The Reflector Volume 65 / Issue 10

AGENCIES in this issue ISRAELI TEENS page 2 FEDERATION Jewish Community Federation OF RICHMOND R eflector the Volume 65 | Issue 10 Tishrei/Cheshvan 5778 | October 2017 FALL FESTIVAL page 8 community SCHOOL SUPPLIES page 20 FEDERATION 2 AGENCIES 8 SYNAGOGUES 13 COMMUNITY 20 HADASSAH 25 FOUNDATION 27 2018 Annual Campaign kicks off at JCFR Grand Event at Virginia Holocaust Museum C habad’s Rabbi Yossel Kranz speaks often about being sensitive to people in need. Recently, Rabbi Kranz put those words into direct action. Chabad of Houston, which has heroically been coordinating rescue efforts to thousands of families in the wake of Hurricane Irma, put out a call for help to their Chabad colleagues. So many Houstonians had lost everything, but the scope of that loss was just registering and they needed support and counseling. Rabbi Kranz called upon his friend and neighbor, Pastor Craig Sherouse of Second Baptist Church, who immediately offered financial support. Rabbi Kranz joined a group of 50 Chabad rabbis and flew to Houston. Upon arrival, he said, “Nothing you hear on the news or see online can prepare you for the visceral ‘punch in the gut’ at witnessing the sheer depth of people’s loss.” Rabbi Kranz spoke to family in Richmond while riding in an American Red Cross truck on his way to an area of Houston where the waters had not yet receded. There, the people could not even begin the process of recovery, nor could they cook themselves a meal. He and his fellow Rabbis served over 1,000 meals while offering hugs and comfort. “I am so proud of our guys. Seeing 50 of my colleagues, some with beards even whiter than my own, schlepping furniture and wet sheetrock one day, and handing out food and hugs the next, was such a vivid reminder of the power and holiness of simple kindness.” Hundreds of volunteers continue to gather daily at Houston area Chabad centers to help package and distribute food, clean homes and get supplies to M ore than 250 community members attended the Fed- eration’s 21st Annual Grand Event at the Virginia Holocaust Museum on Sept. 17 to kick off the 2018 An- nual Campaign and heard actor Joshua Malina deliver a passionate and compelling message about be- ing a Jew first and an actor second. At the event, Federation Presi- dent Nannette Shor, Campaign General Chair Seth Kaplan, Fed- eration CEO Samuel Asher and Campaign Director Alissa Aro- novici offered remarks about the important role Federation plays in helping Jews in Richmond, in Israel and around the world. Shor said, “Our Annual Cam- paign allows us to support and part- ner with our sister agencies – Beth Sholom Lifecare campus, Weinstein JCC, Rudlin Torah Academy, Jew- ish Family Services as well as other local partners. “Your commitment to our Cam- paign allows these partner agencies to serve the youth, elderly, needy and underserved in our community in various ways.” Shor also said the Campaign supports “Jewish efforts here at home through our Hillel’s and Chabad on Campus, oversees through efforts in Ukraine and other communities and of course, in Israel.” She continued, “We are not only the central fundraising, community planning, community relations, and outreach arm of the Jewish com- munity in Richmond, we do much more – we work to build community with all Jews in Richmond.” Rabbi Kranz helps those in need in Houston those in need. If you wish to help, you can log on to and designate ‘Harvey Relief Fund.’ Rabbi Kranz said, “I can’t think of a more suitable way to get into the High Holiday spirit, than by lifting the spirits of others.” Rabbi Yossel Kranz stacks water-damaged furniture and sheetrock in the street while volunteering in Houston. Contributed Photo Grand Event More on page 14 Grand Event guest speaker Joshua Malina makes a point during his remarks. Photo by Adrienne Winkelmann