. On this day the modern na- tion of Israel was founded. This year, the Weinstein JCC will commemorate this historic milestone with several events that honor the people and culture of Israel. The entire commu- nity is invited to attend any and all of these special programs: April 19 at 7 p.m.: Yom Ha’atzmaut and POA Season Finale The Richmond Symphony Orchestra returns to the Sara Belle November Theater to present a musi- cal celebration of Israel’s 70th birthday. The program will feature special guest and famed Israeli soprano, Nofar Yacobi, and reflect a wide-range of classical, musical theater, Hebrew and Jewish liturgical music. Tickets are $36. May 6 at 3 p.m.: Dganit Daddo Concert and Israel Day Festivities The Weinstein JCC, the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond and Richmond Council for Jewish Education will bring Israeli music su- perstar, Dganit Daddo, to Richmond on Sunday, May 6. Daddo, a member of the Israeli National The- ater and entertainer of worldwide acclaim, will perform in her unique style of music that weaves many diverse Jewish cultural influences, multiple languages and personal passion. Festivities to follow will include an Israeli-inspired “Shuk” of artwork and gifts from Israeli artisans, camel rides, a henna tattoo artist, Israeli cuisine and more! Israel @70 More on page 25