The Reflector Volume 65 / Issue 11 November 2017

AGENCIES in this issue WOMANOF VALOR page 3 FEDERATION Jewish Community Federation OF RICHMOND R eflector the Volume 65 | Issue 11 Cheshvan/Kislev 5778 | November 2017 JEWISH BOOK FAIR page 8 community JEWISH POLAND 2017 page 21 FEDERATION 2 AGENCIES 8 SYNAGOGUES 13 COMMUNITY 18 FOUNDATION 24 HADASSAH 25 Federation CEO Samuel Asher to join VHM as executive director Jan. 2 Weinstein JCC hires new CEO, Rick Nelson I n an announcement to the Virginia Holocaust Mu- seum Board of Trustees, Marcus M. Weinstein, chairman, VHM Board, said, “I am pleased to an- nounce that the search for the next executive director has reached a successful conclusion with the Executive Committee selection of Samuel H. Asher. Sam will begin his new role as Executive Director on Jan. 2, 2018. Mr. Asher has many years of executive experi- ence. Most recently he served as CEO of the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond.” Weinstein continued, “Sam holds a Master’s De- gree in Jewish history from the Baltimore Hebrew University and a Master’s Degree in social work ad- ministration from the University of Maryland. He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Michigan.” He noted, “Mr. Asher has proven himself to be a trusted and highly effective leader in the nonprofit sector. Sam also served as the CEO of the Federa- tions in Delaware, Hartford, Conn. and St. Paul, Minn., and served as the Associate Executive Direc- tor of the Kansas City Jewish Federation. “As VHM enters its 21st year, the Board is en- ergized by Sam’s enthusiasm and is confident in his abilities to take VHM to the next level. We are eager to work with him to grow and expand the museum in new directions. Please share our excitement by welcoming and congratulating Sam at s.asher2225@ gmail.com .” JCFR President Nannette Shor, said, “We are thankful to Sam for providing strong service to our community. Over the past seven years, Sam has led our community to many successes including imple- mentation of the IMPACT GRANTS process, the new Community Study in conjunction with the Richmond Jewish Foundation, redevelopment of Leadership Institutes and Young Leadership pro- gramming, just to name a few.” Shor continued, “We have begun a search to find a new CEO for the Jewish Community Federa- tion of Richmond. It is our priority to find the best individual to lead, while still maintaining one of the Samuel Asher at the Federation Grand Event held at the Virginia Holocaust Muse- um in September. Photo by Adrienne Winkelmann A fter an intensive search led by board member Cullen Seltzer and board President Shelley Gouldin, the Weinstein JCC board and staff are pleased to an- nounce the hiring of Rick Nelson to serve as the Cen- ter’s CEO, effective Oct. 15. Nelson brings with him over 30 years of JCC expe- rience, beginning with the JCC in Jacksonville, Fla. From Jacksonville, he led Jewish Community Centers across North America in- cluding some of the largest and most successful Centers in the JCC movement. For the past 11 years, Nelson has served JCCs in Canada as the executive di- rector of Jewish Community Campuses for UJA/ Federa- tion in Toronto. There, he led three separate JCCs that serve a community of more than 200,000 Jews. Previ- ously, he served as the ex- ecutive director at the JCC of Greater Vancouver for six years. In addition, he currently Rick Nelson Contributed Photo Join the Jewish community at the Kristallnacht Service Sunday, November 12, • 2 p.m. We must remember “ZACHOR,” so that we never forget. T hat is the reason the Jewish community gathers at Emek Sholom Holocaust Memorial Cemetery at this time every year. We reflect on the horrors of the Holocaust, on the lives lost, on the survivors’ bravery, on those who liberated and sheltered the persecuted. The Kristallnacht Memorial Service will be held Sunday, Nov. 12, at 2 p.m., at the cemetery located inside Forest Lawn Cemetery at 4000 Pilots Lane. The service will be officiated by Cantor Errol Helfman. Guest speakers are Rabbi Dovid Asher of Temple Keneseth Israel, Daniel “Doni” Fogel, director, Jewish Community Relations and Israel &Overseas Programming, JCFR; and Marvin Rosman, a retired attorney. A local high school student will receive the Esther J. Windmueller “Never Again” Award and present his/her essay on the topic of stopping anti-semitism. This award has existed for years but now bears the name of Esther J. Windmueller (OBM) who initiated this award and was a member of the Emek Sholom Board for many years. May we be inscribed in the Book of Life and may we come together on Nov. 12 to pray, to commemorate those lost, and to stand strong against antisemitism. For more information or transportation (with 48 hours notice), contact: Cookie Solodar at (804) 937-4663 or www.holocaustcemetery.org . Asher More on page 6 Nelson More on page 8

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