The Reflector Volume 66 / Issue 4 April 2018

AGENCIES in this issue PEARLSOCIETYEVENT pageS 2 FEDERATION Jewish Community Federation OF RICHMOND R eflector the Volume 66 | Issue 4 Nisan/Iyar 5778 | April 2018 BIG SCHTICK MAGIC page 8 cOMMUNITY FEDERATION 2 AGENCIES 8 SYNAGOGUES 18 HADASSAH 22 COMMUNITY 25 FOUNDATION 31 TABLE of contents YOM HASHOAH OBSERVANCE, APRIL 15 YOM HASHOAH APRIL 15 AT VHM page 27 Community mourns the passing of a ‘giant’ - Neil November I n an Editorial in the Richmond Times-Dispatch on March 7 headlined, “Giving, Neil November,” the writer wrote, “In an era when some worry that people are becoming disengaged from their communities, Neil November’s life was a model of engagement and com- passion. He cared and he acted. A longtime baseball fan, he was one of RVA’s major-league philanthropists.” Born on Oct. 28, 1924, in New York City, Neil November, a noted community leader, friend to numerous individuals, and philanthropist, died on March 3 in Richmond. He was a proud Naval officer veteran of WWII and the epitome of the greatest generation our country has produced. Mr. November started his 70 years of community volun- teer activities almost immediately after World War II. He was always proud to be “on call” for community projects. He served as president of the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond from 1973-1974 and led its Annual Campaign in 1972. In addition, he chaired several very successful Israel Emergency Fund efforts. He was honored with the Federa- tion’s Distinguished Community Service Award in 1975, and he and his wife, Sara Belle, received the Federation’s Life- time Achievement Award in 2000. Federation President Richard November said in the Re- flector in 2000, “Sara Belle and Neil have worked tirelessly on behalf of the Jewish people here and everywhere. They have given of their time and resources and have helped to make this community what it is.” (A list of other honors and volunteer achievements are listed on page 16). Editor’s Note: The following is a personal reflection on Neil Novem- ber by Irving Blank, a longtime community leader who worked closely with Mr. November for 40 years – particularly with elected officials and editors with Richmond’s newspapers in support of Israel. By Irving Blank A giant has left us! It is rare that one can say with 100-percent certainty that we will not see the likes of someone again. I do so about Neil November. His passing brought a wave of sadness coupled with incredible admiration for a life lived so well. I was privileged to have this giant and his remarkable wife, Sara Belle as a friend and mentor for forty years. My earliest service in the Richmond Jewish community came because Neil “drafted” me to serve on a committee. He pushed me into chairing the Federation’s Community Relations Committee for 15 years. During this time, we spent hours at Richmond’s two newspapers explaining and To read the remarks delivered at the Memorial Service for Neil November at Westminster Canterbury on March 9 by Ric Arenstein, a longtime community leader and friend, see Pages 16-17. arguing the pro-Israel position. Neil even arranged for me to sit next to the editor of the Richmond Times- Dispatch on an Air Force mission to Omaha with instructions that I drive the ‘poor man’ nuts with the arguments for supporting Israel. Neil and I worked together in many political campaigns and saw support for Israel among our Congressional delegation change from nice words and zero votes to 100 percent support – both in word and deeds. Neil was intimidating, as well as persistent. Neil November More on page 14 A tireless, passionate, individual; deeply committed to a lifetime of Tikkun Olam