The Reflector Volume 66 / Issue 8 August 2018

l AGENCIES in this issue GRAND EVENT: SENATOR JOSEPH LIEBERMAN page 3 FEDERATION Jewish Community Federation OF RICHMOND R eflector the Volume 66 | Issue 8 Av/Elul 5778 | August 2018 RTA GRADUATES page 10 COMMUNITY FEDERATION 2 AGENCIES 6 FOUNDATION 12 HADASSAH 13 SYNAGOGUES 14 COMMUNITY 20 TABLE of contents JCFR GRAND EVENT - OCTOBER 4 ISRAEL BIRTHRIGHT page 21 ‘They are family’ W hen Richmond teens Julia Dinkin and Rose Brown returned from the JCFR-sponsored two-week Partnership2Gether Tik- kun Olam Teen Trip to Israel in early July, they were so excited to share all the fun details about their trip, but they mostly talked about their love of the host family experience and meeting all the other teens. Julia said, “we went to birthday parties every night. Spending time with our host families was my favorite part.” They both talked about the Bedouin tent experience, “even though it was early to hike Masada for sunrise, I was in such a good mood since I was with all my friends,” said Rose. “They are family,” exclaimed Julia. In August, Julia and Rose will help host the reverse experience as Richmond welcomes five teens and a chaperone for another two- week fun-filled experience. The two-weeks will include volunteering at Camp Sababa and much more. Since 2014, eight local teens have taken part in the Federation- sponsored Partnership2Gether Tikkun Olam Teen Trip to Israel. If you know a teen interested in traveling to Israel next summer, contact Sara Rosenbaum at (804) 545-8629 or srosenbaum@ for more information. See more photos on page 4 (From left) Julia Dinkin and Rose Brown near the Western Wall. Contributed Photo Federation announces 2018/2019 IMPACT GRANTS By Sara Rosenbaum Director of Impact and Community Planning, JCFR T he Jewish Community Federation of Rich- mond is pleased to announce the recipients of the 4th year of its IMPACT GRANTS initia- tive. Eleven organizations applied to launch new or second-year programs. JCFR’s IMPACT GRANTS distribute funds that are intended to inspire individuals, organiza- tions, Synagogues and agencies to provide inno- vative and impactful engagement opportunities in the Richmond Jewish community. IMPACT GRANTS foster innovative approaches to help build a more vibrant Richmond Jewish community. Jewish Family Services – Richmond Jewish Care Line - $12,000 Jewish Family Services, along with a collab- orative group of Jewish organizations, has come together to address the growing basic needs of the Richmond Jewish community. These funds will support a pilot program for a crisis hotline and emergency funds to support access to food and emergency aid for community members in need. A Jewish individual or family in crisis who requires help with the basic needs of food, emer- gency financial assistance or childcare would call the Richmond Jewish Care Line. The Care Line would be administered by a JFS case manager who will meet with the individual or family with- in 48 hours to assess their situation. The IMPACT GRANT funding, along with support from community donors, will also allow JFS and the collaborative team to gather real data, which will be the building blocks for a com- prehensive and coordinated Jewish community strategy to address the issue of basic needs in our community. Jewish Life at VCU - $20,000 For a second year, Jewish Life at VCU was awarded a grant opportunity through Hillel In- ternational to hire an Engagement Fellow as a full time member of their staff. The two-year program is valued at $75,000 per year, of which Hillel International will cover two-thirds of that cost. The new hire has diver- sified the staff and tremendously increased the reach of Jewish Life at VCU. More resources will continue to be available to VCU students through engagement program- ing, strategic collaboration with local Jewish or- ganizations and student leadership development. This Fellow will make resources available to Jew- ish students at Randolph-Macon College and J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College. BBYO - $8,000 Heading into its second year, BBYO has identified a need for the Jewish teen community of Richmond to strengthen their connection to the global Jewish community. During the first year a group of Ukrainian teens and engagement staff visited Richmond and participated with Richmond teens in pro- graming. Four teens and the regional director traveled to Ukraine to continue to build these relationships. The intent is to continue to provide teens a tangible connection between their local involve- ment in youth groups to the work that happens IMPACT GRANTS More on page 5