The Reflector Volume 66 / Issue 11 November 2018

l AGENCIES in this issue WOMAN OF VALOR PAGE 2 FEDERATION Jewish Community Federation OF RICHMOND R eflector the Volume 66 | Issue 11 Cheshvan/Kislev 5779 | November 2018 BETTER TOGETHER PAGE 13 COMMUNITY FEDERATION 2 AGENCIES 8 SYNAGOGUES 14 COMMUNITY 21 HADASSAH 30 FOUNDATION 31 TABLE of CONTENTS Happy Thanksgiving JEWISH GREECE PAGE 21 M ore than 350 community mem- bers attended the Federation’s 22nd annual Grand Event featuring guest speaker former United State Sen- ator Joseph Lieberman and his wife, Hadassah. The Grand Event was held Thurs- day, Oct. 4, at the Virginia Museum of History and Culture. Grand Event co-chairs Esther and David Fratkin, Robyn and David Galp- ern and Peggy and Dan Siegel wel- comed the guests. JCFR President El- len Renee Adams and Campaign Chair Adam Plotkin delivered remarks about the strength of the Federation and the 2019 Campaign needs. David Galpern said, “This evening our program is designed to educate and inspire as we celebrate our wonderful Richmond Jewish Community. Thank you for being a part of this exciting eve- ning.” The co-chairs recognized agency presidents and executives at the event as well as Rabbis and Grand Event spon- sors. Campaign team In her remarks, Adams thanked the event co-chairs and recognized the Campaign leadership team. They are: Adam Plotkin, General Campaign chair; Jill Goldfine, Women’s Divi- sion chair; Andy Vorenberg and Sam Revenson, Men’s Division co-chairs; Zach Brenner and Elliot Warsof, Young Adult Division co-chairs. Adams noted, “Our mission at the Jewish Community Federation of Rich- mond is to build the capacity of the Jewish community.” ‘Building relationships’ She continued, “Our vision is to strengthen our community by build- ing relationships one person at a time. I want to engage with all of you. As a lifetime Richmonder, my passion and my legacy is Jewish Richmond.” She said she wanted to learn from all who were here – longtime Rich- monders and newer community mem- bers. “This is an exciting time for all of us in the Jewish community.We havemany new leaders at several of our agencies and Synagogues,” Adams said. “The Federation is renewing its focus on Jew- ish Richmond - Jewish community and Jewish futures. We want to partner with all. We heard from you. We are listen- ing and we are putting our efforts into Jewish priorities, Jewish values and real community needs.” She urged everyone to become in- volved in all that Federation does for the community and around the world. ‘It All Starts With You’ Plotkin said, “ Success only hap- pens when we join together in the age of iPhone, iWatch, I this and I that. Our Federation is about we, the collective. It’s about each of us joining together to make a difference! It is why our motto for this year’s campaign, “It All Starts With You.”is so perfect. Our Federation and community Community inspired, engaged at Grand Event ( From left) RTA graduates Esther Miller, Mordechai Miller and Pete Chumbris, Super Sunday co-chair; pose with Sen. Joseph Lieberman at the Grand Event. Adrienne Winkelmann Photo 80th Anniversary of Kristallnacht Sunday, Nov. 11, 2 p.m. Emek Sholom Holocaust Memorial Cemetery By Tommy P. Baer T here is a disturbing line in “The German Girl,” the in- ternational best seller by Arman- do Lucas Correa, which reads: “From birth, we the impure were prepared to face a premature death.” Such were the conditions in Germany post 1933 leading to what some call the beginning of the Holocaust - Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass. Its lessons for Jews remain the same: eternal vigilance. We are commanded to remember. On Nov. 9-10, 1938, the world witnessed the diabolical intent of the Third Reich to rid Germany, and ultimately all of Europe, of the Jewish people - and did noth- ing. The world paid the price for its complacency and we lost 6,000,000 of our own. The 80th annual observance of Kristallnacht will be held on Nov. 11, at 2 p.m., at the Emek Sholom Holocaust Memorial Cemetery in Forest Lawn. This important event is open to the public. We are honored to have as our guest speaker Al- exandra Zapruder, author of “Salvaged Pages: Young Writ- ers’ Diaries of the Holocaust,” and a program consultant to the Defiant Requiem Foundation in Washington, D.C., chaired by Stuart Eizenstadt. The granddaughter of Abra- ham Zapruder, who filmed the Join the community at Kristallnacht Service Kennedy assassination, she recount- ed the history of the home movie in her book, “Twenty-Six Seconds.” The program will include a Me- morial Service, a proclamation from the Governor Ralph Northam, and a tribute to the Survivors. Please plan to attend this mean- ingful event. Only 80 years later, and with the events of Charlottesville still fresh in our minds, we know well the consequences of indifference and inaction. A memorial plaque to the murdered children at the for- mer concentration camp at Neuen- gamme, Germany reads: “When you stand here, be silent. When you leave here, be not silent.” So, let us not be silent. As we commemorate Kristallnacht, let us as a community recall and remem- ber, for we have not only survived, we have prevailed. The Jewish peo- ple live. The bush was not consumed. Grand Event More on page 16