The Reflector Volume 66 / Issue 6 June 2018

AGENCIES in this issue PJ LIBRARY page 5 SUBHEAD Jewish Community Federation OF RICHMOND R eflector the Volume 66 | Issue 6 Sivan/Tammuz 5778 | June 2018 MARK FINKEL HONORED page 12 SYNAGOGUES FEDERATION 2 AGENCIES 8 SYNAGOGUES 16 COMMUNITY 20 HADASSAH 23 FOUNDATION 26 TABLE of contents ISRAELI SCOUTS COMING JUNE 20 MITZVAH DAY page 19 JCFR installs new president; awards, achievements noted at annual meeting Editor’s Note: In April, three Richmond teens active in BBYO took part in March of the Living – Lauren Cantor, Briana Schwam and Jacob Zedd. The following are reflections from two of the teens on their amazing experence. By Lauren Cantor T his April I had the privilege of being a part of BBYO’s International Delegation on the March of the Living. March of the Living is an in- ternational experience in which delegations all around the world meet on Yom HaShoah to march between Auschwitz and Birkenau and then on Yom Haatzmaut from the Jerusalem City Munici- pal to the Western Wall. Overall, there were around 15,000 participants all over the world with about 200 in the BBYO delegation. This year was especially special as this was the March of the Living’s 30th anni- versary and Israel’s 70th birthday. With BBYO, this experience was 14 days with a week spent BBYO teens have life-changing trip in Poland and a week spent in Israel. As part of the trip in Po- land, I had the opportunity to visit three different camps, Auschwitz- Birkenau, Treblinka, and Maj- danek, and two different ghettos in Kraków and Warsaw. Going to the different camps was very difficult to see since many people (during the Holo- caust) were unable to walk out of these camps. For the majority of the week, we stayed in Kraków and spent Shabbat in the city of Warsaw. Being with BBYO, we were able to celebrate that the Nazis failed to kill us and here we are 70+ years later celebrating life and our Judaism. The Israel part of the trip was very uplifting to be in a place (From left) Briana Schwam and Lauren Cantor jump for joy for being in Israel during the March of the Living. Contributed Photo BBYO Teens More on page 22 E llen Renee Adams was in- stalled as president of the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond at its 83rd an- nual meeting on May 15. Approximately 150 community members at- tended the gathering. It featured the presentation of the renamed Neil Novem- ber Distinguished Commu- nity Service Award to Jim Weinberg and State-of-the- Federation reports by outgo- ing president Nannette Shor and CEO Daniel Staffen- berg. Adams also offered her vision for the JCFR during the next two years. In her remarks, Shor said, “We join with Jews around the world in cel- ebrating Israel as she en- ters her 70th year. We also are pleased our American embassy is now located in Israel’s capitol, Jerusalem.” She continued, “Our Federation has been blessed with many wonderful pas- sionate supporters of Israel and leaders; each giving generously of their time, tal- ent and treasure. “Tonight, one leader is missing. I would like to honor the memory of Neil November. Neil, with his de- voted partner Sara Belle at his side, stood as a mentor, guide, nudge and friend to many in our community. “Neil was a unique and special leader, a dedicated servant of the community, a model of engagement and one who inspired others to action; sometimes with a good strong push. He tire- lessly served both the Jew- ish and general community. JCFR More on page 14 (From left) Ellen Renee Adams, new Federation president; Nannette Shor, outgoing president; and Daniel Staffenberg, Federation CEO; pose at Annual Meeting. Photo by Adrienne Winkelmann