The Reflector September 2018

l AGENCIES in this GRAND EVENT: SENATOR JOSEPH LIEBERMAN PAGE 2 FEDERATION Jewish Community Federation OF RICHMOND R Volume 66 | Issue 9 Elul/Tishrei 5778/5779 | September 2018 MEET ‘‘MO” FUNK PAGE 12 COMMUNITY FEDERATION 2 AGENCIES 8 HADASSAH 15 SYNAGOGUES 16 HOLIDAY SERVICES 17 COMMUNITY 22 FOUNDATION 30 TABLE of CONTENTS L’ Shana Tova 5779 L’SHANA TOVA PAGE 32 Editor’s Note: In July, Federation board member Zach Brenner and two Richmond Federation professionals took part in the Jewish Federations of North America’s FRD Leadership Mission to Berlin and Budapest. The following reflection on this amzazing experience was written by Zach Brenner. M y name is Zach Brenner and I moved to Richmond over six years ago from Norfolk. During my time here, I have grown from an attendee of Net- work JCFR events, to advisor for the BBYO Monarchs chapter, to the current YAD Campaign co- chair and Jewish Community Fed- eration of Richmond board mem- ber. Despite all of my involvement, our overseas communities never really factored into my journey. I traveled on a Birthright Israel a decade ago and assumed I would return to Israel at some point in the future, but it was not a prior- ity for me. That is, until this spring, when our new JCFR CEO Dan- iel Sta enberg raised the idea of a Jewish Federations of North America FRD Leadership Mission to Berlin and Budapest that was to happen in July. To be fair, he didn’t just raise the idea; he pushed me to experi- ence something new. And so, with my love of travel and two of our By Alissa Aronovici Chief Development O cer The Jewish Community Fed- eration of Richmond is excited to launch its 2019 Annual Campaign on Sept. 1 under the leadership of Campaign Chair Adam Plotkin. Plotkin said, “It’s a tremendous honor to have been asked to help the community in this way, and I will do everything I can to ensure success. With the help of a great team and insights from our recent community study and the Navigat- ing the Future Committee, we have the best opportunity to make a dif- ference than we’ve had in a long time. I’ve never been more excited for the community than I am now, and my hope is that, together, we’ll be able to make the community, our forefathers, and our next gen- erations very proud.” The Annual Campaign will focus on increasing outreach and engagement initiatives in our com- munity, including programs like a relaunch of the Maimonides So- ciety, additional PJ Library events, refocused Enterprise Circle net- working events, a new cohort of Young Leadership development, and much more through our ex- panded engagement channels. Our e orts will create new op- portunities for involvement in Jew- ish life from new populations, new geographic areas of Richmond, as well as deepening relationships with our dedicated supporters. We are strategically creating new part- nerships, renewing our focus on building relationships, and meeting the needs of our most vulnerable community members. When you give to Federation, you make a di erence in Jewish lives across town – and across the globe – in over 70 countries worldwide. You help Holocaust Survivors to live with the dignity and com- fort they deserve. You help a young 2019 Campaign kicks o Sept. 1 Campaign More on page 6 Interfaith family grow closer to Juda- ism, and each other, with the PJ Li- brary book that arrives at their door. You connect new generations to Israel through Birthright and Masa Israel journeys. And so much more. Your gift goes wherever it is need- ed most. If disaster strikes, you pro- vide critical relief. You help ensure that none of our most vulnerable go without food, shelter, or medicine. You do all of this through your gift to Federation. 2019 Campaign Leadership • Campaign Chair – Adam Plotkin • Men’s Division – Andy Vorenberg and Sam Revenson, co-chairs • Women’s Division – Jill Goldfine, chair • Young Adult Division – Zach Brenner and Elliot Warsof, co-chairs ‘I have witnessed the power of Federation’ Power of Federation More on page 18 JCFR YAD Campaign Co-Chair Zach Brenner lights a candle at the Levet- zowstrasse Deportation Memorial in Berlin, Germany. He is assisted by Nas- tia Pletoukhina, a German immigrant from Moscow who learned she was Jewish at age 12. She is the CEO of Studentim, a center for German-Jewish students, which is a Jewish Agency for Israel program. It would not be pos- sible without funding from Jewish Federations. JCFR Photo