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Sherry Rose


Mission to Israel

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Jewish Community Federation





Volume 65 | Issue 7

Tammuz/Av 5777

| July 2017

50 Voices, 50


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he strength and depth and passion of

Richmond’s Jewish community, and its

commitment to Jewish education, was easy to

see at the Weinstein JCC on June 6 as Rudlin

Torah Academy honored the Jewish Commu-

nity Federation of Richmond with the annual

Chesed Award.

“The Federation is humbled to be recog-

nized for our impact on the community,” said

JCFR President Nannette Shor. “The future

of our Jewish community relies on the strength

of each of our partners. We all have so much

to be proud of.”

About 150 people attended the 2017

Chesed Awards Gala, which also honored

longtime RTA administrative assistant Lin

Hardy with the ABCD (Above and Beyond the

Call of Duty) Award. The featured speaker

was Shira Lanyi, RTA graduate and retired

star of the Richmond Ballet.

RTA President Bob Weisberger said the

decision to give the Chesed Award, which nor-

mally goes to an individual, to the Federation

was a “eureka moment.” With-

out the Federation, he said, RTA

might not exist, and Richmond’s

Jewish community would not be

as strong.

“If the Federation didn’t ex-

ist, we would have to invent it,”

he said. The Federation, which

began in 1935 as the Richmond

Jewish Community Council, co-

ordinates community giving and

organizes the Annual Campaign,

which raised over $3 million in

2017 from 1,401 donors. About

one-third of the Federation’s an-

nual distribution goes to Israel.

RTA is one of the Federa-

tion’s four major beneficiary

agencies, along with the Wein-

stein JCC, Beth Sholom Lifecare Community

and Jewish Family Services.

Lanyi, currently a pre-med student at VCU,

spoke on Jewish identity and the role of Jewish

education in nurturing it.

“This is a gift RTA has provided not just

to me, but to all of RTA’s scholars,” she said.

RTA honors Federation at Chesed Award event

(From left) RTA President Dr. Bob Weisberger presents Chesed

Award to JCFR President Nannette Shor and CEO Samuel Asher at

Chesed Awards Gala June 6


Photo by Victoria Sharpe


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Rabbi Creditor, Rev. Sachs to be

the Interfaith Journey IV clergy

Rev. William L. Sachs


emple Beth El’s Rabbi Emeritus

Gary Creditor and the Rev. Wil-

liam L. Sachs, Ph.D., Priest Associate

at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church and

executive director of the Center for In-

terfaith Reconciliation in Richmond,

will be the clergymen on the JCFR’s

Interfaith Journey to Israel IV.

The trip, open to members of both the

Jewish and Christian communities, will de-

part Richmond on Jan. 21, 2018, and will

return on Jan. 30.

Both Rabbi Creditor and Rev.

Sachs have been long time leaders in

Interfaith activities in Richmond and

across the country.

“We are thrilled to have such distin-

guished members of the clergy join us

on this trip,” said Marvin Daniel, co-lay

leader of the journey. “This is an amaz-

ing opportunity to continue learning

about these two faith traditions, their

origins in the land that gave birth to

both and how they relate through

history to this day.”

Alissa Aronovici, JCFR Cam-

paign director, is serving as the

staff professional for the Journey.

“Not only am I looking for-

ward to working with everyone

on the trip, but I am especially

excited about learning with these

two wonderful community lead-

ers. I lived in Israel for a time

while I was working on my mas-

ter’s degree, and this will give me

a totally different perspective from

any other that I’ve had.”

While the final itinerary has not

been set, it will be fairly similar to

the 3 previous Interfaith Journeys.

“We will spend the first two

nights in Tel Aviv and then head

Rabbi Gary Creditor

Contributed Photos

north to the Galilee where we will stay

on a Kibbutz - a real hotel for those

who might have visions of a more

rustic setting - and then go up to Je-

rusalem for our final four nights,” said

Cathy Plotkin the other co-lay leader.

“I’ve always thought of Israel as the

Smithsonian of countries. You can

spend a day, a week, a month, or a

year and still not experience all it has

to offer. But this trip, with its emphasis

on both Christian and Jewish sites, is

a great introduction to this incredible

nation,” Plotkin added.

There is a 35-person maximum

for the trip. Sign-ups have already

begun. The total cost has yet to be

determined, but it is likely to fall in the

$5-6,000 range for everything.

For more information or to sign

up, contact Aronovici at (804) 545-

8621 or email her at



The participation of the clergy

is made possible by a generous grant

from the Capt. James M. Klaus Inter-

Group Fund of Richmond Jewish